This spring, I am thrilled to contribute to Whitewaller Dallas as the guest editor. Dallas is a vibrant city on the cusp of greatness, thanks to many things, but especially to its melting pot of residents.
There are so many reasons to love this city. We have every major professional sport (Cowboys, Mavericks, Rangers, Stars), we have more restaurants per capita than any other city in the U.S., the cost of living is low and employment is high, there is no state income tax, and Dallas invented the frozen margarita. Need we say more?
Well, we can! We have great BBQ, Mexican food, and casual dining. Some of my favorites include BBQ at Pecan Lodge, Mexican at José, Bullion on Fridays for incredible Dover sole, Nonna for delicious everything, and Mirador for lunch and the best Bloody Mary.
Dallas is also a cultural hub, with the Dallas Arts District measuring in as the largest contiguous arts district in the country. We have one of the best classical music venues around, our major art museum—the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA)—is free, and the Trinity River Project could make Dallas the city with the most urban park space.
Spring is my favorite time of year here. The weather is beautiful and summer is right around the corner. For art happenings this season, you should of course visit the DMA. We are thrilled to have the Laura Owens show, which opened in March. I won’t miss the Dallas Art Fair, which continues to grow in size and importance, or the Art Ball on April 21 benefiting the DMA. Also this month, the Nasher Prize is honoring the great Theaster Gates.
While in town for the fair, be sure to check out the vibrant gallery scene in the Design District. And we are so lucky to have many nonprofit private art spaces like The Power Station, The Karpidas Collection, and The Goss-Michael Foundation, all open to the public.
Should you ever need to leave Dallas, DFW Airport will take you anywhere you need to go direct (it’s larger than the island of Manhattan). But why would you go? We’ve got great shopping at spots like NorthPark Center, Highland Park Village, and Forty Five Ten. Plus, the people are just plain friendly.
—Cindy Rachofsky, Art Collector and Philanthropist