• Blogs

    August 18, 2014

    The Story in Ferguson, Missouri, Hits Close to Home

    Something in the Ferguson, Missouri, story I keep looking for, waiting. My dad's family is from St. Louis. Sorta. So anyway today I found an op-ed piece in The New York Times that maybe gets to part of it or somewhere in that general direction. Jeff Smith, a professor of urban policy at The New Sc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2014

    After West Nile and Chikungunya, DFW Now Has the Measles -- and It's Softball's Fault

    Last week, the first Dallas resident came down with West Nile fever. It's news, but it's also to be expected. The virus has been in Texas since 2002, and every summer carries the potential for cases (and lots of spraying). Even though West Nile's 2012 summer was unprecedented, the virus is preventab ... More >>

  • Dining

    June 5, 2014
  • Blogs

    November 30, 2012

    The Bizarre Tale of Sam Lone Wolf, the "Spiritual Elder" in the Case of the White Buffalo

    Earlier this month, I wrote a cover story so bizarre, I had to periodically check official documents just to be sure I had not wandered into the realm of magical realism. Yes, in fact, a sacred white buffalo was born to a Greenville rancher named Arby Little Soldier during a lightning storm in 2011. ... More >>

  • News

    November 1, 2012

    A White Buffalo's Death Breeds Suspicion and Lies

    Lightning Medicine Cloud was born a sacred symbol. Then money got involved.

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    12 of This Weekend's Best Shows, Starring Triple Play, BrewFest, Mission of Burma and More

    See more in our fully-loaded concert calendar Triple Play: The Relatives, Pleasant Grove, SerynFriday, September 14, at Dallas City Performance HallTriple Play -- in which KXT, the Observer and the Kessler Theater curate a three-band bill -- was rolled out over a few months this past spring. This ve ... More >>

  • News

    September 6, 2012

    In a Hidden Texas Farming Village, the Making (and Selling) of a Cambodian Bumper Crop

    Cambodian immigrants are growing and selling a plant so invasive it's banned in several states. How did you think that water spinach ended up in your bowl?

  • Blogs

    July 13, 2012

    Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush: "Having Four Guys in the Band is Going to Bring Out the Teenage Girls"

    Being in a successful boy band and having a hit TV show is hard work. Just ask Kendall Schmidt of Big Time Rush. Born and raised in Wichita, Kansas, Schmidt was singing by the age of three and acting by the time he was ten. In 2009, Schmidt was cast as the leader of the band Big Time Rush. Over the ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2012

    When Innocent Prisoners Finally Go Free, Their Prosecutors Do, Too

    On the trail for justice with Texas' exonerees.

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Last Night: The Jayhawks, Jolie Holland

    The Jayhawks.​Last Night: The Jayhawks, Jolie Holland Granada Theater November 16 Better than: rummaging through closets for dubbed copies of Crossroads episodes. Looking only at The Jayhawks' set list from last night, you could think the show was more for a hardcore fan than a casual one, b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Needtobreathe's Bear Rinehart Talks Opening for Taylor Swift, Being Named After Bear Bryant

    Being the opening act for a megastar like Taylor Swift can be both a blessing and a curse. Let's face it: Stadium crowds are not known for their patience when it comes to waiting for the headliner; still, the chance for some big-time exposure is just too much for most acts to refuse. That's the cas ... More >>

  • News

    September 29, 2011

    The Long, Dry Fall of the Texas Rancher

    Ranchers are struggling to hold on to their herds during the driest year in Texas history.

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2010

    Good Godfather! Al Pacino's Bringing a Greatest-Hits One-Man Show to AT&TPAC in November.

    ​Maria May at the AT&T Performing Arts Center just sent over a release announcing the 2010-'11 seasons of the Brinker International Forum, TITAS and JAZZ ROOTS -- quite the trifecta, especially when you look at the roster for the Brinker International Forum. The whole kit, along with the atten ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2008

    So, What Were You Doing 21 Years Ago Today?

