It's so cold. It's so cold outside. What might keep your mind off of the frigid temperatures, however, is some live music. Sturgill Simpson and Willie Nelson are coming through to Club Dada and WinStar, respectively, in an attempt to keep country alive. The Black Keys are apparently big enough to pl ... More >>
Dallas music fans, you are in your prime this week. Before we undoubtedly hit a late fall lull, there's a smattering of great live music coming through our glorious city. The Pizza Underground, the Macaulay Culkin fronted pseudo cover band that turns The Velvet Underground songs into ballads on the ... More >>
It's Drinking Week at City of Ate, which means even more stories than usual about our favorite pastime. Check back for more stories about craft beer, killer bartenders and more. Mustachioed, bowtie-and-fedora-wearing Newsies extras shaking out cocktails is so last year: This is the year of the "lad ... More >>
On Saturday at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, George Strait will ride away into the sunset as he concludes his long-running touring career. Though he will keep recording and will occasionaly play the one-off gig, the days of taking another Strait show for granted appear to be over. Before frat boys sta ... More >>
After being praised for their barbecue prowess by what seems like every publication in Texas, Pecan Lodge owners Justin and Diane Fourton decided that it was time to stretch their legs and start serving their loyal fans in a bigger space. On May 12, the Fourtons served up the last plates of Pecan Lo ... More >>
You can buy anything with Bitcoin (pictured above) these days: A sandwich; art; insurance. And, until yesterday, at least, you could also buy shares in Texas oil wells. The oil well shares were offered by a Southlake company called Balanced Energy, which, according to its website, is currently offe ... More >>
Will anti-evolutionists be able to adapt and survive in a new textbook market?
On New Year's Eve, a state judge ruled that Texas can keep Planned Parenthood out of its new, state-run Women's Health Program. On January 1, that program began; it'll continue to be Planned Parenthood-less until at least January 11, when the next hearing in the case will be held, and possibly forev ... More >>
The GrandMothers of Invention, The Tidbits The Kessler Theater Tuesday, August 14 Tuesday night, a storm brought much-needed rain to the Metromess, and a van brought the GrandMothers of Invention to the Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff for two sets of impeccably-performed music from the Frank Zappa can ... More >>
Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.
We're about to see a sudden void in daily show lists, so, from here on out, each and every Monday through Thursday, I'll do my best to point the readers of DC9 in the right musical direction for each particular evening.Hurray, it's finally hump day! And the musical offerings tonight have a very m ... More >>
Some of the very generic imagery featured on Alan Todd May's company's Web siteAlan Todd May spent the better part of 1983 to 2002 in and out of prison, having been arrested for such things as credit card abuse, check fraud, theft ... well, you name the hustle, he hustled it. There were 14 convic ... More >>
A couple of weeks back we learned that United League Baseball would be setting up shop on the shores of the Trinity River, in the very same 60-acre spot where Irving-based JPI abandoned its own ambitious plans. So happens that at 3:30 p.m. today, ULB co-founders John Bryant and Byron Pierce are meet ... More >>
Whether you're at the end of your rope or merely the end of your week, welcome to Whitt's End: *At the risk of ruffling more Ticket feathers, the station treated one of its first-time, long-timers like shit rudely during its recent gaggle of 15th anniversary celebrations. The way I remember it, Mark ... More >>
I interrupt my usual smart-ass sports snarkiness for a serious item: Just a little over a week ago Megan Cherry was a talented teenager with a world of promise. She was a star soccer player for her Dallas Texans club team and Allen High School, with a scholarship awaiting at Iowa State Universi ... More >>
Seven months have passed since the polygamist raid in Eldorado, but for one mainstream Mormon, the effects linger
One mother's crusade to better the life of her mentally retarded son and the system that failed him
NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect entering a courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. In Texas they go in with guns, seize evidence and ask questions later. In Utah, they go in with the accountants. That’s one way to describe the two very different approaches Utah and Texas have taken to deal ... More >>
NEWSCOM Women from the FLDS sect troop into the courthouse in San Angelo earlier this week. When I was down in San Angelo this week covering this story, which appears in this week's paper version of Unfair Park, lawyers representing members of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day ... More >>
Lawyers in the FLDS case complain of state's one-size-fits-all approach
It would be no surprise if you have yet to read this, since for some reason The Dallas Morning News is ignoring it, but it now appears the phone call that sparked the raid on the polygamist compound in Eldorado may have been a hoax. As ABC News reported yesterday on its Web site, the phone call may ... More >>
The Yearning for Zion Ranch just outside Eldorado In San Angelo this morning, under cloudy skies, dozens of polygamist parents are filing into court to argue for custody of their children. At the center of the storm is 51st District Judge Barbara Walther, who is presiding over the largest child cust ... More >>
On Monday, a book that’s sure to be great bedtime reading for statisticians everywhere clunked into bookstores. Weighing in at 864 pages and 3.3 pounds, it’s the 2007 edition of Cities Ranked & Rated: More than 400 Metropolitan Areas Evaluated in the U.S. and Canada by Burt Sperling and Peter Sa ... More >>
If so, you'll be delighted to know something called the Intense Football League is coming to Dallas. Well, actually, like everything else, it's coming to Frisco. I don't know a lot about this little venture, but I'm guessing it's a semi-pro, indoor and X-tremely watered-down version of the old XFL ... More >>
This cowgirl has a need... a need for speed (but not too fast)
In 2000, The Dallas Morning News ran an op-ed that pimped out the locally based Corrections Concepts Inc., which was trying to get off the ground by selling faith-based prisons to states. According to the piece, written by a professor of economics at Texas A&M University who happened to be an unpaid ... More >>
Grammy noms, Denton cares and Deedle's last dance
The Nodding Dog Coffee Co.
Elmer Kelton is likely the best Texas author you've never heard of
Bells will be ringing as a new pro-marriage, anti-poverty plan takes root in Texas
Lewis MacAdams comes home for WordSpace
When a Garland nursing center started to slip, a group of concerned sons and daughters decided to do something about it. The management had other ideas.
Eleven Hundred Springs is right at home among Willie, Waylon and the boys
Dallas' T.J. Cloutier may be the best tournament poker player in the world--even though he's never won the "big one." You can bet on it.
Bare breasts, a bowl of red, and bad blood among the chili brethren in the Big Bend. Texas doesn't get any better.
A West Texas divorce case could soon change the nation's gun laws
Carlton Stowers goes in search of the dark muse that inspired pulp-fiction legend Robert E. Howard, the West Texas recluse who created Conan the Barbarian
Fearless reformer or legal terrorist? Bobby Wightman-Cervantes makes a run for the Senate. The Texas Bar says he should have his head examined.
Despite shoddy science, bad economics, and catastrophic health risks, a West Texas border community may become the nation's nuclear dumping ground
U.S. Attorney Paul Coggins loves feeding his name to the papers. But what's he done that's news?
Diamond broker Bryan Wilson Taylor is so smooth, people say he can charm the horns off a billy goat. If he tries to sell you anything, run.
Liquor and lawsuits keep flowing at the legendary Crystal Chandelier