Octogenarian Paul Taylor, still at it

Paul Taylor photo by Maxine HicksLegendary choreographer Paul Taylor is still going strong. The bisexual dance maven is 82, and has two eponymous companies, one of which comes into the Eisemann Center this weekend for the first time in more than two years.

When his company was last in town in 2010, I spoke with Taylor. You can read that interview here. And you should try to see the performance on Saturday, just to experience the legend while you still can.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

UPDATE: Funeral set for B.J. Cleveland’s dad

The memorial service for the father of B.J. Cleveland — who died just hours before B.J. went on stage in Victor/Victoria for an ailing Paul Taylor — has been set for 11 a.m. on Wednesday at the Glenview Baptist Church at 4805 N.E. Loop 820 in the Haltom City area. Interment will follow at the Greenwood Cemetery. For those wishing to sit with the family, visitation will take place Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. and the Greenwood Funeral Home at 3100 White Settlement Road in Fort Worth.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Meet choreographer Paul Taylor on Friday night

In this week’s Dallas Voice, you can read my interview with legendary choreographer Paul Taylor, who debuts a new piece at the Eisemann on Saturday, Oct. 30. But if you plan to be at the Block Party at that time, you can meet Taylor at a “Cocktails and Conversation” event tonight. Starting at 6 p.m. at the Eisemann, Taylor will mingle with patrons who can get his insights into the making of his world premiere, and talk about his incredible career. Space is limited, so call 972-744-4600 to reserve a spot.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Cathedral of Hope to change time slot on WFAA this month

The times they are a changin’.

Reverend Dr. Jo Hudson mentioned yesterday that Cathedral of Hope’s broadcast will change times as of July 12. They’ll move from Sunday morning airings at 11 a.m. to Sunday EARLY mornings at 12:35 a.m. Hudson said doing this is going to save them bundles of money on broadcasting costs.

I just spoke with Paul Taylor, director of communications for CoH and he says that the money it took to produce and air cost them about $7,500 a week. “We were thrilled to have that time slot. It’s prime time for them on Sunday morning. But it is very expensive,” he said.

Initially, COH jumped on the opportunity when it was presented to them by WFAA. However, because of the expense, they contacted the channel about less expensive options. WFAA came back with the 12:35 a.m. time slot after “Monk” on Saturday nights. “It sounded great and it is much less money, just over $1,000. Plus, the potential audience doubles,” Taylor said.

Which seemed a little far-fetched but not so much after Taylor explained the case.

“We’ve been averaging 30,000 viewers according to the Nielsen ratings. That time slot (12:35 a.m.), averages about 58,000 viewers and that’s with an infomercial. Plus, we could be reaching a whole new audience,” he said. He figured the night owls who are just getting in or those about to go out might just have the TV on to wind down or get ready to. “It’s a great thing for us,” he said.

Their last 11 a.m. airing will be July 12. Taylor is working to have a 12:35 a.m. airing that same day but right now July 19 will be the official first day of the broadcast time.

—  Rich Lopez