The face of AIDS, then and now

Posted on 01 Dec 2015 at 10:00am

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Dallas resident — and occasional Dallas Voice contributor — Tyler Curry made this video for


For World AIDS Day, Uber goes (RED)

Posted on 01 Dec 2015 at 9:06am

Today is World AIDS Day, and various organizations, people and businesses are marking it in their own ways. Over at Uber, they have given their riders the option to fight HIV.

Partnering with EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES, the Uber app is red today, and riders can donate an additional $5 to prevent HIV transmission. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation will match each donation.


Holiday Gift Idea: Come clean with Kiehl’s

Posted on 01 Dec 2015 at 7:41am

soapWhen we published our Holiday Gift Guide, we told you to look for more ideas online. Now that the rush of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday is over, we decided to start up with more gift notions.  To start us off, we decided to come clean … like, scrub-dub clean. This season, beauty product line Kiehl’s is offering a limited edition trio of soaps specifically for me, designed by the “lumberjacks of fashion,” Costello & TagliaPietra. It’s a fresh and manly way not just to get groomed, but do some good — proceeds benefit the fighing-hunger charity Feeding America. $32.

Kiehl’s, 80 Highland Park Village.


Holland Taylor, Emmy-winning Ann Richards portrayer, comes out

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 at 3:20pm

4th Annual Stella by Starlight Gala Benefit Honoring Martin Sheen, Pamela J. Newman and Liz Smith - ArrivalsFrankly, we should have guessed Holland Taylor was gay a long time ago. We first became familiar with the actress when she played the boss “too bored to care” that her employes, Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari, were cross-dressing to live in NYC in the sitcom Bosom Buddies. Then she portrayed Texas Gov. Ann Richards in a one-woman show she also wrote called Ann, which earned her a Tony nomination. Add to that roles as a libidinous judge (winning an Emmy) on David E. Kelley’s The Practice (and Kelley seems to attract actors and characters with sexual fluidity) and 12 seasons as the world’s least maternal parent on Two and a Half Men … hey, she’d been a ‘hag so long, we can’t say it’s a surprise she’s actually family.

Taylor came out, apparently, in an interview with WNYC last week, though she says she has always lived her life out, so she was never in.  We’ll accept that. After all, if you’re not a hypocritical politician or a male movie/pop star, who cares anymore, right? And she announced it officially for the best of reasons: Because she’s dating a “much younger woman.” Way to go for a 72-year-old.

This is the second time in as many weeks that the canceled CBS shitcom has been in the news, following Charlie Sheen’s announcement that he’s HIV-positive.

Welcome to the party, Holland. Your toaster is on its way.


The lesbian video to Adele’s ‘Hello’

Posted on 30 Nov 2015 at 10:13am

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This kind of breaks my heart. Read more about it here.


Cocktail Friday: White Tuxedo

Posted on 27 Nov 2015 at 2:19pm

White Tuxedo_Justin LavenueWith the holiday social season here, there are tons of parties to attend, many dressy. And what could be dressier than a white tuxedo? Hence this recipe from Austin-based bartender Justin Lavenue.

1.25 oz. Bombay Sapphire Gin

1.25 oz. Martini Bianco Vermouth

1/2 oz. Manzanilla sherry

2 dashes grapefruit bitters

Making it: Combine all ingredients and stir well; strain into a cocktail coupe. Optional: Garnish with lemon oils and six drops of salted tarragon olive oil.


Review: ‘The Totalitarians’

Posted on 26 Nov 2015 at 5:00pm


Imagine a politician as stupid as Michele Bachmann (complete with the gay hubbie), who speaks in Sarah Palin word salads as she pontificates racist screeds like Donald Trump full of the bat-shit crazy ideas of Ben Carson, and you have the hysterically scary demagogue Penelope Easter (Tina Parker) in Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians, given an hilariously snappy production courtesy of Kitchen Dog Theater. Penny, at least, isn’t running for president; she’s more Jodi Ernst, a gun-totin’’, under-educated kook in the corner of Nebraska running a hopeless campaign for lieutenant governor in a state with more cows than voters.

