Archive for November, 2014

Water Wars … um … Ignite

Static
You couldn’t say it’s the opening salvo in the Texas water wars. Those battles started when Texas was still a republic (“H2Ow,” Nov. 10, 2010). But think of it as a modern call to arms in perhaps the newest major grassr...


Big Cliff, JKush: Freestyle Kings

These two local wordsmiths feel most at home off the cuff and in front of a live non-rap band.
CAROLINE COLLIER
Rappers Big Cliff and JKush will never replicate a performance. In fact, they will never even come close to doing a song the same way twice. Even asking for a repeat would be futile, as the friends and lyrical partners make eve...



Make-Up Game

Jerry Jones might settle the lawsuits over Super Bowl seats, but he’s lost some fans for good.
JEFF PRINCE
FedEx delivered a settlement package from the National Football League to Fort Worth resident Steve Sparks yesterday, providing a resolution to his nightmare visit to Super Bowl XLV at Cowboys Stadium.  


Thirsty Armadillo Is Back

Last Call
Long before Randy Rogers, Casey Donahew, and the Eli Young Band ever performed at Billy Bob’s Texas, they were all regulars at little place called the Thirsty Armadillo. Opened in September 2000, by Eric Dawson and his father...



St. Marie, Calhoun, Earthquake Country

Hearsay
A new Fort Worth-based record label specializing in shoegaze (but not exclusively) is about to debut. In May, St. Marie Records will release its first two albums, both from Swedes: Welcome to the Promising Land of Hi5ers and Ho...


Chilling Effect

The form a woman must sign before getting an abortion is almost enough by itself to stop her.
DAVE McNEELY
As part of his continuing effort to deter women from having abortions, Republican State Sen. Dan Patrick of Houston has gotten the Texas Senate to agree to require that sonograms be performed and shown to all pregnant woman see...



Gallery

William Campbell Contemporary Art
Gallery
Vibrant colors and strange shapes take center stage at William Campbell Contemporary Art this month.


Cowboys and Amphibians

Yee-haw! A strange animated Western leads this week’s films.
KRISTIAN LIN
This week’s films all trade in outright fantasy, but only one of them succeeds in turning the tropes of fable and science fiction into a bizarre and wondrous alternate reality.  



The Deficit Monster

How did Texas get so far down in this financial hole?
STORY BY VINCE LEIBOWITZ PHOTOS BY JOHN OEFFINGER
In 2006, Texas had a multi-billion-dollar budget surplus. Under state court order — yet again — to come up with a school finance system that would provide decent funding for poor districts without unduly robbing from rich o...


Rocking Sea Siam

This longstanding Thai eatery isn’t fancy, just fabulous.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Lucky, lucky people in North Fort Worth: You’re in easy reach of several superb family-owned, family-friendly, out-of-the-ordinary restaurants, including Celio’s, Two Brothers Bistro, MK’s Sushi, Oyster Ranch, and OC Burg...