VIDEO: House of DIFFA Dallas 2017 — Arabesque

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 at 2:23pm

DIFFA Dallas has posted this 4-minute video of its Arabesque event, which took place last month. See what you missed … or remember what you enjoyed.

House of DIFFA: Arabesque 2017 from DIFFA/Dallas on Vimeo.


Impulse hosts speed-dating event Sunday

Posted on 08 Jun 2017 at 10:20am

Pilikia, a tiki patio bar near Downtown, serves Polynesian-style drinks, so it’s appropriate that an event there would be named for a Hawaiian word.

Well, at least sound like a Hawaiian word.

Kummoniwannalaya (say it slowly) is Dallas’ Impulse Group’s latest community outreach, is a speed-dating event, set to take place at Pilikia on Sunday. The idea is to remove the stigma of one’s HIV status in a friendly, fun and open atmosphere. “When you remove the stigma of HIV from dating, you open yourself up to even more possible Mr. Rights… or summer flings,” says Erik Vasquez, Impulse’s local events director.

The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Local YouTube star Dallas Sheraton will host. It’s free, but get tickets early here.


WaterTower to host free screening of ‘Raid of the Rainbow Lounge’

Posted on 06 Jun 2017 at 12:45pm

Joanie Schultz, the still-new artistic director of Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, announced that the theater company will host a free screening of the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge on July 10 at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.

 The 2012 documentary, by local filmmaker Robert L. Camina, chronicles the events in Fort Worth on June 28, 2009 — coincidentally, the 40th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots that launched the modern gay rights movement — when Cowtown police raided the new gay bar, bludgeoning at least one patron and triggering a national dialogue about police and the targeting of gays. Many local activists are profiled in the film, which won numerous festival awards. The Rainbow Lounge was just again recently in the news when a fire burned down the club, a hub of gay life in Fort Worth.

The screening is planned to coincide with Hit the Wall, Ike Holter’s play about Stonewall, which Schultz added to the theater company’s schedule and which she will direct. Hit the Wall opens July 28.

The free Raid screening will take place at the Magnolia at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with Schultz and Camina. Seating is limited, and on a first come, first served basis.


Gordon Young on being an openly gay artist in Dallas through the years

Posted on 05 Jun 2017 at 3:40pm

Gordon Young

Eric Miller with the Art After X project recently shared this video of openly gay Dallas artist Gordon Young talking about his life and his art with Dallas Voice, and agreed to let us share the video with our readers.

With the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, November 1963 was a turning point for Dallas and the country. And while the art scene here in North Texas was shifting to a more national and international perspective, the local art scene remained vibrant and unique. So, “With this in mind, we have begun a project to look not back at the art scene in Dallas, but foreword from 1963. We are interviewing gallery owners, curators and others involved in the art scene then, but this will be a story told mostly through interviews with artists active in the city from that point into the 1980s,” according to the Art After X project leaders. The final product will be a book with a video component.

Watch this interview with Young, then visit Art After X’s Vimeo page for more.

Gordon Young Studio Visit from Art After X on Vimeo.


Drama Desks awarded, Tonys next

Posted on 05 Jun 2017 at 10:24am

Last night, New York’s Drama Desk Awards were presented, with North Texas’ Michael Urie serving as host, in a rough preview of what to expect from the Tony Awards this coming Sunday.

Unlike the Tonys, the Drama Desks — which were founded by theater critics and journalists — award both Off- and Off-Off-Broadway productions, as well as Broadway. Therefore, shows that open in New York Off-Broadway one year and on the next are often recognized by the Drama Desks before the Tonys. For instance, this year’s Drama Desks for outstanding music and  lyrics went to David Yazbek for The Band’s Visit, which won’t open on Broadway until the fall. He defeated Come from Away, one of the frontrunners for this year’s Tonys. (Bandstand, which is produced in part by Dallas’ Terry D. Loftis, won two awards.)

The Drama Desks also present more awards than the Tonys, and in some unique categories, like solo performance and projection design. Oddly, Laura Linney and Cynthia Nixon won respectively for actress and featured actress in a play for The Little Foxes, in which they alternate performances in the leading and supporting roles, which should make them eligible in the same category. They are submitted similarly for the Tonys.

Here are the winners:


Outstanding Musical: Come from Away

Outstanding Revival: Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Director (tie): Rachel Chavkin, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812; and David Cromer, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Actor: Andy Karl, Groundhog Day

Outstanding Actress: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actor: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Outstanding Featured Actress: Jenna Colella, Come from Away

Outstanding Book: Irene Sankoff and David Hein, Come from Away

Outstanding Music: David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Lyrics: David Yazbek, The Band’s Visit

Outstanding Orchestrations: Bandstand

Outstanding Choreography: Andy Blankenbeuhler, Bandstand

Outstanding Costume Design: War Paint

Outstanding Set Design: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Lighting Design: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812

Outstanding Sound Design: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812


Outstanding Play: Oslo by J.T. Rogers

Outstanding Revival: Jitney

Outstanding Director: Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jitney

Outstanding Actor: Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Outstanding Actress: Laura Linney, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Featured Actor: Danny DeVito, The Price

Outstanding Featured Actress: Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Outstanding Music in a Play: Bill Sims Jr., Jitney

Outstanding Costume Design: The Little Foxes

Outstanding Set Design: The Play That Goes Wrong

Outstanding Lighting Design: Indecent

Outstanding Sound Design: The Encounter


Outstanding Fight Choreography: Sweat

Outstanding Solo Performance: Ed Dixon, Georgie: My Adventures with George Rose

Outstanding Adaptation: David Ives, The Liar

Outstanding Unique Theatrical Experience: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart

Outstanding Revue: Life is for Living: Conversations with Coward

Outstanding Projection Design: Anastasia

Outstanding Puppet Design: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Outstanding Wig and Hair: War Paint


Wings, WNBA celebrating Pride Month

Posted on 02 Jun 2017 at 12:52pm

Dallas Wings’ Allisha Gray, No. 15, faces off against Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus as Courtney Paris looks on, during the Wings’ recent win over the Lynx. Gray was named WNBA’s Rookie of the Month for May.

The WNBA — Women’s National Basketball Association, just in case some of you don’t know — is celebrating LGBTQ Pride Month in June, for the fourth year in a row. And that includes our very own Dallas Wings (watch for special Wings/Pride Month coverage coming soon to Dallas Voice, online and in print).

WNBA President Lisa Borders said the league is “honored and privileged to celebrate the diversity of our fan base,” and that the WNBA “embraces the principles of equality and mutual respect and is always working to ensure an inclusive environment at our games and events.”

WNBA Pride Month includes four nationally televised games on ESPN2: Washington Mystics at the Dallas Wings on June 6 (7 p.m. CST), and Dallas Wings at the Los Angeles Sparks on June 13 (9 p.m. CST). On June 23 Minnesota Lynx host the Mystics (7 p.m. CST), and on June 29, the Connecticut Sun hosts the Seattle Storm (7 p.m., CST).

WNBA has also announced a collaboration with GLSEN (Gay Lesbian Straight Education Network) and Fanatics, in which fans can choose from an exclusive line of Fanatics-designed Pride T-shirts featuring WNBA or NBA team logos. A portion of the proceeds will benefit GLSEN, and the league will donate $10,000 to help support GLSEN’s efforts to create safer and more inclusive school environments for all students.

Throughout June, teams will offer special ticket packages and in-arena experiences for Pride-themed games. There will also be community outreach and activation with local Pide groups, festivals and parades, with team activities will be showcased on WNBA and NBA Cares social media channels with the hashtag #wnbapride.

That includes, for the second year in a row, the WNBA, NBA and NBA Development League marching together and having a float in the New York City Pride March on June 25.

(Dallas and Fort Worth both stage their LGBT Pride parades and events in the fall — September in Dallas and October in Fort Worth. Dallas Wings representatives have said the team plans to participate in the local Pride celebrations then.)

Dallas Wings stand at 3-2 going into tonight’s game against The New York Liberty, at Madison Square Garden. The Liberty are 2-3 on the season. Wings play the Indiana Fever (2-4) on Tuesday in Indianapolis, and are back home in College Park Center in Arlington to host the Washington Mystics (4-2). Next Friday, the Los Angeles Sparks (3-2) come to College Park Center.

For a complete Dallas Wings schedule, go here. For tickets, go here.

Additional information on team events and celebrations can be found at The 2017 WNBA regular season runs through Sept. 3. For more information on the WNBA, game tickets and the full 2017 Twitter live stream schedule, visit



Vote for your favorite Bar Star

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 at 3:34pm

Greg Castillo

Greg Castillo from the Round-Up Saloon will travel to Key West to compete for the Number One Bar Star.

Stoli and Bayou Rum traveled across North America to search for the country’s top bartenders. Castillo was chosen as best in Dallas and will compete in Key West for the national title.

Vote for Castillo as our fan favorite. Whoever wins fan favorite gets immunity from elimination from the first round and is automatically entered into the finals on the main stage on June 10.

If he wins, prize money will go to his selected charity — Legacy Counseling Center.


Grove gone, but Orno emerges

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 at 12:23pm


The more things change… Cedar Grove, restaurateur Tim McEneny’s replacement for Dish at the ilume, only lasted about a year, having closed suddenly the day after Memorial Day. That could have left The Strip shy one eatery. But no sooner did Cedar Grove close than has a new dining option opened up along Cedar Springs.

Announced a few weeks ago, Orno takes over the space that most recently housed Winslow’s Wine Bar (and was once the popular coffeeshop Buli). Conceived by Nael Rodriguez as a menu of small or shared plates (most $7–$12), it offers a light bill of fare such as sandwiches, salads and flatbreads, plus a selection craft cocktails and wines.


‘Sordid’ blowout tonight at Texas Theatre

Posted on 01 Jun 2017 at 10:42am

Sordid-Wedding-4Since it opened in April at the Texas Theater to preview the USA Film Festival, A Very Sordid Wedding has been a big draw in Dallas. Tonight, it concludes its run at the historic Oak Cliff moviehouse with a blowout double feature. Festivities start at 7 p.m. with a screening of what started it all: The original 2000 film Sordid Lives. Then at 9:30 p.m., you get your final chance for a while to see A Very Sordid Wedding, with producer and co-star Emerson Collins introducing. (Tickets have to be purchased separately for each film.) Come laugh with those screwy, trashy folks from Winters, Texas!


DRAG BRUNCH UPDATE: Victor Tangos sets summer schedule

Posted on 31 May 2017 at 1:00pm

Jenni P will host the first Drag Brunch at Victor Tangos on June 11.

Yesterday we found out that Cedar Grove, the Cedar Springs Road restaurant that has been home to Drag Brunch, closed unexpectedly. And Drag Brunch hostess Jenni P noted that Drag Brunch would be starting up soon at Victor Tangos, a popular Knox-Henderson area restaurant.

We reached out to Victor Tangos’ general manager, Heather Borges, and she confirmed her restaurant’s Drag Brunch schedule. Here’s what she told us:

“We had no idea that Cedar Grove was going to close when we starting planning Drag Brunch at VT’s. We have been big fans of the drag brunch they do and we are so bummed they are closing. In fact, a group of our staff was there just this past Sunday.

“As Cedar Grove has always done Drag Brunch on the last Sunday of the month, we decided we would do it on the second Sunday of the month for June, July and August. We will make a decision later in the summer if we will continue the shows after August.

“The first show is June 11 at 2:30 p.m. Word of mouth has spread very quickly, and we are already on a wait list. The second show, on July 9, will have a 12:30 p.m. show as well as a 2:30 p.m. show. We are currently taking reservations for this day over the phone only at 214-252-8595.

“For the first show, Jenni P will host with performances by Krystal Summers, Tyler Benson and Chanel LaMasters.

“We are so excited to be hosting Drag Brunch and hope that we can offer a fun experience for our guests!”