High school students in Texas can take, and get credit toward, electives like floral arrangement, team sport officiating, and turf-grass management. But not for Mexican-American studies, something activists, education groups, and several dozen state lawmakers are pushing to change. They came out in ... More >>
Interesting story in The Dallas Morning News today by Selwyn Crawford about growing national popularity for Juneteenth, a holiday originally thought to be strictly a Texas thing. Juneteenth marks the official emancipation of slaves in Texas in 1865, two years after Abraham Lincoln's Emancipation Pro ... More >>
Obama's reelection last year prompted a lot of talk over whether Texas should once again secede from the Union. Except for a few die-hard secessionists, though, few considered it a serious proposal, more like an opportunity to make Texas jokes. So the debate just kind of fizzled out. But the Washin ... More >>
The Boy Scouts of America is proposing to lift its ban on gay youths, but to leave it in place once those gay Scouts become gay adults. This compromise -- gays Scouts, no gay scoutmasters -- apparently is an assault on the very foundations of scoutdom. The Family Research Council sponsors a hyperve ... More >>
Last Friday, Voice Media Group announced the winners of their first music writing awards. This winning piece by Jesse Sykes first appeared in Seattle Weekly's print edition. By Jesse Sykes As I was growing up in New York state--where the residents want you to know they don't live in "The City"--th ... More >>
And a great hate letter to Gustavo!
Neo-Nazis, burritos and the tortilla-wrapped destiny of SB 1070.
We at the Observer love holiday lists. Take, for instance, our Ten Best Indie Christmas Songs, Thirteen Videos to Scare Your Friday the 13th Pants Off, and the totally relevant National Doughnut Day list. So it shouldn't come as a surprise that we've put together a song list for Presidents' Day. ... More >>
Dallas is playing to its City of Hate stereotype for assassination's anniversary.
Gov. Rick Perry's record on racial issues has always been a little complicated. Earlier this month, there was that dust-up over his family's Paint Creek hunting lease, which Schutze thought unfairly loaded up Perry's shoulders with Southern-boy baggage. But back in 1990, during his run for ag ... More >>
Courtesy University of North Texas Libraries/Dallas Municipal ArchivesYou probably forgot -- I know I did -- but late last year we ran this old photo of the downtown farmers market courtesy City Archivist John Slate, who'd told us about 'em last summer and about how the giant stack was being sent ... More >>
The Libertine's June beer dinner Wednesday night features Colorado's Avery Brewing Company, including a couple of rarer brews like Samael's Ale and Collaboration Not Litigation. Chef Taylor McCreary came up with a five-course menu of French cuisine inspired by the likes of Bernard Loiseau, the Tr ... More >>
Two experiences over the weekend have given me hope. One was watching a documentary on the catastrophic 1911 Triangle Waist Factory Fire in New York, and the other was a seminar I attended on the state budget crisis. Debacles can be good for us. The documentary made an argument that the sh ... More >>
Wine experts have pretty much given up the annual tradition of naming the perfect wine for Thanksgiving, acknowledging the array of flavors on the table -- and diverse palates assembled around it -- mean a good case can be made for just about any varietal. But if I was doing the beverage buy ... More >>
When folks get asked what music they like, the most annoying and trite answer is "anything but rap and country." I get the feeling that they say this because the pop music outlets provide bad examples of both.This week, I'm taking a look at the latest bad example of country music on the airwaves: La ... More >>
Why, yes, that is the Dallas-born, Thomas Jefferson High School-educated Marvin Lee Aday (aka Meat Loaf) in the above clip, singing out his love for A1 steak sauce. It's part of a new ad campaign where, no joke, A1 is asking people sing their favorite love songs to their, uh, beef. There's about a ... More >>
Ben Franklin and John Adams, possibly discussing where to go for booze, in 1776.In the musical 1776, Stephen "Old Grape and Guts" Hopkins bursts into the Continental Congress' meeting room each morning demanding rum before getting down to the day's business. Of course, there may have been some licen ... More >>
'Bout a month ago, we mentioned Chuck Norris's column in which he kinda, sorta suggested that just maybe it was time he ran for president of Texas. A sentence from that piece -- in which Norris wondered, "Will history need to record a second American Revolution?" -- prompted this Charles Blow New Yo ... More >>
Yesterday, while exiting Walnut Hill Lane off northbound N. Central Expressway, I spotted this nattily dressed gentleman blowing his horn for spare change. Had the chance to visit during a red light, during which I discovered that his name's "J.D.," he's a Dallas native and Franklin D. Roosevelt Hig ... More >>
On this slow news day, just a little Patriots-proud heads-up for, oh, I dunno, Meat Loaf, Olympic silver-medalist Michael Carter, former State District Judge Ron Chapman, Tupinamba main man Eddie Dominguez, former city manager Jan Hart-Black, Monkee Mike Nesmith, smoky-throated actress Brenda Vaccar ... More >>
Inside the hallways of the School for the Talented and Gifted at Yvonne A. Ewell Townview Center, which is either the best or 14th-best high school in the nation, depending Thomas Jefferson High School's the highest-ranked high school in the land, says the issue of U.S News and World Report hitting ... More >>
Saturday, April 7, at the Granada Theater
I was watching CNN this morning and spotted my son's Woodrow Wilson High School classmate and fellow alum, George Hale, being evacuated from Beirut. Called the Hale house, and George's mom, Clare, told me the kid will be on with Larry King tonight. George's father, Harlin D. (better known in Lakewoo ... More >>
Unlock history's mysteries on KERA
Juneteenth Film Festival is worth the wait
Three actors, two hours, 700 years of old jokes in Complete History of America (abridged)
African American Museum
In The Believer, a Jewish student explores his inner Nazi
Sarah Vowell leaves the Cannoli and takes on dead presidents
Stonewall Jackson Elementary
A complete and well-balanced arts meal
Scooter for your lives! The Freemasons are coming.
Tony Kaye's film? New Line's film? No wonder no one wants to claim American History X