Cocktail Friday: Cranberry Aperitif

Posted on 29 Jul 2016 at 1:08pm

Cranberry ApertifIt’s hot out, and this simple, tart cocktail should cool you down.

2 oz. Reyka vodka

1 oz. Aperol

1 oz. Lillet Blanc

Peychaud’s bitters

Hard cider

Cranberries

Making it: Muddle 10 cranberries. Combine with first four ingredients in a Collins glass. Top with cider. Garnish with lemon peel.

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Kristen Stewart comes out

Posted on 28 Jul 2016 at 11:37am
TEEN WOLF | Purse-lipped Bella (Kristen Stewart) strings along ab-fab Jacob (Taylor Lautner) in ‘Eclipse.’

Sorry, Jacob, Bella has eyes for a less hairy sort.

Kristen Stewart, who as the sulky Bella in the Twilight Saga was encouraged to choose either Team Edward or Team Jacob, has let it officially be known: She’s Team Esme. Well, not necessarily Esme, but the boys no longer stand a chance. The actress — who is currently giving her best performance to date in the Woody Allen film Cafe Society — told Elle that she is currently in a same-sex relationship with movie producer Alicia Cargile. “I’m just really in love with my girlfriend,” she told the magazine.

Stewart has been something of a lightning rod of criticism. She started her career as a child (co-starring alongside Jodie Foster in Panic Room) and shot to fame in Twilight, but has been seen as something of a sourpuss, both in her performances and in dealing with the press — she’s notably private. Until now.

She’ll next be seen in Ang Lee’s highly-anticipated Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, which is set in Dallas.

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WATCH: ‘Real Time with Bill Maher’ at the Dems

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 11:03pm

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Fashion suggestions to brighten up your summer wardrobe

Posted on 27 Jul 2016 at 8:23am

Last week, we wrote about how to throw a gay summer pool party. Put what can you wear to look good at it? Let color-blocked brightness, tropical prints and kaleidoscope statement accessories — plus a few spots of leather — help elevate your boardwalk swag this summer.

PineappleSlipons‘Pineappleade’ gold leather slip-ons. Unsuspecting hand grenades masquerading as shimmering pineapples — the signature stencil of Colombian street artist DJ Lu — let you explode onto the scene of your next summer shindig (and make a political statement about the country’s armed conflict that displaced its outer region’s farmers) without uttering a word. Available in women’s sizes five to 10; men, order two sizes up from your normal size. $17, bucketfeet.com.

‘Get Lost’ luggage tag. Your vacay motto may be to “get lost” during your travels, but that sentiment stops at your baggage. Enhance its chances of making it to the final destination with this phrase-embossed tag from American Bench Craft made from a single-piece of full-grain leather and hand cut from vegetable-tanned steerhide. $22, americanbenchcraft.com.

Carbon Collection watches. Parsonii’s Carbon Collection — the box set of which comes with one of its unique watch faces in gold, silver or brushed bronze — keeps your beach-hopping schedule tight and on time while three wardrobe-friendly straps let you swap out a selection of colors to easily transition from drinks at the marina to that bonfire by the bay. $145, theparsonii.com.

Fly Gelada wallet. Simple yet stylish, Paperwallet’s Fly Gelada — with its bold lines and friendly imagery to hold close that jet-setting spirit wherever you go — features two credit card slots, two business card flaps, two side pockets and a cash compartment. It’s Tyvek composition can take a good beating, too… because we know you like it rough. $17, paperwallet.com.

TriggerSunglassesTrigger sunglasses. Give your sure-thing wayfarers a rest and shake up your sunglasses game with the polarized Trigger specs from Sunglasses Warehouse. Pink floral and silver frames with amber non-mirrored lenses provide 99 percent UVA/UVB sun protection to soak up the rays without ruining your retinas. $14, sunglasswarehouse.com.

CotopaxiLuzonDaypackLuzon 18L daypack. Durable, packable and versatile — so you can hit the road fully equipped for the adventure of a lifetime — Cotopaxi’s Luzon Del Día features repurposed ripstop nylon, mesh backpack straps and an internal hydration sleeve… plus a twist: Each pack is proudly made in the Philippines by an employee who has total creative control of the pack’s colorway so no two are ever the same. $50, cotopaxi.com.

 Mixed Brights bracelets. Doublehighfive BK’s hand-curated, multicolored bracelets — made from recycled flip-flops by women in Mali — come in an assortment of cool colors, like mixed bold, brights, pastels, pinks, and blues and greens, so you can keep this “Summer of Pride” haute until the temps take a dive. $20, doublehighfivebk.com.

CoconutGroveSwimTrunksCoconut Grove swim trunks. If you’re nowhere near a beach this summer, you can still invite the essence of the open sea to your bestie’s backyard with the Coconut Groves, tropical-inspired trunks from Chubbies. These macaw-crotched butt-huggers (if you’ve got an ample pirate’s booty, that is) are equal parts ”aaarrr!” and shiver-me-timbers for sky’s-out-thigh’s-out time-outs. $60, chubbies.com.

 Sunnys cap. It’s hard not to light up when you see AMBSN’s Sunnys Cap in melon. Emboldened with an embroidered sunglass-sporting smiley-face emoji, you’ll be doing everyone around you a favor as soon as you pop it on. $32, jackthreads.com.

 — Mikey Rox

 

 

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How good was Michelle Obama’s speech last night?

Posted on 26 Jul 2016 at 9:11am

Screen shot 2016-07-26 at 9.09.20 AMSo good, Republicans’ wives are already planning to crib from it in 2020.

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DVtv: Todrick Hall comes ‘Straight Outta Oz’

Posted on 25 Jul 2016 at 1:10pm

Screen shot 2016-07-25 at 1.03.44 PMBrad Pritchett gets an exclusive interview with Todrick Hall about his videos, his music and his Straight Outta Oz tour.

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PHOTOS: Impulse’s Down to Float 2 party

Posted on 24 Jul 2016 at 10:10pm

The second annual Down to Float 2 party took place Saturday, with hundreds of guests cheering on a performance by AB Soto, a fashion show (including a boy-dragged Alyssa Edwards) and beats from DJ Brandon Moses. If you attended, I hope you said hi! If you didn’t, this is what you missed.

 

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Cocktail Friday: Here’s to National Tequila Day!

Posted on 22 Jul 2016 at 2:23pm

Picante de la Casa Spicy MargaritaSunday is National Tequila Day, and in Texas, that’s kinda a big deal. So here’s a recipe that you can whip up to celebrate.

2 oz. Cazadores Tequila

1 oz. fresh lime juice

¾ oz. agave nectar

12 cilantro leaves

1 sprig for garnish

1/4 in. piece of a Fresno chile pepper

2 rings of Fresno chile pepper for garnish

Making it: Muddle tequila, lime juice, agave, cilantro leaves and piece of chile in a cocktail shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously; strain into a rocks glass filled with ice. Garnish with cilantro sprig and chile rings.

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REVIEWS: ‘AbFab,’ ‘Star Trek Beyond’

Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 2:36pm

Joanna Lumley as "Patsy" and Jennifer Saunders as "Edina" in the film ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE. Photo by David Appleby. © 2016 Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation All Rights ReservedEarlier this summer, I heard some movie pundits sniff that when Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie came out, it would be a flop, because it wouldn’t have a laugh-track like the series does. Well, guess what geniuses? It does have a laugh-track: We call it an audience. The chuckles came fast and furious during this 90-minute, surprisingly gorgeous and whiz-bang confection, which relies on comedy largely provided by two ladies — one age 58 (Jennifer Saunders, who also wrote the screenplay) and another (Joanna Lumley) age 70. 70! And still with the comic timing of Amy Schumer.

Now, it probably doesn’t hurt to be familiar with Edina (Saunders), a public relations professional, and Pats (Lumley), the fashion editor at a high-end magazine, and how they have boozed their way through 35 years of friendship. They’re both terrible parents, terrible role models, alcoholic narcissists … and endlessly entertaining. All they lightness of their lives, however, come crashing down when Eddy’s clients dry up, her ex-husband stops her alimony and she, well, possibly murders Kate Moss.

The plot, though, is hardly the point. It’s the physical humor and absurdist digs at pop culture (Jerry Hall, talking for hours about Chanel on the red carpet; Jon Hamm, regretting losing his virginity to Pats 30 years ago, yet still unable to resist her; Pats again, dressing up as a man … and looking remarkably like Pierce Brosnan in the process) that fuels the fun. Even those unexposed to AbFab (especially gay audiences, for whom the tone seems perfectly tailored) should enjoy this breezy summer delight. Drink up, darlings! (Read our interview with Saunders and Lumley in this week’s Dallas Voice.)

Left to right: Karl Urban plays Bones and Zachary Quinto plays Spock in Star Trek Beyond from Paramount Pictures, Skydance, Bad Robot, Sneaky Shark and Perfect Storm EntertainmentFrom one absurdity to another, and once again written by a cast member. Simon Pegg, who plays Scotty, scribbled out the screenplay for Star Trek Beyond, the third in the rebooted movie franchise, based on the cult series (which turns 50 this year). There are jokes here, too, but not enough to really distract us from the sloppiness of the production, a visually muddy and convoluted mess that does a disservice to the series.

I’ll admit, I’m not a huge fan of the reboot anyway. The first one, called just Star Trek, restarted all the characters on a brand-new timeline (never one of my favorite gimmicks), which meant they could reinvent the characters any way they wanted (Spock dates Uhura!), but still get the benefit of Leonard Nimoy cameos. The second film, Into Darkness, merely was another timeline trick, basically remaking Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, which was itself based on the TV series. Beyond also treads old ground … this time, sort of mirroring the plot of the Next Generation film, Insurrection (which, like Khan, depends on a madman who spends decades seeking revenge while bathing in the fountain of youth). The original series managed 76 episodes without really repeating itself; can’t the movies get through three?

Justin Lin is the director this time out, and exposition isn’t one of his strong suits. He overloads the screen with so many crazy camera angles, accented by ear-splitting sound effects that drown out much of the dialogue and an underlit set that makes the film seem murky and confusing, that you can’t really follow what’s going on. Something about an ancient relic. Something about an amazing weapon. Hard to follow. But ask me to summarize the plots and motivations of any of the original six films, and I can cite you chapter and verse.

And yet… I won’t say “Don’t see this.” The characters have become iconic over the decades, and there’s something to be said for discovering things still. (Sulu, we find out, is gay and has a daughter.) Chris Pine’s Capt. Kirk seems more diplomatic than hot-headed Shatner, and Zachary Quinto’s Spock is always fun to explore. Trekkies — and trust me, I am one — will think of it like returning to visit old friends. But that’s something that happens at reunions: A dozen times in, and you realize you’re all telling each other the same old stories. It gets boring.

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WATCH: Bill Maher cover the GOP convention with Dan Savage and Michael Moore

Posted on 21 Jul 2016 at 12:58pm

MaherGOPIf you love Bill Maher — I never miss his weekly Real Time show, the smartest comedy-news program on TV — you’re as excited as I am that he will be doing bonus shows, available on YouTube, for four nights of the Republican and Democrat national conventions. Last night was the first one, and his guests includes uber-liberals Dan Savage and Michael Moore. Side-splitting and insightful. And there’ll be another one tonight! Enjoy.

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