Crosland Group make huge donation of gay-themed books to Oak Lawn Library

booksDallas developer Luke Crosland, whose company The Crosland Group is responsible for ilume and ilume Park, has marked a gift of more than 6,000 volumes of LGBT books to the Dallas Public Library. The collection will be stored at the Oak Lawn branch in the heart of the gayborhood.

The donation was originally housed at the Stonewall National Museum and Archives in Florida.

There will be a presentation of the books during Pride Weekend. Due to space limitations, not all volumes will be on display, but will be available to be checked out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Xamach is open at the ilume

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Chile relleno

It’s been about a week, but the soft opening of Xamach (“huh-mosh”) — a Mexican bistro and bar in the ilume — is fully underway. Named for a Mayan term, Xamach is the newest edition to the Cedar Springs dining scene (which we wrote about here), and serves mostly Central Mexican- and Yucatan-style cuisine, such as chile rellenos, pictured, and cochinita pibil. It’s open for lunch and dinner.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Red Party fashion show at ilume, benefiting Legacy Counseling

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Defining Homes Autumn 2013: For the dogs

Long-planned ilume Park is poised to open

06If you’ve driven by ilume Park recently — the sister development to Cedar Springs’ popular ilume mixed-use complex — you’ve probably noticed the lime-green insulated panels and gravel driveways and exposed rebar and chain-link fences and thought, “When will it finally open?”

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Below, how the common room looks today at ilume Park; top, a rendering of how it should look by the end of the month.

Well, sooner than you think.

This time last year, a Dec. 1 completion date was projected, and things are going ahead of schedule. Rick Williamson, who’s overseeing the project for the Crosland Group, predicts Oct. 30 will be the finish date for Phase 1. (There will be five phases in toto, the final ones set to open by April 15.) And it promises to be spectacular.

You might not be able to tell that from a walk-thru, where drywall is still lining the halls and workers astride stilts are spackling the high ceilings. But Williamson can see what others can’t. (It helps that he has professional renderings to assist.)

Its 240 units average 940 square feet (from a small of 577 to a large of 1,423 s.f.), more than those at the ilume, and the vibe will be different. Within its four stories will be a huge fitness center ($140,000 of equipment is scheduled to arrive this week) with tanning bed and massage room; a huge common area with a full bar; a grand piano; a poker room; and multiple courtyards. By the time the remaining phases open, there will be a pool not only for the human residents but for their four-legged family members, as well a huge hot tub. (Rent ranges from $1,069 to $2,699.)

The pool at ilume Park probably won’t be the social hub ilume’s area is. Williamson predicts more couples and fewer singles and roommates in the dog-focused facility, and has already fielded interest from some ilume residents interested in moving over (move-ins will probably start in early December). But it doesn’t matter too much: whichever building you live in, you get access to the amenities at both.

Who said a dog’s life is hard?

— Arnold Wayne Jones

This article appeared in Defining Homes Magazine, October 4, 2013.

—  Michael Stephens

Man arrested at ilume for domestic violence attack

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Roger Tarleton

Roger Tarleton, 23, was arrested at ilume Monday night for a domestic violence assault.

Tarleton and his boyfriend were arguing over the location of a set of keys and their living arrangement around 8:30 p.m., according to the police report.

During the argument, Tarleton smashed a large mirror over his boyfriend’s head. Dallas Fire and Rescue was dispatched because a shard cut the bridge of his nose and he was bleeding profusely, according to the report, and needed stitches.

The two began a relationship in April, split up and got back together in August.

Tarleton was taken into custody to prevent further domestic violence, according to the police report, and is being held in Lew Sterrett on $1,500 bail.

—  David Taffet

Rainbow-themed entry among finalists for best photo taken in B-G letters

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Nickalaus Swan in front of ilume.

Visit Dallas is running a contest for best photo taken with its B-G letters. And while we’d never try to influence the outcome of an election, we think it’s noteworthy that the week-eight winner — which is now one of the finalists — was taken between the rainbow-colored letters at ilume.

Although our cover shot of the glamorous Jenna Skyy in a flowing red Balanciaga gown didn’t make it into the finals, the above photo with Nickalaus Swan holding a rainbow fan did. This was after publicist Scott Barretto and ilume developer Luke Crosland had the letters repainted in rainbow colors and placed in front of the Cedar Springs complex. They will remain there until September.

The tally in Visit Dallas’ contest finals, at the time of this writing, had Swan tied for fourth place. But he was only 20 votes behind the leader.

To vote, go to Visit Dallas on Facebook and “like” the page. Then click on the People’s Choice tab. Swan’s picture, marked “Week Eight Winner” is at the very top. Click “vote” and share.

—  David Taffet

Rainbow-colored ‘B-G’ letters arrive at the ilume on Cedar Springs

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Just in time for the U.S. Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings, the rainbow-colored “B-G” letters have arrived, as promised, at the ilume on Cedar Springs. Above is Dallas Voice’s Chance Browning striking a pose this afternoon, fittingly, in his “Marriage is so gay” tee. A few more pics after the jump.

—  John Wright

Rainbow-colored version of ‘B-G’ letters coming to Oak Lawn

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A mock-up of the rainbow-colored ‘B-G’ sculpture.

Dallas’ “B-G” letters are coming to Oak Lawn repainted in rainbow colors, according to Scott Barretto.

Barretto’s Social House Media agency and ilume developer Luke Crossland are paying for the colorful paint job and the sculpture will be placed outside Crossland’s building at Knight Street and Cedar Springs Road in front of the old Monica’s.

Barretto said painting should take about six days but the letters in rainbow colors should be ready in time for some June Pride Month photography.

The letters are part of a marketing campaign conducted by the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau to promote tourism to the city. The idea is for people to be photographed standing between the “B” and “G” to make the “I.” The letters have been placed in various places around the city, but not in Oak Lawn.

—  David Taffet

Kroger adds security to parking lot to prevent late night noise, partying

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The Kroger on Cedar Springs Road has added more security to its parking lot on weekends to try to curb noise and illegal activity after the bars close.

Kroger spokesman Gary Huddleston said two weeks ago that the store wanted to work with Dallas police and ilume management to create a permanent solution to ilume’s concerns about late night partying continuing in the unmonitored pay lot.

He said he’s now met with all the stakeholders and more security has been added to maintain control of the parking lot.

Joshuah Welch, director of operations at ilume, said the store is working to maintain security until 4 a.m. when the last of the bars close, which has been helping.

“This is helping clear out the loitering and parking lot parties that were occurring after hours,” he said.

Welch previously told Dallas Voice that the parking lot has become a nuisance with noise and partying after the parking lot attendant took money and left it unsupervised. Ilume has offered to operate the parking lot for Kroger in the past, which Huddleston said was one of the ideas to solve the issues that have increased over the past few months.

Welch said the increased security will continue on a trial run for a month before management meets with Kroger again about the issue, but he is “hopeful that this is a permanent solution to the noise and chaos that was occurring in the parking lot after hours.”

—  Anna Waugh

UPDATE: Erica Andrews memorial set

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 3.16.52 PMThe memorial service for former Dallas resident and famed drag diva Erica Andrews has been set.

The service will take place Thursday at ilume on Cedar Springs Road. Although scheduled to take place inside the facility’s Great Room, the candlelight ceremony may expand to the pool area, depending upon attendance. It will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Andrews died suddenly on Monday night, following a lung infection. Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, she long called Texas her home, and frequently performed at the Rose Room. She also appeared in the film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, pictured right.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones