Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 50

wrong about just about everything else, too, in particular transportation, in which key city and regional appointments gave her particu-lar sway. She was outspoken about homosex-uality, publicly condemning it. In addition, her swimming pool, as the Observer discov-ered last summer, was a fetid mosquito swamp. And yet Hill was elected four times. But that’s it. Because of term limits, she has left the council. dallasobserver.com fully guided self-direction into an often rigid DISD structure. Teachers and administrators there are passionate, energetic and wholly committed to students’ success. A-plus. 7420 La Vista Drive, 972-749-7500 Best Experiment in Legal Education SHOPPING/SERVICES Best Politician Dwaine Caraway No member of the Dallas City Council was quite as theatrical as Dwaine Caraway. Whether urging young folks to pull up their pants, doling out absurd economic develop-ment incentives to a (fantastically delicious) fried-chicken joint or proposing that the Trinity River be rerouted through downtown, Caraway never stopped being awesome. The best part: He really genuinely cared. No one at City Hall fought harder for constituents. Term limits have ended his time on the coun-cil, but in what may prove to be his most ex-citing and entertaining move yet, he is challenging embattled County Commissioner John Wiley Price for the office Price has held with an iron grip for almost three decades. Get your popcorn ready. University of North Texas-Dallas College of Law UNT-Dallas opened its new law school at a shaky time for legal education. Tuition-hun-gry law schools had been convincing far too many students to rack up far too much debt in pursuit of jobs that didn’t exist. And yet, de-spite the glut of lawyers, there remained huge segments of the population who were legally underserved, unable to access or afford nec-essary legal help. UNT-Dallas is focused on correcting that gap by curating public-ser-vice-minded students and giving them con-siderable hands-on training with the help of downtown law firms and the courts. Key to the school’s mission is its cost, just north of $14,000 per year, which is less than half of other law schools. Without the crushing bur-den of six-figure debt for a degree, turning out lawyers willing to work serving underserved populations might actually be a possibility. 1901 Main St., 214-752-5959, lawschool. untsystem.edu FOOD/DRINK | CULTURE/PEOPLE | Best Supreme Court Win NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC Inclusive Communities Project For years, Dallas has pushed city-sponsored low-income housing into heavily poor minor-ity areas on the rather flimsy pretext that a shiny new apartment complex might spur re-vitalization. This was the norm, despite reams of research showing that poor people — kids especially — in mixed-income neigh-borhoods fare far better than peers in exclu-sively low-income areas. The Dallas housing nonprofit called Inclusive Communities Proj-ect has been trying to change the way Dallas, via the state government, allocates low-in-come housing tax credits, but to little avail. They had minimal leverage to change things until the Supreme Court’s decision this sum-mer in Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. Inclusive Communities Project, in which justices ruled that the way Dallas does affordable housing is discrimina-tory. Undoing what’s been done will take de-cades, but they now have the nation’s highest court on their side. Best Use of Iambic Pentameter Shakespeare in the Bar at The Wild Detectives When it comes to the Bard, our theater critic Elaine Liner is emphatic: If William Shake-speare were alive today, he’d write for The Daily Show . Too often when contemporary actors are tangling their tongues around iam-bic pentameter, it’s all so classical and rever-ent. Pish posh, say the players of the much more informal Shakespeare in the Bar troupe. Much Ado about Nothing and Love’s Labour’s Lost have never been so infectiously amusing as they were when watched with a beer in hand from the porch of The Wild Detectives bookstore in Oak Cliff. The young troupe of actors who romp through Shakespeare in the Bar tackle a new (old) play about once per season, giving us a Will to live for. 314 W. 8th St., 214-942-0108, thewilddetectives.com DALLAS OBSERVER SPORTS/RECREACTION | | Best DISD Innovation S eptember 24-30, 2015 DreamArchitectonics at Dallas Contemporary An exhibit at the Dallas Contemporary last fall used an intricate web of computer coding to create an immersive, interactive experi-ence. The audio-visual installation called DreamArchitectonics produced dreamlike se-quences based on the tone and emphasis of a human voice reading lines of poetic imagery by French philosopher Gaston Bachelard. New media artists Frank and Kristin Lee Du-four of the group Agence 5970 created DreamArchitectonics to explore the way the brain responds without the stimuli of sight or sound — unique moments of reverie be-Best Art Exhibit Eduardo Mata Elementary School 50 Recently departed DISD Superintendent Mike Miles’ legacy is complicated and contro-versial, but he leaves behind a handful of suc-cesses, chief among them Mata Montessori in East Dallas. The first in what was intended to be dozens of “schools of choice” — neighbor-hood-focused campuses with the specialty programs of a magnet but without the com-petitive admissions — Mata did a remarkable job of fitting the Montessori model of care-

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