‘Mowgli’ too frightening, and depressing, to survive for long

‘Mowgli’ too frightening, and depressing, to survive for long

By Chic DiCiccio Here’s a word you wouldn’t expect to see regarding a movie based on a Rudyard Kipling book: traumatizing. That word isn’t being used from a child’s perspective either. “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle” will not only make you quite sleepy, it will leave your retinas permanently scarred with a shockingly depressing image.  […]

‘Solstice’ celebrates with sparkling ensemble

‘Solstice’ celebrates with sparkling ensemble

By Shari Goldstein Stern Take a cozy little picnic in the middle of a forest in the dark of night and then within moments go on a shopping binge at NorthPark Center, and you’ll get a surprising little Christmas present tied with a bow of TV sound bites.  The unique holiday gift is “Solstice,” and […]

State Fair releases coveted recipes

State Fair releases coveted recipes

Cookies and the holiday season go together like Big Tex and corny dogs — one just enhances the other. Holiday cookies can be traditional, but that doesn’t mean you should make the same batch year after year. If you’re looking to venture out into new culinary territory this season, look no further than the State […]

Career-topping performances make ‘The Favourite’ just that

Career-topping performances make ‘The Favourite’ just that

By Chic DiCiccio “The Favourite” is a zany, highly clever period piece that can best be described as a Monty Python movie that was directed by Stanley Kubrick. It’s directed to technical perfection by Yorgos Lanthimos (and future Best Director Oscar winner) and everything from the costuming to classical music score is as gorgeous as […]

Maya’s makes new foods accessible

Maya’s makes new foods accessible

By Sara Newberry Maya’s Modern Mediterranean is the newest eatery in the Casa Linda shopping center, located in the space that was formerly occupied by Alligator Cafe. It’s exciting to have a Middle Eastern place so close by.  I approached Maya’s Modern Mediterranean like this: the menu is kind of a gateway to more authentic […]

Uptown Players ring in holidays with Judy

Uptown Players ring in holidays with Judy

By Shari Goldstein Stern Janelle Lutz (in red) channels Judy Garland in “A Very Judy Christmas” at Uptown Players through December 16. “A Very Judy Christmas” at Uptown Players (UP) opens on a set of Judy Garland’s “holiday home,” mimicking her 1963 TV Christmas special. Powerhouse Janelle Lutz as Judy does an immediate rendition of […]

Two sequels: one knock out, one down for the count

By Chic DiCiccio During the next weekend, one could run out and see two entries into movie franchises that have a total of 16 films preceding them. Folks, that is a whole lot of movie. Other than hours of backstory, that’s about all that the Harry Potter and Rocky Balboa franchises have in common. Oh, […]

Quick Street Corn

Quick Street Corn

2 cups frozen roasted corn 1/4 cup sour cream 1 tablespoon lime juice or to taste 1/2 cup cotija cheese, plus more for garnish Chopped cilantro and chili powder, for garnish Salt In a microwave-safe bowl, heat corn in the microwave until hot. Stir in sour cream and lime juice, then stir in cheese. Season […]

Before you adopt, do your homework

Before you adopt, do your homework

By Dr. Beth Leermakers Choosing a shelter dog — Doing Your Homework Part 1 Do you want to add a fur-kid to your family while saving a life? If so, head to your local animal shelter or rescue group to adopt a dog or cat. On a typical day, Dallas Animal Services (DAS) and Fort […]

Santa Cops encourage all to ‘Stuff a Bus’

Santa Cops encourage all to ‘Stuff a Bus’

With the holiday season just around the corner, Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) is reaching out to all DART riders to support the annual “Stuff a Bus” event scheduled for Friday, Dec. 14. The initiative will deliver socks and blankets to area nursing facilities — as well as unwrapped toys and canned food for children […]