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Friday 04.29— Sunday 05.01


Purple Party spins a weekend of partying for a cause

Although they call it the Purple Party (singular), there are actually five events all weekend long at this circuit party and fundraiser from the all-volunteer Purple Foundation. It kicks off with the Ignite party on Friday, followed by a daytime pool party at Sisu Uptown on Saturday and the main event that night at South Side Music Hall. Sunday welcomes a tea-dance and then closing-night party. Among the spin doctors coming to town are DJ Paulo, Isaac Escalnate, Eddie Martinez and more. Get your Purple on!

For details of the events, prices on passes and a full schedule, visit

Saturday 04.30


Steve Grand goes unplugged

We have no shame in admitting we love Steve Grand — sure, his music is good, and he’s an out-and-proud gay man… both excellent reasons to be fans. He’s also quite dreamy. And why not love a performer for how they make us feel as we watch them entertain us? We’re not monks! He performs Unplugged at the COH Saturday.

Cathedral of Hope
5910 Cedar Springs Road
7 p.m.

Thursday 05.05 — Sunday 05.08


Uptown Players returns with Broadway Our Way

When Uptown Players presents their annual benefit revue Broadway Our Way — where the actors flip the sexes of who sings the songs — it usually previews the entire season. Well, this year the first show (End of the Rainbow) came first, and if it’s any indication, you don’t wanna miss what they are up to for the rest of the year. B.J. Cleveland directs an all-star cast, that also features stallwarts like Coy Covington, pictured. Fasten your seatbelts, dolls — it’s gonna be an adventure.

Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 29, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Actor/singer Jeff Kinman passes

Members of the North Texas theater community will all know Jeff Kinman. He’s been a staple on Metroplex stages for more than 10 years, and his appearance in a show guaranteed one thing: Beautiful singing. His clarion tenor, high as the clouds and clear as rainwater, never failed to draw tears and cheers.

As a vocal coach, as a singer in stage musicals and on CDs (including last year’s Holidazzle II charity Christmas album, and the cast recording of The Last Session, in which he starred in 2002) or as a composer (Kinman, his partner Adam C. Wright and friend John de los Santos wrote a musical that got a tryout at Uptown Players’ Pride Performing Arts Festival last year), Jeff’s presence elevated every project he touched. The last time I saw him perform — earlier this year at UP’s annual Broadway Our Way fundraiser show — he looked frail, but his voice was as powerful and lovely as it had ever been.

When word spread earlier this month that Jeff was in hospice care at Legacy Founders Cottage, the outpouring of affection was palpable — on Jeff’s Facebook page, where countless friends posted fond memories and words of encouragement, but also in person … to the point where facility folks had to ask well-wishers to slow down their visits to avoid taxing resources. But it spoke highly of Jeff that people felt compelled to show their support and friendship.

Jeff Kinman passed away this morning at approximately 2:30 a.m. He was 47. Services are pending.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones