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Patrick Michels

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    October 7, 2009

    At the Dallas Market Center This Week, Walmart, Sam's Club and Others Are Shopping for Christmas 2010

    Patrick MichelsThis week's Fall Toy Preview is a private show up on the Dallas Market Center's 12th floor, but there are signs all around the building.​For a few days in mid-October last year, the 12th floor of the Dallas Market Center buzzed with anticipation over the big new offering from the to ... More >>

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL '09: Phoenix Draws The Fest's First Way-Too-Big-For-Comfort Crowd

    Patrick Michels Phoenix's Thomas Mars.​Like a black hole located at the far west end of Zilker Park, it seemed that just about everything at ACL was being drawn to Phoenix's set yesterday in the four o'clock hour. Unruly crowds tussled about the outer realms of the masses that extended som ... More >>

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    October 3, 2009

    ACL '09: Raphael Saadiq Offers A Lesson In How To Do An R&B Show Right.

    Patrick Michels​Three times, Raphael Saadiq asked the audiences fawning before him, "Do you love me tonight?" Three times, the response was a resounding, enthusiastic, unwavering yes. "I sure hope you mean that," he quipped, flashing a smile. But how could the crowds not? Backed ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Pairing Off: Chips Ahoy

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.At some point we must outgrow milk and cookies.So as adults, what do we resort to? Coffee and cookies? I guess if we want to be adult in the Sam Spade sense of the word, we could try bour ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Top Five Surprises In DFW Stadium Food

    Patrick MichelsAre you buying what he's selling? Or are you waiting for the cart?​Seattle has ballpark sushi, San Francisco spawned a garlic fry renaissance, and the world can thank St. Louis' Gateway Grizzlies for the Krispy Kreme burger. But there was a time when Dallas ran on the cutting edge o ... More >>

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    September 15, 2009

    Tom Landry's Fallen and He Can't Get Up

    Patrick MichelsTom Landry's statue waits to be untied Tuesday morning at Cowboys Stadium. You can find Richie's take in the Sportatorium.​Patrick Michels was out at Jerry Jones's EnormoDome this morning, where workers were scheduled to erect Tom Landry. Pardon ... Tom Landry's statue. But they wer ... More >>

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    September 11, 2009

    Now, How Much Would You Pay to Eat Lunch With Mayor Tom Leppert?

    Patrick Michels​I only ask because the Dallas Zoological Society, which is now operating the Dallas Zoo, is auctioning off a date with Mayor Tom as part of its Zoo to Do 2009 Gone Wild! fund-raising event, which runs through September 30 -- so act now! Let's see what you get for your money well sp ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Top 10 Most Interesting Restaurant Week Dishes

    Patrick MichelsEstavan Galindo of Hattie's prepares for the Restaurant Week onslaught.​Several days into the annual charity event and we've finally had a chance to poke through some menus.Now, we weren't looking for the best item or the most original. What we want from KRLD Restaurant Week--aside ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    Cowboys Stadium Hosted Its First Football Game Saturday, Between Two Guys With PlayStation Controllers

    Patrick Michels Everything's bigger on the Cowboys' new video board. Even Andy Reid.​The day Jerry Jones introduced the world to his huge new TV screen, gamers wondered what it'd be like to plug in their PlayStation and have a game 90 feet above the Cowboys Stadium field.Well, wonder no mor ... More >>

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    August 11, 2009

    We and Mrs. Jones: Gene Leads a Guided Tour of Cowboys Stadium's Fancy New Artwork

    Patrick MichelsWith a Franz Ackermann piece being installed behind her, above the southwest stairway, Gene Jones leads media on a tour of Cowboys Stadium's art installments.​On Friday, The New York Times got a sneak preview of North Texas's largest art gallery, that intimate EnormoDone known as Co ... More >>

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    August 10, 2009

    Picture Show: The King Bucks at the Belmont Hotel

    Patrick Michels​Could've filed this one under "Night Moves" just as easily, because the King Bucks' poolside set at the Belmont Hotel last weekend was all about the scene.Under Thursday night's full moon, with the Dallas skyline lit up behind them, the Bucks spent hours on the lawn stage, while th ... More >>

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    August 9, 2009

    Who Needs Turf at Cowboys Stadium When You've Got A PlayStation?

    Patrick MichelsLadies and gentlemen, the moment you've all been waiting for.​We've got more photos from the tournament in a slide show coming soon.It was a moment you knew was coming ever since the Cowboys unveiled the largest-in-the-world 1080p HDTV screen hanging above midfield in their new stad ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Giveaway: Three Pairs of Tickets to Tonight's Bobby Bare Jr. Show At The Longhorn Saloon

    Patrick Michels​A few months ago, much of the Observer's SXSW posse closed out the mess by catching Bobby Bare Jr. in a pretty empty barroom on the second floor above Sixth Street. With his always-straining voice, smart lyrics and easy turns from folk to all-out rocking, he was a breath of fresh c ... More >>

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    August 5, 2009

    Pairing Off: Boca Vegetable Burgers

    Patrick Michels​Each week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.There's nothing better than a pound or so of ground beef slapped on the grill...except maybe the same, topped with bacon.Of course, some people are content--or so they say--to deny themse ... More >>

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    August 2, 2009

    A Shriek and a Shuffle For the Good Times, As Twicon Comes to a Close

    Patrick MichelsThe Volturi Masque Ball capped off Twicon Saturday night.​To see more of the ball, the cast panel, and the rest of the con from a safe distance, check out our Twicon slide show.Thousands of Twilight fans formed a sea of flashing cameras and upraised cell phones at the Twicon cast Q& ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    Last Night, Mockingbird Station Was Overrun With Fanboys and Fortune Seekers

    Patrick MichelsArtist Huck Gee and his little buddy, free yesterday and worth a small fortune today​After the jump you'll find a photo Patrick Michels took 'round 6ish in front of the Kidrobot joint in Mockingbird Station. In it, you'll see only a handful of the 400-plus lined up to get one of the ... More >>

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    July 31, 2009

    This Weekend, Twilight Superfans Make Downtown Dallas Their Playground

    Patrick MichelsTwo Twilight fans and a cardboard Robert Pattinson get all PG-13 at the Sheraton.​Twicon 2009 is in full effect downtown at the Sheraton Hotel, where organizers say 3,000 fans have registered for the weekend's celebration of all things Twilight -- or even, "Twilight-inspired." Here' ... More >>

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    July 22, 2009

    Because, Sure, When You Think Dallas Observer Music Awards, the Names "Mike Modano and Willa Ford" Pop to Mind

    Patrick MichelsPatrick Michels is putting the finishing touches on what's sure to be a sprawling slide show from last night's Dallas Observer Music Awards at the Granada. (Hence, the reason for no DC9 postings today -- but, look, back in my day, we wrapped around 1 a.m., grabbed an early breakfast, ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Picture Show: Aerosmith at Superpages.com Center

    Patrick MichelsAerosmith dropped into Fair Park for the Dallas stop of its tour with ZZ Top on Sunday night, and a packed crowd turned out to greet them. Stephen Tyler, Joe Perry and the rest of the gang put on a big show, in spite of the run of injuries the band has been forced to cope with, ... More >>

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    July 20, 2009

    Picture Show: DOMA Showcase

    Patrick Michels29 stitches required, and it wasn't even 7 p.m.Less than an hour into the night, and there was already a pool of blood on the Cavern's stage. From that auspicious opening set by Spector 45 through Telegraph Canyon's big finish at Bandera, the DOMA Showcase was packed with great perfor ... More >>

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    July 18, 2009

    If It's Dallas Desire You Want, Grand Prairie's Still Got It

    Patrick MichelsYou think the Seattle Mist stands a chance against this combination?Funny, we'd just been thinking we hadn't heard from our local Lingerie Football League franchisees in a while -- especially with the ABA throwing its weight around Dallas last week -- when the Dallas Desire sent an in ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Handle The Proof: Breaking The Mojito Rules

    Patrick MichelsLazare's mojoto lineupThis current generation of American drinkers couldn't really care less about tradition. They shirk the classic cocktails in favor of trendy new flavors: pomegranate martinis, green tea margaritas, acai vodka and tonics or whatever the anti-oxidant of the month ha ... More >>

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    July 17, 2009

    Tequila and Sushi, Together At Last

    Patrick MichelsStrictly speaking, this is duck, not sushi. We'll explain...Hoping to prove his is a kinder, gentler brand of the Mexican ass-kicking liquor, Casa Noble Tequila's Jose Hermosillo invited local media to be his guests guinea pigs Thursday night for a pairing of his tequila with courses ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    A Look Inside Dallas' New Hard Rock Cafe, Even the Kitchen

    Patrick MichelsLike the black cowboy hat Elvis wore in Double Trouble, the kitchen is on full display for diners at the new Hard Rock. Dallas' latest incarnation of the Hard Rock Cafe...yawn...where were we...oh, it is getting set for a soft opening in the middle of next week at Victory Park's south ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    What Do T. Boone Pickens, Josh Hamilton, Willa Ford, Craig Watkins, Demi Lovato and Pete Freedman Have in Common?

