The Mizer effect

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 6:15am

The photographer who established the gay sensibility for masculinity Ever wonder where your ideal of the male physique came from? Chances are, it’s Bob Mizer. Oh, sure, you like to think you arrived at your concept of male beauty by natural selection, but Bob Mizer — who died in 1992, at age 70 — probably […]

Gender studies

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 6:00am

Trans issues addressed through an audiobook and photography Beast by Brie Spangler, read by Andrew Eiden (Blackstone Audio c.2016) $34.95 8.5 hours, 7 CDs. In its most basic description, it’s a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it’s a muscle — a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells beating when you […]

Culture pearls

Posted on 06 Jan 2017 at 7:20am

Not everything about 2016 sucked; here are some highlights   One thing we know about 2016: It was the year they never stopped sucking. From shootings to elections to celebrity deaths that all but exhausted everyone emotionally, the year was one horror show after another… although there were some memorable moments that did not revolve around […]

Putting the ‘X’ in Xmas

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 at 6:15am

‘Tis the season for satirist John Waters’ new holiday show ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor It is possible that John Waters is the most misunderstood man in America whom everyone thinks they have all figured out. Consider this: The man who helped make drag queens mainstream is so over Halloween. “Halloween used to be […]

Opera review: ‘Moby-Dick’

Posted on 11 Nov 2016 at 7:35am

Opera thrives on revivals. Unlike plays and musicals, which replenish themselves at a brisk pace, new operas are few and far between. But the Dallas Opera has nurtured new works in recent years (three in 2015 alone), and leading off the pack was 2010’s Moby-Dick by Jake Heggie (libretto by Gene Scheer). It made an […]

A wonderful guy

Posted on 11 Nov 2016 at 6:15am

Out film professor Sean Griffin explores the majesty of ‘South Pacific’ Sean Griffin got lucky at the movies. Like, literally, his entire life was shaped by flicks of celluloid racing past his eyes. “ All of my earliest memories are related to movies,” he says. “My first conscious memory is holding my dad’s hand walking down […]

On your mark … get set … Pokemon GO!

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 6:30am

The phenomenon is more than a series of annoying Facebook posts from phone-obsessed wanderers — it’s an insight into the millennial Zeitgeist CHAKA CUMBERBATCH Contributing Writer If you’re in your mid-to-late 20s — or possibly even your early 30s … or just a total nerd — it’s safe to assume that your Facebook newsfeed […]


Posted on 31 Dec 2015 at 6:15am

We look at the pop culture, sports and arts events that defined 2015 for us   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor We like to refer to “the LGBT community,” but we’re all part of a larger collective of many communities: Dallasites, Texans, Americans, earthlings … consumers of media and patrons of the arts and […]

Keeping cool

Posted on 03 Jul 2014 at 5:35pm

As the Texas heat begins to take over, we offer some sexy ideas to stay chill When the mercury rises, so should your creativity to stay cool … or at least entertain yourself and your partner.  Consider these seven ways to beat the heat, and add a little sexy time to your life while you’re […]

Div URSA fied

Posted on 07 Mar 2014 at 6:00am

Bear rapper Big Dipper, laughing & sashaying his way through Texas RICH LOPEZ  | Contributing Writer There are three things someone is quick to notice about Big Dipper — and he’s fully aware of them. “When people write me up, [they usually describe me] as a ‘gay white rapper,’” he says. “Now they add […]