If the past few days have been a little disorienting thanks to this polar vortex, then fear not: there are concerts coming to help us all make a little more sense of the world again. This weekend brings performances from folk legends, a trio of rockin' brothers from Texas, and a legendary Houston ra ... More >>
Say hello to July, everyone. While we've been taking special care to celebrate the wide bevy of versatile shows to visit the DFW in the past six months, it's been important that we highlight some of the great shows of the future. Although plenty of rap and hip-hop favorites will soon be making their ... More >>
For someone who's never helmed a fine dining restaurant in Dallas, David Anthony Temple has a lot of opinions about the city's food and restaurants. Cooking under the nom de guerre Chef DAT, Temple has been hosting underground pop-up dinners across the city for the last four and a half years, and di ... More >>
Bands like the Avett Brothers and Colorado's Yonder Mountain String Band have somehow managed to make progressive bluegrass cool. YMSB have done this by straying as far as possible from the stereotypes and songwriting norms associated with traditional bluegrass. By incorporating some rock spirit int ... More >>
If you think you had it hard during these past few cold months, you should talk to a local food truck owner. Winter is tough on sales for any outdoor food service operator, and this past season was particularly nasty. Spring will bring relief but even that will be short-lived as the following summer ... More >>
Van Dralan Dixson, the man accused of raping as many as nine women in South Dallas in recent months, is sorry. He's sorry that he raped a woman as she walked home from her job at at a fast-food chicken restaurant on September 1, then stole her cell phone, cash, and food, according to police. He also ... More >>
We all know that the flashy types like Eddie Van Halen, Joe Satriani and Yngwie Malmsteen get (or got) kudos simply for playing super fast. But being a great guitarist is more than just burning up a fret board. Here are the five folks who best know that nuance is just as important as flamboyance.
The first attack began as a robbery, turned into a carjacking, and ended in sexual assault and arson. Police say that Van Dralan Dixson approached a man as he stepped behind a South Dallas building to take a leak at about 4:45 on the morning of June 22. After the man handed over his money and ran a ... More >>
Van Dralan Dixson, the neighborhood watch volunteer accused of a string of rapes in South Dallas, was arrested in Baton Rouge on Tuesday, several local news outlets are reporting. Police announced Dixson as a suspect over the weekend after DNA evidence linked him to one of the assaults. Subsequent ... More >>
Better Than Ezra hits town on Friday at the House of Blues. Sure, they'll play a usual set, but beforehand, they're hosting a casino night in the venue's Cambridge Room. There, you'll find an open table and buffet, casino games and an acoustic set by the band. It's a charity event for the Better Tha ... More >>
There are many words that come to mind when you think of Dallas. "Barbecue," for one. A lot of traffic-related phrases too, like "road construction," "highway overpasses" or "valet parking." But three surprising adjectives connected to Dallas are "young," "broke" and "single," at least according ... More >>
Earlier this month, I wrote a cover story so bizarre, I had to periodically check official documents just to be sure I had not wandered into the realm of magical realism. Yes, in fact, a sacred white buffalo was born to a Greenville rancher named Arby Little Soldier during a lightning storm in 2011. ... More >>
Aligator's Cafe GumboWith Fat Tuesday upon us, gluttony is the single goal of the day. While lots of shenanigans will surely ensue, as they do every Tuesday in this city, don't forget to fill your ulcerated tummy with a bowl of hearty gumbo. I spoke with several local chefs on the art behind ... More >>
Starfucker, Painted Palms and Alexico The Prophet Bar Friday, January 13 An interesting sampling was in attendance at Friday's sold-out Prophet Bar show, one that spanned teens, 20, 30 and 40-somethings. Monterrey-based one-man band Alexico's computer-assisted performance was, at first, an acquired ... More >>
Guitarist/singer-songwriter Tab Benoit is Cajun to the bone. Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, but raised in the small town of Houma, Benoit was brought up on a steady diet of Hank Williams, George Jones, B.B. King and John Lee Hooker. It's no wonder that Benoit's songs echo the influences of classic ... More >>
In my day, this was also the site of the best Sound Warehouse in town. In my day.Over the weekend I espied the deconstruction site you see here, across from Bachman Lake at Northwest Highway and Marsh. The new Sam's right there took me by surprise -- so too did the disappearance of the landmark W ... More >>
The neo city on the hills is a far cry from its cheap pot, cold beer and low-rent former ways.
Margaret KeliherLate last night the city posted the list of folks who'd like to be on the city's gas drilling task force. That's in advance of a 10 a.m. meeting scheduled for Thursday, at which time Linda Koop -- chair of the ad hoc gas drilling task force nominating committee, whew -- and her ho ... More >>
I had the luck to attend one of chef David Anthony Temple's Underground Dinners. Temple began his career in Louisiana and traveled around the world before settling here in Dallas, where he started working with Tom Spicer. His passion is using the best local and regional ingredients to make di ... More >>
Just a couple of interesting musical options this Monday evening as the music conferences have been all packed up and put away until next year.
Raising Cane's (multiple locations) www.raisingcanes.com Dude Factor: 7, or House's cane, on a scale of 1 (Michael P. Fay) to 10 (Caine). We had never darkened the door at a Raising Cane's until the new Greenville Avenue location opened, tempting us with its promise of "chicken fingers" on ... More >>
Despite what the popular ad jingle may tell you, the best part of waking up isn't always the coffee in your cup. Some mornings it may be a friendly smile or the memorable service of the person pouring that cup of coffee.Other days, the best part of waking up may be a meaningful conversation over ... More >>
Do you like to dress up in costume and dance around for kids? If so, and you're not currently enrolled in an educational institution at which the top grade level is "12" or lower, you may be creepy. (Birthday party clowns are no exception, as anyone who, like me, is terrified of them, will attest.) ... More >>
If you’re moping about working late on a Friday or having to squeeze into that bikini you’ve outgrown or finding your boyfriend in a closet with your best friend, this will either give you refreshing perspective or make you feel like an utter loser not worthy of taking up space on this earth. ... More >>
Music tidbits from the Big D
The holler's not that far from the 'hood
As we pointed out in August, the Health and Human Services Commission figures there are about 251,000 Katrina evacuees still living in Texas--66,000 of whom ended up in North Texas. Most are African-American; most are women; most are making very little money. And yesterday, a federal judge ruled tha ... More >>
The churrascaria king expands his dominion
On Wednesday, Dallas Morning News staffers could begin accepting the newspaper's buyout offers, and they did so in droves; some 80 staffers have taken the parting gift, among them some high-profile arts critics, reporters and editors. They've been named here and here, but those lists aren't necessar ... More >>
"We want to be the P.F. Chang's of steakhouses," Texas de Brazil founder and COO Salim Asrawi said when the first Texas de Brazil churrascaria opened in Addison in 1998. Churrascarias are those Brazilian grills where skewered meats are roasted over open pits and continuously cycled through the dinin ... More >>
Broke as a joke? Good Records feels your pain with a late in-store line-up tonight. Touring acts Cordero and Koufax play at 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. respectively--they don't even have gigs in the area, so this free show is your only chance to catch either of 'em. Dallas' Blackheart Society (who will have t ... More >>
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