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Posts from April 2012

  • Two New Spots Aim to Spice Up Houston's Nightlife Scene
    April 26, 2012
    Thirsty Houston? You're in luck. Two new lounges from folks behind popular Austin concepts are set to open soon in Houston. J. Black's (pictured), an upscale lounge that debuted on Austin's West Sixth Street in 2007, is opening at 110 Heights Blvd. The spot on the corner of Washington Avenue was built for, and briefly held, Phil's Texas BBQ. In Austin J. Black's is known for its above-par bites (items like lamb lollipops and crab cakes with remoulade sauce) and extensive...
  • Local Writer Discusses Coming Out on the UT Campus in New Book
    April 24, 2012
    Vance Muse, the communications director at the Menil Collection and an accomplished writer, has an essay in a new anthology exploring live on the University of Texas at Austin campus. Muse writes eloquently about his coming out experience on the UT campus in the early 1970s. He discusses this turbulent time, just a couple years after the Stonewall Riots, when society as a whole was just coming to terms with homosexuality. CultureMap published an excerpt of the essay this week. Muse
  • What's on Your Houston Bucket List?
    April 24, 2012
    Have you heard? We don't have much time left. According to the ancient Mayan calendar, the world is going to end on December 21, 2012. So that got us thinking: If we really did only have a few months left to experience all there is, what would we do in our favorite city, Houston, Texas? On our sister site, we're promoting the Houston Bucket List Project. Learn more about the effort and add your bucket list items now!
  • Pride Houston Announces Grand Marshal Winners at Kickoff Event
    April 12, 2012
    At its annual kickoff event on April 12, Pride Houston announced its 2012 parade grand marshals. Grand marshal nominees in three categories were voted on over several weeks. The winners were: - Female Grand Marshal: Jenifer Rene Pool, a Houston business owner, former City Council Candidate and radio host - Male Grand Marshal: Nicholas Brines, a Houston business owner and former president of Pride Houston - Ally Grand Marshal: City Council Member Ellen Cohen, a former State Representative and
  • Wanda Sykes Talks to OutSmart About...Everything
    April 5, 2012
    How can you not love Wanda Sykes? The lesbian stand-up comic has had a laundry list of cable specials, appeared regularly in several sitcoms, played parts in blockbuster movies and even entertained the president. And when she came out as a lesbian just a few years ago, the barbs only got better. Sykes is appearing live at Bayou Music Center May 12 and to get Houston excited OutSmart magazine interviewed her in their April issue. The article discusses Sykes happenstance rise to fame (it
  • Houston-Native Matt Bomer Headlining Next Week's Glee
    April 3, 2012
    What do you get when just-out TV actor Matt Bomer makes a guest appearance on Glee? Apparently, a lot of sparks flying. Bomer plays Glee regular Darren Criss's (Blaine) older brother, and apparently there's some familial tension. Bomer, a Houston native, came out publicly in February during an awards ceremony. The actor has won acclaim for his starring role in the series White Collar, but with this recent public entry into the gay community, the Glee appearance certainly ups his LGBT...