Even if you weren't a Tori Amos fan in the mid-to-late '90s, the odds are good that you knew a few of us who were. Our Kool-Aid dyed hair and witch-length skirts helped visually amplify our hormonal angst to the surrounding world. As did our notebooks -- scribbled with words about nicotine patch ad ... More >>
Dallas has thousands of orphaned animals stuck in the shelter system, and a big corporation promised to help save some of them. Beginning last September, a PetSmart store in north Dallas opened up its doors to the Dallas Animal Services department, housing some of its "adoptable" dogs and cats. Ever ... More >>
On a Scandinavian tour in 2002, the Gourds' friend and guide kept playing a recording by an old blues singer named Ramsay Midwood. So when a man with a scruffy beard and twinkling blue eyes came up to Kevin Russell after a gig in Austin in early 2002 and introduced himself, the Gourds singer had to ... More >>
At 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights, Sundown at Granada's executive chef Patrick Stark unties his apron and steps out of the kitchen into the bar. Half-price whiskey, live music and a late night menu, it's little wonder Stark can't drag himself away. "I'm trying to break myself of this, but I'm a creatur ... More >>
Dallas loves an icon. Our football team can't just be ours, it must the whole of America's, whether that means the whole of America loves those boys or hates them. A new arts structure cannot just quietly appear in Dallas. It must complete the largest contiguous district of its kind. The contents o ... More >>
Late last year, Josh Venable was let go for the second time from the Clear Channel-owned 102.1 KDGE, the Edge, and he has yet to find another radio station to call home. "I watch a lot of Murder, She Wrote," Venable says of his down time while sitting in an Addison sports bar that's not too far from ... More >>
Leading up to our November 10 showcase, we'll be getting you familiar with some of our Dallas Observer Music Awards nominees, either via past features we've done on them, or new ones. You can vote for your favorite acts, venues and more right here. They are all hunched over the jukebox, scanning ti ... More >>
The cover art for Feist's MetalsCanadian indie songstress Feist is in the process of building buzz for her forthcoming album Metals. The starlet's record is set to come out on October 4, and she's planning a tour to support the record. Interestingly enough, though, she's only playing nine da ... More >>
Kennedy assassination author and conspiracist Robert Groden says the city's out to get him. He may be right.
Photo by Robert BostickScott RomanoYesterday, we brought you a profile of Scott Romano, executive chef at our favorite downtown restaurant Charlie Palmer at The Joule. Today we toss a few questions his way, and tomorrow demonstrates how to make one of his dishes. We don't know which dish yet, ... More >>
Sara KerensOur Best of Dallas 2010 Hamburger: The Angry DogThere really is no shortage of incredible burgers in this town. We gave Angry Dog our Best Of Dallas nod for their always juicy, shredded cheese-topped hamburger--knowing full well the worthy contestants in the mix. Let's just say, it ... More >>
One of the officers in this picture was fired yesterday. (Hint: the one in the middle.)Dallas Police Chief David Brown isn't messing around: Late yesterday the DPD sent out yet another laundry list of officers being terminated, the third such release in the past few days, bringing the total of ca ... More >>
Photo by Robert BostickMaple & Motor's Jack Perkins gives a finger to "foodies."Yesterday, Three-Course meal profiled Jack Perkins, who grills up one of the city's most popular hamburgers at Maple & Motor. Today, Perkins gives his thoughts on foodies, good and bad burgers and the best wine to ... More >>
Patrick MichelsChief David Brown's not at all pleased with how several of his officers behaved last night.The news broke this morning: 27-year-old Dallas Police Officer Kelly Beemer was out drinking last night, at Lee Harvey's, when a few of her pals realized she'd had a few too many to drive. A ... More >>
Justin TerveenDowntown Dallas as it looked during last year's Earth HourSpeaking of our pal Justin ...Last year we enlisted him to shoot the city as it went dark for World Wildlife Fund's Earth Hour. Only problem: Despite the lengthy list of buildings scheduled to join the 60-minute blackout, it ... More >>
Ron NatinskySo, then, back to Memorial Auditorium for a moment. But only because council member Ron Natinsky shares with Mayor Pro Tem Dwaine Caraway the hope that sooner than later, the city can and will give the venerable arena a makeover and begin marketing it as an alternative to the Nokia Th ... More >>
Patrick MichelsAs a bouncer at Sambuca 360, Todd Wright's heard more than a few lines from people trying to sweet-talk their way inside.One evening about six years ago, as I stood at The Republic's bar ordering bourbon, I caught a glimpse of a woman's face scrunching in disgust. So I turned to he ... More >>
Noise is not for everybody. Some people hear a jackhammer on the street corner and promptly cover their ears; others hear a subsonic melody and random harmonic movement in the staccato repetition of mechanized machinery. “Industrial music” is the umbrella term used to describe artists who e ... More >>
Norman Mailer, the man who gave this chain of newspapers its name, died this morning of kidney failure at the age of 84. I had the good fortune to interview him on several occasions during his various visits to Dallas, first in 1991, when he came to promote his CIA novel Harlot's Ghost. I ran into h ... More >>
In this corner: Salim Nourallah. In the other corner: Doug Simmons. Let's roll!
Twenty-five years later, former Telefone Gerard Dirkx replaces skinny ties with sweaty soul
XPO Lounge closes its doors
Poor David's Pub preparing to enter new generation
Or: Oh, look...it's another end-of-the-century list
Picking the best locally made records of 1998 was easy. Who knew?
Thirty-five years ago, Jesse Curry was Dallas' respected, popular police chief. Then Jack Ruby shot Lee Harvey Oswald, and Curry became just one more victim of the Kennedy assassination.
The "Amazing One-Man Band" signs on with one of the greatest living American writers
The Dallas scene flourishes beneath the chaos
Mr. Peppermint loves his little Butthole (Surfer)
Norman Mailer resurrects a tragically human assassin
When the vinyl jukebox dies, so will a little piece of the music it played
Hypercritical politics deliver nowhere politicians