And the Voice of Pride winner is…

From left: Fourth runner-up Steven Patterson, Guyer, Ramalho, third runner-up Imani Handy and Gilstrap.… Alvaro Ramalho! The local singer, pictured center, took the grand prize at the Voice of Pride competition, the annual “Dallas Idol” singing rondelet that culminated last night in the Rose Room. The winner (and first and second runners-up, John Paul Gilstrap and Colby Guyer) ride in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade on Sept. 18 and perform at Reverchon Park afterwards. Congrats!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

VIDEO: Drag Star Divas for Pulse

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Last month — on Sunday, July 17 — 22 of the top drag performers in North Texas and beyond gathered for a marathon drag show at The Rose Room in Station 4, that raised nearly $10,000 for the LGBT Center of Central Florida, in honor of the 49 people killed and 53 wounded in the June 12 mass shooting at the Orlando gay nightclub, Pulse.

Here’s video of the show, and some of the performers talking about what it meant to them to participate.

—  Tammye Nash

Voice of Pride finalists ready for the final competition

Top-10-VOP-2016BIt takes weeks of preliminaries and months of preparation to whittle down dozens of contestants to a top 10, but that’s exactly what the Voice of Pride does every year. The finals competition isn’t until Aug. 21 in the Rose Room, which gives these folks — including a number of new faces — about two weeks to perfect their looks, their vocals and their techniques. The winner gets a cash prize plus gets to ride in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and perform at the festival in Reverchon Park. Wish your favorites best of luck!

The contestants are, front row: Michael Duane, Imani Handy, Colby Geyer, Steve Patterson; Alvaro Ramalho; and back row: Maurice Doniphan, Eric Way, John Gilstrap, Gloria Devine, Nikolas Dombkowski.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Drag Star Divas brings in big bucks for Orlando victims

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Drag Star Divas for Orlando, a show held Sunday night, July 17, at The Rose Room in S4, raised $8,500 in about two hours to benefit the victims of the June 12 mass shooting at Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

The event featured more than 30 performers, including Rose Room regulars, RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni, Mr. Gay USofA winner and even Alyssa Edwards’ Beyond Belief dance team.

Below are photos taken by Dallas Voice’s Chad Mantooth, and even a brief video snippet of a performance by Kennedy Davenport. Watch for more photos in the Scene section of the Friday, July 22 issue of Dallas Voice.

—  Tammye Nash

Here it is: The NEW Rose Room!

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Brad Pritchett and Israel Luna with DVtv give you a behind the scenes look at the newly-remodeled Rose Room at S4.

Check it out!

—  Tammye Nash

Congratulations Asia T. O’Hara, Miss Gay America 2016

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Asia T. O’Hara of Dallas has been crowned Miss Gay America 2016. The pageant was held this past weekend, Oct. 7-11, at the Holiday Inn Memphis Airport Hotel in Memphis, Tenn.

A lifelong Dallas resident, O’Hara was also Miss Gay USofA 2007 and All-American Goddess 2012. This was her first time to compete in the Miss Gay America Pageant, and she is only the second first-time contestant to walk away with the title.

Asia T. O’Hara is on the cast of The Rose Room in S4 in Dallas, and when she isn’t performing, she operates her own business, Antwan Lee Designs, which designs and creates costumes for high school dance and drill teams and for other drag performers.

Congratulations Asia. You’ve done Dallas proud.

—  Tammye Nash

Del Shores will launch all-new show at the Rose Room in April

creditPaulBoulonoptionwaistup300dDel Shores aways remembers his texas roots — it’s why he’s forever coming back to Dallas with his one-man comedy shows. His newest one will launch here (at the Rose Room, natch) on April 17. Called Del Shores: SINgularly Sordid, in it he discusses life post divorce at getting back into date scene in the age of Tinder, Grindr and Scruff, as well as letters from haters and dishy Hollywood stories.

And it won’t be his only trip here. He’ll begin filming A Very Sordid Wedding as soon as he can, which will be shot in and around Dallas and prominently feature the Rose Room.

Tickets to SINgularly Sordid are available here ($10 standing room, $20 seated, $30 VIP).

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: ‘Gilligan’s Fire Island’ teaser

GilliganOn Feb. 13, the latest in the Uptown Players-Jamie Morris team-ups of movie/TV spoofs (in drag!) will open for a month-long run at the Rose Room, and the cast alone shows it promises to be a doozy. Gilligan’s Fire Island puts the screw and passengers of the S.S. Minnow on the New York spit of land known for its gay guesthouses and cruise-y beaches. I’ll have an interview with Morris on Friday, but until then, check out this teaser for Gilligan’s Fire Island … and you’ll never year the term “little buddy” the same way again.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

And the 2014 Voice of Pride winner is …

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… Loni Reynolds!

Loni wowed the audience and the judges in her three appearances — two solos, finishing up with a powerful version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” and in a duet with fellow finalist Lauren Shafer on Adele’s “Someone Like You” — to take the 11th annual title. In fact, Loni was so good, she and Lauren jointly won the “best duet” award, voted on by the audience, meaning she took home $3,850 — not bad for one evening’s work!

First runner up was Alvaro Ramalho, followed by Vanessa Guzman, Carlos Saenz and Steve Patterson. Congrats, Loni and all the contestants on a great show. And look for Loni, Alvaro and Vanessa in the Alan Ross Texas Freedom Parade and festival next month.

You can see a slide show of the event by clicking here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Drag queens and Speedos and sarongs, oh my!

IMG_2878Last weekend, over the course of a brief 24 hours, three different charities — AIDS Services of Dallas, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage and AIDS Arms — received an awful lot of love from the Dallas gay community … and did so with a lot of costume changes.

On Saturday, The Summer Party, a 12-year-old pool bash at a private home in East Dallas, raised money for ASD, and included a fashion show by Skivvies, as well as a sarong contest for the gathered guests. Later that evening, The Red Party, a fundraising group benefiting Legacy, staged a poolside fashion show of its own at the ilume, with vodka by Hudson Ferus, snacks and margaritas from Mi Cocina and swimwear by Aussie Bum, ES Collection, Marek+Richard and others. Then on Sunday evening, the Rose Room gave over to the Miss LifeWalk contest, a fundraiser for AIDS Arms. Thousands of dollars were raised … and a lot of eyes popped.

You can see slide shows of each of them with these links to the Summer Party, the Red Party and Miss LifeWalk.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones