Red Party kicks off summer of Pride with pool party

MG_4132The weather’s gotten warmer, and you’ve had all spring to get in shape, so it’s time you show off that body at the unofficial start of the Gay Pride Month pool season.  The Red 4 Life Pool Party, an afternoon event benefiting the Dallas Red Foundation and LifeWalk, takes place in Preston Hollow on Saturday, June 7 from 3–7 p.m. The limited-ticket event features an open bar, BJ’s bartenders, snacks and a chance to show off that bathing suit. Visit Red4LifeParty.eventbrite.com to get yours!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

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

This week’s takeaways: Life+Style

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It’s feeling like a charitable weekend around the gayborhood.

First, there’s the LifeWalk team the Elizabeth Trail’rs (sponsored by Dallas Voice) that is raising money for the October AIDS walk with a pool party at the Belmont Hotel on Sunday. Drop off a $20 donation and enjoy the sun and water, as well as cocktails, food, a 50/50 raffle and more. It starts at 1 p.m.

That leaves you time to head over to Mario’s on Lemmon Avenue until 4 p.m. for another Sunday Funday fundraiser: a happy hour benefiting the Lone Star Ride in September. If you can, try squeezing in Bagels & Booze at JR.’s with drag performances.

Even if you aren’t raising money, you can still enjoy some cocktail parties — both at the W Hotel. On Friday, Dick’s Night Out arrives at the Ghostbar from 6–10 p.m. with DJ Brandon Moses, pictured, spinning; then on Saturday, Lush Mixer takes place from 7–10 p.m. at Cook Hall, also at the W.

And you can say goodbye to one campy gay play and hello to another; Avenue Q finally ends its 100-plus performance run at Theatre 3 on Sunday. Then Monday is the official opening night of the hilarious musical Xanadu, which features roller-disco!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

LifeWalk fundraisers set this weekend

LifeWalkLifeWalk isn’t until October, but you can get started early with helping raise money for the AIDS fundraiser. Here are some events this weekend:

AIDS Services of Dallas Car Wash. Get your ride clean and contribute to ASD at the same time. IN the Round-Up parking lot off Throckmorton, Saturday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m.

Green Team Pool Party. A private home hosts a day-long dip and sip for one of the teams. 1010 Gregory St., Garland, Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m.

10th Annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant. Come root for your favorite ladyboy as she walks the runway for charity. The Rose Room inside Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road, Sunday, doors open at 6:30 p.m. $7 donation requested at the door; $17 reserved seating.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Oak Cliff’s gay-friendly Earth Day draws 5,000-plus

DFW Human Rights Campaign booth promotes equality

DFW Human Rights Campaign booth promotes equality

More than 5,000 people attended Oak Cliff’s gay-and-family-friendly Earth Day in Lake Cliff Park.

Many of the booths offered gardening tips and samples for the garden including the Rainbow Garden Club. LifeWalk was busy recruiting walkers for AIDS Arms’ fall fundraiser while Human Rights Campaign promoted equality from its booth.

About the only non-Earth Day-related merchandise — including bumper stickers, hats and T-shirts — was from Get Gay Stuff.

Oak Cliff neighborhood groups were well represented. A number of organizations did presentations on water management, composting, environmentally friendly landscaping and other earth-friendly topics, but the stars of the afternoon were the animals.

They included dogs staffing the kissing booth, dogs in costume for the best-dressed contest, goats and sheep in a petting zoo, raptors from the Blackland Prairie Raptor Center near Lake Lavon, a lemur and parrot. A porcupine was unhappy in his cage but his handler said all he wanted was to get out and play with all of the dogs in the park.

More photos below.

—  David Taffet

LifeWalk distributes record funds, awards top fundraisers from 2012 event

Elizabeth Trail’rs winning award at the LifeWalk Wrap-Up Party

LifeWalk announced a fundraising record $464,642 for its 2012 event and handed out awards to its top fundraisers and teams.

The LifeWalk Wrap-Up Party and check distribution took place at the Hilton Anatole on Nov. 7, a month after the Oct. 7 5K walk, run and festival in Lee Park.

The Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs placed first in the small business category. Team Captain Chance Browning said his team collected $9,601 and was also the ninth highest fundraising team.

The top team was Guys & Dolls, which raised more than $78,000. The Green Team placed second with more than $22,000.

John Gordon was the top individual fundraiser with $11,900. He was top individual fundraiser last year as well. Heather Thomas was second with more than $9,800. More than 250 individuals each raised more than $250.

LifeWalk is a fundraiser for AIDS Arms and partner agencies AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services Dallas, Bryan’s House, Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Happy Nia, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Youth First Texas.

—  David Taffet

LifeWalk raises record $415K on day of event; total to be announced Nov. 7

Sunday’s 22nd annual LifeWalk set a record for the amount raised on the day of the event, which was more than $415,000.

Fundraising amounts for the whole year are still being calculated and will be announced Nov. 7 along with the top teams at the wrap-up party.

Marvin Green, event co-chair, told Instant Tea that the turnout was more than 3,000 people, but he thought participation on Sunday down because of the cold weather.

“We want to send a huge Thank You! for the tremendous dedication and generosity shown by our sponsors and Teams this year,” Green said in a statement.

Fellow Co-Chair Kelly Green said, “Wow. We are so grateful to our volunteers, walkers and community for helping us raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and the help that is available to people in need.”

See below for the full statement. For more photos from LifeWalk, go here.

—  Anna Waugh

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

Dallas Voice LifeWalk team may be almost as smart as some drag queens

No thanks to yours truly (who left early after advancing past the first round due to having Rain Man as a partner), the Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs team captured both first and third place on Sunday at “Are You Smarter Than a Drag Queen?” a trivia fundraiser benefiting LifeWalk at the Brick & Joe’s.

From left are Elizabeth Trail’rs Katie Deeds and Andrew Phifer, who won the bronze, and Rich Lopez and Jen Davis, who are now reigning world champions of this event. The first runner-up was a duo from the Green Team.

Congrats to everyone who participated, and thanks to the Brick for hosting. For more on LifeWalk, go here.

—  John Wright

Miss LifeWalk 2012 crowned

Heather Thomas

The ninth annual Miss LifeWalk Pageant raised more than $20,000 for North Texas AIDS services that benefit from the annual walk. Heather Thomas was crowned Miss LifeWalk.

Tiaras, glamorous gowns and house rocking performances were in full effect at the Rose Room at S4.  The 2012 pageant was produced by the Guys and Dolls LifeWalk Team and hosted by Ima Lush and Victoria Weston.

Guys and Dolls co-captain Jerry McDonald said, “The Guys & Dolls team is so pleased that our charity pageant continues to grow and produces much needed funds for the clients of AIDS Arms, Inc and our Partner Agencies. Each year all the performers and contestants work very hard to create an evening of great talent and fun and without a doubt it gets better each year.”

The 2012 Miss LifeWalk Contestants were Miss Heather Thomas representing Guys & Dolls, Veda Chardonnay representing the Green Team, Brandi Amara Skyy representing Resource Center Dallas, Elizabeth Trail’r, representing the Dallas Voice Elizabeth Trail’rs and Sienna Silver representing Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund.

Special guest performances included Victoria Westin, Jenna Skyy, Gloria Screamer and former Miss LifeWalk winners Anita Nother, Ima Lush, Lotta Pink and Sebrina Starr. The 2012 Miss LifeWalk winning categories are:

Miss Congeniality — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Spirit of LifeWalk — Brandi Amara Skyy
Miss Money Bags — Heather Thomas
Evening Wear Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
Talent Winner — Brandi Amara Skyy
2nd Runner Up — Veda Chardonnay
1st Runner Up — Brandi Amara Skyy

Thomas raised $10,000 of the total alone. All proceeds generated from the pageant go toward LifeWalk, which takes place Sunday, Oct. 7, at Lee Park at 11 a.m. This year’s walk benefits AIDS Arms, Inc. and other partner agencies: AIDS Interfaith Network, AIDS Services of Dallas, Bryan’s House, Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, Happy Nia Dance Company, Legal Hospice of Texas, Resource Center Dallas, Turtle Creek Chorale, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas and Youth First Texas.

—  David Taffet