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  • Blogs

    February 21, 2014

    RiFF RaFF, with Dorrough and Mike Jones: What the Hell Just Happened in Arlington?

    Neon-laced Texan trill was the theme of the night at Cowboys Dancehall in Arlington, where RiFF RaFF served as ringleader for a live set featuring Texas hip-hop legends, glow-in-the-dark twerking ballerinas, and hundreds of entranced pre-spring breakers. It just might have been the greatest show on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    The Melvins with Honky, 8/10/13, at Trees: Review and Setlist

    The Melvins | Honky Trees Saturday, August 10, 2013 Sometimes you've just got to stand right at the front, in the middle. Especially when there's two drum kits, both slightly angled in, so if you stand in the right place they're like terrifying speakers positioned exactly for your benefit. Only the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2013

    Museum Tower vs. Nasher: Let's Peel Away the Junk and Get Back to Science

    Time out. Wait a minute. Maybe it's my fault. Now we're all over the map and flying blind on the Museum Tower/Nasher Sculpture Center thing, headed for outer space. Let's see if we can't steer this ship back toward Mother Earth. The protracted, very bitter dispute between two buildings in the downt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2013

    The Five Worst British Import Bands

    ​ 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 >>

  • Film

    March 7, 2013
  • Blogs

    February 14, 2013

    The Fifteen Worst Make Out Records Ever

    It's a classic Valentine's Day dilema -- you've planned ahead, made the sweeping gestures, made eyes across a white tablecloth and now you're ready to express yourself with some good old fashioned parts-rubbing. Whatever you do, don't play any of these records.

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2012

    Killer Steven Lawayne Nelson Calms Down on Death Row -- For Now

    Last time we checked in with Steven Lawayne Nelson, the scent of flame retardant and his screams were carried into the courtroom shortly after the jury handed him a death sentence. In October, the 25-year-old convicted killer of a beloved, young Arlington preacher -- and suspect in the murder of a m ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 30, 2012
  • Blogs

    July 30, 2012

    A Saturday Night Underground

    There, next to the Rio Room dumpster, was one of clubs well-suited security men, manned with a velvet rope and a flashlight. The beautiful people were in Rio's front room, but Saturday night another set of Dallas misfits were making their way down the stairs into that glow-in-the-dark basement. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    Want to Know How David Blaine Does That Stuff? (Don't Hold Your Breath)

    If there really were such a thing as magical power, wouldn't it be a waste to use it on card tricks? Or trying to break the record for consecutive minutes not breathing without dying? But that is what magician, illusionist and "endurance artist" David Blaine does and he did some of it last night at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    Dear Corps of Engineers: Save the Fancy Talk and Just Tell Us If We Should Build an Ark

    ​All right, class, today our lesson is: "Logical Wormholes and Semantic Corkscrews: Translating the Language of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Into More or Less Plain English, or, You Know, Spanish. Whatever. Language How People Talk." But first an ironclad guarantee. This is not a homework ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    Really, We Have to Wait a Whole Year Till Modern Family Cast Comes to Brinker Forum?

    Ty Burrell, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet will be at the Winspear in April​Mixmaster Merritt has posted the lineup for next season's TITAS performances, which will be spread across the Winspear and Wyly beginning September 1. Here, we bring you the roster for next season's Brinker Inte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2009

    At The Majestic Theater, Dusting Off Old Favorites With the Spectacular Senior Follies

    Patrick MichelsBill Kennedy onstage at The Majestic Friday night​Ned Startzel was 3 years old when the new Majestic Theatre opened on Elm Street in downtown Dallas in 1921. Startzel began writing shows, performed in Vaudeville acts and fought in World War II, while Dallas's theater row rose and fe ... More >>

  • Dining

    October 9, 2008
  • Music

    July 3, 2008

    The Brothers Unconnected (of Sun City Girls)

    Thursday, July 3, at Granada Theater

  • Film

    June 15, 2006

    Bjork to the Future

    Matthew Barney's girlfriend inspires his most coherent film yet

  • News

    March 30, 2006

    Unfit to Print

    A vicious fight between John Wiley Price and a small black-owned newspaper reopens ancient wounds in southern Dallas

  • Culture

    April 28, 2005

    Fascinatin' Rhythms

    Death Trail keeps vaudeville alive at Frank's Place; Ragtime hits the big notes at Lyric Stage in Irving

  • Calendar

    December 23, 2004


    An air of Mysterium

  • Music

    July 1, 2004
  • Calendar

    June 19, 2003

    Life is a Cabaret

    BurlesqueFest busts out at the Gypsy Tea Room

  • Music

    April 17, 2003

    Hating Players

    The Delgados explore the other side of peace, love and understanding

  • News

    October 4, 2001

    Fear Itself

    A journey of army-navy stores

  • Culture

    March 15, 2001

    Still Wannabe

    The DMA falls for its own hype, and that of another self-promoter named Joseph Beuys

  • News

    November 23, 2000

    High Spoons

    Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.

  • Culture

    October 26, 2000

    The Man of Ink

    Creator of Wonder Boys and supermen, Michael Chabon is a literary hero

  • News

    August 24, 2000

    The Apostle

    The preacher who launched this century's longest-running revival, transplanted Texan Stephen Hill, spreads the word: Sinners wanted here

  • Culture

    May 20, 1999

    That Gothic thing

    11th Street Theatre Project paints two very different family portraits in Southern Rituals

  • Culture

    April 8, 1999

    Sofa kingdom

    The Contemporary British Painters exhibit soothes the critic's savage breast

  • News

    October 15, 1998

    Retouching Evil

    Using Detailed instructions left by Orson Welles, top film editor Walter Murch has remade "The Best b-Movie ever" -- Welles' Touch of Evil

  • News

    April 30, 1998
  • Music

    January 15, 1998

    Real McCoy or decoy?

    Dallas hip-hop 1997

  • News

    November 20, 1997
  • Film

    October 23, 1997

    Too much magic

    FairyTale is charming, sometimes inspiring--and almost entirely fraudulent

  • News

    December 26, 1996

    Should Paul Fielding go to jail?

    He's violated the public trust and betrayed his own ethical standards. But is Dallas' perpetually annoying councilman guilty of fraud, perjury, and extortion?

  • Calendar

    October 24, 1996
  • News

    December 28, 1995

    Look back in anger

    From an arena that never was to a judge in a jam, ordinary folks took a beating in 1995