Center of Gravity

Step into the Kessler Theater any weekend, and the sound rarely will be the same. Experimental jazz might be on the bill one night, red dirt country the next and a singer/songwriter, blues musician or indie rock band on Saturday.

Enchanting Elmwood

Elmwood is charming, and not in a perfectly coiffed Pleasantville way. Toys are sprinkled across front lawns, large trees shade car-lined streets, thriving plants draw attention away from peeling paint, and an air of community seems draped over it all.

Q & A: Ray Wylie Hubbard

How old were you when your family moved to Oak Cliff, and where did you live?
I was about 8 years old when we moved here, and we lived at Eighth and Adams. I went to fourth grade at John H. Reagan Elementary School. Then I went to Rosemont, Greiner and Adamson.

The ’60s garage band scene was big in Oak Cliff. Were you a part of that?
I was more into the folk scene. Michael Murphey was a senior when I was a sophomore at Adamson. And there was a fellow by the name of B.W. Stevenson. He was a freshman, I believe. Then of course Stevie Ray and Jimmie [Vaughan] went to Kimball, and they were more into the garage bands. We were more folk singers in our little world.

Heartbreak Songs

Ashley Myrick released her first album, “The Devil’s Nest” under the stage name Lalagray in 2010. The album earned praise from music critics, and Myrick gained a local following.

Out and About in November

Sign up for the 8 a.m. 5k or 1k fun run to raise money for conservation. The races will be followed by a party and awards ceremony. Volunteers are also needed for water stations and guest relations.

Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, 469.554.7500,, $20-$30

Nov. 3

Music festival

The inaugural North Oak Cliff Music Festival will be a day filled with great musicians, including Oak Cliff-based jazz trio Yells at Eels, the Joe Ely Band, Carolyn Wonderland and others performing from noon-8 p.m. Discounts available for buying tickets in advance. Kids younger than 10 get in free. Part of the proceeds benefit the Winnetka Heights Neighborhood Association.

The Kessler Theater,
1230 W. Davis, 214.924.0725,,

Lucky Us

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True Crime

The car alarm wailed and pierced the night.

Scene and Heard

Junior historian Quinn Torres of Oak Cliff stands with his mom, LeAnn Stundins, in front of the old Worth Hotel, which is now open to tourists