Time to watch the fur fly

TBRU turns 21 with a Mardi Gras party, and gay Dallas is getting in on the act


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There’s something magical about turning 21. You can drink legally, just eight years after you first started. You’re considered an adult for all purposes except car rental and paying back your student loans. You feel mature, but are still young enough to turn heads.

It must be the same for the Texas Bear Round Up, the annual post-hibernation gathering of fleshy and hirsute gay men (and their followers), which the Dallas Bears has been putting on now for two decades. For the 21st annual event — which takes place this weekend at two host hotels, as well as various venues throughout the gayborhood — organizers have chosen a Mardi Gras theme. And why not? Mardi Gras is the epitome of reckless abandon, a carnival atmosphere where the pleasures of the flesh in this world outrank better judgment. Which is exactly what turning 21 feels like.

There are a variety of formal events scheduled for the weekend. In addition to games at Love Field Hotel and Suites and pool parties and the vendors market at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, plus Saturday night’s Mr. TBRU contest, there will be excursions across Dallas: Friday night’s BearDance at Station 4 features a guest appearance from Willam Belli of RuPaul’s Drag Race; the Dallas Eagle, Round-Up Saloon and Cedar Springs Tap House will each host events; and Club Dallas and Midtowne Spa will serve as day trips for attendees.

There are non-official events as well, with New York promoter Joe Fiore bringing his FurBall to Marty’s Live on Saturday, with Sydney’s DJ Matt Effect headlining and Dallas’ DJ Prince P opening. And the Hidden Door is once again home of the traditional “church” outing for Sunday.

Below is a schedule of major planned events. You can also find more at TBRU.org.

 — Arnold Wayne Jones



Willam Belli performs at BearDance on Saturday, March 12.

Friday, March 11

• At the host hotels
Noon — Pool Party (indoor pool!) at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Noon — Cards Against Humanity; Bear-aoke at Love Field Hotel.
2:30 p.m. — Bear Family Feud at Love Field Hotel.
4:30 p.m. — Bear Bingo with Sister Helen Holy at Love Field Hotel.

• Excursions (all buses leave from Crowne Plaza)
11 a.m. — Perot Museum of Nature and Science.
11 a.m. — Bishop Arts Food Tour.
2 p.m. — Spa trip to Club Dallas.
5:30 p.m. — Cigar trip to Blue Smoke.
8 p.m. — BearDance at Station 4 with DJ Roke Cabrera and DJ Chris Spear, plus a performance from Drag Racer Willam Belli in the Rose Room, with Rick and Joe from Where the Bears Are taking photos and doing a meet-and-greet.

Saturday, March 12

• At the host hotels

Noon — Pool party at Crowne Plaza.
Noon — Bear Trivia at Love Field Hotel.
2:30 p.m. — Naughty Bear Bingo at Love Field Hotel.
8:30 p.m. — Mr. TBRU Contest at the Crowne Plaza.
11 p.m. — Underwear auction at the Crowne Plaza.

• Excursions
11 a.m. — Noble Rey Brewery tour.
11:30 a.m. — Spa trip to Midtowne Spa.
5:30 p.m. — Family Dinner at The Ranch.

• Also featured
9 p.m. — FurBall at Marty’s Live with DJ Matt Effect.
Sunday, March 13

• Excursions
11:40 a.m. — Shuttles begin to leave for TBRU Texas Barbecue at the Round-Up Saloon.
3 p.m. — “Church” at the Hidden Door.
4 p.m. Spa trip to Club Dallas.
5 p.m. — Official TBRU After-Party: Trash Disco at Dallas Eagle with DJ Blaine Soileau.
6 p.m. — Cigar Party at Cedar Springs Tap House.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

BearDance presents check to AIDS Arms

BearDance Pride check presentation 2014BearDance presented a check to AIDS Arms a check for $4,100 as proceeds from its Pretty in Pink Pride Parade watching party at TMC: The Mining Company in September.

BearDance presents Daddy’s Locker Room, a Halloween dance, on Friday, Oct. 31, at Dallas Eagle to benefit Resource Center.


—  David Taffet

WATCH: BearDance video spoofs Super Bowl ad

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 10.00.42 AMThe call went out on social media last week: Bears were invited to show up in the gayborhood to film a video. Shorts and athletic shoes — no shirts — were all that was required. What was it for? Well, now we know.

The Texas Bear Round Up is about five weeks away, and its Friday night BearDance is gearing up to let bears and chasers know. And the group did so with this video, spoofing a GoDaddy.com. which ran during the Super Bowl. And it makes its point very well:

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

BearDance gives AIDS Arms $3K donation

BDAIDSArms1BearDance gave AIDS Arms a check totaling $3,850 to the agency from the groups’ T at the MC Pride event in September.

The check was presented at the agency earlier this month. Pictured, from left, are AIDS Arms’ Terry Walker, Tori Hobbs and Hannah Orsburn, BearDance board members Ami Sadeh and Mark Trimble.

—  Dallasvoice

Giveaway! Win tickets to BearDance

IMG_7387The fifth annual Texas Bear Round Up BearDance boogies into Station 4 on Friday night (we have an interview with hunky San Francisco DJ John LePage in Friday’s print edition), but you can get tickets early — we’re giving away some pairs to Dallas Voice readers!

Simply email me at lifestyle@DallasVoice.com with the subject line BearDance, and then something memorable, like “I wanna grow a bear!” or growl at me or something. And if I pick you, you get two tickets!

So do it ASAP. All winners will be notified NO LATER than 10 a.m. Friday, and you MUST be available to come by Voice offices (4145 Travis, Suite 300) between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday to pick them up. If you can’t we’ll give ’em to someone else!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Bearweek 2012

Videographer Hector Marcus Juarez continues to focus his camera eye on the fur with his latest vid. Juarez documented the last Texas Bear Round Up into three-plus minute video here. Now, as Bearweek in Provincetown has wrapped up, he has recently posted this video recounting the hirsute event.

And through all the quick edits, you can see he gave local Beardance founder Mark Trimble a couple of flashes of screen time. Otherwise, I’m told by Trimble’s partner and also BD founder Ami Sadeh (who tipped me to the video) that mostly Houstonians made up a big Texas contingent in the just-under-four-minute clip. Makes sense since Juarez is based out of Houston.

I did have a slight chuckle with the song choice. I never would have thought of P-town as “a hopeless place,” but the video ends on the sweetest note.

Watch Bearweek 2012 after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

BearDance made Dallas Bears president Wayne Davis tear up with their $30k donation on Sunday

Photos via Facebook.

The guys of BearDance outdid themselves this year. Last year, the nonprofit organization, which hosts its Big D party during Texas Bear Round Up, raised more than $21,000 for Dallas Bears’ beneficiaries. Yesterday, they presented the community group a check for an astounding $30,000 from this year’s March event. The following was posted on the BD’s Facebook page.

Thanks to a great collaboration between the Dallas Bears who put on Texas Bear Round Up and BearDance and all of our volunteers, we were able to make a $30,000 donation to the Dallas Bears which will be passed through 100% to their designated beneficiaries this year including Youth First Texas, the Greg Dollgener Memorial Fund, and AIDS Interfaith Network. And thanks to all the amazing guys who came out to the biggest BearDance we’ve ever had this past March!

Mark Trimble, one of the BD founders (pictured above at far right), said the guys are thrilled at the these level of donations, but had no idea their bear party endeavor would grow to this.

—  Rich Lopez

TBRU 17: Top tees at Big D BearDance

Slogans ruled the night at Friday’s Big D BearDance as bears of all sorts sported clever t-shirts before taking them off as the night got later. From cute to whoa, these bears’ fashion sense stood out. See the top tees from the Bear Dance here.



—  Rich Lopez

Bears gone funny in TBRU 17 BearDance promo

When the filmmaker from the web series Bear it All teams with the BearDance guys, this is what happens. Andy Stark handled video for this quick clip while the BearDance team took some time out for a little fun in promoting their upcoming March event during Texas Bear Round Up 17.

They probably had no intention of creating your ear worm of the day, but ohhh, did they.

—  Rich Lopez

January BearDance at The Loft

Photos by Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice (Marcelo Media)

—  Rich Lopez