Archive for January 2010

Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration

by Joy Donovan on January 17, 2010

Date: 2010-01-18

Location: Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center

Start Time: 7:00 pm
Description: Annual Martin Luther King Day celebration featuring Dallas Black Dance Theatre II performing numbers from Broadway shows such as \”The Wiz\” and \”Rent.\”

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Showboat in Concert

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Start Date: 2010-01-28

End Date: 2010-01-31
Description: The 1927 musical will be presented in concert with a full orchestra. 972-252-2787

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Tommy Tune in Steps in Time

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Date: 2010-01-23

Location: Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center

Start Time: 8:15 pm
Description: The famed dancer-choreographer marks his 50th year in show business. 972-252-2787

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Of Mice and Men

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Start Date: 2010-01-22

Location: Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center

End Date: 2010-01-30
Description: John Steinbeck\’s classic tale. 972-252-2787.

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Dallas Summer Musicals Mark 70th Anniversary

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Dallas Summer Musicals will celebrate its 70th season of live theatrical entertainment by presenting 12 touring Broadway productions, 10 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, and 2 shows at The Majestic Theatre in downtown Dallas.  

The Color Purple will lead off the celebration for the year 2010, opening its two-week run Jan. 19 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. Other Broadway hits included in this year’s anniversary season will be The Phantom of the Opera, Wicked, The Color Purple, The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and last year’s surprise hit, Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles.  New musical offerings will include The 101 Dalmatians, starring Rachel York, and Little House on the Prairie, the Musical, starring Melissa Gilbert as Ma, plus straight-from-Broadway shows such as The 39 Steps, Xanadu and Dreamgirls. Shrek The Musical will be highlight the three weeks that the 2010 State Fair of Texas is in operation.

Dallas Summer Musicals, Inc. (DSM) is the largest producer of live theatrical entertainment in the Southwest, the second oldest summer theater organization in the United States and the sixth largest non-profit theater company.  DSM has been entertaining North Texas audiences with the finest in live musical theatre entertainment since 1941.  In addition to presenting national Broadway tours, DSM also produces shows on Broadway, presents and tours local productions, and is involved in developing new works.  Dallas Summer Musicals’ affiliates include DSM Management Group, Inc. (DSMMGI), which manages the Music Hall at Fair Park and the historic Majestic Theatre.  



 ALFRED HITCHCOCK’S THE 39 STEPS, Jan. 26-31 at The Majestic Theatre.

 RAIN, A TRIBUTE TO THE BEATLES, March 16-21at the Music Hall at Fair Park.   


THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, Feb. 17-March 14 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.   

XANADU, April 6-18 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.  

LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE, THE MUSICAL, starring Melissa Gilbert as Ma, May 11-23at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

WICKED, May 26-June 27 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

DREAMGIRLS, June 30-July 18at the Music Hall at Fair Park.nal material by Willy Reale.

SHREK THE MUSICAL, Sept. 28-Oct. 17at the Music Hall at Fair Park.  SEASON SPECIALS: 

Oprah Winfrey Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Jan. 19-24 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

THE MUSIC OF ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER , April 20-25 at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

Season tickets are on sale now at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center, with Stage Left Series priced from $48 to $264, and Stage Right Series from $115 to $457.  Single tickets for the subscribers’ specials range from $12-$85.  For more information about the DSM season, or to purchase tickets online, visit  There is a handling fee for orders placed by phone or internet.  For groups of 20 or more please call 214-426-GROUP.


For those preferring the flexibility of picking their own shows, custom packages of at least four shows from the entire season are available for as little as $48 a package.  There is no deadline for custom orders.


Season sponsors for Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica Bank, are The Dallas Morning News, WFAA TV Channel 8, and American Airlines.


As a non-profit organization, DSM relies on a variety of funding sources to bring the Best of Broadway to Dallas at affordable ticket prices, as well as to preserve the beautiful historic theatres, educate young audiences and create important community programs.  DSM’s Seats for Kids program provides a meaningful arts education experience to thousands of low income, at-risk and special needs children. DSM and the Dallas Police Department partner together to provide positive incentives for youth that are at risk for gang membership through the Stage Right program. In addition, The Dallas Summer Musicals Academy of Performing Arts offers professional theatre arts training and scholarships to talented students in need.  Ticket sales alone do not sustain these endeavors.  Only support from committed businesses, foundations and individuals make these programs possible. For more information about Dallas Summer Musicals, presented by Comerica, visit their website at or call (214) 421-5678.

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Wear Winter White to Make Some Green

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Park Cities residents Amy Llana and Anna Small will co-chair the Feb. 4th fundraiser.

Park Cities residents Amy Llana and Anna Small will co-chair the Feb. 4th fundraiser.

Dallas-Fort Worth women are invited to The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer’s 10th“Kissed by an Angel” event from 7 to 1o p.m. Feb. 4 at the Bluffview home of Jenney and David Gillikin.

The evening of food, fun and cocktails will feature a silent auction, raffle, and an exclusive sale of bath, body and scented home products from Niven Morgan.  Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer to help ease emotional and financial burdens for families facing terminal childhood cancer. 

