WATCH: Drag queens and Speedos and sarongs, oh my!

IMG_2878Last weekend, over the course of a brief 24 hours, three different charities — AIDS Services of Dallas, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage and AIDS Arms — received an awful lot of love from the Dallas gay community … and did so with a lot of costume changes.

On Saturday, The Summer Party, a 12-year-old pool bash at a private home in East Dallas, raised money for ASD, and included a fashion show by Skivvies, as well as a sarong contest for the gathered guests. Later that evening, The Red Party, a fundraising group benefiting Legacy, staged a poolside fashion show of its own at the ilume, with vodka by Hudson Ferus, snacks and margaritas from Mi Cocina and swimwear by Aussie Bum, ES Collection, Marek+Richard and others. Then on Sunday evening, the Rose Room gave over to the Miss LifeWalk contest, a fundraiser for AIDS Arms. Thousands of dollars were raised … and a lot of eyes popped.

You can see slide shows of each of them with these links to the Summer Party, the Red Party and Miss LifeWalk.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

PHOTOS: Red Party fashion show at ilume, benefiting Legacy Counseling

Photos by Arnold Wayne Jones

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Sam Harris: At the ilume, at the Kalita and in bookstores

SamHarris at ilume Park

SamHarris at ilume Park

It’s a surprisingly Sam Harris-y time to be in Dallas. On Tuesday night, the actor-singer-writer helped open the new ilume Park development on Cedar Springs at a gala fundraiser for the Red Party, benefiting Legacy Counseling Center. Harris charmed the audience, reading from his new memoir, Ham, and even performed a few songs, sounding as clear and powerful as he did when he won the first-ever Star Search contest 30 years ago.

His reign doesn’t end there. Tomorrow in Dallas Voice, we run a review of Ham (preview: It’s hilar!) and in just more than a week, Harris is back for a one-man show at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, courtesy of Uptown Players. In it, he both performs essays from his book and sings numbers. And he’s still pretty easy on the eyes.

I’ve become a fan all over again. You will be, too.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Alexis Jordan, DJ Corey Craig headline Red Party benefitting Legacy

Pop singer Alexis Jordan and New York DJ Corey Craig will headline the fourth annual Red Party, a benefit for Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage.

The Friday night, Sept. 14 event takes place at the Fashion Industry Gallery (f.i.g) in Downtown Dallas.

“This year’s Red Party line-up is absolutely phenomenal with pop-sensation Alexis Jordan singing her #1 dance hits, ‘Happiness’ and ‘Good Girl,’” Red Party co-founder and president Jared Pearce said.

He called former Dallas resident Craig’s reputation “world renowned.”

Jordan rose to fame through her appearance on the first season of America’s Got Talent and then was picked up by Stargate and rapper Jay-Z and signed to their joint label, StarRoc. Jordan’s debut single, “Happiness,” reached No. 1 in the Netherlands and Norway, became a top-three hit in the U.K. and rose to the No. 1 position on the Billboard Hot Dance chart in the U.S. Her sophomore single, “Good Girl,” became her second song to become a Billboard Dance Club chart topper.

—  David Taffet

3rd Annual Red Party benefiting Legacy

—  Rich Lopez

Kickoff tonight for Red Party, now in 3rd year

The kickoff party for the Third Annual Red Party benefiting Legacy Counseling Center is tonight at ilume. The Red Party is set for Sept. 15 at the Frontiers of Flight Museum. Tickets go on sale Saturday and will be available on the Red Party website. For sponsorship opportunities or more info, email Red Party Foundation co-founder Jared Pearce at Jared@RedPartyDallas.org. A full press release is below.

—  John Wright

Red Party Foundation Kickoff Party at BJ’s

The Red Party Foundation Kick-Off Party at BJ’s NXS on April 21 raised an estimated $4,000, according to J.T. Williams, co-founder of the organization. The money will go straight to the Red Party Foundation, which was formed earlier this year as a 501(c)(3) by Williams and Jared Pearce. Last week’s fundraiser was the first of several leading up to the annual Red Party in September benefiting the Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage. “I was pleasantly surprised at how well the underwear auction went,” Williams said. “James Deets and John Rieger were the big bidders, both bidding $200-plus for a pair of Candid Underwear that was worn at the time by BJ’s bartenders and dancers.” The Red Party Foundation’s website, at www.RedPartyDallas.com, is under construction by Clint Thomson of Celeratec, who is donating his services.

Photos by Chuck Dube/MarceloMedia

—  John Wright

Stonewall Young Democrats’ Red Party

Photos by Shawn Hagewood/Newlight Photography and Design

—  John Wright

If you haven't had a chance to check out ilume, and you like free drinks …

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It looks like ilume, the newly opened mixed-use project on Cedar Springs Road, will host its first red-carpet gay fundraiser tonight, when Dallas Stonewall Young Democrats and LifeWalk Team Legacy put on a benefit for AIDS Arms Inc. According to a press release I received from DSYD President Travis Gasper this morning, the Red Party will feature an open bar (yes, that means free alcoholic beverages), hor d’oeuvres, valet parking and music by DJ Garrett Weiss. There will also be performances by Miss LifeWalk 2009 Skyla Miles, Aspen Tyler, Jenna Skyy, Sassy and 2nd Degree Fire Performers. A $10 donation is suggested at the door, and the event runs from 8 p.m. at 11 p.m. As of a few minutes ago, the Red Party had 187 confirmed guests on Facebook, so you may not want to miss it. For more info, e-mail dallasstonewallyd@gmail.com.

—  John Wright