Best Bets • 09-25-15

Posted on 24 Sep 2015 at 10:40am

Thursday 10.01—Monday 10.05


Dallas Black Pride shows another side of gay culture

You might think Gay Pride is over in Dallas, but you’d be wrong. Because, for the 18th year, the gay black community is uniting for a weekend of events that encourage pride among people of color. But you don’t need to be black to attend the many parties, events, speakers, shows and music that is black Pride — you just need to keep your Pride flag flying.

Event scheduled at numerous venues.
For a complete lineup, visit

Friday 09.25 —Sunday 10.18


Howdy, folks! State Fair kicks off!

Texans are proud about how big we do things, and few are bigger than the State Fair, which settles into Dallas for four weekends. There are tons of events and attractions, especially the fried foods, but we’re really interested in Baconation, a booth inside the Tower Building that celebrates hot crispy pig parts! It’s great to be a Texan!

Fair Park Grounds at First Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Open daily at 10 a.m. For complete schedule, visit

Friday 09.25


5 Factor celebrates North Texans who make life better for everyone

The Resource Center’s annual 5 Factor was designed to recognize those in the community who contribute to something in a variety of disciplines. You can be part of the celebration, and raise money for the center, at a cocktail party cheering on Terry Loftis (for his role in the arts), Courtney Kerr (for her role in fashion), Brent Willmott (for his contributions in design), The Purple Party (for its philanthropy) and Pinky’s Valet (for commerce).

7 for Parties
150 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 107
(in the Design District)
7–9 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 25, 2015.


Dallas filmmaker wins award from Louisiana film festival

Posted on 24 Sep 2015 at 9:47am

CaminaRobert L. Camina, the documentarian responsible for Raid of the Rainbow Lounge, which tracked the events in Fort Worth on the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, received the PACE Paragon Award from the North Louisiana Gay & Lesbian Film Festival over the weekend.

The festival takes place every September in Shreveport; the award was presented by PACE (People Acting for Change and Equality) to Camina Saturday on the fest’s opening night. It was followed by a sold-out screening of Camina’s latest documentary, Upstairs Inferno, which tells the little-known story of the greatest mass-murder of gays in U.S. history — an arson at a gay bar in New Orleans in 1973 — which took 32 lives.

The festival continues through tonight. Upstairs Inferno screens again this afternoon at 3:30 p.m.


Paul Engle wins TeCo’s gay playwrighting festival

Posted on 23 Sep 2015 at 3:13pm

Screen shot 2015-09-23 at 3.04.09 PMPaul Engle, a local writer whose play Dissonance addressed lost love and dealing with the divine, won first prize in the second annual PlayPride LGBT Festival, a two-week-long fest put on by TeCo Theatrical Productions. The festival ran Sept. 10–20. Engle won a $500 grant for his favorite LGBT charity; he chose Out Youth.


PHOTOS: Dallas Pride 2015 … as seen from the ilume

Posted on 21 Sep 2015 at 10:52am

A view of Pride from the ilume. Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones. Look for more photos Friday in Scene.


Emmy Awards recap — lesbians dominate!

Posted on 20 Sep 2015 at 11:44pm

Lisa Cholodenko, lesbian director and Emmy winner for ‘Olive Kitteridge’

An Emmy ceremony heralded as being one of the most diverse ever also managed to be one of the most predictable, as voters rewarded long-overdue nominees but repeatedly called the same shows to the podium.

Take, for instance, the Comedy category, for which HBO’s scathing political satire Veep took awards for series, lead actress (second-time winner Julia Louis-Dreyfus), supporting actor (last year’s repeat Tony Hale) and writing. Last year’s winner in the same category, Allison Janney, repeated her win for supporting actress in Mom. The positive surprises — and not too surprising given the competition — were the wins for best actor (Jeffrey Tambor) and best director (Jill Soloway) for Transparent, the online streaming series about a man who transitions into a woman.

The Limited Series/TV Movie category was equally predictable, even if the winning show was worthy. Olive Kitteridge, written by one lesbian (Jane Anderson) and directed by another (Lisa Cholodenko), ended up with six awards: Best limited series, best director, best writing, best lead actress (Frances McDormand), best lead actor (Richard Jenkins) and supporting actor (Bill Murray). Only American Crime‘s Regina King broke the streak with her win in supporting actress.

For Variety, perpetual winner The Daily Show repeated again, winning for writing, directing and variety/talk series. Inside Amy Schumer won the award for best variety sketch show. Best reality/competition series went to The Voice, which should indicate that reality/competition awards that don’t include RuPaul’s Drag Race only betray how sad the state of reality TV is.

In Drama, Jon Hamm finally won his first Emmy, after 16 nominations, for best leading actor as Don Draper in Mad Men. That was its only major win, as Game of Thrones took best drama series, best supporting actor (Peter Dinklage), best writing and best director.

