PHOTOS: DIFFA’s Burgers & Burgundy

Posted on 10 Oct 2016 at 10:34am

The annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser for DIFFA Dallas moves from a Preston Hollow estate to the Ron King Pedestrian Bridge with its breathtaking views of both Downtown and its neighboring “Large Marge” Bridge.

The evening got off to a slightly late start, as the health inspector loped around before signing off on the cooking stations, but when it got into full swing attendees were greeted by excellent gourmet burgers from chefs at Knife (pimento cheese!), Five Sixty (lamb!), The Grape (the famed “Uncle Herky mini!), Common Table, Madrina and more, represented by culinary masters like Sharon Van Meter, Casey Thompson, Brian Luscher and more. Check out some  scenes from the event.



PHOTOS: Rodd reupholsters Richardson

Posted on 07 Oct 2016 at 1:45pm

Additional photos from Rodd Gray’s amazing home transformation in Richardson. To see the full story of Rodd’s year-long project, click here.


WATCH: Trans comic Robin Tran

Posted on 06 Oct 2016 at 2:25pm

Transgender comic Robin Tran — “total coincidence” she assures us — has been around a while, but I only discovered her recently on a Facebook link for a video she did about being trans for But I found this latest posted routine (from earlier this week) about her obsession with Facebook. Since I found her on Facebook, I thought it would be a fun way to introduce her. Enjoy!


LifeWalk discounts registration fee

Posted on 29 Sep 2016 at 2:42pm

lifewalkOnly 10 days left until LifeWalk, the 5K walk and festival that benefits Dallas AIDS organizations, and online registrations have been discounted. The registration fee is normally $40 but from now until the walk on Oct. 9, the registration fee is just $20. Not planning on going? You can still register and help make this year’s event as successful as last year when it was the largest Dallas fundraiser for Dallas organizations.

Registration in Lee Park, 3333 Turtle Creek Blvd. begins at 11 a.m. on Oct. 9. The walk is at 1 p.m. and festival at 2 p.m. WFAA’s Marcus Lee will be on hand. Register for LifeWalk here. You can register as an individual, join a team, form a team or make a donation.



Want to be in an opera? The DO could use you for something fishy

Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 9:19am

moby_12The Dallas Opera’s season kicks off in a few weeks, with the return of the Jake Heggie-Gene Scheer adaptation of Moby-Dick, and while all the singing roles have been cast, there are still a few openings. The DO is looking for me who are “athletic, agile, adventurous, and unafraid of heights” to be supernumeries (extras) in the ocean-set opera. You don’t need to sing, just be willing to be eaten by a great white whale.

The open call is that the Karayanis Rehearsal Center on the Fair Park grounds on Oct. 3, at 7:30 p.m., but you need to respond with your interest no later than noon, Oct. 1 by emailing


Lone Star Film Fest films include some queer-friendly offerings

Posted on 26 Sep 2016 at 1:32pm

screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-1-57-25-pmThe Lone Star Film Festival is one of the newer such events in North Texas, but has been growing exponentially over the years. The 2016 fest, which runs in Sundance Square Nov. 10–13, will include 134 screenings, including 34 features and documentaries. Among the line-up are some that look especially inviting for LGBT and Texas audiences, including:

Bear with Us, a screwball comedy featuring Cheyenne Jackson about a couple besieged by a bear (it’s not The Revenant).

Honky Tonk Heaven, a documentary about famed Austin dancehall the Broken Spoke.

The Other Kids, pictured, a combined fictional/true hybrid (called a ficumentary) about teenagers today, including tomboy Abby and her apparent attraction for new girl Cricket.

Jackson, a documentary about the last remaining abortion clinic in Mississippi.



MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#4)

Posted on 22 Sep 2016 at 12:00pm

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #4 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).


REVIEW: ‘Danny Says’

Posted on 22 Sep 2016 at 9:26am

Pristine Condition and Danny Fields

Danny Feinberg was just another “little faggot from Long Island” when he came of age just after World War II. He went to college and was admitted to Harvard Law School while still in his teens because he was fairly brilliant, although he would eventually drop out. No wonder; he preferred to smoke dope and hang out with the other outsiders and faggots and generally serve as handmaiden to the shaker in the underground art movement in Greenwich Village that would really set the tone for the second half of the 20th century.

He remembers seeing Nina Simone for the first time and being wowed. He knew instantly that Edie Sedgwick was a transformative presence. He was responsible for circulating John Lennon’s claim that the Beatles were “bigger than Jesus.” And he knew Lennon was right.

By the mid-1960s, Feinberg — now known as Danny Fields — was himself what today we might call an “influencer.” He was a talent manager for Elektra Records just as that label was leading the way for the psychedelic rock era. There are some that say punk rock wouldn’t have existed without Fields… probably among them, Fields himself.

He burned bridges, spoke truth to power, coddled infants terribles like Jim Morrison and had a hand steering careers from the Ramones to Iggy Pop to Alice Cooper. He led, in short, an amazing life.

And he’s still living it, in more retrospective form (he’s 77) in the documentary Danny Says (which plays Saturday at the Texas Theatre at 7 p.m. with filmmaker Brendan Toller in attendance). Danny Says — it takes its title from a song Joey Ramone wrote about Fields — premiered at SXSW in 2015, and is finally getting a theatrical release, and thank heavens. It’s a fascinating and exhausting film, as much a piece of pop art itself as the people it’s about. The director pieces together interviews with Fields, John Cameron Mitchell, Cooper, Pop and countless execs and friends who lived this amazing roller coaster of sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. Toller comes close to overdoing it, though, with a degree of sensory overload: Conversations, photos, subtitled and a required working knowledge of pop culture that taxes the memory of even a professional writer of pop culture. But the payoff is a nearly orgasmic expiation of the alt-rock-art scene.


Director Brendan Toller, sporting a famous Stones cover, will be in attendance at a screening of ‘Danny Says’ at the Texas Theatre Saturday at 7 p.m.

It’s an exhilarating exploration of  journalism, sexuality, art and the counterculture from the framework of a smart-mouthed cynic whose arrogance is undercut by his incomparable instincts and insights. Fields refers to 1965–66 as “the year that everything wonderful happened,” and snarkily observes that “everything good starts by being hated by the New York Times.” This is a history lesson like the world might not be able to tell anymore. We’re culturally obsessed with Kim Kardashian’s ass and Brangelina divorcing; Fields & Co. were surviving the thriving. The photo collages alone are amazing, especially compared to the soulless eyes of Instagram selfies and self-indulgent Snapchats and brain-dead Trump supporters. Danny Says reminds us that once, long ago, art mattered.


WATCH: Video for Lady Gaga’s ‘Perfect Illusion’

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 at 12:34pm

Lady Gaga releases her next full-length album, Joanne, on Oct. 21, but the single “Perfect Illusion” is already out. Here’s the video for it. Enjoy!


MARCELO MEDIA PHOTOS: 2016 Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade (#3)

Posted on 21 Sep 2016 at 9:00am

Parade photos by Chuck Marcelo of Marcelo Media, #3 (watch for more photos as the week goes on).