• Blogs

    July 16, 2013

    Ministry's Al Jorgensen on Mike Scaccia, the Grays and Why He Wrote A (Terrifying) Memoir

    Don't spend too many late-night hours reading longtime Ministry leader Al Jourgensen's memoir. It's a dark, dark nightmare. Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen is harrowing tale of drugs, sex and, of course, rock-n-roll, inspired by the artist who influenced a generation of musical ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Calexico Found Truth in A New Orleans Church

    These are among the key factors that caused Tucson-based Calexico chose New Orleans to write and record Algiers, their most recent full-length album: Cancer. Cuba. Children. A Cowsill. A church. And a book--with Calexico's guitarist/singer/songwriter Joey Burns, there is often a book. "We needed t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2013

    Who Rules Dallas DJing? Meet Five of the Contenders

    DJs are no longer the music geeks they used to be. Now, they are front and center and depended on, not just to speak the language of the party but to create the conversation itself. This Friday, the Red Bull Thre3style Sub Regional Qualifying competition will kick things off in North Texas for thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2012

    Cocktail Wizard Jason Kosmas Dishes On the Dallas Scene, Fedoras and His New Spirits Company

    If you've ever sipped a $12 cocktail in Dallas, you've likely sampled the handiwork of Jason Kosmas. When we last caught up with him, he was boozing it up as the beverage director at Marquee Grill, but he's also done time at Neighborhood Services and Bolsa and lent his expertise to the drink menus ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Mavericks 89, Blazers 81: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. After all the experts made the Mavs the sexy pick to be upset in the first round, what happens over the weekend? Every road team -- except the Blazers, that is -- either holds a 10-point lead or wins outright. Dallas' win wasn't pretty, but it sure got more attractive Sunday afterno ... More >>

  • Music

    February 17, 2011
  • Blogs

    December 21, 2010

    Pop Quiz: Can You Tell One City from Another By Menus?

    ​I recently had occasion to look up a menu from a town where I used to live, and was startled by how ostentatiously it flaunted the region's culinary biases. The menu was so obviously issued by a restaurant in this particular town that I'm pretty sure I could pick it out of a line-up of 100 me ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2010

    100 Favorite Dishes: Cuban Sandwich
    At Jimmy's Food Store

    ​As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the ... More >>

  • News

    July 15, 2010
  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    For an Authentic Cuban Sandwich, Stay Away from Cuba

    Flickr user jasonlam​"Original Cuban sandwiches come from Ybor City; everything else is just a sub." This rather controversial statement comes to us courtesy of Andy Huse, Assistant Librarian at the University of South Florida, as quoted in Cigar City Magazine. Immediately, most readers are prob ... More >>

  • Film

    January 15, 2009


    Soderbergh's two Che Guevara films in one four-hour sitting

  • Music

    August 28, 2008

    Remembering Jerry Wexler

    A friend recalls the legendary record man

  • Dining

    July 17, 2008
  • Film

    November 8, 2007

    Robert Redford and the American Façade

    Our interview with the actor/director/producer

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2007

    The Penn is Mightier

    At least I didn't run into Sean Penn in the bathroom ... So, which you like to hear about first -- what the AFI Dallas International Film Festival people are doing at the Toronto International Film Festival, or what I said to Sean Penn in the bathroom Saturday night after one of us had clearly had ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 22, 2005
  • News

    May 26, 2005
  • Calendar

    May 19, 2005

    Mix Tape

    Jim Lambie gets in sticky situations for Concentrations 47

  • Music

    April 7, 2005

    The Good Son

    My 40-something mother wanted to find a decent Dallas nightclub, so she found a tour guide: me

  • Calendar

    September 9, 2004

    Blood Ties

    Art is a family affair

  • Music

    April 15, 2004

    2004 Dallas Observer Music Awards

    You voted. We counted. It's your favorite local acts, amplified.

  • Calendar

    September 11, 2003

    Latin Lessons

    "Ran Kan Kan" to Tito Puente Jr.

  • Music

    May 22, 2003

    Wave On

    Music's lunatic fringe lives, breathes and flourishes on the shortwave radio dial

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2003

    Day Jobs

    Four Day Weekend wants to second that emotion

  • Music

    April 10, 2003

    So What?

    Ministry isn't on a major label anymore, but Al Jourgensen still loves his job

  • Film

    October 10, 2002

    Viva Vistas

    Dallas' Latino film festival keeps raising the bar

  • Music

    May 23, 2002

    Brave Combo

    Joe Cripps and Barrett Martin ride a Fast Horse to record-label utopia

  • Music

    May 9, 2002

    Turn Up the Volume

    Check out Robot Monster Weekend, the best new band we've heard in a while

  • Film

    February 8, 2001

    Marked Cuban

    Before Night Falls recounts the grim, brave life of persecuted gay writer Reinaldo Arenas

  • News

    April 13, 2000

    Elián's choice

    Should a 6-year-old decide his own fate? Lisa Singh, kidnapped by her father at age 6 and taken from America to a small village in India, says yes.

  • Film

    June 17, 1999

    To Cuba and back

    A trip to Wenders' Buena Vista Social Club is nothing short of heavenly

  • Music

    July 16, 1998

    Cuba libre

    Marc Ribot and his Prosthetic Cubans are Habana good time

  • Film

    December 11, 1997

    Out of Africa

    Spielberg delivers a wildly erratic--and tumultuously moving--historical epic with the overreaching passion of a man possessed

  • Film

    September 11, 1997

    A wake

    Guantanamera is a director's warm, compassionate farewell

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    Horn of plenty

    Trumpeter Roy Hargrove brings the musical world back home

  • Calendar

    March 6, 1997
  • News

    February 27, 1997
  • Music

    March 28, 1996

    The beautiful loser

    Keith Ferguson keeps a loose grip on Fabulous past

  • Film

    February 9, 1995

    'Communism sucks, girlfriend!'

    An artificial performance mars vigorous political debate in Strawberry and Chocolate