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Welcome to our inaugural Cocktail Issue. Compiled in celebration of the third annual Cocktail Week (Oct 15-20), which is like Restaurant Week but for booze, this issue features stories dedicated to all aspects of cocktail culture. From tiki life to the battle for the soul of the martini, we’ve got you covered. Shake or stir yourself a cold one, kick back, and enjoy. Cocktail Week itself (#FWCW19) is a blast. It starts Monday at Lola’s Trailer Park (2735 W 5th St, 817-7599100) with Texas Spirits. From 6 to 9pm, sample delights from Blackland Distillery, Balcones, Calamity Gin, Nue Vodka, and Still Austin while enjoying live music from Raised Right Men and bites by Dayne’s Craft Barbecue. For Bourbon Bash –– 6-9pm Tuesday at Thompson’s (900 Houston St, 817-882-8003) –– there will be three levels of tastings. Featured brands include Wild Turkey Longbranch, Balcones Pot Still, and more, with food from Chef David Hollister. The much-anticipated Tiki Party is 6-9pm Wednesday at The Usual (1408 W Magnolia Av, 817-810-0114), with live music, bites, and libations from Diplomatico Rum, Rumhaven, and more. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt for the costume contest, too. FW Blackhouse (1105 Peach St, 817-584-8180) will be the site of the Margarita Party, 6-9pm Thursday. Along with live music from Squeezebox Bandits and delicious noshes, there’ll be drinks created by mem-


bers of the Fort Worth chapter of the nonprofit United States Bartenders Guild (USBG). And from 6 to 9pm on Friday at The Post (2925 Race St, 817945-8890), it’s Vodka vs. Gin, the Battle of the Clear. Tito’s, Blackland, and more will be represented, and in addition to a talk by Dave Smith, head distiller for San Francisco’s St. George Spirits, there’ll be live music by Mark Lettieri and Adrian Hulett on two stages. Tickets to each event is $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Proceeds will go toward the USBG. Fort Worth’s craft cocktail scene is thriving and growing. Through Cocktail Week, fans have been able to enjoy the handiwork of some of the city’s best mixologists, new trends in craft cocktail culture, live music, and awesome liquor brands –– that are often paired with highly complementary chef-driven culinary delights. The participating venues will be responsible for creating their own craft cocktail menus, emphasizing fresh ingredients, new techniques, and inventive flavor combinations. The drinks will be sold at a discount but only during Cocktail Week. The aim of Cocktail Week is to generate the kind of interest in craft cocktails that is normally paid to craft beer, fine wine, and food. It’s just time for Fort Worth to pay respect to the amazing drinks and world-class bartenders in our own backyard. For tickets and more, visit –– Anthony Mariani



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The Return of Tiki The elaborate-looking drinks are suddenly all over local cocktail menus.


With bamboo on the walls, a faux-grass roof atop the bar, and various wooden masks festooned throughout, Arlington’s 4 Kahunas looks and feels like a kitschy Polynesian oasis –– a particularly theatrical experience. The year-old tiki bar wasn’t the first in Tarrant County to pour the often rum-heavy, lavishly garnished drinks, sometimes served in anthropomorphic vessels, but it was the first to focus only on the suddenly hip South Pacific-inspired daiquiris, Mai Tais, and Zombies. West Magnolia Avenue Prohibition-era cocktail pioneers The Usual started the local trend with a weekly tiki night that featured various concoctions served in a real pineapple and accompanied by little paper umbrellas and extravagant straws. Starting a few years ago, its Near Southside neighbors at Proper began the annual exercise of transforming their chic environs into GiGi’s Tiki Tiki Lounge and dedicating a whole three months to the drinks, from July to September. Soon, Tarantula Tiki Lounge will become the first dedicated tiki bar in Fort Worth. Its splashy opening signals the arrival of more than just another themed bar serving $15 drinks in skull-head mugs. It’s the manifestation of a certain mood in America: the escalating need for escapism. (The over-the-top drinks are just a bonus.) Don the Beachcomber, the tropical-themed cafe in Hollywood that set the template for the modern-day tiki bar, opened in the 1930s in the middle of the Great Depression. Born Ernest Raymond Beaumont Gantt, Beachcomber had been a bootlegger during Prohibition and traveled widely in the South Pacific, even working as a beachcomber for a time in Tahiti. When he returned to the United States, the newly christened Donn Beach opened the country’s first tiki bar as a place to display the artifacts he collected during his travels. During the mid-1930s, the rest of the country, too, was feeling the pull toward the islands. In its early years, a few hours at a tiki bar made for a great night out — a minivacation to a tropical fantasia — welcomed by people surviving the Depression. Then, for a time, kitsch overtook quality. And tiki’s determined “exoticism,” with its cultural appropriations and discomfiting evocation of otherness, reasonably put some drinkers off. America’s tiki obsession hit its golden era in the postwar years, continuing into the 1950s and ’60s. After World War II, servicemen carried home stories of faraway Pacific lands. Among those returning was the author James Michener, a former Naval reservist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1948 for his book Tales of the

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Bright colors and whimsy are backed up by real skill at Tarantula Tiki Lounge, set to open in the coming months.

South Pacific. Rewritten as a musical, South Pacific became first a Broadway hit, then a movie sensation in 1958. Hawaii became the 50th U.S. state in 1959. Two years later, Elvis Presley released Blue Hawaii, setting off a fresh wave of enthusiasm for island culture. And thanks to developments in commercial aviation, more Americans were able to visit the actual South Pacific. In particular, tourism to Hawaii thrived. Tiki bars continued to provide a sense of escape, but during this economic-boom time, they acted as a dramatic counterpoint to the go-go sense of progress, big money, chrome and steel, and future, and space age. These days, a new generation of bars has emerged along with the rise of the craft cocktail movement, which insists on refined skills and the best ingredients. With tiki, this serious approach must be coupled with joy: If it smacks of sanctimony, you’re doing it wrong. There’s still room for flashes of kitsch: a paper umbrella here, a palm frond there. Though it’s impossible to capture the whimsy and flavors of the local version of this rebooted tiki craze in photos, that didn’t stop us from trying. Thanks to 4 Kahunas Tiki Lounge, Bodega West 7th, Proper, and Tarantula Tiki Lounge for giving us a taste of the tropics. l

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POP UP BAR Arrives

Cocktail maven Pam Moncrief’s new venture is elevating Fort Worth’s mixed drinks culture one handcrafted offering at a time.


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Pam Moncrief appeared calm and collected as several dozen excited people gazed at her. The mixologist was standing behind Shipping & Receiving’s long wooden bar and next to Tony Green, who was hosting the third and most recent iteration of his homegrown talk show, Hello, I’m Tony Green. Everyone appeared to be eager to see which adult drink Moncrief was going to unveil that evening. Moncrief and Green were together for the segment “What’s the Drink?” Moncrief was dressed in an attention-grabbing combo of orange, silver, and black. She took her cue and launched into a description of the evening’s signature cocktail. “Tonight, we’re going to do something easy peasy,” she said excitedly. “No crazy ingredients. We know it’s Fort Worth, so everyone loves vodka. We’re going to start with kosher salt, three dashes of bitters, and local honey.” The pinkish-orange cocktail was topped off with Tito’s vodka, a small pile of ice, and a signature feature that has made Moncrief a standout in the local craft cocktail scene. “Garnish with a cute fan of limes cascading across my glass!” Green said as he described the sliced fruit. Later that evening, Moncrief continued to wow guests who gathered at her booth outside, POP UP BAR. She assembled dozens of small cups with intricate garnishes lovingly. Moncrief was bent over a nearby table, carefully slicing long slivers of orange that were then folded over a plastic ring before being pinned and placed atop a pink vodka spritzer. The gesture imbued the drinks with a unique ingredient — childlike wonderment. I was just as excited to imbibe the delicious cocktail as I was to unwrap my gift when I was done. I felt like I had been given an adult Cracker Jack box. By the end of the evening, a suspiciously large contingent of us was wearing the large plastic (and admittedly gaudy) rings. Weeks later, when I recounted that story to Moncrief over beers at a local bar/restaurant, she lit up. “People appreciating those little moments is a big part of what I work for,” she said. “We’re always creating something new, and presentation is a big part of that. When someone sets a meal, you first eat with your eyes. We want to create that experience in Fort Worth.” After learning about Moncrief ’s long and often rocky journey to arrive where she is today, both person-

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Moncrief: “I love to be that moment in someone’s day.”

ally and professionally, I sensed her earnest desire to connect with people through the medium of cocktails. “I love to be that moment in someone’s day,” she said. “You have no idea where people are at in their life. [A well-crafted drink] takes you away. Maybe someone is having a shitty day, and this is a day brightener. The way it’s handed to them matters. The power of having an experience. That’s what it’s about.” Moncrief ’s extroverted and confident public persona is the result of years of concerted effort to overcome sometimes debilitating anxiety and bouts of panic attacks. Her formative years were shaped by the rigid social constructs of Southern Baptist theology. Her years studying music at Oklahoma Baptist University only added to the societal expectations of what she was supposed to be and how she was supposed to act. “There were many years where I felt deep, dark depression, but I couldn’t share that in church,” she confided. “I had to put on a smile.” In her mid-20s, she broke from the strict tenets and rules that had guided her childhood. She readily admits that she overcompensated with late-night benders that were filled with booze and other indulgences. By the time she reached 30, she had come to a breaking point, physically and psychologically. She voluntarily signed up for a seven-week outpatient program through the Baylor All Saints Behavioral Health program.

“I learned tools to handle and process my anxiety,” she said. “I got off meds. I wanted real change. I learned that you can accomplish anything with the power of your mind.” Around nine years ago, and after sobering up, Moncrief began tending bar at The Usual, the popular Prohibition-style lounge on the Near Southside. Those years taught her about crafting cocktails and, more importantly, connecting with customers on a genuine level. Usual co-owner Brad Hensarling set the example with his “kind, open, and inquisitive” treatment of guests, Moncrief said, but after nine years, she had desires to marry her bartending acumen with a new business concept. Her first big break came when restauranteur/ chef Juan Rodriguez offered Moncrief three days to pair her drinks with his pop-up dinners. Social media being social media, Moncrief ’s following has steadily landed her gigs for corporate interests, weddings, and private parties. Moncrief said she has “big plans” for POP UP BAR, but she isn’t ready to announce them quite yet. “Moncrief Magic” is how Green describes it. “I was always attracted to” Pam’s cocktails, he said. Her drinks “left you feeling like you had an experience. Pam is otherwise known for her great sense of fashion, so when [I was looking for someone to lead] a segment called ‘What’s the Drink?’ on the show, Pam was a shoe-in.” l

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Battle of the Clear

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Dave Smith, the head distiller at St. George Spirits, is coming to town this week to show off one of his company’s finest concoctions, Terroir Gin, during Fort Worth’s third annual Cocktail Week. The spirit contest he’s been invited to join is the Battle of the Clear, which will pit vodka against gin to see which is the soul of the martini. Smith will be speaking Friday night at The Post, on Race Street. I caught up with Smith while he was racing across the country, attending two weddings, speaking at a pub in New York City’s East Village and elsewhere, and being generally overwhelmed. One of the first things I asked about was the upcoming Battle of the Clear, a question he was not entirely sure how to answer. “I don’t really see it as a battle,” he said. “I like all spirits, so long as they have a distinct thumbprint. I’m looking forward to tasting some gin and vodka I’ve never had before and talking about St. George Spirits.” Smith, a bit of a raconteur, launched into the history of St. George Spirits –– a 37-year-old San Francisco Bay-area distillery that is the grandfather of the American craft distillery movement — and how he wound up being its head distiller, a position he loves, though not one he ever imagined for himself. “In my past life,” Smith said, “I was an English teacher. I wrote stories and could have spent my life writing screenplays about sleeping on my friend’s couch and being unemployed.” That began to change when he started working with his brother, a winemaker in the Bay area. “I had the opportunity to learn about winemaking from him,” Smith said. “I did two harvests with him, and through that I developed a love of the fermentation

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Smith: “I think there is room for all spirits. It’s about having the right spirit for the right time and place.”

sciences. That allowed me to make a statement, not as a writer but as a creator of spirits.” At some point during his apprenticeship at the winery, Smith’s brother suggested that he meet a fellow named Lance Winters, a former nuclear scientist who was working as the master distiller at an outfit called St. George Spirits. “Actually, my brother insisted that I take the opportunity to work with Lance, so I took a job he offered,” Smith said. “I thought I’d work at St. George for a year, learn something, then move on, but I absolutely fell in love with the work, and, well, it’s been 15 years and still counting.” St. George Spirits was founded in 1982 by Jörg Rupf, who had recently come to the United States from Germany. He fell in love with California’s wonderful fruit orchards and began to distill eau de vie — colorless fruit brandy — with pears, raspberries, cherries,

and even kiwis. At the time it was established, St. George Spirits was the first small American distillery to open since Prohibition. Initially, Rupf made his fruit brandies using a single 65-gallon still. By the time Smith came aboard in 2005, that single still operation had grown large enough that St. George Spirits had moved into the 65,000-square-foot Alameda Naval Air Station, and the line of spirits had grown to include whiskey and vodka. Since then, four types of gin, three vodkas, three whiskeys, absinthe, and a host of fruit brandies have been added. As head distiller at St. George, Smith has a hand in everything that’s produced, but his real love is the St. George Single Malt Whiskey: “The whiskey was Lance’s idea. He’d been distilling it in his garage, and when he came to work here, he tried to get Rupf to include it in the St. George line. Rupf said no, that there were already good ex-

amples of Scotch whiskey coming out of Scotland.” Winters, who’d come to St. George in 1996, persisted, and Rupf finally agreed to experimenting with whiskey, Smith said, on the condition that it would have to have a distinct thumbprint. “It was going to have to express something different than other whiskeys,” Smith said. St. George put their first single malt into a barrel in 1997, Smith said: “Our single malt program goes back 23 years, and it is unique and highly sought after. We release it annually.” Good whiskey, Smith added, “is near and dear to my heart, as well as my liver.” Lot 18, which was released this time last year, had whiskey as young as four years blended with whiskey as old as 15 years. “You try to make a blend greater than the sum of its parts,” Smith explained. “You have to have a sense that not everything older is better. There are more floral accents in younger whiskeys that, when blended with the richness and gravitas of older whiskeys, produce a blend that is both floral and aromatic. I liken it to painting a picture: I don’t want to paint with just one color. I want a diverse palette.” I pressed him to return to the Battle of the Clear. “From what I understand,” said Smith, “there will be four gins and four vodkas being poured at one event, and attendees will have an opportunity to taste each and vote on their favorite. We’ll be showcasing our Terroir Gin that night, which smells and tastes like a martini in the woods, regardless of where you might be at that moment.” Smith himself doesn’t have a preference for either gin or vodka: “I think there is room for all spirits. It’s about having the right spirit for the right time and place. There are some gin drinkers and some vodka drinkers and some people who like both. It’s really a question of what you are inspired by, what you enjoy.” Most importantly for Smith is that whatever he distills has a unique thumbprint: “If there are 40 lemon gins or lemon vodkas out there and they all taste the same, why would anyone make them? I want our products to be all about a unique flavor and character, not imitation or similarity. “My job as a distiller is to capture a sense memory and translate it through our processes to bottle that,” he continued. “If you can do that, you’ll have a unique spirit.” l



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The French Connection

Paris 7th sommelier Chris Louis Salvador is spreading joie de vivre to his Fort Worth customers by reimagining classic European cocktails.


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Christopher Louis Salvador has the daunting task of pairing Old World-inspired cocktails to New World palates. Salvador, who is the son of a French immigrant and a frequent world traveler, is keenly qualified for the task. On a recent visit, the sommelier was preparing Parisien silverware and white linen tables for the late afternoon guests of Paris 7th, the posh two-yearold French fine-dining spot located just north of the Cultural District. The opening of Paris 7th (which is owned by SaintEmilion founder/chef Bernard Tronche) gave Salvador the opportunity to expand his cocktail offerings. The venerable Saint-Emilion simply lacked space for a proper bar area, he said. As we chatted in the lounge area near the main entrance, Salvador pointed toward nearby bottles of cognac, absinthe, Mirabelle liqueur, and other spirits that he has painstakingly compiled for the guests of Paris 7th. “When Americans think of France, cocktails aren’t something they typically think about,” he said. “That’s a misconception. Right now, Aperol Spritz, negronis, rosé spritz, and [absinthe-based cocktails] are popular in France.” Paris 7th is known for its authentic Parisian fare, and Salvador is tasked with bringing much of that French sensibility to the restaurant’s cocktail menu. French food and wine are still the main draws at Paris 7th, but a growing number of regulars and visitors are ordering classic French cocktails like the French Gimlet, French 75, Sazerac, and Sidecar. Now in his mid-30s, Salvador has reached his 10th year in the service industry. Financial success in his early 20s left him feeling empty, he said, so at age 24 he quit his job working for United States Customs Service and started working for his father at Caillou’s in Dallas. He never planned on following his father into the restaurant business, but he soon realized that he loved the work. “I was able to interact with people,” he said. “Whether it’s through wine, libations, or food, I get enjoyment from seeing people enjoy what I’ve put work into.” Salvador’s encyclopedic knowledge of cocktail recipes and the history behind them places him somewhere between cocktail maven and savant. Salvador said he is self-taught. His late-night readings include

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Salvador: “I try to make [cocktails] that leave a lingering question.”

poring over centuries-old newspaper clippings for clues about cocktails that were made in the United States, Europe, and elsewhere over the years. Sometimes those descriptions lack details (like specific ingredients) that Salvador then has to fill in using his knowledge of the spices and spirits that would have been readily available in the area at the time. It’s a complex process that allows Salvador to take customers to other times and places. “There are a thousand bottles of wine,” he said, explaining the reasoning behind his research. “They are all fabulous. The difference is their story.” I’ve experienced Salvador’s service and impassioned descriptions of early 20th-century French cocktails firsthand. He’s just as ready to whip up an obscure mixed drink as he is to offer a more refined take on mainstream favorites like Manhattans and Martinis. If customers do request an ostensibly American cocktail, he tries to imbue the drink with European characteristics. He may replace the bourbon with cognac, for example. He’s currently developing a French-inspired Bloody Mary that uses niçoise olives, white anchovies, provincial tomatoes, peppercorn, and other traditional French ingredients. As fall is belatedly felt across North Texas, Salvador is revamping his cocktail menu. Visitors to Paris 7th can expect “heavier drinks that give warmth and

spice,” Salvador said. When it’s cold, you want something a little heartier. The drinks will focus on bourbons, cognac, Scotch, and rum while having spices that “clear the nose.” As we were wrapping up our chat, Salvador disappeared behind the kitchen doors to offer a “surprise.” He returned with a tumbler that held a ball of ice and burnt-orange garnish. He handed me one of his favorite creations, Chris’ 120-day-barrel-aged Manhattan. The sensory blend of citrus and warm, spiced bourbon left me contemplating the nuances of what I was sipping. “I try to make [cocktails] that leave a lingering question,” he said. “You take a sip, put it down, and ask yourself, ‘What is that?’ It’s thought-provoking.” Crafting cocktails is just one of several important roles Salvador performs at Paris 7th. Fort Worth is still a margarita/vodka/whiskey and Coke kind of town, but the city’s rapid growth is creating space for patrons to seek out refined and nuanced mixed drinks. Food and wine may always be the main draw at Paris 7th, but Salvador’s efforts are creating space for new topics of conversations over those white linen tables. “My cocktails are an accent and not the focus,” he said, referring to Paris 7th’s dining experience. “When I hear people say, ‘You have to try this [cocktail],’ and the conversation turns toward this or that drink — when a customer gets lost in that little glass — that’s fun.” l

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Have you ever invited a date to your lair, er, living room and whispered seductively, “Can I make you a drink?” And then your special someone says, “Sure, I’ll have a Pendleton Old Fashioned with lime and heavy on the syrup, please –– but only if you make your syrup from scratch.” And then you say, “How about an Old Crow and water?” and watch your chance at love wither on the vine. Few things are sexier than being able to whip together a gorgeous cocktail using fresh and scintillating ingredients that titillate a tongue to tango. You can make that happen by attending “Cocktails 101 with Megan McClinton” from 1 to 3 p.m. on Saturday at HG Sply Co (1621 River Run, Ste 176, 682-730-6070). The event is free. Want to make a proper martini or a Tom Collins using fresh juice? McClinton will show you how. “I’m going to share some industry insight and tips and tricks for [attendees] to make a better cocktail at home or at parties or with friends, and give them some things to look for when drinking cocktails in public,” said McClinton, a bartender at The Usual and the president of Fort Worth’s chapter of the United States Bartenders Guild, a professional organization for drink slingers. Syrups can be key to making a sublime cocktail, and McClinton is a syrup master willing to share her knowledge. She uses varying combinations of sugars, herbs, and spices. “Most classic cocktails call for some sort of simple syrup,” she said. “You can pack a lot of flavor and texture in that one

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Megan McClinton, speaking at Monday’s event with Bud Kennedy, will be teaching Cocktails 101 on Thursday.

ingredient, and it keeps in the fridge, so you don’t have to do it new every time.” McClinton’s is the final event of Cocktail Education Week, which ends on Saturday with McClinton’s presentation and began last Monday with “What Journalists Are Looking for in Your Bar.” Fort Worth Weekly associate editor Eric Griffey moderated a panel that included Fort Worth StarTelegram’s Bud Kennedy and three other local journalists at MASS. Kennedy said the local publication doesn’t do much of the traditional restaurant food reviews such as those written regularly by The New York Times. “We are looking for news, and most of all, we’re looking for anything that is new, different, or changing,” Kennedy told the audience. “One of the greatest misconceptions is that the people who get written up in the paper have some sort of secret “in” or have some magic way to get in the paper.

The people who get written up … are the people who send me notes and news and tell me what’s going on. If you’re not getting written up, it means you haven’t sent me anything lately. Tell me what’s new on your menu. Tell me about your seasonal changes. Tell me something new I can base a news article around.” That panel was followed two days later with “Resources for Connecting with Our Homeless Neighbors,” a panel that tackled helping the homeless. Up next on Thursday is a discussion on the huge role that women have played in bringing spirits to the masses. “Women in Whisk(e)y” will feature Anna Mains from Maker’s Mark discussing how women helped create the country’s best whiskeys. The event is at 1 p.m. at Reata Restaurant, 310 Houston St., 817-336-1009. “There is a long history of women who have shaped, specifically, bourbon but



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whiskey all over the world, particularly with Maker’s Mark,” said Jason Pollard, a bartender at The Usual. “There have been a number of distillers and distillery employees over the years who have been women.” Maker’s Mark bourbon was founded in the 1950s by Bill Samuels, but his wife, Margie Samuels, is the one who came up with the name and marketing angles that helped make the whiskey so popular. “The iconic red wax on the bottle, the hand-drawn label –– that was all her,” Pollard said. “He handled making what went in the bottle, and she handled building that brand and bringing it to the masses.” l Cocktail Education Week is sponsored by the United States Bartenders Guild to showcase learning opportunities about making, serving, and consuming great cocktails.


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Stocktoberfest, a first-ever event for the North Fort Worth neighborhood that looks to be heavy on Shiner branding (not that we’ll complain about drinking Shiner). Now’s a chance to enjoy a cattle drive with your beer. The festival runs Fri thru today at 131 E Exchange Av, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-624-4741. Ahead of Steven Spielberg’s anticipated film version comes Stolen Sunday Shakespeare Guild’s production of West Side Story. The troupe stages this musical inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, whose music by Leonard Bernstein holds up remarkably well after so many decades. The show runs Fri thru Oct 27 at Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. Tickets are $16-24. Call 866-811-4111.


NIGHT&DAY Olga Kern plays Russian music and others at the Kimbell.

Laura Wilson is being inducted into the National Wednesday Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame this year, and to mark the occasion, the museum is putting on Laura Wilson: Looking West. This protégée of Richard Avedon has spent her life photographing overlooked corners of the American West, including Hutterites in Montana. The show runs thru Mar 15 at 1720 Gendy St, FW. Admission is $8-10. Call 817-336-4475.


Cliburn laureate Olga Kern returns to Fort Worth this week for Thursday a pair of concerts at the Kimbell. You’d expect some Russian music from her, and so there’s Rachmaninov’s melancholy Barcarolle and Scriabin’s unbelievably difficult Étude in C-sharp minor (Op. 42, No. 5). However, she’ll also play Beethoven’s clever Salieri Variations and Gershwin’s


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Three Preludes, which don’t receive nearly the play that they warrant. The concerts are today thru Fri at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Tickets are $25-65. Call 817-332-8451. Mahler’s Third Symphony isn’t often performed because Friday it needs such a huge orchestra in addition to a women’s choir, a boys’ choir, and an alto soloist. However, before Miguel Harth-Bedoya leaves as director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, he’ll finally have a crack at this mammoth symphony that comes with its own built-in intermission. The concerts are Fri-Sun at Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. Tickets are $22-97. Call 817-665-6000.


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In addition to screening films that are playing nowhere else in Tarrant Monday County, the Grand Berry Theater is livening up our Mondays with stuff like Sunny in the Dark, Courtney Ware’s Dallas-made horror film about a family therapist who starts to suspect that something sinister inhabits the loft apartment where he is living alone. The film screens at 7:30pm at 2712 Weisenberger St, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-924-6000. White cane laws are intended for people who are blind or otherwise Tuesday disabled, not only to protect them but to help them move around and take in the same activities as able-bodied people. Today, the Kimbell holds White Cane Safety Day to bring the museum’s artworks to those who might not think they’re able to appreciate them. The activities are 9am-1:30pm at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.


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Antonio Banderas stars in Pedro Almodovar’s Pain and Glory at Modern Cinema.

Fortress Films

You may recall that the guys behind the Fortress Music Festival once organized the Lone Star Film Festival and also collaborated with Christopher Kelly on some editions of that event. The gang is back together for Modern Cinema 2019, an event started by Kelly that has now taken the Fortress guys on board, and the films slated for this year’s cinema weekend are as enticing as ever. The big attraction is Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, an unusually candid autobiographical film starring Antonio Banderas as an Almodóvar-like movie director suffering from various maladies and trying to reckon with his past. Arguably even more star power can be found in Rob Garver’s documentary, What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, a profile of the highly influential film critic that includes interviews with some of the artists she extolled and lambasted (Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Ridley Scott, Alec Baldwin). Seeking a glimpse of the Catholic Church’s inner workings? Anthony Hopkins and Jonathan Pryce star in The Two Popes, Fernando Meirelles’ account of the transition from Pope Benedict to Pope Francis. A less dignified power struggle is taken up in The Current War, with a highpowered cast (Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Tom Holland, Nicholas Hoult) detailing the electrification of the world by Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla, and George Westinghouse. Rounding out the program is Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child — that title is not a misprint — that takes the zombie movie back to its Haitian roots. Modern Cinema runs Fri-Sun at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 3200 Darnell St, FW. Tickets are $15-59. Call 817-738-9215.

Jubilee Theatre Single Black Female. Lisa B. Thompson’s two-person show about several African-American middle-class women. Thru Oct 27. 506 Main St, FW. $24-34. 817-338-4411. Onstage in Bedford No Way to Treat a Lady. Douglas Cohen’s musical comedy murder mystery. Thru Oct 27. Trinity Arts Theatre, 2819 Forest Ridge Dr, Bedford. $17-22. 817-3546444. Stage West First Date. Alan Zachary, Michael Weiner, and Austin Winsberg’s musical about blind dating. Thru Sun. 821 W Vickery Blvd, FW. $17-45. 817-784-9378. Stolen Shakespeare Guild West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein, Stephen Sondheim, and Arthur Laurents’ musical about a romance during a gang war. Oct 11-27. Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy St, FW. $16-24. 866-811-4111. Theatre Arlington The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Carol Hall, Larry L. King, and Peter

Cliburn at the Kimbell Pianist Olga Kern plays Beethoven’s Variations on a Theme by Salieri and “Waldstein” Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major, Gershwin’s Three Preludes, Tchaikovsky’s Méditation (Op. 72, No. 5), Scriabin’s Étude in F-sharp minor (Op. 42, No.4) and Étude in C-sharp minor (Op. 42, No. 5), Balakirev’s Islamey, and Rachmaninov’s Moment musical in E minor (Op. 16, No. 4), Barcarolle in G minor (Op. 10, No. 3), and Polichinelle in F-sharp minor (Op. 3, No. 4). 7:30pm Thu-Fri. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. $25-65. 817-332-8451. Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Miguel HarthBedoya conducts Mahler’s Symphony No. 3 in D minor, with mezzo-soprano Kelley O’Connor as soloist and Fort Worth Kantorei and Texas Boys Choir. Fri-Sun. Bass Performance Hall, 555 Commerce St, FW. $22-97. 817-6656000. Hurst MasterWorks Series Music by Mudblood. 7pm Thu. Hurst Library, 901 Precinct Line Rd, Hurst. Free. 817-283-3406. TCU Latin American Music Festival. • TCU Symphony Orchestra performs music from Venezuela, with Los Imposibles and María Teresa Chacín. 7pm Thu. Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Free. 817-257-7602.

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COMEDY America’s Best Coffee Open-mic. 7pm every Sat & Tue. 3751 Matlock Rd, Arlington. Free. 817557-3375. Hyena’s Comedy Club, FW Jeff Dye. Fri-Sat. 425 Commerce St, FW. $10-15 + two purchase minimum. 817-877-LAFF. The Improv Club Guy Torry. Thu-Sun. 309 Curtis Mathes Way, Arlington. $17-27. 817-635-5555. Main at South Side open-mic. 9:30pm Mon. 1002 S Main St, FW. Free. Panther City Comedy Weekly comedy and karaoke open-mic. 8pm Fri. 395 Purcey St, FW. $10.

FILM SERIES Fathom Events Ghostbusters. 35th anniversary screening of Ivan Reitman’s 1984 comedy about scientists (Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Harold Ramis, and Ernie Hudson) who battle ghosts. Also with Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Rick Moranis, William Atherton, and David Margulies. 4pm & 7pm Thu. Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Rd, FW; Movie Tavern Hulen 4920 S Hulen St, FW; AMC Lake Worth, 6600 NW Loop 820, FW; Cinemark Alliance Towne Center, 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW; AMC Burleson, 301 W Rendon Crowley Rd, Burleson; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 W Hwy 114, Grapevine. $13.53. • Alien. 40th anniversary screening of Ridley Scott’s 1979 science-fiction thriller, starring Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, Ian Holm, Veronica




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The Metropolitan Opera: Live in HD Turandot. Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts Puccini’s opera about a Chinese princess who sequesters herself from love, starring Christine Goerke. 1pm Sat. Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Dr, FW. $19.49. 818-761-6100.

THEATER Artisan Center Theater The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Stage adaptation of 1998 animated Disney musical. Oct 11-Nov 9. Belaire Theater, 420 E Pipeline Rd, Hurst. $12-24. 817-2841200. Casa Mañana Children’s Theatre Tuck Everlasting. Thru Oct 20. 3101 W Lancaster Av, FW. $15-51. 817-332-2272. Circle Theatre What We Were. World premiere of Blake Hackler’s play about three sisters in East Texas whose family hides a dark secret. Thru Oct 19. 230 W 4th St, FW. $15-38. 817-8773040. Hip Pocket Theatre The Monkey Wrench Gang. Johnny Simons’ adaptation of Edward Abbey’s novel about four guys trying to stop development of the land. Thru Oct 20. 1950 Silver Creek Dr, FW. $5-20. 817-246-9775.






Masterson’s musical about the Chicken Ranch. Thru Sun 305 W Main St, Arlington. $26.2528.30. 817-275-7661. Dallas Theater Center In the Heights. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical. Thru Oct 20. Wyly Theatre, 2400 Flora St, Dallas. $36-67. 214-880-0202.



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Cartwright, Yaphet Kotto, Harry Dean Stanton, and John Hurt. Oct 13-16. Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Rd, FW; Cinemark Alliance Towne Center, 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW; Cinemark North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Studio Movie Grill, 225 Merchants Row, Arlington; Studio Movie Grill, 452 Lincoln Sq, Arlington; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 W Hwy 114, Grapevine. $5.41-10.55. • 3 From Hell. Rob Zombie’s horror film. 7pm Mon. Movie Tavern Hulen 4920 S Hulen St, FW; Cinemark Alliance Towne Center, 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW; AMC Burleson, 301 W Rendon Crowley Rd, Burleson; Cinemark North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst; AMC Parks at Arlington, 3861 S Cooper St, Arlington; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Movie Tavern Bedford, 2404


Airport Fwy, Bedford; Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 W Hwy 114, Grapevine. $16.24. • Jay & Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin Smith’s comedy, also with Jason Mewes, Chris Hemsworth, Melissa Benoist, Molly Shannon, Tommy Chong, Justin Long, James Van Der Beek, Rosario Dawson, Joe Manganiello, Joey Lauren Adams, Harley Quinn Smith, Fred Armisen, Craig Robinson, Jason Biggs, Method Man, Redman, Shannon Elizabeth, Jason Lee, Val Kilmer, Ben Affleck, and Matt Damon. 7pm Tue. Movie Tavern Hulen 4920 S Hulen St, FW; Movie Tavern West 7th, 2872 Crockett St, FW; Cinemark Alliance Towne Center, 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW; Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Rd, FW; Cinemark North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Rd, Hurst; AMC Parks at Arlington, 3861 S Cooper St, Arlington; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Movie Tavern Bedford, 2404

Airport Fwy, Bedford; Cinemark Roanoke, 850 E Hwy 114, Roanoke. $16.24. 818-761-6100. Lone Star Film Society Sunny in the Dark. Courtney Ware’s 2015 horror film about a therapist (Jay Huguley) who finds that he’s not alone in his loft apartment. Also with Hannah Ward, Lee Meriwether, Candice Michele Barley, Verity Branco, and Adam Dietrich. 7:30pm Mon. The Grand Berry Theatre, 2712 Weisenberger St, FW. Free. 817-924-6000. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Modern Cinema 2019. Screenings of Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain & Glory, Paul Harrill’s Light From Light, Rob Garver’s What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael, Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s The Current War, Scott Z. Burns’ The Report, Fernando Meirelles’ The Two Popes, and Bertrand Bonello’s Zombi Child. Fri-Sun. 3200 Darnell St, FW. $15-59. 817-738-9215.

VISUAL ARTS A R T M U S E U M S Amon Carter Museum of American Art Seeing in Detail: Scott and Stuart Gentling’s Birds of Texas. Paintings by the artists. Thru Dec 1. • Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves. Installation by the artist. Thru Dec 8. • Gordon Parks: The New Tide, Early Work 194050. Photographs by the artist. Thru -Dec 29. • Puente Nuevo. Installation by Justin Favela. Thru Jun 30. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Free. 817-738-1933. Arlington Museum of Art Mumentous: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition. Works by Amy J. Schultz. Thru Nov 24. 201 W Main St, Arlington. $5-8. 817-275-4600. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Julie Bozzi: American Food. Sculptural installation by the artist. Thru Feb 2. 3200 Darnell St, FW. $10-16. 817-738-9215. Meadows Museum El Greco: Goya, and a Taste for Spain: Highlights from The Bowes Museum. Works from the largest collection of Spanish art in the British Isles. Thru -Jan 12. 5900 Bishop Blvd, Dallas. $4-12. 214-768-2516. G A L L E R I E S Art on the Boulevard Gallery Art & Words. Annual show of works by artists collaborating with writers. Thru Oct 28. 4919B Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Free. 817-737-6368. Artspace 111 Refired POW! Ceramics by Nancy Lamb. Thru Sat. 111 Hampton St, FW. Free. 817-877-4920. Fort Worth Community Arts Center The World We Knew Is Gone. Works by Wesley Kirk. • Through a Scope 2019. • Discrete Familiars. • Breakthrough. Works by Jerry Lynn. • Fort Worth Camera Club. • A Wider View. Works by Ken Spencer. • Drone Beuys. Works by Adam Fung and Nick Bontrager. Thru Oct 23. 1300 Gendy St, FW. Free. 817-738-1938. Fort Worth Contemporary Arts Abstract Utility. Sculpture and installations by Buster Graybill. Thru Nov 23. 2900 W Berry St, FW. Free. 817257-7643. William Campbell Contemporary Art Signs of Wear. Works by Randall Reid. Thru Sat. 4935 Byers Av, FW. Free. 817-737-9566. Afterimage Gallery A Sampling of Contemporary Portraiture. Photographs by Fran Forman, Annette Elizabeth Fournet, R.J. Kern, Michael Massaia, and Craig Varjabedian. Thru Nov 4. The Quadrangle, Ste 115, 2828 Routh St, Dallas. Free. 214-8719140. Geometric MADI Museum Origins in Geometry. Thru Oct 22. 3109 Carlisle St, Dallas. Free. 214-855-7802. Photographs Do Not Bend Looking. Photographs by Jeffrey Silverthorne. Thru Oct 26. 1202 Dragon St, Dallas. Free. 214-9691852. SMU Elizabeth Moran: Against the Best Possible Sources. Thru Dec 20. Hawn Gallery, 6100 Hillcrest Av, Dallas. Free. 214-7683813. Webb Gallery The Stink Eye. Works by Martha Rich, Esther Pearl Watson, and Heather Sundquist Hall. Thru Nov 24. 209-211 W Franklin St, Waxahachie. Free. 972-938-8085.

TALKS & READINGS E T C E T E R A Fort Worth Museum of Science and History Science on Tap. 7pm Fri. $20-30. • UTA professor John Romig lectures on how music affects worker productivity. 10am-4pm Sat. 1600 Gendy St, FW. Free. 817-255-9300. Kimbell Art Museum The Artist’s Eye. Guide to the collections with Ambreen Butt. 11am Sat. •

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Art and science combine at our girl-powered festival celebrating women in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). Create a science-inspired work of art, discover how art and chemistry merge with Carter art conservators, watch a performance by Texas Ballet Theater, and more during our daylong event inspired by the exhibition Set in Motion: Camille Utterback and Art That Moves.

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Family Festival. Noon-5pm Sun. • White Cane Safety Day. Presentation on navigating the city for the disabled. 9am-1:30pm Tue. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Free. 817-332-8451. Marshall Grain Fall festival includes pumpkin decoration and cooking demonstrations. 11am Sat. 3525 William D. Tate Av, Grapevine. Free. 817-536-5636. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth Artist Robyn O’Neil discusses her life and career. 7pm Tue. 3200 Darnell St, FW. Free. 817-738-9215. P O E T R Y / S T O R Y T E L L I N G The Dock Bookshop 8pm every Tue. 6637 Meadowbrook Dr, FW. $5. 817-457-5700.

OUT & ABOUT E V E N T S Farmers Market 8am-noon every Wed & Sat. 3821 Southwest Blvd, FW. Free.

Fathom Events Skid Row Marathon. Documentary on a race run for and by homeless people, recovering addicts, and parolees. 7pm Mon. AMC Palace 9, 220 E 3rd St, FW; Movie Tavern Hulen, 4920 S Hulen St, FW; Cinemark Ridgmar, 1888 Green Oaks Dr, FW; Cinemark Alliance Towne Center, 9228 Sage Meadow Tr, FW; Regal Fossil Creek, 6100 N Fwy, FW; AMC Parks at Arlington, 3861 S Cooper St, Arlington; Movie Tavern Bedford, 2404 Airport Fwy, Bedford; Cinemark 12, 2041 N Hwy 287, Mansfield; Cinemark Tinseltown, 911 Hwy 114 W, Grapevine. $13.53. 818-7616100. Fort Worth Book Fest 11am Sat. Maddox-Muse Center, 330 E 4th St, FW. Free. High Noon Entertainment Seeking homeowners in Fort Worth area wanting to renovate their homes and willing to provide budget for TV show.

Martin House Brewery Tours include tasting, live music, and souvenir pint glass. 2-5pm every Sat. 220 S Sylvania Rd, FW. $10. 817-2220177. Myohmy Drag show. 7:30pm Fri. Red Goose Saloon, 306 N Houston St, FW. $22. 817-9462295. Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show 2:30pm & 4:30pm Sat. Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E Exchange Av, FW. $8-12. 817-625-1025. Pumpkin Nights Halloween festival with music and interactive displays. Oct 10-Nov 3. Howell Farms, 4016 W Division St, Arlington. $14-20. 817-800-1973. Rahr & Sons Brewing Tours includes tasting, food, and live music. 5pm every Wed & 1pm every Sat. 701 Galveston Av, FW. $10. 817-810-9266. Stocktoberfest Fri-Sat. Livestock Exchange Building, 131 E Exchange Av, FW. Free. 817-6244741.

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Swing Dance Swing dance lesson. 8pm every Tue. Southside Preservation Hall, 1519 Lipscomb St, FW. $5. 817-926-2800. Texas Cigar & Spirits Tasting Second annual event includes live music by Derek Anthony. 5:30pm Sat. Panther Island Pavilion, 395 Purcey St, FW. $50-625. 949-599-2760. N A T U R E Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) The largest independent herbarium in the Southwest, with over one million dried plant specimens. Extensive botanical and children’s library. Tours available by appointment. 10am-5pm Mon-Fri & 10am-2pm Sat. 1700 University Dr, FW. Free. 817-332-4441. Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory regular hours: 10am-4pm Mon-Sat; 1-4pm Sun. $.50-1 • Japanese Garden regular hours: 9am-5pm Mon-Sun. $3-4.50. • 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd, FW. 817-871-7686. Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge Garden Center hours: 8am-10pm Mon-Fri; 8am-5pm Sat; 1-5pm Sun. • Nature hikes 9am every Sat. Free. • Open 8am-5pm daily. 9601 Fossil Ridge Rd, FW. $2-4. 817-237-1111. Fort Worth Water Gardens Five-acre water park with fountains and pools, designed by Philip Johnson. 10am-10pm daily. 1502 Commerce St, FW. Free. 817-871-5700. Fort Worth Zoo 9am-4pm daily. 1989 Colonial Pkwy, FW. $12-15, admission half price on Wed. 817-759-7360. Fossil Rim Wildlife Center Endangered species conservation center with over 1,100 animals of native and exotic species. 8:30am-3:29pm Sun-Sat. 2299 Country Rd 2008, Glen Rose. $15.95-25.95. 254-897-2960. River Legacy Living Science Center Nature trails and science exhibits. 9am-5pm Tue-Sat. 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. Free, donations accepted. 817-860-6752. Sea Life Grapevine Aquarium 10am-9:30pm Mon-Sat & 11am-7pm Sun. 3000 Grapevine Mills Pkwy, Grapevine. $12.75-19. 469-4443050. Star Party Dusk Sat. Tandy Hills Natural Area, 3225 View St, FW. Free. Streams & Valleys Moonlight river trips for kayakers. 7pm Sat. River Park Dr & Bryant Irvin Rd, FW. $50. 817-926-0006. S U P P O R T AIDS Outreach Center SMART (Self Management and Recovery Training) Recovery Group. 10am every Wed. • El Sol. 5:30pm every other Wed. • El Futuro Unidos. 6pm first Mon of month. • Mujeres Unidas. 10am every Tue. • Sista to Sista. 11:30am every Tue. 1425 Pennsylvania Av, FW. 817-335-1994 or 817-229-4621. Cancer Friendship and Support Group 6pm Wed. Star Café, 111 W Exchange Dr, FW. 817624-8701. Co-Dependents Anonymous 6pm every Fri. Meeting Rm, Unity Church of Fort Worth, 5051 Trail Lake Dr, FW. 817-423-2965. Depression Bipolar Support Association 7:30pm Fri. Community Rm, All Saints Hospital, 1400 8th Av, FW. 817-654-7100. DFW PCOS Cysters 1pm Sat. First Congregational UCC Fort Worth, 4201 Trail Lake Dr, FW. 817-899-0745. Eating Disorders Support Group 6pm every Tue. 1521 Cooper St, Arlington. 817-584-5399. Emotions Anonymous 7:30pm every Tue. Smithfield United Methodist Church, 6701 N Smithfield Rd, North Richland Hills. 817-8689404. Families Anonymous 7pm every Wed. Travis Avenue Baptist Church South Complex, 717 W Berry St, FW. 817-332-6329. Fort Worth Cancer Support Group 7pm every Mon. Chaplain’s Office, Harris Methodist Fort

Worth, 1301 Pennsylvania Av, FW. 817-8822092. Fort Worth Ovarian and Gynecological Cancer Support Group 6pm Wed. Central Market, 4651 W Fwy, FW. 817-244-4991. Foundation 45 Support groups for addiction, mental illness, and suicide. 7pm every Mon. Valhalla Wellness, 8551 Boat Club Rd, FW. Free. 214-862-6292. Lance-a-Lots Diabetic support group. 7:30pm Thu. Harris Methodist Hospital, 701 5th Av, FW. Free. 817-250-3646. Natural Works Wellness Clinic Cancer support. 7pm every Wed. • MS Support. 2pm every Sun. 1314 Lake St, Suite 102, FW. 817-3325570. Overeaters Anonymous Noon Tue. South Hills Christian Church, 3200 Bilglade Rd, FW. 817924-2328. Widowed Persons Service Regular meeting. 2:30pm Sun. Calvary Lutheran Church, 7620 Baker Blvd, Richland Hills. 817-551-2922.

