If you spend a lot of years as a reporter, you get to know a lot of people, none of them well. It's all about popping in and out of lives quickly when something makes them newsworthy. Maybe later you wish you knew more. I had that regret this morning when I read of the death of Willie Mae Kirk, 92, ... More >>
We now live in a world where major corporate radio routinely features songs by Phoenix, M83, The Black Keys, Passion Pit, The Lumineers, Mumford & Sons, Kings of Leon and Macklemore. These were largely independent artists who for the most part built critical acclaim over the years by producing quali ... More >>
In one East Texas town, a new brand of meth lab has business -- and the occasional house -- booming.
Tuesday, July 26, at Dada
If only grandma's apple preserves came bathed in moonshineUnless your grandpa is fermenting batches of white lightning in his backyard, you're going to be hard pressed to find authentic moonshine in this neck of the woods. The moonshining, bootlegging culture of Appalachia and the South has ... More >>
Snowy, sleety weather calls for cassoulets and shepherd's pies. But unless you've already stocked your pantry, it's unlikely you'll be able to throw together an impromptu blizzard menu: Risking the streets to buy a duck leg seems silly, which is why perfectly good stay-at-home, cooking days end up w ... More >>
Not Hanna RaskinIt's no easy thing, hiring a food critic. There's the slogging through countless resumes and writing samples, the wining and dining of potential candidates, the follow-up phone calls and e-mails to find that one voice among the many whose writing pops off the page and knows what ... More >>
Charlie ParrSad to say I've never had the pleasure of attending a gig at Denton's Hydrant Café, but tonight's bill at the little eatery just off the square might warrant the trip northward.Headlining country bluesman Charlie Parr has a story almost as good as his music: The 40-year-old from Dulu ... More >>
Till this morning I'd never heard of the National Rural Funders Collaborative, a Dallas-based "collaborative philanthropic initiative" funded by some of the largest foundations in the country, among them The California Endowment, The Ford Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and the Mary Reynolds ... More >>
Need a little alt in your country? These ten don't.
In Crowns, glory in the gospel of Sunday hats; Handler rattles different religious prey
Undertow relishes in the pain and beauty of a reclusive Southern family
September 24 and 25
Blending emotion and wackiness, Pedro Almodvar's latest looks at sleeping beauties
Shelby Lee Adams' Modern Appalachia, Photographs Do Not Bend
Photographer Shelby Lee Adams captures a vanishing way of life in Appalachia
In Songcatcher, the music of Appalachia comes alive
Burning Patience needs a touch more heat
As coastal Texans head inland to escape heavy weather, landlocked beach boys are catching waves and sitting on top of the world
What's Not To Like?
The photographs of Shelby Lee Adams' Appalachia are so honest, they make you wince
Outsider artist Ida Kingsbury didn't have any friends. So she made 500 of them with her hands.
When an alcoholic, a schizophrenic, and a homeless man get together and draw, the Stewpot calls it group therapy. Christina Rees calls it art.
What to make of Erykah Badu's latest album
Julie Miller makes music for--and of--the ages
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX
11th Street's hillbilly soap opera Heathen Valley is beyond redemption
The 1994 Dallas Video Festival mixes equal parts ineptitude and brilliance