Archive for November, 2014
Learn to create calm spaces.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 12 How do we design interior spaces that reduce our stress levels? One answer: Figure out a way to keep smartphones out of said spaces. TCU interior design professor Laura Prestwood should have more enlightening ideas, ...


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F(r)oodian Analysis

CHOW, BABY
There I was on my therapist’s couch, wondering aloud how my unhealthy relationship with food got started. “Most of my fond foodie memories involve a safe place or a time in my life when I was carefree,” I said. “Like wh...



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Redistricting: Hamster Wheel

Governor decrees, legislature disagrees, parties sue, judges rule. Repeat ad infinitum.
DAVE McNEELY
Redistricting in Texas is like grabbing a tar baby. Once you pick it up, it’s very difficult to put down. And it sticks on everyone’s hands for years. No matter. Republican Gov. Rick Perry, acting at the behest of Republica...


Last Call

Light My Fire

LAST CALL
In the wake of last week’s column (“Smoke Gets in Your ‘I’s”), the thought occurred to me (via the suggestion of my editor) that maybe Fort Worth is in fact coming around to the idea of banning smoking from all public...



According a the lawsuit, “rapes, stabbings, and beatings and other acts of violence are rampant.” Remind us again: Why were private prisons supposed to be a good idea?

Jeez, GEO

STATIC
The latest entry in the ever-popular “worst private prison operation in the country” sweepstakes comes to us from Meridian, Miss. — a fur piece from here, as Static’s uncle used to say, but hang on, because you’ll rec...


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A Win For Joe Palazzolo

Eric Griffey
The Fort Worth school district, whose attorney on Tuesday called former assistant principal Joe Palazzolo a liar and a bully, on Wednesday morning agreed to a settlement that gives the whistleblower pretty much everything he as...



Featuring cover art by Tommy Surya, Southern Train Gypsy's sophomore album, The Bastard, is no-bullshit, swampy metal.

What a Bastard

Southern Train Gypsy’s got a great outlook and a killer new metallic CD.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Full disclosure: These guys bought me beers. We met a couple of days ago at a local restaurant around happy hour for an interview. I had three or four (five?) drafts. The guys had beers and burgers. When time came to say our go...


(From left to right) Ukraine’s Vadym Kholodenko, Italy’s Beatrice Rana, and the United States’ Sean Chen were the big winners in the Cliburn.

Cliburn Wrap

There were a couple of surprises in the 14th version of the international piano competition.
LEONARD EUREKA
Hearing only the finals of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in Bass Performance Hall last week gave me a different perspective on the young hopefuls than the jury had. During the course of the contest, juror...



Strickland: “I didn’t choose this work — this work chose me.” Lee Chastain

Protesting the Drug War

Pot law reformers include a mom who lost a child to drug violence.
ERIC GRIFFEY
The leaders of DFW NORML, a group that works for reform of marijuana laws, are used to being stereotyped. Some folks figured that their recent conference, for instance, would be filled with Cheech and Chong types. Others might ...


Janet Morrow’s “Untitled”

Gallery

Gallery 76102
GALLERY
Gallery 76102’s annual juried competition, 897 Square, returns this weekend to the downtown venue. The 15 artists in this year’s show were selected by guest juror William Campbell. The opening reception is this Thursday at ...