LSRFA announces new route

Poz Pedalers will lead the LSR parade entry and wheel the riderless bike down Cedar Springs Road

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Jerry Calumn

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

Just a week before the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS, Event Manager Jerry Calumn has revealed the new route for the ride.

Rather than travel though country roads making a loop to the north and west of the American Airlines Training and Conference Center on Saturday, and a loop to the south and east on Sunday, this year’s ride will travel through the Metroplex’s largest cities.

Riders on Saturday will make a loop through Fort Worth, including a pit stop at the Rainbow Lounge and one downtown at The Pour House on 7th Street.

The Sunday route will include a pass by Cathedral of Hope and then travel down Cedar Springs Road for the first time in the ride’s history.

Cathedral of Hope is planning a cheering section. A pit stop is scheduled along the route at Station 4.

The fastest riders should make it to Cedar Springs Road by 9 a.m. while slower pedallers will follow until about 11 a.m.

Calumn said that while last year’s route was scenic, riders wanted to interact with people along the way. With the mostly rural routes followed in recent years, that hasn’t happened.

At first, Calumn said, he thought the ride might stop by the Mustangs in Las Colinas. But another event was scheduled for the square that houses the statue. Instead, the city of Irving arranged for a stop at the new Irving Convention Center.

“Irving really wanted us,” Calumn said. “We’re thrilled to be stopping at the newest, greatest architecture in Irving.”

On Thursday, Sept. 15, Lone Star Ride held a pre-ride event at S4 to recognize those who had excelled in their fundraising.

In bicycling races, yellow is the color traditionally worn by the race leader. To recognize the top fundraisers, 45 yellow polos were awarded for those who had raised more than $1,000, and 27 yellow jerseys given to those who had collected more than $2,000.

This week, the ride topped the $2 million mark in collective fundraising over its 11 years. The money will be distributed to beneficiaries AIDS Outreach Center, AIDS Services Dallas and Resource Center Dallas.

Chance Browning is the participant fundraising chair of the LSRFA Council and has been working to find ways to help riders meet their fundraising goals.

He said he has been spending the past few weeks calling riders to give them fundraising suggestions, often recommending “a multi-pronged approach.”

Browning suggested riders send emails to friends, family and business associates, with links to the LSRFA website. The website provides a fundraising badge for riders to post on Facebook that links back to the rider’s page where donations can be made.

Also, Browning suggested, “Check your company to see if they offer matching funds.”

He said holding fundraising parties works for some people. But he said riders need to keep talking to people and asking for the money.

Browning said he rode for two years, but helping other people raise their money was his way of contributing this year.

In 2010, Dean Wilson was the development director for LSR and now is development associate for Resource Center Dallas. He said he’d be at the ride representing RCD, one of the beneficiaries. He’ll also be cheering on his partner.

“Last year was my partner’s first ride,” Wilson said. “We both had such an amazing time, we can’t wait til this year.”

To begin the final countdown to the 2011 LSRFA, a number of  ride participants will walk down Cedar Springs in the Pride parade on Sunday, Sept. 18. The Poz Pedalers — the team of HIV-positive riders and their supporters — will lead the group, walking the riderless bike, which memorializes those lost to AIDS, down the parade route.

Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS takes place on Sept. 24 and 25. Riders will stay at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center in Arlington on Friday and Saturday nights. Sunday late afternoon closing ceremonies, which will include a performance by the Turtle Creek Chorale, will take place there at the training and conference center.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition September 16, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Gaybingo to mark 10th anniversary

We’ll have a full story in Friday’s print edition previewing Saturday’s 10th anniversary of Gaybingo Dallas, but if you plan on going, you might want to go ahead and secure your tickets if you haven’t already, as we’re guessing it’ll be sold out. Below is the press release that came across from Resource Center Dallas on Monday. The theme is “Gaybingo Live!” and the anniversary installment will feature a variety of special guests. Doors open at 5 p.m, with games starting at 6, in the Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs. Go here to purchase tickets, or for more info call RCD at 214-528-0144. Happy Birthday, Gaybingo!

Resource Center Dallas’ “Gaybingo” marks tenth birthday July 16

Dallas – Since 2000, Resource Center Dallas’ monthly “Gaybingo” events redefine the bingo-playing experience for thousands of people in North Texas. As it marks its tenth anniversary July 16 (Saturday), “Gaybingo” fans from across the area will enjoy an evening of games and cutting-edge entertainment.

Hosted by Jenna Skyy, Patti Le Plae Safe and Asia O’Hara, and featuring the BVD’s (Bingo Verifying Divas and Dudes), each “Gaybingo” is built around a fun theme and entertainment. The 10-year anniversary theme is “Gaybingo Live!” and will feature a variety of special guests including past Gaybingo hosts, displays of Gaybingo memorabilia throughout the years, a festive birthday celebration and other fun surprises.

The 15 bingo games are far from ordinary. Players must make designs like pinwheels and skylines. If you call a ‘bingo’ when you haven’t won, you go to bingo jail on the stage.

“Gaybingo” is held every third Saturday of the month, except December, in The Rose Room at S4, 3911 Cedar Springs, Dallas. Doors open at 5 p.m. and games start at 6 p.m. Pre-sold tickets, available at http://www.rcdallas.org get first entry when the doors open. Guests must be at least 21 to attend “Gaybingo.” Proceeds from “Gaybingo” support the programs and services of Resource Center Dallas, including those focused on health and wellness, families and communities, and education and advocacy.

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle needs 100 volunteers

STREET FAIR | John Coop-Lara and Jimmy Bartlett at Cedar Springs Arts Festival promoting Razzle Dazzle Dallas.

Return of annual event an opportunity for groups to participate

DAVID TAFFET | Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

The Razzle Dazzle Dallas committee needs 100 volunteers, organizers said this week.

“Planning and hosting [the] five-day festival for 35,000 people will take nearly 100 volunteers,” said John Cooper-Lara, co-chair for Razzle Dazzle Dallas.

The event — returning this year after an absence of several years — will be held June 1–5, beginning with a Wednesday evening wine walk on Cedar Springs Road. Thursday the event goes off the street with a party bus pub-crawl to clubs located off Cedar Springs Road.

Metro Ball at S4 on Friday night will raise money for AIDS agencies in North Texas.

Saturday’s events begin with a sidewalk sale and street fair on Cedar Springs Road. The evening is when the most volunteers will be needed. Three blocks will be fenced for a large street party.

Gate attendants, runners, stagehands, information booth workers and food service assistants are needed.

Volunteer co-coordinator Henry Ramirez said volunteers are also needed to help set up and tear down tents.

“They’ll be making sure people have ice where it’s needed, watching the entrances and making sure people aren’t walking out with alcohol,” Ramirez said. “Runners are needed from beer booths to the main booth.”

Ramirez said food will be catered for volunteers and he is scheduling extra people so there will be time for volunteers to take breaks and enjoy the event.

Setting up and tearing down the fence has been contracted out, as has trash clean up and garbage removal, he said. But volunteers will be needed for set-up and tear down of booths, stage and other equipment and displays along the street.

Ramirez said working at Razzle Dazzle that night would be a fun project for groups or organizations.

The beneficiaries of Razzle Dazzle Dallas are AIDS Arms, AIDS Interfaith Network, Cedar Springs Merchants Association Beautification Fund, Legacy Counseling Center and Founders Cottage, Legal Hospice of Texas, Lone Star Ride, Resource Center Dallas and Youth First Texas.

To volunteer, sign up on the RazzleDazzleDallas.org website or email co-volunteer coordinators Ramirez or Travis Gasper at hramirez@rcdallas.org or tgasper@aidsinterfaithnetwork.org.

—  John Wright

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on the Strip

Fiesta on the street

Sure Cindo de Mayo has turned into a drinking-based American celebration, but we’re gonna drop some history here on you.From the completely reliable source of Wikipedia, May 5 is the “date observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride, and to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War.” What’s that? Still wondering where your margarita is? Well, hit up the Strip tonight as it gets a touch of Latin flair for the holiday. From Sue Ellen’s to TMC: The Mining Company, the celebration highlights the block tonight.

DEETS: Blockwide Fiesta at Sue Ellen’s, TMC: The Mining Company, S4 and JR.’s Bar & Grill. Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street. 8 p.m. PartyAtTheBlock.com.

 

—  Rich Lopez

Cazwell brings his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ to Station 4

Cazwell is serious about his music … even if he is a club diva

CazwellIn this week’s issue, Cazwell talked with the Dallas Voice about his approach to music. Just because he’s all about beefcake and sexy, funny lyrics doesn’t mean you should take him less seriously as a musician. He’ll tell you why.

The last time we saw Cazwell in town was at the now-defunct minc in Exposition Park. Then he was first touted as the gay Eminem, but he’s really in his own league layering outrageous raps over dance music. He’s more fun than Eminem with songs like “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and “All Over Your Face” from his 2009 album Watch My Mouth. The rapper-singer’s newest hit, “Ice Cream Truck,” is big on the dance floor which I’m sure has nothing to do with the video.

He performs an 18-and-up show at S4 on Sept. 30 at midnight. After his performance, he’s gonna stick around for a Meet and Greet. Maybe he’ll have a Bomb Pop just for you.

DEETS: Station 4, 3911 Cedar Springs Road. Sept. 30 at midnight. Doors at 9 p.m. $15. Caven.com.

—  Rich Lopez

Concert Notice: Homo hip-hopper Cazwell will bring his ‘Ice Cream Truck’ to S4 on Sept. 30

Caven has just announced that the “Ice Cream Truck” is heading to Station 4 next month. And by that, I mean hip-pop homo hottie Cazwell is coming to town. The last time we saw Cazwell in town was at the now-defunct minc in Exposition Park. The rapper-singer’s hit is big on the dance floor which I’m sure has NOTHING to do with the above video.

He was first touted as the gay Eminem, but instead I think he’s in his own league layering outrageous raps over dance music. He’s more fun than Eminem with other songs like “I Seen Beyonce at Burger King” and “All Over Your Face” from his 2009 album Watch My Mouth.

He performs an 18-and-up show at S4 on Sept. 30 at midnight. After his performance, he’s gonna stick around for a Meet and Greet. Maybe he’ll have a Bomb Pop just for you.

Cazwell

—  Rich Lopez