Get an early-bird discount to Bruce Wood Dance Project’s Six

8520This past weekend, the Bruce Wood Dance Project — I’m not gonna lie: one of my absolute favorite arts organizations in a city filled with many great ones — held its annual Cocktails and Choreography mixer, where the company previews its upcoming season, which has already been jam-packed (including a trip to the GALA Choruses conference). Attendees were treated to excerpts from a world premiere piece, Klezmer Radio, from guest choreographer Katarzyna Skarpetowska. That’s just one of three pieces — including a world premiere from artistic director Kimi Nikaidoh and a Dallas premiere from the company’s late founder — that will be on display at City Performance Hall on Nov. 11 and 12. If you book your tickets before next Tuesday (using the code SIX),  you can get $6 off tickets … and also get a seat at Mistletoe Magic (Dec. 20), the annual gala fundraiser. Click here for more info and to get your discount.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Shangela appears tonight on ‘X Files;’ Bruce Wood dancers Wednesday on ‘American Crime’

XFiles_Shangela_PhotoMy lead story this week in Dallas Voice is about a naked chef’s sexy (and informative!) webseries, but it’s hardly to only exciting, gay thing going on on television this week.

Tonight on Fox, the rebooted miniseries of The X Files features an episode called “Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster,” in which the FBI agents question Annabelle, an eyewitness. Annabelle is placed by Paris, Texas’ D.J. Pierce, aka Drag Racer drag queen alum Shangela, pictured. “I think writers are talking more chances with characters on TV, and that means more opportunities for diverse actors,” Pierce says. “To that I say, ‘Halleloo!'”

Over on ABC, the second season of the drama series American Crime — which is shot in Texas — is currently underway, address one crime per season and how it affects many people in its orbit. This season focuses on male-on-male rape. According to Andy Noble, artistic director of Houston’s NobleMotion Dance, “There is a big emphasis this season on tough and intimacy [and] dance is used to add to this discussion. I have never really seen dance used like this on network television before.”

This Wednesday’s episode includes a four-minute dance that includes two dancers from the Bruce Wood Dance Project, including its artistic director, Kimi Nikaidoh. The dance is a single shot, no edits.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones