Gay Dems to party during GOP debate

Both Stonewall Democrats of Dallas and Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats plan watch parties for tonight’s GOP presidential debate in Michigan, which begins at 7 p.m. local time. DSYD’s watch party, “Republican Retox,” will be hosted by Jenna Skyy at Axiom Sushi Lounge in the ilume:

To spice things up a bit, we’re going to play a little game while we listen to all the intelligent things that will likely be said by the GOP candidates. Think something along the lines of “Waterfalls”… but with choice phrases like “family values” and “defense of marriage.”

We’re also planning a political trivia game with a surprise twist that NO ONE will want to miss.

SDD, meanwhile, is joining with other local Democratic groups at the Angelika Dallas for “What the Heck Will They Say Next?”:

Say what you will about the GOP debates, they’ve been entertaining. From Herman Cain’s 9-9-9 to Mitt Romney’s flip-flop of the week, you never know what’s coming next. And Rick Perry, don’t even get us started.

This November 9, join New Leaders Texas, Obama for America, and Dallas area Democratic clubs as we watch the next debate live on the big screen, drink optional adult beverages, and play GOP bingo (with some nifty prizes to boot). Admission free.


—  John Wright

Let’s make one thing Lear

Last month, Britain’s National Theatre broadcast the (sort of) live production of its stage version of Fela!, a musical about the African musician and activist who eventually died of AIDS. The same service now presents a very different show, but one that should be just as fascinating: King Lear.

Arguably Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Lear has long been a showcase for actors in the twilight of their careers, though the casting of gay acting icon Derek Jacobi, fresh off his ensemble cast SAG Award as the wily Archbishop in The King’s Speech, has enjoyed widespread popularity and acclaim almost continuously for four decades. Already a prime interpreter of the Bard (his Richard II remains a defining characterization), the chance to see him as Lear is a treat.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Screens at the Angelika Dallas Feb. 9 and 10 and Angelika Plano Feb. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 4, 2011.

—  John Wright