Cocktail Friday: Smoke & Sophistication

CViche©Marple_98It’s Labor Day Weekend, the last gasp of summer. So how about trying something to soothe your life, courtesy of the folks at C’Viche down on Greenville Avenue? They know something about tequila there, and the one they came up with is called Smoke and Sophistication. (“Sip slowly, but deliberately,” they recommend.)

1 oz. Bruxton Espadin Mezcal

1 oz. Aperol

1 oz. sweet vermouth

Making it: Pour the mescal, Aperol and vermouth over ice in a rocks glass. Stir with a spoon approximately 30 seconds. Zest an orange peel and twist into the drink.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DPD’s ‘no refusal initiative’ this weekend

Just got this advisory from the Dallas Police Department:Screen shot 2014-08-27 at 1.54.28 PM

“The Dallas Police Department will conduct a No-Refusal DWI Initiative for the Labor Day weekend holiday, beginning 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, and will conclude at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

“During this initiative officers will secure a search warrant for a blood sample from all persons arrested for DWI who refuse to voluntarily give a breath and/or blood sample.”

So remember that as you are out and about over the long weekend. Celebrate all you want, but celebrate responsibly. If you drink, don’t drive. Designate a driver, call a friend, call a cab — something. Just don’t get behind the wheel if you are even just the teensiest bit tipsy. It’s not worth your life or someone else’s.

And oh yeah, don’t think you can escape just by not driving in Dallas. I am pretty sure all the other law enforcement agencies in the area will have their own “no-refusal initiatives” in force this weekend.

—  Tammye Nash

WATCH: Google marks Freddie Mercury’s b’day

Although Queen singer Freddie Mercury’s birthday was Monday, Google celebrates the late rocker today with this Google Doodle animated video of “Don’t Stop Me Now.” They held the video for today so that more people could catch it rather than possibly missing out because of the Labor Day holiday.

The famously bisexual singer would have been 65. He died in November 1991 from AIDS-related pneumonia.

The video can be found at, but since you’re already here …

—  Rich Lopez

Labor Day play with ‘Songs from an Unmade Bed’ at Theatre Three

Art imitates life (sorta) in Theatre Three’s musical love triangle  ‘Songs from an Unmade Bed’

The chamber musical Songs from an Unmade Bed was written as a song cycle to be sung by one gay male character. But when Terry Dobson — the musical maven at Theatre Three as well as an occasional director, actor and playwright there — heard it, he couldn’t get an idea out of his head: That the musical made more sense if it was performed not from one point of view, but from three.

“I read the reviews from when it came out, and many mentioned that it lacked theatricality,” Dobson says. And he knew how to make it more theatrical: Turn it into a love triangle between a bisexual man and his two lovers: a straight woman and a gay man. Call it Sunday Bloody Sunday (in the Park with George). The result promises to be one of the edgier queercentric productions of the fall.

DEETS: Theatre Three’s Theatre Too,  2800 Routh Street, Suite 168. Sep. 3–Oct. 3. $20.

—  Rich Lopez

The State Fair taunts our arteries with these fried items named as Big Tex Choice finalists

Come Labor Day, we’ll know which fried piece of delish will end up on our must-eat list for this year’s State Fair. For now, we only get to know which items are in the running for legendary status as the Fair released the finalists for the 2010 Big Tex Choice Awards. These eight items of various oiled and battered degrees could be a part of your indulgences as you head out to visit Big Tex this year.

Deep Fried S’mores Pop Tart – This could be a little too rich for me. I don’t think I could dole out three bucks of coupons for a Pop Tart but I am intrigued, especially from the looks of that pic above.

Deep Fried Frozen Margarita – This sounds like all kinds of wrong. What would Mariano Martinez say?

Fernie’s Fried Club Salad – I’m surprised it’s taken this long for the salad to go under. However, I just can’t picture this one, nor do I really want to.

Fried Beer – I only have this to say.

Fried Chocolate – YES!

Fried Lemonade – Seriously, people? What the hell? Fried lemonade? I’m gonna start working on my Fried Slurpee recipe.

Texas Fried Caviar – What better way to make a fancy food pedestrian? The saltiness of roe could be good, but I’m not sure I want to bite into an oozing mess of eggs.

Texas Fried Frito Pie – Dear God. Please let this win. And if not this, then the fried chocolate. Amen.

The Big Tex Choice Awards happens Sept. 6 at The Dock but is not open to the general public. Don’t worry. I’ll stay on top of it. Just don’t tell Trainer Daddy.

—  Rich Lopez