Archive for July, 2014
Dreamy Soundz Records does right by local jazz on a new compilation album.

Dreamy Jazz Soundz

HEARSAY
Back in the mid-aughts, even after Caravan of Dreams was shuttered, Fort Worth was a pretty jazzy town. The Black Dog Tavern was packed most Sunday nights for a jam hosted by Berklee-educated Fort Worth drummer Dave Karnes, who...


Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl take up a crusade for the truth in The Fifth Estate.

Springing Leaks

Rejoice, Cumberbitches! The leading man is the best thing about The Fifth Estate.
KRISTIAN LIN
Is Julian Assange a hero or a creep? Going into The Fifth Estate, I entertained both opinions about the founder of WikiLeaks. However, this biopic about the polarizing Australian blogger does better than split the difference. I...



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Michael Cain’s New Start

A festival director becomes a movie director with an addiction documentary.
KRISTIAN LIN
Longview native Michael Cain remembers the drive-in theater he used to go to when he was a boy, where he saw everything from The Sound of Music to The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. “I’d watch Bruce Lee movies there, and they int...


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String of Pearls

Fort Worth’s award-winning Trinity bridges connect trails, neighborhoods, and history.
PHOTOS AND STORY BY ROBERT HART
From a moving vehicle it’s difficult to appreciate the bridges that span Fort Worth’s two forks of the Trinity River. Railings fly by, obscuring the river completely or chopping the view into slices like a flipbook. Is the ...



The reuben may not require a knife and a fork but is delish. Lee Chastain

Good Buzz

If Little Red Wasp is big on one thing, it’s flavor.
JIMMY FOWLER
Food portions at most restaurants are too large as it is, so when an eatery makes a point of promoting its sandwiches as so “huge” they require a knife and fork, all kinds of gluttonous images come to mind –– usually in...


Leticia Oliveira and Carl Coomer dance the title roles in TBT’s Romeo and Juliet.

Big Time Crush

BIG TICKET
Surprisingly, it wasn’t until 1935 that Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet made its way onto the dance stage, in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. Prokofiev’s sumptuous score and Adrian Piotrovsky’s workable libretto made it poss...



Seattle artist Norie Sato incorporated local photographs into her mosaics.

Flying Down the Road

Beautifying a highway calls for some natural art.
EDWARD BROWN
In 2005, the Fort Worth City Council adopted the Southwest Parkway Master Plan, which outlined how the city would use art to blend features of the proposed Chisholm Trail toll road into the existing urban environment. Running f...


MA AND PA WILBER (photo courtesy of Wikimedia)

Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Racial Slurs

Jeff Prince
Seeing DeMarcus Ware and DeMarco Murray limping off the field last night prompted visions of the Dallas Cowboys circa 2012 — a solid team that suffered too many injuries and finished up 8-8 for the year and missed the pla...



Stanley Kauffmann

R.I.P., Stanley Kauffmann

Kristian Lin
The news on Wednesday of Stanley Kauffmann’s death at age 97 sent me scurrying back to his film criticism. Having previously reviewed theater and books, Kauffmann fell into his job reviewing films for The New Republic in 1958...


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CBS DFW’s Chris Arnold Caught Plagiarizing

Eric Griffey
Local sports radio/TV personality Chris Arnold was busted by Jason Lisk of the The Big Lead blog for blatant plagiarism. Arnold, who is also the Dallas Mavericks’ game night emcee, appears to have ripped off a piece by Sc...