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Preservation is the Art of the City

by Joy Donovan on July 27, 2011

Start Date: 2011-09-09

Location: 1300 Gendy, Fort Worth

End Date: 2011-09-24
URL: Click here
Description: More than 200 works of art by 55 regional artists will be exhibited, with every work for sale.

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Fort Worth Exhibit Spotlights Regional Artists

by Joy Donovan on July 26, 2011

Regional art will be on display at the ninth annual Preservation is the Art of the City® art show and sale, open to the public from Sept. 9 through 24 at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street in the heart of the Fort Worth cultural district.

More than 200 works of art by 55 regional artists will be exhibited, with every work  for sale at prices ranging from $100 to $10,000. The show is organized by Historic Fort Worth, Inc. (, and the presenting sponsors are XTO Energy Inc. and the Star-Telegram.

Preservation is the Art of the City® promotes and supports local studio artists and historic preservation in Fort Worth, Texas. Historic Fort Worth, Inc., established in 1969, is a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the city’s unique historic identity and is a partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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Hot and Bothered

by Joy Donovan on July 25, 2011

In case you haven’t noticed, it’s really, really hot.

It’s hot enough that the TV reporters are running out of tricks to illustrate the incredible temperatures. I’ve seen TV reporters trying to fry eggs on a sidewalk, bake cookies on a car hood and take a giant thermometer inside a black car. We’re all too busy trying to keep our yards from dying to pay too much attention to that. 

At 20-plus days of 100-degree heat, I’m a little bit tired of this. As I daydream about falling leaves, football and cooler temps, I’m making a mental list of stuff I can do without right now.

Here it is:

  • Wool sweaters
  • A fire in the fireplace
  • Sitting outside
  • Hot soup
  • Thick socks
  • Cooking anything in the oven
  • Blankets

The number one thing I’m so happy I have? Air conditioning!

Got a list of your own?

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Idina Menzel

by Joy Donovan on July 21, 2011

Date: 2011-11-18

Location: The Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas

Description: The Tony Award-winner \”Elphaba\” from \”Wicked\” live in concert.

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REVIEW: Odds Are This Show Not Much of a Gamble

by Joy Donovan on July 20, 2011

Glenn Rainey, Garth Kravits and Todd Horman open the show.

Musical theater fans will find ”Guys and Dolls,” currently playing at The Music Hall at Fair Park, a good bet for a pleasant evening filled with a fantastic dancing, a classic score and some terrific performances.

The national tour opened Tuesday for a two-week stop featuring a revival of the 1940s tale of gamblers, gansters and showgirls. On Broadway, both the original 1951 musical and the 1992 revival won Tony Awards, so the show’s music and comedy are long-time favorites. Many of the Frank Loesser tunes, from “Luck Be a Lady” to “Bushel and a Peck,” are well known charmers.

For this production, Ben Crawford smoothly commands the stage as Sky Masterson, and actress Megan Sikor’s take on Miss Adelaide is very cute. One of the show’s best performances comes from Glenn Rainey whose Nicely Nicely Johnson literally stopped the show opening night with “Sit Down You’re Rockin’ the Boat.” 

Just like the floating crap game Nathan Detroit works so hard to organize, sometimes the dice come up snake eyes, even on stage. Steve Rosen takes a while to warm up in his role of Nathan Detroit, and Erin Davie’s beautiful voice was nice for the character of Sarah but her stiff performance was tough to watch.

The audience did hit the jackpot with the strong musical performances and Patti Columbo’s terrific choreography. The trio that opened the show set the pace with its great voices and happy harmonies, and the dancing in the big production numbers was a big win. Only odds were that just at a critical time, the theater’s sound system would give way since microphone problems  plagued the opening night show.

“Guys and Dolls,” presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (, will continue through July 31. If you’re looking for a summertime diversion, go ahead and take the bet. Odds are it’ll be worth the gamble.

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Nicole Brown Simpson Focus of Luncheon Speaker

by Joy Donovan on July 17, 2011

Tanya Brown, sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson

Tanya Brown, youngest sister of the late Nicole Brown Simpson, will be the featured speaker at the annual Legacy of Women Awards Luncheon Oct. 14 at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel.

Tanya Brown and her family created The Nicole Brown Foundation in 1994 to educate communities on strategies to prevent domestic violence. Nicole Brown Simpson’s famous husband, O.J. Simpson was accuse of her murder in 1994 before being found not guilty in a controversial decision. Tanya Brown recently was the keynote speaker at The Sixth Annual Conference to Promote Mental Health and Prevent Mental Illness in Washington, D.C.

A frequent guest on national TV programs, Tanya Brown is completing her master’s degree in counseling at Argosy University.

The speaker will be just one of many highlights at the luncheon that honors outstanding community women in a variety of professions.

Winners and their categories are:

Arts–Arlington: Shirley Orr, Theatre Arlington;Fort Worth: Deborah Ferguson, NBC 5; and Northeast Tarrant County: Cheri Irwin, portrait artist

Business–Arlington: Connie Gauntt, Gene Allen’s Gift Stores; Fort Worth: Patricia Cole, Decker Jones; and Northeast Tarrant County: Roxann Taylor, Roxann Taylor and Associates Realtors.

Education–Arlington: Judy Leflore, University of Texas at Arlington; Fort Worth: Triesha Light;Northeast Tarrant County: Shae Stanfield-McGarrah, Hurst-Euless-Bedford school district.

Health and Human Services–Arlington: Jackie Finch, Cancer Research Foundation of North Texas; Fort Worth: Dr. Karen Albritton, Cook Children’s Medical Center; and Northeast Tarrant County: Jenny Ellis, Texas Health HEB Hospital.

Volunteerism–Arlington: Laura Distefano; Fort Worth: Martine Ginsberg and Ginny Richards, Gill Children’s Services; and Northeast Tarrant County: Karen Parsinen.

SafeHaven of Tarrant County, a nonprofit organization that exists to end family violence, operates two emergency shelters.  In 2010, SafeHaven sheltered more than 2,338 adult and child victims and provided non-residential services through our Resource Centers to more than 3,300 other clients.

For more information, visit or call 817-535-6462.

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Happy Birthday Joy

by Larre Green on

Today (July, 17th) a very special friend of mine was born 39 (hey, we will go with that) years ago!  It is funny, because not only is she one of my favorite people in the world, she is also my business partner!  I am truly the lucky one in this deal.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY JOY!

Hugs~ Larre

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Ice Cream in July? Cool!

by Joy Donovan on July 15, 2011

July, as you might have noticed, is a very hot month.

So it stands to reason that July is officially National Ice Cream Month. July 17, the third Sunday of the month, is National Ice Cream Day.

Ice cream is one of my favorite foods, and as such, would be my requested dessert should I ever be in a position to order a last meal. Now, my favorite flavor–should I be forced to decide on just one–would be coffee, but I also love strawberry, peppermint, peach and vanilla.

The first time I ever was in Italy, I remember this place in Florence where everyone seemed to make a pilgrimage much akin to visiting the Vatican. I also remember sidewalk cafes with scoops of ice cream delivered in giant schooners. The Italians seemed to think it was stupid to limit yourself to just one flavor. So when in Rome (or Florence), right? Four scoops just seemed the most polite thing to do.

Homemade ice cream in the U.S. of A. is pretty special, too. Backyard picnics couldn’t have been better when finished off with some hand-cranked ice cream. Need some recipes to inspire you? Check out

Ice cream and dating seemed to go together. Why is that? More than one date would take me for ice cream. After ordering peach ice cream, one guy even sent peach roses to my office the next day. Very nice, very creative, but he’s another story for another day.

Sunday just happens to be my birthday. Calories don’t count on your birthday, doncha know. So double dip, it is!

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If you go on a vacation, maybe we shouldn’t tell the house how long you will be gone!

by Larre Green on July 13, 2011

I just got back from a glorious week at a family lake house.  Had a blast!  Played golf, swam and skied.  However, I think my house wasn’t very happy that I left because while I was gone one of my pipes decided to get even with me for leaving by blowing up and pouring hot boiling water under my house for several days.  Why didn’t the hot water just run out you ask?  Well several years ago, I had this brilliant idea of replacing my hot water tanks with a system that is continuous…which is great until a pipe breaks and it never shuts off!   Well as anyone could imagine, boiling water underneath hardwood floors isn’t the best combination.  Yep, all floors have buckled and the floors underneath the carpet are destroyed as well.

As horrible as this was, my attitude was actually prepared earlier for this.  When driving home, I had the chance to drive through Joplin, Missouri and see firsthand the true devastation that occurred when on May 22nd, a one and one-half mile tornado tore through the heart of the city killing at least 24 people.   As I thought about that, that really put everything into perspective.  Yes, I may have a huge inconvenience on my hands, but that’s really all it is.

That being said, I really do wonder, the pipe could have burst any time but why did it choose to blow while I was gone?   I think next time I go out of town, I will tell my house that I may return every day just to check on it.  At this point….even the crazy idea is worth trying!

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Colleyville Area Chamber of Commerce Golf Classic

by Joy Donovan on July 11, 2011

Date: 2011-09-12

Location: Bear Creek Golf Club

Start Time: 1:00 pm
URL: Click here
Description: Scramble format. Call 817-488-4242 for more information.

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