Fashion roundup

2photoLast Thursday was Dallas’ most fashionable day of the week — perhaps the year. On the heels of DIFFA the previous Saturday, three fashion events spread throughout the day captured our imaginations — and monopolized our time. (You can link to photos from all of the events here.)

It  started in the morning with the cancer fundraiser Dress 4 Yellow, a luncheon and runway show at the Adolphus Hotel. With most (but not all) fashions splashing shades yellow, it was a canary-like kick off to spring.

The only men’s fashions to walk the catwalk were from Nike Golf, but one of the highlights was the appearance of a cancer survivor among the male models. Two women, although cancer survivors, both showed off the fashions of the day, and all were stunning. But this event was less about fashion itself than about hope — a message spread especially poignantly during the luncheon by former NFL player Dhani Jones, dapperly decked in one of his own bowties, designed for the LiveStrong Foundation. Jones’ personal story of being touched by cancer added a serious and sobering moment to all the glam.

The afternoon benefited from beautiful weather and low winds for the outdoor “What to Wear” fashion show at Mockingbird Station. Hosted by DFWStyleDaily.com editor Lisa Petty, who led a panel commenting on the horseshoe runway of fashions available from retailers at the upscale development, it took on the theme of Las Vegas glitz, with the panel commenting on trends like layered necklaces and how to pack for a weekend in Vegas to maximize looks in a minimum of space. Plus appearances by members of FC Dallas soccer team added some beefcake. (Arnold Wayne Jones)

In the evening, fashions took wing at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, a creative and diverse range of designs turned up the heat on the runway for the annual Fashion Cited show, benefiting Legal Hospice of Texas.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Scenes from Dress 4 Yellow, Mockingbird Station fashions

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Weekly Best Bets

Friday 04.29

These kings wanna get rocked
The peeps behind this show are pretty brilliant — not to mention a kick-ass flyer. Drag kings and local bands make up Mustaches & Music hosted by Christina Love. After Julian 4Play and the rest of the kings perform, Screaming Red and Electro-Shock Machine bring the rock out to finish the night. Sweet.

DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 9 p.m. PartyAtTheBlock.com.

 

Saturday 04.30

No, it’s OK to have that buzz
Festivals come left and right this time of year, but we’re prone to those encouraging us to eat and drink. The Dallas Wine and Food Festival has been doing just that for 27 years. We long for Saturday’s wine seminars at Mockingbird Station spots topped off by happy hour at Margarita Ranch.

DEETS: Mockingbird Station, 5321 E. Mockinbird Lane. 11 a.m. Through Sunday. $15–$25. DallasWineFest.com.

 

Sunday 05.01

Spoken word with purpose
Audaciously Speaking presents the 4th Annual Evolution of Spoken Word. Local out poet, Audacious brings together an impressive lineup of local poets and artists, all who are ready to drop some knowledge on you.

DEETS: Chocolate Secrets, 3926 Oak Lawn Ave. 3 p.m. $15. 682-472-9396

—  John Wright

Movie Monday: ‘All Good Things’ in the Angelika

Murder in Texas?

Quick, name the artsy Ryan Gosling movie out now about a troubled man and his complex sexual relationship with a blonde — and they have sex in a shower. Yeah, maybe you said Blue Valentine, but you could have said All Good Things. Gosling’s character here trades up the social ladder but down the well-adjusted scale with AGT, inspired by the life of Texas-based killer (and sometime cross-dresser) Robert Durst.

Gosling plays the Durst character, here called David Marks, the scion of an abrasive, wealthy New York slumlord (Frank Langella). David reluctantly enters the family business once he meets Katie (Kirsten Dunst), basically serving as bag-man for his dad’s collections arm. Dad is disapproving of him, and looks disdainfully on Katie, which only exacerbates David’s isolation, as well as his spiraling psychological instability.

Read the rest of the review here.

DEETS: All Good Things. Rated R. 110 minutes. Angelika Film Center at the Mockingbird Station.

—  Rich Lopez

Drawing Dallas • 12.17.10

By MARK STOKES  | Illustrator mark@markdrawsfunny.com

Skaterboi Anthony Padilla is a dream within a dream

Jungle bookish

Name and age: Anthony Padilla, 23

Spotted at: Mockingbird Station

Occupation: Pool cleaner/student

Hey, good lookin’: This raven-tressed Leo could have been pulled right out of an Edgar Allen Poe tale, with his smoldering good looks and piercing eyes. A native Dallasite, Anthony is a team rider for Index Skateboard Shop at Mockingbird Station. Anthony is also a student at El Centro College, studying science with an eye for a career in physics. His interests are painting animals in acrylic, playing keyboard and guitar.

Call him Mowgli: A free-spirited loner, Anthony spends the majority of his time outside skateboarding (he’s known for his skill at doing a “backside nose blunt,” a particularly difficult board feat), climbing and motorcycling. Any spare time he has, you’ll find him restoring his 1975 Yamaha 250-RD. Friends affectionately call him Mowgli, from the Kipling stories (and Disney film) The Jungle Book.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

­The other Lee

An Asian director of gay films who’s not named Ang? Meet Quentin Lee

ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor jones@dallasvoice.com

LABEL QUEEN | Gay, Asian, Canadian — Quentin Lee is never sure what word best identifies him as a filmmaker.

Spike. Ang. Quentin.

There’s more than one indie directing “Lee” out there. More than two, even — three if you count the kooky spelling of Brit Mike Leigh.

When you think of Asians who make gay films, Ang Lee (who’s straight) and Gregg Araki pop to mind, but Quentin Lee deserves a spot alongside them. Although he started out as an experimental filmmaker, Lee has made notable forays into more linear storytelling, culminating in his latest venture, a charming romantic comedy with the provocative title The People I’ve Slept With.

In it, a promiscuous young Chinese woman named Angela (Karin Anna Cheung) finds herself pregnant with no idea who the father could be … and there are many, many candidates. As she sets out with her gay BFF Gabriel (Wilson Cruz) to find her baby daddy, she finds herself drawn to one of her conquests, a politician named Jefferson (Archie Kao), and debates whether to have the kid after all.

Lee will attend a Q&A screening of the film at the closing night at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas, which starts July 23 with screenings at the Magnolia and Angelika Mockingbird Station.

DallasVoice: If you had to be introduced with a modifier attached, would you call yourself Asian filmmaker, gay filmmaker or something else?  Lee:That’s kind of hard. Even on Wikipedia I am listed as a “gay filmmaker.” It doesn’t bother me, but at the same time, as an artist, I don’t want to be labeled.
America has very identity-driven politics. You have to be one thing or the other. I am all these multiple identities: Asian, Asian-American, Canadian, gay. You’re always uncomfortable about being put in a box. When I started making movies, I didn’t say I wanted to make gay Asian films, just films I wanted to make. But sometimes for strategic purposes, it helps. It depends on the context.
Just like in the gay community in general, where you’re a twink or a bear. But the gay community is really interesting. Like black people appropriate the N word, gay people appropriate fag or queer.
This film could play as easily at a gay film fest as if could at an Asian. Do you find it goes between the two easily? We do both [kinds of film festivals]. Sometimes we get to screen at mainstream. In Hawaii, we were at the [mainstream] festival and came back for the Rainbow Film Festival. In certain cities, we screen at one or the other or both — in L.A., we did the gay festival and the Asian film festival. We told out at both, and had totally different audiences. We did the gay and lesbian film festival in Miami [and Asian in Dallas].

Sometimes the politics [intercedes]. The New York gay and lesbian film festival and the Asian film festival, which is in Chelsea, both want to screen it. But they say, “If you screen at the other first, we don’t want you.” They want a premiere. So you have to decide on whose giving the better [platform]. It’s unfortunate. As a filmmaker, I do both gay work and Asian work and I have to choose between the two.

My partner is Asian, so I know the culture can be a little more conservative. Do Asian audiences respond positively to the gay content or is that still a taboo?  They don’t openly say it to you, but the Asian-American audience can be more conservative. At the San Diego Asian film festival, they didn’t want to play the trailer because they thought it was too racy. One question that came at the Q&A was, “What do you say to people who don’t agree with your values?” I was a little shocked at that. But usually film festival audiences are progressive. And as a whole, this is the most acceptable film that I’ve done. Ironically, the straight audiences have no problem with girls kissing.

My favorite line is: “A slut is just a woman with the morals of a man.” Is that from personal experience? Do you think the word “man” requires the modifier, “gay man?”  First, I didn’t write the script, but I wanted to make a movie about a sexually adventurous heroine. There’s definitely a part of me in it, but I’m actually very prudish sexually! I wanted to create a fun person. I’m actually more like Jefferson.

The film on the surface resembles Knocked Up, although Angela is a lot more adventurous that Katherine Heigl’s character — until the end, when she become bourgeois.  She’s a crazy bohemian, but I’m not sure she becomes bourgeois, just more responsible. She finds a balance. I think she’s still crazy. And a lot more fun than having a prim and proper character.

Being an indie filmmaker is hard enough. Do you feel pressure to make more mainstream movies or do you think, hey, if I can’t make the movies I want to about my culture, why do it at all?  Most of my investors are heterosexual guys and when they see the first cut, they say, “Wow, I didn’t know it was that gay.” I was getting notes to tone things down. My cousin was actually an executive producer and he said, “What are you talking about? You know the kinds of films Quentin makes — it’s like investing in a Spike Lee movie and complaining it’s too black.”

You want your movie to be seen by as many people as possible. Certain stories, certain characters have an audience. I think there’s a balance. At the end of the day I want to make movies that both appeal to me as a artist. I don’t want to make fluffy entertainments, but you do want to entertain audiences. I could have just made the movie with Caucasians and hit a broader audience. But there’s something to be said with being an Asian-American filmmaker and casting Asian-American actors who don’t get to play complex roles. You want to represent your community
Wilson Cruz is always so dour on screen, but he’s never looked hotter or played a character with more light. How did you see that in him?  I met Wilson at a party and sent him the script. We liked him from the get-go. I think it definitely offered him a different profile; here he lets it out and has a good time

There’s a theme about food and sex going hand in hand? Is that true in Asian culture especially?  Yeah, like Eat Drink Man Woman. It’s something we really wanted to do — food and sex come together. Because of budget constraints there were some much more ambitious sequences, we had to scale some stuff down. But that was something we really wanted to do. Maybe in the remake we’ll put it back in!

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AFFD: The gay stuff

In addition to The People I’ve Slept With, pictured, which screens July 29 cat 7:30 at the Magnolia Theater in the West Village, two other features have gay content: Seven 2 One, a Rashomon-like thriller about a crime at a convenience store with two deceptive lesbians, screen July 28 at 5:20 p.m. at the Magnolia; and A Frozen Flower, about a gay emperor and the succession of his throne in feudal Korea, screens July 28 at 10:10 p.m. at the Angelika Film Center.

For a complete schedule, visit AFFD.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 23, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas

Urban Taco to open Uptown location

urban.tacoUrban Taco, the Mexico City-style taqueria in Mockingbird Station, is opening a new branch — this one slightly closer to the gayborhood.

The new location will be on McKinney just south of Lemmon and feature a more ambitious look than the smallish taqueria wedged between Rock Fish and whatever.

A three-tiered patio will overlook a water fountating, and an outdoor bar will be made of recycled Skyy vodka bottles. There’ll even be a chef’s table to let diners watch their food being made. And of course the food, which I favorably reviewed three years ago.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

'Naughty' chef serves up Chicken Fried Pride tonight at Central 214

If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.
If Beck fries these tonight, we just might be in love.

As Pride is kicking off this week, it’s looking like other neighborhoods are getting in on the action. Last week, we mentioned the party over at Victory Park and tonight, Mockingbird Station partakes with Chicken Fried Pride at Central 214 at 6:30 p.m. This should be a hot celebration being that 214 executive chef Blythe Beck is Dallas’ newest celebrity (read below) with her upcoming show, The Naughty Kitchen about to debut next week. We’re figuring the cameras will be on hand as well. Could they really ignore a fundraiser with “chicken fried”in the title?

Complimentary Southern cocktails and “Blythe Bites” will no doubt be the highlight of the evening, but entertainment by Edna Jean Robinson and her Angels will add to the fun. The event benefits Youth First Texas. An R.S.V.P. is required so do that first and the suggested donation is $20.

—  Rich Lopez