Five stories that have North Texas talking: U2 takes a tour of Texas; it almost came to blows at the state Capitol; an ode to Premiere Video; and more.
When in Texas, do as the members of U2 do — eat fast food, hang out with a former president, the usual. The Irish rockers were here last week to perform the sixth and seventh shows of The Joshua Tree Tour, celebrating the 30th anniversary of the band's album.
The guys had plenty of fun when they weren’t melting the faces of thousands of fans in Houston and Arlington. After the NRG Stadium show, the band made a late-night stop to Whataburger. Lead singer Bono took a seat on a police officer’s motorcycle in the parking lot; the picture posted on U2's Instagram Thursday was simply captioned: “When in Texas…”
On Friday, the band played a second Texas show at AT&T Stadium, where the crowd included Waco’s favorite "Fixer Upper" couple. But before that, Bono made point of visiting George W. Bush at his ranch in Crawford. Bono and Bush have worked together for global AIDS relief. Hope you found what you were looking for in Texas, U2. [KERA News]
- The last day of the regular legislative session was anything but quiet. Hundreds of people rallied at the Capitol Monday, protesting Texas’ new immigration law. Then, state Rep. Matt Rinaldi, R-Irving, called ICE on the protesters for being disruptive. Later, Rinaldi said he was assaulted and threatened by state Rep. Poncho Nevárez, D-Eagle Pass, The Texas Tribune reports. State Rep. Justin Rodriguez, D-San Antonio, said Rinaldi had also threatened to “put a bullet in one of my colleagues’ heads.” Rinaldi said the threat was made in self defense. Here’s some help to process all of that. [The Texas Tribune]
- The chances that anyone would show up for a Hurst boy’s eighth birthday party were looking slim. Jennifer Day’s son, Graham, was heartbroken that no one was coming to celebrate with him — for the second time. Day decided that Sunday’s party would be different. Graham’s parents drove to the Hurst Police Department to ask whether an officer would visit her son, an aspiring policeman, The Dallas Morning News reports. The whole shift of officers and a few firefighters joined the party. "There's no way I can repay what they did for his little broken heart," Day said. [The Dallas Morning News]
- Some men were upset that Alamo Drafthouse offered a special screening of “Wonder Woman” for females only. Last week, the theater announced the event, saying: “Apologies, gentlemen, but we're embracing our girl power and saying 'No Guys Allowed' for one special night at the Alamo Ritz. And when we say 'People Who Identify As Women Only,' we mean it.” Some guys argued the special event was sexist and discriminatory. So the downtown Austin theater added another screening just for female viewers, and both quickly sold out. [NPR]
- One of Dallas’ last video rental stores is taking an indefinite “hiatus,” giving the community time to reflect on and grieve the loss. There’s still hope that Premiere Video, a 30-year storefront on Mockingbird Lane, will find a new home, according to D Magazine, but the possibility is a long shot, considering the bulk of video rental stores have shuttered. Among the tributes that have poured out since Premiere Video closed its door two weeks ago, include this 2007 short film “One Week Rental,” by Jeff Turner and Jun Kang. [D Magazine]