Razzle Dazzle looking for submissions for 2014 logo contest

RazzleAfter using the current Razzle Dazzle logo since the event’s 2011 relaunch, the steering committee decided it’s time for a new look.

“Now that we have established the rebirth of Razzle Dazzle after three years of successful events, we are looking to add a fresh new look to our marketing campaign,” said Razzle Dazzle Chair John Lara-Cooper.

The new logo will be used in all marketing outreach and marketing. The contest is open to any individual or marketing firm.

Submissions will be accepted through Jan. 20, and the winner will be announced Jan. 31. The winner will receive two VIP packages to Razzle Dazzle 2014 and be recognized as a silver sponsor. Complete requirements and submission information can be found on the Razzle Dazzle website

Razzle Dazzle also is looking for a media/design partner to create all media, including posters, handouts, print ads, marketing and merchandising art. That partner will be recognized as a platinum partner. Anyone interested contact Jimmy Barlett at 214-855-5561.

—  David Taffet

Razzle Dazzle Dallas to return to its roots, hold 2013 Main Event downtown

Dallas’ June LGBT Pride Month celebration, Razzle Dazzle Dallas, will include an event  downtown for the first time in more than 20 years.

The 2013 edition of Razzle Dazzle Dallas—The Main Event will take place in Main Street Garden on June 8, organizers announced Monday.

After a decade hiatus, Razzle Dallas Dallas returned as a multi-day June Pride event in 2011. The reborn Razzle Dazzle Dallas was held on Cedar Springs Road as it had been at the end of the 20-year run of the original event.

This year’s Main Event at Main Street Garden will include entertainment, food and alcohol vendors, as well as retail, nonprofit and art exhibitors and sellers. A $5 admission will be charged. Beneficiaries have not been named.

When it began in the late 1970s, Razzle Dazzle Dallas was held outside the heart of the LGBT community in abandoned downtown warehouses and at the old auto pound on Inwood Road. The event later moved to the Automobile Building at Fair Park and Market Center Hall.

Other Razzle Dazzle Dallas events this year include MetroBall at S4 on June 7 and a pub crawl. A $100 VIP pass will include admission as well as parking, beverages and swag.

A full press release is below:

—  John Wright

Scenes from World AIDS Day Dallas at Main Street Garden

Seven panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt formed the centerpiece of the World AIDS Day commemoration on Saturday in Dallas’ Main Street Garden.

Members of the Knitting Circle, a group of HIV-positive women from Legacy Counseling Center’s Grace Project, wore red scarves they knitted for the first time. The project is designed to increase knowledge and decrease loneliness for those in communities where HIV remains a taboo subject.

Among the quilts displayed was one with a panel for Tom Davis, founder of the Round-Up Saloon; David Barton, founder of Hunky’s; and Alan Ross, the Pride parade organizer. On another quilt was a panel for Steve Burrus, a Dallas man who co-founded DIFFA.

Another is the most requested panel in the entire 50,000-panel quilt. It reads: “My name is Duane Kearns Puryear. I was born on December 20, 1964. I was diagnosed with AIDS on September 7, 1987 at 4:45 pm. I was 22 years old. Sometimes it makes me very sad. I made this panel myself. If you are reading it, I am dead.”

Puryear made that panel at a quilt-making workshop at Resource Center Dallas, where it hung until he took it to Washington, D.C. in 1989 for a quilt display on the National Mall. On his flight home, he left it in the overhead bin and the original was never seen again. When he died in 1990, his mother made this replica from a picture and it is her replica that is part of the quilt.

Among the speakers were Otis Harris who was featured on Saturday in an MTV special, I’m Positive, and Zach Thompson, director of Dallas County Health and Human Services.

More photos below.

—  David Taffet