GIVEAWAY: Tickets to “Pluck the Day”

The cast of Second Thought's 'Pluck the Day'

The peeps at Second Thought Theatre offered Dallas Voice readers a a pair of tickets to their new play, Pluck the Day now playing at the Kalita Humphreys Theater in the Bryant Hall space.

So what’s the show about? Read 2TT’s write-up on their show.

THE STORY:  It’s kinda like therapy, only with guns and booze.  Duck’s drunk.  Fred’s been eatin’ peyote again.  And Bill might not be as gay as they originally thought he was.  Three guys sittin’ on a porch in West Texas lookin’ for somethin’:  Enter April.   

We have two tickets for the show (one pair) and can be redeemed on any performance in the show’s last weekend. Pluck the Day runs through Feb. 26. All you have to do is comment on this posting when it links to our Dallas Voice Facebook page, but we’re gonna look for creative ways you use the word “pluck.”

Watch for our review of the show in Friday’s issue.

—  Rich Lopez

DADT update: Senate panel may debate repeal in open session Thursday afternoon

Kerry Eleveld at The Advocate reports via Twitter that a Democratic aide has told her the Senate Armed Services Committee will take up the proposed repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” Thursday afternoon in an open session. The committee initially planned to consider an amendment that would repeal the ban on open service in closed session, Eleveld says. Think Progress’ Wonk Room is reporting that the open session has been requested by Arizona Sen. John McCain, who’s threatening to join a Republican filibuster of the repeal if it makes it out of committee to the floor. McCain wants this afternoon’s committee proceedings to be televised.

Meanwhile, Keen News Service is reporting that a House debate on the DADT repeal likely won’t take place until Friday.

And finally, DADT repeal advocates Lt. Dan Choi and Capt. James Pietrangelo have announced a hunger strike. Here’s their press release:

FASTNG FOR EQUALITY & DIGNITY STATEMENT BY DAN CHOI

Immediately following congressional mark-ups on the National Defense Authorization Act 2011, Captain James Pietrangelo and I will commence a fast in pursuit of Equality and Dignity. We have three demands of President Barack Obama.

DEMAND #1: End the Comprehensive Working Group “Study,” which insults the dignity of all Americans.

DEMAND #2: End “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” discharges forever.

DEMAND #3: Replace all discriminatory regulations in the military with a comprehensive non-discrimination policy.

Choi added in a Twitter post that, “Some are prepared to spend Memorial Weekend in prison.”

For the latest Associated Press story on the DADT repeal, go here. Stay tuned to Instant Tea throughout the day for updates.

—  John Wright

BREAKING NEWS: Deal possible on DADT

The Advocate is reporting that representatives from Congress, the White House and LGBT groups were working on a deal this morning that would allow a legislative repeal of “don’t ask don’t tell” to go forward this year. The proposed repeal of the military’s ban on open service is expected to be considered in both the House and Senate later in the week. From The Advocate’s Kerry Eleveld:

LGBT groups met with officials at the White House while legislative affairs representatives from the White House and the Department of Defense met with the House and Senate leadership offices on Capitol Hill along with those of Rep. Patrick Murphy and Sens. Carl Levin and Joseph Lieberman.

A White House aide who spoke on the condition of anonymity confirmed the White House meeting. “Our understanding is that Congress is determined to act this week and we are learning more about their proposal now,” said the aide.

A Democratic leadership aide called the development “promising” but said discussions were ongoing. The House Democratic leadership is expected to meet about the proposal later this afternoon.

According to one person familiar with the White House meeting, the proposal that is being considered would legislatively repeal the statute this year, but the current policy would remain in place and implementation of repeal would not occur until after the Pentagon’s working group study is finished in December. Further, completion of repeal would require certification from President Barack Obama, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and Joint Chiefs Chair Admiral Mike Mullen that the new law will not have a negative impact on readiness, recruitment, retention and other key factors that affect the military.

Also this morning, we received an update on the DADT repeal from Dave Guy-Gainer, a Tarrant County resident who serves on the board of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network. I’ve posted Guy-Gainer’s update after the jump.

—  John Wright