Random Stuff

Thoughts on the World Cup Draw

Kristian Lin
The draw for the World Cup tournament was held last Friday, and my first thought looking at it was, “Wow, that could have been so much worse!” Many neutral experts are picking USA as one of the two teams to advance out of G...


unleash heART Classes to Begin

Anthony Mariani
A new visual art-related nonprofit educational organization is taking reservations for upcoming classes. unleash heART is for children and teens between the ages of 7 and 15, and first of nine scheduled 90-minute classes is on ...



Aughts of Laughs

Jimmy Fowler
Character actor and Fort Worth resident Patrick Cranshaw died in December 2005 at the age of 86. He worked constantly until the end playing small but memorable film and TV roles with names like Uncle Earl, Grandpa, Pappy, and ...


TCU Prof Lemon in Esquire

Anthony Mariani
KERA’s Art & Seek blog has noticed that this month’s Esquire magazine features an excerpt from a forthcoming memoir by a Fort Worth poet. TCU lit prof Alex Lemon’s Happy (Scribner) is about his salad days as a booze-f...



Tiger Woods: Celebrity Apology No. 100 Million

Jeff Prince
Congratulations, Tiger Woods. Your contrite groveling after being caught enjoying hanky panky with frisky women marks the 100 millionth self-serving, two-faced, disingenuous, worthless celebrity apology of recent memory. Somebo...


Naomi Needs a Table!

Jimmy Fowler
Here’s one for the personal planner: Next Monday night (December 7), make your way to The Modern for Amphibian Productions’ 7pm staged reading of Becky Mode’s frantic one-man comedy ”Fully Committed.” The 70 minute sh...



Teenage Wasteland

Anthony Mariani
Texas has some great food traditions: barbecue, Tex-Mex, massive portions. But there’s one food tradition here, at least that I’ve run into, that really, really gets to me. A couple of months ago, I went to a female teenage...


The Chocolate Milk War

Jimmy Fowler
I really ought to reconsider my proud status as a non-parent. Not caring if the planet explodes after they lay them copper coins over my eyes, I miss out on some of the best debates over The Children and the future– like whet...



Off Asides On Dallas Cowboys, B.J. Thomas

Jeff Prince
Traveling in East Texas yesterday afternoon, I “enjoyed” the Cowboys vs. Deadskins game on the car radio. The game was expected to make my afternoon drive more pleasant. Oops. It was like listening to a three-hour train wre...


Trinity Visions

Jimmy Fowler
Tree huggers, owl savers and local historians, take note – tonight (Monday) at 9pm is when KERA TV Channel 13 airs its original documentary ”Living with the Trinity.” The hour-long doc focuses on an eight year period (196...