Pulse owner to announce memorial details May 4

Posted on 25 Apr 2017 at 1:44pm

Pulse (Photo by David Taffet)

The Orlando Sentinel reports today (Tuesday, April 25) that Barbara Poma, owner of Pulse Nightclub, will announce a process for planning a permanent memorial at the club’s location on May 4. The club, at 1912 S. Orange Ave. in Orlando, has been closed since June 12, 2016, when a lone gunman murdered 49 people and injured more than 50 others in the worst mass shooting incident in modern U.S. history.

The Sentinel says that the process “is expected to include community input and, perhaps, a town hall meeting.”

The newspaper also notes that the city has announced plans for Orlando United day, a day of public events to commemorate the massacre, and that Poma has said the anniversary will include two events at the Pulse property — a midday ceremony with community speakers and a second gathering from 10 p.m.-midnight. A resolution has been introduced in the Florida Legislature designating June 12 as Pulse Remembrance Day in the state.

“The resolution, as sponsored by state Reps. John Cortes, D-Kissimmee, and Amy Mercado, D-Orlando, specifically recognizes that gay nightclubs like Pulse ‘carry historical significance and are often recognized as safe havens for the LGBTQ+ community,’ and that the Pulse attack was a hate crime that had disproportionate impact on ‘communities of color,’” the Sentinel reports.

The memorial is a project of OnePULSE Foundation, which Poma established and of which she serves as executive director and CEO. The foundation as been raising money to support construction and maintenance of a memorial, provide community grants to care for the survivors and victims’ families, endow scholarships in memory of each of the 49 victims and, ultimately, create a museum featuring artifacts and stories from the shooting.

Poma said she will introduce the foundation’s board members and the memorial task force project members on May 4.

Poma has said she created Pulse nightclub 12 years ago in memory of her brother John, who died of HIV/AIDS. She told the Sentinel, “Pulse has always been a part of me, but after this tragedy which took 49 lives, it became a part of this community and the world. It’s important that we as a community be mindful and take great care to preserve, honor and help heal.”



BREAKING: WaterTower announces 2017-18 season

Posted on 25 Apr 2017 at 12:01pm

Today, WaterTower Theatre announced its first season under the direction of new artistic director Joanie Schultz, pictured. The five-show main season will include the following:

Pride and Prejudice (Oct. 13–Nov. 5). An adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel, which Schultz will direct.

Elliot, a Soldier’s Fugue (Jan. 26–Feb. 18, 2018). A regional premiere from Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegria Hudes, which looks at the effect of war on a Puerto Rican family.

Bread (April 13–May 6), a world premiere from native Dallasite Regina Taylor. It’s set in Oak Cliff.

The Last Five Years (June 8–July 1). A two-hander musical where a could work out where their relationship went wrong… in reverse. Directed by Kelsey Leigh Ervi.

Hand to God (Aug. 3–26). A Tony favorite from a few years ago, this play tells the story of a young man who allows his Christian puppet to roil his suburban Texas community. Schultz will direct.

In addition, two non-season presentations will be offered. The Great Distance Home, a world premiere conceived and directed by Ervi, will be the theater’s holiday show, Dec. 1–17. Then the Out of the Loop Festival appears to give way to Detour: A Festival of New Work, which takes place March 1–4, 2018.


Victory Fund endorses 2 local candidates

Posted on 25 Apr 2017 at 10:21am

Dallas City Council candidate Omar Narvaez

The Victory Fund, a Washington-based organization that provides campaign, fundraising and communications support to LGBTQ candidates to increase the number of openly LGBTQ elected officials, endorsed two local candidates — Omar Narvaez and Johnny Boucher.

Narvaez is running for Dallas City Council. He’s in a crowded race for the District 6 seat currently held by Monica Alonzo, who is running for her fourth term. Six people are on that ballot in that race, including Linus Spiller who is also gay and has run for that seat in previous elections.

Narvaez is a former president of Dallas Stonewall Democrats, whose endorsement he received. Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance also endorsed Narvaez. He currently serves on the Dallas County School Board.

Boucher is a Dallas ISD teacher who is running for Grand Prairie ISD school board. Dallas Voice ran a profile of the candidate earlier this year.

Early voting began on Monday, April 24 and runs through May 2. Election Day is May 6. Runoffs in races where no candidate receives at least 50 percent of the vote will be held on June 10 with early voting from May 29 through June 5.


‘A Very Sordid Wedding’ adds more Dallas screenings (VIDEO)

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 10:37pm

As I wrote about last week, A Very Sordid Wedding had its Dallas debut Friday at the Texas Theatre, and added more screenings over the weekend, in addition to two more tomorrow. They have all be sell-outs, so the Texas Theatre has already added five more dates, through May 4. The dates/times are: Wednesday, April 26 at 9:15 p.m.; Sunday, April 30 at 6 p.m.; Tuesday May 2 at 6 p.m.; Wednesday, May 3 at 7 and 9:20 p.m.; and Thursday, May 4 at 6 p.m.

If you need even more reasons to see it, check out this clip from the film — a Dallas Voice exclusive.


Black Tie Dinner reveals this year’s beneficiaries

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 3:56pm

CORRECTION: A typo in the press release announcing Black Tie Dinner’s 2017 beneficiaries inadvertently omitted Legal Hospice of Texas.

Black Tie Dinner released its list of beneficiaries for the 2017 dinner that will be held on Nov. 11 at the Dallas Sheraton.

