• Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Slayer Will Play Tribute to Jeff Hanneman on This Tour, Just Not the Way They Wanted To

    This year marks thrash metal's 30th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate than watching one of the Big Four bands that helped to bring it to the masses? Tonight, Slayer will bring their pulse-pounding metal to the South Side Ballroom at Gilley's in Dallas. It's their first tour since guitar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 19, 2013

    The 30 Most Disturbing Songs of All Time

    We recently noted some of the best clean versions of hip-hop songs, which got us thinking - what songs are so disturbing that they couldn't possibly exist as a clean version? Well, here you go. Artists choose to write shockingly upsetting music for a number of reasons: To express extreme emotions o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Tom Corea Got Evicted, So Naturally He Tore the Place Up and Left Penis Art on the Wall

    When attorney Tom Corea moved his now-defunct legal practice into a 10,000-square foot Design District warehouse a year ago, he wasted little time in adding the Corea touch. He installed ostentatious mahogany-and-marble counters; covered the sidewalk with a glued-on rubber tread; and, in several roo ... More >>

  • Film

    November 1, 2012

    James Bond, Out of Time

    Fifty years in, the spy is ever less relevant — and still beloved. Why?

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Riot Fest - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 9/22/12

    Riot Fest Gexa Energy Pavilion Saturday, September 22 Though the inaugural Dallas edition of Riot Fest was a mild success, here's something the festival's organizers should consider if it returns next year: give the audience some kind of clue when bands are going on. While the Heineken Pavilion sta ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2012

    H20 Music Festival - Cotton Bowl - 6/9/12

    H20 Music Festival Cotton Bowl Saturday, June 9 See also: Scenes from the H20 Music Festival I stood at the entrance of the "House That Doak Built," watching Dallas Fire and Rescue workers help a middle-age Hispanic lady onto a stretcher, and I couldn't help but think about how much of a misnomer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2011

    Jimi Hendrix Plays Memorial Auditorium: A Recording From 1969 and A Poster from '70

    ​One of the best photos we've ever posted to Unfair Park was this February 16, 1968, snapshot of Angus Wynne and Jimi Hendrix taken at Love Field, shortly before Dallas experienced the man and his band at the Fair Park Music Hall. That picture, of course, accompanied an audience recording of the J ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Recession-Proof Drinking: Taste Testing Three Off-Brand Beers

    ​Never in the dozen-plus years that I've been of legal drinking age have I seen beer as cheap as the $2.99 six-pack of Big Flats 1901 I espied at Walgreen's the other day. Not even the Schlitz, Natty Light or Beast we drank in college was that cheap. There was no way it could be good, but for 50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    Two Polish Beers Walk Into A Bar ...

    ​... and were delicious. The end. What, you were expecting a Polack joke? This is Texas, where the butts of our jokes are Aggies or blonds, not Polish people. Not that we have many Polish people to offend, anyway. Apparently, there isn't enough demand to import Zywiec or Okocimskie beers into the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    A Labor Day First: Top 10 U.S. Open Observer-ations ... From a Guy Who Just Wants a Chance To Work

    ​Carrollton's Kelly Dearmore emailed me with a simple request: I wanna write for Sportatorium. Being that he's a free-lance writer that has covered concerts for the Observer, he hates the New York Yankees and he loves him some tennis in general and one of my fave sporting events -- the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    The Full List Of Beers You Can Pour Out In Memory of Timbo

    Here's to you, Timbo. RIP.​Timbo, the Dallas Zoo's oldest gorilla, died yesterday in surgery at the age of 49, and we're still bummed by the news. Even though we didn't know her personally, we still plan to mourn her the same way we've marked the deaths of friends, family members and celebrities a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Hooray for the Red, White and Blue. Now, Pass the Tums.

    ​Should you be the sort to stick blueberries and strawberries on top of a pound cake and call it patriotic, or arrange crudités so they look like fireworks, get out now. Realize that blue cheese isn't as terrifically blue as everyone likes to say it is, so we ask that you stop crumbling it on top ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Nineteen Years After His Escape From Iraq, Army Translator Files Suit Claiming He Was Beaten By Dallas Police Officers

    Sgt. Mark S. RickertLateef Al-Saraji, his wife Teresa and her daughter, Sgt. Kristin L. Cruikshank, were profiled in an Army magazine in 2003.​An Iraq-born U.S. Army translator and his wife have filed suit against the Dallas Police Department and a local nightclub, alleging that the husband was be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2010

    Survivor: Nicaragua. The Coach as Champion: Week 2

    ​I hate you, Jimmy Johnson. Not for winning two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys and then up and leaving in a huff, but for luring me into watching reality TV. I really despise reality TV. And, I admit, I'm really hooked on Survivor: Nicaragua. On CBS' hit show they call Johnson "Coach" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 20, 2009

    Last Night: Rodrigo y Gabriela at House of Blues

    Rodrigo y GabrielaHouse of BluesOctober 19, 2009 Better than: anything else in the flamenco-meets-rock-meets-mariachi wheelhouse ​ I'd heard about Rodrigo y Gabriela's ability to harness the power of a six-piece band with just two acoustic guitars, but seeing the phenomenon live was nothing sh ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2009

    WWJD? Win a Super Bowl with Tony Romo, That's What He'd Do.

    ​Talked with legendary Dallas Cowboys' coach Jimmy Johnson this morning on 105.3 The Fan. The highlights: *First off, during the interview I admit to having an extreme case of good-ol'-days' goose bumps. *Secondly, Jimmy - a noted Heineken guzzler - is out at Cowboys Stadium today filmin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 22, 2009

    Whitt's End: 5.22.09

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *You'll have to savor this offering like a cow with its cud, because this morning I'm headed out to the Byron Nelson to chug margaritas and chase girls in The Pavilion watch golf and conduct research ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2008
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    August 14, 2008

    Last Night: Raheem DeVaughn and Bryan-Michael Cox at Gilley's

    ( Raheem DeVaughn, Bryan-Michael Cox Gilley's August 13, 2008 Better than: Dwele on his best day. Revelers headed to the Heineken Red Star Soul tour at Gilley's might have been taken aback by the traffic jam on Lamar Street. But getting closer to the venue, I caught a glimpse ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 27, 2007

    Re: David Lynch Gets to the Point

    After the jump, a Friend of Unfair Park who works at Central Market sends a behind-the-scenes story about his Sunday spent with David Lynch during his coffee sale. Turns out, Lynch isn't a grind. Get it? Damn it. Is it Friday yet? --Robert Wilonsky

  • Dining

    December 1, 2005

    Nicked Name

    Hall of Fame is Hall of Same Ol' Mediocre Barbecue

  • Dining

    September 8, 2005

    Discomfort Zone

    Comfort food, bewildering atmosphere at Manny's

  • Music

    December 23, 2004

    Dirty Life and Times

    The media's sanitized coverage of Dimebag's memorial service left out all the good parts

  • News

    August 12, 2004

    Goodbye, Godboy

    Carter's gone. Now what do we talk about?

  • Calendar

    May 8, 2003

    Hands Off

    It's the Burn, baby, Burn

  • Culture

    October 26, 2000

    Plush Comes to Shove

    A new alternative gallery gives the status quo a heave-ho

  • Culture

    July 27, 2000

    Porn to sell

    Product placement comes to adult videos...hey, watch where you put that thing!

  • Film

    June 10, 1999

    It's awful, baby, yeah!

    Austin Powers can go shag himself

  • Culture

    May 6, 1999

    The intentional tourist

    Texas artist Frank X. Tolbert2 gives us a new look at the Old World

  • Dining

    January 28, 1999

    Poor man's prime

    Dunston's smokes out affordable steak

  • Dining

    June 19, 1997

    Liquid sky

    Fort Worth's Flying Saucer offers a cozy space for quaffing alien beers

  • News

    May 9, 1996

    How Low Can You Go?

    When a Tyler masseuse accused televangelist Garner Ted Armstrong of sexual assault, no one came out smelling like a rose

  • Culture

    January 19, 1995

    Barry blew it

    Switzer's casual approach caught up with the Cowboys