• Blogs

    June 25, 2014

    Arlington Man Who Developed Ingenious Process for Counterfeiting $100 Bills Sentenced

    Cloyd Ray Knight III had a great run. He began to perfect a process to make phony $100 bills in 2004, operating what amounted to a small print shop out of his Arlington home. Knight began by applying a layer of acrylic paint to newspaper print paper. Then he would print a simulated watermark on th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 26, 2013

    Why Kevin Russell of Shinyribs Turned His Side Project to a Full-Time Job

    Sometimes when you make an expensive purchase you take on a second job to pay for it. So when Kevin Russell of the Gourds bought his family a new car in 2007, he looked for a way to make about $500 a month on the side. Instead of throwing newspapers, Russell started Shinyribs, a solo project that pl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2012

    Chef DAT on What Dallas Needs, New Orleans and Underground Dinners

    Louisiana native David Anthony Temple (aka Chef DAT), a pioneer of sorts of for the local pop up dinner scene, has been hosting his Underground Dinners since January of 2009. He grew up cooking with his family, but honed his skills (both in terms of cooking and ingredients) while working at places l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2012

    Your New Pie Destination: Strawn's Eat Shop in Shreveport

    Strawn's Eat Shop first opened in Shreveport in 1944 as a diner serving home-style burgers, fried chicken and strawberry ice-box pie. The latter has garnered national recognition and a slew of salivating fans from far and wide. I didn't know about the pie hoopla of Shreveport until I got an email ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 2, 2012

    If Amtrak and TxDOT Can Swing It, You'll Be Able to Take Train From Dallas to Shreveport

    ​Saw that AP piece this morning about how Amtrak and the Texas Department of Transportation are looking at connecting Dallas-Fort Worth to Shreveport-Bossier City, which would involve inserting a stop at the Trinity Railway Express's CentrePort/DFW Airport station. But the piece isn't clear: Shoul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2012

    PETA Ends Meat-Eating Forever With Brave Public Make-Out Session Downtown

    Photos by Jay Barker​Let's give credit where it's due: you can't ever accuse PETA of letting cold weather, common sense or good taste ruin the opportunity for a perfectly good publicity stunt. As promised, the group returned to their favorite downtown street corner, Main and Akard, this morn ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    He Co-Designed DART's Traveling Man. Now, Brandon Oldenburg Is Up For an Oscar.

    While browsing this morning's list of Academy Award nominees, I came across one very familiar name: Brandon Oldenburg, beneath the heading Short Film (Animated). For years, of course, he was best known as one of the bright young minds behind Deep Ellum-based Reel FX. Then he became known as the man ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 13, 2012

    The Master List: The Best Things to Do in Dallas This Weekend, January 13-15

    If there's ever a zombie attack or outbreak of some mutated virus that turns most of the population into blood-thirsty cannibals, we hope we don't survive because we're not equipped to kill the undead. Plus we've learned from movies that no one usually lasts too long. Who knows how many people will ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    Going Underground for a Good Meal

    ​I had the luck to attend one of chef David Anthony Temple's Underground Dinners. Temple began his career in Louisiana and traveled around the world before settling here in Dallas, where he started working with Tom Spicer. His passion is using the best local and regional ingredients to make di ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2010

    Mark Your Calendars: The Residents To Make a Rare Appearance at The Granada Theater on February 3

    The Residents​A couple of days ago, Jesse Hughey did a great job cluing you in on all the great concerts coming to our area in the coming weeks, but if I may take a moment to point you in the direction of one he missed: Avant-garde legends The Residents are playing the Granada Theater on February ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2009

    Giveaway: Six Pairs of Tickets to Catch Fair to Midland at the Granada Theater on Saturday. Plus: A Fair to Midland Prize Pack!

    ​ With the calendar year about to turn, we're coming up on three years of Fair to Midland promising new material and not coming out with it. So when I spotted frontman Darroh Sudderth not too long ago at Trees, I asked him what was up.His response? "It's a process," he said with a shrug.Lucky for ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 10, 2009

    Year in Review: Way Down South With the Best Rap Albums of 2009

    Yeah, it stirred the Yankees to the World Series championship, but was there a more boring album this year than Jay-Z's The Blueprint 3? Perhaps it was a geographic thing; with a few exceptions like Raekwon and Kid Cudi, most of 2009's exciting, innovative rap records came from Southern artists. Sur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 26, 2009

    Video: SHO.--"Stick N Move"

    Along with live performances by Peer Pressure, Loose Cannons, Fritz Floyd and the DOMA-nominated Dem Southernfolkz, this month's Final Friday showcase at the Liquid Lounge also features SHO. SHO., born Justin Hill, is a relative newcomer to the local hip-hop scene, having moved from his native Loui ... More >>

  • News

    August 6, 2009
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    July 30, 2009

    Download: DJ A Bay Bay -- "I Stay (feat. Dorrough, Fat Pimp, Trai'D and Tum Tum)"

    ​ KKDA 104.5-FM afternoon drive-time jock DJ A Bay Bay is a pretty big deal--and not just locally, but, y'know, nationally. The former Shreveport DJ is, after all, the namesake behind the Shreveport rapper Hurricane Chris' 2007 massive 2007 single "A Bay Bay". So, there's that.Since moving to the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2009

    Would You Like to Play for Dallas's New ABA Team? No, Seriously. And, No, It's Not 1967.

    Says here that on August 22 at Mountain View College, the American Basketball Association's Dallas Generals will hold it final tryouts and a combine -- seriously, the ABA returneth? Dunno how we missed it, and I've yet to find mention made anywhere else, but at the end of May, the ABA announced that ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2009

    10 Questions: Jon Bryan

    Hell with all this 'mixologist' talk. After 16 years behind a bar, Bryan calls himself an inebriation specialist.The Grapevine's longstanding early shift bartender--he signed on in 1998--knows most people in the joint by name...or he will, if you show up again. His casual, chatty and honest style fi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2009

    Good Friday: Vance Gilbert, Whiskey Folk Ramblers, Patrice Pike, Eleven Hundred Springs, Salim Nourallah, Hendrick, John Lewis Band

    Weekend time!First, the shows we already hipped you to...Tonight, there's Marcia Ball at the Granada, Dale Watson at the Pearl Dancehall and Saloon in Fort Worth, Lou Gramm at the House of Blues, and, finally, at the Double Wide, there's a nice bill with Johnny Lloyd Rollins, Bridges & Blinking ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 5, 2008

    Whitt's End

    Welcome to my dark, dank, little out-of-the-way catch-all corner.In here every Friday  afternoon you'll find those cumbersome little pieces parts, fleeting thoughts and mind crumbs I couldn't crowbar into other posts. It's where I'll come to clear my head, and to clean out my notebooks.Whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 31, 2008

    Quincy Carter to Reunite With Bill Parcells, At Least for An Afternoon

    'Bout three months ago, seemed like former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter was danged near the luckiest dude in pro-ish football, getting the call up to the Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League. This came about a year after he'd already screwed up his gig throwing the ball for t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 30, 2008

    Beating the Bushes With Ollie Stone

    Among the myriad chuckles from yesterday's Los Angeles Times piece on the making of W, Oliver Stone's biopic concerning once and future Dallas resident George W. Bush, was this note: Major League Baseball refused to cooperate with the production. Don't know how that will effect references to the Tex ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2008

    In Case You Missed It: Two Killed At Garland's Zion Gate Recording Studio

    The Morning News and this Shreveport TV station seem to have things fairly well covered on this front, so we're not gonna add any more to the story, really, other than to point it out, in case you missed it. Here's the bare-bones basics behind the Garland's Zion Gate recording studio murders, via t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2008

    Local Percussionist Dies In Wreck

    We just received the sad news that the Dallas drumming community lost one of its spiritual leaders on June 6, when Eric “Stu” Stuer and his wife died in a single-vehicle wreck on I-49 south of Shreveport on their way home from RhythmWeb drum circle engagements in Mississippi. Stuer, 55, and his ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Quincy Carter Will Never, Ever Run Out of Chances to Throw a Football

    The Kansas City Brigade of the Arena Football League are 1-7 halfway through the season, and the schedule doesn't get much easier the rest of the way -- far as you know, anyway. Regardless, the team's woeful record no doubt explains the opening sentence of this media release: "The Kansas City Brigad ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2008

    Headline Coming Soon: Quincy Carter’s Career Goes to Pot. Again.

    If only these dudes could pass a ball. As I wrote earlier this week on Unfair Park, I’m no saint. In college I was arrested for trespassing (but, dude, she was hot and the house wasn't even finished.) I’ve been sued by DirecTV for pirating its product (now I can afford the NFL Sunday Ticket ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 7, 2008

    Gossip Girls

    See Sally Struthers in Steel Magnolias

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2007

    Quincy Carter's Career Goes to Pot, Again

    We doubt Quincy Carter's rookie card is worth as much as Tony Romo's. My old pal Jaime Aron, a longtime sports writer for the Associated Press, notes that tomorrow, Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones will turn 65 -- and, yes, expect big doings during halftime of the Cowboys-Patriots game on Sunday at ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    But What's the Resale Value?

    Say this much for Latika Monique Breed and Anicia Vonna Oretada: They worked very, very hard at being alleged criminals. The two Dallas women were arrested last week in Bossier City, Louisiana, where police say they're suspected of being part of a Dallas-based organized retail theft ring that target ... More >>

  • Summer Guide

    May 24, 2007

    Dirty Dancing With Lady Luck

    Take a trip north or east on the road to riches, maybe

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2007

    A Setback in Quincy Carter's Latest Comeback

    We just traded our Quincy Carter rookie card for a package of Ding-Dongs. Had the munchies. A month ago, Richie wrote a column for the paper version of Unfair Park about the, ahem, comeback of former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Quincy Carter, currently pitching for the Bossier-Shreveport BattleWings ... More >>

  • News

    May 3, 2007
  • News

    April 19, 2007
  • News

    April 12, 2007

    Amazing Disgrace

    Quincy Carter's fall from America's Team to Shreveport sideshow

  • Film

    February 8, 2007

    Edie Made Easy

    Queen of the Factory and '60s Beauty #1 gets the superficial biopic treatment

  • Blogs

    June 13, 2006

    It's All About Perspective

    So maybe you will see some John Travolta around Dallas after all. This morning's Dallas Morning News boasts a front page "exclusive": Dallas, the movie version of the prime-time soap, will be shot in Dallas after all. OK, not all of it--just four weeks' worth out of the three months it's expected to ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2006

    Scouting Louisiana

    If nothing else, readers of Unfair Park know the blow-by-blow backstage doings regarding the decision to film the big-screen Dallas in Dallas...or Florida or Louisiana or Uranus. So why stop now? There's a piece today in The Shreveport Times that reveals Betty Jo Lebrun-Mooring, of the Shreveport-Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2006

    Get Out the Vote

    Yesterday, Marguerite Brown took a three-hour bus ride from Dallas to Shreveport to vote early in the Orleans Parish elections. That's a big deal. What made it even bigger is that she's 85 years old. So, when you fail to show up at your neighborhood polling place on Election Day, precisely what is y ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 17, 2005

    Lion Around

    Celebrate the Year of the Rooster with Team White Leopard

  • Calendar

    March 18, 2004

    L.A. Law

    If the talk doesn't rock, then you must walk

  • News

    July 24, 2003


    More square than Rounders, our columnist finds new friends who'll take his poker money

  • News

    February 6, 2003

    Off the Hizzle

    Plus: Double D'oh, Bolly Wanna Poppadum?

  • News

    August 1, 2002

    The Ex-Con Game

    How do we deal with the staggering number of prisoners re-entering society? Ned Rollo thinks he knows. He should. He's been there.

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    The Player

    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.

  • Dining

    July 5, 2001

    Bebop Pabulum

    Sambuca has all the requirements of a jazz club

  • News

    February 1, 2001

    The Phantom Menace

    In 1946, a serial killer haunted sleepy Texarkana, stalking his victims under the cover of night. Investigators wonder if he died decades later in a Dallas rest home--or simply disappeared.

  • Music

    August 12, 1999

    Spin city

    On Edgeclub and a new compilation, DJ Merritt proves he is one of electronic music's Torchbearers

  • Dining

    October 1, 1998

    Swat it!

    Dragonfly darts with a tedious buzz

  • Music

    January 8, 1998
  • News

    April 4, 1996

    Fouled nest

    Chicken king Bo Pilgrim meets his critics on his home turf

  • Music

    January 18, 1996

    T.C.B. or T.Y.A.

    Bobby Patterson, Dallas' great unsung soul singer, gets his Second chance

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