Ellis County Observer Publisher Joey Dauben sits in jail with no attorney for almost two months

Posted on 14 Feb 2012 at 4:14pm

It’s apparently pretty unpopular in Navarro County to be Ellis County Observer Publisher Joseph Glen “Joey” Dauben.

Court won’t release videos from Prop 8 trial

Posted on 03 Feb 2012 at 2:00pm

A federal appeals court refused Thursday to unseal video recordings of a landmark trial on the constitutionality of California’s same-sex marriage ban but said it needed more time to decide if a lower court judge properly struck down the voter-approved ban.

Dallas Opera announces abbreviated 2012-13 season, another world premiere from Heggie

Posted on 20 Jan 2012 at 9:38am

Last year, in a major cost-cutting initiative, the Dallas Opera trimmed its season from the planned five full-production operas (plus a chamber piece) down to four, one of which was scaled back to a concert version. The upcoming season looks even more spartan, with only three full-scale shows in 2012-13. But beyond that, there’s hope [...]

Season 2 of “Big Rich Texas” premieres Feb. 19

Posted on 19 Jan 2012 at 9:44am

The Style Network’s Big Rich Texas was one of, I think, 24,604 reality TV shows set in or around North Texas in 2011 (that’s just an estimate), and despite trafficking in cliches about Texas hair and such, it turned out to be a pretty big hit. So of course, Season 2 is back. It will [...]

Kristy McNichol comes out

Posted on 07 Jan 2012 at 10:57am

There must have been something in the craft services table on the set of the ’70s drama Family. First Meredith Baxter, now co-star Kristy McNichol has come out as lesbian. In an interview with People magazine, the 49-year-old actress — who won Emmys for Family at ages 14 and 16 and later starred on the [...]

Time to vote for the Readers Voice Awards!

Posted on 05 Jan 2012 at 2:32pm

Yesterday afternoon, the Readers Voice Awards website went online, which gives you, dear readers, nearly a month to speak out about what matters to you! That means you get to vote for your favorite dining spots, shopping destinations, community leaders, barbers, doctors, Realtors, airlines … all the stuff that makes your life easier or better [...]

Did Rick Perry come out in support of gays? (No, of course not, don’t be an idiot)

Posted on 03 Jan 2012 at 1:09pm

This is what frustrates me the most about dealing with hypocrites: They can’t keep their bigotry and their demagoguery straight. Last month, the Texas Governor and GOP hopeless (let’s face it — he can’t be hopeful) ran an ad in Iowa in which he expressed a degree of disgust that “gays can serve openly in [...]

Pet of the Week • 12.30.11

Posted on 29 Dec 2011 at 5:00pm

Happy Happy is an aptly named love bug. She’s a 7-month-old terrier-beagle mix who currently weighs about 28 pounds but, like many of us this time of the year, could stand to lose a few. She’s eager to please, full of energy and loving.  Happy is a friendly girl who’s hoping for a forever home for the [...]

National Film Registry adds 25 movies, some with gay interest

Posted on 28 Dec 2011 at 12:21pm

Each year, the National Film Registry designates 25 films to be added to its roster of “historic” films that warrant preservation as cultural touchstones. It’s not all silent films or Hollywood pop entertainment; indeed, one of the most thoughtful — and brief — additions in years past is the Abraham Zapruder film that documents JFK’s [...]

Meredith Baxter to narrate Camina doc about Rainbow Lounge raid

Posted on 14 Dec 2011 at 3:00pm

Robert L. Camina, the North Texas filmmaker who has been putting together a documentary about the June 2009 raid on Fort Worth’s Rainbow Lounge for two years, has scored a coup: He has tapped TV icon Meredith Baxter to narrate. Raid of the Rainbow Lounge has been in the works since almost as soon as [...]