‘Believe Me’ DVD Releases Tomorrow

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Believe_Me_Film_PosterLast fall, we wrote a feature surrounding the theatrical release of Believe Me, a Christian comedy that marked the feature directorial debut of Park Cities native Will Bakke and some collaborators with local ties through their Austin-based production company.

If you missed it, the film is being released on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, and will also be available through various video-on-demand platforms.

The film is a satire about a group of college students who create a fake religious charity as a method for generating some quick cash.


Lay Family Garden Reopens at Dallas Arboretum

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Brian Shivers, Susan Lay Atwell, and Dorothy Lay

Brian Shivers, Susan Lay Atwell, and Dorothy Lay

To kick off the start of flower festival Dallas Blooms, the Dallas Arboretum reopened the Lay Family Garden on Feb. 28. Members of the Lay family officially opened the garden at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Feb. 26.

The two-acre garden was started over 25 years ago by Mimi Lay Hodges, with additional gifts for the renovation by her two daughters Susan Lay Atwell, Dorothy Atwell, and from the Estate of Herman W. Lay and Anthony Atwell.

Warren Johnson from Fallcreek Gardens redesigned the space to include a new water feature, redesigned pathways and entrances, and new plant species.


Kristof Coming to CitySquare Speaker Series

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Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof, a journalist and human rights activist, will be the first speaker featured in CitySquare’s new speaker series Up Close with CitySquare. The series is designed to share the experiences of influential people fighting against poverty.

Kristof is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and a columnist for The New York Times who has traveled to over 150 countries. His journey to places like China, Africa, and India gave him first-hand experiences with global health and poverty around the world.


Scots Have Long Shortstop Legacy

Baylor signee Jon Skidmore will start at shortstop for Highland Park for the third straight season. (Photo: Chris McGathey) 0
Baylor signee Jon Skidmore will start at shortstop for Highland Park for the third straight season. (Photo: Chris McGathey)

Infielders win fans at HP, collegeFor some youngsters growing up in the Park Cities, meeting the varsity shortstop at Highland Park High School is like shaking hands with a superhero.

You aspire to be like him, and to one day fill his shoes. And players fortunate enough to one day gain that coveted spot in the lineup have a responsibility to mentor those behind them.

It’s part of a tradition for the Scots that has seen a string of shortstops move on to Division I college baseball during the past decade or more.

“We grow up and we see the guys in front of us, watching those guys and trying to be like them,” said Jon Skidmore, who will begin his third season as the HP starting shortstop this spring. “The expectations are high for everyone.”


Royal Blue Coming to Highland Park Village

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Thanks to our colleague Nancy Nichols on SideDish for her scoop confirming the rumor that, in fact, Royal Blue Grocery will be the new boutique grocery tenant in Highland Park Village.

The new store won’t directly replace Tom Thumb, which closed last year, because it will occupy a different space with a Preston Road storefront. It’s targeting a July 1 opening.

Royal Blue has five locations in its hometown of Austin, but this will be its first expansion to the Dallas area. Have any of you been there? What are your thoughts?


Fresh Legs Fuel Scots in Lacrosse

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Hugo Reisenbichler and Highland Park will start the season on Saturday in the Patriot Cup. (Photo: Don Johnson)

Hugo Reisenbichler and Highland Park will start the season on Saturday in the Patriot Cup. (Photo: Don Johnson)

The key to Highland Park’s lacrosse fortunes this season could be in the knees.

Let’s flash back to 2011, when the Scots lost seven players to season-ending knee injuries, forcing them to rely on young and inexperienced players, and struggled to an early exit in the playoffs.

The next year, HP won the Texas High School Lacrosse League state title.

Could a repeat be in the Scots’ future following a 2014 season in which a series of injuries to key seniors led to some growing pains and an eventual loss in the state semifinals? Coaches and players hope so, and they have reason for their optimism.


No Really, Send Us Your Snow Pics

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Lamplighter cuties enjoy the snow. (Courtesy photo)

Lamplighter cuties enjoy the snow. (Courtesy photo)

OK this time, it’s not a drill: Pete Delkus clearly prayed enough to the snow gods that we’re getting real snow this time. Who knows what the schools will do (we’re keeping an eye on it), but I’m willing to bet that your kids will have a lot more playtime over the weekend. Send us your pics of snow angels and snowmen galore, and we will all squee over their cuteness on Monday. Send them to editor@peoplenewspapers.com.


Imbroglio Sextet Coming to Meadows Museum

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Cara Pollard

Cara Pollard

An international music group featuring a Texas native is coming to Dallas to perform at the Meadows Museum.

The Imbroglio Sextet will perform on April 4 at 7:00 p.m.

Cara Pollard, a trumpeter and adjunct professor at TCU, teamed up with Haitian-American composer Sydney Guillaume to form the Imbroglio Sextet in 2013. They are joined by Salvador Contreras, David Otto, Katie von Braun, Lucia Nuin, and Javier Navascues.


HPHS’ Night of Percussion

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Don’t miss out on an evening filled with the musical talents of the HPISD Percussionists!

On Monday March 2, students from grades 6-12 will perform at HPHS as part of the “Night of Percussion” concert. The HP Drumline will also make an appearance.

James LaBrecque will direct the musicians in the HPHS Auditorium at 7 p.m.


An Estate Worth Crowing About

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Many houses in Dallas can boast dignified guests, but not all can claim visitors such as a former queen of Thailand and Margaret Thatcher.

Those are just two names on a long list of distinguished callers to the Trammell Crow estate on Preston Road, which is on the market for the first time in more than 50 years.


Scots Highlight Schedule at Patriot Cup

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The Patriot Cup is always an exciting tribute to both the sport of lacrosse and the legacy of military service, and this weekend’s lineup looks like one of the best yet.

As usual, the schedule will feature a mix of college and high school games at SMU’s Ford Stadium. The top Dallas-area teams include Highland Park, St. Mark’s, and defending state champion ESD.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Wounder Warrior Project, and you can find ticket information here. A complete schedule follows the jump.


Report: Mockingbird Pedestrian Bridge Coming

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For those who frequent both the Katy Trail and Mockingbird Station, talk about a pedestrian bridge linking the two is nothing new.

But apparently that long-awaited project spanning Mockingbird Lane could be closer to reality, according to a story in The Dallas Morning News. Although no firm timeline is established yet, there are renderings and such. What do you think?