Archive for October, 2015

Sessions with Copeland’s Haters

About a year after his last studio album, a self-titled trip through non-twangy but C&W-influenced Americana (“Copeland’s Time,” Nov. 2, 2011), Fort Worth singer-songwriter Scott Copeland had had enough. “The group ...

Holy fracking water.

Numb and Dumber

A simple reason explains why Fort Worth Weekly was among the country’s first news media to point out that fracking by natural gas drillers could threaten water supplies, and yet regulatory agencies weren’t paying attention....


Blue Monday

Unless you hate crowds, Mondays are a rough night to go out. Maybe not happy hour so much; I’m thinking more of those last few hours of the night, when an already quiet bar becomes utterly devoid of life. A lot of times, the ...



Legislators can’t shake the lottery habit.
Ah, the lottery. Texas House members recently voted to kill it, some posturing to curry favor with anti-gambling constituents. But everyone was surprised — including some of the posturers — when the sunset review bill to co...

Tenor David Portillo’s version of the classic “Ah! Mes amis” will knock your socks off.

Glory Denied, Daughter Roll

Fort Worth Opera Festival continues with two totally different works.
For this year’s requisite dose of comedy, Fort Worth Opera went with Donizetti’s The Daughter of the Regiment, a mid-19th-century bel canto piece about a young orphan girl who is raised by a ragtag group of soldiers in The ...

We’reWolves will take some time off after their CD release show to promote their new record and write new material.

We’reWolves: Fang-tastic

These swampy young rockers have just put out an intriguing new album.
For We’reWolves, the time was right for a proper recording. All that frontman Riley Knight, guitarist Rob Hine, drummer Austin Adams, and keyboardist Colin Cashman had to their name was a nine-song demo recorded last summer, ...

Kellar: “When you’re back here, you’d think you were in the Hill Country.” Jeff Prince

Home, Home on the Landfill

Thirty years of trash later, a Westside hill welcomes back wildlife.
Westbound motorists on I-30 enjoy a lovely view near the Linkcrest Drive exit in far west Fort Worth. No, not the honkytonks, boarded-up liquor store, and adult video store whose big yellow “XXX” sign is missing half an X. ...

Tye Sheridan, Matthew McConaughey, and Jacob Lofland are up a tree (in a boat) in Mud.

Mud: A Clear Vision

Right and wrong may be clear to the men in this drama — but not to anyone else.
In his previous film, Take Shelter, filmmaker Jeff Nichols relied on subtle direction and the exigencies of financial peril to ground the apocalyptic, magical reality through which his protagonist suffered. In Nichols’ latest...

Mark Wahlberg covets a rich man's possessions in "Pain & Gain."

Pain & Gain: Muscle Bay

What’s this? Michael Bay goes small-scale, and it’s not too bad.
Wonders never cease. Here’s Michael Bay, director of the Transformers movies and various other crimes against cinema, taking time out to helm a caper flick that has an actual story and characters and all that stuff. At $25 mi...


Answering the Call

Randal Goodwin lost both legs fighting fires more than 20 years ago, but he headed to West to help anyway.
ANNABELLE MASSEY MALLOY photos by Mike malloy
When Randal Goodwin heard the rumble outside his home in rural Cleburne, just before 8 p.m. on April 17, he thought it was thunder. “We were edgy,” Goodwin said. “We were still reeling from the Boston bombing on Monday an...