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Hip Tips/Weekender

Anthony Mariani
Lola’s will be the place to be this weekend. There are great shows tonight (Friday) and tomorrow. On Saturday, EPIC RUINS will celebrate the vinyl release of their spellbinding debut album, Void Mariner and the Mystic Boogie ...


Atheists Gone Wild!

Jimmy Fowler
Calm down, people, and find a couch before you faint: Those atheist signs on the T are no big deal. In fact, consider yourself lucky. If hardcore non-believers like Chris Hitchens or Richard Dawkins had written them, they’d s...



Spoken Word at Rose Marine

Jimmy Fowler
This weekend the Rose Marine Theatre presents Palabra: The Written Word, Spoken — two nights of poetry and prose performed by North Texas poets, writers, and musicians. Director and participant Tammy Gomez has selected wo...


U.S.A. Robbed of World Cup 2022

Kristian Lin
This is filthy. World soccer’s governing body, FIFA, shocked the world today when it announced the hosts of World Cups 2018 and 2022. The United States were bidding for the 2022 tournament and were widely considered front...



Continuing Quest For New Lunch Spot

Jeff Prince
Dear Blotchers: I’m touched. You really do care. Several readers asked whether I found a new lunch spot to replace my beloved Los Alamos Cafe, which closed  in May. I’d eaten there most every day for 20 years. In J...


SceneShop Carries “A Fifth”

Jimmy Fowler
For some compelling thoughts on Christmas and adulthood, check out our interview with SceneShop’s Steven Alan McGaw in this week’s ”Stage” section. SceneShop’s annual holiday revue A Fifth of Christmas takes place 8pm...



Sharon Pate: 1, Melody Johnson: 0

betty.brink
In another setback for Fort Worth schools’ superintendent Melody Johnson, the Texas Education Agency this week cleared former Diamond Hill Elementary School math teacher Sharon Pate of the district’s charge that last spring...


Living La Lobby Loca

Jeff Prince
You know how Big Industry lobbyists persuade lawmakers to vote their way and stack the deck against the Little Guy? Well, two can play that game. Tonight you can get a crash course on how to “lobby and influence local and...



R.I.P., Leslie Nielsen

Kristian Lin
As you’ve probably heard by now, the 84-year-old actor died yesterday. I don’t really have that much to add to the many online tributes to him, most of which tell the story of his early career as a dramatic leading ...


Morality, Arlington Style

Jimmy Fowler
Arlington police recently put up a billboard on I-30 near Cooper Street that features the mug shots of men arrested during local prostitution stings. My first thought was: It’s a slight improvement on Puritan-style stocks, bu...