Hold ‘Em High for Hope poker tournament at Axiom

Aces high

Hope for Peace and Justice teams up with Pocket Rockets tonight for their Hold ‘Em High for Hope poker tourney and mixer. With over $400 in prizes, the event benefits the anti-bullying campaign, the Safe Schools Program. Raffles, silent auction, drinks and food make the evening an event. And don’t worry. Non-poker players are just as welcome. Hey, it is a mixer, also.

DEETS: Axiom Sushi Lounge,  4123 Cedar Springs Road. 6:30 p.m. PocketRocketsDallas.com

—  Rich Lopez

Don’t forget the thrilling season finale of “The A-List: Dallas,” with guest star Ann Coulter

For those who love to hate A-List: Dallas, you’ll either be sad or glad to see the show’s season come to an end tonight. And by the previews, boy does it. Taylor Garrett needles at the community with his friendly exchange with conservative pundit Ann Coulter. Castmate Chase Hutchison is naturally infuriated but then also has to deal with Garrett lip-locking on his sorta beau Levi Crocker. As the season comes to a close, I’m fascinated that we never got to see the incident that happened at Jack’s Backyard. Remember this whole to-do?

I tweeted a couple of the A-Listers about what to expect on tonight’s episode. Hutchison was kind enough to reply.

“Tonight’s episode is definitely going to piss a lot of people off, including myself,” he tweeted back. “Everything comes to a head tonight; relationships, politics, friendships… And having Ann Coulter being part of the show was enough to make my blood boil with Taylor. But I do like that very different views are being shown, as much as some of those views disgust me. It will be worth watching for sure.”

Fellow reality star, Drew Ginsburg from Bravo’s Most Eligible Dallas chimed in as well with his response to tonight’s episode.

“Supporting Ann Coulter is a like a Jew supporting the Nazis,” he tweeted.

The Hayyy List is hosting a watch party tonight with cast member James Doyle at Axiom Sushi, or you can seethe or snicker on your own. Either way, here’s the preview clip after the jump to get you going before tonight’s episode.


—  Rich Lopez

Levi Crocker claims he was attacked in OKC by 4 gays who hate ‘The A-List: Dallas’

If you’re heading to tonight’s A-List: Dallas watch party at Axiom, you might ask host and cast member Levi Crocker if his head is feeling any better. Gay blogs have been buzzing about Crocker’s tweets from the Thanksgiving weekend in which he claimed he was assaulted in a bar in Oklahoma City. Crocker now seems to be downplaying the incident, but not before posting this pic of what looks like a bloodied scalp after he was apparently hit with a bar stool. Crocker claims the attack was perpetrated by four gay people whose motive was the fact that they don’t like the show.

According to the Oklahoma City Police Department, there is no record of Crocker filing a report about the incident. I tweeted Crocker seeking more info. “I decided to leave this subject alone for now,” he responded earlier today.

This incident comes on the heels of fellow cast member Taylor Garrett’s claims that he was assaulted in Oak Lawn earlier this month.

Crocker’s tweets are after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

The Hayyy List salutes ‘A-List:Dallas’ with watching party at Axiom

A-list for just one night

The HaYYY List has been hosting A-List Dallas watching parties as the season is getting on a roll. The drama may be silly among the twenty-something year-old gays, but it’s nonetheless addictive. Or maybe it’s just seeing all those places we know so well, especially in one that’s appeared on the show. And if members of the cast show up as they have in the past, there could be as much drama on the screen as there is off.

DEETS: Axiom Sushi Lounge, 4123 Cedar Springs Road. 8:30 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

Spin 4 a Cause benefits The Humane Society tonight at Axiom

Dogs and DJs

Hey, DJs love animals too. In tonight’s Spin 4 a Cause, the bi-monthly DJ event benefits The Humane Society. With DJs Joshua Welch and S.O.U.L.Jah on turntable duty and Jeff Roose hosting, music, food and good will all comes together. The best part? Pets are welcome to join the event in the patio. Just be careful with Fluffy around all that sushi.

DEETS: Axiom Sushi Lounge,4123 Cedar Springs Road. 6 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

Brunch v. Brunch: Eggs and drag queens vie for your attention on final day of Razzle Dazzle

We’re trying to figure out if this was just competitive scheduling or unfortunate coincidence. Before tackling the last night of Razzle Dazzle, you might be considering some brunchy nourishment on Sunday morn to power up. Well, you got two major options right next door to each other at the ilume.

• Over at Axiom Sushi Lounge, Patti Le Plae Safe hosts Sordid Sushi Sunday Drag Brunch. OK, this name kinda scares me a bit, but they are introducing a new brunch menu featuring egg dishes and Vietnamese sandwiches among the items. Publicist Scott Barretto also tells me that they will have Masubi on the menu.

“It’s Hawaiian sushi made with SPAM,” he said. “It is deeee-lish!”

I know Barretto usually has good culinary tastes, so I may take his word on it and go for the challenge. I’m sure it’s going to be better than Miami BBQ.

4123 Cedar Springs Road. 11 a.m. Reservations recommended. Call 214-443-3940.

• The Dazzling Drag Brunch fits a whole lot into its service hours. Krystal Summer and Jenna Skyy are the drag hostesses of the morn with DJ Paul Paredes handling the tunes. I’m trying to figure what a DJ exactly spins for a Sunday brunch.

The event features a three-course menu and drink specials, but also the brunch benefits the Legacy Counseling Center.

4123 Cedar Springs Road. Two seatings: 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Reservations recommended. Call 214-522-3474. OpenTable.com.

Tough choice? Don’t fret. Looks like a win-win sitch whichever you choose. Although, would it hurt if either one had the sandwich below on their menu? Please?

—  Rich Lopez

Bunny hop

Lady Bunny comes out! (as more than a drag queen DJ)

Axiom Sushi Lounge,
4123 Cedar Springs Road.
June 3 at 8 p.m. 214-443-3840.


The Lady Bunny is most recognizable as that funny queen who created Wigstock, or as the DJ spinning at a circuit party in full drag. But the lady has a lot on her mind that’s not all fun and games. Though she’s never far from the sass.

“I really like to talk about issues because there is a lot of fluff on TV,” she says. “How great would it be if a gay channel would take on gay issues? I’d love that. Hear that, Logo?”

Bunny, who has practically made Dallas a second home lately, returns for a double gig this weekend: On Saturday, she shares the bill with Tony-nominee Kelli O’Hara as the DJ for the Dallas Theater Center’s Centerstage benefit. But Friday she returns to her performing roots for a birthday dinner and roast at Axiom Sushi Lounge at the ilume. And she knows the fish jokes should be easy that night.

“I am that tacky,” she laughs. “For me, I love sushi but drag and dinner only mix if there’s a girdle handy.”

Bunny is deeper than she usually gets credit for. Seeing Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart on Broadway forced her to recall activism then vs. now. Minus the makeup and music, Bunny is impassioned about that which affects LGBT people today.

“I think that gay people have to a large extent lost their fight,” she says. “I don’t really know how putting ‘Equality’ as your middle name on Facebook, or a piece of tape over your mouth, helps. I can’t see how these trendy campaigns substitute for hard work.”

She’s also inspired by her work as the Dean of Drag on the upcoming season of RuPaul’s Drag U. With an increased role this time out, Bunny still keeps the camp but adds heart for her makeovers. Real life women get makeovers, but also come with dramatic back-stories.

“These women, they give up everything for their kids and their man,” she says. “I cried a few times. It made me appreciate that nurturing vibe that mothers have. I don’t think gay men know that kind of sacrifice. This season has been a real eye opener.”

For now, she snarkily warns of her own eye opener Friday.

“Well, I have this delightful tribute to Burlesque,” she says. “Did you see the movie? Ugh.”

— Rich Lopez

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 3, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Axiom Sushi Lounge and AIDS Interfaith Network team up for one-day dining event

On Wednesdsay, Axiom Sushi Lounge will host Making One Meal Matter with AIDS Interfaith Network. From 7–10 p.m., 20 percent of guests’ food bills will go toward AIN’s 10 client-serving programs.

Travis Gasper, director of development at AIN, says, “Our clients are homeless or very low income and living with HIV/AIDS. Each meal matters to them.”

Additional donations will also be accepted throughout the night. So load up on your California Rolls and sashimi.

Axiom Sushi Lounge (formerly Fin Sushi Lounge), 4123 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. For reservations, call 214.443.3840 and mention “AIN fundraiser.”

—  Rich Lopez

Spin 4 a Cause at Axiom Sushi tonight benefits Kidd’s Kids

Hey Mr. DJ

Don’t say music can’t bring people together. That’s the weekly goal of Spin 4 a Cause with DJ Jose G. Every Wednesday S4AC is intent on “bringing together community leaders, music and food to raise awareness and funds for local nonprofit chapters and organizations.” This week’s guest DJ is Derrick Brown and the night benefits Kidd’s Kids. So all that and happy hour drink specials? Umm, yes, please.

DEETS: Axiom Sushi Lounge,4123 Cedar Springs Road. 6 p.m. No cover.

—  Rich Lopez

Fin Sushi now open at ilume

Last week we told you Fin Sushi was ready to open at ilume, and apparently that has now happened. From Scott Barretto at StraightOut Media & Marketing:

WHAT: Fin Sushi is a new Asian fusion restaurant and sushi lounge concept serving a unique menu of sushi, sashimi and pho noodle dishes. Fin Sushi currently occupies 4,000 square feet of space on the southeast section of ilume®, a five-story, self-contained, mixed-use development housing 316 luxury apartments and 23,000 square feet of retail space and the first green built apartment building in Dallas.

The restaurant can seat 160 guests and offers a full service bar with an extensive sake menu accessible from inside the restaurant and the adjoining outdoor patio. The interior décor of the restaurant features numerous water features including a 400-gallon tropical fish tank and 10 ft tall water wall at the restaurants entrance. A one-of-a-kind, hand-cut mosaic featuring three large Lion Fish was specially commissioned for the restaurant.

Fin Sushi is a new concept from the owners of Sushi Axiom, a multi-unit restaurant with four locations in North Texas; including Dallas, Fort Worth and Burleson.

WHEN: Lunch
11:00 – 2:00 p.m. Mon – Fri
Happy Hour
4:30 – 7:30 p.m. Mon – Fri
5:00 – 10:00 p.m. Sun – Wed; 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. Thu; 5:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Fri – Sat
Late Night Lounge
11:0 0 p.m.. – 2:00 a.m. Fri – Sat

Walk-ins Welcome; Group Reservations:  214-443-3840

WHERE: Fin Sushi
4123 Cedar Springs Road, #102
Dallas, TX 75219
Tel: 214-443-3840

—  John Wright