James D Smithey

James Smithey is a teacher at a local DFW high school, father, and proud Texas native. In addition to these titles he could also be considered a "countrified geek". He enjoys anything outdoors in addition to gaming, movies, reading, and traveling. James also recently began a blog to document his travel adventures. You can read more at: globalgeek.wordpress.com

Escape Boredom At The Secret Chambers

Escape Boredom At The Secret Chambers

While summer is quickly coming to an end, many people are searching for new forms of entertainment. However, there is a new national trend that is sure to offer a unique outlet rather than the same mundane choices. The best part, you can find them here in the DFW metroplex. I am referring to “escape [...]

Time Traveling Through Scarborough Renaissance Festival

Time Traveling Through Scarborough Renaissance Festival

This year’s 37th annual Scarborough Renaissance Festival proved to be as timeless as the historical period that it represents. For those unfamiliar with the event, it is one of America’s top Renaissance festivals that happens to take place every spring in Waxahachie. There is something for everybody with over 200 shops, 24 stages of entertainment, wine tasting, jousting knights, manpowered rides, and much more. They also host an array of special events each weekend to keep things fresh.

The Faces of Fan Expo Dallas 2017

The Faces of Fan Expo Dallas 2017

Heavy rains and parking conundrums were not enough to keep people away from this year's Fan Expo Dallas. People from the DFW area, as well as all over the country, came flooding into The Kay Bailey Hutchinson convention center to meet their favorite celebrities.

Go Celtic at Scarborough Renaissance Festival this Weekend

Come dance a jig and go Celtic at Scarborough Renaissance Festival® this weekend with the Shandon O’Regan School of Irish Dancers performing each day at 2:00 pm on the Whimsey Stage.

Jason David Frank Talks Power Rangers and New Endeavors at FXD17

Jason David Frank Talks Power Rangers and New Endeavors at FXD17

The new Power Rangers movie made a strong debut by earning over $65M on opening weekend. In an attempt to relive childhood memories, people of all ages rushed to the box office to get a taste of the nostalgia. Even though the film had a brand new cast for the leading roles, there were two original members that returned for a quick cameo. One of those actors was none other than the original Green Ranger, Jason David Frank.

Texas Native Sean Patrick Flanery Visits FXD17

Texas Native Sean Patrick Flanery Visits FXD17

This weekend I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to sit down and talk with Sean Patrick Flanery at this year’s Fan Expo Dallas. For those of you who are unfamiliar with Sean, he is a native Texan that has been on the big screen since the 1990s.

Back to the Future’s Tom Wilson Talks Career, Art, and Life at FXD17

Back to the Future's Tom Wilson Talks Career, Art, and Life at FXD17

While hair bands may have dissipated since the 1980s, there are several cinematic productions that have withstood the test of time. Back to the Future is arguably one of the best products to have come out of this time period. The quotes and characters still reverberate in pop culture today. I was lucky enough to speak with Tom Wilson, AKA Biff Tannen, while I was at Fan Expo Dallas.

Scarborough’s 37th Season Begins this Saturday!

Scarborough’s 37th Season Begins this Saturday!

It's that time of year again! The 37th season of North Texas’ 16th Century Style tradition begins this Saturday, April 8, 2017. There is interactive fun for everyone at Scarborough Renaissance Festival® as you step back in time to the 16th Century in our 35-acre (re-created) English village celebrating the visit of Princess Mary Tudor and Margaret Queen of Scotland and the Isles with a Festival of Entertainment, Artisans, Food and Frivolity.

FAN EXPO DALLAS Happening March 31-April 2 Releases Full Star-Studded Schedule of Events

FAN EXPO DALLAS Happening March 31-April 2 Releases Full Star-Studded Schedule of Events

Headlining the impressive list of pop culture luminaries on hand will be Luke Skywalker himself, Mark Hamill, the living legend Stan Lee, as well as members of the cast of the internationally famous cult movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, including actors Tim Curry, Barry Bostwick, Meat Loaf, Patricia Quinn and Nell Campbell.

Cosmunity: An App to Upgrade the Fandom Experience

Cosmunity: An App to Upgrade the Fandom Experience

A new app has arrived just in time for the spring comic con season in Texas. Cosmunity is a new site (and accompanying mobile app) that allows people to take their cosplay capabilities to the next level. It is a unique experience that blends social networking, marketing, and allows followers to stay informed about related upcoming events.