A couple of jazz cats for Jazz Appreciation Month

Sure it’s pretty much the end of the month, but April is marked as Jazz Appreciation Month and we couldn’t let it slip by without highlighting a couple of community locals. I’m fascinated by the fact that the LGBT scene here has such a strong jazz-based presence. Covers, originals, singalongs — Dallas has a significant number of gay (and very gay-friendly) musicians with some major jazz hands. Gary Poe, Linda Petty, Gary Floyd and Buddy Shanahan come immediately to mind. Whom did I miss?

Of course, we can’t forget Bill Shafer and his partner Michael Donovan as Deuce, pictured, or Rusty Johnson who performs tonight at Alexandre’s at his last Friday show with his band The Love Monkeys. Below is some video for your own jazz appreciation.

—  Rich Lopez

DPD officers won’t clean up horses’ poop

The horses may be pretty to look at, and their presence is a sign of spring, but not everyone is thrilled to see mounted DPD officers in the area of the Katy Trail this year.

Earlier today the proprietor of the 7-11 on Fitzhugh told me the horses make a mess in his parking lot, and the officers refuse to clean it up, leaving him to do their dirty work.

As you can see in the above photo, two mounted officers were hanging out in the 7-11 parking lot earlier today, and not surprisingly, one of the horses dropped a deuce in a parking space. I watched the officers leave without cleaning it up.

“If anyone else did that they’d get a ticket,” the 7-11 proprietor told me. “Just because they’re police doesn’t mean they should be able to do whatever they want.”

It’s unclear why the police horses aren’t equipped with bags that catch their poop, but they’re not. Budget cutbacks?

In any case, this is clearly horseshit! Just wait till some queen from one of the nearby gay bars steps in that stuff. Then you’re really gonna have a problem.

—  John Wright