QueerBomb Dallas Plans Alternative Pride Event To Protest Anti-Gay Parade Sponsors

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Stephen Masker

It's no secret that QueerBomb Dallas has been highly critical of the Alan Ross Freedom Parade that is set to kick off this Sunday afternoon. Earlier this year, QueerBomb hosted their own alternative pride parade that was free of corporate sponsorship and placed a larger focus on highlighting gender and racial diversity. Even though their parade has already been held, QueerBomb is continuing to highlight the way that Dallas Pride isn't exactly representative of the city's LGBT community.

In addition to concerns about a startling lack of racial and gender diversity among grand marshals during the parade's decades-long tenure, activists from QueerBomb are now charging that the Dallas Tavern Guild (the group that organizes the Alan Ross Freedom Parade) is partnering with companies that don't have the best interests of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people in mind.

Because Pride is hosted on Cedar Springs Avenue, home to most of the city's gay bars, it has been long linked with drinking alcohol. As such, Heineken is the official beer of Dallas Pride, and occupies a prominent place in the event's logo. Heineken is distributed in the United States by Andrews Distributing, owned by Barry Andrews. Earlier this year, Andrews hosted a fundraiser for virulently anti-gay Texas Lieutenant Governor candidate Dan Patrick in his home. It's also worth noting that Heineken doesn't provide protections for transgender people.

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Finally, a Movie with Liam Neeson That's as Good as Liam Neeson

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Photo by Atsushi Nishijima - © 2014 - Universal Pictures
Neeson in A Walk Among the Tombstones.
Special guest Inkoo Kang, film critic at TheWrap and news editor at Indiewire's Women and Hollywood blog, joins Alan Scherstuhl of the Village Voice and Amy Nicholson of the LAWeekly to discuss a variety of topics on this very big podcast, including: The Maze Runner, what it's like interviewing director Steve McQueen, Amy's highlights from the Toronto Film Festival, Kevin Smith's Tusk, and Matthew Crawley, err, Dan Stevens's role in two movies out now -- A Walk Among the Tombstones and The Guest. Alan makes an anti-recommendation for Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? and Inkoo heartily endorses season 2 of Masters of Sex on Showtime.

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18 Awesome Things to Do This Weekend, September 18 - 21

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Matt Mrozek
You think your family is messed up?

Thinner than Water
The basis of a good family drama is the unified hatred of the patriarch. Well, hatred might be a strong word. Indifference? If there's one thing most of America can agree upon, it's that our parents fucked us up and we're not to blame for our deteriorating lives. The combustibility of family is the centerpiece of Melissa Ross' new play Thinner than Water, which receives its regional premiere at Kitchen Dog Theater at 8 p.m. Friday. If you're anything like the rest of us, chances are good that you'll recognize a bit of your own family in this comedy that The New York Times called, "Intellingently wrought." If the Kitchen Dogs have proven anything to us in the last 24 seasons, it's that they can bring out the fierce funniness in dark comedy. So, let this play serve as a bit of therapy for you. Thinner than Water runs at Kitchen Dog Theater (3120 McKinney Ave) through October 25. Tickets range from $20-40 are available at kitchendogtheater.org.


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Valets Suck, So Here Are Five Ways To Mess With Them

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TheeErin via Sorry Mr. Valet, but our protest starts at the very bottom of The Man's parking structure.

You can't go out in Dallas without the threat of valets. Somehow, in one of the most sprawling cities in America, we've managed to mess up parking to the extent where valets are legally required, and to get to them you have to drive past the parking spaces they will then drive your car back into. The situation is beyond idiotic, so we're launching a protest. Of sorts.

While a more worthwhile protest might be to appeal to City Hall (hah!) or the businesses themselves, in the spirit of generally being assholes we've devised a guide to messing with your valet. This will not actually achieve anything beyond giving you that innate sense of self-satisfaction that comes with being a smug asshole, but can you really put a value on that feeling? No. No you cannot.

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Where Is Dallas' Iconic Bookstore?

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Movilius In Mobili
Portland has Powell's. Dallas has ... not much.
In downtown Portland, Powell's Books stretches the length of a city block. Inside, hundreds of wooden bookshelves stuffed to the brim with everything from classic literature to engineering manuals keep crowds of regulars and tourists engrossed. When you go to Portland, you have to go to Powell's.

Even readers who haven't been to Oregon have probably heard of the store. Like Seattle's Elliot Bay Book Company or San Francisco's City Lights, Powell's is a national landmark, one of a handful of bookstores that help define the characters and cultures of their hometowns. Los Angeles has Vroman's and The Last Bookstore, New York has The Strand and Book Culture. They're both cultural centers for locals and regular stops for tourists, who are as likely to walk away from these stores with T-shirts as they are copies of the latest best-seller.

"If you haven't been to Powell's, you haven't seen something," says Miriam Sontz, CEO of Powell's Books. "It's one of the top things to do in Portland, and when visitors come, they want to take something with them as a souvenir of their trip."

You won't see anyone wandering the streets of Portland wearing a T-shirt with the logo of Dallas' own iconic bookstore, because we don't have one. It's an odd missing piece in a city that has dedicated huge resources into reshaping its downtown into a nationally recognized center for the arts. We've invested millions in building what the city proudly calls the nation's biggest dedicated arts district, with homes for opera, theater, the symphony, painting and sculpture.

The literary arts, meanwhile, have been all but ignored in Dallas' top-down planning for igniting its cultural life. You want to find a book downtown? Try the public library, if it's open ... and it's probably not.

Which is a shame, because bubbling away outside the official boundaries of "art" is a small, devoted literary scene that's beginning to show new signs of life. The question is, can we cultivate the love of books without a central outpost? Or to put it in words Dallas will understand: What kind of world class city doesn't have its own damn Powell's?



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Dallas Holocaust Museum's Book Burning Exhibition Should Be Irrelevant But It's Not

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Dallas Holocaust Museum

In early 2013, news broke that New Mexico high schools were banning Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere. But this was not the only book on the list. Titles like Catcher in the Rye, Harry Potter, and a Merriam Webster Collegiate Dictionary - because it defines obscene words. In Arizona, bans have only recently been lifted on a number of Mexican-American books. In fact, many of the cities along the border have struggled with numerous book challenges and book bannings. That government-endorsed censorship is not yet an outdated issue seems obvious, which is why everyone should spend an hour or two at Fighting the Fires of Hate: America and the Nazi Book Burnings, a traveling exhibition from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum now on display at the.Dallas Holocaust Museum.


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Mario Lopez Was In Dallas Monday. We Interviewed Him. Because, Sexy.

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When Mario Lopez walks into a room, you stand, stick out your hand, and try to focus your eyes on him and not his sculpted forearms.

On Monday afternoon, a room full of local journalists did just that when we got the chance to interview the former teen star about his visit to Dallas. That morning, he was the keynote speaker for PepsiCo's Hispanic Heritage Month kickoff event, saying, "I felt good about it, but I hope people didn't have Mario overload."

It would be easy to think that, considering he's entering his seventh season as host of Extra, an entertainment news show on NBC.


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Oh Dear Fried Food Lord, American Idol Auditions Are On Opening Day of The State Fair

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Alice Laussade
Things will be crazy-go-nuts.

This news should strike fear in the fried hearts of many: American Idol will hold auditions for the new season at our great State Fair of Texas on September 26th and 27th-- the first two days of the fair.

There is no prior registration required. You just have to be between the ages of 15 and 28 (See Official Rules), and show up to sing between 10am and 6pm on either of the two audition days.

This spells chaos. Cats and dogs living together. Mass hysteria.

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Oral Fixation Returns for Season Four, Looking for More Dallas Stories and Storytellers

Categories: Dallas Stories

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By Monica Hinman
I have a friend who has cornered the market on stories. Stuff just happens to her. When we get together, I can count on being regaled with all the details from her latest adventure. She finds a briefcase lying in the street or runs into someone from elementary school while on vacation in another city; these unlikely events become stories that can last for hours. "I love the details, don't leave out anything," I beg. This stuff would never happen to me. But what if it does and I just don't notice?

Storytellers notice. Oral Fixation's founder, and storyteller in her own right, Nicole Stewart has been encouraging people to notice their stories and share them with others in the Dallas community for the past three years. Last night at the Wyly theater to kick off season four, we were treated to the Best of Season Three, which consisted of seven stories voted by fans to be their favorites of last season; each presented by the story's real life main-character.

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Erin Cluley Gallery, Cydonia Gallery Are Now Open

Categories: Visual Art

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Kevin Todora

This weekend, the gallery scene expanded in two divergent directions with the opening of both Erin Cluley Gallery and Cydonia.

Over the big, white bridge Erin Cluley Gallery became the first commercial art space in Trinity Groves - although not in the area's conventional strip mall of restaurants. Tucked into a residential neighborhood, somewhere behind Babbs Bros Barbecue, a large garage door that once lifted for cars in need of oil changes, now lets sunlight trickle in to illuminate the work of artists.


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