Archive for December, 2014
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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Nose

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North Texas residents hoping for better regulation of the oil and gas industry will get their chance to yell at (that is, talk respectfully to) state legislators on Monday. The Texas Railroad Commission, a supposed regulatory a...


A shot from the Whiskey Girl stage courtesy Facebook.

Whiskey Girl: All Ears

LAST CALL
If you caught last week’s Last Call, all you need to know is that I kept my sobriety train rolling all the way to Friday and that I was more than happy to leap off the wagon by the time Saturday rolled around. Good thing too....



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Storm Tossed

Hurricane Sandy already fading from memory? Lucky you.
LAYLA CARAWAY
The images of Hurricane Sandy are burned in my mind now, joining those of Katrina and, of course, Ally Collins. People who have never been through a flood don’t get it. While the Haltom City flood pales in comparison to a hur...


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I’m Having a Smashback

CHOW, BABY
As I stood at the local fast-food counter, my mind wandered back to Dublin, Ireland, and … a Burger King. Yes, after traveling thousands of miles overseas to one of the most beautiful and historic cities in the world, my frie...



Around $8,500 in musical equipment was lost when this Near Southside garage apartment was set ablaze recently.

Benefits of Fire and Flood

HEARSAY
From the looks of things, an old mattress had been set on fire. The flames rose to engulf the garage apartment above, the practice space and home-recording studio of Ricky Williford of local proto-punks Big Fiction and popular ...


They’re wild. They’re wacky. They’re Lindby. Melissa Claire

Lindby: Nerd Out

Supremely talented and sweet, this geeky quintet is thriving.
ERIC GRIFFEY
It’s a safe bet that not many bands around here take the stage and perform the theme to Doctor Who, the video game soundtracks to Tetris and Super Mario Bros., or jaunty Bach fugues. But during a recent show at Lola’s Saloo...



A total of 43 employees of Haltom High School left their jobs after the new principal took over. Sarah Angle

Harassment at Haltom?

Teachers, students say it’s the principal doing the bullying.
SARAH ANGLE
Last March, Faith Ayala, a teacher of 32 years, stood up at a Birdville school district board meeting and said something so radical that it could jeopardize her job: “There is something wrong at Haltom High.” Ayala talked a...


Aaron Hutchinson’s “Untitled”

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Grackle Art Gallery
GALLERY
A show with a grammatically curious title, Dear John, Is Stat an Island? features painting, sculpture, drawing, and photography, curated by Paul Leicht. It’s only up for one night, so make sure you reserve your Saturday for t...



Gerard Butler prepares to hit the practice field in "Playing for Keeps."

Playing for Keeps: Blown Dryer

After starting strong, this soccer romance fades badly in the second half.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m not sure what convinced Gerard Butler and decision-makers in Hollywood that his best move was to start portraying brash Americans. Whatever it was, it has done him no favors in the past few years, as his acting has steadi...


Anthony Hopkins holds his next project in his hands in Hitchcock

Hitchcock: American Psycho

This behind-the-scenes drama runs into a few hitches.
KRISTIAN LIN
Nothing in Hitchcock tops its opening sequence. After serial killer Ed Gein (Michael Wincott) murders his brother with a shovel, the camera pans to Alfred Hitchcock (Anthony Hopkins) standing a few feet away, wearing a suit and...