Cocktail Friday: Sparkling Blood

Posted on 31 Oct 2014 at 1:21pm

Solerno and SparklingA few weeks ago, I gave a recipe for a cosmo made with Solerno, an Italian liqueur distilled from blood oranges. Well, now that it’s Halloween, it’s only fitting I introduce any bloody recipe with the same potable. It’s ghoulishly delicious, and would make a unique imbibable for your Halloween-themed get-together.

1 part Solerno blood orange liqueur

2 parts prosecco

2 parts Italian soda or San Pellegrino flavored soda (your choice)

Selection of berries

Making it: Combine all ingredients; muddle berries (or other fruits) as you desire. Stir. Pour over ice (strain if desired). Add fruit as a garnish.


Preview: ‘Project Runway All Stars’

Posted on 30 Oct 2014 at 3:13pm

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As cheesy as “all-star” seasons of reality shows are, I totally get why they are addictive — and easy for producers: Lure back proven drama queens, bitches, egomaniacs and know already know the fur with fly.

So it’s no surprise the new version of Project Runway All Stars — which debuts tonight on Lifetime — stacks the deck with 14 returning contestants … and all but two of which (Season 4 drag queen costumer Chris March and Season 7 bitchy gay Jay Sario) are from the past three seasons (10, 11 and 12). Catty competitors Helen and Alexandria (Season 12) join sweet gay deaf boy Justin LeBlanc, but they can cast looks he doesn’t need a sign language interpreter to figure out.

Season 11′s Kate Pankoke (she also was on Season 12), Samantha Black, Benjamin Mach, finale runner-up Patricia Michaels and eventual winner Michelle Lesniak are a clique, as are Season 10′s uber-gay Fabio Costa and Gunner Deatherage, Sonja Williams and winner Dimitri Sholokhov. (They aren’t the only returning faces: So is host Alyssa Milano, judges Isaac Mizrahi and Georgina Chapman, and mentor Zanna Roberts Rossi.)

Because they all are returning faves, many of whom made it to late in the game, there aren’t any obviously outclassed contestants … but neither are they all likable. That’s OK. Still, such familiarity reduces the surprise factor, but for the most part if you’ve been a fan of recent seasons, you’ll continue to enjoy it.


Laurie Metcalf: The gay interview

Posted on 30 Oct 2014 at 8:10am

LaurieMetcalf1Laurie Metcalf talks roles on gay-inclusive sitcoms. By Chris Azzopardi

There’s no question that Roseanne, a show centered on the Conner family, was one of the most influential sitcoms of all time. Just look: Gay marriage is now as trendy as Jackie Harris’ hipster-desired mom couture.

Two decades later, meet The McCarthys, CBS’ primetime comedy about a zany sports-crazed Bostonian family. One of the sons, Ronny, is gay, and the clan’s matriarch is Laurie Metcalf, who played Jackie on Roseanne (and, in case you forgot, was outed during the show’s finale in 1997).

Metcalf recently chatted with our Chris Azzopardi about how The McCarthys — which debuts tonight at 8:30 p.m. on CBS — has made her feel like she’s “missing out” on a real-life gay son, the lesbian kiss on Roseanne that caused a stir, and her own lip-lock with a stage icon, her first time kissing a woman (she thinks).

Dallas Voice: Between HBO’s Getting On and now The McCarthys — and not counting , guest shots on The Big Bang Theory — you’re spoiling us, Laurie. It’s so good to have you back on TV.  Laurie Metcalfe:  Thanks so much. Yeah, it’s been a long time. I’m spoiled myself right now; I’ve got two wonderful projects. But yeah, I’ve been doing mostly just theater for the past six years.

Which do you prefer: TV or theater?  I have to say, I prefer stage, probably because it’s where I came up. I feel like I understand it best, and I like the immediate gratification of a live audience. You know, it’s been so long since I’ve been on a multi-camera show that it just felt like home walking back onto that set, so that was fantastic. I didn’t think one of those would come back around!

What drew you to The McCarthysFirst of all, I love that multi-camera format. It’s a very collaborative way of working, because you’re in there with the writers, and everybody is trying to contribute to making the show the best it can be on Friday nights for the audience. It’s a group effort, and I really like working that way. Then I talked to Brian Gallivan, the showrunner, who I adore. He came up from Second City, so I felt we had a little something in common. And he’s fantastic. So calm, so supportive and so wonderful to work with. [The scripts] went through so many changes that I know were very difficult for all the writers involved. He’s just a really fantastic leader and he sets the tone for the whole project, and he’s super funny.

Especially as “Sassy Gay Friend.”  When we first talked, I said I was a huge fan of that character and he’s like, “Are you kidding me?” Then we agreed that Sassy Gay Friend should do an intervention at some point on Jackie from Roseanne. Wouldn’t that be great?

Absolutely. You gotta make that happen. Speaking of Jackie, do you find it amusing that her mom style is now a fashion trend among hipsters? That sounds about right! I mean, it’s about time. We had our 25th-year anniversary [in October 2013], for God’s sake.


Howl-o-ween Yappy Hour in Lee Park

Posted on 29 Oct 2014 at 3:20pm

canineCanines and their companions are invited for tricks and treats in celebration of Howl-O-Ween at the Lee Park Allman Pavilion 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The event is sponsored by the Canine Conservancy of Lee Park.

This Yappy Hour is a chance for pups to strut their stuff in their favorite costume. Prizes will be given in the costume categories of Scariest, Funniest and All-Around Best Costume. Drinks and refreshments will be served.


There’s still time! More (super gay) Halloween costume ideas

Posted on 29 Oct 2014 at 1:25pm

The big street party in Dallas was last Saturday, but truth is, Friday is officially Halloween … and some folks still have a party or two to go to. While we already ran a cover story on costume ideas, we thought we’d add these from our friend Mikey Rox, who suggests the gayest costumes you can still pull together in the next two days.

Thomas-Barrow-thomas-barrow-35847989-300-382Early 20th century underbutler. You don’t have to blackmail your blue-blooded undercover lover to play the part of Thomas Barrow — the conniving gay underbutler on the sharp and soapy PBS period drama Downton Abbey — this Halloween. Dress to impress both nobles and peasants without dropping too much dough by assembling your post-Victorian-era attire from thrift shops and consignment finds. Pleated black trousers and a crisp band-collar button-down lay the foundation for this outfit that’s completed with a white bowtie, U-shaped satin vest and tuxedo tailcoat. Part your full head of hair on the side (or don a bowler) and puff on a fag (the British term for cigarette; not whatever you’re thinking) to fully embody the baddest bitch in Grantham House.

Dancing with the Stars contestant.  Aaron Samuels (Cady Heron’s crush in the insta-gay-classic Mean Girls) played it straight at North Shore High School, but his real-life alter ego — sometimes actor Jonathan Bennett — has had the Internet abuzz about his sexuality since the film’s release in 2004. Now that J.B. and his twinkle toes are back in the spotlight on the couldn’t-be-gayer Dancing With the Stars, there’s no better time to pay homage to the guy who may or may not have (he’s not officially out) already broken a million girls’ (or boys’) hearts. To pull off this light-on-your-feet look, tango your way into a brightly colored button-down, an equally-loud-but-contrasting satin skinny tie, black slacks, black suspenders, and the snazziest tap shoes you can find. Because you never know when the rhythm is gonna get you.

PoseyTeen Wolf. It’s hard to put your finger on the queerest thing about MTV’s Teen Wolf: the quiver-inducing howls? the rampant homoeroticism? Colton Hayne’s Instagram profile? But that just makes pulling together pieces for this costume all the easier. You can go as protagonist Scott McCall (played by self-professed Gindr user Tyler Posey), or you might prefer sticking to your own kind as Danny Mahealani (Keahu Kahuanui), Beacon Hills High’s out-and-proud lacrosse player/computer whiz. Suit up in authentic lacrosse gear that you can find at a second-hand sports store (or by pilfering through your cousin’s super bro-y wardrobe) and work your makeup magic on a canine bite for the ages — which we know you wouldn’t mind getting legit if you lived in their world.

The cast of Looking. However you feel about HBO’s Looking, showing up at a party as the show’s cast is not only tres chic this Halloween, it’s also perfect for a coordinated group costume. You’ll have to pull up past episodes (which you can watch on demand) to get a better idea of each character’s personal style, but you’ll likely discover that you can recreate their looks from your own wardrobe. Tack on a commitment issue or two and throw in a penchant for threesomes for posterity’s sake, and you’ve got the looks down pat. Do us all a favor though, won’t you? Post photos of your group’s Russell Tovey; the world needs more of that going around.

Michael-SamDallas Cowboys fan. Given the staggering amount of negative publicity that the NFL has received this season (thanks to woman beaters, child abusers and drunken drivers), it should consider itself lucky that the gays are finally getting in on the game. And it seems that no team is embracing its friendly neighborhood homosexual makeover more than the Dallas Cowboys. First there’s the addition of defensive end Michael Sam to the roster (even though they eventually cut him), but there’s also a new DirecTV Sunday Football commercial depicting a gay couple — one of whom is a Cowboys fan — that has largely flown under the radar. Give the latter the relevance it deserves this All Hallow’s Eve by pulling together whatever Dallas gear you can find (and convincing your boo to sport a Giants jersey) while trying your best to avoid a brush with the law. A night in the slammer only sounds good in theory.

Hedwig. The East German transgender singer with an “angry inch” between her legs experienced somewhat of a renaissance this year as actors Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells and Michael C. Hall all stepped into the punk-rock role on Broadway. And now you too can milk John Cameron Mitchell’s cash cow for your own benefit by raiding your wacky Aunt Barb’s closet for late ’70s/early ’80s-inspired fashion, BeDazzling a pair of cutoff Daisy-Duke-style denim, and rockin’ a sick ‘Hed’-wig that you can score on Etsy.

Lovechild of Jared Leto and Justin Theroux. There’s been a sizeable amount of buzz about what’s beneath Jared Leto and Justin Theroux’s respective boxers lately — and nobody’s complaining. Justin gave us full-frontal floppage in a few jogging scenes on his very violent and ultra-strange HBO drama The Leftovers, while the ghost of Jordan Catalano will not be satisfied until he’s officially crowned Biggest Cock in Hollywood. And for this, they both should be celebrated. To imitate these forces of nature yourself, mash-up the pair’s signature styles (Justin’s into leather; Jared is a little more “la boheme”) and stuff a swingin’ Richard down your crotch. Even better if you’ve got the natural goods so you don’t disappoint the evening’s potential paramour(s).


WATCH: ‘The Daily Show’ in Austin

Posted on 28 Oct 2014 at 9:32am

The Daily Show always gets to the heart of a matter, and there’s probably no better coverage of Ebola — and of the frenzy over covering it — than what aired last night on the show, which originated from Austin. The entire episode, though, was awesome … especially the opening credits and the rivalry between Austin and Dallas and an interview with Wendy Davis. To watch the whole episode, you can go here, but the excerpt below is a great look at Ebola.


Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party 2014 Video

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 at 2:15pm

Chad Mantooth, Dallas Voice advertising director, dressed in his normal office attire.

Halloween Block Party was held on Friday, Oct. 24.

See photos of the evening here.

Video was shot for Dallas Voice by Brenna Hemminger.


Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party 2014 Photos

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 at 12:09pm

_MG_7217It was a warm autumn night on Saturday, which made the scantily-clad partiers perhaps more plentiful than usually on the Cedar Springs Halloween Block Party. Here are some pix of the event.

For more Halloween, our block party video is here.


Scenes from the Big Oyster Bash

Posted on 27 Oct 2014 at 9:44am

IMG_8009Chefs from FT33, The Grape, Knife, Stock & Barrel, TJ’s Seafood, The Slow Bone, Spoon and others competed at the first annual Big Oyster Bash Sunday (held, appropriately enough, on Pearl Street), and as one of the hosts and judges, I had the distinction of announcing the judges’ selection for best of the lot, and the winner was … Stephen Rogers of Gemma, who did two dishes: A steak tartare and a baked oyster on the half shell.

The inaugural event was well-attended, and the wine and beer held out longer than the food, which was well-received (including two non-oyster dishes: a pork and grilled pimento cheese sammy from The Grape and a croissant bread pudding from Stock & Barrel’s John Stevens, who tied with John Tesar of Spoon and Knife for attendees’ favorite). There were special appearances (by the Dallas Naked Cowboy and the Dallas Mavericks drum band), plus plenty of happy people.

Here are some scenes from the festivities. Chefs for Farmers’ main event will return to Lee Park in April.




Cocktail Friday: The Star-Eyed Julep

Posted on 24 Oct 2014 at 12:04pm

StarEyedJulep Cocktail_Zodiac VodkaThe vodka brand Zodiac launched earlier this month, and the first market to receive a bottle was Dallas, so good for us! They know Texans can drink. We asked them to provide us with a recipe for Cocktail Friday, and they tapped Standard Pour mixologist Brian McCullough to come up with this, the Star-Eyed Julep, to reflect the brand’s celestial namesake.

2 oz. Zodiac vodka

3/4 oz. orgeat syrup

3/4 oz. lime juice

Powdered sugar

Mint sprigs


Making it: In a julep cup (traditionally pewter, but anything in a pinch, even glass, pictured) add 5–6 mint leaves and muddle 4 or 5 times. Add vodka, syrup, lime juice and a small spoonful of sugar; fill halfway with crushed ice. Stir ingredients until incorporated. Top with remainder of ice, and sprinkle with nutmeg and more mint to garnish.