Standing on stage recently at the Amsterdam Comedy Festival at a flat 4 feet tall and only 57 pounds, it's no wonder this up-and-coming DFW comic is called the "next little thing." She started her set by letting the audience know that she's written everything she's about to say. "If there's anything that you don't like or that offends you," she said, "I'm only 8. So don't judge me." Saffy Herndon is one of the youngest (if not the youngest) comics in the Dallas area, but her age doesn't stop her from performing around DFW. She's taken the mic not only at Amsterdam, but at the Backdoor Comedy Club, Buzzbrews during ArtLoveMagic and even at school, where she's in the third grade. She still remembers her first time on stage. A few months ago, Linda Stogner, from the Backdoor Comedy Club (a clean-content venue), gave her three minutes. "I liked the adrenaline that was inside me when I went on stage," Saffy says. "I'd been waiting all week to go up."
Steve Herndon Saffy Herndon - DFW's "next little thing"
Earlier this month, Unfair Park's Eric Nicholson broke news that internet celebrity, Teddy Bear the talking porcupine is a Dallasite.
We're only human, so after learning distance wasn't a barrier we sent Ted a formal invitation to visit our home office. We etched the address into a sweet potato, couriered the thing over to his Zooniversity bachelor pad and waited.
HE ACCEPTED, THEN THE WORLD BECAME MAGIC.
We learned a lot about Teddy Bear, porcupines and friendship that day. We also discovered that Ted's natural musky odor and prickly undercoat proved a fitting match for an office of jaded, over-caffeinated, under-bathed writers, so we had him sign a freelance contract. He's our new outdoors correspondent and Dallas Observer spirit animal.
Video intern Sarah Passon captured the experience in video. Let us all take a moment and give thanks for large talking rodents.More »
Enough with the feelgood shows of the season. Bring on the feel-bad entertainment! If you're feelin' Scrooge-y and would rather throttle Tiny Tim than sit through another Christmas Carol, here are five alternatives amid the blizzard of holiday fare.
Race, Kitchen Dog Theater, through December 14. David Mamet's tight little two-act does a clever plot switch halfway through. You just think it's a drama about a rich white guy accused of raping a young black woman in a hotel room. But the defendant's lawyers, one black, one white, suddenly turn on their assistant, a young black woman just out of law school who almost screws up the case. What's in her background that's so controversial? Directed by Chris Carlos, actors Max Hartman, Jamal Gibran Sterling, JaQuai Wade and Cameron Cobb lend just the right level of tension and dark comedy to Mamet's explosion of words about racism, sexism, affirmative action, class warfare and what some lawyers will do to win big. At the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Avenue. Box office, 214-953-1055.More »
We can all agree that Die Hard is more than just an amazing holiday movie: It's also the greatest action film ever made where an off-duty New York cop becomes ensnared in a high-stakes monetary heist, disguised as a grand act of terrorism, housed in a glass-windowed office building on an otherwise calm Christmas Eve in Los Angeles.
I think we can also agree that Die Hard II is bearable, and any sequels beyond that are simply unwatchable.
Disagree? Proof: The guy who smashed my car window took John McTiernan's original from my boxset, then left the others littered on the floor mats. Even on meth he made a logical decision.
If you want to see Bruce Willis scamper barefoot through elevator shafts and say "yippee-ki-yay, mother fucker" on the big screen, you're in luck. Seven area movie houses are showing the thing. Here's the schedule.More »
Download this week's Voice Film Club podcast before you get on the plane or maybe listen to it on your way to a restaurant where you'll eat turkey and get a little drunk on red wine.
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"Then I went back and looked at the original and saw how operatic it was. The problem with Spike Lee's version is that there is no poetry in Josh Brolin's performance. I thought, 'this thing is just dead.'"
"[Brolin's] got something -- but he just doesn't have what this movie needs," Stephanie says.More »
During any discussion of Kennedy's final day, Dallas' infamous geography eclipses our sister city's. A new commission by the Fort Worth Opera will address those lesser-seen moments, focused on bonds and experiences the president held dear during the 15 hours prior the assassination. It will be based mostly in Fort Worth.
That's a daunting task, turning one of history's most beloved icons into a singing, moving stage character. Especially considering it will premiere here, in North Texas, where the mess went down. But the job's being tackled by two very discussed names in the contemporary New York opera scene: composer David T. Little (Dog Days, Soldiers Song) and librettist Royce Vavrek (Dog Days, Songs from the Uproar).
The pair is preparing for the task through archival research, designed to give an anchored account of "the human qualities that made him a beloved father, a prodigal son and a wayward husband," according to Little. The opera will examine both the very private, and very public, sides of the Kennedys as John and Jackie moved through that final day in North Texas.
The commission honors the Fort Worth Opera's 70th anniversary and the 10th anniversary of its annual FW Opera Festival. This new piece -- currently titled Jack and Jackie, a historical phantasmagoria -- is set to release in Spring, 2016. An "embryonic" preview -- billed as "libretto reading and storytelling," occurred last Thursday evening at the Hotel Texas, where the couple spent their final night.
FWO has vowed to share progress of its development, because they're cool and tech savvy like that, so here's the first video released. Enjoy.
Below are fifteen docs we suggest seeing, from the grisly to uplifting. Click on the name of the film to read its review.More »
Usually for our #Dallas Instagram weekly recap we feature events, places, food, fashion, even pets. But this week, while actively scrolling through your photos we noticed a trend: dudes with highly stylized hair. So we're giving you a special, more follicle-based edition of #Dallas Instagrams.More »
This past week may have marked the 50th anniversary of one of Dallas' darker moments, but we didn't have to spend the entire time in the shadow of maudlin JFK introspection, thanks to a more upbeat 50th anniversary: the beginning of the adventures of TV's Doctor Who.
Conventions across the nation and the world popped up to celebrate this momentous occasion in geek-dom and Dallas/Fort Worth was no exception, thanks to the people who put together the WhoFest at the Crowne Plaza in Addison. The weekend was filled with all sorts of panels with bizarre titles such as "What Do We Want? Time Travel! When Do We Want It? Yesterday!" and "What to Expect When You're Exterminating." However, not even the most detailed discussion about how a police box could harness the powers of quantum physics without turning its inhabitants into fleshy Jell-O could top what was sure to be the most memorable moment of the weekend: the airing of the BBC's 50th anniversary special The Day of the Doctor.
I confess I dreaded attending another convention of ordinary people wearing more ridiculous cosplay than a Comic-Con sponsored chemical dependency support group. Such conventions have been popping up ever since San Diego made it easier for major metropolises to gather every geek, dweeb, dork and other narrow-minded moniker into one room to celebrate something that would raise the eyebrows of the so-called "normals."
Luckily, the subject of this con was much different from the usual space based, shoot 'em up series.More »