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  • It’s Frosty The Snow Hill!

    published December 13, 2012

    It’s time for some holiday fun pro tips, people: Six Flags Over Texas is badass in the winter (note: the term “winter” is... More >>

  • Fact: Santa’s French Canadian

    published December 13, 2012

    Warning! This item contains “life spoilers” and is intended for readers ages 8 and older. Proceed with caution. Here’s the thing... More >>

  • The Cinematic Side of Neiman’s

    published December 6, 2012

    Holiday shopping is either the thing that gets you the most jazzed about the season, or the thing that sends your stress level right into... More >>

  • Come Together, Over Me

    published December 6, 2012

    Being an introvert doesn’t make you unfriendly or a social Grinch. It can, in fact, be a celebrated quality. What it would definitely do,... More >>

  • Improv, Resurrected

    published November 29, 2012

    As famous holiday tales have taught us all, sometimes entities come back from the dead to teach about the true meaning of the season ... and... More >>

  • My Angel Is A Centerfold

    published November 29, 2012

    Dogs get patios, sticking their heads out of the window to feel the breeze, carte blanche to dig in places that don’t house their own... More >>

  • Art? That's My Bag.

    published November 22, 2012

    At first glance, it might seem strange to pair a handbag pop-up with the titillating lightbox installation of U.K. artist and feminist figure... More >>

  • Pretty In Pink

    published November 22, 2012

    The end notwithstanding, it’s sometimes hard to decide if Elle Woods’ leap into law is tragic or inspiring. Considering that the... More >>

  • Order Through Chaos

    published November 15, 2012

    Maybe yours is covered in cascading piles of paper, wads of discarded ideas and a rubber-band ball you’ve worked on for several years. Or,... More >>

  • Well, Color Me Collectible

    published November 15, 2012

    If it excites you when, in a small cell, a gentle curve meets a bold thick line, or when a pop of perfect color conveys an intensified level of... More >>

  • Feeding Is Believing

    published November 1, 2012

    Would you believe that Texas has the second highest rate of hungry children in the United States? Would you believe that the North Texas Food Bank... More >>

  • Michael Myers And A Dance Party

    published October 25, 2012

    Raise your hand if you’ve never seen John Carpenter’s Halloween. Now explain to everyone how, in the 35 years one of the... More >>

  • And The Award For Best Whiskers Goes To...

    published October 25, 2012

    We all have our things. Some people travel to all of the taco stands in the land, others collect Revolution-era stoneware, and then some are... More >>

  • Sustainable Living Ferments in Fair Park

    published October 4, 2012

    Anyone who has ever been to the State Fair of Texas knows that with all of the lights of the Midway, all of the fryers bubbling and all of the... More >>

  • Here's The 411 On The JFF

    published September 6, 2012

    It could be easy to assume that a film festival tied to one culture or one faith would be limited in its scope or relatability. The 16th Annual... More >>

  • A Real Thriller

    published August 30, 2012

    With the city on red alert due to the epidemic of chronic latenightous, most of us wake up feeling like the living dead … so why not... More >>

  • The Importance of Seeing Ernest

    published July 19, 2012

    Pour one out for the recently deceased but still awesome Ernest Borgnine before you enter the theater Tuesday, will ya? And have a drink for his... More >>

  • Icing is a Nice Thing

    published July 12, 2012

    Being in the hospital sucks, but being in the hospital as a kid sucks harder, at least until Musical Angels show up. Founder Dr. Gustavo... More >>

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark on 35 mm

    published June 21, 2012

    Everyone remembers the first time they saw the Nazi's face melt. Or the time that giant propeller... well, never mind. It's hard to believe there... More >>

  • Mother's Keeper

    published May 24, 2012

    When reading of the biblical book of Ruth, the story of Ruth’s tireless devotion to her widowed mother-in-law, Naomi, immigration probably... More >>

  • Celebrate Some Royal Bitches, and Others

    published June 21, 2012

    If missing out on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is still depressing you, follow the old British rule: Mind the yap. Celebrate all things dog,... More >>

  • Pocket Full of Funny

    published June 14, 2012

    No, unscripted comedy isn’t what you get when you watch America’s Funniest Videos on mute (which is the only way to watch that... More >>

  • A Chelsea-Free Experience

    published June 14, 2012

    You may well recognize the Comedians of Chelsea Lately from their boss' talk show. But if Chelsea Handler’s rants make you too... More >>

  • Roll With It

    published June 7, 2012

    Many subscribe to the “base tan” method of summering. This is when you foolishly lay out or participate in an outdoor shirtless sport... More >>

  • Laughing Out the Right Side of Your Mouth

    published June 7, 2012

    There’s smart stand-up comedy. And there’s smart-aleck commentary done while standing up. With his six years behind the desk of... More >>

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