Free Polyphonic Spree tonight at DMA

Turn this museum out

If you’ve yet to make it out to one of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Late Nights, might we suggest to do so tonight? For two reasons. Tonight is the annual Summer Block Party in the Arts District so the DMA, the Nasher and the Crow Collection are all having festivities in and out. So it’s already a bash.

Second, um, the Polyphonic Spree will be playing at the DMA’s Ross Ave. Plaza. Pretty much the only band that makes symphonic rock cool, the Dallas-based collective was formed by Tim DeLaughter, formerly of local band Tripping Daisy. With over 20 members and a section of horns, strings, percussion and pretty much everytghing else, the Spree is joyous in that hippies ’60s kinda way but still keeping a fresh approach to music. Pretty much, it’s awesomeness.

DEETS: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 9 p.m. $10. DM-Art.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Latin flair

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MUY FUNNY | Dan Guerrero works for laughs while being gay and Latino in his one-man show.

Before he could write ‘¡Gaytino!,’ Dan Guerrero first had to find his roots

rich lopez  | Staff Writer
lopez@dallasvoice.com

Growing up gay and Latino can be a tough hand to play. In a culture that revels in religion and machismo — hell, the word “machismo” is Latino — coming out poses pitfalls.

But Dan Guerrero lucked out. With some artsy upbringing by a musician dad and a not-so-practicing Catholic background, Guerrero’s closet was easy to open. In fact, it was harder for him just to be Hispanic.

“Los Angeles never made me feel like I was good enough,” he says. “I fell in love with musicals in junior high. I wanted to hear Julie Andrews in Camelot! Who gives a rat’s ass about mariachi?”

His dad might have given one. He was famed musician Lala Guerrero, the father of Chicano music who popularized the Pachuco sound in the 1940s (the beats most associated with Zoot suits and swing dancing). While Guerrero appreciated his father’s legacy, he established his own identity by moving to New York to become an actor. That didn’t work out so much, but becoming an agent did.

“It was kind of by accident, but I ended up being an agent for 15 years,” he says. “I got into producing and I loved it.”

Although he stepped away from performing, Guerrero finds himself back onstage Friday and Saturday at the Latino Cultural Center with ¡Gaytino! The autobiographical one-man show is part comedy, part cabaret, with Guerrero recounting in lyrics and punch lines his experiences growing up gay and Latino, life with father … and having to rediscover his roots after moving back to L.A.

“The main reason I did the show is, I wanted to know more about my dad and my best friend. I was already fabulous,” he laughs. “So I don’t think of this as my story. I wanted to embrace his legacy and celebrate him and our lives, but also tell of being a born-again Hispanic.”

In L.A., Guerrero rediscovered his heritage. While still working in entertainment, he noticed a lack of Latinos behind the scenes. He started a column in Dramalogue to change that, interviewing actors like Jimmy Smits and Salma Hayek and producing shows that spoke to Latin audiences.

And then came ¡Gaytino!

“Well, the word itself hit me first so I trademarked it. Then it was madness as I set about writing it,” he says.

When the show debuted in 2005, Guerrero hadn’t performed in 35 years. He was a different man, no longer a young buck with nothing to lose and untarnished optimism. He was a behind-the-scenes producer and casting agent. He was — gasp! — older.

“I remember thinking, ‘What am I gonna do? What if I forget my lines?’ I’m an old codger,” he says. “But I got onstage and it was like I had did it the day before. Performing is just part of who I am.”

With his successful day job (he once repped a young Sarah Jessica Parker), a healthy relationship (32 years this November) and irons in many other fires, why bother with the daunting task of writing a show and carrying it alone?

“It still feels like I’m breaking into show business. At least when you’ve been around as long as I have, you can get the main cheese by phone,” he answers. “But really, I had something I wanted to say and I love doing it. I’ve been lucky to stay in the game this long but it’s not by accident; it’s all been by design.”

What he loves isn’t just doing his show, but how it pushes positive gay Latino images. He’s dedicated this chapter in his life to that. Guerrero now feels parental toward the younger generation — maybe because he has no children of his own.

“I do feel a responsibility and not just to younger people, but to all,” he says. “For ¡Gaytino!, I first want them entertained, but I hope audiences will leave more educated about some Chicano culture and history and Gaytino history.”

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QUEER CLIP: ‘BEGINNERS’

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Beginners is such a dreadfully forgettable and generic title for what is the year’s most engaging and heartfelt comedy, you feel like boycotting a review until the distributor gives it a title it deserves.

Certainly the movie itself — a quirky, humane and fantastical reverie about the nature of love and family, with Ewan McGregor as a doleful graphic artist who, six months after his mother dies, learns his 75-year-old dad (Christopher Plummer) is gay and wants to date — charts its own course (defiantly, respectfully, beautifully), navigating the minefield of relationships from lovers to parent/child with simple emotions. It’s not a movie that would presume to answer the Big Questions (when do you know you’ve met the right one? And if they aren’t, how much does that matter anyway?); it’s comfortable observing that we’re all in the same boat, and doing our best is good enough.

McGregor’s placid befuddlement over how he should react to things around him — both his father’s coming out and a flighty but delightful French actress (Melanie Laurent) who tries to pull him out of his shell — is one of the most understated and soulful performances of his career. (His relationship with Arthur, his father’s quasi-psychic Jack Russell, is winsome and winning without veering into Turner & Hooch idiocy.) But Plummer owns the film.

Plummer, best known for his blustery, villainous characters (even the heroic ones, like Capt. Von Trapp and Mike Wallace), exudes an aura of wonder and discovery as the septuagenarian with the hot younger boyfriend (Goran Visnjic, both exasperating as cuddly). As he learns about house music at a time when his contemporaries crave Lawrence Welk, you’re wowed by how the performance seethes with the lifeforce of someone coming out and into his own. His energy is almost shaming.

Writer/director Mike Mills’ semi-autobiographical film suffers only being underlit and over too quickly. It wouldn’t be a bad thing to spend more time with these folks.

—Arnold Wayne Jones

Rating: Four and half stars
Now playing at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 10, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Pet of the Week: Lulu

Lulu is a beautiful domestic long hair white cat that weighs only 8 pounds. She is friendly and gets along with everyone. She loves playing with her toys and will make someone a great companion. Please come to Operation Kindness and visit with this sweet girl.

Many other great dogs and cats are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, located at 3201 Earhart Drive, 1 street south of Keller Springs and 2 blocks west of Midway Road, in Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open 6 days a week: Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $110 for cats, $135 for kittens, $150 dogs over 1 year, and $175 for puppies. The adoption cost includes the spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm test for dogs, leukemia and FIV test for cats, and more. Those who adopt two pets at the same time receive a $20 discount. For more information, call 972-418-PAWS, or visit www.operationkindness.org.

—  John Wright

‘Rock of Ages’ at the Winspear

Do you wanna get rocked?

American Idol contestant and now Tony-nominee Constantine Maroulis recently announced an end to his three-year gig as Drew Bowie, the wannabe rocker in the jukebox musical Rock of Ages, which is now playing at the Winspear. But his last performance isn’t until July, so in the meantime, he’s still ready to rock it.

“It’s been huge for me on many levels as an actor and being acknowledged by my community,” he says. “I was a rock star wannabe growing up with these songs from Bon Jovi, Whitesnake and other songs in my wheelhouse. This is a true artistic achievement and for it to all work out in this time when so many shows come and go, we’re kicking a lot of ass.”

So go on and feel the noise.

—  Rich Lopez

Pet of the Week: Church

Church

Church is a 1 ½-year-old blue domestic medium hair with a fun-loving personality. He is intelligent and obedient. Enjoys chasing rope and playing with toys. His fur is extremely soft and he likes to be brushed. When not playing, he likes to curl up and watch his surroundings or stretch out on his back for a nap. He enjoys having his chin, cheeks, ears, nose and belly rubbed. He is a very loving cat searching for his forever home.

Many other great dogs and cats are available for adoption from Operation Kindness, located at 3201 Earhart Drive, 1 street south of Keller Springs and 2 blocks west of Midway Road, in Carrollton. The no-kill shelter is open 6 days a week: Monday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; closed Tuesday; Wednesday, 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; Thursday, noon to 8 p.m.; Friday, noon to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. The cost is $110 for cats, $135 for kittens, $150 dogs over 1 year, and $175 for puppies. The adoption cost includes the spay/neuter surgery, microchipping, vaccinations, heartworm test for dogs, leukemia and FIV test for cats, and more. Those who adopt two pets at the same time receive a $20 discount. For more information, call 972-418-PAWS, or visit Operationkindness.org

—  John Wright

Armie Hammer on Playing Hoover’s Lover

CHELSEA HANDLER ARMIE HAMMER X390Armie Hammer, who played both of the Winklevoss twins in the heralded film The Social Network, went on Chelsea Lately Tuesday
night to talk about his upcoming role as Leonardo DiCaprio’s lover in a
biopic about former FBI director J. Edgar Hoover.
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Did I really just stop jerking off to lesbian wrestling for this? Ugh. Alright… so this week marks episode number whatever of She-cat Gutter Heat (aka The A-List: New York – "A show for families"). If you haven't been watching, Lord please don't start now. But if you simply must, here's a quick recap. Austin and Reichen wanna fuck, but Reichen's boyfriend Rodiney and everyone else are like "Nuh-uh, no you din't." That's literally everything that's happened over the entire season of this miserable little show.

