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Taste of Haloumi

Jimmy Fowler
As this week’s ”Eats” review indicates, Terra Mediterranean Grill served some of the best Greek and Middle Eastern food I’ve had in a while. On the menu I discovered a fantastically firm white cheese that’s popular a...


Clint Eastwood Kicks Ass At 80

Jeff Prince
It’s hard to imagine, but the king of bad-asses, Mr. Dirty Harry himself, turned 80 yesterday. Movie critics enjoy tearing down Clint Eastwood, picking apart his movies and his acting ability. They did the same thing to John ...



Great Books: John Waters

Jimmy Fowler
Here’s your summer reading assignment: John Waters just released a new collection of essays called Role Models. It’s a beautifully indulgent litany of “The Pope of Trash”’s artistic obsessions that also manages to be ...


Stage West’s Playwriting Festival

Jimmy Fowler
The naked word is celebrated by some of the Fort’s top actors and directors at this weekend’s Texas Playwriting Competition Festival May 28-30. For the third consecutive year, Stage West will produce and host staged reading...



The End: Lost Series Finale (Spoiler Alert)

Anthony Mariani
The finale to the greatest thing ever to happen to television was, to be charitable, a major letdown. Over the last six years, all of that great acting and those great characters, great subplots, and epic themes had been leadin...


Dig This Groovy Woodstock Book

Jeff Prince
Nobody comes across any sweeter than Jimi Hendrix in Back To The Garden, an insightful, backstage look at the 1969 Woodstock music festival. Longtime New York radio broadcaster Pete Fornatale was there, and he combined his own ...



Ronald McDonald: Force for Good

Jimmy Fowler
The CEO of McDonald’s said something yesterday that made me spit out a mouthful of Big Mac: “Ronald McDonald does not hawk food. He is a force for good.” “Yeah, right,” I thought. “And The Hamburglar stands for just...


High School Playwrights Honored

Jimmy Fowler
Attention, high school creative writing teachers: Do you have a student who makes mysterious classroom comments like “actors are exhausting” and “the fourth wall is not sacred?” If so, you may have a budding playwright ...



Fort Worth Writer Profiled in National Mag

Anthony Mariani
The March/April issue of Poets & Writers magazine contains a small profile of Alex Lemon, the 30-year-old TCU creative writing prof whose slight memoir Happy I semi-panned back in January, not long after the book came out, ...


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 ...