Patrick Michels

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    November 28, 2011

    The Year in Meat Photos and The Best Meat Photo of 2011

    Patrick MichelsA Chicago dog at Wild About Harry's​There's a fairly standard lunch routine here at Observer headquarters: meander around staffers offices and cubicle like brain-hungry zombies until a restaurant decision is made. Often, it's tacos. Even more frequent: the consumption of meat ... More >>

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    June 2, 2011

    Sampling Samuel Adams Utopias With Fellow Beer Bloggers, Taco Trailblazers, Unfair Parkers and Buzz

    Patrick Michels​I thought I was lucky back in 2009 when The Boston Beer Company sent a sample-sized bottle of the remarkable but ruinously expensive Samuel Adams Utopias. But in drumming up pub for the 2011 release, the company outdid itself and sent a full 24-ounce decanter, along with a fine Rie ... More >>

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    May 24, 2011

    And You Thought Dallas Had a Hard Time Renaming a Street in Honor of Cesar Chavez

    Photo by Patrick Michels​Thirteen long months ago the city of Dallas finally began replacing those street signs downtown -- out went South Central Expressway, up went Cesar Chavez Boulevard. It only took two years' worth of rancorous debates as city officials and activists went 'round and 'round o ... More >>

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    May 17, 2011

    Today, City Hall Bleeds Blue. Go, Mavs!

    Photos by Patrick MichelsThat reflecting pool at City Hall looks extra enticing this morning.​Those lightweights at Dallas City Hall didn't go full-frat with, say, a blue-painted bare chest workday to support the Mavericks before tonight's big game. But with a few gallon jugs of pond water-tint te ... More >>

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    April 27, 2011

    In Front of Dallas City Hall, Grabbing a Bite on The Living Plaza. "And It Only Took 30 Years."

    Council member Jerry Allen tosses a Frisbee to Trinity Trust President Gail Thomas on the City Hall Plaza today at noon.​I'd intended to spend, oh, maybe half an hour in front of Dallas City Hall today, where, decades after William H. Whyte first proposed the idea of making that expanse of concret ... More >>

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    April 4, 2011

    Fracking: What We Don't Know Could Kill a Goat. Or Give 'Em One Hell of a Nosebleed.

    ​Maybe the biggest problem with the fracking issue is that it involves the deadly, mind-numbing and sleep-inducing phrase "parts per billion." Otherwise I might have cracked the case long ago. Fracking is deep-well drilling for natural gas in which drillers inject water and chemicals into a l ... More >>

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    March 7, 2011

    Make Room at Il Cane Rosso for the Sweet Caramel Goodness of the Bella Mela

    Patrick MichelsThe bella mela, as seen on the patio at night. You may have heard Il Cane Rosso finally found a bricks-and-mortar home in the warm bosom of Deep Ellum, in the welcoming shadow of the Central Expressway overpass. Two trips in the last week haven't gotten me any closer to being the Four ... More >>

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    February 6, 2011


    Patrick MichelsKe$ha sings a song called "Dinosaur," which is about not wanting to have sex with old dudes.​WHAT IT DO D-TOWN?? LOL.First off, let me say that I am real fuckin' glad we didn't have to wait in that three-block line to get into the BUD LIGHT HOTEL last night! Corbin from Rhino's frie ... More >>

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    January 13, 2011

    Tomorrow: Get a Cheap Lunch at Which Wich

    Patrick MichelsYou don't want to know what's in this.​Because there just aren't enough sandwich joints in Uptown, the folks at Which Wich have bestowed us with another location at which to build unique sammies. The new branch, which will open tomorrow at Inwood and Lemmon, is celebrating its g ... More >>

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    December 1, 2010

    Stunning Early-Evening Downtown Revelers, the Praetorian Building Goes 4D

    Last night, a crowd of about 75 folks gathered with martinis and wine glasses in hand to watch, as advertised, a massive, high-tech advertisement for The Tourist, the new Jolie-and-Depp sexy suspense flick. A movie trailer and stills were projected in "4D" on the facade of the Praetorian Building ... More >>

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    November 17, 2010

    What's in a Deadline? City's Still Looking For Someone to Take Over Dallas Farmers Market.

    Patrick Michels​Does no one want to take over operations at the downtown farmers market? Sure seems like it: On a whim this afternoon I went over to the city's official bid site to see how plans for privatizing the market were going, only to find that the request for proposals was being updated at ... More >>

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    October 24, 2010

    With a Soggy Picnic, Celebrating the First Pieces of the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park

    Photos by Patrick MichelsThat "rain or shine" picnic was all rain, but about a hundred folks showed up to sign the first beam to be laid under the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. (Click for a better look at the mural by Cat Lafitte.) This weekend they're laying the first of the concrete beams over Wooda ... More >>

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    October 9, 2010

    Do It Live: Austin City Limits, Day Two

    All photos by Patrick MichelsGrace Potter​For more photos from Friday, check out our slideshow.  In about half-an-hour, the Temper Trap will cause pelvises to thrust, Monsters of Folk will be thirty minutes from their beastly (two hour) set, and in about an hour LCD Soundsystem will be pluggi ... More >>

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    October 6, 2010

    Could You Be Allergic to Barbecue?

    Patrick Michels​It's football season, which means tailgaters are weekly firing up their cookers and churning out meaty pork ribs, tender beef briskets and an array of other smoke-kissed meats that seasonal allergy sufferers might want to avoid. I spent five hours with an allergist yesterday, ... More >>

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    September 8, 2010

    That Moonscape Has a New Name ("Walnut Park"). Now All It Needs Is a New Owner.

    Patrick MichelsHow, ahem, "Walnut Park" looked in the summer of '09. Now, there's a little more grass ... and graffiti.​Twice last summer -- in June, then again 'round this time of the year -- we checked in on our favorite 42 acres at the intersection of Walnut Hill Lane and N. Central Expressway, ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    Is That Bodybuilding Lady Gaga?

    Patrick MichelsWho knew Lady Gaga was into hemo-rage?​ While Patrick Michels was out photographing the bronzed men of the Europa Bodybuilding Expo at the Dallas Convention Center, which included arm-wrestling and martial arts, it appears he caught Lady Gaga 'bout to do some pull-ups. We'll att ... More >>

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    August 16, 2010

    Rubbing Shoulders with the Swollest of the Swoll at EuropaCon's Bodybuilding Expo

    Patrick MichelsYear after year, these phones just keep getting smaller.​Not to take anything away from the good people at the GovEnergy federal electricity management trade show, but the biggest thing at the Dallas Convention Center over the weekend was, by far, the smorgasbord of hugeness, the od ... More >>

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    July 22, 2010

    Picture Show(s): The Dallas Observer Music Award Ceremony (Parts One and Two)

    Patrick MichelsRTB2's Ryan Thomas Becker gets a big hug from The Kessler's Jeff Liles after winning Best Instrumentalist​The DOMAXXII Winners have been announced, as you might have seen from Pete earlier, but that's not the only thing we did last night. In some sort of web 2.0ish exercise in being ... More >>

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    July 21, 2010

    The Once Mobile Momma Raye's BBQ Decides to Stay Put

    Patrick MichelsPo-Bills will now be brimming with BBQ​A mobile barbecue operation in Deep Ellum is readying to move into a permanent location on Commerce Street. Momma Raye's Old Fashioned BBQ, which has been selling ribs and sliced beef sandwiches from a truck parked at Club Clearview, has been ... More >>

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    June 23, 2010

    So Close. Hence, the Continental Ave. Closure.

    Patrick Michels​Jim returned a short while ago from the Poor People's March. Drenched in sweat, grime, fury, he saw, through our office window, the Calatrava bridge's center arch now, suddenly, this close to completion. He shrugged, sighed.Said he hoped that garish monstrosity wouldn't close the C ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    City of Ate's 100 Favorite Dishes: #96 Colorado Lamb Osso Bucco at Hibiscus

    Patrick Michels​ 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 ... More >>

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    April 26, 2010

    At Fish City Grill's Oyster Contest, A Slippery Road to Victory

    Patrick MichelsGlazer's teammates cheer on one of their own during the Saturday contest.​ One of the culinary world's most delicate, subtle foods got the Kobayashi treatment at Fish City Grill over the weekend, when their Oyster Fest included a two-minute eating contest for a free trip to New Orle ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010

    Instead of Tagging, "Graduate Pronto, Get You a Life With a Wife and a Condo"

    So says this video made by the city of Dallas -- which, as Patrick Michels pointed out a few weeks back, has stepped up its efforts to wipe out graffiti. Catchy, sure, though I look forward to the video aimed at those engaged in "Satanic/Hate" graffiti.

