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Bad Air Day

Around North Texas parks and playgrounds, children are breathing dangerous doses of toxic fumes from gas industry sites.
PETER GORMAN W/ PHOTOS BY LEE CHASTAIN
On a crisp Saturday morning, Delga Park, just north of downtown Fort Worth, was beautiful. The deep blue sky was spattered with cumulus clouds, and birds flitted among shade trees at one end of the park, sandwiched between I-35...
Art Institute's cover design winner Robert George, Jr.
Actor Quinn Shephard wants to learn the ropes on small-budget films.
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This Week in Love: Consensual Sex App, Uniform Dating

Eric Griffey
Love Contract A few years back, The Chappelle Show aired a skit about two people signing a contract of consent before sex. In an instance of life imitating art, a company called Sandton Technologies has created an app called Go...
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Lola meets Hermione, one of two hens that she and her mom now rent. Lee Chastain

Better Hens and Gardens

For fresh-egg fans, a new option: rent-a-chickens.
JEFF PRINCE
Cowtown might become known as Chicken Town if Beverly Thomas keeps working at her current pace. Her Weatherford-based business, 2 Buck Cluck, is gaining in popularity after a slow start, and most of her new customers live in Fo...
Art Institute's section design winner, Amy Minton.
Gray: “When we say ‘affordable housing,’ more times than not it comes with a negative connotation.” Jeff Prince
Ali: “I just want to make a living and feed my family.” Jeff Prince
 
Latest From Music Feature
“I’m not really into the whole ‘bro country/party all the time’ kind of music that you hear a lot on the radio.”

Ryan’s Hope

On his new album, this Fort Worth singer-songwriter shows that rock and soul have a place in countrified music.
JIMMY FOWLER
Country music is chock-full of great drinking songs, but Fort Worth singer-songwriter Mike Ryan, 28, may have recorded the classic ode to toking up on his smart, addictive new album, Bad Reputation. “Red Eye Flight” is an i...
Artists from as far afield as Germany, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Canada, and Italy –– and Texas –– call Saint Marie Records “home.” Tony Robles
More Fleetwood Mac than Merle Haggard, Fort Worth singer-songwriter Whitnye Raquel is still built to battle –– and baffle –– societal convention. Dee Hill
Duell does “cheeseburger rock ’n’ roll” very well.
 
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How to Vote

Remember the rules for getting registered, getting ballots, and getting your vote to count.
DAVE McNEELY
There is a certain irony in the fact that while the Texas Photo Voter ID law is under court challenge by Democrats and the U.S. Department of Justice as being cumbersome and discriminatory, you can vote by mail without the need...
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A Game of Creepfrog

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Residents of the University West neighborhood just can’t get a break from the “TCU creep.” No, that’s not some weirdo performing lewd acts in public, but the nickname locals have given to the double whammy of steady enc...
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Naturally Peppy: A Sobering Fact

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I noticed something during the three hours I spent at Lola’s Saloon on Saturday: People didn’t seem that drunk. I was there during the early part of the all-day Panther City Pep Rally, with various local-musician super-grou...
Art Institute's section design winner, Jean Gonzales.
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Apparently, West 7th had a crazy back-to-school weekend.
 
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Fou has finally finished its debut album, and frontman Jeevan Antony says there's more to come.

Not Fou-ing Around

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Fou started recording the songs that would become its just-released debut album, Boy, nearly four years ago at a home studio in Fort Worth. And nearly four years ago, those songs were super-quiet, super-slow, and very precious....
(From left to right) drummer Trey Alfaro, bassist Forrest Barton, and frontman Josh Fleming have finally come into their own.
Don't miss any of the opening acts this Fri-Sat at Dia de los Toadies.
Blank-Men's debut recording, the six-song EP Fact or Fiction?, sounds like Devo or The B-52's but is more ragged, more punk.
 
Latest From Stage
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Best Of Culture 2014

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Solo Dance Performance (Female) Critic’s choice: Carolyn Judson Judson continues to blossom into one of Texas Ballet Theater’s leading ballerinas, giving memorable opening-night performances as Juliet in Romeo and Juliet an...
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Disney alum Anneliese van der Pol starred in Prism Theatric’s inaugural production, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
 
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The fare is tasty and plentiful at Pho District. Lee Chastain

Go, Pho District

Kenzo Tran’s newest eatery recalls the staples of his Southeast Asian youth.
JIMMY FOWLER
With all those exotic sushi rolls that chef Kenzo Tran made famous at his Piranha Killer Sushi locations, you might wonder if he’s also going rogue with the Vietnamese chow prepared at Pho District, his latest venture. Tran, ...
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El Balconcito’s mojarra fritta is “a tasty example of coastal Colombian cooking.”
As Pegaso’s namesake enchilada indicates, there’s a whole lot of food here. Lee Chastain
 
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Welcome Melting Pot

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Saturday was going great until my party of six was turned away by a local eatery because it was half an hour before closing. Apparently the restaurant’s listed hours apply only when the staff has nothing better to do. I’ll ...
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Latest From Film Reviews
Ben Affleck stands next to Rosamund Pike’s picture as he asks for the public’s help in Gone Girl.

Amazing Amy

Gone Girl: Marriage is hell. Especially this one.
KRISTAIN LIN
By now, lots of ink has been spilled about how Ben Affleck’s years as a pop-culture punchline have suited him for the lead role in Gone Girl as a man who is demonized by the public and the media. The truth is, he probably did...
Reese Witherspoon stars in The Good Lie.
His name’s on the box! Eggs prepares to lead his tribe in The Boxtrolls.
Kristen Wiig drives Bill Hader home from the hospital in The Skeleton Twins.
 
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Hector and the Search for Happiness opens Friday in Dallas.

Film Shorts

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OPENING: Hector and the Search for Happiness (R) Simon Pegg stars in this comedy as a psychiatrist who travels the globe to find out what makes people happy. Also with Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgård, Zhao Ming...
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby opens Friday.
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? opens Friday.
Love is Strange opens Friday.
 
Latest From Arts
Pilcher: “Writers know what other writers are going through, no matter what stage [of their careers] they’re in.”

Words with Friends

Fort Worth Writer’s Boot Camp is here to help you finish that novel or screenplay. And more.
JIMMY FOWLER
As a longtime English teacher and librarian with the Fort Worth school district, Rachel Pilcher has had a lot of experience advising young writers on finding their voices. As a somewhat frustrated dabbler herself in various for...
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As with “Unseasonably Cool,” mischief pervades Judy Youngblood’s paintings, prints, and mixed-media works.
 
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Walker Evans was a photographer commissioned in 1935 by MoMA to produce a portfolio of pictures of African art objects. In his spirit, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts’ show After Walker Evans features works that make us ponder t...
David Vest’s “Black Bike”
Carole Bénitah’s “The Disguise”
Mary McCleary’s “Take a Boat to the Land of Dreams”