• Calendar

    March 27, 2014
  • Blogs

    February 17, 2014

    The 11 Best Things We Overheard At Thin Line Film and Music Festival

    Festivals bring out the best in people. So, whenever there are four days and nights of independent films, a wide spectrum of music and Denton streets filled with every variation of plaid, there's bound to be some interesting things being whispered to a friend or screamed to the entire crowd. Put on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2014

    Rawlings and the Morning News Want Detroit-style Pension Fund Management Here

    Yes, I have campaigned here ceaselessly over the years to get Dallas to be more like my hometown, Detroit, but I was talking about stuff like the farmers market. Not the pension fund, for God's sake! Yesterday The Dallas Morning News editorial page called for the Dallas Police and Fire Pension Syst ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 23, 2013

    Calexico at Granada Theater: Review

    Last night, Calexico delivered a performance as expansive and dramatic as the Southwestern landscape and people from which the band draws so much of its inspiration. In turn the audience -- and the Granada itself -- gave back to the band all required to make the evening a memorable one for the perfo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Five Best Concerts In DFW This Week, January 22-24

    Calexico, Bahamas Tuesday, January 22, at Granada Theater, $18-$29 The last time Calexico rolled through Dallas for their 2008 release, Carried to Dust, they were as effortless as a tumbleweed, but harnessed the power of a sand storm. It's no news that since the mid '90s, Tucson, Arizona's Calexico ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Calexico Found Truth in A New Orleans Church

    These are among the key factors that caused Tucson-based Calexico chose New Orleans to write and record Algiers, their most recent full-length album: Cancer. Cuba. Children. A Cowsill. A church. And a book--with Calexico's guitarist/singer/songwriter Joey Burns, there is often a book. "We needed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2013

    Holy Ship!! Wrap-Up: It Was the Best of Times....

    There were a lot of grim faces on Monday morning as the electro-loving masses emerged off the MSC Poesia -- a.k.a. the EDM party boat Holy Ship!! -- and did a slow zombie shuffle through U.S. customs and back into the real world (a.k.a. Fort Lauderdale). Here in the industrial port, the sky was over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 7, 2013

    A Dude's Dream Comes True Aboard the Holy Ship!!

    Aboard the Holy Ship!! one gets to mix and mingle with the slew of name DJs. "Hey there's Zedd in line for pasta salad. Oh wow, there's Dillon Francis in the elevator. Oh damn, Diplo is out on the beach swimming with all the fans. "Jackbeats just bought all those people shots!" See also: Holy Ship ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The 10 Best Fashion Moments Aboard the S.S. Coachella

    Liz Tracy, Music Editor of our sister paper Broward-Palm Beach New Times, is aboard the S.S. Coachella cruise this week. Day one is here and day two is here. Most of the people we met on the S.S. Coachella had never been on a cruise before. Like us, they weren't so sure what to pack or how to dress ... More >>

  • Music

    November 8, 2012

    R. Kelly

    Thursday, November 8, at Verizon Theatre

  • Blogs

    November 8, 2012

    The Eight Best Concerts In Dallas This Weekend, November 8-11

    Dallas Observer Music Awards Saturday, November 10, in Deep Ellum, $10 The 2012 Dallas Observer Music Awards are here! We're inviting you to come party with us at our 24th annual local-music showcase, which celebrates the North Texas music community and its various contributions this past year. More ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    For Some Reason Grapevine Pastor and Sexpert Ed Young Won't Let Me Surf His Couch

    Having a wife, an almost-3-year-old and another on the way (child, not wife), I've shackled myself to a life of uneventful domesticity, at least for the next 18 years. It's a comfortable setup, but one that can induce restlessness, so when fate put me in Dallas a full week before starting at Unfair ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2011

    35 Denton Wants To Put You On a Bruise Cruise

    Thee Oh Sees will be at 35 Denton after safely making it back to shore​Sure, the concept for Bruise Cruise seems like the script for a low-budget horror movie: Put a bunch of rowdy punk bands on a three-day cruise from Miami to the Bahamas, supply with booze, gambling and buffets, and watch so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2011

    Listen to School of Seven Bell's New Single, Between Notes Film Earns Release & More

    ​Just a few weeks ago, shoegaze duo with local ties, School of Seven Bells, announced that their third full- length record, Ghostory, would be released at the beginning of 2012. Today, Pitchfork reports that the album's official release date will be February 28, 2012.With the news, the band went a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2011

    Dallas Cowboy Cheerleader Ally Traylor on Pre-Game Meals and Favorite Dallas Restaurants

    Occasionally we identify interesting local folks who are as obsessed with food and restaurants as we are, and share some of their thoughts on Dallas' dining scene and food in general. This is one of those occasions. What food reminds you of your childhood? Soft pretzels! I'm originally from St. L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Catching Up With That Fascinating Federal Case Involving Wendy Reves's Son and the DMA

    ​Every week I get two, three emails asking: What's up with the federal lawsuit over The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection at the Dallas Museum of Art? You remember the one: Wendy Reves's son Arnold Leon Schroeder Jr. is suing the Dallas Museum of Art, claiming they done took his mama's Gauguins, Mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 10, 2011

    Good Friday: The Nighty Nite's Dallas Debut, and The Rest of This Weekend's Best Shows

    Part of The Nighty Nite​This weekend's concert portfolio is strong to quite strong. Interestingly enough, though, the biggest local show will be happening at one of the area's smallest venues, as John Congleton's new band The Nighty Nite make their Dallas debut at Double Wide on Saturday. They'll ... More >>

  • News

    June 2, 2011

    Final Destinations: 2

    Mavericks revenge is a dish best served with Heat.

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If the Mavericks lose in the first round to the Trail Blazers, Rick Carlisle should be fired. The window propped open by 33-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is closing, and 50-something wins without a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2011

    Chef Tell: It Just Conch Be True

    ​I'll be kind to you people who will see this pop up but who haven't yet watched last night's episode of Top Chef All Stars, the conch-ed up episode resting listlessly in your DVR. I won't give anything away in this first paragraph where your eyes will involuntarily dart around as much as you wish ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    Chef Tell: Oh, the Lame Bahama Drama

    ​For the first round in a Top Chef final, this week left much to be desired. Due to that -- and a crippling stomach bug that had me wishing the show was not about food, but rather a blanket fort competition -- this is a truncated and belated recap. Apologies for that.The cheftestants arrived in th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 3, 2011

    Chef Tell: The Immigration Challenge Before the Emigration Challenge

    ​Last night, Top Chef began with chefs still in shock that stoner food icon Dale had been sent packing...oh, and with Tiffany declaring that she simply cannot be sent home on the same challenge she was sent home on last season (the final one before heading abroad). A jinx? Perhaps, especially give ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 4, 2010

    Strange Boys Added To the Inaugural "Bruise Cruise Festival"

    The idea of having a band on a ship is nothing new, but whole rock 'n' roll cruise-ship thing has really started to take off in the past few years. Last year, we saw Jonathan Tyler and the Northern Lights join Lynard Skynard on a cruise-ship concert series, and now comes news of a more indie-inspire ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 3, 2010
  • Culture

    April 29, 2010
  • Blogs

    December 4, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: Decadent Dub Team, Fracturing the Mash-Up

    DDTers Jason Wolford, EZ Eddie D and Jeff Liles​ The puke green exterior made the Mitchell Building in Deep Ellum look like a frightening industrial shop of horrors. Far from being accidental, that's by design -- the place was actually a weapons manufacturing facility during Word War II.In the ear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    How 'Bout Them Knockers: Nara Pizza & Oven​Each week in 'Knockers' we order from a different delivery restaurant, assessing their efficiency and keeping a running score.Nara Pizza & Oven3716 Belt Line, Addison972-488-3663Promised delivery time: 40 minutesActual delivery time: 27 minutesScoring summary:Beating--nay, crushin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    Echoes and Reverberations: The Bad Sleep Good or Not At All.

    They were loud, rude, bratty and obnoxious. They smoked pot, drank lots of beer, did drugs and slept in their clothes. If you were a guy who hung out at Theatre Gallery during the late '80s, chances are pretty good that one (or more) of them fucked your girlfriend. And they got away with it all be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2008

    Top Ten Dance Albums of 2008

    Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddling, you can sample enough cheesy beats and mashups to clog arteries from here to Berlin. Simple dropdown mouse maneuvers can transform electro tracks into progressive house tracks (from dry ... More >>

  • Music

    December 18, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 12, 2007

    Have A Mav-ulous Holiday

    Formulating Christmas gift lists and pondering what in the world to get the Dallas Mavericks fan who has everything? I mean, in recent times the Mavs have rid themselves of the albatross, made the NBA Finals and finally beaten the Warriors. Short of a time machine that could zap us back to the start ... More >>

  • Film

    April 5, 2007


    In The Hoax, a lying president (Nixon) begets a lying author (Richard Gere). Good thing that wouldn't happen today.

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2007

    The Prestige

    Copperfield makes money vanish

  • Film

    November 16, 2006

    Royale Flush

    The Bond franchise takes a gamble on a new guy and comes up aces

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    On the Rebound

    Mavs dragging old heartache into new season

  • Dining

    July 27, 2006

    Bouncing Chicken

    Silly name, clever pollo

  • Calendar

    April 21, 2005
  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • News

    February 12, 2004


    Awash in oil, the Spanish victims of a tanker disaster seek justice from a Texas company

  • News

    May 15, 2003

    Vegas, Baby

    Plus: Mark Cuban's Dance Party; Check Her Briefs

  • Culture

    September 20, 2001

    Amused to Death

    How will Hollywood react now that real life is more terrifying than fiction?

  • News

    August 2, 2001

    Rich Man, Poor Man

    Dallas architect Tom Stanley crafted buildings that endure on city skylines across the country, but his fortune and family wouldn't survive their own shaky foundations

  • News

    January 25, 2001

    Unfair Share

    High-pressure sales tactics and promises of fabulous prizes make Dallas-based Silverleaf Resorts the champion of Texas time-shares, but dissatisfied customers say, "Buyer beware"

  • Music

    September 14, 2000

    Still Alive!

    Peter Frampton, the golden god of the 1970s, is, once more, Almost Famous

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Bad business

    Death merchant Michael Lee Davis, sent once again to prison, is now worth more dead than alive

  • Calendar

    April 15, 1999

    Night & Day

    April 15-21, 1999

  • Dining

    May 1, 1997

    At sea

    Clive & Stuart's island cuisine needs a culinary compass or a boardwalk

  • Film

    February 13, 1997

    Power outage

    After this absolute mess, Eastwood might consider a ride into the sunset

  • Music

    June 27, 1996

    Electric blue

    Jim Suhler talks about life and the local bluesman

  • News

    October 19, 1995

    Sex and city hall

    How strip bars have their way with the Dallas city council

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