    Patrick MichelsOur music editor in action ... Well, none of them are building wind farms in West Texas. Two have known the soft touch of Mike Modano. Three are former or current Disney Channel stars. All are enamored of copious amounts of free publicity. Two have posed nude. And all have been named ... More >>

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    July 6, 2009

    As America Celebrates 233 Years of Democracy, We Crown A New Corn Dog King

    Patrick MichelsHughey, glowing with pride and a harsh case of meatsweats, hoists his walking hot dog trophy.Last week, web editor Patrick Michels threw down the gurgitation gauntlet, challenging a few local media members to compete against him and me at the Libertine Bar's inaugural Brass Knuckle Co ... More >>

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    July 3, 2009

    Turning the Restaurant Business Inside Out at the Southwest Foodservice Expo

    Patrick MichelsA show of buttoned-down professionalism, typical of the restaurant business, at the Seat-B-Clean booth.The Southwest Foodservice Expo, in the Dallas Convention Center last week, was an sprawling, facsinating deconstruction of the business, as if some omnipotent conventioneer had taken ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Pairing Off: Most Graphic Moments Of The Second Quarter

    Once again we pause to reflect upon the previous three months, in which we paired wine with Cheez Its, nachos from 7-Eleven, frozen taquitos and other delicacies.Twice during this span we encountered nearly inedible items. But not once did our intrepid graphic artist, Patrick Michels, flinch. Not ev ... More >>

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    June 30, 2009

    The Alternative to Watching the Rangers Lose Again: Heading North to See Josh Hamilton, Justin Smoak and ... Sean Salisbury?

    Patrick MichelsJosh Hamilton's repaired abdominal muscle passed its first test, and Rangers fans breathed a sigh of relief.The Texas Rangers' offensive woes are almost laughable now as the team last night fell two and a half games back of the Angels, losing 5-2 to Los Angeles after taking a 2-0 lead ... More >>

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    June 26, 2009

    Well, Since You Already Made the Signs ...

    Patrick Michels If you were wondering just how serious the city is about renaming that stretch of Young Street after César Chávez, well, looks pretty serious.Happened upon this sign earlier today whilst downtown, outside the Maceo Smith Federal Building at Young and Griffin Streets, and as you can ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Uptown's 10 Best Patios

    Patrick MichelsThings could get ugly once Taco Diner gets a look at our number 9Not gonna lie--it's rather a difficult task, placing these in an order we're completely happy with. Preferences for size, atmosphere and noise level of a patio can change rather abruptly, after all. And factors such as c ... More >>

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    June 12, 2009

    Last Night, a Parade of Mock Stars

    Patrick MichelsJason Shaw was among those living the dream last night at The Loft, one phony power chord at a time.Couple of days back, I asked the invaluable Patrick Michels if maybe he'd be interested in heading over to The Loft for Thursday night's Air Guitar Regional Championship, if only becaus ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Pairing Off: Taquitos

    Patrick MichelsEach week, Pairing Off attempts to find just the right bottle of wine to go with ordinary food.Without the existence of frozen supermarket taquitos, most guys wouldn't have survived their 20s. Hell, even after we've overcome all that Darwin throws at us over that particular decade--be ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Picture Show: George Strait, Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton and Lee Ann Womack Open The Cowboys Stadium

    Patrick MichelsGeorge Strait headlined a pretty crazy day in Arlington... Over on Unfair Park, you can read Megan Feldman's take on opening day at the new spacecraft Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. But if you're looking for mine? Well, you'll have to wait until Wednesday (when my column comes out with ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    More Lasers, Closer Seats Await Jonas Brothers Fans When Their World Tour Kicks Off at Cowboys Stadium

    Patrick MichelsBehind them, the tattoo design teenagers everywhere will be looking at with regret years from now.Check out even more photos in our slideshow here.Two days after George Strait closed out the biggest show on the planet, there's still trash from the show under the seats of Cowboys Stadi ... More >>

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    May 28, 2009

    Mayor Tom Leppert Takes a Summer Stroll on Arlington's Big Day

    Patrick MichelsMore scenes from yesterday's Cowboys Stadium ribbon-cutting, including this debonair turn by Mayor TomLeppert, who cruised the VIP section -- you know, around Arlington mayor Robert Cluck's front-row seat -- before moseying to the back of the crowd.Not sure if party guru Steve Kemble ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    So Relax! Let's Have Some Fun Out Here! This Game's Fun, OK? Fun, Goddamnit.

    Patrick MichelsJust like Bull Durham, but different: Michael Gruber and Danny BalisTried to listen to The Ticket's "Great Game" last night, but ... no, unh-unh. (Though it sure did sound like a great game -- from 16-1 to 20-20, awesome.) But, fortunately, Patrick Michels did stop by Frisco's Dr Pepp ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Scenes from Taste Addison

    Patrick MichelsThe sampler tray from Red India Bistro & LoungeTaste Addison filled Addison Circle Park with booths for more than 50 restaurants last weekend, and a three-day lineup of live music and other shows.We spent much of Saturday tweeting from the event, and shooting photos of the scene. ... More >>

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    May 3, 2009

    Between Downpours, A Glimpse of the Wreckage at Cowboys HQ

    Patrick MichelsA break in the storm Saturday night drew a crowd of about a dozen gawkers -- Unfair Park among them -- alongside the network TV vans for a look at what remained of the Cowboys' training bubble.WFAA's Arnold Payne captured this chilling video of the collapse from inside, but by 6 p.m. ... More >>

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    April 1, 2009

    Pairing Off: Most Graphic Moments Of The First Quarter

    Allow us to reflect on these three months past.Looking back at our antics--pairing wine with sausage biscuits, Buffalo wings, Arby's and such--we realized that graphic artist Patrick Michels deserves occasional recognition. Each week, after all, we ask him to risk sizable fines--or at least phone ca ... More >>

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    March 2, 2009

    Picture Shows: The Pretenders at House of Blues on Friday Night, The Jonas Brothers Movie Premiere

    Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders stoppd through town on Friday night for a gig at the House of Blues, and somewhere in the crowd--or, from the looks of it, everywhere in the crowd--Observer photographer Drew Williams was in attendance, documenting the event for a slideshow, which you can check righ ... More >>

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    December 31, 2008

    Picture Show: Old 97's at the House of Blues

    Patrick MichelsA shot from the band's all-too-brief psychedelic phase Tuesday night The New Year's Eve balloons loomed high above a sold-out crowd at the House of Blues Tuesday night, where the Old 97's played their part of a big alt-country night around Dallas.It was a little early for a New Year's ... More >>

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    December 24, 2008

    Pairing Off: 2008's Most Graphic Moments

    Looking back on an all too brief year matching wines with everyday foods--you know, things from cans, boxes, fast food joints, and so on--it occurs to me the experts consulted each week performed admirably.Suspiciously so, as if they had already guzzled rose with their Taco Bueno takeaway on several ... More >>

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    November 14, 2008

    Yogilicious Rides a Dairy Wave From the Coasts

    Patrick Michels So it's yogurt. And it tastes pretty good. What you want to call this? We've been here before. The bright lights and pastel walls, the plastic furniture and frozen yogurt. Dim the lights, pad the chairs and crank up a smooth-jazz Stones cover over the roar of the espresso machine, ... More >>

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    November 9, 2008

    A Hotel Demolition and a Tailgate on Sunday -- Now, This Is Dallas

    Patrick Michels Up in smoke. Remember that hotel on Central Expressway, up around Meadow Road? The one with a big red "Dallas Demolition" banner hung across the top? Well, now it's gone. Six floors stacked like pancakes in a heap of rubble are about all that remain of the once-proud Meadow Inn, th ... More >>

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    November 3, 2008
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    October 28, 2008

    Aw, Look How Cute the Mayor Looks in His Halloween Costume

    Patrick Michels From the Tom Leppert-Terrell Owens press conference, about which Patrick just posted. Somebody's very, very excited about Friday. Still, trick or treat? --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 27, 2008

    Want to Bring People Downtown on the Weekend? It'll Take Big Balls.

    Patrick Michels If you came anywhere near Elm and Akard Streets in the last couple days, then you saw an incredible, mind-boggling sight: hundreds of people walking around downtown Dallas on a weekend. If you looked closely, you probably also saw a pair of three-story beach balls knocking around ... More >>

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    October 24, 2008

    Picture Show: Ben Folds At The Palladium Ballroom

    While the rest of us were taking in the Sorta show at House of Blues (more on that later), Observer Web editor Patrick Michels hit up the Palladium to geek out at Ben Folds' concert. And, lookie here, he took some pictures (including the one above) and turned them into a slideshow for your viewing ... More >>

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    October 23, 2008

    More Like a Mini-Protest: Honk (Or Shout Obscenities) If You're Catholic!

    Patrick Michels Bishop Kevin Farrell will rue the day he crossed this unsavory bunch. Upset over the October 8 statement from Dallas and Fort Worth Bishops that called a vote for a pro-choice candidate "morally impermissible," the folks at Catholics for Change made good on their pledge to protest o ... More >>

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