Archive for July, 2014

SXSW Wrap-Up

Two of our intrepid reporters offer dispatches from the front lines.
ANTHONY MARIANI
I was about four beers into my 12-pack when I realized Taiwan was not in Japan. One of my new Taiwanese friends, who had told me his unpronounceable-by-me name only five or six times while hanging out on the hotel patio after a...


Tough Route to Medical Care

A veteran with health problems is charged with a felony for scary words uttered in a college classroom.
Peter Gorman
Christopher Alan Gillette is in a world of hurt. He’s also in a world of trouble. And they both stem from the same place: The inability of the former U.S. Army soldier to get help from the Department of Veterans Affairs for s...



Sivad, Theater Fire, Ciardetti

Hearsay
Itinerant North Texas trumpeter Karl Poetschke has finally settled down, in Flagstaff, Ariz., but he’ll be back in town over the next few weeks and has organized reunion shows with his two main former North Texas jazz bands: ...


Non-Smoking Bars Coming Soon?

Last Call
I hate smelling other people’s smoke. Which is odd, considering that when I’m having a few beers, I also like to light up. But after a couple of recent trips to non-smoking towns –– Austin and Pittsburgh, specifically ...



Today Libya, Tomorrow Syria?

There’s a bigger picture to consider.
Gwynne Dyer
Last Friday saw the first nationwide protests against the Baath regime in Syria. If these protests develop into a full-scale revolt, the regime’s response may dwarf that of Col. Muammar Qaddafi in Libya.  


Gallery

UNT Art Gallery
Gallery
Native to Uganda, the mutuba is a ficus tree known not for its figs but rather for its bark, which can be pounded into a beautiful cloth without the environmentally hazardous process of chemical treatment. UNT Art Gallery’s e...



Jane Eyre: Viewer, I Married Him

A crisp new version of the story lacks a certain something.
KRISTIAN LIN
A girl in petticoats and great distress runs across a fog-encrusted heath while lush orchestral music on the soundtrack speaks to the tumult in her soul. Oh yeah, we’re in Jane Eyre. Specifically, we’re at the very beginnin...


Charles Baker Changes Roles

A Fort Worth actor breaks into Hollywood without leaving town.
KRISTIAN LIN
“I refuse to live in L.A.,” Charles Baker said. It’s not something you’d expect to hear from a working actor with his sights set on Hollywood. “I’ve seen people go out there and get eaten alive. The cost of living h...



Dark and Scary Wells

The more North Texans learn about shale drilling, the higher the stakes seem.
Fort Worth Weekly Staff
When the Barnett Shale drilling boom first swam into the public consciousness almost a decade ago, people all over Tarrant County had questions, mostly about how much money property owners could make and how to get the best dea...


Loosen Up at Buck n’ Loons

This venerable Arlington eatery still offers some hearty American fare.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
“Never trust a skinny cook.” That old saying seems to be the motto at Arlington’s Buck n’ Loons, and, although I didn’t actually see the cook when my family ate dinner there on a weeknight, I could sort of tell by the...