Best Bets • 07.15.16

Thursday 07.21


Follow the Todrick Road to the Verizon for Straight Outta Oz

North Texas native was an American Idol also-ran, but he’s proven his starpower without the reality show as a popular and engaging young artist and Friend of Dorothy. And we don’t just mean he’s gay — he’s also a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, as reflected in his latest video (“Wrong Bitch” — watch it!) and his current tour, Straight Outta Oz. Catch the big musical production that features 20 new songs in a twist on the classic Judy Garland musical.

Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie
Doors at 6:30 p.m.

Saturday 07.16


JuJuBee, Raven, local luminaries turn out for a Night of Stars

There’s just a week before The Brick closes its doors for good, but it’s going out with a blast, starting this weekend, when Drag Racers JuJuBee and Raven join Dallas talent like Krystal Summers, Mark Alan Smith and more for this dragtastic entertainment — a fundraiser for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

The Brick
2525 Wycliff Ave.
Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
$20 suggested donation

Saturday 07.16


Gaybingo celebrates 15 years with quinceanera

Everyone knows that in Texas, girls mark their 15th birthday with a quinceanera. Well, that goes for gurrlls, as well, and girl, Saturday is the 15th anniversary of Gaybingo, the month fundraiser for the Resource Center. So come dressed as a pinata, or in your pasteliest taffeta to celebrate becoming a real lady.

The Rose Room inside S4
3911 Cedar Springs Road
Doors at 5 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 15, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What to do in Dallas this week

Luke and Christina

Disco v. Retro

Because so much space was dedicated to the Readers Voice Awards in this week’s print edition, a few events going on this week didn’t get full attention. For example, Lord Byron’s 7th anniversary celebration of his hiNRG dance party Disco v Retro gets underway on Saturday night.  That same night, DJ Shane Stiel comes to town for the ScoreParty at the Dallas Eagle. For live music, check out the Oak Lawn Band Saturday afternoon at Temple Emmanu-el, doing a concert dedicated to heroes and heroines.

There’s another music-based event on Saturday, and it’s unique. Uptown St. Germain Hotel, one of the finest dining-and-resting establishments in North Texas, is hosting one of its signature theme dinners. This time, it’s based around the Mick Jagger TV drama Vinyl, and celebrates the seminal year of 1973 with a retro look at artists from Warhol to Bruce Lee to Robert Goulet to Led Zeppelin, with a diverse soundtrack playing throughout the wine-paired dinner. It’s $95/person including wine, and gets underway at 7 p.m. Call 214-871-2516 for reservations.

A few plays are also opening this weekend that should be interesting — Buyer & Cellar at Stage West (Michael Urie did it at City Performance Hall 18 months ago, and was amazing) and Dante: Paradiso from MBS Productions, the final chapter in the classical adaptation.

Sports fans should know that OJ Jenkins is hosting her season launch for the Dallas Elite women’s football team on Saturday at Prime Time Grill; and the theme is March Madness at Gaybingo at the Rose Room that evening as well.

Victor Carrington build himself up from troubled gay kid to a success, which he recounts in his book Just When You Thought You Knew Me; he’ll be doing a book signing at Chocolate Secrets on Oak Lawn on Thursday.

Finally, if you are thinking about getting married, but don’t know how to do it, Dallas Voice is hosting both a workshop and a party and expo at the Renaissance Hotel on Sunday — both events are free.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Resource Center’s Gaybingo lineup for 2016

EP7_IA_79842_RThe Resource Center’s monthly Gaybingo fundraiser is a tradition, arriving the third Saturday of every month (except December). It kicks off this Saturday with the theme Star Wars: Gaybingo Awakens. But the entire lineup of theme nights has already been decided, and here it is if you wanna start planning your costume early.

All games at the Rose Room inside S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Doors at 5 p.m., games start at 6 p.m. $25–$45.

Feb 20: Queen of Hearts.

March 19: March Madness.

April 16: Wig in a Box.

May 21: Orange is the New Bingo.

June 18: Beach Blanket Gaybingo.

July 16: Quinceanera Gaybingo (the event’s 15th anniversary).

Aug. 20: Flame Games.

Sept. 17: Pride and Fabulous.

Oct. 15: Bewitched.

Nov. 19: Nutcracker.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Lakewood Theater threatened because why save anything worth saving?

Lakewood TheaterIsn’t it amazing what isn’t landmarked in Dallas?

The latest building under threat is the Lakewood Theater in East Dallas. The theater was undergoing renovation, but that work has stopped. A week ago, the theater’s old green seats with thick red padding were removed from the building and tossed in the dumpster. Speculation is the building will be torn down.

(Another clue: this is Dallas. The building’s more than 20 years old. There’s not enough parking within 10 feet of the building. General rule: tear it down.)

The Lakewood Theater was built in 1938 and is known for its frescoes and art deco architecture. Karl Hoblizelle was the original owner. He also built the Majestic in Downtown Dallas.

With multiplex theaters opening all over Dallas, the theater began showing second run films. Attendance decreased and after a showing of The Last Picture Show in 1983, the theater closed.

The next year, the theater was renovated and reopened with first-run films. In 1988, it celebrated its 50th anniversary, but by 1993, attendance dwindled and the Lakewood closed again.

In 1994, new owners leased the theater to Keith McKeague. He used the theater for innovative programming and hosted Gaybingo for years before it moved to S4. After a flood in the basement and other setbacks, the owners refused to renew his lease.

Recently Viva Dallas Burlesque has staged a monthly show at the theater with Patti le Plae Safe as emcee.

Alamo Drafthouse has wanted the theater for years.

There’s a petition to the Dallas Landmark Commission to save the Lakewood that reads:

We, the citizens of Dallas, petition the Landmark Commission to initiate landmark designation for the preservation of the Lakewood Theater, the iconic landmark of East Dallas.

Letter to:
City of Dallas
Landmark Commission
We, the citizens of Dallas, petition the Landmark Commission to initiate landmark designation for the preservation of the Lakewood Theater, the iconic landmark of East Dallas.

It is our expectation that the theater as a whole may be appropriately preserved and utilized so that future generations may also know and experience the unique qualities that have endeared it to so many previous generations.

About 2,000 people have already signed the petition and you can sign it here.

—  David Taffet

Gaybingo this weekend!

Screen shot 2013-09-20 at 12.31.00 PMOK, we’ll admit to a little self-interest here: The Elizabeth Trail’rs, Dallas Voice’s LifeWalk team, is the charitable raffle sponsor at Gaybingo this weekend. That means while you help Resource Center Dallas — and enjoy yourself with a fabulous series of games — you can also help out our team. We’ve even made it really easy for you: This poster tells you everything you need to know (it’s Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., at the Rose Room) and even includes a QR code for easy scanning.

C’mon! You know you wanna win some faboo swag! Give a guy some love…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

9 ways to fabulize your week

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It’s a music-filled week in Dallas.

For more traditional concerts featuring gay artists, Saturday is super-busy, with Deborah Vial and Jane Doe reuniting for a concert at The Kessler Theatre (doors open at 6 p.m.). Down the road in The Cedars, Eric Himan, pictured, launches his new national tour promoting his CD Gracefully at Poor David’s Pub (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).

If you prefer dance music from a DJ, Dick’s Night Out is back at the W Hotel Ghostbar on Friday, with DJ Charlie Phresh spinning. Then on Sunday, Honey Pot celebrates its first anniversary with Summer Chill at the Dallas Eagle, with DJ Medic making some noise.

Prefer your music in showtune form? You can still try to get tickets to see The Book of Mormon, which settled into the Winspear with a Tony Award-winning score. (The musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, Xanadu and Miss Saigon all close this weekend, so if you haven’t seen them yet, this is your last chance.)

For non-musical outings, Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown delivers the laughs at Teatro Dallas, and the irrepressible Molly Ivins spins her homespun liberalism in Red Hot Patriot at WaterTower Theatre. And Gaybingo is back at the Rose Room with a Slumber Party theme on Saturday with Drag Racer Latrice Royale in tow, and the HRC’s Fruit Bowl rolls into Richardson on Sunday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Jenna Skyy retires as Gaybingo host after more than 7 years

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Jenna Skyy (Photo courtesy of Musico Roots)

Joe Hoselton, known on stage as Jenna Skyy, announced at GayBingo that Saturday’s show was her last. Skyy has hosted GayBingo for more than seven years.

Johnny Humphrey, event manager at Resource Center Dallas, said he knew Skyy planned to take some time off, but didn’t know ahead of time it would be her last show.

“She will be missed,” Humphrey said. “We’re proud of the productions she’s done.”

Hoselton called the change good for everyone. He said he spoke to the GayBingo performance group, Something Fabulous, ahead of time.

He said he’ll miss doing the show but made the decision because of the time commitment.

“I discovered Jenna through that show,” he said.

—  David Taffet

GayBingo returns Saturday, with changes

On Saturday, Resource Center Dallas returns with another year of GayBingo, but it won’t be the same old game.

For tomorrow’s Fifty Shades of Gay theme, RCD will debut a new bingo machine, offering both a new look and making it easier to follow the game. And there will be new games, bigger pay-outs and more surprise guests.

Also on-deck this year: Two new offshoots of GayBingo. “GayBingo Presents” will be a series featuring music, fashion, dance and more; and Paul J. Williams has signed on (on behalf of his alter ego, Sister Helen Holy, pictured) to host “GayBingo North Dallas.”

It all starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Rose Room inside Station 4. Get reservations and learn more here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GayBingo tonight at the Rose Room

GayBingo 2.0

Before heading out to 2012’s first GayBingo, check out our online interview with new director Johnny Humphrey. He tells us some of the changes that are going down with this new version and they all sound good. Then, bust out that bingo marker and take no prisoners when your number comes up.

DEETS: The Rose Room (inside S4) 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 6 p.m. $25.

—  Rich Lopez