Random Stuff

The Not Gay Actor (or, WTF, Ramin Setoodeh?)

Kristian Lin
Ramin Setoodeh’s recent culture piece in Newsweek last week has set off quite the conflagration in the gay blogosphere, with repercussions for those of us who care deeply about theater, movies, and TV. Let’s start from the ...


White Trash Beautiful

Jimmy Fowler
As this week’s ”Stage” review indicates, Circle Theatre’s The Great American Trailer Park Musical is a rude, crude, but extremely well-performed valentine to that last American class it’s permissible to pick on – so...



Baseball Lulling Us Into Comas

Jeff Prince
Now it’s becoming clear why the Texas Rangers manager likes cocaine – it’s to stay awake during long games (average length 3.5 hours) that are lulling players, announcers, and fans into unconsciousness faster than singing...


Babies, Babies, Babies

Jimmy Fowler
I’m glad Kristian Lin didn’t jump on the doting nanny bandwagon in his review of the documentary Babies. A friend invited me to see the movie this past weekend, and I declined with an apparently scandalous opinion: Babies a...



Let Us (Not) Pray

Jimmy Fowler
The first line of this Star-T piece on the dispute over National Day of Prayer leaves no doubt as to where the reporter’s sympathies lie: “Federal Judge Barbara Crabb may wear a black robe and wield a gavel, but she isn’t...


Salvation Army to Hold Human Trafficking Forum in Fort Worth

Peter Gorman
It’s been in the news lately but it’s still pretty damned shocking that we here in the middle of the Bible Belt are also the epicenter of human trafficking in the United States. Texas produces more calls to the Nati...



Lynn Redgrave: Class Act

Jimmy Fowler
The untimely death of Lynn Redgrave reminded me how cool she was when I got to interview her a dozen years ago. During the session, I struggled with whether I should ask her a rather personal question. Redgrave came through Nor...


The Star-Telegram Follows Up on Harth-Bedoya

Kristian Lin
I don’t subscribe to the Star-Telegram, so I didn’t see their Sunday feature story on Miguel Harth-Bedoya and Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra until yesterday morning. Of course, it came out four days after my story on...



Phillies Fan Better Off Tazed Than Mad-Dogged

Jeff Prince
That teenager who got tazed by a Philadelphia cop for running on the field at a Phillies baseball game isn’t getting much sympathy. Most online comments I’ve read are along the lines of “the attention-craving ...


Fathers and Sons

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s review of La Mission complains that the movie tries to do too much. It wants to be both a love letter to the spiritually charged street culture of San Fran’s Mission District AND a family drama about a recoverin...