Archive for October 2011

Taste of Northeast

by Joy Donovan on October 19, 2011

Date: 2011-11-07

Location: Hurst Conference Center

Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 8:30 pm

URL: Click here
Description: Benefit for Arts Council Northeast. 817-283-3406.

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Festival of Trees

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Start Date: 2011-11-07

Location: Southlake City Hall

End Date: 2011-12-16
URL: Click here
Description: Designer tree display to be raffled to support local charities.

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Northeast Tarrant County Aggie Moms Scramble

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Date: 2011-10-24

Location: Timarron Country Club

Start Time: 11:00 am
URL: Click here
Description: 7th annual golf scramble.

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Southlake Run, Walk and Roll

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Date: 2011-10-29

Location: Central Market, Southlake

Start Time: 8:30 am
Description: Third annual event to raise money for disabled people in the community.

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Texas Woman\’s University\’s 10th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Luncheon

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Date: 2012-02-16

Location: The Belo Mansion, Dallas

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


The award, established in 2002, is given annually to a Dallas leader(s) with a lifelong commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education.

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Masquerade Ball Planned at Hurst Center

by Joy Donovan on October 17, 2011

The Hurst Conference Center will be the site for North Texas SNAP’s Masquerade Ball, set for Oct. 29.

Beginning at 6 p.m., the fundraiser will include dinner, an auction and dancing to the sounds of the King Creole Band. Tickets cost $75 per person, and reservations may be made at

All proceeds will benefit North Texas SNAP, an organization supporting adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in northeast Tarrant County. Established in 1999, the non-profit organization is committed to helping these adults live, work and play in their own communities.

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REVIEW: ‘West Side’ Shows New Side

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Revivals of classic musicals get revived, usually, because they’re a good enough show to warrent a do-0ver.

So it is with “West Side Story,” the current offering at The Music Hall at Fair Park. The show, which originally opened on Broadway in 1957, was nominated then for six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Since then it’s been revived on Broadway in 1964, 1980 and 2009.

A national tour brings the latest production to town during the Texas State Fair, a spot always reserved for a blockbuster. The original Jerome Robbins choreography has been reproduced by Tony Award-nominee Joey McKneely, and  it is outstanding. Combine that choreography with this national touring company’s terrific dancing talent, and the result is fantastic. Production numbers for the Jets and the Sharks could be seen again and again and remain mesmerizing.

The music, such as “Tonight” and “Something’s Coming,” is predictably lovely, and the dramatic lighting quite effective. It’s obviously a carefully crafted turn on a Broadway classic.

Often with revivals, someone feels the need to inflict a new twist. For this production, the major innovation was the translation of many of Stephen Sondheim’s original lyrics to Spanish. Luckily, the show’s modern retelling of  Shakespear’s “Romeo and Juliet” is well known enough that not much meaning is lost. But it seems contrived, a superfluous stab at “realism” in a medium where we already are asked to suspend logic to believe street characters break into song.

This new production also adds much more graphic sexual content in several scenes, including one of rape. During “Gee, Officer Krupke” teenage boys act like some teenage boys act, but some of the stabs at ”humor” might make Grandma blush. Were the scenes realistic? Perhaps. Offensive? Maybe. Parents definitely should be warned that this is not the typical “West Side Story” suitable for all ages or tastes.

The show, presented by Dallas Summer Musicals, will continue through Oct. 23. It’s an interesting take on the “West Side Story” classic. Go for the dancing. Go for the beautiful music. But don’t go if you’re expecting a 1957 version of a classic.

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Friday Night at the Zoo

by Joy Donovan on October 13, 2011

Date: 2012-04-27

Location: Fort Worth Zoo

Start Time: 6:30 pm
End Time: 10:00 pm

Description: Annual spring fundraiser at the Texas Wild Section to benefit The WARM Place.

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Hold the Tinsel, PLEASE

by Joy Donovan on October 11, 2011

Oh woe is me, woe is me.

Things are getting worse. Like an epidemic that can’t be stopped. Like an avalanche that can’t be turned back.

So I’m very disappointed to have to report this but…here goes…Christmas decorations are already in the stores. I’m going to let that sink in while you catch your breath. Yes, the “Christmas alley” has taken over the second floor alcove of the department store. Red-and-green-wrapped candy greet you at the door. Holiday cards await your signature.

Oh gosh, I used to plead that we be allowed to celebrate Thanksgiving without Santa Claus. Now, heavens to Betsy, we’ve got full-blown tinsel and garland and twinkle lights BEFORE HALLOWEEN. I never thought I’d see the day when the friendly jack-o-lantern had to compete for porch space with Rudolph. Spare me.

I remain president (actually prefer the title Queen) of the Society to Preserve Thanksgiving. I ask you who are loyal to the cause, do we need a name change? Do we update the bylaws to make it the Society to Preserve Fall Holidays? If not, is the Fourth of July in danger of being overtaken by wrapping paper?

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Professor D Entertains at Charity Gala

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The dance band Professor D will highlight the 2011 GRACE gala.

Dancing to the sounds of Professor D will highlight the annual Grapevine Relief and Community Exchange Gala, set for Saturday in the Grand Ballroom of the Irving Convention Center.

Chairing the event, “Angels Among Us,” will be Nicole and Mike Tesoriero. A cocktail reception is planned for 5:30 p.m. with a gourmet dinner following at 6:30 p.m.

Grapevine Relief And Community Exchange (GRACE) is non-profit agency based in Grapevine, TX since 1987. The organization provides food, clothing, financial assistance and other necessities to people struggling with a limited resources or recent emergencies. Programs have expanded to include technology training classes,  medical services and transitional housing

Individual gala tickets cost $250, and tables of 10 may be purchased for $2,250. They may be purchased online at or by calling 817-305-4654.

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