Gay documentary wins award at AFFD

PJ_RAVAL-headshotThe Asian Film Festival of Dallas continues through tomorrow, and they’ve just released the jury award winners. Among the honorees is Before You Know It, which screens tonight at 5:30 p.m. and won best documentary feature. (And congrats to our winners of the ticket giveaway to attend the screening!) The film is about three gay seniors, including the owner of Robert’s Lafitte gay bar in Galveston, and how they cope with retirement and aging in the gay community. The filmmaker, PJ Raval, pictured, will be in attendance tonight.

Other award winners:


Narrative short: Sahasi Chori (Brave Girl)

Documentary short: Han Rock

Animated short: Couch & Potatoes

Special jury mention: Stronger


Narrative feature: Ye-Zai

Animated feature: Block C: The Last Dark

Special festival prize for acting: Guo Shu-yao, Step Back to Glory

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TICKET GIVEAWAY: AFFD screening of ‘Before You Know It’


In this week’s edition, I wrote about the gay films playing at the Asian Film Festival of Dallas this year, including a documentary, Before You Know It, by Texas-based filmmaker PJ Raval. Well, AFFD has set aside some tickets for Dallas Voice readers to attend the screening, which takes place tomorrow, July 17 at 5:30 p.m. with the director in attendance. If you’d like to try to win two tickets, just send an email to, and put “Documentary” or “AFFD” in the subject line, plus your name. If you’re selected, we’ll let you know by noon Wednesday and two tickets will be in your name at the box office. Good luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

The Thai lesbian film "Yes or No" screens Monday at AFFD.

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas launched last night at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre, and it continues through next week. Among the offerings are two gay films screening Monday: The Thai lesbian feature Yes or No, screening at 7:30 p.m., and the horror thriller I Am a Ghost from queer director H.P. Mendoza, screening at 9:45. There will even be a LGBT mixer (Mendoza in attendance) between both screenings on Monday night, at Malai Kitchen in the West Village. (We are giving away tickets to both show and the mixer, so stay tuned!)

Uptown Players is back in the Kalita after a long pause while the Dallas Theater Center used the space with Coy Covington again taking on one of Charles Busch’s drag roles in The Divine Sister. Two other outright farces are also continuing this weekend. Stage West is putting on the rarely-performed Joe Orton sex farce What the Butler Saw and Second Thought Theatre is just across the parking lot from Uptown with The Bomb-itty of Errors at Bryant Hall on the Kalita campus. Live The Divine Sister, both have tons of cross-dressing. That’s also true of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which continues until August, and Avenue Q at Theatre Three. Both are terrific summer shows with huge gay appeal.

Friday through Sunday is Taste of Dallas at Fair Park, with tons of vendors from La Madeleine to Tiff’s Treats to Pho Colonial, plus chef demos, beer and wine tastings and more. Once that’s over, Perry’s Steakhouse has a welcome way of celebrating the 4th of July all month — it’s called the 4 for 4 after 4 deal. Basically, there are four menu items that cover the waterfront: the Perry-tini lemon drop cocktail, a polish sausage app, an 8 oz. pork chop and a dessert … and each cost only $4 after 4 p.m., Mondays—Wednesdays. I mean, any time you can get something for four bucks at a restaurant, it’s a good deal, but Perry’s is a pretty high-end place with excellent food.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones