This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

For gay music lovers — or lovers of gay musicians — there couldn’t be a better weekend for you. On Saturday, Melissa Etheridge arrives at the Majestic, performing songs off her new highly-acclaimed album 4th Street Feeling. The same night two miles away, Diamond Rings opens for Stars at the Granada. A Sophie’s choice, perhaps, but two very different styles. (If it helps make up your mind, you can enter to win free tickets to see Diamond Rings.) A third style requires less decisionmaking: Rufus Wainwright will perform Live at the Meyerson on Sunday night with his inimitable sound.

This is also a busy weekend for movies, with already-heralded horror movie Sinister likely to be the weekend’s big hit. It will be competing again The Paperboy (with a great gay twist and strong performances) and the studio prestige picture Argo, both of which could be Oscar contenders come January. Atlas Shrugged (not screened for critics — that says a lot) and the action-comedy from Oscar winner Martin McDonaugh, Seven Psychopaths, are also out there.

For theater lovers, there are no major openings this weekend, but Uptown Players continues its run of Hello Again, a dark but unexpectedly funny idyll on sex. Also unexpectedly funny: The Addams Family, featuring a charismatic performance by Douglas Sills as Gomez. Best of all: Freud’s Last Session, a whip-smart and fascinating, quick (75 minute) imagined meeting between atheist Freud and Christian novelist C.S. Lewis, with great performances by Jac Alder and Cameron Cobb.

Finally, in the lead-up to the World Gay Rodeo championship next weekend, Friday and Sunday mark the public events for the titles of Mr., Mrs. Ms. and MsTer TGRA 2013, with the competition Friday at the Rose Room and the sashes passing from last year’s royalty to this year’s winners on Sunday at the Round-Up.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: State Fair edition

Lots of groups are looking to raise some money this weekend, from the Dallas Bears holding a poker tourney that benefits AIN on Saturday at The Brick. to a fundraiser for the Mr. Texas Leather Travel Fund on Sunday at the Dallas Eagle. But you don’t have to do go — in fact, you might wanna get a little naughty.

Trans porn star Buck Angel is one of the guests at this weekend’ Beyond Vanilla, the 22nd weekend of kink. That takes place at the host hotel, Downtown’s Crowne Plaza, this weekend; then starting on Thursday, the hotel turns over but continues to stay gay with the opening of Dallas Southern Pride. It begins with the B/HAP conference and the Ms. Dallas Southern Pride pageant.

For something less kinky but no less edgy, check out the Dallas VideoFest at the Dallas Museum of Art all weekend, which boasts a substantial gay video program, including a documentary about the Beat Generation, including Alan Ginsberg and his lover Peter Orlofsky, pictured.  Or cross the Arts District to see gay choreographer Doug Varone’s new recital at the Winspear, or the final weeks of The Second City Does Dallas at the Wyly.

Of course, the State Fair commences today, but if you can wait until Tuesday, you can also see the opening night of The Addams Family, this year’s State Fair musical. (And this just in: The Lexus Broadway series will include The Book of Mormon for its 2013–14 season; dates will be announced in January.)

Finally, we started a new weekly online-only advice column this week, Tex’n the City. Check it out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Texas State music theater students perform Andrew Lippa’s ‘It Gets Better’ song

Playbill.com reports that gay composer and Tony Award nominee Andrew Lippa has released an “It Gets Better” song performed by students in the music theater department at Texas State University in San Marcos. Lippa, known for composing the music from The Addams Family and The Wild Party, teamed with the students while serving as Texas State’s first composer in residence. Watch the performance below.

—  John Wright