Saturday, March 24
It's a little surprising Amanda Shires isn't a country supernova yet, and more surprising she has no representation, not even a tiny indie label from her native Texas or current home of Nashville. She started playing the violin at the age of ten, an ... More >>
Since we can't all load up for the beach this spring break, we've compiled a list of a foodie-inspired road trips. Maybe you have a day off and just want to get out of town for a bit, to drive aimlessly (or pointedly for ribs) on old back roads and discover great swaths of empty land and wonder how ... More >>
Bettmann/CorbisWillie Nelson at his second annual Fourth of July picnic in 1974It's hot as hell and the area burn bans are in full effect, which can only mean one thing: It's time to celebrate our independence! This weekend's live music offerings are fairly strong, but at Billy Bob's Texas in For ... More >>
Bon Iver's Justin VernonIt's a risky career move, holing up in a cabin in the woods to create a debut album, but for Bon Iver's Justin Vernon, it seems to have paid off in spades. Between nods from Kanye West and the success of his R&B side project Gayngs, his highly anticipated self-titled s ... More >>
Sure, Hashknife is a barbecue joint, but forget about ribs for a minute and try the giant loaves of bread. Over spring break my husband and I loaded up our kids and took a road trip out to Lake Minerals Wells State Park. We hiked, climbed, cried, threw rocks into the water and generally distu ... More >>
Patrick MichelsThe team looking to modernize and reopen Mineral Wells' 82-year-old Baker Hotel says they're one small step away from having the financing set and starting on the remodeling.Been a while since we've had much to say here about the big re-do out at Mineral Wells' Baker Hotel -- the 82-y ... More >>
The scenery was pretty cool too.According to the cheery student volunteer who gave a short lecture at Big Bend National Park the other day, the desert is delicious: Any resourceful visitor can make a meal of prickly pear pads and pigweed seeds.
While the ranger-in-training assured us the fed ... More >>
A very good Friend of Unfair Park found this old newspaper cutout here. It's an ad from the October 4, 1911, issue of the Dallas Times Herald, and, as you can see, it promises quite the something special -- then, certainly, and now most definitely. Our Friend, a history buff hoping for a miracle ... More >>
Kelcy Warren, proof that a UT-Arlington graduate can make the Forbes 400I've been told: Everybody loves lists, especially this one -- Forbes' annual countdown of the richie-richiest 'Merkins, which contains more than its share of locals, as usual. Tops, through, is a Fort Worth resident who I'm p ... More >>
Photos by Patrick MichelsThere are holes in the walls of the storied hotel, and the beds are trashed and stained from seeping water (and worse), but developers hope to reopen the Baker in 2013.
As we stroll from the ruins of the Baker Hotel lobby into what's left of the dining room, Mark Rawlings po ... More >>
Flickr user: sidehikeMy former Dallas Times Herald colleague, Helen Bryant Anders, writes this morning that Jeff Trigger -- former managing director at the Adolphus and The Mansion on Turtle Creek, and the man responsible for the Stoneleigh Hotel's extreme makeover -- is about to save the mighty ... More >>
Turns out our own Patrick Michels is a bit, well, obsessed with the Baker Hotel in Mineral Wells -- as in, "I haven't broken in there ... yet." He was just out there a couple of weeks back, matter of fact, just to see the place. Which is why, after this morning's post about plans for an extreme hote ... More >>
When a box of bottled water samples from Mineral Wells arrived at the office this week, I claimed it immediately. I’m an unabashed snob who grimaces at tap water. At home I filter it through my PUR contraption before considering a drink. When I’m out and about it's the bottled variety, even ... More >>