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To Breathe Free

Fort Worth is a major way station for young refugees from around the globe.
EDWARD BROWN W/ PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON
As Ruth Brasier looked out across the large meeting room, she saw something she hadn’t seen in years: a standing-room-only crowd. As the recruiter for Catholic Charities’ international foster program, Brasier normally has h...
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Latest From Blotch
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Fort Worth Guitar Show This Weekend

Jeff Prince
Before you become a rock star and spend the remainder of your short life in a drug- and sex-fueled whirlwind, you’ll need a  good guitar. This weekend you’ll have hundreds of axes to choose from, new or used, cheap...
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Latest From Metro
Tarrant County College administrators are stepping on faculty’s toes. Jeff Prince

Unrest in Academe

TCC faculty members are working — quietly — for better treatment by administrators.
JEFF PRINCE
Faculty members at Tarrant County College are chafing under the reign of Chancellor Erma C. Johnson Hadley, a longtime TCC employee who rose from the post of instructor in 1968 to the school’s top position in 2010. Hadley bec...
Young Vaquero fans get to cavort on the field during halftime and after games. Kenneth kost
Birdville summer students can work at home or in the school library but have to check in daily. Melissa Wylie
Ruggiero: Thyne’s findings won’t be a game changer “until more scientists come forward with proof that the water wells are being contaminated by drilling.” Anna Routh-Barzian
 
Latest From Music Feature
Bummer Vacation is (clockwise from top left) Ricky Williford, Ryan Torres-Reyes, Paul Hernandez, and Tyler Moore.

Not a Bummer Vacation (UPDATED)

Throwing back to New Wave isn’t the only thing that makes these newcomers different.
ANTHONY MARIANI
The time may be right for Bummer Vacation. Vocalist/guitarist Paul Hernandez, vocalist/guitarist Ryan Torres-Reyes, bassist Tyler Moore, and drummer Ricky Williford hark back to Joy Division, The Smiths, and The Cure, producing...
Fresh-faced Vincent Neil Emerson has an old soul.
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Latest From 2nd Thought
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Put Up or Shut Up

Obama suggests Perry use his influence to get help on the border.
DAVE McNEELY
President Barack Obama visited Texas last week for some fundraisers and a speech at Austin’s Paramount Theater. Gov. Rick Perry, apparently making another run for the GOP presidential nomination, pointedly turned down the ide...
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Latest From Static
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It’s a New Day …

STATIC
Is there anything worse than someone coming in on the tail end of a conversation, then trying to add their two cents as if they’d been there all along? That’s a party foul, right? Earlier this week, the Fort Worth Star-Tele...
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Latest From Last Call
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A Landmark Game

LAST CALL
I am not really a gamer, but I will forever be susceptible to the pixilated flicker of an ancient CRT screen’s silent exhortation to INSERT COIN. What this means for bars is that if you affix a drink holder to a game cabinet ...
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Dark Waves

HEARSAY
The first time I saw Hentai Improvising Orchestra was on a sunny Saturday afternoon in the late aughts, out behind Doc’s Records & Vintage’s original location on Montgomery Street. The experience was very church-like. T...
Terrible People is the first -- and may be the last -- we hear of recorded Mailman.
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Latest From Stage
John Forkner, Scott Zenreich, Alexandra Lawrence, and Brandon Murphy star in the Phibs’ uproarious new play.

Smells Funny

A budding medieval plastic surgeon comes of age in Amphibian Stage Productions’ new comedy.
JIMMY FOWLER
“The nose is the seat of the face!” declares Ulrich (Brandon Murphy), a medieval master plastic surgeon from Vienna, to Gavin (Scott Zenreich), an orphan and surgeon-in-training. The eager young protégé wants to learn the...
(From left to right) Mary Jane Greer, Seth Johnston, and Laura Lutz Jones star in Drag Strip Courage’s production of Pinter’s giddy romp Old Times. Lee Chastain
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(From left to right) Wendy Welch, Dana Schultes, and Natalie Wilson King star in Stage West’s outstanding new drama.
 
Latest From Eats
The sandwiches, like this bacon cheeseburger, aren’t fancy, but they are tasty and very wallet-friendly. Brian Hutson

Simple, Effective

Greasy Bend Burgers could use a little more creativity, but the sammies hit the spot.
EDWARD BROWN
If you haven’t visited the Race Street area in a few years, you might not recognize it. The neighborhood has been undergoing a lot of revitalization recently and is now home to a handful of progressive art spaces, chic lofts,...
Along with a Bee’s Knees signature cocktail, R Bar & Grill offers a caesar salad with fried green tomatoes. Lee Chastain
Offerings like the grilled chicken plate with house sage butter, rice pilaf, and veggies prove that there’s more to Dalton’s Corner than foot-high beers. Lee Chastain
Ume’s sashimi spring roll awaits. Lee Chastain
 
Latest From Chow, Baby
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Ramen-arama

CHOW, BABY
Back in Chow, Baby’s college days, it slurped down more than its share of ramen noodles. I used to buy them for 50 cents a pack, toss in a little soy and sriracha sauce, and — voilà! A meal fit for a broke, dateless Englis...
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Latest From Film Reviews
Cameron Diaz tries to fulfill Jason Segal’s roller-skating fantasy in Sex Tape.

Amateur Night

A married couple’s Sex Tape gets out, and hijinks (fortunately) ensue.
KRISTIAN LIN
I’m a bit puzzled by the title of Sex Tape. Does anybody still use videotape to film their sexual encounters? The sex farce by that title never really engages that question, but it does engage our sense of humor, which turns ...
Jason Clarke (foreground) tries to make peace with our new primate overlords in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.
Chris Evans and Ko Ah-sung ponder how to get to the front of the train in Snowpiercer.
Olivia Wilde finds a lot of white roses in her hotel room in Third Person.
 
Latest From Film Shorts
Boyhood opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
OPENING: Boyhood (R) Filmed over the course of 12 years, Richard Linklater’s drama stars Ellar Coltrane as a boy who experiences life between the ages of 5 and 17. Also with Ethan Hawke, Patricia Arquette, Elijah Smith, Lorel...
Venus in Fur opens Friday.
Third Person opens Friday in Dallas.
Korengal opens Friday.
 
Latest From Arts
Glenn Downing’s drawing “Thor” represents the outer edge of Regional Juried Exhibition.

Judging Excellence

Artspace 111 does something crazy and puts on a juried show. And it’s a doozy.
NICOLE CRITES AND ANTHONY MARIANI
Artspace 111 has always been a little nontraditional. For decades after its founding in 1980, the studio/gallery in a warehouse on a desolate eastern edge of downtown was a gritty, appointment-only exhibition space, quietly con...
John Forkner, Scott Zenreich, Alexandra Lawrence, and Brandon Murphy star in the Phibs’ uproarious new play.
The Texas Right: The Radical Roots of Lone Star Conservatism, edited by David O’Donald Cullen and Kyle G. Wilkison. Texas A&M University Press, 208 pps. $25
(From left to right) Mary Jane Greer, Seth Johnston, and Laura Lutz Jones star in Drag Strip Courage’s production of Pinter’s giddy romp Old Times. Lee Chastain
 
Latest From Gallery
Brian Moore’s “No. 102”

Gallery

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Brian Moore’s photographs are of pieces of white or colored fabric folded precisely against a black background to form striking sculptural abstractions. His show continues through early August at William Campbell Contemporary...
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Jennifer Stufflebeam’s “Untitled”
Silk and lace wedding gown, 1874