In 1997, Nick Urata and his band DeVotchKa began playing background music for local burlesque dancers in Denver. Soon the band's unique combination of Eastern European folk music and indie rock began gathering the attention of critics and fans alike. With the release of How it Ends in 2004, DeVotchK ... More >>
Turns out or resident English guy, Gavin Cleaver, who drenches himself in barbecue sauce and smoke for us over on City of Ate, is actually like a doctor. In politics. University trained and the author of a forthcoming book on political ethics. We did not know that ... both that he was a Ph.D. or tha ... More >>
Following North Texas' big win at the Great American Beer Fest, this week's cover story by Lauren Drewes Daniels profiles the rise of the DFW craft brew. To see what kind of growth we're talking about, Lauren's broken down each of the local brewers. Check it out below. Rahr & Sons Brewing Co. rahr ... More >>
See also: The Fried Food Finalists Coming to the State Fair of Texas 2012 The Amazing Sweets of the State Fair of Texas They say everything is bigger in Texas, and whoever the hell they is has it right at least as far as corn-chip filled snacks go -- though that's probably not what they had in min ... More >>
The nominees for the cinematic super bowl, the 2012 Academy Awards, were announced yesterday, and as always there were a few of the year's best pictures and performances that were left warming the bench by the all-powerful Academy. Martin Scorsese's Hugo leads the game with 11 nods, beating out th ... More >>
Remember when a husband-and-wife team planned a beer festival in Fair Park and everyone was all excited about it but then it got canceled and everyone, aside from a few told-ya-so-sayers, was bummed? Well, once again, a husband-and-wife team is organizing a beer festival in Fair Park. And, wi ... More >>
In 1985 Andrea Pedraza found herself in need of a little extra cash when a friend told her about a new chocolate shop that had just opened and was hiring. Going to the interview, Pedraza was hopeful, but didn't think working in a chocolate shop was realistic. Three weeks later, Rex Morgan, ow ... More >>
Winnowing down Dallas' growing, dynamic community of artists to three MasterMinds involved some tough choices. The process was like lining up at a vast buffet prepared by an outstanding chef: too many wonderful selections and too little room on our plates. On the way to naming the winners, our judge ... More >>
Every couple of weeks someone asks how goes those UT-Dallas docs' tinnitus research, which, last we heard, would begin with clinical trials in Belgium. Well, so happens that Dr. Michael Kilgard and Dr. Navzer Engineer, hoping to discover the sound of silence via nerve stimulation, are over there ... More >>
Minneapolis' After the Burial plays a brand of progressive metal that is technically impressive and catastrophically heavy. They're somewhat self-destructive, too: The band has been around for seven years, and they are already on their third singer and drummer. Such turmoil would certainly tear ap ... More >>
You don't have to know who this guy is to enjoy Belgian Independence Day.Like St. Patrick's Day, Cinco De Mayo and Bastille Day before it, Belgian Independence Day is gaining in popularity with revelers (beer drinkers, in this case) as an excuse a perfectly legitimate reason to toss back a few pi ... More >>
His dad may be banned from bringing beers to press conferences, but Donnie Nelson can have one with you.Dirk Nowitzki may have grown up just a few minutes away from Franconia brewmaster Dennis Wehrmann's hometown in the Franconia region of Germany, but it will be a different Dallas Mavericks pers ... More >>
Steve VisneauCollaboration swag.Late last week, we passed along word that the latest single from French house producer David Guetta (the man behind, among other songs, the Black Eyed Peas' "I Gotta Feeling") to blow up the Internet was actually a Play-N-Skillz co-production -- and the first of a ... More >>
Patrick Michels... you might wanna swing by Dallas City Hall, where Mayor Tom and the Dallas World Cup Bid Committee and Hunt Sports Group chairman Clark Hunt and a few FC Dallas players (including goalkeeper Kevin Hartman, defender Ugo Ihemelu and forward Ruben Luna) and former Colombian Nationa ... More >>
Jesse HugheyA glass of (512) One 2, enjoyed at Black Star Co-op in Austin.This past weekend I stayed in Austin to cover Fun Fun Fun fest -- one of the best rock and indie festivals in the country, and easily the greatest in the state, in my opinion. But with the music ending at 10 p.m. nightly an ... More >>
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 >>
Walk into Smoke early on any Saturday afternoon and you'll get the sense that the year-old restaurant hums along effortlessly. Simple preparations, a small, amiable kitchen crew, a mastery of the menu. Truth is, the food takes hours to prepare and there is meticulous care in the execution of wh ... More >>
Sauerkraut balls: Wasn't that a nickname for Hitler?A Milwaukee filmmaker who chronicled one man's annual quest to eat every deep-fried and "on a stick" food served at the Wisconsin State Fair has a few tips for fair-goers contemplating similar missions. Mark Irving, whose 13-minute "documen ... More >>
Patrick MichelsJames Gillies and Sharon MacDonald of Scotland were among hundreds of fans who traveled to Southfork in November '08.Back in November 2008 Patrick Michels and I schlepped out to Southfork Ranch for that clusterfudge of a Dallas reunion, for which thousands of people flew in from al ... More >>
No need to be shy, Alan.At the risk of beating you over the head with this information, it seems worth our while to remind you that tonight marks the much-anticipated debut of Alan Palomo's newest project, Neon Indian, which has garnered praise from outlets far beyond us and the normal local musi ... More >>
Juri de LucaVanessa Peters' MySpace page used to list her home town as McKinney, but truth be told, the former Austin resident spends as much time in Italy as she does in the states--which probably explains why Peters is touring The Netherlands, Germany, and Belgium before her new album is officiall ... More >>
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Why cant we get absinthe?
Dallas chefs learn their trade here, there and everywhere
London ain't so great
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