Making Dallas Even Better
Cue the 100-degree weather and patriotic fanfare: Independence Day is finally here. The entire country will be practically oozing red, white, and blue this weekend, but we all know Texas does it best. Here’s a guide to Fourth of July happenings all over North Texas.Full Story
This is a summer of goodbye parties for musicians and people who love music in North Texas.Full Story
Julia Heaberlin had always wanted to write a novel, but her job as an editor at the Star-Telegram kept getting in the way. Finally, when she was 45, her husband helped convince her to leave behind “the golden handcuffs,” as she puts it, and write that book. Heaberlin would end up writing two before she found a publisher, but taking a chance on herself ultimately paid off. Her third book, “a novel of suspense” called Black-Eyed Susans, caught on big in England: at its height, in April, it was No. 2 on the paperback bestsellers list and No. 4 overall (including hardcovers and digital editions). The time-hopping page turner about the only survivor of a serial killer is now being adapted into a feature film. Meanwhile, Heaberlin is typing away to meet the fall deadline for her fourth thriller, “a creepy road trip,” she says, tentatively titled Lady in the Rain.Full Story
The Dividends are S1, producer, and Sarah Jaffe, vocals, longtime collaborators releasing their first official EP — Far From Away (Vol. 1) — with a show tonight at Trees, which will also feature DJ Sober and the great Sam Lao. (Special things seem to happen when these people are on stage at Trees together.)Full Story
This atmospheric thriller from director Nicolas Winding Refn, like its primary characters, is visually striking, but its redeeming qualities are only skin deep.Full Story
North Texans are not lacking for options when it comes to celebrating the Fourth of July. There are more than a dozen parades, festivals, hot dog-eating contests, cookouts, concerts, and other Uncle Sam-approved activities marking Independence Day throughout the Dallas area.
Of course, it wouldn’t be America’s birthday without candles, and the sky will be positively lit up this year with fireworks shows throughout the Fourth of July weekend. We’ve rounded up some of our favorites:Full Story
If you bought tickets for a show on Ticketmaster’s website between 1993 and 2013, there’s a good chance you have some free concerts in your future. Ticketmaster is shelling out millions in coupons and free ticket vouchers as part of a settlement stemming from a 13-year-old lawsuit that accused the company of bilking customers with deceptive fees.Full Story
Two weeks without JoJo and her men, and what an empty, meaningless time it has been. I missed the genuine, enriching conversations, the true model of modern courtship, and the breathtaking escapes in faraway lands.
Nemacolin, Pennsylvania.Full Story
An American in Paris comes from Broadway to Fair Park next year as part of Dallas Summer Musicals’ 2016-2017 season. The Tony-winning hit, which was partly produced by DSM and former president Michael Jenkins, was guaranteed to come to Dallas this season.
The six-show season begins Dec. 6 with a holiday production of Broadway Christmas Wonderland, although the Rudolph musical opens as an add-on Nov. 25. Other visiting shows include The Bodyguard, Circus 1903 — The Golden Age of Circus, and Let It Be, the Beatles tribute.Full Story
Radiohead’s fantastic new album A Moon Shaped Pool has been out online for more than a month now, and will finally hit record stores in its physical formats today. Great news for the many fans who still appreciate a tactile connection to music.
And because Radiohead is only rivaled by Kanye West in unconventional album rollouts, the band is marking the occasion with a daylong audio streaming event at independent record stores around the world. The audio will include recent live recordings of Radiohead in concert and band-curated playlists, and the record stores that have signed on will be giving away gifts via a prize draw.Full Story
This follow-up provides a solid mix of action and comedy without allowing its melancholy themes to channel cheap sentiment.Full Story
Thomas Wolfe was repeatedly told by his trusted editor that his manuscripts were too long and rambling, filled with extraneous details and irrelevant tangents. Curiously, Genius is almost the opposite. This period drama chronicles the true-life partnership between the emotionally unstable novelist and the more level-headed literary editor who shepherded his rise to prominence in […]Full Story
From one of the nation’s best jazz schools in Denton to nightclubs in Exposition Park, North Texas is bustling with opportunities to hear live jazz. We’ve rounded up some of the best ways to catch a jazz show around town — let us know what we missed.Full Story
We cooked up a list of the best arcades in Dallas just last year, but the video game landscape in North Texas has changed enough in the last 12 months that we’re due for an update. We’ve hit Peak Retro, and even as we plunge ahead into a future of virtual reality and couch potato entertainment, the classics continue to hold sway. And your home entertainment system is never going to match the social joy of a dark arcade, especially now that so many of them have full bars and “all you can play” policies for the most ardent binge gamers.Full Story
Instead of Coldplay, go see Kraftwerk. It’s not Coldplay’s fault that their Super Bowl halftime show from earlier this year is now, and always will be, remembered as Beyoncé’s Super Bowl halftime show. In the past four decades of pop music, there are only a handful of performers who could hold their own against the […]Full Story
Episode six had promising teasers. I was expecting to be gripped with rage and desperation, jumping on my couch Tom Cruise-style. Instead, it was the longest two hours of my life, and I had to drink wine to endure it. Feel sorry for me. Here we go.
We open up in the lovely Buenos Aires, where we see JoJo doing cute American tourist girl things like walk in the streets, sit on her hotel bed, and look out the window, waiting for her men. I’m sure Pope Francis watched this episode from home, thrilled to see his birth city represented on the show.Full Story
If you missed last night’s premiere of the Dallas-filmed, Dallas-set crime drama Queen of the South on USA, the pilot is streaming — no login or cable subscription required — over on the network’s website.
There isn’t very much Dallas in the first episode, a fact that should be fairly obvious while watching the pilot, which was set and filmed in Mexico City. (The Fort Worth Star-Telegram has an interesting story about the show’s Dallas production at the South Side Studios on Lamar, including a fun tidbit that star Alice Braga enjoyed walking her dog at White Rock Lake.) Our heroine, Teresa Mendoza, a Mexican woman caught up in the underbelly of a violent cartel via her drug-trafficking boyfriend, only arrives in North Texas after 30-plus minutes of explosions, mayhem, and murder on the other side of the border.Full Story
If Newton Knight (Matthew McConaughey) is the hero that Free State of Jones would like us to believe he is, he deserves a better movie than this clumsily composed effort from director Gary Ross. Thing is I’m not sure Knight is that hero, and I felt that way even before reading the uncertainties raised on the real-life Knight’s Wikipedia page.Full Story
Last September, Blake Rasnake was walking in Oak Lawn when he was struck with a bat on the left side of his head. He was pulled into a van, pinned down with a pair of knees on his shoulders, and punched in the face repeatedly. As he was thrown to the sidewalk, Rasnake was bombarded with derogatory comments, called a “stupid fag.” He survived, but it was only the first of 18 reported attacks against gay men in Oak Lawn in about nine months.
As the number of attacks increased, community members began to hold rallies throughout the neighborhood. It was at one of the rallies in October that Steven Pomerantz decided to film the movement and turn it into a documentary, Taking Back Oak Lawn. The film, which premiered in April at the USA Film Festival, originally started out as a platform to address the attacks, but ended up snowballing into a story about a bigger movement within the city’s LGBTQ community, to stand together and restore a sense of safety to the neighborhood.Full Story
No two performances of the work, a collaboration of artists, musicians, and actors, are alike.Full Story
Leoncarlo Canlas is a one-man symphony orchestra. The Denton violinist uses loops and overdubbing, à la Andrew Bird, to build sweeping arrangements that showcase his classical training from the University of North Texas’ music school as well as his diverse taste, which runs from string ensembles like Seryn to hip-hop producers like Flying Lotus.Full Story
The Oak Cliff Film Festival, once the little cinema-loving, upstart on Dallas’ festival scene, turns a mature five-years-old this year. Five years in, we know more or less what to expect from the festival, namely, a jam-packed weekend of unapologetic, high-quality film programming.Full Story
The two intentionally mismatched stars seems to have fun playing slightly against type, although moviegoers might not share their enthusiasm for a mix of buddy comedy, revenge fantasy, and espionage thriller that never fully commits to any of them.Full Story
The State Fair of Texas is sticking to this year’s theme of “celebrating Texas agriculture,” but now, perhaps it can add a sub-theme: Celebrating Taylor Swift.Full Story
West’s last tour, which arrived during the Yeezus era, was a blockbuster spectacle that had the misfortune of rolling into Texas in the midst of a semi-annual ice-pocalypse, keeping all but the boldest fans at home. Yeezy season should come with nicer weather this time around.Full Story