Best Bets • 04.08.16

Friday 04.08—Sunday 05.01


2 big stars portray 2 big stars in ‘Empress/Pearl’

Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin where giants of the blues, but Dallas’ talent pool is almost as impressive: We have M. Denise Lee and Marisa Diotalevi, who team up to portray these legends of music with The Lady, The Empress and the Pearl, Part One: The Empress and the Pearl. They’ve already taken a piece o’ my heart, baby.

Theatre 3’s Theatre Too Studio
2900 Routh St. in the Quadrangle

Saturday 04.09


Dress down for charity at No Tie fundraiser for ASD

Dallas socialites love to dress up, to see and be seen at events like Bloomin’ Ball, DIFFA and Black Tie. But how about no tie? That’s the idea behind this annual fundraiser benefitting AIDS Services of Dallas. There’s kind of no dinner, either — or rather, you attend a dinner hosted by individuals, then all gather at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dessert and silent auction. (One of the honorary co-chairs this year is Marie Reyes, one of the upcoming Real Housewives of Dallas, so you can even get a selfie with her before the show airs!) And dress elegantly and chic … just no neckwear!

Frontiers of Flight Museum
6911 Lemmon Ave.
7–10 p.m.

Sunday 04.10


See how the other half lives during annual Turtle Creek Home Tour

You may walk the streets of Oak Lawn, but do you ever wonder what it looks like looking down on them? You can find out with the 15th annual Home Tour, sponsored by the nonprofit Turtle Creek Association. See homes filled with art and furnishings, glamor and glitz, with great views (and greater mortgages). There’s not only the tour itself, but the after-party for those who want to hob-knob with Dallas’ wealthy.

Tour from 1–5 p.m.
Tour tickets $50–$60.
For details, and to purchase tour and party tickets, visit

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party set for Saturday

Screen shot 2014-04-11 at 6.31.23 PMWe know you’ve been working on your summer pool figures, but it’s OK to break your diet for just one day. On Saturday, the No Tie Dinner & Dessert Party gets going at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. This event is a benefit to raise money for AIDS Services of Dallas, which provides housing and supportive services for low-income and formerly homeless men, women and children and families living with HIV/AIDS.

ASD supporters have been hosting social gatherings that range from backyard barbecues to formal dinners, and their guests donated $50 or more, which goes to ASD. No Southern dinner is complete without dessert, so the hosts and their guests will sample offerings from some of Dallas’ best caterers and restaurants at Saturday’s event. They’ll need the nourishment to get them through a night of the dancing and entertainment that will be offered.

And what’s a benefit if it doesn’t have an auction? Designers, restaurants and stores donated items you’ll want to bid on and take home.

The event will be held from 7 p.m.-11 p.m. at Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. And like the name says — no tie.


—  Steve Ramos

Weekly Best Bets

Friday 03.25

Don’t mess with the jester
We’ve heard the sad clown bit before, but we think Verdi might have been the first with his opera Rigoletto. Ol’ Rig is a jester of the tragic kind, which is only made worse when a bunch of noblemen set out to do some major harm. And trust us, that’s not even the half of it.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 7:30 p.m. $59–$415.


Saturday 03.26

Dinner’s nice but dessert is better
You might think “progressive supper” when someone says dinner at one place, dessert at another. No Tie Dinner is so not that. Have dinner with your friends, but convene for the most fabulous sweet endings at the posh Dessert Party later. Plus, it all benefits AIDS Services of Dallas, which is probably the sweetest deal of all.

DEETS: Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave. 8 p.m. $50.


Sunday 03.27

Leave you wanting Maher
There is one thing we have to be thankful to Sarah Palin and the Tea Party for and that’s Bill Maher. Mixing humor and politics, the funny man is never without fodder or even a serious commentary thanks to them. And when it comes to LGBT rights, Maher’s been a vocal heavyweight in our corner. He’s practically the perfect man.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2403 Flora St. 8 p.m. $45–$75.

—  John Wright

AIDS Services of Dallas announces date, honorary co-chairs for annual ‘No Tie’ dinner

On the heels of distribution of funds from Black Tie Dinner, AIDS Services of Dallas has announced details for its big fundraiser, the less fancy No Tie Dinner.

The event — a series of about 50 dinner parties held at private homes, culminating in a big dessert party and auction at the Frontiers of Flight Museum — will take place on March 26. The 2011 honorary chairs are D’Andrea Simmons, Bernard and Michelle Nussbaumer and Paige andClint Fletcher.

Anyone interested in hosting a party is asked to submit a request to Don Neubauer, Learn more at

—  Arnold Wayne Jones