Cocktail Friday: Blood and Sand

Posted on 08 Jul 2016 at 1:43pm

Blood and SandJuice drinks are famously caloric, but then again, why not indulge in some fresh fruit during summer, when it’s in season? And whiskey is always in season.

2 oz. Dewar’s 12-year blended scotch

1 oz. cherry liqueur (kirsch)

1 oz. Martin & Rossi Rosso vermount

1 oz. fresh squeezes orange juice

Making it: Add all ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice, and shake till well-chilled. Strain into a martini glass and garnish with lemon twist.


WATCH: Todrick Hall and Bob the Drag Queen got the ‘Wrong Bitch’

Posted on 06 Jul 2016 at 9:23am

Screen shot 2016-07-06 at 9.17.51 AMHere’s a pairing as inspired as Dorothy and Toto: North Texas native and YouTube sensation Todrick Hall and RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen has teamed up for a new single — part of Hall’s Straight Outta Oz Tour, coming to Dallas on July 21 (get tickets here) — called “Wrong Bitch.” The style (and lyrics) are taken directly from The Wizard of Oz, but with a tremendously sassy gay twist. Check it out!


Texas Theatre hosts month-long tribute to gay filmmaker

Posted on 05 Jul 2016 at 8:46am

Fox-and-his-Friends-FassbinderRainer Werner Fassbinder was one of the most prolific filmmakers in history — he wrote and/or directed more than 20 features and documentaries, tons of TV movies and a mammoth miniseries, Berlin Alexanderplatz, and acted in a score of others. He was also openly gay — and very outre at that — in his life and films; at a time when gay cinema was consider underground, he was one of the most acclaimed international directors of his generation. He died, in 1982, of a drug overdose; he was only 37.

Oak Cliff’s Texas Theatre will spend the month of July looking back on Fassbender — first with a new documentary about his life, Fassbinder: To Love without Demands (showing July 7), followed by weekly screenings of three of his films: His uber-gay, full-frontal story of social climbing Fox and His Friends (1975); his most critically-lauded film, The Marriage of Maria Braun (1979), starring his muse, Hanna Schygulla; and a restored of Kamikaze ’89, in which he starred (his last film appearance) for director Wolf Gremm.

Each screening is on Wednesday and starts at 7 p.m.


Recipe: Cider caramel ice cream swirl

Posted on 01 Jul 2016 at 1:39pm

Cider Caramel Swirl Ice Cream-22Something different for a recipe this week (we have several cocktail recipes in the print edition!), one that combines dessert and alcohol — a perfect creation for the long Independence Day weekend, and something fun to share with multiple friends at a cookout.

12 oz. bottle of Leprechaun Premium Hard Golden Cider

4 tbsp salted butter

1 cup packed brown sugar

1/2 cup heavy cream

3/4 cup sugar

2 cups whole milk

1 cup heavy cream

1 egg (yolk only)

1 tsp vanilla extract

Screen shot 2016-01-23 at 9.57.13 AMMaking it: In a heavy-bottomed sauce pan, simmer cider 10–15 minutes until it reduces and begins to thicken; add butter and brown sugar until mix simmers and starts to bubble, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup heavy cream. Let sit for 10 mins. Transfer to a safe container, and allow to cool at least one hour.

To prepare ice cream base, whisk together sugar and milk in a sauce pan, simmering for at most 5 mins. (until sugar dissolves). Remove from heat, then whisk in cream. The add yolk and vanilla. Chill in refrigerator for at least 30 mins. Then, add ingredients into an ice cream maker (follow instructions).

Transfer to freezer-safe storage container and folk in cider caramel sauce. Freeze for at least 12 hours (24 preferred) before serving.


Rieger to chair Chorale board

Posted on 30 Jun 2016 at 9:57am

John Rieger

Turtle Creek Chorale’s board of directors and singing membership have elected John Rieger as the Chorale’s new board chair. Reiger replaces David Hess, who served as chair for the last three years. Reiger also serves on the boards of Lambda Legal and Cathedral of Hope.

Grant Myers returns to the Chorale board as secretary and Bryan Daniel was elected as treasurer, replacing Rieger in that position.

The Chorale also passed a resolution thanking the board for its annual 1,000 hours of annual service, its direct funding of the Chorale as well as its fundraising “and oversight efforts that help assure that the Chorale can continue to create musical experiences that change lives.”


Alexander the Great (Ally): New Tarzan — and ‘True Blood’ hottie — Skarsgard

Posted on 30 Jun 2016 at 8:46am

TarzanAlexander Skarsgård sure knows how to offset the uproar over his missing loincloth in The Legend of Tarzan.

