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Off Broadway On Flora Season Tickets On Sale Now | Focus Daily News Off Broadway On Flora Season Tickets On Sale Now
AT&T Performing Arts Center offers tickets for the 2018 Off Broadway on Flora season on sale now. Off Broadway On Flora features a diverse range of shows ranging from immersive theatre to improv comedy to searing satire, many of which have enjoyed sold-out success in New York, Chicago and London. Three productions will be staged […] The post Off Broadway On Flora Season Tickets On Sale Now appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 16, 2017
Suspected Serial Killer William Reece Charged with Capital Murder of Kelli Cox | Dallas Observer Suspected Serial Killer William Reece Charged with Capital Murder of Kelli Cox
Suspected serial killer William Reece was charged with Capital Murder by a Brazoria County Grand Jury for the abduction and murder of Kelli Cox who disappeared in the late 90s.
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Meet the Dallas Couple Who Dress as Spider-Man and Give Out Presents to Random Kids | Dallas Observer Meet the Dallas Couple Who Dress as Spider-Man and Give Out Presents to Random Kids
It takes more than superhero outfits to make people superheroes. It's what they do when they wear them. For the last two years, Dallas On-Air founder and On-Air Media founding partner Jantzen Ray and his girlfriend, Catherine Chensky, have turned their Christmas Day celebration into a chance to play Santa...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Here's How the Cowboys Make the Playoffs (Getcha Aspirin Ready) | Dallas Observer Here's How the Cowboys Make the Playoffs (Getcha Aspirin Ready)
After a season that began with Super Bowl-high expectations, the Dallas Cowboys, about to play their 14th game of the year, are left to compete for the NFC's booby prize, the sixth seed in the playoffs. Even if the Cowboys manage to beat the odds and get in, they'll face...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Put Down the Bibles and Fight for Your Life to Stop Shooters | Dallas Observer Put Down the Bibles and Fight for Your Life to Stop Shooters
Denton police held an active shooter training for local churches in response to the First Baptist Church mass shooting in Sutherland Springs.
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Rick Perry May Be Under the Radar in Washington, But Nobody Here Would Count Him Out | Dallas Observer Rick Perry May Be Under the Radar in Washington, But Nobody Here Would Count Him Out
When the president is on Twitter suggesting a U.S. senator is a whore and his fellow Republicans are on TV talking about how much they hate the FBI, guess who gets lost in the shuffle? Why, it’s our own Rick Perry, our former Gov. Oops. Where is that boy, anyway,...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Music News: G-Eazy, Jeezy and Other Performers Whose Names Don't Rhyme | Dallas Observer Music News: G-Eazy, Jeezy and Other Performers Whose Names Don't Rhyme
Concert promoters haven't yet slowed down for the holidays. This week brings a bevy of new announcements with the likes of Kesha, Jack Johnson, Yanni and Jeezy all revealing Dallas performances in 2018. Also, a crew of Celtic rockers comes through, an up-and-coming rapper will appear on a larger stage,...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Don't Count on Dallas' James Ho To Be a Rubber Stamp for Trump on 5th Circuit | Dallas Observer Don't Count on Dallas' James Ho To Be a Rubber Stamp for Trump on 5th Circuit
James Ho, the Dallas attorney confirmed by the Senate on Thursday for a seat on the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, is staunchly conservative but isn't in lockstep with President Donald Trump ideologically, says Chad Ruback, a Dallas-based appellate lawyer who's crossed paths many times with Ho. Ho, appellate attorney...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
10 Special Ways to Ring in 2018 in Dallas | Dallas Observer 10 Special Ways to Ring in 2018 in Dallas
New Year’s Eve comes with a lot of excitement but also a lot of stress to plan the perfect night. It's time to say goodbye to 2017 — and to all that planning-induced stress — with these 10 New Year’s Eve events in Dallas. A Very Texas New Year’s Eve...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Big Macs, Barbecue and Mark Zuckerberg: The Most-Read Dallas Observer Food News of 2017 | Dallas Observer Big Macs, Barbecue and Mark Zuckerberg: The Most-Read Dallas Observer Food News of 2017
It is perhaps the world's largest understatement that 2017 was a year filled with news — earth-shaking, head-scratching, social consciousness-raising news. The Dallas dining scene was not immune to such moments. This list, arguably, does not contain the city's "biggest" dining news of the year, but rather the news that...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Food, Tradition, Culture: An Ode to Food From Galilee's Cheap, Delicious Middle Eastern Cuisine | Dallas Observer Food, Tradition, Culture: An Ode to Food From Galilee's Cheap, Delicious Middle Eastern Cuisine
Just after Thanksgiving, you might have seen a sign on the door of Food From Galilee that caused a gravity-drop feeling in your gut. Under a red "help wanted" sign, a handwritten note on a sheet of yellow legal paper read, “Dear Customers: We will be closed due to a...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Latino Cultural Center Keeps Mexican Christmas Traditions Alive with Annual Posada Festival | Dallas Observer Latino Cultural Center Keeps Mexican Christmas Traditions Alive with Annual Posada Festival
In Latin American and especially Mexican culture, posadas (meaning "inn" in English) are an annual holiday celebration re-enacting Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem, where they sought refuge to give birth to Jesus. Usually at homes or churches, posadas traditionally occur during the nine days leading up to...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Dallas Art Space to Fire Marshal: You Can't Fine Us — We're a 'Social Sculpture' | Dallas Observer Dallas Art Space to Fire Marshal: You Can't Fine Us — We're a 'Social Sculpture'
After years of fire marshal crackdowns on Dallas arts spaces that effectively limited what artists could do inside their galleries and studios, Ash Studios clapped back by contesting its citation in court. The artists’ collaborative run by Fred Villanueva and Darryl Ratcliff was fined $700 in March for hosting a...
Dallas Observer | December 15, 2017
Turnpike Troubadours Appear At Billy Bob’s Texas Dec. 16 | Focus Daily News Turnpike Troubadours Appear At Billy Bob’s Texas Dec. 16
Turnpike Troubadours are definitely on the way up. Seen recently on Austin City Limits, set to air on PBS stations, the Oklahoma group is touring in support of their new album. “A Long Way From Your Heart” has received widespread acclaim. Garden & Gun called it “the band’s most accessible but richest offering to date” […] The post Turnpike Troubadours Appear At Billy Bob’s Texas Dec. 16 appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 14, 2017
The Theodore Celebrates 'The Last Jedi' With Cocktails That Will Take You to the Dark Side | Dallas Observer The Theodore Celebrates 'The Last Jedi' With Cocktails That Will Take You to the Dark Side
For the opening day of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi", The Theodore created a specialty cocktail menu with four cocktails featuring the 86 Co. liquor lineup.
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Dallas' 10 Biggest Unsolved Crimes of 2017 | Dallas Observer Dallas' 10 Biggest Unsolved Crimes of 2017
Sometimes, Dallas cops get the guy. So far in 2017, the Dallas Police Department has captured a serial rapist, quickly arrested a 15-year-old who shot and killed a mother of six during an early November robbery and tracked down Earl Wayne Humphries, a man police believe committed two similar murders of day...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Software Snafu Almost Put Thousands of Homeless People Back on the Streets | Dallas Observer Software Snafu Almost Put Thousands of Homeless People Back on the Streets
There was a moment this year when The Bridge Homeless Recovery Center, which serves between 8,000 and 9,000 homeless people a year, almost had to shut its doors because of a stupid software problem. Not its software. Somebody else’s. Although The Bridge had a sophisticated software system, it was paying...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Dallas Tour Photographer Will von Bolton Says He Has Written the Equation for Happiness | Dallas Observer Dallas Tour Photographer Will von Bolton Says He Has Written the Equation for Happiness
Photographer Will von Bolton was born Will Bolton in Belton. His “stage name,” as he calls it, is a remembrance from his earlier marriage to model Veda von Bergen, as friends referred to the couple as “the Von Boltons.” He sold all his possessions four months ago and is without...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Dallas Observer Mixtape with Michael Todd: Groov-e Company Reunion Mix | Dallas Observer Dallas Observer Mixtape with Michael Todd: Groov-e Company Reunion Mix
Michael Todd is a seasoned DJ who has been on the frontline of dance music culture since the '90s. In that early era, he helped launch the Groov-e Company crew with Britton Schweitzer, DJ Merritt of Edge Club fame and Rob Vaughn. The crew hosted a who's who of '90s Dallas...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
At Overeasy, You Can Brunch All Day, Any Day of the Week | Dallas Observer At Overeasy, You Can Brunch All Day, Any Day of the Week
When you walk into The Statler, a distinctly Don Draper kind of aesthetic will greet you. Think wire-work chairs, marble galore and the kind of midcentury, swanky vibe that makes smoking seem like a reasonable choice. This fashionably vintage setting makes for an ideal brunch spot, and Overeasy — the...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Trinity Hall Irish Pub: The Last Jedi in Mockingbird Station | Dallas Observer Trinity Hall Irish Pub: The Last Jedi in Mockingbird Station
The old ways disappear in Mockingbird Station. Twin Peaks broadcasts its toxic breastaurant status from the second floor, there are parking wars in the narrow garage spots that seem to twirl forever downward, and lunch is a sea of mediocre salads. Music thumps from one of the outdoor patios as...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
In the Wake of Sexual Misconduct, Dallas Theater Community Discusses Proper Conduct | Dallas Observer In the Wake of Sexual Misconduct, Dallas Theater Community Discusses Proper Conduct
The name Lee Trull, the director of new play development at Dallas Theater Center fired last week over allegations of sexual misconduct, wasn't spoken at a meeting of local theater groups about sexual conduct within Dallas' stage companies. But he was clearly on the audience's mind. In fact, he unwittingly...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Drive-in Film Guru Joe Bob Briggs Returns to His Dallas Homeland Next Month | Dallas Observer Drive-in Film Guru Joe Bob Briggs Returns to His Dallas Homeland Next Month
Joe Bob Briggs, the B-movie buff who celebrated blood, breasts and beasts with his Dallas newspaper column, is planning a trip back to the town that made him the sage of the drive-in movie theater. The outlaw drive-in movie critic from Grapevine with a massive collection of bolo ties will...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Flogging Molly Will Play Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert, a Week Early This Time | Dallas Observer Flogging Molly Will Play Dallas Observer St. Patrick's Day Concert, a Week Early This Time
Sometimes traditions have to be flexible. Just like our annual St. Patrick's Day Concert, which encountered a minor snafu when its usual location, Energy Square on Greenville Avenue, began a major renovation that will still be in the works this March. The Dallas Observer looked hard for a creative solution,...
Dallas Observer | December 14, 2017
Former Dallas County Jailer Pleads Guilty to Posing as Film Director to Make Child Pornography | Dallas Observer Former Dallas County Jailer Pleads Guilty to Posing as Film Director to Make Child Pornography
A former Dallas County jailer pleaded guilty Tuesday afternoon in a Dallas federal courtroom to one count of enticement of minor. Kevin Scott Morris, 44, will be sentenced April 4 to a minimum of 10 years and a maximum of life in prison, closing a sordid saga that lasted the better part...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Morning News Bagged Its Man on the Park Board, Fair, Square and Bloody | Dallas Observer Morning News Bagged Its Man on the Park Board, Fair, Square and Bloody
People who watch this stuff closely for a living were not surprised at the end of last week when The Dallas Morning News got Marlon Rollins kicked off the Dallas park board. For one thing, it was a fair shoot. He was vulnerable. For another, it was inevitable because Rollins...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Name “The Shape of Water” Best Picture of 2017 | Focus Daily News Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Name “The Shape of Water” Best Picture of 2017
The Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association voted the fantasy romance THE SHAPE OF WATER as the best film of 2017. The association consists of 34 broadcast, print and online journalists from North Texas, including this reviewer. Rounding out the top 10 films of the year were THE POST (2), LADY BIRD (3), CALL ME BY […] The post Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Name “The Shape of Water” Best Picture of 2017 appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 13, 2017
Flu Infections in Dallas County Are Outpacing the National Average | Dallas Observer Flu Infections in Dallas County Are Outpacing the National Average
Just after Thanksgiving, Dallas County Health and Human Services announced that flu infections were on the rise in the county, publishing a report on an early November spike in specimens sent by the county to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention testing positive for the flu. At the time,...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Giddings Endorses Sherman For Texas House Seat | Focus Daily News Giddings Endorses Sherman For Texas House Seat
DESOTO—Recently, former DeSoto Mayor Carl Sherman Sr. officially filed his candidacy for the Texas State House District 109 seat. And, he’s already receiving support from heavyweights throughout the district. “I am excited about the opportunity to hit the campaign trail and earn every single vote.” Sherman said Saturday at the Dallas County Democratic Party Headquarters. […] The post Giddings Endorses Sherman For Texas House Seat appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 13, 2017
Namedropper: I Attended the Led Zeppelin Reunion as a Guest ... of Jimmy Page's Ex-Wife | Dallas Observer Namedropper: I Attended the Led Zeppelin Reunion as a Guest ... of Jimmy Page's Ex-Wife
Bucks Burnett has met most of his music idols, and he's not afraid to share the details. In this column, he reveals tales from the front lines and backstage. I found about about the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion when I received an email with "Led Zeppelin Reunion" in the subject...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Byron Hanspard Jr. Finds New Home At Baylor | Focus Daily News Byron Hanspard Jr. Finds New Home At Baylor
It looks like the timing of former Cedar Hill High School Head Coach Joey McGuire was impeccable. DeSoto football standout Byron Hanspard Jr. has found a new home at Baylor University. During the Thanksgiving break, the champion cornerback decided that the University of Arkansas wasn’t a good fit for him after all. The four-star athlete […] The post Byron Hanspard Jr. Finds New Home At Baylor appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 13, 2017
10 Best DFW Concerts of 2017 | Dallas Observer 10 Best DFW Concerts of 2017
We're spoiled. A huge number of tours visit Dallas and its surrounding cities every year. It's a difficult task to choose the 10 best, but some were special for sheer star power, for the rarity of an artist's appearance or because a show offered some other surprise. No all-local shows are...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
IKEA Grand Opening: Grand Prairie Grows Even Grander | Focus Daily News IKEA Grand Opening: Grand Prairie Grows Even Grander
Grand Prairie Is Growing With the addition of the new IKEA followed closely by a huge indoor/outdoor water park that will be open daily year-round, Grand Prairie is grander than ever. The new IKEA, with an easy-access location just off Highway 161 and George W. Bush Freeway, is expected to draw large crowds when it […] The post IKEA Grand Opening: Grand Prairie Grows Even Grander appeared first on Focus Daily News.
Focus Daily News | December 13, 2017
The Best New DFW Barbecue Joints of 2017 | Dallas Observer The Best New DFW Barbecue Joints of 2017
Once, any talk of Texas' barbecue belt focused on Central Texas. That belt is now, well, Texas-sized. Good barbecue can be had anywhere between the Red River and the Rio Grande. While Austin and the small towns dotting the Hill Country certainly have the edge when it comes to barbecue...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Urban Taco's 12 Days of Tamales Flips the Switch on Traditional Christmas Dish | Dallas Observer Urban Taco's 12 Days of Tamales Flips the Switch on Traditional Christmas Dish
When Markus Pineyro was thinking about a Mexican restaurant food concept 10 years ago, he wanted to do something different than what being done in Dallas. The city’s food culture, he says, has changed so much since he opened his Urban Taco concept. Now, Pineyro says, people are more educated...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
If You've Got $35 To Spend on Soup, Lime Bar's $35 Lobster Pho Is the Way To Go | Dallas Observer If You've Got $35 To Spend on Soup, Lime Bar's $35 Lobster Pho Is the Way To Go
Pho is the kind of dish that makes people love to argue over authenticity and tradition. But a world without weird pho is a world we don’t want to live in, which is what drew us to the new Lime Bar & Kitchen in Irving to try the restaurant's already famous...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Cinestate's Star Continues to Rise Amid Major Staff Shakeups | Dallas Observer Cinestate's Star Continues to Rise Amid Major Staff Shakeups
Cinestate's Brawl in Cell Block 99 premiered in an interesting setting for a gritty, grindhouse-style action flick starring Vince Vaughn. The arthouse moviegoing crowds of the Venice Film Festival became the first public audience to see director S. Craig Zahler's prison action thriller. "We premiered it at the Venice Film Festival,...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
How a Guy From Fort Worth Influenced the New York Cinema Scene | Dallas Observer How a Guy From Fort Worth Influenced the New York Cinema Scene
Growing up in Fort Worth, Matthew Viragh had no idea he’d own a movie theater one day. But on a crisp November night in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, he drank Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace at a table in the restaurant of his Nitehawk Cinema. “I’m all in on the theatrical experience," he...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Arlington Native Todrick Hall Talks First Loves and Why YouTube Is a Young Gay Man's Best Asset | Dallas Observer Arlington Native Todrick Hall Talks First Loves and Why YouTube Is a Young Gay Man's Best Asset
Texas native and Arlington ISD graduate Todrick Hall got his start in entertainment on American Idol, where he made the semifinals, and went on to become a successful YouTube star. His videos have gotten the attention of Beyonce and Taylor Swift. (He is one of Swift's backup dancers in her...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
It's Time to Get Between the Buns at Dallas' First Slider Festival | Dallas Observer It's Time to Get Between the Buns at Dallas' First Slider Festival
What's better than sandwiches? Tiny sandwiches, that's what. The tiny sandwich is finally about to have its day at a big new food festival: Between the Buns, a Dallas Observer Slider Event. From 4-7 p.m. Saturday, March 24, sliders will rain down from the heavens at the Dallas Farmers Market. The...
Dallas Observer | December 13, 2017
Tre Wilcox Out at Don't Tell Supper Club | Dallas Observer Tre Wilcox Out at Don't Tell Supper Club
Dallas chef Tre Wilcox, formerly on Top Chef and at more restaurants than we could possibly fit in one sentence, is no longer consulting chef at downtown's Don't Tell Supper Club, according to a press release titled "Tre Ends Work at Don't Tell." "Today, Tre Wilcox announced that he is...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
The Last Jedi Is the Most Entertaining Star Wars Movie in Many a Moon | Dallas Observer The Last Jedi Is the Most Entertaining Star Wars Movie in Many a Moon
Writer-director Rian Johnson has certainly made the busiest Star Wars film of them all, but he keeps it from becoming a slog by infusing it with humor, verve and visual charm
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
North Texas Men Allegedly Scam $1 Million Through Illuminati Investment Scheme | Dallas Observer North Texas Men Allegedly Scam $1 Million Through Illuminati Investment Scheme
Two North Texas men spun an elaborate tale involving the Illuminati, the NBA and Under Armour in order to defraud a would-be real estate investor out of nearly $1 million, according to Dallas' U.S. Attorney's Office. Dallas' Joshua Pugh and Frisco's Glenn Clifton will appear at a detention hearing Tuesday...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
Dead Man's Creek: A Waterlogged Corpse in East Dallas Keeps His Secrets | Dallas Observer Dead Man's Creek: A Waterlogged Corpse in East Dallas Keeps His Secrets
A pair of fishermen report that there's a body floating in a creek in the obscure wedge of park space called the White Rock Lake Greenbelt. It's Nov. 21, two days before Thanksgiving. The police respond, calling it a "welfare check," but the description of the man makes it clear...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
Gary Numan Doesn't Want His Trees Show To Be Nostalgic: 'That's Kind of a Needle in My Eye' | Dallas Observer Gary Numan Doesn't Want His Trees Show To Be Nostalgic: 'That's Kind of a Needle in My Eye'
Gary Numan plays Trees on Thursday, Dec. 14. Over the nearly 40 years Gary Numan has been recording and performing, he has made forays into punk, new wave, funk, jazz funk, R&B and straight ahead rock. Through all of these phases, his sweeping melodies, roaring hooks and introspective lyrics have...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
In Meat-Loving Dallas, Sachet Gives Vegetables the Chic, Sophisticated Treatment They Deserve | Dallas Observer In Meat-Loving Dallas, Sachet Gives Vegetables the Chic, Sophisticated Treatment They Deserve
Within 2 miles of new Highland Park restaurant Sachet, there are, by conservative estimation, more than a dozen Dallas steakhouses serving pricey 22-ounce cowboy rib-eyes and pork chops big enough to derail a streetcar. The well-heeled bits of Dallas, particularly suit-sporting expense account holders, love meat. Not just any meat,...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
Cheap and Free Events in Dallas This Week | Dallas Observer Cheap and Free Events in Dallas This Week
Crafts with the Clauses Women's Building at Fair Park 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. 9:30 a.m.-noon Tuesday Free The elves at the North Pole craft toys for good girls and boys, but what about Santa? Is he more of a safety scissors and crayons kind of guy? We’d guess that’s...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
Weed, Reality TV and Hurricanes: What Caught Dallas Observer Readers' Attention in 2017 | Dallas Observer Weed, Reality TV and Hurricanes: What Caught Dallas Observer Readers' Attention in 2017
We have data to share with you, about you. We examined our most-read stories of 2017 and saw some trends. Y'all like to read about reality TV, especially how fake it seems to be, as well as the law — we're assuming how to obey it, but who are we...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
Dallas Therapists Say More Men Want To Talk About Appropriate Workplace Behavior | Dallas Observer Dallas Therapists Say More Men Want To Talk About Appropriate Workplace Behavior
With each new day, it seems another sexual predator is brought to light. What started with several women accusing movie producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual harassment has led to dozens of other famous or notable men being outed for sexual misconduct. Social media campaigns such as #metoo have raised awareness...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017
New Owners Plan to Transform Struggling Vista Ridge Mall Into Music Destination | Dallas Observer New Owners Plan to Transform Struggling Vista Ridge Mall Into Music Destination
Lewisville’s Vista Ridge Mall has a new owner and a new name: Music City Mall Lewisville. ICA Properties, an Odessa-based real estate management company, purchased the floundering, 1.05 million-square-foot Vista Ridge Mall for $17.3 million through an online auction in September. ICA is planning to attract tenants and shoppers to...
Dallas Observer | December 12, 2017