What a weekend! Your guide to what’s going on in North Texas

Rawlins Gilliland

So, there was simply no room this week to write about all the incredible things going on in North Texas this weekend. Tomorrow’s print edition will have stories on the Texas Veggie Fair (Sunday), Dallas Comic Con (Friday–Sunday) and of course the IGRA Finals Rodeo (which will be our cover story), but there’s much more. So, to make it easy on you, here’s a breakdown:

Friday. The Turtle Creek Chorale is back for its 35th season opener, this time premiering at the Latino Cultural Center, in a concert called Brave. It also marks new interim music director Sean Baugh’s debut behind the baton. (The concert is also on Saturday.)

Also on Friday and Saturday, and even on Sunday, is the Texas Ballet Theater‘s season opener, The Sleeping Beauty, which will be a Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth.

Saturday. Rawlins Gilliland, pictured, returns with a new live show of spoken words, this time with a seasonal theme. Happy Murder Stories are expected to be dark (yet always with a humorous chunk of humanity) recollections from his amazing adventures. It’s at the Kessler at 8 p.m.

Also on Saturday, the Dallas Video Festival continues, and among the films screening will be Fallen Angel II — The Legacy Lives On. A sequel (though more of a re-edit I hear) of a 2008 documentary about the choreography of Bruce Wood, who passed away suddenly earlier this year. This version contains new footage and discussed Wood’s lasting impact on dance. At the Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station at 8:15 p.m.

Also on Saturday is Drag Racer Willam Belli appearing at Gaybingo in the Rose Room!

Sunday. Another busy day. In addition to the Texas Veggie Fair at Reverchon Park (11 a.m.–6 p.m.), the Honey Pot Bear Fest returns to the Dallas Eagle (2–5 p.m.) and the annual Great Gatsby 1920s-themed fundraiser for AIN is back in Preston Hollow (3–6 p.m.). All of these kinda require costumes, whether it’s flapper garb, leather, or definitely not leather.

Have fun sorting it all out!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

What’s the country’s most beloved ‘Nutcracker’? You might be surprised

Every year, ticketing agency Gold Star nominates ballet companies for the Nutty — an award for the most beloved production of The Nutcracker in the country. This year, TBT’s Sir Ben Stevenson’s restaging (which continues this weekend at Bass Hall) was nominated. So was last year’s winner, the Joffrey. And Moscow Ballet Theater’s touring production. And the San Francisco Ballet and the Mark Morris Dance Company.

And The Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker.

If you’ve ever played “one of these things is not like the other,” the last should set off your radar. That’s the version put on by gay-run MBS Productions, currently onstage at the Stone Cottage Theatre in Addison following two sold-out weekends. That makes North Texas the only place in the country with two of the noms — and the only two in Texas.

It’s not a complete surprise — this is a repeat.

“We got nominated the second year in a row,” says company founder Mark-Brian Sonna. “Still, we are floored by it.”

As Sonna points out, the show mixes stuff up a little every year, making the cult hit different even for repeat customers. And it’s the only one that’s really a play with music, as opposed to the formal ballet.

The winner will be announced on Christmas Eve. Here’s hoping until then, the folks in MBS’s show break a leg … or maybe, bust a nut.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones