BY SEAN CHAFFIN One morning in 2011, just after sunrise, a swarm of federal agents rolled quietly down a neatly manicured cul-de-sac in Southlake, the city police's SWAT alongside them. They gathered outside the home of their target, a $750,000 spread with five bedrooms, five bathrooms and a swimmin ... More >>
A new Oak Lawn hangout is better realized as a beer garden.
It sounds like tormented spirits screaming through the amplifiers as the guitarists play through the grinding riffs of "South of Heaven" by Slayer. They are fast, loud and soulful, as if generations of thrash musicians were inspiring them. Picks ignite strings that reverberate in rapid succession. F ... More >>
North Texas brewers have been a busy bunch lately. With the change in season, many have been working on snuggly versions of their beer, something to cuddle up with on these chilly 70- or 20-degree December days. These are a few beers you might consider tromping out in the ice to horde before Ice-a ... More >>
Bruno Mars American Airlines Center August 12, 2013 Bruno Mars stands on the very end of the stage, adorned in a brown Panama hat, bathed in red-hued stage lights and wearing a smirk on his face. For the last hour and a half, Mars has driven the capacity crowd into a tizzy by running through the va ... More >>
Justin Grogg was in town from Panama City on a business trip when he and a colleague went out on the town to sample the local fare. They went to the Red Lobster at Stemmons and Northwest Highway, and Grogg ordered a Budweiser. Grogg says it took only a second for him to realize that the burning sen ... More >>
Richard Railey is definitely not an idiotic, racist troll. Nope, he's just your average 56-year-old community college student, pursuing an associates degree in IT security while trying to form a White Student Union at Tarrant County College. Burnt Orange Report wrote about Railey's quest this morni ... More >>
In honor of tomorrow's holiday I put together a slideshow of some seriously sexy and photogenic Valentine's Day dinner options around town. The gallery includes shots of bacon-wrapped jumbo Panama shrimp, brushed with cherry mustard and served on a bed orzo pasta with carrot greens at DISH; an ugly ... More >>
Time to read the tea leaves. Avi Selk at The Dallas Morning News is report-tweeting this morning that the Irving City Council has slapped its mayor by voting to pay transportation consultant David Dean all of the two hundred grand he billed the city after his contract with the city expired last Sept ... More >>
If you've ever sipped a $12 cocktail in Dallas, you've likely sampled the handiwork of Jason Kosmas. When we last caught up with him, he was boozing it up as the beverage director at Marquee Grill, but he's also done time at Neighborhood Services and Bolsa and lent his expertise to the drink menus ... More >>
Better grab tickets for Van Halen's June 20 show at the American Airlines Center while you still can. The band's North American tour just got significantly lighter. Turns out the group (David Lee Roth'll be on hand for the Dallas) has postponed 30 or so concert dates after June 26, which means the ... More >>
Contraband Director: Baltasar Kormákur Writer: Aaron Guzikowski Condensed Cast: Mark Wahlberg, Kate Beckinsale, Ben Foster Mark Wahlberg stars as a former pop star/underwear model turned actor turned smuggler turned former smuggler who gets himself in deep with a drug lord to protect his brother- ... More >>
MLS SoccerFC Dallas scored in the 27th second against the Panamanianites.Editor's note: Observer.com contributor Justin Bitner got drunk and admitted to being a soccer fan, so we made him attend Wednesday's FC Dallas match against Tauro FC of Panama, FCD's fifth game of CONCACAF Champions Lea ... More >>
Like most babies from the '80s who grew up with an ear for music, Vincent Sliva dedicated hours of his youth to recording his favorite songs off the radio onto cassette tapes. But rather than just playing them back on his boombox, he tried to sync the songs up with other songs on the b-side ... More >>
Late yesterday, as the boy grew fidgety from yet another day stuck at home, we flipped on the teevee hoping to find something interesting, educational. Which meant: No Disney Channel, no nonsense. A few flips later, and there we were on C-SPAN2, listening to former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk address t ... More >>
Friday, December 10, at Dan's Silverleaf in Denton
Well, this is pretty much priceless. The above clip features noted former Dentonite Corn Mo and his band .357 Lover covering Katy Perry's "California Gurls" and tossing a little Van Halen "Panama" into the mix for good measure. It's kind of like a mash-up, but mostly, it's just a good time. Or so it ... More >>
It's been a year of surprises in Latin music. Reggaetón continues fading, albeit slowly, and the industry's mainstays aren't garnering the attention they used to. Case in point: Don Omar's summer release iDon (no relation to your phone), which remained quiet after its first single, "Virtual Diva." ... More >>
LedelboyOn The Range is a weekly exploration of the history and lore of Texas menu items.Ceviche is marinated seafood, so it should come as no surprise that Mexico and nearly every country in Central and South America with a coastline features it in their cuisine.In an article entitled 'The Many ... More >>
Gotta make this snappy because this morning I'm headed to Jonestown Coliseum. Seems Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones is holding a press conference to talk about this weekend's NFL Draft and - surprise! - a new radio partnership. Watched a wonderful, weird Rangers' game last night. Wei ... More >>
The LCC offers words to drive by
OK, game time, kids: How many obscure '80s references can I fit into one blog post about Duran Duran canceling its Nokia Theatre gig tonight? Let's see...Double Trouble, gang! In the span of about two minutes, we just got word from both the booking agent of the Nokia Theatre (AEG Live) and Duran Dur ... More >>
In May 2000, Brent Wagman pleaded guilty to one count of securities fraud -- something to do with his pocketing $30 million in worthless high interest corporate notes sold to retirees and other elderly folks across the U.S. and A. Wagman ran several companies out of a Dallas office, among them Redba ... More >>
This week, the so-called “Leprechaun Bandit,” 27-year-old Richard Earl Kemp of Fort Worth, pleaded guilty in federal court to two counts of bank robbery. He faces up to 40 years in prison, where he’s sure to get plenty of ridicule from bank robbers who thought ahead and ended up with cool nick ... More >>
A night at the Ghostbar is just like Hollywood, without the celebrities or fun
The legendary New Riders of the Purple Sage are only slightly jammy
Team America takes no prisoners and spares no swear words
With Sammy Hagar back onstage, Van Halen trudges on
DTC kicks it up a notch with Anna in the Tropics; area critics honor the year's best stage work
Amid talk of increasing Deep Ellum violence, our reporter spends a Friday night at Nairobi Grill, one of the area's rumored "trouble spots"
Independent theaters' home away from home
The Best of Both Worlds (Rhino)
Oh, look--another bad John Travolta movie. How original.
Tony Scott, with Redford and Pitt, plays a mad but vigorous Spy Game
Terri Hendrix proves you can't keep a girl down on the Farm
The MAC debuts a charming, overly chatty meditation on the terrors of adulthood
Everyone's a contender during spring training, but can Will Clark and the Texas Rangers come back from last season's disappointments?
A struggling arts foundation gives kids a chance to see South Dallas through a camera lens
Odd sights--and musings--at Mickey Mantle's funeral
Drugs from Bolivia. Cash to Panama. Arms to Nicaragua. Bo Abbott says the CIA called - and he delivered.