Hopeless, that is, until her campaign manager Francine (Leah Spillman) — a disgruntled James Carville wannabe stuck in the Midwest because that’s where her milquetoast husband Jeffrey (Max Hartman) set up his medical practice — stumbles upon a slogan that resonates with the cornfed proletariat. She  writes a stump speech that, despite its stream-of-consciousness nonsensical rants (“My opponent, with his bullet-proof Cadillac and access to medicine, doesn’t understand you!”) makes a player out of Penny … and potentially starts a Fascist movement to take over the country. (“Don’t feed the plants!” Little Shop of Horrors warned us; “Don’t feed the politicians!” is the message here.)

Nachtrieb excels at absurdist theater that eventually goes over the top, but remains grounded enough in the real world that we can clearly see the targets of his genial venom. When Jeffrey and one of his patients (Drew Wall, doing psycho as well as anybody) realize they may be the only ones who recognize the danger Penny poses — and Francine for that matter, who is made craven by the sweet nectar of long-delayed success — they launch a 12 Monkeys guerrilla movement.

The tight, four-actor cast are all playing their wheelhouses, from Parker’s fearless, endlessly funny mania tinged with innocence (she’s as physical a comedian as any actress in Dallas) to Spillman’s uptight Modern Woman to Hartman’s sardonic schlubiness. Director Christopher Carlos has never been so nimble with comedy, and milks every last laugh out of Nachtrieb’s smart script, which is more timely than seems possible. Indeed, at this point in the election cycle, it’s both a salve and a fright to see that satire doesn’t just play out on the stages of North Texas; it’s also on the national stages of the Republican debates. Be afraid.

The Green Zone, 161 Riveredge. Through Dec. 19.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 27, 2015.


Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Posted on 26 Nov 2015 at 10:14am


Still don’t know what you’re eating Thanksgiving Day? Here are some dinner options

Posted on 25 Nov 2015 at 11:58am


If you’re family isn’t around and you don’t know how to cook, or just don’t want to, there are a number of restaurants that are either open for a Thanksgiving meal or provide some take-home options. Here are just a few of our favorites.

Meddlesome Moth. The Design District gastropub, pictured, will be open 10 a.m.–3 p.m. for a Thanksgiving brunch from chef Richard Graff. It’s a traditional plate, with turkey, chestnut stuffing, roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberry sauce; plus pumpkin break, gravlax on a bagel with crème fraiche; frittata; steak frites; and lump crab salad.

Oak. The Moth’s neighbor, Oak, will also offer a selection on Thursday from 11 a.m.–2 p.m., including an entrée of turkey, ham or prime rib, and family-style selections of appetizers, sides and desserts. $75/adult.

The Second Floor. Chef Scott Gottlich, who just opened his latest restaurant in Oak Lawn, is doing a full service Thanksgiving dinner from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at his Galleria eatery. Offering more than 10 pies, a carving station, entrees from pumpkin pasta to braised short ribs and even sushi. $68/adult. Reservations required.

Y.O. Steakhouse. For the first time ever, chef Tony Street will offer a full Thanksgiving Day, three-course dinner from 11 a.m.–9 p.m. The same menu will also be offered Wednesday and Thursday. Appetizers include venison tamale, quail or lobster bisque; entrées are traditional turkey or filet mignon or venison chops; and dessert.

Greenville Avenue Pizza Co. For something more casual, GAPCo. has a turkey calzone available now through Dec. 20. (It’s not open Thursday, so come any other time.)


6 ways to lessen the gut-busting effects of your Thanksgiving binge

Posted on 24 Nov 2015 at 8:47am

ThinkstockPhotos-76730742Thanksgiving is a holiday of gratitude and family, indulgence and indigestion. Embrace the former while ditching the latter with these actionable ways to limit your belly-bulging binge at this month’s high-calorie celebration of appreciation and appetite.

1. Stop training yourself to overeat at holiday meals. Yes, Thanksgiving food is awesome. Especially if you have a mom or grandma (or whoever the cooking guru is in your family) who blows out that spread like fireworks at a Katy Perry concert. But remember that it’s not the last meal you’ll ever have, and it shouldn’t be the first one of the day, either. Start the holiday by having a sensible, healthy and filling breakfast — like an egg white-and-spinach omelette with turkey sausage and mixed berries — so you’re not apt to snack all afternoon then dive into a piled-high plate of smorgasbord staples like you just got out of prison. Little piggies belong in a pen, not face-first in the pumpkin pie.

M2. Drink water to trick yourself into feeling full. Just like you do (or at least should do) at restaurants when you’re in danger of overeating, drink water before taking your seat for the main event. Baltimore-based certified strength and conditioning specialist Roy Pumphrey recommends “downing a giant glass of H2O about 30 minutes before the meal begins to help quell the hunger pangs for a fuller feeling.”

3. Choose protein and freens over heavy carbs. Unless you’re running a post-Thanksgiving marathon (or partaking in Dallas’ Turkey Trot), there’s no reason to stuff your face like Wilson Kipsang gunning for another medal. Fill your plate with the healthy proteins and greens available at your family’s fete and limit the space on your plate for waist-widening comfort foods like mac-and-cheese and creamy mashed potatoes.

“Many of a food binge’s adverse effects come from carbohydrate overloading and the subsequent ‘carb crash’ that occurs due to spikes in our insulin levels,” says Dr. Linda Anegawa, founder and medical director of OSR Weight Management. “I always advise my patients on Thanksgiving to go for lean white-meat turkey, green beans and salad, and avoid marshmallow-laden sweet potatoes, simple-carb dinner rolls and sweets.”

Adds Pumphrey, “The protein will fill you more and be more satiating than stuffing or bread. Plus you’ll feel less bloated and awful later.”

ThinkstockPhotos-865251894. Stay active. You exercise on ordinary days when your food intake is normal, so it only makes sense that you should fit in a workout before you settle in for this cornucopius supper.

“It is a busy time, but schedule into your calendar one hour of some type of physical activity daily,” Anegawa advises. “This won’t offset a giant food binge but it will help keep metabolism and appetite somewhat in check, and chances are you may not be as tempted to binge if you know you’ve put in the effort to exercise.”

5. Mind your alcohol and choose drinks wisely. For some, alcohol at holiday time is a special treat; for others, it’s a necessary coping mechanism to prevent a brutal bloodbath at the family manse. For whatever reason you partake in libations, choose your drinks smartly and set a limit on how much you’ll consume.

“If you must drink alcohol, enjoy a low-sugar, low-carb concoction,” says Anegawa. “Steer clear of cocktails with loads of simple syrup, such as premade mixes, and instead enjoy a vodka tonic made with Stevia-sweetened tonic or a glass of dry chardonnay.”

Red wine also is low(er) in calories compared to other types of booze, and packed with beneficial antioxidants when enjoyed in moderation. Two glasses is the sweet spot; any more than that and you’re entering iffy territory. As a general life rule, drink one glass of water — flat or carbonated — between alcoholic drinks to prevent from getting sloppy and waking up with a killer hangover.

6. Plan a post-binge fast to burn fat. After you’ve had your fill and finished the meal, it’s time to do damage control. As an alternative to exercise — because who wants to do that on a gluttonous gut? — prepare to fast for at least half a day.

“When you’ve just downed a big meal, making sure you fast for 16 hours right afterward is a good way to kick your body into fat-burning mode,” according to certified personal trainer Rui Li. “The simplest way is to skip breakfast so that half of your time fasting is during sleep.”

In other words, your body will start eating itself, which — let’s be honest, ye of expanding pants size — is a welcomed change of pace.

— Mikey Rox