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  • Blogs

    August 20, 2014

    A New Way to Sneak Pot Into Music Festivals

    By Amanda Lewis One challenge of music festivals is figuring out how to sneak some pot inside, even while wearing as little clothing as possible. Is there really a good way to do it without sticking it up somewhere really uncomfortable? Enter the Secret Smoker Bracelet, a colorful hemp-braided wris ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2014

    The Best Post-Pool Meals in Dallas

    During summer in Dallas, going swimming is practically the only way to survive. The lukewarm waters of pools both public and private provide respite from the scorching temperatures, and are even nicer on days like today, when Mother Nature has once again decided to bless us with reasonable temperatu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 14, 2014

    Summerland Tour at South Side Ballroom, 7/11/14

    Summerland Tour WIth Everclear, Soul Asylum, Eve 6 and Spacehog South Side Ballroom, Dallas Friday, July 11, 2014 The 1990s and early 2000s weren't exactly the golden years of rock music, but that doesn't mean that there wasn't plenty of it. As bands like Nirvana and Soundgarden and Hole set out to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 3, 2014

    Lark in the Park's Chefs on Dallas' Lackluster Farmers Markets and Downtown's Evolution

    It seems as if Dallas is quickly becoming a destination for chefs that hail from California. Several well-reviewed kitchens across the city, including Gemma and Victor Tangos, are helmed by chefs who honed their skills in Napa, Los Angeles, and Santa Monica. Chefs Melody Bishop and Dennis Kelley of ... More >>

  • Music

    November 24, 2011
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    October 27, 2011
  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    Johnette Napolitano Recalls Her Band's First Gig, Before They Were Ever Concrete Blonde

    Johnette Napolitano​Johnette Napolitano leads Concrete Blonde back to Dallas later this week for a Friday night gig at the Granada Theater that will no doubt stand as one of the best shows in town. With only a string of shows slated -- three in Texas and all around Halloween time, no less -- Napol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 28, 2011

    Police Officers Flock to Dallas to Learn How to Tweet Like Professionals (#thisisahashtagguys)

    ​If you're planning on doing anything illegal in the next three days (not that you would), may we suggest keeping well away from the Aloft Hotel on Young Street? That place is crawling with cops. This morning marked the start of the SMILE Conference -- Social Media Internet Law Enforcement -- whic ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 22, 2011
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2011

    Tally Hall's Rob Cantor Estimates That His Band's Cult Following Counts 200 Billion Fans

    Tally Hall​Michigan's Tally Hall has been together for over a decade, yet has only released two proper, full-length efforts. That's because, like many bands, Tally Hall has been plagued by the major label blues.Seems the folks at Atlantic Records were happy to sign and record the band, just not to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    T Bone Burnett To Be Honored By The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy In Ramp-Up To 2011 Grammy Awards

    T Bone Burnett​The Producers & Engineers Wing of the Recording Academy swears it's kind of a big deal, having created a "best practices guideline" and leading various charges, etc., since forming 10 years ago. OK, whatever. Doesn't really matter.Because, if nothing else, what it's doing in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 29, 2010

    Lion-Serving Restaurateur is King of the Bungle

    What kind of fool offers to serve Americans lion burgers? Bet he resembles this extinct species.​Food lovers, many of whom aren't inclined to get worked up about disallowed goals, have saved their World Cup-related outrage for an act of culinary one-upmanship that unfolded last week in Arizona ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 2, 2010

    Is Another TV Show About to Start Shooting in Dallas? Right Now, No One's Saying. Officially.

    ​Rumor 'round town is that another TV show's setting up production offices in Dallas -- this one, from the man responsible for everything from Armageddon and Top Gun to the C.S.I. franchise, among his myriad hit teevee shows. And, yes, that's one Jerry Bruckheinmer, the man who once told me he mak ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2010

    Gig Alert: Everclear at The House of Blues Tonight

    Wrong everclear?​Way back in 1995, Everclear's "Santa Monica" (off the album Sparkle and Fade) was one of the best songs on the radio. And, although often unfairly accused of being Nirvana-lite, Art Alexakis and his revolving cast of backup musicians were capable of channeling a lot more than grun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 29, 2009

    Roy G. and The Biv Chats with LP33.TV

    LP33.tv, a music site out of Santa Monica, California, recently interviewed the sometimes Denton-based electro-pop duo Roy G. and the Biv for a short featurette about the band's jazz background, pop sensibilities and the "pretty solid" grasp the duo has of its futuristic, uh, future. Check it out in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2008
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    July 7, 2008

    Attention, All Shoppers, It's Cancellation Day at The Last Mall

    Spencer Campbell Last week, when Dillard's announced it was shuttering its Valley View Center location by the end of August, Intern Spencer went over with his camera to shoot the other vacant storefronts in the once-popular mall at the intersection of LBJ Freeway and Preston Road, formerly the sit ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2008

    Review: Cafe R&D

    Café R&D serves up pretty, tasty dishes, but where's the meow mix?

