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Pope Celebrates Solemnity Of The Epiphany

Catholic Scandals: The Ultimate in Reality TV

JIMMY FOWLER
Some Catholic commentators have lamented the latest round of tabloid-quality scandals besetting the Vatican. Tragic that so much vanity and human error should impede the serious business of selecting a new pope, they opine. An...


masterminds

Video Boom at 1919 Hemphill

JIMMY FOWLER
Can we expect a revival of interest in movies on VHS the way music on vinyl has enjoyed such a wave in the digital era? Eh, probably not. The VHS format is clunky to store and smeary to watch. But such obsolescence and obscurit...



puritans

Puritan Justice, Tarrant County-Style

JIMMY FOWLER
I think the Tarrant County d.a.’s office may have a thing about getting down and dirty in court. Last year a jury got to watch sex videos of a Kennedale teacher cavorting with willing 18- and 19-year-old students. This week, ...


Julia

Pastrana Finally Buried in Mexico

JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth theatergoers who caught Amphibian Stage Productions’ play The Tragic Life & Triumphant Death of Julia Pastrana last November should find this interesting: Pastrana, a 19th century Mexican circus freak born with...



longhorn

Um, Hurray for Lunchbox?

JIMMY FOWLER
A lot of people think Texans are a monolithic population. You know, we all wear cowboy boots, rope dogies, and such. But Texas is a big state –– so big, in fact, that a native North Texan like myself can be a totally cluele...


godofcarnage

See the Play, Then Try the Cupcake

JIMMY FOWLER
I’ve been covering live theater in North Texas for –– gulp –– about two decades now. But I recently encountered a first: A cupcake based on a play. The Original Cupcakery on Fourth Street in Sundance Square has create...



Jim Nabors

You Go, Gomer!

JIMMY FOWLER
The recent “coming out” of two celebrities provides a teachable moment in the subtle art of self-revelation and personal integrity. As you may have heard, 82-year-old actor and gospel singer Jim Nabors of Andy Griffith Show...


LA Gun Buyback

Open Carry Gun Walk in the Stockyards

JIMMY FOWLER
There’s nothing more fun than a political demonstration organized to protest a non-existent injustice, especially if it provides an excuse to show off your bad-ass stockpile in public. Some Fort Worth gun enthusiasts, fearing...



facebook

Now Can We Have a “Dislike” Button?

JIMMY FOWLER
Maybe Mark Zuckerberg should consider changing the onscreen color of Facebook from blue to green: Envy would appear to be the biggest emotion the social media site inspires, if you believe recent academic studies that have char...


django

Django Reinhardt Festival at A5A

JIMMY FOWLER
How cool is 20th century guitarist Django Reinhardt? So cool, Sean Penn faints at the mere mention of his name. More accurately, Sean Penn’s character in Woody Allen’s 1999 movie Sweet and Lowdown swoons every time someone ...