LISTEN: Mary Lambert’s video for debut single ‘Secrets’

MaryLambert1Mary Lambert went from obscurity to zaftig pop hero when she teamed with Macklemore and Ryan Lewis on their hit rap about gay tolerance, “Same Love.” Now the queer singer, who has one of those indie rocker-chick voice you quickly latch onto, has release the first single off her debut album, due in the fall. “Secrets” is about her dysfunctional personality and how she comes to terms with being who she is. It’s a fun little romp. Take a listen (and watch the video) after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Snuffer’s vs. Snuffers: From burgers to Tex-Mex

493217679Our Food Issue is still on the stands, but here’s some news since we went to press last week. And it concerns a Dallas icon and the new efforts of its former proprietors.

Snuffer’s on Lower Greenville was an institution for decades, venerated for its loaded cheese fries and decadent hamburgers. Then a Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing early last year turned the restaurant, the name, and the other branches over to Firebird Restaurant Group, the same company that owns El Fenix and Meso Maya. The site of the original restaurant was bulldozed, and Firebird opened a new Snuffer’s on the same spot earlier four months ago.

But Pat Snuffer isn’t out of the restaurant game — though it appears the family may be downplaying the cheese fries. Pat and his son Mike Snuffer just announced plans to open Pat & Mike’s, a new restaurant concept at 18101 Preston Road in Far North Dallas (home of the now-closed Battuto Italian Kitchen, which I enjoyed), later this fall. And while they will have hamburgers on the menu, that won’t be the focus. “The last thing this town needs is another burger joint,” Pat said in a release. While there will be a few burgers available, the focus of the new place will be hand-crafted pizzas and Tex-Mex, as well as a full-service tequila program. And it will be open late, for those after-hours munchies.


—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Wub, the gayest dance ever

WubThis video begins with a very attractive young man talking about police harassment. Why can’t he just dance in public, without being hassled by The Man? And then he demonstrates the controversial dance that got him and his cohorts arrested in the first place.

True arts movement or put-on? Do you really care? I don’t (though I expect the latter). It’s just a video of hot young men in Spandex playing with giant phalluses.

Best part? Mom watching in the background.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Hunger Games’ promo art is really homoerotic

Mockingjay Part 1 - D7 District Heroes CollectionMockingjay Part 1 - D6 District Heroes CollectionIf you haven’t already seen the promotional artwork for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay, Part 1, which hits theaters in November, you’ve missed some pretty sexy images. The concept is to underplay the movie and make the promos look like they are for the people of Panem themselves, to get them excited over the competition. Each district has a “hero” being marketed to its residents, and if I had a choice, I’d definitely like to live in District 7 (The Lumber District — lots of wood!) or District 6 (The Transportation District — he really knows how to wear rubber!).

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Penne Pomodoro offers gluten-free menu

Food coverIn this week’s Food Issue, we have stories about the Oak Lawn Farmers Market and a vegan cookbook by drag cabaret performer Mistress Ginger. Organic… vegan… but we left out a gluten-free story. Sorry! Just so you know, Penne Pomodoro, the Italian restaurant with locations in Snider Plaza, Lakewood and Preston Forest, has gluten-free options on its menu. That’s a pretty sweet development for folks who like pastas, pizzas and risottos, but suffer from celiac disease.

And don’t forget to pick up a copy of Dallas Voice this week and read all about Trinity Groves, Stephan Pyles’ San Salvaje, the Resource Center’s food pantry, and much more.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Maybe they should call it Burger Queen?

bildeContinuing with our run-up to Friday’s Food Issue, we have this gem from San Francisco, an object lesson in gay-friendly marketing.

The Burger King corporation decided to sell a “Proud Whopper” — a “gay burger” offered only in the City by the Bay, and only for a few days. And they didn’t even change the formulation at all. But that’s not the point. In fact, it’s kind of the exact opposite of the point.

By selling the exact same burger, only with a rainbow wrapper, during S.F. Pride, Burger King sent a clear message — one they even spelled out on the wrapper itself: “We are all the same inside.” The San Francisco location can sell a pretty finite number of burgers in the time frame, but it’s funny how a wrapper — and a welcoming attitude — can raise brand awareness in a demographic.

Are you more inclined to go to Burger King now? And who wants to join me in calling it Burger Queen?

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Abuelo’s offers 25 cent enchiladas today. Goal!

More food news for our pending Food Issue on Friday: Abuelo’s, the Texas-based chain of Mexican cantinas, is celebrating its 25th anniversary this month with a special deal — just in time for the U.S.-Belgium World Cup match today. All day Tuesday, with every entree you can get an add-on of any enchilada for just 25 cents (limit two per customer). That’s a great promotion, considering how good their hand-rolled enchiladas are. The deal applies across the chain of 40 locations, about a half-dozen of which are in the Dallas area (notably along 75 in Plano and over in Arlington). The 10-oz. ribeye steak entree, pictured, already comes with two enchiladas, but if you’re like me, you can never get too many.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Beck’s Prime, Good Eats closing

logo2CORRECTION: Due to an error on my part, the Beck’s Prime closing this week is not the only on Oak Lawn, but the one on Greenville Avenue. LaDuni on Oak Lawn did announce last week, though, that it will be closing soon.

Friday is Dallas Voice’s annual Food Issue, so it makes sense to start off the week with a little food news … too bad it’s not good news, though.

Beck’s Prime, the high-end fast-casual burger joint on Greenville Avenue, will close at the end of service today, the company announced. Two other Dallas locations,  including one at the intersection of Oak Lawn and Wycliff, will remain open. Apparently, it wasn’t a good fit traffic-flow-wise, though the burgers were very nice.

GoodEatsThis comes on the heels of news this weekend that an Oak Lawn institution for 22 years, Good Eats, will shutter on July 17. This is sad but not unexpected news. The owners of the property have been driving away tenants for years (Ciudad was one of the first to go, as was Zeus Comics) and the landlord just didn’t want to deal on the lease renewal. That doesn’t mean you can’t get the food you came to love there in the gayborhood anymore, however. Some menu items will migrate to Lucky’s (owned by the same company), and the owners are looking to open another location in Oak Lawn … if they figure out where people will be able to park.

What are you memories of Good Eats? Tell us about your favorite dish, memory, server or experience in the comments.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: John Oliver does Gay Pride Week proud

LWT june 29 bI was a huge fan of John Oliver even before he took over hosting The Daily Show last summer, but his hosting duties raised the bar for snarky political satire — so much so, that HBO gave him his own show, Last Week Tonight, which airs Sundays. Last night’s episode, coming at the end of Gay Pride celebrations all around the U.S., spend the lion’s share of its time talking about gay issues, especially marriage equality and the insanity that is Ugandan anti-gay laws (and the American connection to them). If you don’t have HBO, check out the video after the jump to see it, especially his interview with Ugandan trans activist Pepe Julian Onziema. (And for more web-exclusive interview with Onziema, go here.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones