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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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    N9NE Minus One

    The best thing about dining at Victory Plaza is no longer. Sommelier Rudy Mikula has evacuated Nove Italiano for Consilient Restaurants pastures. There he will serve as wine and beverage director at Hibiscus and consult for other venues in the Consil...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 2:33 pm
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    Jekyll Island and Trammell Crow

    As for Trammell Crow's position, well, senior managing director J.D. Dell says building on the island's "risky." Because, yeah, who likes beaches? In the words of one contributor to the AJC's blog: "Jekyll was designed as a state park for the 'plain'...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 1:59 pm
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    Dallas City Council in Paradise

    And while we're all for our council members good-vibing at "a place of warmth, hospitality, and thoughtfulness," we do have a couple of questions -- like, um, what happened to the good ol' days of nearby retreats at Lee Park or Eddie Deen's, where th...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 12:51 pm
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    Christopher Bancroft Sounds Like a Rather Decent Human Being

    So here's a little more about the man behind the investment firm Bancroft Operations, courtesy this story about the pending deal and the likelihood of the Bancrofts yaying or naying the windfall. Turns out he's one of only three family members to sit...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 11:44 am
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    He Sure as Heckfire Remembers You

    has a Q&A this morning with The Greatest of All Dallas-Born Actors, Stephen Tobolowsky. And while the man's nothing short of The Greatest of All Interview Subjects, he does recount here one tale I've never heard before -- about the time he reunited h...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 10:39 am
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    C'mon, No "Told Ya So"?

    John Walters of NBC Sports reminds us this morning that in 2001, Mark Cuban said of NBA referee Ed Rush, who's also the league's Director of Officiating: "His interest is not in the integrity of the game or improving the officiating. The No. 1 priori...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 10:03 am
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    Estamos Cambiando Nombres: Hola, Parque Injusto!

    The growth of the Latino population has been dramatic. About 1.2 million Hispanics were in the DMA in 2000, more than twice the figure from 10 years earlier and a fourfold jump from 1980, according to census data analyzed by SRC. Roughly 80 percent o...

    @ Unfair Park by Robert Wilonsky on July 23, 2007 @ 9:28 am
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    $30K Millionaires

    $30K Millionaires Great article! ("Douchebags in the Mist," by Andrea Grimes, December 5.) I totally read it on my iPhone while cruising in my BMW 3 series (top down, of course) listening to "Ants Marching" by Dave Matthews. "Chris Chris," via...

    on December 6, 2007
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    Help Wanted

    Help wanted: Here's a little inside Dallas Observer baseball stuff for you: Our editor, Julie Lyons, is departing in January to write a book; Girl on Top Andrea Grimes is leaving to attend graduate school at UT-Austin and continue her work as a stan...

    by Patrick Williams on December 6, 2007
  • White Rock Run Gets Colossal - Dallas running guru remembers when The Rock was just a pebble

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    White Rock Run Gets Colossal - Dallas running guru remembers when The Rock was just a pebble

    The White Rock Marathon is all grown up. And all sold out. For the first time in the race's 37-year history, organizers of Dallas' second-largest participation sporting event were forced to cut off entries. At 15,000 runners. "Never thought I'...

    by Richie Whitt on December 6, 2007
  • Finding My Cat Power - I delve deep into the primordial mist--to find a cartoon

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    Finding My Cat Power - I delve deep into the primordial mist--to find a cartoon

    Just as ancient mystics ventured out into the wild to commune with nature and find divine guidance, I had to journey far, far out of familiar territory to find my power animal. This spirit guide would help me plan my future and calm my soul. I knew ...

    by Andrea Grimes on December 6, 2007
  • Cultivating Carnivores - Don't have a green thumb? Maybe a bloody red one is for you.

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    Cultivating Carnivores - Don't have a green thumb? Maybe a bloody red one is for you.

    Barrel-chested, with shoulder-length white hair that very nearly falls into the category of "flowing locks," Paul Riddell looks like an off-duty superhero standing outside his North Dallas condo. Behind him, a greenhouse takes up his entire patio sa...

    by Andrea Grimes on December 6, 2007
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    Ask A Mexican - All good things come from Texas--in food, anyway

    Dear Mexican: I was born in beautiful El Paso, and my parents are from Juaritos. I always wondered why Mexican restaurants en los Estados Unidos use queso amarillo--which I associate with los Estados Unidos--on their food instead of queso asadero or...

    by Gustavo Arellano on December 6, 2007
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