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Final Encore

Dying in a prison hospital, a Fort Worthian and convicted felon makes one last effort to prove his innocence.
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In the eyes of the law, Gregory Charles McCain put a gun to the head of the 14-year-old daughter of his girlfriend a half-hour after playing a blues gig in North Richland Hills. Or it could have been two days after that. The ex...
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Latest From Blotch
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Top 5 Shows

Steve Steward
1) Get your Motown fix tonight (Friday) at Lola’s Trailer Park with local R&B cover act Legacy 4 – they’ll bust out your favorite jams from Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, the Spinners, (hopefully) the Isley Brothers, a...
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CIRCUS FACE SAYS THESE TWO WILL SWAP SPIT BEFORE THE COWBOYS MAKE IT TO THE PLAYOFFS IF THEY LOSE AGAINST THE REDSKINS TODAY.
 
Latest From Metro
Libal, shown at a protest over conditions at a federal immigrant detainee center, say private prisons must go. Courtesy Bob Libal.

Private Hells

The U.S. Department of Justice has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to allow contracts with private prisons to expire.
Peter Gorman
A scathing early-August report by the Office of the Inspector General on the quality-of-inmate-life in private prisons led to a very quick decision by the Department of Justice: Unless a new contract is “substantially reduce[...
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Hooters girls attended a hearing in Fort Worth this week. Photo by Jeff Prince.
Justin Arth signed with the TWU football team last month. Courtesy of Integrity Image Group.
 
Latest From Music Feature
If Bridges is as committed to historical accuracy as his debut recording suggests, his next effort will be “Dance to the Music”-esque. Photo by Robert Garner

Leon Bridges’ Encore

Now that he’s conquered old-school R&B — along with at least half the world — what’s next?
BY ANTHONY MARIANI
Swaying tempos, ooo-ing backing vocals, splishy-splashy drums, echoing guitars, the mélange trebly yet layered to a heavenly thickness –– Coming Home sounds as if it had been recorded in 1957. Only the 10 tracks that make...
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Dazey: “I didn’t really have a backup plan.” Photo by rambo.
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Latest From Static
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This Jail Has Gone to Pot

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We got sleepy-eyed smiles on our faces upon hearing that the California city of Coalinga — an oil town in the conservative San Joaquin Valley — had sold its prison to a cannabis extraction company. What next? Snoop Dogg buy...
Cover illustration by David Owens.
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Latest From Last Call
Co-owner Glen Keely says that the response to Poag’s new policy has been overwhelmingly positive. Photo by Vishal Malhotra.

Smoke-Free Poag’s: Success

Steve Steward
A few months ago, I wrote a pair of columns (one in May, the other in June) about Smoke-Free Fort Worth, the new nonprofit campaigning for a comprehensive ban on smoking in the workplace. In the interest of judiciously utilizin...
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Latest From Hearsay
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Stranger, Older Things

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Nostalgia has been pacifying/plaguing us for centuries (see: The Odyssey), but looking back has never been as up in our grills as it is now. And that’s because the smart kids in class kept looking forward. “Old” records, ...
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Latest From Stage
Liz Mikel, Justin Duncan, Aaron Green, Natalie Wilson King, and Djoré Nance suck on their Bootycandy at Stage West.

Two at Stage West

We review very different shows in Bootycandy and An Iliad.
Kristian Lin
Since my other duties at this publication leave me too busy to go to stage shows on a weekly basis, I thought I’d take the opportunity to take in both of the plays currently running at Stage West and write them up for you in ...
Bass Hall’s production of The Sound of Music was quite a ride.
The cast of Artes de la Rosa’s "Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown" sings of the glories of Madrid.
Kelsey Milbourn and Justin Lemieux (right) are separated by bureaucracy in the form of Matthew Minor in Amphibian Stage Productions’ Crossing the Line.
 
Latest From Eats
Papaya’s street taco sampler is big on flavor and low on cost. Photo by Lee Chastain.

¡Viva Papaya!

There’s a lot to like about the small, family-owned restaurant in Arlington.
BY LAURIE JAMES
Papaya Mexican Grill is a thriving little joint in Southeast Arlington, an area full of independent ethnic eateries. The restaurant is owned by the three brothers Chiffer and their unrelated partner, Zantoz Mexia. At least thre...
Jumra Kabab’s gyro plate is spiced with garlic and cinnamon. Photo by Lee Chastain.
Co-owner Demarcus Davis serves one of Taste N See’s signature chicken and waffle dishes. Photo by Lee Chastain.
HG Sply Co.’s chicken legs are perfectly crisped. Photo by Steve Steward.
 
Latest From Chow, Baby
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Old School Charley’s

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As I was sitting in the tiny, ramshackle dining room of Charley’s Old Fashioned Hamburgers (4616 Granbury Rd, 817-924-8611), I wondered why the venerable burger shack never expanded, opened up a few other storefronts, or went...
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Latest From Film Reviews
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Boxer Willie

The homeless drama Cardboard Boxer never crawls out of the box.
Kristian Lin
You should always be suspicious of homeless dramas that star Oscar-nominated Hollywood actors. There are so many different ways that such movies can go wrong, prettifying the squalor or giving the actors phony Oscar-bait speech...
Joseph Gordon-Levitt sweats out a CIA polygraph test in Snowden.
Tom Hanks deals with the aftermath of heroism in Sully.
Susana Gibb is producer and star of "Element."
 
Latest From Film Shorts
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Film Shorts

Kristian Lin
OPENING The Disappointments Room (R) Kate Beckinsale stars in this horror film as a mother who unleashes supernatural forces in the attic or her new rural home. Also with Duncan Joiner, Lucas Till, Michaela Conlin, Michael Land...
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Ace the Case opens Friday.
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Latest From Arts
Don’t believe everything you read, our author says. Photo by Brianna Kessler.

In Russia with Love

BRIANNA KESSLER
A Wesleyan graduate travels to the “least friendly city in the world,” criticizes media.
My favorite thing about growing up and living in Fort Worth is seeing smiling faces every day. We’re a friendly town. Travel + Leisure says we’re the seventh friendliest in the country. On the personal friendly scale, I tip...
Liz Mikel, Justin Duncan, Aaron Green, Natalie Wilson King, and Djoré Nance suck on their Bootycandy at Stage West.
Bass Hall’s production of The Sound of Music was quite a ride.
Gabriel Dawe’s Plexus No. 34 greets visitors to the Amon Carter Museum through 2018. Photo courtesy of The Amon Carter Museum.
 
Latest From Gallery
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Gallery

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In a year when a presidential candidate has built his campaign on hatred of immigrants, TCU is holding a show that spotlights immigrant laborers. Lupita Murillo Tinnen shoots posed photographs of them and provides text and maps...
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Trish Biddle’s “Fort Worth Style”
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Latest From Listen Up
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Phantom Sensation’s Blackgrass Express

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Phantom Sensation Blackgrass Express (Self-released)   By the end of Blackgrass Express, the debut album by the Fort Worth-by-way-of-Burleson husband-and-wife folk outfit Phantom Sensation, you can tell their songwriting h...
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