• Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    CBD and Spoon Are Among Texas Monthly's Top Ten Restaurants in the State

    CBD Provisions is still gaining momentum. I loved the restaurant when I reviewed it last year, and after positive coverage from most publications in the Dallas area, they've now earned a nod from Texas Monthly. For now you can only access a small spot on an apple shandy that's being served at the re ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 9, 2013

    Announcing (Part Of) The Dallas Observer Music Showcase Lineup

    Now for the fun part. On Saturday, November 2, the Dallas Observer Music Showcase will feature some 60 North Texas bands and artists, all nominees for our Music Awards, at several stages in Deep Ellum. Today, we've got (in alphabetical order), the first 40 bands you can expect to see that night. T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 11, 2013

    The Texas Supreme Court is Deciding How Much Your Pet is Worth

    Three years ago, Jeremy and Kathryn Medlen's dog, Avery, escaped from their Fort Worth home during a thunderstorm. They learned a few days later from Fort Worth Animal Control that Avery had been found safe and was in the custody of the city shelter. But by the time the family arrived to claim their ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012

    Untapped Festival

    Saturday, September 8, at Trinity Groves

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Drinking Excuse of the Day: It's International IPA Day. Plus, More Beer Events.

    ​If you haven't checked your 2011 Calendar of Made-Up Food Holidays, today is International IPA Day. (It's also National Catfish Month, National Peach Month, National Water Quality Month and National Picnic Month, so consider that when deciding on food pairings with your IPAs.) We're on the fenc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Breckenridge Brewery Dinner Slams Screen Door, Holy Grail Gets Smoked Out, Urban Crust Hosts Dinner and More Beer Events

    A rare chance to enjoy 120 Minute IPA Saturday.​Busy week for Breckenridge Brewery in Dallas: After a cask-tapping of 471 yesterday at the Meddlesome Moth and a Brewsday Tuesday at the Common Table the day before, Breckenridge Brewery is featured tonight in a 7 p.m. beer dinner at the Screen Door. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2011

    World Beer Company Bottle Shop Pub and Store Soft-Opens Saturday, and More Local Beer News

    No word on whether Obama beer is among the 500 available at World Beer Company Bottle Shop.​A hat tip, along with a couple of corrections, to UrbanDaddy, which scooped us on this beer bar and package store, but must have spent a little too much time coming up with a trademark story-ending zinger t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2011

    If You Missed Strong Ale Festival At The Meddlesome Moth, Here Are Some Recommendations For Sunday's Leftovers Brunch

    Jesse HugheyChicken-fried chicken with chipotle gravy and grits was great. But the real stars at the Strong Ale Festival were the beers, like this sample of Ommegang Triple Perfection.​Good news if you missed the Strong Ale Festival at the Meddlesome Moth on Saturday -- you weren't alone. Which wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 30, 2010

    The Problem With... Diddy-Dirty Money's "Coming Home"

    Diddy had a pretty busy year in 2010, what with a starring role in Get Him To the Greek and keeping up with his brands. Oh, and he also released an album called Last Train to Paris with his new group, Diddy-Dirty Money. The latest single from the group is the reflective and sentimental "Coming Home. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2010

    Hophead's Personal Top 10 Beers Of The Year

    Was Raging Bitch really the highest-ranked beer of the year for Hophead, or do we just like the name and label? Read on to find out.​This week, I'm looking back on 2010 with a couple of lists. First, I'll share my 10 favorite beers of the year. They're not my top 10 of all time, but rather 10 bre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 21, 2010

    Avery Demons Series -- Beers of Unholy Strength Take Flight At The Moth

    Jesse HugheyThree four-ounce pours from Avery's Demons of Ale series at the Meddlesome Moth. (Yes, it's a lousy picture. It was dark on the patio. I don't want to hear about it.) ​Last night, as part of the three-pub cooperative Avery push we mentioned Monday, the Meddlesome Moth cracked open thre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2010

    Faux Belgian Brews: Ranking Celis Grand Cru And Flying Dog Raging Bitch

    ​This week's special Avery events at the Libertine Bar, The Common Table and the Meddlesome Moth are putting a special emphasis on the Colorado brewery's Salvation Belgian-style golden ale. The Libertine and Common Table have already offered up food pairings especially made to go with the beer, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    Libertine, Meddlesome Moth and Common Table Unite Behind Avery Beer

    ​Three of Dallas' best beer joints are teaming up to offer the rarest beers available from one of Colorado's finest breweries all week, beginning with a food pairing at The Libertine featuring Avery Salvation and continuing with pairings and tappings of Avery's Demons, Trinity and Dictators series ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 28, 2010

    Homebrewing A Saison, Wolfgang Puck And Texas Brewers Celebrate Harvest, And Flying Saucer Sets Luau

    ​A recent New York magazine article got me thinking about saison, the Belgian farmhouse ale style that was once considered an endangered species of beer but has in recent years become a rather hot craft-brew trend. I already knew that originally they were a relatively crisp and dry low-alcohol bee ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2009

    Sean Avery Didn't Like the Dallas Stars. But He Does Like Being a Star.

    In the Sports Illustrated hitting stands today, Michael Farber dissects "The Trouble with Sean Avery." In short: He's a terrible teammate -- so bad that the Dallas Stars can't even find a minor-league team willing to take the former Vogue intern off their hands, much less an NHL team interested in s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2008

    Get the Hull Outta Here?

    That's what The Hockey News is insisting today -- that Brett Hull's done as co-general manager of Your Dallas Stars. On the very day owner Tom Hicks is scheduled to meet with his peoples to discuss the fate of Sloppy Seconds Avery, says Hull -- who brought Avery to Dallas in the first place ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2008

    Mav. Wrecks.

    No, no Avery. The Mavs are 2-4, not 1-4. Nice try. Wanna know how crappy the Dallas Mavericks were yesterday afternoon against the previously winless Clippers. This about sums it up: “We just couldn't get stops,” said Jason Kidd, “and we couldn't make any shots at the other end.” ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2008

    Your ’08-09 Dallas Mavericks: Still Good. Still Not Good Enough.

    Make-or-break year for him. And his team. Don’t believe it. The Mavericks, overnight, did not grow old and tired and shitty. Everywhere you surf entering tonight’s opener against the Houston Rockets – especially here – you hear how Dallas will be lucky to win 45ish games and lucky to ... More >>

  • News

    October 9, 2008

    The Mavericks' Faith In Jason Kidd

    For better or worse, the Mavs trust in the power of Bas-Kidd-Ball

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2008

    Former Maverick Close to Coaching Phoenix Suns. No, Not That One.

    'Scuse me, Avery. I believe that's my chair. With TNT analyst Doug Collins apparently the Chicago Bulls’ choice and former Mavericks player Elston Turner jumping to the front of the line in the Phoenix Suns’ search, it’s looking more and more like Avery Johnson will have to slum it next y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2008

    Meet the New Boss. Same as the Old Boss?

    Rick Carlisle can be the same. Long as he's different. Us media dorks get our first chance to meet ‘n greet new Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle this afternoon down at American Airlines Center. Honestly, I’d have rather landed the entertaining and up-tempo Mike D’Antoni or persuaded general ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008
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    April 30, 2008

    Now, Where Did We Put Our Post-Season Bong?

    Brandon Bass. There. Now that I’ve addressed the positives from the Mavericks’ short-circuited post-season, let’s move on to trying to sort out the shit. Get comfy. It starts, of course, with the head coach. Avery Johnson must be fired. Now. Because of his micro-managing, defiant devotion to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2008

    The Dallas Mavericks' Official Release Concerning Avery Johnson's Official Release

    Avery Johnson, picking up his Coach of the Year award two years ago. Which seems like a million years ago. Either Mavs owner Mark Cuban takes the suggestions of Unfair Park (and everyone else with eyes) pretty damn seriously, or else Avery Johnson’s dismissal had become that obvious. Probably the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2008

    Yo, Mavs, The End's Not Near

    Yeah, I know. The end is near. The Mavs packed their white flags and vacation itineraries on the flight to New Orleans yesterday. They are six-point underdogs against the Hornets tonight and, according to NBA history, have about a nine percent chance of rallying from down 3-1 to win the series. Dall ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2008

    Of Flagrant Fouls and Shining Stars

    After last night’s dichotomous performances by the Mavs and Stars, it appears we’ll be having our spring over ice, thanks. Because while Dallas’ hockey team was dismantling the San Jose Sharks to take a 2-0 series lead, its basketball team put forth one of the most disturbingly ineffective eff ... More >>

  • News

    April 24, 2008

    It's Time for Mavericks Coach Avery Johnson to Deliver

    If the team continues to erode, the coach must go

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2008

    The Beginning Of The End

    Why can't the Mavs' coach take his own damned advice? On second thought, Dirk Nowitzki shouldn’t have turned the other cheek. He should’ve hauled off and cold-cocked David West during last Saturday’s Game 1. Or, at least, put him in a headlock and bludgeoned his nose Nolan Ryan-style. That way ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008
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    April 1, 2008

    Sleeping in the Blogspot

    So you're saying wearing one of these will not get you into the Mavericks' locker room, then? Damn it. I’ll have much more on Bloggergate in this week’s paper version of Unfair Park. (Wait till you get a load of how the thing really started.) But this morn’ I get an email from Greg Holland, be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 26, 2008

    We're Still Better Than the Clippers!

    What if it turns out Malik Allen was the most important of Dallas' trade with the Nets? I went to Mavericks 103, Clippers 90 last night, and came away with some distinct impressions: Fresh off his three-hour appearance on The Michael Irvin Show, Adam “Pacman” Jones was on hand with a guy who wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 20, 2008

    Five Things We Don’t Want to See at Tonight’s Mavericks-Celtics Game

    Hard to believe that just two years ago, Avery Johnson was Coach of the Year. 1. Jason Kidd riding the pine for three-quarters of the second half while Tyronn Lue runs the show. Remember the big trade? Ya know, the one I never liked? Wasn’t it because Kidd’s experience, leadership and ability to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2008

    Damn, Jason Kidd Makes One Expensive Cheerleader

    Apparently, Avery Johnson saw the cover of this week's SI and decided to do the opposite. Mavs-Spurs was a classic last night. Avery Johnson coached it like a playoff game, using only an eight-man rotation. Dirk was good and Duncan was great and Bruce Bowen was sharpening his elbows for the post-sea ... More >>

  • News

    February 7, 2008

    Mavericks Don't Need Jason Kidd

    No joke, the Mavericks should pass on a major trade and allow this nucleus one more shot

  • News

    July 5, 2007

    White Elephants

    Mavs' draft gifts usually pale in comparison

  • News

    May 10, 2007

    Stinko de Mayo

    Thanks to the Mavericks, welcome to football season

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2007

    Schmoes 1, Pros 0

    Avery Johnson is still scared of Don Nelson. Yeah, this is gonna be a long series. Toldja. The Dallas Mavericks will eventually win this war, but ol’ pal Don Nelson has already won an important battle. See, when Nellie used to coach the really crappy Mavs in the ‘90s and they’d come up against ... More >>

  • News

    February 15, 2007

    I Love Josh Howard

    ...And great basketball

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2007

    Austin Powers

    Austin Croshere scored 34 points last night. We're not sure, but we think that's also as many points as he's made in his entire career. Don't tell me you saw that one coming. After amassing only 24 points over the last two months, reserve Austin Croshere hops off Avery Johnson's bench and scores a ... More >>

  • Music

    January 4, 2007
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    December 5, 2006
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    September 26, 2006
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    July 24, 2006

    Where There's Smoke, There's Usually Mark Cuban

    Could the coach on the right wind up with the coach on the left--which is to say, left out? We shall see. In the month since our Dallas Mavericks broke our hearts with a dramatic come-from-ahead loss in the NBA Finals, owner Mark Cuban has been dissed by Dirk Nowitzki and now is apparently turning a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2006

    Shaping Up to be a Foul Finals

    "Gary Payton, you're so great. How come you're so great?" And other questions posed by NBA writers. Forget Game 4, the blowout you still can't erase from the memory banks, and we're just a few ticks of the clock away from the title that shoulda-woulda-coulda been the Dallas Mavericks'. Now we're one ... More >>

  • News

    June 15, 2006

    Assist, Nellie

    Transformation started by Mavs' Godfather finally finished

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2006
  • Calendar

    November 17, 2005

    Reel Killer

    The Deep Ellum Film Festival offers cinematic pleasures...just not in Deep Ellum.

  • News

    September 15, 2005

    Assist, Avery

    Diminutive Mavs coach gives New Orleans evacuees a huge lift

  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Holy Hole

    Flamin' Papaya is hard to find but easy to enjoy

  • Film

    October 14, 1999

    Out of sight

    The Limey proves style can sometimes enhance the gritty substance

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