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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 …

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Curiouser and Curiouser

Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival: Curiouser and Curiouser

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Curiouser and Curiouser Highlights in the Dallas stop of the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival included Hannibal Buress, Whitney Cummings and, of course, Louis CK. by Amy Martin published Saturday, September 20, 2014 Dallas — Stand-up comedy: A product of small nightclubs with seats just inches away from a barely elevated stage. How could this ever work in an arena? …

Tim & Eric with Dr. Steve Brule: Twisted Bedtime Stories

Tim & Eric with Dr. Steve Brule: Twisted Bedtime Stories

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Twisted Bedtime Stories Comedy Central’s Tim and Eric bring their warped comedy to the Majestic, and Dr. Steve Brule (John C. Reilly) is along for the ride. by Amy Martin published Saturday, September 20, 2014   Dallas — The destruction of American mainstream pop culture will be presided over by the comedic video duo Tim & Eric, the bastard love …

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 …

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