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    December 13, 2013

    St. Vincent Tickets are On Sale Now

    By now you are aware that St. Vincent's self-titled fifth album comes out in February and that she'll play a hometown show at House of Blues Friday, March 14. Well, tickets are on sale as of this morning. I don't know if this is a situation where you need to buy them right away or they'll sell out ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Help! Our Drummer is An Egomaniac!

    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 >>

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    November 13, 2013

    The Garage in Denton Has a Shot Called "Statutory Grape," Which Is a Bad Idea

    While out with friends last Friday night, Rachel Anne Ayers found herself at The Garage, one in a chain of bars that sits in Denton's Fry Street area and caters to one thing: "How Cheaply Can I Get Drunk?" The answer: quite cheaply. It's the kind of bar that's heavily trafficked by birthday celebrat ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The 2013 DOMA Ceremony will Feature The Polyphonic Spree, The Cannabanoids and More

    It all comes down to this. We came up with 200 nominees for the 2013 Dallas Observer Music Awards. Over 2,000 of you have voted so far (though the polls are still open!), and this coming Tuesday, November 5, we'll announce the winners at House of Blues. The DOMA Ceremony should be a spectacle. You ... More >>

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    October 29, 2013

    Dallas Councilman Philip Kingston Is Going as Angela Hunt for Halloween, and It's Terrifying

    This photo, of Councilman Philip Kingston and his predecessor Angela Hunt (or vice versa?) was posted on Facebook over the weekend. "I do not make an attractive woman, but my legs are dead sexy," Kingston said of his attire on his Facebook page. We sincerely hope this is a Halloween costume and not ... More >>

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    October 15, 2013

    When Will My Band Make It?

    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 >>

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    September 27, 2013

    Eisley Plays "Save My Soul" in Fort Worth: An Observer and Globe Trek Video

    Earlier this week, we had a clip of Tyler's Eisley performing "Mr. Moon" on a ridge above the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Today, we have part two of that shoot -- in it, the sisters perform "Save My Soul" from this year's Currents.

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    August 9, 2013

    The News' George Rodrigue Defends Decision to Out a Blog Commenter in Nasher Fight

    Dallas Morning News Managing Editor George Rodrigue has answered my column in this week's newspaper about the Mike Snyder/ Morning News matter, and now, sadly for you, I think I need to answer his answer. Snyder is the former news anchor and public relations consultant whom the News outed in a story ... More >>

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    July 30, 2013

    How to Do a Farewell Show The Right Way

    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 >>

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    July 11, 2013

    Halo Halo, Filipino Home Cooking and Exotic Flavors at Shojimoto in Arlington

    Just south of UTA on Cooper in Arlington is a new-ish small strip mall that houses about four or five different businesses. Two are restaurants, which might offer the most diverse range of food options of any strip mall in the county. One is a place called Viet-Italia, which, yes, serves Vietnamese ... More >>

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    June 20, 2013

    NPR Digs the Way True Widow's New "Four Teeth" Crunches

    Earlier this year, we could barely contain our excitement over the news that Dallas' favorite Stone-gazing trio, True Widow, had signed to the well-regarded label Relapse Records. Sure, it was cool that DH Phillips, Nicole Estill and drummer Slim TX landed on yet another legit label (they had previo ... More >>

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    March 5, 2013

    Paul Slavens will Not Sing About Saggy Balls for One Dollar. Five Dollars, On the Other Hand...

    J. Paul Slavens has a combination of charisma and sarcasm that is enough to leave any audience in stitches. Slavens made a name for himself in the '80s as a member of the popular North Texas band, Ten Hands, and has since had a career as a composer, radio show host, and award winning musician. Now S ... More >>

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    February 12, 2013

    NOOOOOOOOOO! Crystal's Pizza is Closing

    I heard a rumor that they were closing. Instantly, all the best pizza parties of my youth flashed before my eyes and I said, "Bullshit." It was bad enough when the Crystal's Pizza across the street from Jesuit closed, but the one in Irving was supposed to exist forever. Forever and ever and ever. In ... More >>

