Random Stuff

Briskets and Comas

dan.mcgraw
Awoke this morning to read Barry Shlachter’s story in the Star-Telegram that brisket prices had soared recently to a record high. Nice picture of my friend Danny Longoria holding up a big slab by his smoker in Everman. Bu...


EPA Kills State Permitting Program

eric.griffey
The Environmental Protection Agency today handed down a decision that could have a major impact on air quality in Texas. The EPA decision – not an unexpected one – was to disapprove what the state environmental agency calls...



Fudge You, “Scarface”

Jimmy Fowler
You may have missed one of this week’s hottest downloads on YouTube: A Bartonville, Illinois elementary school production of Brian DePalma’s Cuban gangster campfest Scarface. Sadly, the two-minute clip turns out to be a fra...


Pondering A Short But Sweet Afterlife

Jeff Prince
This might be a ponderous subject for Blotch, but I’m fascinated with the new issue of Newsweek. Do we go to heaven? Is there a heaven? Are we in our bodies when we get there? Can we sleep on clouds as late as we want? Play i...



Ivins Show Debuts in Philly

Jimmy Fowler
File this one under “Curious Casting Choices”: Kathleen Turner is currently starring as the late Texas wit and nationally syndicated “Star-Telegram” columnist Molly Ivins in a one-woman show at The Philadelphia Theatre ...


Soy Un Comico

Jimmy Fowler
Check out this week’s ”Stage” story about Fort Worth standup comic Paul Edwards and The Butterfly Connection artistic director Adam Dietrich, who’ve collaborated to create a 22 minute comedy pilot called “Illegal Grin...



The Gays Are Attacking!

Jimmy Fowler
Gay panic is sweeping the land! This might be news, except that it’s the usual cast of hillbillies, teabaggers, right-wing Christians, and right-wing Christian hillbilly teabaggers (look for the latter category on the 2020 U....


New Public Food Market to Open in May

eric.griffey
A group calling itself Good Food Co. will be opening a new public market that will offer fresh, locally grown produce and spices, and a variety of other fare, on May 1 at Into the Garden (formerly the Ice House restaurant) on C...



La Llorona Cries if She Wants To

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s ”Stage” piece profiles Kathleen Anderson Culebro, co-founder and artistic director of Amphibian Productions and author of the ‘Phibs’ current show “La Llorona.” The drama tackles a variety of subjects ...


Stage West’s Nuclear Option

Jimmy Fowler
This week’s ”Stage” page offers a review of Michael Frayn’s ultra-cerebral and kinda frosty WWII meditation “Copenhagen,” currently receiving a looong but spirited production at Stage West. As the great nuclear phys...