Monthly Archives: August 2012

No experience? No problem. Newbie actors (from left to right) Frederick Cleveland Quince, Gary Whitaker, and Mike West join veteran thespian Richard Don Simms in Pantagleize’s Texas-ified version of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

The Bard in Texas

A Midsummer Night’s Dream has long been the favorite Shakespeare play of Violet O’Valle, founder and artistic director of Pantagleize Theatre. She’d never considered...

Killer or Filler?

Oil Boom’s Gold Yeller Last August, just a few months after the Dallas-Fort Worth trio Oil Boom dropped its first, widely acclaimed EP, Black Waxy,...
Weiss-Armush: “It is very sad that many classes only accept students who know English.” Lisa Maria Garza

English for the Test

Lots of folks in North Texas want to become U.S. citizens these days: Federal agency records show that the rate of applications for naturalization...
I’ve found the write girl: Zoe Kazan and Paul Dano in Ruby Sparks.

Ruby Sparks: Dreamgirl

When you hear the plot of Ruby Sparks, you’ll think you’ve heard it before. You’ll be right, in a sense — the story’s roots...
Will Ferrell poses in front of a negative ad aimed at Zach Galifianakis in "The Campaign."

Fizzy Campaign

When we last left Will Ferrell, he was starring in Casa de mi Padre, an intriguing though failed experiment in genre parody. His new...

Nuclear Threats

About 9:30 a.m. on June 7 last year, workers at the Fort Calhoun nuclear power plant near Omaha, Neb., raised the alarm. Some minutes earlier,...
The Winnebago bar provides a quirky backdrop for some of Twisted Root’s signature items, including the Dirk Diggler Dog (front). Lee Chastain

Pretzel Logic

Twisted Root Burger Company was started by Jason Boso after he did what most service industry folk fantasize about doing to a hard-to-please customer....
Canaletto’s “The Molo,” shown in Venice: Canaletto and His Rivals.

Comics and Canals

This week we spotlight two presentations by our local art museums about the works hanging in their collections. The Amon Carter starts things on...

The Gurdwara Attack and Identity Politics

In the wake of the attack Sunday on the Oak Creek, Wisc., gurdwara, the media discourse has largely added insult to injury. Anyone who...

Mass Shootings? Sure, But Did You Know To Run Away?

Could there be a better sign of how accustomed to mass shootings we have become? We no longer view these atrocities as surprising.  We...