Lights will be dimmed Friday in honor of Jac Alder

Posted on 28 May 2015 at 6:45pm

City Performance Hall and the Winspear Opera House will darken their marquee and lobby lights on Friday at 7 p.m. in honor of Theatre 3 founder Jac Alder, who died last week at age 80tides-1. He was the longest  continuously-serving arts company director in the U.S.

Theatre 3′s board also issued a statement mourning Alder’s passing today. The board revealed the establishment of the Jac Alder Memorial Fund to continue the arts leader’s legacy. A memorial honoring him will be held at CPH on July 13 at 6 p.m.

Bruce Coleman was announced as acting artistic director, with Marty Van Kleeck serving as advisor.


Tasting Notes: Knife dinners, mozzarella on Cheese Day, Hickory & Uchi to open

Posted on 28 May 2015 at 11:49am

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We’ve all heard that Snookie’s will be closing for good this Sunday, but there’s a lot more going on in foodiedom this week and beyond.

John Tesar, the executive chef behind Knife steakhouse at The Highland, has long been an ardent supporter of HIV/AIDS causes — and never more so now. As the Ambassador Chef for Mario Batali’s EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES foundation, Tesar has planned an unprecedented series of dinners: Five chefs — starting with recent James Beard Award Best Chef Southwest winner Aaron Franklin (he of Austin’s Franklin Barbecue, in his first time cooking in Dallas) on Monday, and continuing with Alex Stratta (another Best Chef Southwest Beard honoree, Tuesday), Naomi Pomeroy (Top Chef Masters alum, Wednesday), Tim Rattray (San Antonio’s The Granary, Thursday) and Kris Morningstar (L.A.’s Terrine, Friday) — will pair up with Tesar for five intimate dinners (40 seats only) for five consecutive nights for this fundraising culinary experience, running all this week. Each dinner (priced $150) starts at 7 p.m. Call 214-443-9339 for reservations or click here.

June 4 is National Cheese Day, and to mark it, Olivella’s pizzeria (in Lakewood and Victory Park) offers diners a free sampler of its homemake prosciutto-wrapped mozzarella with every order of a Neapolitan or Roman pie.

The new chestaurant Tallywackers has its official grand opening on Saturday.

Klyde Warren Park announced today that it will host its first-ever food and wine festival and fundraiser this fall. Park & Palate will feature celebrity chefs, cooking demos, live music, tasting booths and VIP access. It will take place Sept. 25–26. Keep up with it here.

Lots is going on at Malai Kitchen lately. Braden and Yasmin Wages have added to their beer program, serving beer flights, allowing patrons to sample all three of their house-brewed beers in one sitting. Flights are $8 and include 5-oz. pours of each. In addition, Braden will appear June 25 on the Food Network series Beat Bobby Flay. Finally, the resto has a new chef’s tasting menu. I’ll have a review soon.

This Sunday is the last Sunday (heck, the last day) of the month, which means Drag Brunch at Dish at the ilume, with Jenni P headlining faboo tastings at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Tapas on tap at St. Germain Saturday.

Uptown’s classiest restaurant, the Hotel St. Germain, will host a tapas and Spanish wine dinner on Saturday to celebrate the festival of San Isidro with exquisite regional dishes. For reservations, call 214-871-2516 or click here.

The new chef at Cook Hall in the Dallas W is Vijay Sadhu, previously seen at Stephan Pyles’ now-closed Samar as well as Sutra and Pepper Smash. He launches his new menu (including cocktails) starting next month.

Kent Rathbun’s newest concept, Hickory, is finally poised to open. I’ll be checking it out at the earliest opportunity, so check back! Another big opening — finally: Uchi is set to swing out its doors on June 1.

From now through Labor Day, Grace in Fort Worth will offer a special dinner for two celebrating classic summer dishes. The three-course menu from chef Blaine Staniford costs $99 for two, and offers choices such as white asparagus soup, “toad in the hole,” cocoanut cream pie and butterscotch pudding as well as a petite filet and diver scallop.


The Queer Shopper: Pimping out your summer style sheet

Posted on 28 May 2015 at 7:59am

Just because summer is cause to shed the confines of clothing to celebrate the skin you’re in — as our current cover story on swimsuits only reinforced —  the reality is, we can’t go commando everywhere. For those times that you legally have to cover your bits, here are our picks for summer essentials to keep you looking fly and having fun.

Shark-print swimming trunks.  Like the Republican and Democratic parties, it seems that America is equally divided between two swimwear categories: bulky board shorts or barely-there Speedo-style suits. If you prefer to stay somewhere in the middle, Maui & Sons’ Shark trunks let you show a little leg while leaving the size and shape of your little swimmer to your admirers’ imaginations.

WestbrookShadesPolarized bold-color frames. It’s a crime against fashion to step into those harmful UV rays without a posh pair of polarized glasses, but the Westbrook New York Shades in blue can help keep the style citations at bay. Designed by NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook, these funky, chunky wayfarer frames are made from durable acetate and feature five-barrel hinges built to handle summertime wear and tear.

3-in-1 beach game set. So what if you weren’t invited to play volleyball with Chip and all his glistening, bare-chested country-club cronies. Make your own fun with three-in-one game sets that offer hours of friendly competition. The Sportcraft combo pack features quick-and-easy setup of ladder ball, washer toss and beanbag toss games, all housed in one convenient carrying case. (Besides, you know one of ’em is at least bi, so you’re not completely out for the count.)

Old Skool flamingo sneakers. Rock out with your flock out in the flamingo-print Old Skool sneaks from Vans, inspired by a reissued print from the shoemaker’s archives. Constructed in the Van Doren style, these kicks feature a low-top lace-up with a suede upper, padded tongue and lining, metal eyelets and Vans original Waffle Outsole. Something flamboyant this way comes.

Neon throwback shorts. If all this talk about “dad bod” lately has you feeling several sorts of nostalgic, take a trip back in time with the Rooster Tails from Chubbies, rainbow-patterned shorts reminiscent of your pa’s sky’s-out-thighs-out weekend wear. Made of everybody’s favorite ’80s fabric (nylon), these fresh vestiges of what once was makes showin’ off your feet trophies all the more dad-tastic.

iHomeSpeakerMini Bluetooth speaker. You’ll want to pump up the jams on that prime piece of real estate you’ve nabbed on the sand — if only to drown out the sound of all those pretty girls” — and the iBT72 expandable Bluetooth mini speaker from iHome helps you make that beat drop. This compact, accordion-style sound box has two audio sources: wireless streaming from your mobile device or direct line-in via the included cable and any device with a headphone jack.

Tropic Time snapback hats. You don’t have to be a sports fan (though it doesn’t hurt) to appreciate the Tropic Time snapback hats from New Era — full-cap and bill-only floral prints available in MLB and NBA teams. Pick from your favorites or choose one that gels well with your summer style, like the Miami Marlins 9FIFTY cap that’s inherently breezy.

New Gent; 2015 Summer; 1504 Surfing The WaveBlue Pine watch. Watches aren’t worn for practical purposes any more — nowadays we’re all conditioned to check our pockets for the time — but a whimsical hand clock can add that extra umph your outfit might need. Take Swatch’s Blue Pine wristwatch, for instance. It’s like looking out from your private cabana in Fiji, wishing that time would stop altogether (and never start again), making it an ideal conversation piece at a seaside dinner with the new friends you’ve made on vacay.

Embroidered Hula and Palms oxford. Alas, you can’t wear flip-flops and tank tops everywhere you go from May to September, so it’s best to keep some fancier duds in your duffel. Class up the joint while staying summer-festive in the slim lightweight oxford with embroidered hula and palms from J. Crew, which is easily dressed up or down depending on the occasion. Dapper button-downs also are available in embroidered anchors and woven pelicans.

JCrewShirtHemp duffel bag. Speaking of duffels, you’ll need to conveniently carry all your summer style essentials (and souvenirs!), and the Natural Hemp Novel Duffel from Herschel Supply Co. is both lightweight and heavy duty simultaneously. The natural hemp fabric construction is contrasted by chambray details and features a cotton chambray liner with silver pin detailing. Herschel’s signature shoe pocket also is built in … because it already knows and loves you.

— Mikey Rox





Tallywackers staging grand opening

Posted on 27 May 2015 at 1:29pm

Screen shot 2015-05-27 at 12.00.49 PMStraight guys (and at least some lesbians) love their breastaurants. Now Oak Lawn has something for the gay gays (and straight women) — a “chestaurant.”

Tallywackers — a bar, restaurant and live entertainment venue featuring a wait staff consisting of hot men in tight t-shirts and short-shorts — holds its grand opening Saturday, May 30.  The restaurant opens at 11 a.m. Saturday, with a full menu available and casual wear allowed until 4 p.m. for the lunch crowd. But when the doors re-open for the grand celebration at 8 p.m., it will be a black tie/red carpet event, with appetizers and cocktails, til 2 a.m.

The Tallywackers menu boasts a variety of all-American favorites, including  specialty appetizers, gourmet hot dogs, pizzas, pasta dishes, and items from the grill. And while you enjoy your food, you can also enjoy the live entertainment scheduled to include celebrity impressionist Mark Alan Smith, female vocalist Vero Vaz and drag performers Ivana Tramp and Kortney Van Wales.

And of course, there’s all that luscious “guy-candy” everybody’s talking about.

After the grand opening, regular business hours will be 11 a.m.-4 p.m. for lunch, 5-10 p.m. for dinner, and 10 p.m.-2 a.m. for appetizers and cocktails. Beginning June 1, the restaurant will accept reservations for parties of six or more, and the reservation form — and more information — is available online at

Tallywackers is located at 4218 Lemmon Ave., between Wycliff Avenue and Herschel Avenue. For information check their website or call 469-914-5213.




‘Brokeback’ team writing another gay themed movie

Posted on 27 May 2015 at 8:28am

Ossana McMThe Brokeback Mountain screenwriting team of Diana Ossana and Texas legend Larry McMurtry are writing another gay-themed drama for True Detective Emmy-winning director Cary Fukunaga. The as-yet-untitled project revolves around the true story of Jadin Bell, a 15-year-old openly gay high school student who, in 2013, tragically committed suicide after enduring non-stop bullying by his classmates. If that weren’t heartbreaking enough, Jadin’s grieving father, Joe, began the arduous task of walking across the continental United States to raise awareness of anti-gay bullying, and as a tribute to the son he lost. But halfway through his journey, Joe was hit by truck and killed. Not the sort of uplifting story most gay audiences are looking for. But if anyone can turn this incredibly sad slice of real life into something visually and narratively compelling and watchable, it’s this team. But when it’s ready, bring your tissues. There’s no way you won’t need them.

A gay couple will be incinerated by aliens in Independence Day 2 … OK, maybe they won’t be incinerated. Maybe they won’t die at all. Who knows, maybe they’ll even be the Will-Smith-ish heroes of the whole film. Details are actually incredibly sketchy right now. But the word from gay director Roland Emmerich, the man who has launched enough cinematic disasters to rival Irwin Allen’s 1970s heyday (that’s the man behind The Poseidon Adventure — Google him, kids!), is that there’ll be a gay couple among the ensemble cast of ID2. Now, if you remember back to the first Independence Day, we were treated to the sight of Harvey Fierstein running around being funny in the midst of impending alien-doom. Then he was consumed by an enormous wall of fire. Worse, the poor thing was single. (Thankfully, though, the dog lived.) But thanks to the march of history and pending nationwide marriage equality, this time around we can look forward to two gays being consumed by an enormous wall of fire. That’s progress, folks. And right, like we said up front, they might not die at all. But they probably will.

— Romeo San Vicente


Magnum ice cream urges: Be True To Your Pleasure

Posted on 26 May 2015 at 3:57pm

I think I need some ice cream. Some Magnum ice cream.

(And P.S.: Looking good, Willam Belli.)


WaterTower Theatre announces 2015-16 season

Posted on 26 May 2015 at 1:01am

Cara Serber Peter Dicesare CREEPWaterTower Theatre officially set its 2015-16 season, which includes an already-revealed original musical, the return of a hit from this season and two recent Broadway successes, WTT’s producing artistic director, Terry Martin, announced.

The season opens with the world premiere of the musical Creep (Oct. 2–25), pictured, written by out Dallas writer/composer Donald Fowler. A moody investigation into the Jack the Ripper legend, it has been in the works for many years. That will be followed by the mainstage production of  Sexy Laundry (Nov. 20–Dec. 13) which played a limited run in the studio space earlier this season with Wendy Welch and Bob Hess. For the first time in a long while, WTT won’t have a holiday show.

2016 begins with an adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies (Jan. 22–Feb. 14, 2016), about what happens to young boys when removed from organized society. That will be followed by the 15th annual Out of the Loop Fringe Festival (Feb. 25–March 6). The next single show is a regional premiere, Dan LeFranc’s The Big Meal (April 15–May 8), followed by the regional premiere of John Patrick Shanley’s Outside Mullingar (June 3–26), to be directed by Rene Moreno. The final production of the season will be the Richard Bean’s comedy One Man, Two Guvnors (Aug. 5–28).

All productions will be staged at the Addison Theatre Centre at 15650 Addison Road. The six-play season subscriptions range in price from $90–$180. The renewal deadline for current subscribers to keep their same seats is July 1. Subscribers who renew by June 19 will have the normal handling fee of $7 waived.

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Remembering Jac Alder

Posted on 23 May 2015 at 3:05pm

A photo I took of Jac as the Arts District went online.

I’ve known Jac Alder for many years, but not nearly as many — not by a long shot — as he has been an arts leader in Dallas. In fact, he has led Theatre 3 for longer than I have been alive … and I’m not a kid. So yeah, maybe for a decade or so I was privileged to say, “Hi, Jac,” or even set up a photo shoot with him or get an exclusive or two in a private conversation, but if you wanna know someone who knew Jac Alder best, well, hell — it wasn’t me.

In many ways, I bet it was Terry Dobson, who was the music director at T3 for nearly 35 years and worked closely with Jac. Sadly, Terry died of sepsis just a few weeks ago … just as Jac checked into the hospital in respiratory distress. Jac’s condition was serious, but he seemed to be improving last I heard. So when word spread last night that Alder had passed away at age 80 … well, it’s a lot to digest in a short period of time.

Jac was widely acknowledged as the longest-serving artistic director of any arts organization in the U.S., which he cofounded (with his late wife Norma Young) in 1961; notably, Jac died just after the final show of the company’s 54th season concluded — Jac knew how to make a timely exit.

That’s because he did it all — not only as a producer and artistic director, but also as an actor (I saw him several time trod the boards, and he was brilliant each time), an entrepreneur (he turned himself in a puppet to give the curtain speech at Avenue Q), a director and occasionally as a designer. He could be prickly, but also droll; fiercely opinionated but also flexible; charming (the first time I met him he told me, “I’ve heard many excellent things about you … but I won’t say from whom”) and defiant. As a critic, I would sometimes write negative reviews of shows he produced, and I could usually tell when he disagreed with me, but never was he rude. He was the gentleman of Dallas theater.

He was savvy, as well, in helping Theatre 3 grow. When it had a reputation for doing “safe” work, he took some risks and put on plays with nudity (Metamorphoses, The Wild Party, The Full Monty), interspersed with Agatha Christie thrillers and song-filled revues. The mission statement of Theatre 3 says it took its name from the interplay between author, actor and audience; Jac really tried to embody that in every production. No one cared more about theater that Jac.

Few cared more about his fellow man, as well. Jac nurtured the young careers of such folks as Morgan Fairchild and Doug Wright; he was well-known to employ theater professionals who needed work so that they could keep their health insurance; he was supportive of AIDS causes and a long-standing friend of the gay community. Theatre 3 embraced its Uptown neighbors.

So, I didn’t know Jac as well as many other people. But I knew him well enough: Through his largesse, his artistry, his commitment. He wasn’t a tall man; but he was a giant.


Cocktail Friday: Memorial Weekend Edition

Posted on 22 May 2015 at 1:38pm

It’s Memorial Day weekend! What to do for the three-day holiday?  Some summer refreshers should be in order — here are a few, culled from mixologists, bars and restaurants around the country, starting with a local. And we’ll see you back here on Tuesday after the holidays!

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Spicy, sweet and a little bit sour, this recipe courtesy of Southlake-based Del Frisco’s Grille is just what the doctor ordered when you want something a bit more sophisticated than a so-last-year shandy.

1/2 oz. Nolet’s Gin

4-1/2 oz. ginger beer

Red grapefruit slices

Mint sprigs.

Making it: Fill wine glass 3/4 full with ice. Add gin and ginger beer. Place grapefruit slice in glass and top with mint sprig.


You Look Smashing 

Spyglass Rooftop Bar sits 22 stories atop Archer Hotel in NVC, serving small bites and crafted cocktails with unparalleled views of the Empire State Building and the New York City skyline. You’ll already look smashing up there, but this cocktail in hand won’t hurt either.

2 oz. Eagle Rare Bourbon

6 blackberries

3 mint leaves

1 lemon wedge

1/4 oz. maple syrup.

Serve in rocks glass.

Rise & Shine Coffee Cocktail

When you need more than a mimosa to get you back in the game after a long night of partying, opt for this easy-to-prepare energy bev crafted from liquid coffee concentrate, handcrafted at Barnie’s CoffeeKitchen in Winter Park, Fla.

1 oz. Fernet

3/4 oz. Amaro

3/4 oz. Grand Marnier

1/2 oz. simple syrup

1 Barnie’s Blend BREWSTICKS

Making it: Mix ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice. Pour and serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with orange twist.


Ty Herndon to perform at Pride

Posted on 22 May 2015 at 9:45am

Michael Doughman, left, and Ty Herndon

During his Outrageous Oral presentation at the Rose Room last night (Thursday, May 21), charity drag queen Michael Lee aka Michael Doughman announced that out country star Ty Herndon will perform in Reverchon Park as part of Dallas’ Pride celebration in September.

Doughman is executive director of the Dallas Tavern Guild, which stages Dallas Pride.

The Pride parade and festival takes place on Sunday, Sept. 20. The festival has been moved from Lee Park to Reverchon Park this year for the first time.

Former Dallas resident Herndon came out in November 2014. He performed at Texas Gay Rodeo Association’s first Texas Tradition Rodeo Music Fest.