Month: February 2006

Neiman Marcus Downtown, Fuse play hosts to celebration

By Tammye Nash Staff Writer Toast to Life is the Resource Center of Dallas’ largest annual fundraiser, and this year’s event has even more to offer, with a VIP party before the main event and an after-party for all ticketholders, organizers said this week. The fundraiser, featuring gourmet food and beverages, is Saturday on the first three floors of Neiman Marcus Downtown in Dallas. The VIP party and the after-party are both at Fuse restaurant, across the street from Neiman’s, Marianne DeLeon, director of development, said. This year’s theme is Kismet, DeLeon said. “It’s an Arabic word that doesn’t translate exactly. But the basic idea of it is love, fortune and life. And that’s what we are celebrating this year – love and life,” DeLeon said. VIP ticket-holders get drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and a gift bag put together by Carlos Banda and Net Play Productions, DeLeon said. The top item in the gift bags will be silver watches featuring the red AIDS ribbon instead of numbers on its face, she said. The main event gives participants the chance to sample food by chefs for Hattie’s, Parigi, Margaux’s, The Mansion on Turtle Creek, Salum and Daniele Osteria, wines from Barefoot Wine Cellars, specialty martinis by Ciroc and Godiva and beer from Bud Light. There will also be a silent auction and a raffle for a $5,000 shopping spree at...

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Rescue from men of steel

By Steven Lindsey Contributing Writer Hiring a professional trainer can assist you in losing weight and stayng in shape. How do you find the one that’s rigthf or you? Here’s how SEE SPOT: Personal trainer J.R. Brown of Flex Fitness spots one of his clients during a workout routine. For many people, New Year’s resolutions have been made, broken and all but forgotten. The initial motivation that causes Americans to put “get in shape” at the top of their lists year after year can be hard to maintain. Even with warmer weather, it’s still easy to hide behind bulky sweaters and jackets and put off the reality of one’s physical conditions. Then it hits: Swimsuit season is close. Very close. Most people know what we need to do to lose weight and improve their overall health. But for those without extreme will power, the discipline to eat right and get to the gym, it can seem like a more arduous task than the actual process of working out. Enter a personal trainer. Whether self-motivated or not, the support and encouragement of another person can aid tremendously in achieving personal fitness goals. And because a trainer can push his or her clients hard, it’s key that both jibe on a personal level. “It is important that you get along with your trainer and that you have confidence in them,” says...

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You are what you eat

By Arnold Wayne Jones Staff Writer Karim Harati-Zadeh practices the science of eating well for a long life Karim Harati-Zadeh, a chiropractor and nutritionist, says everyone can learn to eat better without making tremendous sacrifices. Healthy eating is sort of like Mark Twain’s definition of a literary classic: Everyone praises it, but no one actually reads it. People who claim to be nutrition-conscious may not really know what’s going into their bodies, and how items affect everything from bone density to a strong immune system. That’s where Karim Harati-Zadeh can help. A chiropractor and nutritional counselor, Harati-Zadeh is determined to inform people how to maximize the health benefits of what they put into their body. Most of Harati-Zadeh’s clients fall into one of two categories: Those who have a particular condition and want specific advice, and those who know nothing about nutrition and just need general information. Whatever the situation, Harati-Zadeh says nutritional counseling can help. Nutritional counseling, in short, is about designing a particularized intake of food. One of his specialties is consulting with patients who are HIV-positive. “They go to medical doctors, but they only get the basics,” Harati-Zadeh says. “There is so much information out there. But it doesn’t work unless it’s tailored for them individually. What I do is much more detailed than recommending a good diet or taking medication.” HIV can put pressure on...

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White or wrong?

By Steven Lindsey Contributing Writer When it comes to whitening your teeth, are all processes created equal? Dentist Alan Maedgen says the Zoom whitening machine may look odd, but the results speak for themselves. Dallas is resplendent with are beautiful people. Women are nipped, men are tucked and there’s enough Botox in foreheads to fill Texas Stadium. The pursuit of perfection and youth is an unavoidable part of modern culture, is perhaps even stronger in the gay community. Yet the price tag associated with the vast array of cosmetic procedures is enough to give a person permanent frown lines. But there is great news and plenty to smile about when it comes to teeth whitening. Thanks to advances in technology and increased competition, obtaining a gleaming white set of choppers has become fast, affordable and available everywhere from the local dentist to the nearest drugstore. So omnipresent are the products, they can even be ordered during late-night Meredith Baxter movie marathons on Lifetime. A quick search on Walgreens.com is all it takes to understand the vastness of the whitening empire. Over 130 products are available through the site in the form of strips, gels, pens, toothpastes, mouthwash and chewing gum all claiming to have super whitening powers. There’s also the “ionic” light advertised on TV. As if walking around with other bleaching apparatuses aren’t humiliating enough, at least one...

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Pride Houston to announce grand marshals for parade

By Staff Reports Pride Houston will announce the grand marshals for the 2006 Houston Pride Parade at a special event Thursday at Guava Lamp. The committee is also looking for individuals to perform in the nighttime parade, and committee members said that for the first time, organizers will sponsor individual participants who will not have to pay the regular parade entry fee. The nighttime parade is scheduled for June 24. Nick Brines, president of Pride Houston, said the sponsored performers are expected to include flaggers, drag queens and male dancers, who will complement the performers who are part of regular parade entrants. “Our nighttime parade has always had really incredible performances from a wide variety of groups,” Brines said in a written statement. “The performances are a big crowd favorite and a great way to celebrate our pride as gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. We wanted to add some extra flair to the parade by sponsoring our own performers who may not be part of an already-established group,” Brines said. Rehearsals for Pride parade performers have already begin, according to Jose Reyes, who is director and choreographer. He said Pride Houston will provide the necessary costumes and materials, including costumes for drag performers for a Brazilian “Copa Cabana”-themed performance. Dance routine rehearsals are held each Saturday and Sunday, and those interested in participating would need to attend most...

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