Cocktail Friday: Jerry Cherry on the Dashboard

Posted on 29 Jan 2016 at 2:13pm

Sailor Jerry Cherry on the DashboardI got into a car accident this week. So I need liquor. Here’s one helpful recipe.

1.25 oz. Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum

1/2 oz. Ancho Reyes Chile Liqueur

1/2 oz. black cherry shrub

Cherry bitters (3 dashes)

2 large sage leaves

Dry champagne

Making it: Add all ingredients except champagne into an ice-filled shaker. Shake vigorous and double strain into a flute. Top with champagne and garnish with sage leaves and a black cherry.


Best Bets • 01.29.16

Posted on 28 Jan 2016 at 6:10pm

Sunday 01.31


Opera luminaries Flicka and Jake, together again … in concert

When last we saw Frederica von Stade, she was delighting audiences in the world premiere of composer Jake Heggie’s Great Scott at the Winspear. Well, these opera luminaries (and personal friends) have teamed up again for an afternoon of music, with “Flicka” singing a variety of songs, accompanied by Heggie on piano. It’s a rare chance to see these talents in a more casual and intimate setting.

City Performance Hall
2520 Flora St.
2 p.m.

Tuesday 02.02 — Sunday 02.14


‘Bridges of Madison County’ swoons into Fair Park Music Hall

The novel The Bridges of Madison County was something of a phenomenon in the early 1990s, but it took more than 20 years for it to be adapted to the Broadway stage, with Jason Robert Brown providing a Tony Award-winning score. The national tour of the show arrives in Dallas for the first time, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals. Get out to see this romantic and elegantly composed musical now through — appropriately enough — Valentine’s Day.

Fair Park Music Hall
901 First Ave.

Friday 02.05


Taiwan’s Cloud Gate Dance makes long-awaited Dallas debut

TITAS continues its season of almost-exclusively North Texas premiere dance companies with this import from Taiwan. Cloud Gate Dance Theatre has been around for 40 years, but this is the first chance for Dallas audiences to catch this inventive modern dance troupe. Presented in conjunction with the Crow Collection of Asian Art, this innovative company weaves themes of sunlight, soil, wind, water and fire in a visually arresting style that is dramatic and beautiful. It performs a one-night-only show, so don’t miss it.

Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
8 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 29, 2016.


GLAAD Media Awards announces nominees

Posted on 28 Jan 2016 at 3:41pm

0630 flashThe GLAAD Media Awards, which recognize positive portrayals of LGBT folks in media, announced it list of nominees yesterday. The winners will be revealed at two different ceremonies: One on Los Angeles on April 2, and one in New York on May 14. Here are the nominees:

Outstanding Film (Wide Release): Carol, The Danish Girl, Dope, Freeheld, Grandma.

Outstanding Film (Limited Release): 52 Tuesdays, Appropriate Behavior, Boy Meets Girl, Drunktown’s Finest, Tangerine.

Outstanding Documentary: Kumu Hina, Limited Partnership, Mala Mala, Tab Hunter Confidential, Tig.

Outstanding TV Comedy Series: Brooklyn Nine-Nine, Faking It, Grace and Frankie, Looking, Master of None, Modern Family, Orange is the New Black, Please Like Me, Transparent, Vicious.

Outstanding TV Drama Series: Arrow, Black Sails, Empire, The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy, How to Get Away with Murder, Nashville, Orphan Black, Sense8, Shameless.

Outstanding TV Movie or Limited Series: Banana, Bessie, Cucumber.

Outstanding Individual Episode in a Series without a Regular LGBT Character: The Carmichael Show, Blackish, Royal Pains, NCIS New Orleans, NCIS.

Outstanding TV Reality Program: I Am Cait, I Am Jazz, New Girls on the Block, The Prancing Elites Project, Transcendent.

Outstanding Daytime Drama: The Bold and the Beautiful.

Outstanding Music Artist: Brandi Carlile, The Firewatcher’s Daughter; Miley Cyrus, Miley Cyrus & Her Dead Petz; Adam Lambert, The Original High; Le1f, Riot Boi; Troye Sivan, Blue Neighbourhood.

Outstanding Comic Book: Angela: Queen of Hel; Harley Quinn; Lumberjanes; Midnighter; The Wicked+The Divine.

Nominees were also announced for the following categories: Outstanding TV Talk Show Episode; Outstanding TV Journalism (Newsmagazine); Outstanding TV Journalism (Segment); Outstanding Newspaper Article; Outstanding Magazine Article; Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage; Outstanding Digital Journalism Article; Outstanding Digital Journalism Multimedia; Outstanding Novela; Outstanding Daytime Program Episode (Spanish Language); Outstanding TV Interview (Spanish Language); Outstanding Local TV Interview (Spanish Language); Outstanding TV Journalism (Spanish Language); Special Recognition.