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    April 13, 2010

    10 Cupcakes and a Donut: The Heavyweights of Dallas Desserts

    Patrick MichelsSociety Bakery's peanut butter and chocolate cupcake. Just under $3.​It wasn't so long ago that the arrival of Sprinkles marked a moist, frosted watershed: the $3 cupcake. Last month's opening of Dimples in the West Village, though, has run that mark up to $5 -- or more, for a more ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Well, East Dallas Certainly Makes For a Good TV-Show Setting, At the Very Least

    Patrick Michels​Last Friday, it was Jerry Bruckheimer's The Chase shooting in and around Woodrow Wilson High School. This Friday, it's Marc Webb's Midland -- the FOX pilot starring Adrianne Palicki (as the wife of a double-life-leading husband) and Jon Voight (as her everything's-bigger-in-Texas ... More >>

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    March 15, 2010

    Picture Show: NX35 Sunday Night

    Patrick MichelsDance, Dance Evolution.​Hey, ever heard of Neon Indian? We embedded ourselves deep into dance territory for this picture show. We also caught some other bands, you know--like Ishi, Florene, Giggle Party and The Walkmen. Patrick Michels was deep in dangerously hipster trenches for ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    Yesterday at NX35: Venue and Set-Time Complications Were Overpowered By Big Crowds at Night One

    Patrick MichelsSeryn's show at Sweetwater was one of many memorable--and well-attended--performances at night one of NX35 2010.​The first day and night of North by 35 got underway yesterday despite many a hitch. But, in spite of the snags and snafus that volunteers were having to scramble to fix-- ... More >>

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    March 12, 2010

    NX35 Thursday: Massive ****ing Slideshow!

    Patrick MichelsFox and the Bird (Not a Wes Anderson Movie)​Patrick Michels, Spike Johnson and Danny Fulgencio shot some enormo-great bands including Seryn, Jacob Metcalf, RTB2 and the Evangelicals (which the DC9 crew expertly reviewed below). Check out the slide show in its redwood-forest hugeness ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    Lower Greenville Fire Claims Terilli's, Mick's, Hurricane Grill and Greenville Bar & Grill

    Patrick MichelsTwo firefighters are perched above Hurricane Grill, one of four restaurants and bars claimed by a fire Tuesday morning. More photos from the fire are in a slideshow here.​ A four-alarm fire that started a little before 6 a.m. has claimed a popular stretch of Lower Greenville this mo ... More >>

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    March 2, 2010

    The Lemon Bar Goes Bottomless at Brunch Time

    Patrick Michels​This eye-popping alliteration can be found at the top of the menu at Lemon Bar, the hot new pub that set up shop in the West Village in the old Lazare space, down the block from Mi Cocina. Lemon Bar is a hopping, happening place, crowded at noontime on a gorgeous, Spring-like Sunda ... More >>

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    March 1, 2010

    Night Moves: World Banana Day Uptown Pub Crawl

    Patrick MichelsA tender moment between bananas outside the Uptown Bar and Grill.​The second annual World Banana Day pub crawl took over a series of bars from Lemon Bar to the Uptown Bar and Grill Saturday night, in a benefit for the North Texas Food Bank. You can check out more photos of the bana ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Because, Look, Everything Looks Better When Covered in Snow, Especially Dallas

    Patrick MichelsLooking across Main Street Garden this morning​This weather update from Unfair Park HQ: Yes it's still snowing. Walking through downtown this morning was like taking a stroll around Minneapolis: steaming, snow-caked trucks kicking up road slush and huddled smokers hiding under umbre ... More >>

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    February 11, 2010

    Behind The Scenes: Dallas Hip-Hop Prepares For The NBA All-Star Game

    ...and for you relics still stuck on YouTube, here's your link.Many thanks to Observer Web editor Patrick Michels for popping by a certain unnamed area high school gymnasium this past Saturday morning to join photographer Steven Visneau, art director Alex Flores and yours truly as we welcomed Play-N ... More >>

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    January 19, 2010

    Out of Order: The Asian Mint "Pad Thai Piña Collision"

    Patrick MichelsPad Thai Piña CollisionPad Thai Woon Sen (chicken, shrimp, clear noodles and tofu) with pineapple, cashews and squid.After I failed last week to get a rise out of the folks at Which Wich by ordering something terrible, it occurred to me that the problem might have where I was orderin ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Texas Observer on "Signs of Life" in Downtown

    Patrick Michels​Michael May's the latest to wonder whether the AT&T Performing Arts Center is going to remake downtown. Brent Brown, of bcWORKSHOP and the Dallas City Design Studio at City Hall, says, Yup, sure 'nuff, so long as you include, oh, Main Street Garden in the mix: "It's still dead ... More >>

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    January 4, 2010

    Picture Show: The Avett Brothers at the Granada Theater

    Patrick Michels The Avett Brothers played a sweaty set of bluegrass Sunday night, at once raucous, heartfelt and, for the ladies, sleeveless as well. With a minimum of stage banter, the four-piece remained unfazed by the cat-calling audience and answered shouted requests with a few older cuts off e ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Pairing Off: Most Graphic Moments Of The Fourth Quarter

    Patrick Michels​There were some punishing stretches over the three months past, where latkes from a box or a Snickers bar purchased from some convenience store were standout dishes.Plenty of suffering to go around: popcorn shrimp, candy corn, cranberry sauce from a can...At least I was favored by ... More >>

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    December 16, 2009

    Pairing Off: Fruitcake

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.Yes, it's the season when newspapers, magazines and blogs come up with as many ways as possible to mention eggnog, wassail and fruitcake.Can't be helped, really. This is the only time of ... More >>

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    December 14, 2009

    Picture Show: Art Conspiracy 5 with RTB2, Telegraph Canyon, The Boom Boom Box and The Crash That Took Me

    Patrick MichelsThe Crash That Took Me at Art Conspiracy 5 Saturday night.​The fifth annual Art Conspiracy drew locals Telegraph Canyon, RTB2, The Crash That Took Me and The Boom Boom Box to the stage in an Oak Cliff warehouse Saturday night, while the just-completed work of 150 Dallas artists was ... More >>

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    December 7, 2009

    At the Fair Park Holiday Last Night, a Light Drizzle to Accompany the Light Show

    Patrick MichelsThe view across the new Esplanade Fountain Sunday night. We've got more photos up in this slide show.​This year's Fair Park Holiday found a wet Sunday night for its free, family-friendly round of ornament decorating, photos with Santa and Christmas tattoos (they're temporary), plus ... More >>

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    December 3, 2009

    In Downtown Dallas, a Little L.A. Law

    Patrick Michels​Downtown Dallas denizens might be a little confused by the sign above, which our Patrick Michels found at the intersection of Akard and Main Streets. But fret not, as the Dallas Police Department has not outsourced its prying eyes. Friends of Unfair Park no doubt have a pretty good ... More >>

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    November 12, 2009

    Scenes from Yesterday's Glorious Veterans Day Parade Through Downtown Dallas

    Photos by Patrick MichelsCheck out our slide show for more photos from the parade.​Jesse Luna, a welder whose father Miguel served in World War II and Korea, has wanted to stand along the parade route and wave for veterans like his dad, but could never get away from work on weekday mornings. Now t ... More >>

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    November 11, 2009

    Pairing Off: Snickers

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.It's funny what foods frighten the wine experts.When I began calling around about this week's pairing, I expected nods to certain reds that go well with chocolate. But the guy at Dallas F ... More >>

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    November 9, 2009

    A Year On The Blog

    This time last year Patrick Michels' talent was already apparent.​A year ago we launched City of Ate--an event of such importance we forgot completely about the anniversary, which was last week.In announcing he could no longer remain anonymous, Houston Press critic Robb Walsh mentioned that he was ... More >>

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    November 2, 2009

    Over the Weekend: The Pogues at the House of Blues

    The Pogues and Justin Townes EarleThe House of BluesFriday, October 30, 2009Better than: any other pretense for self-destruction this Halloween weekend.Patrick MichelsCheck out our slideshow for more photos from the show.​For most of the show, the argument behind me simmered at a level of quiet di ... More >>

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    October 23, 2009

    And The Winner Is...

    ​Who knew our two demented artist types--Patrick Michels (of Pairing Off art fame) and Alexander Flores--also had a talent for shameless which I mean marketing.This week they designed a line of blog-related apparel. My favorite item? The Dude Food trucker's hat.Great prize ide ... More >>

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    October 19, 2009

    Picture Show: Erykah Badu, The Cannabinoids and Shiny Toy Guns' Soundclash

    Patrick MichelsErykah Badu and the Cannabinoids, joined by Tim DeLaughter late in the competition. More photos here.​Erykah Badu and the Cannabinoids faced off against Shiny Toy Guns Friday night, with nothing but Victory Plaza, a swarm of fans and some noise-metering microphones between them.Dedi ... More >>

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    October 15, 2009

    NY Times Wasn't Wowed By Jerryworld. So, Then, How About the Wyly and Winspear?

    Patrick MichelsA view from the Margot and Bill Winspear Opera House on Monday, when it made its official bow​Another day, another review of the AT&T Performing Arts Center -- this one from Nicolai Ouroussoff of The New York Times, whose assessment graces the top of this morning's Arts section. ... More >>

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