Applause: Broadgay at Winspear

Lexus series adds queer event to upcoming season of musicals

What’s gay about ‘Jersey Boys’? The GLBT Broadway subscriber series at the Winspear will tell you.

The Lexus Broadway Series offers a muscular lineup of shows that feature classic stories and contemporary rock ‘n’ roll. But they go one step further in the 2011-12 season with the stage equivalent of special edition DVDs, featuring enhanced performances and pre-show engagements for subscribers — including its gay patrons.

Dallas Voice Life+Style Editor Arnold Wayne Jones will host a conversation every second-week Tuesday about 45 minutes before each show. The series, called GLBT Broadway, will highlight the appeal for queer audiences for the shows in the series. The discussion will touch on issues of gender identity and sexuality in regards to the show and the teams behind them. Some — such as the season lead-off, Hair — might be easier to analyze from a gay perspective than, say, Jersey Boys, but that’s part of the fun of the series.

The season starts with Hair, which won the Tony in 2009 for best musical revival. Youth in 1960s America are all about peace, love and understanding — including nudity and homosexuality — in this iconic musical. Sept. 20–Oct. 2.

The epic Les Miserables follows with a new 25th anniversary production. Dec. 20–Jan. 1.

Best musical Tony winner In the Heights details the immigrant experience as characters find a new life in their new country. March 13–25.

Alt-rockers Green Day went Broadway with American Idiot, touted as a mashup of a rock concert and staged musical. May 8–20.

The season concludes with Jersey Boys and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Classic hits like “Big Girls Don’t Cry” and “Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You” tell the tale of this well-accomplished music group from the ‘50s. June 12–July 15.

Other subscriber series include Broadway University, hosted by SMU theater professor Kevin Hofeditz which will explore themes of the show and its place in theater history (every second Saturday matinee) and Broadway Uncorked (every second-week Wednesday), where an expert sommelier will host a wine tasting based on the show. We wonder what American Idiot’s wine will be.

— Rich Lopez

For more information on the Lexus Broadway Series and its enhanced performances, visit ATTPAC.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 26, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

WATCH: Gay, married Costa Rican immigrant talks to Houston TV station about his deportation case

David Gonzalez and Mario Ramirez

Last week we told you about David Gonzalez, the gay Costa Rican immigrant who’s fighting deportation and trying to remain in Texas with his husband, U.S. citizen Mario Ramirez. On Thursday, a Houston judge delayed Gonzalez’s deportation proceedings and urged the parties to resolve the matter before the next court hearing, set for Aug. 31. In the meantime, KHOU interviewed Gonzalez for a story that aired Monday night. Watch it below.

—  John Wright

Immigrant Punk & SuZanne Kimbrell perform at Pizza Lounge

No Palin/Trump slice tonight

Local lesbian rockers Immigrant Punk, pictured, and SuZanne Kimbrell turn up the volume on dinner tonight. They perform a double bill in Exposition Park tonight. It’s a tough call between them and the Mavs, but a win-win either way.

DEETS: Pizza Lounge, 841 Exposition Ave. 8 p.m. Facebook.com/ImmigrantPunk

—  Rich Lopez

Richard Dawkins & Peter Tatchell Debate Immigrant Values In The UK

In an interesting episode of the BBC’s Big Question series, famed LGBT activist Peter Tatchell and Richard Dawkins debate others on the right wing and anti-gay attitudes brought by some in Britain’s burgeoning immigrant communities. Dawkins goes off beautifully at 15:00.

Joe. My. God.

—  admin

Best bets • 01.07.11

Saturday 01.08

We like our bears four-alarm style
The Dallas Bears know how to get a new year started. Bears, non-bears and groups are invited to participate in their Kick Off to 2011 Chili Cook-Off. The event benefits Dallas Bears’ charities, but should likely leave a lot of people with a beary spicy taste in their mouth. Would you expect anything less? Pass the crackers.

DEETS: Hidden Door, 5025 Bowser Ave. 2 p.m. DallasBears.org.

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Monday 01.10

Don’t mess with this man’s puss
The last thing you want to do is kill some guy’s cat — especially when that guy’s away on a mission of torture and terrorism. When Padraic finds out his feline friend is dead in The Lieutenant of Inishmore, he isn’t happy and he’s gonna make sure the rest of his Irish town isn’t either in this dark comedic play by Martin McDonagh at WaterTower Theatre.

DEETS: WTT, 15650 Addison Road. Through Feb. 6. $22–$40. WaterTowerTheatre.org.

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Wednesday 01.12

Going on down to the east side
Immigrant Punk comes from Denton to play her unique folk hip-hop for Lakewood Bar & Grill’s East Side Love Show. But she’s not the only out artist on the bill. SuZanne Kimbrell, pictured, brings her acoustic rock and blues to the show along with Abraham Mellish and Angela Carter.

DEETS: Lakewood Bar & Grill, 6340 Gaston Ave. 8 p.m. $5. LBGDallas.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 7, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

HRC says Jeb Hensarling of Dallas could pose major threat to gay rights in new Congress

The Human Rights Campaign says Jeb Hensarling is “extremely connected and close to a lot of the right-wing religious groups.”

Following the release of a Human Rights Campaign report showing an anti-LGBT majority in the new U.S. House — which we mentioned earlier — we requested a full list of which lawmakers the group considers anti-LGBT, pro-LGBT and mixed.

“Sorry but the list is proprietary and we aren’t releasing the names publicly,” HRC spokesman Michael Cole told us moments ago.

Naturally, we were interested to see how HRC categorizes various Texas lawmakers. And while HRC isn’t releasing its secret list, we do know about one member of the GOP leadership from Texas whom the group considers a major threat — our old buddy Jeb Hensarling of Dallas, who chairs the House Republican Caucus. From The HuffPo’s piece about the HRC report:

“I think they’re going to have to give some red meat to their base, and I assume it’s either going to be anti-gay, anti-choice, or anti-immigrant, or all of the above,” said [HRC legislative director Allison] Herwitt. “So I just think that when you have someone like Jeb Hensarling, who is chairman of the House Republican Conference, he’s extremely connected and close to a lot of  the right-wing religious groups, so there’s going to be pressure on the leadership to deliver on some of these issues.”

—  John Wright