In this installment of Show vs. Show, we take a look at two bands both welcome at any party. It’s the battle of young and not-so-young as The B-52s bring out their campy tunes and CSS turn on their Brazilian beats for Dallas audiences.
Despite a healthy discography, we might always know The B-52s for “Love Shack,” but there are worse tunes on which to hang a legacy. Now a classic party anthem, the song has held up for more than 20 years.
The band’s talent shouldn’t be overlooked for its camp factor. When the late Ricky Wilson threw down that riff for “Rock Lobster,” he made music history with a strong sound. It’s easy to blow off, but over the years, has proven unforgettable. Guitarist Keith Strickland stepped in and filled those shoes with the perfect blend of musicality and whimsy.
Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson always keep our attention with their mod outfits and high-to-heaven ’dos, but Fred Schneider symbolizes the band most with his outrageous flair.
But don’t count out CSS for party ’peal. The Brazilian popsters may be the heirs apparent to The B-52s (if not LMFAO), infusing a comic touch on their songs. They don’t offer as much of a punchline as The Bs do, but with tunes like “Let’s Reggae All Night” and “City Grrrl,” they add their own panache. Another point in their corner is opening dance band and performance artists MEN, led by lesbian JD Samson.
This should be more like Party vs. Party. All that’s missing are the party favors, confetti and punch bowl.
— Rich Lopez
Artist: The B-52s
Known mostly for… being the premiere party rock band veterans, churning out hits “Rock Lobster,” “Love Shack” and “Roam.”
Good for the gays? As gay as it can get. Their camp factor is off the charts. And of course, there’s queer singer Fred Schneider.
What to wear? Anything but beige or gray. And lots of hairspray.
Relevance: The B-52s haven’t delivered big since 1989’s Cosmic Thing, but their songs are timeless fun.
Reason to be there: This is one resilient band that wholeheartedly still delivers. And how awesome is “Love Shack” going to sound live?
Reason to not: It’s in Frisco.
Deets: Dr. Pepper Arena, 2601 Avenue of the Stars, Frisco. Nov. 3
at 7:30 p.m. $27–$77. Ticketmaster.com.
Known mostly for… their Brazilian dance pop. Hipsters party out to this band
that wants nothing more than to have a good time.
Good for the gays? With openers MEN, both are queer-centric with refreshing
but catchy tunes.
What to wear? Ironic T-shirts and colorful Converse Chuck Taylors.
Relevance: Their latest album, La Liberacion, strikes an unusual dance chord that’s also infectious and irreverent.
Reason to be there: While CSS has a strong fan base, they are still off the gaydar. You can be the one to tell all your friends about them.
Reason to not: With this one-two punch of catchy alterna-pop, there really isn’t a reason not to be there.
Deets: With MEN. House of Blues, 2200 N. Lamar St. Oct. 28
at 8 p.m. $18–$20. HouseOfBlues.com.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.
Keep it hush-hush
Uptown Players regional premiere of The Temperamentals closes out the season on a high note. If you were “temperamental” in the ’50s, that was code for gay. Jon Marans play touches on the alternatve vocabulary used by gay men to communicate in a more conservative time.
DEETS: Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 8 p.m. Through Oct. 23. $25–$35. UptownPlayers.org.
As part of MBS Productions’ 7 Plays in 7 Days festival, tonight they premiere Carol M. Rice’s The Frozen Twin. How can a woman give birth to her own sister? Much less a twin? Debbie has an idea but her boyfriend isn’t quite on board. The play is directed by Jon Christie.
When Southern Methodist University alum Wade McDonald set out to make his debut feature film, the one thing he didn’t want to do was make a “typical” gay film: No naked boys as the selling point, no ridiculous gay-angst drama, no coming-out story. McDonald loves romantic comedies and wanted to make his own — just with men.
His plan worked. The result, Hold Your Peace, seems to have resonated with audiences.
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. DallasOpera.org/gala
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. OpenDoorProductionsTx.com.
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. Nouveau47.com
Few members of the Westboro Baptist Church appeared for a protest Sunday against Red State at the Sundance Film Festival, where director Kevin Smith declared that he would release the film himself rather than sell the rights to it. Advocate.com: Daily News
Howl had its New York premiere last night at the IFC Center. The flm’s stars James Franco, Aaron Tveit, and Jon Prescott joined directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman for the event. Advocate.com: Daily News
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