Asian Film Fest screens award-winning ‘Spa Night’

Posted on 19 Jul 2016 at 10:27am

SPANIGHTLast weekend, Los Angeles’ OutFest — the LGBT film festival — handed out its awards for the top movies screening there, and two went to Spa Night: A special recognition for outstanding performance by Joe Seo playing a gay Korean-American, as well as the U.S. Grand Jury Prize. If you didn’t happen to be in SoCal for the fest, though, don’t worry — you can actually see that award-winner tonight.

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas has a few days left in its fest, including a screening of Spa Night at the Angelika Film Center at Mockingbird Station tonight at 10:15 p.m.  Seo plays a closeted gay man who discovers the underground world of gay sex while working at a spa. And if you can’t make it tonight, well, you still have a few mores days of screenings of other films to entertain you.

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Drag Star Divas brings in big bucks for Orlando victims

Posted on 18 Jul 2016 at 2:31pm

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Drag Star Divas for Orlando, a show held Sunday night, July 17, at The Rose Room in S4, raised $8,500 in about two hours to benefit the victims of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The event featured more than 30 performers, including Rose Room regulars, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, Mr. Gay USofA winner and even Alyssa Edwards’ Beyond Belief dance team.

Below are photos taken by Dallas Voice’s Chad Mantooth, and even a brief video snippet of a performance by Kennedy Davenport. Watch for more photos in the Scene section of the Friday, July 22 issue of Dallas Voice.

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Kitchen LTO bids farewell… for now

Posted on 18 Jul 2016 at 9:49am
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Casie Caldwell, with former LTO chef Blythe Beck.

The “LTO” in Kitchen LTO always meant “limited time only,” and that limited time has come to an end. The so-called permanent pop-up restaurant, which tagged a different chef every several months to design a menu (as well as an artist to help flush out the decor), closed its doors last night for good … sort of. Founder Casie Caldwell, who was one of the first entrepreneurs to open a spot in the growing Trinity Groves development in West Dallas three years ago, announce that the concept will appear as a series of pop-ups at some time in the future.

Caldwell other current restaurant, Pink Magnolia, continues in Oak Cliff.

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Looking for something to do Sunday? How about a ‘Sordid’ pool party?

Posted on 16 Jul 2016 at 10:03am

Del-Shores-32If you’re looking to enjoy the summer at a pool party and your a movie buff, have we got the party for you. Later this month, Del Shores and Emerson Collins will be in town filming A Very Sordid Wedding, the first-ever sequel to Shores’ cult classic play and movie Sordid Lives (his Logo TV series was a prequel). And if you wanna meet them (as well as WFAA anchor Ron Corning and drag queen Cassie Nova), and support the production, you can buy a ticket ($50) that goes toward the film’s budget and enjoy a beautiful day at an Uptown pool with drinks by Stoli and Sordid-themed ice cream. You can purchase your ticket here.

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Cocktail Friday: The Nostalgic Hawaiian

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 12:21pm
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Nostalgic Hawaiian

I was in Maui last month, and not long after I returned — like, 45 minutes — I started missing the island life. The cool breezes. The coconut candy. The sunsets. And the adult beverages.

Well, I wouldn’t allow myself to forget island life. So I decided to create a rum-based cocktail full of fruity flavors that reminded me of Maui. A friend dubbed it “the Nostalgic Hawaiian,” and I think that fits. It’s a great summer refresher.

1.5 oz. Havana Club Anejo Clasico Puerto Rican rum

1/4 oz. Creme de cassis

2 oz. lilikoi (passion fruit) juice

1/2 oz. mango nectar

1/4 oz. Coco Lopez

Fresh strawberries, de-stemmed

Marachino cherries

Making it: Combine all the ingredients in (plus a splash of cherry juice) a blender with ice. Pulse a few times to blend and froth. Strain into a coupe or margarita glass rimmed with sugar (optional). Garnish with cherries or other fruits.

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EXCLUSIVE: Uptown Players’ 16th season announced

Posted on 15 Jul 2016 at 6:50am

Coy Covington BOWUptown Players, which opens the third mainstage production of its 15th season tonight, has lined up its 2017 slate of productions — as usual consisting of two plays, two musicals and a fundraiser show — but a few curveballs are headed this way as well.

First, the next season will begin at the Kalita Humphreys Theater this November (rather than in 2017), with their first-ever production of Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches (Nov. 4–20). Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer- and Tony-winning reverie about the AIDS crisis is often considered one of the towering theatrical achievements of the 20th century. Cheryl Denson, who direct tonight’s show, It’s Only a Play, will helm it. Uptown Players co-founder Craig Lynch also assures me that the company plans on doing the follow-up, Angels in America, Part Two: Perestroika, the following season.

That will likely be followed in March 2017 by the latest incarnation of Broadway Our Way (March 3–5). The annual revue is a fundraiser for the company.

The next mainstage show will be It Shoulda Been You (March 24–April 9), a romantic musical that ran on Broadway in 2015. At a wedding, secrets are revealed, lesbian relationships unveiled, promises broken and more. The will be followed in the summer by the first-ever UP production of La Cage aux Folles (July 14–30), the flamboyantly joyous and colorful musical about a gay couple who own a drag club and their efforts to hide their business from their son’s conservative in-laws.

The final show of the season will be the regional premiere of Charles Busch’s comedy The Tribute Artist (Aug. 25–Sept. 10). Once again, Coy Covington, pictured, will take over the cross-dressing lead role as a female impersonator whose deception leads to chaotic hijinks.  (This production is slated for Bryant Hall on the Kalita campus, although it may move to the main building depending on the decisions made by the Dallas Theater Center, which retains right of first refusal over the space.)

Aside from the early start to the season, a few other specials emerge. First, Uptown’s Pride Performing Arts Festival will return (right after The Toxic Avenger), to coincide with Dallas Pride. Second,UP will once again team up with the Turtle Creek Chorale for a concert production of a musical — this time, Titanic (May 5–7). It will be performed at the City Performance Hall.

Finally, Lynch said there is “room on the calendar” for a Christmas show in December 2016 (following Angels), although one has not been selected yet.

Individual tickets are $25–$55, and season subscriptions are also available. Visit UptownPlayers.org for more.

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BREAKING: DMA appoints out scholar Agustin Arteaga as new director

Posted on 14 Jul 2016 at 12:17pm

Versión 2Agustin Arteaga, currently the director of the acclaimed Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL) is Mexico City, is the new Eugene McDermott Director of the Dallas Museum of Art, the museum just announced. He replaces Max Anderson, who stepped down suddenly last fall.

“He brings an international perspective to the DMA,” says Catherine Marcus Rose, president of the museum’s board of trustees. He brings more than 30 years of experience to the role.

Arteaga will be relocating to Dallas with his husband, Carlos Gonzalez-Jamie, in September.

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Emmy nominations: What’s gay about ’em

Posted on 14 Jul 2016 at 12:01pm

TRuPaulhe Emmy Award nominations were revealed this morning, and once again there are several nomination of particular interest to the gay community.

Once again Transparent — the Amazon Studios series about a male-to-female trans woman who transitions late in life (and starring last year’s Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor) — is nominated for outstanding comedy series, along with Tambor (lead actor), Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman (supporting actress), Bradley Whitford (guest actor) and Melora Hardin (guest actress). Creator Jill Solloway, who won for writing last year, is nominated again this year as best director of a comedy series. Transparent will compete against some other gay faves: The Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Veep and ABC’s Modern Family.

Leading actress in a comedy series is a powerhouse category this year. Last year’s winner Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) is up against  out actress Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Laurie Metcalf (Getting On), Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) and Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt). Tituss Burgess from Kimmy Schmidt is nominated as supporting actor in a comedy as Kimmy’s flamboyant roommate.

Burgess will be up against Louie Anderson, who gives an amazing cross-dressing performance as Zach Galifianakis’ mom in FX’s Baskets. Andre Braugher, who plays a stiff but gay police captain on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is also nominated, as are Keegan-Michael Key in the now-canceled variety series Key & Peele; previous winners Ty Burrell from Modern Family and Tony Hale from Veep; and Matt Walsh from Veep. In addition to the Transparent women, supporting actress in a comedy includes out actress Kate McKinnon for her many roles (especially Hillary Clinton) on Saturday Night Live.

Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones are the big contenders in drama series (both are former winners). Tatiana Maslany, who plays a number of clones (including one transgender) on Orphan Black, is up for leading actress against Taraji P. Henson in the very gay Empire and Viola Davis in the equally gay How to Get Away with Murder.

Limited series is full of interesting contenders as well, with the Ryan Murphy-produced The People vs. O.J. Simpson going against the second iteration of American Crime, which this season was about a gay teen. Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. are both up for leading actor for People Vs., playing Johnnie Cochrane and Simpson. Out actress Sarah Paulson is nominated as leading actress in the same for playing prosecutor Marcia Clark. Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer and John Travolta are up for supporting actor. Paulson is also up for supporting actress for the latest American Horror Story: Hotel.

RuPaul’s Drag Race finally made it into the final list, with RuPaul up for best reality show host. She’s up against Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night, and others. Gaycation with Ellen Page is up for best non-fiction series.

You can see the full list here. The winners will be announced in September.

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New costume reveal for Kid Flash

Posted on 12 Jul 2016 at 1:39pm

The Flash -- Image: FLA03_KidFlashPub -- Pictured: Keiynan Lonsdale as Kid Flash-- Credit: Cate Cameron/The CW -- © 2016 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.So, I like The CW’s The Flash, although the Flash himself doesn’t quite do it for me. I was spoiled by John Wesley Shipp’s beefcake version of the superfast superhero, so the scrawnier Grant Gustin doesn’t resonate quite as much for me. So I’m delighted to see that The CW has released the first photo of Keiynan Lonsdale — already onboard as Wally West, and now besuited as Kid Flash. Even though he’s also on the leaner side, nonetheless there seems to be a little more “there” there.

Kid Flash debuts with the third season premiere in October.

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WATCH: A documentary series about trans pioneers you really should see

Posted on 12 Jul 2016 at 7:47am

Star3On Thursday, the Emmy nominations will be announced, and among the contenders is a webseries of documentary shorts called We’ve Been Around. Lasting just five minutes apiece, the episodes each have a different narrator, a different subject, but the same style and topic: Pioneers of the transgender community, from Sylvia Rivera and Marsha Johnson’s courage during the Stonewall riots to obscure trans people like gospel singer Little Axe and Civil War soldier Albert Cashier. And what’s great about the series is, you don’t have to wait for it to come on: The entire series is available on the Internet … and you can watch them all here.

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