Mardi Gras — Part III: S4 and Sue Ellen’s

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—  John Wright

GayBingo gets an updgrade

I talked with Johnny Humphrey this morning about taking on the role as the Resource Center’s programs coordinator and mostly the upgrade GayBingo is getting. Starting with a few changes to this Saturday’s event, he proclaims that GayBingo is going to be bigger and better.

“I was very fortunate to come into such an established program,” he said. “Now that we’re in our 11th year, we wanted to make something fresh with it. We didn’t want to assume the status quo. I got a lot of positive feedback from our dedicated volunteers. That was important to me. So we’re claiming this year as a ‘new decade of decadence.’ That’s the unofficial tag line.”

The official one now (on their new logo) is “More gay, more fun, more fabulous,” and with the plans for GayBingo 2.0, the changes now already look to add a level of excitement.

—  Rich Lopez

London’s HiFi Sean (and former Soup Dragon) announced as headliner DJ for Big D BearDance

The men from BearDance have announced the headlining DJ for this year’s Big D BearDance. Back in March, they brought in the DJ team Blowoff featuring Bob Mould and Rich Morel to pack the house at Station 4. For 2012, the nonprofit group will host London’s (by way of Glasgow) DJ HiFi Sean. Also known as Sean Dickson, he’s initially famous for his work in the 90s alt-group The Soup Dragons mostly known for the single “I’m Free.”

I talked a bit with Ami Sadeh and Darren Graff of BearDance about how they come to their choice of DJs for each event. Read more about how the selection of HiFi Sean and details on March’s Big D BearDance after the jump.

—  Rich Lopez

Get ready to Frolick!

Members of North Texas Council of Club's Fall Frolick Committee are: from left, Gaylon Maddox, Larry Harrell, Dan Nagel, Pancho Loza, Adam Lynn, Mike Hensley, Dan Perry, Marshal Styers and Wayne Davis.

The North Texas Council of Clubs is trying out something new this weekend with their “Fall Frolick” weekend, beginning tonight.

The event, which event chairman Dan Perry said will hopefully become an annual gathering, is three days of cocktail parties, meals and fellowship. “No contests, no classes. Just people getting together for a weekend to have a lot of fun,” Perry said.

Everything begins tonight, with registration opening at 6 p.m., at Club Reflections in Fort Worth (with free shuttle bus service from The Hidden Door for all you Dallasites who want to visit Cowtown without the hassle of driving.)

Then on Saturday morning, the party moves to Woody’s in Dallas from 9 to noon, then to the Round-Up Saloon at 1 p.m. The party winds up for the night at Dallas Eagle. Sunday begins with lunch at noon and the Fall Frolick Follies at 1 at Station 4. The party moves to The Hidden Door at 3 and winds up back at Dallas Eagle with the Sinners Sunday Social and barbecue at 6 p.m. and TGRA’s “Thanks for the Giving” show at 7 p.m.

And the perhaps the best thing about the weekend is that you get all this for just $10 for those from Dallas, Tarrant, Collin, Rockwall, Kaufman, Ellis, Denton, Johnson, Parker and Wise Counties. Anyone coming in from outside those counties gets in for free!

Go to the Fall Frolick website to get a complete schedule, and you can also read up on the North Texas Council of Clubs while you’re there. Now in its fourth year, the council comprises a variety of  leather, bear, cowboy and drag groups from around DFW primarily to “foster brotherhood, sisterhood and camaraderie among member organizations and other organizations, associations, courts, local bars and businesses in the Dallas/Fort Worth community.” The council’s second main effort is its Community Calendar, created to help council members keep track of what’s happening around the Metroplex and avoid conflict schedules so that each members of each organization are more easily able to attend and participate in events planned by other organizations.

NTCC currently has 22 member organizations, and you can see who they are — and link to their individual websites — here.

—  admin

My version (please no editing for factual accuracy) of the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS

DV Classified Account Manager Chance Browning, right, in his business casual attire at Day 2 Pit 2 at Station 4.

The total amount of money raised for AIDS organizations has now topped $2 million in the 11 years of the Lone Star Ride Fighting AIDS. The Ride supports AID Services Dallas, Resource Center Dallas and the AIDS Outreach Center. That’s the important thing. All the rest is just plain fun — and physically and emotionally draining.