Park Cities residents Amy Llana and Anna Small will co-chair the fundraiser where the requested attire is “winter white.”  Tickets are $75 per person.  Out of each ticket purchased, $60 is considered a charitable contribution and will go to the Clayton Dabney Foundation.  To purchase tickets, contact the foundation office at 214-361-2600 or visit 

 A special hotel package will be raffled at the event, including an overnight stay at Hotel Palomar Dallas, a $50 gift certificate to Trader Vic’s, a $50 gift certificate to Central 214 and spa services for two at Exhale Spa.  Tickets for the raffle are $25 each or $100 for five.

“We hope the Kissed by an Angel event will help generate greater awareness about the Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer and its goodwill on behalf of families in need,” said Amy Llana, event co-chair.  “Not only will this be a fabulous night out for women and their girlfriends, but the funds raised will have an immediate impact on families when they need it most.  If we can help make the last stages of life more bearable for these children and their parents or help make a dream come true before they pass, there is no greater gift.”

Created in memory of Clayton Dabney, a Dallas child who lost his battle with cancer in 1995, the Clayton Dabney Foundation helps grant anonymous gifts, last wishes and financial assistance to families facing the last stages of terminal childhood cancer.  Clayton’s parents, Park Cities residents Shelby and Scott Dabney, founded the nonprofit. 

Since 1995, the foundation has served more than 1,300 families throughout the U.S, and has distributed more than $2 million.

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Celebrity Chefs Event Set for Jan. 18

by Joy Donovan on January 15, 2010

Chef Noah Miller of Southlake’s Central Market will be taking the lead chef position for the Fourth Annual Celebrity Chefs, the Jan. 18th fundraiser at the Hilton in Southlake Town Square.

From 6 to 9:30 p.m. that evening, Miller will be joined by a team of other local chefs, in a charitable effort for SafeHaven of Tarrant County. In addition to presenting a signature dish, each chef will offer an exclusive dinner for the live auction. Serving as co-chairs are community volunteers Donna Burdette and Anna Saunders at this benefit sponsored annually by Mid-Cities Supports of SafeHaven.

This year’s chefs showing off their culinary creativity for guests to sample will be Chef Jaime Aguilar of Copeland’s of New Orleans; Chef Hans Bergman of Cacharel Restaurant and Grand Ballroom; Chef Sally Bolick and Chef Mike Swirczynski of Strong Bravo!! Catering and Event Planning; Chef Joanne Bondy of the Gaylord Texan’s Old Hickory Steakhouse; Chef Jon Bonnell of Bonnell’s Restaurant; Chef Susan Clark of Creative Memories Cakes & Catering;Chef Eric Hunter of Fire Oak Grille; Chef Brian Olenjack of Olenjack’s Grille; Chef Morris Salerno of The Grotto;  Chef Manuel Vera of Truluck’s Seafood, Steak and Crab House; Chef Chris Wilson of Market Street; Chef Mark Yamada of Trophy Club Country Club and Chef Charles Youts of The Classic Cafe.

Tickets costs $125 per person, with proceeds benefiting SafeHaven’s programs for children. Tickets are available by calling Donna Burdette at 817-545-7012 or emailing

 For more information about the non-profit organization, contact SafeHaven at or call 817-535-6462.

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2010 Tarrant Heart Ball

by Joy Donovan on January 12, 2010

Date: 2010-05-15

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

Start Time: 6:30 pm
Description: Rat-Pack Style fundraiser for the American Heart Association. 817-698-5432.

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Galas, Schedules and Football

by Joy Donovan on January 9, 2010

Jeanie Luskey signed on to raise funds for a hospital, not compete with football playoffs.

Jeanie Luskey signed on to raise funds for a hospital, not compete with football playoffs.

All the planning in the world still doesn’t mean you can control the world.

Something I know from experience, and I’m sure others have learned this lesson, too.

Last year I served on the steering committee for a celebration marking my sorority’s centennial at the University of Oklahoma (Boomer Sooner, of course). It was a big darn deal. Most of the women had worked on dozens of similar committees, so these volunteers were pros in the field of gala-throwing. Invitations, underwriting, bands, centerpieces, seating charts and ice sculptures were not foreign turf to this crew.

We met for months, going over every detail for this two-day event. Account balances in the black, RSVPs duly noted, speakers lined up. The highlight was to be a black-tie ball on a Saturday night with a fabulous dinner, fun band and even husbands.

So for a bunch of type-A women, we had it under control…or so we fooled ourselves into thinking.

The football gods aligned the planets so that our beloved Sooners played a big game on national TV.  Kick-off? Exactly the same as the time printed on our oh-so-lovely invitations.

So now as the Dallas Cowboys make a rare Saturday night appearance on national TV in a play-off game with that Philadelphia team, I’m not worried about Jerry’s boys. My concerns are for the Jewel Charity Ball in Fort Worth. That party, an annual event for Cook Children’s Medical Center, has been on the books longer than Tony Romo’s been wearing ball caps backwards.

Jeanie Luskey, president of this year’s ball, probably is wondering what the heck happened to Monday night football.

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The Color Purple

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Start Date: 2010-01-19

Location: Music Hall at Fair Park

End Date: 2010-01-24
URL: Click here
Description: Tony-nominated musical based on Alice Walker\’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.

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