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Burner Baby Burner: Broad City LIVE

Burner Baby Burner: Broad City LIVE

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The women of Broad City bring their hilarious live show to the Kessler Theater, and the Burner Chicks Club comes out in force. by Amy Martin published Friday, November 21, 2014 Dallas — “I feel so strong!” the twentysomething woman shouted from the back of the Kessler Theater once the Broad City graphics and theme song began to play. The audience …

Texas Faith: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty?

Texas Faith: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty?

TEXAS FAITH: When is a city ban on feeding the poor an infringement on religious liberty? Question by Wayne Slater That’s this week’s question: Is a city ban on feeding the homeless in a public place an infringement on religious freedom?   AMY MARTIN, writer/editor Moonlady Media and president emeritus, Earth Rhythms Fort Lauderdale’s ban on feeding the homeless in …

North Texas Wild: Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill

North Texas Wild: Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill

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North Texas Wild: Who’s watching out for the Great Trinity Forest and the future of Pemberton Hill? Nov. 18, 2014 By Amy Martin. Photos courtesy of Dallas Trinity Trails.   The Great Trinity Forest — thousands of undeveloped acres south and southeast of downtown Dallas. The wild core is wedged between I-45 and US 175, where the Trinity River, finally …

The Second City: Spinning smart laughs

The Second City: Spinning smart laughs

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Who’s On Second? The legendary improv troupe Second City smartly provokes laughter at City Performance Hall in the Off-Broadway on Flora Series. by Amy Martin published Saturday, November 15, 2014 “The core of most Second City scenes is a character looking for human connection,” announced the maniacally perky Jo Feldman in a segue paying tribute to the Chicago comedy institution …

Food for Laughs

Food for Laughs

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Jim Gaffigan leaves the audience at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie hungry for more. by Amy Martin published Saturday, October 25, 2014   Grand Prairie — One thing’s for sure, you don’t go to a Jim Gaffigan concert hungry. Although if you’re a vegetarian you won’t get quite as worked up. Donuts, steak, Mexican food, barbeque and, of course, Hot …

Dallas digs into green burial movement

Dallas digs into green burial movement

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‘A Will for the Woods’: Documentary screening in Dallas digs into green burial movement   Pine Forest Memorial Gardens in Wake Forest, North Carolina is featured in “A Will for the Woods.” The 2014 documentary about green burial is showing Nov. 6 at 7p.m. at the Perot Museum in Dallas. Photo courtesy of the filmmakers.Oct. 27, 2014 By Amy Martin …

Religious liberty vs equal rights in Houston

Religious liberty vs equal rights in Houston

TEXAS FAITH: Is it ever right to subpoena religious sermons? Question by Wayne Slater   What are the limits, if any, of religious leaders to speak out as a matter of religious faith without facing a government subpoena? We asked our Texas Faith panel of religious leaders, theologians, academics and faith-based activists what they thought of the clash between faith …

Tig It Up

Tig It Up

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At the Majestic Theatre, Tig Notaro proves herself a seeker of the absurd, lover of the uncomfortable, and survivor of life. by Amy Martin published Tuesday, October 21, 2014   Dallas — Oh please, Tig Notaro, don’t hate Dallas. Sure, you sold out the 2000-seat Paramount in Austin the night before, the seats filled with the town’s enthusiastically goofy comedy …

Harry Shearer Surfs the Media Waves

Harry Shearer Surfs the Media Waves

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Satirical comedian, in town to receive Ernie Kovacs Award at the Dallas VideoFest, now adds web-TV to his media with series on Richard Nixon. by Amy Martin published Friday, October 17, 2014 Dallas — Here’s my proposal. Extract some DNA from Harry Shearer and implant it in every U.S. resident. We’ll all become smarter, more savvy about politics and less …

How to Feed Your Brain at Dallas VideoFest

How to Feed Your Brain at Dallas VideoFest

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Amy Martin offers suggestions for your eyes and mind in the final weekend of Dallas VideoFest. by Amy Martin published Thursday, October 16, 2014   Dallas — Dallas VideoFest is a marvel. It’s not television. It’s the visual presentation of concepts through a variety of styles: documentary, experimental and fictional narrative. Most of the non-documentary videos are quite short, from …

North Texas Wild: River Legacy Parks in Arlington

North Texas Wild: River Legacy Parks in Arlington

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North Texas Wild: Arlington’s River Legacy remains rooted in natural landscape Oct. 6, 2014   By Amy Martin Photos by Scooter Smith   When a meandering prairie river runs through your city, should you straighten its curves into a glorified drainage ditch, force a for-profit whitewater park in one of its few natural places (and fail at it), allow businesses …

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