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  • Blogs

    May 14, 2014

    Morrissey to Reportedly Dress Band in "Meat is Murder" T-shirts for Dallas Concert

    In case you didn't hear about it, Morrissey got tackled last week. During his own concert. By some of his own fans. Talk about a tough break. Granted, as far as we can tell, there was no ill intent in the mass attack unleashed on our fair Moz. Then again, the former Smiths frontman, foie gras hater ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 5, 2014

    A.C. Gonzalez' $400,000 Salary Makes Him the Highest-Paid City Manager in the Country

    The Dallas City Council sealed the deal today with newly minted City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, approving his employment contract. The main thing you need to know about the deal is that it's a big one: $400,000 per year in base salary, plus benefits not enumerated in City Attorney Warren Ernst's brief ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Tape Mastah Steph on Cassette Mixing and What He's Learned from California and Texas

    Nevermind turntables. Stephan Gaulon, aka "Tape Mastah Steph" likes to mix with cassettes. Born in France and imported from the San Francisco area in the early 2000's, we briefly spoke to Tape Mastah Steph in December while gathering a year-end salute to some of our loved lost locals (Tape was clos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2014

    Meet The Vliets, a Dallas-Affiliated Band That Calls The Internet Their Hometown

    The Vliets (Pronounced Vleets) describe themselves as 'experimental rock' , which seems an accurate enough description if you're a fan of understatement. If their name offers any indication, it's an homage to Don Van Vliet, the experimental musician better known as Captain Beefheart, a longtime col ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 22, 2013

    A New Study Says It's Harder to Get Ahead in Dallas than in Most of America

    The New York Times opens its sweeping, front-of-the-webpage piece on upward mobility in America with an anecdote about Stacey Calvin, a woman in Atlanta who spends hours each day on buses and trains commuting to and from her part-time job at a daycare center, barely making it home on time to greet h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 24, 2013

    Doing Drugs at a Music Festival? Here's Some Legal Advice on Handling the Police

    Hate to say it, but some of you at Austin Psych Fest (which starts Friday!) are going to be approached by police officers assuming you have drugs. Well, you just may, but guess what? You still have rights, man. Cameron Bowman is here to help! As a music festival lover and attorney at San Jose firm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 26, 2013

    Dallas is Adding More Good Jobs than Anywhere Else

    Five months ago, Dallas didn't even register on Forbes rundown of U.S. metro areas with the rosiest employment prospects, losing out to San Jose and Austin but also to Birmingham, Charleston, and Lakeland, Florida. That was a prediction based on a survey of employers' hiring predictions. Now that t ... More >>

  • Music

    May 3, 2012
  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    A Brief Conversation With Screaming Females' Marissa Paternoster

    The first time I saw Screaming Females was 2009 at The Parlor in Austin, a small, narrow pizza place that sends gusts of warm pizza dough wind into the venue every time the oven is opened. Within five minutes of their set, guitarist and singer Marissa Paternoster ripped into her first solo. Her fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2012

    Clearly, Mary Suhm's In No Rush To Find a Library Chief, as She Names Another Interim

    Kris Sweckard​Received a note earlier in the day that on Tuesday, Mayor Mike, Comerica CEO Ralph Babb, Serita Ann Jakes (Mrs. T.D. to you) and a host of city council members are meeting at the North Oak Cliff Library Branch for "a major announcement" that will involve the "unveiling of [an] e-book ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 29, 2011

    "Eater X" Dominates Again at the Lewisville's Tamale Eating Championship

    ​Behind the counter of every Taco Bell, there's a slew of people who fancy themselves champions of food, but once a year in Lewisville, the real champions arrive, ready to relieve suburban Dallas of its tamale population. Last Saturday was yet another such occasion, with a healthy roster of new T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2011

    Ed-die's Bet-ter ... Clap-Clap-CLAPCLAPCLAP!

    We've seen the Rangers in the World Series and the Mavs win the NBA Finals, and on Tuesday I was reminded just how great a Stanley Cup run can be when former Stars' goalie Ed Belfour and current GM Joe Nieuwendyk were elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame. They'll officially be in ... More >>

  • Music

    March 3, 2011
  • Blogs

    September 22, 2010

    Transpo Report Says 34 Percent of Dallas, Fort Worth Roads Are "Poor." Could Be Worse?

    ​Many thanks to the Friend of Unfair Park who forwarded along this just-released report from TRIP, a D.C.-based transportation research group: Hold the Wheel Steady: America's Roughest Rides and Strategies to Make our Roads Smoother. Says the study, which paints a grim picture of the bumpy road ah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 26, 2010

    Dallas, a Top-Five Exportin' Town

    ​This morning Pilgrim's Pride announced it'll be exporting chicken to Russia (my favorite Ramones bootleg, incidentally) from its Dallas plant -- good timing too, given that the Brookings Institution just released a report stressing the need for export growth in order to "boost competitiveness." T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    At WinStar's Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Qualifier This Weekend, Crazy Legs Conti is the Man To Beat

    Patrick MichelsCrazy Legs Conti in 2007 at a blueberry pie eating contest in Brownsville, Ore. Competitive eating is a hard-hearted mistress, courted by many but gracing few with even a moment of her fickle affection. Most who enter a contest never do so again, and even those who do usually manage ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 1, 2010

    A Few Questions For the Out-of-Towners Wanting to Replace DPD Chief Kunkle

    Daniel RodrigueThe six DPD chief finalists meeting with city officials last night​Last night, the city of Dallas held a reception and dinner at the Trinity River Audubon Center where the six candidates to replace outgoing Dallas Police Chief David Kunkle underwent what City Manager Mary Suhm refer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Gig Alert: Tommy Castro Tonight at The Granada

    ​Tonight's already got a pretty full plate of musical offerings with Megadeath at The Palladium, Metric at Gilley's and The Whigs at the Loft. Hell, one could attend all of those without walking 100 yards. But for those who's tastes are more traditional, bluesman Tommy Castro makes a stop at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2009

    7-Eleven vs Barefoot: War Of The Wines

    Alex Flores​Yesterday it came to our attention that 7-Eleven planned to introduce their own wine brand, priced at a Thunderbird-like $3.99 a bottle--that's right, $3.99 for .75 of Chardonnay or Cabernet Sauvignon in glass with a real artificial cork. No screw-tops for wine this fancy.They call the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2009

    American Baseball, the European Way

    ​Even if European soccer owner Tom Hicks convinced Major League Baseball to inject the same screwy tables that govern soccer into America's pasttime your Texas Rangers wouldn't be a playoff team. But, alas, they wouldn't be relegated, either. If baseball were run according to European soccer ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2009

    This Weekend, Twilight Superfans Make Downtown Dallas Their Playground

    Patrick MichelsTwo Twilight fans and a cardboard Robert Pattinson get all PG-13 at the Sheraton.​Twicon 2009 is in full effect downtown at the Sheraton Hotel, where organizers say 3,000 fans have registered for the weekend's celebration of all things Twilight -- or even, "Twilight-inspired." Here' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Asphalt Barriers

    Recently there appeared on the pages of a discussion of the city's confined culinary geography. Some people, as you all know, rarely deign to travel outside the loop because enough exists within the circular strip of asphalt to satisfy their needs. Quite a few, however, go a little fu ... More >>

  • News

    December 25, 2008
  • Blogs

    August 18, 2008

    Homework's for Suckers

    Joanne Jacobs is a former education-beat reporter at the San Jose Mercury News who left the paper to write the 2005 book Our School: The Inspiring Story of Two Teachers, One Big Idea, and the School That Beat the Odds, about a charter school in San Jose hellbent on educating kids, most of whom are H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2008

    'Member Those Stephenville UFOs? Friends of the President, Just Maybe.

    Turns out all your fears were correct -- if you're among those who believe George W. Bush to be deadly alien spawn or a pod person sent here to blend in and destroy the country from within the comfy confines of the Oval Office. In advance of the Mutual UFO Network Symposium in San Jose next week -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 24, 2008

    The DFW is High on High-Tech

    Is the DFW a "cybercity?" Damn right: No. 5 in the whole U.S.A., according to AeA, which is only "the nation’s largest technology trade association representing all segments of the high-tech industry." Today, AeA released a report titled Cybercities 2008: An Overview of the High-Technology Indust ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2008

    Stars Win ... Yawn ... Stars Win!

    In case you missed the end of Stars-Starks Game 6 (and 7 and part of 8) -- only because the end came long after yesterday turned into today, 'round 1:24 in the a. m. -- here's the conclusion, which sends Dallas to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 2000. Incidentally, Richie post ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2008

    How Sweep It ... Isn't

    Sorry, Stars fans. Put 'em away. Admit it, you got greedy. The Cowboys lose in the first round and the Mavs puke in the playoffs three years in a row and the Rangers remain the Rangers. So, naturally – finally -- when your Dallas Stars took a 3-0 series lead and 1-0 edge in last night’s Gam ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    October 18, 2007
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    November 13, 2006

    Malas Noticias

    We mentioned it last month, and the Los Angeles Times repeats it once more today: If you get your local news from Telemundo, well, chances are it ain't really local. Nope--it'll come straight outta Fort Worth. That's because NBC Universal, Telemundo's parent company, is cutting $750 million from its ... More >>

  • Dining

    November 9, 2006

    Alley Fat

    This grill requires a high-cholesterol billfold

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2006

    They Am Smart

    The Atlantic has a story (subscription required) this month on how "America's educated elite is clustering in a few cities—and leaving the rest of the country behind." Basically, college graduates are increasingly moving to "superstar cities" (places like Seattle, New York and San Francisco) a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 5, 2006

    We Never Say "Told Ya So." Never.

    From the Associated Press today: "During the spring protests that brought hundreds of thousands to the streets, Hispanic immigrants chanted a promise and a threat to politicians: 'Today We March, Tomorrow We Vote.' So far, however, there is no indication that such a potent political legacy is dev ... More >>

  • Music

    June 8, 2006

    The Beatdown

    DJ Iz: The house jock who took the long way home

  • Blogs

    May 10, 2006

    The Texas Tornadoes

    Went to my 9-year-old son's baseball game in McKinney last night and came away with two revelations: We really shouldn't name our sports teams after natural disasters, and people, even coaches, are stupid. You've heard all the uproar and NCAA mandates that universities no longer use "Indians" or va ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    NASCAR: A Yankee Pastime

    On Sunday The Dallas Morning News ran a piece reiterating the myth that NASCAR was once a regional--specifically southeastern--sport that has suddenly expanded into the major urban markets. Strangely, even NASCAR officials adhere to this and other myths (such as the disregard for non-southern drive ... More >>

  • Music

    July 21, 2005

    Odds & Ends

    Radiant goes Over There, Ward Richmond goes to jail and every band in Dallas gets put on hold

  • News

    May 13, 2004

    Ted's Last Adventure?

    How long will Benavides hold on?

  • Music

    July 17, 2003
  • Dining

    January 9, 2003

    Indo Hip

    Chef opening Indian restaurant in Addison

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Best Dallas Star

    Marty Turco

  • News

    November 29, 2001

    The Thing That Ate Downtown

    Downtowns real estate barons are terrified that Perot-Hicks slick Victory project could wreak havoc on their own tax-funded plans to fix the citys core

  • News

    September 6, 2001

    Long Gone

    Do more words make a story better? No. Unless they're my words, of course.

  • Culture

    April 12, 2001

    Crunch Time

    Admit it. You were worried about the Stars. And now you're not.

  • Dining

    March 22, 2001

    The Color of Money

    Does restaurant service differ because of race? Depends on whom you ask.

  • Music

    September 30, 1999

    Absolute Smash

    Or: Sometimes, writing A Hit Single is as easy as it looks

  • Music

    November 26, 1998

    A mighty roar

    Los Tigres del Norte have become legends by singing the immigrant's song

  • Culture

    April 2, 1998

    Senor baseball

    Luis Mayoral's job with the Rangers isn't all brown and white

  • Dining

    April 2, 1998

    Grand hotel

    The Adolphus' French Room offers courses in dining elegance

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