In this week's Dallas Observer we profile 20 of the metro area's most interesting characters, with new portraits of each from local photographer Can Turkyilmaz. See the entire Dallas Observer People Issue here. After Michelle Obama visited Dallas' public schools in 2012, Dora Rivas, the district's ... More >>
Ridicule Baylor University all you want. Mock the school for its 19th century social mores, for waiting until 1996 lift its dancing ban, for its campus-wide ban on alcohol, for being "guided by the understanding that basing "human sexuality is a gift from the creator God." Go for it. Just keep in mi ... More >>
With help from a former church boy from Dallas, the state's "nones" are getting organized and going public.
For the past three and a half years, Benny Barret taught Latin at a Catholic high school in Waco. Now he's living on the streets and in homeless shelters in downtown Dallas. Except, that is, when he needs a break. "My job was killing me," Barret says, sitting at a table in Main Street Garden Park o ... More >>
The other day, Unfair Park chatted with filmmaker Bentley Brown about his film Faisal Goes West, the tale of a Sudanese family moving to America and settling in Dallas' Vickery Meadow neighborhood. Brown mentioned his friend who convinced him to film in Dallas (and acted as script supervisor) starte ... More >>
In the fight for yogurt supremacy, Red Mango is quickly becoming the dominant player. Not only has the fast-casual frozen yogurt and smoothie operation recently introduced a new 80-calories per serving raspberry cheesecake, as of this weekend the Dallas-based company will have 120 stores nati ... More >>
David CrowderEven well into the new millennium, the term "Christian Rock" is still a practical oxymoron to some folks. But, for the fans of modern Christian music who don't see it that way, Texarkana native David Crowder's name is likely a familiar one.For 15 years, the wild-haired and goateed Cr ... More >>
Portland-based urban planner John Fregonese's name should ring a bell -- he's the guy behind the Forward Dallas comprehensive plan, now in effect four years last June. Saw his name again today in the USA Today: Waco's done hired him too to create a plan "that includes mixed retail and residential ... More >>
It didn't have to happen.
There's only one thing tougher than running for Dallas County sheriff—getting people to care
Dan Foote, formerly of the Dallas Times Herald Baylor University's W. R. Poage Legislative Library is "celebrating the art of editorial cartooning" with the exhibition "Drawing Power: Original Editorial Cartoons," which features such familiar locals as Bill DeOre, ex of The Dallas Morning News, and ... More >>
With the curtain falling on its old playhouse,Dallas Theater Center gets its act together with a new leader
Let's just say Bush gets charged with war crimes. Will Dallas be guilty by association with his library?
Rum and Vodka stops it and Fool for Love flops all by itself
For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.
Old-time religion confronts 21st-century Texas prisons: Does it work, and is it constitutional?
Humble Boy, based on Hamlet, stings the heart; Scapino beats itself to bits
Texas has some of the weakest animal protection laws in the country
Ole Anthony anointed himself the watchdog of America's televangelists. But who was watching Ole Anthony?
The effective liberal
Theatre Britain strips the Scottish play and its actors down to their bare essentials
Jesse Jones, emperor of Singing Hills, had no clothes, it seems
Del Hendrixson's uncertain journey from convict to Dallas gang guru
Buzz picks a few nits with the year that was
Anton in Show Business: Everything about it is appealing in a new theater company's debut at DTC
You can't buy a vibrator in Burleson, but there are plenty of dildos
When the Morning News got scooped, it passed the exit for the high road
Hollywood makes fact into fiction
When Jeff Dunham talks to himself, people listen...and laugh
High School Hellcats bare their claws at Pocket; one-acts in Addison go to hell and back
Was the Morning News wrong to send an intern on a jailhouse interview? No.
In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers
Years of little or no regulation have made Texas a place where big cats prowl--and sometimes kill
Why don't tourists flock to the meteor crater outside of Odessa? Because most don't know a bona fide Texas treasure from a hole in the ground.
Dallas lawyer Bryan Garner cuts through the muck of legal prose
What if people downtown actually got smart?
Andrew Beal spent $200 million trying to launch rockets without Uncle Sam's help. His dream went down in flames
William Dembski thought Baylor University would be the perfect place to investigate a scientific alternative to Darwinism. He didn't know he'd be crucified for his cause.
Gary Patterson flew to El Paso for a job interview--and never returned. It took nearly two years for the Texas Rangers and Waco police to unravel the bizarre web of lies and treachery that led to his disappearance.
Baylor grad Keith Bishop played in three Superbowls. Ten years later, he's become a star again -- this time, by fighting Dallas drug dealers.
Roxy Gordon was "one of the great outlaw artist misfits" and so much more
Denied his day in court, a former Waco TV reporter, falsely accused of setting up federal agents, becomes the last casualty of the Branch Davidian siege
From the mayor of Atlanta, who was unjustly accused of graft, to a California man wrongly sentenced to life in a Texas prison, polygraph examiner Eric Holden found the truth that helped set them free
Wealthy Waco businessman Brian Pardo spends his time and money helping death-row inmates he believes are innocent. His efforts on behalf of Darlie Routier have raised suspicions about her husband--and about Pardo's motives.
Richard Hamburger transformed the Dallas Theater Center into a regional marvel, but as he faces a million dollar debt and a host of angry critics, is it curtains for his daring vision?
Bill Simpson is eager to dig up dirt on you. He'll even write down your license plate number if you visit a topless bar. But the self-appointed guardian of Dallas morals doesn't want you to know anything about him.
Idaho's potato king accuses a dead Dallas oilman and his sons of a multimillion-dollar scam