Best Bets • 02.10.12

KC_Sparkle_ShirtFriday 02.10

Your life will suck without her
Kelly Clarkson kinda got a raw deal at last week’s Super Bowl. The Burleson native  killed the crowd singing the national anthem, but everyone keeps talking about halftime. We can make it up to her as she headlines her night in town. Matt Nathanson opens.

DEETS:
Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie
7:30 p.m. $25–$50
Ticketmaster.com.

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Tuesday 02.14

Your funny Valentine
If chocolates and flowers aren’t your kinda thing, maybe a good laugh is. Spice up Valentine’s Day with comedy. Paul Varghese was named the Funniest Comic in Dallas and headlines this Valentine’s show taking the pressure out of romantic expectations, and going for a laugh. But candy and champagne are included just to seal the deal.

DEETS:
Backdoor Comedy
8250 N. Central Expressway (in the Doubletree Hotel)
7:30 and 9:30 p.m. $28
BackDoorComedy.com.

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Tuesday 02.14

They’re here, they cheer
From the movie screen to the stage, cheerleading rivals learn there’s more to life then human pyramids and herkies in Bring It On: The Musical. But awesome choreography and high school drama add to the fun.

DEETS:
Music Hall at Fair Park
909 First Ave. 8 p.m. $15–$80.
Ticketmaster.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 10, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

RICH’S MIXTAPE: Super Bowl

With so many concerts going on during Super Bowl Week, clearly music is just as much a part of the game as the game itself. The Black Eyed Peas, Prince and Duran Duran may rock us out, but try these tunes might get help get your game face on.

“Lone Star Uprising” — Hydroponic Sound System: This Dallas band’s downtempo dub is more vibe than anthem, but the Bowl is definitely a shining moment for the state … especially with the Cowboys nowhere in sight.

“Taxi Cab” — Vampire Weekend: Going to the actual game? Uh, don’t bother driving. By train or by cab, you’re better off because parking is going to be a beeyotch.

“Fair Game” — The Like: OK, once that coin toss happens, we do want good sportsmanship throughout … whether on the field or during the drinking games.

“Big Muscle” — DJ Bill Bennett: Yes, most gay men can’t resist some of those beefy players on the field. And since this is pretty much it for the season, this is the time to appreciate and salivate.

“Another Piece of Meat” — The Scorpions: Well, they are! See “Big Muscle.”

“Spit in Your Face” — Kevin Rudolph with Lil Wayne: Just because we want fair, doesn’t mean we want wussies out there. A little trash talk is a good thing — gets the blood going.

“Everything to Lose” — Dido: Both teams are previous Bowl winners so it’s hard to feel sorry for the losers, but there has to be one. Sorry, Steelers.

“Keep on Runnin’” – Journey: Those of us watching from the living room will be yelling something like this at the players. And yes, we do yell at the TV. Don’t question it.

“You Lost Me” – Christina Aguilera, pictured: The Burlesque star will be singing the national anthem and for this we are glad. For the inevitable person who doesn’t understand the game, asks a bunch of questions and still doesn’t get it — well, just play this.

“Four Minutes” – Madonna with Justin Timberlake: At some point in the game, there will be four crucial minutes that could make or break either team.

“You Win Again” – Jerry Lee Lewis: This is what one coach will say to the other in that midway handshake. Either that or something else altogether.

“Game Over” – V.V. Brown: Yes, four 15-minute quarters should equal one hour, but don’t complain. Just listen to some Christina. Otherwise, after a few hours of game time, rad commercials and snacks, it’s time to focus on basketball.

— Rich Lopez

—  John Wright

Jay Brannan and Eric Himan perform tonight at The Loft

A double-dose of sexy

Indie rocker Jay Brannan returns to Dallas tonight. Not only might he remind you of our national anthem, Brannan isn’t half-bad when it comes to lyrics. Quirky, original and at times even delightful. With an acoustic set, The Loft is the ideal setting for his music as it was last year. Fellow gay musician Eric Himan joins the bill tonight. He’s not doing too bad himself. He just released his piano-based solo album Out With the Old and hits the pavement pretty often according to his Twitter and Facebook feeds.

These boys are working it for all they can and if past shows say anything, tonight should be an acoustic set of awesome.

DEETS: The Loft, 1135 S. Lamar St.. Doors at 7:30. $17. GilleysMusic.com

—  Rich Lopez

Super Bowl XLV now officially gayest ever

First there was the Super Street Party on Cedar Springs, billed as the first-ever gay Super Bowl block party.

Then there was the Black-Eyed Peas and bisexual Fergie as halftime entertainment.

And now, to top it all off, the Village People — yes, those Village People — are slated to appear at Fair Park for an “XLV Party” a few nights before the big game, the Dallas Observer reports.

There’s no word on whether the Cedar Springs folks will try to get the Village People for the block party as well, since they’ll already be here and all. But either way, Super Bowl XLV is shaping up to be pretty darn queer. What’s next, Ellen DeGeneres as Fox’s sideline reporter? A special pregame screening of Glee on the big screen at Cowboys Stadium? Chely Wright singing the national anthem? Pastor Robert Jeffress performing the opening coin toss?

—  John Wright