While Southern Comfort-loving frat boys are slinging back Soco and Limes like their paddles depend on it — because heterosexuality is only 55 proof in a house with wall-to-wall dudes — you can take a more sophisticated approach to the New Orleans-born spirit by serving up these come-to-papa Cherry POMs poolside this summer.
1 1/4 oz Southern Comfort Bold Black Cherry
2 oz lemonade
1 oz pomegranate juice
Lemon twist garnish
Making it: Combine liquids in cocktail shaker with ice. Shake to blend. Strain into large rocks glass over fresh ice. Garnish with lemon twist.
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.
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.
Nashville Mayor Karl Dean became the first mayor in Tennessee to endorse marriage equality today, according to a statement from Mayors for Freedom to Marry.
“Tennessee’s denial of the freedom to marry directly harms the state’s more than 10,000 same-sex couples and their loved ones, and by putting obstacles in the path of businesses and families, drags everyone down,” said Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry.
“I believe that all people should be treated fairly and equally and that their individual dignity should be respected,” said Dean. “Embracing and celebrating our growing diversity makes our city stronger. Nashville needs to continue in that direction, and it’s my hope that joining this effort will help us do that.”
“We welcome Mayor Dean as another voice in favor of moving Tennessee, the South, and all of America to the right side of history,” added Wolfson.
Dean joins over 500 mayors across the country who have endorsed marriage equality. Of the 500, only four are in Texas: Austin’s Lee Leffingwell, Houston’s Annise Parker, El Cenizo’s Raul Reyes and Shavano Park’s A. David Mame.
No mayor from Dallas-Fort Worth has yet to sign onto the pledge.
A federal judge ruled that Indiana must recognize out-of-state marriages, the last of the five marriage equality cases in Indiana that had not received a ruling. All five cases struck down any ban on same-sex marriage. The ruling is stayed pending appeal. Read more here.
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals denied Idaho’s request to appeal en banc (or before all of the court’s judges) a recent ruling overturning the state’s same-sex marriage ban. The case Latta v. Otter (otter–heehee!) was brought before the district court Judge Candy Dale this year by the National Center for Lesbian Rights and private attorneys. Dale ruled in their favor. Of note: the case will be heard concurrently with cases from Nevada and Hawaii, which also follow under the ninth court’s jurisdiction.
Florida’s ban on same-sex marriage was ruled unconstitutional today for a fifth time. The difference is that this time, a U.S. District Court made the ruling, so it applies to the entire state. The previous four rulings were in county courts and those rulings applied only to those counties. The ruling is stayed pending appeal.
Department of Veterans Affairs:
Curve ball! The VA isn’t a state, but it’s being sued over not recognizing the partners of veterans in states that don’t recognize same-sex marriage. The case AMPA v. McDonald was brought by Lambda Legal and others, was filed on behalf of the American Military Partner Association.
Waaaaaaay down south, Australia’s senate is considering a bill that would permit the country to realize recognition of foreign same-sex marriages, including Aussie couples who marry abroad. A recent ruling in their high court ruled that only Parliament could enact same-sex marriage.
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.
Here 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
In a bizarre ruling that only applies to gays and lesbians, the U.S. Supreme Court put a stay on marriage equality in Virginia a day before an appeals court ruling was to go into effect.
The stay only applies to same-sex marriages. Opposite-sex couples will still be allowed to marry in the state, although there’s no word if those marriages will be seen as valid by most people. Since there is a religious exemption in all marriage laws, denominations such as Reform Judaism and United Church of Christ that believe marriage discrimination laws violate their beliefs may not recognize those marriages. Those denominations certainly will not have to accept the validity of opposite-sex marriage licenses issued during this period of discrimination.
The Virginia attorney general refused to defend discrimination in his state at the trial court or appeals court levels and has asked the Supreme Court for a quick resolution. But he also asked for the discriminatory stay that applies only to gay and lesbian couples. He is not up for re-election, so it is not clear why he is taking both sides of the fence on the issue.
When a stay is placed on issuing marriage licenses, the stay should be placed on issuing all marriage licenses. If the gays can wait, so can the straights.