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  • Blogs

    August 12, 2012

    Neil Young and Crazy Horse at Outside Lands Festival - 8/10/12

    The following is a dispatch from Outside Lands Festival in San Francisco, from our sister paper, SF Weekly. While he's putting everything into a solo, Neil Young's face looks like his electric guitar sounds: flush with feeling, vaguely threatening, and thoroughly aged. Not old as in frail, but vene ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2011

    Divine Intervention? Two Bottle Rocket Fans Want to Save Iconic Hillsboro Motel.

    The Hillsboro motel where they shot part of Bottle Rocket is so iconic Ian Dingman put it on the front of the Criterion Collection DVD.​My old friend and long-ago Observer-er Matt Zoller Seitz, who wrote the definitive making-of piece about Bottle Rocket back in September 1995, sent me a note this ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2009

    Design for (Free) Living

    ​Earlier this year, the Dallas City Council said it wanted no part in plans to turn a former hotel at 1011 S. Akard Street into a home for the homeless. Perhaps you recall said brouhaha, the result of which will be 250 low-income apartment units once developers Ted and Larry Hamilton can give thei ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    For Now, at Least, the "Saga" of the Plaza Hotel Affordable Housing Makeover Is Over

    So much for redevelopment of 1011 S. Akard Street, once the site of hotels named Sheraton, Ramada and Plaza. For months, Larry James, president and CEO of Dallas Central Ministries, and Larry Hamilton, the building's owner and the man responsible for copious downtown do-overs, had hoped to turn at l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 20, 2009

    In the Cedars, Central Dallas Ministries Struggles to Find Support for Housing Project

    View Larger MapOn Tuesday, the Dallas City Council's Housing Committee discussed 13 projects seeking low-income housing tax credits, among them Akard Plaza, which is being developed by Central Dallas Ministries' 7-year-old affordable-housing subsidiary Central Dallas Community Development Corporatio ... More >>

  • Dining

    January 11, 2007

    Collapse of Socialism

    Hotel Lumen restaurant struggles with some simple details

  • Dining

    August 3, 2006

    Go Fish Go

    All Aboard the Fish Express

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2006
  • Dining

    May 18, 2006

    Wallop Pack

    Size matters--and so does steak--at Ranch

  • Dining

    April 21, 2005

    Roosting Tortilla

    Manny's Uptown bringing its family recipes to Lemmon Avenue

  • News

    July 17, 2003

    Big Tex

    Cowboys icon Schramm left his mark on his team and those who knew him

  • News

    December 26, 2002

    Crazy White Mother

    From fake IDs to guns, Ecstasy and GHB, Doug Havard was one-stop shopping for Dallas' spoiled rich kids

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Make 'em pay

    Dallas activists fight
    for a living wage from city contractors

  • News

    April 15, 1999

    Road rage

    City staff OKs a plan to put a road through a park and creates a controversy big enough to drive a truck through

  • News

    September 18, 1997

    Soul food & crackers

    How two black Dallas men learned to love the lily-white Republic of Texas--especially the part about phony checks and payment-free plastic

  • Calendar

    November 9, 1995
  • News

    May 4, 1995

    True believers

    After Oklahoma City, angry white men gather at a Dallas motel

  • News

    March 2, 1995

    Bad Company

    Drugs from Bolivia. Cash to Panama. Arms to Nicaragua. Bo Abbott says the CIA called - and he delivered.