CAPE: Best Practices Social Media Class Syllabus and Schedule

Following are links to the Syllabus and Class Schedule for the CAPE Best Practices in Social Media and Digital Communication class.



Best Movie Theater in Dallas

Alamo Drafthouse is the best movie theater in Dallas.What is the best movie theater in Dallas? Hands down, it’s Alamo Drafthouse. Here are seven reasons why:

One: They do not permit talking, texting or cell phone use of any kind during the movie. Do that and you will get one warning before they kick you out of the theater without a refund. If you have ever been stuck in a theater next to someone who won’t be quiet or can’t put down their phone, you will be glad to know it won’t be tolerated at Alamo.

Two: They do not run ads.

Those factors alone would make it the best movie theater in Dallas, but there’s plenty more to appreciate.

Three: Alamo creates a custom pre-show for each film that runs for about 30 minutes before the feature starts. It’s worth coming early to see what their creative team concocted. Each pre-show has content related to the upcoming feature, usually including a series of funny, weird or wacky clips, such as 1970s toy ads for Spider-Man action figures before a showing of the latest Marvel movie.

Four: The seats are spaced so you can see even if someone tall sits in front of you.

Five: They serve surprisingly good food, which you order and eat from your seat. (A long, narrow table runs the length of each row in front of the seats.) The menu includes entrees, snacks, soft drinks, beer, wine and specialty cocktails. The hamburgers are terrific, and so is the all-you-can-eat popcorn, which comes with real butter. The tequila chocolate shakes are also worth a try! Orders are written on slips of paper and put in a clip on the table, where waiters unobtrusively spirit them away and just as unobtrusively return with your food. One note – anytime you want a drink refill you must request it on an order slip, as waiters do not make rounds checking drinks the way they do in restaurants.

Six: You pick your specific seats when you buy tickets. You can also do that online, if you don’t mind paying the extra fees (which run about $2.80 per ticket).

Seven:  They have a great rewards program, Alamo Victory. Perks include free movies, free or discounted food, and regular buy-one-get-one-free ticket opportunities, among other advantages. Definitely worth pursuing!

Alamo is considered the best movie theater in Dallas for other offerings as well. These include special Quote-Along screenings where shouting out lines is encouraged, Baby Days, classic movie showings and more.

There are two locations in the Dallas area – one on South Lamar, one in Richardson – with two more opening soon in Las Colinas and Lake Highlands. So the next time you want dinner and a movie, plan on dinner AT the movie at the best movie theater in Dallas: Alamo Drafthouse.

Things to Do in Dallas: Newcomer Tips

New to Dallas? Looking for fun things to do in Dallas this weekend? Below are two must-see city highlights. And they’re both free! Whether you’re just arriving from New York to Dallas or popping in from Plano, you’ll find Dallas has plenty to offer.

Longhorn fix

Seeing the 49 longhorn cattle sculptures at Pioneer Plaza is a must-see in Dallas.

Simply bovine! Combine art with fun and walk among the 49 longhorn sculptures at Pioneer Plaza, Dallas Convention Center. Photo by Mark Goebel (2007)

Newcomers of all ages love the bronze longhorn cattle statues crossing the stream at Pioneer Plaza. Visitors pet and pose with the longhorns for photos sure to be posted or live-Tweeted. The setting includes a waterfall, cliffs, native plant life and historic info about the sculptures. So if you’ve just come from New York to Dallas and you want a bit of that Texas cowboy experience, put Pioneer Plaza on your list of things to do in Dallas.

As long as we’re downtown …

Things to do in Dallas must include a visit to Klyde Warren Park.

Klyde Warren Park: Play during the day, stay at night for the lights of downtown Dallas, home to the nation’s largest urban arts district. Photo by Daniel Lobo (2015)

If you’re new to Dallas, you must see the odd and wonderful Klyde Warren Park. Odd because it sits atop the Woodall Rodgers freeway, wonderful because it is one of the best people-watching places in town. Observe the locals and get a sense of what it’s like to live in Dallas. Outdoor yoga classes, concerts, nearby restaurants, a fenced dog park, playgrounds and more make Klyde Warren Park a shoo-in for your list of fun things to do in Dallas this weekend. Located on the north side of downtown, Klyde Warren is an easy stroll to Dallas’s world-class museums and restaurants.

More fun things to do in Dallas

The two spots mentioned above are just two examples of hundreds of free, fun things to do in Dallas. For more, keep your eye on The Dallas Morning News GuideLive or check this blog soon for more things to do in Dallas.




