LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN poker tourney at the Brick; Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

AIN poker tourney set at the Brick

A charity poker tournament is set for Saturday, Aug. 27, at the Brick, 2525 Wycliff, to benefit AIDS Interfaith Network.

The Dallas Bears and the LGBT poker league Pocket Rockets will co-host the event with the Brick. Miller Lite is the sponsor and play begins at 3 p.m.

It’s free to play but AIN will benefit in a number of ways. The agency will receive a portion of the drink specials sold. Players may buy additional chips, and the Bears will hold a 50/50 raffle.

A cash prize pool of $500 will be awarded and all levels of players are welcome.

Bates set for Dallas Black Pride

Christopher H. Bates will speak at the Dallas Black LGBT Community Summit on Friday, Sept. 30 at the Dallas Marriott City Center Hotel. He is the director of Health and Human Service’s Office of HIV/AIDS Policy.

Bates will discuss the federal government’s response to the high infection rate among young gay African-American men. He has 20 years experience in public health policy and has been with OHAP for more than a decade.

Bates administers funds for the Minority AIDS Initiative and advises the Undersecretary of Health on education, prevention, testing, research, care and treatment strategies. Information is available at DFWPrideMovement.org.

Martin offers program for couples

Randy Martin, LPC, will facilitate an eight-session program for couples, Wednesdays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout September and October.

The program is based on the theory and practice of Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT). The first session focuses on the new science of love and what it teaches us. The next seven sessions focus on helping couples shape and use the seven conversations laid out in the book Hold Me Tight by Sue Johnson, the developer of EFT.

Couples interested in participating should contact Martin at 214-520-7575. The cost of the program is $500 per couple and includes a copy of the book Hold Me Tight and other necessary materials.

NGPA seeks donations

The National Gay Pilots Association recently awarded $22,000 in scholarships and is seeking donations for future awards to aspiring LGBT aviators.

Since its founding in 1998, the NGPA Education Fund has given 46 awards totaling $139,000. Donations can be made on the group’s website, NGPA.org.

—  John Wright

Out & Equal Uncorked tonight at Times Ten

Days of wine and more wine

Join Out & Equal for their annual fundraiser and partake in  a variety of Times Ten Cellars wines with cheeses and other appetizers. Live music, prize drawings and a live auction of American Airline tickets will all be part of the event. Proceeds benefit Out & Equal DFW’s mission of achieving a world free of discrimination for everyone.

DEETS: Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave. 6:30 p.m. $35 advance, $40 door. For tickets call Jeffrey Gorczynski at 214-226-6502

—  Rich Lopez

Voice of Pride finals tonight

Sing for your life

Voice of Pride comes to a climax tonight as winners in both solo and group categories are selected. After all those preliminaries in various clubs, tonight’s the night this crop of singers will pull it all together and offer up as much awesomeness as they possibly can. Winners earn a cash prize and performances at Pride. So this is a big deal.

DEETS: Rose Room, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. 8 p.m. DallaTavernGuild.org.

—  Rich Lopez

Final bets at the finale of Team DV’s P-P-P-Poker Tourney

Ante up to the table

Team Dallas Voice and Pocket Rockets Dallas are raising money for the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS by holding a P-P-P-Poker Tournament at clubs across town. After three weeks, the event has come to the grand prize final.

Because this is Dallas, not Vegas, the game play is free, so if you want to contribute to the LSR cause, bring cash to enter the raffle. Among the prizes available or that have been won are tickets to see Dolly Parton (we’ll resist the urge to call this one a “booby prize”), Ke$ha and Chelsea Handler,  tickets to the Texas Rangers and Lone Star Park horse races, Starbucks coffee, a set of poker chips, books, grooming supplies and much more … and the final grand prize: Two tickets on American Airlines anywhere in the contiguous U.S.

DEETS: Check out the Facebook event page here for details.

—  Rich Lopez

News: Chicago, Jake Gyllenhaal, Pakistan, Booker Prize, XY

 road 20 million people affected by flooding in Pakistan. UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon: "I will never forget the destruction and suffering I have witnessed today. In the past I have witnessed many natural disasters around the world, but nothing like this."

Richberg  roadIs Kevin Richberg your soulmate?

 roadHow does Carrot Top maintain his golden carrot tan?

 roadChicago area split on same-sex marriage: "In a recent Tribune/WGN poll, 46 percent of suburban residents said they oppose legalizing same-sex marriage, while 40 percent approve and 14 percent have no opinion.

When asked their opinions on civil unions — which would provide same-sex couples with many of the same legal rights as marriage — the results switch: 54 percent of suburban residents favor legalizing same-sex civil unions, compared with 33 percent who would oppose such a law."

 roadHulu plans IPO.

 roadWhich nightclub will Lindsay Lohan hit first?

 roadNY1 looks at Manhattan's planned gay-themed hotel complex on 42nd street: "We are going to be a hetero-friendly urban resort, which means we are going to turn Ian Schrager’s concept upside down. His hotels 20 years ago were more 80 percent straight and 20 percent gay-friendly. Here we hope to be more of a true hetero-friendly complex — a gay environment where straight friends and family are welcome to come and enjoy our fun too."

 roadBrad Goreski — with clothes on this time.

 roadJake Gyllenhaal sells drugs…in his new romantic comedy.

Realestate  roadGay real estate agent uses Lutheran pastor's home for sexcapades: "While they were gone, they allege in a lawsuit filed last week, their real estate agent used their house and possessions for 'unauthorized sexual escapades,' staining their sheets, couch, carpet and other surfaces.

Coldwell Banker Burnet spent more than ,000 to clean the home and replace sullied furniture, sheets, towels, the couple's robes and her negligee. But the family says they were repulsed by the intrusion and can't stay there anymore."

 roadAdam Lambert parties with the Philly boys.

 roadMarine investigated for alleged participation in gay porn: "Sgt. Matthew W. Simmons, whose alleged screen name is 'Christian Jade,' acknowledged in an e-mail that he believed his case would be taken to court-martial."

 roadMale model fix: Nils Butler.

 roadPaul Krugman on the Social Security "crisis". "An aging population will eventually (over the course of the next 20 years) cause the cost of paying Social Security benefits to rise from its current 4.8 percent of G.D.P. to about 6 percent of G.D.P. To give you some perspective, that's a significantly smaller increase than the rise in defense spending since 2001, which Washington certainly didn't consider a crisis, or even a reason to rethink some of the Bush tax cuts."

Manilow_slater  roadSteven Slater meets Barry Manilow.

 roadGay man and lesbian lead Booker longlist sales: "Leading the pack by far is openly gay Christos Tsiolkas, whose novel The Slap has been widely praised for its eight different perspectives (including a gay teen, Richie's) on contemporary Australia. According to Nielsen BookScan figures, he sold more than 5,000 copies in the UK last week. In Australia, The Slap has remained on bestseller lists since its publication in 2008. Ranked second for sales among the longlist is Irish writer Emma Donoghue (who lives in Canada with her partner and their children) for her explosive novel Room."

 roadSong lyrics as Google maps.

 roadXY magazine owners to destroy user info: "A tussle over the remaining assets of defunct XY magazine has ended in an agreement to protect the identities of former customers of the gay lifestyle and dating properties. After XY declared bankruptcy recently, the business partners fought over ownership of the assets, including the identities and personal information of over one million users…An agreement between the two parties has resolved the issue without litigation. The publisher has agreed to destroy the personal information."


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—  John Wright