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    February 4, 2013

    Beyonce is Coming to Dallas: Ticket Information

    You all saw Beyonce singlehandedly blow half the power in the Super Dome with the sheer wattage of her presence last night, right? Well, heads up, Atmos: The Mrs. Carter Show is coming to the American Airlines Center on Saturday, July 6. Tickets are $48 or $253 before fees and go on sale at 10 a.m. ... More >>

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    January 22, 2013

    New Green Grocer to Quietly Open on Lower Greenville This Week; Big Grand Opening Party This Saturday

    The new Greenville Avenue specialty grocer, Green Grocer (3614 Greenville Ave.), will host grand opening festivities from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. this coming Saturday with lots of vendor samples and merriment. They also announced via their Facebook page the store is open all week, although not at full cap ... More >>

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    October 25, 2012

    Stemmons Freeway Taco Cabana Is Open For Business

    Taco Cabana fans in Dallas have another option for their late-night black bean burrito cravings. The fast food chain opened another location on Stemmons Freeway just south of the Medical District this week. The updated restaurants are marked by the enclosed patio seating that features collapsible w ... More >>

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    September 27, 2012
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    June 26, 2012

    Whoever Allegedly Hacked Domingo Garcia's Facebook Account Is Not Very Imaginative

    Update at 2:41 p.m.: I just heard back from Garcia. It was his personal account that was targeted, and it's still down. "They changed the email to the account and changed the password, and they unfriended everybody," he told me. Why someone would do that, he wasn't sure, but he suspects they made ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    How Dallas Restaurants Manage Social Media

    That restaurants are using social media to get their message out is nothing new. As soon as any business owner realizes that networks like Facebook and Twitter provide an outlet and advertising at a low cost -- only the man hours it takes to set up a feed and gather and interact with followers and f ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Dirty Talk: Overheards From Sunday Brunch

    Sunday brunch is like a Serengeti watering hole where all creatures meet with a unified objective: to drink from the healing spring of bottomless mimosas. It's where we make our weekend confessions to our closest friends, ask for absolution for the previous night's sins and talk seedily while curing ... More >>

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    February 3, 2012

    Introducing The Nooner at Jonathon's Oak Cliff

    Jonathon Erdeljac is trying to kill you, according to some recent activity on his Facebook page. The chef behind Jonathon's Oak Cliff posted this picture and dropped the following to clarify the train wreck: I call it "Tha' Nooner" 1/2# patty, ham, Swiss, bacon, American, tomato, mayo, and a fried ... More >>

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    January 23, 2012

    A Date with Dollar Drinks at The Chesterfield

    This week's drinking dispatch is brought to you courtesy of my complete inability to pass up dollar drinks, particularly when said bargain drinks involve the words "gimlet" or "Collins" rather than "McCormicks" or "Bud." While performing my morning ritual of catching up on the latest in Food Blog-L ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Mayor's Still Explaining His Stance on Same-Sex Marriage Petition; LGBT Voters Ain't Buying It

    ​Seems Mayor Mike wasn't done talking about his decision not to sign the same-sex marriage pledge  officially unveiled at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in D.C. today. Because hours after we spoke Thursday morning, he took to his Facebook page to post the following:Upon taking office, I made a ... More >>

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    January 20, 2012

    Who Needs Beauty and the Beast 3D?

    Dallas ISD: School Zone Dallas Presents: Jerry Junkins Musical Production of Beauty and the Beast from Dallas Independent School Dist on Vimeo....when you can get this courtesy a DISD elementary? That's got to be, like, at least 5Ds. Maybe more. Doesn't It seem like they're coming right at you? Fo ... More >>

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    January 18, 2012

    North Bishop Avenue's Trees are No Longer Nude

    Artist and musician Sally Ackerman was spotted yarn bombing trees along N. Bishop Avenue last Sunday afternoon. She explains that what started as a "love bomb" for a friend at Artisan's Collective turned into a gig when TV producers from the show Dallas hired her to knit up four more trees. They're ... More >>

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    January 4, 2012

    Five Dallas Coffee Shops to Help Break Your Starbucks Habit

    As Alice mentioned earlier, Starbucks announced Tuesday that they are raising the cost on some of their products. A "tall" or 12-ounce coffee will increase by 10 cents to $1.85. But why drink Starbucks anyway? Here are five better local coffee shops, no matter the cost. 5. Mercantile Coffee House ... More >>

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    December 5, 2011

    What's with the Pig's Blood in My Dessert?

    Flickr​Every once in a while someone mistakes Scott for a food expert and risks ruining dinner by trusting him to answer to a burning question. Got a question about food or restaurants? Send it via Twitter @scottreitz, Facebook @ Cityofate or in the comments. ​Robyn Folmar (@Theburbani ... More >>

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    July 28, 2011

    Who Says There's No Retail Downtown?

    ​A little while ago, the Dallas Police Department's Central Division posted this heads-up to its Facebook page:A homeless black male who possibly goes by the name "Poochy" is stealing puppies and selling them to residents in downtown Dallas along Main Street. The suspect is approx 53 yrs old, 5'6" ... More >>

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    May 13, 2011

    Can Facebook Predict Dallas's Next Mayor? A Social Media "Psychic" Works His Magic.

    One of these men will be the next Dallas mayor -- but will the polls validate a Facebook-based preditcion?​Not surprisingly, all four of Dallas's mayoral candidates have Facebook fan pages, some (David Kunkle) more active than others (Edward Okpa). But what, if anything, do Facebook numbers mean? ... More >>

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    May 11, 2011

    It's Official: Tim DeLaughter's New Band, Preteen Zenith, Will Make Its Debut in July.

    And so it is.​Well, we thought this would be the case, and, turns out, we were right: Tim DeLaughter's new band will indeed make its debut at the Gorilla Vs. Bear Festival taking place at the Granada Theater on Saturday, July 23. Says so, even on the Facebook page for the new band, which, DeLaught ... More >>

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    March 17, 2011

    Anne Rice Comes Home. To Richardson.

    In 1958, per the novelist's biography, her family moved from New Orleans to Richardson, where she attended high school. After which she attended Texas Woman's University in Denton, before moving to San Francisco and then international renown as the author of, among other things, Interview With the V ... More >>

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    March 4, 2011

    Tale of Lisa Stone's Disappearance -- And Friends' Efforts to Find Her -- Goes National

    As you're no doubt aware, Lisa Stone disappeared last June -- and, still, Dallas Police have no idea what has become of the 52-year-old Mesquite High School graduate, whose friends (Facebook and otherwise) continue to search for answers. Some of those friends appeared on CBS's The Early Show this m ... More >>

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    February 24, 2011

    Dallas PD Uses Facebook to Post Videos of Officer's Assault, Chief Brown's Address

    From the dash-cam video posted to DPD's Facebook page last Wednesday night​Late yesterday, Dallas Police sent word about a story you've no doubt seen plenty of since: Late on January 27, DPD Officer Quaitemes Williams kicked in the face and used pepper spray on a handcuffed man named Rodarick Lyle ... More >>

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    February 11, 2011

    Amidst Talk of "New Reality" at Dallas ISD, An Invite to a New School Groundbreaking

    ​During Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's budget-gutting presentation to the school board yesterday, when he warned that the state's $27-billion budget shortfall could result in as many as 3,900 layoffs and secondary school classrooms filled with at least 35 students per teacher, the di ... More >>

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    February 10, 2011

    As If You Needed Another Reminder: Beware Who You Friend on the Facebook

    ​This just in from the U.S. Attorney's Office: A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted a 35-year-old Ennis man named Jerry Wayne Valek on three counts of production of child pornography. He's been in custody for about a month, and according to the indictment, Valek spent more than two years -- ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    The City Is Open (Mostly). Schools? Not At All.

    ​The Dallas Independent School District, like most others 'round these parts, is closed yet again. To the Facebook message sent earlier this morning:Guess what? Dallas ISD schools and administrative offices are closed on Wednesday, Feb. 9, because of inclement winter weather. Stay safe and warm ev ... More >>

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    February 9, 2011

    Dallas ISD Sez: See Ya Thursday!

    ​As we were eating dinner, about half an hour ago, the 7-year-old who lives in my house asked me to check Dallas Independent School District's Facebook page to see if there'd been an announcement about school tomorrow. So I did. I read this aloud:Barring any unforeseen circumstances, Dallas ISD sc ... More >>

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    January 5, 2011

    My First Show: Drawn By Jaymz's James Porter Was Introduced To The Smell of Marijuana at a Crystal Gayle Show

    Welcome to My First Show, where we give bands a chance to talk about the first shows they ever attended -- no matter how uncool and embarrassing those tales may be. Drawn by Jaymz​When he hasn't been drumming for The Tah Dahs, The Happy Bullets, or his latest band, Dispo ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Dallas-FW, Briefly a Top-Five Contender in $1.5-Mil Food Bank Challenge, Is Falling Fast

    ​Two weeks ago today, Mayors Tom Leppert, Mike Moncrief and Robert Cluck asked locals to "like" Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaign, which is doling out $1.5 million to food banks nationwide -- $1 million to the top Facebook vote-getter, and $100,000 each to the next five highest-ranking c ... More >>

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    December 13, 2010

    Dallas, FW and Arlington Mayors Ask Locals to "Like" Food Bank Campaign, Lest Area Lose Out

    ​Meant to get to this a few days ago, when a Friend of Unfair Park directed our attention to Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together website. Long story short: Walmart, in conjunction with the Food Research and Action Center, is doling out $1.5 million to food banks nationwide. But it's handing out the ... More >>

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    November 5, 2010

    Cooks Source Hates Puppies

    ​Tip: Don't create a Facebook fan page unless you're pretty sure you have fans. Apparently, Cooks Source magazine was all, "Let's create a Facebook fan page!" And now, they seem to be finding out that people like making fun of them waaay more than they like the magazine. We particularly liked ... More >>

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    November 4, 2010
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    November 1, 2010

    Best Facebook Costume Ever? Yes, Because of the Status Update. And The 17 Notifications.

    Stephen MaskerSee more of the best costumes in Stephen's slideshow.​Certainly, Hector Revino isn't the only one who has used Facebook as a costume, but this version really has some class. If you look closely, you'll notice Hector's status update: "At the Halloween Block Party." Brilliant.Of course ... More >>

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    August 31, 2010

    Up in the Air, On Top of the Calatrava Bridge

    Dallas City Hall Facebook page​Alas, Rudy beat me to it in pointing out that someone at Dallas City Hall posted to the city's official Facebook page this morning two pics taken from the very tippy-top of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge. But Rudy opted for the view of the city (I can see my office fr ... More >>

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    July 27, 2010

    Safelight Dude and the Red Light Enforcement Commission Get Plugged In to Traffic Safety

    From the Automated Red Light Enforcement Commission's PowerPoint given this morning​City Hall's all parked up, and when I told the garage guard where I was headed, he assured me "everyone's going to the red light camera meeting." It's hard to tell who "everyone," might have been, because I'm joine ... More >>

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    June 24, 2010

    Free Tea? Hey, EatZi's, Make It a Free Loaves of Bread, Then We'll Guess.

    ​EatZi's sells a lot of tea. Sorry to be vague about it, but the prepared food shop's not telling just how much. Instead, they're holding a little contest: Whoever comes closest to guessing the precise amount of tea EatZi's pours at both locations each month will win one free iced tea every d ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Some Holocaust Denial Facebook Groups Vanish As Brian Cuban's Twitter-Powered Revolution Picks Up Steam

    As we mentioned Friday morning, Brian Cuban's created quite a stir in the last week with his push -- meticulously documented, naturally, at The Cuban Revolution -- to have Facebook to delete its user-created groups supporting Holocaust denial.A day after the Dallas attorney -- and, yes, brother of M ... More >>

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    March 27, 2008
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    December 17, 2007

    Son to Schutze: In Your Facebook, Dad

    So is my son, Will Schutze, ahead of the curve, behind the curve, or did he drive off the curve and get in a wreck? He’s a senior at the University of Texas at Austin. And a month ago he quit Facebook. There’s a story on the front page of The New York Times today about how Facebook is so impor ... More >>

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    August 16, 2007

    In Your Face, Facebook

    Southern Methodist University In coming days watch for this Trend Piece in Your Daily Newspaper: More people are using their Interwebs for online gaming than they are for eyeballing videos or social networking sites. That's according to Dallas-based new-media market research company Parks Associat ... More >>

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