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  • When Waking Up is Hard to Do

    published December 30, 2010

    Everybody has been making New Year's Eve plans for a while now: Are you going to get a good meal and a toast of the bubbly, see a rock show but... More >>

  • Toast with Champagne and Schnitzel

    published December 30, 2010

    You can tuck in to a fancy schmancy dinner before toasting at midnight. That's all well and good. It's also, like, so Central Standard Time. At... More >>

  • Should Old Acquaintance Be Murdered...

    published December 30, 2010

    Every New Year's Eve involves some sort of mystery: How did those pants get on the ceiling fan? Where did I spend that last $50? Who are they and... More >>

  • Run, Drunkard, Run!

    published December 30, 2010

    Have you resolved to exercise more in 2011? Well, set that alarm and be at Flagpole Hill at 10 a.m. New Year's Day to start the year off right--or... More >>

  • A Concert of Paintings

    published December 30, 2010

    Local artist Mark Shane Nelson is a bit of a rock star. And that's not just because he created the cover art for fellow Dallasites and... More >>

  • Top Alternatives to Milk & Cookies for Santa

    Top Alternatives to Milk & Cookies for Santa

    published Dec 22, 2010

    ​On Christmas Eve across Santa-revering areas, many little tykes put on their jammies and set out a plate of treats and (usually) a glass of wholesome milk (or perhaps, cider) for Mr. Claus to nibbl... More >>

  • The Best National Album Releases of 2010

    published December 23, 2010

    The thing that makes writing about music at once an exciting and frustrating endeavor is the fact that enjoyment of the art is subjective. One... More >>

  • Chef Tell: Mise en Place and Celebrity Chef Double Whammy

    published Dec 16, 2010

    ​First off, I was on vacation last week so apologies for the lack of Top Chef All Stars recap. And while we're on the subject of last week, yes, I need a vacation from my vacation and DANG! that was... More >>

  • It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year Until Thief Dashes In to Steal Donations and the Till

    published Dec 09, 2010

    ​Some folks strive to donate to charities during the holiday season: North Texas Food Bank, Salvation Army Angel Tree, Adopt-A-Child. Maybe they even help out a kitty or pup. Which brings us to Seco... More >>

  • That's Some Collection They've Got Here

    published December 9, 2010

    Just three years ago, George Michael and Kenny Goss founded the Goss-Michael Foundation. The exhibitions they have shown (including works... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: All Stars Is All Drama

    Chef Tell: All Stars Is All Drama

    published Dec 02, 2010

    ​After the bigotry in the rear-view mirror that made Dallas' involvement with Top Chef Just Desserts not so sweet, last night's debut of Top Chef All Stars was so very freakin' awesome. There was dr... More >>

  • Model Watch: America's Next Top Model Is...

    published Dec 02, 2010

    ​I learned my lesson. I'm not going to throw a spoiler in the headline or even in the first paragraph of this blog post -- not even if you already know who won. Some people have DVRs and were busy w... More >>

  • The Bridge to Fabulous

    published November 25, 2010

    Talk about an art exhibition that really nails the interest of Dallas citizens: Try an installation that uses pre-made pieces and images of... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Morgan Wilson Is Still a Winner

    Chef Tell: Morgan Wilson Is Still a Winner

    published Nov 18, 2010

    ​I can hardly believe that this is possibly the last time I'll have the opportunity to mention Dawn Hand Renewal soap. That is, unless they sponsor Top Chef All Stars and then I'm totally screwed. Y... More >>

  • Sports Shorts

    published November 18, 2010

    After screaming our throats raw as the Rangers won their way into their first World Series, and screaming now as FC Dallas kicks out the jams, as... More >>

  • Let It All Glow

    published November 18, 2010

    Art isn't just two-dimensional anymore, people. There's more than just paintings and photographs to look at these days. You can also find fine art... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: Morgan Wilson is Officially in the Final Three

    Chef Tell: Morgan Wilson is Officially in the Final Three

    published Nov 11, 2010

    ​I just have to come clean here: For the last few weeks, when it comes to Top Chef Just Desserts, I am officially bored with pretty much anything that doesn't have to do with a special guest I alrea... More >>

  • It's For Local Art's Sake

    published November 11, 2010

    We writer types have a prickly disposition. Sometimes we're, howyousay, anti-social or just downright ornery--especially when it comes to events... More >>

  • Shh, the Art is Speaking.

    published November 11, 2010

    Texas artists Brent Kollock and Michael Roque Collins both find inspiration in the harrowing, it seems. Whether that's considering... More >>

  • It's a Modern Mix

    published November 11, 2010

    You probably ate some form of contemporary fusion cuisine within the last week, but when was the last time you digested a little Dance... More >>

  • <I>Chef</I> Tell: There's a Mouthy Bully from Dallas Named Morgan

    Chef Tell: There's a Mouthy Bully from Dallas Named Morgan

    published Nov 04, 2010

    ​This week on Top Chef Just Desserts Brought to You By Dawn Hand Renewal Because Dawn Hand Renewal Loves Top Chef Just Desserts, renowned cake decorator and beautiful ice queen Shinmin Li guest judg... More >>

  • Required Bleeding

    published November 4, 2010

    Screw Bella and the Pacific Northwest; Twilight's gone dark. But apparently, lovers of young adult vampire fiction (read: students, Goths,... More >>

  • O, Modern and Beautiful History

    published November 4, 2010

    At what point does video documentation change from just recorded events to something worthy of exhibition in a gallery setting? When does a filmed... More >>

  • Ten Food Commercials Featuring...Pandas?

    Ten Food Commercials Featuring...Pandas?

    published Nov 03, 2010

    ​Seems everybody loves a big tubby panda. Like, everybody. All over the world. They pop up in commercials for many kinds of cuisine and with all sorts of attitudes. They can be lovable, they can be ... More >>

  • Top 5 Things To Do With Halloween Candy </br>After October 31

    Top 5 Things To Do With Halloween Candy
    After October 31

    published Nov 01, 2010

    ​This year, we saw no more than 15 trick-or-treaters come to the door -- at that wasn't even at our own house, but an an organized trick-or-treat event. At home, there were seriously, zero children ... More >>

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