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    And the Winner Is ...

    Southside on Lamar, where toxic gas fumes are on the house! It's finally gone ... wait, Deep Ellum is the other way ... Run, get to the chopper! Thanks to all who played; we'll have more stuff to give away in coming days, swear. And we do appreci...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 6:01 pm
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    Thanks, Westdale!

    Whilst listening to the Deep Ellum deep-dishing on KERA-FM's Think yesterday afternoon, I overhead Deep Ellum Association prez Gianna Madrini say something about how the Knights of Pythias Temple, located at 2551 Elm Street, had been sold. She did no...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 3:59 pm
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    Say What You Will, the Lady Can Preach

    Life is complicated. That's all I can say for certain after hearing one of Pastor Sherman Allen's prized "daughters" in ministry, Prophetess Janice Mixon, preach last Thursday night in the Dallas area. Now Prophetess Mixon -- OK, fellow evangelicals...

    @ Unfair Park by Julie Lyons on July 25, 2007 @ 2:36 pm
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    Go West, Young Man

    Don't go east. Whatever you do. It just took me a ridiculous amount of time -- an hour, at least -- to get from Mockingbird-Abrams to Unfair Park HQ here at Maple and Oak Lawn. Why? It appears every lost motorist from out of town bailed off the vario...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 1:45 pm
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    The Silent Treatment: Or, Notes from the Festival of Independent Theatres

    The less said, the better The Boxer is. The new play by Dallas writer and Bootstraps Comedy Theater founder Matt Lyles, who also directs this production, is a clear audience favorite at the current Festival of Independent Theatres at the Bath House C...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 25, 2007 @ 1:14 pm
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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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