Archive for August 2009


The Doobie Brothers

by Joy Donovan on August 30, 2009

Date: 2009-11-02

Location: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

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Description: Take a trip back to the 1970s with this concert. $35-$80.

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Ray Price and Roy Clark

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Date: 2009-10-28

Location: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

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Description: The two combine for one concert. $25-$55.

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U2

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Date: 2009-10-12

Location: Cowboys Stadium, Arlington

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Description: Rock on, my friends. $40 to $250.

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Kings of Leon

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Date: 2009-10-07

Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas

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Description: Rock group performs in Dallas. $46.

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Brave Combo

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Date: 2009-09-24

Location: Levitt Pavilion for the Performing Arts, Arlington

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Description: Wildest polka band you\’ll ever hear. Free.

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Jeff Foxworthy

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Date: 2009-09-27

Location: Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth

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Description: You might be a redneck, if you check out this comedian. $45-$75.

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Britney Spears

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Date: 2009-09-18

Location: American Airlines Center, Dallas

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Description: Britneys wows them (or not) in Dallas. Tickets ranged from $39.50 to $495. 800-745-3000.

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Walkers Step off Sept. 12 for AHA

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Honorary chairwoman Becki Newton

Honorary chairwoman Becki Newton

American Heart Association’s annual Start! Heart Walk kicks off at 8:30 a.m. Sept 12 in two North Texas spots.

In Fort Worth, walkers will meet along the Trinity Trails, and in Dallas, walkers will gather at Victory Park. 

The American Heart Association (www.americanheart.org) anticipates around 15,000 will participate in Fort Worth and 35,000 in Dallas. Funds raised will support cardiovascular research and educational programs.

Serving as the Fort Worth event chairman is Steve Newton, president of Baylor All Saints in Fort Worth, and his niece, Becki Newton, who stars as Amanda in the ABC hit series Ugly Betty, will act as the 2009 celebrity chairwoman. Becki Newton also will co-host an event later this fall to thank fundraisers from the Tarrant County heart walk. In Dallas, Al Carey, president and CEO of Frito Lay, will serve as chairman, while Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert will act as honorary chairman.

 The event’s opening ceremonies begins at 8:30 a.m. with the walk starting at 9 a.m. Activities for families will be placed along the three-mile route.

For more information, check www.TarrantCountyHeartWalk.org or call 817.698.5400.

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‘Bama Bid Day Includes Texans

by Joy Donovan on August 27, 2009

Sorority rush finished Aug. 16 at The University of Alabama.

Sorority rush finished Aug. 16 at The University of Alabama.

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Texans are among the more than 1,200 women who pledged sororities at The University of Alabama.

Bid day was Aug. 16, and among the Texans are:

Alpha Chi Omega
Kelsey Adams, Sugar Land; Lexi Carter, Arlington; Jessica Carver, McKinney; Lauren Toppe, The Woodlands;

Alpha Delta PiHaley Hopkins, Dallas; Haley Martin, Irving; Kasey Nelson, Lewisville; Taylor Nouaisser, Dallas; Lindsay O’Brien, Lewisville; Audrey Olinger, Dallas;
Megan Sherman, Southlake;

Alpha Gamma DeltaKelsey Denbow, Austin; Kate Wallace, Kingwood;Caroline Wilkerson, Dallas;

Alpha Omicron PiAngel Contreras, Spring; Abbie Nicol, Coppell; Lorena Phillips, North Richland Hills;

Alpha PhiBlakely Hoar, Cedar Park; Laura Hur, Austin; Jessica Martinez, Houston; Alex Swigart, Dallas; Isobel Thompson, Corsicana;

Chi Omega
Sarah Hatfield, McKinney; Lauren Mendiola, Mertzon; Annie Philpott, Fort Worth; Melissa Purvis, Fort Worth; Kinsey Reynolds, Georgetown.

Delta Delta DeltaShelby Bessellieu, Dallas; Landi Lausen, Bellaire; Avery Orrell, Colleyville; Ali Prigmore, Southlake;

Delta ZetaLauren Janusz, The Woodlands; Shelley Kraus, Houston; Natalie Meyer, Dallas; Erin Rea, Humble; Hannah Tinsley, McKinney

Gamma Phi BetaJinda Cason, University Park; Grace Lang, Houston, Texas; Allison Leggieri, Allen; Caroline Lockerman, Plano; Ally Sequeira, Houston; Leandra Vallez, Highland Village.

