Weekly Best Bets

Friday 04.29

These kings wanna get rocked
The peeps behind this show are pretty brilliant — not to mention a kick-ass flyer. Drag kings and local bands make up Mustaches & Music hosted by Christina Love. After Julian 4Play and the rest of the kings perform, Screaming Red and Electro-Shock Machine bring the rock out to finish the night. Sweet.

DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 9 p.m. PartyAtTheBlock.com.


Saturday 04.30

No, it’s OK to have that buzz
Festivals come left and right this time of year, but we’re prone to those encouraging us to eat and drink. The Dallas Wine and Food Festival has been doing just that for 27 years. We long for Saturday’s wine seminars at Mockingbird Station spots topped off by happy hour at Margarita Ranch.

DEETS: Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockinbird Lane. 11 a.m. Through Sunday. $15–$25. DallasWineFest.com.


Sunday 05.01

Spoken word with purpose
Audaciously Speaking presents the 4th Annual Evolution of Spoken Word. Local out poet, Audacious brings together an impressive lineup of local poets and artists, all who are ready to drop some knowledge on you.

DEETS: Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. 3 p.m. $15. 682-472-9396

—  John Wright

Video: Ruth brings USCCB’s tune to Music City; at this Opry, gay equality’s the phantom

Jennifer Roback Morse, the Catholic head of the Catholic Ruth Institute (which is itself an affiliate of the Catholic National Organization For Marriage) is rallying even more young folks to use their Catholicism against, among other things, gay people’s *CIVIL* marriage equality:

“Based on a pastoral letter from the USCCB”? That’s great, when it comes to Our Lady of Ruth Institute’s religious ceremony. But unless we were all craned into Vatican City while we slept, we’re thinking that our CIVIL MARRIAGE EQUALITY conversation should abide by another document!

Good As You

—  admin

‘Bam Bam’ Barber brings his hate and homophobia to Bowling Green

Bowling Green, Ohio residents will be voting on two right-wing initiatives to repeal two ordinances on basic equality on November 2nd. The ordinances are about the most basic non-discrimination in employment, public accommodation and housing. But, even that is too much for the haters. In case you had any doubt about who is behind this hateful effort, none other than Matt “Bam Bam” Barber was in Bowling Green this week to campaign for the repeal. You can count on Barber to show up almost anywhere where gay issues are under discussion. He’s quite an authority. So, of course, he was in Bowling Green to scare voters with his usual mix of homophobia and falsehoods:

Matt Barber, a conservative commentator and author with the Liberty Council in Lynchburg, Virginia, says he fears supporters of the ordinances are inventing reasons to push for a larger agenda.

In fact, he says it is an “attempt to achieve federal government sanctioning of the homosexual and cross-dressing lifestyles as a special minority class.”

And some local opponents at the meeting went so far as to say they think children could be harmed if the ordinances pass.

‘We think it would be an open door to allow pedophiles [and] other people that shouldn’t be in the schools to go in there,” said one man.

The campaign to prevent repeal is being led by One Bowling Green. Their message is: Don’t be fooled by the lies and deception.

When Bam Bam and his ilk are on the scene, there’s nothing but lies and deception.

There are lots of places where candidates who support equality are on the ballot. But, in Bowling Green, basic equality is up for a vote. Help One Bowling Green beat Bam Bam and the haters.


—  John Wright