Cassie Nova • 09-30-16

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 7:30am

Cassie dishes on Brangelina, Jennifer and the famous Cassie-roles   Hey ya’ll. I hope you all are having a better week than Brad and Angelina. I mean seriously, the world is falling to pieces and all anybody can talk about is Brangelina. So I guess I will too. Let’s back up: Remember Brad Pitt was […]

Take the plunge

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 7:20am

Lesbian author examines swimming from all angles The Joy of Swimming by Lisa Congdon (Chronicle Books 2016); $18.95; 141 pp. People say you’re all wet. Maybe that’s not the nicest thing you’ve ever heard, but hey! If something’s true, it’s true, right? Yep, you love being in a pool, lake, pond, the ocean, a puddle, […]

The drill of it all

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 7:20am

Despite tropes, this film is a working-class winner The more I see Peter Berg films, the more convinced I become that he’s Michael Bay Lite. Despite affecting a veneer of indie cred — lots of handheld camera work and overlapping, improvisational-seeming dialogue that craves comparisons to John Cassavettes — there’s something slick and programmatic and […]

Dress for success

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 6:30am

Hugo Weaving is back in backless, queering it up (again) in ‘The Dressmaker,’ a dark comedy from Down Under   Hugo Weaving likes to frock around. The Sydney-based actor first made his name starring alongside Guy Pearce and Terence Stamp as a drag queen crossing the Aussie outback in a silver bus in 1994’s LGBT […]

Figuring it all out

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 6:15am

Even though she’s not gay herself. Scottish singer KT Tunstall is proud of her LGBT fans — but not so happy Trump used her music at a campaign stop   Is she or isn’t she? Truthfully, KT Tunstall understands the confusion regarding her sexuality — she’s responsible for it, after all. Tunstall, whose breakthrough song, “Suddenly I […]

Camo chameleon

Posted on 30 Sep 2016 at 6:00am

Urban fashion this fall boasts a distinctly disguised quality   Now they see, now they don’t in this selection of camouflage apparel and accessories designed to help you stand out while you blend in. Bombers away. Wear white after Labor Day like a maverick with Alpha Industries’ stark snow-colored camo bomber jacket in a vintage […]

Ask Howard

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 7:45am

How to do the wrong thing right   Always, I receive loads upon multiple loads of various “size” questions — way too many to answer them all. And for mysterious, unfathomable reasons, most all of your measurement questions, dear readers, come at me as the seasons first begin to change; hence, with the “official” arrival […]

Best Bets • 09-23-16

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 7:40am

Friday 09.23 — Sunday 10.22 Dallas Theater Center shows a more colorful take on the Old West with the world-premiere musical ‘Bella’ We all know what the Old West was like — white cowboys and blond milkmaids whooping it up in saloons. Only that’s not the Old West — there were African-Americans out there, too, […]

Idina, letting go

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 6:30am

‘Rent.’ ‘Wicked.’ ‘Frozen.’ And now a remake of ‘Beaches.’ We track the making of a queer icon with Idina Menzel   Though it arrives nearly 20 years after her debut album, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for a self-titled Idina Menzel release. Menzel’s latest is a declaration of self — of her real self, […]

Chord progression

Posted on 23 Sep 2016 at 6:15am

How acceptance and support at a Deep Ellum club spurred a second coming out for trans musician Ivan Dillard   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor Ivan Dillard remembers a key moment in his coming out process — actually, his second coming out. Ivan — born Aleah — had “tried to be a lesbian for […]