March 10, 2011 | by Juliette Ebner
Arts news in brief: March 11

The Gay Men’s Chorus Takes Audiences to Texas

As its 30th season continues, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington brings to stage an all-male production of the musical, “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University (730 21st St., N.W.).

“Whorehouse” tells the true story of the closing of a 130-year-old brother outside LaGrange, Texas, in 1973 which became a scandal and was condemned when a newsman announced it on television.

The show stars Ryan Williams as Miss Mona, John O’Brien as Sheriff Ed Earl Dodd, Eric Peterson as Melvin P. Thorpe, Kip Jacobs as Jewel, Christopher Harris as Doatsy Mae and Andrew Harmon as Governor.

Directed and choreographed by Craig Cipollini, he describes the musical as being about “people in glass houses throwing stones — about one group of people imposing their version of morality on others,” in a press release for the show.

“I think is something gay men and women can relate to very well,” Cipollini said. “The story is filled with good looking and clever characters, it’s a little bit rowdy, it’s a little bit raunchy, and at times very funny, but look closely and it also has a serious side.”

The show also features 73 performers from the Chorus, including an ensemble of 50 singers and dancers.

The musical opens March 18 at 8 p.m. There will be another evening performance on March 19 at 8 p.m. and an American Sign Language-interpreted performance will take place on March 20 at 3 p.m.

Tickets range from $20 to $50 and can be purchased at the door, by calling 202-293-1548 or online at gmcw.org.

Noi’s Nook sees its final performance

Special Agent Galactica will host a special closing concert at go mama go! (1809 14th St., N.W.) on Sunday at 7 p.m. in Noi’s Nook, the shop’s back-room performance space.

Those slated are returning performers including Tom Goss, John C. Bailey and the Art Improv Mashup, and D.C. King Ken Vegas.

The performances at go mama go! first started in September when Jeffrey Johnson, the man behind Galactica and an employee at go mama go!, and his theater group needed a place to perform. He went to the current owner and asked if they could set something up in the store.

It was already known that the store would be closing soon and the inventory had already been shrunk, so Noi’s Nook, named after the original owner who died in 2007 and was supportive of Johnson’s group, was built in the back.

The performances will be followed by an after party during which the stage will be turned into a dance floor and DJ Ten will provide music.

Tickets to the concert are $20 and the proceeds will go toward helping go mama go get out of debt from staying open until the end of its lease.

This will be the last performance, as the store is closing and must be empty by March 31. The staff will begin the process of taking down the stage soon after.

Gay singer/songwriter Tom Goss (Blade file photo by Michael Key)

Tom Goss releases new album

Local singer Tom Goss is having two D.C. release parties for his new C.D., “Turn It Around,” at go mama go! (1809 14th St., N.W.) tonight and Saturday.

The band Echo Armada will open on Friday and Jeremiah Clark will open on Saturday.

The doors will open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8 on both nights. Tickets are $12 and are limited. They can be purchased in advanced online at tomgossmusic.com.

Goss says he’s excited about the release.

“It’s a whole new project,” he says. “Very big, bright and fun.

The C.D., which will be available April 12, includes the track, “It’s All Over.” This is Goss’s third full-length C.D.

On the vibrant, jangly album opener “It’s All Over,” Goss displays his versatile instrumentation and effortless vocals. The infectious rocker, “Shady Dell,” displays Goss’ impressive writing chops and references an eccentric vintage trailer park where Goss spent his honeymoon. “All I Ever Wanted” tells the tale of losing one’s faith, inspired by Goss’ own personal struggle and his experience leaving the Catholic seminary while the album’s gorgeous melodic closer, “You Know I Love You” exemplifies Goss’ belief that true love is possible.

There will also be a Baltimore release party at GLCCB (241 West Chase St.) on March 20 with The Pushovers. Doors open at 6:30 that night and the show begins at 7 p.m.

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