Archive for July, 2014

Julius Caesar Reigns

Baroque opera indeed has a local audience.
LEONARD EUREKA
In its 65-year history, the Fort Worth Opera had never performed a Baroque opera until last week, when Handel’s Julius Caesar was presented in Bass Performance Hall (with a reprise on Sunday). And what a debut: visually stunn...


Price Swerves Into Lane

Static
That nice, friendly mayoral runoff might get frisky after all. Jim Lane is casting Betsy Price as a ’fraidy-cat who won’t debate him. She declined to debate immediately after the May 14 election and begged off again this week.



Hydrogen Jukebox: Hot Air

Fort Worth Opera’s version is with you in Rockland, but I’m not.
KRISTIAN LIN
In classical music, each new work is tasked with keeping the art form alive, and each live performance of a contemporary piece of music is an event and an occasion for taking the cultural temperature of a local audience. So we ...


Saving Money and Lungs

Simple fixes could keep tons of drilling pollution out of the air.
GAYLE REAVES
For the first time since the Barnett Shale started booming, state regulators are acknowledging the impact of gas drilling on the attempts to remove certain cancer-causing chemicals from North Texas’ smoggy skies — but a maj...



Confederacy of Dunce

Last Call
Remember Saturday night? Right after dusk when the temperature was only, like, 91 degrees? I was sweating it out behind the patio bar at Lola’s, waiting for The Good Show’s monthly concert to start. It was early, and most p...


Taste the Powah

Hearsay
 I have nothing against right-wing wackos. In fact, some of my favorite relatives are insane. And by “nothing,” I mean “well, yeah, a few things.” For starters, I don’t believe a worldview of hate, distrust, and ...



Weapons of Mass Exploitation

Ravi Batra
Prior to the U.S. invasion of Iraq in March 2003, there was frenzied talk about WMDs — weapons of mass destruction. When it was later determined that Saddam Hussein possessed neither chemical nor nuclear weapons, the White Ho...


Superpowers Falter in the New X-Men

This reboot is just good enough in spots to disappoint you.
KRISTIAN LIN
Well, crap. I had such high hopes for X-Men: First Class. The fifth entry in this loosely connected series features the return of Bryan Singer, the filmmaker behind the excellent first two X-Men movies, as a story writer and pr...



The Lion of Judah: Lamb Chop

OMG! This animated Christian film is so bad, it’s ungodly.
KRISTIAN LIN
If I tell you that The Lion of Judah is an animated film set during biblical times pitched at Christian audiences, you might think you know what to expect. Let me assure you, you have no idea what’s in store here. This isn’...


Cool Customer

Laid-back filmmaker James Johnston is making big things happen.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you’ve been around Fort Worth’s film festivals or screenings of local filmmakers’ work, you’ve probably seen James Johnston. The barrel-chested 38-year-old with a shaven head, scraggly beard, and tattoos running the ...