All the single gays (boys and girls) needed for Indie-Verse and 35 Denton’s Blind Date Contest

Thanks to Brad over at Tactics Productions for pointing this out to me: The Indie-Verse site and 35 Denton festival peeps have teamed-up to give music-loving singles the hook-up in love and tunes. They have just announced the 35 Denton Blind Date contest in which three pairs of tickets will be awarded to contest winners.

The plan is to pair six guys and six gals to set up with three other contestants. They have started taking entries already once their announcement posted. Plus, they are open to same-sex contestants — if enough apply. Once contestants have been selected, they follow up with three virtual dates on Twitter escaping the need for a shave and a shower. Score! Twitter convos are #hashtagged so the date can be followed and the final determination on the best blind date(s) and bam! 35 Denton tickets. It’ll just be up to you to sweep someone of their feet in 140 characters minus the appropriate tags. You can do it. From Indie-Verse.com.

So here’s the plan… we’ll be picking 6 lucky guys and 6 lucky girls and setting them up with 3 of our other contestants. Our last year’s winners, Deb Doing Dallas, will be helping us out in the selection process, since we’re just as blind in this whole dating thing as you all seem to be… maybe she’s got a great POV. We’ll start taking entries as soon as this post is live… We’re TOTALLY open to same-sex contestants, but you have to specify… if we have enough, it’s on.

Click here for the official breakdown of how the contest works. Props to Indie-Verse and 35D for not forgetting the gays love their indie music (and hookups), too.

This year’s 35 Denton fest runs March 8-11 and will feature more than 150 bands including major acts Jesus and the Mary Chain, queer artist Atlas Sound, Best Coast and Built to Spill.

—  Rich Lopez

Opaque shows if love truly is blind

If a glass of wine falls over in the dark, does it leave a stain? It’s an existential question only the laundry knows the answer to for sure — and we suspect they get a lot of practice after a night at Opaque, a dining-in-the-dark culinary experience having its first go-round in North Texas.

The concept seems like the antithesis of the classic foodie meal: Where’s the opportunity to savor the presentation, to drink in with the eyes as much as the palate? And how romantic is it to sit across from your sweetheart making goo-goo eyes and suggestive leers when the chocolate comes if he can’t even see you do it?

Still, there’s legitimate intrigue and curiosity attendant to this concept, which has made inroads into culinary culture for a few years now, with defenders saying the loss of sight actually stimulates the other senses.

You can sample the experience Friday through Monday, with seatings every half-hour each of the four nights. It could take the term “blind date” in an entirely new direction.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Aloft Hotel, 1033 Young St. Feb. 11–14. Seatings starting at 5:30 p.m. $99 per person (tax, tip and drinks extra). DarkDining.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 11, 2011.

—  John Wright