Vintage Flying Museum Display of historical airplanes, artifacts, and memorabilia. 9am5pm Fri, 10am-5pm Sat, noon-5pm Sun. 505 NW 38th St, FW. $3-8. 817-624-1935. S P O R T S Stockyards Championship Rodeo 8pm Fri-Sat. Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E Exchange Av, FW. $10-20. 888-269-7969.

KIDS Bedford Public Library Preschool Storytime. 10am every Tue. • Storybook Club. 11am every Tue. 1805 L. Don Dodson Dr, Bedford. Free. 817-952-2372. Fort Worth Public Library branches: Central Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 3pm

every Sun. 500 W 3rd St, FW. Free. 817-8717701. Diamond Hill/Jarvis Storytime. 4pm every Wed-Thu. 1300 NE 35th St, FW. Free. 817-6247331. East Berry Storytime. 6pm every Wed & 10:30am every Tue. 4300 E Berry, FW. Free. 817-536-1945. East Regional Storytime. 6pm every Wed & 10:30am every Sat & 10:30am every Tue. 6301 Bridge St, FW. Free. 817-871-6436. Northside Storytime. 7pm every Wed & 4pm every Mon. 601 Park St, FW. Free. 817-6268241. Northwest Storytime. 7pm every Thu & 10:30am every Sat & Tue. 6228 Crystal Lake Dr, FW. Free. 817-392-5420. Ridglea Storytime. 10:30am every Fri & 7pm every Mon. 3628 Bernie Anderson Rd, FW. Free. 817-737-6619.

Riverside Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 4pm every Mon. 2913 Yucca Av, FW. Free. 817-8386931. Seminary South Storytime. 4pm every Wed & 10:30am every Sat. 501 E Bolt St, FW. Free. 817-926-0215. Shamblee Branch Storytime. 4pm every Mon. 1062 Evans Av, FW. Free. 817-871-6621. Southwest Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & Sat. 4001 Library Ln, FW. Free. 817-782-9853. Summerglen Storytime. 4pm every Wed & 7pm Mon & 10:30am every Tue. 4205 Basswood Blvd, FW. Free. 817-232-0478. Wedgwood Storytime. 10:30am every Wed & 4pm every Tue. 3816 Kimberly Ln, FW. Free. 817-292-3368.

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Circle Theatre closes its season with a world premiere, and it’s always worth noting when one of our local theater troupes is privileged enough to break out a piece that is truly new. No sitting through songs you’ve heard a dozen times before. No having your view of the performances obscured by memories of the famous actors who’ve played the parts before. SMU graduate and professor Blake Hackler chose North Texas to premiere his latest play, What We Were, with Dallas’ Second Thought Theatre collaborating with Circle and putting it on last month before transplanting the production to our side. This show about three sisters in rural East Texas often proves frustrating, but it has its moments of considerable power. The story begins with the three Brown sisters at ages 6 through 13 growing up in East Texas and fighting over which character on Dynasty they get to portray in their bedroom before their father calls one Jenny Ledel lights up Circle Theatre’s What We Were. of them over. As the scenes unfold from over the next 31 years, we start to assemble repercussions from the trauma that they and maybe even a more linear timeline the full picture: All of them are raped by all suffered when Daddy invited them for would have made all of this less jarring. their father when they are still children, individual sleepovers in the barn on the The major reason to see the show is and when youngest sister Tessa (Jenny family property. With this setup, I kept the acting. Turner and Mackay are fine, Ledel) tells someone about it, her siblings having this nagging feeling that the material and Benjamin Stegmaier makes a sharp lie to protect him, saying she has an should work better than it does. Maybe it’s impression as an 18-year-old boy in overactive imagination. Later in life, while because the setting so often makes this Washington State who falls for “Jessica” eldest sister Carlin (Lydia Mackay) remains play like warmed-over Steel Magnolias, and her delusion that she’s still a teenager. deep in denial, middle sister Nell (Jessica injected with a generous dose of poison- However, the show belongs to Ledel. The D. Turner) is overwhelmed at-the-heart-of-small-town- temptation must have been great to overplay What We Were with guilt and tries to track America malaise that you the scenes in which “Jessica” behaves like Thru Oct 19. Circle Theatre, down Tessa after she leaves find in Sam Shepard and a teenager, but that would have made them 230 W 4th St, FW. $15-38. 817-877-3040. home. She finally finds 37Tracy Letts. The way the too similar to the ones in which Tessa year-old Tessa in a jail cell narrative jumps around truly is that age. Instead, Ledel plays her in Seattle, where she’s going by the name in time is meant to comment on how the as jaded, weary, and tightly wound from of Jessica and believes she’s still 17. She’s sisters’ shared abuse flows into their adult the effort of maintaining this constructed making plans for what to do after she lives and how the past is never really gone, persona that keeps the pain at bay. This graduates from high school. and yet the overall effect is more often just is a truly remarkable performance, and it OK, so we have an extreme case of confusing, as we wonder when and where lights up what could have been a gloomy arrested development placed alongside we’re supposed to be with each new scene. theatrical experience. It’s a star turn that two sisters who are dealing with less exotic Perhaps more traditional scene changes demands to be seen. l Cour tesy Circle Theatre



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The Ken Burns documentary series Country Music ended recently, and I’m just now settling down in my recliner to bingewatch all eight episodes –– 16 hours’ worth. The entire world has gone cuckoo for the past two weeks over this PBS presentation that will most likely win a bunch of awards and push the vaunted filmmaker into fullblown celluloid sainthood. People are eager to read all about the series and to visit sites that offer stories. My boss told me to write 750 insightful words to corral some of those clicks. I agreed without mentioning that my judgment is tainted. See, I hate the documentary already and haven’t even hit “play” yet. “Have you been watching the country music documentary?” I’ve been asked


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Joker has a problem. What could have been a dark satire and a social commentary on society and its cruelty is instead a movie that exploits what society does not understand: mental illness. The man who takes up the eponymous title, Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix), is a down-on-his-luck sap who just wants to make people smile. His gaunt stature makes him an easy target for bullies to pick on or beat the hell out of. Fleck laughs uncontrollably when he feels uncomfortable and gives out a card that reads that he has an unmanageable condition that causes random outbursts of laughter. Fleck wants to do comedy, but he’s not funny. He lives with his equally broken mother (Frances Conroy) in a rundown apartment in the seedy underbelly section

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173 times since the series premiered on September 15. “I’m recording it on TiVo and plan to watch it soon,” I’ve responded 173 times. Despite the mathematical improbability, I’ve heard 173,001 breathless and long-winded responses. (Is it possible to be breathless and long-winded? Yes. It. Is.) Most people wax at length about their favorite scene, episode, thematic interpretation, song, artist, photo, video, and random thought. I nod, smile, and feign interest while trying to ignore the voices in my head urging me to kick the person in the shin mid-sentence. I miss the good old days when saying that you were recording a show was an easily understood verbal clue to keep your cakehole clamped. For instance, if I say, “Have you seen Romeo and Juliet?,” and you say, “No, I haven’t, but I’m recording it,” then you can bet my response will not be, “Oh! Oh! Juliet pretends to kill herself, but Romeo believes she’s really dead, so he kills himself for real, and then Juliet wakes up and says, ‘Oh, shit,’ and offs herself, too. You’re gonna love it!” The “I’m recording” rule doesn’t apply to St. Burns and his new documentary. Viewers figure it’s so long and chock full of information that they can dish on a scene or two in conversation and not give too much away. Here’s the problem: Since everyone and their uncles can’t wait to describe their favorite scenes, I’ve listened to what amounts to an audiobook of War and Peace narrated by King George VI. I feel like I’ve seen the show already, and most of the scenes that have been described to me so breathlessly are stories I’ve already heard. “When Johnny Cash played at San Quentin, Merle Haggard was an inmate and heard him sing, and it inspired him to become a country singer!” someone

Honkytonk hero Hank Williams is the star of Episode Three in the Ken Burns documentary Country Music.

told me. “Can you believe that?” Uh, yes. I can believe that. I believed it the first time I heard it 40 freaking years ago. Was I the only one reading Country Music Magazine back then? Am I the only one who went to the public library to read all the biographies of all the Hanks, Johnnies, Willies, and Waylons? Now, I’ve used up most of my word count and haven’t even started watching the show yet. If I bullshit a while longer, I could finish my column without watching a frame, but that doesn’t strike me as sound journalism. I’ll watch the first episode or two and see if any epiphanies present themselves. Episode 1 begins. I am bored immediately. My gag reflex kicks in at the three-minute mark when Garth Brooks looks into the camera with deep Chris Gaines-ish sincerity, taps his chest, and says country music comes from the heart. The narration begins, and whose voice do I hear? Who else? Peter Coyote, who

apparently watched Burns steal a kitten years ago and has parlayed that blackmail knowledge into a lifetime contract. The usual suspects are trotted out for interviews in the same old way, and I find myself wishing the documentary had been in rotoscope animation like Mike Judge’s Tales from the Tour Bus. I’m tired of the celebrity talking-head format used almost exclusively on these types of shows. I love Rosanne Cash, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, and other country stars, but they interrupt the documentary’s flow and best elements: the historic photos and videos. Kristofferson has appeared on countless shows like this over the years. Do you think he’s been saving his best stories until age 83 to lay them on Burns? No. He and others rehash stories they’ve told their whole lives, meaning fans of country music have most likely heard them. (My favorite talking head is Ray Benson of Asleep at the Wheel, whose plain talk and euphemisms are refreshing and fun.) I struggle to make it through Episode 1. My interest level picks up in Episode 2 and grows more during Episode 3, which covers Hank Williams, a personal favorite. I’ve read quite a bit about Williams, but Burns provides photos I’d never seen. However, the subsequent episodes deal mostly with more modern artists such as Johnny Cash, George Jones, and the like, and those artists have been examined from top to bottom many times. I didn’t finish the series but plan to soon. For now, I’ll just say Country Music is well done but not all that scintillating and is timeworn in its presentation. It’s like The Civil War with guitars. Burns released Civil War in 1990 and has done 10 similar documentaries, so shoot me if I don’t do cartwheels and join the Country Music cult. l

of Gotham City. A no-good at his job gives Fleck a gun Joker is a terrorist. In his delusional mind, he wants to after one beating, and while on the subway, his compulsive relish the fame surrounding the praise of the killing of the laugh explodes and three young white guys in suits beat three rich goons on the subway, who only deserved to be him to the ground. In a panic, he pulls the gun and kills arrested and jailed. them. This is where things get worse for both the movie A major problem with Joker is it stands in a long line and the clown. of movies that exploit and falsely identify mental illness. Joker is an angry, depressing, joyless, plodding, Fleck is described as mentally ill by a psychiatrist who mean-spirited movie that glamorizes violence. Worse, it’s does not care to help him, and we see “mental illness” frightening and dangerous, and for the first time in my life, scribbled throughout his journal of jokes. This is why I feel a movie could inspire mentally unstable people to people are afraid of individuals who really are mentally commit extreme acts of violence. After he kills these three ill or why folks are afraid to tell loved ones that they rich white kids, the public makes the unknown killer (only suffer from mental illness. Fleck is not mentally ill. He’s described as someone in a clown mask) a revolutionary mentally unstable — a significant distinction — and so because they killed rich people. Fleck inadvertently was his mother. There’s nobody around to understand and becomes a deranged Robin Hood to the poor, and writer- help him with his shattered thoughts. director Todd Phillips (The Hangover) plays that up when Joker isn’t influenced by Taxi Driver. It is Taxi Driver, Fleck is walking out of his apartment in full Joker attire, just made decades later. Joker exploits a sick man who with real-life convicted pedophile Gary Glitter’s “Rock and needs proper healthcare and makes him a hero for killing Roll Part 2” blasting overhead. This is a colossal insult to the wealthy. It’s a real shame because Joaquin Phoenix the audience. The film wants us to sympathize with Fleck — one of the best actors alive — gives one of the best because of his lifetime of mistreatment and performances of his career. He disappears, abuse, but this scene encourages the viewer and we see a schizophrenic who just can’t Joker Starring Joaquin Phoenix to fist-pump that the once-dull Fleck is catch a break and descends into madness. and Frances Conroy. now in full confident Joker mode, smiling Phoenix’s performance is the only thing Directed by Todd Phillips. as he heads out, ready to murder. Joker is good about this movie. The rest is just Written by Todd Phillips and Scott Silver. Rated R. not an antihero. He’s not a revolutionary. background noise. l

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Is this hell? No. It’s Iowa. It just feels like hell. TCU didn’t enjoy its visit to the Heartland. I’m always told that Midwesterners are friendly to a fault. I didn’t sense that on Saturday. The land of corn and Caucasus wasn’t kind to Fort Worth’s finest. Rain delayed the start two hours. TCU didn’t receive the memo that it wouldn’t start playing until mid-afternoon. Paradoxically, if these teams were cars, the Frogs misfired on Iowa-sourced ethanolladen garbage while the Cyclones hummed along powered by pure 93-octane sourced directly from the Gulf of Mexico.


