PHOTOS: Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser for DIFFA

The annual Burgers & Burgundy fundraiser came back to North Dallas, and honestly, every burgers and wine pairing was stellar. Here are some of the creations, their creators and guests.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

When the State Fair is in session, it’s hard not to recommend it every week, but if you’re looking for some good reasons here are two: The Addams Family and Chinese Lantern Festival. The two couldn’t be more different: Addams is a musical version of the cmapy TV sitcom, and while the plot is reed thin (and a rehash of La Cage), the performances, especially by Douglas Sills as Gomez, make it a hoot-and-a-half. .  (If you’re looking for more theater, Uptown Players’ season-ender Hello Again opens on Friday, a very adult musical about bed-hopping across a century.)

Farther into the park is the Chinese Lantern display, a gorgeous festival of color and beauty. If you can, go at night — it’s that much more special.

Sunday Funday is code for “brunch” in Dallas’ gay community, and if you wanna try something different, head over — and up — to Five Sixty at Reunion Tower. On Sunday, it inaugurates its new dim sum brunch with some familiar selections but plenty of new ones … including a Texan Mary that packs a kick with hickory-smoked rim-salt and a jalapeno olive. Yee-haw!

Before Sunday, though, check out the events hosted for Dallas’ Black Pride celebration. We plan to see Nehemiah Akbar perform at The Brick Friday and Saturday night. His music was made for dancin’ and groovin’.

After the rain-out last weekend at the Lone Star Ride (and rainy-but-still fun Pride Parade a few weeks ago), the prospects for this Sunday’s weather is positive, so it might be a good time to get out for LifeWalk. And you can enjoy the outdoors again on Thursday when lesbian twins Tegan & Sara perform at Annette Strauss Square.

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

More to dish about Dish

Just as my review of Dish was headed to press (you can read it here) I saw an item — and got an email — complaining that the two gay managers at the Cedar Springs restaurant (but not the straight G.M.) were canned. Apparently, some people are screaming homophobia.

That seems unlikely to me, if only because word also comes that the on-site executive chef, Brian Sommers, has also been let go … and he’s straight. Plus, the G.M. still there, Shawn Horne, is a straight-but-gay-friendly guy I have dealt with ever since he had Kitchen 1924 in Lakewood (he came to Dish directly from Five Sixty by Wolfgang Puck).

We’ll see how all this develops, but until it affects the food, I’ll give it time to shake out.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones