Archive for May 2010

19th Annual Golf Tournament

by Joy Donovan on May 30, 2010

Date: 2010-06-14

Location: Trophy Club Country Club

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Description: Both a morning and afternoon starts with food and awards, too. Contact Karen Malone at 817-491-1141.

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30th Anniversary Tee-Off Dinner and Auction

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Date: 2010-06-12

Location: Mariott Solana, Westlake

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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Description: Metroport Meals on Wheels celebrates 30 years with a dinner and auction. Individual tickets $35. Cal 817-491-1141.

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REVIEW: No Need for a ‘Wicked’ Trip to NYC

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Wicked, the Tony Award-winning musical, returns for its third stop at The Music Hall at Fair Park.

Forget the trip to Broadway. The current national tour of “Wicked,” being staged at The Music Hall at Fair Park, is every bit as good as the red-hot musical staged on the Great White Way.

The show, which runs in Dallas through  June 27, saves Broadway fans the time, trouble and expense of a New York trip.  The Dallas Summer Musicals presentation ( dazzles with its musical tale of what happened before Dorothy and Toto ever were blown into the Wizard’s turf.

The original show, which opened in 2003, broke Broadway boxoffice records with Idina Menzel and Kristin Chenoweth in the two leading roles. For audiences wanting to hear Stephen Schwartz’s music at its best, this current tour, the third at The Music Hall at Fair Park, will not disappoint. Not only does the orchestra deliver a full sound, the leads are first rate.

As Elphaba, Donna Vivino showcases powerhouse pipes, exploding in her musical moments. Her “Defying Gravity” turn closes out the first act with a wow-factor because of her rock-star qualities. Chandra Lee Schwartz brings both the wide vocal range and terminal cuteness necessary for Glinda the Good.

The sets, the lighting, the costumes combine for a top-rate production. The production is staged at a level unusual for a touring show, from the enormous red-eyed dragon atop the stage to the whimsical green costumes and imaginative lighting design.

The show, which won three Tony Awards and still packs the New York theater after nearly eight years, is strongest in the first act. “Popular,” “The Wizard and I,” “I’m Not That Girl” and, of course, “Defying Gravity” all are power house songs wowing the audience before intermission.

Still the musical’s songs and humorous references to “The Wizard of Oz”  supply enough to make other shows green with envy. Dallas’ current “Wicked”  casts a spell with its wickedly good entertainment.

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Phyllis George to Headline Anniversary Celebration

by Joy Donovan on May 28, 2010

Phyllis George, a Denton native and Miss America 1971, will return to Texas to co-chair the 75th anniversary of the Miss Texas organization.

Former Miss Americas Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barret will be special guests of honor at the Miss Texas Scholarship Pageant’s 75th Anniversary Celebration, planned for July 1 and July 2 in Arlington, TX.

 George, Miss America 1971, and Barret, Miss America 1975, will serve as honorary chairs of the anniversary festivities.

A series of special events will pull former Miss Texas winners, state contestants and pageant volunteers to North Texas in late June and early July. The events, some which will be open to the public, will include three days of preliminary competitions and the July 2 crowning of Miss Texas 2010.

 Among the activities planned to commemorate the 75th anniversary will be the Crowns and Gowns formal gala, featuring an archive exhibit of wardrobe pieces worn by former Miss Texas titleholders, and the Miss Texas Tribute Brunch, featuring George and Cothran as guest speakers.

George, a native of Denton, capitalized on her Miss America title by becoming one of the female pioneers in sports broadcasting. In 1975, she joined The NFL Today, co-hosting pre-game TV shows before NFL games. Other TV work followed, including a post as co-anchor of The CBS Morning News. Later she turned to commercial ventures founding both a poultry business and a cosmetic business. In addition, she served as Kentucky’s first lady while married to former Kentucky Governor John Y. Brown.

Barret, also a Denton native, has spent more than 30 years speaking to civic groups, national corporations, educational organizations and churches. She earned a doctorate degree in early childhood education and family counseling and couples her educational background with humor for her motivational talks. She has contributed to numerous magazines and has appeared on national TV programs.

A DVD and memorabilia book with pageant history is being compiled by pageant historian Randy Pruett. The book may be ordered online at

Marvin Blum, Fort Worth resident and longtime pageant supporter, is serving as chairman of the 75th anniversary celebration, and Carrizo Oil & Gas is on board as the event’s major sponsor.

Following is a list of event highlights from the 75th Miss Texas Celebration:

June 28, 29, 30           Preliminary Competition Nights

            7 p.m. Competition, University of Texas at Arlington, Texas Hall, 701 W. Niederman, Arlington.

                Tickets at

July 1                          Miss Texas Family Reunion

            2 to 4 p.m. Hilton Arlington, Grand Ballroom. Event open to all former contestants, families,

               guests and volunteers.       

                Tickets $10, sold at the door.

July 1                          Crowns and Gowns Formal Gala

            6:30 to 11 p.m. Arlington Convention Center, Grand Hall, 1200 Ballpark Way.

                Archive exhibit of wardrobe, seated dinner and dancing to Larry T-Byrd Gordon & Music People

                Luv Band. Black-tie event open to the public.

               Tickets $75, order from or by calling Vicki Slaton at 972-203-1847.

July 2                          Miss Texas Tribute Brunch and Autograph Session

            8 to 11 a.m. Arlington Convention Center, Grand Hall, 1200 Ballpark Way.

                Featured speakers: former Miss Americas Phyllis George and Shirley Cothran Barret. Open to

                the public. Tickets $60, order from or by calling Jean Magness 817-292-5269.

July 2                          Crowning of Miss Texas 2010

            6 p.m. Pre show featuring performance by former Miss Texas titleholders, UTA, Texas Hall.

                7 p.m. Final night of competition, selection of Miss Texas 2010.

                Tickets available at

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Flag Day

by Joy Donovan on May 27, 2010

Date: 2010-06-14

Location: Your Front Porch

Description: Fly your Stars and Stripes in support of the U.S. of A.

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Start Date: 2010-05-27

Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

End Date: 2010-06-27
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Description: The smash-hit musical makes its third stop in Dallas. Tickets $35 to $135.

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‘Wicked’ to Cast Another Spell over Dallas

by Joy Donovan on May 24, 2010

Wicked will begin its month-long run Wednesday at The Music Hall at Fair Park.

The smash-hit musical Wicked will return for the third time to The Music Hall at Fair Park for a month-long run starting Wednesday and continuing through June 27.

Dallas Summer Musicals again will present the show which tells the stories of the witches of Oz, years before Dorothy’s ruby red slippers hit the yellow brick road. The show’s earlier multi-week runs in 2005 and again in 2007 at The Music Hall were complete sell-outs in Dallas.  

The award-winning show features music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, the genius behind such shows as Godspell and Pippin, Academy Award-winner for Pocahontas and The Prince of Egypt and a book by Winnie Holzman, the talent behind “My So Called Life,” “Once And Again” and “thirtysomething.”  

The musical is directed by two-time Tony Award winner Joe Mantello and features musical staging by another Tony Award winner Wayne Cilento. 

Based on the best-selling 1995 novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked won 26 major awards, including a Grammy® and three Tony® Awards.

Long before Dorothy drops from the Kansas sky, two other girls meet in the Land of Oz.  One,  born with emerald-green skin, is smart but misunderstood.  The other is beautiful, ambitious and popular. Wicked  tells the story of their unlikely friendship and how the two gre to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. For more information, check

Single tickets for the return engagement, priced from $35-$135, are on sale now at The Box Office, 542 Preston Royal Shopping Center in Dallas, and all area Ticketmaster locations.  Tickets are also available by calling 214-631-ARTS (2787) or online at  Groups of 20 or more should call 214-426-GROUP (4767). 

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Stepping Out of Blue Shoes

by Joy Donovan on May 23, 2010

“Mr. Blue Shoes,” as Michael Dyson likes to refer to himself, is taking some creative new steps.

Michael, who along with his father Jeff, won a Grammy Award in 2008 for Last of the Great Mississippi Delta Bluesmen: Live in Dallas, will jump away from the non-profit Blue Shoe Project and stride into his own solo career.  A few years ago, the Colleyville father-and-son team created The Blue Shoe Project, a local nonprofit organization to bring the blues to classrooms across Texas. The project’s success has been marked not only by a Grammy Award, but also by hundreds of school children being educated about an American art form.

But now the son has left dad to wear the blue shoes, as Micheal transforms himself into “Michael D” to launch his performing and recording career. No one’s singing the blues, though, because Michael will remain an active supporter of the group and its advisory board.

Check out the arts group’s latest ventures at

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Book Award Honors Texas’ Poet Laureate

by Joy Donovan on May 19, 2010

Redefining Beauty won a book award for Texas' Poet Laureate, Karla K. Morton.

Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton ( was named the winner in the Women’s Issues Category of the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards for her poetry collection Redefining Beauty. 

Morton, a Denton resident, will be honored during a reception Tuesday at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Redefining Beauty is a poetry collection written during Morton’s journey through cancer diagnosis, treatment and recovery. A lifelong poet, as well as a wife and mother of two, Morton was diagnosed with breast cancer in May, 2008.

As 2010 Texas State Poet Laureate, she is traveling across the state as part of the “Little Town, Texas Tour” she created to take poetry and the arts into high schools. In addition, she has spoken to cancer support groups and at fundraising events, where shares her story and reads from Redefining Beauty. 

 The Next Generation Indie Book Awards are open to independent publishers and authors worldwide.  This year’s winners and finalists will be highlighted in a special 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards catalog which will be distributed at Book Expo America (“BEA”) in New York later this month.

A Fort Worth native, Morton also is the author of Wee Cowrin’ Timorous Beastie (a North Texas Book Festival Awards Finalist), Stirring Goldfish, Becoming Superman and several upcoming books, including Names We’ve Never Known (Texas Review Press), and a collection of her works as part of the Poet Laureate series by the Texas Christian University Press. She also serves as a board member of the Greater Denton Arts Council, a founding member of the Denton Poets’ Assembly (part of the Poetry Society of Texas) and as a member of the Western Writers of America.

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11th Annual Grapevine AMBUCS Charity Golf Tournament

by Joy Donovan on May 11, 2010

Date: 2010-06-28

Location: Grapevine Municipal Golf Tournament

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Description: Shotgun start for four-person Florida scramble, followed by lunch and awards. Tickets $200 per person.

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