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  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    Ten Changes to the 2014 Gathering of the Juggalos After Its Move from Illinois to Ohio

    After a seven-year stint at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, the Gathering of the Juggalos moves this year to Legend Valley Campground in Thornville, Ohio.

  • Blogs

    May 8, 2014

    Quiz: Am I in a Kickass Taqueria?

    All week at City of Ate, we celebrate the magic of the taco. Check back for more interviews, essays and maybe a list or two. Or maybe four? There are many great taquerias in Dallas. There are also many taco poseurs. Weeding out the bad places from the good ones is part of the fun of taco adventurin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    Happy Easter! I Hate Peeps.

    If you've never had a Peeps, know this: It's like eating a tablespoon of sugar lovingly dusted atop a mouthful of your gramma's cellulite. Pretty sure those are the two main ingredients, just behind yellow dye number gross. This is punishment candy. It's the equivalent of getting a turd in your stoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2014

    Live Blog - Phillies 14 Rangers 10

    Hello everybody, from The Ballpark With the New Name. We're here at Rangers Opening Day, and will be documenting the thrills, the spills, and the silliness. Apologies for any mistakes - your live blogger is British, and thus totally unfit to document America's national pastime, no matter how much he ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 13, 2014
  • Film

    March 13, 2014
  • Blogs

    September 18, 2013

    Moody Fuqua on Booking Ethics and Saturday's Benefit for Carlin Stulz

    This week, LM'M turns to "most interesting name" award recipient, Moody Fuqua. Fuqua has logged plenty of time as a local musician, and talent buyer, most recently for the stage at Crown and Harp, who are getting ready to host a benefit Saturday night for one of Fuqua's inspirations in the local c ... More >>

  • Music

    August 15, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    The Observer Has a New Music Editor. You Should Say Hello.

    We were, for reasons obvious to readers of this blog, a bit depressed when music editor Audra Schroeder announced recently that she would retire as a music journalist and pursue writing about Things That Aren't Music. Today, though, a little shot of human-resources Prozac: We have a new music editor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2012

    The Victorious Burgers of Burger Week

    I can't believe burger week is coming to a close, but it had to end sometime. One can only eat so many burgers before enjoyment is lost and the cheese from one burger experience melts into another. We had six smackdowns that each pit two popular Dallas burgers against one another, and now we have ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2012

    California Wives on Vagrant Records and the Musée d'Orsay

    Chicago's California Wives, featured most recently in a commercial for Sharpie, will grace Dallas on Saturday, when they open for Stars. Jayson Kramer took some time out to share with us about being on Vagrant Records, museums and touring with Stars. Since you're on Vagrant Records, I'm curious as ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    Deep Ellum Brewing Company Has Six Packs and Tasting at Sigel's. Plus, Maybe a New Bottled Beer?

    Until last week, all of Deep Ellum Brewing Company's beer was only available on tap at bars or in kegs. But, a few months ago they scored a good deal on a bottling system and we can all now enjoy a local brew on our local couch in front of our local TV. See Also: Inside the Fermenting Mind of Drew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 3, 2012

    Gas Stations Are The New Record Stores

    Last night my wife pulled into a Racetrac gas station in South Grand Prairie. She had both of our boys with her, so she was a little nervous when a young man approached her while she filled up the gas tank.I was working elsewhere, so she thought it would be productive to visit her parents on that si ... More >>

  • Dining

    May 10, 2012

    The Fieri Effect

    Local restaurants try survive the crush of customers that follows a visit from Food Network's frosted-tip rainmaker.

  • Blogs

    February 29, 2012

    The Michelada Is The Greatest Beer Cocktail Of All Time At Work

    This weekend I celebrated my birthday at brunch. I'm not much of a bruncher, but there I was at Canne Rosso, a glass of water in hand listening to my waitress offer me a choice of mimosa, Bloody Mary or michelada. Hearing the great beer cocktail mentioned immediately brightened my morning, and I dra ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 24, 2012

    VNV Nation - Trees - 2/23/12

    VNV Nation Trees Thursday, February 23 A lanky blonde, clad in black pumps, fishnet stockings, satin booty shorts, elbow-length gloves and a red corset that didn't leave much to the imagination, stepped up to the bouncer guarding the front door of Trees last night. The young girl frowned when the b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    If Jews and Muslims Ate Milk and Honey's Falafel Pita, They'd Be Too Happy to Fight

    Each week, Justin Bitner goes hunting for DFW's most interesting sandwiches. Have a sandwich suggestion? Leave it in the comments and he'll check it out. Venue: Milk and Honey Sandwich: The Falafel Pita ($5.99) Bread: Fresh pita pulled straight from the oven Toppings: Falafel balls, Israeli sal ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 12, 2012
  • Blogs

    September 13, 2011

    Activists Call Texas's Voter ID Law Discriminatory, Plead For Feds' Help

    "I knew I should have signed that bill with my red-white-and-blue Sharpie."​Hey, maybe this will help Rick Perry shore up support with the Tea Party's Ship-Em-Out Division and his new Arizona boyfriend: Those kooky activists at the ACLU and some of their libtard friends are pleading with the D ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Daryl Johnston Opens Smiling Moose Deli

    Smiling Moose​ The MOOOOOOSE is dusting off the old cleats for one last tussle through the line. This time, however, he'll be on the other side with the plastic gloves on asking if you'd like white or wheat bread. Daryl "Moose" Johnston is now part owner of a new sandwich shop (of course he ... More >>

  • News

    September 1, 2011

    How Much of a Pendejo is Gustavo?

    And why are cholos always wearing such white shirts, shoes and socks?

  • Blogs

    July 1, 2011

    Last Night: R. Stevie Moore at Hailey's Club in Denton

    R. Stevie Moore, Tropical Ooze, Marriage Material, Hares on the MountainHailey's Club, DentonJune 30, 2011Better than: waiting in line to see Santa in the mallChild DetectiveR. Stevie Moore and Tropical Ooze​Last night at Hailey's, R. Stevie Moore really lived up to his reputation. The singe ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 30, 2011

    Cool & Hot Tacos Brings the Fire and Ice

    Delicious, trashy stand could be heaven, except that it let Alice in.

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2011

    Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow: The Ten Dudes With The Best Facial Hair In The Area Scene

    ​Seems like these days, hirsute hipsters are everywhere. At 35 Conferette, even, street vendors sold t-shirts sporting the phrase "Keep Denton Beard" beneath a photo that pretty much exactly resembles Good Records manager Chris Penn.We posted a gallery of beards after that event, but why stop ther ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2011

    Ross Perot Tops Off Perot Museum of Nature and Science With Beam Signed By Ross Perot

    Photos by Patrick MichelsH. Ross Perot puts his John Hancock on the beam before it's raised atop the museum that otherwise bears his name already.​ With two years of construction and exhibit-building left before it opens its doors in Victory Park, the Perot Museum of Nature and Science got topped ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2011

    Top 10 Mayor Tom Photos of '10

    If 2010 turns out to be Mayor Tom Leppert's last full year in office before he attempts to snag Kay Bailey Hutchison's U.S. Senate seat in the March 2012 primary, it was certainly another productive year for the workaholic. Whoever takes his place has a lot to live up to as far as appearances go -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    Eagles 30, Cowboys 27: My Top 10 Observer-ations

    ​10. DeSean Jackson is fun to watch, and so easy to hate. After his 91-yard catch-and-run touchdown he stopped at the 1 and slowly fell backward into the end zone. Where's George Teague when you need him? 9. At 4-9 the Cowboys are officially losers (for the first time since '04) and  ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2010

    With a Soggy Picnic, Celebrating the First Pieces of the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park

    Photos by Patrick MichelsThat "rain or shine" picnic was all rain, but about a hundred folks showed up to sign the first beam to be laid under the Woodall Rodgers Deck Park. (Click for a better look at the mural by Cat Lafitte.) This weekend they're laying the first of the concrete beams over Wooda ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    Beat the Retreat: Liveblogging the City Council's Tuesday Spent at the Wyly Theatre

    Andrea GrimesThis is what it looks like when Mayor Tom, standing, and the council set up shop in a performance space.​Good morning, Friends o' The Unfair Park. I'm poised alongside a couple of very handsome Dallas Morning News writers at an inadequately small Ikea work table somewhere high up in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2010

    Adair's Saloon Keeps Honky-Tonk Fans Happy

    ​Each week City of Ate will give you the lowdown on a local happy hour in Quittin' Time, with the details on why you should or shouldn't take up the featured bar or restaurant on its drink specials. Where: Adair's Saloon, 2624 Commerce St., 214-939-9900.When: Happy hour 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. every d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2009

    Girl Drink Drunk: Smoke

    The Texas Strawberry Sweet Tea and cute Sharpie menu​Dearest Smoke,On two separate occasions you have wooed me and my posse with food and drink divine. I'm not even going to get into discussing the hominy casserole for fear I'll abandon all responsibility and drive to you to eat it now. But the dr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2009

    The Block Party at the End of the Longest Cycling Event in Dallas History

    Danny FulgencioNate Lightfoot placed third in the art competition and offered up his Sharpie so others could tag his ice cream bike's cooler.​In a dark alleyway beside the Oak Cliff Bicycle Company the crowd counts down in unison: "Three ... two ... one ... GO!" And they're off: two cyclists pedal ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2009

    Radio On: KERA Announces Details of KXT

    ​Regular Unfair Park readers will already be hip to this news: In a press release sent out early this morning, KERA announced both the name (KKXT) and start-date (Monday, November 9) for the new all-music public radio station it'll be broadcasting on 91.7 FM. But, more than that, th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2009

    Veggie Girl: Sol's

    In my family, Sunday night is Dive Night. At my stepfather's insistence, we explore "dive" bars or restaurants so he has an excuse to eat queso and hamburgers and drink beer while my mother and I get picky with salads and nibble on fried pickles. Whether Sol's is actually a dive is up for debate--a ... More >>

  • Calendar

    September 25, 2008

    Total T.O.

    Learn from the master

  • Music

    July 24, 2008

    Crapping Out

    What happens when a music journalist listens to Bryan Adams' newest release, 11, on loop for 11 straight plays?

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2008

    Observer Writer Jesse Hughey Named Clubs Editor

    In case you missed his posting, Friday was Rich Lopez’s last day as the Dallas Observer’s clubs editor. Now that he is raking in the big bucks as a freelance writer and bookstore clerk, I have the formidable task of taking over for him. That means club owners, music booking agents, promoters, m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2008
  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    The Butter Queen

    Meet the Barefoot Contessa

  • Calendar

    November 29, 2007

    The Butter Queen

    Meet the Barefoot Contessa

  • Blogs

    May 14, 2007

    If Only One of Barry Bonds' Balls is Worth $1 Million...

    My dad, and most anyone who loves baseball, figures Barry Bonds' 756th home-run ball oughta be worth the few buck it runs retail -- or slightly less, since it'll be a used baseball. But the folks across the street from Unfair Park HQ, over at Heritage Auction Galleries, have already put a price on B ... More >>

  • Calendar

    May 3, 2007
  • Blogs

    April 13, 2006

    We're Here, We're Queer, We're at SMU

    Yesterday, about 60 people--students, mostly, but at least one professor--marched on the Southern Methodist University campus, protesting an editorial that appeared in The Daily Campus last week bearing the headline "Gays, the new Jews?!?" According to this piece in the SMU student newspaper, "Voice ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 9, 2006

    Still Here

    Heather Hays signs her inspiring work

  • Dining

    June 30, 2005

    Green Machine

    Forget the sushi; stick with the specials at Asian Mint

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004
  • Calendar

    July 8, 2004

    Miss Independent

    Annie Leibovitz makes a permanent mark

  • Music

    February 22, 2001

    Le Tigre

    From the Desk of Mr. Lady EP
    (Mr. Lady)

  • Music

    October 5, 2000

    Arc Arsenal

    Joan of Arc's Tim Kinsellas finally makes the straight-up rock record he's always promised. Just kidding.

  • Culture

    November 18, 1999

    For the benefit of Mr. Max

    The creator of iconographic '60s art is now an icon himself

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