This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

It’s a busy, busy week, what with people fresh back from the Thanksgiving holiday and organizations trying to rush their activities in before the New Year sneaks up. That’s why you can see any of several Christmas-themed stage plays: DTC’s A Christmas Carol, Theatre Britain’s panto of Mother Goose, MBS Productions’ saucy Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker and WaterTower’s staged reading of It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play. You can also see the real Nutcracker in Dallas before it moves to Fort Worth, courtesy of Texas Ballet Theater.

If you’re not really in the holiday mood, though, never fear: Friday night get drunk on French wines at the annual Beaujolais Festival: Beaujolais & Beyond, this time in the fresh new Irving Convention Center. It kicks off at 7 p.m. Or stay closer to downtown with Dick’s Night Out at Ku•De•Ta. Museum junkies can go to the Perot Museum — finally — on Saturday, as well as a new exhibit of Frank Lloyd Wright at the Arlington Museum of Art. And the Holocaust Museum debuts a collection of 71 private family photos take of Anne Frank by her dad Otto. And you can stop by Ro2Art Gallery on Sunday at 7 p.m. for a farewell meet-the-artist reception for gay collage artist Gary Farrelly. His show continued through Dec. 8.

For the music-minded, Jekyll & Hyde, with club diva Deborah Cox and American Idol‘s Constantine Maroulis, opens at the Winspear. And it’s a concert-heavy week, with Mary Fagan, Patti Larkin, Duncan Sheik and Amy Cook all performing throughout the week. And Willam Belli, my former roommate at a breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race, performs at the Rose Room on Sunday.

And there are still some great movies of there, including Skyfall, Argo, The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Life of Pi, The Sessions and Lincoln (skip the dreadful Silver Linings Playbook), but one of the best is this week’s new release, Hitchcock.

And finally, Dec. 1 is World AIDS Day. You can make a difference and still have a little indulgence by stopping by Sprinkles Cupcakes on Saturday. Proceeds from the sale of the special red ribbon cupcake will be donated to the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

FIRST LOOK: Inside The Perot Museum

Posted on 14 Nov 2012 at 12:27pm
  The Perot Museum of Nature and Science doesn't officially open to the public until Dec. 1, but we got a sneak peek this morning. Here are some images of the exterior and interior of the new facility. Look for a full-length story in an upcoming issue!

The Perot Museum: A different perspective

I just got back from a media tour of the Perot Museum of Science and Nature, the Borg Cube-ish structure fronting Woodall Rodgers, and I’ll tell you, the building is impressive. The external escalator will be a hit, and the fourth floor dinosaur room is gonna wow people. There’ll even be a cafe operated by Wolfgang Puck, and a separate entrance for schoolchildren to keep them segregated from those of us who don’t scream and sneeze on our sleeves. (Anymore.)

But what made the tour especially interesting was, I was one of only two gay men (I know of) in the press corps. And since the other was style diva Steve Kemble, it naturally follows I would ask him the most important question of the day: How do you dress for a construction site tour and remain fabulous.

Steve managed it. And here’s what he said:

Steve Kemble's construction site chic look

In vest. “I wore a Louis Vuitton scarf to counteract the attention from this awful reflective vest,” he said. The neck wrap was subtle, but added a stylish flare around the neck.

You can’t avoid hat head. Attendees were required to wear hard hats, so a smash up-do wasn’t possible. But there was an upside. “I have to give props to the Perot people for adding color to the hats, Kemble said, “instead of those dreadful, boring white ones.” Also, the hats weren’t visibly scuffed. We considered stealing them.

These boots were made for walking. The pre-tour press info was very specific: Long pants and no open-toe shoes or heels. Ugh, said Kemble. “I hate not being in heels,” he sighed. But not to worry: He made up for it with a pair of Gucci chocolate leather boots worn over the jean so everyone could see fashion and recognize it. “I was not going to wear those boring work boots!” he insisted. (P.S. I was wearing Timberland boots … pretty much what Kemble pooh-poohed.)

Have a belt. Finally, a studded stacked leather belt from Versace completed the ensemble. “I can hang tools from this!” Kemble said. Yeah, Steve, we’re not sure a crimping iron counts as a tool…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones