• Feb. 6: National Black HIV/AIDSAwareness Day
The Afiya Center’s second annual “Get tested. Grab a bite” free and confidential HIV and syphilis testing and education event from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. at the Afiya Center, 501 Wynnewood Village Ste. 213. Contact 972-682-5571 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Feb. 7: Turtle Creek Chorale 35th Anniversary Concert
Tim Seelig conducts this performance. City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Tickets at Tickets.TurtleCreekChorale.com or at 214-526-3214.
• Feb. 7: Night Circus Masquerade Ball
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas annual fundraiser. 7 p.m. at Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.
• Feb. 9: Resource Center’s Young Professionals Advisory Council Mixer
Meet with the members of Resource Center’s young professional group (45 and under) fundraiser benefitting Youth First. 5:30–7 p.m. at Kitchen LTO at Trinity Groves, 3011 Gulden Lane, Ste. 108. Learn more at Bit.ly/1zb3RNa.
• Feb. 9: Stonewall Democrats of Tarrant County monthly meeting
Guest speaker James Finn and swearing-in of board members by Justice of the Peace Sergio De Leon at 7 p.m. at Tommy’s Hamburgers, 2455 Forest Park Blvd., Fort Worth. Contact Felipe Gutierrez at 817-713-7426 for more information.
• Feb. 10: Denise Lee Onstage presents vocalist Terry Loftis in Love, Passion & Valentines
Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St., Grand Prairie. $25. UptownTheaterGP.com/tickets.
• Feb. 11: Lambda Legal’s Mix and Mingle
Learn about Lambda Legal’s recent victories 5:30–7 p.m. at Sambuca, 2120 McKinney Ave.
• Feb. 12: LCR-Texas Lobby Day
Check in with Log Cabin Republicans in the Capitol Rotunda at 8:30 a.m. Breakfast provided. Meet lawmakers 9:30–11:30 a.m. and 12:30–4 p.m. Lunch provided at noon. Happy hour at 6 p.m. at Rain, 217 W. 4th St., Austin.
• Feb. 13–15: Texas Home & Garden Show in Fort Worth
Fort Worth Convention Center, 1201 Houston St., Fort Worth. Feb. 13–15. Mayor Price speaks at 3:30 p.m.
• Feb. 14: Dannee Phann Productions presents Second Saturday: Adore Delano!
RuPaul’s Drag Race entertainers perform at 9 p.m. at the Brick & Joe’s, 2525 Wycliff. Ticket prices from $20–$150. Tickets at Bit.ly/adoreatbrick.
• Feb. 14: LGBTQ SAVES Youth dance
Valentine’s dance for youth 7–10 p.m. at Agape MCC, 4615 E California Way, Forest Hill. For more information visit LGBTQSaves.weebly.com or e-mail LGBTQSaves@gmail.com.
• Feb. 14: Dash for the Beads
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras-themed walk, run and festival benefits local area schools to help promote healthy eating and physical activity. 9:30 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park. Register online at Bit.ly/1tZOtxv.
• Feb. 14: QueerBomb Dallas’ QueerBomb L.U.S.T. 2015: Queer Candy
9 p.m.–2 a.m. at Texas Theatre, 231 W Jefferson Blvd. $10 donation. Bit.ly/lustparty.
• Feb. 15: Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade
Bishop Arts District at 4 p.m.
• Feb. 15: Mr & Miss Charity America’s Red & Pink Ball
6 p.m. at Club Reflection, 604 S. Jennings, Fort Worth. Benefits Home for the Holidays. Contact Linze Serrell at email@example.com.
• Through Feb. 15: Bruce Wood: A Retrospective
A new exhibition celebrating the life and creative contributions of the renowned Fort Worth dancer, choreographer and creative genius at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W Main St, Arlington. Tuesday–Saturday 10:00–5:00 p.m. Sunday 1–5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. Call 817-275-4600 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
• Feb. 17: Equality Texas Faith Advocacy Day
Lobby legislators in Austin about issues facing LGBT people. First of three EQTX’s lobbying days at the Capitol. Co-sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. Advanced registration required. Register at EqualityTexas.org.
