New Religious Movements

  • Blogs

    October 4, 2013

    Scientology's Old Celebrity Centre in East Dallas Burned Down Yesterday

    The Church of Scientology's local Celebrity Centre, in case you haven't been, is in a spacious, three-decade-old office building in Las Colinas with lots of floor-to-ceiling windows. It moved there in 2009, having outgrown its previous digs, in a pink stucco mansion in East Dallas. How they settled ... More >>

  • Film

    May 30, 2013

    After Earth: Smith Family Robinson

    The adventure flick pretends it’s not an M. Night Shyamalan film

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    April 29, 2013

    Christian Columnist: Gay Boy Scouts Disappoint Jesus With Their "Sexual Anarchist Agenda"

    Meet Linda Harvey, a talk radio host on a Christian station in Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she's the founder and main opinion-spewer behind Mission: America, which promotes itself as "Christian commentary on the culture." Harvey is deeply concerned with pressing social issues like "paganism" ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2013

    Bunny Wailer Uses the Power Vested in Him by Facebook and Wikipedia to Excommunicate Snoop Lion from Rastafarianism

    Neville Livingston, a.k.a. Bunny Wailer, has officially excommunicated Snoop Lion from the "Rastafari Community." I say "officially": He made a Facebook post wherein he said, "SNOOP LION IS OFFICIALLY EXCOMMUNICATED FROM THE RASTAFARI COMMUNITY!" and then posted a definition of excommunication from ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Of Lance, Scientologists and Other Liars, Or Why the Truth Hurts

    The weekend draws mercifully close, and I feel a need to revisit a couple themes touched on here earlier in the week. We started with Lance Armstrong on Monday. I predicted he would fake-confess and then offer a jail-house rationalization to the effect of, "I didn't do nuthin'." I admit this predict ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2013

    The Atlantic Magazine Flunks the Truthfulness Test With Scientology Ad

    The Atlantic magazine has stumbled badly on that really hard multiple choice question at the end of the Journalism 101 final exam: "Lying to your readers is: 1) a good thing, or 2) a bad thing." One pictures them hunched over the bubble sheet, eyes squinted closed and pencil tips to their tongues, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2012

    Get To Know Your 2012 Denton DOMA Nominees

    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. Warren Jackson Hearne & Le Leek Electrique It see ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2012

    Dueling Sex-Assault Claims Killed a Satanic Church; Now its Pastor Wants to Open in Dallas

    The Church of the IV Majesties imploded two years ago in a very public way. The self-described Satanic church had been planning a staged exorcism at the Oklahoma City Civic Center. Then, a month before the event, the church's co-founders had a falling out. One of the founders, James Hale, outed the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 1, 2012

    The Five Best Shows in Dallas This Week

    Will Johnson Monday, October 1, at Good Records/Tuesday, October 2, at Texas Theatre We chatted with Centro-matic frontman Will Johnson last month about his new excellent solo album, Scorpion, and how he finds time to record while also being in a bajillion side projects. He'll be celebrating the rel ... More >>

  • Film

    September 20, 2012

    The Master's Master

    Paul Thomas Anderson talks 70mm, Joaquin Phoenix and researching Scientology for his sixth and most anticipated film.

  • Blogs

    August 29, 2012

    Lightning Bolt - Sons of Hermann Hall - 8/28/12

    Lightning Bolt, Drug Mountain, Wiccans Sons of Hermann Hall Tuesday, August 28 To the noisenik who wasn't able to peek over the throng parked in front of Lightning Bolt last night, Brian Gibson might have been playing an electric chair through effects pedals. His bass, with a bonus banjo string at ... More >>

  • Music

    August 23, 2012

    Lighting Bolt

    Tuesday, August 28, at Sons of Hermann Hall

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    December 23, 2010
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    July 29, 2010
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    December 29, 2009

    Metal Gig Alert: Mammoth Grinder, Power Trip, Harms Way and Wiccans Tonight at 1919 Hemphill.

    ...and an awesome logo, too.​Looking for something sweet and wholesome to do before New Year's Eve rolls around? Well, don't bother with 1919 Hemphill tonight then--because tonight's show at the Fort Worth DIY venue will rock your balls off.Although Austin's Mammoth Grinder (great name) is the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    The Sad View from Valley View

    Signs like this one decorate dozens of empty storefronts at Valley View Center.​When I was a kid, Valley View was my mall -- bought my first skateboard (a Powell-Peralta purchased at the stand beneath the escalators), my first album (KISS's Double Platinum at the Disc Records) and my first guitar ... More >>

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    December 10, 2009
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    November 26, 2009
  • Blogs

    April 15, 2009

    Wanna See Inside the Church of Scientology's New Las Colinas Digs? Here Ya Go.

    Courtesy the very Vimeo "retriever" comes the most breathless making-of ever made documenting the construction of the new Church of Scientology Center in Las Colinas, which opened over the weekend. This most likely comes from the L. Ron Hubbard birthday bash in Los Angeles at the end of March, but t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2008

    Mother Hubbard: The Scientology Celeb Centre on Buckner's Still for Sale

    Odd timing, but in the last couple of days, two Friends of Unfair Park have inquired about the for-sale sign in front of the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on Buckner. Yes, it's for sale -- has been since 2006, matter of fact, says Perry Jones of J&B Commercial, who's repping the 1940s m ... More >>

  • Culture

    November 27, 2008
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    November 20, 2008


    Check out an Unauthorized musical

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    August 7, 2008

    Say It!

    It's love in the time of the dark lord

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2008

    We Could Listen to These Anonymous Anti-Scientology Rants All Day

    Anonymous, the robovoice behind the Church of Scientology protests around the DFW, is back today with another message "to the general public in the Dallas-Fort Worth metropolitan area." (Must be a local -- no, ahem, "Metroplex.") The video's after the jump, but apparently, s/he wants to answer some ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2008

    Oh, Mother Hubbard!

    A couple months back, Elaine Liner found herself with some free time and decided to document for Unfair Park the protest staged outside the Church of Scientology Celebrity Centre on Buckner Boulevard -- looks like fun, no? Turns out there's another protest scheduled for April 12, again staged by the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2008

    Geeks v. Xenu

    They were anonymous, and while they weren’t exactly legion, as promised here, they were an enthusiastic bunch at Sunday’s Scientology protest in Dallas. Between 60 and 70 protesters (at a guess, average age about 19) lined the sidewalk on the west side of Buckner Boulevard across from the Church ... More >>

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    September 27, 2007
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    February 2, 2007

    Sometimes You Feel Like a Cult, Sometimes You Don't

    We can't get enough of Ole Anthony. C'mon. Look at him. He radiates charisma. That's what his lady followers say, anyway. The controversy surrounding Dallas-based Trinity Foundation and the book I Can't Hear God Anymore: Life in a Dallas Cult, by Wendy Duncan, is going national next week. And then, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    So Very Beck-cellent!

    This is either a pic of Beck of Police guitarist Andy Summers. One of them was in town last night. If the last-minute, sold-out "Beck Jam" at Gypsy Tea Room last night proved anything, it's that Scientologists know how to party. (But only within reason: A female roadie pulled double duty as a bodyg ... More >>