LULAC’s LGBT school supply drive

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:29am

Dallas City Council members Adam Medrano and Philip Kingston, Dallas County Schools board member Omar Narvaez and DISD School board President Miguel Solis were at Havana last night to accept donations of school supplies from LULAC, Congregation Beth El Binah, Resource Center, AIDS Healthcare Foundation, DIVA, Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and Texas Latino Gay Pride.

The donations went to Maple Lawn Elementary School and Rusk Middle School in Oak Lawn, two of the poorest schools in DISD.

In addition, LULAC made a $400 donation to Promise House in Oak Cliff. Promise House is a shelter for homeless youth and works with Youth First and Resource Center to care for homeless LGBT youth.

 

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Dallas Black Dance Theatre appoints new director

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:28am
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DBDT appointed April Berry as its new artistic director.

Dallas Black Dance Theater announced the appointment of April Berry, a former principal dancer, as its new artistic director. Berry will be only DBDT’s second leader. Founding director Ann Williams retired in May after 37 years of leading the company.

Berry’s a well-known figure in the dance world, having studied under “the matriarch of black dance” Katherine Dunham, according to art & seek. “Berry is one of only a handful of Dunham ‘masters,’ certified to teach the ‘Dunham technique.”

She ran her mentor’s namesake company, has toured around the world with Ailey and taught at multiple universities. She also contributed choreography to Debbie Allen’s The Chocolate Nutcracker. Allen, in collaboration with Imagination Celebration Fort Worth, hosts an annual summer dance institute in Fort Worth.

Berry will begin Sept. 4. Williams plans to help Berry in the company’s transition.

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Get in the Zone for some free yogurt

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 11:25am

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Yogurt Zone, 4103 Lemmon Ave., will be celebrating its grand opening by giving away free yogurt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

All you have to do is:

• Go to www.yogurtzone.com and click the coupon tab.

• Choose Dallas Grand Opening and print the free yogurt coupon, or download the free yogurt coupon to your smart phone.

• Head over to the Zone on Lemmon and when you check out either give them the printed coupon or show them the digital coupon on your phone.

Easy-peasy, right? Then do it. Tell ‘em Dallas Voice sent you.

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Flashback Friday: More parade pics

Posted on 22 Aug 2014 at 9:49am

More parade pictures from the late 1980s and early 90s. Cedar Springs was still in black and white.

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CD review: Jason Mraz, ‘Yes!’

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 10:21am

Editor’s note: We’ll have an interview with Jason Mraz in the paper next week, but before then we thought we’d share this review of his latest album, which he’ll be in Dallas in support of Sept. 2 and 3. 

MRAZHere to make you feel better about your life: Jason Mraz, the Oprah of white-boy balladry. He’s got your “remedy,” and it’s called Yes!, an album of life-affirming mantras expressed simply by song name: “Rise, “You Can Rely On Me,” “Shine,” and so on. It’s true, Mraz is Mraz-ing us with his lovey-dovies, which is just what he’s been doing since he dropped the reggae and wordplay.

When “Lucky” and “I’m Yours” sent him and his fedora into superstardom, he wasn’t about to go back to his scrappy hipster ways (though didn’t you just love him then?). Because if anyone can sell you the warm and fuzzies, it’s the “geek in pink” — the same hopeless romantic who gives them to you when you’re slow dancing at a wedding. “Love Someone” fits that sensitive-guy-with-a-guitar role, but so does most of the album: “Best Friend” is another ode to a confidante, “3 Things” is self-help in list form and “Out of My Hands” imparts a let-it-go moral.

What’s most telling about his career at this juncture is that he’s covering a Boyz II Men song (his a cappella take on “It’s Hard to Say Goodbye to Yesterday” is actually quite lovely). For maximum swoon effect, the adult-contemporary fluff of Yes! — recorded with girl group Raining Jane, who will be Mraz’s special guests at his Dallas concerts Sept. 2 and 3 — is full of honeyed acoustics and sentiments as subtle as one of those inspirational chain emails you get from your grandma.  Yeah, that. (2.5 stars)

— Chris Azzopardi

 

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Throwback Thursday: 1980s Dallas Pride

Posted on 21 Aug 2014 at 9:42am

Dallas Voice is packing to move to our new office. We came across a box of Pride parade pictures from the late 1980s. Color photography had not been invented yet, at least not for newspapers. I chose these particular pictures to show how Cedar Springs has changed over the years rather than because of who is in the pictures. But if anyone can identify any of the parade participants, please do.

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Disclosure: The gay interview

Posted on 20 Aug 2014 at 12:09pm
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Guy and Howard Lawrence, the brothers who make up the duo Disclosure.

English dance prodigy duo Disclosure isn’t simply aware that club music is steeped in queer culture; they’re inspired by it. The Grammy-nominated duo, brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence, is still lighting up the charts with songs off their debut, Settle (recently released as a deluxe edition), which, according to its creators, leans heavily on the unique gay roots found in house music.

Makes sense, then, that they’re getting their groove on with Madonna. If chummy Instagram photos with the legend are any indication, presumably they’ll be working with the icon on her next album. Word broke after our Chris Azzopardi spoke with Guy for this gay press exclusive (Howard couldn’t be reached for our scheduled interview, so like a good brother, Guy stepped in for him last-minute). Though he didn’t acknowledge Madonna at the time, the 23-year-old did reveal what other pop icon he’s drunk in love with: Beyoncé. And more news since the interview? Disclosure will bring a DJ set to Dallas this December as headliners of the EDM festival Lights All Night.

Dallas Voice: How much has the gay community influenced your sound?  Guy Lawrence: Honestly, the history of the music that we take influence from, like house and garage, obviously originated in gay clubs like The Warehouse in Chicago and Paradise Garage [in New York City]. I don’t go to gay clubs now, but I feel like gay clubs just seem to be very forward-thinking, in terms of music anyway, and they’re always pushing boundaries. If you look back at the last 25 years or so, they’re playing the most original, creative stuff.

The gay community is often recognized as having its finger on the pulse. You hear people say we know when something is gonna be big before it actually is. From what I’ve seen, I would agree. I don’t only look to the gay community for where I’m gonna go next, but generally, London is such a step ahead of most places in the world musically, especially with dance music. Wherever we travel, producers and DJs are always looking at London and the UK to see what’s coming up next. That’s really why I love living here. We just have such a great buzzing young producer community going on over here — it’s such a good vibe.

You say you don’t go to gay clubs much now, but it sounds like you have. Was that for research purposes?  I used to go to Brighton a lot. It’s on the south coast of England, a five-minute drive from where I used to live. It was cool — there’s a big gay community in Brighton. I can’t really remember which were gay clubs or not, but it didn’t really matter — there was always great DJs playing at them. I used to drive down there and there was definitely some research involved. When I was really into dubstep and grime and that kind of thing, I’d go down and slowly but surely everyone started playing house music and garage music. It was just a really good place to go out, especially when I was just turning 18 and wanting to learn about dance music, where it came from and the history. It was the perfect place for that.

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WATCH: A beautiful song about marriage equality

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 at 11:02am

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It’s only been airing a few weeks, but already Garfunkel and Oates is one of my favorite quirky comedies. Playing on IFC, it’s about two girls who are musician-comedians, performing lilting humor songs as part of their act. In the most recent episode, they were tapped to write a song about two male puppets on a popular kids’ show who were getting married. This is the result, called — like another song sung by a puppet named Kermit — “Rainbow Connection.” If it’s not in the running for an Emmy next year, there’s something very, very amiss in the world.

New episodes airs weekly on IFC.

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Brendon Urie with Panic! at the Disco: The (new) gay interview

Posted on 18 Aug 2014 at 10:12am

Panic! at the Disco frontman Brendon Urie

Laughing off the recent protest that took place during a Kansas City stop on the band’s Gospel Tour, Urie, who revealed in our interview late last year that he’s a “straight dabbler,” high fives me as I greet him. Backstage, hours before the trio relays a message of love and unity to a Detroit crowd, I mention the tweet the troll-y “church” sent out, condemning both of us for our “fag sins.”

“We fucking did it!” he says, elated that his outspokenness regarding LGBT issues — and his own sexuality — has reached far enough to get a rise out of the WBC. “Whatever gets them pissed off, I love.”

Our Chris Azzopardi got him to open up — again — the appearance of Panic! at the South Side Ballroom on Friday. And just wait till they read what he has to say about having the hots for Ryan Gosling.

Dallas Voice: How did you hear that Westboro was going to picket your Kansas City show?  Brendon Urie: We saw a couple [of tweets about it]. For a couple of weeks before the Kansas City show they were threatening us. I mean, they’ve come to shows before but have never been that present.

Not that present? Only 13 people showed up outside your Kansas City show. You mean to tell me there were less than that at other protests?  Yeah. Seriously — there were like five people.

You haven’t made a statement regarding this protest. … No. …

And I know some celebrities have confronted them. … Which is great. Foo Fighters did. The whole band got on the back of a semi-truck and played some country songs, which was brilliant.

How did you guys decide you’d respond to them by donating $20 to the Human Rights Campaign for each protester that came to your show?  When I heard that they were showing up, I mean, I can’t lie — I was instantly a little upset. I was like, “Oh, man, I don’t like these people,” but then I started to be like, “I don’t wanna be in that mood anymore. I don’t wanna feel that way. I don’t want them to have that kind of control, so we’ll try to turn it around.” Because what would make them more mad than being a part of something charitable? And I thought we were gonna make a huge donation! But 13 people showed up for 20 minutes, and then they left. That was weak. It was pathetic. So, we’re gonna throw in a little more [money], because that was stupid. [Panic! at the Disco has pledged to donate a total of $1,000 to HRC.]

What if they show up at more shows?  If they do, we’ll just donate way more!

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Cocktail Friday: Cali Strawberry Daiquiri

Posted on 15 Aug 2014 at 12:18pm

CalistrawedSaturday, Aug. 16, is officially National Rum Day, so there’s no better chance to fiddle with a taste of the islands with a sweet, fruity drink like this one: The Cali Strawberry Daiquiri.

2 oz. Caliche rum

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. agave nectar

1 fresh strawberry

Making it: In a shaker, combine all ingredients, lightly muddling the strawberry. Shake vigorously with ice until well chilled. Strain into a highball glass over rocks and garnish with a berry.

 

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