Archive for September, 2014
The Dangits have gotten around to doing some recording -- finally.

New Music, Dangit(s)!

Fort Worth Weekly
Though they never really went away, The Dangits are back. I guess you could say they’re no longer content just playing the occasional show for beer money. They’re pushing now. Since the hard-rocking quartet’s formation fi...


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The 100-Year Starship

Traffic got you down? Consider spaceflight.
GWYNNE DYER
Never mind the constraints of the miserable present — the shrinking budgets, the lost opportunities, the collapsing morale. Thinking is free, so let’s think really big. Let’s think about … building a starship in the...



Chow Baby

Make Food Not War

CHOW, BABY
I’ve never been much of a hippie — I just don’t care for drum circles or the band Phish. But socially conscious eating I’m for. Maybe dining on locally sourced organic ingredients allows my natural smugness to flourish....


Security guy Massey (Bryan Massey) is on the case in Ghostbreakers, a forthcoming ghost-hunter TV spoof.

Who Not to Call: Ghostbreakers

Finally, this Fort Worth-fueled paranormal satire will see the light of day.
JIMMY FOWLER
It’s been almost four years since actor Gabriel Horn, a former Fort Worthian who now lives in Los Angeles, first conceived the idea for Ghostbreakers, a TV show that spoofs the “paranormal reality” genre. He and his buddy...



Clint Niosi is not trapped between two worlds. (Cover art by Fort Worth painter and Weekly Visionary Award winner Devon Nowlin.)

Clint Niosi: Pleasurably Spiteful

The folky Fort Worth singer-songwriter returns with a new, lush album.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Sometimes lyrics seem just thrown together, and for some bands, louder bands, you can see why –– on disc or in person, their words tend to get buried beneath avalanches of furious guitars, basses, and drums. Only the melodi...


One of Lockheed’s F-35s takes off from a New Jersey military base. Courtesy Lockheed Martin

Playing Defense

Lockheed lays off workers when military spending drops — and when it soars.
ANDREW MCLEMORE
The argument of defense companies like Lockheed Martin, which employs thousands at its Fort Worth plant, is simple: Don’t force us to lay off workers when you know the economy can’t afford it. That’s what the defense indu...



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UNT on the Square
GALLERY
Famous for their bright colors and geometric patterns, Kente cloths are woven or printed to embody concepts such as healing, royalty, wealth, peace, purity, and fertility. These dazzling pieces are on display through this month...


Michael Peña and Jake Gyllenhaal show off a gold-plated AK-47 in "End of Watch".

End of Watch: Partners Against Crime

Old-school good acting redeems this new-jack buddy cop thriller.
KRISTIAN LIN
End of Watch is the third in a string of look-at-me-I’m-so-gritty dramas about Los Angeles cops directed by David Ayer. This one is different, partly because it’s shot in a found-footage style but mostly because it’s actu...



Joaquin Phoenix lounges on an aircraft carrier in The Master.

Master: Almighty Dodd

P.T. Anderson offers us cult comfort in this drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Bear with me here. I write this review a scant hour or so after watching Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and like most of Anderson’s films, it tends to resist straightforward analysis. As with Anderson’s previous work,...


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Low-Bidding Mental Illness

The company that brought us deadly private prisons wants to run Kerrville State Hospital.
PETER GORMAN
State-run mental health facilities in Texas never have an easy ride: Funding is always tight, and many of them have had problems through the years. But the state hospital in Kerrville, according to advocates and regulators, has...