The fifth annual Texas Bear Round Up BearDance boogies into Station 4 on Friday night (we have an interview with hunky San Francisco DJ John LePage in Friday’s print edition), but you can get tickets early — we’re giving away some pairs to Dallas Voice readers!
Simply email me at lifestyle@DallasVoice.com with the subject line BearDance, and then something memorable, like “I wanna grow a bear!” or growl at me or something. And if I pick you, you get two tickets!
So do it ASAP. All winners will be notified NO LATER than 10 a.m. Friday, and you MUST be available to come by Voice offices (4145 Travis, Suite 300) between 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. Friday to pick them up. If you can’t we’ll give ‘em to someone else!
After he used an app to track down his stolen iPhone and called police, Chad snapped this photo of DPD officers taking the suspects into custody.
One of our sales reps here at Dallas Voice, Chad Mantooth, fell victim to pickpockets on the dancefloor of Station 4 on Friday night. As those of us who look through police reports regularly know, this is an all-too-common occurrence. (I would avoid taking your wallet to the club – but if you do, carry it in your front pocket.)
While what happened to Chad is common, what makes his story unusual is that he subsequently took the law into his own hands and tracked down the thieves — who are now facing charges. And thanks to him there are a few less pickpockets in the Cedar Springs gay bars. Below is the real-life, gay-on-gay crime story as Chad tells it:
A woman was arrested early Friday morning at Station 4 after she hit a security guard in the face with her stiletto shoe while he tried to take her out of the club.
Janissa Laurice Ford, 21, of Arlington was arrested around 3 a.m. for causing a disturbance at the club, according to Dallas police incident report.
Ford was allegedly intoxicated and was with two other women when a 22-year-old security guard came to remove her from the club. She then took her 3-inch high heel and struck him in the face, the report states.
The stiletto heel left scratches on the right side of the security guard’s face. He was treated at the scene.
Ford was arrested for assault on a public servant, a third-degree felony. She was in custody at the Dallas Council jail on a $3,000 bond.
A female dancer at Station 4 was stabbed by her ex-girlfriend following an argument inside the gay nightclub early Monday.
The woman, 23-year-old Melissa Yung of Bedford, was working as a dancer at the club at 3911 Cedar Springs Road when her ex-girlfriend approached her shortly before 2 a.m., Sr. Cpl. Sherri Jeffrey, a spokeswoman for DPD, told Instant Tea.
The two began fighting and the ex-girlfriend cut Yung with an unknown object, causing serious bodily injury, according to a Dallas police report. She sustained a major cut on the left side of her neck, as well as cuts on her chest and abdomen, the report states.
The suspect was wearing all black and fled the club in an unknown direction, according to the report.
The dancer was treated on scene and told police she was going to go to a hospital in North Richland Hills and refused transport by Dallas Fire-Rescue. A friend took her to the hospital.
Jeffrey said the ex-girlfriend has not been identified, as police are still trying to interview Yung for more information. Jeffrey said it is still unclear what started the fight and what object the woman used to stab Yung.
Rick Espaillat, media director for Caven Enterprises Inc., confirmed that Yung was working as a dancer at Station 4 when she was assaulted by an ex-girlfriend. Contract-labor dancers are regularly hired for the club, Espaillat said. He said staff responded immediately and police were called, but the ex-girlfriend fled and could not be located.
“We regret that there was an injury inside the club; we work hard to provide a safe environment for our guests,” he said. “This appears to be a relationship assault, not a random crime, and we appreciate the prompt response of the S4 staff and City of Dallas emergency services. We’re confident that this will be thoroughly investigated and resolved in the courts.”
Gorgeous and debonair models owned the cat walk Friday night to help raise money for the upcoming Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, as Station 4 was turned into a fashion mecca for one night only. Summer looks from the Brooks Brothers, Demerara, Gap, Kendra Scott, L.bartlett and Kenneth Cole made their debut for the crowd in the second Passion 4 Fashion charity benefit. Many organizations came together to make the show a huge success, said Keith Hobbs, public relations chair for Lone Star Ride.
“This year’s show was much larger than last year and we had a lot more people get involved and were able to showcase more mixtures of styles,” Hobbs said.
A VIP reception was held beforehand with an open bar courtesy of Stoli Vodka and appetizers from Blue Mesa Grill Dallas. Hairstylists from the Toni & Guy Academy helped give the stunning models an edge in their summer attire.
Everyone was given a tote with coupons and special offers. One patron walked away with a free Trek Alpha Aluminum Series 1 road bike donated by Bike Mart given away in their raffle.
Hobbs said Microsoft was also on hand to launch their new challenge. “They will be giving out free office software to the first 100 riders who raise $1,000 dollars,” said Hobbs.
