On my way from work to City Hall I drive by the Palestinian demonstrations in Dealey Plaza. At home in the evening I see Texas Governor Rick Perry (not my favorite guy) on the TV news leading a rally for Israel. The anchorman on the TV news shows me a map of the area around Dallas and points to ho ... More >>
The feature story of the July issue of Cooking Light, which hits stands today, highlights America's 10 Best Food Adventures in Food-Tripping USA. The blossoming craft distillery industry in Texas made the list. Usually we work hard to find the holes in plans like this, figuring there's some hilari ... More >>
Jaime Moreno-Gutierrez and Roberto Moreno-Gutierrez just wanted to reduce their carbon footprint. Or maybe they just wanted to save on gas costs. Either way, they sold their gas-guzzling 2004 GMC Envoy and set off from their home in Killeen on March 31, 2011, and headed for Plano, where a dealership ... More >>
Dequinte Flournoy played on the offensive line for Richardson High School. Alton Franklin was a linebacker at James Madison. Neither got offered the chance to play big-time college football program, so, when they graduated in 2011, they wound up as teammates at Kansas' tiny McPherson College. Their ... More >>
Another round of deaths have another round of North Texas parents trying to wipe out a deadly combination of heroin and cold medicine.
Bob Musgrave at the "Bottle Rocket motel" last night, signing Criterion Collection DVDs for the faithfulAndy Carl Valentin and Chris Durbin didn't expect this. Not this. Certainly not. When first they hatched their cockamamie scheme -- to rescue from fiscal despair a Days Inn off I-35 in Hillsbor ... More >>
Had a few other things in mind for this work-week wrap-up; maybe I'll get to 'em tomorrow morning ... if you're really that eager for a couple of Reunion Arena shows, one I attended in '83 and another I wish I'd gone to in '89. But whilst looking for something unrelated this morning on Archive.or ... More >>
Rick Kelly for MondoWe've written several times about Andy Carl Valentin and Chris Durbin's efforts to save the Hillsboro motel where some of Wes Anderson's locally filmed debut Bottle Rocket was shot. The local film fanatics make their trek southward Saturday night, and right now I'm scheduled t ... More >>
Photos by Justin TerveenTo those who helped made last night's RoboCop-at-OCP HQ event happen -- Downtown Dallas, Inc.; Brent Brown and his staff at the CityDesign Studio; the Dallas Film Society; and, of course, the promotions staff at the Observer -- a mighty "much obliged" this morning. Couldn' ... More >>
Photo by Annie RayTim LeagueFound this in the in-box: a few words from Alamo Drafthouse CEO and founder Tim League, who wanted to explain why he decided to add Bottle Rocket to its Rolling Roadshow revue, which has taken iconic Texas-made films to the towns in which they were filmed. The series, ... More >>
On and off since posting that original item about Andy Carl Valentin and Chris Durbin's plans to save the Bottle Rocket motel in Hillsboro I've spoken with the twosome about ... related matters, let's say. And today, we can officially announce at least one significant bit of breaking news: The Au ... More >>
The great George Gimarc called yesterday to talk about ... look, I forget what. But at some point, the man who introduced me -- and a generation of kids who would have otherwise been stuck listening to Boston and Styx and Kansas in the early 1980s -- to punk rock suggested I take a look at the ph ... More >>
The Hillsboro motel where they shot part of Bottle Rocket is so iconic Ian Dingman put it on the front of the Criterion Collection DVD.My old friend and long-ago Observer-er Matt Zoller Seitz, who wrote the definitive making-of piece about Bottle Rocket back in September 1995, sent me a note this ... More >>
A couple of times in recent days we've linked to Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm's list of maybe-coulds offered as fund-raising suggestions to a cash-strapped city council that just doesn't wanna raise taxes. But have you really studied the document? Like, say, the part about how Suhm thinks City H ... More >>
Inside the Blue Skies Cafe at Willie's PlaceWillie's Place101 Cornelius Rd. NorthCarl's CornerDude Factor: 8, or Grandpa Simpson, on a scale of 1 (Grandfather clauses) to 10 (Royal Tenenbaum)Our trip to Willie's Place was more than just dinner for my Grandpa Neudecker. It was nothing less than a ... More >>
After hosting Robert Jeffress on Friday, Harry Smith and the CBS Early Show dipped into the DFW again today -- this time to tell the story of 9-year-old Jordan Taylor, the Hillsboro boy saved by docs at Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth who reattached his head to his spine following a car ... More >>
The air up there: Or, what the fields of North Texas look like from 500 feet high in the sky, as Allison V. Smith snaps outside the basket. They were beautiful and electric. Checkered patches of canary yellow and royal blue. Patriotic reds, blues and whites. An inflatable replica of the pilgrims’ ... More >>
Crossing between American and Egyptian cultures, he Said girls made one deadly misstep: They fell in love
Yesterday we came across the following video, in which a woman -- identified on her YouTube page only as "Widowedtoosoon" -- grieves the loss of her husband and blames the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, in part, for her husband's suicide. Next to the video was a story that appeared on Satur ... More >>
Emily Dowdy gets off the Oklahoma railroad
It's a fashion jungle out there unless you have the right guide
Thirty-five-year-old Dallas man Kenyatta Dante Canady, who's daring enough to wear an eyepatch into a federal courtroom, claims his chief influence in the bank-robbing game is television -- the Discovery Channel, to be precise, which he says is where he picked up his brilliant technique that apparen ... More >>
Plus: Another Bite
Let Him Rot
Accused of killing a cop's son, Emily Dowdy learns the hard way that in Oklahoma City justice isn't blind. It works for the prosecution.
Far away from big cities, big stadiums and big offensive lines, six-man football keeps the game pure
With his debut record, Ed Burleson may be too country for Nashville, but not for Texas
Democratic media whiz Mark McKinnon left partisan politics behind until George W. Bush swept him off his feet
Or: How Chick power is not a good thing!
City inspectors have written Jack Topletz and his family thousands of tickets for miserable conditions in their rent-house empire. They say they've ended up paying, oh, once or twice.
February 4 - 10, 1999
Dallas' best alternative space reopens its doors with a two-man show of (tiny) animal majesty
August 20 - 26, 1998
When a herd of wild goats became a nuisance at a posh lakeside resort, their wholesale slaughter by a couple of property owners divided the community
Can four young Dallas filmmakers sell their dream-and still keep their souls? Matt Zoller Seitz follows the trail of Bottle Rocket
City Hall's top brass use taxpayer-provided mobile phones to call sweethearts, power brokers, and Pizza Hut.