Miss Firecracker pageant tonight at the Eagle

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The 23rd Annual Miss Firecracker pageant returns just in time for July 4. Heavy on the camp and actual singing, the contest is also a benefit for TGRA and its charities. The winner goes on to compete for Miss Charity America. The lovely Victoria Weston will serve as one of the hosts.

DEETS: Dallas Eagle, 5740 Maple Ave. 7 p.m. DallasEagle.com.

—  Rich Lopez

PHOTOS: Christian music duo (and partners) Jason & deMarco Saturday at MCC

I don’ t know how this show snuck in, but I found out about it late last week. Fortunately, one of our photographers got out to the show and snapped a few pics of the night.

The gay Christian pop duo Jason and deMarco came to Dallas for a benefit show Saturday at the Metropolitan Community Church in Carrollton. They headlined a night that also included Ray Norris, Buddy Shanahan and Kim Wisdom among others. The show was a fundraiser for AIDS Interfaith Network.

“Every dollar raised from the concert will go directly to help homeless clients with HIV/AIDS,” said Steven Pace, executive director of AIN. “We are so grateful to MCC-GD for their unwavering support.”

View more of Eric Scott Dickson’s photos from the event after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Can’t afford $1,500 to see Prince on Super Bowl weekend? There’s an app for that

Remember that Goss Michael Foundation event I blogged about? You know, that “all-inclusive soiree” Prince is headlining with Erykah Badu as part of the Super Bowl fesitivites? Yeah, so I kinda winced that the $1,500 price tag was the cheapest seat for theEvent (which is also the name of the, um, event). The show is a benefit for the foundation’s scholarship fund they award to area students pursuing an arts education.

Well, there might be a legit way around that. I received an email that the Calyp app is giving away tix to the show with a few simple requirements. Such as:

Participants are automatically entered to win this once in a lifetime experience by simply “liking” them at Facebook.com/CalypEndorsers and downloading the free Calyp app from the iTunes App Store or Android Market by Monday January 31, 2011. Winner will be chosen at random and will be announced Tuesday February 1, 2011.

So, excuse me for a sec while I grab my iPhone.

—  Rich Lopez

Out soprano who’ll headline Dallas Opera’s 2011-12 season releases ‘It Gets Better’ video

Patricia Racette

Operatic soprano Patricia Racette released an “It Gets Better” video that she made with her partner, Beth Clayton. They filmed their piece at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.

As Arnold Wayne Jones reported last week, Racette will star in the second production of the Dallas Opera’s 2011-12 season, a revival of the company’s 1997 production of Leoš Janáček’s Katya Kabanova, written in 1921. The show runs Oct. 28 and 30, and Nov. 2, 5 and 13.

She will also at the Winspear Opera House in a recital for patrons, the opera announced on Jan. 13:

An exclusive patron recital on November 9, 2011, “A Cabaret Evening with Patricia Racette,” featuring the luminous Ms. Racette performing selections from the Great American Songbook in the intimacy of the Winspear Opera House.

Racette has appeared in Dallas before when she starred as the heroine in the 2004 production of Jenůfa.

—  David Taffet

R. Lee Ermey delivers batsh*t Obama-will-impose-socialism message at USO benefit

Full Metal Jacket‘s sadistic drill sargeant and present-day GEICO pitchman R. Lee Ermey sounds like he needs to hit the couch and go to namby-pamby land after this “socialist Obama” blow up at a USO benefit, appearing on behalf of Toys for Tots. Via Mediate:

“The economy really sucks. Now I hate to point fingers at anybody, but the present administration probably had a lot to do with that. And the way I see it, they’re not going to quit doing it until they bring this country to its knees. So I think we should all rise up and we should stop this administration from what they’re doing because they’re destroying this country. They’re driving us into bankruptcy so that they can impose socialism on us and that’s exactly what they’re doing. And I’m sick and damn tired of it, and I know you are too. But I know that the Marine Corps will be here forever; this administration won’t. Semper Fi.”

And with that outburst, he takes his leave quietly back to his table, where the cohosts, clearly somewhat stunned, ask him how he “really feels.”

