‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ a well-acted and trippy adventure

‘Bad Times at the El Royale’ a well-acted and trippy adventure

By Chic DiCiccio On September 23, 1994, “Pulp Fiction” was released and changed the way that movies could be made. It became okay to have sprawling stories with multiple characters while mashing genres together. Snappy, pop culture-laden dialogue became the new hotness and it spawned countless copycats.  Director/writer Drew Goddard’s second film, “Bad Times at […]

Pizzeria Testa as authentic as they get

Pizzeria Testa as authentic as they get

By Sara Newberry Pizza started out as what we call focaccia, or flatbread, in ancient Rome. What we consider pizza was first created in Naples, in the south of Italy, when tomatoes started to be incorporated as a topping. (Tomatoes were introduced to Europe in the 16th century, after Spanish explorers brought them back from […]

East Dallas artists open their studios to the public

East Dallas artists open their studios to the public

By Sharon O’Callaghan Shero The White Rock Lake Artists Studio Tour Announces its 26th Year! A tradition continues with the annual — and much awaited — White Rock Lake Artists’ Studio Tour scheduled for the weekend of Oct. 13-14. If you ever wondered how an artist creates art, the tour is a wonderful opportunity to […]

Animals, not fried food, on this fairgoer’s agenda

Animals, not fried food, on this fairgoer’s agenda

FOR THE LOVE OF THE ANIMALS By Dr. Beth Leermakers I was shocked to discover that a friend has never seen the huge pig or attended a dog show at the State Fair of Texas! She and her 7-year-old daughter spend their time on the Midway, enjoying an entirely different Fair experience filled with rides, […]

Play presents strong women breaking boundaries

Play presents strong women breaking boundaries

By Shari Goldstein Stern Since 1997, Wingspan Theatre Company has been bringing theater to the community with an emphasis on plays written by and about women. Founded by Dallas actor/writer/director Susan Sargeant, “WingSpan is also dedicated to nurturing new work and supporting the development of local playwrights,” according to the theatre’s mission statement. WingSpan will […]

‘Night School’ misses opportunity to learn from past mistakes

‘Night School’ misses opportunity to learn from past mistakes

By Chic DiCiccio Kevin Hart is critic-proof. Nearly every movie he stars in gets ripped to shreds, but they go on to turn huge profits. It’s a testament to his huge fan base and Hart’s tireless work ethic. Like him or not, Hart isn’t leaving the pop culture landscape anytime soon.  That being said, his […]

Summer Squash Galette

Summer Squash Galette

Recipe and photograph by Sara Newberry 1 pie crust, either homemade or packaged 4 ounces goat cheese, divided 1/3 cup olive oil 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/4 cup shredded parmesan 1 yellow squash, sliced paper thin 1 zucchini, sliced paper thin 2 links Italian sausage, casings removed, browned and crumbled 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes […]

Andrea’s needs some local sourcing

Andrea’s needs some local sourcing

By Sara Newberry   I only ate at La Parrillada, the previous tenant in the space on Gaston that now houses Andrea’s, once. It was fine, average, nothing really memorable good or bad. Andrea’s has changed up the interior slightly and, obviously, has a completely different menu, but the feel is the same in that […]

‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ perfectly scary fun

‘The House With a Clock in Its Walls’ perfectly scary fun

By Chic DiCiccio Any scary movie designed for kids walks a fine line between jump scares that last for two seconds and horrific moments that cause endless nightmares. If it’s cheesy and not frightening enough, it won’t even phase an 8-year old kid. If it’s traumatizing, parents aren’t going to be happy about that same […]

Drumba syncs souls at CC Young

Drumba syncs souls at CC Young

By Shelia Huffman Pump it up! Get your stixs on! Fitness instructor Jill Beam’s energy fills the room at CC Young’s exercise class in Drumba, the new work-out craze everyone is crazy about. Why is Drumba so popular? It’s a cardiovascular workout that increases muscle strength and stimulates the brain. Plus, it’s fun and everyone […]