Texas Girls’ Choir Time

Though it’s been 13 years since their founder died, this nonprofit continues to ring throughout Fort Worth — and the globe.
Edward Brown
The little girl looked nervous as she stepped into the music room to audition. The only singing that Alina Ortiz had done before was at home or in the family car, singing along to the radio. Now the 8-year-old 3rd grader at Cas...


Turkey Awards 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
Turkey Time 2015 We’re not trying to be mean. Wait. Yes, we are. Some folks need to be held accountable for their transgressions, from the simply selfish to the borderline illegal. For the rest of you yokels on our dubious li...

Not Another Brick in the Wall?
Illustration by Vlad Alvarez.

Not another brick in the wall

After nearly 40 years of stuffing prisons with nonviolent offenders, some states and the U.S. government are beginning to see the light.
Peter Gorman
Jason Hernandez began selling marijuana in his McKinney neighborhood in 1992, when he was 15. At first, it was baggies, but within a couple of years he moved up to moving pounds. From there he moved on to selling crack cocaine,...


The Next Drug Epidemic

Even compared to heroin, ecstasy, and meth, synthetic analogs of benzos are bad news.
Joey Keeton
When addiction is discussed, benzodiazepines are rarely mentioned. When they are, it’s for their use by a stimulant-driven addict who is anticipating 70 sleepless hours to hit him hard and soon and who wishes to knock himself...


Van Raiders

For most local musicians who’ve had their gear pinched, their best hope isn’t the cops. It’s social media.
Steve Steward
Of course with any theft, an item’s intrinsic value is impossible to quantify. You can sell an amp for what it’s worth, less the price of personal attachment and personal expenditure in terms of maintenance money and of the...


Remembering the Real J.R. Ewing

The North Texas man upon which the fictional character was reportedly based will be honored in a new book, Texas Patriarch.
Karen Gavis
Sitting at his office in Dallas, Douglas D. Box, wearing broken-in cowboy boots, faded jeans, and a blue, pearl-snap shirt, looked as comfortable as he probably does on a ranch. That’s likely because the 58-year-old father of...


Student Scourge

A powerbroker doesn’t want his tony neighborhood turning into Fraternity Row.
Jeff Prince and Edward Brown
The couple sitting in the front row of City Hall looked more than a little pissed off. Talk about body language. Stephen Buttram had his arms folded, head cocked, and eyes narrowed. His wife’s arms were also folded. Ansley Bu...


Jurassic Park

It’s taken a decade for historic land along the Trinity in Arlington to go from lawless to flawless.
Karen Gavis
Art Sahlstein has seen it all. From his two-story home in Euless, the 59-year-old recently re-married father of three recalls mud flying from the tires of four-wheel drive vehicles, a screaming, mosquito-slapping wild man, and ...

Cover illustration by Andrew Craft.

Books over Abuse

Many North Texas women are returning to college after surviving violent relationships.
Barbara Sullivan’s husband wasn’t always abusive. At first, he was kind, loving, and attentive. Then temptations got the better of him. “I lost him to drugs,” she said. “He wasn’t always like that.” Her moment of ...


Best Of Fort Worth 2015 Has Landed

Anthony Mariani
Let’s be clear. Our annual Best Of issue is just for fun. Unlike the Republican debates for the most powerful office in the world. Oh, wait. They’re fun, too. Eye-wateringly hilarious, in fact. So let me rephrase: Our annua...