Density is good. Regionalism is bad. Dallas' city government should focus on the city itself, not on getting in good with our suburban neighbors by forming partnerships that hurt the city itself. These are things Unfair Park has heard so often that it basically takes them to be true. For Dallas to b ... More >>
Amidst all the kerfuffle over healthcare reform, the Affordable Care Act is affecting one sector that no one really anticipated: American vending machines. A provision of the ACA will require vending machine companies to post nutritional and calorie information on their machines in an effort to le ... More >>
In an effort to help memorialize just a few of the great personalities we lost in the DFW music community in 2013, we talked to friends and collaborators. This year proved especially hard, and while this isn't a complete list, all of these people made profound contributions to the unique, passionate ... More >>
So who's ready for B L A C K I E to scare some people at Good Records today? We certainly can't wait. If you weren't already going (to this one or the show tomorrow at Macaroni Island in Denton), please read the great Shea Serrano's excellent profile of the Houston artist, published in our sister pa ... More >>
New laws in dozens of states could take out Barack Obama this fall.
Throughout hip-hop's history, rappers have sought to distinguish themselves through a variety of methods. While some have focused exclusively on lyrical content, others have focused on style and cadence. As of late, hip-hop has experienced a fundamental shift from an emphasis on substance to an emph ... More >>
With the news this week that former Dallas/current Minneapolis rapper Andy Bothwell, aka Astronautalis, is collaborating with Bon Iver on a new album, it made us think of his recent collabo with The Flaming Lips, and his James Blake team-up. Is Justin Vernon like one of those rappers you pull in for ... More >>
In the spirit of last night's D-slash-TED-slash-SMU DISD Education Forum at the Kessler -- which asked each school board candidate one and only one randomly drawn question -- here are some rapid-fire observations from an evening that, while admirably efficient, was over not long after it started. 1 ... More >>
Is Texas still racist enough to warrant hand-holding by the federal government? That's the essence of where the voter ID debate stands now and where it's headed. Though it may seem like a straightforward question, and one that many politicos have reduced to a "yes" or "no" sound bite, the issue is a ... More >>
John Leguizamo is on a roll, and it's only 7:45 a.m. He's in a good mood, which might be attributed to the financial and critical success of his new one-man play, Ghetto Klown, which starts its three-day Dallas run at the Majestic Theatre on February 16. But I think it's more than that. The Bogota ... More >>
Given Texas's dicey history with electoral rights, the Obama Administration has expressed concern in recent months about the state's new Voter ID law, which requires voters to bring government-issued identification to the polls. So the state, naturally, is suing to put the new and allegedly discrimi ... More >>
Thin bio of an exiled NYC club king.
From the rapidly spreading "Fracking Song" from ProPublica and Studio 20 NYU.In these final days of the 82nd Texas Legislature, lawmakers in Austin are throwing support behind Eastlake Rep. Jim Keffer's bill that'd require drillers to report the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing at each of t ... More >>
So. Puppet culture in Dallas? Way bigger than I ever realized -- or bigger, at least, than I realized before posting yesterday's item about Will Schutze's Mr. Bonetangles marionette. Let's just suffice to say that there are a lot of puppeteers in Dallas. And, no, I'm not going to post about all of t ... More >>
To survive the ordeal of escaping Guatemala, Julia needed a big Heart. But not this big.
Audience Adds New Wrinkle to Raisin in the Sun
Dallas-born jazz clarinet and saxophone player Jimmy Giuffre died late last week on Thursday, April 24, of pneumonia and complications of Parkinson's disease. After learning to play the clarinet at the age of 9, Giuffre began performing in local bands. Later Giuffre was drawn into the big band wor ... More >>
Saturday, September 8, at Forum Roller World, Grand Prairie
...For many skilled immigrants, it's not here, it's home
Life as a young, hot, white, educated nanny in the city sure is a drag
For a quarter-century Roy Abraham Varghese has been assembling God proofs. Along the way he won over the world's most influential atheist.
New York University professor Jay Rosen and a 17-member brood of undergraduate and graduate J-school students siphoned from Rosen's blogging 101 class set out to sift and rank the best newspaper blogs from among the nation's top 100 newspapers by circulation. The winner? The Houston Chronicle. "By a ... More >>
Evita has her moments, and some style, at Lyric; Alabama Sky bright at Jubilee
The Golden Falcons make some animal friends; minc celebrates three "interesting" years
The woman behind Raging Bull
Dallas' Latino film festival keeps raising the bar
There are plenty of reasons to hate Phantom Planet. Don't.
Wes Anderson's film is like its characters: flawed genius
Despite some first-time flaws, Too Much Sleep is an entertaining and quirky debut
Adventures at the bottom of the music trade
A former Jawbreaker makes a gorgeous mess in his Jets to Brazil
It's arty and low-budget, but don't be fooled--Hands on a Hard Body swims in the mainstream
Restraint and good taste keep this film from knocking us on our tuchas
For David Byrne discovery Jim White, music wasn't his first career choice. Or his second. Or his third...
Coming down with the Dandy Warhols
Exposure reveals the camera's dark heart
Angels in America author Tony Kushner talks politics
The Addiction writes a manifesto for blood lust