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Ali Eskandarian was on the third floor of a row house in East Williamsburg, Brooklyn, just after midnight on Monday morning when a disgruntled Iranian musician climbed onto the adjoining terrace and opened fire through the window. Eskandarian was killed instantly. So were two brothers, bandmates in ... More >>
These days, it seems like debate watching isn't such a social thing. We sit in living rooms with our family and friends, perhaps, or watch it alone and cast our thoughts out onto Facebook threads and Twitter feeds. So, what would it be like to watch it in a darkened movie theater with a bunch of com ... More >>
This is a personal letter to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Dear Prime Minister: My name is Jim Schutze. I am a columnist for the Dallas Observer. I write about local things here. My politics are sort of all over the place, but I have always considered myself a great friend of Israel, ... More >>
From Toronto, a glimpse of this year's most bracing films
Over the last two nights of the Republican National Convention, both Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan and Presidential candidate Mitt Romney have taken the time to mention the music on Romney's iPod, with Ryan, a noted Rage Against the Machine fan, saying, "There are the songs on his iPod whic ... More >>
You are the judge in the high-stakes legal drama.
The nominees for the cinematic super bowl, the 2012 Academy Awards, were announced yesterday, and as always there were a few of the year's best pictures and performances that were left warming the bench by the all-powerful Academy. Martin Scorsese's Hugo leads the game with 11 nods, beating out th ... More >>
I'm afraid Rick Perry will evaporate soon from the presidential coverage, and I won't get to say my little piece about him. So just in case, here it is. Months ago I was asked by the company I work for to produce a piece about Perry's so-called economic miracle in Texas. My first response was to sa ... More >>
Some of our notables showed great courage this year, others are simply notorious, but all 10 had a big impact in 2011.
Wolf Blitzer of CNN takes on the Republican candidates tonight for the second foreign policy debate. This is the do-or-die moment for our homeboy: Either Rick Perry repairs his fortunes and escapes the back-bench or he's toast. Perry's people know that, so our governor is going to be all-in tonig ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsOutgoing Superintendent Michael Hinojosa tries to pretend he doesn't know who Carla Ranger is talking about.Whoever set the table before last night's DISD board meeting had to be kicking themselves once the trustees got started, with dead-serious Carla Ranger yet again calli ... More >>
Apparently a whole lot of people around the country took a look at the very strange campaign advertisement for Debbie Georgatos that Wilonsky posted here Sunday morning -- a video to promote her unsuccessful campaign for chairman of the Dallas County Republican Party. Judging by the comments, ... More >>
Rob AllynLongtime observers of the local political landscape probably hear the name Rob Allyn and think of the Trinity River Corridor Project (Schutze insists it was Allyn who came up with those solar-powered water taxis), myriad mayoral campaigns, those Dubya ads attacking John McCain's environm ... More >>
Via.Marisol Valles became an instant media star last October, when she took over as police chief of Práxedis G. Guerrero, a town near Juarez. She was just 20 years old, a criminology student and a mother, and the job she was taking only opened up when her predecessor was beheaded. Two weeks ago, ... More >>
So, I'm getting some work done just now when I get an e-mail heads-up from Borders: "JUST ANNOUNCED! A New Memoir By George W. Bush. Available Nov. 9. Pre-Order Now!" And, sure enough: Crown Publishers today announced the release date and further details about the ex-president's new book titled D ... More >>
Peter Schulte and the petitioner still known as J.B. on The Daily Show last night ... but what is it about that vase ...?No doubt you recall the October ruling from Judge Tena Callahan of Dallas County's 302nd Family District Court, who said there was no good reason for the courts not to consider ... More >>
Canary Cafe5100 Belt Line, Addison972-503-7080I seem to remember a time, shortly after engineer-turned-chef Mansour Gorji bought the Canary Cafe space, when he served sushi at lunch.The previous occupant had been a Japanese restaurant and so many of that venue's regulars dropped by hoping for a r ... More >>
The front of the the George W. Bush Presidential Center, as designed by Robert A.M. SternIn advance of a formal presentation today on the SMU campus, USA Today sneak previews architect Robert A.M. Stern's conceptual renderings for the George W. Bush Presidential Center. Yes, but will there be "f ... More >>
History, as predicted by Inauguration Day's No. 1 hits
Banned in his home country, Iranian Jafar Panahi scores with his sports movie as social commentary
Far from his Kurdish home, Adnan Kirkuki seeks out soldiers to defend his new one in the United States
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Dallas Guitar Show plays on
Shakespeare's greatest guffaws and ha-has
It's Kingsley vs. Connelly in a heart-wrenching real estate battle
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The buffet table sings at Dawat
At the Winter Music Conference, P. Diddy blows up while the U.S. blows up Iraq
Dallas County is setting up a surveillance system a Commie would love
Leland Faulkner welcomes you to his World
In another holy war, the battle plan is to turn Muslims into Bible believers
A road through hell paved with good intentions points the way to Kandahar
Cafe Izmir has plenty of Middle Eastern delicacies on tapas
Sahara provides a welcome oasis in Dallas' dining desert
Recruiting violations. Cutthroat competion. Big money. Larger egos. It isn't NCAA football. It's kids' soccer, Dallas style.
Drive-In Movie Critic of Grapevine, TX