Who ya gonna call?

By Nancy Black Eight-six-seven-five, three O nine! That’s the only telephone number I know by heart these days. And it doesn’t even belong to anyone I know. It’s from a hit Tommy Tutone song from 1981 about a girl named Jenny.  Kind of humorous, not knowing any telephone numbers these days. And I am sort […]

Dallas Beer Kitchen forgot the kitchen

Dallas Beer Kitchen forgot the kitchen

By Sara Newberry Dallas Beer Kitchen has definitely been through some ups and downs in its five-year history. After opening in 2013, they thrived until construction affected business so deeply that the former owner had to close the doors. Amazingly, two investors swooped in, and the place reopened after only five days. There was talk […]

Ethan Hawke creates a masterpiece, and a star, in ‘Blaze’

Ethan Hawke creates a masterpiece, and a star, in ‘Blaze’

By Chic DiCiccio “Blaze” is director Ethan Hawke’s love letter to country singer Blaze Foley, a belligerent, surly drunk who was tragically killed at the age of 40. Blaze wasn’t a good husband, friendly to audiences or remotely close to any commercial success, but he was exceptional at one thing: writing country songs.  So, what […]

Raining worms!

By Nancy Black   It first happened after the nighttime storm we had a few weeks ago. When I went outside to sit at my patio table the next morning, it was covered in these itty bitty, teeny tiny, wiggling worms. Seriously, they were smaller than a cup cake’s candy sprinkles. And they weren’t just […]

The Placard Police!

The Placard Police!

By Nancy Black I was furious when I saw it. My brother, who was hoping another candidate would win the presidential election that year, just laughed when he saw it. In the dark of one night, some vandal(s) had defaced our Obama for President sign, which hung on the fence of my mother’s home. They […]

Good & bad dishes intersect at Ross & Hall

Good & bad dishes intersect at Ross & Hall

By Sara Newberry Ross & Hall is yet another beer-oriented restaurant and bar, which features an outdoor space for those times of the year when air conditioning isn’t a requirement. It’s located on Ross Avenue in an area that is becoming more of a destination for nights out, with new tiki-inspired bar Alice across the […]

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ prove family drama is universally funny

By David Mullen Remember a few years ago when Academy Award voters were criticized for seemingly avoiding minority performers in their top award categories? Then the 2016 film “Moonlight,” which starred two gay black male characters living in a troubled neighborhood in Miami, won the Academy Award for Best Picture. The much underrated “Hidden Figures,” […]

SHE’S NO EXPERT

SHE’S NO EXPERT

Hello, In your August 10th issue, the editor wrote an article entitled, “Nature Has the Rx.” She is promoting the use of natural drugs to solve health problems and I have no problem with the use of homeopathic remedies but she doesn’t tell the reader that they need to consult with their doctors before using […]

Going to market?

By Nancy Black This little piggy went to market This little piggy stayed home This little piggy ate roast beef This little piggy had none This little piggy went wee, wee, wee all the way home. Now I get it. My mother wasn’t just playing with my toes. She was teaching me about society — […]

Even stealing from ‘Jaws’ can’t save ‘The Meg’

Even stealing from ‘Jaws’ can’t save ‘The Meg’

By Chic DiCiccio There is a one-minute span in “The Meg” that is a shot-for-shot recreation (Ripoff? Tribute?) of a sequence on Quint’s boat in “Jaws.” It’s easily the best part of the entire movie. The other 112 minutes are crammed full of plot, horrendous dialogue delivered by stiff actors, shoddy CGI, and about 45 […]