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. Bonnie Jacobs studies plant fossils found in ancient rocks and deeply cored soil samples ... More >>
After four years of waiting, the world's biggest soccer party kicks off on June 12. Usually most parties consist of good music. This year's official World Cup song, "We Are One," performed by Pitbull, Jennifer Lopez and Brazilian singer Claudia Leitte, is terrible. Yes, the music gets catchy after y ... More >>
Welcome to the land of the free. While we decide whether we feel like deporting you, we've got a cold dank cell that'll suit you just fine.
People take their coffee very seriously, or at least take their coffee ritual very seriously. For me, coffee is a part of the rhythm of my life. Drinking coffee is my first order of business every morning without exception. I begin looking forward to that first sip of coffee in my dark kitchen befor ... More >>
Google "Colten Moore" and you'll find that there are two young North Texas men of that name currently making headlines. One, 24, from Krum , just scored an inspiring snowmobiling victory at the X Games, one year after brother Caleb was killed trying to do the same. The other, 18, from Garland, is ... More >>
With heady spices, fresh ingredients and loads of butter, this restaurant will send you home with a happy stomach.
For a city that's quick to tear down most any building, Dallas has embraced its history with gusto. Not that it's possible to pretend that the Kennedy assassination never happened, but across the city people are enthusiastically touting their history and connections to event. Really, it's a surprise ... More >>
In A Hijacking, the pirate life is tense.
We can argue and cheat and take all the money we want based on all the secret side deals we can surripticiously sign, but that doesn't mean anyone will want to frack us: That's the lesson from the latest numbers produced by state regulators, which show natural-gas production continuing its free fall ... More >>
If you've eaten at many Ethiopian restaurants around Dallas, you may have noted a glaring omission in the dessert department. Some restaurant menus offer up store-bought confections, but when you place an order the waitstaff often admits they don't actually carry them. Other menus neglect sweets com ... More >>
Talk about falling from grace. Tim Lambesis, the 32-year-old lead singer of the Christian metalcore band As I Lay Dying, is accused of plotting to kill his estranged wife. He posted a $2 million bail on Friday. Lambesis must wear a GPS monitor and stay away from his estranged wife and children.
We all had "Mom is tired of your shit" night, yes? It was also called Sloppy Joe Night. That weekly or monthly event when she plopped a pound of ground beef into a pan and poured some sauce on it, stirred it up and threw a bag of Mrs. Baird's buns at your face and made herself an old-fashioned. No? ... More >>
Gorge on this year's Oscar-nominated short films.
UPDATE 10:30 a.m.: Congrats to Tracy Halliday, who is the lucky winner of Index Festival tickets and the loot from the Good Records challenge. Have fun out there, Tracy! Here we go now, get busy! It's time for another Good Records Challenge. I wish I had a whistle to blow. You know the drill: We gi ... More >>
We made it! At least unofficially. Labor Day weekend is here, and with it hopefully an end to triple-digit heat. Actually, compared with last year, this summer was pretty comfortable. I might say I even enjoyed it. I won't miss it, though, because with fall comes what I think it one of Dallas' mos ... More >>
Our record-busting summer 2011 continues to be an object of fascination to climate scientists all over the world. Alongside floods in Thailand, drought in Eastern Africa and the European heat wave, the driest, hottest year in recorded Texas history has provided a case study for gauging the influence ... More >>
African men singing to the beat of a drum and about ten women dressed in long bold-colored dresses danced in an undulating circle in Fair Oaks Park on Saturday afternoon. With bright scarves wrapped around their heads, their bodies seemed to move like aquatic plants to the music and chants. It was ... More >>
With the right frame of mind, Jason Maddy can take you anywhere
Atti Worku was born and raised in Adama, Ethiopia, where at an early age she noticed a distinct difference in her private school education and those in the public school system. During college Worku began modeling and competing in beauty pageants, and in 2005 was crowned Miss Ethiopia. Shortly aft ... More >>
And the menus, thankfully, have numbers.
Sara KerensWhile I was here for my job interview a while back the heat had me on the lam. I was holed up in my hotel, trying to avoid a stroke, and found an article in D discussing Dallas' Ethiopian restaurants and how the volume here compares to New York and Los Angeles. The D.C. area, wh ... More >>
Jose Ralat MaldonadoEntering a supermarket--or a mall, for that matter--is a stressful venture packed with potential pitfalls, so it's always comforting to see food options as an escape or security blanket. Super Plaza, a market in Upper Greenville's Little Ethiopia, is no exception. The mar ... More >>
Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *I still don't fully understand Michael Young leaving Rangers spring training for two days. The team announced it was a "family matter." Manager Ron Washington said Young "has a family thin ... More >>
Created by Alexander FloresMake the jump for the Taco Trail This certainly isn't the week to jog the Katy Trail (Fountain Place is frozen, man!), so instead, Jose Ralat Maldonado -- who has traversed the taco scene for City of Ate -- and the rest of us implore you to eat. Eat as much as you ... More >>
Best Coast and Wavves--In Love and On the RoadIt's no secret that Best Coast singer Bethany Cosentino wished that Nathan Williams, the stoner behind Wavves, was her boyfriend. She got her wish, too. And, now, the two are taking their much publicized relationship on road, presumably leaving a trai ... More >>
Ok, maybe we don't want this.It's the rare visitor who leaves the State Fair of Texas wishing there had been more deep-fried delicacies available, but there are a few fried and stick-impaled snacks missing from the fair's line-up. Here, a look at five popular sweet and savory items sold at state ... More >>
spirithalloween.com/Seriously, this is called the "Nasty Banana" costume ($49.99)Unless your mom is my mom and she started sifting through costume patterns at Hancock back in August, you may be a little nervous. Halloween is twenty days away, and no one wants to see you reprise your role as ... More >>
Slow Food Dallas is planning to use a portion of the proceeds from its upcoming $100 per plate benefit dinner to help launch a community garden in a Vickery Meadows area apartment complex. The local chapter has traditionally raised money to send delegates to the biannual Terra Madre conference in ... More >>
Sara KerensThe burgers are great, the desserts are tiny at Square BurgerThis week's Dallas food blog coverage is a medley of Czech chili, lamb burgers at Square Burger, good eats from Ethiopia, seafood stew from San Francisco, and gun-eating Texans. We'll help you to prepare your sweet tooth ... More >>
I was tipped off to Ibex by an airport shuttle driver who was born in Ethiopia. When I told him I'd heard there wasn't any great Ethiopian food in Dallas, he looked at me quizzically and asked "What about Ibex?" Ibex opened three months ago on the ground floor of a generic-looking office bui ... More >>
AMADOU AND MARIAM BREAK OUT OF A FLABBY, GENERIC GENRE
Even though all the pirate news lately has focused on the waters of Somalia, you've probably heard by now about The Pirate Bay's founders, who were found guilty of copyright infringement having assisted in making copyrighted files available for download in a Swedish court last week. Today, though, ... More >>
Nice lineup, but it ain't happening. At least, not this weekend. Unpaid taxes forced Bar of Soap, Exposition Park's venerable rock club/laundromat, to shut its doors last weekend, and owner Charlie Gilder is doubtful that he'll be able to open this weekend either. That's a tough break for the bar ... More >>
Shearwater's Jonathan Meiburg used to study ornithology. Now he sings about his learnings.
In lawsuits filed today, 10 children and their parents describe horrific conditions in the T. Don Hutto Family Residential Facility -- or prison, for short -- in Taylor. We told you it would happen yesterday, and it has come to pass: Today down in Austin, the American Civil Liberties Union filed law ... More >>
Peter Calvin One of our fave MP3 blogs kinda, sorta suggests today that an old Bobby Patterson song sounds familiar--if you're a fan of Ethopian soul music of the 1970s. Here's a local music grab bag for your consideration. Today, one of the best MP3 blogs out there, Said the Gramophone, plays comp ... More >>
Fine, whatever, Rosa Johnson's cute. But not as cute as you. In my long, long 22 years on this planet, I've had a lot of time to traverse the globe and learn about the important things in life, making observations at every turn about the world around me. In my extensive travels, one thing has always ... More >>
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