WATCH: BearDance video spoofs Super Bowl ad

Screen shot 2014-02-03 at 10.00.42 AMThe call went out on social media last week: Bears were invited to show up in the gayborhood to film a video. Shorts and athletic shoes — no shirts — were all that was required. What was it for? Well, now we know.

The Texas Bear Round Up is about five weeks away, and its Friday night BearDance is gearing up to let bears and chasers know. And the group did so with this video, spoofing a GoDaddy.com. which ran during the Super Bowl. And it makes its point very well:

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Bears donate $69K to charities

$69K

On Saturday, the Dallas Bears held their annual anniversary dinner and celebration, as well as the installation of the new board of directors (which looks a lot like the previous board), at the Toby Keith Grill … and because they were bears, there was plenty to eat. But in addition to food, fellowship and fondling (well, just a little), they also formalized all their donations from the previous year’s events, including Texas Bear Round Up 18 and food and school supply drives. Among the funds awarded: $33,000 to Youth First Texas, a program of Resource Center Dallas; $16,500 to RCD’s nutrition program; $16,500 to the Sharon St. Cyr Fund (which aids the hearing impaired); and $3,000 in school supplies and food. Add all those up and … hmmmm … that’s $69,000. Repeat: Sixty-nine.

Those bears can even make charity gay.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Bear bar worker Brian Mooney needs your help to fight colon cancer

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Brian Mooney

One of the best things about my job is all the people I meet. But when you do it long enough, one of the worst things is seeing tragedy befall them.

That’s how I feel about Brian Mooney, whom I met about three years ago when he was our poster-boy for the 2010 Texas Bear Round-Up. I interviewed and did a photoshoot with Brian, and was immediately drawn to his personality and charisma.

Brian doesn’t look so good right now. He’s “40 and would like to see 41,” which is in danger due to his diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer, the result of something called Lynch syndrome. The mischievous, friendly fellow needs $20,000 because he doesn’t have health insurance. It really is needed to save his life. (He’s raised about $6,000 so far.)

You may already know Brian from his job at Dallas Eagle, where he often would smile at you behind a thick beard while sporting a sexy singlet. We all wanna see this Navy veteran back there again, doing his thing. And with BearDance coming up this weekend, we’re thinking about him especially.

Click here to make a donation until May 31. Or you can come out the the Dallas Eagle on Sunday from 4 to 8 p.m. and support the barbecue and fundraiser sponsored by Brian’s friends to help him out. Do what you can.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Scenes from Texas Bear Round-Up 18

Photos by Chuck Marcelo (Dallas Voice/MarceloMedia)

—  C Marcelo

Giveaway! Win tickets to BearDance

IMG_7387The 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!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TBRU unveils new logo

The next Texas Bear Round Up isn’t for another six months, but you can already get a peek at its new logo, which appeared this morning on the group’s Facebook page. TBRU 18: Casino Bear Royale combines a little 007 theme with Las Vegas … and. of course, a touch of a Colt Video.

We’ve always been a fan of the cartoon artwork for the Dallas Bears’ big event, which has grown from 100 attendees to last last year’s 1,704. (Last year’s art, below, was based around the theme Bears Gone Wild.)  Next year’s event will take place March 14-17.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Bearweek 2012

Videographer Hector Marcus Juarez continues to focus his camera eye on the fur with his latest vid. Juarez documented the last Texas Bear Round Up into three-plus minute video here. Now, as Bearweek in Provincetown has wrapped up, he has recently posted this video recounting the hirsute event.

And through all the quick edits, you can see he gave local Beardance founder Mark Trimble a couple of flashes of screen time. Otherwise, I’m told by Trimble’s partner and also BD founder Ami Sadeh (who tipped me to the video) that mostly Houstonians made up a big Texas contingent in the just-under-four-minute clip. Makes sense since Juarez is based out of Houston.

I did have a slight chuckle with the song choice. I never would have thought of P-town as “a hopeless place,” but the video ends on the sweetest note.

Watch Bearweek 2012 after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

London’s HiFi Sean (and former Soup Dragon) announced as headliner DJ for Big D BearDance

The men from BearDance have announced the headlining DJ for this year’s Big D BearDance. Back in March, they brought in the DJ team Blowoff featuring Bob Mould and Rich Morel to pack the house at Station 4. For 2012, the nonprofit group will host London’s (by way of Glasgow) DJ HiFi Sean. Also known as Sean Dickson, he’s initially famous for his work in the 90s alt-group The Soup Dragons mostly known for the single “I’m Free.”

I talked a bit with Ami Sadeh and Darren Graff of BearDance about how they come to their choice of DJs for each event. Read more about how the selection of HiFi Sean and details on March’s Big D BearDance after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

UPDATE: Famed drag queen Greg Smith AKA SheGotta Mustache passed away Sunday

We were saddened to learn Sunday that longtime drag entertainer Greg Smith, aka Shegotta Mustache, passed away on Sunday. At this time, we’ve only heard that Smith had cancer and succumbed to the disease this weekend.

Over the years, Smith made quite the comic impression on the Dallas scene and was involved with many organizations, including DIVA and Texas Bear Round-Up.

According to his alter ego’s Facebook page, Smith posted this under Basic Information:

“Love making people laugh with the songs that I do and coming up with creative ways of making a song stand out and be funny.”

We will post more information as it is reported and confirmed.

UPDATE: We received the following information regarding Smith’s funeral services.

Wake at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Home, 4000 Miller Ave., Fort Worth. Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Funeral service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 2951 Evans Ave., Fort Worth. Nov. 5 at 11 a.m.

Burial will be a private ceremony.

Celebration of Life at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 6525 Inwood Road. 7 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

TBRU reveals starting artwork for upcoming Bears Gone Wild

To prepare for March’s Texas Bear Round-Up, the guys behind the event released the starting art for the upcoming TBRU 17: Bears Gone Wild Spring Break Style this past Sunday. They also remind that registration will be starting soon so all the bears can begin their planning and booking. But no other details about TBRU 17 have been released or mentioned.

The event, as always, is held the third weekend of March which, this year, will be March 16–18.

Earlier this year, the event raised a staggering $46,000 for area charities. Seems like the bears know what they’re doing.

—  Rich Lopez