We all know that country music, by and large, isn't the most progressive of musical genres. With loudmouth GOP musicians like Charlie Daniels and Hank Williams Jr., it's easy to forget that country music isn't all about trucks, America and hating President Obama. Believe it or not, there are surpris ... More >>
The 50-foot limestone angels trumpeting from the façade of Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth face a trio of venues hidden from the outside world. Hyena's Comedy Night Club is down a grand staircase on the right. There's a smaller stage next to it. And on the left is Queen City Music Hall, which o ... More >>
The online reservation and restaurant review site OpenTable.com released a list of the Top 100 Scenic View Dining restaurants, which is based on some 5 million opinions over the past year. As a complete surprise, nothing along the scenic northern part of the LBJ Freeway made it. Unbelievable, righ ... More >>
Freelance photographer (and Observer contributor) Mike Brooks grew up in Hawaii. Pretty easy to fall in love with the visual arts there, but he didn't start out as a music photographer. Since his days at the Punahou School in Honolulu, and two colleges in Northern California, he's built a rep shoo ... More >>
You will either be saddened, confused or hugely indifferent to the fact that Travel Leisure magazine has ranked Dallas last in a list of 35 hipster-friendly cities. I'll give you a moment to collect yourselves. Now then: What in the hell are we doing wrong that we rated so poorly? We want hipster ... More >>
Alexander Payne's Hawaiian excursion might be the feel good movie of the year.
And a little movie about the Mustangs' downfall isn't hurting either.
On November 2, as you'll recall, pro surfer Andy Irons's body was found in a room at the Grand Hyatt DFW, a cache of prescription pill bottles by his bedside. His family insisted, no, those had nothing to do with the 32-year-old's death. Instead, they said, the world champion, who'd taken a room ... More >>
Christian Dean Ward, perhaps better known around town as Dean Dillinger, got his start spinning records way back when, as a producer/board operator at WERQ-92.3 92Q Jams in Baltimore. "I used to play records for Reggie Reg and K-Swift (Rest In Power) when they went to the bathroom, or were on the ... More >>
June JonesTwo brief football notes of interest, the first involving SMU, where there's been little interesting football of note in recent years. The Honolulu Advertiser is reporting today that David Matlin, the Hawaii Bowl's exec director, will be at Gerald J. Ford Stadium this Saturday when the ... More >>
SMU wasn't ready to let fans storm the field. Are the Mustangs ready to bypass Memphis for Honolulu?As I write in this week's Dallas Observer column, SMU picked a bad year to have a good year. And now - on the verge of his school's first bowl bid in 25 years - Mustangs' head coach Jun ... More >>
When it feels like the rest of the world is out on vacation, daydreams about island living come easily -- and even if a tropical refuge in Bishop Arts doesn't quite give the same effect, sometimes the right table in the right restaurant is vacation enough for now. Plus, there are plenty of "tropi ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Sorry to rain on Skip Bayless' - what, 14-year? - crusade, but Troy Aikman ain't gay. Went to the Pro Bowl and hung out with Aikman in Honolulu in '93. Lotsa drinks. LotsaLotsa hula girls. Guara ... More >>
After a weird, wild week of name-calling, foundation-shuddering, letter debunking and a he said/she said spanning Florida to Hawaii, the bizarre tale of Bob Hayes' Twisted Sister finally has a temporary resolution, if not permanent closure. The current verdict: Bob Hayes, Jr. - and not Lucille ... More >>
Wonder if SMU AD Steve Orsini has an extra $400k laying around. Just in case. SMU football coach June Jones is going back to Hawaii. Relax. It’s just so he can avoid re-paying his former employer a cool $400,000. The University of Hawaii thinks Jones owes it the cash – half his annual p ... More >>
With "My Dougie" in tow, he's looking to get paid
June Jones said on Christmas Day he wasn't coming to SMU. What's he thinking today? Coulda sworn over the Christmas break that Hawaii head coach June Jones said no way he was interested in the SMU gig -- as in, "I'm not gonna hear from them." Two weeks later, and still no one's quite sure whether Jo ... More >>
Another sportsy item for reading, possibly with shoulders slumping and eyelids closing: Roy Williams was just added to the NFC's Pro Bowl squad, making this the fifth consecutive Pro Bowl for the Cowboys strong safety who really shouldn't be getting that free ticket to Honolulu. (Seems like a nice g ... More >>
The best reason to try out for the Dallas Desperados, we're thinking. Scattershooting … while wondering whatever happened to this guy. The Lakers might be dumb enough to trade Kobe Bryant. But, sorry, Mavs fans, they aren’t stupid enough to deal him to a Western Conference team ... If the VIP ... More >>
Tony Romo's in the Pro Bowl, along with QBs Drew Brees and Marc Bulger. That's a sack lunch for ya. If you saw this day coming, you're clairvoyant. And you should've cashed in. Tony Romo's remarkable emergence was validated today as the quarterback was one of four Dallas Cowboys named to the NFL Pr ... More >>
Among the short films selected to screen during the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, is one from a local filmmaker: writer-director Jesus "Chin" Beltran's debut, The Grass Grows Green. The Sundance Web site says of the movie only this: "A Marine's complicated relationship with life and dea ... More >>
Just got the May issue of Food & Wine, the one that touts the "376 hottest restaurants in the world" on the cover, and guess what? There ain't one in to be found in Dallas. According to the intro to the mag's so-called "Go List," which can go screw itself (actually, I don't care so much), F&W "went ... More >>
The legends you only thought you knew
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Randall Cunningham wants to be a backup. Really. But the one thing he's never outrun is quarterback controversy.
When heavyweight Southwestern Bell gets into a brawl with AT&T at the Legislature, consumers--that's you--are the ones who get beat up
Palomino blows its wad on style, forgets food
A breach-of-contract lawsuit dogs A.H. Belo's bid to join the media big leagues
After a brief setback, local prodigy is again on track
Ryan Amacher says he's leading the University of Texas at Arlington into a glorious future. But his critics fear his passion for pomp and party will run it into the ground.