Put Some Gay In Your Day, Dallas!

Oy To The World

Each December we take a solemn vow to not get caught up in the holiday madness and to make time to just enjoy the moment. The next thing we know, it’s 2:00 a.m. on a Tuesday and we’re in the kitchen having a meltdown that could rival Sally Field’s performance at the end of Steel Magnolias because we’ve burned our sixth batch of holiday cookies and still have two more to go before heading out to the 24-hour post office to mail it all to friends and family.

So, this year we are paying attention to all that Oprah and Tyra we’ve been watching and carving out some “me” time. While some people opt for bubble baths and bird watching for their moments of Zen, we’ll trade it for art strolls, cooking classes and a peek into the curious workings of straight bars.

Gayrillas In Our Midst
Guerilla Gay Bar
Friday, December 5, 8:00 p.m.
Despite its militia-sounding name, Guerilla Gay Bar is really more of a traveling theme party. Each month, organizers tease you with hints and then reveal a surprise location (namely, a straight bar) where everyone will flash mob that evening. We’re here, we’re queer and we’ll tell you where we are meeting in due time.

Cost: Free
Location: Kind of ruins the “take over” surprise if we tell you, so check their MySpace or Facebook pages for details or sign up for the Evite list at guerilladallas@hotmail.com.

Pimp My Clyde
“Stand By Your Man” A Tribute to Bonnie & Clyde
Friday, December 5, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Funny, we like standing by men, too, especially ugly ones who make us look even cuter. This collaborative art show features works dedicated to the notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde as expressed through Tara Tonini’s collection of Depression-era inspired hats and hair accessories paired with works from artist Joey Seeman. It’s part of a kick-off for a three-day alternative shopping event: the Dallas Indie Experience.

Tara to the T
411 North Tyler, Dallas
www.taratothet.com

Stroll ‘em Up
Dallas Arts District Walking Tour Stroll
Saturday, December 6, 10:30 a.m.
It’s that time of the month again. No, not a visit from “Aunt Flow.” The first Saturday of every month kicks off with a docent-led walking tour of the history and architecture of the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas Museum of Art, Meyerson Symphony Center, historic Belo Mansion and Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe. Plus you can check out the construction progress of the Winspear Opera House and Wyly Theatre set to open in fall 2009. Ready boots, start walkin’.

Cost: Free
Tour starts at the Crow Collection of Asian Art
2010 Flora Street, Dallas
Call (214) 979-6430 to RSVP
www.artsdistrict.org

Try-nese Food
Shop Hong Kong Market Place with Carol Ritchie
Saturday, December 6, 10 a.m. to noon
Can’t tell a bok choy from a dim sum? No worries, Carol Ritchie is taking all wannabe foodies deep into the belly of the Asian grocery store to take the mystery out of shopping for ingredients for popular Asian dishes. You’ll be ready to rock out with your wok out in no time.

Cost: $30 per person (advance registration required)
Hong Kong Market Place
Asia Times Square
2615 West Pioneer Parkway, Grand Prairie
www.cookinwithcarol.com

Ho Ho ‘Mos
Turtle Creek Chorale’s Hottest Holidays Ahead
Sunday, December 7, 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, December 10, 8:00 p.m.
The boys are back in town. This year, pesky Global Warming has melted the polar caps and flooded Santa’s workshop sending the elves on a search around the world for a new location. We predict a collection of world-beat music. The TCC will be joined by The Women's Chorus of Dallas, The Singing Girls of Texas and Dallas PUMP!, Texas' first youth chorus from within the GLBT community.

Tickets: $20 – $65
Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora Street, Dallas
www.turtlecreek.org