    Ah, the good ol' days. When Dallas actually lifted sports trophies. Can’t say that I have a vivid memory of it, but apparently I was trying to trick Fort Worth Star-Telegram readers into thinking I knew a little something about indoor soccer and the defending MISL champion Dallas Sidekicks. ... More >>

  • Music

    November 20, 2008

    The Vampire Lounge, Back in Business, Hopes Not to Suck

    Also: Rhett Miller returns to Dallas to champion a good cause

  • Dining

    December 28, 2006

    Bones to Pick

    Is the 2006 invasion of culinary foreigners killing off our local character?

  • Music

    September 28, 2006

    Sing, Sing a Song

    Karaoke's hip. What's next, the return of the leisure suit?

  • Music

    March 23, 2006


    Austin's biggest music fest was anything you wanted it to be. Dallas acts made theirs a blast.

  • News

    July 3, 2003

    Heavy Traffic

    Border drug lords get rich while attorney Mike Barclay gets worn out defending the poor smugglers

  • News

    June 12, 2003

    Clone Ranger

    The old roundup may never be the same, thanks to Zech Damerons herd of genetically duplicate longhorns

  • News

    May 1, 2003

    Kings of Clubs

    The coke-drenched era of nightclubs is over, but now a new group of entrepreneurs is ready to reinvent the scene

  • News

    May 2, 2002

    Touchy Subject

    Federal judge strikes down Dallas' two-rubs-and-you're-out rule for strip clubs

  • Dining

    December 13, 2001

    Ellum Tremors

    America's Pub coming to Big D

  • News

    August 16, 2001

    A Quiet Death

    The last his family heard from him, Jacob Davidson said he could never return home. A year later, he was dead. The police say it was suicide. Those who knew him think otherwise.

  • News

    May 3, 2001

    From Russia, with Love

    Just $25,000 gets you a bundle of hot Russian babes from one Dallas matchmaking firm. What more could a rich American geek ever ask for?

  • Culture

    March 8, 2001

    Girls on Film

    The photography of Jock Sturges asks you to decide if it's the naked body that's offensive or just the time in which it lives

  • News

    October 5, 2000

    Met Memories

    Sure, this column is full of cuss words and self-indulgence. So was my old paper.

  • Film

    May 11, 2000

    In the company of men

    In The Big Kahuna,Kevin Spacey gets whatever good lines there are

  • Dining

    April 27, 2000

    Hash Over

    No Fork over; Gorman gallops

  • News

    March 16, 2000

    Family man

    Dallas restaurateur Dale Wamstad portrays himself as humble entrepreneur and devoted father. The family he abandoned in New Orleans has a bone to pick with that.

  • News

    February 3, 2000

    Presumed guilty

    Odell Barnes awaits execution on March 1 -- despite new evidence that he didn't commit the crime

  • Music

    October 14, 1999

    'Sunday Morning,' coming up

    Kris Kristofferson has lived a dozen lifetimes, and they keep on coming

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Jurassic bucks

    Trade in dinosaur bones pits entrepreneurs against scientists

  • Dining

    January 7, 1999

    Bare-knuckle steak

    Sullivan's isn't a knockout, but the points add up

  • Dining

    December 31, 1998

    Let 'em eat loin

    1998 was a year of lusty carnivores, raw fish, and orgiastic indulgence

  • News

    November 12, 1998

    Wayward son

    The Irving stepmother of a man linked to the shootings of abortion doctors wrestles with questions about his involvement

  • Music

    October 29, 1998

    He'll be there

    Willie Hutch wrote one of the greatest songs ever, but he ain't done yet

  • Dining

    October 15, 1998

    Full o' bull

    III Forks knows what makes a steakhouse great

  • News

    October 8, 1998

    Trash heap of history

    A Dallas archaeology buff is forced to the sidelines as the city's past makes way for the new arena

  • News

    December 18, 1997

    Mr. Mayor, Meet Your Nightmare

    Frustrated, fed up, and ready to fight, Laura Miller trades muckraking for a run at City Hall

  • Dining

    October 23, 1997

    Joey's wobbles

    But it doesn't fall down

  • News

    July 10, 1997

    Hat's off

    Dwight Yoakam's the last great country singer left--and he doesn't need a twang to prove it

  • News

    June 15, 1995

    Moncrief Family Values

    A wealthy Fort Worth oil clan's court battle isn't just about millions. It's about pride. Miriam Rozen tells a tale of favored sons