“Oral Fixation” tonight at the MAC

Oral Fixation includes a gay-themed story.

Nicole Stewart spent six years in L.A. working as an actress, but the ups-and-downs of her career made her realize the true-life stories of the real people she met were far more compelling than the scripts she was reading. That’s why she came back to Dallas to start Oral Fixation: An Obsession with True Life Tales — an occasional spoken-word series at the MAC. The second installment of the series, which starts tonight at 7:30 p.m., is called “Home Is Where the Heart Is,” and features a half-dozen or more monologue a la NPR’s This American Life, including a gay-themed story from Dallas Children’s Theater’s resident designer, Randel Wright.

Check it out now if you can — the series is on hiatus until March, when it returns with an installment called “One Night Stands.” (Click here for more information.)

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dan Savage comes to the Kessler tonight

The guy behind Savage Love and the “It Gets Better” campaign is coming to Dallas. Just like the poster says.

We wonder how he’ll approach this speaking engagement. Can he balance the sex talk from his podcast and syndicated column with the supportive message against bullying? Or is it one over the other? Personally, I’m just kinda hoping for anecdotes about his work for This American Life. Especially this piece.

 

 

—  Rich Lopez

Filmmaker Kevin Smith brings the Smod tonight to the Granada Theater

We heart our gay-friendly straight bears

Filmmaker Kevin Smith (Chasing Amy, Clerks, Cop Out) hits the road with longtime producer Scott Mosier for a night of lewdness and gratutitous sex onstage — only not that way. Their Smodcast Tour is like This American Life but with gay jokes and crass tales — and we love it.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $40–$60. GranadaTheater.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Best bets • 07.23.10

Friday 07.23

We just wanna know if we can tip
When six British gents lose their steel mill job and figure stripteasing is the way to make some cash, we applaud their entreneneurial efforts — especially if they have triceps and pecs like these. But most don’t in WaterTower’s The Full Monty. Regular Joes take it off for pound notes in their thongs and present beef in all shapes, sizes and songs.

DEETS: WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Road. Through Aug. 15. $25–$40. WaterTowerTheatre.org.


Saturday 07.24

Vegans like to grill too, you know
Mercy For Animals Dallas is blunt when it points out this sweet face could be a family pet but that Babe the pig could be dinner. Animal-rights activisits and vegans know non-meat food can be just as satisfying. They’ll prove it with the Dallas branch’s launch party and vegan barbecue. MFA also shows off its new office which luckily is close to a pool.

DEETS: CityScape Dallas, 6467 Melody Lane. Noon. RSVP at EddieG@MercyForAnimals.org.


Kevin Smith
Kevin Smith

Wednesday 07.28

We heart our gay-friendly straight bears
Filmmaker Kevin Smith hits the road with longtime producer Scott Mosier for a night of lewdness and gratutitous sex onstage — only not that way. Their Smodcast Tour is like This American Life but with gay jokes and crass tales — and we love it.

DEETS: Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville Ave. 8 p.m. $40–$60. GranadaTheater.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 23, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

In case you missed it, This American Life examines APA's definition of homosexuality

Today (actually right now) on NPR, This American Life re-airs the episode “81 Words” looking at the American Psychiatric Association’s decision in 1973 to no longer consider homosexuality a mental illness. Or you can go here to catch the show in its entirety.

—  Rich Lopez