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Ewoks on the Wild Side

Jimmy Fowler
The ewoks from 1983’s “Return of the Jedi” were largely responsible for cooling my passion for the original “Star Wars” franchise. Cute and mischevious to a teeth-grinding extreme, they appeared to have been created b...


Weekender for Fri., Oct. 30, 2009

Anthony Mariani
Pianist/singer/bon vivant Paul Slavens –– whose live jazz-tinged improvisational pop, which includes hilarious made-up-on-the-spot lyrics, can be heard every Tuesday night at Lola’s Saloon-Sixth (2736 W. 6th St., in the W...



The Usual to Open on Nov. 9

eric.griffey
Chat Room owner Brad Henslaring’s new bar, The Usual, will be opening up across the street from his current hipster haven on Mad-Nolia ave. in 10 days,  in the same spot that once housed MacHenry’s and the second c...


Coen Brothers Hold True Grit Auditions at Billy Bob’s

Anthony Mariani
Paramount Pictures and the Academy Award-winning Coen brothers (No Country for Old Men; Fargo; O Brother, Where Art Thou?; The Big Lebowski) are remaking the John Wayne classic True Grit and will be holding auditions for the le...



Coyotes Kill One Taylor Mitchell; The Other Kills Us

Jeff Prince
Just kickin’ back and reading the Star-Telegram this fine Friday morning: Let’s see, Mike Lee examines the Carter Avenue situation pitting homeowners against Chesapeake Energy. Comments indicate supporters on both sides...


D/FW A Top 5 Metro In U.S.

Jeff Prince
Who knew that big ol’ Texas was such an economic powerhouse these days? BusinessWeek presented its Top 40 strongest U.S. metropolitan areas based on a study by the Brookings Institution considering employment, gross metropoli...



Line, Please!

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s ”Stage” review of Jubilee Theatre’s “The Dance on Widow’s Row” rhapsodizes about the four gorgeous and supremely funny female leads. Although the script lets them down all too soon, they’re in top pr...


Hip Tips: Slight Return

Anthony Mariani
It’s been a long time, but Hip Tips is back, with more brain-melting indie-rock and sundry other faux-intellectual, artful goodies for your listening/reading/observing/getting-hip-finally pleasure. New(-ish) Songs to Check Ou...



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...