New gay reality show to be filmed in Oak Lawn

Cedar Springs RoadDallas is THE hot spot for fall television this year. Look for “Chase” on NBC and “The Good Guys” and “Lonestar” on Fox.

How much more of Dallas will America get to see? That depends on whether the pilot of a new reality show that will be filmed on the Strip gets picked up.

“Promoting Dallas: A Reality Show” is produced by Dallas promoter Roy Murray and will film in Oak Lawn on Aug. 27 and 28.

The producers wrote:

When it comes to promoting night life in the fourth largest metropolitan area in America, one can expect copious amounts of entertaining events, starlight-filled drama and beverage enhanced truths.

Roy Murray, event promoter of  Dallas, feels that it is time America had the chance to see the never-ending list of things to do to ensure an electrifying night out on the town, all while building a brand. Murray and his street-team of dedicated guys and girls have been promoters in the Dallas/Fort Worth area for the past 10 years. Roy was on of the founding members of 7connection before starting Black Knight Production. He was also the chairman of Dallas Southern Pride.

All these aspects give the show an edgy inquiry, but the quality attribute of the show is its niche market, all the taping and action  will all take place within the Dallas LGBT Community, ensuring a diverse look into what it takes to promote and entertain the most financially friendly demographic in Dallas.

“Dallas is known for its social scene but our community is literally the scene to be seen!” stated Murray.

Here’s the filming schedule for “Promoting Dallas.”

Friday Aug. 27:

The Drama Room, 3851 Cedar Springs Rd., 6 p.m.-10 p.m. for Happy Hour

The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave., 10 p.m.-3 a.m.

Saturday, Aug. 28:

Hungdinger’s for the Stoplight Party Ladies Edition, 3851 Cedar Springs Rd., 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.

Club Rush, 3903 Lemmon Ave., 10 p.m.-2 a.m.

—  David Taffet

Hershner overdosed on alcohol, cocaine

Marty Hershner

Marty Hershner, the owner of the Tin Room and the Drama Room who passed away in April, died from an overdose of alcohol and cocaine, according to the Dallas County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Dr. Chester Gwin of the ME’s Office said Thursday morning he wasn’t at liberty to discuss toxicology results in detail. But Gwin confirmed that the official cause of death was “cocaine and ethanol toxicity.”

“The amount in the system doesn’t really matter,” Gwin said. “It’s one of those drugs where a little can do the same as a lot. … Cocaine is toxic in and of itself, but when you combine alcohol to it, there’s a metabolite that’s formed between the interaction of ethanol and cocaine that’s an irritant to the heart.”

Following Hershner’s death, Dallas police said they believed an overdose was possible because “a lot of drugs” were found at the scene.

To read our full story about Hershner’s death, go here.

—  John Wright

3 paintings stolen from Drama Room

One of the stolen paintings by Rob Conover
One of the stolen paintings by Rob Conover.

Artist Robb Conover reports that three of his paintings that had been hanging inside the Drama Room on Cedar Springs were stolen. It happened during business hours on Wednesday night.

“Two of the suspects were a small lesbian woman and her tall Asian male with long black hair,” Conover said. “Everyone in the area knows them. A reward is being offered to anyone with knowledge of the paintings’ whereabouts and the persons involved.”

Conover wrote on his Facebook page: “They set up a decoy. So sad. They knew what they were doing. It happened fast.”

Conover asked anyone with information to contact Conover at 214-623-7790 or the Drama Room at 214-443-6020.

—  David Taffet

Services for Marty Hershner are Saturday

For those who’ve been patiently waiting and checking back here for updates on Marty Hershner’s death, my story is up over on the main page. Read it by going here. Here’s the info about services:

Lonzie Hershner said a viewing will be held from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday, April 30 at Ben F.Brown’s Memorial Funeral Home, 707 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Irving.

A funeral will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at the same location.

Both the viewing and the funeral are open to the public.

Lonzie Hershner said family and friends also plan a memorial show at the Drama Room in the next few weeks. He said he would provide details next week.

—  John Wright

Tin Room owner says rumors that bar was raided last night are false

Marty Hershner, owner of the Tin Room, says rumors that the gay bar on Hudnall Street in Oak Lawn was raided last night are false.

Someone sent a text message to a member of the Dallas Voice editorial staff this morning saying the bar had been raided. Hershner said someone also posted the rumor on their Facebook page, and he got a call from his brother early this morning inquiring about the alleged incident.

“No such thing happened,” Hershner told me. “When you do well, you have lots of haters, and I guess that’s what it is. We were packed last night, and had a great night. It was St. Patrick’s Day.

“That is completely not true,” he added. “They’re just trying to stir up shit. It makes me angry. There were police down the street, but that was dealing with a homeless person, two cops and a homeless guy. That wasn’t even on my property.”

We also put a call in to Dallas police this morning. Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse said he would check with the vice unit, but we haven’t heard back from him yet.

In related news, Hershner said his new bar on Cedar Springs, the Drama Room, is set to open next week at the site of the old Mickey’s. A VIP night is set for Wednesday, followed by a grand opening on Thursday.

“It’s coming along well,” Hershner said. “I added a dance floor and I just changed all the décor. It was kind of nice before, it was just beat up. I made it much nicer. I’ll put a nice patio out back, and there’s going to be entertainers.”

—  John Wright