Stonewall Democrats of Dallas Watch Party tonight

Get your Obama on

The Stonewall Democrats of Dallas are hosting a watch party this evening so all can catch President Obama’s State of the Union. This might be the only time you can gather for the President’s speech and take advantage of drink specials. However, just don’t make a drinking game out of everytime he says “economy.” Could be totally awkward.

DEETS: The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 7 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

DPD seeks help finding suspect shown on surveillance video burglarizing Sal’s Pizza

From DPD:

Dallas Police Burglary Detectives are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect that was caught on surveillance video burglarizing Sal’s Restaurant located at 2525 Wycliff, on January 9, 2011, at 8:00 AM.

Based on surveillance video, detectives have determined that the suspect pulled up to the front of the business in a 2002 red Ford Expedition. He exits his vehicle and is seen going up to the front door, only to return to his vehicle for a brief moment before returning to the front door of the business. He pried open the front door and attempted to take a flat screen T.V. before making off with the cash register.

The suspect is described as a Latin or white male in his 20’s or 30’s. Detectives are also looking into the possibility that this suspect and/or vehicle are associated with several other burglaries.

Anyone with information regarding this suspect or suspect vehicle is asked to contact the Northwest Investigative Section at (214) 671-6047.

—  John Wright

Violent crime down 23% near gay strip

Violent crime was down 23 percent last year in a 1-square-mile area that encompasses Dallas’ largest gay entertainment district, according to statistics from the Dallas Police Department.

The statistics from DPD show that the number of violent offenses recorded in the area known as the Cedar Springs-Wycliff Target Area Action Grid dropped from 220 in 2009 to 169 in 2010.

The 2010 figures put the Cedar Springs Wycliff TAAG at No. 7 for violent crimes on a list of 27 TAAGs city-wide. In 2009, Cedar Springs Wycliff was No. 4 on the list. However, DPD officials have cautioned against ranking the TAAGs because they vary in size and violent crimes aren’t recorded on a per capita basis. Cedar Springs businesses have also raised concerns given that the Cedar Springs-Wycliff TAAG stretches all the way to Stemmons Freeway in some places.

Overall, violent crime was down 14 percent across all 27 TAAGs, the city’s worst hotspots, which helped fuel a 10 percent reduction in crime in Dallas in 2010.

Here are the top 10 TAAGs for violent crime in 2010:

1. Five Points: 291 offenses

2. Northwest-Harry Hines: 259 offenses

3. Forest-Audelia: 220 offenses

4. Jim Miller-Loop 12: 207 offenses

5. Hatcher-2nd: 205 offenses

6. Ross-Bennett: 188 offenses

7. Cedar Springs-Wycliff: 169 offenses

8. Buckner-Peavy: 167 offenses

9. MLK-Malcolm X: 165 offenses

10. Jefferson Corridor: 165 offenses

—  John Wright

DJ Joe Gauthreaux spins the tunes at The Brick’s one-year anniversary party

They just grow so fast

It’s hard to believe that in such a short time, the Brick closed, reopened and now is celebrating its first year in the new location. In a short time, the club has made its mark on the dance scene moving away from its initial leather/Levi environment to a club destination for national and local DJs. For the party, they bring in DJ Joe Gauthreaux from New York City. And don’t forget Joe’s Place next door. The smaller bar side of the club still maintains a cool vibe but gets in on the action as well.

DEETS: The Brick/Joe’s Place, 2525 Wycliff Ave., #120. Doors at 9 p.m. 18+. BrickDallas.com

—  Rich Lopez

Grindr Party might satisfy that itch at the Brick tonight

The app that brings people together

Every week at the Brick is the Grindr Party and going could pay off more than you know. We won’t guarantee that guy 48 feet away won’t block you and your constant messaging, but you could win an iPad and a one-year membership on Grindr. Face it, sometimes material things are worthwhile. If anything, you can always catch the amateur strip show at 11 p.m.

DEETS: The Brick & Joe’s, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 9 p.m. No cover. BrickDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

More on Sunday’s armed robbery in Oak Lawn, and an enhanced photo of that fake U.S. marshal

Dallas police on Tuesday released an enhanced photo (right) of the man they say posed as a U.S. marshal and assaulted a traffic control volunteer last week in Oak Lawn. Police are also asking local TV stations to play dash-cam video from the incident on the air again. We’ve posted a report from Fox containing the video, as well as DPD’s recycled bulletin from last week, after the jump.

Also, Instant Tea obtained additional information Tuesday about a robbery that occurred late Sunday night on Oak Lawn Avenue. According to Dallas police, when the victim exited his vehicle in the parking lot of Office Depot at 2929 Oak Lawn Ave., the suspect pointed a gun to his head and forced him back into the car. The suspect got in the back seat and told the victim to drive to the Bank of America at Haskell Avenue and North Central Expressway. When the victim was unable to withdraw cash from the ATM, the suspect struck him in the back of the head with the gun. The suspect then told the victim to drive to the Wal-Mart Neighborhood Store at 2305 N. Central Expy., where the suspect forced the victim to go inside and withdraw $20. Finally, the suspect made the victim drop him off at Hall Street and the Central Expressway service road. Police initially believed the suspect may have been captured on video at Wal-Mart, but Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse informs us today that this is not the case. Again, per yesterday’s alert, the suspect is described as a black male about 40 years old, 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing about 220 pounds. He has a scar under his right eye and was wearing a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black hat. Anyone with information should call 214-671-4071 or 911.

—  John Wright

WATCH: Dash-cam video of the fake U.S. marshal who terrorized Oak Lawn last weekend

Above is a report from Fox 4 that includes dash-cam video of the suspect who claimed to be a U.S. marshal and threatened a traffic control volunteer with a laser-sighted semi-automatic weapon early Sunday in Oak Lawn.

The dash-cam video was recorded by the 66-year-old volunteer, Douglas Ervin, who followed the fake marshal after witnessing him make a bogus traffic strop near Wycliff and Lemmon avenues. According to the police reports, the suspect got out of his vehicle near Rawlins Street and Oak Lawn Avenue, approached Ervin and said, “Who the fuck are you?” Ervin responded by saying “Who are you?” before the suspect pushed Ervin’s face in, knocking out his dentures, and aimed the weapon at his head. When Ervin told the suspect he was being recorded, he got back in his vehicle — which had rolled backward down the street because he hadn’t put it in park — and took off. As Deputy Chief Craig Miller explains to Fox 4, it’s not exactly the type of behavior you’d expect from a real cop.

The Dallas Observer has posted an enhanced photo of the suspect, and The Morning News reports that police are looking for other potential victims because they believe the same man may have been arrested in the past for pretending to be a cop.

Anyone with information can call 214-671-3616 or better yet, if this guy’s anywhere near you, 911.

—  John Wright

Police release photos of suspect who posed as U.S. marshal, put gun to man’s head in Oak Lawn

Dallas police are looking for a man who posed as a U.S. marshal and threatened a motorist with a black semi-automatic handgun near near Rawlins and Wellborn streets in Oak Lawn early Sunday morning. Below is the full alert from DPD, which was posted on Wednesday along with photos. A special thanks to DV’s Gary Karwacki for the heads-up on this one:

On September 19, 2010, at about 12:30 am, the pictured suspect was seen by a complainant performing a traffic stop in an unmarked, black Ford, 4 door sedan, at Lemmon Avenue and Wycliff Avenue.

The complainant suspected that the suspect was not a police officer and began to follow the suspect in order to obtain the license plate of the suspect vehicle. The suspect vehicle came to an abrupt stop at 3700 Rawlins and the suspect confronted the complainant.

When the complainant questioned the suspect’s identity, he replied by saying, “I am a U.S. Marshall”. The suspect then drew a black semi automatic handgun, with laser sights, and pointed it at the complainant’s head. The suspect then fled the location in the suspect vehicle and he remains at large. The Dallas Police Department is trying to identify this suspect and also would like to speak with the citizen the suspect had pulled over at Lemmon and Wycliff. Anyone with information regarding the below listed suspect or this incident, please contact the Dallas Police Department Crimes Against Persons Division at 214 671 3616 or call 9-1-1. This suspect is considered armed and dangerous.

Suspect: W/M 30, 5’11″, 190 lbs, brown hair, brown eyes

Vehicle: Ford 4D black in color with LED lights on the dash

Weapon: Black semi automatic handgun with laser sight

—  John Wright

Dallas Gay Pride Weekend is here

We’ve been posting these updates all week, trying to get through to you that even though the parade and festival aren’t until Sunday, Dallas Pride had already begun. Well, the truth is, we were lying through our teeth. It really starts today. It must because there’s even a Welcome Party at the Round-Up where you can help provide a diplomatic welcome for our out-of-town visitors, if you know what we mean. Anyhow, here’s Friday’s full schedule of Pride-sanctioned events from the Dallas Tavern Guild:

Welcome Party for Our Out-Of-Town Guests
Round-Up Saloon
Join us in welcoming our visiting guests from all across the country as they gather to celebrate Dallas Pride.
8:00 pm
3912 Cedar Springs Road
Dallas, TX 75219
www.roundupsaloon.com

