This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

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For tickets to Pam Ann, go here.

Indigo Girls, the lesbian folk band, plays at the McKinney Arts Center on Friday night, but there are lots of other gay-friendly things to do closer to downtown.

Also on Friday, photographer Alex Remington opens his one-man show of Dallas landmarks, Architectura, at the ilume Gallerie; it will play there through June. And Dallas ComicCon bursts into the Irving Convention Center in Las Colinas for a weekend of events.

On Saturday night, the Turtle Creek Chorale holds its annual Turtle Ball, this time at Trinity Groves, the new development near our fancy Calatrava bridge.

This is the last weekend to see Re-Designing Women at the Rose Room, as well as Fela! at the Winspear. And it’s your only chance to see Pam Ann, pictured, in her one-woman comedy act at the Majestic. But you still have time to catch Priscilla Queen of the Desert at Fair Park and the Dallas Theater Center’s Fly By Night at the Kalita.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Let’s make one thing Lear

Last month, Britain’s National Theatre broadcast the (sort of) live production of its stage version of Fela!, a musical about the African musician and activist who eventually died of AIDS. The same service now presents a very different show, but one that should be just as fascinating: King Lear.

Arguably Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Lear has long been a showcase for actors in the twilight of their careers, though the casting of gay acting icon Derek Jacobi, fresh off his ensemble cast SAG Award as the wily Archbishop in The King’s Speech, has enjoyed widespread popularity and acclaim almost continuously for four decades. Already a prime interpreter of the Bard (his Richard II remains a defining characterization), the chance to see him as Lear is a treat.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Screens at the Angelika Dallas Feb. 9 and 10 and Angelika Plano Feb. 13 and 14 at 7 p.m. NTLive.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition Feb. 4, 2011.

—  John Wright

NYT: Bill T. Jones' 'Fela!' coming to Dallas

In January, I interviewed out choreographer Bill T. Jones prior to his company’s performance of “Serenade/The Proposition,” which took a look at the history of Abraham Lincoln through the eyes of dance. He couldn’t make the show because he had another work on Broadway. And just last week, that show, “Fela!,” scored big Tony Award nominations including one for best musical and another for Jones’ choreography. The show is part concert, part dance and part musical and tells the story of Nigerian musician and activist Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.

Today, The New York Times mentions that the producers of “Fela!” have plans to take it on the road, and it looks like Dallas is on the itinerary.

The producers of “Fela!”, the story of the Nigerian activist and musician which opened last November at the Eugene O’Neill Theater, plan to take it abroad and to Chicago, Dallas, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, Miami, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Tempe and Washington. Overseas, look for engagements in Amsterdam, Melbourne, Paris, Rotterdam, Sydney and Toronto. Those stops for “Fela!” are in addition to an already-announced special engagement at London’s National Theater this November.

—  Rich Lopez

Tony nominations have some gay

The Tony Award nominees were announced this morning. Not in the list was Cheyenne Jackson for his role in the revival of Finian’s Rainbow, but there were some other gay-notable inclusions. Among them:

Fela!, the dance musical conceived by choreographer Bill T. Jones, led the pack with 11 nominations.

• The revival of La Cage aux Folles also got 11 nods. Out actor Robin DeJesus, who co-starred in the North Texas-shot indie Fat Girls and was nominated two years ago for In the Heights, was cited as best featured actor. The production also got nods for stars Kelsey Grammer and Douglas Hodge, as best revival and seven other awards.

• Sean Hayes — Jack from Will & Grace — got nominated as best actor in a leading role in a musical for his Broadway debut in the revival of Promises, Promises.

• Levi Kreis, the gay musician making his Broadway debut playing Jerry lee Lewis in Million Dollar Quartet, was nominated as best featured actor in a musical.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones