Holiday Cheer

Teddy-BearsSPREADING JOY  |  Party hosts Jason Hanna and Joe Riggs are joined by party sponsors and friends on Saturday, Dec. 17, to deliver the more than 250 teddy bears donated during Hanna’s annual Toys for Tots holiday party to Medical City Children’s Hospital. The party, held Dec. 10, also brought cash donations that went to the Theodore Roosevelt Association. Hanna started holding a holiday party at his home in 2009. But in 2010, after both his parents were diagnosed with cancer, Hanna decided to turn the party into an effort to collect toy donations for children with cancer. This year, thanks to much larger expected attendance, Hanna and new co-host Joe Riggs and added sponsors, local attorneys Steve Rahhl and Mike Richardson, to help cover the costs and effort of moving the party to The Davis Building in downtown Dallas. Use of the building was donated by its owner, The Bascom Building.

—  Kevin Thomas

Best Bets • 12.23.11

DJBettisFriday 12.23

Maximum Christmas overdrive
Whether you’re staycationing or visiting the Gaylord, prepare for a glorious onslaught of holiday cheer. If the million-plus lights and 52-foot tree aren’t enough, how about the resort’s famous ICE! show featuring Shrek the Halls which they keep at nine degrees? Don’t worry, they provide coats.

DEETS: Gaylord Texan Resort
1501 Gaylord Trail, Grapevine.
Through Jan. 1. $26.95.
GaylordHotels.com

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Friday 12.23

Hey DJ, pump this party
The GayDays tour comes to town, bringing with it cutie DJ Randy Bettis. He mixes and remixes on  tunes by gay artists Matt Zarley, Ari Gold and Briant Kent along with some diva faves like Britney and Adele. The party will give away 500 free music download passes. So go dance to the music and then take it home.

DEETS: The Brick
2525 Wycliff Ave. 9 p.m.
BrickDallas.com.

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Monday 12.26

Steamroll the holiday season
Between Mannheim Steamroller and, um, Blitzen, the former may have more influence on Christmas, being the best-selling group for holiday tuneage. Sorry, reindeer.

DEETS: Meyerson Symphony Center
2301 Flora St. Through Tuesday. 7:30 p.m.
$40–$110.
DallasSymphony.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 23, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Santa’s helpers

HOLIDAY CHEER  | Donald Solomon, Gregg Kilhoffer, Ben Polachek, Marcus Wuntch and Chris Bengston divide presents for each class at Sam Houston Elementary School in Oak Lawn coordinated by Caven Enterprises as part of an annual holiday gift drive for students at the Oak Lawn area school. Staff members and patrons from Dallas Tavern Guild member bars participate now in the effort. (David Taffet/Dallas Voice)

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition December 17, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens

Heavenbent for leather

Leather Knights bring back Angel Tree to benefit AIDS Services of Dallas

ANGELS IN AMERICA  |  David Henry  is making his list and checking it twice. (Arnold Wayne Jones/Dallas Voice)

Santa Claus isn’t always a fat old man in a fur suit. Sometimes he’s a hot leather daddy in a harness.

That’s the way the Leather Knights see it, at least. Once again, the group is sponsoring its Angel Tree for the holidays.

The idea is simple: Go to the Dallas Eagle and check out the tree, decorated with paper ornaments on which are written requests for some holiday cheer for clients of AIDS Services of Dallas and Hillcrest House. Some are middle-aged men in need of warm clothes. Some are children wanting their first iPod. All are deserving.

Take down the ornament, buy the gift, wrap it (with a tag) and return it to the Eagle no later than Dec. 18. The Knights and Eagle staff do the rest, delivering the gift to the person requesting it and making an angel out of you. And let’s face it: Most of the year, you’re more of a devil, so this is a perfect time to get into the holiday spirit.

— Arnold Wayne Jones

Visit the Angel Tree and return the gift between Nov. 27 and Dec. 18 at the Dallas Eagle, 2515 Inwood Road, suite 107. LeatherKnights.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition November 26, 2010.

—  Michael Stephens