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Maz Jobrani & Aaron Aryanpur: Beyond division on the anniversary of 9/11

Maz Jobrani & Aaron Aryanpur: Beyond division on the anniversary of 9/11

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Middle Beasts Iranian comic Maz Jobrani and local funnyman Aaron Aryanpur play the Addison Improv just in time for the 9/11 anniversary. by Amy Martin published Friday, September 12, 2014 Addison — What to do on the 13th anniversary of 9/11? Go see Middle Eastern comedians, of course. A hearty crowd, many of Middle Eastern descent, showed up Thursday for …

Amy at Texas Faith: Falling into sin

Amy at Texas Faith: Falling into sin

Texas Faith: Falling into sin Question by Rudolph Bush   Most of us agree on the difference between right and wrong. It is wrong to steal; it is wrong to commit adultery; it is wrong to kill. The parameters of right and wrong are widely shared in most civil societies. But we often find ourselves, in the practice of everyday …

Rich Talarico: Key & Peele writer reveals how the comedy sausage is made

Rich Talarico: Key & Peele writer reveals how the comedy sausage is made

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By Amy Martin, Fri., Aug. 29, 2014 / As television comedy writers’ rooms go, few are as gregarious as Key & Peele‘s. Most of the writers have deep improvisational comedy backgrounds, among them Rich Talarico, who notes wryly, “We all have performance experience.” Emergency vehicles should probably be on-call. Mix that creative insanity with two extremely talented comedy performers, Keegan-Michael Key …

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

North Texas Wild: Escape the heat at these green retreats

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By Amy Martin, Mon., Aug. 25, 2014 /   Summers in Texas extend deep into September, even October. Months after the longest day, the ground continues to absorb and radiate heat. Trapped in our air-conditioned caves for too long, we need relief! Here is a selection of nature places to go green while cooling off. Swimming Beaches at Area Lakes  …

Tourist Trekking away the Jet Lag at Grand Place

Tourist Trekking away the Jet Lag at Grand Place

by Amy Martin, Sat., Aug. 23, 2014 / (photos & videos by Scooter Smith and Amy Martin) August 6, 2014: Hopscotching to Brussels, first a short flight to Philadelphia. After grabbing sushi and some natural snacks in the airport, struck up a conversation with a friendly German man at the charging station, a most blessed thing to see when your …

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

Amy at Texas Faith: Can churches can preach politics from the pulpit?

TEXAS FAITH: Why should the government say whether churches can preach politics from the pulpit? Question by Wayne Slater   That’s this week’s Texas Faith question. Is it time to repeal the law forbidding churches engaged in partisan politics from the pulpit? Our Texas Faith panel of experts weighs in. Read the panel   AMY MARTIN, director emeritus, Earth Rhythms; …

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core

Belgium: Contrarians to the Core by Amy Martin Photos by Amy Martin and Scooter Smith   The 1958 Atomium, left, and 1848 statue of Godefroy de Bouillon in Royal Place, right.   Belgium had never been on my list of places to visit before I die. I’m a landscape gal. Knock my socks off with epic views of nature at …

North Texas Wild: Why we should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park

North Texas Wild: Why we should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park

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Amy Martin’s ‘North Texas Wild’: Why North Texas should lobby to save Lake Fannin Park • Last year, the U.S. Forest Service locked the gate to significant areas of Lake Fannin Park, a wilderness gem on the Red River • As a result, volunteers who restored the historic park have been unable to continue. • Efforts are underway to transfer the …

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with guest Edie Brickell: What They Are

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers with guest Edie Brickell: What They Are

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What They Are Steve Martin delivers comedy, but it’s really about the music in his tour with Steep Canyon Rangers and guest Edie Brickell. Her husband, Paul Simon, made a surprise appearance in Dallas. by Amy Martin published Sunday, August 3, 2014 An artfully constructed set of music presented with great humor and incredible virtuosity. It was all you could …

Scott Parkin: Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’

Scott Parkin: Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’

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Former North Texan activist says ‘More efforts needed to stop assault on environment’ July 23, 2014 By Amy Martin   Scott Parkin wants you to raise a ruckus. Maybe even break a few laws.   The eco-activist, who was born in 1969 and raised in Garland, has worked with the Ruckus Society and participated in Bill McKibben’s call for civil …

Monty Python Live (Mostly): A fine Broadway-inspired finale

Monty Python Live (Mostly): A fine Broadway-inspired finale

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Thank You, Spamalot Monty Python is no more. It has ceased to be. It’s expired and gone to meet its maker. But what a send off it was   The reunion/farewell event,Monty Python Live (Mostly): One Down, Five To Go, owes much to Spamalot on Broadway, both spearheaded by Eric Idle. The two-hour show boasted a superbly trained 20-member chorus …

Improv Within Improv: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Saturday

Improv Within Improv: Big Sexy Weekend of Improv – Saturday

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Improv Within Improv Wild improv beasts in their natural domain go over the edge in the Saturday night show at Big Sexy Weekend of Improv, egged on by Oklahoma insanity. by Amy Martin published Monday, July 14, 2014   Dallas — The deeper you get into an improv festival, the more improv insular it gets. Boundaries dissolve, rules bend to …

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