I have a soft spot for small businesses whose owners put their hearts and souls into their ventures. Such is the case for the delightfully quirky Pakistani restaurant, BBQ King. Father and son team Hafeez Ahmad and Tariq Ismail sold their convenience stores to raise the money to open the restaurant. The East Texas stores became a spiritual burden, as selling liquor violated their Islamic religious principles. Hafeez says, “We lost money, but it was money for the grave.” Continue reading
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In a sold out performance at the Kessler Theatre on July 17, singer-songwriter Rahim Quazi debuted his newest album, Ghost Hunting.
Quazi handpicked the opening musical acts. It was a seemingly disjointed mix, but worked together in what became one of the most memorable concerts this writer has experienced.
The crowd was equally mixed: a tattooed man in a torn sleeveless Harley Davidson shirt, a mother and son giggling while taking selfies, pretty girls in perilous heels, international musicians. Continue reading
Always innovative, Open Classical just raised the bar. Headed by violinist and composer, Mark Landson, Open Classical has produced over 125 classical events in the last three years. Their latest endeavor is its new series, Classically Jazzed. The premiere performance was on Friday, March 20 in Richardson’s Eisemann Center. Inspired by the music of classically trained jazz artist Eddie South, Classically Jazzed takes traditional pieces and reinvents them in the modern genre.
The works chosen are familiar: Bach’s Concerto for Two Violins in D Minor, Für Elise, Mozart’s Symphony in G Minor and more. Mark Landson “wanted to create these in a way which stayed true to the motivic development that the composer wrote instead of just using the basic melodies and then doing improv.” To the untrained ear, it will sound reminiscent of French gypsy jazz of the mid-twentieth century (Think Django Reinhardt). Trained musicians will have much respect as they hear rhythms altered, chords modified and seemingly improbable components joined. Continue reading
Palmieri Café moved into the old Pecan Lodge spot at the Dallas Farmers Market last weekend. Better get in line while you can. Never heard of Palmieri Café? Well, you’re about to.
Palmieri Café is the passion of former investment banker and SMU MBA graduate, Corrado Palmieri. Chef Palmieri is from the village of Galatina, located in the heel of the boot of Italy. According to the website, “He moved from Italy to develop an Italian Coffee Shop & Bakery without compromises: Fresh, Authentic & Natural.” And, friends, he doesn’t compromise. Seriously. I mean this guy is obsessed with perfection. During the week, Corrado drives west to one farm for the best eggs and north to another farm for the best butter. Continue reading