“I’m actually wearing it right now,” teases Skarsgård, joking about the brouhaha regarding this Tarzan’s more civilized article of clothing as he portrays the jungle warrior in Warner Bros.’ new take on a classic tale. “I do all my phoners in a loincloth.”

The 39-year-old True Blood alum beams throughout our revealing conversation with contributor Chris Azzopardi, which leads to all sorts of places: being poisoned by Lady Gaga, how other straight men should approach a gay sex scene (“dive in”), and why, after giving us his best Farrah Fawcett impersonation last year, shooting Tarzan “was nothing compared to that night in drag.”

— Chris Azzopardi

_B4B0395.dngDallas Voice : So, I don’t know if you know this, but gay men love you. AS: Oh, really?

They do. Is that surprising to hear? Well, I don’t know. … Thank you. That’s very flattering to hear. It’s always been the most natural thing to me because my uncle and godfather is a gay man and so growing up, even as a little toddler, it was just as natural as being straight. My aunt would show up with her husband and my uncle would show up with his husband. He was, by far, out of my father’s four siblings [Alexander’s father is actor Stellan Skarsgård], the most fashionable and the most trendy, cool guy. So, when I was a kid, he was the one I looked up to. I thought he was really badass: fit and awesome and cool, and obviously not because he was gay. When I became a teenager and the kids made fun of other teenagers who were gay, I never really understood that. It just baffled me because my idol, my godfather, was gay, and he was the coolest guy I knew. I just couldn’t understand how that could be an insult.

That kind of personal relationship can change everything for somebody. I agree. And I think a lot of the xenophobia and fear comes from that, from not having a personal connection. People that know someone close that they love who is homosexual or bisexual are more likely to sympathize with people in the LGBT community.

The Legend of Tarzan is, in part, about making your own family. How might that resonate with the LGBT community? In a way, he’s lost between two worlds, he doesn’t fit in. He’s adopted by these apes, and even though emotionally he’s an equal and he’s loved, he can feel that he’s different. Then he goes to London and it’s kind of the same. He looks like people around him, but he also doesn’t fit in there either. That sense of being an outsider and trying to fit in or finding your home and your place in the world – it’s interesting to explore that. He’s a character who, on the surface, has it all – this gorgeous, wonderful wife; incredible wealth; beautiful mansion – but people don’t understand him, really, and his heart is still in the jungle.

Have you ever felt like an outsider? I can relate to the feeling of being somewhere between two worlds. I was born and raised in Stockholm, but I’ve lived in the States for 12 years. In a way, I feel at home when I go to Stockholm, but it hasn’t been my permanent home for 12 years. So, there are a lot of things that make me feel like an outsider: cultural references, the music scene, the arts scene, theater, what’s going on back home in movies; other references make me feel out of touch too.


49 celebrities pay tribute to 49 victims

Posted on 29 Jun 2016 at 4:29pm

Ryan Murphy Television produced this video with (in order of appearance) Lady Gaga, Chris Pine, Cuba Gooding Jr., Connie Britton, Matt Bomer, Sarah Paulson, Angela Bassett, Lea Michele, Colton Haynes, Sophia Bush, Jane Fonda, Harry Shum Jr., Denis O’Hare, Rob Reiner, Melissa Benoist, Caitlyn Jenner, Édgar Ramírez, Max Greenfield, Chaz Bono, Cheyenne Jackson, Emma Roberts, Kerry Washington, George Lopez, Evan Rachel Wood, Sofia Vergara, Diego Boneta, Nina Jacobson, Demi Lovato, Tyler Oakley, Yeardley Smith, Kid Cudi, Kaitlin Olson, Kevin McHale, Jamie Lee Curtis, Lee Daniels, Chace Crawford, Evan Peters, Gerard Butler, Katey Sagal, John Stamos, Laverne Cox, Jordana Brewster, Wes Bentley, Finn Wittrock, Darren Criss, Kathy Bates, Anna Paquin, Guillermo Díaz and Joe Mantello.


Gay Pride: A Texas teen’s inspirational coming out story

Posted on 29 Jun 2016 at 8:30am

OF062716Growing up in Houston as the son of a multi-sport athlete, it felt natural for Jeremy Brener to play sports. He enjoyed them all, especially soccer and basketball. He coached younger kids in a recreational league. “I’ve just always been enamored with competition and athleticism,” the articulate, insightful high school senior says. “Sports feel safe and comfortable to me.”

Brener lives in a diverse neighborhood; he’s always been surrounded by different cultures, ideas and types of people.

“Maybe I was naïve,” he says. “To be honest, I didn’t know what ‘gay’ meant until I was 12 or 13.” He assumed that because all his friends had mothers and fathers, that “every relationship was between a man and a woman. “I never heard anything about gay stuff.”

But in the midst of junior high basketball season, Jeremy’s “gears started turning. It was a weird time.” He felt different from his friends. He began understanding his burgeoning sexuality. “That’s when life started for me,” Jeremy says. “I started to see other things. It scared me.”

He thought that being gay meant “acting feminine, doing feminine things.” But he did not fit there. He liked playing and watching sports.

Jeremy went online, reading and hearing other gay men’s stories. He saw many different examples of what it means to be gay, how to live life. He realized he could be gay, play sports and hang out with other guys who like him for who he is.

“There’s a whole spectrum of masculinity,” he recognized. Pretty heady stuff for a 14-year-old.

Through YouTube, Outsports, the Advocate magazine and websites like Gay Star News, Jeremy “really started to wake up. I knew this is who I’m supposed to be.”

Once he discovered he was gay, he thought that was the most important part of his personality. He wanted to tell everyone, to stop living a lie.

Now, he wishes he had not been so forthright. “Being gay is not the most important thing about me,” he says emphatically. “You can lead a truthful, honest life without telling the whole world.”

Friends slowly distanced themselves. His grades dropped. “I thought living my truth would be wonderful,” Jeremy explains. “That wasn’t the case.”

Then, in February 2013, Los Angeles Galaxy soccer player Robbie Rogers came out. He was the first professional male sports team athlete in North America to do so.

Jeremy was coming off a knee injury. Compounded by his friends’ reactions to his sexuality, he considered giving up soccer. But Rogers’ coming-out experience propelled Jeremy back in the game. He even changed his jersey to 14. That was Rogers’ number, and also Jeremy’s age.

Jason Collins and Michael Sam soon followed Rogers through the closet “out” door. “I realized there really are gay people everywhere,” Jeremy recalls. “And I saw that being gay is only part of a person. That’s why Outsports is great. It really debunks stereotypes.”

For his last two years in high school, Jeremy focused on just being himself. “People like me for me,” he says proudly.

So who is Jeremy Brener? “I’m an athlete, a basketball coach, a friend, a brother, a son. I like physics and business. I’m so much more than a gay teenager. I’m proud to be gay, but I’m also proud of every part of me.”

Jeremy is also a contributing writer for Outsports — the site that did so much to show him the world of gay athletics. Earlier this month, he wrote a story about Braeden Lange, the 13-year-old gay lacrosse player whose life was turned around by Andrew Goldstein, a former pro with his own positive tale. Braeden’s coming out at a young age, facing some negative reactions, and still emerging empowered and strong — it all resonated with Jeremy.

He wove together Braeden’s story — including the “Courage Game” organized by Goldstein, bringing together lacrosse players from around the country in a show of support for the youngster; an ESPN profile on the game and Braeden’s life, and the founding of Philadelphia’s Courage Home for homeless LGBT youth — with Jeremy’s own coming-out process. It was a compelling read.

The next day, a young reader contacted Jeremy. He was struggling, and alone. Soon, though, he came out – and felt great.

“That was so powerful,” Jeremy says. “If I weren’t gay, that kid wouldn’t have felt confident enough to do that.

“I’m gay for a reason,” Jeremy concludes. “Now I want to try to make a difference in the world.”

He doesn’t have to try. He already has.

— Dan Woog


WATCH: Dance diva Kristine W’s new video ‘Out There’

Posted on 28 Jun 2016 at 11:20am

KW_DANCERS_2016_LARGE_BLUEKristine W has been a fixture in the gay dance music scene for two decades (more than a dozen of her singles have topped Billboard’s U.S. dance chart). She’s just released her latest video and single, “Out There.” Take a look and listen here.


Cocktail Friday: The Siege of Lisbon

Posted on 24 Jun 2016 at 2:09pm

TheSeigeofLisbon_LizClayman_01We’ve all heard of champagne cocktails, and even wine spritzers. But porto — a form of wine that originated on the Iberian peninsula — isn’t all that familiar as a cocktail mixer. The sweetish wine mixes well with other liquors, though, as this recipe bears out.

1.5 oz. of Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve

1 oz. gin

3/4 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. simple syrup

Angostura bitters

Making it: Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and top with ice. Shake to chill and dilute. Strain into a chilled rock-filled double old-fashioned glass. Garnish with an edible flower.