The hirsute of ape-iness

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:40am

All hail Caesar in ‘Dawn of the Apes;’ animal magnetism sputters in ‘Fur’   ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor It doesn’t take much more than 10 minutes of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes before you stop thinking, “Wow! What awesome special effects!” and start thinking, “These apes sure are good actors.” Of [...]

The Ultimate sport

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:30am

Gays with flying discs — don’t call them Frisbees — turn a beachside pastime into a serious competition   DAN WOOG  | Contributing Sports Writer outfield@qsyndicate.com So how gay is Frisbee? Pretty gay. It’s a sport — which is actually called “Ultimate” and played with a “disc,” because “Frisbee” is a registered trademark — that has traditionally [...]

Pop rocks

Posted on 11 Jul 2014 at 7:25am

Matt Palmer’s catchy debut; NPH punks out as Hedwig Stranger than Fiction Matt Palmer From the familiar squeezed-sound opening of “The Break-Up” — the opening track from Matt Palmer’s self-released debut EP — it’s clear he’s adept at those radio-friendly songs that gets your head boppin’ to easy lyrics. That it’s stylistically indistinguishable from the CD’s [...]

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 [...]

Tasting notes

Posted on 03 Jul 2014 at 5:25pm

Taste of Dallas returns to Fair Park, Pakpao gets a menu makeover   Taste of Dallas is right around the corner, offering bites from dozens of North Texas restaurants next weekend, July 11–13, at Fair Park. It starts Friday with “date night,” designed specifically for couples with not only food but palm reading and fair [...]

Feelin’ Grove-y

Posted on 03 Jul 2014 at 5:20pm

What you need to know about Trinity Groves, Dallas’ hottest foodie destination     ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Executive Editor When the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge was being erected, critics dismissed it as an expensive “bridge to nowhere.” But nobody’s saying that now. In addition to providing an alternate route to West Dallas and Oak [...]

Cassie Nova

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:45am

Karma chameleon: This diva can take it as good as she gives Hey, y’all. It’s me, Cassie Nova, superstar of the Rose Room and all around badass! I’m here every other week to answer some of life’s most difficult questions. Just kidding. I’m really here to talk a little B.S. and entertain. So once again, [...]

In brief: ‘By the Way, Meet Vera Stark’

Posted on 27 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

The first act of By the Way, Meet Vera Stark — playwright Lynn Nottage’s play about the African-American experience in the 1930s, as lived by black women on the fringe of the movie business in Hollywood — is an intriguing and unexpected comedy played with wit and a veil of pathos. Vera Stark (Yolanda Williams, [...]

In brief: ‘Noises Off,’ ‘Good People’

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 10:32am

Noises Off. A farce about a theater troupe doing a terrible production of an even worse play could get too meta — what if this production really is terrible? And could you tell? Trust me, you could. But you needn’t worry about that with Noises Off, perhaps the most bulletproof slamming-door romp since Moliere died, given [...]

UP’s Pride Fest moves back to fall

Posted on 13 Jun 2014 at 7:35am

For the past three years, Uptown Players has produced the Pride Performing Arts Festival — a showcase of plays and live performances with gay themes — during Dallas’ Gay Pride Week in September. But when the group announced its upcoming season last summer, the fest was moved to National Gay Pride Month — that’s now [...]