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‘Mama’s Party’ cabaret at Tucker’s Blues

Get your cabaret fix to start off the week Even if it is the beginning of the work week or the new year, Monday nights are a Dallas must thanks to Amy Stevenson who hosts Mama’s Party. Every Monday, local musicians and actors come together for a night of song and for a mere pittance. Where else could you get an array of major stage talents performing an ample night of music for cheap? Oh, oh, we know the answer! DEETS: Tucker’s Blues, 2617 Commerce St. 7 p.m. $5. MamasParty.com or look them up on...

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Ante up with Pocket Rockets Poker at Sue Ellen’s

A real reason to put on your poker face “Lots of people are intimidated by poker, but we’re really friendly,” Teller assures. “[My partner, Aaron Ahamed and I] were nervous our first time. The one thing we do at our league is, we emphasize good sportsmanship. I really feel that enables us to bring in new players.” Poker beginners and experts convene Tuesdays at Sue Ellen’s to join in on Pocket Rockets’ poker tournament for cash prizes and an all-around good time. Teller and Ahamed are knowledgeable hosts who will guide you along the shuffles and bets, while the ace players vie for top honors — for the night. Hands down, it’s fun. Read about Pocket Rockets here. DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 8 p.m. Free....

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Mi Diva Loca tonight at Sue Ellen’s

Livin’ la Diva Loca Get your New Year on with Mel Arizpe and Laura Carrizales as Mi Diva Loca tonight. The partners in life and song turn top hits into their own with subtle rearrangements and way fab voices. Besides, live music should be your resolution for 2012. DEETS: Sue Ellen’s, 3014 Throckmorton St. 7 p.m....

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Jurni Rayne Karaoke tonight at the Brick

This is a Jurni…into sound For us non-singers, it’s daunting to partake in karaoke. A few drinks are necessary to take on Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” That’s where the host comes in, because they usually have the better voice. And in this case, Jurni Rayne has a phenomenal one. She hosts The Brick’s Tuesday night karaoke, but really, you just may want to hear her belt out a few ones. DEETS: The Brick, 2525 Wycliff Ave. 9 p.m....

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Ouch! A hard typo to avoid

There’s an unspokin rule in publishing: The larger the font, the more embarasing the typo. That’s compounded by how many words there are in the first place. After all, if you have less to prufe-read, you should be abel to spot an arror. Now, I myslef have been known to make a typo or two, so I take no pleasure in pointing our mispellings by others. But this one made me cringe a little, precisely because it is a flyer for a publication, the Texas Observer, touting it’s journalistic experteez. I showed it to a friend, also a writer in town, and it took her four seconds to see it. Do you? Ouch! If you can’t see the typo, well, that’s just plane...

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‘West Side Story’ today at Music Hall

A boy like that (or a few boys, rather) The new production of West Side Story, at the State Fair courtesy of Dallas Summer Musicals, was re-imagined by the show’s original writer, Arthur Laurents, with the addition of Spanish dialogue and lyrics (from Lin-Manuel Miranda) for the Puerto Rican street gang the Sharks, as well as a timely design: Although a product of the ‘50s — especially evident in Leonard Bernstein’s still-relevant jazz score and dialogue resplendent with daddios talk of hoodlums — this version could just as easily take place today. The Jets, usually so easy to mock for their balletic street fighting, are by-and-large beefier here, more threatening. They may plie like Nureyev, but you sense they’d beat the living crap out of you for making fun of ‘em. After all that excitement, head into the State Fair for a corny dog. Read the entire review here. DEETS: Fair Park Music Hall, 901 First St. Through Oct. 23. 8 p.m. $20–$85....

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Queer at the movies

Gay-themed art house films dominate the movie landscape in Dallas this week: ‘Gun Hill Road,’ ‘Toast,’ ‘Weekend’ ARNOLD WAYNE JONES  | Life+Style Editor [email protected] It somehow seems appropriate that  in the middle of October — Gay History Month — a trio of gay art films arrive simultaneously on movie screens in North Texas…. And there’s not even a film festival in town. From a youthful coming-out comedy-drama to an intense story of a trans kid in the barrio to oversexed gay men in Britain, the slate shows a panorama of gay experiences — all compelling in their way. Gun Hill Road Enrique (Esai Morales) has just been released from a three-year stretch in prison, planning to reconnect with his wife Angela (Judy Reyes) and teenaged son Michael (Harmony Santana). But much has changed since he was sent up. Angela has been emotionally if not physically unfaithful, taking comfort with a neighbor much more stable and affectionate than Enrique. Michael is terrified that his macho Puerto Rican father will discover that on the side, he identifies as trans; as Vanessa, he even performs in the local drag show. Gun Hill Road is the kind of movie that, even as you are watching it, you cannot help but think, “How did this film get made?” I mean that in the best sense. With a cast of well known if not exactly...

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