Wine 'n' Dine
You bought a bingo card, cheered at O-69, had a lot of fun and helped out the Resource Center of Dallas. Maybe you even won a few bucks. But now it's time to make the center the big winner. For nearly 20 years, it has assisted North Texas residents living with HIV and AIDS through meal services, HIV testing, counseling, education, insurance assistance and wellness planning. And, though it changed its name from the AIDS Resource Center, AIDS awareness and prevention remain the top priority, which require funding, so the Resource Center has developed a knack for hosting benefits including the popular monthly GayBINGO. But the agency's biggest benefit is Toast to Life, which features cuisine from Dallas' finest restaurants as well as wines from the country's most famous vineyards. Attendees are registered in the evening's prize raffle and bid in a silent auction. But most important, the five previous installments of Toast to Life have raised more than $750,000, all of which has gone to the Resource Center of Dallas and back into the community that needs it. The sixth annual Toast to Life is Saturday at 8 p.m. at Republic Center, 325 N. St. Paul St. Tickets are $100 or $125 for VIP. Call 214-540-4450. --Jay Webb
Ever wonder what it's like to cop a rare peek inside the creative skivvies of Mansion on Turtle Creek executive chef Dean Fearing? Of course you have. Dean works a mean spatula. He plays guitar. He has hair like Mike Reno from the 1980s band Loverboy. He wears red spandex with his chef whites behind the line in the Mansion kitchen. We made that last one up. Anyway, leer behind the scenes of Dean's Cuisine, a rare look at the inventive process behind Fearing's culinary bravado, and be part of a live video taping as he motivates you with a four-course meal, sensationally paired wines and a Rockets spandex kick. It's Thursday at 7 p.m., and admission is $95 per person. Call 214-559-2100. --Mark Stuertz
Antwone comes off the big screen to benefit others
It seems I've got reels clicking in my brain rather than synapses firing, because when I heard about Sunday's event with Antwone Fisher benefiting Jacob's Ladder, I thought of a plucky, chess-playing kid named Bobby and a Tim Robbins flick. Wrong Fisher; wrong ladder. But Antwone Fisher's life was made into a movie about how he was taken from his family and placed in the "care" of an abusive couple for more than a decade. His admirable choices after the trauma are the perfect realization of Jacob's Ladder, a nonprofit that specializes in family ties via the education of adults. Tickets to Fisher's appearance are $25 to $50, and the talk and book signing begin at 5 p.m. at the Sara Ellen and Samuel Weisfeld Center. It's at 1508 Cadiz and Browder, and Jacob's Ladder can be reached at 214-426-6626. --Matt Hursh
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