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2006 Stories by Merritt Martin

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  • Urban Uprising

    published January 5, 2006

    Living in East Dallas, the plight of the historical structure is of great interest to me. I see these beautiful homes—or perhaps I should say... More >>

  • Rhythm of the West

    published January 5, 2006

    Imagine this: You're watching The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, and as Lee Marvin and the Duke cross paths, a doo-wop melody kicks in, they... More >>

  • Slapstick Sopranos

    published January 5, 2006

    In all of our opera experience, we've found a guarantee. As you nestle into your Music Hall at Fair Park seat, even if you know nothing of the... More >>

  • Pork Song Trilogy

    published January 12, 2006

    The Three Little Pigs has to be one of the most terrifying tales a child can hear. Think about it: Despite the fact that you live amongst... More >>

  • Dear Man

    published January 19, 2006

    How could I have been so blind? I look back now—after highlighted, chain-walleted, soul-patched Greg Behrendt showed me the... More >>

  • Spooky Monkey Polka

    published January 19, 2006

    When we turn 103, we hope we can still stay up late like the DMA can. The museum celebrates triple digits the third Friday of each month with... More >>

  • Ugly, Not Bitter

    published January 26, 2006

    Were I a judge in Saturday's Ugly Teapot Competition at the British Emporium, 140 N. Main St. in Grapevine, I would do a horrible job. I... More >>

  • Wanna Box?

    published February 2, 2006

    So I'm doing a little research for this here Tzedakah Box Competition and Exhibition, and I ask a Jewish Co-worker (who shall remain unnamed) what... More >>

  • Cock of the Walk

    published February 9, 2006

    Nick Di Paolo's Web site boasts, "In this day of watered-down comedy, Nick Di Paolo's brutally honest performances stick out like a... More >>

  • Icon Go On

    published February 2, 2006

    Never mind our beliefs, sometimes an icon simply inspires us. This paper's own Jesse Hyde researched such an example when countless believers... More >>

  • I Scream, You Scream

    published February 2, 2006

    Recently, a friend stated that he flat-out didn't like horror movies. It wasn't the gore, it wasn't the creepy "ch-ch-ha-ha" soundtracks or even... More >>

  • Legendary Laughs

    published February 9, 2006

    Here's the thing that sucks when you have to write about someone legendarily funny: There's not enough time or space to cover everything, and... More >>

  • Feel Good Gaithering

    published January 5, 2006

    This is amazing to me: According to the Bill Gaither Homecoming press release, Pollstar declared Gaither's 2004 gospel tour outsold concerts by... More >>

  • Week Heart

    published February 9, 2006

    There is no shame in avoiding the crowds munching in the name of love on Valentine's Day. In fact, the best, most romantic Valentine-y... More >>

  • It's Electrifying

    published February 16, 2006

    Your basic art exhibit finds people doing the requisite mill-and-pose in front of various works, mumbling about the pieces or nodding in agreement... More >>

  • Trapped By It

    published February 23, 2006

    I remember clearly the day my sister was relieved of baby-sitting duties. It was rainy, and Mom was out for the afternoon. Instead of watching me,... More >>

  • Yeah, She Said It

    published February 23, 2006

    As funny as we all often think we are, there's no way in hell that we'd have enough quality material to comprise a stand-up routine. Unless,... More >>

  • 3 Times the Charm

    published March 2, 2006

    Kettle Art, artist Frank Campagna's Deep Ellum gallery, was born in November 2005. We weren't familiar with Kettle, save that Campagna is known... More >>

  • Riverdance-ing by the Numbers

    published March 2, 2006

    Much to our surprise, riverdance.com is a gold mine of statistics, tour journals and history that we find totally enthralling. Apparently,... More >>

  • Works Well With Others

    published April 6, 2006

    For an artist who has worked on solo projects most of his career, collaboration with another artist (or technician) may be one of the most... More >>

  • Science Fiction, Double Take

    published March 9, 2006

    Raise your hand if you've actually seen the last half of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Seriously people. Unless you are in the theater,... More >>

  • Still Here

    published March 9, 2006

    Hmm, books on our shelves that have the author's autograph in them: Sarah Vowell's Take the Cannoli, Augusten Burrough's Dry, Robert... More >>

  • A Head of Art

    published March 23, 2006

    When I think of art, I immediately think "loin, fatback, shank, strip and sparerib." You know, overall slaughter. OK, maybe not normally, but it's... More >>

  • Masked and Misunderstood

    published March 23, 2006

    What's sooo terribly unsettling about a burn victim who can really blow a tune who prefers to keep to himself (sort of) and live under an opera... More >>

  • We Say Relay!

    published March 16, 2006

    The Rock N Relays are probably the coolest running event we can think of—and that's impressive considering we strictly avoid running... More >>

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