The first day of LSR, riders made a loop from the American Airlines Training and Conference Center just south of D/FW Airport through Fort Worth and back. Riders had a choice of routes up to 100 miles. However, most — including me — chose to make their own route. Or got lost.

About 22 miles of the Fort Worth route was along the Trinity Trails, which follow the course of the streams that flow into the Trinity River and the main fork that flows through Downtown Fort Worth. The trail is not one continuous route and more than 40 riders reported going off-course without street signs or clearly identifiable landmarks along the way to indicate where to turn or cross the river.

My riding partner Shelly Morrow and I rode to the end of a wrong trail, carried our bikes over a guard rail, over a bridge down an embankment and continued down another trail — before realizing the river was flowing in the wrong direction. We knew we needed to be near Downtown Fort Worth for the lunch pitstop. So we turned around, made some frantic but unanswered calls, had a flat and a broken spoke, fought off snakes, scorpions, alligators and other critters indigenous to the wilds of Fort Worth, survived the intense sun and brutal heat, a wind storm and finally, 100 miles later, after seeing most of the Trinity Trails, some of it twice, made it into lunch, bruised and battered — and dead last.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that. It’s a ride, not a race. And the Trinity Trail is very scenic — even if it’s not all paved.

—  David Taffet

WATCH: Co-host Jenna Skyy gets undressed during Gaybingo Dallas’ 10th anniversary

Gaybingo Dallas marked its 10th anniversary in the Rose Room at Station 4 on Saturday, and as you can see, co-host Jenna Skyy gave a pretty special performance to mark the occasion. Check out DV contributor Brent Paxton’s video and photos below.

—  John Wright

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

WATCH: Prince Poppycock at Station 4

You may have seen Chuck Dube’s Prince Poppycock slideshow already, but several videos have been posted of his performance Thursday at Station 4. And it looked kinda fabulous. Opera in a dance club doesn’t seem a likely pairing, but the crowd turned out for the America’s Got Talent finalist’s show — and some even in costume.

Looks like it was a good way to start off the holiday weekend.

—  Rich Lopez

Prince Poppycock at Station 4 on June 30

Photos by Chuck Dube/Dallas Voice (MarceloMedia)

 

 

 

—  John Wright

Razzle Dazzle Dallas called ‘a home run’

Organizers thrilled with attendance, expect big sums for beneficiaries

DAVID TAFFET  |  Staff Writer
taffet@dallasvoice.com

More than 10,000 people filled Cedar Springs Road for the Razzle Dazzle Dallas Main Event on June 4, according to organizers who said they had no way of knowing how well people would respond to the revival of the party that was last held in 2003.

“You just never know when you’re throwing a party,” said Razzle Dazzle Dallas President John Cooper-Lara.

Cooper-Lara said despite all the planning for the event, the board wasn’t sure whether people would show up. Cooper-Lara also serves president of the Greg Dollgener Memorial AIDS Fund, the beneficiary of Friday night’s MetroBall at Station 4. Although he didn’t have final figures he said the night set a record for the event.

“Deborah Cox was over the top,” he said. “And we were up in every category — ticket sales, silent auction, pre-event sales.”

He said GDMAF should be able to provide more assistance than ever as a result.

The fund steps in to help financially when other AIDS agencies can’t, meeting needs such as rent, medical co-payments and emergency utility assistance for low-income people living with AIDS.

Before final returns were counted, Cedar Springs Merchants Association President Scott Whittall said he was delighted with attendance. He said since all costs were covered in advance by sponsors, any money taken at the door in donations, at the booths and in beer sales goes to the beneficiaries.

Normally Dallas police estimate crowd size, but LGBT Liaison Officer Laura Martin said they didn’t get an estimate on Saturday night, June 4.

Although the street was blocked, admission was free and no one was counting the number who came through the gates.

The five-day event ended with a final party at the Brick, where Mr. and Miss Razzle Dazzle Dallas were chosen.

Gerald Alexander Paige and Weezie Davis were the winners and will end their year’s reign by performing at next year’s event.

The first runners-up were Kenny Bramlett and Vanessa Styles.

Lara-Cooper said the week’s events were more successful than the board expected.

“I think we hit a home run,” said Lara-Cooper.

—  John Wright