Best bets • 12.03.10

Friday 12.03

Weekend forecast: lotsa leather
Mr. Dallas Eagle Jack Duke has a busy weekend ahead. First he’s hosting the Used Leather Silent Auction on Friday. Then he takes part in the Kickoff Party that same night, all gearing up for Saturday’s Mr. Dallas Eagle contest. Hard to believe it’s already been a year since Duke started his successful run at leather domination by going on to win Mr. Texas Leather and then placing third in Mr. IML. Now it’s time to pass on the torch — or is it paddle?

DEETS: Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave. Friday–Saturday at 8 p.m. DallasEagle.com

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Friday 12.03

Get folked up with SONiA
Lesbian folk singer SONiA and Disappear Fear head back to North Texas in support of their latest album Blood, Bones & Baltimore. Just don’t let the folk part scare you. She refreshes the granola vibe of ’60s folk by fusing it with a reggae touch. Plus, her dreadlocks are killer up close.

DEETS: Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 N. Central Expressway. 8 p.m. $12–$15. UncleCalvins.com

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Saturday 12.04

Boogie woogie meets ballet – for real
Only the Contermporary Ballet of Dallas would we trust to mix ballet with disco, jazz and swing music. In Boogie Woogie Christmas Carol, the CBD offers a different take of the Dickens classic by throwing in some Tommy Dorsey, The Trammps and even Linkin Park. Ballet is starting to sound kinda cool, huh?

DEETS: McFarlin Auditorium, 6405 Boaz Lane. 7:30 p.m. $27. ContemporaryBalletDallas.com

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Tuesday 12.07

Good things can come from a trailer
The Sam Houston School Holiday Project will be offering thanks to a slew of drag queens this season. Edna Jean Robinson brings back her annual Trailer Park Christmas which benefits the project. Onyx and Chanel are among the drag fabulous who will lend a manicured hand to the night. Those kids will be so happy. It just warms the heart.

DEETS: JR.’s Bar & Grill, 3923 Cedar Springs Road. 11 p.m. Caven.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 3, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Best bets • 07.30.10

Saturday 07.31

Hit over the head with comedy

Seriously, there is nothing better than a man who makes us laugh. Four men and two women are even better. The improv comedy troupe Blunt Force Drama will work hard for your laughs, but we have yet to see out member Dave Cudlipp in action. As the strong, silent type, he may be the most hilarious.

DEETS: Mouth, 2626 Main St. 7 p.m. $10. MouthDallas.com.

Saturday 07.31

No, really, thank you for the music
As if the combo of ABBA and a musical on stage and the big screen isn’t heaven enough, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas goes one better. The ladies present Mamma Mia! The Movie Sing-Along! giving you the chance to belt out the way you wanted at the theater. “Dancing Queen” should likely be a spectacle to hear and see, on screen and off.

DEETS: Studio Movie Grill, 11170 N. Central Expressway. 2 p.m. $15. TWCD.org.

Thursday 08.05

No dinner with this murder mystery
In Theatre Three’s Sherlock Holmes in the Crucifier of Blood, we follow the detective all the way from India to an opium den in London as he unravels his mystery of the moment. But the best part — it already sounds better than the Robert Downey Jr. movie.

DEETS: Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. #168. 7:30 p.m. Through Sep. 5. $20–$40. Theatre3Dallas.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 30, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Business Briefs • 07.23.10

Karim Harati-Zadeh opened a second Spectrum Chiropractic & Acupuncture location at 1300A W. Arkansas Lane in Arlington. His first office is on Lemmon Avenue in Oak Lawn.

Derrick Dawson passed his Texas real estate salesperson licensure exam and has joined Texas Pride Realty in Carrollton.

Eric Johnson has formed a new law firm with John Helms and Manuel Diaz at 6060 N. Central Expressway.

Turtle Creek Consignment & Estate Sales, a gay-owned, Web-based business, recently opened their warehouse showroom to the public. Located at 3737 Atwell Street, behind the Home Depot on Lemmon Avenue, they specialize in new and pre-owned luxury home furnishings, home décor, collectibles, fine art, vintage home accessories vintage jewelry, crystal, glass and pottery. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Lula B’s moved from its Lower Greenville Avenue location to 2639 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Their second store is on Riverfront (Industrial) Boulevard and features 80 vendors selling funky, kitschy and collectible, vintage and pimpadelic items.

—  Kevin Thomas