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Arlington Grows Up Too Fast

JIMMY FOWLER
Apparently, Arlington is the Miley Cyrus of North Texas mid-cities –– willing to go to any lengths to prove they’re all grown-up and ready to shock us. Things went to hell in a handbasket last year as soon as city leaders...


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“Death Tax” at Amphibian Stage Productions

JIMMY FOWLER
“Nobody does something for nothing,” declares Maxine (Georgia Clinton), a bitter, delusional old woman nearing the end of her life in a respectable if impersonal eldercare facility. While she may not be as close to death as...



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Philip Glass’ Dracula: Bloody Good

EDWARD BROWN
The classical music scene in Fort Worth is all too often one of weak attendance figures and stale, centuries-old programming. Last Tuesday’s performance of Dracula: The Music and Film by Philip Glass and his namesake ensemble...


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“The Kickin’ Chicken” Comes to Denton? Fingers Crossed

JIMMY FOWLER
Who’d have thought? Turns out one person’s delicious spicy condiment is another’s toxic environmental hazard. Obviously, the citizens of Irwindale, CA don’t realize that Sriracha –– manufactured by Huy Fong Foods at...



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North Texas Chevy Music Showcase Season 2 Is Here

ANTHONY MARIANI
There are lots of reasons to like Chevys, like dependability, speed, and style, but if you need one more, consider the North Texas Chevy Music Showcase, a series of mini-documentaries on local bands that airs year-round during ...


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Live Oak, Lee Bains III, and Professionalism

STEVE STEWARD
If you pay attention to local music, you probably already have heard what happened at The Live Oak Music Hall & Lounge on Wednesday night. If not, the venue’s lead sound engineer Cal Trujillo and owner Bill Smith cut the ...



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R.I.P. Ronald Shannon Jackson … and Fort Worth Jazz?

ANTHONY MARIANI
Legendary free-jazz composer and drummer Ronald Shannon Jackson died of leukemia on Saturday. He was 73. In 2003, Fort Worth musician and writer Ken Shimamoto profiled Jackson for the Weekly (“Legend Shadows,” Jan. 2), not ...


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Acro-Cats’ Power, Activate!

JIMMY FOWLER
The thing that makes cats so great is their utter “undogness”: They don’t take orders, they don’t love unconditionally (not at first sight, anyway), and they tend to set the parameters for the pet-owner relationship. As...



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Open Call of the Dead

JIMMY FOWLER
It’s important to remember that the Rose Marine Theatre’s annual Dia de Los Muertos celebration is proudly Mexican in its origins. But like all international celebrations that find their way into the U.S. national conscious...


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Why Did TCU Nix the “Fully Loaded” Flier?

JIMMY FOWLER
In terms of political issues, I probably disagree with the right-wing student group Young Americans for Freedom on most things. In terms of the ongoing national debate over gun rights, I definitely disagree with them –– I s...