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.
Last week was actually National Margarita Day, but we don’t need a reason to celebrate that. We have always liked our margaritas in Texas, and we like spicy drinks, and this is a perfect combo of heat and tequila, with a touch of fruit sweetness to give an island flair.
1¾ oz. Milagro Silver tequila
¾ oz. Orange Curacao
1 oz. mango puree
1 oz. sour mix
2 sliced fresh habaneros
4 drops of bitters
Making it: Pour all ingredients into a Boston shaker, blend, and strain into a salt-rimmed rocks glass; garnish with habaneros.
Sam Smith, the openly gay pop phenom who won an armful of Grammys earlier this month (including best song, record, pop vocal album and new artist), will be returning to North Texas this summer for a concert at the Verizon Theatre on Aug. 17. Tickets go on sale Friday, starting at noon. You can click this link at that time and get your seats!
Nye Cooper, the popular actor and wit who passed away Feb. 9 following a long illness, will be celebrated at a memorial service planned for this Sunday.
Cooper’s friend Sue Loncar, founder and artistic director of Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, organized the event, which will take place at her theater, the Greenville Center for the Arts, 5601 Sears St., at 6 p.m. on March 1. Cooper performed at the theater numerous times, from one of his productions of The Santaland Diaries to the Texas Trilogy to an off-stage role in Marvin’s Room.
“I hope everyone can come,” Loncar said. “There will be a time for anyone to share a story or a remembrance of Nye. And [there will be] an open bar in Nye’s honor … he would like that!”
He didn’t make the final cut for the NFL, but this morning Michael Sam found out he will be on a roster this spring. He’ll be one of the celebrities on the next season (its 20th) of Dancing with the Stars on ABC. The season begins March 16.
Sam will be paired with Peta Jane Mergatroyd on the hit reality show, which has been especially supportive of athletes; fellow former Dallas Cowboy Emmitt Smith even won one season.
Among the other contestants on the season are Patti LaBelle, Suzanne Somers and Rumer Willis.