Tea partiers, gay style

Dallas Purple Party hopes people will forget it’s a school night

RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

COOL DADDY | DJ Tony Moran is chill, but heats up the dancefloor.
COOL DADDY | DJ Tony Moran is chill, but heats up the dancefloor.

Dallas Pride also marks the return of the Purple Foundation.  Every year, the organization hosts a circuit party benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas. When the floats are put up and the straight onlookers have gone back to the ’burbs, it becomes the afterparty of afterparties.

With the DJ talents of Tony Moran and Alyson Calagna headlining, the foundation hosts Spectrum: Dallas Pride Tea Dance at the Brick on Sunday. And clearly, this is one tea party you don’t have worry about repealing your rights.

Moran is one of the primo DJs in the gay circuit scene, but over the span of his career, he’s stepped away from the underground to produce and write tunes for mainstream artists such as Cher and Michael Jackson. Thankfully, he doesn’t forget his club divas: Moran has had major dancefloor smashes with the likes of Deborah Cox (“Everybody Dance”) and Kristine W. (“Walk Away”), among others.

Expect Calagna to bring her own game, employing her signature omtronica sound, “mixing sexual, sensual and spiritual rhythms with tones of empowerment and ecstasy. “ We’re not sure what it means, but we’ll definitely have what she’s having.

Sure it’s a Sunday, but it’s also Pride weekend. Forget your Monday hangover and tired feet and end your Pride celebration on a high note. (For the weary, a free shuttle will whisk people from the ilume and Walgreens over to the Brick.) More importantly, try to remember it — sometimes these celebrations can be a blur.

The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave., #125. Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. $20. DallasPurpleParty.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

The Gaga Countdown: Parties and afterparties galore — oooh, and more tickets just released

Lady Gaga

You’d have to know that after Lady Gaga’s final song for the night, that the Monster Ball wouldn’t end there. Whether it’s official or not, clubland is buzzing with after parties following the concert. The Brick jumps the gun by getting their Gaga party in Wednesday night. If you’re still feeling “Starstruck,” then continue your adventure at these spots. They each give you the lowdown on their fab-tastic post concert experience.

Station 4 – “Calling all Little Monsters: GAGA Giant Afterparty at Station 4 on Thursday July 22 and Friday July 23. Bring your concert ticket stub and get in free (21+). Two nights of Lady Gaga’s greatest hits. After the concerts, head over to S4 and JUST DANCE!”

GhostbarNou Wav Thursdays and the House of Gaga host the “official afterparty” on Thursday. What makes it so official? Um, that would be because opening act Semi Precious Weapons will be there to perform a DJ set. So, we’d say that makes it pretty legit. Now, will Ms. Gaga? Well, we wonder.

Plush – So it’s not a gay club. Don’t worry. Ultra lounges are really just a Cosmopolitan away from being gay bars. Plush will host a look-alike-contest and ticket stubs get you in as VIP.

Dish goes Gaga Thursday with its Monster Ball Afterparty. G-tunes, inspired cocktails and a costume contest for Friday night tickets will be part of the bash. Dish also hosts a performance by “Dallas’ top Lady Gaga impersonator,” whoever that may be.

If you’re lacking for fun, then there’s nothing more I can do for you.

THIS JUST IN via Twitter — LiveNationDAL JUST ANNOUNCED — Additional tickets just released for Lady Gaga 7/22 & 7/23 at AAC! Get them before they sell out!

—  Rich Lopez