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Donate Used Guitars to FW Music Co-Op

Anthony Mariani
Fort Worth Music Co-Op is seeking used guitars for Co-Op volunteers to use to teach prospective students, victims of cuts to FWISD’s music/arts education programs. You can drop off your six- or howmanyever-stringed donations ...


Artists: The “New Peasants”

Anthony Mariani
A cranky old man’s complaining about “the internets” is one thing. But when the argument is coming from a tech guru who once promoted the virtues of digital piracy, you’ve got a whole ’nother story. In his new book, Y...



Pat Green Coming To Billy Bob’s

Jeff Prince
Fort Worth’s own Pat Green, dubbed “the Bruce Springsteen of the Southwest” by People, is coming back to Billy Bob’s Texas next month. The Grammy-nominated Texas Music star will play the huge honkytonk at 10:30 pm Satur...


‘American Idol’ Continues Decline

Jeff Prince
Last night’s 2010 debut of American Idol proved one thing – when Simon Cowell quits after this season AI is DOA. Cowell is the only judge who consistently recognizes talent, cuts through the bullcorn, and isn’t afraid to ...



More Layoffs At Star-Telegram

Jeff Prince
The newspaper’s henchmen say 28 more people are getting axed, although none from the downtown newsroom. The Star-Telegram is also expected to get rid of some of its suburban weeklies. Blotch will report more as we hear it...


The Talented Miss Highsmith

Jimmy Fowler
Joan Schenkar’s “The Talented Miss Highsmith: The Secret Life and Serious Art of Patricia Highmith,” reviewed on this week’s ”Books” page, could’ve been a slog at 686 pages. But Schenkar does a marvelous job of ac...



Conan Fights Back; Leno Still Lame

Jeff Prince
The plan hatched by NBC was perfect: move Jay Leno back to his old 10:35 p.m. (Central) time slot, push Conan O’Brien and “The Tonight Show” back to 11:05 p.m., and follow with Jimmy Fallon at five after midnight. Perfect...


Texas Rates High in a Very Low Catagory: Juvenile Prison Abuse

betty.brink
A report released last week by the U.S. Department of Justice shows that more than 12 percent of the youths who are in state jails and prisons in this country say they were sexually abused during 2008.    One prison-rape watc...



The Best Filmmaking Debuts of 2009

Kristian Lin
Part of the fun of this job is scoping out new talent, so here’s my favorite films of 2009 directed by first-time feature filmmakers. I decided not to include documentaries in this list. Oh, and No. 6 on the list is out on DV...


This Just In: Trinity River Filthy

Jeff Prince
From the “Tell-Us-Something-We-Don’t-Already Know” file comes this report — the Trinity River is a toxic mess. Environment Texas, a statewide advocacy group, released a report today entitled “Wasting Our Waterways...