Labor Day

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2014

    Franconia's Oktoberfest: So You Never Need to Drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte

    While America begins to post about the return of the Pumpkin Spice Lattes on Facebook, craft brew enthusiasts turn their attentions to another autumn-heralding beverage -- Oktoberfests. Oktoberfest-style beers (more traditionally known as Marzen) are one of the most popular seasonal releases in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2014

    The Dallas Restaurants That Opened and Closed in August

    Another busy month has come and gone and with it a handful of restaurants have opened and closed. Read on for the full list of restaurant news in August from us and other Dallas publications, and be sure to share tips about new and/or shuttered restaurants at Openings: Pro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    Over 17,000 DISD Kids Didn't Show Up for the First Day of School. What Happened?

    Every year districts typically fall short of the number of kids expected on the first day. Between personal issues and confusion or simple failure to meet registration deadlines, it's an annual problem most districts have to combat. Approximately 17,448 kids did not show up Monday for the first day ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2014

    The Best Sunday Fun Days in Dallas

    And on the seventh day, God created Fun Day. Well, okay, maybe not, but really that should have been the case. After all, what better way is there to give the workweek ahead a defiant middle finger than to spend all of Sunday drinking irresponsibly? Damn be the consequences, we say; our temple of wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2014

    The Best Concerts in Dallas This Week, 8/25 - 8/31

    For once, going back to work on a Monday comes with a pay-off in sight: This week we'll get a three-day weekend, courtesy of Labor Day falling a week from today. So that, at least, is something to take comfort in. What else is there to be excited about? Why, all the fine concerts coming through Dall ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 29, 2013
  • Blogs

    August 13, 2013

    Chris Clary Has Killed Two People with His Car, but It's Drugs That May Send Him to Prison

    It wasn't quite daybreak on the Saturday before Labor Day 2010 when Latonya Lyons pulled her decade-old Ford Taurus to the side of the Central Expressway entrance ramp at Yale Boulevard. Something was wrong with the car. Lyons turned on her emergency flashers, checked her mirrors to make sure no ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2013

    Hatch Peppers Have Arrived in Dallas

    Fields in Hatch, New Mexico, are bright green and prime for picking. The small farming town tucked in the southwestern corner of the state (population 1,648) has become famous for its green chiles, which are a variant of the Anaheim pepper. For decades the town has hosted a Hatch Chile Festival on L ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2013

    Summer Is Officially Here: Aunt Stelle's Sno Cones Is Open

    Summer technically commences when the sun reaches the most northern point in the sky at noon. The Farmers' Almanac suggests that day is June 21 this year. But, we prefer to use snow cone stands as our guide to the season, particularly Aunt Stelle's Sno Cones in Oak Cliff. See also: 50 Years of Chil ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2013

    Remembering Levon Helm

    Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Jesse Sykes first appeared in Seattle Weekly's print edition. By Jesse Sykes As I was growing up in New York state--where the residents want you to know they don't live in "The City"--th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Kung Fu Saloon Brings Sake, Beer, Nunchunks and a Retro Arcade to Uptown

    Kung Fu Saloon is a new arcade and bar situated at the corner of Routh Street and Cedar Springs Road, in what used to be the Place at Perry's (2901 Routh St). This Austin-import opened Labor Day weekend and is already getting quite acclimated in its new digs. On Saturday there was a mix of gamers, l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    First Taste Of Ethiopia Hopes To Draw Increased Attendance To Ethiopia Day

    We made it! At least unofficially. Labor Day weekend is here, and with it hopefully an end to triple-digit heat. Actually, compared with last year, this summer was pretty comfortable. I might say I even enjoyed it. I won't miss it, though, because with fall comes what I think it one of Dallas' mos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2012

    Dallas Doesn't Have an Oatmeal Festival. Whine.

    A few awesome friends of mine have a longstanding Labor Day weekend tradition of getting their asses down to Schlitterbahn before we settle in for a, short and mediocre "winter." No matter the motive, it's a trip well worth a few hours flying south down Interstate 35 on a Friday. This morning, one ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    2012 Big Tex Choice Awards: Holy Fried Crap! Did Someone Say Fried Bacon Cinnamon Roll and Deep Fried Mac & Cheese Slider? Yeah. Yeah They Did.

    Sorry, Your Heart. It's time for the State Fair of Texas Big Tex Choice Awards. Finalists were just announced. Here's the list, plus a little about the history of some of this year's competitors. The eight finalists for the 2012 Big Tex Choice Awards (in no particular fried order): Deep Fried Jamb ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2012

    Stoney LaRue Does Some Sweet Charity For Cook Children's Medical Center

    The country music community of Texas and Oklahoma has been a fantastic supporter of children and their families battling various medical issues. Over the past few years, Ft. Worth DJ Justin Frazell has been a driving force behind the all-star Pickin' for Preemies series of Labor Day concerts, with p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 4, 2012

    A Sign of the Times on the Margaret Hunt Hill and Other Snapshots From Saturday

    ​Our pros have been all over the Margaret Hunt Hill this weekend, with one, Jay Barker, sending word from the sun-up service this morning that Santiago Calatrava "hinted that this three-day celebration was a bit excessive." Ya don't say. You can see Danny and Paul and Jay's their fine work at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2011

    City's Spending $40 Mil to Build Elm Fork Soccer Complex. Question Is: Who'll Run It?

    Via.​Speaking of items out for bid by the City o' Dallas ...Over the summer we noticed that the city was looking for someone to snap up the naming rights to the Elm Fork Athletic Complex off Walnut Hill and Stemmons -- you know, that 138-acre, 20-field soccer complex behind Malibu Grand Prix being ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Passion Pit Drummer, New Dallas Dweller Nate Donmoyer To Spin Free Rio Room Set Thursday

    ​Technically -- technically -- last week was supposed to be it for Rio Room's somewhat over-the-top, but nonetheless impressive summer-long offerings of DJ sets from bold-faced names. Diplo's performance was to be the cap in the summer's feather, and the weekly Sunday night residency from Grammy-w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Rangers-Angels Take Baseball's Center Stage. Or at Least They Should.

    ​There are only two division races in baseball. And only one with playoff implications. As we play the regular season's final month the Tigers, Phillies, Brewers and Braves each have leads of at least 7 games with only 20 remaining. In the AL East the Yankees lead the Red Sox by 2.5, bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2011

    Cowboys Roster Cuts: What We're Left With

    ​In the final analysis the Cowboys kept nine rookies, four undrafted free agents, two kickers and zero fullbacks. If you saw that coming, raise your Labor Day hand. Didn't think so. We did foresee the departures of Igor Olshansky, Akwasi Owusu-Ansah and Montrae Holland, so not everythi ... 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

    Mellow Mushroom and Grease Monky Burger Arrive on Arlington's Resurging Dining Scene

    Lauren Drewes DanielsNew Mellow Mushroom in Central Arlington​See, you have to understand. This has been a long time coming. Sure, Arlington has some fine entertainment venues, but the restaurants surrounding said venues are like the high fructose corn syrup of eateries -- okay in small quanti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2011

    Ochre House Actors Take Wild Ride In Morphing

    Ginger BerryCast of Morphing​Theater Caps are bite-sized punch-packing capsule reviews by resident theater critic Elaine Liner. Use them as a reminder -- or a teaser, if you procrastinate -- of her full-length reviews in The Mixmaster's weekly sister. Make Eugene O'Neill's drama Long Day's Jo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 1, 2011
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    July 13, 2011

    When's Perry Gonna Decide? Dunno.

    Office of the GovernorRick Perry, Stephen Broden, Sarah Palin and Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott at the Majestic last fall​Gov. Rick Perry will be in Denton this week, according to his office, at which time he certainly will not address if and when he's going to announce whether he's running f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2011

    Jerry Jones Puts On a Show During NFL Labor Negotiations, and Gets Panned

    ​You've waited for this moment all your life. Practiced. Rehearsed. Trained. Sacrificed. Compromised. Even went to college class, some of the time. But now, on the eve of a major company extending you a lucrative dream job, veteran workers at the company are suddenly urging you not to ac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    Clock, Theme Set for Fair

    Now that things are looking more like spring, let's talk about next fall. Yes, even before summer, sunglasses and heat-waves, let's talk about deep-fried food, over-sized cowboy hats and the Texas State Fair. ​As if we needed a reason to discuss the month-long exaltation of everything Texas, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Whitt's End: 2.18.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *Coming to you today live from the Daytona 500. Literally. I awoke this morn -- as did hundreds of thousands of NASCAR fans -- to the public address blaring first, at precisely 6 a.m. "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2010

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: The Texas International Pop Festival "Box Set"

    ​Richard Hayner, keeper of the Texas International Pop Festival website, maintains he's still -- still -- writing a book about that Labor Day Weekend when Angus Wynne brought Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Ten Years After, Santana, Johnny Winter, Sly and the Family Stone and on and on and ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2010

    How About a Little Cow in Your Christmas Stocking?

    Oh, how could you eat something this cute for Christmas? (Answer: A peppercorn sauce and side of sauteed mushrooms works for us.)​Cows may be the bigwigs of the barnyard, but pigs and turkeys get all the attention come holiday season. There's no holiday on the standard American calendar that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 15, 2010

    Meet the Fort Worth Film Buff Who's Updating and Preserving the Bobbie Wygant Archive

    Bobbie Wygant Interviews Robert Duvall for Tender Mercies from on Vimeo.I could read to you from this stack of press releases for big-deal Thursday happenings ("Boone Pickens, Mayor Leppert, Chief Brown unveil New Jubilee Park Buildings" and "Mayor Leppert, Dr. Hinojosa to launch first-o ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2010

    Gloria's Brunch Lacks On The Lake

    Photos by Andrea Grimes and Man O' The HourThe Gloria's Mexican Omelet​Waterfront dining is one of the great mysteries of the universe. For reasons unknown to us mortals, the Great and Powerful Spiritual Being of Oneness and Things of the Like has decreed that all restaurants within 20 feet of a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 2, 2010

    DPD Reminds, If You Drink and Drive This Long Holiday Weekend, You May Also Give Blood

    ​Back in June 2009, then-Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle told then-Dallas Observer-er Kimberly Thorpe why he was (and, no doubt, remains) a big fan of the department's so-called No-Refusal DWI Initiative, which allows officers who pull over suspected drunk drivers to take and test two vials' wort ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Hash Over: Morton's The Steakhouse News, Mattito's Opens Its Third Location, Lunch Buffet at Naga Thai and More

    ​Have you been thinking to yourself what's been going on at Morton's The Steakhouse in downtown Dallas? Well, we have all kinds of updates for you. First, the popular steakhouse just added a few new items to its menu, including crab cake BLT, smoked salmon pizza, double cut and bone-in fille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    Whitt's End: 8.27.10

    Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *By no means am I an alarmist, but we need to see something positive from the Cowboys' first-team offense Saturday night in Houston. One long drive that ends in a touchdown. That's all. Give me that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Hatching a Chile Celebration at Central Market

    Photos by Elaine Liner​Second only to Christmas holidays for bringing in customers, the 15th annual Hatch Chile Festival at Central Market stores, going on now through August 31, creates shopping cart gridlock. What is it about the smoky vegetable from the nightshade family that earns such dev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 8, 2010

    Lebron James Eats for Free: Five Food Bribes That Might Work

    Wanna bribe us? Keep the food. Try this instead.​A recent University of Texas at Dallas release that was ostensibly about T-shirts raises an interesting food issue: Explaining why he'd decided to display 300 commemorative T-shirts in a university building, Dean J. Michael Coleman said, "Free ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2008

    This Just In: Dallas’ Need for Cialis to Plunge Next Month

    In a parallel universe, this photo is of me with some groupie chick. Big news from my wife over Labor Day: This guy has supplanted this guy atop her “list.” Alas, my rankings are unchanged. Anna Kournikova, feeble tennis resume be damned, remains the undisputed defending champion. W ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 28, 2008

    Go West

    Kolaches and festivities reward a short drive

  • Music

    September 20, 2007

    Darin Archer, R.I.P.

    Dallas loses another young talent

  • Blogs

    August 31, 2007

    War on Gang War

    Since we're all degenerate hippies -- well, most of us -- we're known to thumb the occasional copy of In These Times, where this week there appears a story headlined "The Counterproductive War on Gangs." Turns out, most of the info from the piece -- which insists increased law enforcement presence i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 28, 2007

    The Broken Promises of NAFTA

    During recent talks on the North American Free Trade Agreement in Vancouver, U.S. Trade Representative Susan Schwab praised the 13-year-old agreement. "NAFTA works," she told the Associated Press. The Democratic presidential candidates have been saying the opposite, citing American job loss, and t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2007

    The Road to the, um, Super Bowl?

    Remember when you could count on lazy Sunday afternoons watching the Dallas Cowboys from Labor Day until, oh, New Year's? Gone. With the release of the NFL schedule today, the Cowboys will play a franchise-record seven games on national TV, but only nine of their 16 games take place on Sunday aftern ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2006

    Signing Off

    Saw this story this morning in The Cincinatti Post about the shuttering of, the acclaimed Internet-only statio, that offers a pretty hip playlist of alternarock and Amerindie--which is to say, Midlake gets played alongside Yo La Tengo and R.E.M., while Tom Waits and Johnny Cash can even fin ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 31, 2006
  • Blogs

    June 27, 2006

    Belo the Belt

    News this week--well, last week, really--that The Dallas Morning News is offering buyouts to some 40 (or 60 or more) of its folks before firing 'em outright has rekindled memories of the October 2004 massacre that left 250 Belo Corp. employees jobless. And it's raised the specter of the circulation ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2006

    One More Reason Why Houston Sucks

    Says in the Houston Chronicle that Houston-based conservative radio "pundit" and District 7 candidate for the Texas Senate Dan Patrick is coming to Dallas by Labor Day. (No, not the ESPN dude. Or the race-car chick, either.) Patrick's buying 25,000-watt KMGS-AM (1160), the "Smokin' Oldies" station b ... More >>

  • Dining

    April 20, 2006

    Wine Graft

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  • Dining

    November 11, 2004

    Daddy, Help!

    Big Daddy's Grill House is good, but bring a defibrillator

  • Dining

    August 3, 2000

    Hash Over

    Jeroboam flight; Panty wad; Hash mince

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