The conceit behind The Most Fabulous Story Ever Told is easy to grasp. Instead of Adam and Eve frolicking naked in the Garden of Eden, it's Adam and Steve who are the primordial couple. When they meet up with an equally primordial lesbian couple and decide to start a civilization, hilarity ensues. ... More >>
He had an uncanny knack for finding tornadoes. Then one found him.
An ex-Marine spun elaborate fantasies about being a hit man. One day they came true.
Last month, Gary Lacara was "100 percent" sure that Bike the City, his 30-mile, Dallas-to-McKinney charity bicycle tour scheduled for a Sunday morning in April, was a go. "I wouldn't attempt this if I wasn't," he told Unfair Park at the time. And there was no reason to think he couldn't organize a ... More >>
If you happened to be passing the corner of Akard and San Jacinto Monday night, the huge, blue LED lights spelling out "IDLE NO MORE" might have left you nonplussed. It was no coincidence that the demonstration, known as a light brigade, took place within a stone's throw of the Canadian consulate g ... More >>
Earlier this month, three East Texas hamlets with a collective population of fewer than 2,000 souls filed suit in a federal court in Oklahoma City to halt construction of the southern half of The International Pipeline Formerly Known as Keystone XL. The Keystone was to be a massive piece of infrastr ... More >>
Heads up, guys. Remember last summer? It was so damned hot Texans were horse-whipping their thermostats. We came this close to rolling blackouts. So close we're pretty sure Public Utility commish Ken Anderson lost some years off of his life, or at least a little hair. We'd like to tell you this summ ... More >>
It's been six months since the release of The Blurries' excellent debut album, Paper Cuts. During that time, drummer Bill Spellman welcomed his second kid (he's the only parent in the band), which cut into the promotional period just after the record's release. Over the phone today, Spellman says th ... More >>
ClassixxUncle, I'll toss a few things in the "pro" column of the 12:30 A.M. Dallas club arrival time. I knew you weren't going to be out 'til late, so I opted to get a few chores done instead of getting irritated. I got a manicure, I went to the gym, I cooked (COOKED!) dinner, I tidied my abo ... More >>
In my day, this was also the site of the best Sound Warehouse in town. In my day.Over the weekend I espied the deconstruction site you see here, across from Bachman Lake at Northwest Highway and Marsh. The new Sam's right there took me by surprise -- so too did the disappearance of the landmark W ... More >>
If nothing else, Michael Cera is cooler than Danny Masterson, right?After announcing last week the addition of another 135 bands to its bill, you'd think the folks up at Denton's 35 Conferette might need a breather -- or, I dunno, maybe some time to focus on the actual logistics of the fest, sinc ... More >>
Big things happening today in the world of 35 Conferette -- bigger news, even, than the fact that the-festival-formerly-known-as-North-by-35 now has an actual website to call its own (!). Bigger, too, than the really awesome web teaser/advertisement that the fest's organizers have created to promote ... More >>
Two weeks ago today, Mayors Tom Leppert, Mike Moncrief and Robert Cluck asked locals to "like" Walmart's Fighting Hunger Together campaign, which is doling out $1.5 million to food banks nationwide -- $1 million to the top Facebook vote-getter, and $100,000 each to the next five highest-ranking c ... More >>
Man, we are so sick of eating all that kamut.2010 was supposed to be kamut's year. Industry watchers in 2009 predicted the wheat-like grain associated with King Tut would ride a celiac wave to greatness this year, sharing American pantries with papadum and coconut-milk pancake mix. The big n ... More >>
We can look at CQ Press's just-released City Crime Rankings 2010-2011 two ways: from safest to most dangerous or vice-versa. But either way -- based upon the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports that include "the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault and the property crimes of bu ... More >>
U.S. Department of TransportationThis morning, as expected, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood passed out $2.4 billion in funding to 54 high-speed rail projects in 23 states. Among the recipients: the Texas Department of Transportation, which'll take home $5.6 million intended to allow a fu ... More >>
Your daily dose of national music news for Wednesday, October 13, 2010...Looks like Christina Aguilera is supposedly back on the market. And apparently Ben Harper is too... Unknown Los Angeles singer Alisa Apps has challenged Lady Gaga to a $1 million dollar singing competition. Um, do ... More >>
Meant to point this out last week, when I first saw the story on Salon. But now it's made its way to the U.K. -- this story of the little train that could ... run on cow fat, that is, all the way from Oklahoma City to Fort Worth every single day. (Though "with stops along the way in Norman, Purce ... More >>
It's not hard to see how The Flaming Lips earned its repuation as festival kings.In this week's print edition of the Observer, you'll see some of the fruits that came from a conversation I shared with Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne a little over a week ago as part of a preview for the NX35 Con ... More >>
Well, that certainly was a dud. Not ready to rescind the Josh Howard trade just yet, but newest Maverick Caron Butler opened with a resounding sperplunk in last night's loss in Oklahoma City. Couple of airballs. Had as many turnovers as baskets (4). Generally looked like Michael Finley, incl ... More >>
I've spent some effort avoiding this day, hoping it would never, ever come. But all of my valiant, last ditch efforts--a quick search for an apartment in Allen, begging to work from a Starbucks in Oklahoma City for a day or two--fell through.Now I'm trapped. Although I've spent much of my adult l ... More >>
This is probably a way-too-early heads-up, but I just opened the afternoon mail to find a copy of Tinsel: A Search for America's Christmas Present, due on bookshelves 'round November 12 -- just in time for all your gift-giving needs. And, trust me, those living up in Collin and Denton counties ... More >>
Several Friends of Unfair Park have asked why the Rangers would broadcast a majority of their games on The Fan, when KRLD-AM has such a mammoth signal, especially at night. Which is why I called John Blake, the team's recently returned exec vice president of communications, to discuss the decision b ... More >>
Emily Dowdy gets off the Oklahoma railroad
Thursday, July 12, at the Double Wide
Friday, July 22, at Gypsy Tea Room
The career of Dallas sportswriter Jim Dent was skyrocketing, then booze and bad behavior caused a hard landing
Jimmy's Food Store
Jeff Moschetti joins team ZaZa
Richardson Transit Center
The Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne defines "epic but gentle"
Hotel ZaZa promises to bring a new feel to the Dallas atmosphere
Former superstar Ruben Sierra, exiled in Oklahoma City, is tearing up the minors. As if it matters.
Former FBI honcho Oliver "Buck" Revell fights against conspiracy buffs who accuse him of mass murder
Like-minded "Patriots" find their own around the new Branch Davidian Church in Waco
Who is the mysterious J.D. Cash, and has he exposed the year's biggest hoax?
Next year will be better
Why the press is chasing after the wrong right-wing cranks
Crimson Tide and Die Hard With a Vengeance provide summer's action fix
After Oklahoma City, angry white men gather at a Dallas motel
We cannot let evil cowards make us less free