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  • Blogs

    March 21, 2014

    Adventures in a Car-Free Dallas: Which Transportation Alternative Is Right for You?

    Don't have a car but the bus isn't your style? As part of our look at car-free Dallas living, Amy Silverstein weighs the pros and cons of other ways to get there from here. Taxi Pro: Even if you're partying in a sketchy part of town, calling Yellow Cab guarantees that the operator will say, "We'll ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Best Music Photographers in North Texas -- Kevin Buchanan

    Earlier, we introduced you to our 12 favorite music photographers in North Texas. We got more than 50 nominations, and our team of expert judges narrowed it down to these 12. Over the next two weeks, we'll be introducing you to each of the finalists in turn by having them share five of their favorit ... More >>

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    March 11, 2014

    The Cowboys Just Released Demarcus Ware

    Demarcus Ware, seven-time Pro-Bowler, the Cowboys' all-time sacks leader and all-around beast, will wear the blue star no longer. The Fort Worth Star-Telegram's Clarence Hill Jr. reports that Dallas released Ware today. Ware has been a Cowboy since they drafted him with the 11th pick in 2005, a rar ... More >>

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    March 4, 2014

    Six of Dallas' Best Bowls of Soup for Shaking Off the Thundersleet

    According to my entire Facebook feed and Pete Delkus, it's really effing cold outside in Dallas right now. I cannot confirm this as fact because I am not leaving my house until Mother Nature gets her shit together and returns us to those beautiful 75-degree temperatures she teased us with this weeke ... More >>

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    February 21, 2014

    The First Annual Brunchies: Dallas' Best Brunch Awards

    Brunch! That beautiful tradition of carbs and meats and caffeine and booze. And yes, we talk about it quite often. Had enough yet? Of course not! Because guess what? There's another weekend coming up at the end of this very week! And if weekends are just good for one thing, it's sleeping in. But if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2014

    Help Fort Worth Police Catch This Terrible Bank Robber

    Pro tip: When planning a bank heist, it's best to eliminate or conceal any distinguishing features that might help cops identify you later. Exhibit A is this Fort Worth bank robber's grotesque salt-and-pepper facial hair. Yes, the powder blue sweats are suitably nondescript, and the beanie-over-the ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014

    How This Will Destroy You Built a Four-Continent Fan Base

    Sort of, kind of a local band, This Will Destroy You tour so incessantly that it's hard to determine where these guys are from. Two band members live in Austin, one is in Waxahachie and one hails from Dallas. Wherever they are from, This Will Destroy You has never had any trouble living up to the na ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 25, 2013

    Mario Batali Deep Fried by Fans after Supporting a Texas Pro-Choice Group

    Last week Sarah Silverman and Lizz Winstead hosted a telethon called "Clear Eyes, Full Hearts, Can Choose," a fund raiser for a variety of Lady Parts Justice, a Texas-based pro-choice organization that promoted the event under the Twitter handle @TXWomenForever. During the telethon chef Mario Batali ... More >>

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    November 11, 2013

    Dallas' USP Labs is Recalling a Bodybuilding Supplement Linked to Hepatitis Outbreak

    At this point, it's probably wise, even if you can't bring yourself to forego shady workout supplements completely, to at least steer clear of stuff produced by Dallas-based USP Labs. Over the summer, the Food and Drug Administration forced the company to destroy $8 million worth of product containi ... More >>

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    October 30, 2013

    My Six Worst Relationships and How They Failed

    Editor's Note: Shea Serrano is an award-winning music writer and goofball who recent exploits include Bun B's Rapper Coloring and Activity Book. In his new column, he writes about his life and times. I went running the other morning. I used to run all the time. I was in shape, and had a six-pack fo ... More >>

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    October 10, 2013

    The FDA Says a Dallas-Made Bodybuilding Supplement May Be Causing Hepatitis

    Here's the good news for customers of Dallas-based USP Labs. Its dietary supplements are no longer linked to fatal heart attacks. The FDA made sure of that this summer when it made the company destroy $8 million worth of product containing dimethlyamylamine, or DMAA, a compound that had been linked ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
  • Dining

    September 19, 2013

    Haute Bar Food Is Getting Hot

    But only when the chefs in charge deliver what their menus promise.

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    September 18, 2013

    Starbucks Politely Asks Gun Owners Not to Bring Guns into its Cafes

    Earlier this year, we told you about Starbucks' stance on gun laws. The company allows customers to carry firearms in stores and cafes where local laws allow. But the stance has, in a way, backfired. Gun-ownership advocates now descend on Starbucks on regular "appreciation days," locked and loaded ... More >>

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    August 28, 2013

    Wilco's Eight Albums, Ranked From Best to Worst

    Halfway through "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart," the leadoff track on 2002's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. That's when I stopped listening to Wilco, which had been one of my favorite bands of the '90s because of their first three albums- A.M., Being There and Summerteeth, as well as the fab "Mermaid Avenu ... More >>

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    July 26, 2013

    Dallas' Five Best Sushi Restaurants

    I've destroyed a lot of sashmi in the last year, and I've come to believe that Dallas is an exceptional city for sushi eaters. While I wish there was a bit more innovation and culinary artistry -- I've not had anything here in Dallas that tops the meal I had at Uchi last summer -- the quality of the ... More >>

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    July 18, 2013
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    July 17, 2013

    FDA Makes Dallas Supplement Maker Destroy $8 Million Worth of Bodybuilding Powder

    USP Labs' Dallas headquarters doesn't actually look much like a laboratory. It's more of a nondescript warehouse in a sea of nondescript warehouses off Stemmons Freeway and Northwest Highway. That's where the company keeps its stock of its bodybuilding supplements for shipping to retailers like GNC ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 27, 2013

    The Key is The Songs, Not the Production Values

    Are you a musician? Is your group having issues? Ask Fan Landers! Critic Jessica Hopper has played in and managed bands, toured internationally, booked shows, produced records, worked as a publicist, and is the author of The Girls' Guide to Rocking, a how-to for teen ladies. She is here to help you ... More >>

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    May 22, 2013

    Christian Chavarria Educates and Inspires Young Singers

    Christian Chavarria is a talented jazz musician, and former UNT Jazz student, who has become so tireless in his trek to grow, produce and expose young artists he's had to backburner his own projects for now. Chavarria has been working under vocal coach Linda Septien (Jessica Simpson, Selena Gomez) a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2013

    How to Hit On Your Bartender

    Let's just say you've found a new watering hole and decide to pop in for a drink. The bartender is so adorable you're salivating. It seems like you have two options: A) Brazenly ask him/her out in front of God and every other drunk asshole in the place or B) quietly leave a note with your phone nu ... More >>

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    May 17, 2013

    Infighting in the Pro-Life Movement Killed a Bill to Reform End-of-Life Care

    A bill aimed to reform end-of-life care in Texas is likely to die in the state House. Although the bill made it through the Texas Senate, Representative Lois Kolkhorst, a Brenham Republican, told the Austin American-Statesman that it won't get a vote due to splits among House Republicans. Currently ... More >>