This weekend’s takeaways: Life+Style

If you weren’t at the Meyerson last night, you missed the historic appearance by former First Lady Laura Bush, appearing with her home town’s gay men’s chorus, the Turtle Creek Chorale, for a program that also featured the Army chorus. It marked the final concert of the TCC’s season, and the first since interim conductor Trey Jacobs was officially named the new permanent artistic director.

Dallas Theater Center’s production of God of Carnage at the Kalita provides a juicy bit of social commentary amid 75 minutes of serious belly laughs. And there’s still time to catch Memphis at Fair Park, an entertaining and occasionally moving musical about the history of rock ‘n’ roll on the radio with some radiant singing. (It was written by Tony winner Joe DiPietro.) The Dallas Children’s Theater wraps up its production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly soon with this family-friendly hip-hop musical about embracing differences in one another. And different it is — B.J. Cleveland does drag as a lady fly and Adam Garst cleverly James-Deans his way through the role of an angsty spider.

Mansome is still playing at the Angelika, and you’s be better off catching that — or even The Avengers again — rather than Men in Black 3, although it’s better than the last two. Or kick off summer’s first three-day weekend with some beach reading, especially In One Person, the new one by John Irving with a bisexual hero at its center. The is also Ye Fynall Week-End to enjoy Scarborough Faire, pictured.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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Anti Gay Messenger Comes to Memphis [ABC 24]




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LGBT Anti-Discrimination Ordinance Withdrawn in Memphis

Neither the Memphis City Council nor Mayor A.C. Wharton feels its important to protect LGBT people from discrimination. Therefore, Janis Fullilove (pictured), who last month received death threats and a dead cat on her lawn over her sponsorship of the anti-discrimination legislation, has withdrawn it, the Commercial Appeal reports:

Fullilove "The Tennessee Equality Project and councilwoman Janis Fullilove this morning withdrew the proposed ordinance, which would prevent the city from discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in hiring or promotion of employees, and an accompanying resolution that would have included the ordinance’s language in city contracts. Fullilove and TEP members said it was clear the ordinance, which was scheduled for the second of three readings this afternoon, lacked support from the 13-member council and Wharton’s administration, which said two weeks ago that it favors a more general ordinance approved by the Shelby County Commission earlier this year. Michelle Bliss, vice chairwoman of the Shelby County Committee of the TEP, said council members were making decisions based on 'fear and prejudice.' …  'At this time we don’t think we can get a fair hearing,' said Bliss. Fullilove said she was disappointed that she had to withdraw the legislation."


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Gay getaway: Walking in Memphis

Mid-South Pride, shown above, is in October.
Mid-South Pride, shown above, is in October.

Even for us proudly Southern gays, Memphis seems, at first blush, less campy-gay than tacky-straight. I mean, Graceland’s Jungle Room … hell, ANY room there? It’s like the 1970s threw up a Sears catalogue. Compared to Nashville’s country-and-western drag, where big-boobed bombshells like Dolly reign in leather tassels, there’s a great rift between the towns’ gay appeal.

Or so you might think. But Memphis’s Midtown gayborhood is flush with a range of gay bars — and not just C&W clubs (though there is, of course, Lorenz/Aftershock and Metro if you groove for that kinda thing … and let’s face it, we all do). Backstreet Memphis has a big dance floor called the Coliseum, and Dru’s Place is a sports bar for gays; Pumping Station is a well-established Levi-and-leather bar.

Several big gay events aren’t until fall — the Outflix gay film fest is in September, and Mid-South Pride takes place in October — but you can get to the Athens of the South on American Airlines for a C-note each way, leaving next Friday or Saturday and coming back Monday, May 31.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones