Dallas ISD has, for the moment at least, put last spring's athletic-recruiting scandal behind it. The 15 coaches and administrators Superintendent Mike Miles fired over the summer have exhausted their appeals. Madison High School's 2012-13 and 2013-14 basketball titles have been vacated. There's a n ... More >>
A lot of words were spoken at today's joint meeting of the Dallas City Council and Dallas ISD board of trustees. Most were on point, for or against the call to draft a home-rule charter. Some were illuminating. Almost all were delivered with passion. It was, all in all, a remarkable (for City Hall) ... More >>
Music, as a largely subjective medium, lends itself to some thought-provoking questions: What is the best concert you have ever seen? Which is the better band: the Rolling Stones or the Beatles? Did the career of Styx really happen? Sometimes, though, the questions are asked in the songs themselves. ... More >>
Just before 9 a.m. on Tuesday, 16-year-old Jerry Nguyen stepped out of a friend's Volkswagen Beetle in front of Bryan Adams High school to wait for his bus. He was struck and killed a few moments later as the car was executing a U-turn. Nguyen studied science and engineering at Dallas ISD's Townvie ... More >>
Nowadays, the chance to see The Nervebreakers live is shrinking smaller than a diaper pin on a denim jacket. So, to help all fans of Dallas punk who might not have been around when the band was making local music history, DC-9 asked a few prominent figures about their memories of The Nervebreakers f ... More >>
While we might have done some wonderful things for y'all with Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath and Radiohead, we have also sent you some terrible crimes against music. And while none of this really compares to Canada foisting Avril Lavigne and Nickleback on you, it's still not great. I'm ... More >>
Who says wishes don't come true? Last year, as I thought what could I do more of in this town in the new year, a few things came to mind. A Riff Raff live performance. Check, thank to March's South by So What bill. A late-night coffee option where I could pretend to get a little work done. Well, loo ... More >>
DISD's new super claimed he was targeted by a board witch hunt. He's right.
For the better part of two decades, Russ Irwin has been the touring keyboardist for Aerosmith, and besides not tiring of seeing Steven Tyler's ass over that time, he's also managed to carve out quite a career as a songwriter, producer and session musician. Along with Aerosmith, Irwin's played with ... More >>
Murder by Death started in Bloomington, Indiana, but bassist Matt Armstrong is a local who grew up in University Park. He took some time out and shared his first show experiences with us, told us why MBD is not playing SXSW and revealed a little about their forthcoming John Congleton-produced album. ... More >>
A few weeks ago I spoke with Chris Bishop, otherwise known as the man behind the great website Garage Hangover, which recalls obscure '60s garage-rock bands so you don't have to. After a few visits in recent months, I wondered: What fuels his interest, especially given the amount of Dallas bands ... More >>
The recent Big Four shows featuring thrash-metal kings Metallica, Megadeath, Slayer and Anthrax were massive, epic spectacles that were barely contained by the huge venues they were performed in -- legendary spots such as the Coachella-approved Empire Polo Club and Yankee Stadium, and some Europe ... More >>
This is one of our favorite weekends of the year, where a good handful of acts nominated for the Dallas Observer Music Awards perform all over Deep Ellum on Saturday night. The much-anticipated headliners, Toadies, Old 97's, Centro-Matic and Sarah Jaffe will perform on Elm Street in the lot acros ... More >>
Cynthia GoodsellYesterday, in the comments below, we discovered that the Dallas ISD had summoned some of its principals and executive directors to 3700 Ross for what was described as an "emergency meeting." Last night, I found out why from a Friend of Unfair Park doing some volunteer work for the ... More >>
Click to embiggen one of the DISD maps on the table, or just go here to see all of them.And speaking of redistricting ...The Dallas Independent School District will begin holding hearings tonight during which the public will finally get a long, hard look at the draft maps on the table, courtesy S ... More >>
OK, so it wasn't the trial of the century or anything. But with planking beginning to become passe, all the good sports either in their off-season or lockout, and no high-profile Robert Blake/Phil Spector/OJ Simpson murder cases going on, the Casey Anthony murder trial thing provided plenty to c ... More >>
We've got quite a backlog of CDs we've never gotten around to, so we're going to try to chip away at the pile with this regular feature. The plan: to take a few at a time and play each CD for as long as I can stand it.Bryan Adams (Ontario, Canada)Bare Bones (Decca)If Bryan Adams hadn't have been ... More >>
We warned you in early June, when the Dallas Independent School District crunched some TAKS test scores and released its list of exemplary and recognized schools well ahead of the Texas Education Agency's official date of, well, today: Those numbers were very preliminary. As TEA spokesperson DeEt ... More >>
Shut up, Jimmy Buffett.You know what really gives us the summertime blues? "Summertime Blues," not to mention other maddening summer hits like "All I Wanna Do," "Margaritaville" or the shotgun-in-mouth-inducing "Hot Hot Hot." It's bad enough global warming is cooking the planet like a plastic cu ... More >>
Jamie Foxx. He's an Oscar winner and has sold his fair amount of R&B records. He's also been a mentor on American Idol before. Last season, he got all up in people's grills. And he did it again this one. Foxx Face! This time, though, he gave out T-shirts with big words on them: There was ... More >>
Earlier this week, WFAA-Channel 8 reported that the Majestic Theater is losing its operator, Dallas Summer Musicals Management Group, at the end of June, because, look, it's just lost too much money to continue running the designated city landmark. Which isn't necessarily the case: Dallas Summer Mus ... More >>
What happens when a music journalist listens to Bryan Adams' newest release, 11, on loop for 11 straight plays?
Electronic monitoring may dramatically curb truancy. So why isn't DISD interested?
As no one in America is watching the CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, you probably missed last night's piece on those truancy-curbing GPS devices currently in use at Bryan Adams. What I am saying -- of course you missed it. Now, you didn't. --Robert Wilonsky
We began the week with news of Bryan Adams High School outfitting chronic truants with Global Positioning System monitors, which lead to a heated, inevitable debate over their use. And it hasn't ended: Yesterday, National Public Radio's Talk of the Nation ran a lengthy segment on the devices' use at ... More >>
Like we're not always being monitored by government satellites anyway, please. Unfair Park contributor Brian Harkin this a.m. contributes to The New York Times a photo of 15-year-old Bryan Adams High School freshman Jaime Pacheco, who gets up every morning and straps on a Global Positioning System m ... More >>
The great Bob Phillips This bleary-eyed, storm-clean-up a.m., a Friend of Unfair Park does us the most solid of solids and sends along our first story of the day: this New York Times profile of Bob Phillips, better known as the Texas Country Reporter -- a fixture of our childhood, natch, dating back ... More >>
Aiken makes you pay for your patriotism
Wednesday, August 23, at the Double Wide
LaMarcus Aldridge could wind up at the No. 1 pick in tonight's NBA draft. Some of us will always have him as No. 1 in our hearts. For the first time since becoming owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Mark Cuban won't be sweating out the NBA draft, which takes place in a few hours. Why not? Well, because ... More >>
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This pretty much speaks for itself
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For longtime local music fixture Bucks Burnett, the playing is the thing
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