Ask any restaurateur and they'll tell you that it isn't easy to build a business that can withstand the test of time, especially in a market as notoriously fickle and fractured as Dallas. When someone can manage to overcome economic uncertainty, the whims of the public and bad luck to keep their est ... More >>
When I heard that a senior brew master from the Samuel Adams Brewery had packed up his kettle to be part of an outpost in Granbury, I was surprised and excited. Then, after tasting the results of Grant Wood's move, namely in the form of Blood and Honey, I had an epiphany: North Texas is a legitimate ... More >>
If Tink Nathan doesn't belong in the Texas Legislature, we're not sure if anyone does. The 72-year-old Republican from Kerr County, just northwest of San Antonio has the whole package: scraggly frontiersman beard; monogrammed Texas flag shirt; an eponymous line of hunting products derived from deer ... More >>
Eric Pulido sounds excited and apprehensive at the same time. His band, Midlake, is about to open some high-profile shows for Pearl Jam (including one last week at American Airlines Center) and there is also a new Midlake album, Antiphon, that hit streets a few weeks back. But it is the band's first ... More >>
When William Chance's parents died, in 2008 and 2009, he wanted to honor them properly. As a practitioner of a pan-Native American faith derived from the tribes of the Great Plains -- his grandmother was a Cheyenne from Montana -- this required a lock of their hair about the thickness of pencil lead ... More >>
Next time you're in Irving, be sure to stop at ExxonMobil's headquarters and tell the front desk you're there to give a hug to whoever needs it, because Fort Worth-based Exxon is having a rough couple of weeks. I mean, aside from the $7 billion quarterly earnings. The company's most recent oopsie h ... More >>
According to statistics kept by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, there are several dozen licensed gun manufacturers in the state of Texas. Most of those are small-scale operations, individuals or mom-and-pop-style shops that produce one or two pistols or rifles in a year. A ... More >>
Around one in the afternoon on a Thursday in July, young ladies and gentlemen walk into Dan's Silverleaf dressed elegantly in black suits and formal dresses. All of the windows and doors are covered by dark blankets and sheets. Avoiding the dancers, Warren Jackson Hearne walks into the bar fresh fr ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. A huge idea turned up at City Hall yesterday. Huge. This is like a Blue whale beaching itself on the banks of the Trinity River. I'm afraid City Hall is going to send a crew out there and chop it into cat-food. We need to stop and take a big look at this ... More >>
Last Night: Youth Lagoon, Young Magic, Peopleodian Dan's Silverleaf November 8th, 2011 Better than: watching a televised poker tournament and wondering why people watch poker on television. All photos by Samantha GuzmanYouth Lagoon The now-smoke free interior of Dan's Silverleaf hosted a f ... More >>
Don't laugh, we'll actually see this jersey on the mound for the Rangers this seasonA year ago today we were dissecting the depth of a Texas Rangers' pitching staff anchored by No. 1 and 2 starters named Scott Feldman and Rich Harden. Hopefully that perspective will soften the blow of ... More >>
Annette and Harold SimmonsA nuke-free Friend of Unfair Park forwards this morning this just-released add-em-up from Texans for Public Justice, which asks: Can anyone seriously believe Governor Rick Perry or his appointees on the Texas Low Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Compact Commission are go ... More >>
Once upon a time at a Valley Ranch far, far away, Jimmy Johnson drove his black Nissan 300Z into the parking lot and hurried into the building. He'd summoned a snotty-nosed, smart-ass reporter to his office, and I sat nervously in the foyer. After reading aloud my story in that da ... More >>
As a countdown to the Dallas Observer's "Best of Dallas" 2010, City of Ate is serving up 100 of the favorite dishes we crave, savor and hope to scarf down again soon. These dishes are in no particular order. Some are little known, others celebrated. Some are pricey, others can be eaten on the che ... More >>
Ready to take your weekly trip into the rockin' world of this past weekend's music? Bust out those headphones and let's do it! Remember, all videos come courtesy of your friends and mine, those camera-wielding folks at the front of the club. They press on, despite tired arms, so that you can I can e ... More >>
Tomorrow evening at The Granada Theater, The Gourds will perform its annual night-before-New Year's Eve concert in Dallas. Seems the band likes playing its hometown of Austin on December 31st, so we get the night before. Either way is fine with me because, even after fourteen years, The Gourds are s ... More >>
The Good Negro bares roots of a movement; in Oak Cliff, a bumpy ride in Leonard's Car; Mummy dearest for tweens
Heritage sold this flask last year, believing it belonged to Errol Flynn -- who, it said, was "well known for his drinking, womanizing, and hard living in general." Only, it wasn't Flynn's. Oak Lawn-based Heritage Auction Galleries, subject of a cover story in the paper version of Unfair Park back i ... More >>
A former INS agent goes into business to smoke out fake documents
What happens when doughy media types play ball? They lose. Again.
Denton springs back with a new all-day local music fest
Just OK, Tulsa Lovechild sags under TV gimmicks; DTC's Glass Menagerie goes limp with Southern angst
Far away from big cities, big stadiums and big offensive lines, six-man football keeps the game pure
This Bush's summer home is a long way from Kennebunkport, but the folks in Crawford think that's fine
Hollywood makes fact into fiction
Here's to all the stuff that could have happened at Dallas City Hall
Jurassic 5 knows the difference between hip-hop and rap
Followers of Cao Dai, a Vietnamese sect with frail tendrils in Dallas, say their time has come to spread the word. Just ask Victor Hugo.
As Mad celebrates its 400th issue, its editors wonder how to stay funny in a world gone mad
Roxy Gordon was "one of the great outlaw artist misfits" and so much more
Veteran cinematographer Conrad Hall will choose 'right' over 'special' any day
The Groobees' Susan Gibson wrote the song that made the world sing. Well, at least fans of the Dixie Chicks.
Or: Cuba Gooding Jr., you may now return your Academy Award
If Wilderness Grill's dismal food is the best nature has to offer, then thank God for civilization
Don Crowder was obsessed with being the best--as a lawyer, family man, and friend. So why did he kill himself?
Meet Arthur Griesacker--the mysterious fellow who allegedly masterminded the Republic of Texas' funny-money schemes but always seems to escape prosecution
Local artist leaves us something to remember him by
Why the press is chasing after the wrong right-wing cranks