Robert Wilonsky

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    April 12, 2012

    So Why Did the Dallas Country Club Really Set Off Fireworks Last Night?

    Over on the News' ice cream blog, Robert Wilonsky reports that North Dallas was baffled last night by an unexpected firework display, allegedly to help celebrate the new clubhouse at the Dallas Country Club. But we all know that a little clubhouse opening isn't enough to warrant fireworks in the Pa ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Robert Wilonsky is Leaving the Observer for Something Called The Dallas Morning News

    Yes, you read that correctly: Robert Wilonsky, the longtime editor of this blog, is going behind the paywall. Or maybe he's becoming the paywall. We can't be sure. But we know this: He's leaving the Observer for The Dallas Morning News, where he'll officially be known as the digital managing editor, ... More >>

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    November 17, 2011

    Breaking: City of Dallas Boots Occupy Dallas From Their Campsite Behind City Hall

    All photos by Robert WilonskyThe scene outside, and around, Dallas City Hall at 12:40 a.m.​Robert's downtown at the Occupy Dallas camp, where police are breaking up protestors as we speak. He sends along these photos, and this: City has yanked their agreement with Occupy Dallas, and they're curre ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: Course Of Empire Runs Its Course

    ​Course Of Empire undoubtedly stands as one of the most notable acts to ever grace the Dallas music scene. Still today, 13 years after the band called it quits, you can still occasionally hear the name drifting through the cavernous Deep Ellum clubs they used to play.The end of the band's 10-year ... More >>

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    February 21, 2011

    This Week In Dallas Music History: If Heavy Metal Ain't Dead, It Sure Acts Like It

    ASKA: A caricature of a caricature.​In this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History, Robert Wilonsky responds to the uproar caused by his 1995 review of "Arlington metal-lite band" ASKA's then-new CD Immortal. Basically, ASKA fans and members sent in a handful of angry letters inquiring as to ... More >>

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    November 9, 2010

    Bush Bash at Borders

    Danny Fulgencio​Guesstimations put the Borders crowd at 1,500-plus, all save for the VIPs still wrapped all the way 'round Preston Royal Shopping Center waiting for Dubya. He won't be here till 9, and at present media is penned (even the late-arriving Jane McGarry) on the patio -- and me without m ... More >>

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    May 14, 2010

    The New York Times on Deep Ellum: "Dallas Gets Its Groove Back."

    ​True story. Read it here. And pop on over to Unfair Park, where Robert Wilonsky's got more details. But, really, haven't we been beating this drum for a while now? Yep, sure have. On a related note, this seems as good a time as ever to remind you that this year's Dallas Observer Music Awards Show ... More >>

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    July 16, 2009

    Skimming The Scum

    Unfair Park's Robert Wilonsky has been tracking Bob's--of steak & chophouse fame--many difficulties, updating the story again today (read it here). Over at SideDish, Nancy Nichols keeps up with the ne'erdowellness of another restaurant group (as you can see here).Nancy's story, as she pursues it ... More >>

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    January 21, 2009

    Over At Unfair Park: Rathbun To Open New Restaurant

    No chef yet--not even a name. More from Robert Wilonsky here.

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    January 7, 2009

    Jeff Liles is Loco For Loco Gringos

    Over on DC9, some required reading in advance of the Loco Gringos reunion Saturday night at the Lakewood Bar & Grill. Jeff Liles, whose weekly "Echoes & Reverberations" pieces are my favorite items on any Observer blog, has assembled quite the local all-star cast (Jim Heath, Mike Dillon, Tex ... More >>

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    December 30, 2008

    You Take the Fair Park Skyway, High Above the Busy Little One-Way

    To be honest, I'm not the biggest fan of year-end wrap-ups. We'll have a couple tomorrow -- enh, it's the law -- but Friends of Unfair Park know by now that when I look back, it tends to be way back. Hence, this post courtesy the Red Oak Kid, who yesterday posted to his Flickr photostream this postc ... More >>

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    December 23, 2008

    The Worst Cowboys Song Ever and "The Oddest" High School Game Ever

    Know Your Dallas Cowboys, apparently, has an endless supply of videos from the Dallas Cowboys Christmas '86 album. This one, featuring some old-timers, is particularly appropriate, given Texas Stadium's tepid adios on Saturday night. And, in other local football news -- actual news -- in the spirit ... More >>

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    December 15, 2008

    On This Cold, Slow News Day, Channel 5's Really Old Singalong Sign-Off

    From now on, this is how we're ending our broadcast day, seeing as how KXAS-Channel 5 hasn't used this particular piece of footage since, oh, forever? Fine, maybe not. Still, thanks to the pack rat who posted this to the YouTubes last week. And here I was all these years, thinking I'd dreamed this t ... More >>

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    December 8, 2008

    A Christmas Potty

    After the jump, a photo taken Sunday evening at the intersection of Merrell Road and Cromwell Drive in Northwest Dallas -- perfect for those in need of a Christmas card at this late date. --Robert Wilonsky

