Blondie tonight at Granada Theater

Don’t strain your brain

Although the band hit it big in the early ’80s, Blondie’s hits never sound dated. Instead they sound cool and classic, much like singer Debbie Harry herself. But the band’s not too shabby either. See the band in the flesh as they bring back the new wave to Dallas.

DEETS: With Nico Vega. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $60. GranadaTheater.com

—  Rich Lopez

Best bets • 09.30.11

Friday 09.30

You had us at ‘howdy,’ Big Tex
When the Food Choice Awards rolled out fried bubblegum as the Most Creative winner, we weren’t immediately on board. Yes, we know it’s a marshmallow that tastes like gum, but do we get to stick it under our ferris wheel seat when we’re done? Sure, we’ll try it, but the Best Taste winner Buffalo chicken in a flapjack rings like heaven in our ears. Welcome back, State Fair.

DEETS: Fair Park, 1121 First Ave. Through Oct. 23. $13.95. BigTex.com.

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Saturday 10.01

Don’t strain your brain
Although the band hit it big in the early ’80s, Blondie’s hits never sound dated. Instead they sound cool and classic, much like singer Debbie Harry herself. But the band’s not too shabby either. See the band in the flesh as they bring back the new wave to Dallas.

DEETS: With Nico Vega. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $60. GranadaTheater.com

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Tuesday 10.04

Yes, you feel pretty, witty and gay
Face it, it’s the one go-to line for queens of all ages, but West Side Story is much more than that cliche. It’s heart and angst rolled into a love story and a rumble. Which means, don’t miss it.

DEETS:  Music Hall, 909 First Ave. Through Oct. 23. $20–$90. DallasSummerMusicals.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 30, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

WATCH: In honor of Harold Camping, here’s Debbie Harry’s version of ‘Rapture’

Harold Camping

I wrote this blog on Wednesday expressing mild skepticism about Harold Camping’s prediction that “the Rapture” will happen tomorrow (Saturday, May 21) and the world will be totally annihilated in October.

But hey, you never know what might happen, and I could be wrong in my skepticism. So here’s a little something in honor of Preacher Camping. (Thanks Maeve O’Connor for the link!)

—  admin

2011 Readers Voice Awards: Pets

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BEST PET SITTER
Call Me! Pet Sitter

214-613-5250
CallMePetSitter.com

If Call Me! Pet Sitter were to win another award, it would most likely be “Best Business To Get A Blondie Song Stuck In Your Head.” (See, you’re quietly singing Debbie Harry lyrics to yourself right now.) Owner Dana Ball left the dog-eat-dog business world behind two years ago to start this dog-sniff-dog company. Failing to spay or neuter her business model, it’s been growing ever since catering primarily to areas like Rockwall, Rowlett, Garland, Richardson, Sachse and Wylie. Her services range from daily walks and poop pick-up to watering houseplants and even nightly status e-mails for those who are canine co-dependent. As an added bonus, she’ll even play locksmith with her spare key should you lock yourself out. It’s a small extra fee, but better than sleeping in the doghouse.

— Jef Tingley


BEST VETERINARIAN
City Vet

2727 Oak Lawn Ave.
214-219-2838
3101 McKinney Ave.
214-953-1001
CityVet.com

A trip to the doctor can be traumatic for any child, especially our furry ones. They can’t tell you where it hurts, or when they started feeling bad, or even finish the hidden picture game inside Highlights for Children from the stack of magazines in the lobby. That’s why it takes an experienced team of professional veterinarians to figure out exactly why your pooch is dog-tired or your kitty has a case of cat-scratch fever. Whether you’re taking your pets in for routine exams and care or have a life-threatening emergency, City Vet, with multiple convenient Uptown and Oak Lawn offices that makes it especially popular in the gay community where pets are especially prized as household members, is head and paws above the rest. They’ve got more than just your pet’s medical needs at heart. Grooming, boarding, daycare and food supplies are all offered, too. That’s enough to make even a human’s tail wag.

— Steven Lindsey


BEST PLACE TO GET A PET THAT DOESN’T HAVE FOUR LEGS
Water Gardens Galore

2530 Butler St.
214-956-7382
WGGalore.com

They say the world is divided into dog people and cat people, but that’s as narrow minded as saying marriage should only be between a man and a woman. Maybe there are fish people, too! If you are one, there’s no need to be koi about it. Let your fish flag fly free. Water Gardens Galore is the place for getting started on soothing ponds or water features that transform any space into a private oasis. They provide plants, fish, filters, know-how and everything else you need to get your Zen on. Projects can be DIY or Water Gardens Galore will even install your own loon-worthy custom Golden Pond. (Warbly Katharine Hepburn impression sold separately.)

— Jef Tingley

DIVA DOG WALKER
Patrick Phelan

Pet Home Pal
Services available daily, 7 a.m.—­7 p.m.
214-418-8994
PetHomePal.com

 

DIVA DOG TRAINING
Bark Busters Home Dog Training

3109 Knox St.
Call for appointment
877-500-2275
BarkBusters.com

 

BEST PET GROOMING
Petropolitan

408 S. Harwood St.
Open Monday­–Saturday
214-741-4100
ThePetropolitanDallas.com

 

BEST ANIMAL ADOPTION
SPCA of Texas

362 Riverfront Blvd.
Open daily
214-742-7722
SPCA.org

 

BEST BOARDING / KENNELING
Petropoliitan

408 S. Harwood St.
Open Monday­–Saturday
214-741-4100
ThePetropolitanDallas.com

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This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 18, 2011.

—  John Wright