Crowning the Stoli Key West Cocktail champion

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 3:05pm

Stoli classic competitors

The Dallas “preliminary” leading up to the 2015 Original Key West Cocktail Classic takes place tonight (Monday, March 2), beginning at 7 p.m. at the Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road.

Local mixologists competing for the chance to go to Key West to vie for the championship are Dade, John, Rita, Mikey, Mindy and Zach.

The event is hosted by LeeAnne Locken, and judges will be Steve Kemble, Krystal Summers and the 2014 Dallas champ, Frank Martinez.

The second annual Stoli Key West Cocktail Classic is being presented by StoliVodka, in partnership with the Key West Business Guild. It is North America’s largest annual LGBT cocktail competition.

Dallas is the first of 14 cities that will hold preliminary competitions between now and May 27. The champs from each city will then go to Key West for the finale on June 13.

The 2015 Cocktail Classic champion will get to ride in the Key West Pride Parade as honorary grand marshall and will also receive $5,000 to donate to the LGBT or LGBT-friendly charity of their choice.

In partnership with the Key West Business Guild, the competition will be hosted by Gallineaux and TV personality Jai Rodriguez. It will also feature a panel of celebrity judges including clothing designer Andrew Christian; legendary funnyman Bruce Vilanch; actress and singer LaToya London; and Key West personality and star of the annual New Year’s Eve High Heel Drop, Sushi.

So go out to the Round-Up tonight and cheer for your favorite bartender and get a taste of what will surely be some fantastic cocktails.


Love has no labels

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 2:22pm

Love is love and love has no labels.



Diana Ross shines at Verizon Theatre

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 1:37pm

Dallas Voice reader and Diana Ross fan Stephen Braden was the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to see Diana Ross last Thursday (Feb. 26) at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. And Stephen was kind enough to share some of his photos of the legendary performer with the Voice, so we can share them with you.


Key West-Stoli national mixology competition kicks off in Dallas tonight

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 12:39pm

Steve-KembleFor the second year, Stoli has teamed up with gay mecca Key West for a national search for the best cocktail. Mixologists from 14 cities will compete in the competition, which kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. the Round Up Saloon with local bon vivant Steve Kemble, pictured, and Krystal Summers among the judges. The finals will be held in Key West on June 13. Come root on your favorite bartender, and the first 100 patrons through the doors even get coupons for Stoli cocktails!



‘Drag Race’ starts 7th season tonight

Posted on 02 Mar 2015 at 11:20am

0630 flashSeason 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts tonight at 8 p.m., and Dallas drag queen Kennedy Davenport will be working her fierceness on the runway. For how many weeks, we can’t say, but you can meet Kennedy tonight at The Brick, where they will have a viewing party at 8, followed by a personal appearance by Kennedy at 9 p.m. And you can read an interview with her right now here.

Start your engines, and may the best woman … win!


Cocktail Friday: Large Marg — Mango Habanero Margarita

Posted on 27 Feb 2015 at 1:10pm

5 Mango_Habanero_MargaritaLast week was actually National Margarita Day, but we don’t need a reason to celebrate that. We have always liked our margaritas in Texas, and we like spicy drinks, and this is a perfect combo of heat and tequila, with a touch of fruit sweetness to give an island flair.

1¾ oz. Milagro Silver tequila

¾ oz. Orange Curacao

1 oz. mango puree

1 oz. sour mix

2 sliced fresh habaneros

4 drops of bitters

Making it: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, blend, and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass; garnish with habaneros.


Sam Smith tickets on sale tomorrow

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 2:33pm

SamSmithSam Smith, the openly gay pop phenom who won an armful of Grammys earlier this month (including best song, record, pop vocal album and new artist), will be returning to North Texas this summer for a concert at the Verizon Theatre on Aug. 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, starting at noon. You can click this link at that time and get your seats!


Dallas memorial set for Nye Cooper on Sunday

Posted on 26 Feb 2015 at 11:04am

Cooper.NyeNye Cooper, the popular actor and wit who passed away Feb. 9 following a long illness, will be celebrated at a memorial service planned for this Sunday.

Cooper’s friend Sue Loncar, founder and artistic director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, organized the event, which will take place at her theater, the Greenville Center for the Arts, 5601 Sears St., at 6 p.m. on March 1. Cooper performed at the theater numerous times, from one of his productions of The Santaland Diaries to the Texas Trilogy to an off-stage role in Marvin’s Room.

“I hope everyone can come,” Loncar said. “There will be a time for anyone to share a story or a remembrance of Nye. And [there will be] an open bar in Nye’s honor … he would like that!”


WATCH: Bridget Everett’s ‘What I Gotta Do’

Posted on 25 Feb 2015 at 1:31pm

bridget on stoolIn the current edition, we have an interview with blowsy ‘hag comedian Bridget Everett, who’s as sex-obsessed as most gay men are portrayed to be. In the story, we mention her song “What I Gotta Do,” and if you haven’t heard (or seen) it, now’s your chance. Just have your earplugs in if you watch it at work.

And you can still get tickets to her show on Friday night at Sons of Hermann Hall.


Michael Sam gets drafted! … for ‘Dancing with the Stars’

Posted on 24 Feb 2015 at 12:11pm

He didn’t make the final cut for the NFL, but this morning Michael Sam found out he will be on a roster this spring. He’ll be one of the celebrities on the next season (its 20th) of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. The season begins March 16.

Sam will be paired with Peta Jane Mergatroyd on the hit reality show, which has been especially supportive of athletes; fellow former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith even won one season.

Among the other contestants on the season are Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Somers and Rumer Willis.