Before you see Melissa Etheridge at the Majestic, read this

Last month we ran an interview with music legend (and gay icon) Melissa Etheridge. Next week, the lesbian rocker will be performing live in Dallas at a concert at the Majestic. (You can get tickets here.) Before you see her in concert, though, you might wanna check out the interview, in which she talks about how she relaxes before a concert, dealing with the Trump presidency how she feels about gay activism. Read it here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Fun Home’ tickets to Dallas show go on sale Friday

Fun Home, the Tony Award-winning musical about a young queer girl who grows up in a funeral home, and only later discovers secrets about her father, will be coming to Dallas’ Winspear Opera House in September (just in time for Pride!). Starting on Friday at 10 a.m., single tickets for the production will go on sale. The show runs Sept. 13–24.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Attend a free screening of the Oscar-winning ‘Moonlight’ Tuesday

MoonlightDespite what Faye Dunaway said (accidentally — we forgive you, Faye!), it was Moonlight, and not La La Land, that won the Oscar for best picture … and deservedly so. But if you still haven’t seen this moving portrait of a gay black man at three stages of his life, well now if your chance… and it’s free. Dallas’ Coalition for Aging — LGBT is hosting a screening of Moonlight at the AMC NorthPark cinema Tuesday, starting at 7 p.m. Following the screening, I’ll moderate a panel that will briefly discuss the importance of the film. Although there’s no charge, space is limited, so you will need to RSVP to obtain tickets — either call 800-418-2281 or visit AARP.cvent.com/moonlight_dallas.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Friday is Pride Night at Echo Theatre

Brides---Crew-of-FourWe wrote a few weeks ago about Echo Theatre‘s Pride Month play Brides of the Moon, from the writing collective known as The Five Lesbian Brothers, which runs through this weekend. Well, to celebrate the gay in June, Friday’s performance is officially designated Pride Night at Echo. And if you’re a virgin (i.e., first-time Echo patron) you get $10 off your tickets. Just use the promo code PRIDE when you check out here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Cazwell’s latest single, ‘Loose Wrists’

The queer rapper Cazwell is known for his candy-colored videos featuring hot guys, and his latest “Loose Wrists,” is no exception. Clad in pastel lace rompers, Cazwell and company embrace their femme side. Check out the video, just i time for Pride.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas Voice staffers win 4 first-place awards from Houston Press Club

Bette Midler and the Dallas Theater Center aren’t the only award-winners of the weekend. Dallas Voice staffers and contributors fared very well at the Houston Press Club’s annual Lone Star Awards this weekend, taking four First Place trophies, as well as three other awards.

Senior Staff Writer David Taffet and Executive Editor Arnold Wayne Jones each walked off with two First Place awards. Taffet won for Print News or Feature Story for “Rehabilitated?,” about an anti-gay hate crime and the perpetrator’s quest for reconciliation. That piece also helped Taffet win Print Journalist of the Year. Judges singled out his work as “lively and engrossing… it doesn’t hurt that he finds surprising subjects with great stories to tell.” Dallas Voice Managing Editor Tammye Nash took Second Place in the same category.

Jones won the top award for Print Photography for his photo of a hot-air balloon mid-flight. “The stunning, color image of the hot-air balloon highlighted by the stream of fire is an exciting photo catching a brief moment of time,” opined the judges Jones also won First Place for his op/ed piece “David Bowie Allowed You to Be Gay.” The judges said, “What a tribute to an incredible icon! Strong writing, interesting subject and thought-provoking presentation.” Jones also took Third Place for Internet Opinion for “Winter is Coming,” in which he analyzed the dangers of a Trump presidency in the hours after his election.

Finally, columnist Cassie Nova (aka James Love) won Third Place for General Commentary for her piece “Cassie Gets Serious About Orlando.”

You can see all winners here. Congrats!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Here’s a complete list of Tony winners

Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Tony winners for ‘Dear Evan Hansen’

The Dallas Theater Center was already a winner long before the curtain rose on Kevin Spacey’s opening number marking the season’s crop of Tony Award. DTC was already announced as winner of the Tony for outstanding regional theater. Artistic director Kevin Moriarty accepted the award, although his moment during the broadcast were fleeting. Still, it was a highlight for local theater lovers.