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Offensive coordinator Sonny Cumbie attempted to copy and paste the blueprint from last week’s Kansas domination on the first drive. The major problem is running back Sewo Olonilua (No. 33) is not equal to Darius Anderson (No. 6), and the two should be allocated carries strategically: Anderson anywhere on the field. Olonilua

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The Cyclones fought from the kickoff like their farm subsidies were at stake. Sophomore quarterback Brock Purdy (No. 15) ran roughshod past linebacker Garret Wallow (No. 30) and the Horned Frog secondary. Purdy’s run fakes baited the d-line into over-pursuit when he wasn’t hitting receivers on comeback and stop routes underneath deep safety coverage. The Cyclone offensive line successfully single-blocked throughout the soggy afternoon. Time of possession ticked further and further to ISU’s favor as the game wore on and TCU wore down. Firsthalf hustle was adequate from Patterson’s unit as they stopped the children of the

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near the goal line or with a short line to gain. QB Max Duggan –– who is from Iowa –– found none of the comforts of home. ISU alternated between dropping eight into coverage and crowding receivers and the offensive line to smother the rushing attack. It took Cumbie and company three drives to net a field goal. The slow start descended to disaster after Duggan took the first snap of the next drive from his own 13. A blindside safety blitzer sacked him from behind, knocking the ball to the ground for an easy scoop and score and an 11-point advantage for ISU. Cumbie’s aggressive play call, relying on a young QB in the shadow of his own goal post, obviously didn’t sit well with head coach Gary Patterson. Duggan struggled to complete meaningful passes, and the unit slumped for three-andouts twice more before senior Alex Delton (No. 16) subbed in to drive the Frogs into prayer-of-a-field-goal range as time expired before halftime. Frogs trailed 21-3 at half. Cumbie’s strategy of short throws to the boundary and hoping his athletes can break the first tackle is tired and predictable. The calls aren’t fooling anyone and undercut the goal of warming Duggan into a downfield throwing rhythm.

Wide receiver Jalen Reagor has flown under the radar this season but reemerged in the second half against Iowa State for two touchdown grabs.

corn on downs. Unfortunately, the next drive extended via a hands-to-the-face penalty against Ross Blacklock (No. 90), which concluded with a blown coverage and a touchdown pass from Purdy to insultingly open tight end Charlie Kolar (No. 88). The second half descended to defensive mediocrity. Iowa State added four touchdowns without meaningful pursuit or energetic rally to the ball carrier from purple defenders. Purdy was rarely pressured, and the Froggy D registered one sack and only three tackles for loss –– embarrassing stats for a Patterson group. Wallow, who was still the leading tackler for the unit, was seamlessly neutralized at the point of attack, and his defensive line couldn’t pull the slack. Sloppy secondary tackling allowed Purdy to sustain longdesigned runs all game, and the sophomore finished with nearly 250 yards passing and more than 100 rushing with four combined touchdowns. The lack of pressure from down linemen is rendering the entire unit ineffective. A lack of a pass rush or penetration allows quarterbacks ample time to read progressions. Opponents have realized they can load up and push the d-line around to kill the clock late in

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The first half, albeit awful, paved the way for a solid B+ second half for Duggan and his cohorts. Jalen Reagor (No. 1) muscled his way back into the passing game and nabbed a deep post for a long gain that led to the Frogs’ first touchdown via a followup fade. Duggan’s confidence escalated as TCU took to the air to score twice more on consecutive drives. It was all for naught as ISU answered score for score. In both the SMU and ISU losses, Duggan seemed to awaken in the second half and transition from fastballs to catchable off-speed tosses thrown with the receiver in mind. Duggan will mature. He’s mobile, tough, and hasn’t thrown an interception through five games, in part because the ball is thrown with such force that everyone struggles to wrangle it.

Big Picture

Every major Texas-based team won this week. Baylor and SMU are unbeaten and along with Texas and Texas A&M are ranked in the Associated Press Top 25. Tech exploded on previously ranked Oklahoma State for an impressive offensive onslaught and win in Lubbock. It seems the entire state is trending up while the Frogs are fluctuating like the stock market when Trump tweets at China. Patterson will try to work bounce-back magic during the team’s final bye week that is going to suck after such a bad loss. Both sides of the ball have significant work to accomplish in rediscovering their swagger and execution before visiting Patterson’s alma mater, Kansas State, in two weeks. The eyes of Texas and the Big 12 will be fixed on the Dallas fairgrounds for what will likely be the first act of a two-part conference championship on Saturday morning when UT and OU duke it out. l


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The Addams Family (PG) The macabre family created by Charles Addams now takes center stage in an animated film. Voices by Oscar Isaac, Charlize Theron, Chloë Grace Moretz, Finn Wolfhard, Nick Kroll, Allison Janney, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Elsie Fisher, Tituss Burgess, Jenifer Lewis, Aimee Garcia, Pom Klementieff, Bette Midler, and Snoop Dogg. (Opens Friday) Along Came the Devil (NR) Sydney Sweeney stars in this horror film as a girl whose demonic possession threatens the entire small town where she lives. Also with Jessica Barth, Matt Dallas, Madison Lintz, Heather DeVan, and Bruce Davison. (Opens Friday in Dallas) The Battle of Jangsari (NR) Like too many other Korean War movies. This film dramatizes the attack by South Korean forces on Jangsari Beach, a diversion that suffered heavy casualties so the main American-backed forces could land at Incheon. The film adopts the viewpoint of a North Korean fighting for the South (Minho) and an officer (Kim Sung-cheol) who’s suspicious of him. There’s also a subplot involving an American journalist (Megan Fox) writing up the story of the Korean soldiers that could have easily been lost. Directors Kwak Kyung-taek and Kim Tae-hoon come up with a well-managed sequence where the South Koreans trap a detachment of North Koreans in a tunnel, but too often they rip off Saving Private Ryan. The movie’s so busy paying misty-eyed tribute to the heroism of Korean soldiers that they become uninteresting. Also with Kim Myung-min, Kim In-kwon, Kwak Si-yang, Jang Ji-gun, Lee Ho-jung, Lee Je-wook, Dong Bang-woo, Kim Min-kyu, and George Eads. (Opens Friday at AMC Grapevine Mills) The Death of Dick Long (R) Daniel Scheinert’s black comedy is about two unsuccessful rock musicians (Michael Abbott Jr. and Andre Hyland) who try to cover up the death of their bandmate after a night of experimenting with drugs. Also with Virginia Newcomb, Sarah Baker, Sunit Mani, and Jess Weixler. (Opens Friday at Grand Berry Theater) El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (NR) The big-screen sequel to the acclaimed TV series finds Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) on the run from cops and criminals and trying to reconcile with his past. Also with Matt Jones, Jonathan Banks, Larry Hankin, and Charles Baker. (Opens Friday) Gemini Man (PG-13) Will Smith stars in Ang Lee’s sciencefiction thriller as a contract killer who is targeted by a clone of himself that is 25 years younger. Also with Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Douglas Hodge, Benedict Wong, Theodora Miranne, Ralph Brown, and Linda Emond. (Opens Friday) High Strung Free Dance (PG) The latest in the musical series stars Juliet Doherty as a young dancer cast in the lead role of a choreographer’s newest creation. Also with Thomas Doherty, Ace Bhatti, Giulia Nahmany, Harry Jarvis, Jorgen Makena, and Jane Seymour. (Opens Friday) Jexi (R) This comedy by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (Bad Moms) stars Adam Devine as a man who finds his life being taken over by the digital assistant on his smartphone (voiced by Rose Byrne). Also with Alexandra Shipp, Justin Hartley, Charlyne Yi, Wanda Sykes, and Michael Peña. (Opens Friday) The Laundromat (R) Steven Soderbergh’s drama stars Meryl Streep as a widow whose investigation of her identity theft case leads her to an international conspiracy. Also with Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, Melissa Rauch, James Cromwell, David Schwimmer, Jeffrey Wright, Robert Patrick, Matthias Schoenaerts, Will Forte, Chris Parnell, Rosalind Chao, Larry Wilmore, and Sharon Stone. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Lucky Day (R) Luke Bracey stars in this thriller as an ex-convict who tries to protect his family from a psychopath (Crispin Glover). Also with Nina Dobrev, Ella Ryan Quinn, Clé Bennett, Mark Dacascos, and Clifton Collins Jr. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Lucy in the Sky (R) Natalie Portman stars in this drama as an astronaut who begins to unravel mentally after returning to Earth from space. Also with Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens, Pearl Amanda Dickson, Colman Domingo, Jeffrey Donovan, Tig Notaro, and Ellen Burstyn. (Opens Friday in Dallas)

Mary (R) This horror film stars Gary Oldman as a man who buys a boat for business purposes only to discover its terrifying secrets. Also with Emily Mortimer, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Owen Teague, Chloe Perrin, and Jennifer Esposito. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Monos (R) Alejandro Landes’ surreal film is about a group of eight teenage commandos coping with boredom and having to guard a hostage in a remote mountain camp. Starring Moises Arias, Sofia Buenaventura, Laura Castrillón, Sneider Castro, Karen Quintero, Julián Giraldo, Delby Rueda, and Julianne Nicholson. (Opens Friday at Movie Tavern West 7th) Polaroid (PG-13) A long-delayed horror film finally seeing a multiplex, this stars Kathryn Prescott as a teenager who discovers that the Polaroid camera that she finds is haunted. Also with Tyler Young, Samantha Logan, Keenan Tracey, Priscilla Quintana, Katie Stevens, Madelaine Petsch, and Mitch Pileggi. (Opens Friday in Dallas) Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy (NR) This Indian historical film stars Chiranjeevi as the 19th-century Indian village chief who conducts a series of raids and robberies aimed at the British East India Company’s tyrannical rule. Also with Amitabh Bachchan, Jagapathi Babu, Nayanthara, Sudeep, Vijay Sethupathi, and Anushka Shetty. (Opens Friday at Harkins Southlake)

N OW PL AY IN G Abominable (PG) For what it’s worth, a better animated movie about a yeti than Smallfoot. Chloe Bennett provides the voice of a Chinese teenager who discovers one of the legendary snowmen living on her roof and resolves to take him back to the Himalayas before he’s located by the rich captors whom he escaped from. The film does go all dopey when it reveals the yeti’s magical powers, but there are still moments of wit as the heroine and her two friends (Tenzing Norgay Trainor and Albert Tsai) crisscross the country. The film is also available in Mandarin, with different actors providing the voices. Additional voices by Eddie Izzard, Tsai Chin, Michelle Wong, James Hong, and Sarah Paulson. Judy (R) Looking bleary, alcohol-soaked, and prematurely aged, Renée Zellweger does an uncannily precise imitation of Judy Garland in this biopic that takes in the singer as she plays five weeks in a London nightclub in the winter of 1968. The part shows off her gift for mimicry, and she’s probably a better singer than Garland was at the sadly diminished late-career stage that’s portrayed here. The film is based on Peter Quilter’s stage play End of the Rainbow, and it doesn’t have much to say about the traumas of child stardom lingering into adulthood. Beyond the lead performance, the film is rather indifferently cast. Zellweger’s performance deserves better than this lukewarm show business tragedy. Also with Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell, Bella Ramsey, Royce Pierreson, Phil Dunster, Darci Shaw, Andy Nyman, and Michael Gambon. Linda Ronstadt: The Sound of My Voice (PG-13) An interesting, if inferior, companion piece to the David Crosby documentary. The team of Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman helm this profile of the singer, who applied her enormous voice to a huge variety of music during her stardom in the 1970s and ’80s. Now retired after Parkinson’s disease took away her ability to sing, Ronstadt makes a keen interview subject, though you wish the filmmakers had let her go deeper into her political views or her use of diet pills back in her younger days. Even so, it’s undeniably a treat to hear not only her hits but also live performances of some of her more familiar songs. Also with Bonnie Raitt, Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Don Henley, Aaron Neville, Ry Cooder, Peter Asher, Karla Bonoff, Kevin Kline, Cameron Crowe, and David Geffen. Rambo: Last Blood (R) The Vietnam veteran is in Mexico trying to go out the same way as Logan did, but it doesn’t work nearly as well. Sylvester Stallone stars as the grizzled veteran who is in retirement near the border when his niece (Yvette Monreal) is kidnapped by Mexican sex traffickers. Age has brought neither wisdom nor self-awareness to John Rambo, just a lot of aches and pains. The series ends as it began, with Rambo killing off a ton of guys with darker colored skin. The old soldier should have been put out to pasture decades ago. Also with Paz Vega, Sergio PerisMencheta, Louis Mandylor, Joaquín Cosio, Sheila Shah, Óscar Jaenada, and Adriana Barraza. War (NR) Hyped as a long-anticipated meeting between two of India’s biggest action stars, this film appears to have been suckered by its own hype. Tiger Shroff stars as a Muslim soldier and traitor’s son who enlists in Indian military intelligence and even seeks out training from his father’s killer (Hrithik Roshan) to help take down a business mogul (Sanjeev Vasta) who’s secretly funding ISIS terrorists in Iraq. It’d be much easier to live with the unbelievable plot twists and even the irrelevant musical numbers if the fight sequences were any good. Unfortunately, they go on for what seem like hours while the combatants punch through stone walls and absorb bullet and knife wounds until your belief is no longer suspended and instead goes into free fall. Also with Vaani Kapoor, Ashutosh Rana, Anupriya Goenka, Dipannita Sharma, Soni Razdan, and Keith Dallison.



There are combinations of food and beverages that just belong together. I’m thinking Oreos and milk (or, since it’s Cocktail Week, Oreos and White Russians), pizza and beer, pasta and wine, enchiladas and margaritas, and menudo and micheladas –– because if you’re needing a hangover cure, you’d best double down. As restaurants are developing their cocktail menus more often, more patrons are looking for the right food to complement their choice of hooch. We figured, who better to speak on the subject of the matching food and cocktails than area chefs? The list below is what the pros recommend you pair with their cuisine. John Piccolino, B&B Butchers (5212 Marathon Av, 817737-5212) B&B Butchers is known as a place to splurge. For this pairing, executive chef John Piccolino goes for broke with the shellfish tower from the raw bar (oysters, shrimp, lobster, and crab) teamed with a French Diplomat –– gin, cucumber vodka, St. Germain liqueur, lime, and orange bitters. The floral liqueur, and cucumber and citrus flavors, play foil to the briny oysters and sweet shellfish.

Chow, Baby Missing the Point

When you’re a drunk like me, every week is Cocktail Week. When most people sample eight mezcals in a night, it’s a special event. I just call it Thursday. But, in honor of the occasion, I’ve decided to do something I’ve never done before in this column: write it under the influence of alcohol. As I type, three Bloody Marys from City Works –– Fort Worth (5288 Monahans Av, 682-207-1500) are swimming around in my system, and I feel like I’ve just awoken from a Ketamineinduced disco nap. Editor Anthony Mariani said I needed to write something incorporating cocktails and food for our booze-dedicated issue, so I set out to write a column about those elaborate garnishes in cocktails. I was inspired by the dump truck’s worth of snacks that garnishes the Bloody Mary at Chef Point Bar & Restaurant (5901 Watauga Rd, Watauga, 817-656-0080). The enormous

Gabriel DeLeon, Mi Dia from Scratch (1295 S Main St, Grapevine, 817-421-4747) Gabriel DeLeon’s mash-up of Mexico City, New Mexican, and Tex-Mex cuisines lights up his little corner of Grapevine. The chef suggests Baja tacos paired with his Pink Taco margarita. We’re allowing the taco/marg combo because of the unusual ingredients in the drink: Tres Generaciones silver tequila, Cointreau, Chambord, lemon juice, and agave nectar, which makes the beverage “skinny” (no table sugar or corn syrup). So you can save your calories for the Negra Modelo beer-battered jumbo shrimp, which are stuffed into

cocktail, served in a glass that makes those gas-station XXXL plastic tumblers look like a cup from a child’s tea set, is festooned with a whole hamburger speared like the severed head of an enemy, several plump shrimp, a giant piece of chicken, bacon, more bacon, celery, a huge jalapeño, waffle fries, asparagus, olives, and probably a few things I’m missing. The whole production is about as ’Murican as I can stand. I planned on visiting the gas stationcum-gourmet-eatery over the weekend, but instead I dutifully wiped the noses of two infirm children. Instead of a Bloody Mary, I was riding the intoxicating high of being the best parent on the planet. And bourbon. Since I whiffed on that outing, my lunch date and I donned our cleanest jeans and trucked it out to the oh-so-toney Shops at Clearfork to check out the garnishes at Fixe Southern House (5282 Marathon Av, 682-707-3965). Apparently, the bar slips a sliver of candied bacon into its Old Fashioned, which sounds like something Paula Dean would drink while pleasuring

Mi Dia’s Pink Taco margarita is made with tequila, Chambord, Cointreau, lemon and agave nectar, with a Japanese cilantro ice sphere and garnish.

the housemade flour tortillas along with pickled cabbage, green salsa, and avocado. James Gaines, Reata Restaurant (310 Houston St, 817336-1009) Reata’s executive chef James Gaines excels at classic Texas comfort food. He recommends you wash down the downtown eatery’s monster 16-ounce braised bone-in pork shank served on a bed of black-eyed peas and bacon hash with the jalapeño and cilantro gimlet (Dripping Springs vodka or gin, lime, jalapeño, cilantro, and simple syrup). Gaines says that the bacon, garlic, thyme, and other ingredients in the hash are a perfect dance partner for the pork shank –– a dish that will transport you back to either a Southern New Year’s Day celebration or maybe your grandmother’s kitchen. The crisp, clean effervescence of the jalapeño and lime flavors shine through the heavy, seductive home-style pork and peas. l

herself to Mississippi Burning. Turns out, the place is closed for lunch on weekdays. So much for my research skills. No matter. City Works was a few skips away, and I saw on Facebook that the beer-centric chain serves a Bloody Mary garnished with a mini-caprese salad, shrimp, and (wait for it) beef jerky. It was also definitely open for lunch. The bar, however, doesn’t serve that iteration of the drink on weekdays –– even the brunch version is now a little different, though I forget why. Realizing my garnish story was kaput, I cooked up this idea to write after day-drinking, which is exactly the opposite image that the organizers of Cocktail Week want to evoke. The week is a celebration of the craft, not my bad habits. Since I have you here, City Works’ dining room lives in the space between a sports bar and a beer-nerd mecca. There are about a dozen or so TVs all broadcasting something different, which felt like I was dining inside someone’s IG feed. As I fixated on a show that featured

people hurting themselves on skateboards, our appetizer of kung pao cauliflower ($13) arrived at the same time as my first cocktail disappeared. The roasted florets were slathered in a spicy-sweet tamari and chile oil and tossed with sweet peppers, green onions, garlic, ginger, arbol chiles, and fried peanuts. The house burger ($13) was a perfectly burgery booze sponge, and the white cheddar cheese was a nice touch. City Works’ kitchen is great, especially for a craft beer joint. Rather than dwell on the fact that I didn’t fulfill any part of my assignment, I choose to focus on the new place I’ve discovered to watch sports while eating food that doesn’t arrive in a bag from Sysco. I didn’t miss the elaborate garnishes –– I was only going to make fun of them anyway. I’ll see you all at brunch next weekend when you’re recovering from Cocktail Week with bacon-shrimp booze. I just call that morning. Contact Chow, Baby at


Ben Merritt, Fixture Kitchen and Social Lounge (401 W Magnolia Av, 817-708-2663) and Ben’s Triple B (3020 E Rosedale St, 682-385-9262) Ben Merritt won an episode of the Food Network’s Chopped this summer, although he had to sit on that news for close to a year. His first restaurant has been an, a’hem, fixture on the Near Southside for five years. Merritt’s pick from his restaurant’s booze selection is Fall in the French Quarter (brandy, rye whiskey, a proprietary fall-spiced simple syrup, absinthe, and lemon) paired with a new fall menu item –– an 8-ounce filet with a mushroom and sour cream sauce. Merritt said the earthy, umami richness of the mushrooms mixed with a little tart from the sour cream is a perfect complement to the dark whiskey and anise, cinnamon, cayenne, and nutmeg in the cocktail.

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Here’s a list of food pairings that might actually improve your Cocktail Week.


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Marcus Paslay, Clay Pigeon (2731 White Settlement Rd, 817-882-8065) and Piattello Italian Kitchen (5924 Convair Dr, Ste 412, 817-349-0484) Marcus Paslay’s Clay Pigeon has survived whatever bad juju inhabited the pretty building on White Settlement Road –– before Clay Pigeon opened in 2013, the space was inhabited by Lambert’s Steak, Seafood, & Whiskey, and before that, it was Pedro’s Trailer Park. Paslay’s love of game is no secret, and the game bird potpie on the menu raises the bar for comfort food. Ground duck, chicken thighs, and quail mingle in a hearty thyme-infused gravy, all cozy under a housemade pastry crust. The perfect cocktail, Paslay said, is a pear martini, made with muddled pear, Grey Goose La Poire, lemon, and simple syrup. The sweet pear and tart lemon balance the herbaceous thyme and tender fowl flavors.


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Bird Café 155 E 4th St, FW. 817-332-2473. Tightly run, delightful new restaurant and bar from the people who brought you The Flying Saucer. $$ Flying Saucer 111 E 3rd St. 817-336-7470. Ribsticking German-style fare (sausages, kraut, potato salad) plus sandwiches. More than 200 beers. $$

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HoYA Korean Kitchen 355 W 3rd St, FW. 817-3347999. Korean food for traditionalists and newbies. $ Tia’s on the Bluff 1301 E Bluff St, FW. 817-3490964. 11am-3pm Sun, 11am-10pm Mon-Sat. The Sotelo family has rolled out a modest menu of del norte classics in a forgotten corner of downtown Fort Worth. $ Yolk 305 Main St, FW. 817-730-4000. Some of the dishes are eggcellent, and some are mediocre at this Chicago-based chain’s location in Sundance Square. $$

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Bangkok Cuisine 4613 Denton Hwy #35, Haltom City. 817-498-3316. Casual and small, with wonderful, authentic Thai food. $ Dixie House Cafe 5115 NE 28th St, Haltom City. 817222-0882. 6200 E Lancaster, FW. 817-451-6180. (other locations, too) Home-cooked meals such as a plate-size chicken-fried steak, beef tips on rice, and just-baked pies that will do you some wonderful damage. Fort Worth Weekly 2005, 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Home Cooking. $ Enchiladas Olé 901 N Sylvania Av, FW. 817-984-1360. This small, friendly Mexican eatery specializes in simple, healthy, and delicious enchilada plates with various flavorful homemade sauces, including mole and ancho chile. $ Mama E’s Bar-B-Q & Home Cooking 818 E Rosedale St, FW. 817-877-3322. Ultra-casual yet confident and satisfying, this family-owned operation serves up reliably tasty beef, pork, ribs, and sides available by the sandwich, the plate, and the pound. Make sure and try the turkey leg. $

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Angelo’s Barbecue 2533 White Settlement Rd. 817332-0357. This restaurant used to have sawdust on the floor. Now, it just has Fort Worth’s most famous barbecue. $ Chimy’s Cerveceria 1053 Foch St. 817-348-8888. The legendary Lubbock Tex-Mex diner branches out to Cowtown. More of a killer party spot than dining destination, Chimy’s serves up dense, mostly flavorful Tex-Mex bar food in a relaxed tropical setting. $ Fred’s Café 915 Currie St. 817-332-0083. Chef Terry Chandler heats it up with a blackboard menu of chili-infused specials. Fort Worth Weekly Readers’ Choice Best Greasy Spoon three years in a row, 2005 Staff Choice Best Steak, 2006 Staff Choice Best Non-Traditional Burger. $ Gloria’s Restaurant 2600 W 7th St, Montgomery Plaza, FW. 817-332-8800. After conquering the rest of North Central Texas with eight locations, restaurateur Gloria Fuentes brings Fort Worth her “Salva-Tex” mixture of Tex-Mex staples such as burritos, enchiladas, and flautas, with Salvadoran treats like plaintain, yuca, pupusas, and more. $$



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M&O Station Grill 200 Carroll St. 817-882-8020. The former owners of 7th Street Station have relocated to the Leonard’s Department Store Museum building — same great diner food, prettier surroundings. Fort Worth Weekly 2008 Readers’ Choice Best Hamburger and 2018 Critics’ Choice Best Burger. $ Pop’s Safari 2929 Morton St. 817-334-0559. While specializing in cigars and wines for the connoisseur, Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Readers’ Choice Best Wine List. $$ Tuk Tuk Thai, 3431 W 7th St, FW. 817-332-3339. Enjoy Thai classics delivered, carried out, or in the casual comfort of the dining room at this family-run shop on West 7th. $ World of Beer 3252 W 7th St, FW. 682-708-7021. Gastropub with 50 beers on tap, 500 bottled varieties, and a vast, brew-inspired menu. $

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Alba’s Italian Restaurant 4601 Boat Club Rd, FW. 817-238-6664. This traditional, family-owned

Italian establishment features top-quality salads, pastas, subs, hot rolls, and pizzas. $ Lieu’s Vietnamese Restaurant and Coffeehouse 3980 Boat Club Rd. 817-237-0372. For such a small strip-mall restaurant, Lieu’s offers a surprisingly wide selection of familiar and exotic Vietnamese food — rice, noodle soups, seafood, hot pots — as well as coffees, shakes, and shaved ices. $ Skillman Wok, 4310 Western Center Blvd, FW. 817306-9988. The bread and butter of this small stripmall joint is delivery, but if you find yourself in North Fort Worth jonesing for a hearty — and healthful — bite, swing by and sample the lo mein and anything Szechuan-style. They’re some of the best in town. $

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Bombay Grill 4625 Donnelly Av. 817-377-9568. Indian dishes that won’t frighten Americans, with friendly service and lovely curry-paprika décor. Great lunch buffet. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Indian Food. $

Buttons 4701 W. Freeway FW (corner of I-30 & Hulen): 817-735-4900 A glorious menu, the greatest hits from Chef Keith’s creations over the years at his previous stints at local restaurants. Yes, Keith’s famous chicken and waffles are there, still with those great sweet-potato fries. There is lot’s more: seafood, pasta, and steaks, each given Chef Keith’s old-school, modern, downhome, global-fusion magic touch. $$ Kincaid’s 4901 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-732-2881. There’s a big noon-time crowd at the picnic tables in this landmark grocery and burger joint. Fort Worth Weekly 2005, 2006 Best Hamburger. $ Press Café 4801 Edwards Ranch Rd Ste105. Beautiful and tasty food with a few service glitches and long wait times. $$ Thailicious, 4601 W Fwy, Ste 206, FW. 817-737-8111. This Westside eatery has everything you could want in authentic Thai cuisine. $ Zeke’s Fish and Chips 5920 Curzon Av. 817-7313321. Camp Bowie fixture for fried stuff. Huge portions, great desserts. $

t CU / F or e st Pa r k Buffalo Bros 612 Carroll St. 817-386-9601. Great wings, exotic sandwiches from the far East – well, from Buffalo, N.Y., anyway – and good drink specials make this one of the best hangouts in the TCU neighborhood. $ Carshon’s Delicatessen 3133 Cleburne Rd. 817-9231907. Deli dishes up big servings of comfort food and desserts. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 and 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Deli. $ Mellow Mushroom 3455 Bluebonnet Circle. 817-2079677. A cross between a college hangout and a gourmet pizzeria, with a great garlic-butter crust supporting inventive and delicious toppings. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Readers’ Choice Best Pizza, Best New Restaurant. $$ Ol’ South Pancake House 1509 S University Dr. 817336-0311. A popular late-night and breakfast hangout. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 to 2018 Readers’ Choice Best Breakfast, Late Night Dining . $

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near South Side /South fw Cat City Grill, 1208 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-9165333. Readers’ choice for “Best Restaurant” in our 2011 Best Of Fort Worth issue, Cat City Grill is a homey but classy joint for superb American standards, including a fancy-but-hearty chickenfried steak. $$ Lili’s Bistro on Magnolia 1310 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-877-0700. This small eatery near Spiral Diner and Nonna Tata serves fresh burgers and sandwiches for lunch, along with excellent sides like the gorgonzola fries and bulgur with cranberries. $$ Nonna Tata 1400 W. Magnolia Av. 817-332-0250 Authentic Italian cuisine, with housemade pasta, in a pretty but tiny bistro. Cash only. Fort Worth Weekly 2006 Best Italian Food. $$ Salsa Limón, 4200 S Fwy in La Gran Plaza, Ste 1099. 817-921-4807. Tacos with tongue, tripe, and cow’s cheek are just some of the delicacies offered here. $ Spice by Thai Select Thai Kitchen and Bar 411 W Magnolia Av. 817-984-1800. Part of a family-owned chain of Thai Restaurants, this Spice is a little mild but still does a lot of traditional goodies well. $

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Dixie House Café 5401 S. Hulen St. (817) 361-8500. The newest addition to the local chain of homecooking restaurants.$ Piattello Italian Kitchen 5924 Convair Dr, Ste 412, Fort Worth. 817-349-0484. Chef Marcus Paslay brings his commitment to scratch cooking to Fort Worth’s Waterside development with his new Italian trattoria, featuring an open kitchen and wood-fired pizza oven. $$$

Samwon Garden 5201 McCart Av. 817-926-1515. Tarrant County’s only Korean restaurant prepares classic kimchi, Korean barbecue, and spicy seafood dishes. $$ Ume Sushi & Korean BBQ 4750 Bryant Irvin Rd, Ste 842, FW. 817-370-0685. Ume offers the best of both Japanese and Korean cuisine from the humble confines of a Cityview strip mall. $ Wasabi Sushi 5443 S. Hulen St. 817-370-9700. A gem of a sushi bar hidden in a Hulen strip mall. $$

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Cattlemen’s Steak House 2458 N Main St. 817624-3945. Rustic meat-and-greet place in the heart of the Stockyards. $$ Mariscos La Marea Mexican Seafood 601 W Northside Dr, FW. 817-378-8571. This recently opened family-friendly Mexican seafood joint has hot, fresh, terrifically seasoned traditional appetizers, soups, salads, and entrées featuring fish, shrimp, oysters, and calamari. $ Los Paisanos, 1446 N Main St. 817-625-TACO. This restaurant and taqueria in the old Los Alamos location serves simple but terrific Mex-Mex dishes like tacos, huevos con chorizo, guiso, and fajitas. $ Los Vaqueros 2629 N Main St. 817-624-1511. Enough combination dinners to suit the pickiest eaters. $ Mercado Juarez 1651 E Northside Dr. 817-8388285. Big servings of Tex-Mex in a big place. Fort Worth Weekly 2005 Staff Choice Best Red Salsa. $$ Tacos Del Norte 300 W Central Av, FW. 682-7081444. Get barbecue and Tex-Mex on the same plate at this Northside eatery and patio. $$

no r t he a St Alvarado Mexican Food 5302 Davis Blvd, N Richland Hills. 817-849-9433. Amazingly tasty tortas, enchiladas, breakfast burritos, and more, cooked to order. Drive-thru open 24 hours. $ Catfish & Company 900 W Airport Fwy, Hurst. 817581-3912. Tasty lunch specials of catfish, oysters, shrimp, etc. $$ Dino’s Steak & Claw House 342 S. Main St., Grapevine 817-488-3100. Chef Sage Sakiri (late of Café Panache, Red Sage) brings his cuisinecrossing dishes to a beautifully renovated vintage bank building in historic Grapevine. $$$ Elote Mexican Kitchen 12584 N Beach St, FW (in the Kroger shopping center). 817-741-3600. Fancy TexMex in a funky, fresh North Fort Worth location. $ Kirby’s Prime Steakhouse 3305 E. Hwy. 114, Southlake. (817) 410-2221. Classic upscale steakhouse: dark room, huge portions, stellar service. $$$$ Mi Dia From Scratch 1295 S Main St, Grapevine. 817-421-4747. The menu at Grapevine gem Mi Dia offers traditional Mexican, Tex-Mex, and New Mexico as well. $$ Thai Charm Cuisine 4023 E Belknap St, Ste A, Haltom City. 682-708-8921. This suburban gem specializes in authentic Thai food and fantastic service. $ Tokyo Samurai Hibachi Sushi & Bar 5645 Colleyville Blvd, Ste 100, Colleyville. 817-281-8999. In the wilds of Colleyville lurks this outstanding if clichéd hibachi and sushi bar. $$ Tributary Café 2813 Race St, FW. 817-744-8255. Chef Cindy Crowder-Wheeler brings her hands-on technique to the River East neighborhood, with a lively menu of fresh gulf seafood and Creole classics. $$

n or t h ar l in gt on Eddie Deen Crossroads, 1004 N. Collins St, Arlington. Simple, Southern comfort food in the shadow of Cowboys Stadium. $$ Namoo Korean Bowl 300 E Abram St., Arlington 469403-0037. This small, independently owned restaurant near UTA serves Korean food that isn’t dumbed down for American palates. $ No Frills Grill 1550 Eastchase Pkwy, Ste 1200. 817274-5433. Bar food that’s much better than average, plus 25 tv sets. $

Olives Mediterranean Grill 1714 Randol Mill Rd, Arlington. 817-795-1958. Mediterranean food from all the corners of the Mediterranean region. $$

Piccolo Mondo Italian Restaurant 829 E Lamar, Arlington. 817-265-9174. Fine upscale Italian veal, pasta, and seafood dishes served in a strip-mall location. $$ Prince Lebanese Grill 502 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington, 817-469-1811. In a former Sonic, delicious and cheap Lebanese standards. The thyme pie is a taste worth acquiring. $ Tandoor 1200 N Fielder, Ste 532. 817-261-6604. Outstanding Indian breads to accompany fiery vindaloos and creamy curries. Fort Worth Weekly Best Indian three years in a row. $$ Tom’s Burgers & Grill, 1530 N Cooper St, Arlington. 817-459-9000. This burger joint and soda shop offers satisfying and original takes on the usual Americana fare: chicken fried steak, sandwiches, burgers, omelettes, and deep-fried appetizers. $ Twisted Root Burger Company, 310 E Abram St, Ste 100, Arlington. 817-201-9669. Great burgers, fries, and major family-friendly silliness. $

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I recently completed another revolution around the sun, an occasion for which I’m wholly not responsible yet congratulated nonetheless. Though I’m told I’m one year wiser, I don’t quite feel it, especially since I possess the palate of a college sorority girl. Never having deigned to taste cheap shit like Keystone Light, I tend to prefer inordinately saccharin drinks over the more sophisticated liquors. In honor of Cocktail Week, I attempted to broaden my horizons and cover four popular concoctions throughout history: a Victorian-era gin medley, a Prohibitionera cocktail, a tiki drink, and a margarita. In several ways, I failed — but I’ll get to that in a bit. My adventure through time began at Thompson’s (900 Houston St, 817882-8003), a perfect place to step into the past, with its dim lighting, eclectic vintage furniture, and classic literature-themed menu. I’d read up on Britain’s Victorian era, when mixed drinks first appeared on the scene, and was ready to voyage. My friend and I must have arrived at high tide, because every barstool was

occupied, each alcove littered with loungers. After briefly stalking a pair seemingly about to vacate their seats, the two of us instead squeezed into armchairs intimately situated opposite a middle-aged couple. I had every intention of ordering a Gin Sling, a popular Victorian-era refreshment made with lemon juice and sugar — that is, until the woman across from us leaned in like she had a secret and recommended The Saint, consisting of gin and grapefruit juice. Thus, as my companion sipped a dry red, I savored the delightfully tangy and very much divine diversion, which balanced citrus and sweet at just the right levels. Admittedly, the evening’s spirited excursion was not the only event on my mind. My best friend of 20 years was about to be proposed to, so my fellow timetraveler and I drained our glasses and relocated to Proper (409 W Magnolia Av, 817-984-1133), near where the soon-to-befiancées were dining. At Proper, we climbed through another portal into Prohibition. In retrospect, Thompson’s underground speakeasy, Rx, might have been a more fitting locale. Even so, Proper serves up a refined taproom experience, with a level of finesse and meticulous craftsmanship one surely would have encountered during Prohibition. Speed isn’t even a factor there –– it’s all about quality and presentation. As we waited in giddy anticipation for updates on the engagement, I ordered a Fitzgerald, another refreshingly light gin mixture with a hint of cinnamon. My confidant, who had been nursing an Old Fashioned, declared that the Fitzgerald

“tastes like potpourri but with alcohol,” and I honestly couldn’t argue. Our next quantum leap led us to the Polynesian-inspired potions from the ’30s and ’40s. Unfortunately, Proper had just concluded its stint as a pop-up tiki bar, but the barman whipped up a Painkiller for me. Served in a snifter and garnished with a purple loose orchid, the fruity, exotic beverage fashioned with rum, coconut milk, and orange and pineapple juices sufficiently dulled my senses. If you’re extra and “can’t even” without the tiki mug, Bodega West 7th’s sparklerproducing Tiki Torch is quite literally lit. Once the newly engaged couple joined us, we celebrated, imbibed, and tittered as Tracy Chapman soulfully crooned “Give Me One Reason” — and again, I lost sight of my purpose. Taking a day to recover, I completed my mission at T&P Tavern (221 W Lancaster Av, 817-885-8878) on a toasty Sunday, when its margaritas are just $4. While salt-rimmed and enjoyable, the ’rita certainly wasn’t the best one I’ve had — and I confess I chose the location out of pure convenience, considering I already had plans to be there. I embarked upon this particular assignment with the taste buds — and, regrettably, the poor study habits — of a college student, indulging with reckless abandon and preparing little for my final paper. While my appetite for alcohol has become slightly more cosmopolitan, it’s true what they say: History repeats itself. —Christina Berger Contact Last Call at

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Stockyard Saloon 2409 N Main St, FW. 817-6243811. Happy hour 2-8pm Mon-Fri. Billiards, darts, Golden Tee. Sunshine Bar 902 W Division St, Arlington. 817-2776252. The quintessential Division Street dive, with billiards, a killer jukebox, and an eclectic blue-collar crowd. A different drink special every weeknight. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Bar Bar. V.I.P. Lounge 3237 White Settlement Rd, FW. 817335-1647. Billiards, darts, classic country jukebox, shuffleboard.

Lo u ng e s Cassidy’s at the Radisson Hotel 2540 Meacham Blvd, FW. 817-625-9910. Happy hour specials, DJ Sat. Caves Lounge 900 W Division St, Arlington. 817-4605510. Karaoke Wed. Free barbecue Sun. Free WiFi. Keys Lounge 5677-H Westcreek Dr, FW. 817-2928627. Live music nightly except Mon. Billiards. Milo’s 501 E Division St, Arlington. 817-275-4011. Happy hour daily. Billiards, ping-pong. Free WiFi. Ozzie Rabbit Lodge 6463 E Lancaster Av, FW. 817-4469010. Billiards, jukebox. Patio. Classic country DJ Wed. The Peppermill Lounge 6825 E Lancaster Av, FW. 817-446-0310. Happy hour 4-7pm daily. Free billiards daily. Karaoke contest Thu w/Kevin McCloud (cash prizes). Karaoke 7pm-2am Fri-Sat. The Poop Deck 3570 W Seminary Dr, FW. 817-9214861. Karaoke galore. Proper 409 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-984-1133. Small, classy space away from the hustle and bustle. Specials often. Scat Jazz Lounge 111 W 4th St, Ste 11, FW. 817-8709100. Live jazz Wed-Sat. Table Service. Closed Mon. Silverleaf Cigar Lounge 426 Commerce St, FW. 817887-9535. A sophisticated spot to unwind. Stumpy’s 2811 W Division St, Arlington. 817-2753231. Happy hour ’til 9pm Mon-Sat, all day Sun. $3 you-call-its Thu. Live music. Thompson’s 900 Houston St, FW. 817-882-8003. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Bartender (Megan McClinton), Martini, Cocktail Lounge, Place to Get Sidetracked. The Basement Lounge 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd, Ste 125, FW. 817-732-9877. A modern rustic lounge, serving up inspired craft cocktails with down-home hospitality and nightclub ambiance. The Usual 1408 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-810-0114. Specializing in Prohibition-Era cocktails. Best Of 2015 readers’ choice Cocktail Lounge, critic’s choice Place to Have a Conversation.

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The Abbey Pub 2710 W 7th St, FW. 817-810-9930. Happy hour 3-8pm Mon-Fri, all day Sun. Drink specials daily. Great service. The American Pub 2800 Bledsoe St, Ste 200, FW. 817439-9443. Relaxed environment, large patio. Pizza and wings. Open for lunch and dinner daily. The Chat Room Pub 1263 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817922-8319. Free internet-capable computers. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Pub. Conlon’s Pub 2528 White Settlement Rd, FW. 817698-9777. Happy hour 2-7pm Mon-Fri, 3-6pm SatSun. $1.75 Texas beers Sun. Karaoke Sat. Danny’s Celtic Pub 2828 Central Dr, Bedford. 817-5219999. Happy hour 12-8pm daily. All day happy hour Tue. Durty Crow 2801 Crockett St, FW. 817-878-2882. Sexy watering hole, live DJ Fri-Sat . Durty Murphy’s 609 Houston St, FW. 817-810-9575. The original Durty bar in Fort Worth. Full bar, in the heart of downtown Fort Worth. Finn MacCool’s 1700 8th Av, FW. 817-923-2121. Solid Irish-themed retreat in the Hospital District. The Flying Saucer 111 E 3rd St, FW. 817-336-PINT. $2.75 “Pint Night” Mon. Live music Thu, Fri, Sat. Full menu. The Mad Hatter 706 Carroll St, FW. 682-703-2148. Happy hour 3-9pm Mon-Fri, all day Sun. Malone’s Pub 1303 Calhoun St, FW. 817-332-5330. Service-industry friendly. Billiards. Oscar’s Pub 6323 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. 817-7323883. Happy hour all day Mon. Poag Mahone’s 700 Carroll St, FW. 817-332-9544. Happy hour 3-8pm Mon-Sat. Big Buck Hunter, billiards, darts, Golden Tee. Republic Street Bar 201 E Hattie St, FW. 817-6159360. Large watering hole. Daily specials. T&P Tavern 221 W Lancaster Av, FW. 817-675-3757. Located inside the historic T&P Railway Station. Happy hour 4-7pm Mon-Fri and, if you ride a bicycle, 6-10pm Sun. 24 beers on tap.

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Beef ‘O’ Brady’s Irish Sports Pub & Restaurant 8245 Precinct Line Rd, NRH. 817-577-4040. 25 flatscreen TVs. Full menu. Big Shots Sports Café 1833 Airport Fwy, Bedford. 817-510-1310. Happy hour 11am-7pm daily, $2.50 you-call-its all night Sun-Tue $1.55 drinks all day Thu. Arcade, billiards. Texas Hold ‘Em Wed, beer pong tournament Tue, Thu. Live music Fri-Sat. Bobby V’s Sports Gallery Café 4301 S Bowen Rd at I-20, Arlington. 817-467-9922. Happy hour 11am7pm daily. Half-price appetizers 11pm-close Sun-

ca ba re t Bucks Cabaret 2345 Meacham Blvd, FW. 817-7400026. $1 beer Mon, Wed from open ’til close, $2 you-call-its Tue. Best Of 2015 readers’ and critic’s choices Gentlemen’s Club. Cabaret East N Collins, Arlington. 817-354-5247. BYOB. All Nude. Cabaret North 5316 Superior Pkwy, FW. 817-986-7799. Proper dress required. Varying nightly specials. Lucky’s Cabaret 8003 Jacksboro Hwy, FW, 817-2387484. Happy hour daily with $2 beer. Private rooms and bottle service.

Rick’s Cabaret 7101 Calmont Av, FW. 817-732-0000. Varying cover charge. Full Menu. The RoXXXy 1300 NE Loop 820, FW. 817-626-7699. Two-for-one cover and dances until 10pm Mon. Stars Cabaret 7405 Camp Bowie West, FW. 817-2443302. Party atmosphere. Stilletto’s 3929 Hwy 157, FW. 817-358-9811. $5 draft pitchers 11am-7pm daily.

G ay / le sb ia n Changes 2637 E Lancaster Av, FW. 817-413-2332. DJ Wed-Sun. Male dancers Thu-Sat. Club Reflection 604 S Jennings Av, FW. 817-8708677. The hottest gay country-dance club in Fort Worth. Open daily 2pm-2am. 1851 Club 1851 W Division St, Arlington. 817-8019303. DJ Fri-Sat. Karaoke Thu. Billiards.

