Dallas unveils EPIC crime-fighting program, which includes Cedar Springs


Crime hotspots the new EPIC initiative will target. (From DPD)

A new Dallas initiative will bring community leaders and police together to improve crime hotspots across the city.

Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dallas police Chief David Brown launched EPIC (Economic Partners Investing in Communities) today as a partnership between the city and growth and crime programs.

The goal is to target several TAAGs, or Target Area Action Grids, that have a high concentration of crime, as shown in a Dallas police photo above. The areas include the Wycliff-Lemmon TAAG, which encompasses the Cedar Springs gay entertainment district.

Crime in the Wycliff-Lemmon TAAG has decreased immensely over the last few years. Hopefully, this new partnership will help it decrease even more.

On a related note, Oak Lawn crime watch leader Nancy Weinberger sent over the below map showing where offenses occurred in April. The Oak Lawn crime watch group holds its regular monthly meeting at noon on Wednesday at the Oak Lawn library.

—  Dallasvoice

“Giant” today at the Wyly

Bigger is better

Any true Texan has likely seen Giant, the movie. It’s a thing, here. But now the story gets the stage treatment with musical numbers by Michael John LaChiusa ad directed by three-time Tony nominee Michael Greif. The Dallas Theater Center goes way big for this epic story of love, redemption and acceptance on the backdrop of the Texas flatlands and the booming oil industry.

DEETS: Wyly Theater, 2400 Flora St.2 p.m. $15–$85.DallasTheaterCenter.org


—  Rich Lopez

Applause: Broadgay at Winspear

Lexus series adds queer event to upcoming season of musicals

What’s gay about ‘Jersey Boys’? The GLBT Broadway subscriber series at the Winspear will tell you.

The Lexus Broadway Series offers a muscular lineup of shows that feature classic stories and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. But they go one step further in the 2011-12 season with the stage equivalent of special edition DVDs, featuring enhanced performances and pre-show engagements for subscribers — including its gay patrons.

Dallas Voice Life+Style Editor Arnold Wayne Jones will host a conversation every second-week Tuesday about 45 minutes before each show. The series, called GLBT Broadway, will highlight the appeal for queer audiences for the shows in the series. The discussion will touch on issues of gender identity and sexuality in regards to the show and the teams behind them. Some — such as the season lead-off, Hair — might be easier to analyze from a gay perspective than, say, Jersey Boys, but that’s part of the fun of the series.

The season starts with Hair, which won the Tony in 2009 for best musical revival. Youth in 1960s America are all about peace, love and understanding — including nudity and homosexuality — in this iconic musical. Sept. 20–Oct. 2.

The epic Les Miserables follows with a new 25th anniversary production. Dec. 20–Jan. 1.

Best musical Tony winner In the Heights details the immigrant experience as characters find a new life in their new country. March 13–25.

Alt-rockers Green Day went Broadway with American Idiot, touted as a mashup of a rock concert and staged musical. May 8–20.

The season concludes with Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Classic hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” tell the tale of this well-accomplished music group from the ‘50s. June 12–July 15.

Other subscriber series include Broadway University, hosted by SMU theater professor Kevin Hofeditz which will explore themes of the show and its place in theater history (every second Saturday matinee) and Broadway Uncorked (every second-week Wednesday), where an expert sommelier will host a wine tasting based on the show. We wonder what American Idiot’s wine will be.

— Rich Lopez

For more information on the Lexus Broadway Series and its enhanced performances, visit ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Midweek Politics’ David Pakman’s Epic Anti-Gay Interview Moments

I received an email from the highly talented and entertaining David Pakman of Midweek Politics, who apparently has not yet earned the reputation of “do not return his calls” among the fundies, bigoted airheads, and crazies who take his questions on the air and proceed to make asses out of themselves to the rest of us. Peter LaBarbera is one of his “greatest hits.”

David wanted to share with Blenders his “best of” reel, called “Epic Anti-Gay Moments Highlight Reel…the Worst of the Worst.” Protect your keyboard, sit back and relax and prepare to laugh. Special guest appearance by Terry “Burn the Koran” Jones, Shirley Phelps-Roper, Paul Cameron and of course, The Peter.

Pam’s House Blend – Front Page

—  John Wright

Watch: Rachel Maddow on AZ Gov Jan Brewer’s Epic Fail


Rachel Maddow wraps up the Jan Brewer debate and aftermath we covered here yesterday.


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—  John Wright

GenEQ Votes: Epic WIN or Epic FAIL?

At the Campus Progress National Conference last month, HRC’s Youth & Campus Outreach Program asked students to vote Epic WIN or Epic FAIL on queer topics.

We had so much fun and so loved the responses that we’ve decided to open up voting to the Twitterverse (and Facebook and YouTube).

On August 25, we’ll choose 15 random winners who will receive fabulous HRC swag. Three will get an HRC t-shirt and twelve will get a Peace/Love/Equality wristband. Multiple entries on the same platform won’t increase your odds, so make each WIN or FAIL on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube count!

Simply tweet with the #hrcGenEQ hashtag, post a Facebook comment, comment on the video or post a video response to nominate your own Epic WINS and Epic FAILS for equality.

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—  John Wright