Sports Pride Mixer
Dallas Woody’s
Ever wanted to play in an LGBT sports league or team? Here’s your meet fellow athletes, captains and organizers from DIVA [Volleyball], PSSA [Softball], OLTA [Tennis], OLBA [Bowling], Texas Bulls [Flag Football], Dallas Diablos [Rugby] and Different Strokes [Golf]. Not only is this mixer informational its a chance to socialize, relax and meet old and new friends.
7pm -10pm – No Cover
4011 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.dallaswoodys.com

Live on the Back Patio Returns!
Dallas Woody’s
That’s right as Fall heats up but the temperature cools down live music returns to the Woody’s Back Patio for a fall concert series featuring Oaklawns best Jazz, R&B, Pop, Folk, Country and Cabaret entertainment. Check www.dallaswoodys.com for the current performer listing.
8pm -11pm – No Cover.
4011 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.dallaswoodys.com

Hip Hop “Pride-ay”
Midnight Show with Comedian PT
2525 Wycliff
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.brickdallas.com

SMOKE: A Cigar Party
Dallas Eagle
10:00 pm
5740 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75235
www.dallaseagle.com

Amatuer strip contest with $100 in cash & prizes starting at midnight (12am)
Kaliente
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No cover 9pm – 11pm
4350 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.kaliente.cc

Gay Pride Trash Disco – “Shake Your Groove Thing”
TMC
9:00pm
3903 Cedar Springs
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.caven.com

Special Strip Show – Wet Boxers starting at midnight (12am)
Exklusive
Drink Specials – $2 wells / $2 domestic from 9pm – 11pm
No cover
4207 Maple Avenue
Dallas, Texas 75219
www.exklusive.tv

Slacks to Suits Pool Party
Radisson Love Field Hotel
Kick off your Pride weekend with an after work pool party. Drink specials and complimentary hors d’oeuveres served poolside. Entertainment by your hostess Jenna Skyy and friends.
6:00 pm until ??
1241 W. Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, Texas 75247
214-630-7000
www.radisson.com/dallastx_love

ArtNite @ ILUME Gallerie
The Ilume Gallerie
The event will showcase a collection from artists the past year in the gallery from fine art, photography, and introduce the large scale metal sculptural works of Ric Leichliter. The event benfits AIDSARMS Inc. Dallas The Ilume GALLERIE, Ilume Great Room, Champagne Room, and pool and cabana area will be open for the reception. We will be serving Cocktails. Complimentary valet parking in the front of the gallery is provided. There is no charge, but donations are accepted.
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
4123 Cedar Springs Suite 107
Dallas, TX 75219
214-507-7369
www.ilumegallerie.com

—  John Wright

Tea partiers, gay style

Dallas Purple Party hopes people will forget it’s a school night

RICH LOPEZ | Staff Writer lopez@dallasvoice.com

COOL DADDY | DJ Tony Moran is chill, but heats up the dancefloor.
COOL DADDY | DJ Tony Moran is chill, but heats up the dancefloor.

Dallas Pride also marks the return of the Purple Foundation.  Every year, the organization hosts a circuit party benefiting AIDS Services of Dallas. When the floats are put up and the straight onlookers have gone back to the ’burbs, it becomes the afterparty of afterparties.

With the DJ talents of Tony Moran and Alyson Calagna headlining, the foundation hosts Spectrum: Dallas Pride Tea Dance at the Brick on Sunday. And clearly, this is one tea party you don’t have worry about repealing your rights.

Moran is one of the primo DJs in the gay circuit scene, but over the span of his career, he’s stepped away from the underground to produce and write tunes for mainstream artists such as Cher and Michael Jackson. Thankfully, he doesn’t forget his club divas: Moran has had major dancefloor smashes with the likes of Deborah Cox (“Everybody Dance”) and Kristine W. (“Walk Away”), among others.

Expect Calagna to bring her own game, employing her signature omtronica sound, “mixing sexual, sensual and spiritual rhythms with tones of empowerment and ecstasy. “ We’re not sure what it means, but we’ll definitely have what she’s having.

Sure it’s a Sunday, but it’s also Pride weekend. Forget your Monday hangover and tired feet and end your Pride celebration on a high note. (For the weary, a free shuttle will whisk people from the ilume and Walgreens over to the Brick.) More importantly, try to remember it — sometimes these celebrations can be a blur.

The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave., #125. Sept. 19 at 5 p.m. $20. DallasPurpleParty.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 17, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas