Arkansas State Society’s D.C. inaugural ball canceled; Charlotte Church says no thanks


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A day after the Washington Post called out Donald Trump for claiming that “all the dress shops are sold out in Washington” by women looking for gowns to wear to his inaugural ball (a flat-out lie), it’s being reported that the Arkansas State Society has had to cancel its planned Arkansas Inaugural Gala due to poor ticket sales.

According to the 4920 News website (KHBS-KHOG Fort Smith-Fayetteville), the event was canceled due to low demand for tickets. The website for the event said the “early bird” price for the tickets, beginning Dec. 26, was $200. The 4029 site said tickets were “at least $125,” and the event was to be held at the National Press Club. The website reports that Arkansas State Society President Glen Mahone said “planners canceled the event before any ticket … had been sold. Mahone believes the event will be revived eventually.”

The Arkansas State Society posted this notice on its website:

“The Arkansas 2017 Inaugural Gala has been cancelled at this time due to unforseen circumstances. Please accept our deepest apologies from the entire Arkansas State Society Board of Directors as we know that this is a beloved event for all of our fellow Arkansans. We sincerly hope that you will still enjoy other inaugural events that are offered within our Nation’s Capitol. Please go to Guide to the 2017 Presidential Inauguration for other local event information.

“Again, we apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. For additional information please contact Gala Chair Glenn Mahone at 202-302-9941.”

This news comes at about the same time as news that British classical pop singer Charlotte Church announced that she had refused an invitation to perform at the inauguration because she thinks Trump is “a tyrant.”

Here’s the tweet in which Church refused the invitation:

Well, she forgot to add the “Felecia” after “Bye,” but the four poop emojis make Church’s feelings on the matter pretty clear, it seems.

As Yahoo reports, “With 10 days to go before Trump’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the 30-year-old former child star who crossed over from singing classical arias as a tween to more mainstream pop as an adult joins a list of other artists who have reportedly said ‘no’ to performing for the real estate billionaire. A glance through Church’s Twitter feed from 2016 finds a number of retweets from the singer critical of Trump.

“Former Celebrity Apprentice star Trump has said he’s not interested in attracting ‘A-list’ celebs to his inaugural festivities, which so far will include appearances from fellow reality TV star Jackie Evancho, Big & Rich, country rapper Cowboy Troy, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and a handful of marching bands. The tweet from Church came shortly after [DJ] Moby said he was also reportedly asked to DJ at an inaugural ball, a request the proudly liberal EDM star said he’d gladly entertain if ‘#trump released his tax returns.’

“Another reality TV singer, Rebecca Ferguson — who was runner-up in the seventh season of Britain’s The X Factor — said last week that she would perform, but only if Trump’s team allowed her to sing ‘Strange Fruit,’ the legendary protest song against racism made famous by Billie Holiday. (In other words, no.) Elton John, Gene Simmons, Garth Brooks are among the other artists who have reportedly declined to appear.

“A spokesperson for the Trump campaign could not be reached for comment at press time.”

—  Tammye Nash

Concert Notice: Moby to DJ at Lizard Lounge

As posted on the Lizard Lounge’s website, techno maestro Moby is headed this way in December to perform a DJ set at the club’s 20th anniversary celebration. According the site, he was one of the clubs first major acts to play there back in 1992, so it’s like a full circle thing for the queer musician. From

Lizard Lounge opened on Dec. 19, 1991. With existing locations in Houston and Austin, Lizard Lounge quickly become a Dallas nightlife institution. The Lizard Lounge remains one of Dallas’ premier venues for live and electronic music. Past performers include Moby, Paul Oakenfold, Paul Van Dyk, Fat Boy Slim, Benny Benassi, Skrillex, Afrojack & Deadmau5. The Lizard Lounge also presents live acts. Previous live performers include The Prodigy, 311, Barenaked Ladies and Nitzer Ebb.

Today, Lizard Lounge remains one of Dallas’ most versatile live music venues, with a capacity of over 1000 guests.

The event goes down Dec. 17. Tickets are $50 and $75 for VIP and on sale now.