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WATCH: FCKH8 bashes back against gay bashing — what took so long?

While other causes are a little more on the sentimental side, I have to say the FCKH8 campaign has gotten my attention in under three minutes. Cursing kids shooting the middle finger — hilarious! Proceeds from the sales of their merch benefit the Trevor Project. T-shirts emblazoned with “Don’t B H8n on the Homos” among other clever items are too good to pass up. I’m digging the hoodie, although purple isn’t my color.

The campaign released its latest video on Sunday and while it’s fun to watch, it is so NSFW.

—  Rich Lopez

Gay Partner of Slain Trooper Sues for Survivor’s Benefit

GAVEL SCALES JUSTICE LAW LEGAL JUDGEMENT X390 (PHOTOS.COM) | ADVOCATE.COMA gay Missouri man sued the state to obtain the survivor’s benefit from his partner, a state trooper killed in the line of duty.
Advocate.com: Daily News

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Elton John to Play Concert to Benefit Challenge of Proposition 8

Elton John is set to play a concert at the "Green Acres" estate of Ron Burkle in Beverly Hills to benefit the American Foundation for Equal Rights.

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Said Chad Griffin, Board President of AFER: “We are deeply honored to have the support of Sir Elton John. The American Foundation for Equal Rights stands for the enduring principle that all Americans are created equal, and believes that ending state-sanctioned discrimination is a critical step we must take toward ending the hate crimes and suicides that continue to claim the lives of young Americans.”

The concert is set to take place on January 19th. All proceeds will support the American Foundation for Equal Rights, the sole sponsor of the Perry case, which is being argued by the Foundation's legal team headed by Theodore Olson and David Boies, the opposing attorneys in the Bush v Gore case that decided the presidency. The American Foundation for Equal Rights is a 501c3 non-profit organization.

Ticket information is available by contacting events@afer.org.

Perry v. Schwarzenegger, the federal challenge that AFER is pursuing against Proposition 8, goes before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals on December 6.


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—  admin

Your last chance to take part in the ‘Faces of Life’ photo campaign

You know you want your supermodel moment

Face of LifeThe ilume Gallerie and photographer Jorge Rivas invite people to come get their photo taken as a benefit for AIDS Arms Inc. You saw the Faces of Life exhibit during the parade with rich, colorful pictures of local people in the community adorned by a red ribbon. That could be you! Only not as big and not in the parade. Nonetheless, it all goes to charity and you’ll have a heck of a Facebook profile pic.

DEETS: Through Nov. 5. Call 214-507-7369 for an appointment. $50 for singles, $75 for couples. ilumeGallerie.com.

—  Rich Lopez

October 7th In NYC: Ali Forney Center’s “A Place At The Table” Annual Benefit

The Ali Forney Center, NYC’s homeless shelter for LGBT youth, will be holding their annual “A Place At The Table” benefit gala dinner on October 7th at 91 Horatio Street in the West Village. Get tickets here. This year’s host is openly gay Tony winning actor Denis O’Hare, whom you may best know as True Blood’s vicious vampire, Russell Edgington.

The Ali Forney Center’s 2010 honorees are furniture mogul, author and gay activist Mitchell Gold…and somehow…yours truly. How’d that happen? I can just picture the King Of Mississippi ripping my heart out in mid-acceptance speech. “Now, time for the weather. Tiffany?” Seriously, I’m very flattered. As longtime JMG readers and my pals know, I can’t go two sentences about the noble and desperately needed work of the Ali Forney Center without needing a tissue.

Get tickets here. If you can’t attend, please consider making a donation. Times are hard everywhere, but nowhere more so than charities such the Ali Forney Center, where the stream of desperate gay youth is endless, but the money flow is definitely not. If you are a business owner or ad buyer, please consider placement in the evening’s program.

RELATED: Check out my post from last year’s “A Place At The Table” where the honorees were NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn and City Councilman Lewis Fidler, with entertainment provided by Rufus Wainwright. Also in the house last year: Sandra Bernhard, Dan Choi, and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Joe. My. God.

—  John Wright