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    In Local Celebrity Jewish News

    "Interpretation of Torah is a skill I use when I'm writing and editing lyrics and trying to explain something in a poetic way, with imagery-oriented words," she says. "That's a tradition in Judaism, that kind of process," she says. And speaking of f...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 12:15 pm
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    Caption Contest! Caption Contest!

    Oh, and the person who writes the best cutline for this photo will win a pair of tickets to see Wilco at the Palladium on September 14. Winner to be announced at 5 p.m. today. And a team of Unfair Parkers will act as fair and partial judges. Far as y...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 11:43 am
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    Rural Funders, Not Rural Jurors

    The NRFC, HQ'd out of 402 N. Good Latimer Expressway, is exec-directed by Jim Richardson, who, says his official bio, "lives in Dallas when he is not on an airplane to some remote rural community." Richardson tells the Chronicle that when the NRFC "i...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 11:07 am
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    This City's on Fire!

    Update: We now turn over coverage of this event to the professionals at capturing destruction and chaos: KDFW-Channel 4. Update Numero Dos: A Unfair Parker's roomie sends many pics taken from the South Side of Lamar rooftop, including ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 10:47 am
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    Cas Haley Still Has Talent, According to America

    Cas Haley keeps getting higher and higher in the ironically named America's Got Talent contest. "Higher and higher." Get it? No? You will. Writes "Rev. Randy L," among Haley's fans on the NBC site: "I am on top of the list to get a CD." S...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 10:17 am
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    Almost Famous

    This morning, we couldn't help but take note in The Dallas Morning News of the paid obituary for local man Jerry Yule -- "the step-brother of the world-famous movie star actor Mickey Rooney," says here. Which is true, more or less: According to Yule'...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Lawyer Cannibalism? Mmm, Tasty.

    Johnston has been a maverick for a long time. A songwriter and poet, Johnston wears his long hair in a ponytail, and over his picture on his fim's Web site he's posted these lyrics from Woody Guthrie: "As through this world I ramble, I see lots of fu...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 5:24 pm
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    One Less Victory for Victory

    "I had a baby right before Kenichi was born ... er, Kenichi was open, I had a baby right before that," he says, tongue-twisting the birthing processes. "The restaurant hours were tough." Now? Kepner is going to sell fine wines for Republic Beverage -...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 4:25 pm
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    Girl on a Motorcycle

    In our "news from the future" department, we have this New York Times story dated July 25, about how Harley-Davidson's trying to sell its bikes to the ladies. And though the story's got a Nashville dateline, much of it takes place at a G...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 3:23 pm
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    The Silver Lining in the Gold Rush's Summer Vacation

    Jim Schutze's favorite blog points out that the sad inevitable is upon us: The Gold Rush Cafe is taking its summer break, starting, oh, now. But Jeff Siegel does come bearing good news: He says that come the cafe's August reopening, proprietor George...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 2:39 pm
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    In Dallas, a Muslim Writer is Asked a Difficult Question

    Pakistan-born, American-educated, London-living novelist Mohsin Hamid was in town during the spring to read from and sign copies of his latest novel, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, in which a Pakistani man tells his tale to an American who may or may ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 1:21 pm
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    KERA Thinks About Deep Ellum Today

    Says the Think site: "As the singer says, 'if you go down to Deep Ellum, put your money in your shoe.' But the area is changing. How will Deep Ellum embrace the future while keeping an eye on its past?" Will these three have the answer to that long-d...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 12:28 pm
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    Talking God's Politics Tonight

    In an e-mail this morning, TFN says it has already pre-registered nearly 1,000 folks, which is capacity -- and impressive to boot, never mind its being free and open to anyone. But you can check here to see if there's still room. --Robert Wilonsky...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 11:56 am
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    Want to Own a Dallas Nature Scene Covered in Oil?

    A Dallas fine art collector is using eBay to offload the work of noted Texas artist Marlin Linville, who died in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. The seller's getting rid of three of Linville's oil paintings, two of which have local ties: One's ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 11:03 am
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    A Cry for Help?

    So. This morning, while doing a very occasional search of Craigslist's "rants & raves," I came across this "freakin rant" posted at 5 a.m. today by someone claiming to be mentally ill, unemployed, broke and suicidal in downtown Dallas: So I've deci...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 10:32 am
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    "O, Dallas, you shine with an evil light."

    How'd you turn a billion steers into buildings made of mirrors, and why am I drawn to you tonight? Zacly. And if monochromatic shades of mope isn't your color, then there's always this cover from a mere 200 miles away: "Finally Found a Home" from Au...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 24, 2007 @ 9:35 am
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    Pizza Patrn Out to "Reconnect Families," For Pesos on the Dollar

    Says Swad of the cards, which will come in three denominations, "When I heard that we could help reconnect families and help mend broken hearts for as little as a dollar a day, I knew we were on to something really special. It's the kind of thing tha...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 6:16 pm
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    Local Hip-Hop Label Now Has Serious Clout, Courtesy EMI

    It's not the best deal in the world -- says the CEO in last week's press release, "Even though we are not getting advanced a lot of up front money, we receive 75 percent of all of our sales and own our masters" -- but it's a nice head start for the l...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 5:36 pm
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    Dirty Dining

    But what's most important about Devil's Bowl is the cuisine. BBQ beef, haunted by Heinz, comes in a hot foil pouch on bun that looks and tastes like it came off a printing press -- sweet and tangy with a messy chipped beef demeanor and all for $2.50....

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 5:16 pm
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    A Harried Evening

    There aren't a lot of things that will make me leave a good house party just as it reaches its prime, but that's what I had to do last Friday night in order to procure my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. So I was the lame one, finishing ...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 3:28 pm
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