Los Lobos tonight at the Winspear

Latin legends grace Dallas

After 34 years, the iconic three-time Grammy winners, Los Lobos continues to top the charts with inventive and inspiring hit music.

Los Lobos was formed in 1974 by David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Louie Prez and Cesar Rosas, four friends from Garfield High School in East Los Angeles. Though they started out as a rock-and-roll band, they soon chose a more traditional Mexican acoustic style. In time, the band adopted music from Tex-Mex, country, folk, R&B and blues, as well as the traditional Mexican songs from their roots. The band has won Grammys for its 1988 Spanish-language album, and for its contribution to the film Desperado. They have collaborated with artists such as Dave Alvin, Ruben Blades, Elvis Costello, Little Willie G, Mavis Staples, Richard Thompson, Bobby Womack and Tom Waits.

Wildly popular, talented and fun, the Los Lobos invites you to the ultimate Deiz y Seis celebration.

(from TITAS.org)

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 8 p.m. $12–$125. TITAS.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Maggie grades prez hopefuls; Potential noms not so NOM-pleasing

Pawlenty: D

Thune: D+

Romney: D

Ryan: C-

Trump: D

Santorum: A

Gingrich: D

McConnell: D

Bachmann: D

Those D’s of course have nothing to do with party affiliation. Ryan’s C- aint for conservative. Rather this is the list of faliling “marriage” grades that the National Organization For Marriage’s Maggie Gallagher has given to the slate of Republican presidential hopefuls who’ve spoken thus far at the weekend CPAC convention. A report card unlikely to please any parents, be they opposite-sex, same-sex, or single.

And as for the one bona fide good grade, belonging to Rick Santorum: Maggie admits, in full disclosure, that the former PA senator ran his speech by her ahead of time. Oh, and it’s the “values issues”-deviled Rick Santorum. Maggie could’ve written that “A” three weeks ago.

So all in all: It looks like Maggie’s biggest fight might not be with the many loving gay couples who are sick of pausing their lives to “prove” that they are worthy of full and equal citizenship under the nation’s civil laws, but rather within the one party that she has no choice but to have in her pocket. Because let’s get real: When Michelle “I once hid behind some bushes to spy on a gay marriage rally” Bachmann gives a conservative speech that doesn’t drop even one “protect marriage” rally canard? Well, Tea Partying Toto: I don’t think we’re in the Bush years anymore.

*Maggie’s grades can all be found on NOM Blog

Good As You

—  David Taffet

Video: We were done with the Chick-Fil-A thing. But then the prez went and made a video…

Dan Cathy Statement from Chick-fil-A on Vimeo.

Okay, some notes:

*NOTE 1: Again, all we did was simply make note of the sponsorship, as Pennsylvania Family Institute claimed it on its own flyer. This whole thing then played out, organically, in the marketplace of ideas.

*NOTE2: A marketplace that led us to discover that the “Strengthening Marriage” organization behind the PFI event , Family Life, includes on its official website teachings like this…

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]

That certainly caught our attention.

*NOTE 3: We then, in an eerily unrelated turn of events, learned of an odd connection between the National Organization For Marriage’s Ruth Institute and Chick-Fil-A’s own WinShape foundation.

*NOTE 4: This WinShape development then led us to dig further, and eventually learn about something called the Marriage CoMission and an annual marriage seminar that WinShape hosts at its own Georgia retreat. Some quick clips from that event: Here’s Dan Cathy’s brother “Bubba” introducing one of the seminar sessions/making the family patently clear:

Here’s Focus on the Family president Jim Daly thanking the Cathys for hosting the thing::

Oh, and here’s Chick-Fil-A/WinShape worker bee Jeff Fray laying out exactly where the Summit leadership stands on what marriage is, no debate needed:

So at this point, the initial PFI thing — which could’ve been nipped in the bud by a simple Chick-Fil-A statement on Day One, as frankly we never saw it as anything all that big — became something else entirely. Something much bigger. Something that definitely has our attention.

*NOTE 5: Attention grabbed, we soon learned that this a seminar where folks like Maggie Gallagher and Jennifer Roback Morse (of the aforementioned NOM/Ruth) are invited to speak, and where voices like anti-LGBT film guy Ted Baehr claim the “gay agenda” tells kids to call their parents “mean”…

…and where a film depiction of a priest molesting a young boy supposedly led gays to become studio heads:

(*Ted actually means “The Celluloid Closet,” which is all about gays in Hollywood.)

So thanks for the video, Don Cathy. But not gonna lie: We still have some questions. And not because we are mean or angry or militant or on Colonel Sander’s payroll. No, no — We care because we too love our families, our marriages, and our peaceful accommodation. We care because we believe we also have some strength to offer this spinning orb.

Good As You

—  admin

New, Inclusive Prez for Marquette U

MARQUETTE UNIVERSITY MAIN X390 (MARQUETTE.EDU) | ADVOCATE.COMAfter a controversial hiring decision at Marquette University earlier this year shut out a lesbian professor from becoming a dean, the school will welcome a new president who is outwardly inclusive of its gay campus community.
Advocate.com: Daily News

—  John Wright