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JANUARY
• Jan. 10-Feb. 15: Bruce Wood: A Retrospective
A new exhibition celebrating the life and creative contributions of the renowned Fort Worth dancer, choreographer and creative genius at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St, Arlington. Tuesday–Saturday 10:00–5:00 p.m. Sunday 1–5:00 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Children 12 and under are free. Call 817-275-4600 or email ama@arlingtonmuseum.org for more information.

• Jan. 24: Tyler Area Gays Winter Ball
Join the Tyler Area Gays for their “Viva Las Vegas” Winter Ball from 7 p.m.–midnight at the Holiday Inn South Broadway, 5701 South Broadway Ave., Tyler. DJ, dance floor, casino games, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a contest for best Las Vegas entertainer look-alikes with prizes. All tickets will include a stack of casino chips. Early bird discounted tickets are $35 adult, $30 student or $40 at door. Tickets available at Tylerareagays.com/viva-las-vegas.html.

• Jan. 30–Feb. 7: Couple’s Communication Workshop
Candy Marcum, LPC and Jimmy Owen, LPC conduct a two-weekend workshop for couples. 5-7 p.m. on Jan. 30 and Feb. 6 and 10 a.m.–noon on Jan 31 and Feb. 7 at 3500 Oak Lawn Ave., Suite 260. $440 per couple. 214-521-1278. Candy@CandyMarcum.com.

• Jan. 31: Blue in the Heart of Texas 2
BITHOT is a biennial, one-day summit for Democratic Party activists toward the goal of discussing and maximizing the party’s effectiveness in 2016. The summit includes an afternoon “KnowledgeFest” of breakout sessions on specific topics. Tickets are $5 and cover meals. 8 a.m.–5 p.m. at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, 9550 Shepherd Road. Register online at Bit.ly/BITHOTDCDP.

FEBRUARY
• Feb. 7: Turtle Creek Chorale 35th Anniversary Concert
Tim Seelig conducts this performance. City Performance Hall, 2520 Flora St. Tickets at Tickets.TurtleCreekChorale.com or at 214-526-3214.

• Feb. 7: Night Circus Masquerade Ball
The Women’s Chorus of Dallas annual fundraiser. 7 p.m. at Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

• Feb. 14: LGBTQ SAVES Youth dance
Valentine’s dance for youth 7–10 p.m. at Agape MCC, 4615 E California Way, Forest Hill. For more information visit LGBTQSaves.weebly.com or e-mail LGBTQSaves@gmail.com.

• Feb. 14: Dash for the Beads
Oak Cliff Mardi Gras-themed walk, run and festival benefits local area schools to help promote healthy eating and physical activity. 9:30 a.m. at Kidd Springs Park. Register online at Bit.ly/1tZOtxv.

• Feb. 15: Mardi Gras Oak Cliff Parade
Bishop Arts District at 4 p.m.

• Feb. 17: Equality Texas Faith Advocacy Day
Lobby legislators in Austin about issues facing LGBT people. First of three EQTX’s lobbying days at the Capitol. Co-sponsored by the Texas Freedom Network. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. Advanced registration required. Register at EqualityTexas.org.

• Feb. 19: Urban Engagement Book Club:Tomlinson Hill by Chris Tomlinson
CitySquare’s monthly Urban Engagement Book Club explores various social justice issues with writer Randy Mayeux and local social justice leaders. Free. Noon of every third Thursday at the Opportunity Center, 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. More information at CitySquare.org.

• Feb. 22: He Said/She Said
The Human Rights Campaign Dallas Fort Worth presents the inaugural He Said/She Said fundraiser, a new twist on the Her HRC event. Events include trivia with cash prizes, HRC Bachelorette and/or Bachelor live auction and a drag show to cap off the day. Cassie Nova and Jenna Skyy host. 2 p.m. at Sue Ellen’s.

• Feb. 28: 17th Annual Toast to Life: Voodoo on the Trinity
What do you get when you mix a bunny with magic? You get “Voodoo on the Trinity,” the theme of Resource Center’s annual Toast To Life fundraiser. DJ Lady Bunny will provide entertainment. The fundraiser begins 7 p.m. at The Empire Room, 1225 N Riverfront Blvd. For more information, visit Bit.ly/1BUUp2w.

MARCH
• March 7: 25th Anniversary of House DIFFA Celebration
DIFFA/Dallas celebrates the 25th anniversary of its House of DIFFA black tie fundraiser benefitting numerous North Texas AIDS service organizations. Silent/live auction, seated dinner and fashion runway show begins at 6 p.m. at the Omni Hotel Downtown Dallas, 555 S. Lamar St. Ticket prices vary and are available at Bit.ly/1ID2U2Y. For more information visit Diffadallas.org.

• March 19: Urban Engagement Book Club: Hatred’s Kingdom by Dore Gold
CitySquare’s monthly Urban Engagement Book Club explores various social justice issues with writer Randy Mayeux and local social justice leaders. Free. Noon of every third Thursday at the Opportunity Center, 1610 S. Malcolm X Blvd. More information at CitySquare.org.

• March 21: Tarrant County AIDS Walk
Registration at 9 a.m. $20.

• March 21: South Dallas AIDS Walk
Takes place 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. at St. Philip’s School and Community Center, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
Visit Bit.ly/1wxUG4I for registration details.

• March 23: Equality Texas Family Advocacy Day
Lobby legislators in Austin about issues facing LGBT families. Second of three EQTX’s lobbying days at the Capitol. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. Advanced registration required. Register at EqualityTexas.org.

APRIL
• April 13: Equality Texas Freedom Advocacy Day
Lobby legislators in Austin about discrimination against LGBT people. Final EQTX lobbying day. 11 a.m.–4 p.m. at First United Methodist Church of Austin Family Life Center, 1300 Lavaca St. Advanced registration required. Register at EqualityTexas.org.

• April 15: Evening of Hope Reveal Party
Benefits AIDS Outreach Center. Blue Sushi, 3131 W. 7th St., Fort Worth.

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SPOTLIGHT: Gay Agenda Spotlight: Couple’s Communication Workshop

Jimmy-&-Candy-Couple-Comm.-WorkshopCommunication is the key to happy, healthy relationships. And good communication consists of learned skills, according to Candy Marcum, LPC.

Unfortunately many people learned how to communicate by watching how their parents, and therein lies the problem, Marcum added.

So if your parents didn’t communicate well and you inherited that problem, join Marcum and fellow counselor Jimmy Owen, LPC, for a two-weekend workshop designed to teach couples the skills necessary to resolve and prevent conflict.

Those skills will include learning to speak for yourself, listening to your partner and the importance of communicating that awareness to one another. The counselors promise by the end you’ll understand what makes each other tick and why conflicts arise.

Cost is $440 per couple, and couples must be able to attend both weekends.

For more information contact Marcum by phone at 214-521-1278 or by email at Candy@CandyMarcum.com.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 23, 2015.