Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 44 Irving Arts Center Presents Best Movie Theater Texas Theatre To some, the Texas Theatre is best remem-bered as the place where Lee Harvey Oswald tried to hide out after assassinating President Kennedy. But since its revitalization a few years ago, and thanks to creative and thought-ful programming, the landmark with a dark history is enjoying a second life as a key player in Oak Cliff’s cultural renaissance. Oc-casionally it shows a big hit, but more often it’s the place to catch a documentary or cult classic that’s not showing on the big screen anywhere else. The theater frequently pairs its movie screenings with burlesque shows, stand-up comedy and performances from Dallas’ coolest local bands behind the screen. The retro vibe of the building and its orange velvet couches add to the air of swank. It’s the only movie theater bar that people visit even when there’s nothing playing. There’s also a gallery space upstairs, The Safe Room, where emerging artists show work. 231 W. Jefferson Blvd., 214-948-1546, Best Old School Impresario John Hardman At some of the nation’s top shopping malls, the “Santa experience” is being retooled. A Santa show produced by DreamWorks, for example, promises a “fully immersive story hosted by characters,” including “a thrilling four-minute flight on Santa’s sleigh.” The shows Dallas puppet maestro John Hardman has produced with his Le Theatre de Marionette for 40 years are a flight in the opposite direction, back to a pre-pixel Punch and Judy time. His free Scrooge Puppet Theatre at NorthPark Center every holiday season — witty ad-libbed insults from Dickens’ old miser — is borne of an an-cient art form that entrances even today’s over-entertained children and adults. John Hardman Productions, 214-824-6435 SPORTS/RECREACTION | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | FOOD/DRINK | CULTURE/PEOPLE | SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | stage | Movies | Culture | Night+day | feature | sChutze | uNfair Park | the thread | CoNteNts | I W go r o f LD re t a e h how t s o d g -out lou full of ima ugh zoo Best School Board Member Mike Morath No matter what you’ve heard about the Dallas school board over the last year, picking the best member isn’t easy. Miguel Solis, for ex-ample, did a yeoman’s job as board president, stitching together consensus in a body ripped by controversy. But Mike Morath is the one who has suffered the worst slings and arrows, usually for his devotion to research and logi-cal thinking. Through it all he has displayed a remarkable ability to grin and bear it. Asked recently if he thought the end could be near for public education, he said, “If we give up on public schools, we give up on America.” Readers’ Pick: Alamo Drafthouse is la and a h t , s s . nce illusion e i 878 d 2 -, u 2 s a 5 c mily crobati 72-2 a 9 f r r o fo , a om c fect omedy . on . r r e P c nte s e e s r s e C a u le mix creat ngArts n y i ow zan ets: Irv k Tic 100 S. Central Expressway, Richardson Heights Village, Richardson, 972-534-2120, drafthouse. com/dfw Best New Book by a Dallas Author Blackout by Sarah Hepola Write a book about experiences you don’t re-member. It’s a riddle of a premise, but Dallas native Sarah Hepola wasn’t afraid of a chal-lenge. Her relationship with alcohol, which continued despite crippling blackouts, is the subject of her memoir, Blackout: Remember-ing the Things I Drank to Forget . It’s a tale of recovery that will move anyone who’s strug-gled with substances or knows someone who has, but it’s relatable on other levels. It’s a beautifully and often humorously written ex-ploration of memory and the pain of reconcil-ing big dreams with bigger doubts. Hepola dedicates the book to “anyone who needs it.” If you ask us, that’s everyone. District 2, Dallas Independent School District, 214-925-3700, Carpenter Hall l Tickets $18 adults; $9 children. 25% discount for groups of 10 or more (single payment required) November 17 | 7pm Best City Council Member Scott Griggs District 1 (Oak Cliff ) Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs is known outside his district for leadership in citywide battles against bad stuff like fracking operations near homes and schools and that stupid toll road they want to build along the river. But he’s better known in-side his district for the unheralded hard work of constituent services, seeing to it the park-ways get mowed and business start-ups don’t get shut down by red tape. A constituent said she was surprised recently that Griggs had heard about her getting mugged and had spo-ken to the police department about the incident on her behalf. “I’m just a nobody,” she said. But nobody’s nobody in Scott Griggs’ district. District 1, Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Room 5FN, 214-670-0776, DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER Best Comedian Clint Werth Because secondhand embarrassment is real, we sometimes get nervous before seeing stand-up comics. Good jokes take risks, which means any comedian with hope of being good is just as likely to get crickets as big laughs. When Clint Werth takes the stage, however, you forget to be nervous for him. Werth is not just funny “for a little-known stand-up” or “better than you expected of a local comic.” His stage presence and dark, self-deprecating perspective — on topics such as his neighbors, who treat him like he’s a pedophile or a shut-in, never suspecting that he might actually just be stealing their cigarettes — may remind you of other depressive yet outrageous comics like Louis CK, but Werth’s material doesn’t feel de-rivative. He’s his own hilarious animal. S eptember 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 Best Mayor Philip Kingston Wait a minute, he’s not the mayor. Philip Kings-ton is just a City Council member from East Dallas. But he’s out-mayoring Mike Rawlings by doing all the things a mayor should do. He stands up to the Dallas Citizens Council, for ex-ample. (They’re the old mossbacks who’ve been calling the shots in Dallas since before El-vis.) Like the time they told him he couldn’t at-4 44

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