One more try

Posted on 23 Mar 2017 at 7:45pm

A major new work from artist Damien Hirst pays tribute to George Michael The news last Christmas that music icon George Michael had died unexpectedly shuddered a lot of people worldwide, but perhaps no more palpably did it hit than here in Dallas, where Michael and once made his home. Although he has his partner […]

The Mizer effect

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 6:15am

The photographer who established the gay sensibility for masculinity Ever wonder where your ideal of the male physique came from? Chances are, it’s Bob Mizer. Oh, sure, you like to think you arrived at your concept of male beauty by natural selection, but Bob Mizer — who died in 1992, at age 70 — probably […]

Gender studies

Posted on 13 Jan 2017 at 6:00am

Trans issues addressed through an audiobook and photography Beast by Brie Spangler, read by Andrew Eiden (Blackstone Audio c.2016) $34.95 8.5 hours, 7 CDs. In its most basic description, it’s a muscle. Nothing computerized, no easy-to-follow instructions or list of parts. Nope, it’s a muscle — a dub-thumping, miraculous group of cells beating when you […]


Posted on 09 Dec 2016 at 7:35am

Gamechangers: The Unsung Heroines of Sports History by Molly Schiot (Simon & Schuster 2016) $25; 310 pp. Growing up, Molly Schiot “thought only men could be champions.” Most popular sports-themed movies indicated as much; so did TV shows. Few tales of women in sports were widely known, so Schiot, a Hollywood director, searched until she […]

Fun homo

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 at 6:30am

Out cartoonist Alison Bechdel never thought a musical could be made out of her tragicomic memoir ‘Fun Home.’ Her evolution from neophyte to true believer For all her newfound commercial clout, it might seem strange that Alison Bechdel recently returned to her less-mainstream roots. Even though her self-described tragicomic novel Fun Home has become a […]

Go nuts

Posted on 09 Dec 2016 at 6:00am

This year, we need a little Christmas, and TBT’s ‘Nutcracker’ fits the bill By almost any metric, 2016 has been a rough year. From elections to celebrity passings, the specter of grimness has loomed ominously. Which is why, sometimes, you just want to be filled with joy. Joyous is the word for Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. […]

Making merry

Posted on 02 Dec 2016 at 7:25am

Gay artist Kevin Kloppenburg turns paper into hand-crafted art — especially for the holidays SCOTT HUFFMAN Contributing Writer For most, the Yuletide season kicks off the day after Thanksgiving. For out artist Kevin Kloppenburg, however, every day is Christmas. Throughout the year, his Springfield, Mo., home is filled with baskets of handcrafted cast-paper Santa […]


Posted on 02 Dec 2016 at 7:20am

Several recent exhibitions, planned before the appointment of Agustin Arteaga, are currently on display. Among them: Divine Felines: Cats of Ancient Egypt, pictured right. The pharoahs’ fascination with felines is explores in the statuary they created to honor cats of all kinds. Culled from holdings from the Brooklyn Museum. Through Jan. 7. Shaken, Stirred, Styled: […]

You can’t spell Arteaga without ‘art’

Posted on 02 Dec 2016 at 6:30am

The Dallas Museum of Art tapped out art historian Agustin Arteaga as its new artistic director. So what does he have in store for the venerable institution? ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor When Agustin Arteaga begins a new job at a museum, he likes to grab the keys to the storage room and […]

Sistine condition

Posted on 02 Dec 2016 at 6:15am

Gay impresario Martin Biallas brings a bit of the High Renaissance to Dallas ARNOLD WAYNE JONES Executive Editor Stories of its magnificence are legendary. The time and logistics in making it come to life are impossibly harrowing. Its recent restoration only added to the acclaim. Its symbols have become etched in the Zeitgeists of […]