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The Other End of the Pipeline

On the Texas coast, natural gas export development threatens the tourist economy.
DAVID ROBLEDO
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...
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Latest From Blotch
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Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys vs Tennessee Titanics

Jeff Prince
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...
Julio Cedillo and Eva Longoria star in "Frontera."
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Latest From Metro
Gray: “When we say ‘affordable housing,’ more times than not it comes with a negative connotation.” Jeff Prince

Homes for All

A recent city ordinance change is designed to boost affordable and low-income housing.
ERIC GRIFFEY
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, ...
Ali: “I just want to make a living and feed my family.” Jeff Prince
Zipcar, one of several new ridesharing arrangements, caters to TCU students and faculty. Brian Hutson
The Stockyards certainly saw its share of discreet gambling back in the day, but no casinos. Jeff Prince
 
Latest From Music Feature
Artists from as far afield as Germany, Peru, Russia, Sweden, Canada, and Italy –– and Texas –– call Saint Marie Records “home.” Tony Robles

Shoegaze Explosion

Fort Worth label Saint Marie Records has gone from two artists to nearly 50 in only three years.
KENNETH KOST
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...
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.
With help from two guys in major label indie-rockers White Denim, 25-year-old Crowley singer-songwriter Leon Bridges is working on his debut album. Erin Margaret Alison Rambo
 
Latest From 2nd Thought
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Wage Slaves

The minimum wage fight makes waves with Texas candidates for governor.
DAVE McNEELY
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...
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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,...
Wendy Davis
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Latest From Last Call
Apparently, West 7th had a crazy back-to-school weekend.

Crowded Streets

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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...
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Latest From Hearsay
Don't miss any of the opening acts this Fri-Sat at Dia de los Toadies.

Dia de los Toadies: A Proper Fest

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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, ...
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.
Austin's Black Angels are among the headliners at this year's Clearfork Music Festival, this Saturday at Panther Island Pavilion.
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Latest From Stage
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Second Life’s a Stage

Real-world performers are making real-world money in virtual reality.
EDWARD BROWN
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...
Disney alum Anneliese van der Pol starred in Prism Theatric’s inaugural production, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
The cast of The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon: The Musical! includes Haltom High alumni and local drama teachers.
Curtain call featuring (from left to night) Buddy Brae, Corrie Donovan, Cecily Gordon, Chrisian Bester, Ricky Ian Gordon, Colleen Mallette, Jenna Meador, Amy Stewart, Alison Whitehurst, and Anthony Fortino
 
Latest From Eats
El Balconcito’s mojarra fritta is “a tasty example of coastal Colombian cooking.”

From the Top

El Balconcito (“The Little Balcony”) does Colombian fare exceedingly well.
EDWARD BROWN
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...
As Pegaso’s namesake enchilada indicates, there’s a whole lot of food here. Lee Chastain
BBQ Ranch owner Mike Fisher, left, and pitmaster Donald Phillips run a family-friendly place. Lee Chastain
Mo’s pastrami sandwich is “packed to bursting.” Lee Chastain
 
Latest From Chow, Baby
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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....
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Latest From Film Reviews
Tina Fey, Corey Stoll, Jane Fonda, Jason Bateman, and Adam Driver put on their shiva faces in This Is Where I Leave You.

Shiva the Destroyer

A talented cast is left stranded by the family gags in This Is Where I Leave You.
KRISTIAN LIN
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...
Justin Long and Michael Parks conduct an initial interview before things get hairy in "Tusk."
James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy ponder a grim situation in The Drop.
Son Ye-jin demonstrates her derring-do during a naval battle in The Pirates.
 
Latest From Film Shorts
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt? opens Friday.

Film Shorts

KRISTIAN LIN
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...
Love is Strange opens Friday.
Frank opens Friday.
"Are You Here" staring Owen Wilson, Laura Ramsey, Zach Galifianakis opens Friday.
 
Latest From Arts
As with “Unseasonably Cool,” mischief pervades Judy Youngblood’s paintings, prints, and mixed-media works.

The Friendly Skies

Judy Youngblood talks about the weather in her striking new exhibit.
JIMMY FOWLER
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,...
Fort Worth’s Tony Saladino abstracts one particular historic district in his painting “Fort Worth Stockyards Revisited II.”
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Disney alum Anneliese van der Pol starred in Prism Theatric’s inaugural production, Thoroughly Modern Millie.
 
Latest From Gallery
David Vest’s “Black Bike”

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Art and cycling enthusiasts alike will want to head to Gallery 414’s current show. Inspired by the Guggenheim’s famous motorcycle show from 1998, Art of the Gearhead showcases bicycles built by artists seeking to balance be...
Carole Bénitah’s “The Disguise”
Mary McCleary’s “Take a Boat to the Land of Dreams”
Robert Jessup’s “Storm Catcher”