The Gay Softball World Series begins today — we have coverage of it here — and the opening ceremonies, already set to have Dale Hansen on hand, will start off with the National Anthem being sung by the Turtle Creek Chorale.
The opening ceremonies will be at Annette Strauss Square, adjacent to the Winspear Opera House, Sept. 22 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. About 3,000 attendees are expected.
We haven’t heard much from the Chorale since the resignation last spring of artistic director Trey Jacobs, other than the appointment of interim director Sean Baugh. This will be the first public performance from the group since June. The next will be Oct. 17 at the Latino Cultural Center, before the Christmas concert series in December.
Stolichnaya vodka has swung back from a public relations disaster to spirited sponsor of Dallas Pride events from Razzle Dazzle to Black Tie to this weekend’s parade. (We have a story about it in this week’d edition.) They have a few recipes they’ve shared with us. Cheers!
Stoli Raz Lemonade
One of a handful of flavored vodkas in the Stoli stable, the Razberi adds a fruity flavor with a kick.
1 part Stoli Razberi
2 parts favorite lemonade
Fresh raspberries and mint to garnish
Making it: Muddle fresh raspberries and mint (or simply add to a skewer). Pour in vodka and lemonade. Shake well. Pour into a tall tumbler over ice.
Stoli O Rouge
A citrusy take on a Cape Cod.
1 part Stoli Oranj
1 part cranberry juice
Making it: Shake equal portions of vodka and cranberry. Pour into a highball glass. Splash with club soda. Garnish with an orange wheel.
The popular Moscow Mule gets a real kick from Moscow with this creation, which includes an all-new Stoli-brand ginger beer.
1 part Stoli Elit
2 parts Stoli ginger beer
Making it: Squeeze lime into a copper cup with ice. Pour over vodka and top with ginger beer. Still. Garnish with lime wedges.
Last night, I went to the Underpass Tavern in Deep Ellum to watch three folks — food journalist Teresa Gubbins, city councilmember Adam Medrano and occasional Voice contributor Jose Ralat — woof down 28 different salsas in categories from “mild” to “green” to “exotic” (bacon salsa!) to “hot.” I shadow-tasted, picking my own fave among the contenders. Which ones won? Well, you’ll have to go back on Saturday night from 7–10 p.m. to learn, but you can also enjoy the salsas on your own.
This could be you!
If you’ve read Dallas Voice’s print edition over the last seven years or so, you’ve certainly noticed the work of our regular illustrator, Mark Stokes. Mark draws the Sketches we publish — his latest will be out tomorrow — for what we headline Drawing Dallas. But the work he does for us isn’t all Mark does artistically. He’s also written a comic strip called Zombie Boy. And he’d like to share his creations with a wider audience.
So this week, Mark launched a Kickstarter campaign in order to publish a compilation of his first 200 strips in book form. To get the book published, he only needs about $7,000 and he’s already about $2,000 on his way. As with most Kickstarted campaigns, there are perks to pledging, from a copy and a “thank-you” (by name) printed in the acknowledgements of the book (just 10 bucks!) to original art and having yourself cartoonized as a character in Zombie Boy.
We like Mark around here for his skills and creativity, and you can become a part of it as well. Considering contributing! But hurry up — the campaign has 26 days left, and if he doesn’t raise everything he’s looking for, he gets no pledges!
DIFFA/Dallas awarded $428,000 to HIV/AIDS organizations — include $330,000 18 to North Texas-based groups — at a party on Sept. 11 at Roche Bobois. Among the recipients of funds from the 2013-14 DIFFA season were AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Bryan’s House, Legacy Counseling Center, Legal Hospice, Resource Center and The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.
The 2014-15 season kicks off with Burgers & Burgundy on Oct. 3, followed quickly on Oct. 15 with an announcement party revealing this year’s Style Council ambassadors. Clint Bradley is once again the chairman of DIFFA/Dallas, and the spring Collection will return to the Omni Dallas Hotel.
I 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.)
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.
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.
Casie 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!
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.