Posts Tagged ‘features’
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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...



There’s a strong South American influence at work at Sol de Luna. Brian Hutson

Bright Spot

Sol de Luna isn’t your typical fast-food Tex-Mex joint.
EDWARD BROWN
Until it closed a few months ago, Red Cactus was one of the most popular lunch spots in TCUland, offering fresh, cheap, and fast Tex-Mex in a brightly lit, antiseptic, fast food-esque dining room. Despite its popularity, howeve...


Alessandro Deljavan’s wonderful performance probably had ’13 Cliburn jurors wondering why they didn’t send him to the finals.

Red Stars

The FWSO and Cliburn medalists pay tribute to the late pianist and the music he loved so much.
LEONARD EUREKA
In a tribute to the late Van Cliburn, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra turned its annual pre-season festival into a three-day all-Russian extravaganza last weekend. Each of the three programs featured a finalist from last spri...