Queens County

  • Calendar

    July 24, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Sorry, Texas, but Jamaican Jerk Is the Best Barbecue in the World

    In honor of Sunday's sold-out Meat Fight, we're celebrating smoked animal flesh all week long in our inaugural Meat Week, in which we celebrate the procuring, cooking and face-stuffing of dead-animal flesh. The term "barbecue" holds a lot of different meanings to those who have tasted meat worked b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2013

    Stealing Beer from Delivery Trucks Is Easy, Especially When Wearing a Pumpkin Mask

    A beer delivery truck idles in a convenience store parking lot, a couple of cases stacked on the pavement while the driver momentarily disappears inside. The cool, refrigerated air wafting from the open beckons you closer. A fleeting voice tugging at the edge of your mind whispers about how easy it' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 19, 2013

    Here's the Six-Story Parking Garage Proposed for the Dallas Arboretum

    Arboretum officials were understandably cautious when they unveiled early plans for a Garland Road parking garage last night. The memory of the public uprising and PR debacle that greeted a proposal to park cars on Winfrey Point is no doubt fresh on their minds, so they made clear that the parking g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 28, 2012

    No, the NCAA Won't Be Playing Four Side-by-Side Basketball Games at Cowboys Stadium

    Earlier this month, Michigan State University athletic director Mark Hollis floated the idea of playing four NCAA basketball games in Cowboys Stadium. At the same time. The idea may not have been as far-fetched as it sounds, Hollis having previously organized a game on the aircraft carrier that too ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 4, 2012

    Firefighters Pull Possible Murder Victim From White Rock Lake

    Police are investigating whether a woman found dead in White Rock Lake this afternoon was murdered. Walkers spotted the body on the east side of the lake around Garland Road, a half mile or so south of the Arboretum. The body was recovered by Dallas Fire-Rescue, which turned the investigation over ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2012

    Bucks Burnett: "The Dallas Music Scene Needs To Be More Like a Monarchy. It Needs More Pageantry."

    You can't really write a column about behind-the-scenes people in the Dallas music scene and not include Bucks Burnett. We are big fans of Bucks, and he's been featured in the Observer numerous times. Hell, one of the last times we tried to interview him, we kept getting interrupted by calls from th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    One Night, Four Dive Bars

    Recently, I've been thinking a lot about dive bars, that sub-sect of watering hole fiercely guarded by established regulars. The type of place where the bartender and waitress know 90% of their customer's names and take the time to invest in conversation past the precursory friendly pre-drink banter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 4, 2012

    Warped Tour - Gexa Energy Pavilion - 7/3/12

    Warped Tour Gexa Energy Pavilion Tuesday, July 3 See also: Talking to Evan Weiss of Into It. Over It See also: The fans and bands of Warped Tour Per usual, the gates to Warped Tour opened a few minutes after 11 a.m., and what was available to see was spotty.Though the folky jig of London's Skinny ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2012

    Occupy Dallas Protestor Pushed from Planter and Accused of Assaulting Cop Takes Plea Deal

    Stephen Benavides, the Occupy Dallas protester arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer during a scuffle at the November Bank of America protest, has signed a plea deal that reduces the felony to a misdemeanor resisting-arrest charge and keeps him out of jail. Benavides pleaded no conte ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    Mimi's Pizza is Open in Preston Hollow

    As of January 2, the strip mall at Northwest Highway and Hillcrest, on the northern edge of Preston Hollow, has another has another fast-casual food option: Mimi's "New York-style" pizza. The small storefront near El Fenix and Mooyah Burger, a spin-off of the Joe's Pizza and Pasta chain, has been un ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 15, 2011

    DPD Chief Brown Suspends Officer Who Shoved Occupy Dallas Protestor For One Day

    At the top, that's Hollis giving Benavides a shove off the planter, as seen in this video that led the DPD chief to open his investigation​Seems like forever ago, but it was just last month that Stephen Benavides spent a few days in county lock-up on charges of assaulting a police officer and resi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Recession-Proof Drinking: Taste Testing Three Off-Brand Beers

    ​Never in the dozen-plus years that I've been of legal drinking age have I seen beer as cheap as the $2.99 six-pack of Big Flats 1901 I espied at Walgreen's the other day. Not even the Schlitz, Natty Light or Beast we drank in college was that cheap. There was no way it could be good, but for 50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    I Learned to Love Paan, and You Should Too, Starting with This Week's Review

    ​The first time I encountered the small, triangular-shaped parcel I was in New York. Some friends of mine were stupid enough to take my recommendation that we arrive by train at 6 a.m., order chaat and chai at Lahori Kabab, and continue a 24-hour curry crawl through multiple boroughs before h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2011

    Mimi's Pizzeria, a "New York-Style" Pizza Shop, Coming to Preston Hollow

    ​Subs, Mexican, burgers, Slurpees -- the strip mall at Northwest Highway and Hillcrest has most of the major food groups covered. It will get that elusive fifth major food group, cheap pizza, in a couple of months. Mimi Ahmedi's family owns the Joe's Pizza and Pasta chain. He's branching out, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Dwaine Caraway Isn't About to Let the City Close Pools, Especially Two In His District

    ​Mary Suhm was right about one thing: When I asked her Thursday where she saw the council pushing back on her proposed FY2011-12 budget, she said, well, probably pools -- specifically, her suggestion that the city shutter five of its 17 pools in the coming fiscal year. Those pools: Bonnie View, Ex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Club Clearview Launches Cyberium

    ​It's hard to believe how "cutting edge" Club Clearview (R.I.P.) was striving to be in the early 1990s. Because plopping down $80,000 for a virtual reality machine and a re-model in the middle of a recession? That sure seems like a bold move on the part of then-Clearview owners Jeff Swaney and Je ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 29, 2009

    Pho From Home: Houston

    ​My affair with our I-45 rival can be best described as a love/hate relationship, heavy on the hate. Past trips I've made to Houston consistently involved cursed adventures and unlucky mishaps with scars--yes actual scars--to prove it. From the time a two inch nail left a lifelong mark in my ad ... More >>

  • Music

    November 26, 2009
  • Calendar

    May 14, 2009
  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    The Top 5 Mexican Athletes in the History of Dallas

    Pretty sure I should call in Gustavo for a round of Ask a Mexican on this, but with it being Cinco de Mayo and all I thought I should crack open a Corona and at least give it a go. I was going to - per my usual list - rank the Top 10 but that's extremely difficult considering the lack of decent ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 23, 2009

    Food For Thought 4.23.09

    "If we're not willing to move harmful substances away just one block, what are we willing to do?" (Eric N. Gioia, councilman from Queens, New York, proposing a ban on opening fast food restaurants near public schools. The comments came as the University of California-Berkeley and Columbia University ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008


    The Renaissance (Universal Motown)

  • Music

    July 24, 2008


    Untitled (Def Jam)

  • Blogs

    May 19, 2008

    Go, Longhorns! (W.T. White Longhorns, That Is.)

    Dallas had but four high schools listed among Newsweek's list of the top public high schools in the U.S. and A. in 2003 -- and back then, the highest-rated among the locals was Highland Park High School, which sat at No. 15 on the list, followed by W.T. White (at 290), Lake Highlands (482) and Hillc ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 21, 2008

    I'm Going to Foodieland!

