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It’s a music-filled week in Dallas.

For more traditional concerts featuring gay artists, Saturday is super-busy, with Deborah Vial and Jane Doe reuniting for a concert at The Kessler Theatre (doors open at 6 p.m.). Down the road in The Cedars, Eric Himan, pictured, launches his new national tour promoting his CD Gracefully at Poor David’s Pub (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).

If you prefer dance music from a DJ, Dick’s Night Out is back at the W Hotel Ghostbar on Friday, with DJ Charlie Phresh spinning. Then on Sunday, Honey Pot celebrates its first anniversary with Summer Chill at the Dallas Eagle, with DJ Medic making some noise.

Prefer your music in showtune form? You can still try to get tickets to see The Book of Mormon, which settled into the Winspear with a Tony Award-winning score. (The musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, Xanadu and Miss Saigon all close this weekend, so if you haven’t seen them yet, this is your last chance.)

For non-musical outings, Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown delivers the laughs at Teatro Dallas, and the irrepressible Molly Ivins spins her homespun liberalism in Red Hot Patriot at WaterTower Theatre. And Gaybingo is back at the Rose Room with a Slumber Party theme on Saturday with Drag Racer Latrice Royale in tow, and the HRC’s Fruit Bowl rolls into Richardson on Sunday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 08.05.11

siaSunday 08.07

Strike it up
Bring out your bell bottoms and flared collars for this year’s Fruit Bowl as the Human Righs Campaign goes disco. The annual event raises funds for the HRC, but really, it puts our Wii talents to the test. But if you’re gonna dress up disco, reconsider those platforms for the slick lanes.

DEETS: 300 Dallas, 3805 Beltline Road,
Addison. Noon and 3 p.m.
Individuals $25–$30, teams $100–$160.


Sunday 08.07

‘Clap your Hands’ and say yeah
Even though Sia hasn’t quite made into the big time on the pop charts, she’s developed a strong following. The lez singer recalls the vein of Robyn, with smart pop music that keeps us coming back. She’s sold out here, but the venue has been releasing tickets so keep an eye out.

DEETS: With Oh Land and Ximena Sarinana. Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p,m. $24.


Thursday 08.11

Poetic license
Local poet and author Christopher Stephen Soden reads from his newest collection Closer that is touted as “an existential look at same-gender sexuality and queer virility.” A Q&A will follow.

DEETS: McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave.
7 p.m. The-Mac.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 5, 2011.


—  Kevin Thomas

FAMILY LIFE BRIEFS: Child ID event at Fruit Bowl, program offered on keeping love alive

Child ID event at Fruit Bowl

Brian Walker, an agent with New York Life will be conducting a Child ID event at the HRC Disco Fruit Bowl fundraiser Sunday, Aug. 7, with bowling sessions starting at noon and 3 p.m. Organizers have said the session starting at noon is being especially geared for couples with children, although children are welcome to attend both sessions.

Disco Fruit Bowl is being held at 300 Dallas, located at 3805 Beltline Road in Addison. For information on registering, go online to Facebook.com/dfwhrc.

Walker explained that the Child ID program is designed to help LGBT children and children with LGBT parents “stay same in the home, at play or wherever they happen to be.”

Child ID cards will be printed, free of charge, for each parent or guardian of a child in only three to five minutes. Each card includes the child’s photo, fingerprints, contact information and other important information police might need in case of an emergency.

For more information or to schedule a Child ID event, contact Walker by calling 214-629-8558.

Program offered on keeping love alive

Licensed professional counselor Randy Martin will be facilitating an eight-session group in September and October for long-term couples who want to learn how to keep their romantic love alive through the years.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples, using information laid out in Sue Johnson’s book, Hold Me Tight.

The series of eight two-hour sessions will be held each Wednesday in September and October, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Cost is $500 per couple.

Martin, who has worked as a therapist in the LGBT community for 10 years and who has been in private practice in the Oak Lawn area for the last five years, stressed that participation is limited, and that the sessions are an education program, not couples’ therapy. The program, he said, is not appropriate for all couples.

For more information, contact Martin at 214-520-7575.

—  John Wright

FAMILY LIFE: HRC Family Project offers resources

LGBT parents in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex have a large number of resources available to them, from attorneys who specialize in LGBT family law issues, to support groups that give them the chance to meet and socialize with other families like theirs.

One of the newer — and perhaps lesser known — of these resources is the local HRC Family Project program.

The HRC Family Project is a program of the national Human Rights Campaign Foundation, but local leader Robb Puckett said HRC’s DFW Steering Committee wanted to find a way to “try and localize those efforts, to create something that is a real tool and a resource for LGBT families.”

Puckett said, “We’ve been trying to reach out and engage the LGBT families with children by creating opportunities for them to get together and build an even stronger community here in North Texas.”

One of the program’s most recent efforts, Puckett said, was the highly-successful LGBT Family Day at the Dallas Zoo, and the HRC Steering Committee has even added a second session of bowling to its annual Fruit Bowl to have a time especially dedicated to families with children.

He said that children are welcome to participate in both sessions of this year’s Fruit Bowl, coming up Aug. 7 at 300 Dallas, 3805 Beltline Road in Addison, but that the early session, from noon to 3 p.m., will be especially geared toward family activities.

“We also want to raise awareness of all the other resources that already exist here for families in our community,” Puckett said, and to that end, the program uses the websites TwoDaddiesOneLove.com and TwoMommiesOneLove.com as a resource for promoting events and opportunities.

For more information, go online to DallasFW.HRC.org, or on the committee’s Facebook page at Facebook.com/dfwhrc.

—Tammye Nash

—  John Wright

Help wanted: YFT, HRC looking for help preparing trophies for 2011 fundraiser, Disco Fruit Bowl

If you are looking for an outlet to express your creative side, and you want to help out a good cause at the same time, then the HRC Fruit Bowl Awards Decorating and Pizza Shindig is for you.

The annual fundraising bowl-a-rama is coming up Aug. 7, and this year’s theme is “Disco Fruit Bowl.” But how fabulous can a a bowling tournament be without some fabulous awards for the best (and worst?) bowlers out there?

So Youth First Texas is holding a trophy-decorating party on Saturday, July 23, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Artist Within, 2001 Coit Road, Ste. 206. And there’s sure to be plenty of work to go around, since they have 20 old bowling pins that need to be remodeled into fabulous trophies.

And for those of you who need details now so you can start polishing your form for Fruit Bowl, the event will be held at 300 Dallas, 3805 Beltline Road in Addison, with sessions starting at noon and at 3 p.m. Teams of four can register for the noon session for $100, and for the 3 p.m. p.m. session for $120. Individual tickets are $25 for the noon session and $30 for the 3 p.m. session. And you can get your tickets now by going here.

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HRC DFW Steering Committee’s Red Carpet Fruit Bowl

All photos by Chuck Marcelo/Dallas Voice (MarceloMedia.com)

—  John Wright

Patti hits the red carpet

This year’s Fruit Bowl host offers some advice on being glam and sporty

RICH LOPEZ  | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

Patti Le Plae Safe
STRIKE HER UP | Patti Le Plae Safe knows how to vamp it up — even for a bowling tourney.

USA Bowl, 10920 Composite Drive. Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. $30 individual, $100 team.

Unless you’re George Clooney or even Pamela Anderson, the red carpet treatment doesn’t come everyday. Film openings, swanky parties and awards shows up the ante by giving guests a fancy entrance, so why not a bowling tournament, too? This year, the annual Human Rights Campaign’s National Coming Out Day Projects adds a little scarlet glamour to Fruit Bowl. And host Patti Le Plae Safe has some advice on what to wear for those flashing cameras.

“This is all about the paparazzi,” Plae Safe says. “People will be taking pictures and asking for autographs. Since it is the red carpet, people should have on their finest bowling attire.”

She figures all the big designers will be making an appearance on Fruit Bowl players: Prada, Ralph Lauren and Gucci — if they actually designed bowling wear. Shoes are both an accessory and equipment, so the trick is making high fashion also utilitarian. Plae Safe will play it safe, but she’ll nix her usual glam heels for a regular pair of sporty flats.

“I’m gonna have to wear bowling shoes,” she says. “I don’t wanna fall! The rest of me though is going to be all red carpet.”
Despite the encouraged attire, she wants people to come out for some lane action and support the HRC. She was on board with this event since last year, which turned out to be fortuitous for both parties.

“I have a strong connection to the event and to HRC,” he says. “Plus, I’m on a bowling team and people know me, so I think it really was a perfect fit this year.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 13, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas