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.

Thanks
Ed

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. TheCliks.com.

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

—  Rich Lopez

Concert notice: Xiu Xiu to play The Cavern in March

Bi musician Jamie Stewart brings his Xiu Xiu to town.

OK, you have some time to plan on this one. Xiu Xiu‘s tour stops in Dallas at the Cavern on Lower Greenville Mar. 11. The show comes just days after their newest release Dear God, I Hate Myself which drops Feb. 23. Get a sampling of the avant-garde popsters, fronted by bi-rocker Jamie Stewart, by checking out their track, “Gray Death,” from the new album here. Stewart produced the album with Deerhoof’s Greg Saunier. However, on Xiu Xiu’s blog, Stewart mentioned in late December, he is working with Dallas producer and musician John Congleton of the Paper Chase on his next record. Whether that’s a solo record or Xiu Xiu release is unclear.

They are releasing Dear God in varied special editions. You can order on their site your choice of special edition CD with either chocolate made by the band or with a Xiu Xiu for Life t-shirt written in blood. Yeah, real blood.

While you make your decision on that, spend some time looking over the kinky concert poster for the tour after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez