Posts Tagged ‘features’
CB

Comfort Me with Snark

CHOW, BABY
In the ’90s, I and every other night owl in Fort Worth had one haven to head for after bar-thirty: the Ol’ South Pancake House (1509 S. University Dr.). I didn’t go there for the mediocre food, the seemingly endless proce...


Dia

Seize the Dia

HEARSAY
There’s little doubt that The Toadies are the biggest rock ’n’ roll thing ever to come out of Fort Worth. Flashback to the early ’90s. MTV, after replacing commercial radio as the world’s primary source of new music, ...



BOOKS

Let the Sunshine In

A new Ann Richards biography paints a compelling portrait.
MARGARET ALLYSON
Before there was Wendy Davis, there was Ann Richards. With her political savvy, big smart mouth, and, yes, her trademark “closer to God” silver bouffant ’do, Richards is one of only two women ever elected governor of Texa...


Beauxregard’s dynamic new album, Ghosts of the Gaslamp, is real music by real musicians.

Beauxregard’s “Future Western”

They not only never went away but have a new album out.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Fort Worth has become a pretty lively independent music town in recent years, but the downside is that studio projects –– in other words, bands that don’t perform 10 times a week –– are often sadly neglected. They’r...



Billy Bob Thornton and Kevin Bacon hang out on the porch in Jayne Mansfield’s Car.

A Death in the Family

Billy Bob Thornton makes a shaky return to directing with Jayne Mansfield’s Car.
KRISTIAN LIN
Back in 1996, when Sling Blade came out, not only had no one heard of Billy Bob Thornton, the whole concept of regional cinema hadn’t been developed yet. Independent filmmaking was still centered largely in New York, which me...


Allie’s serves up nontraditional fare such as Cajun pasta. Brian Hutson

Allie Oop

Into the wilds of South Fort Worth comes a zesty new Cajun joint.
EDWARD BROWN
It’s easy to forget, but there’s more to Fort Worth’s food scene than West 7th Street and West Magnolia Avenue. Though South Fort Worth is known primarily for McCart Thrift Center and millions of fast-food joints, the are...



Guest

Abbott: Keep Talking

DAVE McNEELY
We predicted several weeks ago that Atty. Gen. Greg Abbott’s request for a special session to rubber-stamp a court’s interim redistricting maps would backfire. It already seems to be doing so. Abbott asked Gov. Rick Perry t...


Jetta in the Ghost Tree, seen here in rehearsal, marks the return of former Flickerstick frontman Brandin Lea.

Return of the Jetta

HEARSAY
Back when North Texas’ twentysomething rockstars were singing into hair brushes to Oasis in the bathroom mirror, Brandin Lea was singing his own music into real microphones in front of thousands of real people all over the co...



Un Chien’s album release show will be Friday, Dec. 6, at Queen City Music Hall.

Bark Side of the Moon

Un Chien transcends hard rock to achieve rocking psychedelia.
ANTHONY MARIANI
Let’s get this out of the way first: The defunct hard-rock trio Stella Rose, one of the most popular and longest-running bands in town, didn’t necessarily break up as much as dissolve. The beginning of the end was 2012, not...


The NRC says protections against terrorism are “appropriate and robust.” Kathryn Jones

Nuclear Defense

A new report says Comanche Peak and other plants are far too susceptible to terrorist attacks.
EDWARD BROWN
More than a decade after 9/11, terrorism response plans at Comanche Peak Nuclear Power Plant 40 miles south of Fort Worth still aren’t designed to guard against attacks anywhere near the scope of those launched in New York an...