  • Film

    March 20, 2008

    Not Taylor-Made

    Owen Wilson's a bad fit for an ass-kicking bodyguard

  • Blogs

    January 8, 2008

    The Museum of Nature's Mayne Man

    As promised, the Museum of Nature & Science today announced the architect who will build the $155-million facility at the northwest corner of Woodall Rodgers Freeway and N. Field Street -- and it's none other than "the bad boy and angry young man of Los Angeles architecture" hisself: Pritzker Prize- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2008

    Who's Building the New Museum of Nature & Science? Find Out Tuesday.

    Personally, I'm rooting for Snøhetta to get the museum gig -- if only because it designed this building, which is scheduled for construction in the United Arab Emirates. It seems ... I dunno ... very Dallas. This just in: At 2 p.m Tuesday at the Victory Park Sales Center, reps from the Museum of Na ... More >>

  • Film

    November 15, 2007
  • Music

    October 25, 2007

    Satan's Playlist

    Never fear—we've got your Halloween mixtape here

  • Blogs

    September 12, 2007

    Free Movie, Free Wine -- Outside Too!

    I dunno, but this sounds like a pretty good deal: a free movie under the stars, with gratis cocktails provided by a winemaker eager for good press to go along with the good buzz. If you've no plans tomorrow night, Arts Fighting Cancer and Castello di Gabbiano Winery are hosting a "Lone Star Drive In ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2007

    Because No One's Complained About This Subject in a Few Weeks

    A few weeks ago, backstage at the Granada Theater during the Dallas Observer Muic Awards, I mentioned to Paul Slavens how much I love his Sunday-night show on KERA-FM (90.1). Then I spent the next 20 minutes bitching about how it's such a damned shame that KERA doesn't play music except during those ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2006

    So Very Beck-cellent!

    This is either a pic of Beck of Police guitarist Andy Summers. One of them was in town last night. If the last-minute, sold-out "Beck Jam" at Gypsy Tea Room last night proved anything, it's that Scientologists know how to party. (But only within reason: A female roadie pulled double duty as a bodyg ... More >>

  • Music

    October 26, 2006
  • Blogs

    August 4, 2006

    Adios, Entravision

    Five local radio stations--four on the FM side of the dial, one from the AM--are being sold after their parent company went and lost $168 million in a single quarter. Yesterday, Santa Monica, California-based Spanish-language broadcasting giant (though now, not so much) Entravision Communications Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2006

    Land Banks

    Preservation Dallas is in the middle of its Summer Preservation Institute, described on its Web site as "professional adult education classes that offer various introductions to local preservation issues and history." Courses are $20 each, except for the two—day professional courses, which run ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2006

    Syriana II: Bee County

    Ever hear the saying "As Bee County goes, so goes America?" No? Me neither. But on Wednesday, the commissioner's court of Bee County, located around two hours south of Austin, passed a resolution urging their 33,000 residents to boycott ExxonMobil "until gasoline prices have been reducted to at leas ... More >>

  • News

    February 2, 2006

    Wize Guys

    Here's your chance to get rich quick -- or lose your shirt, in which case, GlobalTec disavows all responsibility for, well, anything

  • Calendar

    December 8, 2005

    Avant-Garde Gigolos

    Art Prostitute makes a Move to the big city

  • Music

    December 8, 2005

    Buzz in the Biz

    See the cover of Business Week? That's local promoter Aden Holt's face square in the middle--and for good reason.

  • Music

    October 13, 2005

    Various Artists

    Sounds Eclectico (Nacional)

  • Culture

    June 9, 2005

    The Nanny Diarios

    At WaterTower Theatre, Living Out shines; The Nerd's life of leisure suits the Pocket

  • Film

    August 5, 2004

    Wet Kisses

    Riding Giants gushes over the legends of "big wave" surfing

  • Film

    October 23, 2003

    Five Golden Reels

    The Deep Ellum Film Festival grows up--nicely

  • Music

    October 3, 2002

    Various Artists

    Sounds Eclectic Too (Palm Pictures)

  • Culture

    May 2, 2002

    Skate or Die

    In the 1970s, the Z-Boys were hell on wheels. Today, they're shredding the big screen.

  • News

    February 28, 2002

    Boom

    Plus: She's a Keepie, The Fix Is In, Kill Us With Crap

  • Music

    November 1, 2001

    Industrial Evolution

    The record industry crippled Napster with litigation. But has it made things worse for itself?

  • Culture

    September 6, 2001

    California Dreaming

    Los Angeles artists bring their defiantly difficult work to Dallas

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Oswald's folly

    The city wants us to spend millions for a buddy-buddy deal at the Texas Theater

  • Calendar

    March 18, 1999
  • Music

    October 1, 1998

    The oldest story in the world

    Fourteen years after breaking up, the Plimsouls return with a new record and an old sound

  • Music

    November 20, 1997
  • Music

    June 26, 1997

    Born again

    Rickie Lee Jones leaves Chuck E. behind and looks toward tentative tomorrows

  • Music

    September 5, 1996

    Born again

    Sam Phillips might be pop music's savior

  • Music

    June 6, 1996
  • News

    November 17, 1994
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