The hirsute of happiness

Posted on 17 Sep 2014 at 12:45pm

Wahl-BarbershopI have to admit, I allowed myself to be flattered a bit on this one.

“As a facial-haired Dallas icon yourself,” the email began, “I thought you’d like to know about this.”

Icon? That’s perhaps overstating it. But as an ageing hipster with an unruly beard (it just celebrated its 20th birthday, if anyone is interested) I do appreciate a good beard story … especially one that doesn’t entail Katie Holmes.

In honor of Prostate Cancer Awareness Month, men’s grooming brand Wahl will bring its mobile barbershop to the Addison Oktoberfest celebration — which starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday — offering Cuts for a Cause. For each free moustache or beard trim (hey, I’m not getting rid of it), Wahl will donate one dollar to ZERO, an organization fighting to end prostate cancer. (In November, there’s also the prostate and testicular cancer awareness fundraiser Movember, in case you have balls on the brain.)

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Get dirt cheap tickets to Six Flags for Saturday’s Gay Day

Posted on 16 Sep 2014 at 12:50pm

Six Flags

Dallas Voice is once again sponsoring its annual Gay Day at Six Flags, just in time for Dallas Pride. If you buy the tickets online here, you get access to the park and parking for just $35. Heck, that’s about what it costs just to park on a normal day! Anyway, it’s always a hoot, and a great way to get out and get proud before the festivities on Sunday.

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Barbra returns to ‘Tonight Show’ after 50 years

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 5:43pm

Babs and Jimmy

DVR alert! Barbra Streisand — who famously was called an exciting new star by the new host of The Tonight Show (on Johnny Carson) more than 50 years ago — returns to the place it all started tonight. She’ll make a rare television appearance, singing a duet with current host Jimmy Fallon, tonight on the NBC series.

The pairing isn’t so extraordinary. Barbra’s new album, Partners — which we reviewed here — drops tomorrow. Why not duet with Fallon? After all, she does one with Elvis.

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Blythe Beck runs away with the spoon at Kitchen LTO

Posted on 15 Sep 2014 at 1:00pm

Blythe Beck, naughty ... and new at Kitchen LTOCasie Caldwell, the entrepreneur responsible for creating Greenz, branched out with a new concept last year with her Kitchen LTO (for “limited time only”) at Trinity Groves. The idea was: Change out the menu and the chef every few months so that each visit is a new experience … or one you can’t enjoy for long. The fourth iteration of the restaurant — which began with a competition between chefs last month — is set to open soon, and the new chef there will be gay fave Blythe Beck.

Beck was the saucy chef at Central 214 whose “naughty” recipes embrace indulgent, non-calorie-counting decadence. (She was even a Dallas Voice Readers Voice Award winner.) She’ll start at Kitchen LTO with the first dinner service on Oct. 2, and the first lunch on Oct. 3 — her return to Dallas as a regular kitchen denizen. Congrats, Blythe!

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Buster Spiller wins LGBT play fest

Posted on 14 Sep 2014 at 11:32pm

The inaugural PlayPride LGBT Festival sponsored by Oak Cliff’s TeCo Theatrical Productions just finished its two-week run at the Bishop Arts Theater, and the winner of the six-playwright competition is Dallas writer-actor Buster Spiller. Spiller’s play, Pot Liquor, netted him the most votes of attendees, a one-year membership in the Dramatists Guild and a $1,000 stipend donated to his specified nonprofits, Living Faith Covenant Church and Abounding Prosperity. Congrats, Buster!

Buster Spiller, far right, won the PlayPride fest.

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WATCH: People consuming ‘prairie oysters,’ and more, for the first time

Posted on 11 Sep 2014 at 3:07pm

Doesn’t that look delicious? Maybe, until you know it’s fried penis. Bon appetit.

I waited until after lunch so most people could dine in peace. But this video is interesting to watch.

I myself have never had “Rocky Mountain oysters” — sometimes called prairie oysters, but simply “fricasseed bull testicles.” And the reason I have not are pretty plainly demonstrated by what you are about to see. As a foodie, perhaps I should be more adventurous. But as a biological male …. I just can’t. Oh, and the penis is no better. (I’m OK with eating bird and fish eggs, though. Go figure.)

