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Photo by Will van Overbeek.

Death of a Rock Star

A Fort Worth punk rocker’s old film is breaking on through to the other side.
TOM HUCKABEE
Jonathan Demme got me thinking about Jim Morrison the other day. I first met Demme, the great American auteur, in 1982, about a year after I graduated from film school at the University of Texas at Austin and moved to Hollywood...


Photo by Jeff Prince.

Jessica in Wonderland

Now that Fort Worth has its own film commission, the big bucks should come rolling in. Right?
Jeff Prince
Working in the film and television industry while living in Fort Worth means you’ll probably spend a lot of your time traveling to other cities. Richard Porter spends much of his time driving to Dallas, Austin, or other citie...



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Indian Football

A nonprofit offers Native American youth shoulder pads and helmets — and hope.
Karen Gavis
As he slid $12,000 in hundred-dollar bills around the table, he asked his friends to reach out and touch it, to see what that kind of wealth feels like. Steve Cardwell then asked them if they would rather have the money or the ...


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Asylum, Texas

Women and children seeking refugee status in the States fight to avoid deportation — and almost certain death.
Peter Gorman
H.R. is a 28-year-old single mother from Guatemala who has been living with her 10-year-old son in a Presbyterian church outside San Antonio for three months. While there she has sanctuary: Though the United States has denied h...



Cover illustration by David Owens.

Kentrifying Fairmount

As a duo of investors gussies up a popular swath of the Near Southside, locals debate the changes.
Edward Brown
Graffiti wasn’t exactly the warm welcome they were expecting. Two months after opening Kent & Co. Wines, a posh bar/restaurant in the heart of the burgeoning Near Southside, the Historic Fairmount District, co-owners and ...


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Fine and Tandy?

A Central Park on the East Side might not be a dream — if the city cared.
Jeff Prince
A two-story house on View Street inspired artist Mary Jeter to set up an easel across the street in Tandy Hills Natural Area, squeeze an assortment of paints onto her palette, and stand knee-deep in grass and wildflowers while ...



An injection well spills over wetlands in Vienna, Ohio. Courtesy of Protect Mahoning Valley.

Shalefield Stories

Not everything is greener on the other side of the gas patch.
Fort Worth Weekly
When the land men came bearing gas-well leases, nearly all of Fort Worth fell under their spell. The drilling would be a boon to the city, the county, the state. Rigs would be set up and then disappear in no time. Heck, we’d ...


Acosta’s battle against cancer ended in victory; his battle to win the heart of Kaitlyn, not so much. Photo courtesy of Michael Acosta.

Surviving Cancer, Surviving Romance

Testicular cancer derailed the author — but certainly not for good.
MICHAEL ACOSTA
I never thought this would happen to me. I was crushing on Kaitlyn, a beautiful blonde sitting on the other side of my English class at Central High School in Keller. When she laughed, my heart melted like the wax dripping off ...



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JFK’s Last Night

The Fort Worth Opera’s ambitious commission sheds light on a little known side of the first family.
Edward Brown
In a dark hotel room, the first lady is awakened by a nightmare. A dimly lit bathroom can be seen through an open door nearby. Inside, the body of her husband is slumped over. Morphine pills are scattered around him. Jacqueline...


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Young Nudists Rising

North Texas millennials have their own take on getting nekkid.
Edward Brown
I pulled up to the strip mall at the predetermined meeting time of midnight. All but one of the Mid-Cities area retail spaces was dark. That’s where I was headed. Inside, about 20 people, most in their 20s and 30s, were chatt...