Early voting continues

Early voting in the Democratic and Republican primaries began this week and continues through Feb. 28. Polls are open daily 7 a.m.–7 p.m. except Sunday when the hours are 1 p.m.–6 p.m.

There are no polling places in Oak Lawn. The closest locations are the Dallas County Records Building downtown and Grauwyler Recreation Center, five blocks north of Mockingbird Lane on Harry Hines Boulevard. In Oak Cliff, the sub-Courthouse on Beckley is the main polling location.

Elections Administrator Toni Pippins Poole said meters near the Records building are covered and not in effect during voting hours, and parking beneath the building will be validated for voters.

On Primary Day March 4, voters must go to their local precincts.


QueerBomb fundraiser

A Night of Queer Love, Hot Entertainment and Questionable Morals begins with a pre-film talk with local queer film experts. The film Cabaret screens at 9 p.m.

A live cabaret follows at 11:30 p.m. featuring queerlesque performances with local queer stars.

Prizes will be raffled all evening and costumes are encouraged.

All this benefits the first QueerBomb Dallas that takes place during Pride month. QueerBomb began in Austin several years ago to hold an alternative Pride event in June when the parade moved to September.

Texas Theatre, 231 W. Jefferson Blvd. Feb. 21 at 8 p.m. $10


Chard named National Board Chair

SMU Simmons School of Education Dean David Chard was recently elected  by fellow board members as chairman of the National Board for Education Sciences, effective immediately. Chard succeeds Bridget Terry Long from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The U.S. Senate approved President Barack Obama’s nomination of Chard to the board in 2012. The 15-member board oversees and directs the work of the Institute of Education Sciences.

“Schools throughout the nation will benefit from David Chard’s leadership of this important board,” SMU President R. Gerald Turner said. “His support of evidence-based education practices will help ensure that proven teaching strategies make their way to the classroom.”

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 21, 2014.