Archive for May 2009


The Great Trail Drive

by Joy Donovan on May 24, 2009

Date: 2009-10-10

Location: Fort Worth

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Description: Trail ride benefiting Rocky Top Therapy Center. 817-379-5717.

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Flashing Back to ‘Saturday Night Fever’

by Joy Donovan on

Whoever does his hair? And are the dark glasses for protection?

Whoever does his hair? And are the dark glasses for protection?

Excuse me while I jump out of my platform sandals after a night of doin’ The Hustle…or was it The Bump?

Long story short…I ended up at The Glass Cactus at The Gaylord Texan Saturday night. Le Freak (www.lefreakband.com), which bills itself as “the greatest disco band in the world,” was booked, and I took a little trip down memory lane. The cotton-candy size of the Afros combined with the oh-no-he’s-not-wearing-that polyester pants are a sight to behold. Or maybe to remember. And the very official, not-so-nice woman at the door did a very good impression of snotty people at Studio 54. She was supposed to be funny, wasn’t she, when she asked me all those questions?

I went up to one of the guys during a break and asked if we’d gone to college together. He didn’t think so.

Anyway, Sometimes I couldn’t see the stage, but it didn’t really matter since the nightclub was made for people-watching. The place was packed with disco dancers, Gen X-ers and some pretty scary cougars. Some of their outfits weren’t meant to be comical, but …too bad they don’t own a mirror, as Larre likes to say.

We got to dance to the Village People, some Earth, Wind and Fire, and, of course, “I Will Survive.”
I had so much fun flashing back to the ’70s–bell bottoms, pet rocks and Watergate–I want to do it again. Any of you up for it? I’ll do better on my outfit…I know I have some shiny polyester somewhere in my closet.
Le Freak plays at June 19 at Fort Worth’s 8.0 Bar and June 20 at The Glass Cactus, and then for the Fourth of July at The Glass Cactus again and July 17 (someone’s birthday, I’m told) at 8.0 Bar again.

Get down with your bad self.

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Dame Edna Live

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Start Date: 2009-06-23

Location: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

End Date: 2009-06-28
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Description: \”My First Last Tour\” starring Dame Edna. 817-212-4280.

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Canines, Felines and Texas Wines

by Joy Donovan on May 23, 2009

Date: 2009-05-31

Location: La Buena Vida Vineyards, Grapevine

Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

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Description: Benefiting Paws of Paradise with food, music, pet vendors and wine. 817-481-WINE.

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Canines, Felines and Texas Wines

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-05-31

Location: La Buena Vida Vineyards, Grapevine

Start Time: 12:00 pm
End Time: 5:00 pm

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Description: Benefiting Paws of Paradise with food, music, pet vendors and wine. 817-481-WINE.

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Clifton Capital Partners Pro Players Golf Classic

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Date: 2009-06-01

Location: Timarron Golf Course, Southlake

Start Time: 9:00 am
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Description: Golf tournament benefiting Pro Players foundation. Registration at 9 a.m. with shotgun start at 11 a.m.

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Blue Shoe Bluesfest II

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Date: 2009-06-13

Location: The Village at Colleyville

Start Time: 5:00 pm
End Time: 11:00 pm

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Description: Outdoor blues festival. Free and family-friendly.

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Sing Me Some Sad Songs This Sad Day

by Joy Donovan on May 21, 2009

Oh my goodness. What a Wednesday.

First, I attended Butterfly Wishes with my good friend Val Skinner at the Renaissance Worthington in Fort Worth. This fourth annual benefit luncheon supports A Wish with Wings, Inc., definitely a noble cause. This non-profit (www.awishwithwings.org)  was created in 1982 to grant the wishes of children suffering with life-threatening illnesses. The organization sees that these little patients get to visit the Magic Kingdom, enjoy a shopping spree or meet a celebrity, if that’s their hearts’ desires.

Channel 8′s Gary Cogill again served deftly as the man in charge of the microphone at this event that is absolutely awash in butterflies–on the azalea centerpieces, in the desserts and all over the very pretty stage. Event chairwoman Dee Lincoln (yep, the Del Frisco steak lady) spoke about the importance of this organization to her while we nibbled on a baby spinach salad and awaited our Parmesan-encrusted chicken Dijon lunch.

