Author: Dallasvoice

Brandi Carlile, shero of outsiders

The out musician instills power in the powerless with her new album Brandi Carlile knew the kid from somewhere. She’d seen him before — not this particular one, but others like him. Nervously pulling at his T-shirt, worn under a chic blazer that stuck out amid a sea of casual tracksuit bottoms and hoodie sweatshirts, Carlile recalls, “He just wanted to disappear inside of it.” “It’s a lot of kids — it’s all of us,” the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter laments, offering the impetus for her transformative orchestral-augmented rouser, “The Joke.” Carlile’s impassioned ode to queer kids soars during its pick-you-up...

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Music of the heart

Craig Johnson. (Photo courtesy James Goulden) 2 upcoming concerts share the healing power of music Music is an undeniable force. In the form of a Sousa march, it invigorates; as a lullaby, it soothes and comforts; and in the form of a ballad, it can simultaneously break and mend hearts. Without a doubt, music holds the power to unite people of dissimilar cultures and even different languages. Often, we seek music for another of its remarkable powers, that of healing. In this regard, two upcoming musical presentations offer Dallas special opportunity to celebrate community with song. From hate springs...

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Holding dreams and counting blessings

Like many people, Katie and I have been watching the Winter Olympics from Pyeongchang this last week. I’m continually inspired by the amazing things these kids do. NBC has done a number of pre-packaged interviews with Olympic athletes and their families, and a common thread among them is big dreams. One athlete told of his dad saying the very same words my dad said to me: “You can do anything you want to if you want to do it bad enough.” My dad would have never put up with it if I told him my dream was to live...

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Best Bets • 02-16-18

Friday 02.16 — Sunday 02.18 ‘Chicago’ brings the ol’ razzle dazzle back to Bass Hall Chicago the musical has been around almost as long as Chicago the city. And the musical, unlike the town, tours. The tour will arrive again this weekend in Fort Worth for one weekend only at Bass Hall. It features such classic songs as “The Old Razzle Dazzle,” “Roxie,” “Mr. Cellophane,” “Cell Block Tango” and more. DEETS: Bass Performance Hall, 535 Commerce St., Fort Worth. BassHall.com.     Tuesday 02.20 Dallas Chamber Symphony marks ‘The Creation of the World’ The Dallas Chamber Symphony is still...

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Gay Agenda • 02-16-18

Have an event coming up? Email your information to Managing Editor Tammye Nash at nash@dallasvoice.com or Senior Staff Writer David Taffet at taffet@dallasvoice.com by Wednesday at 5 p.m. for that week’s issue. FEBRUARY • Feb. 16: Federal Club mixer Dallas/Fort Worth Federal Club celebrates the Chinese New Year with a mixer at Chino Chinatown, 3011 Gulden Lane in Dallas, with complimentary chips, salsa and guacamole, $7 cocktails and $5 selected beers, from 6-8 p.m.Sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian Fund for Dallas. Self parking is available; valet service is $5. Ride-sharing is encouraged. • Feb. 17: Gold Medal Gaybingo...

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