Archive for December, 2014
The food at Vee Lounge is actually pretty good for a nightclub.

Good Enough for Government Work

CHOW, BABY
It always strikes me as odd when people have to qualify their opinions about food based on where it’s served. As in, “For a bingo hall, the food’s not that bad.” Or, more likely, the left-handed compliment is to a night...


Having just released their third album, Whiskey Folk Ramblers are preparing to hit the road.

Ramblin’ Men

The Lonesome Underground ain’t your father’s Whiskey Folk Ramblers.
JIMMY FOWLER
Although it’s been three years since Whiskey Folk Ramblers’ last long-player, … And There Are Devils, the North Texas quintet’s patented John Steinbeck-meets-Tom Waits atmospherics are fully intact on the alt-Americana ...



Operators of Red River Motorcycle Trails, an off-road park, are challenging EOG Resources’ request for a sand mining permit. Courtesy Red River

Sand in the Wind

A citizens group fears damage to human and aquifer health from a proposed mine.
PETER GORMAN
A proposal by oil and gas giant EOG Resources to open a sand mine in North Texas’ Cooke County has a small group of nearby families and businesses worried that their health will be put at risk and their water supply seriously...


Tom Hollenback’s “SPWP-SD3”

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William Campbell Contemporary Art
GALLERY
The name of Tom Hollenback’s new solo show at William Campbell Contemporary Art is Mutabilis, Latin for “mutable,” a quality illustrated by the artist’s work here. One way he blurs the line between two-dimensional and t...



Olga Kurylenko and Ben Affleck share one of many pensive moments in To the Wonder.

To the Wonder: Into Thin Air

Terrence Malick’s latest is a transcendent bore.
KRISTIAN LIN
Did we overrate Terrence Malick, or is he just regressing to the mean after The Tree of Life? Anyone who saw his Oscar-nominated cultural touchstone from two years ago will readily recognize the hallmarks of his style in his la...


Chris O'Dowd presents Deborah Mailman, Shari Sebbens, Jessica Mauboy, and Miranda Tapsell in "The Sapphires."

Soul Sapphires

Aboriginal singers (and one Irish guy) distinguish this Down Under musical.
KRISTIAN LIN
Ah, Chris O’Dowd! Whether you loved him in Bridesmaids or detested him on TV’s Girls, you’ve probably been amused by the antics of this lumpen 33-year-old Irishman with the blocky physique, close-set eyes, and delightful ...



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Musical Chairs at City Hall

Two council veterans are fighting their successors to get their old seats back.
Story and photos BY JEFF PRINCE
A couple of elderly women dressed in their Sunday best clutched colorful scarves over their heads and carefully crossed a slick parking lot during last week’s chilly rain. They’d just listened to candidates speak at a polit...


The grips come packed and ready at Grip Mediterranean. Lee Chastain

Mediterranean Stronghold

With the tasty Grip, the Channa brothers expand their mini-empire.
LAURIE BARKER JAMES
Adam and Jalal Channa have created a local mini restaurant empire — first with Dallas’ Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill, then with Fort Worth’s Terra Mediterranean Grill, which has additional locations in Dallas and Irving. N...



Mary Dunleavy stars as Mimi in Fort Worth Opera’s production of La Bohème, opening 7:30pm Sat at Bass Hall.

Opera Festival Time

BIG TICKET
The annual Fort Worth Opera Festival is back. Taking place mostly at Bass Performance Hall over the next several weeks starting this weekend, the event will feature a mix of old and new operas, including Puccini’s La Bohème,...


Mayor Betsy Price: “We don’t like other cities outdoing us.”

Ebbing Tide

Gas revenues to fund the arts? What gas revenues?
ANTHONY MARIANI
Be afraid, Fort Worth. Be very afraid. Late last year, the Fort Worth City Council decided to decrease funding for the nearly 50-year-old Arts Council of Fort Worth, a nonprofit agency that distributes funds to 45 local groups,...