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  • Blogs

    October 31, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Weekend, 10/31-11/02

    It's Halloween weekend, which is most likely your favorite time of the year to party if you're under 30. If you're over 30, relax, New Year's Eve isn't too far off. For now, there's just a bunch of shows you should check out this weekend, Halloween-themed and otherwise. Slipknot and Korn take their ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 27, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 10/27-11/02

    The hottest ticket this week is of course Halloween. There's gonna be a shit ton of Halloween stuff for you to do this week and we know you started last week. Just couldn't resist. So of course our music picks for this week include a few Halloween-based ones as well as the usual civilian ones. Doubl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2014

    The Battle for Preston Hollow's Soul

    Luke Crosland stands at the window of his seventh-floor office and looks out across Preston Center. In the foreground, a tangle of luxury SUVs battle for access to a shabby, two-story parking garage that seems to deteriorate before his eyes. The garage is ringed by a jumble of aging retail strips th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2014

    A Brief Primer on Why Preston Center Sucks

    Anyone who's attempted to navigate the intersection of Preston and Northwest Highway at rush hour will have had ample opportunity while sitting through multiple cycles of the stop light to contemplate one of North Dallas' most enduring paradoxes. Here, at the spot where the Park Cities and Preston H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Introducing Jeff Gage, the New Dallas Observer Music Editor

    It's a long way from here to Minneapolis. About 14 hours, in fact. I know because I made the trip myself last weekend, having packed everything I own into a U-Haul and hopping on Interstate 35, which I followed virtually from one end of the country to the other. When I left, the Land of 10,000 Lakes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 17, 2013

    Is Your Band Playing Too Many Shows?

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    How to Best Invest Money in the Band Fund

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2012

    A Chat With Randy Brooks, the Guy Who Wrote "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer"

    I attended the Oral Fixation "Cold Turkey" show at the MAC last Tuesday night, mainly because Observer copy editor and beer enthusiast Jesse Hughey was going to be reading, and he ended up getting some of the biggest laughs of the night, from a crowd that took in some pretty dark tales. Also notable ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2012

    Ask Fan Landers: Desperately Seeking a Booking Agent and Bandmates That Aren't Flakes

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Thursday, March 8, is National "What's on My Plate?" Day. Fat, Carbs and Salt, Mostly. Mmm.

    ​In an effort to raise awareness of the importance of choosing nutritious foods, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has deemed March 8 as National "What's on My Plate?" day. The idea is to snap a photo of breakfast, lunch or dinner and post it on #MyPlate or Flickr. In a press release, Agricultu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2012

    Funny Thing Is, Before She Resurrected Dallas For TNT, Writer Cynthia Cidre Wasn't a Fan

    I'll be honest with you: I don't know squat about Dallas. Or rather, I don't know squat about Dallas, the long-running, oil-drenched, big-haired, family-feuding epic that may still color how a lot of outsiders think about our city. When I found out some eight months ago that I'd landed this job and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Break Out Your Bubble Gum: Maid-Rite Corporation Is Coming to Dallas

    ​Des Moines, Iowa-based Maid-Rite corporation promises to descend en masse upon the DFW metroplex, blanketing the area in its popular "loose meat" sandwich, tucked inside a mass produced white-bread bun. The 85-year-old corporation has targeted a Arlington's Green Oaks Shopping Center at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2011

    After Six Months in Iowa, a Sarah Palin Mega-Volunteer Comes Back to North Texas

    ​After months of suspense, and after the other Republican hopefuls hired staff, began campaigning and participated in seven debates, Sarah Palin finally announced last week she wouldn't be running for president after all. Upon hearing the news, Michelle McCormick and a few of her friends did what ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    Perry Sticks By His Guns on Social Security

    Are you listening, old people?

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2011

    Tom Melsheimer Takes It to the Hole (Update: We Talk to Cuban's Attorney About Filing)

    Tom Melsheimer​[Update at 9:40 a.m.: Shortly after I posted this, Mark Cuban's attorney called to talk about the response to yesterday's filing. Our interview follows after the jump.]We've written about and spoken to Fish & Richardson's Tom Melsheimer on numerous occasions, most often and most ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2011

    Dr Pepper Tests Diet Drink for Testosterone Impaired

    ​In what could amount to the grandest bit of reverse psychology ever marshaled to sell a soft drink, Dr Pepper has selected the slogan for its new 10-calorie soda. Dr Pepper Ten will be marketed with the tag line: "Dr Pepper Ten: It's Not for Women." According to a company spokesperson, the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2010

    Over The Weekend: Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Festival at Center

    Rockstar Energy Drink Uproar Music Festival with Disturbed, Avenged Sevenfold, Hellyeah, more... Center September 10, 2010 Better than: expected, but not as good as watching the Rangers sweep the Yankees ​Hot, humid air filled seemingly every crevice of Center ... More >>

  • Music

    September 9, 2010
  • Blogs

    August 8, 2010

    At the Video Game Hall of Fame, Where Past And Present Point, Perhaps, to the Future

    ​Ben Gold's on a plane from Iowa back to Dallas at this very moment -- a newly burnished Hall of Famer ... like Emmitt Smith, let's just say. On the other side, his final installment from his return to Ottumwa, Iowa, where not all victories are in the distant past.

  • News

    January 7, 2010
  • Blogs

    June 24, 2009

    Dallas, So Much Like Pittsburgh

    We're awaiting our very copy of John F. Wasik's new book Cul-de-Sac Syndrome: Turning Around the Unsustainable American Dream, due to arrive shortly, in which he documents how the housing boom went bust and how walkable cities died a slow death, surprise surprise. And while Dallas and the surroundin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2008

    Dallas-Based Pizza Hut Don't Want No Pistols With the Pepperoni

    Brad Zaun, a Republican State Sen. from Urbandale, Iowa, says he's "going to be watching Pizza Hut," and not in a good way either. And, no, he's not referring to the Dallas-based chain's ridiculous April Fool's joke involving a name change. Nope, what he's referring to is Pizza Hut's policy that doe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 18, 2007

    You, Snooze. We Lose.

    So this morning with trembling hands I pluck my daily Dallas Morning News up off the dewy lawn, slip it from the bag and -- at the risk of showing myself to my neighbors in my Tartan plaid bathrobe and bedhead hair -- ask myself the question: “Can they possibly, conceivably, in any plausible fashi ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 8, 2007

    Fancy Pants

    NorthPark gets fashionable

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2007

    Who Prefers Haines?

    You may remember his kitchen toil at Larry North's NorthSouth, or maybe PoPoLos. (Lime? Lime? Didn't he do Lime?) Or perhaps you'll recall his turn-around menu work at Cuba Libre and Sipango. Whatever you remember him for, it probably isn't as sales manager for Sysco Foodservices. Anyway, chef Marc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 8, 2006

    Are You Ready to Rock?

    Sunday's White Rock Marathon looks like it will be bigger. And better: Thanks to the first sponsor -- Wellstone's -- in its 36-year history, the Rock will this year award a record $150,000 in prize money. Sprinkled around the 26.2-mile course Sunday will be 12,000 runners; 100,000 spectators; 300 ... More >>

  • Music

    August 24, 2006

    The American Band

    Don Brewer keeps Grand Funk Railroad--and his ill will--going strong

  • News

    July 20, 2006
  • Music

    December 19, 2002

    Idol Chatter

    Before she was a "star," Kelly Clarkson was already in the studio

  • News

    December 5, 2002

    Green Giant

    Nobel laureate Norman Borlaug is credited with saving the lives of 1 billion people. So why is a small cadre of activists bent on tarnishing his legacy?

  • News

    June 6, 2002

    Up in Arms

    Plus: Rave for a Rave, Barking up Wrong Tree

  • News

    April 4, 2002

    Desperate Measures

    Welcome (again) to the Arena League, where Desperados are kind, giants are invisible and rock concerts turn into football games

  • Film

    February 17, 2000

    Greed is very, very bad

    Boiler Room serves up the sons of Gordon Gekko

  • Dining

    October 8, 1998

    Drab fab

    Fabulosa! doesn't live up to its punctuation

  • Film

    September 18, 1997

    Subverting the Bard

    Lange, Pfeiffer, Leigh topple the patriarchy in a heavy-handed A Thousand Acres

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Hat's off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer left--and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

  • Dining

    January 23, 1997

    Home is on the range

    And, yes, you can travel on your stomach--if it's iron-plated

  • Film

    October 10, 1996

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX

  • Music

    August 15, 1996

    Little mascara

    The wages of Lollapalooza's sin is Metallica and make-up

  • News

    June 27, 1996

    Hot Product

    World-class embezzler Gary Lewellyn rebounds with a fast-selling treatment for A.D.D.

  • Film

    July 13, 1995

    Joe Bob Briggs

    Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX