Cocktail Friday: The Star-Eyed Julep

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm

StarEyedJulep Cocktail_Zodiac VodkaThe vodka brand Zodiac launched earlier this month, and the first market to receive a bottle was Dallas, so good for us! They know Texans can drink. We asked them to provide us with a recipe for Cocktail Friday, and they tapped Standard Pour mixologist Brian McCullough to come up with this, the Star-Eyed Julep, to reflect the brand’s celestial namesake.

2 oz. Zodiac vodka

3/4 oz. orgeat syrup

3/4 oz. lime juice

Powdered sugar

Mint sprigs

Nutmeg

Making it: In a julep cup (traditionally pewter, but anything in a pinch, even glass, pictured) add 5–6 mint leaves and muddle 4 or 5 times. Add vodka, syrup, lime juice and a small spoonful of sugar; fill halfway with crushed ice. Stir ingredients until incorporated. Top with remainder of ice, and sprinkle with nutmeg and more mint to garnish.

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With Halloween just a week away ….

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 at 11:11am

(And the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party happening tomorrow night — Saturday, Oct. 25), I thought it was appropriate to share this video here on Instant Tea. Thanks, Hardy Haberman, for sharing it with me.

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What to expect on ‘Project Runway’ tonight? It depends on which you watch

Posted on 23 Oct 2014 at 3:51pm

trds_101rc_05152104_bq-1080The finale of the current season of Project Runway is tonight, and I have no idea who will win (though I’m pulling for Sean and will plotz if Char wins), but there’s more to fashion tonight than just the main show; immediately following the finale will be the premiere of Project Runway; Threads. It’s a great companion series to Toddlers & Tiaras: The show focusses on teens and tweens who are fashion designers, assisted by their parents in executing their designs. The premiere features three contestants, including very gayish 13-year-old Alabaman Bradley; Christian Soriano serves as chief judge.

Maybe I don’t understand the trends in reality television, but I just don’t find watching children put into pressure-cooker situations to make for good TV. I mean, American Idol already has teenagers being judged harshly, but the show feels dumbed-down, especially with host Vanessa Simmons’ condescending narration. (She brings one 12-year-old to tears within the first half hour.)

Next week, Project Runway: All Stars returns with seasoned (adult) contestants preceding this show. I think I’ll change channels once All Stars ends — if I wanna see kids cry, I’ll watch videos of Neverland Ranch.

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Andrew Scott: The gay interview

Posted on 23 Oct 2014 at 12:41pm

PRIDEBy Chris Azzopardi

Editor’s note: If you’ve seen Andrew Scott in the BBC miniseries Sherlock, you already know (1) he’s a hottie; (2) he’s scary as hell as Sherlock’s insane nemesis Prof. Jim Moriarty. But you might also have seen him in the new film Pride, which, sadly, closes today after a brief run at the Angelika. Our Chris Azzopardi chatted with the recently-out 38-year-old Irishman.

Dallas Voice: For you, how does it feel being part of a movie that’s moved so many people in the gay community?  Andrew Scott: It’s extraordinary, really. We’re all completely blown over by it. The response we’re hearing from cinemas across the country, where people are standing up at the end and they’re clapping — it’s just very unusual for me. I’ve certainly never been in a film before where that happens.

People just feel very inspired by it, and they have very passionate feelings toward it. So yeah, I’m thrilled about that — thrilled [it’s being embraced] not just by the gay community, but by a lot of different audiences. We kind of really hoped that the gay community would embrace it, but we keep saying that it’s not just a gay movie. The message — the idea of solidarity — isn’t just for a gay audience. All of us are more similar to each other than we think we are.

Pride demonstrates strength in numbers, which seems especially relevant now that the gay rights movement is in full swing and more straight allies are standing up with us. As the fight for equality marches on, what do you see as the relevancy of this story right now?  Being gay isn’t something in and of itself that’s a virtue any more than being straight is, but the attributes that gay people develop as a result of being gay – mainly empathy toward other people, and compassion and tolerance — those are things to be proud of. It’s a real message that I find really heartwarming. To segregate people is very dangerous in the struggle for gay rights for people across the way. Inclusivity rather than exclusivity. We must celebrate our differences, and we must celebrate our humanity as well as our sexuality.

You recently spoke out against the notion of “playing gay,” which is obviously something you feel strongly about.  You can’t. It’s absolutely impossible to play that as an actor. If someone were to play me in a film about my life, I would hate for just gay actors to audition for the role, because I think I could potentially have attributes as much in common with a straight actor as I could with a gay actor.

You can really make a general wash of people’s sexuality [and say] that people are exactly the same. But the attributes I possess as a human being could be represented by anybody with human sexuality, really, if they have the chief attributes that an actor needs, which are empathy and imagination. So, I do think it’s very important that those things are mentioned, that a human being is made up of a whole range of things and sexuality is, of course, one of them, but it’s not the sum total.

Which straight actor would you want playing you in a film?  Oh, I have no idea! That thought terrifies me! The fact that I can’t even get an audition for that part terrifies me even more.

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No more Drama, just a Zoo

Posted on 21 Oct 2014 at 2:25pm

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Dallas Voice Associate Advertising  Director Chad Mantooth brought this news into the office today: The space on Cedar Springs formerly occupied by The Drama Room has been taken over by a new enterprise.

Liquid Zoo, now at 3851 Cedar Springs Road, will feature a stage with drag shows and live music, and is set to open in mid-November. Renovations are underway now.

Stay tuned to DallasVoice.com for more.

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WATCH: WaterTower’s ‘Bonnie & Clyde’ cast goes ‘Bang Bang’

Posted on 21 Oct 2014 at 10:46am

CriminalOK, so Kayla Carlyle doesn’t have a wardrobe malfunction like Nicki Minaj did at the VMAs, but otherwise this music video — produced by WaterTower Theatre to promote their current production of the musical Bonnie & Clyde (which I quite enjoyed) — has all the trappings of a fun time. Just watching Depression-era gangsters lip-synch to Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki to “Bang Bang” is hilarious (especially starting around two minutes in). Enjoy!

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When it comes to dating (or hooking up), do you have a racial preference?

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 at 2:06pm

“The heart wants what it wants,” the saying goes, but even if that’s the case, does broadcasting a racial or ethnic preferences on a hookup app smack of honesty … or racism?

It’s a question many gay men have probably asked themselves in the age of Grindr, Scruff, Growlr, Jack’d and other such apps. “Not into Asian guys — sorry, just a preference” is probably familiar to some. Others are more coarse: “No blacks! No exceptions!”

This summer, the blog Angry Homosexual took up this cause with an experiment: The author (himself Asian) posted two profiles on Grindr with equally impressive stats and pictures. The only difference? One profile was for a white guy, one an Asian. And the author found that the white guy did a lot better in the dating market.

According to him, there’s a hierarchy that goes “white, Latino (honorary whites), Mixed, Asian, Black, Indian, etc.” I’m not sure where he gets all those stats, but I won’t dispute them here.

Anyone who knows me knows that I do not discriminate on race or ethnicity. I have been in relationships with white, Southeast Asian, Arab, black, mixed race and Latino men over my adult life. To me, hot is hot … and nice is nice, interesting is interesting, a good person is a good person. Am I attracted to men who “turn me on” more than those who have good qualities but I don’t find physically appealing? Sure, we all do. But race is never a factor for me.

I wonder if, once you start dating outside your own race, you have a sense for physical beauty that’s more expansive than if you never did. For instance: If you grew up idealizing blond hair and blue eyes, chances are black, Latin and Asian men don’t fit into that. But what if you dated a bald guy? Once you got beyond the color of the hair, and developed an attraction for a sleek head, would you start to think, “Hmmm… dark-skinned heads can be nice, too.”

The question I have about this, though, is: How do you feel about guys who express those preferences on their hookup profiles? If they aren’t attracted to one race, do you appreciate them being up-front about it so you don’t waste your time? Or is that assertion of one preference a breach of social decorum?

And maybe just as importantly: Does it matter what your race is? I mean, you rarely see “no white guys” on app profiles, so is being white the advantage the Angry Homosexual says it is? But I have seen black men saying “not into blacks” and Asians who do not wish to date other Asians. Is this better or worse?

And what about guys who only want a different race? Some men will ask, for instance, “You into black guys?” Is being into someone because of their race better or worse than not wanting someone for the same reason?

And how do you personally react when you see a same-sex interracial couple? Is it still a taboo?

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Movies on the lawn at Lee Park

Posted on 20 Oct 2014 at 9:20am

Arlington HallThe Lee Park and Arlington Hall Conservancy presents movies on the lawn as part of its celebration of the 75th anniversary of Arlington Hall.

On Tuesday, Oct. 21, Gone With the Wind will be shown at 7 p.m. and on Wednesday, Oct. 22, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington will be shown at 7 p.m.

Bring lawn chairs or blankets to this free event.

Ruthie’s Rolling Food Truck will be parked on Hall Street and beer and wine will be available for sale.

For members of the Lee Park Conservancy, there’s a VIP reception each night at 6 p.m.

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Emerson Collins’ TV show is back for a second season

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 3:16pm
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One of our favorite Texas Voices is Emerson Collins. This week he wrote Broadcast News for us.

Emerson will be spending time in Dallas working on Del Shores’ Sordid Lives sequel.

But Emerson can be seen on Bravo’s show The People’s Couch. He’s one of the couch potatoes who comments on Bravo shows as well as some of the network hits. At least Bravo understands that its other shows are crap and lets Emerson and friends rip into them. Here’s a clip from the new season.

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Food Network casting home cooks for reality series Saturday

Posted on 17 Oct 2014 at 10:59am

Food Network host Alton Brown is due in Dallas later this month, but you don’t have to wait until then to meet someone from that channel. On Saturday, producers will be in Dallas searching for the next great home cook. Last season, the show America’s Best Cook (it will be renamed for the upcoming season) was won by Stephanie Goldfarb, a lesbian from Chicago, so the LGBT community is batting .1000 so far with queer cooks! (Subject to change.)

If you’re interested, come by the Dallas Farmers Market between 1 and 6 p.m. Oct. 18 with a savory dish (no desserts!) that highlights your cooking style, plus a photo of yourself and your dish. Or visit HomeCooksCasting.com for more details. Bonne chance… and bon appetit!

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