Jack’s Back Patio with Ciao Bella at Woody’s

Confused? Don’t be

Although it’s hardly a backyard, Jack’s Backyard is setting up shop in Woody’s. The venue shut its doors last weekend but their first day as Jack’s Back Patio is today and that the originally scheduled band, Ciao Bella, will perform. Not bad for a quick turnaround. By the sounds of it, even former JB employees will be helping out with the drinks.

DEETS: Woody’s, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallasWoodys.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Now you can see 'Ciao' … in Chinese

Ciao

Yen Tan’s film “Ciao” is now available in Chinese. The Dallas filmmaker used Oak Lawn locations including one scene filmed in Dallas Voice offices. The film stars Alessandro Calza, who is from Genova, Italy, and co-wrote the script with Tan’ and Adam Neal Smith, a Los Angeles actor originally from Dallas.

In addition to the poster above, see previews on the Chinese site.

—  David Taffet

'Ciao' now available on DVD

Ciao

Yen Tan’s film “Ciao” is now available on DVD.

“Ciao” was filmed in and around Oak Lawn and I worked on crew.

One scene was filmed at the Dallas Voice office. Another at the Round-Up. Most of the film was done in Oak Lawn. The condos we used are on Buena Vista, a few blocks from the Dallas Voice office.

The airport scene was filmed at DFW in terminal D. We were the first film crew allowed to film at the terminal, soon after it had opened. Our small crew was a test-run for the airport because the following week a much larger crew from the TV show “Prison Break” was in the terminal filming. Because of security concerns, we had airport security around us at all times.

Alessandro Calza lives in Italy and worked with Yen on the script. He flew in for the filming and stars. Yen, Alessandro and I were the only three gay people who worked on the film, but the result, I think, is a well told gay love story.

Also starring is Adam Neal Smith. The Los Angeles-based actor is originally from Dallas. I was his gay coach. We practiced how he would eat gay, smoke gay (no, I don’t smoke), dance at the bar gay, walk gay, get in a car gay. Both Alessandro and Adam are really nice guys and Yen is lots of fun to work with. (Yen — so when are we doing another film???) Watch the trailer:

—  David Taffet