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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

WATCH: “AIN is …” from Saturday’s Bloomin’ Ball

The below video featuring longtime clients of AIDS Interfaith Network talking about what the agency has meant to them — using words like “hope,” “freedom” and “life” — represented one of the more poignant moments during Saturday’s Bloomin’ Ball … Sowing Seeds of Hope at the Hilton Anatole. So we were glad to get a chance to watch the video again after AIN Development Director Travis Gasper sent it out earlier today. (If you haven’t already seen it, you may want to grab some Kleenex before clicking play.)

“After you watch the video, consider making a donation to support clients like LaShanda and Samuel,” Gasper writes. “Just $20 can provide breakfast and lunch for three clients battling HIV/AIDS. Or donate $50, and provide a one-month unlimited bus pass, so clients like Billy can access life-saving medical care. Or support Dorothy and clients like her with a month’s worth of meals, for $125.”

On a side note, happy birthday to AIN Executive Director Steven Pace, who turned 60 the other day. Watch “AIN is …” after the jump.

—  John Wright

Scenes from AIN’s Bloomin’ Ball on May 7

Photos by Eric Scott Dickson/Arcus Media

—  John Wright

Scenes from AIN's Bloomin' Ball


Damon Frazier of Frazier Photography and Video was kind enough to send over some shots he took Saturday night during the AIDS Interfaith Network’s Bloomin’ Ball, at the Westin Park Central. More after the jump.

—  John Wright