—  Rich Lopez

Weekly Best Bets

Friday 04.08

He’ll keep a ‘Light’ on for you
Last year, Jake Heggie brought people back to the opera with the world premiere of his adaptation of Moby Dick. The gay composer works his magic with another world premiere, but for one night only. He and Gene Scheer debut their song cycle A Question of Light, performed by Nathan Gunn, as part of
Unveil: The Dallas Opera 2011 Gala.
DEETS: Winspear Opera House, 2301 Flora Way. 8 p.m. $75.


Saturday 04.09

This comedy isn’t down the tubes
As the Dweeb Girls, rock band The Surly Bitches or pseudo country music sensations Euomi and Wynotta Spudd, comedy team Dos Fallopia works hard for the laughs. The “kamikaze comedy team” of Peggy Platt and Lisa Koch have been at this for 25 years and bring the funny to Fort Worth.
DEETS: Youth Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Drive. 8 p.m. $20­–$40.


Sunday 04.10

Get hallucinating with ‘Alice’
Nouveau 47 amps up last year’s production of the Lewis Carroll classic by adding more of his work in Alice in Wonderland & Other Hallucinations. We’re glad we get to partake in theater that acts as an hallucinogen rather than taking a pill. So much easier.
DEETS: The Magnolia Lounge, 1121 First Ave. Through April 23.

—  John Wright

Moby Featured in Latest “New Yorkers” for Marriage Equality Video

DJ and musician Moby is the latest iconic New Yorker joining in the Human Rights Campaign’s “New Yorkers for Marriage Equality” campaign, raising the profile of the timely fight for equal marriage rights in the Empire State. The new video and the entire campaign can be viewed online at

“One of the things that has made me most proud to be a new Yorker for decades is the fact that we embrace all people and all walks of life,” said Moby. “It is with that spirit in mind that I ask you to please support marriage equality.”

This video is the fifth installment of the series;  Moby joins Mayor Bloomberg, Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe, actress Julianne Moore and designer Kenneth Cole in their vocal support of marriage equality – In the coming weeks and months HRC will continue the series of prominent New Yorkers speaking out in support for marriage equality to include: Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick, David Chang, Tom Colicchio, Fran Drescher, Whoopi Goldberg, Ethan and Ryan Hawke, Christopher Meloni and Joan Rivers.

Human Rights Campaign | HRC Back Story

—  John Wright

Concert notice: Moby DJ's Fair Park, Tanya Tucker plays Billy Bob's

Two concerts are around the corner that are most likely polarizing in their audiences.

If you dig the oonce-oonce of electronica and dance, it might be a must to head to the Electric Daisy Carnival June 19. Think of it like a one-day techno equivalent to Austin City Limits. Of all places, Fair Park is home to the DJ/techno festival with  a slew of artists giving up the tunes in spots such as Neon Garden and Kinetic Field. But you’ll want to hit up the Cosmic Meadow at 10 p.m. The highlight of the night is going to Moby’s DJ set. You won’t hear him perform “South Side” or any of his hits on his own, but he may sneak some of his tracks into the list of songs he’ll be serving up. Other artists on the lineup include Kaskade, Hoyotoho, Dieselboy and locals Raydar and Shaolin.

Tickets are $45–$80 and include admission to all four stages, free carnival rides and fully stocked bars. No word if Fletcher’s Corny Dogs will be on hand. Tickets to the After Daisy after- party at Lizard Lounge are $10.

—  Rich Lopez

Moby at the Palladium Ballroom Oct. 4

Doh! Sorry ladies and gents. If it wasn’t for NPR’s Bob Boilen, I wouldn’t have remembered to post this video of Moby live at the Palladium Ballroom earlier this month. It’s an interesting thing to watch Moby capture his electronica music with a full band. Here he performs his chill groove, “Porcelain” to a surprisingly nice effect.

Yesterday, Boilen posted Moby’s full Berlin concert to listen to (not watch) on the All Songs Considered site. It’s a sufficient hour and 44 minute post. So if you close your eyes and have some strudel, you might can imagine being right there at the аутсорсинг спбмаркетинг сайта

—  Rich Lopez