Best Bets • 08.05.16

Sunday 08.07


Saxmen Dave Koz and David Sanborn headline at Fair Park Music Hall

As two of the most famous and acclaimed saxophonists out there, the pairing of Dave Koz and David Sanborn is a natural fit. They just launched their co-headlining tour Side by Side, and bring it to Fair Park for a matinee performance on Sunday. With dozens of Grammy nominations between them and tons of best-selling jazz albums, they know how to please audiences with soulful music.

Music Hall at Fair Park
901 First Ave.
3 p.m.

Friday 08.05

By George, it’s Boy George! Culture Club reunites

In recent years, Boy George has concentrated on his career as a DJ, but he hasn’t given up entirely on what brought him international stardom in the first place: His Grammy Award-winning work with the ’80s alt pop band Culture Club. If you missed them the first time out — or just long to relive those days — you can see Culture Club reunite for a concert third weekend at Verizon Theater.

Verizon Theater
1001 Performance Place
Grand Prairie
8 p.m.

Tuesday 08.09


Queer Texas musician Jay Brannan returns to Sons of Hermann Hall

Texas native Jay Brannan has traveled all over the world with his low-key style of folkish acoustic rock, which has merited comparisons to Liz Phair, Ani DiFranco and fellow Texan Lisa Loeb. The openly gay singer’s style was destined for more intimate venues like Sons of Hermann Hall, where he returns on Tuesday for a late set.

Sons of Hermann Hall
3414 Elm St.
9 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 5, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Starvoice • 06.10.11

By Jack Fertig

Boy George turns 50 on Tuesday. The ’80s music icon announced earlier this year that he and the rest of Culture Club will reunite for a 30th anniversary tour as well as a new album for 2012. Although the band’s non-updated official website gives us pause. Here’s hoping he’ll tumble for us soon and without the drama.


Mercury moves into Cancer, squaring Uranus and triggering  outbursts, mostly tempests in teapots, but Jupiter softens the square, offering practical wisdom that might be gleaned from those brainstorms and arguments. Mercury will also aspect Neptune and Pluto, drawing ideas and conversations to bizarre extremes; deep and inspiring, but be pragmatic!


GEMINI  May 21-Jun 20
In financial matters, family is more reliable than friends. Evaluate advice without giving away what you plan to do, unless you’re consulting an expert. Listen to your partner’s opinion.

CANCER  Jun 21-Jul 22
Opening up a bit is good for you, but be careful. Friendly and conversational is good; just don’t reveal everything. What you say affects your professional reputation.

LEO  Jul 23-Aug 22
Dazzling your friends is easy. Be more creative and don’t worry who notices. You need downtime to balance private desires and public expression. Consider what sacrifices are necessary.

VIRGO  Aug 23-Sep 22
Rising to economic challenges helps you go far. Your partner and friends exaggerate your talents, but they’re not entirely wrong. Modesty includes acknowledging the range of your talents.

LIBRA  Sep 23-Oct 22
Start talking up your ambitions and accomplishments. Count on colleagues to support you. Your partner’s good intentions in that regard could do more harm than good.

SCORPIO  Oct 23-Nov 21
Outspokenness gets you in trouble with colleagues. Watch your tongue at work, but don’t be shy with your partner or friends. At the right time, your ribald wit could be brilliant.

SAGITTARIUS  Nov 22-Dec 20
Exploring new sexual techniques unlocks avenues of creativity. Watch what you discuss and where. Digging up family secrets can help keep you out of trouble and deepen that creative spurt.

CAPRICORN  Dec 21-Jan 19
Getting involved help you clarify where you really belong in the world, what you’ve learned from elders to pass on to future generations, and what you could be doing for the kids.

AQUARIUS  Jan 20-Feb 18
You are more outspoken and innovative. That includes disruptive outbursts, distractions and accidents. Find a safe outlet to be as outrageous as you like. Elsewhere, think ahead and cool it.

PISCES  Feb 19-Mar 19
Feeling lost is the first step toward finding yourself. Expressing questions is more important than finding answers. Find your way through art and mysticism. Let friends provide grounding.

ARIES  Mar 20-Apr 19
Bold moves prove profitable, but keep your eyes forward. The difference between bold and reckless is the difference between success and disaster. Double check your instincts.

TAURUS  Apr 20-May 20
Loquacious urges reveal more than you intended. That is advantageous, relieving the pressure of needless secrets. For those you do need to keep quiet, have a chat with someone you trust.

Jack Fertig can be reached at 415-864-8302 or

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 10, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Queer Music News: Lady Gaga previews album cover; Culture Club getting back together

• Lady Gaga Twitpic-ed her album cover (right) for Born This Way and it’s already getting flak. Apparently it’s a Kylie Minogue ripoff. At least according to Entertainment Weekly. Whatever. Pop musicians rip off each other all the time.

The title song is now supposed to debut Friday instead of previous reports of Feb. 13.

• Boy George appeared on Larry Flick’s The Morning Show on Sirius XM OutQ gay radio Tuesday with some big news. At least big for ’80s music fans. The decade’s iconic band Culture Club is slated for a reunion marking the 30th anniversary of their inception. And they are going all out with a tour and an album. I just hope they make a stop in Dallas and that Mr. George isn’t so bitchy.

Listen to what he told Flick here. And after that, enjoy my favorite CC song below.

—  Rich Lopez