The ballroom was filled with such people as Fort Worth Mayor Mike Moncrief and his wife, Rosie; UTA professor Carly Andrews; and mother-daughter duos Erica and Dena Gray and Carolyn and Sydney Spann. Everyone is seated at these beautiful tables, and in addition to the centerpieces and salads, a few packages of tissues are scattered about. Just in case.

And then some of the children are brought on stage to wave to the crowd…lunch can wait. This year they were escorted by a fantasy character…Spider-man, Tinkerbell…and then by the heros of their choice.

Gulp.

Do you know how much energy it takes not to cry? Well, I didn’t dissolve into a puddle even when an adorable Daniel “roared” with the Cowardly Lion, but I came close when he walked with his hero, his dad William. Daniel, who got to see Mickey Mouse at Disneyland this past year, chose his dad “because I want to be like him and dress like daddy and I like to do things with him.” Did I mention they both were wearing tan suits? How sweet is that?

There were more cute children, some shy, some not, but all diagnosed with diseases any parent would fear. Before the luncheon was over, thousands of dollars had been raised in mere minutes to help these children make some happy memories.

Okay, so I managed to skip breaking down completely, but I was really grateful for the tissue on our table.

In the evening, I trekked to the Colleyville home of Shelly and Dan Broder for the Blue Shoe Project House Party. In the Broder’s lovely backyard overlooking their spectacular pool, we enjoyed the great May weather, drank wine and savored hors d’oeuvres from Tastefully Yours in Grapevine.

Fun group of kinda artsy people…Susan Barzelay, Betty Sanders and of course, the Blue Shoe family–Michael, Anne and Jeffry Dyson. We hung out thinking May in north Texas is as good as it gets. The Dysons, you might or might not know, are the Colleyville family who can claim to be Grammy Award winners. In fact, Michael’s Grammy was on display that night, and I got permission to pick it up. . .Grammy Awards are really heavy, I have to tell you.

The won a Grammy in 2008 for the recording Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen–Live in Dallas. It featured blues legends in Pinetop Perkins, Henry James Townsend, David “Honeyboy” Edwards and Robert Lockwood Jr.

And now the Dysons have dedicated themselves to educating American school children about this uniquely American musc–the blues. And Wednesday evening we got a front seat to hear 18-year-old Marquise “Big Daddy” Knox play, followed by 90-something David “Honeyboy” Edwards’ set.

It was great, and I especially loved watching the younger musician sit enraptured at the music made by the older musician. But it was music about lost loves and lonesome trains…more sad stuff. They don’t call it the blues for nothin’.

Enough sadness for one day.

By the end of the night, I was ready to take my Kleenex and just head home.

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Summer Chalk Art Festival

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2009-06-06

Location: Central Market, Southlake

Start Time: 9:00 am
End Time: 4:00 pm

Description: Family event in the tradition of 16th Century Italy. This one benefits Rocky Top Therapy Center.

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REVIEW: ‘Fiddler’ Brings its Own Tradition to Dallas Summer Musicals

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There’s a reason Chaim Topol has been playing the lead role of Tevye in “Fiddler on the Roof” for decades.

He’s just about perfect at it.

Topol headlined the show, which opened Tuesday as part of Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org)  productions at The Music Hall at Fair Park. In what is billed as his farewell tour, he brings his rich, warm voice to a much-loved musical sure to captivate its audience. 

Somewhere in the mid-1960s, the Israeli-born actor began playing the Jewish patriarch coming to terms with a new order in the world. He’s convincing, funny, touching and charming as the tradition-bound father afraid of losing any of his five daughters. Even though Topol has racked up thousands of performances of the world-weary milkman, the audience is treated to a show with a first-rate performer who shows no weariness for this musical that has become his bread and butter.

In other words, at 73, he’s still got it!

The cast of the national tour  making a one-week stop for Dallas Summer Musicals is also top rate. Susan Cella as Golde and Mary Stout as Yente bring comic touches to their roles, and the production numbers such as the opening of “Tradition,” “Sunrise, Sunset” and the bottle dance are terrific.

The Tony Award-winning musical is based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem and has been revived on Broadway several times, plus transformed to a 1971 film, starring Topol. The music, the dancing and the lead actor are enchanting. Of course, Topol should still get to play this character. Why fiddle with success? 

The show, which runs a full three hours, continues through Sunday.

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