Archive for August, 2014
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3rd Base Pumping?

LAST CALL
I’ve gotta be honest. The only reason I set out for Arlington’s 3rd Base Sports Bar & Grill was for the purpose of making some jokes. After all, is any cleavage-and-wings-type eatery better or different from the others?...


Hearsay

Ode to Lola’s, Fort Live

HEARSAY
Here’s one thing that can be said for Progress: Sometimes new stuff is better. Case in point: Lola’s Saloon. Many of us fondly recall The Wreck Room, the original rock-club venture of Lola’s owner Brian Forella. Awesome l...



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Hot Fried Foodies

CHOW, BABY
Last week I braved the July sun and checked out the Go Texan food truck competition at the Cowtown Chow Down food truck park (1100 N. Main St.). The event was sponsored by the Texas Department of Agriculture to celebrate “Din...


Chuck Huber (left) and Carman Lacivita star in Amphibian Productions’ crisp production of The Understudy.

Amphibian Metamorphosis

A “lost” Kafka script is brought to life in the theater company’s latest.
JIMMY FOWLER
The adjective “Kafkaesque” gets tossed around a lot, but rarely has it applied more literally than in The Understudy, Theresa Rebeck’s sly show business comedy that’s currently receiving a tart and appealing production ...



The Frisky Disco is about to release an album and an EP and start work on another album.

Boogie Nights

The Frisky Disco is of age — and coming to a bar near you.
MATTHEW McGOWAN
Until recently, Fort Worth’s noisy blues-rock trio The Frisky Disco was having a rough go at it. They had been floundering, really, for the past few years, playing only a handful of gigs at the few local venues brave (stupid?...


Amendola: “Every last dime I have has gone into this.” Lisa Maria Garza

Dammed

The waters have receded, but flooding near Randol Mill isn’t solved.
LISA MARIA GARZA
Mary Kelleher and her neighbors on Randol Mill Road in East Fort Worth thought they had discovered the causes behind the severe flooding problems on their land over the last two years — gas drilling activities, in the form of...



Emily Blunt and Rosemarie DeWitt have a heart-to-heart in Your Sister’s Sister.

Your Sister’s Sister: Cabin in the Woods

This domestic comedy portends good things for Lynn Shelton.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’d like to take a minute to introduce you to one of the more significant emerging talents in independent film right now. Lynn Shelton was associated early on with the so-called “mumblecore” movement, but she stood out fr...


Ryan Guzman (front) and company use an office tower lobby as a dance venue in "Step Up Revolution."

Step Up: Flash Dance

The fourth film in the series is terrible but has the coolest dance numbers.
KRISTIAN LIN
For all the talk about how 3D has changed action thrillers and inflated box-office totals, one thing we haven’t seen yet is musicals putting the technology to use, especially when it comes to dance. Obviously, you don’t nee...



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(Almost) No Room at the Inn

Domestic violence shelters are bursting at the seams — but not turning folks away.
KRISTA M. TORRALVA
For six years the Dallas woman suffered physical abuse at the hands of her partner. Now he was threatening to kill her or her family if she reported him to police. Desperate, she called a domestic violence shelter in Dallas in ...


Expect a lot of Midwestern charm at Maid-Rite in Arlington. Tony Robles

Aeee, Maid-Rite

With a few exceptions, this throwback Midwestern diner gets a thumbs-up.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
The Maid-Rite Diner chain originated in 1926, when an Iowa butcher invented a super-secret spice recipe and applied it to ground beef to create a loose-meat sandwich. At least that’s what the back of Maid-Rite’s menu says. ...