‘The Dallas Life’ premieres tonight at the Brick

Dallas gets another dose of reality

Brent Paxton has long been at work on his new reality show The Dallas Life and it comes to life tonight. What happens when 12 strangers live under one roof? Obviously lots if you take in any kind of reality TV. With people from all backgrounds, Paxton shows all the drama that goes down Dallas-style. It’s kinda like The Real World but by the sounds of it, only one can make it to the end.

The event is also a food drive for the North Texas Food Bank and people are encouraged to bring a food item.

DEETS: The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 8 p.m. DallasLife.tv

—  Rich Lopez

Music Monday: Adam Lambert premieres new song ‘Outlaws of Love’ at Canada arts fest

 

Lambert in Dallas, Sept. 2010.

In this video, Adam Lambert performed at the Sainte Agathe Festival in Quebec, Canada on Friday and premiered this new song from his upcoming album. “Outlaws of Love” got a rousing response from the screaming Glamberts in the crowd and is already making waves across the Interwebs.

His second studio album is slated to come out this year only no specific date has been mentioned.

 

—  Rich Lopez

‘Little Shop of Horrors’ plays tonight at WaterTower

Green thumbs beware

When a good idea turns into a blood-craving monster plant — well, lives get turned around. WaterTower Theatre premieres the fun and frantic Little Shop of Horrors, where Seymour, a lowly florist, tries to turn his fortune around and ends up with a big mess. Alan Menken and Howard Ashman’s songs only add to the wacky flair of it all.

DEETS: WTT, 15650 Addison Road, Addison. Through July 31. $30. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

—  Rich Lopez

WATCH: Gay singer Matt Zarley’s ‘WTF’

If you’re not familiar with Matt Zarley, the pop singer, think Colton Ford or Brian Kent. They kind of run together in that scruffy-but-polished-gay-dance-singer category. They sing fine, but rely more on looks, muscle and dance beats to get our attention.

Instinct oozed all over this new Zarley vid, which doesn’t highlight his beefcake as much as it just includes a whole bunch of it. The song is cheese, as is the video (if not kinda embarrassing), but wanted to share since he debuted it earlier this week. It’s probably PG-13, so I can’t give it a strong NSFW rating.

WTF from Matt Zarley on Vimeo.

—  Rich Lopez

GvB premieres new song from Hunx and his Punx

Thanks to the peeps over at the Gorilla vs. Bear site for offering up some queer music for the day. How about some Hunx and His Punx for your listening pleasure? Gorilla vs. Bear posted “Lovers Lane” today from the band’s upcoming album Too Young To Be In Love. So far, I can’t stop listening to it. Its uber-gay tune is beautifully nostalgic in that K-Tel kinda way.

The band is also in the process of creating its own TV show, which sounds like a hot mess and by the sound of the band’s last tweet (their feed is as entertaining as their music), they wouldn’t mind a little financial scratch to help out. Take some of your intended KERA money and help a gay out by pledging. They are  halfway to their $3,000 goal.

—  Rich Lopez

Logo premieres local musician Sarah Jaffe on NewNowNext tonight

Local musician Sarah Jaffe keeps making the right moves into becoming the next big music thing. Logo channel’s NewNowNext Music will premiere her video “Clementine” tonight at 1 a.m. I know, it’s late, but she’s so worth it. The song is from her debut full-length, Suburban Nature, on local based label Kirtland Records.

And don’t go jumping to conclusions about Jaffe. The show features music from both gay and non-gay artists. All you need to know is that she’s pretty amazing.

Once you watch the video, catch her live on Friday when she plays at The Loft. Get tickets quick though. She sold out the Granada earlier this year.

—  Rich Lopez

Craigslist TV Season 2 premieres with gay wedding webisode

Craigslist TV Season 2 premiered yesterday with this webisode, “Getting Married” about Reverend Lorelei Starbuck and her work to help gays and lesbians wed in California. In the show, Rev. Starbuck works with the impossibly gorgeous couple Luca and Michael. Luca’s father had a moment toward the end of the video that will bring a couple of tears.

Sweet stuff.

—  Rich Lopez

NBC’s Texas-filmed ‘Chase’ premieres

The new Jerry Bruckheimer show “Chase” premiered on Monday and it’s not just “CSI Dallas.” Unlike other procedurals, this one lets you know right away who did it and the story’s about the chase (around Dallas and across Texas) to catch the perp.

The preview above includes a helicopter chase filmed earlier this summer that followed a route down McKinney Avenue and right over the Instant Tea Brewery.

The show is filmed primarily in Dallas, but the pilot that aired Monday was filmed around the state. The show opened in the Stockyards in Fort Worth. They checked out some witnesses in Houston and the final scene was filmed on a bridge over the Rio Grande (at least I think it was — anyone know?)

The networks have had lots of luck with Dallas-based shows. “Dallas” and “Walker, Texas Ranger” each lasted more than a decade. And Bruckheimer currently has five hits on CBS — three “CSIs,” “Cold Case” and “Amazing Race.”

This one looks like a hit for NBC (Mondays at 9, or available on Hulu).

And a successful show filmed in Dallas means lots of jobs and lots of publicity for the city. And acting jobs means lots of work for the city’s many gay actors. Any of our readers work this show yet? Let us know.

—  David Taffet

CNN features surrogate dads, surrogate and egg donor, in ‘Gary and Tony Have a Baby’

John Weltman (back, right) and family
John Weltman (back, right) and family

John Weltman of Circle Surrogacy sent me a note that a new film following one of their couples premieres on CNN on Thursday, June 24 at 7 p.m. (Central Time).

Weltman was in Dallas recently for a seminar on surrogate parenting.

The film, “Gary and Tony Have a Baby,” follows Gary and Tony, a New York couple together for more than 20 years, through their surrogacy. Film crews documented the 15-month process from choosing a known egg donor, building a relationship with a strongly motivated surrogate and her supportive husband through the birth of their child.

The film is part of CNN’s “In America” series.

“They chose and personally met a known egg donor, a unique Circle option which provides access to future updates of the donor’s medical history, and allows the future child to benefit from the proven psychological advantages of meeting the donor and fully knowing his or her biological origin.

“Tony and Gary were matched with a surrogate who was fully screened not just for her medical suitability, but also to make sure she was legally suited to their circumstances, highly motivated, and fully supported by her husband.

“These and other measures are part of Circle’s strategy for successful surrogacy journeys, the result of 15 years of experience and a staff composed primarily of surrogacy veterans: parents, surrogates and egg donors. Circle is also unique in screening intended parents to, among other things, ensure that they are willing to treat the egg donors (who sometimes are friends or family members) and surrogate mothers with the full respect and appreciation they deserve.”

Weltman founded Circle Surrogacy and is a father of two boys born with the help of the same surrogate mother.

— David Taffet

—  Dallasvoice