Weekly Best Bets • 07.15.11

Friday 07.15

FIT for a queen
The Festival of Independent Theaters (FIT) returns with an inspired schedule of shows including works by Steve Martin and David Mamet. We’re curious though about The Madness of Lady Bright with Larry Randolph, about an aging drag queen’s descent into madness.

DEETS: Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Through Aug. 6. $12–$16.
BathhouseCultural.com.

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Sunday 07.17

Walk this way
Not often do we get to see both men and women compete in drag pageants together, but Miss LifeWalk is different that way. Everyone can make a run for the tiara, but the goal is to raise funds for AIDS LifeWalk and the amazing things they do. But for real, these contestants are still gonna do all they can to snag the crown.

DEETS: Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. 6 p.m.
AIDSLifeWalk.org/Miss-LifeWalk.

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Thursday 07.21

Givin’ up the Love
We don’t have to rely on Chelsea Lately or America’s Dumbest Criminals to get some Loni Love up in here. The comedian brings the laughs with her signature sass and we’re all the better for it.

DEETS: The Improv, 309 Curtis May Way, Arlington. Through July 24. $17–$20.
Improv.com.

—  Kevin Thomas

Miss Gay Texas America starts tonight at the Round-Up Saloon

Big hair is a natural for these ladies

Miss Gay Texas America 2009 Onyx

When a crowning takes two days, you know it’s a big deal. The Miss Gay Texas America pageant begins tonight at the Round-Up and the winner will be crowned on Wednesday. Miss Gay America 2010 Coco Montrese will be in attendance as will Miss Gay Texas America 2009 Onyx to pass on her tiara to the new queen on the block. But first, the contestants have to get through the competition in talent, evening gown, Q&A, solo talent and the male interview and that all starts this evening.

DEETS: The Round-Up Saloon, 3912 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. MissGayTexasAmerica.biz

—  Rich Lopez