For the 4th time in 2 months, a pedestrian was struck last week on the Cedar Springs strip

A 72-year-old pedestrian was struck in the crosswalk on Cedar Springs Road at Knight Street at about 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 22. He was taken to Parkland Hospital and released on Christmas Day.

Lyle Bainbridge said he was crossing the street in the crosswalk and vehicles had stopped in both directions, when a motorist sped around the stopped vehicles and hit him.

He said he was thrown and his head landed in the gutter just inches from the car that hit him.

The driver of that vehicle stopped and told Bainbridge that he was delivering pizzas and was on his cell phone talking to the owner of his store. Bainbridge said the man was apologetic and in tears when he got out of his car.

Bainbridge has a broken collar bone. Doctors detected heart defibrillation problems that may have been a result of the accident. He said he had not been diagnosed previously with heart problems.

Bainbridge, who is from California, is in Dallas for the holidays house-sitting for a friend.

This is the fourth time a pedestrian has been hit on Cedar Springs Road in two months and the third time near this same location.

On Nov. 25, Edward Lee King, 61, was struck by a driver and killed crossing Cedar Springs Knight Street. Wayne Priest, 55, was killed by a hit-and-run driver near Cedar Springs and Reagan Street on Nov. 3.

A 10-year-old girl was hit on Dec. 10 near Knight Street. Her injuries were not life-threatening.

After the earlier accidents, Councilwoman Angela Hunt asked city staff to looks at ways to make the area safer for pedestrians.

Bainbridge said he wanted to call awareness to his accident to push the city to take action. He said that there should be stop signs at the intersection if not traffic lights.

“It takes something drastic happening before they’ll do something,” he said.

When he learned about the previous accidents at the intersection, he said he wondered how many more people will be hit before the city makes safety in this area a priority.

It was unclear whether the driver who hit Bainbridge received a citation. Sr. Cpl. Melinda Gutierrez, a spokeswoman for the Dallas Police Department, said an accident report was not yet available.

—  David Taffet

Robber carrying purse, wielding ice pick steals condoms, makeup from Cedar Springs Walgreens

A man carrying a purse and wielding an ice pick robbed the Walgreens on Cedar Springs Road early Wednesday, making off with $43.99 worth of condoms and $29.76 worth of makeup after threatening a manager.

According to a Dallas police report, the suspect entered the store at 3802 Cedar Springs Road in the heart of Dallas’ gayborhood at about 1 a.m. Because the suspect had stolen merchandise from the store in the past, a manager followed him. The manager observed the suspect placing several items into his black purse.

When the suspect tried to leave the store without paying, the manager approached him and asked him to empty the purse. After the suspect dumped out the purse on the floor, the manager said he was going to call the police. That’s when the suspect pulled out a large ice pick and pointed it at the manager and said: “Stay still, do no follow me or I’ll kick your ass.”

The suspect then grabbed the stolen merchandise and fled on foot. In addition to the Trojan natural lamb condoms and miscellaneous makeup, the suspect made off with two travel bags valued at $15.98, according to the report.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for DPD, said as of this morning there had been no arrests.

According to online records, it was the sixth aggravated robbery at the Cedar Springs Walgreens this year.

—  John Wright

JR.’s patron climbs over, exits from balcony

Over the weekend, a patron of JR.’s Bar & Grill on Cedar Springs Road thought he could leave the bar by climbing over the balcony and jumping to the street. Instead, he landed on his face and bar employees insisted he leave by ambulance.

Caven Enterprises President Gregg Kilhoffer said that the man climbed over the balcony and thought that when he hung from the ledge, dangling as low as possible, he’d just drop to his feet. The second-floor balcony is higher than the man thought.

Kilhoffer, who has been with the company for 27 years, said, “I thought I had seen everything.”

Although the patron thought he was OK after he landed, Kilhoffer said, “we insisted he go by ambulance.”

The man was taken to Parkland Hospital. The only injuries sustained were scrapes to the face.

Kilhoffer said it was early in the evening and the man did not appear to be drunk.

He said he didn’t think additional warnings to customers would be necessary. Signs that read, “Please exit the bar from the first floor” or “Please use the stairs to leave the balcony” or even “Please do not jump off the balcony” would not be posted because most people who come to JR.’s understand how stairs and doors work.

—  David Taffet

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

Tonight’s GayBingo Platoon is the last bingo event of 2011

Bring your bingo face

Get all militarized for GayBingo Platoon. This is the final bingo for the year and they go out with a bang. With LGBT military vets as the special guests, a performance by Something Fabulous and a raffle benefiting Lone Star Ride, the night looks to be jampacked with with excitement as Jenna Skyy, Patti Le Plae Safe and Beaux Wellborn guide you through the evening.

DEETS:
The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside S4). 5 p.m. $25. RCDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Blake Little signs his ‘The Company of Men’ pictorial

This ‘Company’ is always on the invite list

Photographer Blake Little’s The Company of Menis an outstanding collection of photographs that idealize the everyman and yet still exudes a high sensual characteristic. Simply, each man photographed is hot, but it’s their lack of touch up or waxing that makes them so. Little strived to capture each in their own element, at their own house and in natural light.

Not surprisingly for the photographer, he created well-constructed shots that are both artistic and, let’s face it, sexy with the best looking bears this side of the National Geographic.

Little will appear tonight to sign copies of his book.

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DEETS: NUVO, 3900 Cedar Springs Road. 5 p.m. NUVODallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Best Bets • 09.09.11

Saturday 09.10OCP

Forest through the trees
When Jay Maggio paints, it’s hard to not take a look. His tree-scapes are textural and impressionistic but with cool, modern touches. In other words, we likey. Craighead Green presents a three-artist exhibit including Maggio, Heather Gorham and Arturo Mallman. Despite different perspectives,their works are quite cohesive.

DEETS: Craighead Green Gallery,
1011 Dragon St. Through Oct. 8.
CraigheadGreen.com

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Saturday 09.10

Splash the day away
It used to be splashing people with water balloons was reason to get grounded by the parents. Now it’s for all the right reasons. The LifeWalk Waterpalooza dodgeball tourney returns, with teams duking it out with water balloons to benefit AIDS Arms.

DEETS: Station 4 parking lot,
3911 Cedar Springs Road. 1 p.m.
LifeWalk.org.

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Thursday 09.15

Southern belles
For The Women’s Chorus of Dallas to snag the Secret Sisters for the Southern Harmony Party is quite a feat. And if it benefits the chorus, well that’s not so bad either.

DEETS: Lakewood Theater,
1825 Abrams Parkway. 8 p.m. $25–$50.
TWCD.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 9, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Singer Wynter Gordon to appear at Union Jack

Up and coming dance diva Wynter Gordon announced an appearance this Saturday at Union Jack for a couple of reasons. This is the final weekend of the store’s 40th Anniversary month, and she’ll be appearing later that night at the House of Blues’ Cambridge Room with Patrick Stump and John West. Clearly a win-win sitch.

The singer, who currently has the single “‘Til Death,” will be signing autographs and CDs of her newest release With the Music I Die. She has a thing for death apparently. You could also win tickets to the show!

She’ll appear at Union Jack, 3920 Cedar Springs Road, from 2–4 p.m.

 

 

—  Rich Lopez

Give ‘Em Heel Urban Jungle Fashion Show at the Rose Room

Don’t be fashionably late

The fashion show is the largest annual fundraiser event at YFT that is 100% youth-designed and 100% youth-led.  All proceeds go directly to youth-designed and youth-led programs and activities at YFT.  The show will feature clothing designs by students and up-and-coming designers as well as entertainment in between the lines!  Non-alcoholic “mocktails” and snacks will be available at the bar.” — from Youth First Texas website.

DEETS: The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside Station 4). 6 p.m. $10 suggested donation for adults; $5 for youth. YouthFirstTexas.org.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Game 6 of the NBA Finals (or the day the Mavs win it all)

Shut it down, boys

Today could be historic. Before the night is over, the Dallas Mavericks, for the first time, could be the NBA Champions. With back-to-back wins, they head into Game 6 with momentum and confidence. Just not home court. And the Heat are likely pissed. If they win, it’s on to Game 7 and that’s just going to be war. No like.

OK, and who doesn’t have a crush on J.J. Barea? Just sayin’.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. DallasWoodys.com; Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 6 p.m. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez