Sam Smith, the amazingly talented gay British pop star, will be performing tonight in Dallas, the final leg of his limited North American tour. To help get you ready for the concert, we share this video … not of an actual Sam Smith song, but of its parody, “Please Go Home,” which turns the needy-trick meme on its head from the perspective of the guy who made the mistake of hooking up with him. And it comes courtesy of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus, led by our own Tim Seelig! It’s especially good for bear lovers! Enjoy!
If you’re as addicted to American Horror Story as most people I know, last night’s fourth season opener — which, like previous incarnations, follows its own new arc as a limited-run series — probably didn’t disappoint.
This cycle, called Freak Show, owes a lot to Tod Browning’s classic 1932 film Freaks which shows the grotesque and the tender side-by-side, down to the bearded lady (Kathy Bates, affecting a deliciously uncategorizable accent), the Siamese twins (two-headed Sarah Paulson, who may be eligible in both the leading and supporting actress Emmy categories), the tiny person and, natch, the clown … who, in this instance, makes Pennywise seem as harmless as Ronald McDonald. (If the image of that grinning skull-headed killer clown doesn’t freak you out more than Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight, you’ve a stronger constitution that I have. I even waited until this morning to watch the damn thing, as I get easily frightened by toothy murderers in blood-stained yarn-ball tops.)
This is all par for the course with Ryan Murphy, who revels in the unsustainably exaggerated imagery of horror and musical-comedy, which can often be the same thing. While less sexy than Coven (the third cycle), Freak Show‘s lack of subtlety is one of its appeals. Who would ever attend a circus whose entrance was a fanged, grinning face designed more to terrify than to entice? When brutal murders start occurring in the 1952 backwater of Jupiter, Fla., who else would be the chief suspects other than an itinerant band of carnies (something the local police force seems slow to pick up on)? What pair of lovers would have a scary clown walk toward they and say “Hello” rather than run screaming in the opposite direction?
But there’s heart here, as well as gruesomeness. Jessica Lange plays Elsa, the German emigree ringleader of this pathetic traveling circus who is obsessed by stardom and glamour and imagines herself to be P.T. Barnum mixed with Marlene Dietrich. When she sings her number to welcome the milquetoast young man and his domineering mom (Frances Conroy) to the opening night of the show, it’s both wonderful and sad. That’s how most editions of American Horror Story play out: Only bad can come with good.
Q Cinema starts its 16th annual gay and lesbian film festival in Fort Worth with opening night on Thursday, and continuing throughout the rest of the weekend. We’ll have a full write-up of most of the movies in Friday’s edition, but you can also find out about the opening films — Club King and The 10 Year Plan — right here, with reviews from contributor Steve Warren.
Enjoy the festival!
Club King. Club promoter Mario Diaz moved to New York in the ’90s and started planning parties for bars in the East Village. He brought sexy back a decade before Justin Timberlake, and reminded the AIDS-ravaged community how to have a good time, pushing the envelope while Mayor Giuliani was pushing the other way, trying to Disneyfy Manhattan. Ripped off by a (straight) silent partner, Diaz moved to Los Angeles in 2001. They weren’t quite ready for the New York edge he brought with him, but they learned to love it. His Big Fat Dick parties have been a regular event at Fubar for 11 years and Full Frontal Disco recently marked five years at Akbar. He’s also found work acting in commercials and dancing on television.
We learn that — as well as stories about Diaz’s macho father, alcoholic mother and bipolar sister — in this frenetic documentary, which begins with a rapid-fire photo montage that gives you a subliminal impression of drag queens and hot shirtless men having fun. More of these montages are peppered throughout, but even the slower parts between don’t give you a lot of time to catch your breath.
I would find Diaz pretty hot if he didn’t so obviously find himself hot. Even one of his best friends notes he can be narcissistic at times. It’s sporadically interesting and there’s lots of hot manflesh on the screen, but it’s disorganized, and director Jon Bush jumps around too much and encourages Diaz’s vanity to a shameful degree. At the Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Oct. 9, at 6:30 p.m. Get tickets here.
The 10 Year Plan. Two friends make a pact that if they haven’t found lifemates by a set deadline far in the future, they’ll settle for each other. The friends in this case are Myles (Jack Turner, an adorable cross between Ryan Reynolds and Tom Cruise) and Brody (Michael Adam Hamilton). Myles’ 35th birthday is the expiration date for their 10 year plan. Myles is a romantic who scares his dates off by getting too serious too fast. Brody’s a slut who won’t call a guy again, even if he likes him. A month before the deadline, they haven’t changed a bit, except that Myles is now a lawyer and Brody’s a cop. (Cue the nightstick and handcuffs jokes.) Myles is still looking for love and Brody’s still avoiding it. Each has a straight friend at work, one male one female, who will discover each other while our heroes are still exploring alternatives.
There’s one surprising twist and several that are not so surprising on the way to an ending that will surprise no one, except in how sloppily it’s executed. This is the kind of movie writer-director J.C. Calciano (eCupid, Is It Just Me?) specializes in — a passable entertainment for undemanding gay viewers. Once it was all we had, aside from the occasional Brokeback Mountain or Milk. That has changed, but Calciano, like his characters, hasn’t. At the Rose Marine Theatre, 1440 N. Main St., Fort Worth, Oct. 9, at 8 p.m. Get tickets here.
I am a Jimmy Fallon fan, even though I don’t think I have ever watched the Tonight Show since he has been host. And I didn’t watch his other shows before he became the Tonight Show host. That’s because I am old, and I don’t like staying up that late.
I do, however, love watching videos of the skits Fallon gets his guests to participate in. The lip-sync battles crack me up. And I just discovered his does a semi-regular skit called “Ew!” in which he and a guest dress as teenage girls and talk about everything that is “Ew!”
Well, now Fallon and will.i.am have teamed up to create a rap called “Ew!,” and turn it into a video. It’s a good way to start your day off with a laugh. Several laughs, in fact.
You can watch it here on Instant Tea for free, but consider downloading the song from iTunes — cost is $1.29 — because all proceeds benefit SeriousFun Children’s Network, which “create[s] opportunities for children and their families to reach beyond serious illness and discover joy, confidence and a new world of possibilities, always free of charge,” and the i.am.angel Foundation, will.i.am’s foundation that strives to “transform lives through education, inspiration and opportunity.”
Here it is. Enjoy. (Oh, and watch more than once. You can’t catch it all first time through.)
When you think of Nick Jonas — and let’s face it, you’ve been thinking a lot about him lately — a few things come to mind: the straight-edged Jonas Brother. The sexy Jonas Brother. Former flames Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez. His abs.
Per his handlers, two of those topics were off-limits during our reporter Chris Azzopardi‘s chat with Nick, but so what? Ever since he posted a salacious Instagram pic of his fit, V-cut torso in 2013, it’s been ab this, ab that. The 22-year-old BFF to the gay community is also releasing a self-titled, post-Jonas Brothers album, which he chatted about during our interview, as well as his new series, Kingdom, which debuts tomorrow on DirecTV. And, you know, his abs.
Dallas Voice: You said recently that part of the reason you’re so adamant about reaching out to the gay community is because you don’t feel like the Jonas Brothers did enough of it before. So, is this gay media blitz your way of making up for lost time? Nick Jonas: Maybe! I think my brothers and I did what we could, but at that time, in our career and during that moment in our lives, it was pretty crazy. We had so much going on that we were, I think, just trying to stay on top of everything. I’ve had a little time prior to the promotion [of this album] to establish exactly what I want to say, who I wanna talk to and the steps I wanna take.
Did the lack of gay media have anything to do with your handlers? Were people telling you not to do gay press to maintain your conservative Disney image? To be honest, I don’t think it was that. I think if we had wanted to make an effort there it wouldn’t have been an issue. It was important and it is important to me, and it’s also important to me as I transition into acting.
I’m on a show called Kingdom where my character goes on a pretty interesting journey. I can’t give anything away — no spoilers — but it’s been fun as an actor to be willing to go to that place. I love playing this role that I play, and I’m excited for the audience to go on this journey with me.
Considering you’ve revealed there’s a nude scene, we are also excited to go on this journey with you. What’s it like shooting a nude scene? It’s pretty bizarre. The way you have to go into it… it’s not real. As actors, it’s our job to tell these stories, and with a show like Kingdom, you go the extra mile and push the boundaries and keep it very real. So, in that moment, it’s just about telling the story the best way you can while trying to be honest. As far as any of the physicality goes — or nudity or sex scenes — it’s just about knowing that it isn’t real.
Thousands of people participated in LifeWalk on Oct. 5. The total raised will be announced after money from final fundraisers and corporate matches are collected and should top $500,000. Photos by Erin Moore and Chad Mantooth.
It’s been an Oak Lawn institution almost as long as Dallas Voice: Parigi, the French-themed, Italian-influenced bistro. There have been only three owners throughout its three decades, and two — founder Andree Falls and current chef-owner Janice Provost, who’s helmed it for 13 years —were present at the event, which was packed with long-time patrons and well-wishers enjoying Provost’s mini grilled-cheese-and-tomato-basil-soup, lobster sandwiches and deviled eggs. Congrats, Parigi!
The annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser came back to North Dallas, and honestly, every burgers and wine pairing was stellar. Here are some of the creations, their creators and guests.