Archive for May 2011

Metroport Meals on Wheels Tee-Off Dinner and Auction

by Joy Donovan on May 29, 2011

Date: 2011-06-12

Location: Marriott Solana, Westlake

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Benefits Metroport Meals on Wheels. Tickets $40 per person. 817-491-1141.

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Top Hat and Tails

by Joy Donovan on May 28, 2011

Date: 2011-06-18

Location: Frontier of Flight Museum

Description: Benefit for Paws in the City.

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Legacy of Women Awards

by Joy Donovan on May 26, 2011

Date: 2011-10-14

Location: Omni Fort Worth Hotel

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Description: Tarrant County women are honored at this annual luncheon benefiting SafeHaven of Tarrant County.

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REVIEW: No Promotion in Dolly’s Business Plan

by Joy Donovan on May 25, 2011

Diana DeGarmo, Dee Hoty and Mamie Parris in "9 to 5"

The national tour of ”9 to 5: The Musical” is like a brilliant CEO without a business plan…destined to struggle, if not fail.

Dallas Summer Musicals’ current offering through May 29 at Dallas’ Music Hall at Fair Park is the stage version based on the film featuring Dolly Parton, Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin. The hook then and now is Parton’s catchy hit of the same name, but it’s simply not enough to wrap a musical around.

The touring production features some outstanding vocal performers. Tony-nominated Dee Hoty takes the lead playing Violet, and she’s joined by Broadway veteran Mamie Parris as Judy and ”American Idol” finalist Diana Degamo, platinum wig and more, in the Dolly Parton role. They ably, energetically and enthusiastically handle all the vocal demands and truly do the best they can with the mediocre script, but it’s just not enough.

For a while, it’s fun to take a trip back to a time of carbon paper, afros, typewriters and broad-shouldered jackets. But the show can’t decide if it wants to make social commentary on the times, a musical farce or a stage version of an old movie.

Too many elements just don’t pull together. A larger-than-life video of Dolly Parton weirdly welcomes the audience in her folksy, gee-whiz manner, and the villain is left awkwardly dangling at one point in slapstick that doesn’t work. The constant scene changes, involving the cast  pushing and pulling desks, just get plain tiresome.

This show, like an office worker who’s been out performed by other workers, needs a pink slip.

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Legacy Nominations Due June 1

by Joy Donovan on

June 1 is the deadline for nominations for the Legacy of Women Awards, an annual event sponsored by SafeHaven of Tarrant County (

Each year SafeHaven honors outstanding women in the areas of arts, business, education, human services and volunteerism. The public is invited to nominate Tarrant County women to be considered for the awards.

 The winners are honored at a fundraising luncheon benefiting SafeHaven, and the 2011 luncheon is scheduled for Oct. 14 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel. Diane Stow will chair the luncheon for the second year.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a non-profit organization, combats domestic violence through educational programs, protective housing, a 24-hour hotline and other services. Mary Lee Hafley serves as CEO.

For more information, call 817-535-6462.

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Father\’s Day Drum and Bugle Event

by Joy Donovan on May 22, 2011

Date: 2011-06-18

Location: Rustin Park, Southlake

Start Time: 6:00 pm
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Westlake Memorial Day Celebration

by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2011-05-30

Location: Westlake I.O.O.F. Cemetery

Start Time: 6:00 pm
Description: Honoring veterans. 817-676-7458,

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Culinary Celebration 2011

by Joy Donovan on May 17, 2011

Date: 2011-10-09

Location: Hyatt Regency DFW

Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

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Description: Annual gourmet food fair and auction to benefit the Carroll Education Foundation. 817-949-5982.

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by Joy Donovan on

Date: 2011-10-15

Location: Irving Convention Center

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Description: Fundraiser for Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange.

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Women Who Care Share Luncheon

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Date: 2011-10-06

Location: Fort Worth Convention Center

Start Time: 11:30 am
End Time: 1:00 pm

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Description: Fundraising luncheon for the YWCA Fort Worth and Tarrant County. Call 817-332-6192.

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