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Cliburn Semifinalists Announced

Kristian Lin
Okay, so after about 15 minutes’ worth of speeches in Bass Hall, the semifinalists were announced. I must admit, the first-round performances had me entertaining hopes of an American sweep of the medal podium, which would...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 7)

Kristian Lin
Last day of the first round! I’m not a fan of Les Misérables (I think I’ve mentioned this before), but I feel like singing this song. I am looking forward to eating meals at home, doing my laundry, and re-connect w...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 6)

Kristian Lin
Four years ago, the Cliburn found me in the midst of a crash diet and doing my best to eat abstemiously. Now I’ve lost weight and kept it off, and yet I’m coping with the Cliburn by scarfing down doughnuts for break...


Amsterdam was quite a trip.

Texas Troubadour Abroad: Amsterdam

KEEGAN MCINROE
My name is Keegan McInroe, and I am a singer-songwriter from Lubbock who’s been living in Fort Worth off and on since 2001, when I began my four years of study at Texas Christian University. Over the course of my 10 years wri...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 5)

Kristian Lin
My fellow music critics reported feeling tired as early as the second day of the competition, but now it’s all we can do to avoid turning into zombies. We’re gonna need Brad Pitt, Jeremy Renner, and Simon Pegg and h...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 4)

Kristian Lin
On Memorial Day, we pause to remember the men and women who died defending our nation. I also pause to reflect that cultural discussion of any kind is impossible without peace and stability, and insofar as our nation’s mi...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 3)

Kristian Lin
This whole competition has lately reminded me of an exchange from Zero Dark Thirty, when the head of the CIA (James Gandolfini) talks to his aide (John Barrowman) after their initial meeting with Jessica Chastain’s heroin...


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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 2)

Kristian Lin
The competition’s second day brought our first performances of Mozart, Scriabin, Schubert, and John Adams. I missed the Champions League final on TV and Taylor Swift at Cowboys Stadium today, but I wouldn’t want to ...



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Blogging the Cliburn (Day 1)

Kristian Lin
Hello, everyone, and welcome to my coverage of the 14th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Unlike four years ago, we’ll be keeping this blog on the Weekly‘s website instead of a different site. Also unlike...


Queen City Music Hall will seat 1,000 and may satisfy Fort Worth's hunger for an active mid-sized music venue.

Queen City Music Hall Coming to Downtown Fort Worth

ANTHONY MARIANI
The downtown venue formerly known as City Streets and currently called Lone Star Nightclub (245 Commerce St.) is about to become a music venue. Owned by a group of investors led by Randy and Jim Butler, who opened and operate H...