Archive for August, 2014

2011 Gets Run Over By Reindeer

Jeff Prince
If songwriting excellence is defined by the sheer number of people who have cherished, sung, and enjoyed a particular tune, then Randy Brooks is the Metroplex’s greatest living songwriter. “Grandma Got Run Over By A...


Moon Reopening Berry Addy Temporarily

Anthony Mariani
The Moon is still relocating to the historic Ridglea Theater complex, but in the meantime –– as red tape continues unwinding on the West Side –– Moon owner Chris Maunder is going to reopen his previous location, at 2911...



Stage West Workshop

Jimmy Fowler
Aspiring playwrights, take note: There are only a few spots left in Stage West’s The Write Stuff: A Workshop in Dramatic Writing, an intensive January 7 adult class conducted by playwrights Larry Herold and Kevin Kautzman. (H...


Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: My Week With Marilyn (R) Simon Curtis’ dramatization of the uneasy collaboration between Marilyn Monroe (Michelle Williams) and Laurence Olivier (Kenneth Branagh) on the 1956 film The Prince and the Showgirl, seen th...



Hello Martyr, Hello Fodder

Static
The five Occupy Fort Worth protesters who were arrested last month for refusing to vacate a tent in downtown’s Burnett Park are proud of their mug shots. They don’t mind them being published in news media reports because th...


Seven at Circle

Circle Theatre’s current production is a holiday farce high on absurdity.
JIMMY FOWLER
One of my favorite theatergoing experiences in recent years was Circle Theatre’s 2008 holiday production of A Very Merry Unauthorized Children’s Scientology Pageant. If you missed that nontraditional and rather biting music...



Killer or Filler?

New discs from Darstar and Flatworld fall under the microscope.
ANTHONY MARIANI
 Perhaps as a testament to Darstar’s exceptionalness, Dallas-based Idol Records (Calhoun, Little Black Dress, The O’s) signed frontwoman Lisa Hardaway and her four bandmates before they ever recorded anything properly....


Why Not Occupy Fort Worth On Saturday?

Jeff Prince
About 100 people showed up last Saturday for the Occupy Fort Worth activities that included a downtown march and concert. That’s not a bad turnout for a protest in Fort Worth, the sleepy city that yawned its way through t...



From Finish Line to Wet Willie’s

Last Call
In the 14-odd years I’ve lived in the Fort, I’ve been to Billy Bob’s exactly once, in 2002, to see Willie Nelson. I don’t remember much other than a bartender who opened five or six longnecks at a time, cradling them un...


Overlooked Outlaw Kinky

Hearsay
You’d have to scratch your noggin pretty much to the bone to think of a bigger artistic iconoclast than Kinky Friedman, the self-proclaimed Jewish cowboy who couches mostly libertarian, often liberal arguments in the historic...