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New Local Music

Matthew McNeal, Shadows of Jets, and The Vandoliers prove the Fort is hot.
Matthew McNeal’s Compadre The opening electric guitar lick on Matthew McNeal’s new debut album grabbed my ear from the get-go. The lick sounded kinda country, kinda rock, and I was wondering which direction we were about to...

Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff share a meaningful moment in a big-box retail store in "Paper Towns."

O-Town Girl

She’s been livin’ in a white-bread world, until she leaves Paper Towns behind.
Kristian Lin
Cara Delevingne starts her acting career already famous. She had always wanted to act, but what was supposed to be a sidelight as a fashion model turned into a stellar career for the 22-year-old Englishwoman with the enviable e...

You can order the kibbeh plate with or without the cup of hot chai at Qana Café and Hookah. Photo by Lee Chastain.

Qana Do It

For lunch, dinner, or coffee, this Mediterranean restaurant is terrific.
Kristian Lin
Named after the city where Jesus supposedly worked his first miracle, Qana Café and Hookah doesn’t offer miraculous food. It’s just really good Middle Eastern cuisine, and while its lack of prominent signage and its locati...


New Local Music

New tunes are coming at you from Bosque Brown, War Party, and Sarah Jaffe.
Bosque Brown’s Us If I were a heroin addict, Us would be my new favorite record. But I’m a beer drinker, not a hophead. Still, I’m drawn to this music in a tangential way. Bosque Brown’s new album is perfect and wanting...


New Local Music

Vincent Neil Emerson and Jonathan Tyler lead the hit parade.
Fort Worth Weekly
Vincent Neil Emerson’s East Texas Blues Think about this: Leon Bridges’ and Vincent Neil Emerson’s respective sounds are dissimilar enough that the comparison might seem inappropriate, the former singing soul, the latter ...

So much effort has been put into decorating Pansayena that you will feel right at home. Photo by Jordan Ricaurte.

Pansayena’s Undiscovered Country

With all of this delicious Mex-Mex, you may wonder why this place isn’t packed every night.
Lauren Phillips
In a nondescript shopping strip, behind a generic glass storefront, wedged between a nail salon and a dry cleaners, sits Pansayena Mexican restaurant. It is so unassuming, so far off the beaten path, it seems almost like it is ...

Jake Gyllenhaal bears the scars of his latest fight in Southpaw.

Less Than Jake

Jake Gyllenhaal is fantastic in Southpaw, but this boxing drama isn’t.
Kristian Lin
The critical narrative has now hardened around Jake Gyllenhaal. It goes like this: After a misguided period when the actor tried to be an A-list leading man, the financial and critical flops of The Day After Tomorrow and Prince...

Cobie Smulders lets Gail Bean feel her pregnant stomach in Unexpected.

Baby Baby

An Unexpected arrival shows promise before withering away.
Kristian Lin
Four years ago, Joe and Kris Swanberg had a baby. In response, they did what Swanbergs do: They made films about it. Joe’s arrived last year. In Happy Christmas, he and his real-life infant son appeared onscreen together, tho...

Jeremy Schwartz represents the hall-of-mirrors nature of Amphibian Stage Productions’ The Quixotic Days and Errant Nights of the Knight Errant Don Quixote

Well Don

This ain’t Man of La Mancha. Amphibian does up Don Quixote proud.
Kristian Lin
Reading Miguel de Cervantes’ Don Quixote is a strangely unsettling experience. It was written when the novel form was just being invented, which is perhaps why you don’t get the sense of a beautifully polished, structurally...

Based on our experience, Thai Terrace can improve by shortening its menu. Photo by Brian Hutson.

Room to Improve

Thai Terrace needs to up its game.
Lauren Phillips
There’s a little magic in the phrase “new Thai restaurant.” Your ears perk up. Your mouth begins to water. Your olfactory recall kicks into high gear. Fond memories of youthful excursions to the noodle shop at the edge of...