Arts
PHOTOS BY BRIAN HUTSON

Jimmy Buffet: A Howlin’ Good Time

STEVE STEWARD
I won’t go as far as to say that last night’s Jimmy Buffet concert at Coyote Drive-In was the best concert of the year. (So far, that distinction goes to the Pinkish Black/Sub Oslo show at Lola’s Saloon last Saturday.) Bu...


Gary Norman and Jan Ayers Friedman enjoy the interconnectivity afforded by the open studio. Courtesy Art Studios on Race Street

Truly Public Art

Drop by Art Studios on Race Street to chat with an artist or two and maybe even go home with a painting.
EDWARD BROWN
With Art Studios on Race Street (formerly The Work Room), owner Flora Brewer is re-envisioning the way painters and sculptors work. Instead of holing up in separate rooms by themselves, artists share a public space, allowing th...



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Jubilee’s Black Boy Fly: Powerful Drama

NICOLE CRITES
Today (Sunday) at 3 p.m. is your last chance to catch Jubilee Theatre’s production of Black Boy Fly, young Jordan E. Cooper’s powerful 40-minute drama about racism, anchored by the George Zimmerman trial. The setting is the...


JUST MOSEYIN' ON OVER TO LOLA'S FOR THE SUB OSLO/PINKISH BLACK SHOW.

Fort Worth: Too “Hip” for USA Today?

ANTHONY MARIANI
USA Today unleashed the breaking news that Fort Worth is “evolving from cow town to hipster city.” Catch your breath, I know. In a flyby article yesterday, writer Rick Jervis doesn’t clearly define “hipster” –– a ...



(From left to right) Wendy Welch, Dana Schultes, and Natalie Wilson King star in Stage West’s outstanding new drama.

Dark Themes

Presumptions about The Other lead to disaster in Stage West’s production of The Unmentionables.
JIMMY FOWLER
“I think any progressive person has the ability to recognize problems in other parts of the world,” insists Jane (Dana Schultes), an American TV actress who’s impetuously joined her missionary fiancé Dave (Jake Buchanan)...


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Hard Twist: Brutal, Beautiful Ranch Women

NICOLE CRITES
For folks who managed to grow up in cowboy country without learning a thing about ranch life, a hard twist refers to the old-time Manila hemp lariat rope that is tightly twisted or hard twisted. It can also be used to describe ...



TBT

TBT’s Swan Lake: Full Bloom

LEONARD EUREKA
Since taking over Texas Ballet Theater 10 years ago, artistic director Ben Stevenson has presented a wealth of full-length ballets here that he created during his long tenure with the Houston Ballet. One of the most rewarding i...


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Remembering Bruce Wood

Things were beginning to brighten up for the young but legendary Fort Worth choreographer.
LEONARD EUREKA
North Texas lost one of its most original choreographers last week. Bruce Wood died in Fort Worth, reportedly of a heart attack and complications of pneumonia. He was 53. Best known for his namesake group, the Bruce Wood Dance ...



BOOKS

Days of Shame

In a new book, Fort Worth’s E.R. Bills shines a light on the 1910 Slocum Massacre.
MARGARET ALLYSON
Nobody really knows why a group of white men went on a killing spree in the small East Texas town of Slocum in 1910. And until recently, nobody seemed to want to remember the shameful incident. Erroneously reported by some news...


Like the real-life Ma Rainey, Valerie Houston’s character is a diva of the first order.

Blues Breakers

In Jubilee Theatre’s production of Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, the existential conversation is spiked with racial drama.
JIMMY FOWLER
When August Wilson’s scorching drama Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom made its New York debut in 1985, it was just the second non-musical show authored by an African-American to receive a Broadway production. You had to go back alm...