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  • Web Of Mystery... And Laughter

    published September 3, 2009

    Hey, it's happened to everyone at one time or another. Nothing to be embarrassed about. But consider this: In preparation for the next time you... More >>

  • Project Runway Recap: A Local-Girl Showdown That's Pregnant With Hot Messes

    published Aug 28, 2009

    ​Last week, Project Runway welcomed as celebrity guest judge Lindsay Lohan, last seen losing $2 million in jewels. This week we got "film and television star" Rebecca Romijn, last seen losing two tw... More >>

  • The Art of Change

    published August 27, 2009

    Change is difficult. Change is emotional. Change is also fun and inspiring and often leads to growth. Just look at the Ice House Cultural Center... More >>

  • Watson + Young = Exhibition

    published August 27, 2009

    Oh, the power of uncertainty. The beauty of ongoing research. Take Stephen Hawking for example. Even his Elegant Equation--that posed an... More >>

  • Getting Perspective

    published August 27, 2009

    Finally! What a relief. Seriously. After all these years of going to art shows where we're supposed to be all objective and look at art with... More >>

  • A Shopaholic's Dream

    published August 27, 2009

    You'd never know that I was a fashion nut. Why? Because I'm a browser. A window shopper. A bargain hunter who doesn't often find a bargain I can... More >>

  • Buscar Bronca

    published August 27, 2009

    Looking back at the musical career of Aryn Dalton, you'd assume his latest project would either ring bombastic and sordid (a la his many years... More >>

  • Project Runway First Episode Recap: The Two Local Contestants Play Safe and Stay Safe

    published Aug 21, 2009

    ​Dear Lifetime, thank you. I've really, truly missed Project Runway. Last night I was visibly excited to have it back. One thing though: Go high-def, for crying out loud. Not being able to see ruchi... More >>

  • Minor League, Major Fun

    published August 20, 2009

    A friend once pointed out that minor league baseball has the same type of fan as MLS: few and far between (but increasing in number, thankfully),... More >>

  • Heavy on the Cheese

    published August 20, 2009

    He's sold 175,000 CDs since 2000, people. This cat has swanked up sets for TV hosts from Jimmy Kimmel to silver fox Anderson Cooper. But you might... More >>

  • From Your Hometown To The Reality Tube, Catching Up With Summer's Dallas-Bred TV Stars

    published Aug 14, 2009

    ​In gearing up for Project Runway, we've been checking out Louise Black's fashions. We've also been gut-checking to see if we can handle watching Dallas' David Cohen on, um, Megan Wants a Millionair... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: Lazare

    Girl Drink Drunk: Lazare

    published Aug 13, 2009

    ​Recently, I moved my ass out of a beloved one-bedroom apartment that I often forgave for its thin walls (and even thinner ceilings) and communal air ducts due to the low rent and friendly manager. ... More >>

  • Kids and 'Dults Get Wiggly

    published August 6, 2009

    As an adult with a two-and-a-half-year-old niece and no children of my own, I dig The Wiggles. Compared with the awkward questions of Dora... More >>

  • This Could Be Your Kitchen

    published August 6, 2009

    Are you a speed, steam or double oven kind of person? Do you desire warming capabilities where your junk drawer currently resides? When you watch... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: The Windmill Lounge

    Girl Drink Drunk: The Windmill Lounge

    published Jul 30, 2009

    ​A couple of weeks ago the Dallas Observer and its readers bid farewell to Alexa Schirtzinger, aka Veggie Girl. She was heading out to travel in South America and have fantastic adventures, and we j... More >>

  • Can't Let Go

    published July 23, 2009

    You saw, or maybe even read (gasp!), High Fidelity, right? So you know about a guy who can't figure out where he screwed things up. But not... More >>

  • They Bang

    published July 23, 2009

    I've personally never been thanked for loyalty and (ahem) patronage with a really good bang, but I guess there's a first time for everything.... More >>

  • Dallas Observer Music Awards

    published July 23, 2009

    Last year, at our 20th annual Dallas Observer Music Awards, there was a distinct theme of tradition behind all the festivities. And... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: Family Karaoke

    published Jul 16, 2009

    First of all, I realize some people don't like karaoke, that it ain't their thing and they'd prefer to sit there and just watch the fun. That's cool. But just trust that at Family Karaoke -- whe... More >>

  • The Perfect Pair

    published July 16, 2009

    Some people have a certain obsession with perfection, and as artist Polly Lanning Sparrow likes to examine with her painting installations,... More >>

  • The Perfect Pair

    published July 16, 2009

    Some people have a certain obsession with perfection, and as artist Polly Lanning Sparrow likes to examine with her painting installations,... More >>

  • No Trespassing?

    published July 16, 2009

    Sometimes, just seeing is enough. It's the heat and energy of voyeurism without the sneak and the sordid. It's looking past a fence, into... More >>

  • Pope Johnson the First

    published July 9, 2009

    What is it you people want out of original theater these days? What will make you come in droves to fill in rows of seats before yelling "Bravo!"... More >>

  • Girl Drink Drunk: Lee Harvey's

    Girl Drink Drunk: Lee Harvey's

    published Jul 02, 2009

    Seems like any one of the nights we do a Girl Drink Drunk would be a "girls' night out" but this one was officially a "Girls' Night Out." Like, I got an invitation. People RSVPed. There were boys arou... More >>

  • We Hope They Get. This. Job!

    published June 26, 2009

    The longest-running American musical--original run or revival, we don't care--just has something about it. Something that gets you tense, nervous,... More >>

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