Oak Lawn Library seeking submissions for 10th annual Art Show

Dallas skyline poster in editable vector file.For the past decade, Oak Lawn Library Friends has conducted a Dallas-based art show and exhibition, seeking works by its supporters for a juried display of pieces that reflect a theme. This year’s theme — simply called “Dallas” — welcomes submissions in six categories: Painting, drawing, print, mixed media, water color and photography. If you have any works that fit in with those, and want to let the gayborhood see your talent — have your pieces (ready for hanging, no more than 36×36 inches, and new to the event — maximum of three pieces per artist) prepared at set. Submission day is Saturday, Oct. 1, from 2–4 p.m. at the Oak Lawn Library, and the exhibit will be up from Oct. 3–29. A panel of experts will present awards for best in show, as well as first place, second place and honorable mention in each category. Good luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cookout fundraiser Burgers & Burgundy moves to Trinity Groves

knifeBurgers & Burgundy started when chef John Tesar was on the DIFFA Style Council and wanted to host a fundraiser. I was at the first one… and the six since then. It has moved from an Uptown condo rooftop to a fancy North Dallas estate’s garden, where it has been for several years. It seems it has finally outgrown that space, though, and for its 8th year will move to the Ron Kirk Pedestrian Bridge, the walkway connecting Calatrava’s “Large Marge” with the Trinity Groves development in West Dallas.

It’s a fancy-casual event with live music and celebrichefs, where folks dress dapper and simple, where simple burgers are transformed into works of culinary art … all to raise money for DIFFA. This year, it comes on the heals of Black Tie Dinner (which, technically, moved a lot earlier this year), taking place on Friday, Oct. 7, from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tickets are $150 and space is limited.

In addition, here are some photos from the recent check presentations to the beneficiaries of this year’s DIFFA, presented at LA Traffic at The Joule Hotel.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Theater critics forum bestows annual honors

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Garret Storms, right, was recognized for the excellent production of ‘The Big Meal’ at WaterTower, as was director Emily Scott Banks.

The Dallas-Fort Worth Theater Critics Forum weighed in last weekend about the 2015-16 theater season. Some shows currently in production — including Constellations at DTC and The Toxic Avenger at Uptown Players — were recognized. Eligibility ran from Sept. 1, 2015–Aug. 31, 2016.

OUTSTANDING DIRECTION

Akín Babatundé, Bootycandy, Stage West and The Mountaintop, Dallas Theater Center

Emily Scott Banks, The Big Meal, WaterTower Theatre

David Lozano, Blood Wedding, Cara Mía Theatre Company

Katherine Owens, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Undermain Theatre

Artie Olaisen, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Dallas Children’s Theater

Len Pfluger, Grand Hotel, Lyric Stage

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The tour of ‘Cabaret’ was one of the best this season.

Susan Sargeant, Play, WingSpan Theatre Company

Ryan Matthieu Smith, Trainspotting, L.I.P. Service

Garret Storms, The Nether, Stage West

Regina Washington, Harriet Jacobs, African American Repertory Theater

OUTSTANDING NEW PLAY OR MUSICAL

Clarkston by Samuel D. Hunter, Dallas Theater Center

Deferred Action by David Lozano and Lee Trull, Cara Mía Theatre Company and Dallas Theater Center

Faust by Michael Federico, Lydia Mackay and Jeffrey Schmidt, The Drama Club

Stacy Has a Thing for Black Guys by Ruben Carrazana, The Tribe

Temple Spirit by Susan Felder, Echo Theatre

OUTSTANDING TOURING PRODUCTIONS

Alan Cumming Sings Sappy Songs, AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora Series

Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series

Eric Bogosian’s Bitter Honey: The Best of 100 (Monologues), AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora Series

Cabaret, AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series

A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, AT&T Performing Arts Center Broadway Series

Ghost Quartet, AT&T Performing Arts Center Off-Broadway on Flora Series

The Sound of Music, Dallas Summer Musicals and Performing Arts Fort Worth

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Lyric’s ‘Grand Hotel’ with Mary-Margaret Pyeatt and Christopher J. Deaton.

OUSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTOR

Christopher J. Deaton, Grand Hotel, Lyric Stage

Bruce DuBose, The Night Alive, Undermain Theatre

Hassan El-Amin, A Christmas Carol, Dallas Theater Center and The Mountaintop, Dallas Theater Center

Ivan Jasso, Deferred Action, Cara Mía Theatre Company and Dallas Theater Center

Jason Leyva, The Whale, L.I.P. Service

Barry Nash, I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Kitchen Dog Theater

Alex Organ, Constellations, Dallas Theater Center

Brandon Potter, Richard III, Shakespeare Dallas and Shakespeare in the Bar

Garret Storms, The Big Meal, WaterTower Theatre

Terry Vandivort, The Fantasticks, Theatre Three

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Karen Parrish in ‘Blackberry Winter’

OUSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ACTRESS

Emily Scott Banks, Jacob Marley’s A Christmas Carol, Stage West

Jessica Cavanagh, Outside Mullingar, WaterTower Theatre

Amber Devlin, Picnic, Theatre Three

Frida Espinosa-Muller, Blood Wedding, Cara Mía Theatre Company and Deferred Action, Cara Mía Theatre Company and Dallas Theater Center

Tiana Johnson, The Mountaintop, Dallas Theater Center

Jenny Ledel, I’m Gonna Pray for You So Hard, Kitchen Dog Theater

Denise Lee, Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, Jubilee Theatre

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Janelle Lutz played Judy Garland in ‘The End of the Rainbow’

Janelle Lutz, The End of the Rainbow, Uptown Players and Miracle on 34th Street, Dallas Children’s Theater

Karen Parrish, Blackberry Winter, Kitchen Dog Theater

Allison Pistorius, Constellations, Dallas Theater Center

Joanna Schellenberg, Long Day’s Journey into Night, Undermain Theatre

Diane Worman, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, Kitchen Dog Theater

OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE BY AN ENSEMBLE CAST

The Big Meal, WaterTower Theatre

Bootycandy, Stage West

Faust, The Drama Club

Grand Hotel, Lyric Stage

Long Day’s Journey into Night, Undermain Theatre

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, Dallas Children’s Theater

The Nether, Stage West

toxie1Play, WingSpan Theatre Company

The Toxic Avenger, Uptown Players

Under the Skin, Circle Theatre

OUTSTANDING DESIGN OR CREATIVE CONTRIBUTION

Jeffrey Colangelo, fight choreography, Christina Valentine, fight assistant, and Bobby Garcia, martial arts consultant, Animal vs. Machine, PrismCo

Design team, Faust, The Drama Club

Design team, Jonah, Undermain Theatre

Jay Dias, musical direction and orchestration restoration, Anything Goes, Lyric Stage

John M. Flores, sound design, The Thrush and the Woodpecker, Kitchen Dog Theater

Richard Gwozdz, orchestra conducting, Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, Artes de la Rosa

Kyle Igneczi, puppet design and direction, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, Amphibian Stage Productions

Benjamin Lutz and Dillon White, video design, Trainspotting, L.I.P. Service

Lynn Mauldin and Rebekka Koepke, properties design, The Adventures of Flo and Greg, Echo Theatre

Scott Osborne, set design, The Fantasticks, Theatre Three

Karen Perry, costume design, Dreamgirls, Dallas Theater Center

Gil Pritchett, musical direction, Harriet Jacobs, African American Repertory Theater

Ryan Rumery, original music and sound design, Constellations, Dallas Theater Center

Garret Storms and Nate Davis, set design, The Nether, Stage West

SPECIAL CITATIONS

Rose Pearson, co-founder of Circle Theatre, for a lifetime of visionary leadership of professional theater in Fort Worth and support of female theater artists.

Kurt Kleinmann, for his creation of Pegasus Theatre’s Living Black & White productions and 30 years as bumbling noir detective Harry Hunsacker.

Dallas Children’s Theater for providing sensory friendly performances for kids with special needs.

PARTICIPATING CRITICS

The forum is an organization of professional, paid critics that recognizes outstanding theatrical contributions in North Texas. Members must see 50 or more productions per season and are not actively practicing theater artists.

Nancy Churnin, Dallas Morning News

Martha Heimberg, TheaterJones.com and Dallas Weekly

Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice

Mark Lowry, TheaterJones.com and Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Punch Shaw, Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Lindsey Wilson, CultureMap

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Street’s Fine Chicken extends hours, adds walk-up window

CHICKENStreet’s Fine Chicken, one of the newer eateries in the gayborhood, launches new service hours, beginning this weekend. Starting tonight, it introduces a late-night, walk-up window, available each Saturday night (the seated area will continue to close at 10 p.m.). Then on Monday, and each Monday after, it will be open for lunch and dinner.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cocktail Friday: Happy Labor Day!

BrambleMonday is the day for workers, so how about a worker’s cocktail — refreshing, end-of-summer? Try this one: the Blackberry Bramble.

2 oz. Bacardi rum

1 oz. fresh lemon juice

1/2 oz. simply syrup

1/2 oz. creme de mure

Making it: Shake the first three ingredients vigorously with plenty of ice in a Boston shaker. Strain into a glass with plenty of ice. Drizzle creme de mure  on top. Garnish with basil sprig and a skewered blackberry.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

ATTPAC, DTC add open captioning for the hearing impaired

Hand making P signLast month, we ran a story about Don Jones, who for decades has been the American Sign Language interpreter for the Turtle Creek Chorale. We also mentioned how Theatre 3 was leading a push to sponsor real-time deaf interpretation during certain performances.

Now the AT&T Performing Arts Center and Dallas Theater Center are getting into the act as well. In conjunction with the Theatre Development Fund, ATTPAC and DTC will provide open captioning — similar to the supertitles at an opera, with all the dialogue, lyrics and sound effects projected on the side of the stage — at select performances of shows. The first was last Sunday at A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, but the DTC will do it four more times this season: At the new musical Bella: An American Tall Tale (Oct. 6), at A Christmas Carol (Dec. 11), at The Christians (Feb. 12, 2017) and at the world premiere Hood (July 16). ATTPAC is expected to add more dates as shows come available.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Get an early-bird discount to Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Six

8520This past weekend, the Bruce Wood Dance Project — I’m not gonna lie: one of my absolute favorite arts organizations in a city filled with many great ones — held its annual Cocktails and Choreography mixer, where the company previews its upcoming season, which has already been jam-packed (including a trip to the GALA Choruses conference). Attendees were treated to excerpts from a world premiere piece, Klezmer Radio, from guest choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska. That’s just one of three pieces — including a world premiere from artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh and a Dallas premiere from the company’s late founder — that will be on display at City Performance Hall on Nov. 11 and 12. If you book your tickets before next Tuesday (using the code SIX),  you can get $6 off tickets … and also get a seat at Mistletoe Magic (Dec. 20), the annual gala fundraiser. Click here for more info and to get your discount.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Pink Magnolia celebrates first birthday with rosy party

6-Chef-Blythe-Beck-1Chef Blythe Beck loves her babies. Not human kids, no! Her babies. Like her lettuce babies, one of her signature apps. And of course her biggest baby is her Oak Cliff restaurant, Pink Magnolia. (We profiled the path to its opening in an award-winning piece published exactly a year ago.)

Well, the baby is about to have its first birthday (not anniversary!) and mamas Beck and Casie Caldwell are ready to celebrate with a pink explosion in September. This Saturday, Sept. 3, begins with a trip down the pink carpet for a brunchtime kid-friendly party with live music by Whiskey Sour, photos with the chef, face painting, a pick pony (!), cocktails and bites. A portion of the $35 adult cover ($10 for teens; free for 12 and under) will benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Then on Sept. 20, Beck will share her Think Pink philosophy for a limited-seating “lunch and learn” event. (As with the b-day party, a portion of proceeds goes to Genesis.) You can secure your spot at both at PinkMagnoliaDallas.com/tickets.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

It’s not too late to book a trip to SoDec!

Ace-Hotel-New-Orleans_ Alto_Fran-Parente_2Southern Decadence — also known as Gay Mardi Gras — is New Orleans’ most flamboyant event … and that says a ton. Taking place in the Crescent City over the Labor Day weekend, it’s a sea of twinks and bears, drag queens and leathermen, dykes on bikes and hell on wheels.  Still, it truly has grown beyond its “weekend” status, and now begins this Wednesday. And it’s not too late to book a last-minute trip to revel in all the frolic. (I found airfare for about $200 round trip.)

This year’s event — its 45th — has the theme Decadence Takes the World, and the “colors” are ruby red, pearl white, blue sapphire and amethyst purple.

There are tons of things to do, but readers of Dallas Voice can get some special discounts if they book at the Ace Hotel, a 1928 art deco building located the crossroads of Carondelet and Lafayette streets in the Warehouse District. If you book here and use the code BLANCHE, you can get a discounted room rate, VIP access for two to shows at its Three Keys venue (which include a Queer Bounce and Hip Hop Night a drag double-header, a Black Decadence seance and more), plus two free drinks on the property.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Voice cartoonist nominated for important award

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Movies have Oscar, theaters have Tony, even scifi writers have Hugo. But comic artists? Well, they have Harvey. The Harvey Awards have been around for about 10 years, and recognize artists, writers, letterers, colorists and all the folks who turn pencil drawings and ideas into works of art, political commentary, humor and more. There are 21 categories, like best syndicated strip or panel (nominees this year include Pearls Before Swine and Zippy the Pinhead),best artist (with Batman and Daredevil in the running) and best online comic (including Berke Breathed and Mark Stokes).

Wait a second… Berke Breathed, legendary Texan and creator of the recently revived Bloom County… is up against… Mark Stokes?

harvey-logo-nomineeStokes, as regular readers of Dallas Voice know, contributes regularly here with his Drawing Dallas Sketches, profiling ordinary North Texans in amazingly accurate caricatures. (He also designed the Ask Howard author logo.) But Mark also has an online comic strip called Zombie Boy (we wrote about his Kickstarter campaign a few years ago). And it’s his work there that has landed him a coveted slot as a finalist for this year’s Harvey Awards, which will be presented Saturday during Baltimore Comic-Con.

“Win or lose, just being nominated it a real honor,” Mark told me about the thrill of being in the running. “It’s a slightly unreal feeling — this [recognition] is something I’ve  wanted since I started creating comics back in the 1980s.”

We’re just excited to know one of our friends is getting a shout-out for work he’s done… then again, we’ve known about his talent for a long time. Fingers crossed, Mark!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones