Best Bets • 07.15.16

Thursday 07.21

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Follow the Todrick Road to the Verizon for Straight Outta Oz

North Texas native was an American Idol also-ran, but he’s proven his starpower without the reality show as a popular and engaging young artist and Friend of Dorothy. And we don’t just mean he’s gay — he’s also a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz, as reflected in his latest video (“Wrong Bitch” — watch it!) and his current tour, Straight Outta Oz. Catch the big musical production that features 20 new songs in a twist on the classic Judy Garland musical.

DEETS:
Verizon Theatre
1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie
Doors at 6:30 p.m.
$30–$45
TodrickHall.com
AXS.com

Saturday 07.16

JUJUBEE

JuJuBee, Raven, local luminaries turn out for a Night of Stars

There’s just a week before The Brick closes its doors for good, but it’s going out with a blast, starting this weekend, when Drag Racers JuJuBee and Raven join Dallas talent like Krystal Summers, Mark Alan Smith and more for this dragtastic entertainment — a fundraiser for the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

DEETS:
The Brick
2525 Wycliff Ave.
Doors at 6 p.m., show at 8:30 p.m.
$20 suggested donation

Saturday 07.16

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Gaybingo celebrates 15 years with quinceanera

Everyone knows that in Texas, girls mark their 15th birthday with a quinceanera. Well, that goes for gurrlls, as well, and girl, Saturday is the 15th anniversary of Gaybingo, the month fundraiser for the Resource Center. So come dressed as a pinata, or in your pasteliest taffeta to celebrate becoming a real lady.

DEETS:
The Rose Room inside S4
3911 Cedar Springs Road
Doors at 5 p.m.
MyResourceCenter.org

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 15, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 04.22.16

Friday 04.22 — Sunday 05.22

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It’s time you start defying gravity: ‘Wicked’ returns for a month!

Chances are you heard that Stephen Schwartz, the composer of the megaton musical Wicked, pulled the national tour from performing in North Carolina as a result of that state’s anti-gay, transphobic legislation. Who says are and politics don’t go together? But that’s just one reason to show your support for the show, with settled in for a month-long run at Fair Park, courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals. There’s also the grand spectacle, the thrilling songs, the touching story. If you’re not already a friend of Dorothy, this will make you one.

DEETS:
Fair Park Music Hall
901 First Ave.
Through May 22
DallasSummerMusicals.org

Friday 04.22 — Sunday 04.24

Film-Fest

USAFF, DIFF wrap up this weekend

Two of Dallas’ biggest film festivals — the USA Film Festival and the Dallas International Film Festival — are going on simultaneously right now through Sunday,  and even if you have missed some of the screenings all ready, there’s still time to catch up. And since both are centered at the Angelika Film Center, you don’t even have to go far to enjoy them both.

DEETS:
Angelika Film Center Mockingbird Station
5307 E. Mockingbird Lane
For schedules, visit USAFilmFestival.com and DIFF2016.dallasfilm.org.

Saturday 04.23

Joe-Posa

Joan Rivers reincarnated (sorta)

The death two years ago of Joan Rivers has left a queer hole in our collective comedy, and Joe Posa loves to fill holes. The dragtastic comedy performs his tribute show to the hilariously inappropriate queen or standup with a one-night-only show.
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DEETS:
The Brick
2525 Wycliffe Ave.
7 p.m.
brickdallas.com

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition April 22, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GALLERY: Miss Red Pageant benefits Legacy

Krystal Summers hosted the first Miss Red Pageant benefitting Legacy Counseling Center last night (Thursday, April 7) at the Brick. Contestants included Gloria Devine, Alexandra DeVane, Raquel Blake and Onyx Anderson with a special performance by Dallas Sheraton. Jenna Skyy was among the judges. Raquel Blake was crowned the winner.

Legacy Executive Director Melissa Grove said the new Red Foundation board had so many ideas and she was excited about working with them over the next year.

—  David Taffet

Best Bets • 02.26.16

Friday 02.26—Saturday 02.27

Black-Dance

Black Academy of Arts and Letters presents 12th annual Festival of Black Dance Weekend

Jamaica’s Stella Maris Dance Company returns to Dallas to share the spotlight with Atlanta Dance Connection, in it’s first Dallas appearance, at the Black Academy of Arts and Letters’ 12th annual Festival of Black Dance. The Stella Marris company will perform the specially commissioned spoken word piece, “My Language,” written by Curtis King.

DEETS:
Naomi Martin Main Stage
605 S. Griffin St. 8 p.m.
Tickets are $10

Saturday 02.27

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‘Real Housewives’ star performing Saturday at The Brick

With six consecutive No. 1 dance hits under her belt and a new album due out this spring, Erika Jayne is sure to get you in the mood to move. Dannee Phann Productions presents the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star at The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Road. Doors open at 9 p.m.; the show starts at midnight and will be followed by
a meet-and-greet with Jayne.

DEETS:
General admission tickets are $20 in advance.
VIP table for three packages are $150, and table seating only is $30 per person.
OneNightInBangkok.org

Thursday 03.03

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Dallas Theater Center and Alley Theatre present All The Way

Dallas Theater Center presents, in a co-production with Alley Theatre, a “Texas-sized” production of All The Way, Robert Schenkkan’s fascinating portrait of Lyndon B. Johnson, from the moment of his accidental presidency in 1963 to his landslide election a year later. Directed by DTC’s Kevin Moriarity, the show features actors from both DTC and the Alley Theatre in Houston.

DEETS:
It opens Thursday in Dallas after a successful run in Houston, and continues through March 27.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 26, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Happy birthday Alyssa!

AlyssaOut North Texas cover girl and RuPaul’s Drag Race/reality TV star Alyssa Edwards is celebrating her birthday this month, and you can join in the fun by heading to The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave., on Saturday night when Dannee Phann Productions presents “One Night in Bangkok: Alyssa’s Birthday.”

The party will feature — in addition to Alyssa, of course — Bible Girl, Gia Gunn, Laganja Estranja, Nicole O’Hara Munro, Unshante DeFoxx, Raquel Blake, “G”Licious G and Jada Fox.

Doors open at 9 p.m., the show starts at midnight and there will be a meet-and-greet photo shoot after the show.

Tickets are $125 for a VIP table for three, $10 general admission for those age 21 and up and $25 general admission for those ages 18-25. Reserving a table for three — without the VIP placement and perks — is $25. Buy your tickets in advance here.

And while you are at the Brick, be sure to pick up a copy of the 2016 Out North Texas, with Alyssa on the cover, and read our interview with her on Page 6.

And by the way, Happy birthday Alyssa, from your friends here at Dallas Voice and Out North Texas! We love you!

—  Tammye Nash

Winners at Big D Talent contest

IMG_2276This week’s cover story is about the MetroBall and its headliner, Belinda Carlisle (whom I interviewed here), but she’s not the only person who will be performing at the fundraiser next week at Station 4. Last night, I was one of the judges who selected the top two finishers in the second annual Big D Talent contest at The Brick. It was a terrific event, because not all the performers were singers: Three were singer-songwriters (including two who played guitar) , there was a drag performance and a stand-up comic. And honestly, all were extremely talented — it was difficult to rate one against the other.

IMG_2285But that’s why there were five judges, and why two winners walked away with cash and the honor of opening for Belinda. Michael Duane, pictured right, who sang soulful R&B; and Aaron Soto, pictured left, who redefined the skill of pole dancing, placed first and second in the competition. You can see them both next Friday at the MetroBall, but you can get a preview if you want with the QuickTime movie of Michael Duane, below.

Congrats to everyone!

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—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Drag Race’ starts 7th season tonight

0630 flashSeason 7 of RuPaul’s Drag Race starts tonight at 8 p.m., and Dallas drag queen Kennedy Davenport will be working her fierceness on the runway. For how many weeks, we can’t say, but you can meet Kennedy tonight at The Brick, where they will have a viewing party at 8, followed by a personal appearance by Kennedy at 9 p.m. And you can read an interview with her right now here.

Start your engines, and may the best woman … win!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Bianca del Rio at The Brick Saturday

IMG_8896She didn’t go on til nearly 1 a.m. and her set lasted just half an hour, but Drag Race winner Bianca del Rio nailed her comedy set at The Brick last night, with help from fellow Drag Racer Alyssa Edwards and others. She brought a number of locals onstage with her (including Dallas Voice contributor and goofy fangirl Chaka Cumberbatch) but her quick wit was what sold the set. (You can download and watch a brief clip below.)

Also on hand was Dallas designer Rey Ortiz (whom we profiled recently here) who presented del Rio with his “tip” — a custom-designed dress.
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—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dancer of the Month: Matt Vassar

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Although he was born in the relatively small town of Hillsboro, there is nothing small about Matt Vassar. He’s 6 feet tall, and has blond hair and blue eyes. Matt is 21 and has six brothers and sisters. He plans to be an engineer and is studying at ITT Technical Institute. During high school, Matt enjoyed football and soccer but has little time for it now between work and school. In his free time he enjoys curling up on the couch or lounge chair to watch a good movie, especially 3D. next time you see Matt, and he hopes you will, ask him if he liked the movie Lawless. You can find him performing at The Brick. More photos below.

—  C Marcelo

Gay bars dump Russian Vodka across U.S., Canada — but not yet in Dallas

dumprussianvodkalogoLGBT advocates are calling for a boycott of Russian goods in light of the recent anti-gay laws the country’s leadership has championed.

Recent violence highlighted by BuzzFeed and the arrests under the gay propaganda ban have also spurred activists to push for a boycott of the Winter Games scheduled to take place in Russia in 2014.

But instead of boycotting the games, others called for a boycott on products, mainly Stolichnaya Vodka.

Dan Savage wrote an article urging gay bars to stop serving the alcohol. Several Chicago gay bars have already said they won’t serve it anymore, along with bars in San Francisco, Vancouver and Toronto.

Howard Okon, owner of The Brick and Joes’s, said he’s heard about the boycott but isn’t ready to make a decision about the bar carrying it.

“We will be looking into it today and remove it if that’s what people are doing across the nation,” he said.

—  Dallasvoice