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Cowboys 2540 E Abram St, FW. 817-265-5819. 18 and up. $7-10 cover. No cut-offs, no open-toe sandals. Electric Cowboy 8740 Hwy 80 W, FW. 817-560-2813. $4-5 cover Thu-Sat. Ladies’ night Thu. Ladies free ’til 10pm Sat. The Finish Line 12035 Camp Bowie West, FW. 817244-9966. Live entertainment every Tue, Fri, Sat. Longhorn Saloon, 121 W Exchange Av, FW. 817-7400078. Open 4pm-12am Wed-Thu and noon-2am Fri-Sun. Full food service in the saloon. Pearl’s Dancehall & Saloon 302 W Exchange Av, FW. 817-624-2800. Best Of 2014 critic’s choice Country Music Bar. Rodeo Exchange 221 W Exchange Av, FW. 817-6260181. Free dance lessons Tue. Live music Thu-Sat. Stagecoach Ballroom 2516 E Belknap St, FW. 817831-2261. $5-15 cover for live music Wed, Fri, Sat. Dance lessons Sun afternoon. Thirsty Armadillo 120 W Exchange Av, FW 817-6242770. Reincarnation of the orginal Armadillo, boasting a premier sound system, as well as beer and liquor. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Country Music Bar. White Elephant Saloon 106 E Exchange Av, FW 817624-8273. Stages upstairs and downstairs.

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Randi’s 2-to-2 3109 Alta Mere Dr, FW. 817-731-0300 Clean, comfortable watering hole. Rob’s Billiards & Sports Bar 13930 Trinity Blvd, FW. 817-355-1234. Happy hour ’til 7pm daily. 15 8-ft. pool tables. Live music Fri-Sat. Rusty’s Billiards 7703 Camp Bowie West, FW. 817560-1372. • 3151 S Cooper St, Arlington. 817-4689191. Billiards, darts. Speed’s Billiards & Games 700 N Watson Rd, Arlington. 817-640-7675. • 1209 Country Club Ln, FW. 817-496-0348. Free billiards 5-8pm daily. Happy hour 11am-7pm daily. Toadies Bar & Grill 1705 Airport Fwy, Bedford. 817283-9090. $2 you-call-its all day Tue, all week $2.50 wells, $2 domestic drafts, $8 domestic pitchers. $3.99 burger and fries 11am-2pm daily. Tumbleweeds Sports Bar 1008 NE Loop 820, FW. 817-626-5225. Live music Sat. Patio. Upper 90 961 W Magnolia Av, FW. 817-882-6614. Regular happy hour 2pm-7pm. Hospital District happy hour 7am--11am. Beer, liqour, and wine half off 4:30pm-7pm. All happy hours on weekdays. Best Of 2015 readers’ choice Sports Bar, critic’s choice Happy Hour. Varsity Tavern 1005 Norwood St, FW. 817-882-6699. Solid food. Giant beer pong and giant Jenga. Huge rooftop patio with views of the skyline. Live music often. Woody’s Tavern 4744 Bryant Irvin Rd, FW. 817-7324936. Billiards. Zona Caliente Sports Bar 6507 S Cooper St, Arlington. 817-375-5036. Lots of soccer, football, basketball, baseball, and UFC. (Probably no hockey.) Fun place to let loose.

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Glass Cactus Gaylord Texan Resort and Convention Center, Grapevine. 817-778-2800. Three stories. Live music Fri-Sat. Patio. Neon Moon Saloon 2509 Rodeo Plaza, FW. 817-6256666. Fun nightclub. Red Goose Saloon 306 Houston St, FW. 817-3324343. Cover varies. $2 you-call-its Tue, Thu. DJs on two stories Thu-Sat. Studio Eighty 500 Taylor St, FW. 817-332-4833. ’80sthemed nightclub. Three clubs in one, Wednesday Fashion Show, Back To The Future Country Thursdays. Trophy Ranch 2800 Bledsoe St, FW. 817-882-6966. Holy good-looking servers and crowds, Batman. Vee Lounge 500 Taylor St, FW. 817-332-4833. Exclusive lounge and restaurant that transforms into a nightclub on weekends. Dress to impress.

Thu. Full menu. Ranked one of the 10 best baseball bars in the country by ESPN. Bronco’s Sports Bar and Grill 900 Airport Fwy, Bedford. 817-498-0600. Live music Fri-Sat. Full menu. Buffalo Bros 3015 S University Dr, FW. 817-3869601. $1.50 domestic pints, 50-cent wings Mon-Fri 3-6pm. Best Of 2014 readers’ choice Sports Bar. Clicks Billiards 2800 Forestwood Dr, Arlington. 817649-7665. Big-screen TVs. Billiards. Eagle’s Nest 8455 Boat Club Rd, Ste 100, FW. 817236-8881. Hangout near the water. Flips Patio Grill 6613 Fossil Bluff Dr, FW. 817-8474424. • 415 W State Highway 114, Grapevine. 817-421-9567. Excellent gastropub food. Fox and Hound English Pub & Grille, 6051 I-20, Ste 332, FW. 817-423-3600. • 1001 N.E. Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington. 817-277-3591. Massive. Good food. Frankie’s 425 W 3rd St, FW. 817-870-9090. Fort Worth location of the popular Dallas-based chain. Best Of 2015 critic’s choice Sports Bar. Home Plate 3137 Alta Mere Dr, FW. 817-732-5190. Happy hour 11am-6:30pm daily, specials Tue, Thu. Karaoke Fri. Live music Sat. Free WiFi. J.J. Dakota’s Billiards 9112 Camp Bowie West, FW. 817-244-9000. A fine establishment. Just One More Randi’s 4615 Benbrook Hwy, FW. 817731-0081. Beer happy hour 7–11am. Full bar happy hour 11am-7pm. Mavericks 601 E Main St, Arlington, 817-548-1442. Daily specials. 14 50-inch plasma-screen TVs. Billiards, Golden Tee, Lucky Strike. Live music Fri-Sat. No Frills Grill and Sports Bar 4914 Little Rd, Arlington. 817-478-1766. Live music Sat. Billiards, jukebox. More than 100 entrees (and TVs). O’Shea’s Grill & Sports Pub 310 Grapevine Hwy, Hurst. 817-577-4006. Happy hour buffet 5-7pm Mon-Fri, nightly drink specials. Karaoke. Overtime Bar & Grill 5201 N Beach St, FW. 817-2229959. Daily drink specials. Happy hour all day Sun. Papa G’s 2900 Hwy 121, Bedford. 817-354-4140. Live music Thu-Sat. DJ, Guitar Hero, karaoke. Puckers 5707 Crowley Rd, FW. 817-293-8286. 9-ball tournament Thu, $5 entry. $1 per hour billiards Sun. Ladies play free Mon.


University Pub 3019 S University Dr, FW. 817-3457633. This longstanding, charming neighborhood pub was recently remodeled. The vibe is laidback, and the bar offers daily drink specials. Whiskey & Rye 1400 Houston St, FW. 817-350-4105. Fancy bar in the Omni Hotel Fort Worth. Best of 2015 critic’s choice Hotel Bar. Wired Willy’s 710 Carroll St, FW. 817-820-0049. 20 beers on tap, half from Texas. Free WiFi, darts. Ye Olde Bull & Bush 2300 Montgomery St, FW. 817731-9206. Varied assortment of premium beers and liquor. Darts, jukebox, patio. Best Of 2015 readers’ choice Pub.



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It’s been two years since Dreamy Life Records and Music –– the twinkling gem embedded in the center of Cowtown’s underground crown –– released its last Group Therapy compilation. Since its inception six years ago, the weighty collection has consistently provided an impressive avian view of just how densely populated our burg is with boast-worthy musos of all stripes, especially those of the garage-y, pop-edged punk-rock flavor. Many of the usual suspects –– beloved artists on the label’s roster like Pearl Earl, Loafers, and War Party –– are offering new material alongside a spattering of anticipated first-time appearances from the likes of Steve Gnash, Trauma Ray, and All Clean. As has been the trend over each of the past four installments, with Group Therapy, Vol. 5, label-runners Robby Rux and Jennifer Rux, Britt Robisheaux, and Cameron Smith have stretched their ambitions to the point of snapping, packing 25 tracks onto the tiny spools of magnetic tape. “It just keeps growing,” Robby said. “But at some point, you’ve got to cut if off. There’s only so many bands you fit on the darn thing in the first place. I really wanted to get to, like, 40 or 50 bands, but you can’t really go much past 25, or it’s not going to fit on a cassette.” The Group Therapy series began as a collaboration between two separate labels, The Ruxes’ shoegaze/psychcentric Dreamy Soundz and Smith’s slack-rock outlet, Lo-Life Records. On the first iteration of the album, each label chose half the artists from their own rosters, which

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I don’t know much about the Arlington music scene, but I understand that its participants are passionate about their close-knit village. I don’t know Roxy Acuña, but I gather that she is an active member of that community, such that on September 23, she took it upon herself to out Victor Toruno, former frontman of dance-rock band Svenny Baby and a vocal proponent of Arlington’s bands and clubs, for his alleged pattern of abusive interactions with women. Acuña posted this to her Facebook page: “Because the Arlington music scene is so important, and we want to preserve it, we are writing this letter. We’ve become

outside of the original two-day marathon held last November –– “that’s another 24 hours. Then mixing –– not to mention all the work Cameron does beforehand lining up all the bands.” All told, Rux estimates that close to 500 hours of work goes into the process from beginning to end. As in the past, the work pays off. It’s another remarkable collection of a rich and diverse swathe of artists. The chimey pop of Ting Tang Tina’s “D-D7” and the rambunctious punkiness of War Party’s “Negative Consumer” –– the last song that the now-defunct fivepiece will likely release –– snuggles comfily alongside Juma Spears’ sativa smooth “Glow” and Wrex’s blissfully lazy “Nothing Day.” The frenetic tension of BULLS’ “AA” and the industrial dirge of All Clean’s “Failing in Full” seem appropriate in the same space as the subtle dream-pop of Summer Job’s “Feel it Now” and the Airesque electro-soul of Andy Pickett’s “Ghosts.” Firsttime contributions from the full-tilt ’60s psychedelic experience of Johndavid Bartlett & Acid Carousel coupled with the anguished R&B of A Michael E push the genreRux: “I really wanted to get to, like, 40 or 50 bands.” abandoning ethos even further. “We try to mix it up as much as possible every time,” were then brought together for a marathon recording Robby said of the varied musical styles present. “We’re session held at the now-departed Where House. That also kind of trying to unite the scene. Like we always try successful first experience ultimately led to the merger of to include two or three hip-hop artists, though we’re not the two labels. really a hip-hop label. But we want to represent them “The whole Group Therapy thing is really what created because they mean so much to us and [to] the scene. We us,” Robby said. “After the first one, [Dreamy Soundz] do it because we love the scene and we want to showcase started doing a lot of work with Lo-Life. Then a couple it, especially to outside of the scene.” years later, we decided to do the record store,” a small Locals will get a chance to experience that showcase record-and-tape shop that shares the label’s name and is live on Saturday at the Group Therapy, Vol. 5 Release Fest now in its third location, inside MASS. “We eventually at MASS. More than 15 artists will grace two stages for an decided to just merge and form Dreamy Life.” all-day extravaganza. Performers include All Clean, Same The second year, the label bosses moved Brain, Johndavid Bartlett & Acid Carousel, Group Therapy, the sessions into their own Cloudland Trauma Ray, War Party, playing what will Vol. 5 Release Fest Recording Studios, where it’s stayed since, likely be their last show, and a dozen more. 2pm Sat w/Sealion, War with the basic premise remaining: Each The parking lot will be fenced off to allow Party, The Fibs, Johndavid Bartlett & Acid Carousel, band is given one hour to track a previously for a second stage as well as food trucks by Ting Tang Tina, and many, unreleased song, mostly live. Then Four Sisters –– A Taste of Vietnam. There many, more, at MASS, Cloudland’s in-house engineers –– the Ruxes, will be a skateboarding display by Magnolia 1002 S Main St, FW. $15. Robisheaux, Rubio Narcótico, and Joe Tacke 682-707-7774. Skate Shop and an art show as well. As if –– split up the songs for mixing. With more that’s not all, the $15 cover will earn the than two dozen artists, it’s an enormous undertaking. first 100 attendees a cassette copy of Group Therapy, “It’s a lot, a lot of work,” Robby said. “The original Vol. 5. A portion of the proceeds will benefit RAICES, sessions take 48 hours. Then if you add the evening a non-profit that defends the rights of immigrants and sessions” –– a few artists, like Steve Gnash, were booked refugees. l

aware of at least three separate incidents where Victor Toruno has groomed, harassed, and assaulted women involved in the scene, myself included. We have also become aware of how he has chosen to spin the story to a handful of people, minimizing his harmful actions. Because of this, we are issuing a warning to women and refusing to work with him on any project from here forward. We feel that it’s important to point out that these are completely separate incidents and that by continuing to work with him, you are putting other women at risk and condoning his inappropriate and damaging behavior. We have kept quiet for fear of not being believed and being shunned from the scene because Victor is involved in so much of what is organized. He has manipulated us into believing that he can be trusted and that his intentions are good. Do not fall for it. If any other women feel they want to come forward or have been victimized

and need to talk about it, you can reach out to Amy Hankins or myself. Let’s all work together to keep the scene alive and safe for everyone involved. Thank you.” As one may imagine, Acuña’s post saw a lot of interaction, garnering a robust commentary thread, with a commensurate volume of outraged reactions and plenty of shares, as well as the usual instances of post deletion and other damage-control tactics. Toruno replied to some of comments: “I admit to having done wrong to others and have apologized for my mistakes. I messed up, and it’s something I need to work on. To anyone I have wrong [sic], I apologize to you. I will be going to therapy soon because I am flawed, and this is my demon to face. I’m sorry.” Toruno answered my request for comment via text: “I would really appreciate it if this wasn’t a story that was [published] as I’m trying to step away from all of this get some help/therapy and just

work on being a better person. I made some mistakes in my interactions but never to assault, harassment, or grooming. I am asking you to please not go with this story. I just want to be left alone.” I contacted Acuña through Facebook, but as of this writing, she did not reply. I also messaged Svenny Baby and received an automated response about how they are no longer a band, which echoed their statement in response to Acuña’s post. “This afternoon,” the band wrote, “we were made aware of accusations against our frontman. The rest of the band is sickened, angered, and disturbed by this news of harassment and sexual assault. The local arts scene should be a safe and welcoming environment for all, and Svenny is not contributing to that vision. All future shows with Svenny Baby are cancelled.” –– Steve Steward Contact HearSay at



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