NAGVA Volleyball championships held in Dallas

North American Gay Volleyball Association is holding its national championship tournament in Dallas this week.

—  David Taffet

Championship weekend

NAGVA brings volleyball championship to Dallas

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Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor
nash@dallasvoice.com

About 1,300 players, coaches and fans representing 147 teams from across the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico are expected to converge on Dallas over the Memorial Day Weekend for the 34th annual North American Gay Volleyball Association Championship Tournament. This is the third time Dallas has hosted the championship.

The Dallas tournament is expected to be the second-largest tournament in NAGVA history. The largest, according to NAGVA President Jason Fallon, was in Las Vegas. “We had 169 teams competing that year,” he said.
Host hotel for the tournament is the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 Reunion Blvd., on the edge of downtown. Games will  be played at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St.

Local registration, for Dallas players who will be competing, will be held Saturday, May 21, 4-7 p.m. in the Back Lot at Woody’s Sports and Video Bar, 4011 Cedar Springs Road. Take-Off: The Pre-Party, begins at 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Cedar Springs Tap House at ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road.

Registration for those coming in from out of town will be held at the Hyatt from 7-9:30 p.m., with Ascend: The After-Registration Party taking place at Woody’s from 8 p.m.- 2 a.m. on May 26.

The tournament begins in earnest on Friday morning, with morning group pool play at 8 a.m. and afternoon group pool play starting about 11:45 a.m. NAGVA’s annual meeting will be held at the hotel Friday evening, followed by Avion: Dance Party at Kaliente Club, 4350 Maple Ave.

The second round of pool play begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. Things get serious with double elimination tournament play starting about 6 p.m. The day ends with Turbulence: Dance Party from 10 p.m.-2 a.m. at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road.

Tournament play begins again at 8 a.m. Sunday, and will wind up in time for a cocktail hour at the host hotel at 7 p.m., and the awards banquet at 8 p.m. Woody’s hosts Descend: After Banquet Party, beginning at 10 p.m., while The Brick, 2525 Wycliff, hosts Plunge: After Banquet Party, also at 10 p.m.

The 2016 tournament concludes Monday, May 30, with Dive: The After Sand Tournament, at Sandbar Grill and Cantina, 317 S. 2nd Ave.

Fallon said NAGVA officers “have been working closely” with officers and members of Dallas Invitational Volleyball Association — or DIVA — to organize the tournament and surrounding activities and parties.

“We couldn’t do this without the local guys helping us,” he said.

DIVA member Adam Cebulski, the marketing and communications director for the NAGVA championship tournament and chair of the local organizing committee, said DIVA is thrilled to have the NAGVA tournament coming back to Big D.

“DIVA has grown leaps and bounds since the last time we hosted the championships, in 2005, and we are excited to show how far we’ve come and how the city itself has changed,” Cebulski said.

“We have received an incredible amount of support from the city of Dallas throughout this whole process,” he continued. “An event like this unifying the LGBT community will hopefully also let the residents know the city does support our community, and convince them to strive the further the work our local agencies do.”

DIVA, which marked its 25th anniversary two years ago, currently has almost 400 playing members rated across six divisions and 50 teams. The league has 12-week spring and fall seasons, a six-week summer indoor season and a six-week summer sand season. The league also hosts two NAGVA-sanctioned tournaments each year: the Austin Summerfest each August and the Dallas Fall Classic each October.

For a list of all events taking place in conjunction with the NAGVA championship, visit Facebook.com/NAGVA2016/events. Games and parties in the Dallas bars are open to the public.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 20, 2016.

—  Tammye Nash

Spike! Dallas will host 2016 national gay volleyball tourney

VolleyballThe North American Gay Volleyball Association (NAGVA) selected Dallas to host its 2016 championship tournament next spring.

If it seems like Dallas keeps getting picked to host national tourneys, you’re not wrong; since 2004, nine national championship gay sporting events have come to Dallas; NAGVA will make it an even 10 in 12 years.

“NAGVA could not be more excited about coming back to Dallas for the third time,” NAGVA’s president, Jason Fallon, said in a statement. The tourney was last held in Dallas in 2005; it was also here in 1996. DIVA, the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association, is one of the largest LGBT volleyball leagues in the nation. It was formed in 1989.

“We have a great tradition of LGBT [sporting] events here in Dallas an we look forward to welcoming the athletes to our diverse city,” said Monica Paul, executive director of the Dallas Sports Commission.

The tournament will be held at the at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center May 27–29, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Funeral services set for Josh Cain

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Josh Cain

Funeral services for Josh Cain, the 21-year-old man killed last week in Hurst by a suspected drunk driver, will be held at 2 p.m. today (Tuesday, Aug. 26), at Moore Funeral Home South Chapel, 1219 N. Davis Drive in Arlington.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations in Josh’s memory be made to Mothers Against Drunk Driving.

Cain was a member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association and the North American Gay Volleyball Association. He was riding his motorcycle Thursday night on Pipeline Road  when an SUV turned in front of him, and he struck the front passenger side of the vehicle. He was transported to an area hospital where died.

Watch for more information and complete obituary information in Friday’s print edition of Dallas Voice.

—  Tammye Nash

DIVA player dies in accident

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Josh Cain

Josh Cain of Bedford, 21, died Thursday night, Aug. 21, died after being hit by a suspected drunk driver.

Cain was a three-year member of the Dallas Independent Volleyball Association (DIVA), and a member of the North American Gay Volleyball Association. His fellow volleyball players honored him with a moment of silence before play began Friday night for the first night of competition in DIVA’s fall season.

The accident occurred about 10:05 p.m. Thursday at the intersection of Pipeline Road and Hurstview Drive in Hurst. Hurst police said Cain was riding his Honda motorcycle westbound on Pipeline Road when a GMC Yukon driven by Rory Reaves, 35, of Hurst, turned from the eastbound lane north onto Hurstview, and turned in front of Cain’s causing his motorcycle to hit the front passenger side of the SUV.

Police said Cain was transported to an area hospital where he died of his injuries.

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Rory Reaves

Hurst Police Sgt. Craig  Teague said Monday, Aug. 25, that Reaves was arrested at the scene of the accident and that charges of intoxication manslaughter with a vehicle are pending as police await the results of toxicology tests.

An online fundraiser to assist Cain’s family in paying for the funeral and other expenses has been established at www.youcaring.com/Josh-Cain-Memorial. Watch Friday’s issue of Dallas Voice for more information.

—  Tammye Nash

CD REVIEW: Cher, ‘Closer to the Truth’

CHERTo find the truth on Cher’s first album of new material in 12 years, look beyond that over-polished, Britney-circa-Femme Fatale-era cover art on Closer to the Truth, wherein our leading diva confuses an album shoot for a JCPenney underwear catalog. The truth, it turns out, isn’t immediately apparent; it exists not in a 67-year-old woman trying to be a pinup girl, but in the frankness of Cher’s always-authentic self, when she preaches feminism (“Woman’s World”), tells a prospective lover to “Take It Like a Man” and, at her most honest, warns of her lethal wig-wearing, sequin-shimmering style (“Dressed to Kill”).

Picking up where 2001’s Living Proof left off — when Cher, impossible as it sounds, got even gayer — Closer to the Truth (her 26th LP) keeps the queers at her feet and on their knees; all three of the aforementioned songs pulse and bounce and bang like the icon never left the dance floor. And that’s only somewhat problematic, since some of these aren’t quite as ageless as the diva herself. “Woman’s World,” the first single, sounds very turn-of-the-millennium. One of two Pink-scribed contributions, “I Walk Alone,” exercises a country march that both befits early-era Cher and shakes up the sameness of the more vanilla-produced dance jams. Then she gets back to ballads, making magic out of “Sirens,” a glorious slow tempo that proves the timelessness of her voice, and breaking your heart just a little on her cover of Miley Cyrus’ “I Hope You Find It.” The truth is, Cher doesn’t need to turn back time. She’s fine right where she is.

— Chris Azzopardi

 Three-and-a-half stars.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Gay Basketball Association revs up with two events this week

With all the sports leagues in the LGBT community here, we’ve long been without a basketball one — until now. As one of the organizers of the new Dallas Gay Basketball Association, Steven Coleman has been helping to get the word out on the new league. The interest is there. Coleman guesstimated about 40 people showed up to DGBA’s open gym session last week at Reverchon Rec Center.

“This is something we need here,” he said.

DBGA’s mission as posted on their Facebook page reads:

The Dallas Gay Basketball Association was founded in 2012. This league was created for LGBTAQ men and women to create an atmosphere for athletes. In hopes of strengthening a community and providing alternative option for socializing within the gay community. The league invites all skill levels, and encourages new members.

According to Coleman, they’ve been in talks with DIVA citing their structure as a direction DGBA may borrow from. That makes total sense seeing how successful the volleyball association is in expanding its membership practically each new season. DGBA will serve as a co-ed league for teams. Whether Reverchon will be the only location for play was not mentioned.

DGBA gets social tonight (Wednesday) by hosting a meet and greet at Woody’s at 6 p.m. Organizers will be there to answer questions and encourage enrollment. They follow up with another open gym session on Thursday at Reverchon where interested persons can sign up with the league. The only requirement at this point is to have a card issued by the rec center (city of Dallas) to play.

Coleman provided pics from last week’s open gym. See those after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Mi Diva Loca tonight at Sue Ellen’s

Livin’ la Diva Loca

Get your New Year on with Mel Arizpe and Laura Carrizales as Mi Diva Loca tonight. The partners in life and song turn top hits into their own with subtle rearrangements and way fab voices. Besides, live music should be your resolution for 2012.

DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 7 p.m. SueEllensDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

DIVA invites players to its New Member Clinic tonight

Make your play

Everything you ever wanted to know about volleyball can be learned tonight at DIVA’s (Dallas Independent Volleyball Association) new member clinics. New members of all skill levels are invited to come out and check what the next season has in store. All members are rated for team division as well as basics of the game are covered. Never played? No worries. That’s what these clinics help with. DIVA is all about sportsmanship and nobody gets left behind.

DEETS: K.B. Polk Recreation Center, 6801 Roper St. 7 p.m. DivaDallas.org.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Whistlin’ Dixie

RESEAL THE DEAL | Drag Tupperware guru Dixie Longate keeps Fort Worth fresh with her show … which also functions as a real Tupperware party.

Dixie Longate peddles plastic as America’s funniest Tupperware Lady

STEVEN LINDSEY | Contributing Writer
stevencraiglindsey@me.com

Someone at Amway is very jealous, because fast-talkin’, Southern drawlin’ Dixie Longate (né Kris Andersson) has turned catalog sales into a small empire. It’s mostly thanks to some hilarious shtick, the mouth of a sailor and a surprisingly thorough product knowledge in her plastic extravaganza, Dixie’s Tupperware Party.

In her one-woman interactive comedy show, starting Wednesday in Fort Worth’s McDavid Studio, Dixie reveals her sordid past, what with three dead ex-husbands and three children home alone in a trailer in Mobile, Ala. Stints in and out of prison keep her grounded and streetwise. But it’s her genuine passion for those burpable bowls that has made the Tupperware HQ take notice since she began selling nearly a decade ago. After her first year, she landed in the top 20 of national sales and hasn’t ever dropped out of it. Twice, she was the No. 1 Tupppersalesperson in the nation.

“I work real hard,” she says. “When I was No. 1, I was doing buttloads of home parties. I don’t sell as much at my shows because people are coming to be entertained — buyin’ Tupperware is not always on their minds. But I’m not going to take that away. What sort of lady would I be if I showed all this fine-quality plastic crap and then forbid you the opportunity to purchase it? That would just make me sad.”

Even though her show is wildly entertaining, it is an elaborate sales pitch. Tupperware is indeed available for purchase and what she started in small home shows translates just fine to bigger venues because she’s confident in what she does. Becoming Tupperware’s top sales diva has been motivating, but Longate acknowledges that there are other things in life.

“I have tasted sweet victory; now I want to taste other kinds of things,” she laughs. “You have to keep puttin’ stuff in your mouth to keep tastin’ ’em. Victory tastes good. But you know what? So does a Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader!”

Longate is stoked to be returning to Texas, if only to experience our hospitality: “Everybody’s so neighborly. People want to have sex with me and I have to say, ‘Not everybody!’ Because I’m busy,” she says. “I didn’t get my chance to ride a mechanical bull, and that makes me happy, so I need to find one when I’m in Fort Worth. There’s nothin’ more fun than gettin’ on mechanical bull and ridin’ more than eight seconds, diggin’ your heels in and just havin’ a cocktail in a Tupperware tumbler in one hand and ridin’ it like a Christian.”

Longate is serious about her Tupperware sippy cup, always in-hand during her parties.

“Oh hell yes, I don’t want to spill my drink. Riding is so much exercise, you need to make sure you’re hydrated.”

Longate takes a dragtastic approach to sales that shocks suburbia. “There are a couple fun gals that are now selling Tupperware, making sure your food storage needs are being met. But you know how some Tupperware ladies just suck ass?” she asks. “They just sit there and they’re boring as hell. You don’t want someone sittin’ there talkin’ to your face about some bowl. You want to get up and have fun and do something crazy. That’s why it’s called a party, after all.”

And it’s one hell of a party. She’s taken it on the road all over the U.S., and even out to sea on several Atlantis gay cruises. It’s there she first came to love and accept the homosexuals — even if she can’t say the word.

“Oh you know what? At first I was a little scurred of the homosectionals because in the Bible they say things like don’t touch tongues with another man because that’s filthy and all that. But I was like, well wait, I touch tongues with other men and they’re so nice,” Longate says. “And then I met some of them homosectionals, and at first I clutched my Bible and said, you’re not supposed to be like that. But let me tell you somethin’. Homoesectionals always smell good and they travel in packs so you don’t want to mess with one because another one’s gonna come up and throw glitter at your head and that’s gonna get in your eye and sting.”

There are also other benefits to hanging out with the homosexual set.

“They are just such nice people, please and thank you and oh-ma’am-you-look-so-pretty-today. They’re never trying to rub up on your leg when they buy you a drink. They just buy you a drink and that’s that. And for that the Bible says I’m supposed to burn them? I don’t believe in that part of the Bible.”

As for her three dead ex-husbands, Longate swears there won’t be a fourth.

“It’s like they say: You can take the milk out of the cow, but you can’t have sex twice in the same room without losing the camcorder. Or something like that,” she says. “I’m gonna have some fun and meet some people behind the dumpster and lift my leg up just enough to put a smile on my face, but I’m not gonna get in a serious relationship again.”

After all, she’s got her job. Tupperware has been very good to her. Her bestsellers continue to be her Jell-O Shot Caddy (for takin’ to church, of course), her safe-edge can opener and a new product that she swears the gays are going to love.

“I know you all go to the gym all the time and work out. We have this little shaker that you put all your protein shakes and stuff in and you shake it up real quick and it blends it without all those big lumps,” she explains. “You don’t want a big lump in your mouth when you’re at the gym. Maybe afterward in the locker room, but that’s different.”

Look for that and plenty of other products to be demonstrated like never before at her party. And because she says the “homosectionals” like beautiful things, she promises you’ll be happy just to sit and stare at her on stage.

“I’m just lucky Jesus made me pretty. I have nice legs and can have sex like a trucker for a month. I might not be able to cook real well and I might not be able to add stuff together without a really big calculator, but that’s what Asian people are for,” she says. “Everybody has their niche.”

And Dixie’s niche is one that can’t be filled by just anyone.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 4, 2011.

—  John Wright