This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

After two weeks of “soft opening” service, last night Monica’s Nueva Cocina and ME Lounge on Cedar Springs in the ilume had its “official” opening with open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres. Monica told me there’s always a honeymoon phase where people love ya … it’s six months on when you know if you’re a hit. I’ve eaten there a few times already. A review will come next month, but you might wanna start making your reservations…

Over at the Winspear, Chicago (pictured) is back, and it’s surprisingly not stale, even after countless productions ever since the 1996 revival. And John O’Hurley can actually sing! And if you go on Tuesday — or even if you just have some free time — I’ll be doing my usually GLBT Broadway lecture at 7 p.m. in Hamon Hall before the show, pointing out ways you might enjoy the gay text and subtext better. Then on Thursday, Casa Manana puts on a local professional production of Greater Tuna — something of a coup, as authors-stars Jaston Williams and Joe Sears often guard licensing carefully in their home turf. But with David Coffee in many of the roles, it’s sure to be funny. And Sweeney Todd continues over at KD Studio Theatre.

The fourth annual Pink Party features tons of musicians and other acts (burlesque? Uh-huh) on both floors of the ladies’ club, all raising money for breast cancer research. It’s at Sue Ellen’s tonight. There will be fundraising as well with the men, ginning up bucks for Resource Center Dallas. Honey Pot II: Summer Chill is a Sunday afternoon beer bash at Dallas Eagle, with members of the Dallas Diablos in attendance.

There are also several drag opportunities this week. In addition to the shows at the Rose Room and other clubs, Cassie Nova hosts the “turnabout” show of Caven employees at JR.’s on Tuesday, and on Wednesday, Celeste Martinez is M.C. of Miss Gay Highland Park at the Round-Up Saloon.

And at the movies, the last performance by Whitney Houston is preserved in the new release Sparkle, with American Idol winner Jordin Sparks sharing screen time.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Zeus, Eagle team for Northstar wedding parties

OK, gay comic fans, the wedding of the year is just a week away, and you need to get ready for it.

One week from today, on June 20, Marvel Comics will release the issue featuring the same-sex wedding of gay superdude Northstar, a first for a major comic imprint. And gay-owned Zeus Comics on Lemmon and the webiste MutantaDay.com are celebrating in style. First, you can come by the Dallas Eagle tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. for a send-off bachelor party for Northstar. You’re encouraged to wear your favorite Marvel character costume (hey, if there’s anywhere you won’t look out of place in a costume midweek, it’s the Eagle) and the bar will be serving comic-themed cocktails. There will be contests and giveaways, too.

Then, after Northstar (real name: Jean-Paul Beaubier, so he must be uncut) and his fiance Kyle Jinadu tie the knot next Wednesday, you can come by Zeus to pick up a copy or just to attend the wedding reception, which will pack its own surprises. Beyond that, our lips are sealed.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Club Reflection and Dallas Eagle host rodeo kick off parties

Before the ropin’ starts

 

 

—  Rich Lopez

Zeus Comics mixer tonight at Dallas Eagle

Comic appeal

Bond over Marvel team-ups or Archie love triangles when Zeus Comics owner Richard Neal hosts The Return of the Mighty Zeus LGBT Mixer. The new Leap Year tradition features special guest Tim Fish, the out cartoonist behind such queer comic tomes like Cavalcade of Boys and Young Bottoms in Love. He’ll sign copies of his work at Zeus, but at least buy him a thank-you drink at the mixer.

DEETS: Signing at Zeus Comics, 4411 Lemmon Ave. Ste. 105. 5:30 p.m., mixer at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave. 7 p.m. ZeusComics.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Best Bets • 02.24.12

Friday 02.24

Up close and personal
CNN’s Soledad O’Brien struck a chord with the LGBT community in her 2010 special Gay in America following up on her Latino and African-American coverage. She comes to Arlington giving a lecture on “Diversity in America.”

DEETS:
Texas Hall
701 S. Nedderman Drive (on UT Arlington campus).
7:30 p.m. Free.
UTA.edu/MaverickSpeakers.

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Saturday 02.25

Raise your glass
The Toast To Life Gala brings together culinary delights and luxury auctions together for a dazzling night of fundraising. The annual event celebrates 14 years with all proceeds from the night benefiting Resource Center Dallas. Who doesn’t like a night to dress up fancy like while raising a toast to the years of work the Center has done?

DEETS: Fashion Industry Gallery
1807 Ross Ave.
8 p.m.
$100–$150.
ToastToLife.org.

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Wednesday 02.29

Comic appeal
Bond over Marvel team-ups or Archie love triangles when Zeus Comics owner Richard Neal hosts The Return of the Mighty Zeus LGBT Mixer. The new Leap Year tradition features special guest Tim Fish, the out cartoonist behind such queer comic tomes like Cavalcade of Boys and Young Bottoms in Love. He’ll sign copies of his work, but at least buy him a thank you drink.

DEETS:
Dallas Eagle
5740 Maple Ave.
5:30 p.m.
ZeusComics.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 24, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Electronica popsters STRFKR talks its gay bar origins before tonight’s show at Prophet Bar

Last year, Starfucker (or STRFKR for short) released its impressive  sophomore album Reptilians, a trippy endeavor that showed some interesting growth since their 2008 self-titled debut. Dare I say, they sound like what Pink Floyd might have if they had gone the synthy-dreamy route.

Bassist Shawn Glassford, above far right, took a few moments to talk about their first show ever at the San Francisco Eagle, how they might fare at our own Dallas Eagle and whether he would top or bottom for Ryan Gosling.

Read our Q&A after the jump. Then catch them at The Prophet Bar tonight with Painted Palms and Alexico.

—  Rich Lopez

Don/na Dumae celebrating 29 years of fundraising

I know the weekend is still three days away, but you can start making plans now to help Don/na Dumae (aka Don Jenkins) celebrate 29 years of fundraising Saturday night with a show at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.

Don/na Dumae

Line-up is at 6 p.m. (if you want to perform for a good cause, get there at 6 and talk to Don/na), and the show starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds will benefit AIDS Services of Dallas.

Don/na was Empress XXIII of the United Court of the Lone Star Empire, in 1997, and is heir apparent to the Queen Mother of the Americas.

The international court system was born in 1965 when Jose Sarria, aka The Widow Norton, declared herself Empress of San Francisco. Today more than 45 years later, the court system has more than 65 chapters in the U.S., Canada and Mexico, and is the second-largest LGBT organization in the world, according to the International Court System website.

The court in Dallas started in 1979 as The Imperial Court of Dallas, with Cindy Birdsong as Empress. The Sovereign Court of Dallas began in 1982 with Dennis Darcy as Emperor, and Sal E. Marie as Empress. But in 1986, the two courts merged to become the Imperial Court of the Lone Star Empire. Throughout its history — under all three names — the court in Dallas has been devoted to fundraising,primarily HIV/AIDS and LGBT causes.

Current beneficiaries are AIDS Interfaith Network, Youth First Texas, AIDS Services of Dallas, Resource Center Dallas’ Nutrition Center, Legacy Counseling Center and the Sharon St. Cyr Fund.

—  admin

Best bets • 01.06.12

Friday 01.06

Harnessing a bargain
With the economy being such a bitch, you gotta find a good deal anywhere. That goes for leather masters and mistresses as well. New and used items go on the block at the Leather Silent Auction benefiting local groups. And if you can snag a harness, some paddles or a pair of boots for cheaper than usual, jump on it fast.

DEETS: Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.  7–11 p.m. DallasEagle.com.

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Tuesday 01.10

Pecha what?
Pecha Kucha Dallas starts 2012 with the appropriately titled theme: A Clean Slate. A panel of speakers cover topics on helping build a new you.

OK, it sounds self-helpy, but PK’s structure keeps it tight and speakers cover a lot of ground in short time. So it’s short, sweet and ultra-fascinating. But ask them how you pronounce it.

DEETS: Texas Theatre 231 W. Jefferson Blvd.  7 p.m. $5–$10. PKNDallas.org.

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Thursday 01.12

He’s a magic man
We’ve seen David Blaine be buried alive, frozen and more, but what’s behind the man of magic? Blaine talks about what inspires his death-defying feats and hopefully he’ll throw in some tricks, too.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 8 p.m. $20. ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 6, 2012.

—  Michael Stephens

Relive DJ Blaine Soileau’s New Year’s Eve

In case you were a little to buzzed to remember how New Year’s Eve went down (and who wasn’t?), DJ Blaine Soileau can help with that. He spun the night away Saturday at the Dallas Eagle for his Release version of NYE, but then he did one better. He recorded his set list and promptly posted it online. With three-plus hours of club faves, now you can relive New Year’s Eve all over again.

It’s a crowd pleasing track list of hit makers like Gaga, Adele and Britney among others, making it a sweet dance party without any droning techno beats sans vocals. Those are best reserved for a 3 a.m. dance floor in an altered state. Hey, just saying. The best part is now you have your workout music for that likely New Year’s res to exercise more. Double score!

See how the track listing plays out here and click after the jump to give it a listen.

—  Rich Lopez

Spirit of giving

2011 Toy Drive for children with cancer

Dr. Christine J. Coke of Allen is once again collecting new, unwrapped toys and gift cards from Toys R’ Us, Target or WalMart to donate to the Children’s Cancer Fund to benefit children undergoing treatment for cancer.

Donations can be dropped off at Dr. Coke’s office, 107 Suncreek Drive, Ste. 200 in Allen by Saturday, Dec. 17. You can also arrange to have donations picked up by calling Dr. Coke’s office at 214-383-1380, or by calling Linda Lucky any time at 214-632-9271.

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Cocktails for a Cause Red Ribbon Bash

The Cocktails for a Cause Red Ribbon Bash, benefiting Resource Center Dallas, begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at Central 214 at Hotel Palomar, 5300 E. Mockingbird. Admission is $25.

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Hardy Candy Christmas benefit show and auction

Miss IGRA Victoria Weston, Trisha Davis and Donna Dumae host the 25th annual Hardy Candy Christmas benefit show and auction, presented by TGRA-Dallas and the United Court of the Lone Star Empire on Saturday, Dec. 10, starting at 8 p.m., at Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave.

Proceeds benefit TGRA and UCLSE and the organizations they have chosen as beneficiaries.

Other events coming up at Dallas Eagle include the Stocking Stuffers Auction benefiting PPF on Dec. 16 and UCLE’s Jingle Ball Golden Rings 5 benefiting Youth First Texas on Dec. 17.

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Christmas Stocking Auction at The Round-Up

The Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road, will hold its annual Christmas Stocking Auction on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m., and preview baskets will be on display in the bar on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Proceeds benefit Legacy Counseling Center and Legacy Founders Cottage.

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Black Tie Dinner check distribution party

The Black Tie Dinner committee will distribute checks representing proceeds from its 30th annual dinner, held last month, to the Human Rights Campaign and the dinner’s 17 local beneficiaries on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Those attending will also have the chance to visit the exhibit The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, now on display at the museum.

Go online to BlackTie.org for information.

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

—  Michael Stephens