🌱 Best Speakeasies In Town + Black Dance Theatre Alum Debuts ‘Smile’


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Here are the top three stories in Dallas today:

  1. Looking to spice up your nightlife experience and try something new, maybe your date night is looking for an extra flare, Dallas holds some of the best-hidden speakeasies you will find around. Here are eight speakeasy experiences you have to check out whether you are going on a first date, date night with your significant other, or you are just looking for a new experience to try with friends. All of these bring their own individual style that will remain on your mind for months to come, find which one of these spots fits your style and make your reservation. (CW33 Dallas)
  2. Nearby in Irving, TX, two students were arrested in relation to threats placed on Irving Nimitz High School and one of its teachers. Irving police identified a general social media post that was edited on two separate occasions, one tagging the school and one tagging a teacher. The police department was able to identify and threaten both juveniles responsible for the threats without anything happening regarding the post, it has been deemed there are no threats to any campus in Irving currently. Several districts across the state are dealing with increases in threats against schools as Plato ISD dealt with threats to four different schools since Monday. (FOX 4 News Dallas-Fort Worth)
  3. This year at the Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s Spring Celebration, one of the theatre’s alumni will be debuting ‘Smile’ which will be her first mainstage production for the company. McKinley Willis, a Dallas native started her time with the theatre back in 2015 and has since grown as a dancer, producer, and overall talent in the arts, she will be the third alumni to ever return a choreograph a dance for the company. She developed the idea of smile years back when she began to gravitate naturally toward songs about smiling and the different emotions captured by clowns which ultimately contributed to her vision. This 30-minute performance hopes to remind viewers to take life easier and smile at all the things happening in life, the annual celebration will take place at Wyly Theatre from May 19-20. (Dallasweekly)

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  • Registration is now open for summer swim lessons at Dallas Aquatics for all levels. In the link provided is a list of different locations the program is available for the convenience of your swimmers, click here to register today. (Dallas Park and Recreation Department via Facebook)
  • The 24 Annual Preservation Achievement Awards ceremony will be held next Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., tickets are still on sale for the ceremony. Jason Wheeler from the WFAA will be emceeing the event at the Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum, for tickets you can follow the link here. (Preservation Dallas via Facebook)
  • According to recent data, the state of Texas had the tenth-highest rate of U.S. teen driver fatalities in 2022. Bumper.com reports that “young drivers are statistically more likely than other age groups to be involved in fatal accidents.” (Bumper.com)

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Nicole Fallon-Peek

About me: Nicole Fallon-Peek is a journalist and copywriter with a degree in Media, Culture and Communication from New York University. She has served as a freelance reporter, managing editor, copy editor, and editorial director for a variety of B2B news outlets. She currently co-owns and operates content creation agency Lightning Media Partners.