Archive for September, 2014
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Sharing the Wealth

Arts patrons aren’t thrilled at a Bass arena getting the Cadillac while they get the Ford — but they’re coming around.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The newly built Trail Drive just south of the Will Rogers Memorial Center is about as fancy as a road gets in this city. The extra-wide four-lane street includes more than 100 ornate streetlamps that cost $1,300 each, beautiful...


Fowler: “The change in the law puts the issue of discipline back in the hands of teachers and administrators.” Courtesy Deborah Fowler

One-Way Tickets

A revamped state law seeks to stop a flood of misdemeanor charges being filed against students for minor problems.
PETER GORMAN
Chewing gum in class or talking back to your teacher might seem like the kind of thing that would get your knuckles cracked or perhaps draw a stint in detention. But for hundreds of thousands of Texas middle school and high sch...



Taye Diggs, Morris Chestnut, Harold Perrineau, and Terrence Howard make like New Edition in The Best Man Holiday.

Party Like It’s 1999

The Best Man Holiday catches up with its characters 14 years later.
KRISTIAN LIN
Malcolm D. Lee’s comedy The Best Man was only a modest hit when it came out in 1999, but it was the best-known of a surge of movies from that time about African-Americans leading ordinary middle-class lives, when previous fil...


Matthew McConaughey hawks life-saving unapproved drugs in Dallas Buyers Club.

Drugstore Cowboy

Great acting distinguishes the powerful AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club.
KRISTIAN LIN
If you know only one thing about Dallas Buyers Club, it’s probably that Matthew McConaughey lost 40 pounds to play an AIDS patient. That’s true, but there’s a great deal more to both this film and his work than that. McCo...



Jason Caswell (left) and Shawn Corley are re-imagining a pool hall into Arlington's first indie-rock venue.

Chuggin’ Monk: Indie Music to Arlington

HEARSAY
Arlington is a lot of things: rollercoaster capital of North Texas, home of JerryWorld, chain-restaurant wasteland. What the city has never been is a place for recurring indie-rock shows. But hold on to your Rangers caps. Into ...


The Lab Rack, a flight of shots, is served in a smoking beaker.

Capacitor in Flux

The Science Lab Bar & Grille is still a work in progress.
STEVE STEWARD photos by Lee Chastain
Back in October, The Food Network’s restaurant rehab/rebranding show On the Rocks visited ailing TCU bar and grill XII (originally Whiskey XII, later XII Whiskey), making it over from a cavernous, purple-painted sports bar in...



The hero of Buzzkill, an anonymous übermensch, derives his superpowers from drugs and alcohol.

Buzzkill: Up, Up, and Away

A new comic tackles addiction and power.
COLE WILLIAMS
There have been as many takes on the superhero genre as there are members of the X-Men. The artform has been deconstructed, reconstructed, and outright parodied. But there’s never been a superhero who gains his powers from do...


Gunther Schuller receives a tribute at UTA, Sat.

Celebrating Composers

BIG TICKET
Gunther Schuller turns 88 next week, and so UTA is holding a celebration of this composer who has led an extraordinary life. A sideman for Miles Davis on his Birth of the Cool album, Schuller gave up performing soon afterward f...



Idris Elba in "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom."

LSFF Report (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
The festival’s last day began with Blood Brother, Steve Hoover’s documentary about his lifelong best friend Robin “Rocky” Braat, who sold all his possessions and moved to India in pursuit of “authenticity.” When he ...


DEAR GOD, PLEASE HEAL SEAN LEE QUICKLY. THE COWBOYS SEASON DEPENDS ON IT. AMEN. (Wikipedia

Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys vs. Saints, Divine Intervention

Jeff Prince
Before we get into this week’s Off Asides, I have breaking news to report: Tony Romo’s mom has filed a bullying complaint against the New Orleans Saints after last night’s unsportsmanlike 49-17 drubbing of the...