Public-Space

Best Public Space
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden

A city cannot truly thrive without a commitment to public space — just try to imagine New York City without Central Park. But in the sprawl of Texas, it can be easy to see only highways and development and not feel the real beauty of the state. But the Dallas Arboretum is probably the most soothing, greenest oasis in all of Dallas. On the border of White Rock Lake, it boasts acres and acres of flowers (including the annual Dallas Blooms Festival, going on through April 9), shrubbery, trees, plants and even horticultural exhibitions year-round. It’s a haven reminding us that just because things are bigger in Texas, doesn’t mean you should overlook its small wonders.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Photo by Arnold Wayne Jones

BEST PUBLIC SPACE

Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden

8525 Garland Road.

214-515-6500.

DallasArboretum.com.

BEST ARCHITECTURE
OR LANDMARK

Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge

BEST PERFORMANCE
VENUE

Winspear Opera House

2403 Flora St.

ATTPAC.org.

BEST
LOCAL MUSEUM

Dallas Museum of Art

1717 Harwood St.

Open daily (except Mondays) at 10 a.m.

(noon Sundays).

DMA.org.

BEST ART GALLERY

Gallery 3

1319 W. Davis St.

214-556-3514.

BEST LOCAL ARTIST

Robbie Conover

Work on display at Gallery 3

1319 W. Davis St.

214-556-3514.

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Mark-Cuban

Best Straight Ally
Mark Cuban

For many, Mark Cuban has always been a love-him-or-hate-him proposition. The most flamboyant Texas billionaire in a state known for its well-heeled flamboyance, it’s his emotional honesty that usually resonates with people, whether it’s an argument with refs during Mavericks games or speaking truth to hopefuls on his hit show Shark Tank. But what probably led many Dallas Voice readers to single him out as their favorite ally has been his unabashed support for LGBT people and progressive causes, from his activism in last year’s election to his support for more openness in professional sports. We always know where we stand with Cuban, and usually, that’s shoulder-to-shoulder.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

BEST LOCAL STRAIGHT ALLY

Mark Cuban 

Entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks and Shark Tank judge

BEST LOCAL LGBT 

COMMUNITY ROLE MODEL

Sean Baugh

Artistic director, Turtle Creek Chorale

TurtleCreekChorale.com.

BEST LOCAL NONPROFIT

Resource Center

5750 Cedar Springs Road.

Open weekdays, 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

214-521-5124.

MyResourceCenter.org.

BEST PARTY FOR A CAUSE

Black Tie Dinner

BlackTie.org.

BEST LOCAL LGBT SPORTS ORGANIZATION 

Lost Souls Rugby Football Club

LostSoulsRFC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition MARCH 17, 2017.