2015 Earth, Cosmos & Life Calendar

2015 Earth, Cosmos & Life Calendar

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An absolute stellar year with many Moons and holidays that occur on weekends, and several great convergences. An Imbolc/Candlemas/Groundhog Day Full Moon, a Spring Equinox New Moon, a Beltane Full Moon, and a Full Moon Thanksgiving and Christmas. The biggest convo of them all in Sept: Supermoon – Full Harvest Moon – and a Lunar Eclipse in the perfect hours …

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North Texas Wild: Citizen scientists document urban wildlife on iNaturalist

North Texas Wild: Citizen scientists document urban wildlife on iNaturalist

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iNaturalist is a place where you can record what you see in nature, meet other nature lovers and learn about the natural world. Courtesy of iNaturalist. Aug. 25, 2015 By Amy Martin Texas Parks & Wildlife employs a handful of urban biologists to cover all of North Texas. Millions of urban animals, two footed and four, everything from wild feral …

Naughty and Nice: Pegasus Theatre finds something funny for everyone with The Naughty Bits

Naughty and Nice: Pegasus Theatre finds something funny for everyone with The Naughty Bits

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Still, it could be naughtier. It was bound to happen. The Margo Jones Theater creative hothouse that is Nouveau 47 has spun out quirky theater, variety shows, and crazed readings. Sketch revue was sure to be next, especially with humorous wordsmith Jim Kuenzer on the N47 board. Fuse that with the madness of Pegasus Theatre’s actors and auteur Kurt Kleinmann, …

Amy at Texas Faith: Expressing morality without moralizing

Amy at Texas Faith: Expressing morality without moralizing

Question by Rudolph Bush If we are living our faiths, they inform both our public and our private lives. And if we are living them well, our public and our private expressions will be in harmony. It can be difficult, though, to express our concerns about the world around us without seeming intolerant or close-minded or prudish. This week, for …

Comedy Clubs A Go Go

Comedy Clubs A Go Go

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A round-up of comedy venue news.   Hyena’s Now in Triplicate The brothers Butler — Randy and Jim — of Hyena’s Comedy Nightclub are way too busy these days. At the Fort Worth location, the chain’s original spot, they closed the adjacent Queen City Music Hall and integrated that space into an enlarged, renovated, and rather colorful Hyena’s. There is …

Comedy Beat Catch Up

Comedy Beat Catch Up

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Pegasus Theatre will present The Naughty Bits at the Bath House Cultural Center Amy Martin catches us up on comedy ensembles, defecting comedy writers, stand-up roundup and more. by Amy Martin published Friday, July 31, 2015   Comedy Ensembles on the Rise Sketch comedy continues to rise in Dallas, the sign of a maturing and deepening comedy community. Most delicious are plans …

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

Mosquito Madness: monitoring spray plans / do not spray list / reporting possible West Nile

How to monitor City of Dallas mosquito spraying plans Bookmark and check this page regularly: City of Dallas West Nile alerts http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/departments/codecompliance/WestNile/Pages/default.aspx Bookmark and check this page regularly: Dallas Citizens for Safer Mosquito Control https://www.facebook.com/groups/500647603298628/ Sign up for spraying alerts through the city hall news service, but don’t be surprised if you get none. Go to http://spwebext1.dallascityhall.com/Pages/default.aspx Scroll to the …

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

Amy at Texas Faith: Are gay rights, religious rights on a collision course?

question by Joel Thornton   It’s been three weeks since the Supreme Court ruled for same-sex marriage, and most of the hoopla has died down. But that doesn’t mean the pro- and anti- sides are any closer together on one of the most contentious issues in a generation. A common theme from Gov. Greg Abbott and Attorney General Ken Paxton …

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

Playthings by Circus Freaks: Walking on ceilings and other fun

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Circus Freaks offers striking visuals and circus feats at Festival of Independent Theatres, but the narrative of Playthings needs work.   Dallas — Some astounding characters appear in Playthings, the latest stage presentation from Circus Freaks, boasting jaw-dropping costumes and clever hair and make-up. The simple stage features only a small mad-scientist work zone and a colorful five-foot tall Jack-in-the-Box …

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

This Terpsichorean Life — Ira dances!

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Anna Bass was attracted to dance “because there’s no talking.” So Ira Glass asked her to talk, of course, posing those This American Life questions that probe deeply, but non-confrontationally, with an open casualness. Snippets of that recorded conversation unfurled as Bass danced with her creative partner of 12 years, Monica Bill Barnes. We learned Bass’ thoughts on compatibility and …

Bob Newhart: Stand-up to Sitcom and Back Again

Bob Newhart: Stand-up to Sitcom and Back Again

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Bob Newhart shows that, at 86, he’s still got it with a familiar but still funny performance at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie.   Grand Prairie — A half-hour prelude of light, big band jazz with the Rodney Booth Band set the perfect retro mood to see comedian Bob Newhart, now 86, for the jokes never went past 1988. But …

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

Hippie funerals: Homegrown grieving

I’ve become quite the expert in hippie funerals. By experience, alas. The early-to-go baby boomers, the ones felled by cancer, too many of those, and folks like my friend Stu, who we still don’t know what happened. And those perished in car accidents — so sudden and relatable, we all drive. The unaffiliated flail a bit as we learn to …

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