TEXAS/OKLAHOMA RED RIVER BARBECUE SHOOTOUT
Giving the popularity of top barbecue among serious food fans a first-ever event in Dallas during the annual University of Texas/University of Oklahoma football game weekend in October, DRG Concepts and Downtown Dallas Inc. are presenting the first annual Texas/Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout in Dallas.
Taking place October 6 and 7 (the Thursday and Friday before the October 8 college football game at The Cotton Bowl), The Red River Barbecue Shootout is bringing in four acclaimed pitmasters from across Oklahoma and four acclaimed pitmasters from Texas to cook up their best in a contest for a $1,000 prize.
Competing in the serious culinary competition are:
TEXAS PITMASTERS OKLAHOMA PITMASTERS
Kent Black Keith Jennison
Black's - Lockhart Elmer's - Tulsa
Joe Duncan Charles Smith
Baker's Ribs - Dallas Leo's BBQ - Oklahoma City
Kelly Duncan Jev Vandegrift
Big Daddy's - Lavon Van's Pig Stand - Shawnee
Cliff Payne Joe Wells
Cousin's - Fort Worth Smokin' Joe's Rib Ranch and RV Park - Davis
On October 6, pitmasters will be cooking their signature St. Louis pork ribs and sauces all day in Downtown's Main Street Garden (St. Paul and Main Street) for a 7 p.m. special private judging by a panel of food experts, sports industry members and community leaders. From this "blind" judging (where judges will not know who cooked what recipe and judge only on food), two winners, one from Oklahoma and one from Texas will be selected. (The panel of judges will be announced in advance of October 6.)
Then, the two winning pitmasters will cook their winning recipes up all day on Friday, October 7, to be sold at The Texas/OU Red River Barbecue Shootout Celebration in Main Street Garden from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Ultimate Champion Winning Pitmaster will be determined by a People's Choice vote among the 2,000-plus attendees expected at the event. This will also be a "blind" contest, during which attendees will be invited to purchase a Shootout Rib Plate with "Ribs A and B" identified only and for which they will place a vote.
A $1,000 prize, and additional gifts and prizes will be presented to the Champion Pitmaster at 8:30 p.m. on Friday, October 7.
A Great Event on October 7 with Music, Food and Fun on Main Street in Downtown Dallas
As a part of the celebration, DRG Concepts and Downtown Dallas inc. are bringing in music from Dallas' Eleven Hundred Springs, Norman's Damn Quails, and Austin's Back Porch Mary. The bands will perform all evening on October 7, starting at 5:30 p.m.
The concerts are free and open to the public. Everyone is invited to bring their lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the music on the lawn at Main Street Garden.
Food, including the Red River Shootout People's Choice Rib Plate, as well as beer, wine and margaritas, will be available for purchase at the October 7 event.
Parking for Main Street Garden
Parking for Main Street Garden is available at the following
1310 Elm Street
Corner of Field and Elm
Entrances on Elm and Field Streets
The Elm Street Garage
2000 Elm Street
Corner of Harwood and Main St.
Entrance on Harwood Street
Third Rail Lofts Garage
1407 Main Street
One-half block east of Akard
Entrance on 1400 block of Elm St.
1600 Commerce St.
Corner of Commerce and Ervay
Entrances on Commerce and Lane Streets
Platinum Parking Lot
2002 Commerce St.
Corner of Commerce and Harwood
Or take the DART rail downtown to the Akard Street or St. Paul Street stations!
Information will be available on the Texas/Oklahoma Red River Barbecue Shootout at www.downtowndallas.org , "For All There Is To See and Do in Downtown Dallas."
ELEVEN HUNDRED SPRINGS
A country rock quintet from Dallas, Eleven Hundred Springs has issued 7 albums since their 1998 debut. On their 8th album, Eight the Hard Way, the band showcases their winning blend of country shuffles and Western swing hoedowns. The band has already started work on their 9th album CD called “Kickstarter” to be released in February of 2012.
Lead vocalist Matt Hillyer’s wistful singing lends a bittersweet feeling to these songs about dark bars and broken hearts. His bandmates chip in a series of charming harmonies. With their country competitors often hidden behind a monstrous wall of sound, Eleven Hundred Springs allows their appreciation for laidback traditional country to take root and flourish. The album is full of joyful sounds, from Jordan W. Hendrix’s fiddle to Burton Lee’s pedal steel, that showcase their brand of “Hardcore Honkytonk,” the name of the album’s seventh track that acts as a slap in the face to Nashville’s current hit parade.
The songs here are uniformly strong. On opening number, “This Ain’t the First Time,” Hillyer details a love led to the brink by a man’s half-witted shenanigans: “I came home loaded again,” he admits, even with the threat of D-I-V-O-R-C-E hanging over his head. “Heartstrings” (“Wrapped up like a ball of twine,” he sings.) pledges his faith in love no matter the angry squabbles and empty promises. The band at least offers a more encouraging view of romantic pursuits with “For Better or Worse,” a fiddle-laced ode to lifetime devotion. Even softer tones can be heard on the heart-tugging lullaby “Nobody Loves You Like Me.”
Considering their list of Lone Star influences that includes Bob Wills and Buddy Holly, they finish with a fact that should be obvious: “We’re From Texas,” a jovial tune about celebrating their past, presents the typical “I’m from the country” braggadocio with a wry twist. Though not too much of a leap from their previous work, Eight the Hard Way is a formula worth repeating.
UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER/ HAROLD C. SIMMONS COMPREHENSIVE CANCER CENTER FOR BREAST CARE
2201 Inwood Rd.
CHRISTY ROBBINS/ CRAFTING EXPERT
DALLAS SUMMER MUSICALS/ WEST SIDE STORY
The national touring production of the smash hit Broadway revival of WEST SIDE STORY will be presented by Dallas Summer Musicals Tuesday, October 4 through Sunday, October 23 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Single tickets, priced from $20-$85, are now on sale at The Box Office, 5959 Royal Lane, #542 in Preston Royal Shopping Center; or at any Ticketmaster outlet. Tickets are also available by calling 1-800-982-ARTS, or purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com. For groups of 15 or more, please call 214-426-GROUP.
Proclaimed “Bold, fresh and transcendent” and “So exciting it makes you ache with pleasure” by The New Yorker, WEST SIDE STORY is also the State Fair of Texas musical for 2011. The state fair runs Sept. 30-Oct. 23.
Tony Award-winning librettist Arthur Laurents’ Broadway direction will be recreated for the tour by David Saint, the Associate Director on Broadway. The original Jerome Robbins choreography is reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely (The Boy from Oz, The Life).
The cast stars Kyle Harris as Tony, Ali Ewoldt as Maria, Michelle Aravena as Anita, Joseph J. Simeone as Riff and German Santiago as Bernardo. Also featured are Mike Boland as Krupke, Ryan Christopher Chotto as A-rab, Stephen DeRosa as Glad Hand, Drew Foster as Action, Alexandra Frohlinger as Anybodys, Jay Garcia as Chino, Grant Gustin as Baby John, Nathan Keen as Big Deal, Christopher Patrick Mullen as Schrank, John O’Creagh as Doc, Kyle Robinson as Diesel, Cary Tedder as Snowboy, along with Karolina Blonski, Alicia Charles, Lauryn Ciardullo, Beth Crandall, Dean Andre de Luna, Ted Ely, Lori Ann Ferreri, Ryan Ghysels, Tim Hausmann, Thayne Jasperson, Déa Julien, Kristen Paulicelli, Waldemar Quinones-Villanueva, AlexandraBlake Redelico, Michael Scirrotto, Jeffrey C. Sousa, Dani Spieler, Jessica Swesey, Kathryn Lin Terza and Kirstin Tucker.
The new Broadway production began previews at the Palace Theatre on Broadway Monday, February 23, 2009, opened to critical acclaim breaking box office records at the Palace Theatre on Thursday, March 19, 2009, and recouped its $14 million investment after running only 30 weeks. The Broadway production played its final performance January 2, 2011. The musical played 27 previews and 748 regular performances, making it the longest-running production of the groundbreaking musical in Broadway history. The original production, which had held the record, played 732 performances on Broadway.
UNCLE WILLIES PIES
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Red Oak, Texas 75154
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GMT HOMEMADE HALLOWEEEN COSTUME CONTEST
The contest deadline is October 24th