Season’s readings

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 at 6:45am

The best books of 2016 — in fiction, nonfiction and children’s lit Got books? If you were me, the answer would be, “Ohhh, yeah!” Shelves of them, in fact, over the last 52 weeks Here are some of the better reads in 2016, in no particular order. FICTION I’m not sure why, but I couldn’t […]

2016 in entertainment… Stage

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 at 6:15am

Critical rankings of the best of 2016 in screen, stage, tube/online and books  … plus our local Actor of the Year ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com I saw a lot of good local theater in 2016. But great…? Well, that’s a matter of judgment (which is, of course, what I’m here for), but there […]

2016 in entertainment… Screen

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 at 6:00am

Critical rankings of the best of 2016 in screen, stage, tube/online and books  … plus our local Actor of the Year ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com 2016 is the year of Hollywood finally went black, and should never go back. Following the “Oscars so white” controversies of the past two seasons, minority issues — […]

ACTOR OF THE YEAR

Posted on 30 Dec 2016 at 6:00am

While 2016 wasn’t a great year for productions across the board, it goes without saying that individual artists continued to do exceptional work, especially the actors who repeatedly put themselves out there, and into the hands of producers, costumers, directors and others, and trust them do make each other look good. A great performance can […]

Putting the government on notice

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 7:15am

Women’s March on Austin, along with marches in D.C. and around the globe, intend to send a message on equal rights as Trump takes office   Tammye Nash  |  Managing Editor Organizers are expecting between 10,000 and 15,000 people to converge on the Texas State Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 21 for the 2017 Women’s March […]

Don’t set negative goals

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 7:00am

A counseling tune-up may be just what you need to help you start the year right   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer For some of its clients, Legacy Counseling Center has become a home base. And Legacy’s Executive Director Melissa Grove said this is a time of year when she sees a number of […]

Karen Estes was an ally before there was a word for it

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 6:45am

Her name won’t appear on any buildings, though she clearly helped build them   DAVID TAFFET  |  Senior Staff Writer Former Resource Center co-Executive Director Karen Estes died on Dec. 16 following a brief illness. Estes was a straight ally of the LGBT, but she had been an ally since the 1980s — before the […]

The power of 5

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 6:30am

Dezman Lehman’s road from closeted Pentecostal church kid to out-and-proud pop singer Dezi 5 ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com Imagine growing up surrounded by music, but unable to embrace it. Now imagine the same thing, only with your sexual orientation. That’s the background Dezman Lehman faced. Although not reared by his mother, she […]

It’s showtime!

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 6:15am

The annual flood of Christmas movies is upon us, starring ‘Passengers,’ ‘Assassin’s Creed,’ ‘Sing,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Lion’ … and many more The year got off to a slow start for the movies, with only Deadpool, The Jungle Book and The Lobster resonating much, but then things started to look up late summer and early fall. Now […]

Megan Mullally — the gay interview

Posted on 23 Dec 2016 at 6:00am

Tip one back for Megan Mullally, who’s making a move to the big screen in Why Him? after a drove of indie roles, including gay-affirming mom Mrs. Van Camp in 2013’s G.B.F., and a variety of TV stints. But when it comes to the small screen, it’s the 58-year-old actress’ eight-year role on the groundbreaking late […]