This week’s issue of Dallas Voice is our annual Swimsuit Edition, filled with exclusive photographs of the latest fashions on the hottest bodies … for almost any taste. But we have some more photos that we could fit in the pages, so here’s your online extra. Enjoy.
More photos from last Saturday’s Circo Rouge event at DIFFA shows the style and spectacle of the gala. Enjoy!
Maybe it’s because our third annual Swimsuit Edition comes out Friday, but we’re in the mood to think about summer swim parties. And not all of them are in North Texas. For a number of years, Splash Days — the Austin event benefiting the LGBT community (AIDS Services of Austin and Care Communities) — didn’t have as much water to splash around in. But while the drought isn’t over, lake-goers have even more H2O to play in with the annual music, dance, Pride and unity celebration, which takes place over Labor Day weekend.
This year welcomes men and women for the festivities … and more parties that before. Friday night is Swim Meet at The Belmont with DJ Benson Wilder the official welcome party. Saturday is the main event Splash Dance with DJ Roland Belmares. Sunday daytime is the Get Wet lake party at Hippie Hollow (where Lake Travis is at high water mark). That night is the High Tide recovery party with DJ Grind, followed by daytime Monday’s Adult Swim (pool party T-dance) at Hotel Van Zandt pool.
You can buy a weekend pass, a VIP pass or individual tickets. Visit here for more information and tickets, starting June 1.
We’ve long been huge fans of the culinary Cuellars, who helped transform North Texas’ Tex-Mex cuisine. (Oak Cliff’s El Corazon is always a fave.) Well, the family has a new idea coming to Plano: Fajita Ranch, which co-owner Gilbert Cuellar Jr. describes as “Ranch-Mex.”
What exactly is Ranch-Mex? Well, it’s less about innovation than traditional comfort food, Gilbert says. The menu will include “the most popular things I grew up enjoying as a child,” he says.He’s looking to “reflect on my family’s history and give guests the opportunity to dine on what my family considers traditional Texas Ranch-Mex cuisine.” That means chicken fried steak and enchiladas and fajitas and even mashed potatoes. Plus season margaritas. The exact opening date hasn’t been released, but will be “coming soon” they say to North Central Expressway and Parker Road in Plano.
Dallas Voice is a finalist for four 2016 Lone Star Awards, presented for excellence in journalism across the state of Texas. The nominations were announced last night by the Houston Press Club, and honor work in newspapers, magazines, TV, radio and public relations. The club also recognizes work in student journalism.
Dallas Voice Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones was named a finalist for Best News or Feature Story for “Soup 2 Nuts,” his profile of the making of Pink Magnolia restaurant. He was also nominated in the category General Commentary/Criticism for “Uchi coochie — could she cook!,” his review of the Uptown restaurant Uchi. Jones is also one of the three finalists for Print Journalist of the Year, based on “Soup 2 Nuts,” “Uchi coochie” and “Remembering Mom,” his personal account of having to write an obituary for his own mother.
In addition, former staff writer James Russell is a finalist for Internet-Based Opinion for his “Bought and Sold” series about the Texas legislature.
The winners will be revealed during a gala banquet at Rice University in Houston on June 25.
The Dallas Wings, the area’s new WNBA franchise, pulled ahead of the San Antonio Stars in the first minute of the game and maintained their lead throughout the team’s sold-out home opener.
Odyssey Sims is quickly becoming a team favorite. Not only did she grow up in Irving, but she scored 10 of the team’s 21 points in the first quarter, continued scoring throughout the game and intercepted the ball in every quarter.
Although the Wings kept their lead throughout the game and were winning by more than 10 points through much of the third quarter, the game wasn’t without excitement. San Antonio finally seemed to wake up during the middle of the fourth quarter and narrowed their deficit to just two points. At four seconds before the final buzzer, the whistle blew calling a foul.
Sims scored two points. The score was 82-77.
The whistle again at 3 seconds. San Antonio had the ball. Final buzzer the Wings won their home opener.
The Wings opened their season out-of-town and are 3-1 on the season so far. If they keep playing like this, they’ll be a championship team soon.
Some notes about the game:
WNBA games are a whole lot of fun. Although the games are played on the UT Arlington campus, lots of people from the community made the drive from Dallas.
The Dallas Wings transferred from Tulsa, where they were known as the Tulsa Shock. Judging by the T-shirts people wore, lots of people made the drive from Oklahoma are are remaining loyal to their team.
Most of the team is new. Plenette Pierson is the team’s elder statesman. When I spoke team members several weeks ago at their College Park Arena home, the rookies look up to her for advice. She along with Coach Fred Williams, who’s from Oak Cliff, by the way, have done a great job of bringing this group of women together to work well as a team. Each time Sims signaled one of her teammates, that person was clear to catch her passing the ball. Watching such team work, especially among a group of women working together for the first time in their new home, was a pleasure.
I should note that the team played with just 11 players. Glory Johnson, one of the team’s stars, is on a seven-game suspension. She’ll be back in a few weeks and so will I. Can’t wait to see her on the court.
One thing I’ve noted before is I’m not a sports reporter, but I played one on TV. You know something I love about reporting sports? When I write anything else, I have to maintain some objectivity. When it comes to sports reporting, I can throw my objectivity out the window. You never heard a Dallas reporter talking about how great the Yankees are after they’ve blown out the Rangers. Or, hey, wasn’t that a great Giants win against the Cowboys.
So I can say it. San Antonio pretty much sucked throughout the game, and I love our Dallas Wings. The next game is Friday, May 27 against Atlanta. Do yourself a favor, have some fun and go.
Dallas Wings play at College Park Arena. Exit I-30 at Center Street and go south several miles. You’ll see the parking garages on your right. Parking is just $10.
Scenes from House of DIFFA 2016: Circo Rouge.
You might not expect hell to freeze over during a Texas summer, but then, I bet you didn’t think Trump would be the Republican nominee. But few things are more refreshing in summer than a chilly margarita, courtesy of the kitchen at Plano’s Mi Dia from Scratch Tex-Mex restaurant. (The restaurant even boasts a “tequila tower” of more than 100 tequilas.) Here’s the recipe:
1.25 oz. green chile-infused Herradura silver tequila
1 oz. Cointreau
1/4 of a lime
1/4 of a cucumber
1/4 oz. agave nectar
2 basil leaves
Hatch pepper and salt (to rim)
Dry ice (for effect)
Making it: Muddle the cucumber, lime, basil and agave in a shaker. Add tequila and Cointreau with ice and shake vigorous. Rim a martini glass and double strain in liquid, with dry ice in the glass.
I’m not a sports reporter, but I played one on TV. Really. For five seasons, I was in the background on Friday Night Lights, on the field at every game the Dillon Panthers or East Dillon Lions played. I covered five years of fake football. See:
So when the Dallas Wings — our new WNBA team that has its first home game on Saturday, May 21 at 7:30 p.m. — invited me to media day, I figured it sounded like fun. Fun? I had a blast.
I’m already such a fan that I’ll be at tomorrow’s home opener. I’m even dragging Brian. I don’t think he’s ever been to a basketball game, but I told him to expect lots of home runs and touchdowns.
So far, the Wings are doing great. Although they lost both preseason games, they’re 2-1 on the season before even playing a home game.
The Wings play in Arlington on the UTA campus. From Dallas, take I-30 to Center Street in Arlington (between Cooper and Collins). Go several miles south and park in the high rise garage before College Park Center, 600 S. Center St., the 6,000 seat arena where the Wings play.
Tickets are still available and can be purchased here.
If you’ve been lucky enough to see Bianca del Rio — the hilarious Season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race — in person, you know she lives up to her rep as “the Joan Rivers of drag:” Quick-witted, snarky, smart. She’s currently touring Australia, but AEG Live just announced the North American leg of her Not Today Satan Tour will launch in September, and Dallas is on the itinerary. She’ll perform Oct. 29 at the South Side Ball Room. Tickets go on sale Friday starting at 10 a.m., so lock yours in early. You can browse here or go directly to the link Friday morning here or here.