Random Stuff

Hip Tips (Thu., Nov. 3, 2009)

Anthony Mariani
To a lot of folks, the late-’90s was a pop-music wasteland. Grunge and rap, two styles that matured in the late-1980s/early-’90s, were going mainstream and, in the process, being grossly watered-down. Grunge was turning int...


Former Ranger Nut-Job Gets Accidentally Shot

eric.griffey
Former Rangers’ pitcher Vicente Padilla, who was released from the team late last season for being a jerk and throwing at opposing player’s heads, was accidentally shot in the leg by his body guard while hunting. I&...



It’s Gonna be Big. Like God.

Jimmy Fowler
In all things related to Jerry Jones, the Dallas Cowboys, and Arlington Stadium, I’m a big time Scrooge. Football fever and the joy of victory make me want to shutter the windows, turn off all mass media devices, and sit in a...


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...


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...



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...