Street’s Fine Chicken, one of the newer eateries in the gayborhood, launches new service hours, beginning this weekend. Starting tonight, it introduces a late-night, walk-up window, available each Saturday night (the seated area will continue to close at 10 p.m.). Then on Monday, and each Monday after, it will be open for lunch and dinner.
2 oz. Bacardi rum
1 oz. fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz. simply syrup
1/2 oz. creme de mure
Making it: Shake the first three ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice in a Boston shaker. Strain into a glass with plenty of ice. Drizzle creme de mure on top. Garnish with basil sprig and a skewered blackberry.
Last month, we ran a story about Don Jones, who for decades has been the American Sign Language interpreter for the Turtle Creek Chorale. We also mentioned how Theatre 3 was leading a push to sponsor real-time deaf interpretation during certain performances.
Now the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Theater Center are getting into the act as well. In conjunction with the Theatre Development Fund, ATTPAC and DTC will provide open captioning — similar to the supertitles at an opera, with all the dialogue, lyrics and sound effects projected on the side of the stage — at select performances of shows. The first was last Sunday at A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, but the DTC will do it four more times this season: At the new musical Bella: An American Tall Tale (Oct. 6), at A Christmas Carol (Dec. 11), at The Christians (Feb. 12, 2017) and at the world premiere Hood (July 16). ATTPAC is expected to add more dates as shows come available.
Ilume Gallery is now staging its 100th show, a retrospective of the art work and mementos of Jack Evans.
Evans, who died in June, and his partner George Harris are known, among other reasons, as LGBT community organizers who made the front page of the New York Times and appeared in People magazine after the Obergefell marriage equality decision in 2015. At the time of Evans’ death this summer, the couple had been together for 55 years.
Evans’ photography and art has previously been displayed at Northaven United Methodist Church, where the couple attended.
The Ilume exhibit opens with receptions from 6-8 p.m. on Sept. 9 and 10. The exhibit continues through Sept. 17.
Ilume Gallery is located in the original ilume, 4123 Cedar Springs Road.
This past weekend, the Bruce Wood Dance Project — I’m not gonna lie: one of my absolute favorite arts organizations in a city filled with many great ones — held its annual Cocktails and Choreography mixer, where the company previews its upcoming season, which has already been jam-packed (including a trip to the GALA Choruses conference). Attendees were treated to excerpts from a world premiere piece, Klezmer Radio, from guest choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska. That’s just one of three pieces — including a world premiere from artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh and a Dallas premiere from the company’s late founder — that will be on display at City Performance Hall on Nov. 11 and 12. If you book your tickets before next Tuesday (using the code SIX), you can get $6 off tickets … and also get a seat at Mistletoe Magic (Dec. 20), the annual gala fundraiser. Click here for more info and to get your discount.
Chef Blythe Beck loves her babies. Not human kids, no! Her babies. Like her lettuce babies, one of her signature apps. And of course her biggest baby is her Oak Cliff restaurant, Pink Magnolia. (We profiled the path to its opening in an award-winning piece published exactly a year ago.)
Well, the baby is about to have its first birthday (not anniversary!) and mamas Beck and Casie Caldwell are ready to celebrate with a pink explosion in September. This Saturday, Sept. 3, begins with a trip down the pink carpet for a brunchtime kid-friendly party with live music by Whiskey Sour, photos with the chef, face painting, a pick pony (!), cocktails and bites. A portion of the $35 adult cover ($10 for teens; free for 12 and under) will benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.
Then on Sept. 20, Beck will share her Think Pink philosophy for a limited-seating “lunch and learn” event. (As with the b-day party, a portion of proceeds goes to Genesis.) You can secure your spot at both at PinkMagnoliaDallas.com/tickets.
Southern Decadence — also known as Gay Mardi Gras — is New Orleans’ most flamboyant event … and that says a ton. Taking place in the Crescent City over the Labor Day weekend, it’s a sea of twinks and bears, drag queens and leathermen, dykes on bikes and hell on wheels. Still, it truly has grown beyond its “weekend” status, and now begins this Wednesday. And it’s not too late to book a last-minute trip to revel in all the frolic. (I found airfare for about $200 round trip.)
This year’s event — its 45th — has the theme Decadence Takes the World, and the “colors” are ruby red, pearl white, blue sapphire and amethyst purple.
There are tons of things to do, but readers of Dallas Voice can get some special discounts if they book at the Ace Hotel, a 1928 art deco building located the crossroads of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the Warehouse District. If you book here and use the code BLANCHE, you can get a discounted room rate, VIP access for two to shows at its Three Keys venue (which include a Queer Bounce and Hip Hop Night a drag double-header, a Black Decadence seance and more), plus two free drinks on the property.
Movies have Oscar, theaters have Tony, even scifi writers have Hugo. But comic artists? Well, they have Harvey. The Harvey Awards have been around for about 10 years, and recognize artists, writers, letterers, colorists and all the folks who turn pencil drawings and ideas into works of art, political commentary, humor and more. There are 21 categories, like best syndicated strip or panel (nominees this year include Pearls Before Swine and Zippy the Pinhead),best artist (with Batman and Daredevil in the running) and best online comic (including Berke Breathed and Mark Stokes).
Wait a second… Berke Breathed, legendary Texan and creator of the recently revived Bloom County… is up against… Mark Stokes?
Stokes, as regular readers of Dallas Voice know, contributes regularly here with his Drawing Dallas Sketches, profiling ordinary North Texans in amazingly accurate caricatures. (He also designed the Ask Howard author logo.) But Mark also has an online comic strip called Zombie Boy (we wrote about his Kickstarter campaign a few years ago). And it’s his work there that has landed him a coveted slot as a finalist for this year’s Harvey Awards, which will be presented Saturday during Baltimore Comic-Con.
“Win or lose, just being nominated it a real honor,” Mark told me about the thrill of being in the running. “It’s a slightly unreal feeling — this [recognition] is something I’ve wanted since I started creating comics back in the 1980s.”
We’re just excited to know one of our friends is getting a shout-out for work he’s done… then again, we’ve known about his talent for a long time. Fingers crossed, Mark!
Bryan Safi and Erin Gibson, the hosts of the queerish podcast Throwing Shade, bring their live show to Dallas tonight (see our interview here), so we thought it would be nice to welcome these Texans back home with a cocktail named for what they do. Enjoy!
2 oz. Sailor Jerry Rum
Juice of half a lime
1.5 oz. simple syrup
8 mint leaves
Making it: Muddle the simple syrup and mint. Add rum and lime juice and shake over ice. Double strain into a beer mug (or pint glass) on the rocks. Top with the lager. Garnish with lime and mine.