Best Bets • 08.12.16

Tuesday 08.16 — Sunday 08.28


Tony musical favorite ‘Gentleman’s Guide’ opens at Winspear

In 2014, A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder beat the odds, winning the Tony for best musical against heavy-hitters like Aladdin and Beautiful. Certainly it won over voters with its plot, taken from the old Ealing Studios comedy Kind Hearts & Coronets, but also a jaunty score, lush sets and a showcase for versatile actors, including one who plays eight characters — all the intended victims of a social-climbing killer. But it’s all in good fun. The national tour debuts in Dallas this week, kicking off ATTPAC’s Broadway Series season.

Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.

Friday 08.19


Texas Theatre screens restoration of John Waters’ classic ‘Multiple Maniacs’

Many people know John Waters from his popular successes like Hairspray and Cry-Baby (and their musical adaptations), but he really put cult camp filmmaking on the map with micro-budget counterculture films including the rarely-seen Multiple Maniacs. Now, a restored version of this gloriously grotesque 1972 vehicle for Divine gets a proper theatrical showing. Prepare to be hilariously appalled.

The Texas Theatre
231 W. Jefferson Blvd.
10 p.m. $10.

Sunday 08.14

AIN marks 30 years of service with music and cupcakes

The AIDS Interfaith Network has been serving the HIV community for decades — 30 years to be exact. And this weekend, they will mark that anniversary with a little party, featuring snacks from the Original Cupcakery, champagne and live music courtesy of Denise Lee, above. Stop in and say “congrats!” … and also “thank you.”

Interfaith Peace Chapel
5910 Cedar Springs Road
4–7 p.m.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition August 12, 2016.

—  Dallasvoice

Best Bets • 05.13.16

Saturday 05.14


AIN marks 30 years of sowing seeds of hope with annual fundraiser Bloomin’ Ball

AIDS Interfaith Network has been doing good works for people living with HIV/AIDS for 30 years, and for 10 of them, the Bloomin’ Ball has been the major fundraiser helping them get money to further their efforts. The decade-old event is a cocktail party with entertainment, followed by dinner and dancing … and all very chic. It may be hot out, but it’s still spring, so time to blossom and enjoy one of the season’s best parties. Gary Lynn Floyd is in charge of the entertainment.

Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway
Cocktails start at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m.

Tuesday 05.17 — Saturday 06.04


Soluna visual arts festival returns starting with ‘Rules of the Game’

The Soluna festival began just last year, and was such a hit, it has returned for a second iteration of music, dance and multimedia displays. Kicking it all off is a new work that combines dance and video with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra performing a piece by Pharrell Williams. It’ll make you happy. Soluna runs for two weeks.

“Rules of the Game”
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
For a full lineup of events, visit

Friday 05.20 — Sunday 05.22


‘Mamma Mia!’  returns to North Texas for one weekend only

We’ve loved our ABBA since the days when disco was new, and unlike those fly-by-night friends, we never gave up on the ’70s supergroup. And we were rewarded in 2001 with one of the first megahit jukebox musicals built around the catalogue of a single artist, with hits like “Dancin’ Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All” and of course the title song from Mamma Mia!, the delightfully campy musical that swings into Fort Worth’s Bass Hall for one weekend of glitter and fun in the Greek Isles. Go, and have the time of your life.

Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 13, 2016.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Get your tickets for Bloomin Ball

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AIDS Interfaith Network‘s largest annual fundraiser, The Bloomin’ Ball, is coming up May 9 at The Hilton Anatole Hotel. Tickets are $150 each, or $1,200 for a table of eight (available here).

The event will include the presentation of Crystal Hope Awards to Sam Bowers and Glen Romero (individuals), Dallas Light and Sound (corporate), and Auntjuan Wiley (faith community). The celebration is presented by Texas Instruments.

—  Tammye Nash

AIDS Walk South Dallas raises more than $20K

12More than 200 people walked the 5K-route in South Dallas to raise money for AIDS Interfaith Network on Saturday. Auntjuan Wiley, the founder of AIDS Walk South Dallas, said that as of Friday, the group had raised more than $20,000. Money raised Saturday hadn’t been counted.

Dallas police officers blocked the intersections, keeping the walkers moving along the route, and people stepped out on their porches to watch the procession. At one point on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, the walkers met up with a parade celebrating James Madison High School’s back-to-back state championships. The groups cheered each other, giving the bystanders a two-for-one show.

Walgreens, which has sponsored the walk for each of its four years, had several people in the walk along with representatives from other businesses and organizations.

“I’m really pleased to see how far this walk has come in four years,” said Walgreens Community Leader James Ross. “We’ve been with the walk since day one, and we’re very supportive of what is being done here.”

You can see pics of the walk here.

—  Steve Ramos

Resource Center, other agencies announce limited holiday hours

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The Resource Center food pantry received a large donation from the Dallas Museum of Art

Resource Center’s food pantry will be open Dec. 18-Dec. 20  from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and will be close Dec. 23–Jan. 1.

“All clients are currently shopping for two weeks because of the holiday,” Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said. “If people wish to donate to the pantry, our biggest area of need is canned protein with pop-top lids — tuna, chicken, chili, Spam, etc.”

The Resource Center itself will be closed Dec. 24-Jan. 1. The last lunch served by the hot meals program will be on Dec. 23.

Legacy Counseling

Legacy Counseling Center will be closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day as well as New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. However, Executive Director Melissa Grove said in case of emergencies, call the hotline number, 214-207-3953. Through the holiday period, the Walk-in Clinic will operate, but Grove asked anyone using it to call ahead.


Trinity Clinic will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 24 and will be closed Christmas Day. The clinic will close at 3 p.m. on Dec. 30 and will be closed Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

AIDS Interfaith Network

AIDS Interfaith Network will be closed Dec. 25–27 and Jan. 1.

The Daire Center will close on Dec. 24 and because of the agency move will not re-open until the end of January. The exact re-opening date will be announced later.

—  David Taffet

Lots of LGBT orgs participating in North Texas Giving Day on Thursday


North Texas Giving Day is Thursday and a lot of LGBT organizations are participating.

Donations can be made online from 7 a.m. to midnight by going here and searching for an organization.

Among the LGBT organizations participating are AIDS Arms, AIDS Outreach, AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Legal Hospice of Texas, Legacy Gay & Lesbian Fund for Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas, and North Texas Food Bank, which supplies much of the food for Resource Center’s food pantry.

Communities Foundation of Texas organized the event. Each $25 donation and above received Thursday will get bonus funds. If an organization receives 32 individual donations, it will be entered to win an additional $10,000.

Funds can also be designated to a specific program in the notes section.

For a complete list of organizations, go here.

—  Dallasvoice

Razzle Dazzle Dallas, MetroBall distribute $59K to beneficiaries


Razzle Dazzle Dallas presents a check for $43,000 to the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

Razzle Dazzle Dallas distributed $59,000 from its events to its beneficiaries last night at Sue Ellen’s. The total was several thousand dollars more than last year.

Thelma Houston headlined the Metro Ball at S4 on June 7 benefiting the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund. That organization provides financial assistance for critical needs such as rent and utility payments when all other resources are exhausted.

GDMAF received $43,000. That’s a $10,000 increase over last year. Razzle Dazzle chair John Cooper-Lara attributed that to a very successful silent auction and Houston’s enthusiastic participation in the live auction.

The Main Event, held on June 8 at Main Street Garden, benefited AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Cedar Springs Beautification Project, Legacy Counseling Center, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Turtle Creek Chorale. Those groups will share $16,000.

This was the first year the Main Event was held off Cedar Springs Road. The amount distributed to the community organizations was down from last year’s $25,000. Organizers plan to return Downtown next year and hope the event will build into a larger Pride party.


Board members from Razzle Dazzle Dallas with a check for eight LGBT organizations.

—  David Taffet

AIDS Walk South Dallas distributes funds

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Walk director Auntjuan Wiley, left,  presents check to AIDS Interfaith Network Director Steven Pace.

AIDS Walk South Dallas distributed $4,000 to its beneficiaries last week.

Kidscapes Foundation and AIDS Interfaith Network each received a check for $2,000. In addition to distributing funds and paying all expenses, walk director Auntjuan Wiley said his organization raised enough to retain seed money for next year’s event.

More than 200 people registered for the walk that took place on March 16 and 512 people attended the event at St. Philip’s School on Pennsylvania Avenue.

HIV and syphilis testing was done before and after the event. Of the 27 people tested, one person tested positive for HIV and got into treatment and another person got back into treatment.

Wiley said plans are already underway for next year. St. Philip’s School will host the event again. The area is one of the hardest hit in Dallas for new HIV infections.

The 2014 walk will take place on March 22.

—  David Taffet

AIDS Interfaith, DFW Sisters to join Barack for National Day of Service

DFW Sisters will participate in the National Day of Service.

We got a very formal email from our friend Travis Gasper at AIDS Interfaith Network inviting us to participate in President Barack Obama’s National Day or Service — and a very casual, friendly one from Obama, signed “Barack.”

“Dozens of Dallas residents are answering President Barack Obama’s call to action and participating in the National Day of Service on Saturday, January 19 as the kick-off to the 57th Presidential Inauguration,” Gasper wrote. “Volunteers will spend the day at AIDS Interfaith Network (AIN), serving meals to HIV-positive homeless and low-income people. They join hundreds of thousands of Americans across the country in volunteer service.”

Then we received this from “Barack”:

“This Saturday, Michelle and I are heading out to events as part of the National Day of Service — and I hope you’ll join us.”

—  David Taffet

AIN asks for assistance with budget shortfall with Close the Gap campaign

AIDS Interfaith Network is asking the community for assistance in closing a budget shortfall. The demand for meals, bus passes and respite care is exceeding funding, the agency says.

AIN reports that in 2012 it’s on track to serve 26,000 meals to low-income people living with HIV/AIDS. By the end of the year, AIN will provide 17,000 bus and rail passes for clients to get to medical appointments and access other life-saving services.

Executive Director Steven Pace is asking the community to make a donation and help close the gap:

Each year, about a quarter of our budget comes from unrestricted sources like foundations, community groups/events, and individuals. And year after year, you step up. You donate faithfully, entrusting AIN to use your generosity where it best fits the current need. Right now, the need is exceeding the funding, so we’re counting on you once more.

We know that many in our community are struggling to close the gap in their own households or businesses. We understand. But we also know that our supporters are dedicated and passionate about AIN’s clients. We can all do something — no matter how large or small — to make a difference in the lives of those in need.

I’ll report back later in the week with our progress. Thank you in advance for helping us close the gap.

With gratitude,
Steven Pace, MSSW
Executive Director

P.S. You can help close the gap the old-fashioned way, too. Please mail checks to:

501 N. Stemmons Fwy. #200
Dallas, TX 75207

—  David Taffet