Heaven on Earth: This new theater in Texas is dog-friendly and serves all-you-can-drink wine.

Eric Lankford, 29, a self-described “serial entrepreneur” has brought together three things that always deliver pure bliss: wine, dogs, and movies.

(Well, unless you drink too much cheap wine, your dog yaps incessantly, or bought tickets to see "The Hustle.")


In December 2018, Lankford opened K9 Cinemas, the world’s first movie theater for dogs, and it serves unlimited wine.

The idea came to him after he got Bear, an Australian Eskimo puppy, in  2017. “I simply want to make other people as happy as Bear makes me,” Lankford says on the K9 Cinemas Facebook page.

“When our customers come through our doors it’s nothing but smiles and laughter. Do those same people have a ton of stress and problems at home or work? I bet they do.”

“But when they’re at K9 Cinemas snuggling up with their fur baby to a classic movie that all seems to fade away if only for a moment,” he continued. “And to me that was worth building K9 Cinemas.”

K9 Cinemas / Yelp

The theater seats 30 humans who are allowed to bring in up two dogs each. Tickets cost $15 for humans 21 and over and that includes endless wine. Those who are under 21 are free and pay just $5 per pooch.

The theater shows older films that are dog-themed and family-friendly except for Saturdays when it screens an R-rated film. Each film includes an intermission so the doggies can get outside for a bathroom break.

The theater is also a great place for people with service dogs to take their pooches without having to worry if there will be an issue with theater staff or other patrons.

Simon & Garfunkel's song "Bridge Over Troubled Water" has been covered by more than 50 different musical artists, from Aretha Franklin to Elvis Presley to Willie Nelson. It's a timeless classic that taps into the universal struggle of feeling down and the comfort of having someone to lift us up. It's beloved for its soothing melody and cathartic lyrics, and after a year of pandemic challenges, it's perhaps more poignant now than ever.

A few years a go, American singer-songwriter Yebba Smith shared a solo a capella version of a part of "Bridge Over Troubled Water," in which she just casually sits and sings it on a bed. It's an impressive rendition on its own, highlighting Yebba's soulful, effortless voice.

But British singer Jacob Collier recently added his own layered harmony tracks to it, taking the performance to a whole other level.

Keep Reading Show less
Images courtesy of John Scully, Walden University, Ingrid Scully
True

Since March of 2020, over 29 million Americans have been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the CDC. Over 540,000 have died in the United States as this unprecedented pandemic has swept the globe. And yet, by the end of 2020, it looked like science was winning: vaccines had been developed.

In celebration of the power of science we spoke to three people: an individual, a medical provider, and a vaccine scientist about how vaccines have impacted them throughout their lives. Here are their answers:

John Scully, 79, resident of Florida

Photo courtesy of John Scully

When John Scully was born, America was in the midst of an epidemic: tens of thousands of children in the United States were falling ill with paralytic poliomyelitis — otherwise known as polio, a disease that attacks the central nervous system and often leaves its victims partially or fully paralyzed.

"As kids, we were all afraid of getting polio," he says, "because if you got polio, you could end up in the dreaded iron lung and we were all terrified of those." Iron lungs were respirators that enclosed most of a person's body; people with severe cases often would end up in these respirators as they fought for their lives.

John remembers going to see matinee showings of cowboy movies on Saturdays and, before the movie, shorts would run. "Usually they showed the news," he says, "but I just remember seeing this one clip warning us about polio and it just showed all these kids in iron lungs." If kids survived the iron lung, they'd often come back to school on crutches, in leg braces, or in wheelchairs.

"We all tried to be really careful in the summer — or, as we called it back then, 'polio season,''" John says. This was because every year around Memorial Day, major outbreaks would begin to emerge and they'd spike sometime around August. People weren't really sure how the disease spread at the time, but many believed it traveled through the water. There was no cure — and every child was susceptible to getting sick with it.

"We couldn't swim in hot weather," he remembers, "and the municipal outdoor pool would close down in August."

Then, in 1954 clinical trials began for Dr. Jonas Salk's vaccine against polio and within a year, his vaccine was announced safe. "I got that vaccine at school," John says. Within two years, U.S. polio cases had dropped 85-95 percent — even before a second vaccine was developed by Dr. Albert Sabin in the 1960s. "I remember how much better things got after the vaccines came out. They changed everything," John says.

Keep Reading Show less