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    December 1, 2008

    Those Strobe Lights on the Park Lane Tower Aren't Distracting At All

    Whilst out and about Saturday night, the missus and I were hypnotized to the point of distraction by the strobe-light twinklings coming from the new Park Lane development off N. Central Expressway. After the jump, a brief video from the residential high-rise under construction across the expressway ... More >>

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    November 25, 2008

    Mmmm, 7-Eleven Now Has Its Very Own Brand of Beef Jerky

    From the sound of this morning's announcement, Dallas-based 7-Eleven has decided that sooner or later, everything in the joint will be branded with the brand name. Three months ago, word was the convenience store chain was expanding into the Jamaican beef patties business -- which was fine with a ha ... More >>

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    November 13, 2008

    Panic in Preston Center!

    We tried this once before, so here goes again: Can you please, pretty please, help the folks in the Dallas Public Library's Texas/Dallas History & Archives figure out just what in the heck's going in this picture? Because, right now, this is all they got to go on: "Crowds of children outside Preston ... More >>

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    November 11, 2008

    Laid-Off DISD Teachers, You Have Three Minutes to Speak. And ... Go!

    Just spotted this announcement on the Dallas Independent School District's Web site and thought we'd pass it along, as the deadline is tomorrow. --Robert Wilonsky Attention: Recently RIFed Personnel Personnel who were part of the recent reduction in force will have an opportunity to address a panel ... More >>

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    October 21, 2008

    Why is North Texas So Awesome?

    Well, first of all, because you live here. And for myriad other reasons too, every single one of them delineated in this wide-ranging just-posted two-part video presentation courtesy the North Texas Commission. (Note to self: Look into regional infomercial voice-over work.) --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 21, 2008

    Fair from Over

    We're trying to collect the whole series. Next up: Fair Park Passover. The State Fair of Texas came to an end only two days ago -- and it was a glorious finale, if only to see a certain 5-year-old ask that Ford robot, "Do you know C-3PO?" and receive in response a burst of John Williams' score and a ... More >>

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    October 10, 2008

    A Friday Flashback

    Look what Tina Brown's Daily Beast dragged in under the headline, "Governor Ann Richards has the last laugh." --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 10, 2008

    Jim Schutze and John McCaa, Kind of Like a Buddy Cop Film

    If you've always wondered what it'd be like to listen to Jim "The Great Optimist" Schutze talk to WFAA-Channel 8's John McCaa for, like, 12 uninterrupted minutes, today is your lucky day. --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 7, 2008

    Well, When You Put It Like That

    If nothing else, someone at the Dallas Independent School District has learned how to turn a negative into a cozy, comfy positive! --Robert Wilonsky

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    October 6, 2008
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    September 29, 2008
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    September 22, 2008

    Nolan Ryan Eats a Peanut; 5-Year-Old Captures the Thrilling Moment

    Harry Wilonsky I handed the boy the camera yesterday as he looked for something to do during the Texas Rangers' 81st loss of yet another interminable season. (On the plus side, it was Fan Appreciation Day.) Whilst scrolling through his photos, I came across this nice one of Nolan Ryan and thought ... More >>

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    September 19, 2008

    Dalton Sherman Goes on Ellen, Gets a Computer and Printer

    At least one DISD student will get a brand-new computer and printer: Charles Rice Learning Center fifth-grader Dalton Sherman, courtesy Ellen Degeneres and Hewlett-Packard on yesterday's episode of her daytime chatshow. --Robert Wilonsky

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    September 10, 2008

    ESPN: Now Also Jess-Obsessed

    Look, at this point we're just killing time till the 4 p.m. emergency press conference at DISD HQ on Ross Ave., from which Intern Courtney will likely report back with the bad news that the district's suddenly "$64 million and change" in the hole, says one source with whom we've spoken. (DISD's spok ... More >>

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    September 9, 2008

    Seriously, This Cost $500,000? And Took Two Years? We're Doomed!

    See, it really is a Bridge to Nowhere. We've just posted the slide show from Sam's trip to the Trinity Trust, where they unveiled the world's most expensive and incomplete model in the history of glue. Seriously, after spending half a million dollars and taking two years, they couldn't debut a finis ... More >>

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    September 5, 2008

    Tony Romo's Gonna Be Huge

    Apparently, it's Video Friday -- easier than reading, at least. But for the first time, Pepsi's partnered with the National Football League to sell ... soft drinks, I think, but also MP3s, maybe? And the star of the new ad is the quarterback of Your Dallas Cowboys, who's now tall enough to finally w ... More >>

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    August 15, 2008
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    August 7, 2008

    Hey, Dallas, What's Important to You?

    Dunno? Well, let's find out, courtesy CNN, which was in town this week to meet and greet a most interesting assemblage of folks hanging out in front of City Hall. --Robert Wilonsky

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    August 6, 2008

    The Texas Rangers' Biggest Fan

    Someone dipped their cinematic chocolate in my sportsy peanut butter this morning. Hurrah! --Robert Wilonsky

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    August 6, 2008

    Dirk Tapped as Germany's Flag-Bearer For Friday's Olympics Opener

    Dunno how much that petition had to do with it, but Your Favorite Dallas Maverick Dirk Nowitzki was indeed named Germany's Olympic opener flag-bearer this morning during a media whassup. The main Mav will hoist the colors during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, which takes pla ... More >>

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    July 28, 2008

    You Can Hear the Giggling All the Way From Tyler and Longview

    Kudos to the headline writer at KLTV-Channel 7 in Tyler for figuring out how to get a joke out of that whole awful, don't-wanna-even-think-about-it Mineola under-age sex-club story. --Robert Wilonsky

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    July 8, 2008

    Fight or Flight: It's Crew vs. Passengers On One "Horrific" AA Flight to NYC!

    A Friend of Unfair Park wonders why we're talking about those folks getting the boot from a Southwest Airlines flight when there's a far more interesting story concerning an American Airlines flight from Miami to New York. In short, notes the NYC newsman, there was a "pitched battle between the crew ... More >>

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    July 7, 2008

    A Sunflower Sprouts on Henderson

    So, now we know what'll become of the contentious former Carnival at 1800 N. Henderson Avenue: It's going to be a grocery store again. Months after brothers Marc and Roger Andres withdrew their zoning request that would have transformed the site from an abandoned grocery to a multi-use residential-r ... More >>

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    June 25, 2008

    For Your Viewing, Ah, Pleasure

    Just a programming note, for those with nothing better to do at 10 this morning. On WFAA-Channel 8, like you didn't know. --Robert Wilonsky

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    June 17, 2008

    A List That Warrants a Look

    Whew -- I ain't on the city's outstanding-warrants list, just posted to the city's Web site as part of its threat to arrest the deadbeats. So, I dunno, you might wanna check and see if you're on it, lest you wind up stung by the rather benignly monikered Operation Pay or Stay. If nothing else, it's ... More >>

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    June 11, 2008

    Got Gas? Or, No Need to Ask Tim Wagner Why American's Raising Its Fares.

    On Monday morning, American Airlines announced it had raised fares by $20, across the board. Then, later that day, very patient and helpful Friend of Unfair Park broke the good news right here that, nope, "The fare increase that we initiated Friday night did not stick." Well, see, though, it kinda ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008

    A Suburb That's Unhappy With DART

    Hey, Schutze. Look who else is pissed off at Dallas Area Rapid Transit. Rowlett. As in: "Rowlett residents believe that a change in DART’s plan to bring the transit system’s blue line to grade level will add to the city’s already miserable traffic woes." I believe Rowlett's a suburb? Just chec ... More >>

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    June 6, 2008
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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 >>

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    May 22, 2008

    ... And a Happy New Year

    Maybe not, but certainly a ... um ... rockin' New Year, as evidenced by the few seconds of new music previewed in the trailer below, for the band's eponymous release due September 9 on Touch and Go. The label has just released the song titles and album cover (oooh, fall colors!), but this trailer's ... More >>

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    May 7, 2008

    Sing Along With Us, Jason Castro: "In the Jingle Jangle Morning ..."

    Haven't seen much, by which I mean any, American Idol this season, despite the presence of Rockwall's dreadlocked wonder, Jason Castro. But, really, we'd be remiss this a.m. if we didn't include his rendition of Bob Dylan's "Mr. Tambourine Man," which he performed last night a little too much like R ... More >>

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    April 29, 2008

    Pizza Hut Park is Very Versatile

    I'm gonna invite Josh Howard over to watch, on a loop, this FC Dallas-provided video of Pizza Hut Park as it goes from soccer venue to hosting Jimmy Buffett and Edgefest within a four-day period, all whittled down to 110 triumphantly scored time-lapsed seconds. --Robert Wilonsky

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    April 22, 2008

    At Least We'll Know Where to Deposit Those Leftover Singles

    Incidentally, those wondering what will replace the Fare East, formerly on Greenville Avenue and Milton Street, need wonder no more. The city's Office of Economic Development kindly dug through its records for us this a.m. and found a permit for new construction for ... you guessed it, no fair ... " ... More >>

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    April 15, 2008

    Two-Face: Or, Why I Should Really Stop Waking and Baking

    Because this NBA Playoffs promo, featuring Steve Nash and Jason Kidd, is freaking me out, man. --Robert Wilonsky

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    March 24, 2008
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    March 20, 2008

    Man, That Parade Was Awesome

    Because it's never too late for, um, art. The above photo comes, of course, from Saturday's Greenville Ave. St. Patrick's Day Parade, and it's courtesy council member Angela Hunt -- who has plenty more just like it available on her blog. --Robert Wilonsky

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