Month: April 2011

Better get over to Lakewood Bar & Grill now to help out the Trevor Project

I just received a text from local musician SuZanne Kimbrell about tonight’s event. She’s the lady behind the bimonthly Twist music events held bi-monthly at Lakewood Bar & Grill that features local LGBT artists we don’t see anywhere else. She messaged that tonight’s One Night Stand show at the LBG is benefiting The Trevor Project and all the money from the $10 cover is going toward the organization. The thing is, it started at 7 p.m. But with a healthy lineup of musicians, I figure the event will last well into the night. Immigrant Punk, Emmiline, Jay Bean, Kimbrell and more all perform tonight. You still have time to get there, have a beer, get in tune with some homegrown music and help out the good cause. You know you want...

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Log Cabin Republicans share the Hilton Anatole with the right-wing Heritage Foundation

A recorded message from Dallas GOP Congressman Pete Sessions is played during the Log Cabin Republicans National Convention earlier today. More pics after the jump. It was an interesting scene over at the Hilton Anatole today. Downstairs in the massive Atrium, where I found myself lost at least once, a conservative D.C.-based think tank called the Heritage Foundation was hosting a convention featuring tables sponsored by groups like the “Alliance for School Choice” and “Online for Life.” Meanwhile, upstairs on the mezzanine in smaller conference rooms, the gay GOP group Log Cabin Republicans was quietly holding its National Convention. And when Dallas GOP Congressman Pete Sessions creepily appeared on the projector to deliver a recorded welcome message during Log Cabin’s lunch program, I couldn’t help but wonder if I might be in the wrong room. After all, though, these two groups would probably agree on a lot of issues — limited government, strong national defense, etc. They just happen to disagree on one rather big one — the gays — and ultimately I guess that’s what Log Cabin is all about. “There are a lot of Republican legislators who believe like we do,” GOP Maryland Sen. Allan H. Kittleman, who’s straight, told Log Cabin during the lunch program. “We just have to convince them it’s OK. They’re scared.” Maryland Sen. Allan H. Kittleman Kittleman, introduced at the lunch by...

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A couple of jazz cats for Jazz Appreciation Month

Sure it’s pretty much the end of the month, but April is marked as Jazz Appreciation Month and we couldn’t let it slip by without highlighting a couple of community locals. I’m fascinated by the fact that the LGBT scene here has such a strong jazz-based presence. Covers, originals, singalongs — Dallas has a significant number of gay (and very gay-friendly) musicians with some major jazz hands. Gary Poe, Linda Petty, Gary Floyd and Buddy Shanahan come immediately to mind. Whom did I miss? Of course, we can’t forget Bill Shafer and his partner Michael Donovan as Deuce, pictured, or Rusty Johnson who performs tonight at Alexandre’s at his last Friday show with his band The Love Monkeys. Below is some video for your own jazz...

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Memorial service set for Bettye Pepper

Bettye “Pep” Pepper, 1945-2011 Longtime Dallas resident and my good friend Bettye “Pep” Pepper died this morning at Hearthstone Hospice in Irving following a courageous battle against cancer. A memorial service and celebration of her life will be held tomorrow — Saturday, April 30 — at Joe’s/The Brick. Everyone who knew and loved her is invited to attend. Pep’s body will be returned to her hometown in Benton, Mississippi, where funeral services are pending. Pepper worked many years as a flight attendant for Delta Airlines. She then worked several years as a bartender for Joe Elliott at Jugs, then later for Howard Okon at Joe’s Place. The last several years, she worked for Home Depot on Lemmon Avenue in Oak Lawn. There are so many things to say about Pep that there’s no way to say it all here. She was a true Virgo: Ask her what time it was, and she would tell you how to make a clock. She held a treasure trove of trivia in her mind and loved to tell stories and recite poetry. She also loved to tinker with things, to take things apart when they were broken and try to fix them and put them back together. And a lot of the times, when she put them back together, they did work, even if she had parts left over. She had a great...

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