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Star-T’s Top “Local” Albums from Dallas, Denton

Anthony Mariani
Anyone else a little disheartened if not downright perturbed that Fort Worth Star-Telegram pop music critic Preston Jones’ top five “local” albums of 2010 includes only one album from a Fort Worth-based band, The Orbans...


Memorable Moments from 2010′s Movies

Kristian Lin
I don’t know why I didn’t think of this earlier: Film Comment used to do a feature in their print version called “Moments Out of Time” to recap the year in films. They stopped about 10 years ago, but revived it five yea...



The Best Supporting Actors in 2010′s Movies

Kristian Lin
Supporting actors can add so much to a film and even occasionally steal them out from under the leads. Here are the most memorable supporting performances I saw in 2010, along with some citations for ensemble casts: Christian B...


Mayor Mike Makes Nice With Badgers After TCU Win

Jeff Prince
Mayor Mike Moncrief wrote a friendly letter to the editor of the Cap Times newspaper in Wisconsin after the TCU Horned Frogs gored the Badgers in the Rose Bowl last weekend. In the letter, published today, he compliments the Ba...



Phantom Caste Rides a New Wave

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s “Music” story is an interview with Paul Cooksey, lead singer-guitarist-lyricist for the Fort Worth-Denton synth rock quintet Phantom Caste. Last year the group received a big heap of praise for its debut EP Ha...


DFWian: Local Onion-esque Site

Anthony Mariani
There’s a newish Onion-y local news satire site called DFWian that’s not half bad. One post that recently caught my attention (thanks, Twitter) is “Rest of Nation Pretty Sure UT Won the Rose Bowl,” commenting on the Uni...



Tarleton State Hearts Its Dropouts

Jeff Prince
The lead paragraph in Fort Worth Weekly‘s recent story about Texas A&M System threatening instructors with termination includes a passing reference to a few “graduates” at Tarleton State Univeristy. “...


Dallas Cowboys Should Follow This Winning Formula

Jeff Prince
Okay, Jerry Jones, I’m tired of your constant phone calls and emails begging me for advice on how to manage your underachieving football team. So here it is, my formula for a winning season next year. No. 1 – Get ri...



Capt. Honors is “In the Navy”

Jimmy Fowler
Not sure about you, but I was shocked – shocked! – to learn that anti-gay slang is sometimes used by certain members of America’s armed forces. This was the revelation that came from the videos shot onboard the U.S.S. Ent...


Let’s Give Tom Vandergriff What He Deserves

Jeff Prince
The politician who put Arlington on the map, made a huge impact on Tarrant County and North Texas, and was pretty much the embodiment of political integrity, will be buried on Friday. If anyone deserves a huge public turnout it...