On the Texas coast, natural gas export development threatens the tourist economy.
I’m kayaking the bay that separates Port Isabel and South Padre Island when a large dorsal fin breaks the water. Another fin surfaces, and several more. My heart skips a few beats. And it looks like I’m surrounded … by on...
Wow, what a battle. Intense. Valiant. But, ultimately, unsuccessful — my brain and my eyelids pummeled each other as the clock slowly ticked toward noon, but my eyelids won the war. The Dallas Cowboys were facing the Tenn...
A recent city ordinance change is designed to boost affordable and low-income housing.
For years, getting apartment developers to include affordable housing in their plans was like buying a used car –– it took a lot of haggling on the part of city officials. The best leverage the city had was tax incentives, ...
Fort Worth label Saint Marie Records has gone from two artists to nearly 50 in only three years.
After starting out in 2011 with just two artists, Saint Marie Records has blossomed into a globe-spanning label with 46 artists and more than 50 releases. The thought of a local-centric label simply never appealed to owner Wyat...
The minimum wage fight makes waves with Texas candidates for governor.
Raising the minimum wage suddenly became a hot issue in the Texas governor’s race just after Labor Day, with Democrat Wendy Davis endorsing it and Republican Greg Abbott opposing it. The national campaign by fast-food workers...
Immigration policies, the drug war, and lobbyists are keeping the private prison industry humming. No matter what sins a private prison company has committed, there seems to be no shortage of states willing to give it a second,...
Sunday night was kind of weird. My afternoon nap went way longer than I intended — essentially, I got ready for the evening at 11 p.m. and headed out not really knowing where I wanted to go or why I wanted to go out at all. I...
No doubt inspired by the relatively recent explosion of music festivals in North Texas, a lot has been written, cheekily but also surprisingly seriously, about what constitutes a festival and what doesn’t. A proper festival, ...
Real-world performers are making real-world money in virtual reality.
Singer-songwriter Matthew Broyles is setting up for a gig. He’s seated in front of a microphone with his playlist at his feet, tuning his acoustic guitar and lightly running through some of the chord changes he’ll be perfor...
El Balconcito (“The Little Balcony”) does Colombian fare exceedingly well.
Sausage links, pork cracklings, fried eggs, and steak are popular Southern comfort foods, but they also happen to be staples of Colombian cuisine. Chef Sonia Chaux, a Colombia native, recently opened El Balconcito (“The Littl...
Part of what’s cool about Chow, Baby’s restaurant critic gig is that I have an excuse to stop at all of those little eateries that have been there so long they just blend into the scenery. I’ve passed by Jesus BBQ (810 S....
A talented cast is left stranded by the family gags in This Is Where I Leave You.
When I read Jonathan Tropper’s novel This Is Where I Leave You, I wasn’t all that impressed with it, but I figured it could be made into a funny movie with a talented cast. Now the movie version is here, and a talented cast...
OPENING: Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? (PG-13) Does anyone still care at this point? Starring Kristoffer Polaha, Laura Regan, Peter Mackenzie, Larry Cedar, Joaquim de Almeida, Rob Morrow, and Greg Germann. (Opens Friday) Do...
Judy Youngblood talks about the weather in her striking new exhibit.
There’s an inspired goofiness and an inviting tactility to many of the paintings, prints, and mixed-media works in Changing Weather, Judy Youngblood’s current show at William Campbell Contemporary Art. As the title implies,...