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    Burn It All Down

    published December 27, 2012

    Every true-blue Texan remembers where they were when the big man went up in flames. There in the heart of the carnival, stunned masses... More >>

  • Wording Their Eats

    published November 8, 2012

    Food is art. It’s literature, TV, entertainment and competition. You can even consume it for, you know, sustenance, if you want. But hey,... More >>

  • Accept No Substitue

    published June 14, 2012

    What a bunch of wusses those kids at Horace B. Smedley School are. When their kindhearted teacher Miss Nelson can no longer take her... More >>

  • Get Locked and Loaded

    published June 7, 2012

    Every so often, we employ here at the Dallas Observer reporters who are not what you might call “of a Texas persuasion.” East and West... More >>

  • What You Will Do is Laugh

    published June 7, 2012

    OK, follow along: Viola, a woman, dresses as a man — there’s a reason for this involving a shipwreck, but that’s not important... More >>

  • QCinema Fest Celebrates Cowtown Gayness

    published May 31, 2012

    Hard to believe that only three years have passed since Fort Worth police and agents with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agents conducted... More >>

  • Kitty Babysitter

    published May 31, 2012

    Let’s see. By now, school will have been out for about a week. Yep, that’s just about enough time for loving parents everywhere to... More >>

  • Slip the Surly Bonds

    published May 24, 2012

    Oh, boy. Oh, boy. Things that fly low and fast. Things that fly slow and glow. Things that fly and dance and twist. We’re talking air show,... More >>

  • Breaking the Silence

    published May 24, 2012

    “It gets better,” the national YouTube video campaign assures gay and lesbian teenagers who confront homophobia. Sometimes, though,... More >>

  • This is Why We Have Revolutions

    published May 24, 2012

    Man, you just can’t trust a blue-blood. One minute they’re, like, friendly, you know, hanging out in Seville and all, “Hey,... More >>

  • Strangers in Strange Lands

    published May 17, 2012

    An Iraq War veteran is brought home from combat to take part in a morale-boosting tour, with a stop at the bizarre, full-fledged... More >>

  • Tommy Davidson, In Living Flesh

    published May 17, 2012

    Hah, did you know? When black women get angry, they get their heads bobbing up and down. White women, meanwhile, are like superheroes, whose... More >>

  • Ruh-Roh, What's Velma Up To?

    published May 3, 2012

    Let's check out this here event. Hmm, it's at La Grange — alcohol-drenched shaved ice, the pinnacle of modern technology. Check. It's put... More >>

  • Competitive Eating, Minus the Gorging

    published May 3, 2012

    Ah, food. It used to be so simple. Time was, if you had an adequate amount, it tasted OK and it didn't make you sick, you could count yourself one... More >>

  • The Grammys Aren't A Beauty Pageant, Okay?

    published February 23, 2012

    They may lack the hot females and new-agey synth of those Celtic Women, or the leggy high-stepping of Riverdance, but to that we say “thank... More >>

  • Gotta Know the Territory

    published February 23, 2012

    He's just a bang-beat, bell-ringing, big-haul, great-go, neck-or-nothin', rip-roarin', every-time-a-bull's-eye salesman. That's Professor Harold... More >>

  • Oh Say Can You Sing?

    published February 16, 2012

    Like to play the ponies? Think you can sing? Then put your mouth where your money is a take a real gamble — singing the national anthem... More >>

  • Arias Are Hazardous

    published February 16, 2012

    Spoiler alert: The lovers die, but not before singing a whole bunch. Other people die too. Also singing. And thus we arrive at the moral of... More >>

  • Dork You, Pal

    published February 9, 2012

    Huh. Well, it seems some Observer editor doesn’t think much of science fiction, referring to this weekend’s SFX Sci-Fi Expo,... More >>

  • Please, Send a Tsunami

    published February 2, 2012

    When Sherwood Schwartz died last year, the creator of Gilligan’s Island and The Brady Bunch ranked a lengthy obit in The... More >>

  • Django-ed Nerves

    published January 19, 2012

    The poor soul who attempted to teach me guitar at age 40 was a jazz man, a fan of the great Django Reinhardt and the Gypsy-infused, swing guitar... More >>

  • More Twain than Twain

    published January 12, 2012

    Actor Hal Holbrook has portrayed Mark Twain longer than Samuel Clemens did -- 57 years for Holbrook, who first performed a version of his... More >>

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    The Rewards of a Good Buzz

    published January 5, 2012

    For 14 years now, Buzz has written a summary of the previous 12 months of news in Dallas. Not to brag, but that's a pretty impressive... More >>

  • One From the Attic

    published January 5, 2012

    “I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”... More >>

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