Hunched over a table at a Jack in the Box, Kevin Woods doesn't look much like a cowboy. No hat, no belt buckle, no boots, not a horse in sight. Here, tucked between a cluster of warehouses and a bustling urban highway, is about as far from the open range as a Texan can be. With his plain red T-shirt ... More >>
This week's Dallas Observer is our Drinking Issue, featuring reviews, columns and 24 hours of drinking in Dallas. For the music section, we asked a few DFW musicians to share their drinking stories. Here's the first. Many artists are afflicted/blessed with some form of mood/personality disorder. W ... More >>
In Dallas and across the country, hospitals, doctors and dealers have made Medicare the nation’s sweetest crime. The feds are now trying to shutter the door.
Wait a minute, wait a minute, wait a minute. A huge idea turned up at City Hall yesterday. Huge. This is like a Blue whale beaching itself on the banks of the Trinity River. I'm afraid City Hall is going to send a crew out there and chop it into cat-food. We need to stop and take a big look at this ... More >>
Lyle Leong, the newest CowboyWith their first practice in San Antonio's Alamodome in about 48 hours, the Cowboys are scrambling to piece together a roster. The first step in that process is signing undrafted free agents, which can begin today per the post-lockout NFL rules. Who ... More >>
Via ThreadlessDon't get defensive. That's just what Dr. John W. Miller, president of Central Connecticut State University, says in the seventh-annual report America's Most Literate Cities 2010 released today. Yet again, when ranking the 75 top-population cities in the U.S., Miller looked at six " ... More >>
From Victor Toledo's PowerPointOn May 20, the City Plan Commission gave Bruce Heydarian the okee-doke to plant an enormous scrap yard on Singleton Boulevard and Pluto Street, not terribly far from the Trinity River. Only two commissioners voted against the plan, among them Michael Davis; the rest ... More >>
Another Tuesday rolls around and it's another intriguing collection of musical options. A great night to drown those baseball sorrows.
I know the Texas Rangers swept the previously mighty Boston Red Sox and we're all atwitter about the American League West division race heading into August ... September ... maybe even October? But what if baseball were governed according to, say, European football standards? You know, the top ... More >>
At the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce's annual "State of the West" luncheon yesterday, nearly 200 people filled a sunny room at the Lake West YMCA to hear about the future of West Dallas -- and, in a keynote address by Mayor Tom Leppert, still more about the convention center hotel.The mood was upb ... More >>
On Wednesday, as you're no doubt aware by now, the Dallas City Council voted to create three municipal management districts, or MMDs. They're the first in Dallas, though Houston is often invoked as proof that MMDs do wonders for development. Which is no surprise, as they're made for development -- o ... More >>
Written by a nun, Theatre Three's Trysts in Toledo dusts off an old, unconventional comedy
Technically, the 52-year-old pizzeria in Preston Royal (and, now, Plano) is called Pizza by Marco, but ever since he was a boy, my dad's called it "Marco's Pizza" -- and I've called Marco's Pizza about twice a month since I was a boy, thank you very much. So happens, though, there's actually a 30-ye ... More >>
Here's Bacsik's trading card, stamped with the wrong signature. It can be yours for the historically low, low price of $2.95. Some nine months after Mike Bacsik pitched his way into the history books by dealing Barry Bonds home run No. 756, ESPN's Gene Wojciechowski profiles the former KTCK-AM inter ... More >>
The hype factory had everyone ready to hate on Vampire Weekend before the band arrived in Austin
After serving 10 years for arson, Lyfe Jennings finds a new flame in music
On Monday, a Michigan man filed a federal discrimination suit against Dallas-based Greyhound Lines, alleging that a driver booted him off a bus because he's an...Arab. Indeed, according to 42-year-old Faroq Alfatlawi -- an Iraqi native, no less -- that's just what the driver told him: "Get away, Ara ... More >>
Officer Terry Peters knows just about every hooker in town. And they love him--because he keeps them alive.
Don Brewer keeps Grand Funk Railroad--and his ill will--going strong
Genderqueer: Straight or gay, these kids refuse to play dress-up by the rules
I coulda sworn I was there when they turned on the TV
If you don't know who the Soledad Brothers are, you should
Do the time warp at Ernie's of Dallas
The gospel truth about Christian blues pioneer Washington Phillips
Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail
Ghouls and grief along the Columbia debris trail
Amores Perros sears its characters (dogs included) to a crisp as it leads them to a kind of redemption
VH1 vice president's novel about the music business mourns an era just since passed
Bass kills and lesions on fish worry Sam Rayburn anglers. So des the state's plan to lower the lake's pollution standards.
Earl's is thin...
Tary Owens helped rescue the early roots of Texas music. Then those songs saved Owens from himself.
Elvis Costello and Burt Bacharach are not such unlikely partners