Thrift in the City


While popular hits like Thrift Shop by Ryan Macklemore may have made it cool to thrift again, the trick is in knowing the right places to frequent. There are plenty great thrift shops in the DFW Metroplex.

If you’re looking for a hidden gem not far from the Dallas city line, check out Thrift City in Richardson. With a heavy selection of vintage labels on clothing and accessories (sorry, no furniture at this one) it’s easy to find a one-of-a-kind piece for pennies in comparison to a department store. Thrift City also offers tag color discounts on various days of the week that will save you even more money.  The store is clean and organized and color coded by section. Looking for yellow pants? Aisle two. Green blouses? Back wall. The staff is friendly and always atop keeping the clothes neat, hanged and orderly. They have clean changing rooms as well, if you’re into trying on your $2 blouse before purchase. Of course, there are no returns or exchanges.

There is even a very posh boutique-like section at the front of the store where you can shop the top labels, in pristine condition at low prices. Dior, Ralph Lauren and BCBG dresses have all been spotted to name a few!

Looking for even more deals? Sign up for the VIP email list and you’ll receive specials like 75% off all red and green tags (for example) just because or 50% during the holidays on select items.

All in all, Thrift City is a great place to check out if you like finding gently used beautiful pieces for a steal…. or if you’re looking to donate some of your precious to an establishment that will go the extra mile to take care of it, and showcase it properly to its next owner, Thrift City is the place.

Newcomers ask: What are the best things to do in Dallas?

Duck closeup.

Looking for the best things to do in Dallas? Feeding the ducks and geese at White Rock Lake is an unexpected gem. Photo by Martin Howard, 2008. Source: Creative Commons

There are a million things to do in Dallas. It’s easy to find popular restaurants, clubs and museums. But what about hidden treasures that only the locals know about?

For newcomers who want a break from the in-crowd, one of the best things to do in Dallas is to head to White Rock Lake for an unusual and relaxing sight. Every evening at Sunset Bay, hundreds of ducks and geese (and at least one swan) waddle up on shore. To see the whole parade, try to arrive about a half hour before sundown. Continue reading

Best Fried Chicken in Dallas Is at Babe’s

Babe's offers some of the best fried chicken in DallasOn a quest to find the best fried chicken in Dallas? Put Babe’s Chicken Dinner House on your must-try list.

Babe’s has been around since 1993 and is famous for its fried chicken. An order gets you half a bird, four pieces of tender, hot, crispy, greasy-good eating. Equally excellent are the fried chicken tenders – no bones, less grease, less messy to eat – and the fried catfish. You can’t go wrong with the chicken-fried steak, either. And for those who don’t like fried, they offer hickory-smoked chicken. Five choices may seem limited, but it’s part of their successful formula: keep it simple and do it well.

Once you pick your entrée, the feast begins. Every order comes with made-from-scratch, unlimited portions of real mashed potatoes, cream gravy, green beans, steamed corn shucked fresh off the cob and mixed with milk, butter and more, plus a light salad (lettuce with a hint-of-sweet dressing). And buttermilk biscuits, served with real butter and little pitchers of honey and sorghum. Salad and biscuits come out first – it’s a challenge not to fill up on those, but try to pace yourself. Chicken/fish then arrive piled on platters, with veggies served in large bowls, family style, for sharing.

Babe’s not only has some of the best fried chicken in Dallas but, if you can possibly save room, great desserts as well. Choose from outstanding lemon meringue pie, yummy chocolate meringue pie, coconut cream pie, banana pudding and pineapple upside down cake. Too full? You can always get pie to go.

The restaurant is casual and family friendly, and prices are reasonable. Costs are $13.99 or $14.99 for entrees, $1.79 for iced tea and soft drinks and $2.99 for a slice of pie.

The Best Fried Chicken in Dallas: Nine Locations, No Reservations

Babe’s started in Roanoke and now has branches in Arlington, Burleson, Carrollton, Cedar Hill, Frisco, Garland, Granbury and Sanger. The Carrollton location is a favorite; it opened in 2004 in the historic town square on the site of a former lumberyard. It seats 240 in two rambling wooden buildings and offers a large outdoor covered patio with scattered seating where folks wait for their tables, with a firepit to keep warm in chilly weather.

Babe’s is extremely popular year-round and doesn’t take reservations. If you’re going for dinner, go as early as possible – by 5:30 there’s a wait, and by 6:30 that wait could be long, especially on weekends. But you’ll be rewarded with some of the best fried chicken in Dallas and a new favorite place to bring family and friends.

Class Schedule, Meadows Training

Here is the training class schedule:

MEADOWS Training SCHEDULE 12:13-15:16

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