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

Skivvies holds underwear model auditions tonight; talk about a win-win situation

Let’s face it: Every gay guy, at one time or another, fantasizes about being the underwear model that first made him realize he was gay. (For men my age. baseball star Jim Palmer’s Jockey ads had a greater impact than Will & Grace and a dozen Pride marches combined.)  Tonight, you may actually get the shot.

Skivvies, the underwear store in the gayborhood, is on the prowl … er, search — for the next Skivvies Man. Tonight, from 7 o’clock on, those interested in auditioning will get a fairly professional opportunity to prove their catwalk skills: There will be lights, camera and, we can only imagine, a whole lot of action.

So, if you or someone you know wants to shake a little booty for the camera, be there from 6:30 to 6:45 to sign up. And even if you don’t want to audition yourself … well, you can still stop by and see the men who do want it. And if you see Jim Palmer, call me.

Skivvies, 4001-C Cedar Springs Road. June 8 starting at 7 p.m.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cazwell headlines a full day of Razzle Dazzle today

Bedazzled

Once you recover from last night’s MetroBall, then you have a full day of Razzle Dazzle with today’s street festival. The day starts with the Sidewalk Sale and Fair where merchants once again offer discounts on your shopping excursions. The cool part will be the vintage auto show.About 50 autos from Classic Chassis Car Club will be parked along Cedar Springs Road until 4 p.m.

The night picks up when the Street Festival gets underway featuring live performances by Cheer Dallas, The Bright, Uptown Players, Chaz Marie, the Gary Floyd Trio and more. DJs Mickey Briggs and Tim Pfleuger provide dance music all night. All that will be highlighted by the return of Cazwell on the mainstage. And there is still all the goings-on in the bars and Midway of carnival games, a mechanical bull and an obstacle course. This could be like gay Wipeout.

DEETS: Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Streets. Sidewalk sale 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Street Festival 7 p.m.–1 a.m. Free. RazzleDazzleDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

MetroBall with Deborah Cox tonight at S4

A whole lotta Cox

Could there be any better tining for this year’s 6th Annual Metro Ball? The AIDS fundraiser is smack dab in the middle of Razzle Dazzle Dallas. We’d go no matter what since dance diva Deborah Cox is headlining. You know she’ll sing her signature hit, “NObodys Supposed to be Here,” but to a packed house. Ironic, huh?

DEETS: Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. $30 GDMAF.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Razzle Dazzle Days continues with pub crawl

Years in the (re)making

What’s better than a night of drinking? Well, a night of drinking with a designated driver. Razzle Dazzle continues tonight with the Jagermeister Oak Lawn Pub Crawl. Yeah, we know. You could argue the pub vs. bar thing all night, but skip the semantics and partake. Although a nice beer and bar food spot in these parts wouldn’t be a bad thing. Great, now we’re thirsty and hungry.

A party bus will shuttle partygoers to participating nightclubs off of Cedar Springs. Participants can travel from club to club in their own cars or park in one place and ride the party bus.

Four Oak Lawn bars will offer a variety of entertainment, contests, dancers and more. The party runs from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. and participating clubs include BJ’s NXS, Zippers, the Brick/Joe’s and Kaliente.

DEETS: At participating bars. 8 p.m. RazzleDazzleDallas.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Axiom Sushi Lounge and AIDS Interfaith Network team up for one-day dining event

On Wednesdsay, Axiom Sushi Lounge will host Making One Meal Matter with AIDS Interfaith Network. From 7–10 p.m., 20 percent of guests’ food bills will go toward AIN’s 10 client-serving programs.

Travis Gasper, director of development at AIN, says, “Our clients are homeless or very low income and living with HIV/AIDS. Each meal matters to them.”

Additional donations will also be accepted throughout the night. So load up on your California Rolls and sashimi.

Axiom Sushi Lounge (formerly Fin Sushi Lounge), 4123 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. For reservations, call 214.443.3840 and mention “AIN fundraiser.”

—  Rich Lopez

Game 1 of the NBA Finals

Men with balls

OK, the deja vu of this year’s NBA Finals puts us on edge. The Dallas Mavs and the Miami Heat face off once again, only this time, the Mavs are seeking redemption. The finals start tonight with watching parties all over. Justdon’t start a drinking game on fouls against Dwayne Wade. You’ll get hammered way too fast.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallasWoodys.com; Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 7 p.m. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez