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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.

DEETS:
Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Freeway
Cocktails start at 5 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m., dancing at 9 p.m.
BloominBall2016.eventbrite.com

Tuesday 05.17 — Saturday 06.04

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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.

DEETS:
“Rules of the Game”
Winspear Opera House
2403 Flora St.
May 17 at 7:30 p.m.
For a full lineup of events, visit mydso.com/soluna.

Friday 05.20 — Sunday 05.22

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‘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.

DEETS:
Bass Performance Hall
525 Commerce St., Fort Worth
BassHall.com

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

Food pantry receives sizable donation from Hilton Anatole

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Part of the Anatole’s donation

Resource Center received a sizable donation on Friday from the Hilton Anatole.

After a conference ended on Thursday, the caterer asked hotel staff for a suggestion of where to donate food and other items that weren’t used. Several Anatole staff members including Hal Scott suggested the Resource Center’s food pantry. Scott is the brother of Paul Scott, executive director of AIDS Services of Austin and a former executive director of Resource Center.

Resource Center spokesman Rafael McDonnell said the donation included gallon containers of ketchup and salad dressing that would be used by the hot meals program and other needed items like hand sanitizer and replacement mop buckets.

In all, the donation filled nine pick-up trucks.

McDonnell said that despite the size of the donation, the need continues.

“The government is still closed and the need is still there,” he said.

The food pantry distributes seven tons of food a week. Half of its clients are also housing insecure.

—  David Taffet

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

Out & Equal to honor Parker, Welts

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Out & Equal Workplace Advocates will honor Houston Mayor Annise Parker and Golden State Warriors President Rick Welts at its Leadership Celebration on March 14 in San Francisco.

In October, Out & Equal held its week-long Workplace Summit at the Hilton Anatole in Dallas. Because of rave reviews, the group plans to return in the next few years. Welts was among the speakers at the Dallas convention.

Now in its fifth year, the Leadership Celebration is a fundraising event that includes a hosted reception and dinner. Parker and Welts will be recognized as role models and inspirations in the movement to achieve equality in the workforce.

To attend the San Francisco event, register online.

The 2012 Workplace Summit will be in Baltimore on from Oct. 29-Nov 1.

—  David Taffet

GOProud leaders to speak at Log Cabin dinner

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The Dallas chapter of Log Cabin Republicans has booked two leaders from GOProud — a competing gay Republican group — to speak at the chapter’s annual dinner in November.

According to an invitation from LCR Dallas, GOProud Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia and Board Chairman Chris Barron will headline the 15th annual Grand Ol’ Party at the Hilton Anatole on Nov. 5.

“I’m pleased to report that Jimmy and Chris have agreed to fly from Washington DC to join us in Dallas for the Grand Ol’ Party,” LCR Dallas President Rob Schlein wrote atop an email invitation to the dinner. “They have an interesting history with Log Cabin Republicans and can tell you about their journey in founding a new organization.”

The invitation goes on to say: “Jimmy and Chris were both former employees at the national organization and co-founded GOProud. They have made national attention and have shown an ability to attract substantial ‘whose who’ in our world of politics to their advisory board. Help us welcome both Jimmy and Chris!”

Schlein told Instant Tea that although the two organizations might be considered competitors on a national level, he is friends with LaSalvia and Barron and maintains regular contact with them. Unlike Log Cabin, GOProud doesn’t have local chapters.

The dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5 at Nana Restaurant in the Anatole. For more info or to RSVP, go here.

—  John Wright

WORKING FOR EQUALITY

RAISING FUNDS  | Out & Equal DFW Council held “Deep in the Heart of Texas” at Times Ten Cellars on Aug. 18. The event was the organization’s fifth fundraiser to support its educational programming in the DFW area and to support scholarships to attend the 2011 Out & Equal Workplace Summit, set for Oct. 25-28 at the Hilton Anatole. Pictured are Gib Murray of Raytheon, left, Jeffrey Gorczynski of Citi, center, and Paul von Wupperfeld of Texas Instruments.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 2, 2011.

—  Michael Stephens

Margaret Cho, Andy Cohen to headline Out & Equal’s Workplace Summit in Dallas

If you didn’t know already, this year’s Out & Equal Workplace Summit happens right here in town. It’s gonna be huge. But then we just found out who the keynote speakers are and were kinda blown away.

Instant Tea has learned that the celebrity roster for the Workplace Summit will include actress Meredith Baxter, trans actress Candis Cayne, comedian Margaret Cho and Bravo’s Andy Cohen. OK, Cohen sometimes drives me nuts on Watch What Happens Live, but he’s kind of a big deal. The dude isn’t just a talk show host, he’s also Bravo’s senior veep of original programming and development.

So, go to the summit because of the work O&E does, but definitely stay for the primo gay celebs willing to come here for the event. Now that’s some A-list.

The summit will be Oct. 25–28 at the Hilton Anatole. To register, go here.

—  Rich Lopez

DPD’s full report on the assault of a Log Cabin Republicans member at the Hilton Anatole

Surely you recall the case of a Log Cabin Republicans member who was assaulted by a Marine at the Hilton Anatole during the gay GOP group’s National Convention last month. You may also remember that the Dallas Police Department initially declined to release its report from the incident. This prompted Instant Tea to file a request under the Texas Public Information Act, and earlier this week we obtained a copy of the report.

You can read the narrative sections of the report by going here and here. You’ll notice that we’ve redacted the names of the suspect, victim and witnesses. (Also, please excuse our underlines.) The first narrative was written by officers who responded to the Anatole. The second was written by an officer who interviewed the parties at DPD headquarters the next day.

According to the report, the victim and three of his friends clearly felt the incident was an anti-gay hate crime. They told police the suspect just walked up behind the victim, said, “What’s your problem, faggot?” and shoved him, cauing his head to strike a drinking glass, cutting his nose. The victim and his friends also pleaded with officers to take the suspect to jail — and even threatened to contact the media if they didn’t. But the officers chose instead to issue a citation, and allow the suspect to return to his room, due to “conflicting stories.”

The suspect claimed the victim had whistled and made sexual gestures toward another member of the suspect’s party. The suspect told police that when the victim refused to stop, he shoved him.

The next day, the victim and his partner gave written affidavits saying the victim had consumed up to 10 drinks prior to the incident at various locations, including JR’s and the Round-Up.

The suspect, meanwhile, said that when he approached the victim and asked him to stop making catcalls and sexual gestures, a small verbal argument ensued and the victim stood up from his chair. This caused the suspect to feel threatened, according to the report, and he shoved the victim down.

When the victim and suspect ran into each other at the police station, the suspect apologized and they “discussed that both of them were intoxicated and that each had a part in this event.”

“This is not a hate crime as the suspect did not single out the [victim] for his sexual orientation,” the report states. “During the heat of the altercation the suspect did call the [victim] a faggot. The [victim] stated that he did not have time to come back to Dallas to pursue this offense and was glad that the suspect apologized and recognized that his actions were wrong.”

 

—  John Wright