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  • Gifting And Giving

    published December 27, 2007

    Time to bust out the wallets yet again. Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden has rounded up contemporary art, early Texas art and 19th- and... More >>

  • Bubbly 101

    published December 27, 2007

    You want to be prepared. You don't want just any champagne. The cheap stuff is going to give you one mean hangover, and chances are it could start... More >>

  • Dallas' Best Music

    published December 27, 2007

    In the pages that follow, our corporate overlords provide an alternative to gratuitous music writer geekdom and end-of-year lists, but being... More >>

  • It's a Holiday Miracle

    published December 20, 2007

    At first we were cynics. We assumed Miracle Dallas in Victory Park was all about the "miracle" of credit cards and consumerism. Then we... More >>

  • Joy to the World

    published December 20, 2007

    I remember one of the coolest parts of the school year was learning about the holidays as they were celebrated in other cultures. From the German... More >>

  • The Holly, the Tea and the Ivy

    published December 20, 2007

    Doesn't matter if it's a few degrees hotter than we'd like or if it's sleeting and bitterly cold, it's still the holiday season, and the Dallas... More >>

  • Get Unified

    published December 20, 2007

    If there's one thing the holidays should promote, it's unity. Drop it all, forget the differences and celebrate the ties to each other. The first... More >>

  • Dear Deathray Davies

    published December 20, 2007

    It's the same for music as it is for love: The new ones, with oh-so-much potential in the beginning, are too often short-lived. Bad runs in... More >>

  • Holiday With The Lollies

    published December 6, 2007

    That old song claims that Santa Claus, in his omniscience, knows if everyone has been naughty or nice throughout the year. Upon his findings, he... More >>

  • The Quarter in Addison

    published December 13, 2007

    Some proprietors are meant to be bar owners and some are meant to run restaurants. I'd venture that Rudy Delgado and Alex Vest should open up a... More >>

  • The Spice Of Art

    published December 6, 2007

    Variety. We crave it, we love it, we eat it. It makes us, as people, comforted, unnerved, inspired, frightened and motivated. It's a pretty... More >>

  • Presence of Presents

    published December 6, 2007

    Three times this year it has happened to me. I have thoughtfully picked out the perfect gift for someone. It matches their character, their... More >>

  • Santa Claws

    published December 6, 2007

    It takes my brave and handsome 18-pound tabby less than two miles before he pisses himself in a moving vehicle. The other cat isn't too interested... More >>

  • Hanging Together

    published December 6, 2007

    Oh, the college gallery with the semester's obligatory student group show. There are usually a few gems, but mostly there's work by artists just... More >>

  • Dallas Talk Radio Drums Up Local Music Support

    published December 6, 2007

    When I was 21, I had an apartment a half-block and one possible mugging away from Greenville Avenue. Social calendars wrapped around live music... More >>

  • Drink In the Spirit

    published November 29, 2007

    That's the Christmas spirit! No, no, silly, I don't mean the desire to give to those less fortunate and spend quality time with friends and... More >>

  • Three Times the Ladies

    published November 29, 2007

    I once heard a saying that thanks to hair color, there's a woman for every taste. But that's rude, misogynistic and stereotypical of assholes that... More >>

  • Johnson's A Real Hit

    published November 22, 2007

    Jay Johnson's Tony Award-winning show Jay Johnson: The Two and Only! is entertaining for sure, but there's a risk involved in being... More >>

  • Hawk On a Mike

    published November 22, 2007

    I didn't take to Robert Hawkins the first time I saw his stand-up on Premium Blend. Sure, there were a few funny bits: "If you just... More >>

  • Guiding Big D's Sonic Pilgrims

    published November 22, 2007

    It's Thanksgiving, folks, and during the tryptophan hangover, there's something we all need to do. No, we don't need to reflect again on the... More >>

  • Hobble Off The Gobble

    published November 15, 2007

    It's almost Thanksgiving and that means a little preemptive pound prevention might not be such a bad idea. After all, you can't eat turkey... More >>

  • Cirkit Makers

    published November 15, 2007

    Ask any non-techy person to complete a circuit and they'd probably either stare at you or give it a shot just to get their hands on a sweet-ass... More >>

  • Review: Sultan Café in Richardson

    published November 15, 2007

    There's an old adage that gets thrown around at business dinners and happy hours and parental lectures: Do one thing and do it well. Or, as... More >>

  • Rooms at War

    published November 8, 2007

    In any war, there may be two main parties at battle, but the victims are far greater in number. There are the naïve soldiers, the injured... More >>

  • Pencil and Plastic

    published November 8, 2007

    Apocalyptic graphite versus plastic transfers of youthful paint. Dunn and Brown Contemporary has done well to juxtapose two very different shows... More >>

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