Everybody loves to see somebody from their city or town "make it." That's more or less a subjective thing, "making it." Essentially, whenever an artist manages to get the attention of the New York and Los Angeles tastemakers, they wear this vicarious success like a badge of honor. At The Prophet Bar ... More >>
Animal breeders square off against Texas.
Becca Morrison's husband came home from Iraq and killed himself. She's "still here, and still fighting."
The director of Upstream Color on why he and Hollywood don't mix: "I'm a problem."
The feds say these people aren't in the labor force. That doesn't mean they're not working hard.
Daniel Barnes is a really nice Texas boy. He referred to me as 'mam at least 20 times during our conversation. Part of me wanted to beg him to stop, but the other part could just tell that was how he was raised. Barnes is from the small town of Menard, on the Edwards Plateau in South Texas where h ... More >>
The tradition of open-pit barbecues in Texas predates the Civil War.
Parigi's Janice Provost.This week, Three-Course Meal catches up with Janice Provost, chef/owner of Parigi Restaurant. Who are you? I'm 42. I grew up in a suburb of Houston on what my mom called Neal's Mini Farm. We had ducks, geese, chickens, rabbits, honey bees and a horse named Ginger. ... More >>
One hundred seventy-five years ago today, a convention of elected delegates meeting at Washington-on-the-Brazos and adopted the Texas Declaration of Independence, officially establishing the Republic of Texas. Sure, we're no longer an independent nation, but being a kick-ass state is just as ... More >>
The mailman delivered a most unexpected and unusual parcel today: a package from Pennsylvania-based Schiffer Books containing two of its latest releases, Famous Texas Men Paper Dolls and Famous Texas Women Paper Dolls. Both were authored and illustrated by Beaumont's Tom Tierney -- who, says the Fam ... More >>
The title of Stephen F. Austin's Translations is so long, you're really just paying per word. Looks like Heritage Auction Galleries' CEO is having a garage sale tomorrow at the Hall of State in Fair Park -- and you're invited, though you'll need a few big bucks should you want to purchase some items ... More >>
Spirit hunters like Lisa Olive prowl local historic sites, searching for haunted souls
You think Dallas City Council is nuts? Well, yeah, but look at Garland.
The June issue of Ebony magazine contains a list of the top graduating African-American high-school seniors in the country. (The link has an incomplete list, but trust me.) "This year's top seniors are remarkable examples of the talent and intellect that today's Black youths possess," claim the edit ... More >>
Heritage Auction Galleries made a fortune selling rare coins. Now it’s making a mint offering gems from America’s rich past.
For Kevin Ellis and crew, getting noticed is an uphill battle
Local filmmaker Shane Carruth won Sundance's top honor. So...now what?
Baby-faced Brett Shipp grows up--film at 10
In a school district that still sees the city in terms of black and white, Hispanics say their children are robbed of a fair share
On the Texas coast, the only thing eroding faster than the sand is the state’s Open Beaches Act
Clutch Cargo doesn't have to suck in front of its friends anymore
Walt Whitman Community School in Oak Lawn is America's first private high school for gay and lesbian students. Despite some grim personal stories, the kids are all right.
She's the toughest superintendent DISD has ever had. But Yvonne Gonzalez's administration has already developed a dangerous tendency for bulldozing the facts.