Archive for July, 2014
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A Proper Introduction

LAST CALL
I’d like to say I didn’t have a good reason for taking so long to write about Proper, the newish bar on the less trendy end of West Magnolia Avenue, but the truth is that in my first couple of visits, I really wasn’t wowe...


music

Electric Neck, Mercy Skull

Secret Ghost Champion is still weird, still psychedelic, and still awesome.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Secret Ghost Champion is out there. The Fort Worth quintet led by singer-songwriter Ben Hance isn’t flashy or rowdy, and the guys don’t perform in sequined jumpsuits or anything. Hance, little brother Danny Hance (bass), Jo...



National Theatre Live brings King Lear to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth on Wednesday.

Night & Day

KRISTIAN LIN
WED ▪ 21 Sam Mendes’ staging of King Lear won rave reviews for its conception of Shakespeare’s tragic hero as a genocidal dictator and its opulent staging. (The Guardian opened its review with, “It would be worth it for...


An apartment building looms over Linda Bridwell’s home. Jeff Prince

Raunchy, yes. Funny, no.

TCU neighbors push back against student housing trends.
JEFF PRINCE
Movie critics are hailing Neighbors as this season’s best comedy. A bunch of college kids move into a neighborhood next to regular folks, and raunchy hilarity ensues. Not so much in real life. Just ask Linda Bridwell. In 1951...



The new lineup for Henry the Archer is wrapping up its first full-length. Photo by Dustin Schneider with Plastik Object Photography

Henry the Archer: Aiming for Cowtown

HEARSAY
New Jerseyan Richard Hennessy had been playing music since high school and professionally as the one-man project Henry the Archer for a couple of years before his employer offered him the chance to relocate to the sunny shores ...


Michelle Cortez Gonzales’ “Limpia”

Gallery

Rose Marine Theater
GALLERY
Fort Worth native Michelle Cortez Gonzales’ artworks spring from a complicated relationship with the various religious faiths she was raised in. Her show of paintings at Rose Marine Theater remains up until the end of the mon...



Emjay Anthony and Jon Favreau look for customers for their new food truck in Chef.

Cuban Sandwich King

Jon Favreau serves up small plates of joy in his food comedy Chef.
KRISTIAN LIN
In his amiable food comedy Chef, writer-director Jon Favreau stars as Carl Casper, the head chef at a well-established upscale L.A. restaurant. As the movie opens, he’s preparing his staff to receive powerful food critic and ...


Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler enjoy a moment to themselves at a South African resort in Blended.

Blended and Extended

Adam Sandler’s latest comedy actually doesn’t suck.
KRISTIAN LIN
Something about Drew Barrymore seems to smooth out Adam Sandler’s abrasive edges and bring out his sweetness without making him cloying. After The Wedding Singer and 50 First Dates, the two actors have teamed up once again, a...



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Leaving Islam

Friends she found on Twitter helped free a young woman from her family’s tyranny.
KENNETH KOST
Keys to freedom can take many forms. Samya’s was an iPod, a Twitter account, and a group of North Texas atheists. Samya is not her real name. The young Tarrant County resident asked that a pseudonym be used in this story beca...


All of the seafood was cooked well and tasted great at R.J. Gator’s. Lee Chastain

Floribbean Queen

Stick with the surf options at R.J. Gator’s.
LAURIE JAMES
At one point, R.J. Gator’s was a flourishing Florida-based chain with locations in several states. The concept: “Floribbean” cuisine –– Jamaican lite with Caribbean and Cajun accents plus Tex-Mex. The chain went bankr...