• Blogs

    November 12, 2014

    Mystery Skulls Hit the Majors on Forever

    Alejandro Jodorowsky's art-house masterpiece, The Holy Mountain, is about many things. Capitalism, religion, greed, immorality and materialism are all critiqued by the filmmaker throughout the duration of the 1973 film. One of the foremost and prevailing themes is the quest to self-discovery in a cr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2014

    The Family of a Male Stripper Gunned Down Outside Cabaret Royale is Suing Over His Death

    Ruben Riguero's friends and family have never gotten the justice they felt they deserve. Riguero, a 29-year-old Venezuelan father, bodybuilder, fitness instructor, and stripper at LaBare's, was gunned down in September 2012 after a fight at The Fare Room, Cabaret Royale's after-hours club. His kille ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 31, 2013

    Meet the 2013 Dallas Observer Music Showcase Lineup: This Saturday, November 2

    This Saturday, Deep Ellum will become a North Texas music family reunion for the Dallas Observer Music Showcase, with 58 bands on eight stages. The lineup ranges from experimental noise bands to hypnotic singer-songwriters. There are rappers playing damn near their first gigs and rock bands returnin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 29, 2013

    Meet the Latin/Tejano Dallas Observer Music Award Nominees

    The importance, cultural relevance, and influential impact of Dallas' Latin music scene can not be stressed enough. Though often written off as a niche in the local market, tejano, cumbia, rock en espanol, and other Latin-centric genres are alive and thriving in Dallas. Which isn't all that surprisi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 23, 2013

    The 2013 Dallas Observer Music Showcase Schedule

    We're a week and a half from the 25th Dallas Observer Music Awards Showcase. On Saturday, November 2, more than 50 bands and artists nominated for this year's awards will play on eight stages in Deep Ellum. It starts at 6 p.m. and ends around 2 a.m., and now you can start planning your night. We'v ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2013

    Taco Bell Does Chipotle: Cantina Steak Burrito Lacks "Dorito-ness"

    It appears Taco Bell has a bit of an identity crisis these days. They are trying to turn our eyes into slot machine wheels by making tacos out of Doritos shells, then having the gall to dare Doritos to make an Inception-inspired chip that tastes like a taco that tastes like a chip. At the same tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2012

    When Venezuelans Need Guns, It Seems, They Turn to a Parking Lot in Mesquite

    You can't buy a gun in Venezuela. It's illegal, and has been since the government of Hugo Chavez banned the private sale of firearms earlier this year as part of an effort to tackle the country's sky-high murder rate: 19,336 last year, more than in Mexico, which is in the midst of a drug war and has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2012

    Updated: Promoter Wars: Dallas Concert Promoter Sued by South American Concert Promoter

    People in South America love them some hair metal. But not enough to keep a Dallas promoter out of court. This morning, Courthouse News reported Dallas rock star-turned-attorney-turned-international concert promoter Gabe Reed (Gabe Reed Productions) is being sued for $270,000 over a canceled stadium ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 16, 2012

    Hollywood Records' John Nicholson Knows How To Make Pyrotechnics Out of Tomato Juice Cans and Gunpowder

    Welcome to Local Music 'Mericans, where we get to know the people behind the scenes in Dallas/Fort Worth music. Lima, Peru, native John Nicholson has helped out a lot of DFW musicians over the years. His early gigs included Sound Warehouse, Bill's Records and label promotion for Polygram, A&M and V ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2011

    DOMAXXIII: Announcing Your 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards Winners...

    Stephen MaskerErykah Badu headlined last night's DOMAXXIII. More photos in our slideshow: Scenes from the 2011 Music Awards ​Another year, another Dallas Observer Music Awards season down the drain. Gotta say, though, this year's season felt especially epic. Many thanks to the Toadies, the Old 97' ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Get To Know Your DOMAXXIII Nominees: Best Indie Act, Best Jazz Act, Best Latin/Tejano Act

    ​Welcome to our 2011 Dallas Observer Music Awards breakdown, wherein we'll use the weeks leading up to the DOMA showcases on Saturday, October 15 (which is also when voting ends), to explain the nominees in each category Today, we look at the nominees in the Best Indie Act, Best Jazz ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2011

    Mark Bittman: A Minimalist with Maximalist Appeal

    Mark Bittman​I first spied and became a closet fan of New Yawk's home cook supreme, Mark Bittman, when I wandered over to his video segments on The New York Times website. OK, technically speaking, I first fell for Bittman's totally unprepossessing way with words and ingredients in his "minima ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2010

    Zaguán Latin Café & Bakery's Known For Food, But The Coffee's Damn Good Too

    Photos By Daniel Rodrigue​This morning, after hearing very good things about the coffee and espresso at Zaguán Latin Café & Bakery from several of the folks around the bullpen at Observer HQ who regularly visit the establishment, Roasted finally headed across the street for an early-morning ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 20, 2010

    Manufacturing Dissent: Bush Institute's Cyber Dissidents Panel Gathers Friends of the Freedom Agenda

    Patrick MichelsPresident Bush opens his institute's Conference on Cyber Dissidents: "The Bush Institute is going to be involved in the freedom movement."​The George W. Bush Presidential Center at Southern Methodist University won't be breaking ground till November, but its policy arm, the Bush Ins ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    "Cyber Dissidents" at Dubya Institute, Wrong-Way Tickets and a $100,000 Dare

    Terry Dorsey ... for now​A few news and notes with which to end your red-flag Tuesday:The Bush Institute on the SMU campus today announced its very first "human freedom" event, scheduled for April 19 at the James M. Collins Executive Education Center: The Conference on Cyber Dissidents: Global Suc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 16, 2010

    Into the Origins of Carne Deshebrada, the Meat that Makes the Taqueria

    Flickr user El Gran DeeTacos de carne deshebradaIn Venezuela, it's called Carne Mechada. In the Caribbean, it's known as Ropa Vieja. The Mexican version goes by the name Carne Deshebrada. In any case, shredded beef is an important component of the cuisines of several south-of-the-border countries. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 18, 2009

    10 Questions: Taco Borga

    As if opening one highly acclaimed restaurant wasn't enough, Espartaco ("Taco") Borga and his wife, Dunia, now run four--three versions of La Duni and the new Mexican-Peruvian place on Central Expressway called Alo.La Duni, named one of the nation's best new restaurants of 2001, brought Borga into t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2009

    The Dark (And Semi-Sweet) Side

    Dude!Sweet! chocolates is playful from its name on down. The local, independent chocolatier owned and operated by pastry chef Karen Clapner, recently hit the scene with fun flavors like Curried Banana (yellow curry, banana, African dark chocolate), Black and Blue (Guiness and black currant) and Roas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2009

    You Could Use Some ... Baseball?

    Approximately 5,000 fans braved freezing temperatures and decades of losing at Saturday's Rangers Fan Fest in Arlington. I was one of them. The highlights: *General manager Jon Daniels says he's recently talked to shortstop third baseman Michael Young and that their relationship is on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2009

    Texas Rangers: Hot Stove or Cold Shoulder?

    Give the Rangers credit. They are trying. With the Cowboys imploding and the Mavs and Stars wallowing in mediocrity, our local baseball team has a prime opportunity to earn some much-needed love this winter. Texas hasn't done diddly-poo as far as free agency, bringing in only reliever Derek Turnbow, ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 11, 2008

    Brown Christmas

    Latin groups ring in the season

  • Dining

    May 22, 2008

    Review: Zaguan Bakery Y Cafe

    We know little of Venezuela, but know we dig Zaguan's food.

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2008

    In Faraway Dallas This Afternoon, An Anti-Hugo Chavez Protest

    Luisa Ravelo-Guedes, at left, and her husband Carlos, in the middle, at today's anti-Hugo Chavez protest downtown A few dozen of Hugo Chavez’s compatriots gathered in Ferris Plaza today to protest the Venezuelan leader. The rally was part of an international day of demonstrations organized through ... More >>

  • Music

    March 13, 2008

    You Don't Have to Head to SXSW to Find a Festival This Week

    Dallas has something for all tastes in town

  • Calendar

    January 31, 2008
  • Calendar

    December 20, 2007

    Joy to the World

    DFW International offers a Feliz Navidad

  • News

    January 12, 2006


    A residency program for artists fades quietly

  • Calendar

    June 9, 2005

    Dang! Good

    Prowling the cat walk at Station 4

  • Calendar

    March 24, 2005

    Painted Wings

    Migrate to the gardens

  • News

    November 4, 2004

    A Day at the Races

    Plus: D-Day at the DMN; Dirty Deed

  • Best of Dallas

    October 14, 2004

    Best Use of Humidity

    The Dallas World Aquarium

  • Dining

    February 5, 2004

    Lighten Up

    Tres Méridas offers a sensible form of global fusion

  • Film

    January 15, 2004

    Reality TV

    A populist leader triumphs in Venezuela, and it's all on film

  • News

    December 4, 2003

    Fin Fight

    The hunt for lunkers lands two Amazon touring companies in court

  • Music

    August 7, 2003

    Mix A Lot

    Kid 606 separates the beats from the crap

  • Calendar

    May 29, 2003
  • Dining

    October 31, 2002

    Kernel Flips

    Zaguán fare is cheesy and corny--and that's a good thing

  • Best of Dallas

    September 26, 2002

    Jeremy Shorr

    Titan Comics

  • News

    December 6, 2001

    Tortured Souls

    Horribly abused children of the Hare Krishna movement seek justice--and peace--through a multimillion-dollar lawsuit

  • Dining

    November 22, 2001

    Good to Go

    Café Venezuela lives up to its not-so-bold claims

  • Best of Dallas

    September 20, 2001

    Best Homestyle Restaurant

    La Duni Latin Café

  • Dining

    June 14, 2001

    Latin Homestyle

    La Duni Café serves up comfort food from down south ... way, way down south

  • News

    March 1, 2001

    Love & Rockets

    Andrew Beal spent $200 million trying to launch rockets without Uncle Sam's help. His dream went down in flames

  • Dining

    November 23, 2000

    Colombo Pause

    Reasons to drink

  • News

    April 22, 1999

    Taking It to the Street

    Want to get elected to city council in southern Dallas? Forget the race card and patch that pothole.

  • Culture

    July 9, 1998

    Do over

    Todd Van Poppel doesn't have to be great anymore, just good enough

  • Calendar

    November 27, 1997
  • Culture

    October 9, 1997

    From a shiver to a whimper

    Teatro Dallas' Lamia could use a few more screams

  • Music

    June 5, 1997

    Bordered by ballads and folksongs

    John and Alan Lomax, groundbreaking musicologists

  • Dining

    January 30, 1997

    Fusion fireworks

    Anzu proves anew that whatever works, works

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