Best Bets • 04.08.16

Friday 04.08—Sunday 05.01


2 big stars portray 2 big stars in ‘Empress/Pearl’

Bessie Smith and Janis Joplin where giants of the blues, but Dallas’ talent pool is almost as impressive: We have M. Denise Lee and Marisa Diotalevi, who team up to portray these legends of music with The Lady, The Empress and the Pearl, Part One: The Empress and the Pearl. They’ve already taken a piece o’ my heart, baby.

Theatre 3’s Theatre Too Studio
2900 Routh St. in the Quadrangle

Saturday 04.09


Dress down for charity at No Tie fundraiser for ASD

Dallas socialites love to dress up, to see and be seen at events like Bloomin’ Ball, DIFFA and Black Tie. But how about no tie? That’s the idea behind this annual fundraiser benefitting AIDS Services of Dallas. There’s kind of no dinner, either — or rather, you attend a dinner hosted by individuals, then all gather at the Frontiers of Flight Museum for dessert and silent auction. (One of the honorary co-chairs this year is Marie Reyes, one of the upcoming Real Housewives of Dallas, so you can even get a selfie with her before the show airs!) And dress elegantly and chic … just no neckwear!

Frontiers of Flight Museum
6911 Lemmon Ave.
7–10 p.m.

Sunday 04.10


See how the other half lives during annual Turtle Creek Home Tour

You may walk the streets of Oak Lawn, but do you ever wonder what it looks like looking down on them? You can find out with the 15th annual Home Tour, sponsored by the nonprofit Turtle Creek Association. See homes filled with art and furnishings, glamor and glitz, with great views (and greater mortgages). There’s not only the tour itself, but the after-party for those who want to hob-knob with Dallas’ wealthy.

Tour from 1–5 p.m.
Tour tickets $50–$60.
For details, and to purchase tour and party tickets, visit

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 8, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Uptown Players announces lineup for second Dallas Pride Performing Arts Festival

Last year, Uptown Players launched its first-ever Pride Performing Arts Festival to coincide with the Dallas Pride celebration. It was a hit, and the festival is coming back for a 10-day series of gay plays and performances.

Already announced will be the regional premiere of 8, the play by Oscar winner Dustin Lance Black based on the actual transcript of the challenge to California’s Proposition 8 law, banning same-sex marriage. Rene Moreno will direct the staged reading in the Kalita Humphreys main stage. (Sept. 6.)

Also on the main stage will be Songs for a New World, a song cycle by composer Jason Robert Brown, directed by Bruce Coleman and music directed by Kevin Gunther. (Sept. 9, 11 and 15.) [EDITOR’S NOTE: Uptown Players has announced that Songs for a New World has been removed from the schedule.]

The remaining shows will all be performed in Frank’s Place, the upstairs venue at the Kalita. Among the lineup:

Speech & Debate, about three teenaged misfits united by a town sex scandal. (Sept. 7, 8 and 10.)

The Madness of Lady Bright, starring Larry Randolph as a drag queen slowly going insane; it played last year at the Festival of Independent Theatres, winning Randolph awards for his performance. (Sept. 8, 9 and 15.)

Still Consummate, in which master comedienne Marisa Diotalevi, pictured, revisits her award-winning one-person show The Consummate Woman. It will be on a double bill with Paul J. Williams’ standup act Triple Crown Queen, about growing up gay. (Sept. 8, 11 and 14.)

A-GAYS, Stillwater, Oklahoma. Young performance artist John Michael Colgin reprises his one-man show about being gay at OSU, and the ptifalls of finding a boyfriend. (Sept. 8, 9 and 15.)

Why Am I Not Gay. Straight guy Jason Kane loves musical theater and looks like a bear on the prowl at a Hidden Door beer bush, but — gasp! — prefers girls. He pokes fun at the stereotypes of gay folks, and being on the other side of them. (Sept. 9, 12 and 15.)

I Google Myself, which played a few years back at WaterTower’s Out of the Loop Fringe Festival, will return. This comedy is about a man who finds he shares the same name with a porn star. Kookiness ensures. (Sept. 9, 13 and 15.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones