Gaybingo this weekend!

Screen shot 2013-09-20 at 12.31.00 PMOK, we’ll admit to a little self-interest here: The Elizabeth Trail’rs, Dallas Voice’s LifeWalk team, is the charitable raffle sponsor at Gaybingo this weekend. That means while you help Resource Center Dallas — and enjoy yourself with a fabulous series of games — you can also help out our team. We’ve even made it really easy for you: This poster tells you everything you need to know (it’s Saturday, starting at 5 p.m., at the Rose Room) and even includes a QR code for easy scanning.

C’mon! You know you wanna win some faboo swag! Give a guy some love…

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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It’s a music-filled week in Dallas.

For more traditional concerts featuring gay artists, Saturday is super-busy, with Deborah Vial and Jane Doe reuniting for a concert at The Kessler Theatre (doors open at 6 p.m.). Down the road in The Cedars, Eric Himan, pictured, launches his new national tour promoting his CD Gracefully at Poor David’s Pub (doors open at 7:30 p.m.).

If you prefer dance music from a DJ, Dick’s Night Out is back at the W Hotel Ghostbar on Friday, with DJ Charlie Phresh spinning. Then on Sunday, Honey Pot celebrates its first anniversary with Summer Chill at the Dallas Eagle, with DJ Medic making some noise.

Prefer your music in showtune form? You can still try to get tickets to see The Book of Mormon, which settled into the Winspear with a Tony Award-winning score. (The musicals Kiss of the Spider Woman, Xanadu and Miss Saigon all close this weekend, so if you haven’t seen them yet, this is your last chance.)

For non-musical outings, Men on the Verge of a His-Panic Breakdown delivers the laughs at Teatro Dallas, and the irrepressible Molly Ivins spins her homespun liberalism in Red Hot Patriot at WaterTower Theatre. And Gaybingo is back at the Rose Room with a Slumber Party theme on Saturday with Drag Racer Latrice Royale in tow, and the HRC’s Fruit Bowl rolls into Richardson on Sunday.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Jenna Skyy retires as Gaybingo host after more than 7 years

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Jenna Skyy (Photo courtesy of Musico Roots)

Joe Hoselton, known on stage as Jenna Skyy, announced at GayBingo that Saturday’s show was her last. Skyy has hosted GayBingo for more than seven years.

Johnny Humphrey, event manager at Resource Center Dallas, said he knew Skyy planned to take some time off, but didn’t know ahead of time it would be her last show.

“She will be missed,” Humphrey said. “We’re proud of the productions she’s done.”

Hoselton called the change good for everyone. He said he spoke to the GayBingo performance group, Something Fabulous, ahead of time.

He said he’ll miss doing the show but made the decision because of the time commitment.

“I discovered Jenna through that show,” he said.

—  David Taffet

GayBingo returns Saturday, with changes

On Saturday, Resource Center Dallas returns with another year of GayBingo, but it won’t be the same old game.

For tomorrow’s Fifty Shades of Gay theme, RCD will debut a new bingo machine, offering both a new look and making it easier to follow the game. And there will be new games, bigger pay-outs and more surprise guests.

Also on-deck this year: Two new offshoots of GayBingo. “GayBingo Presents” will be a series featuring music, fashion, dance and more; and Paul J. Williams has signed on (on behalf of his alter ego, Sister Helen Holy, pictured) to host “GayBingo North Dallas.”

It all starts tomorrow at 5 p.m. at the Rose Room inside Station 4. Get reservations and learn more here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

GayBingo tonight at the Rose Room

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.

—  Rich Lopez

GayBingo gets an updgrade

I talked with Johnny Humphrey this morning about taking on the role as the Resource Center’s programs coordinator and mostly the upgrade GayBingo is getting. Starting with a few changes to this Saturday’s event, he proclaims that GayBingo is going to be bigger and better.

“I was very fortunate to come into such an established program,” he said. “Now that we’re in our 11th year, we wanted to make something fresh with it. We didn’t want to assume the status quo. I got a lot of positive feedback from our dedicated volunteers. That was important to me. So we’re claiming this year as a ‘new decade of decadence.’ That’s the unofficial tag line.”

The official one now (on their new logo) is “More gay, more fun, more fabulous,” and with the plans for GayBingo 2.0, the changes now already look to add a level of excitement.

