Archive for July, 2014
No experience? No problem. Newbie actors (from left to right) Frederick Cleveland Quince, Gary Whitaker, and Mike West join veteran thespian Richard Don Simms in Pantagleize’s Texas-ified version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Bard in Texas

Pantagleize funnels Shakespeare through twang and old-timey music.
JIMMY FOWLER
A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been the favorite Shakespeare play of Violet O’Valle, founder and artistic director of Pantagleize Theatre. She’d never considered directing a production of it, however, until she heard ...


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Killer or Filler?

New recordings by post-bluesy Oil Boom and psychotic Lindby say, “Listen.”
FORT WORTH WEEKLY STAFF
Oil Boom’s Gold Yeller Last August, just a few months after the Dallas-Fort Worth trio Oil Boom dropped its first, widely acclaimed EP, Black Waxy, frontman/vocalist Brian Whitten departed, leaving the gravelly post-blues ban...



Weiss-Armush: “It is very sad that many classes only accept students who know English.” Lisa Maria Garza

English for the Test

Finding citizenship courses for non-English-speakers is getting a bit easier.
LISA MARIA GARZA
Lots of folks in North Texas want to become U.S. citizens these days: Federal agency records show that the rate of applications for naturalization has risen by more than 20 percent in the last year. But there’s a big problem ...


I’ve found the write girl: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks.

Ruby Sparks: Dreamgirl

A novelist writes a girlfriend for himself, and an actress writes a role for herself.
KRISTIAN LIN
When you hear the plot of Ruby Sparks, you’ll think you’ve heard it before. You’ll be right, in a sense — the story’s roots go back to the myth of Pygmalion and Galatea. But you’ll be wrong, too, because this retell...



Will Ferrell poses in front of a negative ad aimed at Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign."

Fizzy Campaign

Will Ferrell and company stump for laughs in this election season.
KRISTIAN LIN
When we last left Will Ferrell, he was starring in Casa de mi Padre, an intriguing though failed experiment in genre parody. His new comedy, The Campaign, is a better, funnier movie, and even if it doesn’t rank among Ferrell...


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Nuclear Threats

Are federal regulators retaliating against their own nuclear inspectors?
ANDREW MCLEMORE
About 9:30 a.m. on June 7 last year, workers at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Omaha, Neb., raised the alarm. Some minutes earlier, an electrical fire had sparked in a large fuse box –– the result of poor install...



The Winnebago bar provides a quirky backdrop for some of Twisted Root’s signature items, including the Dirk Diggler Dog (front). Lee Chastain

Pretzel Logic

Twisted Root serves up scrumptious burgers with a silly smile.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Twisted Root Burger Company was started by Jason Boso after he did what most service industry folk fantasize about doing to a hard-to-please customer. Boso spouted off, apparently in a big way, and got fired. But that led Boso,...


Canaletto’s “The Molo,” shown in Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals.

Comics and Canals

BIG TICKET
This week we spotlight two presentations by our local art museums about the works hanging in their collections. The Amon Carter starts things on Thursday with an unusual “talk back” session, in which members of the public a...



Members of the Sikh community and supporters met last night at the gurdwara in Palatine, Ill., for a candlelight vigil in support of victims of the recent temple shooting in Wisconsin. More gatherings are planned throughout the week, including tomorrow night at the Sikh Temple of North Texas in Garland. (Photo by Ramona Gupta, courtesy of the South Asian American Digital Archive.)

The Gurdwara Attack and Identity Politics

ZACK SHLACHTER
In the wake of the attack Sunday on the Oak Creek, Wisc., gurdwara, the media discourse has largely added insult to injury. Anyone who turned to television for continuous coverage of the attack had only one option, CNN. Unfortu...


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Mass Shootings? Sure, But Did You Know To Run Away?

Andrew McLemore
Could there be a better sign of how accustomed to mass shootings we have become? We no longer view these atrocities as surprising.  We actually expect them. What else can be concluded from a six-minute public service video, pr...