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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. 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. 1: Sierra Leonian Ambassador speaks on Ebola
Reverend Marie Barnett, Ambassador of Sierra Leone to Liberia speaks at 3 p.m. at the Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane. The event is free and open to the public. To reserve a seat e-mail stewartp@swbell.net.

• Feb. 5: Tarrant County AIDS Walk Registration Party
Come eat, drink, and sign up for the 2015 AIDS Walk from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the BB63 Salon in the Fort Worth Stockyards, 1411 Ellis Avenue, Fort Worth.

• 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. 21: Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society Benefit Concert
Texas Christian University’s Chi Tau Epsilon Dance Honor Society hosts their annual benefit concert for AIDS Outreach Center at 7:30 p.m. at Studio Theatre at Erma Lowe Hall, 3000 South University Dr., Fort Worth. Call 817-257-4255 for ticket information.

• Feb. 21: Dallas-Fort Worth Gay for Good Volunteer Project
DFW Gay For Good’s Habitat for Humanity volunteer project from 8:00 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at 2606 Wilhurt. Arrive between 7:45-8:00 a.m. Register at Bit.ly/DFWG4G21. Contact Rob Peters at roblpeters70@gmail.com or 781-472-0745 for more information.

• Feb. 21: Miss Gay Texas Pageant System’s Miss Tri City State and State-at-Large Pageant
The system that promotes both female impersonation and community support holds a themed pageant and fundraiser to benefit AIDS Arms Life Walk. Categories include presentation, performance and more. Male interviews begin at 2 p.m. and show begins at 8 p.m. at Garlow’s, 308 E. Main Street, Gun Barrel City. $75 entry fee. Contact Sable Alexander at sablelindsey@aol.com.

• 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 7: Stonewall Democrats Candidate and Endorsement Screening
Takes place 9 a.m.–4 p.m. upstairs at Sue Ellen’s. Open to the public but membership must be current or renewed at least 30 days prior in order to participate with the Endorsement Committee. 30-day deadline is Thursday, Feb. 5th. Visit Stonewalldemocratsofdallas.org for more information.

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SPOTLIGHT: Blue in the Heart of Texas 2

Dem-Party-GADallas County is a reliably Democratic county these days. But that didn’t happen without a ton of effort. And now the Dallas County Democratic Party wants to build on its successful efforts and galvanize voters with  the second biennial Blue in the Heart of Texas summit. According to DCDP, the summit seeks to “empower Democrats in the North Texas region.”

The one-day summit’s theme this year is “Success in ’16.” It will include plenary sessions in the morning in which activists can learn, and break out sessions in the afternoon where activists can act. Known as “KnowledgeFest,” the breakout sessions cover specific topics that could even help a Republican earn his or her political chops.

Even if its eyes are on 2016, the summit will analyze and set a path to success in the wake of the beating Democrats across the country endured this past election cycle.

But with all of the workshops and takeaways, the summit clearly won’t be only a time to mourn.

Plenary sessions will repeat to allow attendees to maximize their impact as activists and organizers. Whether you want to be deputized to register voters or reach out to rural counties, BITHOT and its break out sessions are structured to be collaborative, interactive, informative and fun.

8 a.m.–5 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 31 at New Mount Zion Baptist Church, 9550 Shepherd Road. Tickets available at Bit.ly/BITHOT2. $5 covers cost of lunch.

— James Russell

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition January 30, 2015.