"This is George's phone," said the man, who sounded a lot like Boy George. "Hello, can I please speak to George?"
"He's doing vocals right now. Can I take a message?" replied the man, still sounding like Boy George.
How odd -- according to his publicist, George had not been in the studio but on the phone with other journalists during the past half-hour.
Why would Boy George be doing vocals? We're not being critical of his vocal prowess here; we've got nothing but love for the Boy. It's just that we were under the impression that he was devoting most of his time of late to deejaying.
Yes, George is a DJ, with regular showings in the UK, and this weekend, he's bringing his record collection to Rich's. Maybe the man on the phone meant to tell us that George was busy hitting the decks at the moment, and that's why he couldn't come to the phone. Maybe the excuse was just perfunctory, because George simply was tired of talking about himself. Or maybe the Boy really was singing away.
The world may never know. George has a reputation for being the kind of DJ who plays record after record without doing much mixing. We're not sure what to expect this Friday, but it doesn't really matter. After all, it's Boy George. 9 p.m. Friday, April 30. 2401 San Jacinto. For information, call 713-759-9610 or visit www.richs-houston.com. $15. -- Keith Plocek
Stirred & Shaken
The Spaghetti Warehouse's Warehouse Tea
As I dodged cars on busy Commerce Street, I would have sworn the Spaghetti Warehouse (901 Commerce Street, 713-229-9715) was closed. There wasn't a soul coming or going. But sure enough, the big ole doors were open, and I stepped into a place that seemed forgotten by time. Greg, a young gun with an approachable smile and a friendly handshake, was behind the bar. As he was whipping me up the house specialty, a warehouse tea, a few more patrons finally trickled in. First came a couple of businessmen, then a lady on a cell phone. But the best was a fat, ugly and hilarious family that reminded me of West Texan Beverly Hillbillies. While Ma, Pa and Junior slugged back pitchers of sangria and attempted to shoot a game of pool, Baby Sis fed quarters into the arcade games. "Ya shoot pool like a girl, Pa," heckled Junior. "You had better luck with that stray dog in our front yard!" I practically spit out my drink. Suddenly the music got louder, and around the corner came an animated waiter with an empty tray and a falsetto voice that could've won first place on Star Search. Singing along to "The First Cut Is the Deepest," he danced and primped as only an out-of-work actor can. The family blithely played on. As for me, I settled back with my warehouse tea and waited for the evening's next bizarre episode.
1 ounce Stolichnaya vodka
1 ounce Beefeater gin
1 ounce Bacardi Light rum
1/2 ounce Limoncello
Splash of sweet-and-sour cocktail mix
Splash of Coke
Combine ingredients in cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and pour into old-fashioned soda glass. Garnish with orange slice. -- J.W. Crooker
Sun, Fun and Buns
Hardbodies, take note: Splash Day has moved from Stewart Beach to East Beach, so now the thousands of gay boys and girls who flood Galveston every summer can do their thing with a beer in hand. Alcohol was really the only thing missing from Splash in previous years; buff boys, fly girls and throbbing beats were never in short supply. So, in addition to the usual "sunstroke" excuse, you can now expect your friends to use alcohol as a rationale for bad behavior. Drink up and dive in. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 2. 1923 Boddeker Drive in Galveston. For information, call 832-287-9473. Free. -- Keith Plocek
Souk It Up
Springtime in Houston is such a blessing. Cool breezes and sunshine -- it makes a girl want to shop, festival-style. Ankle bracelets, beaded jewelry, blouses. The ladies of Indie Fashion Exchange totally feel the outdoor shopping experience, which is why they've organized Indie Souk, a Moroccan-style marketplace that will give you a new reason to spend your bill money on yet another pair of silver earrings. Original fashions and art can all be bought at the souk, which will also feature a capoeira demonstration, a drum circle and a DJ. Blame the holes in your pockets on the music. 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 1 and 2. The corner of Alabama and Main. For information, call 281-788-3405. Free. -- Felicia Johnson-LeBlanc