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Editor In Distress

Well, this is the last time I’ll be writing an “editor in distress” column for Metro ANE. It was a fun two years. In my younger days I did my own magazine called “So,Why Worry?” and never thought I would have my hand in a magazine with this size of a following. I’ve met and interviewed quite a few people that I probably would have never met if I wasn’t working here at Metro. I’ve got a few unfinished reviews and an interview, so you’ll read my writing for a little longer, but after that we shall see. I want to thank my contributors that I recruited for writing for me for free and sometimes beer. I hope to still read you in the paper. It’s funny that I’m leaving Metro almost two years exactly after I left my previous job. I got paid a lot more there, but I wasn’t happy so when asked if I would like to work at Metro I jumped at the challenge. I was scared about leaving my job, but I loved to write. Metro ANE gave me the chance to get paid to write. Sadly, I learned writing because it’s my job is no fun. I didn’t quit my job. I was let go, but I’m not sad or angry cause I was ready to go months ago, but I stayed for some of my co-workers, who are also good friends. Change in my life is needed and I’m ready for the challenge. Goodbye, -Gil Tha Thrill (Picture by Scotty Mankoff)

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THOUGHTS ON CHEER (AS IN BOOZE, NOT HOLIDAY) OR, The Value of a Drink "Sometimes when I reflect back on all the wine I drink I feel shame. Then I look into the glass and think about the workers in the vineyards and all of their hopes and dreams .. If I didn't drink this wine, they might be out of work and their dreams would be shattered. Then I say to myself, "It is better that I drink this wine and let their dreams come true than be selfish and worry about my liver." ~ Jack Handy WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may leave you wondering what the hell happened to your bra and panties. "I feel sorry for people who don't drink. When they wake up in the morning, that's as good as they're going to feel all day. " ~Frank Sinatra WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may create the illusion that you are tougher, smarter, faster and better looking than most people. "When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading." ~ Henny Youngman WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may lead you to think people are laughing WITH you. "24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." ~ Stephen Wright WARNING: The consumption of alcohol may cause you to think you can sing. "When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. So, let's all get drunk and go to heaven!" ~ Brian O'Rourke WARNING: The consumption of alcohol is a major factor in dancing like a retard. And saving the best for last, as explained by Cliff Clavin of Cheers. One afternoon at Cheers, Cliff Clavin was explaining the “Buffalo Theory” to his buddy Norm. Here's how it went: "Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers."

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Live Shows and Events Double-Wide (www.myspace.com/thedoublewidebar) Tue. 12/15: True Widow DJ Set O’RILEY’S (www.myspace.com/orileys2003) Fri. 12/11: Fenning, 40 Rock, Last 16, Scrap Iron, Cold Steel Sat. 12/12: Kevins Head, Deep South Union, Wolfeblitzer, Revengence, Anubium Reno’s Chop Shop (www.myspace.com/renoschopshop) Every Wednesday: DJ Virus spins 80’s Every Thursday: Jerry Rutherford Spins Rock Fri. 12/11: Hope Has Failed Us, Holy Hell Rod Sat. 12/12: Pimpadelic, Sweet Texas Crude, Alapeno Lola’s Saloon (www.myspace.com/lolasfortworth) Fri. 12/11: The Me-Thinks, Max Cady, The Dangits, The Hochimen Sat. 12/12: The Gourds SKILLMAN STREET BAR (www.myspace.com/skillmanstreetbar) Fri. 12/11: Free show w/ Jackknife, Sever Display, Fighting Chance Sat. 12/12: S.A.O., Alloy, Mojo Voodoo, Check the List, Final Level, 3 Sun. 12/13: Alexa Machine & High Speed Dubbing Recording Studio presents: BATTLE OF THE BANDS Poor David’s Pub (www.poordavidspub.com) Wed. 12/09: Brittany Shane Thu. 12/10: Uncle Lucious Fri. 12/11: Lil’ Brian and the Zydeco Travelers Sat. 12/12: Red River Mudcats, Harber Miller Babd The Curtain Club (www.curtainclub.com) Fri. 12/11: Matt Brodeur, Language Room, One Red Martian, Life Fantastica Sat. 12/12: Redefine, SixtyTwo, Kennedy, Subject Untitled The Liquid Lounge (In The Curtain Club) Fri. 12/11: SaintKarla, Surprise Surprise, J. Sprang, The Last Romantica Sat. 12/12: The Salutation, King Of The Rabbit Trail, B. Hamp, T-Willz LAKEWOOD BAR AND GRILL (www.lbgdallas.com) Wed. 12/09: Emmeline, Hormones, Orange Peel Sunshine and Jokersdeck Thur. 12/10: Lovie, The Monco Poncho and The Burgundys Fri. 12/11: Cover Brothers Sat. 12/12: 3rd Wave and Revolution Garden Party Sun. 12/13: Sunday Afternoon Jazz w/ Trella Hart Tue. 12/15: Lakewood Idol Karaoke

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SONS OF HERMANN HALL (www.sonsofhermann.com) Tue. : Blues ‘n’ the Night Wed.: Swing Dance Thu.: Electric Campfire Acoustic Jam Fri. 12/11-Sun. 12/13: Randy Brodax & Friends Christmas Art Show and Sale

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THE PEARL (www.pearlatcommerce.com) Wed. 12/09: Rick Yost and The Sofakings Fri. 12/11: Buster Brown Band Sat. 12/12: Michael Burks Mon. 12/14: Miss Marcy and Her Texas Sugar Daddies Tue. 12/15: The Rebel Alliance Jazz Ensemble MUDDY WATERS ( w w w . m y s p a c e . c o m / muddywatersonliveoak) Fri. 12/11: Fish Fry Bingo Sat. 12/12: Pride Of Texas THE GOAT (www.myspace.com/goatsblues) Wed. 12/09: Karaoke with Snake Thu. 12/10: Pete Barbeck Jam Fri. 12/11: Nicole Fournier Sat. 12/12: Luau Larry & The Sand Crabs Sun. 12/13: Karaoke w/Carmen Mon. 12/14: Tony DeCicco, Perry Jones Jam Tue. 12/15: Kenny Barker Band THE LOUNGE ON ELM STREET (www.myspace.com/theloungeonelmst) Wed. 12/09: DJ Sista Whitenoise Thu. 12/10: Adam Arcuragi, The Patient Patient, Ryan Cade Sun. 12/13: DJ Rob Viktum Tue. 12/15: DJ El Macho THE PALLADIUM BALLROOM (www.thepalladiumballroom.com) Mon. 12/14: The Boxmasters: Billy Bob Thornton & J.D. Andrew, Mike Shipp RIDGLEA THEATER (www.ridgleatheater.com) Fri. 12/11: Nine Year Sacrifice, Silhoutte, Dark Side of Daylight, Carotid Sat. 12/12: Circle II Circle, Helstar, Cage, Warbeast, Earthrot Mon. 12/14: Winds of Plague, Stick to Your Guns, Sleeping Giant RUBBER GLOVES REHEARSAL STUDIOS (www.myspace.com/rgrs) Wed. 12/09: DJ Leeds 80’S Dance Party Thu. 12/10: Gutterth Presents Sleep Whale, Dust Congress, Eyes & Ears Fri. 12/11: The Dutchess And The Duke, Greg Ashley, Fergus and Geronimo Sat. 12/12: Oso Closo Christmas Show Tue. 12/15: Phobia, Akkolyte, Kill The Client, Life Erased, Releaser

The one and only GWAR graced television screens yet again this past Monday December 7th. The fine folks over at Fuel TV’s “The Daily Habit” had no idea what they were in for when they invited the Scumdogs of the Universe to perform on their show. If you want to see this amazing performance for yourself, make sure you check your local listings for Fuel TV and see what channel “The Daily Habit” airs on in your market. "The Daily Habit" is FUEL TV’s first original daily series, telecast weeknights at 9:00 pm ET (6:00 pm PT) while re-airing later in the evening at 12:00 am ET (9:00 pm PT), and the following weekday at 2:30pm ET (11:30am PT) and 5:30pm ET (2:30 pm PT). “The Daily Habit” encompasses the world of the action sports enthusiast, mixing the best in pop culture with today’s top action sports personalities, cutting-edge music, product reviews, and comedy. GWAR ripped through a set of new tracks from their brand new opus Lust in Space including “Let Us Slay” and “Lords And Masters”. The wart covered front thing of GWAR Oderus Urungus had the following to say about the performance, “Recording these songs for FUEL TV’s “The Daily Habit” was truly an amazing event, as something unheard of in the history of GWAR occurred! No, we didn't fight a dinosaur...no, I didn't get my brain removed from my skull...and no, I didn't appear on FOX News (though I will again on Dec. 14th)...no, something much more astounding took place...WE ACTUALLY GOT UP AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING." GWAR’s 25th Anniversary epic of earthen escape “Lust in Space” is undeniably still out on Metal Blade Records.

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All I want for Christmas is to go see the Brain Setzer Orchestra’s Christmas Rocks! Extravaganza this Saturday, December 12t at Winstar casino just across the Red Riover... well, and to win big on the Elvis Presle slot machine! Having been a fan of his since the early days of the Stray Cats through his big band turn in the 1990s, the lounge lizard in me has never had the chance to catch him live until now. “Mr. Surfer Goes Jazzin’” has been nominated for a GRAMMY in the “Best Rock Instrumental Performance category, making it Brian’s 9th nomination. He has won three times, so his highly-anticipated Songs from Lonely Avenue is sure to be one to bet on! His orchestra is anchored by drummer Tony Pia and bassist Mark Winchester. The woodwind and brass players have had some turnover during the years but some of the more prominent members include bass trombonist Robbie Hioki, sax player

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Vincent Trombetta, and trumpeter Kevin Richardson. I can’t seem to find any info on the web as to who else will accompany Mr. Setzer on stage... but I did read that, besides the big band music, chances are he will strip down to himself, bass and drums and rock the room with some Stray Cats tunes!!! I want to bid fond adieu to Gil “ThaThrill” Russell. He was the guy I could always count on to go with me the strip clubs on sales calls (believe it or not, we’ve had some hellacious fun times, much to m surprise). He’s not onl a great gu, but a good friend. I will miss working with him but we both know that our friendship will keep on keepin’ on. -YRS4

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METRO ANE SPORTS Not all, no. But the machine, my friends, she don’t run so good when the bad is in a key spot. Nothing appears to have changed with the offensive play calling and the reason why is enough to chill your bones, like that norther that just blew through. Well, now, it’s just been one heck’uva week for ya’ll, ain’t it. Bad enough we got locals and nationals that can only plate up disrespect for our Texas teams, but we had to go and get a freeze spell to pass through on us. And that mercury plunging down is gonna take the breath out of all kinds of things. The freeze gets rid of the undesirables (tics, chiggers, and other crawly gnawly things), but December’s haunted month is gonna nail some players and coaches. Ah, you guessed I’m referring to the Cowboys. I know that kinda talk done spook some of you. They’s this big thought out there that certain superstitions she come and she go, and if she kisses you on the forehead, man, you don’t know how long you gonna be out. Yeah, baby, if you believe this December stuff then you believe in dat strange hot wind comin’ out the hot South. You be getting’ set up big time for da fall. Too bad we got the Chargers comin’ to the house next and not the Saints. My friends, I’m gonna tell you what the left side of your head already know and what the right side don’t wanna hear: it ain’t December. It’s this team. And these coaches. And most especially, this owner and his hierarchy. Bad decisions. Bad players.

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Our offensive play caller and the rest of the upper management have all come to the conclusion that with the players they have, there’s no choice but to stay with this style of offense. And that’s where the frozen blade drives straight into the heart. The loss to the Giants was NOT one of those “on any Sunday” type deals. And it’s also not the great old standby, “everyone plays their best against us” deal. I mean, so what? Here’s the real deal: week after week defenses are squashing our offense. It’s so basic it’s pathetic: they respect our running game and disrespect our passing game. That’s ok, I guess, because most Cowboys fans do too. Ok, so what that as the players figured out the game was lost they started cringing in advance because they knew, THEY KNEW, they’d be fielding questions about December. They can’t field those questions any better’n they can field the football. As usual the post game player and coach comments include some ludicrous statements. The Head Coach says the loss was due to a tough Giants team regardless of the date, that there isn’t any mental block, and that this December issue is all something the media made up. I’m not sure, but I’m pretty

sure that nobody in the media that I know of is coaching or playing for the Cowboys. And Romo says he and “they” don’t care about the December talk, that December has nothing to do with anything, and that the season will be written when it’s over with no matter what happens in December. Yes, Romo said this. And, my opinion, if he really believes that nonsense, then he needs to start talking with people who actually understand reality and aren’t pandering to him. If he doesn’t KNOW that December matters, that explains a lot as to how he understands the game and his commitment to it. Unless you’re so far ahead of the other teams in your division that you’ve got it locked up, then the season means you play for December so you can play for January. Maybe some of Tx Tech Coach Leach’s comments are on target with Romo too, meaning maybe Tony’s talking with his fat little girlfriends and getting addled as to what’s important. Or maybe he’s been getting advice on how to handle his personal affairs, oops, from his close friend Tiger. Whatever it is, maybe he needs to talk to someone like Aikman as to what leadership and taking control of the offense means. Aikman also commanded enough respect in that locker room that he could draw blood on some defensive players if he thought they were slacking off. I’ve got the right kind of superstition as a player, that is, I won’t shave or change socks or other dumb stuff if I’m winning, and will

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start looking for different things if losing, but December as a month is meaningless per se. December as the end of the regular season IS the most important part of the season. This isn’t baseball where you have to be philosophic and pace yourself over a 160 game regular season. No, it’s HOW you finish the regular season in the standings and confidence that gets you into the post season. Don’t stand up and give me some junk that only 5-6 plays made the difference in that loss. Don’t tell me you ran 55 pass plays because the running game wasn’t doing much. The run wasn’t doing much because Garrett gave up on it, and gave up way too early. I understand the pass will back off a run stop scheme, but for all of Romo’s numbers, that passing game wasn’t that effective, that’s WHY the Giants never backed off stopping the run. Ok, back on September 1st, I made my team predictions for the NFL by division. I’m going to compare where the teams are right now with what I’d come up with. The numbers inside the brackets is where they stand right now. NFC East: Cowboys 11-5 (8-4), Giants 11-5 (7-5), Eagles 10-6 (8-4), and Redskins 8-8 (3-9). Dallas near, Giants won’t make it, Eagles near may pass, Redskins can’t make it. Washington and New York surprise drops, nobody believes Dallas. NFC North: Vikings 10-6 (10-2), Packers 9-7 (7-4), Bears 9-7 (5-7), and Lions 4-12 (2-10). Vikings pass that, Packers near and should

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make, Bears won’t make it, Lions doubtful. Minnesota better than most expected, Bears too many injuries and no receivers, Packers average, which was expected, and Lions better than record.

NFC South: Falcons 10-6 (6-6), Saints 10-6 (12-0), Panthers 8-8 (5-7), and Buc’s 5-11 (1-11). Falcons won’t make it, Saints way past it, Panthers possible, Buc’s out. Atlanta’s drop was a out of the blue surprise, Saints undefeated means we should all head for 34th street, Panthers drop no surprise, we expected Buc’s to be bad, but somehow they got worse. NFC West: Cardinals 10-6 (8-4), 49er’s 9-7 (5-7), Seahawks 7-9 (5-7), and Rams 4-12 (1-11). Cards will pass it, 49ers near, Seahawks near, Rams out. This division playing out pretty close as to what I thought, San Fran had too many injuries. AFC East: Patriots 12-4 (7-5), Dolphins 8-8 (6-6), Bills 8-8 (4-8), and Jets 8-8 (6-6). Patriots doubtful, Dolphins near, Bills won’t make it, Jets near and should. Patriots gave away their defensive players (remember Seymour to Raiders?) and this record reflects that. Dolphins need help both sides of ball but they’re near, Bills need more help than TO could ever give them, and the Jets need Sanchez to get seasoned. AFC North: Steelers 13-3 (6-6), Ravens 11-5 (6-5), Bengals 8-8 (9-3), and Browns 6-10 (1-11). Steelers won’t make it, Ravens won’t make it, Bengals past it, Browns out. Pittsburgh’s drop probably the surprise of the decade, Baltimore runs a close second. Cincinnati’s rise equally surprising especially with TJ going to Seattle, Cleveland worse than anybody expected, but what’d they expect with Mangini? AFC South: Titans 11-5 (5-7), Colts 10-6 (12-0), Texans 9-7 (5-7), and Jags 6-9 (7-5).

Titans won’t make it, Colts blew past it, Texans doubtful, and Jags past it. Tennessee’s drop then rise raised more eyebrows, Indy a bigger surprise, what the hell happened to Houston, and why don’t the Jags want to win in the beginning of seasons instead of end? AFC West: Chargers 12-4 (9-3), Raiders 6-10 (4-8), Broncos 5-11 (8-4), and Chiefs 4-12 (3-9). Chargers near and make, Raiders near and should, Broncos blew past it, Chiefs out. San Diego likes to lose in beginning, get yelled at, and then win games. Oakland is worse than their coach and he’s terrible, Denver is still a roller coaster but better than expected, and Chiefs a rebuilding project. The only real surprise in the NFC is the Saints being undefeated, I mean, who’d a thought that? Greg Williams did that defense a solid and they’ve responded with an all pro year. The AFC has two surprise divisions, the North and South. Nobody would have ever thought Pittsburgh wudda dropped like a stone. They get beat by two of the worst teams, KC and Oakland? And you think Dallas fans are upside down? Baltimore maybe not so much a surprise by losing their defensive coordinator, Rex Ryan to the Jets. What about Cincy not just having a passing offense but Cedric Benson giving them a running game? C’mon, what’s with the South? Kerry Collins is getting the rap for Tennessee’s bad start and that’s just not the case, and Vince Young is profiting from that running game, but he isn’t a NFL QB yet. Indy undefeated with those injuries? If you EVER had any doubts as to how important a QB is to a team, just think if the Colts didn’t have Peyton Manning. Kubiak is probably gone as head coach of the Texans, and who knows if these late wins will save the Jags Del Rio’s job.

NFL Week 14 Thursday night game Steelers (6-6, road 2-4) at Browns (1-11, home 0-5). Go bowling, it’ll be more exciting.

Sunday noon games Worst game of the day: Bills (4-8, road 2-4) at Chiefs (3-9, home 1-5). Their sister: Jets (6-6, road 3-3) at Buc’s (111, home 1-5). Their cousins: Lions (2-10, road 0-6) at Ravens (6-5, home 4-2), and Seahawks (5-7, road 1-5) at Texans (5-7, home 2-4). Mediocre outings: Packers (7-4, road 3-2) at Bears (5-7, home 4-2), Dolphins (6-6, road 2-4) at Jags (7-5, home 4-1), Panthers (75, road 2-4) at Patriots (7-5, home 6-0), and Saints (11-0) at Falcons (6-6, home 5-1). Ah, about time, this is the game to grill for: Broncos (8-4, road 4-2) at Colts (12-0). Indy keeps finding ways to win, Denver’s trying to make sure it hasn’t lost itself. Should be a great game, get the brickets started early. Game of the morning, game of the day: Bengals (9-3, road 4-1) at Vikings (10-2, home 6-0). If you’re not up for this one, even the little blue pill won’t help you. Cincy gets to test itself against one of the strongest NFC teams, and Minnesota gets to try on one of the best passing attacks of the AFC. A person’d almost go spastic waitin’ for this one to start, where’s the green flag?? 3 o’clock games The skunk flew over this one long ago: Rams (1-11, road 1-5) at Titans (5-7, home 3-2). One sided ain’t even a good description for the whuppin’ St Louis fixin’ to get. Two cellar teams that have somehow fought a few good battles: Redskins (3-9, road 0-6) at Raiders (4-8, home 2-4). Heck, just have a beer and forget it. A must win game with plenty on the line: Chargers (9-3, road 5-1) at Dallas (8-4, home 5-1). San Diego can survive well without this one, but Dallas has to have it. Must win games are great, unless it ends up staining furniture in your den.

7:30 game Ah, this one gonna be a goody, put your cushions on the couch and get your afternoon fixin’s ready ‘cause this one’s important for us Dallasites: Eagles (8-4, road 4-2) at Giants (7-5, home 4-2). Who’re YOU gonna root for? Monday Night Football Maybe not a thriller but it’ll be a good game, and the outcome is not certain: Cards (8-4, road 5-1) at 49er’s (5-7, home 4-2). It’s a division game, San Fran plays tough at home, and the Cards this year love to win on the road. This is a rough and tumble one, get your footstool ready to kick. Reader Responses: Two Dogs: You’re crazy to keep saying that the running games are the strongest part of the NFL game, today’s great passers are changing all that, get off the float and on the boat. Nick, Dallas Nick: Check your records, smart guy, NFL teams with 100 yard rushers have won 76% of their games. I’ll float that anytime. TD Two Dogs: The shotgun and spread offenses are tearing up the league, you need to get with it or get ran over. Tom, Dallas Tom: Why don’t you get with it and learn how to play football? You can’t have a running game out of the shotgun and everybody in the world knows it’s a pass so where’s the strategy? QB’s will always have to come out from under center to at least keep the defense partially honest. TD There’s a reason Nebraska doesn’t have a pro team, they need a college team first. And, our ugliest cheerleaders are prettier than your best lookin’ ones. Nah nah nah. TD

Two Dogs: Lose Phillips and make Garrett head coach. Peshar Dallas

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orilla gadgets odd : cool : interesting : insane stuff! Harman Kardon, (www.harman. Touch-sensitive volume controls procom) has released the GLA-55, a high-end two piece speaker system for computer, MP3 player and home entertainment use. Offering versatility in its function, the Harman Kardon GLA-55 is a stylized multimedia focal point, boasting breathtaking beauty, impeccable sound technology and functionality. Combining numerous proprietary technologies to provide the highest audio quality, GLA-55 delivers with astonishing bass and clear accurate sound in any direction. Offering the very best of any 2.0 speaker system in today’s market, the GLA-55 integrates beautifully with home and office décor. Compatible with virtually any audio device with an analog output, (MP3 and CD players, desktop and laptop computers, satellite radio and other home audio systems) the GLA-55 belts out high quality audio while exuding luxury and refinement. From the facets of the bass reflex enclosure and custom copper tubing, to the powerful bass of its Atlas woofers and crystal-clear highs of the CMMD® tweeters, the GLA55 is an expert in both beauty and sound.

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vides an easy user experience; touch both volume controls simultaneously to mute the audio output and touch again to un-mute. From the chrome base to the fully visible audio engine and port, the clear diamond like design leaves no detail unrefined. Expect to pay a cool $999.99 for this cool Christmas Gift.

GET Serious Sam HD Via Steam Today! Serious Sam HD: The First Encounter can be downloaded for PC via Steam (www.steampowered.com). For only $19.99, long-time Sam fans and newcomers alike will get to experience one of the most frantically intense first-person shooters of all time – now with gorgeously updated visuals. Look closesly and you’ll find one of METRO ANE’s own in the credits and expect to find his insane mug secretly hidden in the upcoming Spring release of Serious Sam: The Second Encounter. Voice of Sam by our Friend and Guest Columnist John Dick.

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News, Rumors and Gossip Herald reported. Supreme Court Justice Carlos Fayt said the court would take up the issue.

Meredith Baxter Comes Out Gay

Television mother Meredith Baxter has come out gay. The sixty-two-year-old actress said Wednesday on NBC’s Today show that she has been dating women for the past seven years. “I am a lesbian and it was a later-in-life recognition,” she told Matt Lauer. “Some people would say, well, you’re living a lie and, you know, the truth is – not at all. This has only been for the past seven years.” The “Family Ties” mother became tabloid fodder last month when the National Enquirer reported she was spotted aboard an all-lesbian cruise. Baxter, who has been married three times and is a mother of five, told People magazine that “the thought of being gay never crossed my mind.” “I got involved with someone I never expected to get involved with and it was that kind of awakening,” she said. “I never fought it because it was like, oh, I understand why I had the issues I had early in life. I had a great deal of difficulty connecting with men in relationships.” Baxter called her coming out a political statement, saying on Today, “This is a political act … If anyone knows someone who’s gay or lesbian … they’re less likely to vote against them to take away their rights. I can be that lesbian you know now ...”

Argentina’s Top Court To Decide Gay Marriage

Argentina’s top court on Tuesday announced it would decide on a controversial gay marriage ruling that has halted Latin America’s first samesex wedding from taking place, the Buenos Aires

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The marriage of Alejandro Freyre, 39, and Jose Maria Di Bello, 41, was scheduled to take place on Tuesday after Judge Gabriela Seijas ruled the government’s ban on gay marriage unconstitutional on November 20. Her order only affects the progressive city of Buenos Aires, where gay couples won the right to enter civil unions in 2002. City officials said they would not appeal the court’s decision, opening the door to gay marriage for the first time in Latin America.

U.S. To Host AIDS Summit After Lifting Of Travel Ban

After 22 years, the biennial International AIDS Conference will return to the United States in 2012. The six-day summit has drawn in recent years about 25,000 HIV/AIDS researchers, medical professionals, activists and policy makers. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced the decision to bring the conference to Washington in 2012 during a White House event on the eve of World AIDS Day. During the event, Clinton’s condemnation of laws that criminalize being gay drew applause. “We have to stand against any efforts to marginalize and criminalize and penalize members of the LGBT [Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender] community worldwide. It is an unacceptable step backwards on behalf of human rights, but it is also a step that undermines the effectiveness of efforts to fight the disease worldwide,” she said. Hosting the conference inside the United States was previously unrealistic due to the U.S. restriction on visits by HIV-positive foreigners. The Obama administration, however, has lifted the HIV travel ban. The new rule goes into effect on January 4.

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The First Annual Illuminated Art Car Parade By: Ms. Misha MorĂŞ

Gloworama is the first illuminated Art Car Parade and Party. Downtown Houston glowed brightly with an evening of lights, artists and machines kicking off this holiday season. The first-time event included a VIP dinner and balcony cocktail party overlooking the parade, followed by a fireworks show signaling the beginning of Afterglow, the post-parade shindig. The Rich Latimer Band provided musical entertainment and LD Systems projected 3D mappings onto the face of the George R. Brown before and during the parade - a new technology never before seen in Houston. Gloworama had spectacular lighting, fire and music making this an unforgettable parade. An electrifying procession of illuminated art cars, brimming with light and color made its way down Avenida de las Americas in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center. An incredible, new 3D light show projected on the George R. Brown Convention Center and never-before-seen in the

United States, accompanied the cars and artists as they traveled down the avenue and empty into the George R. Brown Convention Center and bask in the Afterglow. Costumed, illuminated skaters swirled in and out of the rolling procession adding another layer of visual stimulation to the scene. The partying went on late into the night with the AfterGlow, a schmooze in the convention center where the art cars were parked for close inspection and where the Rich Latimer Band played. Art Cars of Houston, Inc. was formed in 2009 to promote art cars as a celebrated mode of daily transportation as well as a sophisticated art form within the City of Houston. Goals include increasing exposure of art cars to more diverse groups, encourage new art car artists/builders and increase participation by established art car artists and owners through a variety of events and workshops.

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SpaceShipTwo (SS2) and its mothership, WhiteKnightTwo (WK2) herald a new era in commercial space flight with daily space tourism flights set to commence from Spaceport America in New Mexico after test program and all required US government licensing completed.

new technology and science base in the United States. Recent research has indicated that 12,500 jobs have already been created by the new space companies; the Virgin Galactic project alone is creating significant opportunities for employment in both the company itself and with suppliers in both California and New

Commenting on the unveiling, Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Galactic said: “This is truly a momentous day. The team has created not only a world first but also a work of art. The unveil of SS2 takes the Virgin Galactic vision to the next level and continues to provide tangible

Burt Rutan, Founder of Scaled Composites added: “All of us at Scaled are tremendously excited by the capabilities of both the mothership and SS2. Today is the culmination of a dream that began many decades ago, was stimulated by Paul Allen’s funding of our X-Prize winning SS1 and then moved forward to commercial reality by Sir Richard and Virgin’s visionary investment in a new future for space transportation”.

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Virgin Founder, Sir Richard Branson and SpaceshipOne (SS1) designer, Burt Rutan, today reveal SS2 to the public for the first time since construction of the world’s first manned commercial spaceship began in 2007. SS2 has been designed to take many thousands of private astronauts into space after test programming and all required U.S. government licensing has been completed.

The unveiling represents another major milestone in Virgin Galactic’s quest to develop the World’s first commercial space line providing private sector access to space using an environmentally benign launch system for people, payload and science. The spaceship draws on the experience developed during the successful flights of SS1 in 2004, which won the Ansari X-Prize for completing the world’s first manned private space flights. The SS2 design will be refined and completed during an extensive test flying program to commence shortly, and it will be an entirely new vehicle capable of carrying up to 6 passenger astronauts and up to 2 pilot astronauts into space on a sub-orbital flight. The unveil itself will take place at Mojave Air and Spaceport as darkness falls on the famous aviation and spaceflight location. Subject to certain U.S. regulatory requirements that will guide the unveiling, SS2 will be attached to her WK2 mothership which was last year unveiled and named EVE after Sir Richard Branson’s mother. In the future, WK2 will carry SS2 to above 50,000 feet (16 kilometres) before the spaceship is dropped and fires her rocket motor to launch into space from that altitude. In honour of a long tradition of using the word Enterprise in the naming of Royal Navy, US Navy, NASA vehicles and even science fiction spacecraft, Governor Schwarzenegger of California and Governor Richardson of New Mexico will today christen SS2 with the name Virgin Space Ship (VSS) ENTERPRISE. This represents not only an acknowledgement to that name’s honorable past but also looks to the future of the role of private enterprise in the development of the exploration, industrialisation and human habitation of space.

