Judging animal intelligence not easy

Judging animal intelligence not easy

By Dr. Beth Leermakers “My golden retriever is smarter than your honor student.” Is that bumper sticker proclamation really true? Since you can’t administer a standard IQ test to animals, it’s difficult to determine and compare their intelligence. Furthermore, it’s tough to distinguish between general intelligence — the ability to perform well on multiple cognitive […]

‘The Way Back’ honest, poignant, cathartic

‘The Way Back’ honest, poignant, cathartic

By Chic DiCiccio People deal with their demons in different ways, and nearly all of them do it privately, behind closed doors. Celebrities don’t often get to do that and Ben Affleck’s unfortunate public struggles with addiction have been tabloid fodder for years. This is what makes “The Way Back” such a surreal, almost voyeuristic […]

Despite steep prices, Beverley’s has great variety, patio, staff

Despite steep prices, Beverley’s has great variety, patio, staff

By R. H. Lannen Beverley’s has the distinct feel and setting of a classic French Bistro but is cooking up a wide array of American classics. With a fully stocked bar and a concise menu, Beverley’s is the perfect place to have a romantic dinner while still casual enough to be one’s local drinking hole. […]

Flood opened the floodgates

By David Mullen My next-door neighbor growing up in Oakland was a short, Italian man named Frank Russo, a wealth of information on Pacific Coast League history that included Joe DiMaggio (a San Francisco native who had two baseball-playing brothers, Dom and Vince) of the San Francisco Seals, Ernie Lombardi, Casey Stengel and Billy Martin […]

Greenville Ave. bash to benefit students

Greenville Ave. bash to benefit students

41st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade By Chris Kelley On Saturday, March 14, the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association (GAABA) will host the 41st Dallas St. Patrick’s Parade & Festival, presented by the Dallas Mavericks. The parade is the largest St. Patrick’s event in the Southwest and attended by more than 125,000 people every year. […]

Winter Squash Lasagna

Winter Squash Lasagna

1 large butternut squash (about 3 pounds), peeled, seeded and cut into 1/4-in.-thick slices 2 fennel bulbs, thinly sliced 1 stick unsalted butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped 8 med. leaves sage, finely chopped 5 cups milk 1 cup shredded grated Parmesan cheese 12 no-boil lasagna noodles 2 c. shredded Mozzarella […]

‘Emma.’ See it. Period.

‘Emma.’ See it. Period.

By Chic DiCiccio If nothing else, “Emma.” is the cockiest Jane Austen adaptation of all time, if only for placing that period (not a typo) in its title. Is it a clever way to say this is a period piece or is it staking a claim as the best Austen-based film ever? It’s probably a […]

Biases, hate explored with wit in Lee’s original show

Biases, hate explored with wit in Lee’s original show

By Shari Goldstein Stern “Oh, how nice. Some of my best friends are Jewish.” Smile politely. Try to control that muscle that pops out on your jaw when you grit your teeth. Get over it until next time. How many times do we have to hear it? How long does it take for normal people […]

Greatest moment in U.S. sports overlooked

Greatest moment in U.S.  sports overlooked

By David Mullen An era-defining milestone in American sports, and in American history as a whole, celebrated its 40th anniversary on Feb. 22. It went unnoticed by many media outlets (save ESPN and NBC), as headlines went to NFL billionaire owners going back and forth with highly-paid players over a new collective bargaining agreement, Major […]

Follow the fellow to Fair Park

Follow the fellow to Fair Park

Oh, Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are calling everyone to Fair Park in Dallas for the 38th Annual North Texas Irish Festival to celebrate the rich tradition of Irish and Celtic culture March 6-8 with a three-day festival that is family-friendly and tons of fun. Tens of thousands will come from across Texas and […]