—  Rich Lopez

Tonight’s GayBingo Platoon is the last bingo event of 2011

Bring your bingo face

Get all militarized for GayBingo Platoon. This is the final bingo for the year and they go out with a bang. With LGBT military vets as the special guests, a performance by Something Fabulous and a raffle benefiting Lone Star Ride, the night looks to be jampacked with with excitement as Jenna Skyy, Patti Le Plae Safe and Beaux Wellborn guide you through the evening.

DEETS:
The Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road (inside S4). 5 p.m. $25. RCDallas.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Gaybingo 10th anniversary on July 16

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—  John Wright

LOCAL BRIEFS: Gaybingo marks 10th anniversary: LSR sets Casino Night

Gaybingo marks 10th anniversary

Resource Center Dallas marks the 10th anniversary of its monthly Gaybingo fundraiser on Saturday, July 16, in the Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m.

The theme for the evening is “Gaybingo Live!” and a number of special guests from previous events will be on hand to help celebrate the anniversary.

Hosts are Jenna Skyy, Patti Le Plae Safe and Asia O’Hara, and featured performers are the BVDs (Bingo Verifying Divas and Dudes).

The cost is $25 for 15 games of Bingo, including 10 regular games and five speciality games.

For advance tickets, go online to RCDallas.org. Advance ticket holders get in first when the doors open.

LSR sets Casino Night

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS will present its fourth annual Casino Night on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Games include craps, blackjack and hold ’em poker.

The event will be hosted by Audi Dallas, 5033 Lemmon Ave., and tickets are $50 in advance and $65 at the door. Admission includes cocktails and appetizers as well as enough chips to get started at the tables.

Players can spend their winnings on silent auction items when the tables close. The auction items include a $250 Aveda gift certificate, a $500 personal training package and more.

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS is a two-day cycling trip through and around the Dallas/Fort Worth area set for Sept. 24-25. LSRFA offers a number of routes, ranging from a one-day, 45-mile ride to a two-day, 180-mile ride.

LSRFA is an independent, non-profit organization that benefits AIDS Services of Dallas, AIDS Outreach Center of Tarrant County and Resource Center Dallas, and has donated nearly $2 million to the three beneficiary agencies since 2001.
For more information, go online to LoneStarRide.org.

Speakers set for trans summit

HOUSTON — Dr. Paige Schilt and Meghan Stabler have been announced as keynote speakers for the third annual Texas Transgender Nondiscrimination Summit scheduled for Aug. 12-13 at the University of Houston.

Schilt, former director of national communications for Soulforce, will speak Aug. 12. She teaches English, communications and gender studies at Southwestern University, where she also recently served as interim assistant dean of multicultural affairs.

Schilt is a contributor to The Bilerico Project blog where she writes about trans family life.

Stabler, scheduled to speak on Aug. 13, is a nationally recognized trans spokeswoman and political activist. She has appeared on television, radio and in print media around the world to discuss LGBT and political issues.

Stabler, a past president of Pride Houston, an active leader on the Human Rights Campaign board of directors and AIDS Foundation, is a senior director at CA Technologies.

Josephine Tittsworth, chair of the committee organizing the summit, said the committee is “very excited” to have “two of our most outstanding leaders” speaking at the event.

Committee member Lou Weaver said that Schilt and Stabler are “some of our most dynamic community activists” and “some of our most knowledgeable experts on the trans community.”

FW church to protest Response

Members of Fort Worth First Congregational Church, United Church of Christ voted unanimously during a congregational meeting on Sunday, July 10, to endorse plans by some church members to protest Gov. Rick Perry’s day-long prayer event set for Sunday, Aug. 6, in Houston’s Reliant Stadium.

The event, called “The Response,” was arranged by the governor as a day of praying and fasting over the “crisis” the country faces.

It is being financed by the anti-gay American Family Association, which has been designated as a hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.

It is the AFA’s connection to the event that has the members of the Fort Worth church and others most upset.

Phil Barnett, a lay leader with the Fort Worth church, said the AFA has “used hate speech disguised as the gospel of Jesus Christ, causing pain and suffering to GLBT people as well as people of faith traditions outside of Christianity.”

Protest organizer and church deacon Marvin Vann added, “We certainly respect the governor’s call to pray and fast for the welfare of our country, but we strongly object to doing that in collusion with a group that engages in hate speech and, therefore, misrepresents the gospel.”

Organizers said 15 to 20 people from Fort Worth First Congregational Church are expected to travel to Houston to protest Perry’s “Response” event, and they expect to be joined there by people from other churches around the state.

Protesters intend to be gathered outside the stadium as “Response” attendees arrive that morning, and will “protest via posters, flyers and silent witness.”

—  John Wright