Archive for September, 2014
San Antonio mayor Julián Castro.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 27 San Antonio mayor Julián Castro gave the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention last summer, occupying the same slot that Barack Obama used eight years before as a springboard to bigger things. The ri...


Liquor

Spec’s: 2 Cheap

LAST CALL
I remember, with surprising clarity, my first trip to a liquor store. I’d just started the fall semester of my sophomore year in college, and my roommates and I were gearing up to “pre-game,” as we called it, in the dorm ...



Second

Cruz Ship: Off Course?

DAVE McNEELY
Well, that didn’t take long. Or, as NBC broadcaster Andrea Mitchell put it recently, “Ted Cruz has made his mark already.” If The Cruz were a missile, there might be a plaintive call to Mission Control: “Houston, we hav...


ManIAm

Killer or Filler?

From the Fort come a DIY singer-songwriter album and a valentine to South America from FWSO.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
James Michael Taylor’s Man That I Am By all rights, the ultra-prolific Fort Worth singer-songwriter-actor-eccentric James Michael Taylor should be one of those local artists who’s taken for granted. With more than 500 songs...



Metro

Special Treatment

Arlington Heights staffers are furious about the lack of attention to some students’ needs.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The toilet sat for years behind a thin privacy screen at the back of a special education classroom at Arlington Heights High School. It’s finally gone, but faculty members say it still symbolizes the serious problems they see...


COVER ILLUSTRATION BY THOMAS PITILLI

Where the Bears Are …

(Hint: Here)
JIMMY FOWLER, PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
When you ask someone to imagine a gay man, images from TV and in movies have provided a pretty rigid stereotype: extremely appearance- and fashion-conscious, slender and gym-going, flamboyant, probably under 35 with an “artis...



BFF mixes French/Vietnamese, sushi, and some Korean and Thai — the menu might actually be too big. Tony Robles

BFF!

You’ll be best friends forever after one visit to this pan-Asian bistro.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
BFF Bistro offers an eclectic mix of Asian cuisine while also housing an on-site bakery and — wait for it — a disco lounge. On a recent Saturday afternoon visit, said lounge, near the front of the restaurant, was particular...


Sonic Buffalo will simply chud-rock your face off. Photo by Parker Lunsford

Chud Rock? You Bet

HEARSAY
A lovable but particularly snobbish friend recently referred to a kind of rock ’n’ roll practiced in Fort Worth as “chud rock.” I snickered, thinking, “ ‘Chud’ definitely isn’t a word, but somehow I know what he...



Nicholas Hoult scales unimagined heights in Jack the Giant Slayer.

Jacked Up

Bryan Singer comes back with this smarter-than-usual fairy tale movie.
KRISTIAN LIN
I went to Jack the Giant Slayer to find out what the hell happened to Bryan Singer. Ten years ago, he was one of Hollywood’s hottest directors, after breaking through with the ingenious The Usual Suspects (1995) and then scor...


Lambarena will be performed as part of TBT’s spring repertory, Fri-Sun.

Spring Fling

BIG TICKET
Texas Ballet Theater brings two major works to Bass Performance Hall this weekend, plus a sprinkling of pas de deux. The two main attractions are Glen Tetley’s powerful Voluntaries, set to Francis Poulenc’s concerto for org...