Scenes from Burgers+Burgundy

Grace burger

This weekend was ripe with social events and fundraisers — not time to attend all of them, in fact. But the most filling was surely yesterday at DIFFA‘s fifth annual Burgers+Burgundy picnic.

Not only was it well attended (by Dallas star Linda Grey, no less!) but the burgers were delish. My favorite: Blaine Staniford, chef at Grace (and the just-opened Little Red Wasp in Cowtown), did a simple yet complex burger with a healthy (or rather, unhealthy) dollop of Port Salud cheese and a mushroom ketchup (not a ketchup at all, but a saucy reduction). It was designed to be paired with a hearty wine.

Other restaurants participating included Spoon (a catfish slopping joe), Five Sixty and Smoke (both of whom provided lamb burgers of very different flavor profiles), Nick & Sam’s, Max’s Wine Dive, Shinsei (which did a banh mi), Asador, Ranch 616 and 3015 Trinity Groves (the only one to also prepare a dessert, which was yummy, even though Steve Kemble ate all of them.)

The Hunter Sullivan Band provided the entertainment, with great vocals from Hunter. And the weather was perfect — a nice surprise, following the heavy rains on Saturday. And DIFFA announced the theme for next year’s collection as well: Masquerade. Get your mask ideas ready.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DIFFA announces Style Ambassadors

The DIFFA Collection will be back next spring, and once again Jan Strimple will be producing the runway show. But before that, it’s the Style Ambassadors who have to do a lot of the work. This year, 17 men and women have been tapped to represent DIFFA in the community, raising awareness and money for AIDS treatment and research. That’s two more than the usual high of 15. The ambassadors are Simona Beal, John Bobbitt, Marty Collins, Peter Dauterman, Tommy DeAlano,Deanna DiPizio, Malcolm Gage (pictured), Stephen Giles, Kandis Hutchinson, Daniel Lewis, LeeAnne Locken, Vivian Lombardi, Tom Mason, Lance Avery Morgan, Troy Schiermeyer, James Shackelford and Paige Westhoff. The announcement was made at Dish Restaurant in the ilume last week.

The event will take place, as it has in recent years, at the Hilton Anatole on March 23. For more information, visit DIFFADallas.org.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Alden Clanahan to be honored by DIFFA

DIFFA’s 2012 collection Smoking Haute, returns to the Hilton Anatole on March 31, but the theme is already being tweaked ever-so-slightly following the unexpected death of fashion leader Alden Clanahan.

Clint Bradley, chairman of the DIFFA Dallas board of director, issued this statement about Clanahan and the collection:

“We at DIFFA/Dallas are honored to have known Alden Clanahan, enjoyed his great talents, and witnessed his passion for helping others. Alden’s years of service, dedication, and generosity towards DIFFA/Dallas will always be cherished and admired. Not only was Alden a Board member, a sponsor, and a patron but, Alden was an angel for DIFFA/Dallas. To honor Alden’s work and immeasurable impact for those living with HIV/AIDS, we will dedicate Collection 2012 as a celebration of his memory.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

DIFFA/Dallas announces Style Council

At Dish last night, a huge crowd gathered to hear the names on DIFFA/Dallas’ Style Council roster. Members of the Style Council are  responsible for getting out the word about DIFFA and fundraising for the signature event, the Collection, which this year is called Smoking Haute. It will take place at the Anatole on March 31.

Read who the 2012 Style Council Ambassadors are after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Best Bets • 01.20.12

LorettaLynn_SetD_0347_FinalColor(1)Saturday 01.21

GayBingo 2.0
Before heading out to 2012’s first GayBingo, check out our online interview with new director Johnny Humphrey. He tells us some of the changes that are going down with this new version and they all sound good. Then, bust out that bingo marker and take no prisoners when your number comes up.

DEETS:
The Rose Room (inside S4)
3911 Cedar Springs Road
6 p.m. $25.

RCDallas.org.

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Sunday 01.22

You’ll be lookin’ at country
Normally we have to venture to Fort Worth to see Loretta Lynn, because she seems to love her some Billy Bob’s. This time, the legendary country singer graces Dallas and the opera house’s acoustics should be ideal for every note of her signature songs.  Classics like “Coal Miner’s Daughter” and “She’s Got You,” won’t just be sung, but instead painted with Lynn’s twangy but heartfelt voice.

DEETS:
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
7 p.m. $38–$58
ATTPAC.org.

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Thursday 01.26

Too haute to trot
Turn up the volume on your outfit and head out to Dish, where DIFFA/Dallas will announce its Style Council Ambassadors for the 2012 Smoking Haute collection.

DEETS: Dish
4123 Cedar Springs Road
7:30 p.m. RSVP at 214-352-6701.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 20, 2012.

—  Kevin Thomas

Best bets • 06.17.11

Friday 06.17

No catfights over these outfits
Being a bridesmaid is a thankless job, as the ladies know in Five Women Wearing the Same Dress. The Alan Ball (American Beauty, True Blood) play shows irreverence toward the custom as the ladies hide away from their duties and begin to bond over their experience in lamé.

DEETS: Contemporary Theatre of Dallas, 5601 Sears St. 8 p.m. Through July 10. $27–$32. ContemporaryTheatreOfDallas.com.

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Friday 06.17

Pop in to the pop-up for DIFFA
Designer Showhouse Sale literally pops up a store in the Design District for high-end bargains for the home. But Friday, a portion of the sales will benefit DIFFA Dallas. Now that’s a good deal.

DEETS: Design District, 1525 Dragon St. Through June 30. 9 a.m. DesignerShowhouseSale.com.

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Saturday 06.18

Handler? We hardly know her
Seems like it was just yesterday Chelsea Handler graced these parts back in April 2010. This time, she’s touting her new book, Lies Chelsea Handler Told Me, with a tour by the same name. But really, who can get enough of the lady?

DEETS: Verizon Theater, 1001 Performance Place, Grand Prairie. 8 p.m. $59–$69.
Ticketmaster.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition June 17, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens