Continental Gin Building’s open house and Deep Ellum Art Walk this weekend

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 3:01pm

4ae15f67cd55b8003238daa7aea9a22bI know where I’ll be tomorrow: The Continental Gin Building, 3309 Elm St. in Deep Ellum, which hosts its spring open house from 6–10 p.m. today and 2–8 p.m. tomorrow.

Coming off the dizzying Dallas Art Fair last week, the CGB’s open house and Deep Ellum Art Walk will, hopefully, provide a rich contrast to the claustrophobic Art Fair.

But about the 125 year old CGB. It was originally built in 1888 by Robert S. Munger as a cotton processing factory. It closed in 1962, but somehow survived Dallas’ demolition derby spree through the 1970s and 80s. It was purchased and renovated by John Tatum in 1982. Even through the the highs and lows of Deep Ellum, it has continuously been a popular spot for artists, designers and all sorts of creatives to hone their practice.

The 30 participating artists will join special guest Stuart Burne, a Welsh landscape artist in town just for the event. Local folk–jazz music hybrid Felix Flores will play tonight on CGB’s second floor.

From noon–8 p.m. tomorrow (Saturday, April 18) stroll from the CGB to other galleries across Deep Ellum at the semiannual Deep Ellum Art Walk. Sponsored by the Deep Ellum Community Association and Kettle Art, is free and open to the public. A full list of hours and participating galleries is available on Facebook. Gallery hours vary.

For more information on the Gallery Walk, stop by 2650-B Main St., or e-mail art@deepellumtexas.com.

Oh, I forgot: bring your wallets. All the work is for sale.

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Rick Perry to New Hampshire audience: Keep on farmin’ in the free world

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 1:44pm
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Freedom fighter and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry.

Do you remember the good old days? When government didn’t get in the way of good ol’ Texas wheat farmers selling their product to Soviet Russia? Before the era of big government was over — unless you were in the banking industry? Before that closeted Communist President Jimmy Carter lead a boycott against the 1980 Moscow Olympics over its invasion of Afghanistan?

No?

The half-dozen young people listening to former Texas Gov. Rick Perry talk yesterday (Thursday, April 16) in rural New Hampshire probably don’t either.

Thankfully for Perry, who is mulling his second presidential bid, most of the attendees at his “youth summit” were geriatric.

At Milford High School, Perry said that former President Jimmy Carter’s boycott of the 1980 Olympics was devastating for business if you were a wheat farmer, like Perry was – and for the kids.

“Remember 1979?” Mr. Perry asked the audience. “Remember where we were in 1979? No. 1, we were at 20 percent interest rates. Our kids were boycotted from going to the Olympics. President Carter made that decision. He didn’t let our wheat to be sold to Russia. I know. I was a wheat farmer.”

But Carter just didn’t kill business. As an advocate for youth around the world, Perry said he’s mad because the 1980 boycott killed so many young athletes’ dreams.

“These are kids who in some cases had spent their entire lives working to go represent America,” he said. “To use them as a tool, I think was in particular bad judgment, and I don’t think it had a bit of influence.”

After addressing the Most Pressing Issue of the Day, Perry bounced back from his 2012 campaign blunder. This time he remembered all three of the government projects he’d abolish: Common Core, No Child Left Behind and, of course, Obama’s ruthless reign of healthcare terror.

Since Texas can’t secede from America, he told the crowd, let’s make America become Texas. Perry touted his economic record in the state, dubbed the “Texas [$7.25 an hour] Miracle.” Watch me make the Texas Miracle into the American Miracle, he declared. Under President Perry, you too will be able to sell your wheat and take your ice skates to Russia.

Evoking a song by that other famous Canadian (the one not running for president), President Perry basically told the crowd: under me, you’ll be farmin’ in the free world.

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Cocktail Friday: The 10 Martini

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 1:13pm

IMG_1064Kenichi, the long-running Japanese restaurant in Victory Park (it’s the longest continuously-operating restaurant in the neighborhood), recently hired a hot new executive sushi chef, who will launch his new menu on Monday. I’ll have a review of it next week. But until then, I thought I’d share one of the faboo cocktails the back at Kenichi offers: The 10.

1-1/4 oz. Tanqueray Ten gin

1/2 oz. St-Germain liqueur

1/2 oz. simple syrup

Lime juice

Champagne

Making it: Combine gin, liqueur, syrup and a splash of lime in a shaker, pour into a martini glass. Top with a splash of champagne. Garnish with a cucumber.

 

 

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Participating in Day of Silence? Send us photos!

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 12:08pm

facebook_shared_DOS15_2Today is the Day of Silence, where thousands of students, faculty and staff at schools around the world take a vow of silence against anti-LGBT language, bullying and harassment. According to the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network’s National School Climate Survey, 85 percent of middle and high school students were verbally harassed in school in the past year and nearly two-thirds frequently heard anti-LGBT language among peers.

At the University of Texas at Arlington, members of the school’s Gay Straight Alliance will eat their lunch in silence from noon–2 p.m. in the University Center, according to the Shorthorn, the school’s student newspaper.

If your school or classmates have organized a similar event and you’d like to share any photos, please send them as an attachment to russell(at)dallasvoice(dot)com. We’ll post them on the Instant Tea blog.

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Sam Kalin nominated for Golden Crown Literary Society Award

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 11:51am

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First-time author Sam Kalin of Dallas, who wrote the moving autobiography First Stone: A Gay Daughter’s Survival in a Religious World, has been nominated for a Goldie Award in the Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual competition.

Kalin is one of seven finalists in the Creative Non-Fiction category. Her book, published last year by Canyonwalker Press, tells the gritty, often heart-wrenching story of her life, growing up as the only daughter of a evangelical preacher, who himself was the son of a preacher. In First Stone, Kalin tells how she survived her father’s physical abuse, her uncle’s sexual abuse and the spiritual abuse that comes with growing up gay in a religious family, and how she is still working to overcome the scars her early years left on her soul.

Read my review of Sam’s book here.

The Golden Crown Literary Society is a nonprofit, volunteer organization founded in 2004 and dedicated to educating people about and promoting and recognizing lesbian literature. The organization aims to provide learning opportunities, encouragement and assistance to new and established authors in developing their craft; support and strengthen quality lesbian writing by providing educational programs and creating opportunities for readers and writers to interact; and to recognize and promote lesbian literary work. Membership in the society is $25 a year.

GCLS sponsors conference each year for lesbian writers. This year’s event will be held July 22-26 at the Hilton Riverside in New Orleans. Keynote speaker will be Dorothy Allison, award winning author of Bastard out of Carolina. Cuban-born, Louisiana-based author Ali Vali will also speak, and lesbian literary icon Rita Mae Brown will attend, as well.

For more information or to register, go here.

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Gotcha: Cruz and Santorum asked if they would attend a gay wedding

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 11:02am
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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas.

A radio host caught two Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls off guard yesterday (Thursday, April 17) when he asked if either would attend a same-sex wedding, according to Politico.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum, a conservative Republican, told host Hugh Hewitt he would not. While Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, who announced his presidential campaign this month, dodged the question altogether.

“That would be something that would be a violation of my faith,” Santorum said.

“I haven’t faced that circumstance. I have not had a loved one go to a, have a gay wedding,” Cruz responded.

The question came after Sen. Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who announced his presidential campaign on Monday, April 13, told a television host he would attend a same-sex wedding. Rubio opposes same-sex marriage.

“If there’s somebody that I love that’s in my life, I don’t necessarily have to agree with their decisions or the decisions they’ve made to continue to love them and participate in important events,” Rubio told Fusion’s Jorge Ramos on Wednesday, April 15.

Rubio said that as a devout Roman Catholic, said he would also attend a friend’s second wedding after a divorce, even though he said his faith looks down on divorce.

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DGLA PAC comments on candidates and who refused to participate

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 10:42am

DGLA PACThis week, DGLA PAC endorsed its slate of candidates. For the first time in its 38-year history, candidates from every district sought the organization’s endorsement and DGLA PAC was able to make an endorsement in each district.
Here are some comments DGLA made about candidates in its endorsements and a list of who else sought and completed the endorsement process:

The DGLA-PAC enthusiastically endorses all six incumbents who sought our endorsement and are running unopposed for re-election.
District 1 — Scott Griggs
District 2 — Adam Medrano
District 11 — Lee M. Kleinman
District 12 — Sandy Greyson
District 13 — Jennifer Staubach Gates
District 14 — Philip T. Kingston

District 3 — Wini Cannon
District 3 is an open seat with five candidates vying for the position. Two of those candidates, Wini Cannon and Joe Tave, sought our endorsement. Both have expressed a willingness to work with the LGBT community. We endorse Wini Cannon in this race because of her responses to our interview questions, specifically her willingness to make transgender issues a priority, if elected.
Completed process: Joe Tave
Began but did not complete: Gerald Britt
Declined to Participate: B.D. Howard
No response: Casey Thomas II

District 4 — Carolyn King Arnold
District 4 is an open seat with eight candidates vying for the position. We endorse Carolyn King Arnold. Ms. Arnold, a veteran educator in D.I.S.D., has a more than two decade history of leadership in the community, including service on the Dallas Public Library Board and as president of the Glen Oaks Neighborhood association. She commits her solid support to equality for the LGBT community.
Candidate completed process: Sandra Crenshaw
NO RESPONSE: Stephen King, Linda M. Wilkerson-Wynn, Keyaira D. Saunders, James Ross, D. Marcus Ranger, Carl Hays

District 5 — Sherry Cordova
In District 5 incumbent Rick Callahan faces two challengers. We endorse challenger Sherry Cordova. A longtime resident of the district and a neighborhood activist, Ms. Cordova is also a solid proponent of LGBT equality. Although incumbent Rick Callahan has moved in our direction on some issues, his stated opposition to marriage equality and lukewarm support for other priorities of the LGBT community compel our endorsement of his viable challenger.
Candidate completed process: Rick Callahan
NO RESPONSE: Jesse Diaz

District 6 — Monica R. Alonzo
We endorse incumbent Monica Alonzo. Ms. Alonzo has been a solid, dependable vote for LGBT equality on the Council and will continue to be so. She has a long history of community involvement and political activism. Additionally, none of Ms. Alonzo’s opponents appear to be council material.
Candidate complete process: Lakolya London, Daniel “DC” Caldwell I
Declined to Participate: Ozumba Lnuk-X

District 7 — Tiffinni A. Young
District 7 is an open seat with eight candidates in the race. With five candidates enthusiastically seeking its endorsement, DGLA-PAC was spoiled for choice, but the endorsement goes to Tiffinni A. Young. Ms. Young’s vibrancy and energy, her commitment to diversity, and her knowledge of the LGBT community, evidence the promise that she will be a strong ally on the council. Of particular note was her expressed commitment to appoint LGBT people to boards and commissions to reflect the diversity of her district. While the PAC Board was impressed with all the candidates who interviewed for District 7, we especially want to note that Hasani Burton exhibits excellent promise as a future Dallas leader with a strong commitment to, and knowledge of, the LGBT community. We hope the next councilperson will find a prominent role for him on a city board or commission.
Completed process: Hasani Burton, Juanita Wallace, Kevin Felder, Randall Parker
NO RESPONSE: John Lawson, James “J.T.” Turknett, Baranda J. Fermin

District 8 — Gail Terrell
District 8 is an open seat with six candidates running. Three candidates actively sought our endorsement. Of those three, Gail Terrell stands out to us as the clear choice. As a former vice chair of the Dallas Park board, Ms. Terrell has an enviable record of service to her community. Ms. Terrell demonstrated a commitment to equality and a willingness to learn more about the issues that face our community. She also expressed a willingness to appoint LGBT individuals to boards and commissions.
Completed process — Eric Lemonte Williams, Erik Wilson
NO RESPONSE: Dianne Gibson, Clara McDade, Subrina Lynn Brenham

District 9 — Mark Clayton
District 9 is an open seat with five candidates in the race. Three of them sought our endorsement. We endorse Mark Clayton. We feel that Mark Clayton will be an outstanding councilmember. Mr. Clayton is a successful small-business owner with a strong record of community activism as member of the Casa Linda Neighborhood Association, as a volunteer with East Dallas Development Center, and as a member of both the East Dallas and LGBT Chambers of Commerce. Mr. Clayton has also demonstrated a clear willingness to be a strong advocate for the LGBT community. In addition, he has shown a depth of knowledge about city issues, a keen intelligence, and an ability to bring new ideas to the table; qualities that will be an asset for all the residents of his district. We appreciate that Darren Boruff and Christopher Jackson expressed their support for the LGBT community by seeking the endorsement of the Dallas Gay & Lesbian Alliance PAC.
Completed process: Darren Boruff, Christopher Jackson
Declined to Participate: Sam Merten, Will Logg

District 10 — Adam McGough
District 10 is an open seat with three candidates in the race. While all three candidates sought the DGLA-PAC’s endorsement and expressed strong support for LGBT equality, we endorse Adam McGough. As a former head of the Community Prosecutor Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office, Mr. McGough has a depth of knowledge of City Hall that will allow him to hit the ground running. Paul Reyes also impressed the PAC Board a strong and knowledgeable candidate with a bright future as a leader in his community, but in a close decision we give Mr. McGough the edge.
Completed process: Paul Reyes, James White

District 15 Mayor — Marcos Ronquillo
Both incumbent Mayor Mike Rawlings and challenger Marcos Ronquillo actively sought the DGLA-PAC’s endorsement. We endorse Marcos Ronquillo. Mr. Ronquillo’s longstanding commitment and track record to civil rights, and his willingness to advocate for the LGBT community make him a superior choice. Although we appreciate Mr. Rawlings’ evolution on some of our issues, we believe in the race between these two candidates Mr. Ronquillo is more supportive of LGBT concerns.
Completed process: Mayor Mike Rawlings

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DGLA and Stonewall endorsements differ

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 10:12am

DGLA PACStonewallIn March, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas endorsed a slate of candidates for Dallas City Council. That slate differs, in some cases, from the Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance PAC slate endorsed this week.

DGLA endorsements are non-partisan. Stonewall endorsements require the candidate to have a Democratic voting history or to sign a pledge to the Democratic Party. Local elections are nonpartisan.

Here’s a comparison of the endorsements:

District DGLA Stonewall

1

Scott Griggs Scott Griggs

2

Adam Medrano Adam Medrano

3

Wini Cannon Joe Tave

4

Carolyn King Arnold no endorsement

5

Sherry Cordova Sherry Cordova

6

Monica R. Alonzo Monica R. Alonzo

7

Tiffinni A. Young Hasani Burton

8

Gail Terrell no endorsement

9

Mark Clayton Mark Clayton

10

Adam McGough James White

11

Lee M. Kleinman no endorsement

12

Sandy Greyson no endorsement

13

Jennifer Staubach Gates no endorsement

14

Philip T. Kingston Philip T. Kingston

15-Mayor

Marcos Ronquillo Marcos Ronquillo

 

 

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DGLA PAC endorses Dallas City Council candidates

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 10:04am

DGLA PACFor the first time its 38-year history, Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance PAC endorsed a candidate in every Dallas City Council district. Also for the first time, every incumbent running for re-election sought the DGLA PAC endorsement.

“I’m blown away by the quality and dedication of the DGLA-PAC committee members, and incredibly impressed by the eager participation of so many great candidates in seeking to earn the DGLA-PAC endorsement in this election,” said David Wilkins, DGLA PAC chair.

This is the first time multiple candidates from each of the southern sector seats have sought endorsement by the PAC. All seats in South Dallas and Oak Cliff, with the exception of district 1, have multiple candidates vying for the positions.

“As a community, we’ve gone from candidates sneaking in out of sight to meet with us to … [to] this enormously important milestone when every district in the city recognizes the importance of the LGBT community and our votes,” Wilkins said. “That is an extraordinary measure of progress for our community. It takes my breath away.”

In the early ’80s, Mayor Jack Evans famously came to speak to DGLA. But the next day when the Dallas Morning News got wind of the event, Evans said he had no idea who the group was. In 1995, after Mayor Ron Kirk was elected with lots of help from the LGBT community, he made addressing DGLA one of his first stops. Mocking Evans, he began his speech by thanking the members of the Dallas Gun Lovers Association for inviting him to speak.

These are the DGLA-PAC endorsements:

District 1 – Scott Griggs
District 2 – Adam Medrano
District 3 – Wini Cannon
District 4 – Carolyn King Arnold
District 5 – Sherry Cordova
District 6 – Monica R. Alonzo
District 7 – Tiffinni A. Young
District 8 – Gail Terrell
District 9 – Mark Clayton
District 10 – Adam McGough
District 11 – Lee M. Kleinman
District 12 – Sandy Greyson
District 13 – Jennifer Staubach Gates
District 14 – Philip T. Kingston
District 15 (Mayor) – Marcos Ronquillo

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Log Cabin in the Skinner Box

Posted on 17 Apr 2015 at 7:50am

The GOP keeps shocking LGBTs, but LCR still keeps getting in the box

ratThere is a nasty little experimental device invented by B.F. Skinner that bears his name — the Skinner Box — and is used to study the behavior of rats when subjected to “negative reinforcement.”

It works like this:

The floor of the box is a wire mesh that is designed to deliver a mild but uncomfortable electric shock. There is a lever on the wall of the box that turns off the current. Rats are placed in the box and after jumping around on the electric floor, soon discover that when they bump against the lever, the shock stops. After just a few visits to the box, they immediately run to the lever and hold it down.

Skinner later added a light that signaled that the shock would start in a few seconds.  The rats learned to run to the lever every time the light was lit and thus avoided the shock.

Not what I call humane, but very instructive —  especially for human behavior.

In most cases, people will react the same way to negative conditioning. After all, with the exception of most of my kinky friends, no one wants to get shocked. But I guess I need to add the Log Cabin Republicans to that list as well.

Last week the Western Conservative Summit returned the registration fee for a booth for the Log Cabin Republicans, telling them they were free to attend but, “we have to draw the line at a formal relationship between two organizations with diametrically opposed policy beliefs.”

The same thing happened at the CPAC conference in February.  And take a look at Republican documents like the 2014 platform of the Texas Republican Party:

“Homosexuality is a chosen behavior that is contrary to the fundamental unchanging truths that have been ordained by God in the Bible, recognized by our nation’s founders, and shared by the majority of Texans. Homosexuality must not be presented as an acceptable alternative lifestyle, in public policy, nor should family be redefined to include homosexual couples. We believe there should be no granting of special legal entitlements or creation of special status for homosexual behavior, regardless of state of origin. Additionally, we oppose any criminal or civil penalties against those who oppose homosexuality out of faith, conviction, or belief in traditional values.”

It would seem that the Log Cabin Republicans are stuck in a big GOP Skinner Box and just can’t find the lever to turn off the current. What is worse is, the box in this case is not sealed and they can leave any time they wish.

Which brings me to this postulate: They like the pain.

Haberman-Hardy-After all, for years LCR has been jumping around in the Skinner Box, being electrocuted by the GOP at every turn. And yet, they still insist on voting for the very party that tortures them.

This is behavior I would expect from my masochistic friends, who will freely admit they enjoy the pain, yet know they can stop it at any time using their “safe word.” Therefore, I have to suspect the Log Cabin Republicans are really deeply closeted masochists who are enjoying their futile and painful experience with the Republican Party, but don’t understand they have a “safe word” to end the torture.

That safe word is their vote. They can end the pain and the charade of trying to be pliant little creatures, willing to endure whatever negative stimulus the GOP will dish out as long as they can still call themselves Republican.

I guess the GOP’s imaginary condition of being fiscally conservative has seduced them very well. Truth is, over the last 80 years, the party that has been better for business and the economy are the Democrats.

The recent book Bulls, Bears and the Ballot Box, by Bob Deitrick and Lew Godlfarb, reveals some interesting statistics:

• Under Democratic administrations personal disposable income grew nearly 6 times more and GDP grew 7 times more.

• Under Democratic administrations corporate profits have grown more than 16 percent more per year and the stock market grew 18 times greater.

• And — the dirty secret that Log Cabin Republicans conveniently ignore — Republican presidents added 2.5 times more to the national debt than Democratic presidents.

All that pain the LCR experiences, jumping around in the GOP box could be ended with one simple action: Vote Democratic. As much as I enjoy torturing people, (mutually consensual, of course) I have to say that this experiment needs to end.

Hardy Haberman is a longtime local LGBT activist and board member for the Woodhull Freedom Alliance. His blog is at DungeonDiary.blogspot.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 17, 2015.

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