Pedaling Olives: An Evening with Michael Godard

Rock star meets high art

Dallas Voice, Wisby – Smith Fine Art Gallery and Hudson Ferus Vodka present an extraordinary collection of works by Artist Michael Godard. Michael Godard, is known as the explosive “Rockstar of the Art World”, and global top selling artist!

His world of art invites us into his lighthearted perspective of life surrounding us, with animated olives, grapes and, dancing strawberries. His unique portrayal of fun is an exciting combination of imagination and subtle humor, which evoke the creative side in “Olive” us right down through our souls. He has redefined art as we know it with a new definition and of course a punch line. Come meet Michael Godard at this very special event and enjoy complimentary beverages.

The night is also a fundraiser. Ten percent of proceeds from art sales will benefit Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS!

DEETS: Wisby-Smith Fine Art Gallery, 500 Crescent Court. 6 p.m. For more information, click here.

—  Rich Lopez

Stevie Nicks tonight at Verizon

Goth queen for days

Save for Fleetwood Mac’s 2003 Say You Will, Stevie Nicks has been a bit off the radar until this spring. Now she’s on tour in support of her newest album In Your Dreams. The feathered and frocked queen of classic rock maintains her goth flair but still manages an air of relevance.

DEETS: With Michael Grimm. Verizon Theatre, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. 8 p.m. $35–$250. Ticketmaster.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Classical Open Mic tonight at Buzzbrews

Dust off that violin and resin those strings

Bringing classical music back to the people, founded by musicians Michael Jackson (not that one) and Kristen Center, Classical Open Mic strive to perform their works in unconventional places. Like a 24-hour diner. Taking the classic out of typical venues, they work to get it closer to everyday people and encourage interaction and participation. Plus, you can have a sandwich to go with it. Sweet!

DEETS: Buzzbrews, 4334 Lemmon Ave. 7 p.m. Free. ClassicalOpenMic.com

—  Rich Lopez

FEEBACK: Thanks!

Thanks!

We want to extend a very special “thank you” to all the merchants who donated to the Round Up Saloon’s annual Easter Basket Auction this year. And thanks as well go to the generous buyers who showed up to bid on and purchase the baskets.

We especially thank our staff that worked so hard to get the baskets decorated, cataloged and presented for sale. Louis Ramos coordinated the entire event, and our auctioneer, R.D., has donated his time now for 15 years to doing our auctions.

And to all the Resource Center Dallas staff, TGRA members, The Dallas Tap Dazzlers, Michael Doughman and all our donors, buyers and entertainers: THANK YOU!

We are proud to announce that $14,400 was donated to The Nutrition Center and TGRA as a result of the Easter Basket Auction. The economy and the crowds are returning, and this charitable event is back on the way to recovery following a couple of pretty lean years.

Again, thank you to everyone.

Gary Miller,
Round-Up Saloon

—  John Wright

CORRECTION: All major candidates for Dallas mayor vied for LGBT vote in 2002

In my cover story for this week’s paper, I made a minor mistake. Actually it was fairly major. The opening paragraph of the story, as originally written, stated that 2011 marks the first time in history that all major candidates for Dallas mayor have actively courted the LGBT vote.

As former DV staff writer David Webb pointed out in the comments to the story, that’s not true. In 2002, Laura Miller, Tom Dunning and Domingo Garcia — the three major candidates for mayor — all courted the LGBT vote.

From The Dallas Mornings News on Jan. 15, 2002:

Dallas gays and lesbians, who used to hope that they could just find a candidate who wouldn’t be hostile to their interests, find themselves for the first time being wooed from all directions in what boils down to a three-way citywide race – and disagreeing about whom to support.

“It’s the first time I haven’t had to go vote for the lesser of two evils,” said Deb Elder, a Laura Miller supporter and political organizer. “Nothing has piqued my passion like this mayoral vote.”

Put another way, with major candidates Ms. Miller, Tom Dunning, and Domingo Garcia all touting their support for including gays in a nondiscrimination ordinance, a sector of voters that was shunned not long ago can’t lose this time around.

“It’s historic. I knew it would happen, but I didn’t know it would be this soon,” said Michael Milliken, one of the city’s first publicly identified gay appointees. “The gay community is in a unique position this year.”

I had based my report on statements by openly gay former City Councilman Ed Oakley, who called the 2011 mayoral election “a watershed moment for the community” and “unprecedented.”

While that may be true in some other respects, this isn’t the first time all major mayoral candidates have sought the LGBT vote, and I apologize for the error.

—  John Wright

What Michael Steele Told Sophie B. Hawkins At GOProud’s CPAC Party

Hawkins: "I'm not a conservative, but I'd like to fuck Sarah Palin." Steele: "Well, she's very attractive." [via]


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—  David Taffet

Sayonara, Michael Steele, say hello to new RNC Leader Reince ‘Execute Obama’ Priebus

It was an anyone-but-Steele RNC chair election today, and the victor was one Reince Priebus. (CNN):

The Republican National Committee tossed out controversy-plagued chairman Michael Steele Friday and tapped Wisconsin GOP Chairman Reince Priebus to lead the debt-ridden party organization into the 2012 presidential election cycle.

Priebus managed Steele’s successful campaign in 2009 and went on to serve as RNC General Counsel, but he resigned the post in December to launch his own bid for the chairmanship after some arm-twisting by Steele critics eager to find a competent committee insider to replace their gaffe-prone leader.

Upon his election, Priebus was modest and promised to forge ahead for 2012:

“I am here to earn the trust and support of each and every one of you,” Priebus said, addressing the RNC following his win. “I am going to start working right now as your chairman. We all recognize that there is a steep hill here ahead of us, and the only way we will be able to move forward is if we’re all together.

My guess, however, based the rhetoric he used during a recorded conference call in 2010, is that the new call for civility is unlikely to be honored by Mr. Priebus, who earned himself Keith Olbermann’s Worst Person In The World on 10/08/10, dabbling in an endorsement of the execution of the President. And it wasn’t a slip of the tongue, as Keith points out.

The video is below the fold. The fun begins at 2:16 in.


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Audio: What Michael Geer’s “Art of Marriage” means for us

In his attempt to shoot this site for simply messengering on the Chick-Fil-A sponsorship that his group, of its own accord, listed for an upcoming marriage conference, Pennsylvania Family Institute president Michael Geer said his “Art of Marriage” efforts are simply meant to “strengthen marriage.” According to the Christian Post reporter, he also said people — all people — should applaud such strengthening, and that he holds “disappointment” for online publications that would try to “taint” his group’s efforts.

So okay, let’s look at what Michael Geer’s strength means for legally married gay folks like yours truly. For insight, we will refer you to an 8/5/10 appearance that Geer gave to “The Bob Durgin Show. An appearance where Geer referred to marriage equality as a “tragedy,” connected gays’ unions to incestuous ones, likened the Perry decision to legal missteps like Dred Scott, suggested that bisexuals want the right to simultaneously marry both a man and a woman, and — in a truly odd turn — suggested that Judge Walker “shouted” portions of his opinion. Have a listen:



*SOURCE: Bob Durgin Show, 8/5/10 [WHP 580]

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*Oh, and how about we stop with these fact-less claims, Mr. Geer? Because Vaughn Walker did not “shout” what you say he did:

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Although considering the way the “protect marriage” crowd has misrepped his lengthy and insightful ruling, perhaps there’s an alternate, far-right edition of the decision to which we are not privy.




Good As You

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The one where Michael Geer lies about this site

Our initial post on Chick-Fil-A’s supposed partnership with the Pennsylvania Family Institute on its upcoming “Art of Marriage” seminar did one thing and one thing only: It showed the flyer for the event, noted PFI’s mention of Chick-Fil-A being a cosponsor, and told readers to plan their dining choices accordingly.

But leave it to the group behind the flyer to attack the messenger:

Michael Geer, president of the Pennsylvania Family Institute, says the post provoking anger towards Pennsylvania Chick-fil-A Chicken restaurants for “endorsing” its efforts are misleading.

“All in all it’s a trumped up story,” Geer told The Christian Post.

“Good as You,” a blog catering to the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning community, posted a flier about PFI’s February event, The Art of Marriage, with a message asserting that Chick-fil-A was supporting the Pennsylvania group and its efforts to take down the state’s gay marriage plans.

The blog has gone so far as to create an online petition against the restaurant company.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Okay, let’s stop there. Because that last line is an outright lie. We never created a petition or called for a boycott. Any who did, did so on their own volition. But of course this Christian Post reporter never contacted me for comment.

So okay, moving on: Geer goes on to say:

Setting the record straight, Geer said Chick-fil-A is not sponsoring the event. “There are a couple restaurants that are giving us food,” he shared. The food, mostly chicken sandwiches, is for a day-and-half-long workshop for couples who want to strengthen their marriages.

According to Geer, the local Chick-fil-A branches involved were simply trying to “be good neighbors” to the marriage retreat being held at two local churches. “We didn’t even get any money,” maintained Geer. The food was freely donated to the churches hosting the marriage retreat.

Geer also denounced mentions in the blog and later homosexual magazine On Top for wrongly suggesting that Chick-fil-A’s corporate office, located in Georgia, is involved in the event. Despite restaurant creator Truett Cathy’s profession of faith, Geer says it was a local decision to give the food.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Okay, again, let’s stop at this, ANOTHER OUTRIGHT LIE! We never indicated to what level the claimed support reached. We tried making contact with Chick-Fil-A’s press people for comment on that matter, but no one ever got back to us (instead choosing to put out a Tweet saying they would comment — a comment that hasn’t come in the two days that have followed).

Again, all we did was so this, a flyer created by PFI:

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They are the ones who claimed the sponsorship, not us! A sponsorship that they tried to scrub once this caught fire.

And then, now, let’s wrap up with this from Geer:

“People should applaud institutions that want to strengthen marriage,” he stated. Geer expressed “disappointment” at online publications that would try to taint the meaningful event.

Family Group: Gay Blog Gives Misleading Information About Chick-fil-A Co-Sponsorship [Christian Post]

Yea, you wanna go there, Michael? Well, okay: In addition to PFI’s own work against legally married gay couples (like this writer and his husband), the national sponsor of this “Art of Marriage” concept, Family Life, features teachings like the following on its organizational website:

Help! My Child is a Homosexual - [FamilyLife.com]

and this…

Gay Marriages … What’s the Big Deal? – [FamilyLife.com]

and this…

“These days our media bombard us with the idea that God created and blesses other kinds of sex, like that practiced by homosexuals. You will need to share with your child that there is a radical homosexual element in our culture saying, “We’re going to be in your face. You’re going to see us kissing on television and in movies. We want to become acceptable.”

Our children must know that just because some group wants to validate their behavior, that does not make it right in God’s eyes. Our children need to learn how to hate the sin (see Romans 1:26—27) while loving the sinner.”

Teaching Your Teen About God’s Views on Sex [FamilyLife.com]

So Michael, can claim all you want that we are unfairly tainting you and PFI and Family Life and “The Art Of Marriage.” We will remain deeply disappointed in groups like yours and Family Life, who are trying to taint meaningful existences.




Good As You

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Michael Medved: Lesbian Sex Is Better, Because It Hurts To Take It In The Ass

“The politically correct attitude not only insists that heterosexual and homosexual relationships are equivalent, but also erases differences between relationships between two women and relationships between two men. If men and women are profoundly different-and both science and common sense tell us they are- then an all-female couple is even more different from an all-male couple than either homosexual bond differs from a heterosexual union.

“This distinction helps explain the oft-noted quirk in public attitudes that sees stronger opposition and denunciation, in the Old Testament and elsewhere, to a physical relationship between two males and intimacy between two females. A physical connection between a female couple, like a physical connection between man and woman, is based primarily on acts of affection. The most common sexual practice between two men involves an act of aggression —inflicting more pain than pleasure for at least one of the parties. Even decisions by Congress, equating homosexual and heterosexual relationships, or erasing distinctions between the interaction between lesbians on the one hand and gay males on the other, cannot repeal politically incorrect realities.” – Wingnut mental case and failed movie critic Michael Medved, writing from beneath a dead squirrel for the website of Seattle’s KTTH radio.

(Tipped by JMG reader Chris)

Joe. My. God.

—  admin