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    February 3, 2011
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    December 20, 2010

    Tonight: Get Wine Drunk at Urban Crust

    We swear it works better with white wine​For those who were at the malls in search of bargains or at the grocery store picking out a Butterball, it's time to relax tonight and have a glass -- or five -- of wine. Urban Crust in Plano is hosting a holiday wine tasting tonight that will make you ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    Season-Ale Events Of Note At Some Of Our Favorite Beer Joints

    Some brief programming notes before we get into the deets of a few upcoming beer events...​On tap for the next few weeks in Hophead are tasting notes on numerous beers, including some great holiday and winter seasonal brews as well as a hop-heavy Belgian import that is so far unavailable in Texas. ... More >>

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    November 11, 2010
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    October 12, 2010

    Sure, Plano's Real Safe and All. Nice. But What's This You Say About the Grow Houses?

    ​Yes, yes, yes, I've seen it -- Forbes has named Plano "America's Safest City," based upon a low-low-low violent crime rate and a relatively low number of killer car crashes. Thanks to the many Friends who've sent the piece, which says money matters -- so too homogeneity. Which is nice and all. I' ... More >>

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    September 12, 2010

    Leppert: Tax Hike Is "A Very Risky Gamble"

    ​Mayor Tom Leppert has said it time and again: No tax hike. No way, no how. But in case you missed it the first 29 times, his e-vite to tomorrow morning's council budget briefing serves as yet another just-say-no note in which he takes aim at Angela Hunt and the other seven council members support ... More >>

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    September 10, 2010

    Giveaway: Two Pairs of Tickets To This Weekend's September To Remember Affair

    ​For the fourth year in a row now, the folks at Third String Productions are ringing in the return of the school year with its annual September to Remember affair, which grabs a whole bunch of mall-approved pop-punkers (a good chunk of which, it should be noted, are local) and offers them up in an ... More >>

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    July 15, 2010
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    July 8, 2010
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    April 22, 2010

    The Ginger Man Branches Into Plano Operating Under the Business Model of More Beer

    ​All pubs are not created equal. Typically, a Dallas pub, whether of English, Irish, or generic extraction, will have a wide selection of beers and ales on tap and in bottles, plus a sufficient selection of eats. You can usually count on fish and chips, burgers, sandwiches, maybe nachos, and a fe ... More >>

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    March 22, 2010

    Free Ice Cream for Everyone, Cinnabon Adds a Sweet New Addition, Rathbun's Blue Plate Kitchen Hosts a Wine Dinner, While 8.0's Goes the Beer Route​We were just thinking the other day that there should really be more free stuff available for the public. What if Steve Jobs set up shop on a street corner one day and just started giving away free computers and iPods? Or if Donald Trump decided it was a good day to rent a hot ... More >>

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    March 19, 2010

    Elbow Room Delivers the Goods

    ​ The Elbow Room 3010 Gaston Ave. 214-828-9488 Roadrunner-like delivery speeds: 15 Delivers at extreme hours: 25 Ability to cure hangover: 18 Crazy good bar food: 30 Total: 88 I had an occasion to spend some time with a friend who lives in a loft in eye-shot of the Dallas Farmers Market. The ... More >>

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    January 28, 2010

    PISD Off: How Redistricting Fight Was Both a Look Back and a Preview of What's to Come

    ​This morning, The Wall Street Journal takes up the issue of newcomers filling up the Plano Independent School District -- specifically, "a flood of poor, minority students" whose entry into the district prompted the contentious fight over redistricting. The district voted on a feeder alignment pl ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    The Year/The Decade: Trends That Weren't At All Bad

    ​In thinking--and please understand that term in the spirit in which it's intended--through the past many years, we began to realize that life in the 2000s was a lot of fun...assuming you weren't, say, in the military, a friend of Bernie Madoff, an employee of an American company, or a Cowboys fan ... More >>

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    November 26, 2009
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    November 26, 2009
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    October 26, 2009

    Short Orders: Sambuca 360

    This is Plano.​Sambuca 3607200 Bishop, Plano469-467-3393The revamped glow of Sambuca's new Legacy space doesn't have the original's brick walls, screaming urban authenticity. It lacks the Addison location's dated, desperate atmosphere. The menu is less ambitious than their Uptown setting. And just ... More >>

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    August 13, 2009
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    July 17, 2009

    The Texas Red Legs Competing in Shiner Records Contest

    In the past couple of years, two of our area's best alt-country acts, Darryl Lee Rush and Somebody's Darling have been the recipients of a free album recording session, care of the fine folks at Shiner Records. This honor was bestowed upon them once they'd won the annual Shiner Rising Star battle of ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Walking In The 'Burbs

    Not that I socialize much, but when I returned from my stint in Europe, two questions--approaching from different perspectives, but essentially the same--kept popping up in conversation: "are you glad to be back?" and "do you miss it?"Neither is easy to answer. Every city has its own set of positive ... More >>

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    June 11, 2009

    Forever The Sickest Kids Starts Recording Its Sophomore Release Today...

    In news that is sure to make the thousands of concert-going Plano teens go bonkers, scene-driving local mall punk act Forever the Sickest Kids has announced that it has started work on its new, sophomore record today.In interviews held over the course of research for this week's cover story, the ba ... More >>

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    April 15, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.15.09

    "Are the people who seek to restrict the use of tobacco everywhere--and for everyone--the same people who seek to promote the use of marijuana?" (Leonard Welsh of Plano, as quoted by the Dallas Morning News. Not sure if they are the same people, but the generation responsible for such restrictions-- ... More >>

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    April 2, 2009


    Zounds Sounds opens a new school in Plano

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    March 12, 2009
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    December 9, 2008

    Tonight: Go Crash Audio And A Kidnap in Color At The Door in Plano

    I know that those who contribute to this blog--including me--have not been overly kind to bands of the emo variety. Sorry, but shows that start at 6:30 p.m. in Plano (especially on a Tuesday) just don't seem to warrant the attention of a weekend event at a venue in Dallas. Ah, but that's not the cas ... More >>

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    December 5, 2008

    Thousands of EDS Employees Were Laid Off By HP This Week

    A Friend of Unfair Park who works -- sorry, make that worked -- for Electronic Data Systems in Plano sends this missive:Amazing how the DMN or any of the local news outlets has not reported the fact EDS has laid off 8,000 to 10,000 people this week. I was one of them on Monday. I will be on the payr ... More >>

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    November 26, 2008

    Just Because, Texas Watchdog Sifts Though AG's Open Records Opinions

    Just to see what's open and what ain't these days, Texas Watchdog's Jennifer Peebles sifted through a stack of November 12 rulings handed down by Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott's office concerning open records requests. Today, she posts the results.About half of the opinions concern requests gen ... More >>

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    August 27, 2008

    That's Rich: Plano Tops Affluent List

    Yesterday, the U.S. Census Bureau released a report titled Income, Earnings, and Poverty Data From the 2007 American Community Survey, in which it lists the cities with the highest median income and the lowest poverty rate. And, as you've no doubt guessed from the headline, Plano comes out on top -- ... More >>

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    August 5, 2008

    Worst Restaurant Ever? Chilabee's.

    Someone totally not busted up about the shuttering of Plano-based Benningan's last week? Jon Stewart, who, in the clip below, introduces the worst fast-casual concept since Shenaniganz. Speaking of, this morning there's more bad news for Dallas-based Brinker International. --Robert Wilonsky

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    July 31, 2008
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    June 24, 2008

    Frito-Lay's New Patent: "Toasted Corn Flavor Additive." Sounds Delish.

    Several locals working for Plano-based Frito-Lay done got themselves a U.S. Patent for a "novel flavor additive." Only, if I read the lengthy government document correctly, I've done this by accident many, many times. In accordance with one embodiment of the present invention, toasted corn flavor ad ... More >>

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    June 5, 2008

    Live Isle

    Gilligan and company shipwreck onstage

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    June 2, 2008

    Have Scarecrow Bandits Reached the End of the Yellow-Brick Road?

    Local, state and federal law enforcement officials are offering a reward of up to $90,000 for "information leading to the arrest and conviction of The Scarecrow Bandit[s]," suspected of being responsible for at least 21 violent bank robberies in North Texas since last July. They might get to save th ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 29, 2008
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    May 12, 2008

    You Won't Find Don Rickles on GodTube

    From the "Jewtopia Infomercial" on JewTube. Plano-based GodTube, founded by Dallas Theological Seminary student Chris Wyatt way back last spring, is old news 'round Unfair Park parts. But every now and then, folks still stumble across the site and treat it like the Second Coming, especially after la ... More >>

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    March 5, 2008

    The Daily Show, "Live" from "Plano"

    Last night, Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle was in Plano covering Indecision '08. OK, fine, not really. Nonetheless, here's the clip for those who spent the better part of the night watching the "real" news -- during which NBC's Brian Williams actually said Hillary Clinton's victories in Texas a ... More >>

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    February 22, 2008
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    February 21, 2008

    Review: Yao Fuzi Cuisine

    A pop and son duo bring authentic Chinese to Plano

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    December 27, 2007
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    December 26, 2007

    Not Your Plain Ol' Plano, Looks Like

    The downtown Plano of tomorrow, which looks like ... the London of yesterday Scott and Tracey Schaefer's Lexington Luxury Builders is responsible for several townhouse developments and custom homes in the area; and till now, much of their work's been done around Oak Lawn and Uptown. But this morning ... More >>

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    November 29, 2007

    Chocolate, With a Side of Hog

    Notes from the lunch-time feed bag, which is more like a grab bag: Over-priced and over-rated NOKA Chocolates of Plano announced today that it's getting a primo spot in Harrods' Food Halls -- otherwise known, says here, as "one of the most luxurious and indulgent gastronomic experiences known to ma ... More >>

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    November 9, 2007

    Plano Finishes Dead Last!!!

    Fears of murder and mayhem keep you up at night? Well, hell (no pun), move to Plano, where -- despite lingering memories of a 1990s heroin crisis -- there were only four people murdered in 2006, for a rate of 1.6 murders per 100,000 residents. This compares to the national average of 5.7 per 100,000 ... More >>

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    August 23, 2007

    Parade of Patchwork

    Get quilted in Plano

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    June 7, 2007

    Truth About Cats and Dogs

    Operation Kindness makes sure every dog has its day

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    March 30, 2007

    Fore! Play!

    No, check that, the new PGA Superstore in Plano isn't just a teasing appetizer, it's downright orgasmic. If, that is, you get aroused milling around an old Home Depot warehouse filled with sports memorabilia, a gazillion Izods, two bajillion clubs, a tennis court, a putting green, a chipping area co ... More >>

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    January 18, 2007

    View Finder

    Visit the OC that wasn't canceled

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    December 28, 2006

    Plano: Heaven or Hell? You Decide.

    A Friend of Unfair Park writes: Not sure if you've followed this "story" on Slate, but apparently Mickey Kaus, Virginia Postrel, and Andrew Sullivan have been engaging in debate (loosely centered around the success of Brokeback Mountain in Plano) regarding whether Plano is a prime example, if not ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 30, 2006

    Speed Stix

    Royal Chopstix is visually vibrant but less than exotic

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    August 3, 2006

    Thai That Binds

    Nakhon stretches beyond the usual

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    July 6, 2006

    An Artful Trek

    14th Street honors Halliburton’s Journey

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