Michael Urie opens ‘Buyer & Cellar’ tomorrow night

Even though he trained in theater here in North Texas, Wednesday night will be something special: the professional Dallas stage debut of Michael Urie, in his one-man show Buyer & Cellar. Urie recreated his starring role in the off-Broadway hit — about a man who curates Barbra Streisand’s memorabilia mall — with a handful of performances at the City Performance Hall. Welcome home, Michael! We look forward to enjoying you again … for the first time.

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—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: A beautiful song about marriage equality

Garfunkel and Oates

It’s only been airing a few weeks, but already Garfunkel and Oates is one of my favorite quirky comedies. Playing on IFC, it’s about two girls who are musician-comedians, performing lilting humor songs as part of their act. In the most recent episode, they were tapped to write a song about two male puppets on a popular kids’ show who were getting married. This is the result, called — like another song sung by a puppet named Kermit — “Rainbow Connection.” If it’s not in the running for an Emmy next year, there’s something very, very amiss in the world.

New episodes airs weekly on IFC.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: Cali Strawberry Daiquiri

CalistrawedSaturday, Aug. 16, is officially National Rum Day, so there’s no better chance to fiddle with a taste of the islands with a sweet, fruity drink like this one: The Cali Strawberry Daiquiri.

2 oz. Caliche rum

1 oz. fresh lime juice

3/4 oz. agave nectar

1 fresh strawberry

Making it: In a shaker, combine all ingredients, lightly muddling the strawberry. Shake vigorously with ice until well chilled. Strain into a highball glass over rocks and garnish with a berry.

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Skrillex, Disclosure announced for 2-day EDM fest, Lights All Night

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British DJ duo Disclosure

Famed DJ Skrillex will launch the annual Lights All Night electronic dance music festival in December, with the team of Disclosure performing a DJ set, Armin van Buuren and a yet-to-be-named artist also headlining.

Since its inception, Lights All Night has featured top DJs in its lineups, including Tiesto, deadmau5 and Calvin Harris.

The two-day festival, which takes place right after Christmas, will fill the Dallas Convention Center. Early-bird tickets are available here.

We’ll have an interview with the guys who make up Disclosure next week.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Red Party taps Drag Racer Adore Delano, DJ Patrick Kuzara

AThe Dallas Red Foundation and Pride Pharmacy will host the 6th annual Red Party, a fundraiser for Legacy Counseling and Founders Cottage, on Friday, Sept. 19. And RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner Adore Delano will be the featured entertainment.

Adore will perform alongside New York DJ Patrick Kuzara at The Globe, a venue west of Downtown, on the kickoff to Pride Weekend. Tickets are $59 until Aug. 22, then $69 after. Tickets at the door will be $80 (if available). Some special VIP tickets will also be available. Watch the announcement video below.

2014 Red Party Reveal from Dallas Red Foundation on Vimeo.

 

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

And the 2014 Voice of Pride winner is …

Reynolds, Ramalho, Guzman

… Loni Reynolds!

Loni wowed the audience and the judges in her three appearances — two solos, finishing up with a powerful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and in a duet with fellow finalist Lauren Shafer on Adele’s “Someone Like You” — to take the 11th annual title. In fact, Loni was so good, she and Lauren jointly won the “best duet” award, voted on by the audience, meaning she took home $3,850 — not bad for one evening’s work!

First runner up was Alvaro Ramalho, followed by Vanessa Guzman, Carlos Saenz and Steve Patterson. Congrats, Loni and all the contestants on a great show. And look for Loni, Alvaro and Vanessa in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and festival next month.

You can see a slide show of the event by clicking here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Xamach is open at the ilume

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Chile relleno

It’s been about a week, but the soft opening of Xamach (“huh-mosh”) — a Mexican bistro and bar in the ilume — is fully underway. Named for a Mayan term, Xamach is the newest edition to the Cedar Springs dining scene (which we wrote about here), and serves mostly Central Mexican- and Yucatan-style cuisine, such as chile rellenos, pictured, and cochinita pibil. It’s open for lunch and dinner.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

13 movies for foodies

On Friday, the film adaptation of The Hundred-Foot Journey will open (my review will run Friday as well). It’s a movie about food and cooking and love. And it got me thinking about how many films there are that deal with food in central ways — sometimes as romantic and personal, sometimes as something a little stranger.

So I compiled this list of 13 films — a baker’s dozen! — that represent some aspect of food, food criticism, consumption, eating and the like to whet your appetite. Drink up!

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Ratatouille

1. Ratatouille (2007). Pixar’s (and, by extension, Disney’s) best film ever is this unlikely charmer about a rat who loves to cook, but being a vermin is unwelcome in most kitchens (there’s always Arby’s). A film that pays closer attention to the details of the real fine dining scene more than any other, it’s not only beautiful but a canny depiction of the critic-chef relationship.

2. Babette’s Feast (1987). This Oscar winner for best foreign language film depicts a Danish household where privation is a way of life, and what happens when a French housekeeper breaks with tradition and hosts a magical dinner. It’s tantalizing and conjures the exquisite longing that food can represent for us emotionally.

Sideways

3. Sideways (2004). What Ratatouille is to cuisine, Sideways is to wine: On point, evocative and full of complex, passionate relationships. Famous for its “I’m not drinking any fucking merlot!” line, pay attention to the wine the anti-hero is sipping near the end. Complex did I say? Oh, yes.

4. Toast (2011). This film adaptation of the memoir by gay British gourmand and critic Nigel Slater is a tender coming-of-age film and an elegant battle royal in the kitchen between a young man and his stepmonster.

5. Who is Killing the Great Chefs of Europe? (1978). An oldie-but-goodie, this 1970s caper film concerns great chefs being slowly eliminated by a mysterious killer who turns their own techniques on them. But why? A sumptuous romantic comedy, the cake-making scene (a huge bombe) is alone enough to turn you diabetic.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

A play where the critic dies. Are you trying to tell me something?

Dancing with the stiff (i.e., dead) critic to throw others off the track. Photo by Chuck Marcelo

Jeff Swearingen has written a new play about famed New York Times theater critic Mickey Blake, and asked me — begged, really — to comment about his life and legacy. But when you watch this video (also embedded below), you’ll see clearly that I did not agree to it. And here’s why, from my official statement, released to the media last week:

Frankly, nobody knew Mickey better than I did: Altar boys together, boarding school roommates, we even started our reviewing at the same Communist rag in Red Hook the same week. But the falling out between us — all his doing, that unforgivable betrayal which I could never get past — means I simply couldn’t bury the hatchet, even after all these years. I’m still dealing with the blowback. Curse you, Mickey!

Of course, this is all a put-on, part of Swearingen’s inventive marketing campaign for his new play, Stiff, which both makes fun of critics and shows them some props. It’s an hilarious bit of silliness, than only runs one more week (this Wednesday through Saturday) at Fun House Theatre in Plano. Go see it if you can. It’s a hoot, with great physical comedy, smart jokes and an overall sense of wackiness.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas’ Emmanuel Tobias, on (almost) getting on ‘Project Runway’

Emmanuel Tobias

Out Dallas designer Emmanuel Tobias made it onto TV last week as one of the finalists for Project Runway. Well, sort of. He wasn’t a “final-finalist;” he was a pre-final finalist, one of three designers who seemed to make the cut (he appeared on the run-up special before the season premiere) only to be dismissed before any real competition got started.

And here’s the thing: If you saw his designs, and especially those of some of the contestants who sailed through, you had to ask yourself (as I often do on that show) “what were they thinking?”

But Tobias has a good attitude about it all, and agreed to relive his brush with Heidifame. Maybe next season!

Season 13 of Project Runway continues tonight on Lifetime, at 8 p.m. (and you can re-watch Emmanuel’s episodes on the recap at 7 p.m.).

Dallas Voice: Sorry you got booted so soon! Describe your design style. What’s your signature look? Emmanuel Tobias: I have always leaned to being a conceptual designer, but as of late, I have been combining my avant garde aesthetic with a more approachable, ready-to-wear style. I would describe it as an artistic approach to wearable clothing. My signature look combines powerful masculine and feminine qualities and always has an interesting textile, whether it is texture, specialty dyeing technique, or print.

Did you know you still had to prove yourself before you were “officially” on the show?  The production company prepped us with a timeline after the “semi-finals” casting interview, so I knew that I still had more hurdles to jump.  The process for this was truly a rigorous one and the timeframe/turnaround times that we were required in every aspect were very fast. I had a good feeling I was going to make it to the finals, but I knew that I would have to prove myself to the Heidi, Zac and scary Nina. What you saw on TV was probably less than 15 seconds of my finals casting, but I was in that room for quite some time.  Nina and Heidi were very nice, and I thought I had sold them on putting me on the show, but we now know Nina didn’t care for me! I gave so much conviction in every question they asked with smiles coming back and forth from the judges and myself … except for Zac. Zac was the one that was so hard on me, but on TV he seemed easy-going.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones