And so it begins

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 7:15am

Special session kicks off in Austin as hundreds rally outside the Capitol   DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer The special session of the Texas Legislature that convened this week in Austin offers some interesting parallels to what’s going on in Washington. In D.C., Republicans control both houses of Congress and the White House […]

Expo vendors offer wedding ideas

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 7:00am

Vendors offering everything from traditional to creative to make your wedding memorable   DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer Worried about whether your florist will object to your “lifestyle” or that your baker will back out at the last minute because his religion says same-sex marriage is bad? Well, the vendors participating in the […]

Hello, Dolly

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 6:45am

Denton writer compiles interviews that trace the career of Dolly Parton   DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer In the Ladies Home Journal, Jim Jerome described Dolly Parton as Patsy Kline in Jessica Rabbit’s body. What editor Randy L. Schmidt learned, though, as he compiled interviews with Parton from the late 1960s through today […]

Our gayvorite things

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 6:30am

  The service, event, product and app you should be into right now One of the best parts of my job is discovering all the dynamic new people, places and things expected to interest the LGBT community. Every once in a while I stumble upon a few gems that catch my fancy — hopefully they […]

I know why ‘La Cage’ birds sing

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 6:15am

Uptown Players finds the human connection in a camp classic   In a world of Kinky Boots, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Producers and more, it can be a challenge to wrap your mind around the idea that, in 1983, La Cage aux Folles was absolutely revolutionary. There had been gay characters on Broadway […]

Building a ‘Wall’

Posted on 21 Jul 2017 at 6:00am

WaterTower’s new artistic director chooses as her first production a rollicking history of Stonewall ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor Whenever an arts organization brings in a newcomer to lead it, there’s an expectation that fresh blood equates with fresh ideas … and sometimes radical rethinking. The decision by Addison’s WaterTower Theatre to tap […]

The animals’ best friend

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 at 7:15am

SPCA of Texas has a long history of helping make our furry friends healthier, happier Tammye Nash | Managing Editor If you are looking to adopt a pet from a shelter, there are plenty of options to choose from in North Texas. But few have the depth of history and breadth of programming that […]

App – solutely!

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 at 7:00am

New smart toy keeps dogs active, engaged   DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer You use apps. Why shouldn’t your dog? Chris Watts, owner of Petropolitan, said Santiago Gutierrez came in one day and asked if Watts were interested in seeing a new toy. Watts said, sure, he was always looking for something new. […]

A wild ass: the perfect gift?

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 at 6:45am

Both the Dallas and Fort Worth zoos have animal ‘adoptio’n programs that contribute to animal upkeep DAVID TAFFET | Senior Staff Writer You can’t take your newly-adopted animal home or name it, because the animals already have names, and your home probably isn’t equipped to house them. But you can “adopt” some pretty exotic […]

For your protection

Posted on 14 Jul 2017 at 6:30am

R&B diva Deborah Cox takes on ‘The Bodyguard’ Most performers would shudder at the task of tackling the iconic role of Rachel Marron, a character portrayed legendarily by Whitney Houston in the 1992 movie The Bodyguard. After all, the film is probably better remembered for its wildly popular soundtrack and for its co-stars or plot.  […]