Last chance to cast your ballot in the Readers Voice Awards!

RVAEvery year, Dallas Voice turns over the editorial decisions to our readers, allowing them to be the critics, op/ed writers, trendsetters and opinion-makers. We call it the Readers Voice Awards, and there are nine categories representing about 120 awards — everything from best “Sunday Funday” option (is it brunch in the ‘hood or a walk around Klyde Warren Park?) to best pharmacy to sexiest bartender, favorite thrift store, best local stage actor and top chef (stalwarts like Stephan Pyles and Abraham Salum, or do you prefer a newcomer or straight ally like Blythe Beck and John Tesar?).

The issue doesn’t arrive until March, but the voting ends this weekend. If you haven’t voted yet, there’s still time, then. Click here and you can weigh in on what you like about queer Dallas. You don’t have to vote in every category, just as many as you want, but if you do vote, you’re entered in a drawing to win two tickets to see Chicago at Bass Hall, as well as dinner for two at Dish and $500 in cash!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style


Our Readers Voice Awards issue is out now, and you see what won all the favorites of our readers — from favorite personal trainer to hottest bartender to top local chef — but there’s also tons more going on in town this week.

Friday, you have two chances to see Del Shores’ one-man show at the Rose Room — at 5 p.m. and then at 8 — which will be recorded for an upcoming DVD release. Standing-room-only tickets are available for as little as $10, but if you are one of the first 10 people to email, you can win free tickets to the show. Also at the Rose Room for two shows this week? Comedian Bruce Vilanch. He’ll be performing March 28 at 8 p.m. and 11 p.m.

On Saturday night, DIFFA returns with its second year featuring smoking jackets. Once again, runway legend Jan Strimple is in charge of the show, so it should be a hoot. It’s at the Anatole starting at 6 p.m. You can also get your fashion fix this week at Legal Hospice of Texas’ Fashion Cited event and Dress 4 Yellow, both next Thursday.

On Sunday morning, the inaugural Big Gay Brunch Party gets going at Blue Mesa Grill in Addison, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with DJ Michael Evans spinning.

Two indie theaters have very gay-themed plays opening this week. Up in Addison, MBS Productions is staging the original work The Futility of Hope, pictured, about a teenage girl who seeks out her birth father, only to be shocked to find out he’s a gay man. Over at the Green Zone near the Design District, Bruce Coleman has written and directed two one-acts he collectively calls The Apartment Plays: A Conversation with a (Potentially) Naked Man and Larry Kramer Hates Me. And at the Kalita for a one-night-only event you can see old-school DTC veterans Carole Cook and Tom Troupe in a staged reading of the Pulitzer-winning play The Gin Game on Monday at 7 p.m.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Voting for Readers Voice Awards made easy!

We are in the middle of our annual Readers Voice Awards polling, which, as always, is your opportunity to let your opinions be known about your favorite people, places and things in North Texas — with more than 100 categories in total.

Not only that, but you can also get to help choose the cover image for our issue of March 22 by voting for the Top Hat: We picked our top nine readers’ submissions, from sexy to fashionable to cute to edgy and let you decide which one will grace the cover. The winning submission will have a donation made in its name to its charity of choice.

Finally, voting qualifies you to enter a drawing to win two round-trip tickets on American Airlines! Trust us: That’s a pretty awesome prize, as our prior winners will tell you.

Here’s how to vote (or get people to vote for you):

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Grindr honors Dallas Voice, other locals in gay mobile app’s Best of 2012 Awards

Voting is in full swing for our own 2013 Readers Voice Awards, and if you haven’t cast your ballot already, you should hurry up and do so now for a chance to win two free tickets on American Airlines. Click here to vote.

While we’re eagerly awaiting this year’s Readers Voice results, we thought we’d share the Dallas winners of gay mobile app Grindr’s Best of 2012 Awards, which were released this week based on user surveys conducted between Dec. 5 and Dec. 22 in Big D and nine other cities.

The winners include Dallas Voice, which was named Best Local Gay News Outlet. Although I’m not sure what our competition was, something tells me that if you look at the cumulative amount of time our staff spends on Grindr, we probably deserve the award.

Here are all the local Grindr winners followed, after the jump, by the full press release with national winners and winners from other cities:

Gym with the hottest guys:  24 Hour Fitness
Best place to get a haircut: Supercuts on Lemmon
Best place to take a first date: West Village
Best Sunday funday: The Grapevine
Favorite gay bar/club: The Round-Up Saloon
Favorite bartender: Dylan Brown
Best gay night/party: Purple Party
Best DJ: Brandon Moses
Fiercest drag queen/nightlife personality: Krystal Summers
Local hero/community advocate of the year: James Doyle
Best local gay news outlet: Dallas Voice


—  John Wright

CONTEST! Enter to win in DV’s Top Hat photo competition

Every year, Dallas Voice launches its Readers Voice Awards polling with a photo contest — Top Dog, Ultimate Diva even last year’s My Gay Texas. And every year, scores of folks submit their photos for the chance to win … and it’s not just bragging rights you take home. It’s cash.

Yep, send us your photo and if you make the list of nine finalists, you can be voted on at by readers who vote in the Readers Voice Awards for the best of Dallas. If you win, your photo will grace the cover of the March 22, 2013 edition. And Dallas Voice will donate $1,000 in the winner’s name to the non-profit of your choice!

This year’s theme is Top Hat. What does that mean to you? Well, that’s the point: Are you someone who likes to wear an Easter bonnet? Or do you have a collection of baseball caps from every team in the league. Maybe your Halloween costume was as a pirate — or even Marie Antoinette with a tiny pillbox perched atop her huge mass of hair. How about a rainbow yarmulke or a Fedora bedecked in Obama stickers? If you can think of it, we want to see it. Be creative! We’ll look at ‘em all!

Just email your imaginative idea of a Top Hat photo to; submission deadline is Friday, Dec. 7. We’ll post the finalists on our webpage starting the first of January and you could be in the running to win some dough for charity. And wouldn’t that be a feather in your cap?

Include with your photo your name, email and cell phone, plus a statement of model release for any people in the shot and the name of your charity. Now, let’s blow the lid off this thing!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Your vote in the 2012 Readers Voice Awards could win you a trip for two

The deadline to vote in our 2012 Readers Voice Awards is coming up fast. As in Jan. 28. Yes, that’s this coming Saturday. And doing so could get you up in the air.

Voters can enter to win a drawing for two American Airlines tickets good for travel in the US 48, Caribbean, Bahamas, Canada and Mexico. And that’s per each category. So you’re totally bumping up your chances and making your voice heard on what’s tops in the DFW gayborhoods (and beyond). And don’t forget to vote in the “My Gay Texas” photo contest for that image that best highlights the LGBT community.

Ready to vote? Then just click on and get started. Good luck!


—  Rich Lopez

Stream Fahari’s “The Bull-Jean Stories” with Q-Roc Ragsdale live from Tampa

Back in March, Fahari Arts Institute snagged two Readers Voice Awards for its production of The Bull-Jean Stories. Harold Steward won for directing and Q-Roc Ragsdale took away the best dramatic actress prize for her role portraying a black lesbian in the rural South of the 1920s. The one-woman multi-media show by Sharon Bridgforth has brought Fahari enough attention that it will be performed in Tampa, Fla., at the National Performance Network’s annual meeting on Saturday.

Missed it when it was here? No worries — NPN is streaming all of theirlive  performances on the Internet. NPN has collaborated with #NewPlay TV to present all the performances in real time. Fahari announced in an email today that the piece, co-commissioned by DiverseWorks with the South Dallas Cultural Center and the NPN, will stream Dec. 10 at 7:30 EST, so 6:30 p.m. our time. Just click here to watch then.

—  Rich Lopez