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Music on the Edge

It’s a hard-candy holiday for those who put it all on the line for art and freedom.
JEFF PRINCE
The artist named Vincent couldn’t have had a good Christmas Eve. His head was bandaged, he’d been in a fight that day, and the police were on their way. He had very little money and wasn’t sure anyone would ever pay atten...
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Latest From Blotch
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The Best Movie Dialogue of 2014

Kristian Lin
Welcome to the first of several blog posts in which I discuss the year in movies. This year, I’m starting with an annual post that I love compiling every year, a selection of the best dialogue I heard in the theater. Like man...
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James Franco and Seth Rogen wait for their movie to be released in "The Interview"
 
Latest From Metro
Keisler: “We are forced to give our territorial rights ... away.” Vishal Malhotra

Beer and Sausage …

Craft brewers are suing to stop what they say is a money grab by big distributors.
EDWARD BROWN
Making beer is a heady process, so to speak, full of rich smells and flavors and delicate arts. Making beer law, on the other hand, apparently follows another time-tested rule — like making sausage, it’s a process you don...
Parpia: “There’s a need for the next generation of children to become engaged global citizens.”
Nobody’s home at LaGrave Field these days, and sports teams are looking for new quarters — or new owners for the property.
As with this skull, a small section of bone was removed from the Austin skull for DNA testing.
 
Latest From Music Feature
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Killer or Filler?

A tribute, a garage tape, and a Christmas EP make up this month’s critical darlings.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Now that we’ve named our favorite albums, EPs, and songs of the past 365 days or so, let’s march right into 2015 with this batch of recordings. –– Anthony Mariani   Various artists’ Safely Down: The Songs of Jaso...
The Orbans’ Vedere was noteworthy for multiple reasons.
Kitchens (left) and Dub have segued into pure metallic improvisation.
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Latest From 2nd Thought
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Owning Up

Being honest with ourselves about race is the starting point.
KEN WHEATCROFT-PARDUE
I’ll always love my Great Aunt Flossie. As a youngster, rocking on her front porch in Galveston, I sat enthralled, listening to her yarns about the Pirate Jean Lafitte’s hidden treasure chest of gold doubloons still buried ...
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Latest From Static
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Smoke Signals

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The $1.1 trillion federal spending bill Congress recently passed is loaded with so many Wall Street giveaways that it’s sick-making — like eating an entire, ancient fruitcake in one sitting. But it also includes one little ...
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Latest From Last Call
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Dept. of Wish Fulfillment

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I went to a dueling piano bar last Thursday, almost a year after my first visit. Compared to Louie Louie’s ridiculously festive décor –– instruments, piñatas, bras, deer heads –– Pete’s Dueling Piano Bar’s was s...
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Latest From Hearsay
The Hanna Barbarians -- all current and past members; most of them are shown here -- will be dearly missed. Come send them off in style Friday at Lola's and Saturday, Jan. 17, at The Grotto. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Fallen Empire

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Though the loud, raucous, Stones-esque Hanna Barbarians recently announced they were breaking up, they essentially broke up the day they formed in 2009. “We had this barbaric attitude, if you will,” guitarist Alex Zobel sai...
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Latest From Stage
Bob Allen and Melinda Wood Allen want Santa to be held accountable in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Lee Chastain

Bad Santa

St. Nick’s team accuses him of abusing his power in Drag Strip Courage’s Reindeer Monologues.
JIMMY FOWLER
If you thought David Sedaris and Joe Mantello’s The Santaland Diaries was the ultimate in smart-ass holiday entertainment for adults, you haven’t seen Jeff Goode’s The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Not as famous as Diaries ...
The explorers raise a toast to a new partnership.
Bass Hall was packed with music fans on Wednesday but not for a live performance. Photo by Performing Arts Fort Worth.
At The Live Oak, Anderson & Roe chatted with concertgoers and mixed in some Michael Jackson among the Stravinsky and Mozart.
 
Latest From Eats
Chicken tikka masala in burrito form? That’s what Currytos Indian Mexican Grill specializes in, with mostly fantastic results. Lee Chastain

On the Bombay Border

Indian-Mexican food — why didn’t they think of this sooner?
JIMMY FOWLER
Situated in an erstwhile chain sandwich shop just north of Grapevine’s decked-out downtown, the locally owned Currytos Indian Mexican Grill offers an intriguing combination of international food genres –– traditional Indi...
Owner Maureen “Angela” Hucey proudly offers her jerk chicken with steamed cabbage.
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The Hello Goodbye Burger is just one of the specialties featured at The Rock
 
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Second-Chance Stocking

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‘Tis the season of giving, right? That’s why Chow, Baby gave a second shot to a couple of the restaurants I panned over the last couple of years. I tried to revisit two other places that had felt my wrath, but they’ve alr...
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Latest From Film Reviews
Anna Kendrick ponders what to do on the steps of the palace in Into the Woods.

Today Was a Fairytale

Into the Woods: There was a baker and his wife, and it was beautiful.
KRISTIAN LIN
Way back before Disney rejuvenated itself by making animated musicals based on fairy tales sprinkled with witty songs, adult concerns, and a wisecracking modern attitude, Stephen Sondheim beat the studio to that territory with ...
Christoph Waltz bullies Amy Adams into giving up credit for her paintings in Big Eyes.
Quvenzhané Wallis plays with Sandy in the new Annie.
The dwarves make a last stand at their fortress in "The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies."
 
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American Sniper opens Thursday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: American Sniper (R) Bradley Cooper stars in Clint Eastwood’s biography of Chris Kyle, the deadliest sniper in U.S. military history. Also with Sienna Miller, Luke Grimes, Jake McDorman, Brian Hallisay, Kyle Gallner, ...
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb opens Friday.
Top Five opens Friday.
Diplomacy opens Friday.
 
Latest From Arts
Superman has some advice for “Jack.”

A Death in Pictures

Dennis Blagg gathers some of Leslie Lanzotti’s most skeptical JFK paintings.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worthian Leslie Lanzotti describes her painting style as “fractured reality.” Fitting then that one of her favorite subjects is shrouded in mystery. And not just any big question but one of the biggest in the history o...
Bob Allen and Melinda Wood Allen want Santa to be held accountable in The Eight: Reindeer Monologues. Lee Chastain
The explorers raise a toast to a new partnership.
Along with Ira Cohen, Fort Worth artist Zelmer Phillips, who died this year, created this portrait of Japanese dance pioneer Ohno Kazuo.
 
Latest From Gallery
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To put it mildly, now is an interesting time to see David LaFevor’s Cuba: Histories of the Present, with its photographs of contemporary street life in Cuba. With the two nations’ recent move to normalize relations, you mig...
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Richard Thompson’s “Painter’s Farm #7”
Karen Weinman’s “Impermanent Chair”