• Blogs

    November 26, 2014

    50 Reasons We're Thankful We Live in Dallas

    Dirk. We have the highest concentration of the best sports personalities. The Orange Line to DFW Airport actually works pretty well, compared with other DART services, so flying to see relatives isn't too stressful, at least until you land. The Fair Park bike share program is either a small step ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 10, 2014

    The Phuss Drummer Trey Alfaro Seriously Injured in Hit and Run

    Dallas isn't exactly renowned for being a bike-friendly city, but over the weekend that point was driven home to the music community when one of its own, drummer Trey Alfaro from the band the Phuss, was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bicycle Friday night. While Alfaro' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2014

    A Guide to Eating in Carrollton, Which Is Much Nicer Than It Sounds

    As a resident of Carrollton, I feel like we get a raw deal in the media. We're not in any of those fancy things about the neighborhoods, because there are apparently just too many regions of Plano, our sprawling neighbor. Bizarrely little is written about our thriving K-Town, our downtown is walkabl ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 12, 2013
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    November 8, 2013

    The War On Zebra Mussels Begins

    Flexing the new muscle given to it by the Legislature last session, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission enacted sweeping new rules Thursday to halt the seemingly inexorable takeover of Texas lakes by zebra mussels. Since the Eurasian bivalves incursion into Lake Texoma in 2009, they've spread ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 25, 2013

    Ranking the Randy Rogers Band Catalogue, with Some Help From Texas Country Legends

    The Randy Rogers Band has now been around long enough to serve as an influence to a new generation of Texas country artists. Since their breakthrough album, 2004's Radney Foster-produced (and darn-near perfect), Rollercoaster, Rogers, Brady Black, Less Lawless, Jon Richardson, and Geoffrey Hill have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    War on Zebra Mussels Escalates with Proposed North Texas Rules on Boating, Fishing

    Texas Parks and Wildlife unveiled proposed new rules Thursday to slow the advance of rapacious zebra mussels, which have hitchhiked their way as far south as Lake Lewisville with the help of oblivious boaters. The invasive Eurasian mollusk propagates so rapidly that they stopper public water-uptak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2013

    Here Are the Best Team-Specific Bars in Dallas to Watch Football

    The NFL season officially kicks off tonight and because football is like a bowl of queso, it brings together huddled masses, we've pulled together a list of restaurants and bars around the Dallas area where fans of all shapes, sizes and colors conglomerate (or coagulate if you like the queso analogy ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2013

    Carroll ISD is Quitting Federal School Lunch Program, Because Healthy Food is Gross

    Even when the USDA rolled out the new, healthier, Michelle Obama-approved version of the National School Lunch Program last year, there were grumblings. Kids complained that the new menu, which includes generous helpings of fruits and vegetables while capping meat, carbohydrates, and overall caloric ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2013

    Jayden Frost, a Singer for '80s Pop Band When In Rome, Runs a Vintage Toy Shop in DFW

    Under a circular blue awning in Lewisville lies a fairly unmarked store with generic white letters reading, "DFW Vintage Toys." The change of worlds stepping inside is jarring -- it's like walking back 30 years and into your childhood. The mastermind behind DFW Vintage Toys, Jayden Frost, is seriou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2012

    The Christmas Tamale Tradition: Grandma's Was Always Best

    The moment I realized that food comes from animals was during one of my family's tamale making sessions. I was about 4 or 5 and after waking from a nap I wandered down the hallway of the temporary trailer my grandparents were living in while they awaited the completion of their house on the family r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2012

    School Starts in Three Weeks But First, DISD Needs 348 More Teachers

    It's inevitable in a district the size of DISD that, in the lead-up to a new school year, there's a mismatch between the number of teachers the district has and the number of teachers it needs. But as DISD Blog pointed out, the district still has more than 300 vacant teaching positions with precious ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Photo Essay: The Tattoos of Dallas' Nightlife Scene

    See also: The Tattoos of Dallas Nightlife Slideshow Photographer Roderick Pullum has been out chronicling nightlife for the Observer for a while now. For the purposes of this post, however, we got him to capture the tattoos imbued in Dallas' nightlife scene, and the stories that go with them. Jef ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2012