The 19 beneficiaries are:

AIDS Interfaith Network
AIDS Outreach Center
AIDS Services of Dallas
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Cathedral of Hope
Celebration Community Church
Congregation Beth El Binah
Equality Texas Foundation
Lambda Legal
Legacy Counseling Center
Legal Hospice of Texas
Northaven UMC
Promise House
Rainbow Roundup
Resource Center
Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas (SCCenter)
The Trevor Project
Turtle Creek Chorale
Uptown Players

The Human Rights Campaign Foundation is the Dinner’s national beneficiary.

The new beneficiaries are Big Brothers Big Sisters, Rainbow Roundup, Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas and The Trevor Project.

More information in the Friday’s Dallas Voice.


Kendrick Lamar tickets for Dallas show on sale Friday

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 1:31pm

Kendrick Lamar will “bear witness” when he brings the DAMN. Tour to American Airlines Center on July 14. Special guests for the concert will be Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. And if you wanna get tickets, get woke! The go on sale to the general public on Friday, April 28 at Ticketmaster.com. (American Express cardholders can access tickets starting tomorrow.)


Congrats Brandi Amara Skyy!!

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 10:56am

Dallas Voice contributing writer and DVtv in Spayse panelist Brandi Amara Skyy over the weekend announced some big news. We’re proud to share her announcement here with you:

Brandi Amara SkyyI’ve been bursting at my rhinestone seams to share this epic news with all of you!!! I am beyond excited and humbled to announce I won Dallas-Fort Worth Writers Conference‘s first ever #OwnVoice scholarship with my essay published in the Dallas Voice. (If you need a refresher here it is: http://bit.ly/DVonmarriage). i get to attend the May 6 – 7th conference at the Sheraton FOR FREE!! AND THERE’S MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I will be face-to-face pitching my memoir in progress (tentatively titled: The Art of Becoming) to NY Agent Stephany Evans of FinePrint Literary Agency . . . WHOA.

AAAAND!! I will have the honor of Stephanie Klein — author of Straight Up and Dirty, Moose: A Memoir of Fat Camp, and dubbed “The Carrie Bradshaw of New York bloggers” by the NYT — reading, critiquing, and offering feedback on the first 10 pages of my book. WTF? IS THIS REAL LIFE?!?!??!?!

I am seriously (still) at a loss of words on where my writing career is headed . . . and going.

Twenty-three years ago, I saw my first drag queen. I knew right then and there that i was going to be one — despite all the people telling me I couldn’t. And I did. I became the first.

Now, I’m looking over all the books and authors that have changed my life, won Pulitzers, and made the New York Times Best Selling list multiple times and I’m telling myself, “this is who I am going to become next.”

This win and experience are my first steps to becoming exactly that.


P.S. If you’re curious about my book, I’m sending an excerpt to my email gente tomorrow for World Book Day. You can get on that vibe here: http://bit.ly/gentemissives.


DVtv in Spayse: Our April 21 show

Posted on 24 Apr 2017 at 10:30am

The first few minutes of our April 21 show didn’t record, so we — me, Brad Pritchett, Brandi Amara Skyy and Israel Luna — pick up talking about former Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, whose removal from the bench last year was upheld last week by a specially-appointed court of retired justices.

Check it out, and remember to watch us live each Friday at 4 p.m. on the Spayse Station YouTube channel. This next Friday, April 28, we start our new Pet of the Month video, featuring adoptable pets from the SPCA of Texas.

Do you have an idea for a DVtv video? Is there a topic you think we should discuss? Let me know at nash@dallasvoice.com (put DVtv in the subject line).


BREAKING: DSM appoints new president

Posted on 22 Apr 2017 at 12:10pm

A Novice with a lot of experience will now head the Dallas Summer Musicals. But that’s not as crazy as it sounds.

Kenneth T. Novice, who previously ran the Geffen Playhouse and the Pasadena Playhouse, has been tapped by the DSM board to become the new president of the storied arts organization.

For approximately a year, David Hyslop has serves as interim managing director, following the sudden ouster of Michael Jenkins, who had run the theatrical presenter for more than 20 years. Novice’s first official day will be May 1; Hyslop will continue as needed in an advisory capacity.

DSM’s current season continues on May 23 with Circus 1903, then concludes with The Bodyguard in July. Its 2017-18 season kicks off in December with White Christmas; its 2018–19 season will include the acclaimed Hamilton.


OBIT: Kevin Graham

Posted on 21 Apr 2017 at 3:05pm

While obituaries are not normally included in our InstanTEA blog, we are including this here by request, because services are Sunday, April 23, before the next print edition of Dallas Voice hits the street:

Kevin Graham

Kevin Graham, 53, of Pharr and Dallas, passed away peacefully April 20, 2017.

Kevin lived an active life of service and philanthropy. After retiring from software consulting, he built a successful real estate development business and served on many boards of directors for community centers, museums, even a bird sanctuary, while volunteering with numerous non-profits and the Pharr-San Juan-Alamo Independent School District.

Kevin was a friend to everyone, a fitness enthusiast, a world-traveler, and an avid lover of architecture, art, design, historical preservation, and automobiles. A proud Texas A&M graduate he mentored many; his interest in technology and robotics became a passion he shared with many through youth programs in the Rio Grande Valley. He is loved and will be missed by thousands.

A celebration of Kevin’s life will be held on Sunday, April 23, at Sparkman Hillcrest Funeral Home, from 1-3 p.m.m with shared remembrances beginning at 2 p.m.