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The Times Remembers Don Ivan Punchatz

Anthony Mariani
In today’s New York Times is a kind obit of Don Ivan Punchatz, the TCU prof and Arlington resident whose illustrations for sci-fi and horror paperbacks, consumer magazines (including National Lampoon in its halcyon days, Roll...


The “Boo!”s are Their Business

Jimmy Fowler
The Texas Ghost Hunters, a group of amateur but knowledgeable chasers of paranormal activity, keep a long list of alleged hauntings statewide, including some interesting FW cases. I like the one about a cackling spirit that har...



Local Burlesque Revue Audition

Anthony Mariani
The Velvet Kittens, North Texas’ most popular burlesque revue, is seeking one young woman who can dance suggestively or has been classically trained for a weekly Thursday show that will begin in December at an undisclosed loc...


Drive-Ins of the Dead

Jimmy Fowler
Every Halloween season, this boy’s fancy turns to… the memory of drive-in movie theaters around North Texas. I spent quite a few 1970s childhood hours with my family there. Most of those lost hours were dedicated to wat...



Dallas Derby Devils Tryouts

Anthony Mariani
Tryouts for the Dallas Derby Devils, North Texas’ roller derby team, begin tonight (Monday), with subsequent tryouts on Wednesday and Saturday, at Mid-Cities Skateland (1333 S. Beltline Rd. in Irving, 972-790-1610). Tonight...


Free Domino’s Pizza to Help Attacked Deliveryman

Anthony Mariani
From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday), Domino’s Pizza will be doling out free large one-topping pizzas to the first 150 customers at Domino’s 900 Henderson St. location who donate to the rehabilitation fund of Fred Rei...



Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys

Jeff Prince
Wade Phillips has received plenty of venom in Off Asides because his ability to motivate players is largely suspect. However, his decision to knock Patrick Crayton down the depth chart was a great move. Crayton has been the Cho...


Travel Notes from Spain

Kristian Lin
My recent absence from this blog was due to my vacation in Spain, so I thought I’d report back on what I’ve seen. Seville was the first European city I visited that made me think, “I could live here.” It’s fascinating...



Spike Lee and “Good Hair”

Kristian Lin
When I was watching Good Hair, I was disappointed that the filmmakers didn’t use this clip from Spike Lee’s 1990 collegiate musical School Daze, with the straight-haired girls facing off against the nappy-haired one...


TCU Player Featured in New York Times

Anthony Mariani
Here’s a relatively small, glowing NYT profile about TCU defensive end Jerry Hughes. The 6-foot-3-inch 257-lbs. senior is projected to be a first-round draft pick next year. Go, Frogs.