In this week’s edition, we have an interview with Kelly Clarkson, the Burleson native and marriage-equality proponent who just dropped her latest CD, Piece by Piece, Tuesday. If you like the album, but you still wanna see her in person, you can get your tickets starting tomorrow morning. They go on sale for the Aug. 30 concert at Dallas’ Gexa Pavilion (with her guest act the very gay Grammy winners Pexatonic) Saturday, March 14. Go to Ticketmaster (or just click here) so purchase yours. I saw her last year with Maroon 5, and trust me — she was better than the boys.
The Avengers: Age of Ultron opens in less than two months (May 1), and the probably-final trailer for it has come out, and it’s a departure from the earlier trailers — more dramatic, more specific. Take a look.
TGRA — the Texas Gay Rodeo Association — announced today (Thursday, March 5) the expansion of their spring event, the Texas Tradition Rodeo, Music Fest and Fair.
The four-day event, which will take place at Fair Park, will feature recently-out country singer Ty Herndon performing, in addition to other regional bands and a jackpot barrel race. The TGRA has also added $6,000 in prize money, covering several events including rough stock, speed and roping competitions.
The royalty pageant will take place the same week, starting at the Round-Up Saloon and finishing at Fair Park Coliseum.
The dates for the event are April 30–May 3. Tickets are $20/day or $30/weekend pass. Special VIP passes will also be offered. Learn more at TGRA.org.
This weather is really screwing with the North Texas social scene. Last week’s ice storm postponed Laverne Cox’s appearance at UNT, and now the theater community it being inconvenienced. Opening night — tonight — of WaterTower Theatre’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival has been cancelled due to weather. As of now, it will all pick up Friday, according to organizers. In additional, due to artist scheduling issues, John Leos Creative’s Eating Pavement has been cancelled entire. It was set to be performed March 12 and 14.
The Dallas “preliminary” leading up to the 2015 Original Key West Cocktail Classic takes place tonight (Monday, March 2), beginning at 7 p.m. at the Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road.
Local mixologists competing for the chance to go to Key West to vie for the championship are Dade, John, Rita, Mikey, Mindy and Zach.
Dallas is the first of 14 cities that will hold preliminary competitions between now and May 27. The champs from each city will then go to Key West for the finale on June 13.
The 2015 Cocktail Classic champion will get to ride in the Key West Pride Parade as honorary grand marshall and will also receive $5,000 to donate to the LGBT or LGBT-friendly charity of their choice.
In partnership with the Key West Business Guild, the competition will be hosted by Gallineaux and TV personality Jai Rodriguez. It will also feature a panel of celebrity judges including clothing designer Andrew Christian; legendary funnyman Bruce Vilanch; actress and singer LaToya London; and Key West personality and star of the annual New Year’s Eve High Heel Drop, Sushi.
So go out to the Round-Up tonight and cheer for your favorite bartender and get a taste of what will surely be some fantastic cocktails.
Dallas Voice reader and Diana Ross fan Stephen Braden was the lucky winner of a pair of tickets to see Diana Ross last Thursday (Feb. 26) at Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie. And Stephen was kind enough to share some of his photos of the legendary performer with the Voice, so we can share them with you.
For the second year, Stoli has teamed up with gay mecca Key West for a national search for the best cocktail. Mixologists from 14 cities will compete in the competition, which kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. the Round Up Saloon with local bon vivant Steve Kemble, pictured, and Krystal Summers among the judges. The finals will be held in Key West on June 13. Come root on your favorite bartender, and the first 100 patrons through the doors even get coupons for Stoli cocktails!
Season 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts tonight at 8 p.m., and Dallas drag queen Kennedy Davenport will be working her fierceness on the runway. For how many weeks, we can’t say, but you can meet Kennedy tonight at The Brick, where they will have a viewing party at 8, followed by a personal appearance by Kennedy at 9 p.m. And you can read an interview with her right now here.
Start your engines, and may the best woman … win!