Backdoor Comedy made its way into the Dallas comedy scene in a manner as modest and circuitous as its name might suggest. Before it reached its current intimate space downtown in the Doubletree Hotel, owners (and comics themselves) Jan Norton and Linda Stogner put together showcases in no fewer than nine other locations, including a deli, a bowling alley, and a feed store. Today, weekends see a large rotating cast of regulars and occasional drop-ins by celebrity guests who have included David Spade and Kathleen Madigan.
Starplex Cinemas Forney Stadium 12 adds a little extra shine to every screening with modern technology and screening rooms. Viewers are thrust right into the action of the film by 3-D projectors. Plush chairs—stacked stadium style—envelope audience members in comfort while also providing them with the unobstructed sightline required to see every production assistant’s name in the credits. Other welcome amenities include wall-to-wall screens, digital surround sound and projectors, and a concession stand that serves the theater’s signature $1 hot dogs.
The GSO is Garland's only fully-professional arts organization. Founded in 1978, the GSO features a roster of musicians from 17 different countries. The 2010-11 Season is "A Symphony for All Seasons," featuring pieces from Vivaldi, Strauss, Mozart and others.
Andy Gonzales, AKA Wineaux Guy, set out to create Dallas's finest catering service. With a full-service staff and chef, Great Tastes handles every aspect of food planning, from preparing the meals to cleaning up. They cater all sorts of events, from weddings and birthday parties to cocktail parties, with fixed prices arranged upfront so that clients don't incur hidden fees after a spontaneous food fight erupts. They have developed a wine education course that can be held in clients' living rooms or kitchens, along with wine-tasting tours in the DFW area and around the state of Texas with Texas Wineaux Tours.
Brought to Dallas by the same owners as La Popular Tamale House, Peak & Elm Cocina Y Bar offers fresh, authentic Mexican fare made from locally sourced ingredients. The casual BYOB eatery is situated, naturally, at the corner of Peak and Elm, and represents what Thrillist’s Aaron Miller calls “an homage to old East Dallas.” The writer notes the bar's collection of local artwork, wooden fixtures straight from area houses, and knob-adorned bar as proof to his claim. Old Dallas or not, Peak & Elm’s food is a twist on classic Mexican cuisine, thanks to items such as tamale pies, fresh ceviche, and tacos tapatios—taquitos filled with Prime beef and served with sides of pickled cabbage-and-carrot slaw. One thing diners will not find at Peak & Elm, however, is chips and salsa; D Magazine reports that the owner, Jesse Moreno, prefers his customers don’t fill up before they taste his home-run dishes.