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It’s the start of a new year, that special season when Houstonians break out their winter T-shirts, when the grass changes colors from brown to green and when Pride Houston unveils the new theme and logo for the June pride parade and festival. The grand unveiling ceremony is at F Bar (202 Tuam) on January 17 and 7:30 pm. The Grand Marshal Nominees for 2012 will also be revealed. Finalist from the 2011 Pride Star singing competition will provide entertainment throughout the evening.
The annual Winter SolstiCelebration has gotten so big, it’s now spread across two days. In its 19th year, the event uses music, dance, ceremony and more to observe the Winter Solstice. And don’t forget the Yule Fest. Canned food and winterwear donations are encouraged.
DEETS: Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m. Through Saturday. $15. EarthRhythms.org.
Fall is finally here, and that means cooler temperatures are here, and even cooler ones are on the way. In fact, the 10-day weather forecast for Dallas shows lows in the 40s, maybe slipping up into the lowest 50s, for the next 10 days. And we all know that much colder weather probably isn’t too far away.
And while the cooler weather is certainly a welcome change from this past summer’s heatwave, for those who don’t have and can’t afford winter clothing, it can be more than just an uncomfortable inconvenience; it can be deadly.
Joleen Ford, Daire Center coordinator for AIDS Interfaith Network, this week sent an email noting that the requests from clients for coats and jackets are already going up. And you can help by donating new or gently used coats and jackets now. Right now, Ford says, AIN is completely out of small- and medium-sized coats, which means that “a client in need would not be able to get basic protection from the elements.”
Ford adds: “Our clients, many of whom are homeless, would greatly appreciate new or gently used men’s and women’s coats. They are also in need of new or gently used men’s jeans (any width, 32/34 length) and new underwear ( M/L). Any razor, toothpaste or deodorant donations would be helpful as well.”
Donations can be dropped off during business hours at the AIN offices — 501 N. Stemmons Frwy, Ste. 200 — in Dallas. If you need directions or have any questions, call Ford at 214-943-4444.
So clean our your closets and put that stuff you aren’t wearing anymore to good use.
No, the jacket won’t make you look fat
DIFFA’s back in a big way this weekend. The event promises to be off-the-charts fabulous, but we can’t wait to see the designer jean jackets. Pretty much our eyes are set on this cotton candy fur-sleeved one. Almost makes us want winter to come back quick. Oh, and we feel sorry for the person who bids against us. You’ve been warned.
Dog days are just beginning
You think you know what your dog thinks and says? You will when you head to the 5th Annual Dog Bowl. Sipping pools, dog games and the Cotton Bowl as the largest dog park for them to run around in will make them happy as clams. And give you some good karma in the doggie-verse.
Ushering in a new queer agenda
Kenyon Farrow is a man the LGBT community needs to get to know and the Fahari Arts Institute is doing just that with its (Queer)note Lecture Series. Farrow comes to speak to Dallas in the presentation Moving Toward a True Black Queer Liberation
DEETS: South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh Ave. 7 p.m. FahariArtsInstitute.org.
Kate took me out for so I could get my walk in for the day. Today we hit Kohls to look for a smaller pillow for me to put between me and the seat belt when I attempt to drive next week sometime if I am up to it.
Anyway, I’m not sure whether this is an indication of the sucky economy or not, but while there was brisk business because of an 6-hour sale there (big savings like 40%-50%, plus I had my coupons, of course), it was by no means as crowded as one might expect during holiday season. No waiting at registers, not a lot of knocked over, picked over merchandise strewn around after the crazy early birds came through.
While we were out it started snowing, it has been pretty steady, and the temperature dropped enough that 1) it was starting to stick and 2) the drivers around here went into panic mode, acting like asses trying to get to the grocery store, I suppose to hit the bread, milk and egg sections as usual.
So we’re back and let the dogs out to enjoy the snow. Casey was more interested than Chloe.
That outing did me in, btw. Even with my new ab binder from Hystersisters, that short jaunt was enough to make me pretty sore and fatigued. The good news is it didn’t cause any bleeding, which is the marker of overdoing it. Whew.
Q of the day…
1) Are you doing any holiday shopping this year?
2) If yes, are you doing it online or offline in the stores?
3) Online – have any sites you’ve visited crashed because of traffic?
4) Offline – have you seen any indications that shopping is up or down from last year?
5) Do you think there have been deep discounts or not?
On the few short trips I’ve made (not to holiday shop, just to walk or get necessities), I really think aside from passing by the insanity of the parking lot at the mall near us on Black Friday, it’s not been packed like that again.
We’ve decided, particularly with this economy and I’m laid up sans a month’s pay (still happy to be employed, of course), that we’re just opting out of most holiday shopping save a few gift cards for a very short list of peeps. I haven’t the energy or motivation to do it. Does that make me a Scrooge? LOL. Pam’s House Blend – Front Page
For reasons such as this, I won't believe it until I walk up to a cinema, see I Love You Phillip Morris on the marquee, am actually allowed to purchase a ticket to it at the box office, and can walk into a theater that shows, after the words "Feature Presentation," Jim Carrey screwing a guy on screen — but for all intents and purposes the film has a release date, December 3. Oh who are we kidding: I won't believe it until I can go on MovieTickets.com and buy a stub online. Who waits in line at the box office anymore?