Gay man attacked near Lower Greenville


Boady Beltz suffered a stab wound that required five stitches, left, when he was attacked near Lower Greenville on Sunday night. At right, Beltz shows the IV he says Presbyterian Hospital staff failed to remove when he was discharged.

Boady Beltz said he was standing on Greenville Avenue near Highway 75 Sunday night, waiting for an Uber driver, when he was assaulted by a man with a knife.

Beltz said he had been drinking at Oak Lawn-area bars and “had gotten pretty wasted” when he asked a friend to drive him home. They left the gayborhood in the friend’s car, but when Beltz realized his friend wasn’t ready to take him home, he asked to be let out of the car at Greenville and 75. He said he had called for an Uber driver and was waiting for the driver when he felt someone shove him from behind.

“I thought it was my friend, that he had come back to get me and take me home,” Beltz said on Tuesday, Jan. 19. “But when I turned around, it was some guy I didn’t know who just lunged at me with a knife.”

Beltz said he put his hand up to guard his face, and the man with the knife stabbed him in the hand, leaving an inch-plus laceration near the base of his thumb.

“I started screaming then, and running, and I ran into a Humperdink’s restaurant that was right there. I was screaming and screaming for someone to help me, and they hid me behind a counter. I remember looking down at my hand and at all the blood, but I don’t remember much after that.”

Beltz said he woke up hours later in the ICU at Presbyterian Hospital, with restraints binding his arms to the bed. “Apparently, I had been fighting them,” he said. “I don’t remember it.”

Beltz said he has since learned that someone at Humperdink’s called police and an ambulance, but that his in his state of inebriation coupled with shock from the attack, he apparently was combative and uncooperative. He said police at that time issued him a citation for being drunk and disorderly. He said that his mother came to pick him up from the hospital the next morning, and that although hospital officials discharged him, they didn’t give him any information about the injury to his hand, and they left one IV needle in his arm.

He also said that when he called to file a police report, Dallas police told him a report was already on record “but that report number is just linked to the citation they gave me. There’s nothing about the attack and my hand being stabbed.”

Beltz said the man who attacked him was white and had facial hair. He was wearing a tan jacket over a white t-shirt and blue jeans. He was wearing a hat and attacked Beltz with a folding pocketknife, the young man said. “I can’t say this is a hate crime, that he came after me because I am gay. But I can’t say it isn’t a hate crime,” he said. “He called me a bitch, and he was shouting some other stuff at me that I didn’t hear because I was running away and screaming for help. I don’t act like a girl, but I do have some feminine tendencies, I guess, that would have made him think I was gay.”

—  Tammye Nash

You need to be here: 3 hot foodiehoods


In 2014, all the buzz was around Trinity Groves and its laboratory of culinary experimentation. It’s still a hot ticket, but the last year or so has seen other neighborhoods and developments come online, with exceptional and diverse food offerings. Get your fork over to:

Lower Greenville. Once a hubbub of Dallas nighttime life, it dropped off substantially in the 2000s before returning full-force in the past few years. Currently, there are more than three dozen eateries along a four-block strip, including a Trader Joe’s. Highlights include newcomers Rapscallion and Pints and Quarts for meat lovers, seasoned favorites like HG SPLY Co. and Nora, as well up-and-comers like Remedy (don’t miss their dessert offerings, pictured).

Sylvan Thirty. This new development, located along I-30 and Sylvan Avenue — duh — catty-corners the already-hot Belmont Hotel and Smoke resto, but the addition of some edgy new eateries (CiboDivino and Ten made the list; Tacodeli might have if it had made the cut-off) is a new go-to place for Cliff-dwellers and those looking to explore their palates.

The Design District. The growth of this largely industrial neighborhood into a trendy living-and-eating locale — former Top 10 restaurants like Oak and Pakpao; current faves like Rodeo Goat and El Bolero; returning faves like Primo’s; and even like SER and Meddlesome Moth) — has given Dallas the urban oasis that Victory Park tried to foist on the city, but it seems to have happened here more organically.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 1, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: Classic Margarita

CViche©Marple_105 MargThe Lower Greenville Avenue resto C’Viche has a nice cocktail menu, and the most classic is probably this traditional, oddly Christmas-y looking version, complete with snowy salt rim. There’s no candy cane in it, but it reminds me of Santa, so here it is! Merry Christmas!

2 oz. of your call blanco/silver tequila

1/2 oz. triple sec

2 oz. fresh lime juice

1 oz. agave nectar

Making it: Pour liquors, juice and nectar in a shaker cup. Add ice, cover and shake. Rim glass with a lime wedge, dip in kosher salt and strain ingredients into the glass. Garnish with a lime. “Sip slowly but deliberately.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

New Lower Greenville restaurant Remedy opens over New Year’s

Remedy_©Marple_MARP0082In the current issue of Dallas Voice, I pick my top new restaurants of 2014, and on the list is Clark, one of the latest entries in the Lower Greenville foodie scene, which is undergoing its first real renaissance in 20 years.  My 2013 list include H&G SPLY Co. on the top, also along the strip. Now as further proof that this is a hip place to be, the latest place to open, Remedy (owner by H&G’s Elias Pope), made a surprise debut on Jan. 2. The kitchen is led by Danyele McPherson, a one-time Top Chef contestant who used to star in a kitchen just up the street, at The Grape, long one of Dallas’ most cherished bistros.

Remedy bills itself as modern dining with a hospitality-driven approach, and among the draws will be the beverage program, let my Mate Hartai, pictured. Currently opened for dinner and late-night, it plans to open for lunch “within the month” (famous last words, but we’ll burn a candle).

Before too long, Remedy and the rest will have another neighbor when Clark’s owner opens C’viche Tequila Bar.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Foodgasm? Trader Joe’s opens on Lower Greenville Avenue

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It finally happened, and folks — including a lot of gays — were ready to turn out for it: The opening of Trader Joe’s on Lower Greenville Avenue.

I wrote about the Big Opening a few weeks ago, and it arrived over the weekend. On Saturday, like a lot of people, I went in excited to see what they had in store. I had ever heard rumors that they had a bar inside.

If there was a bar, it escaped my view — at least not one that sold booze. There was a coffee stand, and a kiosk near the wine department where you could sample the latest pours, and nosh on cheese. And there’s a kind of deli set-up in the produce section that’s actually more of a taste kitchen, where the product of the day is featured and they hand out tiny plastic cups to sample it.

But for those who expected something along the lines of a foodgasm, it was slightly disappointing. The butcher shop had tons of product: Lots of organic chicken and hormone-free beef and the prices were even good. But if you were looking for something specific — say, chicken thighs, but nothing else — it was hard to find. The canned food section is actually smaller than my home pantry, with just some basics: Organic black beans, chickpeas, chili, soups.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Concert Notice: Xiu Xiu supports Swans in Sept.

The last time Xiu Xiu was down this way, the Crown and Harp on Lower Greenville was still known as The Cavern. Now the eclectic indie popsters return to Dallas this fall. They support Swans at Trees on Sept. 16. The show is put on by Tactics Productions.

The band tours in support of its latest release Always which was released earlier this year. A strange blend of pop and avant-garde, the sound is distinctly Xiu Xiu led by the equally multifarious and queer frontman Jamie Stewart, pictured.

Tickets for Swans/Xiu Xiu go on sale June 1 here.

I never seem to understand their videos and they lean toward a quirky type of gruesome, but I can never stop watching. The same goes for their latest video “Honeysuckle” which you can watch after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

SEE: Granada did Crawford 65 years ago

The Granada Theater on Lower Greenville opened 65 years ago, and as if to declare its gay cred from the start, the first film show there starred Joan Crawford. The theater turned up this ad from the first week of business back then; note the ticket prices. It costs more than twice as much nowadays to download a song from iTunes.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LMFAO at Good Records

Before opening for Ke$ha on Thursday, party rock band LMFAO made an appearance at Good Records on Lower Greenville. Photos by Drake von Trapp.

—  Rich Lopez

Proposal revived to prohibit Cedar Springs club-goers from parking on Hall Street

A little over a year ago we wrote about a proposal to establish a “resident-parking only” zone on the 3900 block of Hall Street, just off the Cedar Springs strip.

The RPO zone would prohibit non-residents from parking on the block during certain hours on weekend nights.

Some residents say the RPO is needed because they have no place to park due to spaces being taken by patrons of the gay entertainment district.

But opponents say those residents knew it was an entertainment district when they moved there, and they fear another RPO zone would make a bad parking situation worse in Oak Lawn.

There are dozens of RPO zones in Dallas — mostly in the Lower Greenville area. There currently is only one RPO near the gay entertainment district — in the 3200 block of Throckmorton Street.

According to Jim Musick, a resident of the 3900 block of Hall Street who opposes the RPO, the proposal appears to have been revived after more than a year.

“I find this totally inappropriate and offensive.” Musick wrote to Instant Tea.

Musick forwarded a note from the property manager for his complex seeking volunteers to circulate a petition in support of the RPO. As the note dated Oct. 12 states, the petition would need the signatures of two-thirds of homeowners on the block for the proposal to proceed. Here’s what the note said:

Hi All:

It had been mentioned to me at the Board meeting held last month that there is an interest in homeowners and guests being able to park in the street and spaces being available.

I met with a neighboring property on your street that I also manage and they have visited the city to see what needs to be done to apply for permits for homeowners on Hall Street . I have a form that each homeowner would have to sign and provide your license plate number. A total of 2/3 of the homeowners have to sign this document to be submitted to the city.

I need a volunteer that can visit each homeowner within your community to get it signed. Would someone like to help me with this project as I need original signatures?

Please let me know and I can drop by and give you the form.


Ed Colvin, CMCA, AMS
Association Manager
Principal Management Group, AAMC, AMO

—  John Wright

The Cliks are finally on the road and come to Dallas tonight

Trans man Lucas Silveira hits the road with The Cliks — a year late

Last summer, Toronto rock trio The Cliks released Dirty King. Coming off strong buzz from their 2007 album Snakehouse and the public approval of high profile bands like The Cult and Cyndi Lauper, the band was on the rise. With King, their sound matured yet still offered the grit of garage rock.

But the band imploded soon after, leaving trans frontman Lucas Silveira with a new album on his hands and a major setback.

“The band on King left and that put a halt in touring and getting the album out there,” Silveira says. “That wasn’t great for the album taking off after its release.”

But The Cliks was always Silveira’s project. He was disappointed that bandmates Morgan Doctor and Jen Benton departed before touring, but he rallied and is on the road with a new incarnation, hoping fans haven’t forgotten the album he’s now supporting. He’ll find out Thursday when their tour brings them to Dallas.

DEETS: With Hunter Valentine and Killola. The Cavern, 1914 Greenville Ave. 9 p.m. $8.

To read the rest of Rich Lopez’s article on the band, click here.

—  Rich Lopez