Cocktail Friday: Tennessee Peach

Posted on 28 Aug 2015 at 1:57pm

PeachAugust is National Peach Month, and as any Southerner knows, peaches are the definitive fruit for mixing in a cocktail (Southern Comfort, anyone?). As there are still a few more days left in August, we decided to share a recipe, created for us by the folks at Del Frisco’s Grille: The Tennessee Peach.

1-1/2 oz. Jack Daniel’s whiskey

1-1/2 oz. honey lime mix (equal parts honey and fresh lime juice mixed until honey dissolves)

1-1/2 oz. peach puree (peeled peaches)

2 dashes Fee Bros. Peach Bitters

Making it: Combine all ingredients into a Boston shaker, shaking 10-15 times to fully blend the puree. Strain into a glass over ice. Garnish with a lime wedge.

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Back to school! 20 dreamy teachers in pop culture

Posted on 27 Aug 2015 at 6:42am

professorjonesIt’s back-to-school season, and you know what that means, kids: nine glorious months of academic angst pining for that dreamboat professor. But if you don’t have the pleasure of sizing up the hunks destined to steal your heart on campus this semester (because you’re way too old, like me), at least you have the next best thing: memories of those academic aces whose smarty pants you were dying to get into.

In tribute to your school-boy fantasies of yore (and to satisfy my own; this one’s for you, Mr. Harris!), I’ve compiled this list of entertainment’s hottest know-it-alls, plus one real-life model-turned-math teacher who’s causing gay boys around the world to break out the rulers. How do you measure up?

Will Schuester, GleeBetween sparring with ne’er-do-well cheerleading coach and glee-club-hater Sue Sylvester and lending a comforting ear to members of William McKinley High’s New Directions, it’s a wonder Mr. Schu had any time for a personal life. But by the end of the show’s run, he was married to his “high school sweetheart” Emma Pillsbury, raising son Daniel, and occasionally showing us why he’s still the only J. Crew-clad principal in Ohio who we’d let tickle our ivories.

Prof. Henry Jones Jr., Indiana Jones and the Last CrusadeThat suit. Those glasses. That whip! You’d only have to tell us to shut up and sit down once, Mr. Jones.

Eric Taylor, Friday Night LightsFirm-but-fair Coach Taylor is known ‘round East Dillon High as a “molder of men” — and it’s easy to see why: With his quarterback frame and sexy southern drawl, we too would fall in line at the drop of a ball. Time to hit the showers!

Dan Dunne, Half Nelson. Sure, he has a nasty drug habit, but a stint in rehab would be worth it if those get-lost-in-me eyes were staring back at us in class every day.

Sam Coulson, Never Been KissedIn my world, it was called Kiss Me Everywhere Right Now, which spawned the NSFW sequel Get in My Bed, You Sexy Beast.

Ted Mosby, How I Met Your MotherMore like, How I Met Your Naked Body in the Teacher’s Lounge One Day and We Never Told Anybody About It — Not Even That Skank Who Stole You Away From Me.

Travis Manawa, Fear the Walking DeadMr. Manawa’s speech about man vs. nature in the context of Jack London’s “To Build a Fire” will become much more relevant to his students in later eps of AMC’s Fear the Walking Dead, the much-anticipating spinoff series to The Walking Dead. But for now we’ll just savor the setup that he’s a good dude about to have his bickering blended family thrust into the zombie apocalypse — and keep our fingers crossed that he survives long enough to take his shirt off.

Ross Geller, FriendsThere was something sexy-saurus about NYU professor of paleontology Ross Geller. Even the dudes couldn’t hide their affection for him…  when grades were due, anyway.

Hank Moody, CalifornicationWhat happens when a can’t-say-no-to-temptation teacher is let loose on a college campus? Shenanigans, and David Duchovny’s bare butt in season three of this successful Showtime series.

Scott Delacorte, Bad TeacherJustin Timberlake plays a “yes man” with a penchant for dry humping. Take what ya can get, bros.

John Pressman, AdmissionI’d totally let Paul Rudd be the big spoon. Does anybody else find the older, wiser, love-handled Rudd totally turn-up-the-AC-in-here more attractive than during his skinny-mini Clueless days? Can’t just be me.

Ezra Fitz, Pretty Little LiarsNever trust a man who dates his 16-year-old students. Unless they look like Mr. Fitz. Hey, isn’t that what age-of-consent laws are for?

Colin Forrester, Gossip GirlThis walking Ralph Lauren ad never stood a chance with Serena with Lonely Boy in the picture. He should’ve offed him — if only to save us from seasons five and six.

Phil Wenneck, The HangoverMention of Phil being a teacher in The Hangover is so quick you might’ve missed it. But it’s safe to assume you’d be drunk in love if he were the head of your class.

Julian Parrish, HellcatsWhether he’s playing pre-law prof Parrish in the short-lived, Bring It On-esque CW series _Hellcats_ or devilishly handsome playboy Brian Kinney on Queer As Folk, we’d happily pull an all-nighter for Gale Harold.

PietroBoselliThe Professor, Gilligan’s IslandI mean, who else you gonna bang on that island?

Craig Robinson, Mr. RobinsonFunny guy Craig Robinson gets his comeuppance starring in this school/night club-set comedy that lets him show off his sharp wit, though that’s ultimately a little too dumbed-down to last very long.

Ronny McCarthy, The McCarthysAgainst his better judgment, Ronny accepts the assistant high school basketball coach job in Boston instead of a more exciting opportunity to spread his wings as a guidance counselor in Rhode Island. Sounds like the perfect slapstick situation for a gay character, don’t ya think? Neither did the rest of America; the McCarthys was cancelled earlier this year, despite a full season.

Jeremiah Lasky, Saved by the Bell: The College YearsMove over, Zack Morris. There’s a new looker on campus, and he’s after Kelly Kapowski’s pom-poms.

Pietro Boselli, World’s Hottest Math Teacher. Boselli, 27 (above), blew up on social media earlier this year when one of his University College London students posted a pic of him (and his Superman-like physique) to social media. As a result, he was outed as a sometimes model who specializes in computational fluid dynamics specifically as applied to the design of turbo machinery. Say what?! Either way, we’d be the a to his b+fyesplease any day. Up, up and away.

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Your summer home movie screening party!

Posted on 26 Aug 2015 at 11:16am

Summer is almost (unofficially) over, and maybe you saw all the great movie blockbusters …or maybe you were too busy attending pool parties and booking overtime to take off during Pride.

So what about an outdoor screening party? It’s easier than you think. Sure, there are outdoor TVs that you can permanently install on your patio (pricey) or you can kick it old school with a professional projector and screen available at your local electronics retailer (Best Buy), or online at Amazon. But you can also skip the screen altogether and hang a white sheet on which to screen the movie, and in lieu of a projector you can turn your smartphone into a home cinema for as low as $1 using online resources.

And don’t forget the snacks —fresh-popped corn from a machine, and theater-style candy to nosh on. Your local convenient store will carry boxes of the good stuff for $1 or less, or you can stop by Costco or Sam’s and pick up bulk candy for as close to wholesale as you can get. Sharing is caring, after all.

And then, there’s the lineup. All of these movies are available for download, stream or on DVD. And all can help set the mood.

Jaws. There’s still something in the water — and it’s still scary as hell.

Wet Hot American Summer. Critically panned upon its release in 2001, it developed a cult following … so much so that Netflix debuted a prequel series based on the film last month. Plus, Bradley Cooper and Michael Ian Black bang, just in case you needed more convincing. (If you have Netflix, combine series and film in one!)

An American Summer. So few people have seen An American Summer, starring a very young Brian Austin Green and Michael Landes, that there’s no Wiki page or Rotten Tomatoes rating for it. But there are shirtless dudes, and beggars can’t be choosy.

Summer School. All you slackers out there will rejoice in (or resent?) reminiscing about your summer days spent in class. Though I doubt it went down anything like it did under Mr. Shoop’s watch.

Summer Rental. John Candy sure knew how to bring the laughs to a summer vacation. Even with the worst. Sunburn. Ever.

The Sandlot. There wasn’t a kid in the ’90s who didn’t want to be part of this team of baseball-playing misfits. Equally, we all had nightmares about “the Beast,” too.

