DJ Benson Wilder
Spins at the Dallas Eagle, Purple Party 2018.
Benson Wilder wanted to be a DJ since he was a teenager, buying (and making) mix tapes and CDs at flea markets. And for the last decade, that dream has been a reality. He’s forged his tastes from Miami to San Francisco to NYC, but lately, crowds show up to hear his dance beats at the Dallas Eagle, where he’s a resident DJ well known for his We Love the ’90s sets on Sundays. But Wilder also enjoys funky club tracks on Friday nights and tribal/house on Saturdays or at circuit events, like the Purple Party, where he will be featured entertainment later this spring. That’s a sweeping resume, but the end result is usually the same: Happy, sweaty men dancin’.
— Arnold Wayne Jones
3014 Throckmorton St.
Open daily 4 p.m.–2 a.m.,
after-hours until 4 a.m. • 214-559-0707 SueEllensDallas.com.
Sue Ellen’s is undoubtedly an institution in the LGBTQ Dallas scene — a home for the ladies to bond, dance and drink. But in today’s conversation, its status as a haven for women is even more important. This is a place where sisterhood thrives … and not just for lesbians. All women can let their hair hang down (and maybe other things hang out) where dudes aren’t in the way being, well, dudes. Instead, Sue’s is a celebration of feminism across the spectrum — gay, straight, nonbinary, trans — and we should never stop celebrating that.
— Rich Lopez
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