This year’s two-day bike ride will take place Sept. 29-30. Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS raises money for AIDS Services Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County and Resource Center Dallas. Hobbs said Passion 4 Fashion provided a big financial boost and gave a lot of good exposure to the cause. More pics below.
Two club-goers were robbed near Dallas’ gay entertainment district over the weekend.
The first robbery occurred at midnight on Saturday when a 30-year-old woman was punched in the back and in the right hand in the 3900 block of Cedar Springs Road.
The woman was leaving Sue Ellen’s and was walking down the sidewalk when the attack happened, according to the address listed in the Dallas police incident report. She was “alone in a partially lit area,” the report states.
The suspect took her purse and fled in a white SUV. He is described as a black male in his late 20s and about 6 feet tall.
The woman waited until she reached a friend’s house before calling 911. She was not injured.
The second robbery occurred in the 3300 block of Throckmorton Street around 11:20 p.m. Sunday.
A 36-year-old woman was walking to Station 4 with a friend when a Hispanic male in his 20s pointed a gun at them and took their property, Dallas police spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey told Instant Tea. The man got away with $600 in cash, according to the report. He is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with a medium build.
Anyone with information about these robberies should contact Dallas police at 314-671-3001. Anonymous tips can be made by calling Crime Stoppers at 214-373-8477 or through the department’s iWatch smartphone app.
Last night, Sharon Needles, the spooky drag queen who won season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, wished the roughly 300 people crowding S4′s Rose Room a happy Halloween. Though she performed at S4 and JR.’s as part of the requisite Absolut summer Tour that all Drag Race winners must do, Needles did so with her trademark mix of shock, defiance and darkness.
By 8 p.m., a line of people wrapped around the block from S4 to Throckmorton and by 8:30 p.m., all the unreserved seats in the Rose Room had butts in them. The audience, including many who stood along the walls and beside the bar, waited about two-and-a-half hours for the show to even begin; the room growing hotter, the pre-show music thumping ever louder and the lines to the bar getting longer with each passing minute.
So if you’re not doing this tonight, then you may want to consider a night with Del Shores. Yes, he performs his newest show Naked. Sordid. Reality. tomorrow at Station 4, but tonight, he gives a whole different kind of performance.
Dallas Ft. Worth SAG-AFTRA will present ProACT’s “LIVE” Read with Shores for a “script to screen performance.” From the release:
On June 14th SAG-AFTRA sponsored ProACT (Professional Actor Career Training) will bring together a LIVE staged reading of Del Shores screenplay, Long Roads Travelled. This is not your normal table read but a professional read for investors and others in the film industry, with actors up on their feet and interacting with the other characters in the story.
Our staged reading (featuring union actors from all over Texas) will be presented at Poor David’s Pub on South Lamar — the perfect venue for our warm-hearted story of a guitar, country music, family and fulfilling your dreams, even when the odds are against you!
Following the performance, Shores will stick around for a Q&A session. Even though it sounds like a big industry thing, the event is open to the public.
DEETS: Poor David’s Pub, 1313 S. Lamar St. 7 p.m. $10.
Last night, NBC premiered its new runway show Fashion Star, which hopefully will prove better than the tepid Project Runway All-Stars over on Lifetime. I’m sad to have missed the first episode, because among its cast of designers is Oscar Fierro, the local designer I spoke with in 2010 prior to his fashion show at Station 4. I would love to have seen how his spitfire personality works in reality TV competition. We already know him from his fashion policing with Gabriela Natale on SuperLatina.
Star, hosted by supermodel Elle MacPherson, has a similar premise to Runway in that designers create fashions in limited time and materials; sometimes, more than one designer gets eliminated. And the designs created for the show are available immediately for purchase. Judges include Nicole Richie, designer John Varvatos and another Texan, Jessica Simpson.
One of the highlights of the show comes when the comical, Salvadorian, top-hat-wearing Oscar Fierro, 37, is introduced. The Texas-based designer proclaims to be like a “cartoon” and has a lot of dedication because he’s crossed three borders and knows what it’s like to go hungry, or so he claims. But does Fierro, who is evidently going to be the show’s drama queen with his constant crying and backstage shit-talk, knock over the buyers with his designs? Not so much. The short cocktail dresses, seen in off-the-shoulder green satin and glittery black, are items seen daily at Forever 21. Richie doesn’t like the offerings, saying, “I want to see what I saw in the studio.” Varvatos chimes in, “I have seen what you do in Miami, and in South Beach.” Fierro retorts, “You have seen it before, but not with my label.” Needless to say, he doesn’t get any offers.
To see Fierro’s fashions from last night’s episode, click here, here and here. Watch his profile video after the jump.