Archive for July, 2014

Emptying My Notebook On Billy Bob Story

Jeff Prince
I had a little extra material from this week’s “Honkytonk Heroes” – check out these leftover stories: Billy Bob Barnett on he and Hub Baker‘s short-lived management contract with George “N...


New Conductor, Quartet for Cliburn Competition

Kristian Lin
Here’s something to look forward to in 2013. The Van Cliburn Foundation just announced the new guest artists for the upcoming Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. The legendary conductor Leonard Slatkin, just appo...



Blogging “Black Swan” (Part 4)

Kristian Lin
All the sexy stuff is in here, so be advised. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3. • In the aftermath of yet another humiliation at Thomas’ hands, Nina sits on the floor of the rehearsal space and tries not to cry. Then she notices anothe...


Sweet Tomatoes A New Honey Hole?

Jeff Prince
A restaurant called Sweet Tomatoes is opening later this year at the corner of 7th and Currie Streets, which is just a hop, skip, and jump from where I work. Woo-hoo! Regular Blotch readers know all about the painful demise of ...



HonkyTonk Heroes

Three decades later, Billy Bob's is still the king.
JEFF PRINCE
Two years before Billy Bob’s Texas became reality, its namesake, Billy Bob Barnett, invited Stockyards fixture Steve Murrin on a tour of the old building he planned to transform into a massive honkytonk. Murrin’s 9-year-old...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Cat Run (R) John Stockwell’s comic thriller is about two bumbling detectives (Scott Mechlowicz and Alphonso McAuley) hired to protect a high-priced escort (Paz Vega) after she learns some politically scandalous infor...



Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ? 30 The United States has far more tornadoes than any other country in the world, thanks to its large stretches of flat land flanked by two north-south mountain chains that funnel cold Arctic air into collisions with warm ...


Bravos to the Brave Ones

Static
It’s always nice to see folks get the recognition due them, and Static gets to let loose a double-barreled rendition this week.  



The Skeeves Get Dirty

Only you are to blame if you buy into this Fort Worth indie-rock quartet’s brand of urban noir.
CAROLINE COLLIER
On their recently released self-titled debut album, The Skeeves tear through several genres of music. From mod-pop to synth-laced industrial trance to gritty, uptempo lounge rock, the Fort Worth foursome covers a lot of bases a...


Open Season

Would any of those running for Carter Burdette’s council seat bring change?
DAN MCGRAW
Incumbents in Fort Worth political races rarely lose. That’s why Fort Worth City Council members largely go unopposed (three races this year fall into that category). The tradition adds to indifference among voters and low tu...