    Eat like a champion at the Meyerson

  • News

    December 6, 2007

    Birth Defects

    Critics blame poisons from the tie plant for severe birth defects

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    They've Done Gone Batty at Hillcrest

    This is from the original West End production of Bat Boy, but Hillcrest's version doesn't look that far off. Hillcrest High School sure has trendy tastes in stage productions: The school's latest offering is none other than the award-winning Off-Broadway and London West End hit Bat Boy: The Musical, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Jeffrey Yarbrough Relives His Worst Nightmare: Going Broke

    Jeffrey Yarbrough, ex of Club Clearview and Liberty Noodles Every month, Fortune magazine's Small Business offshoot runs an as-told-to essay called "Owner's Manual," in which some small-bizzer offers helpful advice -- the good, the bad and the fugly of doing your own thing. In the upcoming October i ... More >>

  • Music

    July 12, 2007

    Queens of the Stone Age

    Era Vulgaris (Interscope)

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2007

    R.I.P., Club Clearview

    Over at Dd, our boy Sam Machkovech has gotten a scoop on a story (and don't even think about not crediting that guy or he'll totally kick your ass) that will surely shake the core of a Deep Ellum that has been slowly but surely climbing out of a slump. Club Clearview is done. Kaput. Over. It doesn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2007

    Subdivided Conquers KERA Tonight

    A mundane, yet oddly haunting image from Dean Terry's doc Subdivided Just a reminder: Dean Terry's Subdivided: Isolation & Community in America airs tonight at 8 on KERA-Channel 13. We wrote about this doc months ago, complete with an interview with the University of Texas-Dallas new media prof. Her ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2006

    Subdivided and Conquer

    Got a missive yesterday from a Little Forest Hills resident who reminds us to mark the calendar: January 3. A little early still, but the reason's a good one: That's when University of Texas-Dallas new media and emergent communications professor Dean Terry's documentary Subdivided debuts on KERA-TV. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2006

    Under the 'Hood and Over the Hedge

    A mundane, yet oddly haunting image from Dean Terry's doc Subdivided Two months ago, we posted an item about how Little Forest Hills--"the quaint, quirky White Rock Lake neighborhood"--was being swallowed by the McMansions sprouting up like weeds in Eden. A litle digging revealed that University of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2006

    Shot All to (Little Forest) Hills

    I noticed two things this weekend during a visit into the quaint, quirky White Rock Lake neighborhood known as Little Forest Hills: the astounding number of hideous McMansions springing up like weeds in the woods, and the tiny signs trying to fend them off like disposable Davids dueling Tyveked Goli ... More >>

  • Music

    January 12, 2006

    Deep Sixed

    Reports of Deep Ellum's death are exaggerated, but not by much

  • Music

    December 1, 2005

    The Beatdown

    On Friday, take a twisted Z-Trip through the world of hip-hop

  • Calendar

    October 6, 2005

    Fired Up

    A woman's place is at the grill

  • Film

    September 9, 2004

    Crooked As They Come

    Criminal swipes its story from a far superior movie

  • Calendar

    February 13, 2003

    This Week's Day-by-Day Picks

    Picks for the week of February 13-19

  • Music

    July 11, 2002

    Various Artists

    Soundbombing 3 (Rawkus)

  • Film

    May 9, 2002

    Getting Taken

    In Nine Queens, the Argentineans do Mamet, damn it, even better

  • Calendar

    June 7, 2001

    Circus of the Bizarre

    Even performance artists want to run away with the circus

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    The Phantom Menace

    In 1946, a serial killer haunted sleepy Texarkana, stalking his victims under the cover of night. Investigators wonder if he died decades later in a Dallas rest home--or simply disappeared.

  • Film

    October 26, 2000

    A Couple Yards Short

    The gang's all here in this familiar-but-fresh tale of a bad guy scared straight

  • Best of Dallas

    September 21, 2000

    Best neighborhood

    Little Forest Hills

  • News

    August 3, 2000

    Public defenders

    A surprising number of parents are shunning the 'burbs, pulling their kids out of private schools, and embracing DISD

  • Music

    July 27, 2000

    I can see Clearview now

    Getting the "independent" bookings straight

  • Calendar

    September 24, 1998
  • News

    December 1, 1994

    Forward to the Past

    Grapevine Lake project takes aim at the automobile

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