Water main break damages UPS Store, Walgreens on Cedar Springs

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Inside the UPS Store

A water main running beneath the UPS Store and the Walgreen’s on Cedar Springs Road burst about 1 a.m. on Friday morning, flooding both stores.

Dallas Voice Distribution Manager Linda Depriter sent us photos of the damage inside the UPS Store and of clean-up and repair efforts on the street.

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—  Tammye Nash

Why does Dallas City Council want to replace the trees growing in the river with a toll road?

Why do we have trees growing in the Trinity River and just why — or maybe the question is how — does anyone plan to put a toll road there? We can’t keep the bike trail from flooding. How will a much larger toll road not flood?

Every time I post this, someone answers that the road will be elevated. No it won’t. It won’t go under the two Margaret bridges and the historically designated other bridges if it’s elevated at the points where these pictures show flooding.

Putting a highway — or any kind of through road — here, where we’re in our second year of flooding, is stupid at best and a huge waste of a few billion dollars at worst. Any roads should only be for access to the park area — and it will flood, by the way.

And, by the way again, these aren’t hundred-year floods. Since the 1980s, the Trinity has flooded like this during two years of every decade.

—  David Taffet

Legal bills mount as Dallas continues to block eXXXotica

eXXXoticaAccording to Dallas Councilman Scott Griggs, the eXXXotica lawsuit has cost the city $245,000 so far. Or as Councilman Philip Kingston points out, that’s $4,000 a day.

EXXXotica is a porn convention — sorry — they hate when I call it that: the largest expo in the country dedicated to love and sex — that would like to return to the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Kay Bailey Hutchison went to Dallas City Council to tell them she didn’t think porn — I mean love and sex — should be in her convention center. Only it’s not hers. It’s Dallas’ center and it loses money each year because, well, when an expo wants to book the facility during a week when nothing else is going on in the Kay, Dallas says no.

Five council members oppose spending money on litigation the city will lose just to say “We oppose porn in Dallas” — Griggs and Kingston plus Adam Medrano, Sandy Greyson and Mark Clayton. Until a couple more council folks change their votes, the legal bills will continue to pile up until a judge orders the city to allow porn, I mean love and sex, into the Kay.

Next time you drive through a pothole in Dallas, just remember, the council has kept us safe from porn — I mean love and sex — in a part of the city you really have to go out of your way to even see, unless you’re at City Hall. It’s actually next door to City Hall.

—  David Taffet

Get your Brain Tease(d) Dallas

Are you looking for a way to “keep your mindgrapes juicy”? Then we have just the thing for you.

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Dr. Karen Bartlett

It’s called Brain Tease Dallas, a program curated and hosted by Dr. Karen Bartlett on the second Saturday of each month. Each program features six people speaking for 12 minutes each to share their expertise and inspiration on a variety of topics.

Bartlett describes Brain Tease Dallas as “an engaging space for the exchange of ideas among a diverse group of people,” with a focus on social justice, communication, creativity and mental health. She opens each event by telling those attending, “Get ready to hear something brand new, something you already knew, and something you don’t agree with.”

Time is scheduled between the talks during which guests are encouraged to talk with the people around them, “with open minds and hearts.”

In other words, people are encouraged to step outside their own personal boxes and expand their view, or at least consider other perspectives.

The March Brain Tease is set for Saturday, March 12, at Viva’s Lounge, 1250 Manufacturing St., Ste. 120, in Dallas’ Design District.

The theme for March is “Centered.” Speakers and their topics are: Dr. Kyle Erwin on “The Art of Flourishing: Creating a Life You’ll Love”; Victoria Viking on “Mindful Messaging with Adult Learning Theory”; Jessica Blue Sky on “Soul Simplicity: Finding Your Natural Serendipity”; Kamyon Conner on “Self Preservation through Bold Boundary Setting”; Samantha Brewer on “Get Out of Your Own Way: Reaching, Releasing, Relaxing” and Kimberly Boyd-Bowman on “Therapy 101: Who, What, When, Where and Why.”

Tickets range from $15 for general admission to $33 for front row table seats with lots of extras. All guests have access to the complimentary pastry and fruit buffet and the $5 build-your-own Bloody Mary and Mimosa bar.

For more information or to buy tickets visit BrainTeaseDallas.com.

—  Tammye Nash

BREAKING NEWS: Colbert arrested in Los Angeles

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Christopher Brian Colbert

Dallas Police announced today (Thursday, March 3) that murder suspect Christopher Brian Colbert has been arrested in Los Angeles and is being held there awaiting extradition.

Colbert was arrested on warrants for tampering with a governmental record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering. He is also a suspect in the murder of Dallas gay man Ronald David Shumway.

Shumway, 57, was last seen alive in April 2015, shortly before his supervisors at Dallas Area Rapid Transit received an email purported to be from Shumway in which he resigned his job as a DART driver. His home at 725 N. Winnetka Ave. was then put up for sale and a man claiming to be Shumway appeared at the closing for the sale of the home in June, although he did not have his ID with him, faxing an altered copy of Shumway’s driver’s license to the office later on.

The new owner of the house on Winnetka found the unidentified torso of a man in a plastic bag beneath a concrete slab in the backyard of the house in September, prompting police to launch a search for Shumway. Because of posts made to his Facebook account after he supposedly resigned from his job, police believed Shumway had moved to Austin to live with a man he met online.

Investigators determined in February, through DNA testing, that the remains found in the backyard were, in fact, Shumway’s, and that’s when their attention turned to Colbert. Witnesses identified Colbert as the man who had represented himself as Shumway at the real estate deal closing last June, and police issued warrants for his arrest.

—  Tammye Nash

The Gay Agenda • 02-05-16

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Have an event coming up? Email yourinformation to staff writer James Russell at russell@dallasvoice.com by Thursday at 10 a.m. for that week’s issue.

FEBRUARY
• Weekly: Lambda Weekly every Sunday at 1 p.m. on 89.3 KNON-FM. Community counselor Candy Marcum is this week’s guest; United Black Ellument hosts discussion on HIV/AIDS in the black community at 7 p.m. every second Tuesday of the month at 3116 Commerce St., Suite C;
Fuse game night every Monday evening but the last of the month at 8 p.m. at the Fuse space in the ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road, Apt 2367; Fuse Connect every Wednesday from 7 p.m. at the Fuse Space.
For more information call or e-mail Ruben Ramirez at 214-540-4500 or rramirez@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 5: Resource Center Toast to Life Sponsor Party
Sponsor appreciation party for Toast For Life – Mad Hatter’s Ball from 7-9 p.m. at 3525 Turtle Creek Blvd., Ste. 20BC. For more information to reserve tickets call 214-540-4458 or e-mail bscott@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 6: Pride Adult Valentine Bingo
A game night for adults that benefits Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association. 5-8 p.m. at First Congregational United Church of Christ, 4201 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 6: Lovebomb 2016 Benefit for Queerbomb Dallas
Benefit for Queerbomb Dallas’ annual event with entertainment and more at Zippers,
3333 N. Fitzhugh Ave. For more information visit On.fb.me/1Pf7ZQf.

• Feb. 6: Dash for the Beads
Mardi Gras festival with 5K fun run, one-mile walk, costume contest, beer garden with live music. 9:30 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park, 711 W. Canty St.

• Feb. 9: Ed-U-Care Building Bridge Network
Training group for caretakers of LGBT seniors hosts a dinner followed by screening of the movie Gen Silent for LGBT senior and caretaker needs 6-8:30 p.m. at The Senior Source, 3910 Harry Hines Blvd. For more information and to RSVP e-mail Sharyn Fein at educaredallas@gmail.com.

• Feb. 9: Terry Loftis: ‘Two for the Road
Terry D. Loftis presents “Two For the Road,” an evening of romantic and love lost songs for Valentines. 7:30 p.m. at The Women’s Museum at Fair Park.

• Feb. 9: East Texas P-FLAG
Discussion on making P-FLAG’s presence better known in the community. 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Genecov Room, Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, 315 N. Broadway, Tyler.

• Feb. 11: Out & Equal DFW “Frame Your Love” Community Celebration
Receive a free picture frame to display a photo of your family in your workplace, enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cash bar from 6-8 p.m. at Primo’s Tex Mex,
1400 Hi Line Dr.

• Feb. 11: LGBT Retirement Planning Workshop
GALA presents a free workshop by Prudential Financial for LGBT couples and individuals. 6:30-8:15 p.m. Horizon Unitarian Universalist Church, 1641 Hebron Parkway, Carrollton.

• Feb. 11: Young Professionals Advisory Council Mixer
Mix and mingle with young professionals making a difference in the community and learn how to get involved. 5:30-7 p.m. at Chino Chinatown at Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden Ln., Suite 110.

• Feb. 12: High Tech Happy Hour
Texas Instruments Pride, the LGBT and ally diversity group, hosts its monthly High Tech Happy Hour to increase professional and social contacts between groups and individuals and to foster community. 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Primo’s Tex Mex, 1400 Hi Line Dr. For more information e-mail Paul von Wupperfeld at pavw@ti.com.

• Feb. 12: Dallas Red Foundation takeover at Azure Addison
An opportunity to learn about Legacy Counseling and Dallas Red Foundation while drinking DRF Signature Cocktails, from 8-10:30 p.m. at Azure, 4080 Beltline Road, Addison.

• Feb. 12-14: HRC Time to Thrive Conference
Annual national conference promoting safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBT youth features speakers, workshops and more at Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center, 1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine. For more information and to register visit Timetothrive.org.

• Feb. 13: LGBTQSaves Valentine’s Dance
LGBT-friendly youth and young adult dance includes free food, drink and entertainment from 7-10 p.m. at Celebration Community Church, 908 Pennsylvania Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 13: Imperial Court de Fort Worth/Arlington’s Emperor’s Ball
Annual fundraiser benefits Cancer Care Services at 7 p.m. at Urban Cowboy Lounge, 2620 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 16: Young Adult Gender Identity Group
In partnership with SMU’s Center for Family Counseling, GEAR is launching a new support group for young trans adults ages 18-29. 6 p.m. at Resource Center, 2701 Reagan St.

• Feb. 20: Gaybingo: Queen of Hearts
Monthly fundraiser for Resource Center takes place 6-9 p.m. the third Saturday of the month at Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. For more information,
call 214-540-4458 or email Bscott@myresourcecenter.org.

• Feb. 20: AOC Benefit Concert at TCU
TCU’s School for Classical and Contemporary Dance’s Chi Tau Epsilon Honor Society presents the 2016 AIDS Outreach Center Benefit Concert featuring dance groups from across the region. 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theatre of Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. $20 for adults. $10 for
non-TCU students. For tickets and more information call 817-257-4255.

• Feb. 21: Tarrant County Gay Pride Week Association meeting
Getting ready for fifth annual Easter and Pet Fest /Art Fest and general meeting. 3 p.m. at Barron House, 516 College Ave., Fort Worth.

• Feb. 21: DRF Quiz for a Cause
Dallas Red Foundation, Geeks Who Drink — D/FW, and Cedar Springs Tap House team up to create a Quiz for a Cause benefiting Dallas DRF and Legacy Counseling at 7 p.m. at Cedar Springs Tap House, 4123 Cedar Springs Road.

MARCH

• March 5: Resource Center’s Toast to Life Mad Hatter’s Ball
Enjoy a night of food from top local chefs and entertainment by DJ Bunny at this annual benefit for Resource Center programs from 7-11 p.m. at the Empire Room, 1225 N. Riverfront Blvd. For tickets and more information visit Bit.ly/1VnT1vq.

• March 6:  You’ll Never Walk Alone
Oak Lawn UMC presents “You’ll Never Walk Alone: A Community Gathering of Hope, Unity, and Support for the Oak Lawn Neighborhood.” The program expresses the community’s appreciation for the leadership displayed by Mayor Rawlings and the Dallas Police Department in the face of recent violent attacks in Oak Lawn. Performances by the Dallas Police Choir, the Oak Lawn Band and Oak Lawn UMC’s Chancel Choir. 6-7:30 p.m. at Oak Lawn United Methodist Church, 3014 Oak Lawn Ave.

• March 9: Mother Micheal Community Service Awards
Awards presented by the Imperial Court de Fort Worth/Arlington with performances by category winners. 7 p.m. at Club Reflection, 604 S. Jennings St., Fort Worth.

• March 11-13: Imperial Court Coronation XXXVII
Punking the Palace — The Windsors Meet Steampunk: An Evening at Buckingham Palace. Coronation is at 5 p.m. on Saturday night in the main ballroom of the host hotel. Radisson North-Fossil Creek, 2540 Meacham Blvd., Fort Worth.

• March 20: The Wedding Workshop: An LGBT Community Event
Three-hour, hands-on seminar featuring wedding industry experts guides couples through all the steps for planning a memorable wedding. 9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. For more information call 214-754-8710 ext. 126 or visitLGBTWeddingWorkshop.com. Admission and parking are free with registration.

• March 20: The Wedding Party and Expo: An LGBT Community Event
Presented by the Dallas Voice, the largest LGBT wedding expo in Texas includes exhibitors, a fashion show, food samples, a community marketplace and free cake. Donnie Brown serves as celebrity host.
1-5 p.m. at the Renaissance Dallas Hotel, 2222 N. Stemmons Freeway. Foe more information call 214-754-8710 ext. 126 or e-mail EXPO@dallasvoice.com. Register at TheWeddingPartyEXPO.com. Admission and parking are free with registration.

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Terry Loftis: ‘Two for the Road’

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Terry D. Loftis

The Denise Lee Free Cabaret Series presents special guest Terry D. Loftis. Lee and Loftis will perform “Two For the Road,” an evening of romantic and love lost songs for Valentines. 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 9 at The Women’s Museum at Fair Park.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 5, 2016.

 

 

—  Dallasvoice

U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson issues statement on Syrian refugees

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U.S. Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson

Today, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson the following statement in response to the Syrian refugee crisis:

“As a result of horrific terrorist attacks in Paris, France and Beirut, Lebanon last week, many elected officials in the United States are demanding that we stop admitting refugees fleeing Syria. While this rhetoric is disheartening and disappointing, we are facing a global refugee crisis that requires a global response. With 60 million people displaced, the United States must do its part to help protect and resettle vulnerable families and children who are fleeing violence and persecution.

“In Dallas, we have always shown our compassion to those who seek safety. I refuse to slam the door on a small fraction of the world’s Syrian refugees. In fact, 184 Syrian refugees have already been placed in Texas and we will certainly welcome more. While we must continue to ensure that screening procedures are able to properly vet those seeking political asylum in this country. I refuse to turn my back on the children and families who are fleeing the atrocities in their homeland and that is not the answer to defeating terrorism. Instead, we must show compassion by promoting peace and diplomacy.”

—  Tammye Nash

Dallas skyline: Respite from the rain

During a brief interval this afternoon when the skies right above my office cleared for a brief time, I went out to the roof of the parking garage and took a series of photos of the downtown Dallas skyline, then stitched them together to create a panorama.

The clouds moved, the sun disappeared again, the skies darkened — as soon as I finished the photos, almost before, the view had changed. But for a brief moment, this is what it looked like:

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—  Tammye Nash

March Against Hate on Monday: Dump the Trump; Lose the Cruz

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Are you already tired of the 2016 presidential race, even though it’s not yet 2016. Are you tired of listening to Ted Cruz’s hatefulness and Donald Trump’s stupidity? (Or is that the other way around?)

If so, then you might want to join the coalition of local community organizations and others gathering next Monday, Sept. 14 to march to “Dump the Trump and Lose the Cruz.”

The March Against Hate (Anti-Donald Trump March) steps off at 5 p.m. The march begins in front of the Cathedral Virgen of Guadalupe, 2215 Ross Ave., and concludes at the American Airline Center, 2500 Victory Ave.

Trump, who’s leading the field of Republican presidential candidates, will be speaking at a meeting at the AAC at 6 p.m.

Among the coalition organizing the march are LULAC Council 102, Dallas Councilman Adam Medrano, DISD trustee Miguel Solis, state Sen. Royce West, Dallas County Schools trustee Omar Narvaez, Tejano Democrats and more.

Domingo Garcia, president of LULAC Council 102, said his organization is supporting the effort to “deliver a clear message to Donald Trump that Hispanics, blacks and women are not political pinatas.”

Garcia said that participants are asked to bring only United States flags, to wear red, white or blue clothing, and to march peacefully. He added that all organizations and community groups are invited to participate.

For information, call 214-941-8300 or email garciadtx@aol.com.

—  Tammye Nash

Crossroads needs crosswalks

CrossroadsThere’s not much paint left on the crosswalks at what’s been traditionally known as The Crossroads — the intersection not just of gay culture in Dallas, but of Cedar Springs and Throckmorton roads. (A bookstore and gathering place called Crossroads Market stood on one of the corners for 25 years.)

The intersection has some of the heaviest pedestrian traffic in Dallas outside of Downtown — maybe as much as Downtown, especially on weekends.

Danny Sikora, owner of Thairrific, sent us the above photo with the note: “Not much paint left on the crosswalks at The Crossroads. Do you think the City can repaint this?”

Cedar Springs Road divides Districts 2 and 14 (Councilmen Adam Medrano and Phillip Kingston respectively). Their offices have been notified.

How about rainbow stripes, anyone?

—  David Taffet