It was a gay night from the start. Out actor Gavin Creel beat tough competition for Hello, Dolly! as best featured actor in a musical, and his win was followed immediately by out actress Cynthia Nixon for featured actress in a play for The Little Foxes. Then the third live award went to recent Oscar winners (La La Land) Benj Pasek and Justin Paul for best score for Dear Evan Hansen; Pasek is gay. Hello, Dolly! also took best actress for gay icon Bette Midler (whose speech went on so long they cut to commercial) and best revival of a musical for out producer Scott Rudin, who thanked his husband.

The big winners of the night, in fact, were Dolly with four (revival, actress in a musical, featured actor in a musical, costumes); and Dear Evan Hansen with six (best actor in a musical, featured actress in a musical, score, book and orchestrations).

Here’s a complete list of honorees, in the order presented:

Featured Actor/Play: Michael Aronov, Oslo

Costume Design/Play: The Little Foxes (Jane Greenwood)

Costume Design/Musical: Hello, Dolly! (Santo Loquasto)

Featured Actor/Musical: Gavin Creel, Hello, Dolly!

Featured Actress/Play: Cynthia Nixon, The Little Foxes

Scenic Design/Play: The Play That Goes Wrong (Nigel Hook)

Scenic Design/Musical: Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 (Mimi Lien)

Lifetime Achievement: James Earl Jones

Score: Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen

Actor/Play: Kevin Kline, Present Laughter

Glenn Close presented best actress to Bette Midler

Lighting Design/Play: Indecent (Christopher Akerlind)

Lighting Design/Musical: The Great Comet (Bradley King)

Actress/Play: Lauri Metcalfe, A Doll’s House Part 2

Featured Actress/Musical: Rachel Bay Jones, Dear Evan Hansen

Director/Play: Rebecca Taichman, Indecent

Director/Musical: Christopher Ashley, Come from Away

Book: Steven Levenson, Dear Evan Hansen

Revival/Play: Jitney

Orchestrations: Dear Evan Hansen (Alex Lacamoire)

Choreography: Andy Blakenbuehler, Bandstand

Play: Oslo by J.T. Rogers

Special Award for sound designers Gareth Fay and Pete Malkin

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Baayork Lee

Regional Theater: Dallas Theater Center

Revival/Musical: Hello, Dolly!

Actor/Musical: Ben Platt, Dear Evan Hansen

Actress/Musical: Bette Midler, Hello, Dolly!

Musical: Dear Evan Hansen

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

VIDEO: House of DIFFA Dallas 2017 — Arabesque

DIFFA Dallas has posted this 4-minute video of its Arabesque event, which took place last month. See what you missed … or remember what you enjoyed.

House of DIFFA: Arabesque 2017 from DIFFA/Dallas on Vimeo.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Impulse hosts speed-dating event Sunday

Pilikia, a tiki patio bar near Downtown, serves Polynesian-style drinks, so it’s appropriate that an event there would be named for a Hawaiian word.

Well, at least sound like a Hawaiian word.

Kummoniwannalaya (say it slowly) is Dallas’ Impulse Group’s latest community outreach, is a speed-dating event, set to take place at Pilikia on Sunday. The idea is to remove the stigma of one’s HIV status in a friendly, fun and open atmosphere. “When you remove the stigma of HIV from dating, you open yourself up to even more possible Mr. Rights… or summer flings,” says Erik Vasquez, Impulse’s local events director.

The event takes place from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Local YouTube star Dallas Sheraton will host. It’s free, but get tickets early here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WaterTower to host free screening of ‘Raid of the Rainbow Lounge’

Joanie Schultz, the still-new artistic director of Addison’s WaterTower Theatre, announced that the theater company will host a free screening of the documentary Raid of the Rainbow Lounge on July 10 at Landmark’s Magnolia Theatre in the West Village.

 The 2012 documentary, by local filmmaker Robert L. Camina, chronicles the events in Fort Worth on June 28, 2009 — coincidentally, the 40th anniversary of the start of the Stonewall Riots that launched the modern gay rights movement — when Cowtown police raided the new gay bar, bludgeoning at least one patron and triggering a national dialogue about police and the targeting of gays. Many local activists are profiled in the film, which won numerous festival awards. The Rainbow Lounge was just again recently in the news when a fire burned down the club, a hub of gay life in Fort Worth.

The screening is planned to coincide with Hit the Wall, Ike Holter’s play about Stonewall, which Schultz added to the theater company’s schedule and which she will direct. Hit the Wall opens July 28.

The free Raid screening will take place at the Magnolia at 7 p.m., and will be followed by a Q&A with Schultz and Camina. Seating is limited, and on a first come, first served basis.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones