• Blogs

    October 9, 2014

    Dallas County Leads Texas in Women Killed in Domestic Violence Cases

    Life just got a little bit worse for women in Texas -- and particularly for women in Dallas County. The Texas Council on Family Violence released a study on Tuesday that shows Dallas County has the highest number of female domestic violence deaths in the state. More telling, Dallas has the highest p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 18, 2014

    Texas Musicians Remember Johnny Winter

    For more than 50 years, Johnny Winter made his guitar sing the blues. A lightning fast player mixed with a growling voice, Winter was part of a long lineage of Texas blues guitarists like Lightnin' Hopkins, T-Bone Walker and Stevie Ray Vaughan who simply didn't just play the blues but channeled them ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2014

    How to Duke It Out at an Electric Six-Devil Driver Double Bill and Live to Tell the Story

    "Visually, to me, this is the best show ever. I get to watch sports highlights with subtitles and a heavy metal show." -- Dick Valentine, lead singer of Electric Six That quote, ladies and gents, might perfectly sum up the madness that occurred between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 12:00 a.m. at the G ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2014

    A Great White Shark is Coming Straight for Texas, Will Probably Devour Us All

    On Sunday afternoon, a "ping" from a tracking device confirmed scientists' suspicions: Katherine, a 2,300-pound great white shark tagged last August off of Cape Cod, is headed straight for Texas. Right now, she's about 100 miles from the Florida panhandle. In another week, she could be past the Miss ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2014

    For Texas Women, Access to Abortion Keeps Dwindling, with No Hope in Sight

    Last year, Governor Rick Perry called the Texas Legislature to Austin for two special sessions, both focused on passing one of the country's most restrictive abortion laws. The new law, HB 2, put Democratic gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis on the map after an 11-hour filibuster. It also began to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2013

    A Texas Landowner's Quest to Stop the Keystone Pipeline Has Been Killed by the Courts

    The legal fight aimed at halting the advance of the Keystone pipeline through Texas was cut off at the knees on Tuesday. A state appeals court in Texarkana threw out Lamar County landowner Julia Trigg Crawford's lawsuit against TransCanada, rejecting arguments that Keystone can't condemn land becaus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    Travel Guide: Where to Take an Abortion Roadtrip After Texas' New Anti-Abortion Law Takes Effect

    The most restrictive part of Texas' new. controversial abortion law isn't its ban on abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy -- only 1 percent of abortions occur after this time anyway. It's the "ambulatory surgical center" regulation that requires all clinics that perform abortions to become ambulato ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2013

    Two More of Mike Miles' Cabinet Members Are Leaving Dallas ISD

    The announcement dispatched by Dallas ISD a few minutes ago about the restructuring of Superintendent Mike Miles' top staff describes it as "a reorganization of the district's academic operations" that will give four current mid-level administrators a chance to prove themselves at the top. Miles is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2013

    Top Nine Must-See Concerts in DFW This Week: June 13-19

    I know I say this every week, but Dallas REALLY DOES have a little something for everyone this week, including a local band's EP release, an underground hip-hop show, a gig from a country singer-songwriter, a national folk-pop duo, a metal and hardcore show, a gigantic '90s music concert and a Tom W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2013

    Flower Mound Creates Tip Line to Tell Police About Everyone You're Pretty Sure Does Drugs

    On May 17, 2011, 17 people, most of them very young, were indicted for drug crimes in and around Flower Mound, a sleepy, prosperous suburban town about 20 miles north of Dallas. Most of the defendants were accused of conspiring to traffic heroin, specifically cheese, that mixture of cold medicine an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2013

    Morrissey is Rescheduling his Dallas Show on Doctor's Orders

    Morrissey, scheduled to play the Palladium on February 18, has just announced that he's rescheduling due to continued struggles with a bleeding ulcer and Barrett's esophagus. Medical issues already sidelined the songwriting legend in late January for six shows; he's expected to resume touring in Den ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2013

    A Dallas Lawmaker Wants to Put Texas Superintendents' Sky-High Salaries to Voters

    When Mike Miles was hired last year as superintendent of Dallas ISD, he was rewarded handsomely. His base salary of $300,000 per year put him near the top of the list of the state's highest-paid superintendents. Meet all the metrics for his possible $200,000 annual bonus, and his place at the top of ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 17, 2013
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    July 31, 2012

    Best Texas Songs of All Time: #19-1

    Songs #100-80 Songs #79-60 Songs #59-40 Songs #39-20 The Spotify playlist for songs #19-1 19. Billy Preston, "Nothing From Nothing" Houston pianist Billy Preston got to hang around some decent talent (The Beatles, The Stones), but his solo material went in another direction altogether. This is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2012

    Five Country Albums To Drink Beer With

    While there's certainly an eclectic mix at this weekend's third annual Homegrown Festival, you'll want to keep an eye on Robert Ellis. The Houston musician has been kicking around for a couple of years, but his 2010 New West debut, Photographs, provided the lengthy-maned Ellis a national profile, an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Picture Show: Toadies, The Phuss and Sealion at Rockin' Rodeo

    These three bands have been rolling around Texas on a mini-tour: They just got in from Beaumont, did last night's show in Denton, spent a couple hours in their own beds, then off to Abilene. The Toadies/Phuss collaboration goes beyond this small tour, as Toadie Vaden Todd Lewis helped produce the Ph ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Rex Emerson of Boxcar Bandits Talks Bob Dylan and Playing Gator Farms

    Denton's Boxcar Bandits have been playing their warped version of Americana for just over half a decade. In that time, they've played countless shows and produced two albums: 2008's Smells Like Grass and the recently released Live at Dan's Silverleaf. And while live efforts are often perfunctory p ... 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

    February 3, 2011

    Super Bowl Side Benefit: Lunch Downtown on a Weekend

    ​Dallas eaters who live downtown may be the unintended beneficiaries of this weekend's anticipated Super Bowl hubbub. While many downtown lunch spots typically shut down for the weekend, at least one sandwich shop has announced plans to stay open this Saturday. For the first time ever, Jason' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2010

    Bonus MP3s: Grassfight Shares Some Songs And Sheds Some Light On Where It's Been Hiding.

    Grassfight​ It's been a while since we'd heard anything on Denton's Grassfight. A little over two years, even--since back when Dave Sims wrote this glowing piece on the then-new-to-the-scene outfit. And then, out of nowhere, we saw that the band on a bill at The Cavern this past weekend and then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    Chef Tell: Cooking for Buzz and Beyond

    ​First of all, TV fans, let me just throw you a cyber fist bump and wish you all a happy 9.02.10. Donna Martin graduates!But seriously, last night was the last set of "normal" challenges before the Final Four set off to cook their way through the finale. It was tense and yet surprisingly lackluste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2010

    Chef Tell: Take Them Out To The Concession Stand

    ​Last night Top Chef opened with our fair Tiffany Derry's boisterous guffaws. Ed, the cheftestant who is her show BFF and who totally adores her, was parading around in one of her dresses. At that point, with just six left in the contest, a little unflattering cross-dressing seemed an appropriate ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    A View From the Judges Table: Week 4 of The Shiner Rising Star contest.

    ​Shing Rising Star Competition: Week 4August 12, 2010City TavernAnother Thursday night in the Metroplex meant another evening of the Shiner Rising Star contest last night. Whereas the majority of the competing bands in the previous weeks have been North Texas products, last night featured a couple ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2010

    Chef Tell: This Show is No Picnic

    ​After two episodes with chefs deucing out thanks to shitty dessert offerings, it came as no shock -- to me or any sane person watching Top Chef -- that last night's Quickfire Challenge would be for sweet teeth. But somehow the cheftestants were surprised. My first instinct was to desire ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2010

    Chef Tell: Tiffany Derry, Where Were You?

    www.bravotv.comTiffany Derry​Oh, what's that? You wanted to know how Go Fish's Tiffany Derry fared on last night's Season premiere of Top Chef D.C.? Wish I could tell you.Derry was just off-screen for most of the show following her introduction. But, at least she did get the first intro.  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2010

    Top Chef To Go Fish

    ​Two years ago, then-Observer restaurant critic Dave Faries wasn't exactly singing the praises of  Go Fish Ocean Club (he was fairly distracted by the waiters' chatter). You know who was impressed? Bravo TV. Beaumont native Tiffany Derry, named Exec Chef of Go Fish Ocean Club in 2008, will ... More >>

  • Culture

    April 29, 2010
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    August 6, 2009
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    July 16, 2009

    Would You Like to Play for Dallas's New ABA Team? No, Seriously. And, No, It's Not 1967.

    Says here that on August 22 at Mountain View College, the American Basketball Association's Dallas Generals will hold it final tryouts and a combine -- seriously, the ABA returneth? Dunno how we missed it, and I've yet to find mention made anywhere else, but at the end of May, the ABA announced that ... More >>

  • News

    January 8, 2009

    Blown Over: Galveston and Texas Gulf Coast Struggle After Hurricane Ike

    Forgotten and overlooked, Galveston residents try to put the pieces back together

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2008

    Pulp Charity: Holiday Food Drive Horror Stories

    Holiday giving is all around us now. If you're not already the generous type, you're being guilted into it by a bell-ringing Santa, or Will Smith, or even Wal-Mart.If you think you can get away with tossing another can of creamed spinach into the bin -- the one in your kitchen cabinet, back where yo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2008
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    April 18, 2008

    Under a Paper Moon

    The mailman delivered a most unexpected and unusual parcel today: a package from Pennsylvania-based Schiffer Books containing two of its latest releases, Famous Texas Men Paper Dolls and Famous Texas Women Paper Dolls. Both were authored and illustrated by Beaumont's Tom Tierney -- who, says the Fam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    College Newspaper Gaga Over Unsigned Artist Damian Giglio

    Well, the guy's got the facial expressions down. (Casey Trahan Photography) Could we have a famous singer-songwriter local on the cusp of making it big? Or is it even fair to assume a song appearing on MTV’s The Hills warrants a music superstar in the making? Today's issue of Amarillo College' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2008

    Clinton's Coming to Town. Not That One. No way we were going to let NBC's David Shuster near this cutline. Bill Clinton's stumping for his missus throughout the state this week: He's in Galveston, Beaumont, Victoria, and Houston tomorrow, then in Midland/Odessa, Victoria and Houston again on Thursday. Which makes it tw ... More >>

  • News

    July 19, 2007

    Nickeled, Dimed and Screwed

    Hard-sell coin dealers make chump change

  • Calendar

    February 1, 2007

    Bow to Your Partner

    Wendorf honors the Texas dances

  • Music

    September 29, 2005

    Deep Picks

    The North Texas New Music Festival overwhelms Dallas this weekend; make sense of it with our suggestions.

  • News

    September 9, 2004

    Basic Instinct

    Plus: Move Over, Swifties; Thanks A Lot, Pal

  • Dining

    February 27, 2003

    You Say Somalia

    What is a sommelier?

  • News

    November 28, 2002

    A Girl Named Suicide

    Texas' Valerie Mahfood--last seen getting clobbered by Laila Ali--could change the pretty face of women's boxing

  • Culture

    April 11, 2002

    Free of Expression

    Two phases of John Alexander's work show what happens when an expressionist loses the fire

  • News

    November 15, 2001

    The Way of the Gun

    The untold story of why Lenell Geter was freed

  • News

    February 22, 2001

    For God and Country

    For a South Oak Cliff church considered a model for mixing faith and government, the line between church and state is thin indeeda

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    May 18, 2000


    The turkey leg goes to...; Funny lady; Hanging on a KLIF; More epistles to the Jews; Dry summer days

  • Music

    January 20, 2000

    Lost legends

    Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.

  • Culture

    June 25, 1998

    Dysfunction junction

    11th Street Theater Project revives a Pulitzer play with mixed results

  • Dining

    October 10, 1996

    Tasting the rainbow

    Even if its service is Dallas monochrome--Lavendou offers a superb palette of Provencal

  • Music

    February 15, 1996

    Lonely Hunter

    After a self-imposed exile in Mexico and obscurity, a Texas bluesman comes home

  • News

    February 16, 1995

    Bad lawyer joke

    'Tort reform' is a misleading euphemism--an excusefor insurance companies to gouge more

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