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Dallas skyline voted world’s best by USAToday

Posted on 10 Sep 2014 at 3:19pm
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A view of Dallas’ skyline by Alex Remington.

USAToday polled its readers: What city has the best skyline.

It shouldn’t come as a surprise to North Texans: Dallas won hands-down. We beat out D.C., Seattle, Chicago and even Hong Kong.

It makes sense. Dallas has little by way of natural beauty, so the skyscrapers are our de facto mountains.

You can see the other finishers here.

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WATCH: John Lithgow’s brilliant analysis of ‘playing gay’

Posted on 10 Sep 2014 at 9:26am

Screen shot 2014-09-10 at 9.23.13 AMOn The Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert plays a fake conservative who baits guests with muddle-headed, FoxNews-worthy comments, so you have to take his interview with John Lithgow — the star of the new gay-marriage film Love Is Strange, which we profiled this week — with a grain of salt. But what’s awesome is where Lithgow plays along, explaining how he approaches playing a gay character. Playing gay in nothing new for the Oscar nominee; he was a trans woman in The World According to Garp. But it’s a brilliant statement not only on the craft of acting, but humanity. The real good stuff starts at about 4:30. (Watch below or go to this link.)

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GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to the screening of the gay film ‘Cupcakes’

Posted on 09 Sep 2014 at 2:17pm

A048R1PYIsraeli filmmaker Eytan Fox (Jossi & Jagger) has turned his sights to comedy with his latest film, Cupcakes. Set in Tel Aviv, it tells the story of bored housewives who decide to enter a songwriting competition, with comical results. The local premiere screens as part of the Jewish Film Festival on Thursday, and we are giving away two tickets to see it. Simply be the first to email jones@dallasvoice.com with the subject line CUPCAKES to qualify! The screening — which will include a talk-back by Dallas Voice staffer David Taffet — is at the Studio Movie Grill at Spring Valley at 7 p.m., Sept. 11; you have to pick up your tickets by 6:30 p.m. to get a seat. The winner will be notified by 2 p.m. Wednesday. Enjoy and good luck!

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Dallas Voice sports authority David Taffet talks football on L.A.’s KPFK

Posted on 08 Sep 2014 at 4:19pm
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David Taffet reporting from the Texas high school playoffs at the Cotton Bowl where the East Dillon Lions took the state championship.

If you had a radio talk show in L.A. and you wanted to talk football with someone in Dallas, who would you call? That’s right. Obvious call. You call Dallas Voice sports expert David Taffet.

OK, so maybe 5 million people in the Dallas area know more about football than I do, but few people who know less about football are as comfortable on a football field as I am.

That’s because I spent several season playing a sports reporter on NBC’s show Friday Night Lights. In just about every episode with a football game, I’m standing on the sidelines or in the end zone and am the only person on the field in a jacket and tie.

Sideline. End zone. See? I know the lingo. I spent one episode filming in the field house and in the locker room.

That gig really stretched my acting ability and built on roles I’ve played in the past. In the film JFK, I played a reporter and carried Gary Oldman, who was actually in the coffin, to Lee Harvey Oswald’s grave. (Director Oliver Stone was going for realism. Oldman was freaking out). My best acting in that film came in the scene where reporters are interviewing Marina Oswald. You can see my thumb holding a mike. You can tell it’s me, because I’m the only one in the scene who’s left-handed.

But I digress.

The show is IMRU, the gay show that’s L.A.’s counterpart to Lambda Weekly. Chrisanne Eastwood is the host who contacted me. She and I co-hosted a cable TV show with the always-beautiful Jack Jett for about six months. The topic is Michael Sam.

So to prepare for tonight’s appearance, I just looked up that the Cowboys lost yesterday. I’m very sad about that. Tony Romo turned in his worst performance ever. I’m apparently surprised about that, because he went into yesterday’s game as the best ranking, or best prepared or best looking quarterback in the NFL. And they played at AT&T Stadium. I have no idea where that is. I’ll just call it Cowboys Stadium.

I’ll be on Monday, Sept. 8 at 9 p.m. Central Time (7 p.m. Pacific Time). Click here to listen live.

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