IMG_8453Friday 10.26

Lyric salutes ‘1776’
With election season upon us, it bears remembering the efforts that went into preserving our democracy, and no musical captures that better than 1776, about the adoption of the Declaration of Indepedence. The team at Lyric Stage is at it again, with Cheryl Denson directing, Jay Dias conducting and Steven Jones producing this enchanting musical with a 33-piece orchestra and Dallas’ own B’way veteran, Brian Gonzales, as John Adams.

Irving Arts Center,

3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving.
Oct. 26–Nov. 4.



Tret-colorFriday 10.26

Tret Fure begins North Texas music tour
Tret Fure is something of a rarity nowadays: The musical activist. The gay singer, known for her catalog of songs about social justice, brings her style of jazzy folk to North Texas, starting with a show Friday at the Agape MCC in Fort Worth, then moving to the Community Cafe in Plano Saturday and Community Unitarian Church Sunday.

Agape MCC
4615 E. California Parkway, Fort Worth
Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. $15.

Community Cafe Coffee House
2875 E. Parker Road
Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. $10.

Community Unitarian Universalist Church
2875 E. Parker Road,
Oct. 28 at 10:30 a.m. worship.


IMG_0303Saturday 10.27

Gay rugby players from all over descend on Dallas for HellFest
The Rangers may have missed the World Series this year, but important tournament play is hardly dead in Dallas. The Dallas Diablos Rugby Football Club once again sponsors HellFest, the annual competiton of gay-inclusive ruggers from around the U.S., who show up just in time to look really scary for the Halloween Street Party. Attendees gather at Lake Highland Park starting early Saturday for a full day of scrums until the victor emerges from all the blood. Then they all go out partying. Sounds like a plan.

Lake Highland Park at Buckner Boulevard.
8 a.m.–5 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 26, 2012.