History was made in the other two wins: Uzo Aduba, playing gay inmate Crazy Eyes on Orange is the New Black, because the first performer since Ed Asner to win an acting Emmy for playing the same character in a drama series and a comedy. The difference is, Asner won for two different series (Mary Tyler Moore and Lou Grant); Aduba won only because OITNB changed categories this year. And Viola Davis because the first African-American woman to win a leading actress in a drama series Emmy for the uber-gay potboiler How to Get Away with Murder. The only problem? She’s dreadful on that show. A much better choice would have been Taraji P. Henson as Cookie on Empire. Now that’s history we can get behind.

With its wins for best comedy series, best drama series and best limited series, HBO swept the top spots in all major categories.


Cocktail Friday: Garth Brooks Edition

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 12:47pm

ManInTheHatGarth Brooks is one of our favorites, so we’re excited he’s in town this weekend for two concerts at the American Airlines Center. Well, we aren’t the only ones. The Texas-themed (and gay owned!) Stampede 66 by Stephan Pyles is happy to have Garth around for a few days, and so came up with this recipe for a cocktail they call The Man In The Hat. Yee-haw!

1.5 oz. High West Double Rye

.5 oz. Pimm’s

.5 oz. Cocchi Vermouth

.5 oz. Texas Honey

2 dashes Fee’s Orange Bitters

Making it: Shake ingredients together and pour over ice in a highball glass. Garnish with orange peel.


Frito-Lay debuts new Doritos Rainbows chips, exclusively at Dallas Pride

Posted on 18 Sep 2015 at 8:04am

Doritos Rainbows BagNorth Texas-based Frito-Lay is letting its rainbow flag fly …. although it’s keeping it in the bag.

That’s because the Dorito’s brand snack chip is debuting its newest product in Dallas — specifically, at Dallas Pride. At the parade and festival this Sunday, Doritos Rainbows will make their debut, featuring chips in the colors of the Pride rainbow. The product will only be available at Dallas Pride or through online donations to the It Gets Better Project, which supports LGBTQ youth. (One hundred percent of proceeds from the Doritos Rainbows benefit the project.) See them flying at your from the Frito-Lay float or their booth in Reverchon Park, and use the hashtag #BoldAndBetter to follow them.


Dallas Voice’s Tuesday Big Movie lineup at the Magnolia

Posted on 17 Sep 2015 at 4:57pm


Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre shows its commitment to classic film (and not just the hottest new Hollywood releases) with its weekly Big Movie New Classic Series. Each Tuesday night at 7:30 and 10 p.m., the Uptown arthouse screens a different film with contemporary appeal, from modern comedies to Golden Age epics to camp classics and more. The lineup, released quarterly, helps movie buffs plan their Tuesdays all the way from now through Thanksgiving.

Here, then, is this quarter’s lineup, sponsored by Dallas Voice.

Sept. 22: To Kill a Mockingbird. Before we knew Atticus Finch would become a virulent racist, he was this upstanding, stalwart man of justice in Harper Lee’s classic novel rendered exquisitely onscreen.

Sept. 29: The Andromeda Strain. Robert Wise directed the first film adapted from a Michael Crichton novel that, despite being slightly dated, is still eerie and thrilling.

Oct. 6: Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Edward Albee’s masterpiece of psychological drama, with Liz Taylor delivering her best (and Oscar-winning) performance ever.

Oct. 13: Hannah and Her Sisters. Woody Allen’s biggest financial successful is this thoughtful comedy, with brilliant work from Oscar winners Dianne Wiest and Michael Caine.

Oct. 20: The Seventh Seal. Bergman’s oft-lampooned but rarely equaled reverie on death.

Oct. 27: The Shining. Just in time for Halloween, Stanley Kubrick’s unnerving horror with Jack Nicholson and a perfectly-cast Shelley Duvall.

Nov. 3: The Adventures of Robin Hood. Few men have looked as beautiful and manly in tights as the vastly underrated Errol Flynn does in this swashbuckling Golden Age classic.

Nov. 10: On the Waterfront. Wrenching drama with Marlon Brando at his Methody best.

Nov. 17: Lawrence of Arabia. Simply one of the greatest films of all time, with a subtle but unmistakable gay subplot. (Noel Coward once said of star Peter O’Toole, pictured, “If he’d been any more beautful, they’d have had to rename it Florence of Arabia.”)

Nov. 24: Mary Poppins. A childhood essential, with Julie Andrews winning an Oscar in his feature film debut as the practically perfect nanny.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 18, 2015.


Best Bets • 09-18-15

Posted on 17 Sep 2015 at 4:55pm

Saturday 09.19


Outrageous Wendy Ho wants you to save her feral pussy (er, she means cat)

Wendy Ho is the kind of entertainer who refers to “her greatest shits,” so it’s no wonder the comedic performer has teamed up with a cat rescue group for a show this weekend called Save My Feral Pussy! You can be a fan of felines and of funny ladies by supporting them both at the show at Barbara’s Pavillion in Oak Cliff.

Barbara’s Pavillion
325 Centre St. 9 p.m.

Friday 09.18 —Sunday 09.20


Raise a glass to Oktoberfest

If Pride parades aren’t your thing no reason you have to hole up in your house all weekend. Addison Oktoberfest (in September!) arrives this weekend with loads of beer, brats, music and more. It’s a German-themed foodie festival with a Teutonic tradition that’ll make you fat and happy.

4970 Addison Circle Drive.
For a complete schedule of events, visit

Wednesday 09.23 —Sunday 10.04


Musical adaptation of ‘Matilda’ makes North Texas debut

Roald Dahl specialized in subversive children’s literature, from Wonka to giant peaches, and the creators of Matilda The Musical — based on one of Dahl’s books — have captured that spirit. Consider, for instance, that the neglected but resilient young heroine faces off against a stern headmistress … played by a man. The Broadway production of this show won four Tony Awards, and the national tour settles into the Winpear for a comfortable run.

Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
Sept. 23–Oct. 4

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 18, 2015.


7 ways to get out of your big gay rut

Posted on 16 Sep 2015 at 7:40am

GrindrFeeling more Marilyn Manson than Marilyn Monroe lately? Trade in that rut for swagger and strut with these seven positive ways to shake things up when your spirits are down.

1. Diversify your group of friends. I’ve never been keen to surround myself by mostly gay friends, yet I see it all time within the gay community, especially those in urban areas — which, of all places, offers the most diversity. The inherent problem with this practice, as you might image (or experience, if you’ve fallen into this trap), is that when everyone has similar interests and tastes and personalities, it makes it hard to feel like an individual who brings value to the group. If I’m talking about you, maybe it’s time to take a break from the Broken Hearts Club and spend an evening or two with a few folks who are vastly different from yourself. You don’t have to give up your gay besties for good, of course, but enjoying conversation and activity with equally fantastic friends who don’t want to yammer on about last night’s Grindr conquest might help put your friendships in better perspective.

2. Self-impose a hookup app hiatus. I have a love/hate relationship with Grindr and other hook-up apps, as I’m confident most LGBT people do. On one hand, they help you satisfy those cravings for instant gratification when all goes according to plan, but on the other, they’re a catalyst for feelings of loneliness, self-loathing, and sadness when nothing pans out. Especially when someone in whom you’re interested is being way harsh (no need to be rude, gentlemen!) — and who the hell needs that? If your constant presence on these apps is keeping your head hung low — for reasons that aren’t physically satisfying — take a break and roll your dice in the real world for a while.

3. Ditch the toxic bang buddies. We’ve all had that bedroom buddy, at some point in our lives, who’s always down, always has something negative to say, and, as a result, always tries to bring you to their very unhappy level. If there’s a person in your life currently that fits these characteristics — and it’s adversely affecting your own attitude — you’ve got to cut your losses. Talk to the person first and explain how they’re coming off – maybe they just don’t realize it. But if this is a chronic issue that doesn’t improve, make a clean break and move on with your life. Pessimism begets pessimism, and that’s no way to wake up every day.

4. Give yourself a mini getaway. When I’m at my breaking point, fed up, had enough, I know it’s time for a vacation. It doesn’t have to be a grand getaway or an expensive escape, but a change of scenery is sometimes required. In some cases I like to check into a nearby hotel to veg out and relax while other times I’ll head back to my old stomping grounds to kick it with my homies. If you don’t have that much time to spare, at least set aside a few hours to treat yourself, like with a massage or just silent time at home, for instance. Either way, a mini-getaway helps me put the pressures of life aside for a minute, de-stress, and think of healthy solutions on how to addresses whatever issues I’m experiencing.

5. Reevaluate your adult priorities. What do you want in life – and are you pursuing those goals in a way that doesn’t compromise your integrity, morals, finances or future? It’s easy to get caught up in all the noise of the world — like relationships and careers that are going nowhere, binge drinking and drugs, and lamenting missed opportunities — but, trust me when I tell you, in hindsight it’s all a waste of energy. Considering that, then, why not just skip the BS and focus on what actually matters — your own wellbeing. Learn to love yourself and you’ll be less susceptible to making poor decisions, both personally and professionally.

6. Step up your fitness game. It’s scientifically proven that exercise makes you feel better, think more positively, and enhances your own body image – the latter of which, whether we like it or not, is helpful in the gay community. Over the past year, I’ve completely transformed my body from a sedentary lump into a tight-and-fit powerhouse with confidence to spare. It’s quite incredible, actually, how your perspective on life changes when you commit to your own health. Winks from sweaty, built boys don’t hurt, either.

7. Present your best self in every way. Aside from your physical and mental fitness, there are other ways you can boost your self-confidence, including how you dress and how well you keep up your personal hygiene. A fresh haircut can go a long way to help you stand taller, as can a great outfit. Further improve your appearance by keeping facial and body hair trimmed (if that’s what makes you happy), clipping nails, splashing on cologne and tanning safely (I prefer professional spray-on versions). When you greet the world feeling awesome, everyone around you will notice. Play on, playah.

— Mikey Rox