GIVEAWAY: “Fangs and Stilettos” by gay author and publisher Anthony DiFiore

First of all, congrats to the winner of my first book giveaway from Friday. I hope you enjoy!

Keeping with our Literary Issue out this week, for today, I have a copy of Fangs and Stilettos to add to your library. Author Anthony DiFiore mixes Twilight and The Devil Wears Prada by injecting a little of the supernatural into the world of fashion. And like Twilight and Hunger Games, the book reads well for both young adults and, um, not-as-young adults.

DiFiore is also the man behind inGroup Press, an energetic publisher focused on LGBT titles and books of intriguing interest.

The book is officially in stores and online tomorrow which is when I’ll pick the random winner. Just email me here with “Bite Me” in your subject line to win your copy of the new Fangs and Stilettos.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat” book in honor of this week’s Literary Issue

For this week’s Literary Issue, I thought I’d expand on the theme by giving away a book a day (sans weekends) until next week’s ish hits the stands. And if you think I’m just trying to clean out my shelves, well you are just darn wrong. Absolutely. But I do have a small collection of LGBT-written books that I’m more than glad to share with you.

Kicking off the giveaways with a bang, I have a  copy of Simon Doonan’s cheeky book Gay Men Don’t Get Fat — in hardback! Released in January, Doonan takes a witty look at the fabulous quotient that befalls every gay man and teaches how to execute it with precision. Hey, we need these life lessons, even if we think we know them and Doonan qualifies after imparting his expertise on America’s Next Top Model, Slate.com and as the creative director for Barneys New York. OK, just have fun with the book. From Amazon.com

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to The Ting Tings on Saturday at the Granada Theater

Thanks to the Granada Theater for offering Dallas Voice readers a chance to see The Ting Tings this Saturday. The band is touring in support of its second album Sounds from Nowheresville and drops in on Big D this weekend. MNDR opens the show (not to be confused with MDNA (or MDMA).

We have two pairs to give away for the show and all you need to do is email us here with “My Favorite Tings” in the subject line and your name and phone number in the body (for winner contact purposes only) and we will randomly select two winners on Thursday and contact with concert details.

Good luck! And in the meantime, watch their video from the album’s lead single, “Hang It Up.”

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Of Montreal tonight at Trees

The guys over at Tactics Productions have offered Dallas Voice readers the chance to win tickets to tonight’s Of Montreal show at Trees in Deep Ellum. Did you miss them at the Granada? Chose Kylie over them at South Side Music Hall? Well, you get another chance to catch the alterna-popsters in major action tonight.

We have four pairs of tickets to tonight’s show, but how well do you know your Of Montreal? Well, if I were traveling to Norway, what two towns would the band recommend I visit? Hint: both answers are on one album. Email me here with your responses and full name and four winner with the right answers will be selected to see the band tonight.

And while you’re at it, give Tactics a like on Facebook. They’ve been quite generous to the community and DV readers.

Good luck!

 

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: VIP tix to “Million Dollar Quartet”

Thanks to the Dallas Summer Musical peeps for offering Dallas Voice readers the chance to win VIP tickets to the opening night of the musical Million Dollar Quartet. That’s a sweet package of first-orchestra seats and an invitation to the cast party after the show. How many people can now say they are gonna schmooze and mingle with Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins? OK, sorta. MDQ is based on the recording session in which all these legends collaborated and never again. From Dallas Summer Musicals.

On December 4, 1956, these four young musicians gathered at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Million Dollar Quartet brings that legendary night to life, featuring a score of rock hits including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “That’s All Right,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Walk the Line,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Hound Dog” and more.

This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock ‘n’ roll band for one unforgettable night. Don’t miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame… at Million Dollar Quartet!

For tickets, just drop us an email here with you and your guest’s name (for the cast party list) and phone number (to notify winners) with “Gimme a Million” in the subject line. Winners will be randomly selected on Tuesday.

MDQ runs March 6–18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to The Wanted at the Prophet Bar

If you’re needing a boy band fix, look no further than Tuesday night. Composed of British and Irish boyos, The Wanted may be picking up where N’Sync left off and where New Kids and Backstreet Boys won’t seem to let go of. Embarking on their first North American tour, the group comes to Dallas bringing its twinkish ways and pop music vibes.

And it looks like they really like their gays. Although they hit up Deep Ellum here, part of their tour consists specifically of playing gay clubs. They’ve already performed at Roscoe’s in Chicago and Saloon in Minneapolis; next week, they hit Krave in Vegas and Cherry Pop in WeHo. They got the right idea, because if you make it with the gays, then it’s all clover from there.

Curious? OK. We have five pairs of tickets to give away for tomorrow night’s show, thanks to promoters Tactics Productions. What do you gotta do? It’s a new band, so I won’t give ya tough trivia. Just email me here with “Boi power” in the subject line and your full name in your email. Winners will be selected by random at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

Congrats to the winners. Enjoy the show!  In the meantime, check their sound out in the video “Warzone,” after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Cafe Brazil and Dickey’s swag bags

In this week’s Tasting Notes, we mentioned a giveaway of foodie swag from both Cafe Brazil and Dickey’s Barbecue. Both were generous donate some fun gift bags for Dallas Voice readers.

For the coffee lover, the Cafe Brazil bag includes a pound of coffee and a $25 gift card. To sweeten the pot, we threw in an extra $5 gift certificate to Capriotti’s and a CD single of Meital’s “Yummy Boyz.”

Fly your beef-lovin’ flag with a Dickey’s t-shirt, their signature yellow cup and a bottle of their barbecue sauce. They even included a brander with their logo celebrating their 70th anniversary. Yes, a brander. A meal coupon and Liz Primo’s EP Exposed is also part of the swag.

Want one? We’ll give it to ya. Mail us here with “I want swag in a bag” in the subject line with your name and contact info in the body and swag bag preference. Winners will be selected on Monday and must be able to pick up the bag from our offices. One bag per winner.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Tix to Robyn’s DJ set at Rio Room

As if tonight’s concert isn’t enough, Robyn will be making an additional appearance post her California Dreams stint. We mentioned Wednesday that she’ll be doing DJ duty at the Rio Room and how to purchase tickets. Thanks to Blake at Rio, we now have a pair to giveaway.

I won’t make you tweet us this time.  I’ll randomly pick a winner if you can email me by 4 p.m. with the answer to this trivia question: Who were Robyn’s opener/openers at her Dallas show earlier this year? Easy-peezy.

 

UPDATE: Congrats to our second winner of the day. The correct answer was Diamond Rings and Natalia Kills. Many got it right, but Matthew C. was selected at random. Thanks, all!

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Win tix to see MEN with Romy on Friday night at The Loft

We had a comment on our Facebook page about what a waste SXSW was because “you’re spending all this money to see a bunch of bands no one has ever heard of” and “why not promote gay friendly artists like Rufus Wainwright?” The thing is, that’s where most of the legitimately LGBT bands are — in the folds of the indie and the obscure, and those festivals are ideal for actually discovering new sounds and not relying on being spoon-fed by the radio.

MEN didn’t play SXSW this year, but the indie avant-popsters, headed by Le Tigre’s J.D. Samson, are doing it for themselves with their own tour and stop in Dallas on Friday night at The Loft. We first mentioned the show way back in December. So if you want to discover a band you’ve never heard of, but are a little reluctant to shell out the 12 bucks, well, we got tix. How about five pairs? Just email me with “Gimme some MEN‘ in the subject line and we’ll get your name on the list.

And thanks for your bravery.

—  Rich Lopez

Friday freebie: Two tix to Oak Lawn Band's 30th Anniversary concert at the Cathedral

Stallman, Diane Trieder and Rodriguez of OLB

In today’s Voice, I chatted with Tim Stallman, president of the Oak Lawn Band, about the group’s celebrating 30 years of music in the community while looking to another three decades of playing. On Saturday, they perform an anniversary concert at the Cathedral of Hope complete with concert prelude and wine reception.

Thanks to band member Billy Rodriguez, we have two tickets for tomorrow night’s show at 7 p.m. at COH. Provided you can get to the office by 5 p.m. today, the first to e-mail me at lopez@dallasvoice.com with “Gimme Some OLB” in the subject gets the tickets. Or, if you’d prefer, tweet the same to me here.

—  Rich Lopez