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    October 31, 2014

    Dallas' Finest Are Sporting Some Pretty Sweet Halloween Costumes

    Dirk Nowitzki as Rev from Run D.M.C. .@swish41 & friends dressed up (and rapping) like Run DMC? Yes, please! #Mavs #AllBall— (@NBAcom) October 31, 2014 Dallas Police Chief David Brown as Wyatt Earp Wyatt Earp is ready for ... More >>

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    October 2, 2014

    Ebola in Dallas: Day 3

    Newest updates will appear at the bottom of this post. Yesterday's updates can be found here: Ebola in Dallas: What We Know So Far October 2: Morning Links: Emily Mathis on the atmosphere at Texas Health Presbyterian. From Vox, "How a Dallas hospital failed to diagnose the Ebola patient" and "The ... More >>

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    September 3, 2014

    Twitter's Worst Reactions to Michael Sam Signing with the Dallas Cowboys

    Football-wise, it seems obvious by now that the Cowboys defense is destined to be so incredibly bad, they could use all the help they can get. By this point, you and I are viable candidates for the Cowboys defense, let alone Michael Sam, a man who, physical pending, will arrive on the Cowboys' pract ... More >>

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    August 22, 2014

    12 Highly Entertaining Indie Musicians To Follow On Twitter

    By Ivan Guzman Way back in 2006, I bet the founders of Twitter had no idea the social-media platform would become the force it is today. Sure, you can interact with your friends and whatnot, but perhaps the coolest, most intriguing part of Twitter is the way it makes us music lovers able to see wha ... More >>

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    August 20, 2014

    Our Favorite Rick Perry Mugshots

    Now, we're not sure if you live on the moon, under a rock, or under a rock on the moon, but you probably noticed Rick Perry handed himself in yesterday to face his indictment on felony charges for abuse of power. If you've ever heard of a thing called "Twitter," you may also have noticed that Rick h ... More >>

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    July 24, 2014

    We Talked to the Cops at the Gathering of the Juggalos

    What's different about this year's Gathering of the Juggalos in Thornville, Ohio? Well, the cops for one thing.

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    July 11, 2014

    Erykah Badu's Most Lovably Eccentric Moments

    Dallas doesn't get to call itself home to tons of living legends, but nowhere else in the world has the privilege of calling itself the home of Erykah Badu. As one of the most influential figures in modern R&B and one of the most interesting people alive, Badu is almost as famous for her antics as s ... More >>

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    March 18, 2014

    LBJ Has Been Taken By the Trafficpocalypse

    It's a shame, really, that Dallas never got to know what 635 is like without massive amounts of construction and with those groundbreaking TEXpress lanes fully operational. Alas, the freeway has fallen, overtaken by a traffic phenomenon completely unknown to science. NBC 5 producer Ashley Lowell Do ... More >>

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    March 14, 2014

    Dallas Chefs on Twitter: the Good, the Bad and the Exceptionally Weird

    Social media is a beautiful thing. Sites like Twitter and Facebook allow us to read all about our high school classmates' stupid kids, yell at politicians about gun control and tweet creepy, 140-character love notes at celebrities we like. Thanks to cooking shows like Top Chef and Chopped, chefs are ... More >>

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    February 25, 2014

    Dallas Police Want Cops to Tweet More. Oh Man, So Do We.

    The Dallas Police Department officially unveiled plans this week to encourage officers to tweet more, as part of a wider social-media strategy that includes beefing up the department's blog and Facebook page and posting more photos on Pinterest. We welcome the DPD's expanded entry into the highly c ... More >>

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    December 26, 2013

    Philadelphia is Trolling the Cowboys Incredibly Hard Right Now

    It started on Sunday in the closing minutes of the Eagles' 54-11 shellacking of the Chicago Bears when Philly fans filled Lincoln Financial Field with chants of "We want Dallas!" The taunts have only increased in scope and volume as Sunday's season-deciding Cowboys-Eagles grudge match has neared. C ... More >>

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    December 16, 2013

    The Cowboys Collapse Against Green Bay: The Top 15 Tweets

    Dallas Cowboys fans should know better by now. Whatever cheerful confidence is inspired by an impressive quarter or two of play is destined to be crushed, swiftly and without mercy. So, the team's late-game collapse Sunday afternoon to an Aaron Rodgers-less Green Bay Packers squad was less shocking ... More >>

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    December 13, 2013

    St. Vincent Tickets are On Sale Now

    By now you are aware that St. Vincent's self-titled fifth album comes out in February and that she'll play a hometown show at House of Blues Friday, March 14. Well, tickets are on sale as of this morning. I don't know if this is a situation where you need to buy them right away or they'll sell out ... More >>

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    November 25, 2013

    Watch NBC 5's Heartwarming Puppy-Rescue Story Unravel in Real-Time

    Sometimes, a journalist shows up to report on something only to discover that there's nothing to report. No story. Maybe the tipster exaggerated. Maybe the managing editor has terrible news judgment. The only thing to do is shrug one's shoulders and, if the deadline's tight, churn out a couple of in ... More >>

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    November 20, 2013

    Help! Our Drummer is An Egomaniac!

    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 s ... More >>

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    November 8, 2013

    Eli Young Band's Show at Rangers' Ballpark will Feature Some Big-Name Surprise Guests

    Eli Young Band have made it a long way from their UNT origins. Darius Rucker just announced them as support for his upcoming tour, their latest single is in the top ten on the US Country Chart and tomorrow they'll kick off what they hope will be an annual show at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington. It's ... More >>

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    October 31, 2013

    The 2013 DOMA Ceremony will Feature The Polyphonic Spree, The Cannabanoids and More

    It all comes down to this. We came up with 200 nominees for the 2013 Dallas Observer Music Awards. Over 2,000 of you have voted so far (though the polls are still open!), and this coming Tuesday, November 5, we'll announce the winners at House of Blues. The DOMA Ceremony should be a spectacle. You ... More >>

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    September 27, 2013

    The Big Question: Is Big Tex Mexican?

    Yesterday afternoon, Texas gaped as the resurrected Big Tex experienced, in the vaguely unsettling words of State Fair spokeswoman Sue Gooding, a "premature birth." Fair Park's official Twitter feed announced the successful delivery with an equally unfortunate metaphor: "Ta-daaa! Big Tex drops his r ... More >>

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    September 19, 2013

    Win VIP Passes to Breakaway Music Festival with Wu-Tang Trivia

    Here is the situation with Breakaway Music Festival, which will happen this Saturday at FC Dallas stadium: The lineup is excellent. It includes the surprisingly resilient Empire of the Sun, our Young Money hometown representative in Lil Twist and the highly majestic Explosions in the Sky, who you ma ... More >>

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    September 17, 2013

    Is Your Band Playing Too Many Shows?

    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 s ... More >>

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    July 31, 2013

    Why is Brad Paisley Giving Away Meals at Cracker Barrel? Would You Like One? Because I Don't Want Mine.

    Brad Paisley put out a new album this year, and it's a safe bet no country superstar has given its label as much of a headache as Brad (this would be Wheelhouse, the album with "Accidental Racist" on it). But hey: Angry blog posts and album sales are getting less and less correlated by the day, I'm ... More >>

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    June 21, 2013

    The Official #Raptwitter Follow Friday All Stars

    The twittersphere has been all a-flutter with Kanyemania. A lot of cultural dialogue on social media has been in the vein of his new album, new baby, or new interview. Though you're probably dying to hear more opinions regarding these topics, we've decided to widen the focus a bit on #raptwitter thi ... More >>

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    May 31, 2013

    Irving High School Recalls Yearbooks After Discovering They Call Cheerleader "Ugly Hoe"

    The news broke, as tends to happen in these cases, on Twitter. Omfg that just shows you Irving teachers don't pay any attention to not review that they changed a girl's name to UGLY HOE— Haleigh ❁ (@sleepyhaleigh) May 29, 2013 And sure enough, thumb through Irving High School's brand-new ... More >>

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    April 18, 2013

    Bands: Please Stop Annoying the Shit Out of Everyone on Social Media

    Every week Gavin will be presenting a guide to basic notions of common sense he feels are sometimes lacking from various aspects of the world of music. Also, he's British, and they're polite, right? Social media. It's pretty great for bands. They can list their gigs, share updates, and connect with ... More >>

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    March 26, 2013

    The Biggest Mistake Most Bands Are Making With Facebook

    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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    March 26, 2013

    The Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Hearing: Let's Play Some Damn Love Songs

    The Supreme Court is debating the legality of Prop 8 and possibly also DOMA by extension today. Maybe they will establish the Constitutionality of same-sex couples right here, and it seems like a foregone conclusion that even if they don't, the end of this particular discrimination is nevertheless i ... More >>

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    March 6, 2013

    What Websites Should You Use and Other Band Management Basics

    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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    January 8, 2013

    The Cowboys and Stars Had a Very Brief Twitter Feud, Then They Made Up

    Yesterday morning whoever handles the Dallas Cowboys official Twitter feed (probably Jerry Jones) let their feelings be known about the return of NHL hockey. They quickly deleted the Tweet, but not before it was captured by @D_LEED Whoops. This did not please the Stars, who responded in kind.

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    February 29, 2012

    Erykah Responds to the Malaysian Ban on Twitter, Cites Holy Mountain Director Jodorowsky

    After scrolling through Erykah Badu's Twitter feed last night, it seems the concert scheduled for today has been canceled after all. She held a press conference in Kuala Lampur earlier to address the issues that lead up to the cancellation, and beyond the bigger issue of art, religion and where th ... More >>

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    February 13, 2012

    Dirty Talk: Overheards From Sunday Brunch

    Sunday brunch is like a Serengeti watering hole where all creatures meet with a unified objective: to drink from the healing spring of bottomless mimosas. It's where we make our weekend confessions to our closest friends, ask for absolution for the previous night's sins and talk seedily while curing ... More >>

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    February 10, 2012

    What the What of the Day: Brandon Hilton's "Set Fire to the Night"

    I'd never heard of Dallas musician Brandon Hilton, but according to the email I got yesterday, he's released "over 40 tracks, two full-length albums, eight singles and seven music videos, accumulated over 4.5 million YouTube views, 150,000 MySpace fans, and 30,000 Twitter followers." Hmm, alright ... More >>

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    September 28, 2011

    Police Officers Flock to Dallas to Learn How to Tweet Like Professionals (#thisisahashtagguys)

    ​If you're planning on doing anything illegal in the next three days (not that you would), may we suggest keeping well away from the Aloft Hotel on Young Street? That place is crawling with cops. This morning marked the start of the SMILE Conference -- Social Media Internet Law Enforcement -- whic ... More >>

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    August 3, 2011

    Drought Drunk: The Bitching-About-Texas-Weather Drinking Game

    Drink in the horrible, awful hot.It's hot. People won't shut up about it. We're not quite sure why you people are cheering for the stupid hot to continue (we're looking at you, @CBS11Larry). Rather than get annoyed, here at City of Ate we think it's about damned time we made this shitty streak of un ... More >>

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    August 2, 2011

    Nine Musicians Whose Deleted Tweets We'd Love To Peruse With Undetweetable

    ​Here's the thing about musicians: Many of them are loud, messy, and opinionated. Social media has given them yet another outlet for their rantings and ravings, and we, as fans, eat it up whenever our favorite musicians go on Twitter and mouth off.  This is, tweets are deletable. Always have ... More >>

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    July 20, 2011

    Late Lunch? Early Dinner? Grab a Cheap Sammi at Schlotzky's.

    It's a sandwich, but it's round. Like, our minds are so blown right now.​Schlotzsky's is 40 already. Who knew? Boy how time flies when you're waiting for your round sourdough sandwich to toast. But, like any cat with a funny name, they're going through their midlife crises with a revamped look ... More >>

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    June 23, 2011
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    June 2, 2011

    Motley Crue, Poison, New York Dolls

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    April 26, 2011

    This Is The Scene Right Now At That Secret Foo Fighters Garage Show...

    Foo Fighters. In a garage somewhere in Dallas. Right now. As seen on Rebecca Dixon of Lovie's Twitter account.​Well, that secret Foo Fighters show? We tried like the dickens to find out where it was. No luck. Band's publicist said she had no idea herself -- just that it's somewhere in Dallas.And, ... More >>

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    March 24, 2011

    It's Finger Squid Season in Texas

    Texas shrimp boats are starting to haul in the year's first finger squid, an occasion that will go unnoticed by most eaters. But seafood dealers say the scrawny cephalopod's too tasty to ignore. A giant squid is 100 times bigger than a finger squid.​"For normal, boring calamari, it's the best ... More >>

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    February 28, 2011

    Giveaway: Follow City of Ate, Go to the North Texas Irish Festival

    ​ Hey there, we have some tickets for you. This Friday, Saturday and Sunday, the 29th North Texas Irish Festival will bring traditional Irish, Celtic rock, equestrian demos and -- of course -- the Spirit of the Celtic Horse to Fair Park on March 4-6. No word on if the equestrian demos include ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Brookhaven Was on Lockdown After Suicide Threat. But the College Sends Word: "All Clear."

    ​One of our own's presently teaching at Brookhaven College, which, for the second time in a week, is on lockdown. Last week it involved two men who'd robbed a nearby apartment complex; that was Thursday night. This afternoon's lockdown appears to be a whole different event: Reports from within the ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010
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    July 27, 2009

    Expect To Keep Seeing (And Hearing) Lots From Dorrough In The Next Week Or So...

    ​Area hip-hop product Dorrough--and subject of my column in this week's print product--is gonna be tough to avoid in the coming weeks as he prepares for his debut album's August 4 release (moved back a week from last we heard). For one, all this week, the MTV Jams Fab Five artist will see his vide ... More >>

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    June 25, 2009

    At SMU, An "Emergency on Campus"

    A Friend of Unfair Park sends this, via SMU's Twitter account:Alert: SMU Main Campus Only: There is an emergency on campus. Please shelter in the nearest building now. Do not go outside. Will update.Just checked The News site, where it notes only that "a student says a professor has told them it is ... More >>

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    June 2, 2009

    U.S. News Nods at Two UTD Professors for Taking Twitter to School

    chrisensell, via FlickrAt a little over 4,000 characters, this story from U.S. News & World Report is running our attention spans ragged -- but we think what they're doing today is throwing a national spotlight on two University of Texas at Dallas professors who've harnessed the awesome power of ... More >>

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    May 8, 2009

    Tweetin' What We're Eatin'

    These kids today... What with the Facebook and the Twitter, fail-free schooling and Red Bull with their vodka. Camille, hand us our Huxtable sweater, it's so cold and scary.But since we have this thing about keeping up with the latest and greatest (and sometimes the oldest and worst) in foodstuffs-- ... More >>

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    April 16, 2009

    Q: "Are You On Twitter?" A: "Not Till the Denton Cops Booked Me for Possession."

    Plenty of government agencies are dipping their toes into the Twitter waters these days, but when we found the Denton Police Department's Twitter page this afternoon, we knew we'd found something truly special.With automated posts for everyone booked at the jail since Sunday night, the feed comes co ... More >>

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    April 9, 2009

    All A-Twitter

    I'd tweet this item, but ... no. Instead, this trio of Twitter-related items in a single post. As in: This morning, the Chicago Tribune becomes the latest in a series of stories to reference Addison-based TweetCongress, which, go figure, follows the tweets of those in Congress -- about 110 politicia ... More >>

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    March 30, 2009

    NBA Fines Mark Cuban $25,000. Why Bother?

    The NBA is a bunch of nit-twitts. Over the weekend the league fined Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban $25,000 for his "criticism" of officials via Twitter, the real-time social network that allows schmucks like you and me to be flies on the walls of the rich, famous and exhibitionistic. Or to simply ... More >>

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    March 19, 2009

    Today In Music News: Kelly Tops Charts, Madonna Twitters For Hits, Liam Gallagher Gets Fashionable and You Can Download Some SXSW Songs...

     Your daily dose of national music news for Thursday, March 19, 2009... Kelly Clarkson made a triumphant return to the charts as she grabbed the top Billboard spot from U2 and Bono's guyliner. It seems everyone is turning to Twitter these days--even President Obama has an account! But Ma ... More >>

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