Drag queens and dancers and drinking--oh my!
There's blood in the water and the sharks are circling. Sometimes it's too easy. Sometimes the joke writes itself. "So some drag beauty queens and senior tap dancers walk into a bar..." And sometimes even a shameless opportunist has to blink when faced with genuine, self-aware sentiment. So the Miss Legacy Beauty Pageant is an event that's quite literally a drag queen contest featuring badass old people tap dancers. Choose your own punch line, but know that hell awaits if one chooses to target either noble demographic. Beyond the bewildering situation, the end result is that of acceptance, hope and fun: The Dallas Tap Dazzlers are cutting a rug this Sunday evening at the Miss Legacy Pageant, which is a benefit that advances HIV/AIDS research. It's 8 p.m. at the Round-Up Saloon at 3912 Cedar Springs Road, and it's free. And rest assured that you haven't just had a John Waters fever nightmare. This is real, and for a real good cause. See them Sunday...and see ya in hell. Visit www.misslegacypageant.com. --Matt Hursh
Be There, See Squares
When I think of quilts, the first thing that comes to mind is my mother's fascination with them. She uses simple words such as "beautiful" and "colorful." But it's the way she says those words that makes them seem so rich. "They tell a story," she says. "They're challenges and are sometimes difficult, but once you put them together you feel accomplished." Her feelings couldn't be more appropriate when describing not only the AIDS Memorial Quilt, but also the meaning behind it. The quilt immortalizes those who have died and brings awareness in hopes that others won't. On July 28 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Goss Gallery, 2500 Cedar Springs Road, members of Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS will announce plans for the largest outdoor display of the quilt since the national display in Washington. Three blocks of the quilt will be previewed at the event, which kicks off the Fifth Annual Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS. Call 214-540-4490 or visit www.lonestarride.org. --Jenice Johnson
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Never mind that the quantum physicists (or whoever is in charge of that) don't quite have the finer points of time travel down just yet. The folks at the Liquid Lounge, 2800 Main St., have it under control. The club will be decked out as The Boom Boom Room in full speakeasy style this Saturday starting at 9 p.m., and there's a secret knock and everything. Organizers promise special events throughout the evening and all the party favors you can cram in your zoot suit. Live music will be provided by Moonshot Radio, Eric Keyes and other swingin' bands. Tickets are $10 at the door or in advance at www.ringsidemusicpresents.com. --Andrea Grimes