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Want an NEA Grant? Only if You Voted Obama

Anthony Mariani
In the 1930s, the U.S. government conscripted visual artists across the country to create what amounted to U.S. propaganda: murals of muscular farmers, posters of empowered women. The goal was to help motivate Americans out of ...


Weekender: Fri., Sept. 11, 2009

Anthony Mariani
If you’re not doing anything tomorrow night (Saturday), you really oughta gather up some of your smartest (drinkingest?) pals and hit Fall Gallery Night. From 2 ’til about 9 p.m., you can hop from gallery to gallery –– ...



R.I.P. Lovable Curmudgeon Tad Gaither

Anthony Mariani
Former proprietor of both Black Dog Taverns, Gaither passed away recently of unknown causes. Folks who knew him will remember a little guy, no bigger than about 5’-7’’ and a buck-fifty, with a non-offensive, successful, s...


World Cup Soccer Roundup

Kristian Lin
I skipped the president’s health care speech last night because it conflicted with another weighty occasion for Americans: The U.S. soccer team’s 1-0 victory over Trinidad and Tobago in Port of Spain that gets our guys one ...



Are You Wolf Or Sheep?

Jeff Prince
Driving into Fort Worth from the west on I-30 has presented motorists with a quandary this week. A construction project means traffic is being funneled into one lane. A sign tells motorists to merge left one mile ahead. Some dr...


Ellen DeGeneres In (And Out); Paula Abdul Buh-Bye

Jeff Prince
Ellen DeGeneres isn’t a bad pick to replace Paula Abdul as an “American Idol” judge but I’m reserving my cartwheels for awhile. Nobody on the judging panel has ever been (purposely) funny on that show, other tha...



A Man of Taste and Style

Jimmy Fowler
Kudos to the five local Metropolitan Community Churches who’ve started the eye-catching “Would Jesus Discriminate?” highway campaign, with at least two billboards on I-30 in Fort Worth declaring things like “Jesus Affir...


Cry Me A River … Of Blood

Jeff Prince
HBO’s vampire series “True Blood” presents a world in which mortals and immortals try to live side by side in harmony. Humans and vampires even become couples, and one thing always happens when people form romantic relati...



Dallas Tackles Eugene Lockhart

Jeff Prince
The indictment of Eugene Lockhart on a $20 million fraud scheme is a shocker because the former Dallas Cowboys linebacker seemed to be such a stand-up guy. He played during the dismal Danny White decade and retired in 1990 just...


We Are Not Amused

Jimmy Fowler
I’ve never sampled the wings at Wing Stop, now being touted incessantly as “the official wings of the Dallas Cowboys,” but their TV ad featuring Troy Aikman and Jerry Jones mock-squabbling over the last wing cracks me up ...