    Joe Avezzano, the Cowboys' Beloved Former Special Teams Coach, is Dead at 68

    There aren't many special teams coaches whose names or faces we recognize. But Joe Avezzano, who choreographed the Cowboys' kicking and return games from 1990 to 2002, was a memorable face and name. And now he's gone: Dead at 68, several outlets are reporting, after suffering a heart attack on a tre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 28, 2011

    Assistant City Manager Answers Scott Griggs's Questions About Saving, Selling City's Water

    ​A couple of weeks back, during those water conservation and watering restriction briefings, council member Scott Griggs had a few questions for Dallas Water Utilities Director Jody Puckett that she wasn't prepared to answer, among them: Is the city presently selling water to gas drillers, and, be ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011

    Mo Robson and Nate Kipp Take Two Steps Forward ... and Back

    Honky-tonk vets' albums make the past feel like the future.

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Brother-sister Team Try to Plant Interest in Theater in The Colony

    Tish Mussey and her brother Martin grew up as army brats, moving frequently and learning that their shared love of theater gave them an identity and something to do together wherever they were. When the siblings ended up in The Colony, now with their own families, they found there wasn't a theater c ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2011

    A Message from Mary Suhm Concerning Dallas's Role as Region's "Emergency Water Provider"

    ​So much for all that rain we were promised; there it goes, not even close save for last night's stray raindrops. The not-even-near-miss seems only fitting in advance of tomorrow's briefing before the Dallas City Council, when City Manager Mary Suhm will recommend going to Stage 1, twice-a-week wa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2011

    For Your Weekend Listening Pleasure: Led Zeppelin's Gonna Groove at Memorial in 1970

    Via.Click to embiggen if you want to remember laughter. Or Minsky's Music.​For those playing along at home, this long-weekend's offering fills in an estimable blank. Because so far we've time-traveled back to that field in Lewisville in '69, when Led Zeppelin joined Janis Joplin, B.B. King, Johnny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2011

    Is Garnishing a Cocktail Gilding the Lily?

    If your drink looks like this, have a chat with your bartender.​The wedge of dragon fruit tilted the cocktail placed on the table. And it was annoying. The drink, one of the beverages offered at a tequila cocktail competition this weekend, was lip-smacking good without it. It was gratuitous w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Whitt's End: 4.15.11

    ​Whether you've reached the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *If the Mavericks lose in the first round to the Trail Blazers, Rick Carlisle should be fired. The window propped open by 33-year-old Dirk Nowitzki is closing, and 50-something wins without a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2011

    Crawfish Season Off to Slow Start Thanks to Winter Storms

    ​I grew up in East Texas in a predominantly Cajun family, so crawfish season always makes me nostalgic for the days of sitting in the back seat of my dad's truck with a wiggling 20 pound burlap sack of mudbugs. At first, I was horrified for being responsible for sending countless crawdads to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Dallas ISD Just Announced Its New Chief Financial Officer On the Facebook

    ​And his name is Alan King. My mom'll be thrilled -- she's a big fan of the late comic. Ah, wait. Wrong one, of course. No, this is the current deputy superintendent of the Lewisville Independent School District, who replaces the headin'-back-to-Austin Larry Throm. Before he was up in Lewisville, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2010

    Frankie's Sports Bar And Grill Should Make Rangers Fans Happy

    It would be hard to find a seat where you don't have a good view of a screen. ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials.Where: Frankie's Spo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    For Your Lunchtime Reading Pleasure: ACLU of Texas's Latest Banned Books Report

    ​The ACLU of Texas just released its annual banned-books report, Free People Read Freely -- compiled with the assistance of former Washington Post reporter Myra MacPherson, mother of the late, great Leah Siegel. As in previous years, the report documents the books banned, restricted or given the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2010

    It Took a While, But Dallas ISD Will Introduce Its Over-Age High School Come Fall

    ​Five weeks ago the fate of Dallas Independent School District Superintendent Michael Hinojosa's proposed over-age high school was in question, as trustee Bernadette Nutall took the $2-mil proposal from the fast track to the benches for a little look-see. But trustees finally gave it the okee-doke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2010

    The Lake, the View, the Burgers, the Beer: Livin' is Easy at Stan's Lakeview Taphouse & Grill

    ​In Downtown Dallas, Pegasus and Reunion Tower are the reigning icons. In Fort Worth, it's the Stockyards. Plano residents dote on their lovely restored downtown. The Colony has a lake. No, make that The Lake, as in Lake Lewisville, which dominates the vistas for miles around. In perfect spring w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2010

    One in a Series, Apparently: Jobs Coming to North Texas From Taxifornia

    ​Yesterday, The Orange County Register reported that a manufacturer of automotive fan clutches and transmission oil coolers is moving from California to Texas -- Grapevine and Lewisville, to be exact -- which will impact close to 100 workers, a majority of whom will be offered an opportunity to mo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​A hell of a lot to wade through this week, mostly thanks to the state fair.Two things before we get to the non-winners. First, I think I found a way to rid my desk of some of the accumulated junk...uh, I mean, of the highly sought after prizes, which this week would have included a handsome coffe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 6, 2009

    From the Spider Hole to Lewisville to SMU, Most Likely, the Journeys of Saddam's Pistol

    Till he gets his new SMU digs are done, George W. Bush is keeping his stuff in storage in Lewisville, and along with his futon, "grown-up" dresser and collection of framed mid-'80s Tom Cruise movie posters is Saddam Hussein's pistol -- quite the keepsake, as this is the very (unloaded) gun the Iraqi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 2, 2009

    Happy Trails? Not Without These Students Spending Their Summer In the Sun.

    Megan FeldmanWhen you're riding a clear bike path near Rochester Park, just remember who to thank.On a 103-degree day like today, most people stick to air-conditioned buildings or poolside recliners. Not 19-year-old Jonathon Jackson.With a crew of a dozen other teens, the South Oak Cliff High gradu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    On The Range: Chimichangas

    Toasted monkey or [expletive deleted]? These are the two prevailing definitions for the origin of the term chimichanga, that ever-popular fried burrito that has become a staple at Tex-Mex establishments.Chimichangas may have originated as early as the 1940's, when cooks at a bar in Nogales, Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2009

    In One Book, Two Local Women Share Tales of Humiliation, Heartbreak and Hardship

    Andrea Buchanan didn't know when she began writing Note to Self two years ago that the book would be released during the country's darkest hour in decades. Not bad timing for a compilation of tales about women transcending tough times. The award-winning writer, producer and director -- best known f ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2008

    McKinney: Now, The 14th-Best Small City in the Whole U.S.A. in Which to Live

    Ten of the 100 bestest cities in the whole country are in the DFW -- though they're not actually the D or the FW, as this is a list of "small cities." Says Money, you'd do well to live in McKinney (which comes in at No. 14), followed by Carrollton, Richardson, Allen, Euless, Frisco, Denton, Garland, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 27, 2007

    Bulb Season

    See some twinkling lights in Lewisville

  • Blogs

    September 1, 2006

    Holiday Feast

    Maybe some golf. Perhaps one last summer barbecue. Or, you could spend your Labor Day weekend scarfing down tamales--like, how about 100 of 'em? That's what some carb-crazy contestants will attempt to do Saturday at 1 p.m. in Lewisville at the Dallas Tortilla and Tamale Factory World Tamale-Eating C ... More >>

  • Music

    June 15, 2006

    Odds & Ends

    Get your recommended weekly allowance of three Dallas staples--down-souf hip-hop, cheeky alt-country and hot chicks

  • Dining

    August 11, 2005

    Sternum Warning

    Forgettable food and mediocre service are bosom buddies at Twin Peaks

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005
  • Music

    September 2, 2004

    Odds & Ends

    Jack FM, Fatty Fest 2004 and Hard (Rock) Lessons

  • Calendar

    May 15, 2003


    Hey, sailor, wanna give some money to a good cause?

  • News

    March 13, 2003
  • Dining

    March 8, 2001

    Tip Gyp

    Throw out the old rules. Here's a guide to tipping in Dallas.

  • Dining

    July 6, 2000

    Nice Thai

    Royal Spice Thai Bistro runs rings around the circle

  • News

    June 15, 2000

    Good fences

    Don't always make good neighbors, especially in exclusive Flower Mound, where a nasty feud between the mayor and a newspaper publisher has blossomed into all-out war

  • Dining

    February 18, 1999
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    November 5, 1998
  • Calendar

    July 13, 1995
  • News

    April 6, 1995
  • News

    February 9, 1995

    Let them cast ballots

    Why can't citizens vote on new arena?

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