Kappa Alpha ThetaMorgan Bishop, The Woodlands; Alex Faulk, Bellaire; Susan Hubbell, Bellaire; Konleigh Kemnitz, Austin; Ryan Stringer, The Woodlands; Morgan Whitley, Dallas; Kirbi Winford, Conroe.

Kappa DeltaChristina Dabney, Dallas; Erica Hubble, Dallas; Rosalind Jenkins, Houston; Grace McElroy, Dallas; Britt Pogue, Dallas; Sara Tedford, Fort Worth; Glyn Tower, Houston.

Kappa Kappa GammaKorey Bednarz, Houston; Shelby Burgher, Houston; Taylor Cantrell, Dallas; Lila Chumbley, San Antonio; Abby Clarke, Tyler; Casey Davis, Tyler; Kate Schwarzlose, Beaumont; Tatum Thompson, Kerrville; Kate Vranac, Aledo; SoRelle Wyckoff, Austin; Laura Ying, Bellaire.

Phi MuSydney Branch, Katy; Catherine Brock, Dallas.

Pi Beta PhiCarolyn Dawson, Southlake; Katherine Deasy, The Woodlands; Emily Dyer, Dallas; Haley Felker, Aledo; Mary Frances Hicks, Dallas; Caydee JCaitlyn Reid, Austinennings, Fort Worth; Paige Johnson, Houston; Caroline Mathias, Bellaire; Aubrey McClenny, Houston; Caitlyn Reid, Austin; Allison Smith, Houston; Anne Stanard, Dallas.

Zeta Tau AlphaSusie Condara, Houston; Taylor Gentry, Arlington; Robin Gordon, Friendswood; Angelica Hughes, McKinney; Megan Sturton, Flower Mound.

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New Stadium the Best of Two Worlds

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This part of the new stadium might look like a normal football field, but the lobby rivals a four-star hotel.

This part of the new stadium might look like a normal football field, but the lobby rivals a four-star hotel.

I do love sports, and I do love a nice hotel.

The best of both worlds, minus the beds, is found at the big, new, fabulous Cowboys Stadium, and I was lucky enough to see it spring into action Friday night. Courtesy of some very generous friends, Prince Charming and I were there for the big opening night of football.

The sports portion of this, since it is the Dallas Cowboys, you might understand, but the hotel part might have you raising an eyebrow. Well, rolling into that place is like strolling into the lobby of some swanky new hotel. It even smells new.

And there are people lined up all over what looks like a hotel lobby, saying hello, welcoming you, showing the way. Much like checking into the Waldorf or something. I do like to be treated like someone was 1. expecting me and 2. glad I showed up.

Then as if it were Sunday brunch at one of those fabu hotels, we got to go into a cloistered area and help ourselves to a beautiful buffet. Lots of Jerry’s people were hustling about making sure trays stayed full, and generally making sure we were well taken care of.

I love that.

Halftime? They roll out a second buffet. As I have to work very hard at being only this fat and not 20 pounds fatter, I only looked at the chili dog spread they had. True football food. Go team. hen I saw an enticing arrangement of large, chewy cookies–just like some of the fancy hotels wave under your nose–I decided it was my duty to try one of those. Okay, two.

Now our very generous friends have seats that are on the 50. Since I am a former high school cheerleader and somewhat of a football fan (Boomer Sooner), I do know that the 50-yard-line is where you want to be sitting. But even if I had not taken Theory of Football at the University of Oklahoma (yes, really did), I would know it was a good seat to be in.

That, my friend, is because Jerry Jones himself was sitting maybe four rows behind us, not in his suite, but above his suite, in his own personal box. Yes, I’m sure he saw me, but since we have never been formely introduced, I did not do the thumbs-up sign to him when the Cowboys scored. I can tell you his tie was a lovely shade of lavender.

Anyway, unlike checking into a fabulous hotel, you may not take what you’d like. I was warned that my handbag could not measure larger than 12 inches by 12 inches. What? I’m showing up at this terrific place, one of the ones who want to see and be seen, and I can’t bring my most fashionable purse?

Well, then, rather than spoil my carefully selected ensemble (cute top, killer shoes and best dark-rinse jeans), I just won’t take a purse then. Harumph.

Carrying my lip gloss is why Prince Charming always has pants with pockets. Right?

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