I Know What You Did Last Summer. A worthy entry in the teen-slasher renaissance of the late 1990s, I Know What You Did Last Summer made us look at fishermen and Ryan Phillippe’s abs in a whole new light.

The Endless Summer. This seminal surf documentary put South Africa’s Cape St. Francis on the map, and subsequently earned a place in cinema history when the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the United States National Film Registry.

The Parent Trap. The Hayley Mills original, not the one with that little red-haired girl.

Dirty Dancing. Nobody puts Baby in a corner. Except a shirtless and sweaty Patrick Swayze.

American Graffiti . This 1973 coming-of-age dramedy asks, “Where were you in ’62?” Hopefully having the summer of your life like this crew.

Stand By Me. Be honest: How long were you afraid of leeches after seeing this for the first time?

TheGooniesNational Lampoon’s Vacation. Clark: Can I do your back, honey? Ellen: I’ve already done my back. Clark: Could I do your front? Ellen: Go do your own front.

Do the Right Thing. Brooklyn was burning hot in the summer of 1989, and racial tensions were high. Spike Lee’s joint is just as relevant today as it was a quarter-century ago.

The Broken Hearts Club. The first gay film I saw, and it made me feel like there was place in the world for me. It also introduced me to “Meanwhile…” and the beauty that is Andrew Keegan.

Grease. Danny and Sandy go together with summer like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong.

Back to the Future. This film mostly takes place in November 1955, but it was the biggest blockbuster of summer 1985. Today it’s a summer staple of free outdoor movie screenings in communities across the country.

The Goonies. Mikey and Bran were cute enough, but bad-boy Troy could get it.

Dazed and Confused. Especially for Texas! Frankly, it baffles me how much my pothead friends know about this stoner comedy starring a young Matthew McConaughey.

The Great Outdoors. Bats, bears and the Old 96’er (plus hilarious turns by John Candy and Dan Aykroyd) make this raucous-but-mixed-reviewed comedy deserving of a spot on this list.

American Pie 2. Though not as refreshing as its predecessor, at least we get some man-on-man make-out action in this still-comical sequel.

Friday the 13th. It was a warning to us all: Never mess with a momma’s boy.

Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead. An entire summer without any parental supervision? My house probably would’ve been burned to the ground, but we’d have had a blast.

Weekend at Bernie’s. Basically me on the beach on a hungover Sunday. #Dead

Independence Day. Widely considered the best entry in the alien-invasion genre. It made Will Smith a movie star and Harry Connick Jr. a heartthrob.

— Mikey Rox

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Pink Magnolia sets open date

Posted on 25 Aug 2015 at 12:16pm

Oak Cliff Cristo 1Our current edition of Dallas Voice is what we call The Food Issue, and the cover story is of the gay-owned new restaurant Pink Magnolia. In the story, we note that the opening date would take place “by Labor Day,” and that’s exactly right — Casie Caldwell has announced that chef Blythe Beck’s food will be ready on Thursday, Sept. 3 … just before Labor Day weekend. It’ll be open for dinner Tuesdays through Sundays, as well as for Sunday brunch (with items like the Oak Cliff Cristo, pictured); lunch will come later. Can’t wait!

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NPR’s ‘ATC’ gets gay co-host

Posted on 25 Aug 2015 at 8:16am

arishapiroHe wasn’t supposed to start until September, so I was surprised yesterday when Ari Shapiro began as one of the three co-hosts of All Things Considered, the most-listened-to radio news program in the country, which airs on Dallas’ NPR affiliate, KERA 90.1 FM, from 4–7:30 p.m. daily. Shapiro replaced Melissa Block, who stepped down after 12 years alongside Robert Siegel and Audie Cornish.

The reason we care, other than being addicted to National Public Radio, is that Shapiro is openly gay — the first out host of the flagship program that we know of. It’s not like gays are rare on NPR, either nationally or locally, but this seems significant to us. Why? Well, if we didn’t believe that being a “gay journalist” was different than be a “journalist,” we wouldn’t work for a gay media company. And being out is important — it brings a perspective and challenges politicos and pundits to think about their words … or get caught up in what they say afterwards. We might bristle if someone says “the homosexual lifestyle” where even a progressive wouldn’t … and we might then hold their feet to the fire. (Compare, for instance, Diane Rehm, who routinely fails to invite openly gay journalists to her Friday News Roundup shows, even as she discusses gay issues … imagine if she had only men talking about women’s rights or only whites discussing race issues week after week.)

So I say “yea!” for Shapiro, who’s been a great London correspondent for years. He might put the “all” into All Things Considered.

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Zachary Quinto: The gay interview

Posted on 24 Aug 2015 at 9:16am

ZacharyQuinto1“Oh, Jesus.”

Zachary Quinto is aptly responding to the fact that, yes, despite establishing himself as an Emmy-nominated actor with versatility, out-of-this-world talent and some of the best eyebrows in the biz, he once starred on an episode of Touched by An Angel.

He isn’t reacting to being on the show, per se – he just can’t believe it’s been nearly 15 years.

Since then, Quinto has made major shifts beyond his transformation to leading man. After matter-of-factly coming out to the masses in 2011, he became an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and has notably taken on subjects such as PReP and gay teen suicide.

The 38-year-old’s sexuality is a non-issue when it comes to his meandering career on TV, in film and on Broadway, as his varied typecast-defying roles demonstrate: Sylar on NBC’s Heroes, Quinto’s breakout role; the infamous American Horror Story killer Bloody Face; James Franco’s lover in I Am Michael; and, of course, Spock, the Star Trek icon he brought back to the big screen, ears and all. (He’s currently shooting Star Trek Beyond, the reboot franchise’s third installment.)

Quinto’s latest big-screen endeavor, released this past weekend, is the video game-inspired Hitman: Agent 47, wherein he dials up the badassery as a CIA agent you definitely do not want to cross. A major studio-produced action movie featuring… an out gay actor? You better believe it.

As he swings open the door on a traditionally gay-less genre by breaking down Hollywood stereotypes, Quinto spoke to us about recognizing his unique place as the go-to gay when it comes to action flicks and how he “definitely” thinks the world is ready for a gay James Bond. Plus, why he believes, despite the recent Supreme Court ruling on marriage, our fight for equality is far from over.

Dallas Voice: Hitman centers on an assassin who’s genetically engineered as the perfect killing machine. If you could be engineered to do anything you wanted, what would that be?  Quinto: If I could just travel anywhere at any time and somehow my genetic modification allowed me to transport somewhere, I imagine that would be a pretty useful genetic modification that I would get a lot of pleasure out of. No jet lag!

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Cocktail Friday: The strangest cocktail we’ve ever listed

Posted on 21 Aug 2015 at 2:52pm

2InkBombSince our Food Issue is out today, we decided it would be fun for Cocktail Friday to go full-on foodie for our beverage du jour: The oddest thing we have probably ever seen.

Ink Bomb 

Arguably one of the most innovative cocktails we’ve ever had on this list is this squid-ink shot from Death Ave. in NYC. Cocktail enthusiasts can harvest their own ink by cleaning store-bought cuttlefish at home. Yeah, right.

1 oz. Tsipouro grape pomace brandy

1/4 tsp cuttlefish ink

Splash of sour mix

1 tsp fresh lime juice.

Serve with grilled seafood.

— Mikey Rox

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Best Bets • 08-21-15

Posted on 20 Aug 2015 at 6:10pm

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Q Cinema holds fundraiser and announcement party for Season 17

Fort Worth’s Q Cinema is the longest-running gay and lesbian film festival in North Texas, and it’s about to launch its 17th season this fall. Just what films will be on the slate? Well, that’s part of the purpose of the annoucement party, which is being co-hosted by co-beneficiary Amphibian Stage Productions. There’s even a VIP level for those who want to show their enthusiastic support for Q Cinema while sipping cocktails.

DEETS:
Amphibian Stage Productions, 120 S. Main St., Fort Worth. 7 p.m. $15–$50. QCinema.org.

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Jason Dottley comes to the Rose Room to chat about his ‘Life on the Gay List’

From his high-profile marriage to Del Shores to his even more high-profile divorce and lots of adventures in between, Jason Dottley’s life has been on public display for more than a decade. He dishes about all of it in his confessional one-man show, which he brings to the Rose Room for a one-night-only performance.

DEETS:
The Rose Room inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. LifeOnTheGayList.com

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Drag Racer Pearl continues Dallas’ string of RuPaul alums

What happens after the queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race sashay away? Why, they come to Dallas! One Night in Bangkok continues its lineup of Drag Racers with an appearance this weekend by Pearl. She’s joined by local luminaries Nicole O’Hara Munro, Jada Fox, Raquel Blake and G Licious G at the midnight show. It’ll be followed by a meet-and-greet and photos with the cast.

DEETS:
The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 9 p.m. doors, performance at midnight. OneNightInBangkok.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 21, 2015.

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Tasting Notes: Food Issue Edition

Posted on 20 Aug 2015 at 10:42am

Screen shot 2015-08-18 at 12.21.22 PMOur Food Issue is out tomorrow, and the print edition just doesn’t have enough space to list all the varied food-centric events going on in Dallas for the rest of the month. So here’s our rundown of things to look out for.

Steel Restaurant and Lounge at the Centrum has a new executive chef in the kitchen (for Shinsei chef T.J. Lengnick) as well as a special sushi making class on Aug. 22 from 4–6 p.m. And you get to eat what you make! $45.

Todd Fiscus, co-owner of the Tillman’s Roadhouse concepts, will be rebranding the Fort Worth location as Market + Table, a combination restaurant and fine grocery. This Saturday is the last day for Tillman’s in the West 7th Development; the new concept will open in October. Tillman’s in Oak Cliff’s Bishop Arts will go on.

The Grape will host its latest come-as-you-are wine dinners on Aug. 27. Sous chef Scott Girling will prepare a “Sampling of Italy” three-course tasting with wine pairings. $52.

Cook Hall at the W is hosting an Irish whiskey dinner featuring four whiskeys —one with each course, including dessert — on Aug. 28 at 7 p.m. $75. Also at the W, the Living Room has launched a new craft cocktail menu, with each artisanal mix at $14.

Proof + Pantry in the Arts District just launched its Wine Down Sundays special, with select bottles of wine (up to $100) 50 percent off every Sunday from 5 p.m. to close. That’s in addition to the daily happy hour already offered 4–7 p.m.

DemisCinnamonRoll_HDNow through Aug. 30, Hopdoddy Burger Bar on McKinney and in Preston Center are offering a “breakfast shake” of Demi’s Cinnamon Roll ($6, pictured).

Souk at Trinity Groves and Baboush in the West Village are both offering a summer cooldown refresher: The Casablanca Mint Tea Cocktail, a vodka drink mixed with Moroccan mint tea, lemon juice, simple syrup and orange blossom, for $12.

I bet you didn’t know Aug. 24 was National Waffle Day, but Del Frisco’s Grille does, and so will be celebrating all day with red velvet waffles. And on Aug. 27, the Uptown location will also host a “beer social” featuring local craft brews. $44.

Paul Martin’s American Grill, the big newcomer to Oak Lawn, is now open for lunch with $12 items. Brunch will begin later this month.

The same trio of restaurateurs are opening two Uptown locations. The first, TBD on Hall Street, in the old Republic location, is conceived as a bar-and-bites hangout that’s part club, part restaurant, part way station. And the bartenders are all models. Seriously. The same group will then open Uptown Pawn next month. That concept, in the old Belly & Trumpet space across McKinney from TBD, is described as a combo pawn shop and bar.

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Tacos y Mas readying to open at the ilume

Posted on 19 Aug 2015 at 11:40am

tacosymasWe’ve known that Tacos y Mas was taking over the space at ilume vacated by the ill-fated Xamach for a while, but it looks like the doors are about to open (they tell us a mid-September launch date it planned — just in time for Dallas Pride). Not only is the signage up, but so is the menu of $2 Mexican street tacos and $3 specialty tacos, plus combo plates, burritos and more. And everything is under $10. It looks like a good fit for the gayborhood, especially if the hours are late enough for the impulse buy for clubgoers.

Tacos y Mas is a Dallas institution, having started nearly 20 years ago in a tent, and for a long time being simply a small taco stand at the corner of Lower Greenville and Ross avenues. But in recent years, the company has expanded — up the street on Greenville to the old Quesa-D-Ya’s space, as well as North Dallas and Plano. Bring on the tacos! And check out of Food Issue this Friday, in print newsstands and online!

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