Best Bets • 05.27.16

Friday 05.27 — Sunday 05.29


Texas Ballet Theater returns with First Looks

Earlier this month, Texas Ballet Theater debuted its latest performance in Dallas — a collection of three dances, including a world premiere. Now it’s Fort Worth’s turn … and anyone else who missed it. First Looks closes TBT’s current season with colorful and playful pieces from three choreographers.

Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth
Friday–Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday at 2 p.m.

Friday 06.03 — Saturday 06.19


­­Uptown Players opens first of two Terrence McNally plays this season

Imagine the doorbell ringing and it’s your ex-mother-in-law. And your ex is dead. And you have a new boyfriend. And a child. That’s the fraught premise of Mothers and Sons, Terrence McNally’s Tony-nominated comedy-drama about complex relationships in the modern world. It’s the first of two McNally plays presented this season by Uptown Players.

Kalita Humphreys Theater
3636 Turtle Creek Blvd.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 27, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Texas Ballet Theater announces new season

Cinderella-3-422-printThe company just performed its latest production, Prokofiev’s Cinderella, last weekend in Richardson, and will reprise it next week in Fort Worth, but the upcoming season of the Texas Ballet Theater will continue to share performances with Dallas audiences.

The season kicks off with Carmen & Danse a Grande Vitesse, accompanied by live music from the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, starting at the Winspear (Sept. 16–18) and moving to Bass Hall (Oct. 7–9). Next up is the annual treat The Nutcracker by Tchaikovsky (Winspear Nove. 24–27, Dec. 2–4; Bass Hall, Dec. 9–24), plus the fun twist on it, The Nutty Nutcracker  (Bass Hall only, Dec. 16). It’s Fort Worth only with Rooster & Smith & Scher (March 3–5), and back to Dallas for the season finale, Alice in Wonderland (Bass Hall, May 19–21, Winspear, June 2–4). Season tickets are available at

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 03.11.16

Friday 03.11—Sunday 03.27


Go under the sea without getting wet at ‘Little Mermaid’

The 1989 animated film The Little Mermaid really kicked off the Disney revolution of animation that is still going on today. And what better film to do it with — a glorious, tune-filled fantasy about a mermaid who becomes human temporarily, but makes a Faustian deal with the evil sea-witch Ursula. Dallas’ Doug Wright — a Tony and Pulitzer winner for I Am My Own Wife — tackled adapting the story for the stage, along with the lovely songs by Alan Menken, Howard Ashman and Steven Stater. It’s back in Fair Park for a few weeks of colorful, family-friendly (but also campy) humor and classic characters, dressed in dazzling costumes and lighting effects.

Fair Park Music Hall, 901 First Ave.
7:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m. weekend matinees.

Friday 03.11 — Sunday 03.13


Texas Ballet Theater heads north for ‘Cinderella’

While Dallas Summer Musicals is telling one fairy tale in Dallas, up in Richardson, Texas Ballet Theater is telling another, with Ben Stevenson’s production of Cinderella. It’s a rare venture away from the Dallas Arts District and Fort Worth’s Bass Hall for the storied company, with beautiful dancers in lush costumes performing to the music of Prokofiev. (The production moves to Bass Hall later this month.)

Eisemann Center for Performing Arts
2531 Performance Drive Richardson
Friday–Saturday at 8 p.m.
Saturday–Sunday matinees at 2 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition March 11, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

It’s a little of the calm before the storm.

Few big movies are opening this weekend. That’s because starting next week through Christmas, there will be roughly 2 billion new films vying for your attention (give or take) — many with gay content or appeal: The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Hyde Park on Hudson, Any Day Now, The Guilt Trip, This Is 40, Django Unchained, Les Miserables, Jack Reacher and Cirque du Soleil: Worlds Apart. Try catching up on gooduns like SkyfallHitchock and The Sessions before the onslaught. (In the Dec. 21 edition of Dallas Voice, we’ll have a complete rundown of holiday movies as part of our Hollywood Issue.)

‘Til then, catch up on theater: Jekyll & Hyde has been rejiggered to appeal to a demographic that is more about The Voice and The X Factor that Patti and Babs, but Deborah Cox and Constantine Maroulis, pictured, sure know how to sing. So does Janis Ian, who takes over the smaller Hamon Hall venue at the Winspear on Saturday.

For Christmas themed shows, you have a choice between two local Nutty Award nominees — Texas Ballet Theater’s The Nutcracker and MBS’s Bur-Less-Q Nutcracker — as well as DTC’s annual Christmas Carol — which, once again, delivers. And the Turtle Creek Chorale offers six more opportunities to see them perform — their Comfort & Joy show at the Meyerson (and again in McKinney) this week, then the campy Naughty & Nice show the following week, leading right up to Christmas Eve.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas arts community marks AIDS anniversary with ‘A Gathering’ at the Winspear

A dozen cultural institutions around Dallas will mark the 30th anniversary of AIDS with a benefit performance, A Gathering, at the Winspear Opera House on Dec. 6.

The event will feature a cast of 200 volunteers from a variety of artistic disciplines, including opera, dance, music and theater. Among the participating groups announced are the Bruce Wood Dance Project, the Turtle Creek Chorale, the Texas Ballet Theater, the Dallas Opera and the Dallas Theater Center.

Proceeds go to Resource Center Dallas, AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network and AIDS Services of Dallas. Tickets go on sale Oct. 31 at 10 a.m.  Click here for tickets.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

TBT offers deal for Voice readers: 50 percent off!

We have a story coming out Friday in the print edition about the Texas Ballet Theater’s gender-bending production of Cinderella, but here’s a bit of news it helps to have early: Savings.

As a special promotion for Dallas Voice readers, if you call the reservation number (877-828-9200) for one of the performances at the Winspear Opera House this weekend and use the promo code “stepsister,” you get half off — HALF! — your tickets. That should make your toes twinkle.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones