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The Liverpool Way: Texas Style

The Reds have come to North Texas to train elite soccer players, from youth to semi-pro.
Rush Olson
The goalkeeper dived to his right. His outstretched hand made just enough contact with the ball to deflect it over the crossbar. As he landed, the red “liver bird” logo on his left shoulder hit the ground with the rest of h...


This Life Could Be Your Tour

Like Dante’s Inferno, there are rings of band “success.” And 99 percent of them are long. And hard.
Steve Steward
I found the most tragicomic advertisement I’ve ever seen in the fall of 2008, when my old band, Darth Vato, was loading into a crappy bar in Longview to play a show. Stuck into a planter box littered with rocks and cigarette ...


Music Awards Festival 2015

Fort Worth Weekly
BY EDWARD BROWN, ERIC GRIFFEY, ANTHONY MARIANI, JEFF PRINCE AND STEVE STEWARD PHOTOS BY VISHAL MALHOTRA Welcome to the Fort Worth Weekly’s 13th Annual Music Awards Festival (and 15th Annual Music Awards). And, in an indirect ...


Orchestrating Success

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra produces more than simply outstanding musicians.
Edward Brown
Though everyone onstage was wearing casual clothes, not everyone looked relaxed. The adults had nothing to worry about. Professional musicians with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, they had played Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overtur...


Trains Rolled On

Fort Worth may be known as “Cowtown,” but at its heart it’s always been “Railtown.”
Peter Gorman
Sunday morning, last day in May.  The sun had finally beaten back the clouds after weeks of rains, and the city was crisp. The air was clear. Edges of buildings stood out in sharp relief without the usual veil of smog. The rai...

Ray: “I decided I wanted to fight.” Photo by James Coreas.

Scholar, fighter, mother

A Fort Worth mom overcomes a debilitating disease to go back to school — with her two daughters.
Eric Griffey
Last fall, University of North Texas undergraduate Darla Ray competed in a dance tournament. The dance-off among teams representing campus dorms was a part of the school’s “Yell Like Hell” homecoming festivities, a series...


Grady Spears Last Shot?

Love him or hate him, the former celebrity chef is back with a new restaurant and new hope.
Jeff Prince
Cowboy cook Grady Spears is opening a chicken-fried steak café in the Stockyards next month, and, since the joint holds only about 60 diners, don’t be surprised if a line forms outside the door. A few folks in line might hav...


Under Par

As the golf world converges on Fort Worth this week, the wrecking ball looms over legend Ben Hogan’s childhood home.
Karen Gavis
Fort Worth is the center of the golf universe this week. That’s because the Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial, one of the oldest stops on the PGA Tour, is in full swing. But while everyone will be keeping an eye on defend...


Are You Going to Scarborough Faire?

The Renaissance is still all the rage in Waxahachie.
Steve Steward
I haven’t even parked my car, and I’m already interacting with people in costume. Beckoning me to stop and pointing for me to park in a particular spot, the teenager is dressed in the livery of a local squires’ associatio...


Failing Grades

Edward Brown
Eagle Mountain and adjacent Saginaw are probably the last two places in Tarrant County where you can escape the smog and hellish traffic that trap most of Fort Worth. People who live in Eagle Mountain and Saginaw are quick to b...