Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 16, No. 44, Ed. 1 Friday, March 3, 2000 Page: 42 of 102
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Polite chief speaks to PFLAG
Chief of Police Terrell D. Bolton was
appointed last year as Dallas' first black
police chief. He's considered a progressive
leader committed to close ties between law
enforcement and the community. Within
the department, the 30-year veteran pio-
neered the development and implementa-
tion of the city's Police Mobile Storefront
program. He also was a leader in establish-
ing the Interactive Community Policing
But little is known
Bolton's thoughts on the
police department and
how it relates to the les-
bian and gay communi-
ty — and vice versa.
Some insights may
come this week, when
Bolton speaks to the^w||
Dallas chapter of
and Friends of
Lesbians and GayS.I
At 7 p.m. on Mam
9 at Midway Hills t
Hoi times with Lemmon, Curtis, Monroe
Hollywood great Billy Wilder handled
with aplomb American middle-class sexual
anxieties and often dealt with homosexual
desire. For instance, The Private Life of
Sherlock Holmes (1970) suggests that Holmes
is gay and Watson is a repressed gay man.
And Norma Desmond (1950), played by
silent film star Gloria Swanson, has become
a camp classic.
But nowhere does Wilder deal with
homoerotic suggestion more directly than
in Some Like It Hot (1959). In this comic mas-
terpiece, Jack Lemmon and Tony Curtis
portray musicians who witness the St.
Valentine's Day massacre and flee from
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■pally considers anoth-
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posal. Spicing up the
;||chon is Marilyn Monroe
“sHiijljgar Kane in one of
best onscreen per-
^presented by the USA
m Festival's First
y Classics series,
7:30 p.m. on Mar. 6 at
' MC Glen Lakes Theatre,
<45 0 N. Central
mresswau. Tickets $7,
8 ’Table at box office one
before show. 214-821-
All-woman cable movie explores lesbian experience
Showtime's recent Common uround looked at anti-gay discrimination through three decades
in a fictional small town. But cable rival HBO invented the format with its groundbreaking If
These Walls Could Talk, a 1996 film dealing with women and their unexpected pregnancies in
different political climates from the '50s to the '90s.
With If These Walls Could Talk 2, HBO depicts the lesbian experience in America, told in three
different love stories which take place in the same house. In "1961," a lesbian couple together
for 50 years (played by Marian Seldes and Vanessa Redgrave) faces the ambiguities of their
situation when one is hospitalized with a stroke. When death comes, the partner is denied a
final viewing and a chance to say goodbye, because she is "not family."
In "1972," the house is home to a foursome of lesbian feminist college students (Michelle
Williams, Nia Long, Natasha Lyonne and Amy Carlson). When they arrive one afternoon for
their weekly women's group meeting, they find they've been ousted for promoting an all-
women dance. To their colleagues, the foursome's lesbian agenda is getting in the way of
"larger" feminist goals — echoes of a real-life division that faced the
National Organization for Women dur-
ing the same era.
When "2000" dawns, the
house is occupied by Fran
(Sharon Stone) and Kal (Ellen
DeGeneres), a loving thir-
tysomething couple. The
segment follows the two %
through their many
attempts to have a
baby through artifi-
But they break into
joy as their frustrat-
ing journey finally /Mf
yields a blue dip- |fi|
Debuts on HBO at 9
8 p.m on Mar. 5. ij
Additional playdates |P
9 p.m. on Mar. 8, 4
p.m. on Mar. 13,10:55
p.m. on Mar. 36, 1:15 J
a.m. on Mar. 21 and 10
p.m. on Mar. 25.
OUT THIS WEEK
Dragonflies of DoBas offers support,
sodal opportunity for Asian gay men
Male troupes explore the parameters of dance in Fort Worth
! Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte
.Carlo, an all-male troupe of irrev-
erent ballet enthusiasts, began by
performing parodies of classical
ballet in late-night shows Off-Off
Broadway. Since then, the Trocks
have grown from curiosity to phe-
nomenon. The company travels
Internationally, performing the full
e, range of ballet and modem dance
. -repertoires in their own inimitable
style — a lighthearted take on
"serious" dance, exploiting foibles,
, exaggerating incongruities. Along
I . -the way, these men in tights endear
^themselves to the uninitiated and win
.... converts among the intimidated. And amid
all the jokes, these guys can really dahee.
At Bass Performance Hall, Fourth and Calhoun
Streets, Fort Worth. 8 p.m. on Mar. 8. Tickets $16-
i $40. 888-597-7827.
Tap Dogs, the international phenomenon
organized by Australian choreographer Dein Perry,
proves that real men do dance. Inspired by Perry's six-
year stint as a mechanic, Tap Dogs takes six macho per-
formers, places them amid rough-hewn, industrial ramps
and scaffolding — and turns the world of tap upside down.
The result is a pulsing, percussive performance that branch-
es into funk, rock and even hip-hop in an overtly masculine
environment. It's a decidedly blue-collar excursion into a
traditionally white-collar entertainment, but the result is,
as one critic said, "the hottest show on legs."
Presented by Casa Manana at Bass Performance Hall,
Fourth and Calhoun Streets, Fort Worth. 8 p.m. on Mar. 3-4, 2
p.m. on Mar. 4-5 and 7:30 p.m. on Mar. 5. Tickets $24-$59.
Since 1994, Asian and Pacific Islander gay men in
Dallas have had an outlet to meet one another for
support and to socialize. As a result, gay men like
Micni Yamaguchi hove had the chance to become
dose and feel more comfortable in Dallas.
"Our goal is to bring together [Asian and Pacific
Islander] gay men in a friendly, supportive and non-
judgmental setting to promote awareness, visibility
and acceptance of our sexuality," Yamaguchi said.
That goal is held by the members of Dragonflies of
Dallas, and il is throuah their annual pageant that
Yamaguchi was brought into the spotlight as Miss
Dragonfly 1999. ]
Tne Dragonflies was started by University of North I
Texas professor Dr. Chwee Ing Chng when he saw a
need for a group to support the gay Asian identity in
Dallas, Yamaguchi said. Those who nave moved to the
U.S. from another country and do not speak English
very fluently ore especially in need of support, he
And it's working.
"Through our exposure at the Alan Ross Texas
Freedom Parade ana this past pageant, our exposure
is getting better," said Yamaguchi, a Dragonflies
member of two years. "We hao a solid 25 people at
last month's meeting, and it's increasing."
The group meets on a monthly basis, and meetings
are informal, Yamaguchi said. Each month, a new
topic is discussed, which ranges from self-defense to
S&M 101. March's meeting will take up the topic of
Aside from the pageant and the parade, the group
takes part in activities periodically. Every Easter the
group has a picnic in Lee Park while the Dallas
Symphony Orchestra plays, and a camping trip is
planned for October.
Recently, the Dragonflies agreed to volunteer for
AIDS Services of Dallas, the organization that pro-
vides medically-supportive housing at its extensive
campus in Oak Clift.
"The shelter has a few Asian residents, so they
approached the Dragonflies to see if we'd be interest-
ed in hosting one of their home dinners. The group
has agreed to do that," Yamaguchi said.
Although the group is designed to support Asian
and Pacific Islander gay males the group welcomes
anyone "who supports or shares our mission,"
Meetings are held at 5:30 p.m. on either the first
or second Saturday of each month at the Gay &
Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan. For more
information about the Dragonflies, visit their web site
(http://dragonflies.w3.to) or call 214-521-5342,
The next meeting will be held Mar. 4.
—Julian P. Hobson
MARCH 3, 2000
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