ANOTHER SIDE OF ‘TUNA’

Posted on 24 Mar 2017 at 7:30am

When Greater Tuna was created more than three decades ago, it was the brilliant script and performances by co-stars Joe Sears and Jaston Williams that made it an instant classic. Three more plays followed set in Tuna — about the third-smallest town in Texas, a sort of Peyton Place for right wing goofballs — each […]

THE PINK ELEPHANT IS BACK IN THE ROOM

Posted on 24 Mar 2017 at 7:25am

We all know about the pink elephant in the room — the this that is obviously there, but which no one wants to talk about: The guy with the Make America Great Again cap at the Rose Room. The cocktail party guest who is casually talking to the person who is secretly sleeping with his […]

Girl on Girls • 03-24-16

Posted on 24 Mar 2017 at 7:20am

Jenny Block explores curating relationships on social media I woke up to a friend’s Facebook status that made me wonder if he and his girlfriend had broken up. It wasn’t mean; it sounded heartfelt. And it was very revealing in terms of what had occurred. The comments confirmed that it was, indeed, a break-up. Then […]

Best Bets • 03-24-17

Posted on 23 Mar 2017 at 11:10pm

Friday 03.31 Haters Roast reunites Drag Racers in shady free-for-all Some of the best moments on RuPaul’s Drag Race are when “the library is open” and the queens “read” each other with shady jabs. Well, the Haters Roast turns that into an all-night thing! Bob the Drag Queen, Acid Betty, Jinkx Monsoon and others reunite […]

Trails and tribulations

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:15am

Jeep’s Wrangler Unlimited Sahara is built for city to desert Casey Williams | Auto Reviewer autocasey@aol.com Jeep would like you to think Wranglers spend all of their miles crawling over rocks, shimmying up steep trails,     and fording deep creeks. Some do, but most while away their days in fashion mall parking garages, commuting […]

The ‘Butterfly’ effect

Posted on 17 Mar 2017 at 8:10am

How do you reconcile a cliché-filled, anti-progressive plot with one of the most famous operas  of all time? Despite its enduring popularity in the contemporary canon, Madame Butterfly has never been one of my favorite operas. In fact, I tend to dislike it with a fair degree of brio. Giacomo Puccini composed some lovely music […]

Best Bets • 03-17-17

Posted on 16 Mar 2017 at 11:10pm

Thursday 03.23 — Saturday 03.25 ‘Robot Planet Rising,’ sequel to last year’s ‘Intergalactic Nemesis,’ recasts the graphic novel Comic book movies are big-budget productions … usually. But what if a (fake) graphic novel about spies and space traveling monsters were presented not as a film, but as a radio show with live sound effects, live […]

Being green

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 7:25am

Runner-up Oscar nominees might be better than the winners The war is over, and the Nazis lost. You’d probably assume German soldiers fighting in other European countries put down their arms and marched back home. Only that’s not what happened for many young Germans in Denmark. That small northern Ally Power was riddled with land […]

Books: Scores

Posted on 10 Mar 2017 at 7:20am

Scores: How I Opened the Hottest Strip Club in New York City, Was Extorted Out of Millions by the Gambino Family, and Became One of the Most Successful Mafia informants in FBI History by Michael D. Blutrich (BenBella Books 2017) $26.95; 328 pp. How does it happen that a gay man would own a mainstream […]

Best Bets • 03-10-17

Posted on 09 Mar 2017 at 11:10pm

Friday 03.10 — Sunday 03.26 John Copley returns to direct ‘Madame Butterfly’ at Dallas Opera For years, opera director John Copley was a staple at Dallas Opera, but after announcing his retirement (honestly, for the nth time), he seemed to actually be retired! But no! He’s back, bringing is particular skill-set to one of the giants […]