Posts Tagged ‘texas’

You’re in the Gummint Now

An open letter to freshman legislators.
DAVE MCNEELY
Dear freshman Texas legislators: Welcome, you 37 new state representatives and two new senators who’ve never been through a session of the Texas Legislature. You’re in for 140 of the most exciting and exhausting days of you...


Aggie Christmas Present

Static
Well, the Texas A&M University System top dogs got a little something extra in their stocking on Christmas Eve — a letter from 15 national journalism organizations, representing everybody from columnists to environmental ...



Film Fare

Why is North Texas the center of the latest craze in movie theaters?
KRISTIAN LIN
Alfred Hitchcock popularized the term “MacGuffin” to mean a plot device that engages the viewer’s attention. It makes sense, then, that MacGuffin’s is the name of the full-service bar in the foyer of AMC Grapevine Mills...


The Houses that Benson Built

Fort Worth artist Carol Benson sees the archetypical house as much more than a structure — or concept.
JIMMY FOWLER
Fort Worth painter Carol Benson has a show up now at William Campbell Contemporary Art of paintings of houses, and since she grew up in the 1950s in a small East Texas town, we could be forgiven for thinking that we’re in Tho...



On the Green Prairie

Static
The cowboy life means long hours in the sun. And even after cowboys hang up their spurs and get enshrined in the Texas Cowboy Hall of Fame, they’re still going to get their share of solar exposure.  


Forget “Don’t Drink the Water.”

How about “Don’t Ignite the Water.”
Static
Sometimes Static’s editor feels like it’s dangerous to open her e-mail inbox on Tuesdays, deadline day at your beloved Fort Worth Weekly. You never know what kind of news might be lying in wait there, among the Viagra offer...



Aggie Secrets

Tarleton State’s attempt to keep public records from budding reporters isn’t winning friends for the college.
STORY AND PHOTOS BY JEFF PRINCE
The gently rolling ranchland around Stephenville provides a natural backdrop for Tarleton State University and its emphasis on agricultural studies. But it’s more than a cow college. Its graduates have found success in career...


Nutcracking Times Two

Big Ticket
Both Texas Ballet Theater and Metropolitan Classical Ballet will open their annual Nutcracker productions this weekend: TBT in Bass Performance Hall and MCB in Texas Hall on the University of Texas at Arlington campus.



Mayoral Musings

Static
January is usually when local candidates start announcing their election plans. Neighborhood advocate and former Fort Worth city councilwoman Cathy Hirt hasn’t officially announced a run for mayor, but it doesn’t take a roc...


When 5 Percent Is Everything

Who all will be on the 2012 ballot?
DAVE McNEELY
When operatives with Republican ties paid for the petition drive that got the environmentally oriented Green Party on the Texas ballot this year, it set the stage for problems for Texas Democrats beyond 2010.