• Feb. 19: Gray Pride The Good, The Bad and the Ugly: Texas Legislature 2015
Resource Center Communications and Advocacy Manager Rafael McDonnell takes a look at the Texas Legislature and legislation that could impact LGBT Texans.
• Feb. 19: Urban Engagement Book Club: Tomlinson Hill by Chris Tomlinson
CitySquare’s monthly Urban Engagement Book Club explores various social justice issues with writer Randy Mayeux and local social justice leaders. Free. Noon of every third Thursday at the Opportunity Center, 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. More information at CitySquare.org.
• Feb. 21: Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society Benefit Concert
Texas Christian University’s Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society hosts their annual benefit concert for AIDS Outreach Center at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Theatre at Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 South University Dr., Fort Worth. Call 817-257-4255 for ticket information.
• Feb. 21: Dallas-Fort Worth Gay for Good Volunteer Project
DFW Gay For Good’s Habitat for Humanity volunteer project from 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at 2606 Wilhurt. Arrive between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Register at Bit.ly/DFWG4G21. Contact Rob Peters at email@example.com or 781-472-0745 for more information.
• Feb. 21: Miss Gay Texas Pageant System’s Miss Tri City State and State-at-Large Pageant
The system that promotes both female impersonation and community support holds a themed pageant and fundraiser to benefit AIDS Arms Life Walk. Categories include presentation, performance and more. Male interviews begin at 2 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m. at Garlow’s, 308 E. Main Street, Gun Barrel City. $75 entry fee. Contact Sable Alexander at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Feb. 21: Fit4Life Calendar Launch Party: Benefiting Dallas Red Foundation
Fit4Life 2015 calendar launch benefitting the Dallas Red Foundation and HIV/AIDS research 7–9 p.m. at ES Collection, 3926 Cedar Springs. Complimentary cocktails.More information at On.fb.me/1zbd742.
• Feb. 21: Stonewall Democrats of Tarrant County Strategic Retreat
• Feb. 21: Gaybingo
• Feb. 22: He Said/She Said
The Human Rights Campaign Dallas Fort Worth presents the inaugural He Said/She Said fundraiser, a new twist on the Her HRC event. Events include trivia with cash prizes, HRC Bachelorette and/or Bachelor live auction and a drag show to cap off the day. Cassie Nova and Jenna Skyy host. 2 p.m. at Sue Ellen’s.
SPOTLIGHT: Gay Agenda Spotlight: Valentine’s Day, Mardi Gras and more
Valentine’s Day may be a week away, but with all that’s going on (including some delicious options highlighted in Life & Style this week) it would help to plan in advance.
If you’re the club-going type, check out previous RuPaul’s Drag Race contenders at 9 p.m. at the Brick & Joe’s. Are you more into fabulous radical affairs? QueerBomb Dallas’ QueerBomb L.U.S.T. 2015: Queer Candy from 9 p.m.–2 a.m. at the Texas Theatre may be your thing. Emceed by Nikki
Trash, the party includes carnival games, drag queens, a photo booth, asexual hangout area, spanking booth and more. A $10 donation is suggested.
Single? Not into lovey-dovey stuff? There’s plenty of other stuff going on, too. Numerous Mardi Gras celebrations coincide with the most romantic day in February. Begin your weekend at 9 a.m. on Feb. 14 with Dash for the Beads, the Mardi Gras-themed race, walk and festival in Kidd Springs Park. Then head over to the Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade at 4 p.m. in the Bishop Arts District.
If nothing else, Feb. 15 is your last chance to check out Bruce Wood: A Retrospective at Arlington Museum of Art. Admission prices vary. $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors.
This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition February 6, 2015.