Patti LaBelle to appear at Black Tie

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R&B diva Patti LaBelle is coming to Dallas for Black Tie Dinner in November as this year’s entertainer, organizers announced late Tuesday night.

LaBelle, a longtime LGBT ally, also sings gospel music and has been outspoken on the church needing to accept gays. She’s also appeared at various Pride parades throughout her career.

Dallas Voice interviewed LaBelle in 2006 before a local performance.

The news comes a week after BTD organizers announced that Fran Drescher and ex-husband Peter Marc Jacobson would receive the Media Award.

Black Tie is a Saturday, Nov. 2.

—  Anna Waugh

Saturday fundraiser raises close to $5 mil for DMA and amfAR

Untitled (In and Out of the Darkness Face 43.01) by Mark Grotjahn

The star-studded Two x Two for AIDS and Art benefit dinner  and art auction reached a record with an astounding $4.8 million sold in art and other items. The money raised will benefit amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research and the Dallas Museum of Art. Not too shabby. And neither was the event.

Held at the Rachofsky House, the night included appearances by actor Stanley Tucci, singer Patti LaBelle and emceed by Tony-winner John Benjamin Hickey, also a 2011 Two x Two co-chair. Designer Kenneith Cole and amfAR chairman offered remarks. The Saturday event was a sell-out.

“This record-breaking year is testament to the generous donations by artists and dealers worldwide,” Howard Rachofsky said in the press release.  “The artwork by Mark Grotjahn and its $1 million selling price in the live auction took us over the top. Both Cindy and I are speechless. The audience and bidders continue to recognize the outstanding work of both these important institutions and put their hearts and money into this event.”

The $1 million bid for Grotjahn’s Untitled (In and Out of the Darkness Face 43.01), pictured, was the highest on any one piece in the history of the event.

—  Rich Lopez