Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 40 Best TV News Reporter Janet St. James, formerly of WFAA/Channel 8 In March, award-winning journalist Janet St. James announced she was leaving her job of 19 years at ABC affiliate WFAA and moving to public relations. The next month came worse news: St. James had been diagnosed with in-vasive breast cancer. The news of her diagno-sis and subsequent double mastectomy came from St. James herself in videos posted on Facebook. “I am fierce and strong. But I have breast cancer,” she said. She has continued posting updates through chemotherapy treat-ment (now over). After all those health sto-ries for Channel 8, including exclusives on last year’s Ebola patients at Presby, St. James may be doing her best work reporting on her own medical crisis and recovery. (Follow her on FB or on Twitter @janetstjames.) Culture & People ber, KERA-FM just keeps quietly, calmly providing news, interviews, panel shows and features from local, regional and national sources. The National Public Radio and Pub-lic Radio International affiliate is where you’ll find This American Life ; Morning Edi-tion ; Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me ; and All Things Considered . The local component is the noontime Think , hosted by the unflappable Krys Boyd. Nearly commercial free, the sta-tion switches to BBC news overnight, a re-minder that news does happen elsewhere in the world. 90.1 FM, Best Theater Company Undermain Theatre For several decades, the 90-seat basement space in Deep Ellum has staged avant-garde plays by emerging writers. This season, how-ever, something clicked on a higher level with the world premiere of Gordon Dahlquist’s sci-fi drama Tomorrow Come Today , the tightly fo-cused work of actor Shannon Kearns Simmons as the title character in The Testament of Mary and the impeccably acted and directed (by Blake Hackler) The Flick , Annie Baker’s Pulit-zer winner about three nobodies working in an old cinema. Undermain’s married founders Katherine Owens and Bruce DuBose have lined up another challenging season, including Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey into Night , which regional theaters rarely touch (it opens early next year), and the current pre-miere (through October 17) of Meg Morosh-nik’s The Droll (Or, a Stage Play about the END of Theatre) , about a time when all theater is banned and one troupe puts on a secret Ham-let . End of theater? Not at Undermain. 3200 Main St., 214-747-5515, SPORTS/RECREACTION NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC FOOD/DRINK CULTURE/PEOPLE | thread SHOPPING/SERVICES | Classified | MusiC | dish | | stage | Movies | Culture | | Night+day | feature | | sChutze | uNfair Park | the | CoNteNts | the news that ignites my sense of outrage,” Ledel says. “Acting allows me to proclaim it on high more eloquently than I could ever do on my own.” Offstage, Ledel voices anime and is a certified notary public. We certify that she’s a notable actor. Best Actor Alex Organ Sure, Alex Organ is great in the big classic roles: Coriolanus at Shakespeare Dallas, Iago in Othello at Second Thought Theatre (where he’s artistic director now). But it was in Un-dermain Theatre’s weird and wonderful pro-duction of Annie Baker’s The Flick this season that this Yale-trained actor really showed the depth of his talent. As a 35-year-old movie usher who barely spoke and spent most of the three-hour play sweeping and mopping, he was as heartbroken and heartbreaking as Hamlet (and in way fewer words). It takes a great actor to make long silences into a bra-vura performance. Readers’ Pick: John McCaa, WFAA Readers’ Pick: 90.1 KERA-FM Best Radio Talk Show Think, KERA-FM With its wide variety of guests — authors, arts leaders, politicians, performers — local host Krys Boyd’s noontime talk and call-in show on KERA-FM/90.1 offers a calm, well-informed two-hour break from the angry voices doing talk radio elsewhere. Boyd’s good at letting her guests make their points with minimal interruption. Listen and learn. Best Party Photographer The Naked Lens Here’s the short-but-simple online biography of The Naked Lens: “I figured the world al-ready had enough wedding photographers,” he writes. “Most of my best friends are hook-ers, strippers or burners.” The Naked Lens is photographer Mark Kaplan, a former naval air crewman and lifeguard who now works as a freelance shooter. Kaplan can be found pho-tographing parties and events far off the beaten path, definitely not the dressy society wingdings the shiny sheets cover. His pix cel-ebrate the tattooed, pierced, pink-haired and scantily clad. Burlesque shows are a favorite. Kaplan likes his subjects to have some skin in the game. Deep Ellum, 214-444-FOTO, Readers’ Pick: Dallas Summer Musicals Fair Park, 909 1st Ave., 214-421-5678, Best Movie Theater TExAS ThEATRE Readers’ Pick: Kidd Kraddick in the Morning 106.1 KISS-FM Best County Official John Warren, Dallas County Clerk Big ups to Dallas County Clerk John Warren for changing his mind for the right reasons. In 2013, after saying for years that he opposed same-sex marriage because of his religious beliefs, Warren came out in support of mar-riage equality. This year he dutifully prepared his office for the Supreme Court ruling that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide, en-suring that Dallas County would be able to is-sue marriage licenses to couples as soon as the ruling came down. In June, Warren is-sued the first same-sex marriage license in Dallas County to Jack Evans and George Har-ris, who’d had to wait 54 years to attain legal status for their union. Best Comedy Club Dallas Comedy House Dallas Comedy House isn’t where you go to see a big-name headliner, but that’s what makes it good. Head to the recently relocated Deep Ellum institution if you want to catch Dallas’ best up-and-coming stand-up come-dians (who might one day become big names) trying out new material and honing their acts. You can take an improv class here, too, and it’s the site of the annual Dallas Comedy Festival, which serves as a showcase for hot comics on the way up in the biz. 3025 Main St., 214-741-4448, DALLAS OBSERVER S eptember 24-30, 2015 M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 Best Actress Jenny Ledel Versatile, classically trained Jenny Ledel is half of one of Dallas’ most powerful theater-making duos. Husband Alex Organ, our Best Actor pick, is artistic director at Second Thought Theatre. Ledel is a company mem-ber at Kitchen Dog, where she was a comic delight in Lee Trull’s zany Wilde/Earnest . She played a neurotic wife in creepy Belleville at Second Thought. Opposite her hubby’s Iago, she was riveting as Emilia in Othello . Why does she act? “Every day I read something in Readers’ Pick: Addison Improv 4980 Belt Line Road, No. 250, 972-404-8501, Best News Radio Station KERA-FM As what’s left of talk radio on the AM dial rants itself red in the right-wing echo cham-2 40 Kathy Tran

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