This week’s takeaways: Life+Style


Our Readers Voice Awards issue is out now, and you see what won all the favorites of our readers — from favorite personal trainer to hottest bartender to top local chef — but there’s also tons more going on in town this week.

Friday, you have two chances to see Del Shores’ one-man show at the Rose Room — at 5 p.m. and then at 8 — which will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release. Standing-room-only tickets are available for as little as $10, but if you are one of the first 10 people to email, you can win free tickets to the show. Also at the Rose Room for two shows this week? Comedian Bruce Vilanch. He’ll be performing March 28 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

On Saturday night, DIFFA returns with its second year featuring smoking jackets. Once again, runway legend Jan Strimple is in charge of the show, so it should be a hoot. It’s at the Anatole starting at 6 p.m. You can also get your fashion fix this week at Legal Hospice of Texas’ Fashion Cited event and Dress 4 Yellow, both next Thursday.

On Sunday morning, the inaugural Big Gay Brunch Party gets going at Blue Mesa Grill in Addison, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with DJ Michael Evans spinning.

Two indie theaters have very gay-themed plays opening this week. Up in Addison, MBS Productions is staging the original work The Futility of Hope, pictured, about a teenage girl who seeks out her birth father, only to be shocked to find out he’s a gay man. Over at the Green Zone near the Design District, Bruce Coleman has written and directed two one-acts he collectively calls The Apartment Plays: A Conversation with a (Potentially) Naked Man and Larry Kramer Hates Me. And at the Kalita for a one-night-only event you can see old-school DTC veterans Carole Cook and Tom Troupe in a staged reading of the Pulitzer-winning play The Gin Game on Monday at 7 p.m.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to WineFest on Saturday

Don’t have tickets to Black Tie? Fear not! You can still get your share of tasty bites and alcohol — and it won’t cost you a dime.

The 500 Inc.’s 10th annual WineFest arrives at the Addison Conference Centre on Saturday, a fundraiser for the arts and culture in Dallas (that’s practically the same as gay organizations!). It features food from such restaurants as Sambuca, Seasons 52, Clay Pit and La Madeleine, as well as a host of wines and brews. Tickets cost as much as 50 bucks each, but you can get two for FREE. Just email by 1 p.m. Friday with the subject line “WineFest.” Include you name, phone and email, and we’ll pick the winner of two tickets to the event, which takes place Saturday, Nov. 3, from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Good luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to Diamond Rings concert

John O, the glam rocker who goes by the name Diamond Rings, will be performing at the Granada Theater on Saturday, opening for Stars. Diamond Rings also has a new album coming out next week. You can win two tickets to see the show — which starts at 8 — by sending an email to with the the subject line “Diamond Rings.” Include your name and a phone number. We will pick a winner at random by 2 p.m. on Friday. Good luck!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Win tickets to see WTT’s “Smokey Joe’s Cafe” Thursday

WaterTower Theatre’s new production of the jukebox musical Smokey Joe’s Cafe officially opens tonight, and you can see it this week … for free! We have two pairs of tickets to give away for Thursday’s performance. It starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Addison Theatre Centre, and we have the tickets here for ya. Simply email by 11 a.m. tomorrow, and on Tuesday around noon, I’ll randomly pick the winners. Then all you have to do is stop by the Voice offices before Thursday and enjoy a night of the music of Leiber and Stoler.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Elton John’s new book “Love is the Cure”

Earlier this week, singer Elton John released his book Love is the Cure: On Life, Loss and the End of AIDS. In it, John recounts his own life and career during the height of the AIDS crisis and how the death of Ryan White both devastated and charged the singer to take a stand against the epidemic. This led to the creation of the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

“This is a disease that must be cured not by a miraculous vaccine, but by changing hearts and minds, and through a collective effort to break down social barriers and to build bridges of compassion. Why are we not doing more? This is a question I have thought deeply about, and wish to answer-and help to change-by writing this book,” John wrote.

We have two copies of Love to giveaway. How do you get one? We want to know what you would ask Elton John if you had five minutes to chat with him? Whether about his career, his advocacy or even his fun feud with Madonna, what would you want to know about the legendary gay icon? Send your questions to me here with “I Want Elton” in the subject line and winners will be selected on Monday. That gives you the whole weekend to think about it.

Good luck!


—  Rich Lopez

WIN! Tickets to gay movies tonight at Asian Film Fest

The Asian Film Festival of Dallas is underway, and tonight is unofficially “gay night” for it. And you might be able to come for free.

The evening starts off with Yes or No, a Thai lesbian film, at 7:30 p.m., followed by gay director H.P. Mendoza’s thriller I Am a Ghost at 9:45 p.m. (both at the Magnolia). In between, there’s even a reception at Malai Kitchen in the West Village, starting at 8:30 p.m.

Wanna see Yes or No or I Am a Ghost? The Asian Film Festival is giving away two pairs of tickets — one to Yes and one to Ghost. Simply email us your name at by 3 p.m., and say which film you wanna see. We’ll let you know by 3:15 if you won and put the winners’ name on a list at the door. Enjoy!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

Fort Worth’s Q Cinema got underway last night with the screening of the period drama Funkytown, but there’s plenty of good programming all weekend long. And while you’re in Cowtown, check out some of the performances at the Fort Worth Opera (if you haven’t already, send in your email to win tickets to some performances this weekend.)

If you prefer to stick closer to Dallas, Paula Poundstone is performing Saturday night at the Lakewood Theater. And if you haven’t seen it already — seriously!?!? — Mamma Mia is playing at Fair Park Music Hall, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals. Tonight at Revive is the latest Gay Dallas Happy Hour, starting at 5 p.m., with DJ Paul Kraft spinning (the food is worth a bite, too).

There’re some leather events this weekend as well, from the spank-happy Butt Busters leather event on Saturday to the Women’s International Leatherfest, going on all weekend. And Snow White and the Huntsman is the summer movie you wanna catch (complete with a Hemsworth, pictured) before Prometheus comes out next week.

Stealing a little god-of-thunder from Marvel’s announcement that its gay Northstar superhero would get hitched later this month, DC Comics has outed the Green Lantern as gay. He certainly has always had fashion sense. And it may erase some memories of the Ryan Reynolds movie from last year.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GIVEAWAY: Tickets to tonight’s “Three Decembers” at the Fort Worth Opera Festival

The Fort Worth Opera has been very generous to offer Dallas Voice readers a chance to partake in their current FW Opera Festival.  The impressive lineup this year includes Tosca, The Marriage of Figaro, Lysistrata and Jake Heggie’s Three Decembers.

You might remember that name when he premiered the opera Moby Dick at the Winspear in 2010. The out composer makes his splash again with his newest chamber opera about an aging Broadway star and the ramifications of choosing career over children. Mixing Broadway and opera is quite a feat, but knowing Heggie, he no doubt pulls it off with finesse.

We have three pairs of tickets for tonight’s show. Just email me here by 2 p.m. with “A Night at the Opera” in your subject line along with contact info in the email and I’ll select three random winners for tonight’s performance.

Note that while the majority of the festival is at Bass Music Hall, this show will be performed at the Scott Theatre. For more information about the festival, click here. And stay tuned for more ticket giveaways to the final weekend of the Fort Worth Opera Festival.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: The final Lit Ish giveaway is a pretty major one (like 7 books major)

As our Literary Issue enjoys its last days on the newsstands today, I wanted to let it go out with a bang. I’ve been giving away books all week to keep with the theme and today is the biggest freebie of all.

You’ll likely see a theme here, but I have a handful of books I intend to give to one lucky queer book fan. And by handful, I mean seven unread books by Cleis Press that will give off a whole lotta steam. You’ll see why after the jump.

So, if you would like me to add to your library, I’m going to ask for two things. Author or not, write me the first line of the book you will/may write someday. Include “Turn My Page” in the subject line to me and I will select a winner on Monday. That way you have time to think about it.

Thanks for reading the Lit Ish and to all those who partook in previous book giveaways.

—  Rich Lopez

GIVEAWAY: Fiction double header

Congrats to today’s winner of the Monica Nolan books from yesterday. I have another duo of books to put in the mix for today.

LGBT and feminist book publisher Cleis Press is behind the book Pride and Prejudice: Hidden Lusts by  Mitzi Szereto which amps up the heat in this Jane Austen retelling. More erotic than queer, the book assures “plenty of good old-fashioned bodice ripping.” Cleis also released Silk, by fashion journalist Rupert James who also writes gay erotica under the name James Lear. Cleis describes Silk as a riotous romp of straight, bi and queer love triangles that will capture and keep your attention. But I prefer Tilly Bagshawe’s take from Elle Magazine on the book.

“If you secretly wish Dynasty had never ended, this is the book for you.”

Yes, please! Email me here with “Duet for one” in the subject line and I’ll randomly select a winner for tomorrow.

—  Rich Lopez