Archive for April, 2014
MUSIC

Killer or Filler?

A new, shiny one from some non-scenesters and a blast from the past are comin’ atcha from the great 817.
FORT WORTH WEEKLY MUSIC STAFF
Titanmoon’s Bang Bang Titanmoon doesn’t do anything small. After a three-year hiatus, the Fort Worth synth-rock quartet has returned not just with a new album, Bang Bang, but also with a feature-length documentary about the...


Heise: “They wanted to put him in the most demeaning position possible.” Eric Griffey

Disabled and Discarded?

Danny Swanson says the school district got rid of him because of his epilepsy.
ERIC GRIFFEY
Inside a two-story house in the Ryan Place neighborhood on the South Side, Danny Swanson slowly wheeled himself into his den. Awaiting his arrival were his two Scottish terriers languidly curled on a blue couch. The large but c...



Matthew Szal’s “Urban Bull”

Gallery

Fringe Art Studio
GALLERY
Part of the new band of art galleries on Race Street, the Fringe Art Studio’s new show features photographs by Carson Sanders and paintings by Matthew Szal that ask whether a city’s history is erased by new construction. Th...


Michael Shannon silences another victim in The Iceman.

Iceman: Shannon Fodder

A glowering lead actor stands tall in this grim mob drama.
KRISTIAN LIN
Seems that the world has discovered Michael Shannon. And, really, why not? Quite apart from his considerable skills, the 38-year-old Kentucky native offers up a unique screen presence, with his towering physique, flat bass voic...



An explosion of flowers frames Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio's romance in "The Great Gatsby."

Gatsby: Green Light

A great novel becomes a party soaked in champagne, hip-hop, and Art Deco.
KRISTIAN LIN
A scant year after F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby was published, it was made into a film. Since then, it has been turned into stage plays, other films, an opera, a graphic novel, and even video games. Baz Luhrma...


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Evolution of a Rebel

Despite threats and abuse, Sharon Wilson has become a one-woman resource for the anti-fracking movement.
PETER GORMAN
Don’t mess with Texas — TXSharon, that is, to use her online moniker. That’s the lesson the shale gas drilling companies have been learning since they got horse-riding, pickup-driving, fifth-generation Texan single mom Sh...



Don Mario’s serves up their Ultimate Fajitas (left) and a platter of catfish and shrimp. Lee Chastain

Lighter Delights

Don Mario’s piles on the flavor instead of the weight.
JIMMY FOWLER
Even diehard fans of traditional Mexican cuisine will admit the fare tends to be too heavy while also being light on flavor. It’s as if the goal of a typical plate of enchiladas was merely to fill up your stomach rather than ...


BOOKS

A Texas Jubilee

Fort Worth author James Ward Lee celebrates the good/bad ol’ days.
EDWARD BROWN
The fictionalized North Texas town of Bodark Springs comes to life in James Ward Lee’s most recent book, A Texas Jubilee, reminding readers that few things in life are as pleasurable as well written folklore. Fort Worthian Le...



Life Is a Journey

BIG TICKET
So much of art history in the 20th century can be seen in the work of Romare Bearden. Born in Charlotte in 1911, the artist started out being influenced by Mexican muralists such as Diego Rivera and José Clemente Orozco before...


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Fort Worth’s Woodson Named State Painter

ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth painter and TCU alum and former prof Jim Woodson has been named state artist (two-dimensional) for 2013 by The Texas Commission on the Arts. Woodson joins state poet laureates Rosemary Catacalos (2013) and Dean Young...