You can see the full list here.


Get ready to cha cha into the weekend with Ab Soto

Posted on 28 Jan 2016 at 10:49am

Ab SotoIt’s Thursday, and that means that tomorrow is Friday and Friday is when the weekend starts!

And in the words of electro rap singer Ab Soto, that means it’s time to “Cha Cha, Bitch”!




Tickets for ‘Drag Race’ June extravaganza tour go on sale Friday

Posted on 28 Jan 2016 at 7:55am

Jinkx Monsoon

Just in time for National Gay Pride Month, Dallas will be getting the national tour of the RuPaul’s Drag Race Battle of the Seasons show, with M.C. Michelle Visage. Among the queens slated to appear are Ben De La Creme, Ginger Minj, Manila Luzon and season winners Sharon Needles, Jinkx Moonson and Violet Chachki.

The show will be at the South Side Music Hall on June 22. Tickets go on sale this Friday, and you can get ‘em here starting at noon.


Dallas couple get a shot and their foodies dreams on reality TV tonight

Posted on 27 Jan 2016 at 12:46pm

IMG-8369A few years ago, we profiled Lara Whittington and Jennifer Bonner, a couple in life and burgers, who opened Full Circle Tavern in The Cedars. (Oh, and we also really liked the food.) From those beginnings the couple have grown their aspirations, wanting to develop a slider concept… only they need some investors to make the dream come true.

In comes Restaurant Startup, a reality TV show that airs Wednesdays on CNBC. Co-hosted by Fort Worth celebrichef Tim Love, it combines Top Chef with Shark Tank as teams pitch their concepts, hoping to get funded. And tonight, it’s Whittington and Bonner’s turn. They go head-to-head with another Texas team (from Houston).

Will the local lesbians win and achieve money for their fast-casual shop (called Full Circle Sliders)? The only way for you to find out is to watch the show tonight at 9 p.m. on CNBC.


Last chance to vote in the Readers Voice Awards for the best in Dallas

Posted on 27 Jan 2016 at 8:46am

YEvery year, we ask our readers to share their feelings about the best in gay North Texas, from favorite personal trainers to best dentist to top arts organization and favorite place to get brunch. Hey, we’re the Dallas Voice, so of course we want to hear your voice. The Readers Voice Awards are underway right now, and you can vote here. You have until Jan. 31 (this Sunday!) to weigh in and let everyone know what you think. Even better, just by voting once you are entered for a chance to win prizes including cash and tickets to see Blue Man Group live. We will produce a special edition in March highlighting all the winners. Get crackin’!


Kitchen LTO seeks new chef … and you can meet (and taste) the contenders

Posted on 26 Jan 2016 at 12:46pm

KLTOSignWhen Casie Caldwell founded Kitchen LTO — short for “Limited Time Only” — the idea was a new chef (and a new decor curated by an artist) would be selected every few months, to constantly shake it up. With the upcoming departure of exec chef Anastacia Quinones (her last day is Feb. 28), it’s time to find a replacement. The contenders are:

Nick Amoriello (“Modern Texas” cuisine from a chef currently at Rapscallion)

Jennifer Basjel (the catering chef’s “Modern Bistro” style)

Mark McDaniel (“Modern American” from the cater chef)

Thomas Morris (Caribbean cooking from a local personal chef)

D.J. Park (“Korean Comfort” food from a newcomer to Dallas)

Not enough info to judge? Well, do it in person on Sunday, with a voting party and tasting from 5–8 p.m. Tickets are $65 and benefit the American Parkinson’s Disease Association. You can get them here.


Leather Knights announce leadership council, beneficiaries for 2016

Posted on 26 Jan 2016 at 8:16am

Steve Waldren

The Leather Knights, the long-standing charitable organization of North Texas leathermen, has announced the group’s leadership council for 2016, with the following line-up of officers:

President — Steve Waldren

Vice President — Steve “Chip” Robertson

Treasurer — Glenn Simpson

Secretary — Christopher Stinnett

Fundraising Chair — Stace Owens

Social Chair — Phillip Owens

In addition, the Knights identified their beneficiaries for the year: The Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage; AIDS INterfaith Network and the Sharon St. Cyr Fund.


Gay-owned Red Pegasus comic shop named Business of the Year

Posted on 25 Jan 2016 at 11:29am

12605480_10153831008434424_8692446048369458947_oCongratulations to Gabriel Mendez and Kenneth Denson, the couple who own Oak Cliff’s Red Pegasus Games and Comics. The Oak Cliff Chamber of Commerce named the fledging retail establishment its 2015 Business of the Year. Cheers, queers! What a superhuman feat! I wonder if you used any special powers…?