Archive for October, 2014
Clifton: “They’re going to throw my dust in the wind in Texas.” Patrick Cavan Brown

Welcome Home

Gunslinger Chris Clifton returns to the Fort after years on tour with stars.
JEFF PRINCE
The sound coming from the dressing room at the Los Angeles Forum that night in 1986 was instantly recognizable to Fort Worth guitarist Chris Clifton –– and he wasn’t happy to hear it. It was the sound of his prized black ...


Chow Baby

No Use Crying over Old Grits

CHOW, BABY
Why I volunteered to cook this Thanksgiving is beyond me. Maybe it was the tacos. Last month, a friend from Boston was in town, and he swears he can’t get a decent taco up there (duh), so we gorged on tacos de pastor ($1.25 e...



Brewed’s main focus is a big selection of beer and coffee — but the food is also pretty fine. Willex Tindell

Newly Brewed

This eclectic Near Southside gastropub has quickly found its groove.
JIMMY FOWLER
Brewed opened last month on the Near Southside on a stretch of West Magnolia Avenue between Hot Damn, Tamales! and Yucatan Taco Stand, and from the start, the place seemed to struggle with being all things to all people: coffee...


“Hubble Oculus #1” is emblematic of Smith’s fascination with geometric shapes.

Smith’s Infinite Bloom

BIG TICKET
If  God is in the details, then John Holt Smith’s geometric paintings are truly cosmic. Working from photographs of landscapes, flowers, or human eyes, the veteran Fort Worth artist achieves minimalist symphonies of simple y...



John Carlisle Moore’s “Rabbit Full House Divided” is on display now as part of a group show at A5A.

Cottontail Fire

Outsider artists gather at Arts Fifth Avenue.
JIMMY FOWLER
The term “outsider artist” is often used to describe self-taught artists who proudly and defiantly work outside of any movement, commercial trend, or academic tradition. Fort Worth painter-photographer-playwright John Carli...


Brad Pitt is an efficient problem solver in "Killing Them Softly."

Killing Them Softly: Cogan’s Bluff

When it’s not bashing America, this crime thriller is pretty good.
KRISTIAN LIN
Andrew Dominik is at home among thieves and killers. The New Zealander has made three films, and they’ve all been crime thrillers: the terrifying 2001 Australian entry Chopper, followed by the gorgeous and lethally dull 2007 ...



Keira Knightley gives up everything for love in Anna Karenina.

Anna Karenina Under the Lights

In this movie, Tolstoy’s heroine hits the stage. The stage hits back.
KRISTIAN LIN
Wow, this is spooky. When I was in college, I wrote a paper on Leo Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina. It was about the novel’s relationship to the stage — if my memory serves me, I wrote about how the book’s scenes at the theater...


Leigh Guldig

What Runs Beneath

More than 700 miles of pipelines carrying corrosive gas run under Fort Worth — but no one’s sure exactly where.
PETER GORMAN
On Monday, June 7, 2010, workers installing a utility pole outside of Cleburne, in Johnson County, struck a buried natural gas line. The explosion that followed left one person dead, sent several others to area hospitals, and s...



powerball

Powerball Fever: Epidemic of Losers

JIMMY FOWLER
Look, I’d like to win $500 million as much as the next working-class shlub, but I seem to be immune from the “Powerball Fever” that North Texas TV news broadcasts have diagnosed in advance of tonight’s drawing. I’m af...


Katie Woods, a rodeo queen and Tarrant County prosecutor. COURTESY OF TARRANT COUNTY DA'S OFFICE.

Tarrant County Prosecutor: Picking Jurors Is A Lot Like Taming Horses

Andrew McLemore
Katie Woods hasn’t always been an assistant district attorney for Tarrant County. As Texas Lawyer magazine pointed out in a recent profile of Woods, who was hired by the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office las...