Mexico. Approximately 600 people are now working on activities relating to the project and it is estimated that this figure will rise to over 1,100 jobs during the peak of the construc-

evidence that this ambitious project is not only moving rapidly, but also making tremendous progress towards our goal of safe commercial operation”.

SpaceShipTwo will be unveiled after darkness has fallen over the Mojave Desert to the sound of a spacethemed anthem from Britain’s biggest DJs, Above & Beyond. Fittingly titled “Buzz” the track will sample Buzz Aldrin’s original moon landing dialogue. Following the naming by Governors Richardson and Schwarzenegger, the DJs will also perform an exclusive set at the celebration cocktail party which will follow and feature the first ever IceBar in the desert hosted by Absolut and the world famous Swedish IceHotel. All the guests will be protected from the desert cold by designer space jackets supplied by PUMA. Finally, to close off the celebrations, all the guests will have the opportunity to view the stunning night skies using specialist telescopes supplied by Ron Dantowitz of the Clay Observatory whose unique tracking cameras followed SS1 into space during the epic flights of 2004.

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Both WK2 and SS2 represent state of the art environmentally sensitive industrial development in their use of carbon composite materials technology, which has now been identified as a key future contributor to the increasingly urgent requirement by the commercial aviation sector for dramatically more fuel efficient aircraft. WK2 is powered by four Pratt and Whitney PW308A engines, which are amongst the most powerful. economic and efficient commercial jet engines available making it a mould breaker in carbon efficiency. SS2 will be powered by a unique hybrid rocket motor, which is currently under development. The twin fuselage and central payload area configuration allow for easy access to WK2 and to the spaceship for passengers and crew; the design also aids operational efficiencies and turnaround times. The mothership has now also completed a year of rigorous and successful first phase flight testing prior to today’s attachment of SS2.

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... and Other Strange Oddities of the World Woman Makes Threat To Help Boss Make Flight

A South Florida woman has been charged with calling in a bomb threat to keep her boss from missing a flight. An arrest report said a 31-year-old woman was charged Thursday with making a false report of planting a bomb. Miami International Airport officials received a call and an e-mail Wednesday claiming that a bomb was on an American Airlines plane. Police searched the specified aircraft but didn’t find a bomb. Investigators tracked the e-mail to the woman’s computer.

out loud when her name was called. But Turner said unlike some Jefferson County residents, Christ didn’t try to get out of jury duty and was “perfectly happy to serve.”

Man Robbed Of $2 million Bank Withdrawal During questioning, the woman reportedly told police that her boss had been booked on the flight to Honduras, but she had caused him to be late for the flight. She thought the bomb threat would give her boss time to make it.

A man in Taiwan was robbed of more than $2 million in cash that he had just withdrawn from the bank, a police official said on Tuesday.

Murder Defendant to Have Tattoos Covered

A self-confessed neo-Nazi on trial next week in Florida for murder will have a makeup artist cover tattoos he got after his alleged crimes, police say.

Jesus Christ Dumped From Jury Pool

When John Ditullio Jr. goes to court on charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder, he’ll do so without jurors seeing the tattoos he obtained after the day the attacks occurred, The Tampa Tribune reported.

Court officials say a Birmingham woman who changed her name to Jesus Christ didn’t live up to it when she reported for jury duty this week. The woman, previously named Dorothy Lola Killingworth, was sent to Judge Clyde Jones’s courtroom for a criminal case Monday.

Pasco County Circuit Judge Michael Andrews granted a defense motion to hide any potentially prejudicial tattoos, the newspaper reported Friday. A makeup artist will come in every day to cover tattoos of a swastika and an expletive on his neck and a slash and teardrop on his face. Other facial tattoos will remain.

Court officials told The Birmingham News Tuesday that the 59-year-old was excused because she was disruptive and kept asking questions instead of answering them. Efforts to reach Christ for comment were unsuccessful.

Ditullio, 23, allegedly stabbed neighbor Patricia Wells on March 23, 2006, because she was dating a black man. She survived. But a friend of her son that he also allegedly stabbed because he was gay, Kristopher King, 17, died, the Tribune reported.

Court administrator Sandra Turner said Ditullio faces a possible death sentence people there were shocked when the if found guilty of first-degree murder. woman insisted her name was Jesus Christ and some potential jurors laughed

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