Archive for July, 2014
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Once More to the Nerdcore Show

LAST CALL
I think there comes a point when, if you’ve consistently been under the influence of various intoxicants for awhile, you have to stop the party wagon for a moment and ask yourself, “Whoa! Am I fucked up, or is that Sonic th...


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Diving for Dumplings

CHOW, BABY
Not all small-town mom-and-pop restaurants are created equal. Chow, Baby is often guilty of romanticizing such joints. I can’t help it. I just imagine that some nice family is living out their restaurateur dream: Grandma is i...



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Closing the Lid on Box of Rock

HEARSAY
I’m guessing that not many local, original musicians listen to mainstream classic rock on a regular basis. I don’t think I’ve ever heard any of them say, “Yeah, I was listening to Lone Star Ninety-Two-Five the other day...


Van Cliburn won the inaugural Tchaikovsky Piano Competition in Moscow in 1958, a year after the Soviet Union launched Sputnik and seemed to be at a distinct advantage.

Van Cliburn (1934-2013)

The tall, skinny Texan leaves an indelible mark on local culture.
LEONARD EUREKA
Fort Worth took a double whammy last week with the passing of Van Cliburn, the iconic pianist for whom the Cliburn International Piano Competition is named, and major arts patroness Nancy Lee Bass, whose name, along with that o...



Stone Machine Electric’s self-titled debut is ominous and brutal.

Killer or Filler?

There’s a lot of music happening in this region, including sophisticated rock and doomy sludge.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Stone Machine Electric’s Stone Machine Electric Chroniclers take note: If you’ve been keeping track of doom metal’s resurgent popularity over the past five years or so, you might want to look a little more closely at Nort...


Hensarling: “The days of the mom-and-pop liquor store are gone.” Lee Chastain

Liquor by the Big Box

The booze business is getting chained up in North Texas.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Just a few weeks ago, empty shelves at the Majestic Liquor on Camp Bowie Boulevard gave the long-standing retailer the look of a sad, picked-apart grocery store just before a natural disaster. Now a design crew is hard at work ...



James Blake’s “Oak Tree in Rattlesnake Canyon”

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GALLERY
Art lovers with a dendrological bent will want to check out the show at William Campbell Contemporary Art. James Blake’s paintings of trees in various settings are often rendered in striking colors and from angles that captur...


Matthew Fox and Eriko Hatsune pursue an ill-starred wartime romance in Emperor.

Emperor: Occupy Japan

This post-WWII movie is a romance that should have been a detective story.
KRISTIAN LIN
What is it about Japan that inspires Western filmmakers to make such boring dramas about the place? You could say that Westerners don’t understand Japan, but then look at all the Hollywood movies that have been made in Italy ...



Nicole Leigh Jones steps off a train in this Grapevine-filmed scene in "Shroud."

David Jetre Unveils Shroud

A Denton filmmaker distributes his Western himself.
KRISTIAN LIN
“We didn’t want to sell when we were desperate,” said Denton native David Jetre about his debut film, Shroud. The supernatural Western wrapped in 2009, when the country was in the depths of a major recession. With his fil...


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Ranch Tradition: Hanging On

Texas cattle raisers aren’t giving up — but neither is the drought.
JEFF PRINCE WITH PHOTOS BY ROBERT HART
The tools of a rancher’s trade are scattered around the office in Saginaw. Leather chaps, spurs, dusters, bridles, and sweat-stained cowboy hats hang on hooks and racks. They’re utilitarian, not décor. Still, they give the...