This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

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Following a slowdown right around the Fourth of July, the theater scene is hopping again, with the opening tonight of Uptown Players‘ Kiss of the Spider Woman, pictured, while up in Addison WaterTower continues its super-gay show, Xanadu. Best idea: Check out Spider Woman this weekend and go to LGBT night at WTT on Wednesday, with a pre-show cocktail hour and discounted ticket. Then on Thursday two more shows open: Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown at Teatro Dallas and the first preview for Theatre 3‘s first show of its season, So Help Me God.

If you’re in the mood for a little drag, there’s plenty of options as well. The Hidden Door hosts its 26th annual Leo Party and Miss Leo Contest on Saturday, with proceeds benefiting AIN’s Daire Center. And drag king troupe Mustache Envy gives its fans a gender-bending show at Sue Ellen‘s on Friday.

If you’re in the mood for even more giving, Resource Center Dallas holds a cocktail reception marking its 30th anniversary on Friday, and the Be An Angel fundraiser benefiting Legacy Counseling Center is on Saturday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Hidden Door faces TABC sanctions after fight left bartender injured

Bill Loveless' head needed 12 staples after a fellow employee at the Hidden Door beat him repeatedly with a beer mug in December.

Bill Loveless’ head needed 12 staples after a fellow employee at the Hidden Door beat him repeatedly with a beer mug in December.

The Hidden Door bar faces closing its doors for 40 days or a fine of up to $12,000 for Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission violations.

Bill Loveless, an employee for almost nine years, filed a complaint with the TABC after a bar fight with another employee on Dec. 9 ended with a trip to the emergency room and him needing 12 staples in his head.

Loveless had argued with the employee, Mark Kirby, before and said Kirby caused trouble. But that night the two went beyond words and began fighting. Kirby took a glass beer mug and repeatedly beat Loveless over the head with it, according to a Dallas police report.

Kirby was later arrested for aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

When the bar’s owner, Tony Bobrow, wouldn’t pay Loveless’ medical bills or report the incident to TABC, he hired an attorney and filed paperwork. He was then fired in February after the bar received the paperwork.

Bobrow did not return calls seeking comment.

The TABC started the investigation in March and concluded in mid-April that the bar was in violation for an aggravated breach and failure to report the incident.

Carolyn Beck, spokeswoman for the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission, said an aggravated breach is an incident that involves a shooting, a stabbing or a fight that causes serous bodily injury and results from action on behalf of the bar, like a fight among employees, or inaction from the bar, such as not breaking up a fight before it becomes serious.

—  Anna Waugh

Get ready to Frolick!

Members of North Texas Council of Club's Fall Frolick Committee are: from left, Gaylon Maddox, Larry Harrell, Dan Nagel, Pancho Loza, Adam Lynn, Mike Hensley, Dan Perry, Marshal Styers and Wayne Davis.

The North Texas Council of Clubs is trying out something new this weekend with their “Fall Frolick” weekend, beginning tonight.

The event, which event chairman Dan Perry said will hopefully become an annual gathering, is three days of cocktail parties, meals and fellowship. “No contests, no classes. Just people getting together for a weekend to have a lot of fun,” Perry said.

Everything begins tonight, with registration opening at 6 p.m., at Club Reflections in Fort Worth (with free shuttle bus service from The Hidden Door for all you Dallasites who want to visit Cowtown without the hassle of driving.)

Then on Saturday morning, the party moves to Woody’s in Dallas from 9 to noon, then to the Round-Up Saloon at 1 p.m. The party winds up for the night at Dallas Eagle. Sunday begins with lunch at noon and the Fall Frolick Follies at 1 at Station 4. The party moves to The Hidden Door at 3 and winds up back at Dallas Eagle with the Sinners Sunday Social and barbecue at 6 p.m. and TGRA’s “Thanks for the Giving” show at 7 p.m.

And the perhaps the best thing about the weekend is that you get all this for just $10 for those from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties. Anyone coming in from outside those counties gets in for free!

Go to the Fall Frolick website to get a complete schedule, and you can also read up on the North Texas Council of Clubs while you’re there. Now in its fourth year, the council comprises a variety of  leather, bear, cowboy and drag groups from around DFW primarily to “foster brotherhood, sisterhood and camaraderie among member organizations and other organizations, associations, courts, local bars and businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth community.” The council’s second main effort is its Community Calendar, created to help council members keep track of what’s happening around the Metroplex and avoid conflict schedules so that each members of each organization are more easily able to attend and participate in events planned by other organizations.

NTCC currently has 22 member organizations, and you can see who they are — and link to their individual websites — here.

—  admin

Memorial for Robert Ragan, electrocuted by downed power line, today at Hidden Door

Robert R. Ragan Jr.’s friends will remember him and celebrate his life today during a memorial service at the Hidden Door.

Ragan, who was active in Dallas’ bear and leather communities, was electrocuted May 24 when he came into contact with a downed power line at his apartment complex in Oak Lawn.

According to Facebook, the memorial service will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser Ave.

—  John Wright

'Fun Raiser' set for Friday at Hidden Door in memory of Cloritta Jay, aka Ben Aguilar

Cloritta Jay, aka Ben Aguilar
Cloritta Jay, aka Ben Aguilar

Former Miss Leo Cloritta Jay was famous over at the Hidden Door for the money she raised for a wide range of LGBT and HIV charities in Dallas. The fundraising continues this week, but this time it’s in Cloritta’s memory.

Ben Aguilar — Cloritta Jay’s alter ego and an employee at Hidden Door for 17 years — passed away June 4 following a brief illness. On Friday night, June 18, Messy Panocha hosts a Fun Raiser show in his memory at the Hidden Door, beginning at 8 p.m.

A memorial service for Aguilar will be Saturday, June 19, from 2 to 5 p.m. at Hidden Door. Everyone is invited to attend.

Watch for an obituary for Aguilar in the Friday, June 18 issue of Dallas Voice.

—  admin

Texas get ready for the DFW Sisters of Our Lady of the Long Horn

If you see someone who looks like this, dont worry, theyre totally friendly.
If you see someone who looks like this, don’t worry, they’re totally friendly.

I just got a quick lesson in who the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are from Danzig McPherson but for good reason. He’s in the process of starting a house right here in these parts and trust me, it’s a process.

“It’s a little bit complicated,” he said. But that’s a total understatement.

—  Rich Lopez