 

 

9:02 PM CST - The gays decide to have a tete-a-tete in their natural habitat: a hair salon. Mike is such close friends with Ryan that he's never even been to his dumb salon. But girlffriend needs Ryan to cut that wet mop on his head. It looks like a wet cat and sea kelp mated and had a love baby on his head. Seriously, gurl… tragic.

Reichen complains that his boyfriend Rodiney misunderstood his text to another man. Bright TJ, Ryan's hairdresser assistant says, "Does Rodiney not understand? I mean, English IS his second language." Um, yeah because a text message saying, "I loved having your dick in my mouth" is so ambiguous.

9:06 PM CST - Poor dumb Reichen is waiting for Rodiney to text him back so they discuss their post break-up living arrangements (because that wicker laundry hamper and hanging lantern from World Market are really worth fighting over. But Rodiney is busy having a par-tay in Miami getting comforted by a girl who has bat wings for eye-lashes. Hell, if underwear modeling Rodiney needs female comfort, we'll get breast implants. His friends in Miami are so close to him that they refuse to hear about his breakup that just happened.

Meanwhile back in Reichen's man stanky bed, the past few days have been a really hard couple of days for Reichen… like, really hard, especially when Austin comes over in the one wifebeater he owns and drinks champagne in bed with him. Very very hard… like priapic.

9:10 PM CST - Commercial: The only way Julia Stiles would only fuck herself if she could first get drunk and mock her career choices first.

9:11 PM CST - Commercial: Do Lysol's kitchen wipe also work on manholes?

9:14 PM CST - Finally we get a shot of Rodiney in a bikini and his bulge is obscene! Yellow sausage bikini time!!! CHORIZO MAXIMO!!! Aye, yai, yai!!! I'm surprised they didn't bluer it out like they blurred out Austin's buttcrack two episodes ago. But we love that Rodiney's living like a superstar while Reichen rots in bed and watches his play go to hell.

9:16 PM CST - BRUNCH SCENE!!!! (Fucking finally, I could kill a baby for a Bloody Mary). TJ, Ryan's waify assistant doesn't have any problem with Austin personally he just doesn't want to be in the same house with him ever. Which is why he doesn't want to go to Austin's lake house in Maine. What's that, Ryan? You need TJ to stay in New York and do some more bitch errands? Problem solved.

But even though TJ and Derek are one brain shared between two twinks, Reichen and TJ are of one mind as well, especially when it comes to wanting to hump Austin's butt. What better thing to talk about over brunch? Certainly not DADT or ENDA or the recent elections or negative gay stereotypes perpetuated over reality shows that make you dumber by watching them.

Meanwhile in an alleyway next to a porn and meth shop in the West Village, TJ and Derek share a sneaky kitten laugh plotting to go to Reichen's lakehouse just to make fun of fat girl Austin over his head. Little does Derek know that TJ only wants to go the lakehouse so he can get first crack at Austin's crack before Reichen moves in.

9:20 PM CST - Commercial: Let the creepy dead voice of a disembodied child sell you jeans.

9:23 PM CST - Commercial: All elves need Christmas magic… even the Jewish ones. SANTA DEMANDS IT. HAIL SANTA!!! And talking about creepy commercials, here's the one about the Android cell phone that will turn Frosty the Snowman into KILLBOT 3000!!!

9:25 PM CST - The A-List word of the day is "brown out" which they say is like a lighter version of black out. But we bottoms who know better know that a REAL brown out is much much worse. Kinda like what happens to Spud the morning after in Trainspotting (hint: poo sheets).

Personally, we think the word of the day should be what TJ said earlier, "Vagenius." Thinking smart with your cooch.

9:27 PM CST - Rodiney returns from Miami do to a fashion shoot Auntie Mike who has made an unprecedented THIRD appearance in this show which is kinda like touching a unicorn three times (IT NEVER HAPPENS). Apparently while Rodiney was busy having an amazing life in Miami. Reichen's butthole blew up Rodiney's phone with needy booty texts.

Rodiney does a fashion shoot with DJ Tracy Young. Mike styles them in such a way that makes Rodiney look like a woman and Tracy Young look like a very tall drag queen. Of course, Rodiney is only 3 foot 7. If you hit him over the head with a stick, he turns into a pile of gold coins (thanks Patton Oswald).

9:29 PM CST - When Rodiney finally deigns to come back to their soulless apartment full of grey colored furniture, Reichen apologizes with all the compassion of a styrofoam carry out container. He apologizes. He's veruy sorry that Rodiney has never given him a chance to express how he feels in his incoherent All-American mumble speak. Are we the only people in all of gaydom that doesn't believe reichen one IOTA when he says he has't cheated?

9:34 PM CST - Commercial: Finally, a commercial that's teamed Weezer with AXE body spray proving once and for all that Weezer's second album Pinkerton wasn't a legendary album that defined my teenage years, but a shamelss cash grab that I misunderstood.

9:36 PM CST - LOGO Promo: Every episode of RuPaul's Drag Race is the Halloween episode, especially with RuPaul's maniacal cackle.

9:37 PM CST - The producers have obviously forced frenemies Austin and Derek/TJ (the Girls with One Brain) to kiss and make up while drunk, so they can get into a fight in a few weeks and stop being friends all over again. Shut up! IT'S GOOD PROGRAMMING! THE FORMULA WORKS. WHAT DO YOU KNOW ABOUT ANYTHING???!!!!11!!

At their make-up drink Ryan and TJ scold Austin for acting like a Fire Islander while at Fire Island. Derek wears an Ellen Degeneres vest with no shirt underneath and TJ wears a a filthy white shirt that looks like it was used to clean up a Brooklyn urinal.

9:41 PM CST - Things go well with Derek and TJ congratulating Austin on his dastardly plan to be Reichen's rebound manpussy. Well that is… UNTIL RODINEY SHOW UP and begins weaving his evil Brazilian spells over Reichen's heart with a 99-cent rose! Austin gives his totally unbi-assed opinion that Rodiney and Reichen shouldn't be dating. Rodiney responds by imitating Austin's nasally voice, but sadly you can actually understand Rodiney better when he's talking like that — like no subtitles needed!

9:45 PM CST - Commercial: A man walks on his hands across New York City to encourage you to learn CPR. Sadly we're sure he got severe hand-gonnoreah and had to have them cut off. Moments later, a baby seal started choking on one of Austin's condoms and the handless CPR man couldn't do anything but shed a single tear.

9:48 PM CST - Reichen invites TJ and Ryan to "a shit show" where all the men will drink and Austin will insult Rodiney and the two grown men will get in a fight. This will be the show's "moral lesson."

Austin says that he totally doesn't want to fuck Rodiney because he's engaged to some random piece of British scrub. Nevermind that he has spent the entire season wanting to fuck Reichen. Anyway, Reichen and Rodiney walk in puppy-eyed love to announce to their friends that THEY'RE TOTALLY IN LOVE!!! OMG YOU GUYS, LIKE WOW!!!

Ummm… Reichen, these people are not you're friends. These are people that producers introduced you to three months ago.

Austin is seething, partially out of being cock-blocked on national TV and partially because of the realization that he took all that Cialis tonight for nothing.

9:53 PM CST - Commercial: A Latina woman would like to talk about finances using an extended "box" metaphor. She would like to make a couple of of long-term deposits and quick withdrawals from your box. Like, right now. She's gonna organize the fuck out of your box… like crazy. Do you like kids, slut?


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Obama playing partisan games with LGBT issues, still…

 

The Hill reported yesterday: "Obama fires back at AIDS protesters, tells them to hassle GOP." A group of protesters interrupted Obama's speech chanting "Fund Global AIDS." He is reported to have said:

"I think it would make a lot more sense for you guys to go to the folks who aren’t interested in funding global AIDS and chant at that rally," Obama said. "Because we’re trying to focus on figuring out how to finance the things that you want financed, all right?"

No. It really wouldn't make more sense to anyone familiar with the issue. But that's what he's banking on. And it's a good bet that most Americans don’t have the foggiest idea what this is about. Obama has taken this rhetorical tact of "Go protest the Republicans" on several occasions and when he employs it, he's counting on most people's simplistic understanding of LGBT issues and policies. For most of America the understanding is thus: GOP = Bad for gays. Dem = Good for gays. Look no further. But what if we did?
If we did, we'd see it's a sloppy dodge Obama's making to distract from addressing the real issue.

Let's put aside that protesting most of GOP is pointless to the LGBT community. They will videotape the protests and play them on an endless loop for their supporters. Let's also overlook that GOP never asks for money, time or votes from the LGBT community. Protesting them is pointless as they have no interest in our community's support, or as being seen as anything but our mortal enemies anyway.

Let's look at the lie Obama is telling. The protesters were protesting, specifically Obama's policy of global AIDS funding. About the only nice thing I can say about Bush, is for some reason he made funding AIDS medicinal programs in Africa a financial priority. Obama has walked that back.

So, not only are they protesting a very specific act of Obama, they are longing for a return to the GOP policies of George W. Bush. Obama is playing partisan politics to hide his actions and policy decisions that were his administration’s alone. From AVERT, an international HIV and AIDS charity, based in the UK, working to avert HIV and AIDS worldwide, through education, treatment and care.

In 2009 Obama pledged billion for HIV/AIDS over a five-year period, as part of the Global Health Initiative. The total funding request for FY2010 for global HIV/AIDS was .7 billion. Funding for 2009-2010 was effectively flat-lined in contrast to the much higher previous year-on-year increases in funding, especially from 2006-2009. In effect, 2010 was the first year US funding for PEPFAR did not increase. Obama's proposed 2011 budget includes almost billion for PEPFAR, representing a 2.2% increase. However, according to some AIDS activists this slight increase is actually a 'step backwards' due to inflation and increasing demand for treatment. The flat-lining of the PEPFAR budget means, so far, the proposed billion target is far from being reached.

But don't take my word for it, I'm just a noisy gay. Here's what Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu has to say:

Under the Bush administration, about 400,000 more African patients received treatment every year. President Obama’s PEPFAR strategy would reduce the number of new patients receiving treatment to 320,000 — resulting in 1.2 million avoidable deaths over the next five years, according to calculations by two Harvard researchers, Rochelle Walensky and Daniel Kuritzkes. Doctors would have to decide which of the 22 million Africans afflicted with H.I.V. should receive treatment and which should not.

President Obama’s plan to decrease support is deeply distressing; American financing for the fund should be increasing.

Of course, it much easier to just brush this issue off as some unreasonable homosexuals who will never be pleased, and just distracting him from the more important stuff they are “focused on.” (Which is apparently not preventing 1.2 million deaths in Africa. Sorry to bother you.)

By the way, it should be noted, the Hill article makes no reference to the many critques made of Obama's policy on global AIDS funding. He has been targeted for some time on this issue and it really isn't so hard to have researched the issues the protesters were attempting to draw attention to. Why look, Doctors without Borders shared their concerns with Newsweek. But apparently it was too much work for them.

Gracious thanks to FogCityJohn for the links. He blogs at The Body.

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GOP filibusters Defense bill, while we’re in 2 wars, then accuses Dems of playing politcs with national defense

They’re good. John McCain has been politicizing the Defense bill for months in an effort to convince Arizona voters that he really is a conservative Republican. And now that we’re a little more than a month away from the election, the entire GOP is trying to bring down the defense bill in order to score political points by hurting Latinos and gays. Incredibly, the Republicans are now claiming, after all that, that it’s Democrats who are politicizing the Defense bill a month before the election.

In fact, the military’s gay ban was included in the defense bill the first time around, back in 1993. That’s where “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” actually resides. Any effort to remove the ban has to be in the defense bill. John McCain knows that. So does Mitch McConnell. But both are willing to lie to the American people in order to score political points on the backs of our soldiers.

The only remaining question is whether Susan Collins and Scott Brown, who both voted for the Defense Bill in committee, will now flip-flop, in the face of pressure from Mitch McConnell, and support this outrageous filibuster.




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—  John Wright

UK Television Actor Attacked For Playing Gay Character

Actor Danny Miller, who plays a gay character on the UK television soap opera Emmerdale was attacked while out in Manchester by a group of men in who shouted gay slurs at the 19-year-old. Unreality Primetime reports on the moments that let up to the assault:

Danny "As they mounted the homophobic attack, one of the crowd shouted, 'There’s that gay lad off the telly – let’s f***ing get him.'”

"An onlooker told The People: “It was terrifying. A group of lads shouted, ‘Oi gay boy, you out with your boyfriend tonight?’ “Another screamed, ‘Oi faggot, is that your boyfriend?’ Then the yobs started running and screaming, ‘Get him, get him.'”

Apparently, Miller was punched by at least one person in the mob.

He tweeted: about the incident later and reassured everyone that he was unharmed.

"Don't listen to what has been put on here tonight. I was attacked by a couple of lads tonight but managed to escape unharmed. Don't worry."

"Afraid to say it was Emmerdale related. Not sure why though. Hadn't seen them before ever. Don't worry though."

The homophobes couldn't even separate television from reality. Miller himself is not gay.


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