Find out tonight who’s talents and style will push them to the top as contestants vie for top honors by the Texas Gay Rodeo Association. Bedazzled gowns and tight wranglers are in store when tonight’s event gets us ready for the TGRA Rodeo in March. Yeehaw!
DEETS: Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. RoundUpSaloon.com.
Being atop of a mechanical bull in the middle of Cowboys Stadium is no place for a fat, middle-aged gay man to be on a Wednesday afternoon. But there I was yesterday, risking life and ego for eight seconds of possible glory.
The idea was a valid one: Raise money ($2,500 for first place; $1,000 for second) for my charity of choice. I chose two beneficiaries: Legal Hospice of Texas, for which I am committed to raising $500 by the middle of next month; and Mercy for Animals, because I thought it would be cool to give an animal rights group money for basically abusing a cow. (Since it was mechanical, it didn’t really count as animal exploitation, although Eddie Garza, MFA’s Texas coordinator, said he’d take the donation even if it were on a real bull — and he seemed unconcerned that my body would be the one taking the real beating.)
Cowboys Stadium is a charmless cavern when there are no events taking place other than something as small as this one, though admittedly, the lack of crowds was nice. On the huge screens play a continuous loop of Dallas Cowboys highlights, all of them winning plays — in other words, none from last season. Ten days earlier, the eyes of the world were focused on this billion-dollar temple to excess; today, the field looks like the parking lot of an abandoned strip mall. Gone is the Astroturf, revealing ugly concrete underneath where dirt is being shipped in. The rodeo will be there this weekend, and they need to dust it up.
That’s kinda what we’re all here for. Dickies is sponsoring, again, a media mechanical bull-riding challenge, where members of the press are invited to a bracketed elimination competition to see which pencil pusher can claim, briefly, some degree of athletic prowess. And they asked me to participate.
The rodeo will be Sept. 10-12 at the Diamond W Arena in Alvarado. In addition to all the usual fun — the Wild Drag Race, the Goat Dressing, the bull riding and the chute dogging and more — James Allen Clark will be on hand to perform his debut single, “If I Didn’t Know Better.” Go out to his website to hear the song. I did, and it’s quite good.
The Texas Gay Rodeo Association is holding its first quarter state meeting this weekend — meeting on Saturday at Celebration Community Church in Fort Worth and on Sunday at Diamond W Ranch in Alvarado.
Those meetings aren’t open to the public, but the big show Thursday night, Jan. 21, at Best Friends in Fort Worth, certainly is, and Melody Diva Lane, one of the candidates for Miss TGRA 2011, wants to make sure everyone knows they are welcome to attend.
The e-mail I got said line-up is at 8:30 p.m. and the show will start on time. But it didn’t say what time the show starts. Still, if you are there by 8:30, you’ll have plenty of time to grab the refreshing beverage of your choice and find a seat with a good view.
All proceeds benefit TGRA.
Oh, and by the way, go ahead and mark your calendars now for Sept. 10-12 when The Big D Rodeo will be held at Diamond W Arena in Alvarado.