What do dinosaurs, Bible have in common?

An example of a billboard similar to one along I-30 suggests science but delivers religion.

I’m fascinated by roadside billboard advertising. The reason is this: With most other forms of advertising, your ad finds its audience: You broadcast on Idol, and wherever they are — the gym, living room, bed room, bar — people who want that show see your ad. With a billboard, you’re stationary — everyone who sees your ad has to drive by … and in one direction! How do you know that the strip from Oak Cliff to Waxahachie is where most men who’ve had vasectomies want to get their procedure reversed? Why not Sylvan to Arlington? Inquiring minds….

So I was curious the other day, driving to a friend’s house for dinner, to see a billboard along I-30 East with a dinosaur on it. It looked like the kind of thing you’d see at a theme park. It said “The mighty T-rex!” or something, and then, “674 miles ahead to Cincinnati, Ohio.” (It’s actually in Northern Kentucky.)

What strange hell is this? Why advertise in East Dallas for a museum in the Midwest?

Then I looked more carefully at the ad. It gave its website: CreationMuseum.org.

And I began to understand.

What in the blazes could a dinosaur — the perfect symbol not only of Earth’s scientific age, but of evolution itself — have to do with a museum whose name seemed to imply a biblical devotion?

So I went to the website. And it is astounding.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Queer Music News: Hayla’s “I’m Free” based on boyfriend cheating with a man

Dance artist Hayla may have the gayest background ever — perhaps a little too gay. Today’s press release is quick to report that she was raised by two lesbian moms and the daughter of a gay hairstylist. Now, she says her new single, “I’m Free,” was inspired after finding her steady beau of seven years in bed with a guy. Talk about a seven-year itch.

Read her insightful press release and listen to the radio edit mix of “I’m Free” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Melissa Ferrick (and costume party) at Poor David’s Pub Saturday

It’s interesting that Catie Curtis is performing tonight at Uncle Calvin’s and Melissa Ferrick performs tomorrow. It’s not uncommon to see them on the same bill together. They even teamed up as One Long Earring, a sort of lesbian folk supergroup. Both are on their own this weekend on opposite sides of town.

Ferrick released Still Right Here in September and it’s been riding the Billboard Heatseekers Album Chart rather nicely, debuting at the 35 position. Now she and her peeps are trying to land it in the top 20. That might happen after you check out her show Saturday at Poor David’s Pub.

Lesley Godlberg did a fantastic interview with Ferrick in March 2010 for AfterEllen.com. I don’t think I ever realized Ferrick’s song “Drive” was considered a lesbian classic. So hopefully she’ll include it as part of her set list Saturday.

The venue is also hosting a costume party with prizes awarded. Not sure if that will distract much from the show, but what the hell — it’s Halloween.

DEETS: With Elizabeth Wills and Vandaveer. Poor David’s Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St. 7:30 p.m. $16. PoorDavidsPub.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Queer Music News: ‘Hooray, You’re Gay’ video; Sarah Jaffe covers Robyn on Billboard

• Here’s some #musicMonday for your Twitter feeds. If Gaga’s “Born This Way” isn’t enough of a Pride anthem for you, maybe The Juliettes might can fill in the void with their new song, “Hooray, You’re Gay.” The Seattle band of women posted this song as “a gift. To the LGBT community and to all people who value compassion and equality. Who don’t see ‘Gay Marriage’ but only understand ‘MARRIAGE.’ Who don’t see ‘Gay Rights’ but only see ‘RIGHTS.’ Who think ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ should be and should have always been, ‘Why Ask, Who Cares.’ Who understand that there needs to be no defense of marriage, but defense of the disenfranchised. Love is love. Equality is equality. Truth is truth. We made this for you. We made this for everybody. We feel it is the obligation of every person — starting with us — to work toward true equality.”

This song kind of grew on me pretty quick. Four femmes goofing around with rock ‘n’ roll is hard not to love, but they also have a catchy tune. OK, yes, it sounds like it could easily come off a South Park or Avenue Q soundtrack, but I can’t help but applaud their efforts in doing a song they didn’t need to. Now that’s an ally.

• Folk and electronica don’t go quite hand in hand, but local singer Sarah Jaffe, who we’ve profiled before, is a big fan of alt-dance queen Robyn. I even saw her at the concert. Jaffe went and had a chat with Billboard and even performed a bit for Mashup Monday. Here, she covers Robyn’s “Hang With Me.” Jaffe does a beautiful job with an already beautiful song keeping her melancholic touch to it. Although they play the dance version of the song also in the video, Robyn released it as a ballad in Body Talk Pt. 1, the first of her 2010 trilogy.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Britney hits up AAC in July

If you caught Britney Spears’ performance on Good Morning America today, you likely heard her announce she’ll be on the road quick-like to support her new album, Femme Fatale (I’ll have a review of it in this week’s ish). According to Billboard, the North American tour starts in June, and hits Dallas at the American Airlines Center on July 12. Enrique Iglesias was to be on the bill as well, but has reportedly dropped out already – just hours after the tour announcement. Perhaps two divas on a bill just wasn’t a good idea.

For those who missed GMA this morning, here’s some video of the concert as a preview of what to expect in July.

—  Rich Lopez

Sarah Palin to bring her anti-abortion song and dance back to Dallas at the Majestic on Nov. 10

Sarah Palin’s coming back to town to encourage women once again to have unwanted pregnancies.

She’s scheduled to appear at the Majestic Theater on Nov. 10, The Dallas Observer notes.

We’d go and cover it, but media is routinely denied access to Palin events. I’d love to interview her, actually. I find her fascinating.

Doesn’t say what Palin will do. Sing? Dance? Tell Alaska jokes about lipstick and raising your kids to marry hot guys and get pregnant in high school?

Earlier this year, she appeared in Dallas for a fundraiser for a non-existent anti-abortion clinic in Uptown. The picture used was of a house on Fairmount Street.

The charity was advertised as being a 501(c)(3) but was never registered with the IRS. Anyone who deducts a donation to them could be subject to back taxes and penalties.

The Majestic event is sponsored by a group called Heroic Media.

That group “uses mass media to help women facing unexpected pregnancies to life-affirming resource centers.”

What they don’t provide is medical care for those women.

From Heroic Media’s website:

South Florida has the highest abortion ratio in the United States — the market records more than 600 abortions for every 1,000 births. The area’s 30 abortion facilities target low income and ethnic neighborhoods and their advertisements literally saturate the region.

Florida commercials, billboards and other advertisements generally showcase happy tourists and sun-kissed beachgoers; they don’t depict the desperation experienced by women forced into abortion. Heroic Media wants to provide the women of Florida with hope. They deserve to learn about positive options. They need to know there are people willing to listen and help.

Funny. I have family in South Florida and visit often. I have never seen an abortion ad. Not a billboard. Not a TV or radio ad. Nothing. And they don’t give an example of one of these ads on their website.

More about this if we can get through to Heroic Media. Tried this morning but no answer at their Austin headquarters.

—  David Taffet

Remixer & Blowoff DJ Rich Morel Scores 15th Billboard #1 Dance Hit

Remix artist Rich Morel, also one-half of the Blowoff DJ team, notches his 15th Billboard dance chart topper this week with his reworking of Yoko Ono’s Wouldnit (I’m A Star). Morel has previously reached the dance summit with remixes for Pet Shop Boys, Seal, Cyndi Lauper, Depeche Mode, New Order, Vivian Green, and t.A.T.u. Morel is currently writing songs with Cyndi Lauper for a Broadway adaptation of the hit movie Kinky Boots.

RELATED: This is Yoko Ono’s fifth #1 Billboard dance hit and her third with Rich Morel. At age 77, she is by far the oldest person to reach the top of the dance chart.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright

Because gay Pride wouldn’t be gay Pride unless the MCC offended some right-wing motorists

Dallas Pride must be getting close, because the Metropolitan Community Church of Greater Dallas has again taken out billboards on area interstates saying — as The 33 News puts it in the above report — that “Jesus loves gays!”

This year’s billboards went up last week along Interstate 35, one near Walnut Hill and one near Regal Row. One billboard says, “Jesus affirmed a gay couple” and the other says, “The early church welcomed a gay man.”

Last year the MCC church took out similar billboards on Interstate 30 as part of the “Why Would We?” campaign.

“We knew that they were provocative and we went with a billboard that would be provocative in order to get dialogue,” MCC Pastor Colleen Darraugh explains. “If it’s not, people don’t talk about it.”

One woman tells The 33: “I don’t think it should be on a billboard. I think that if people have opinions they should keep them within their circles.”

But our new BFF Debbie Clark gets the last word: “In today’s world it’s accepted, and if people don’t accept it, I think something’s wrong with them.”

—  John Wright