Archive for February 2012


REVIEW: Choreography to Cheer About

by Joy Donovan on February 22, 2012

At least two cheers, if not three, are in order for the star of “Bring It On: The Musical,” the current Dallas Summer Musicals (www.dallassummermusicals.org).

The star of this musical built upon modern-day cheerleading is the choreography. Dance number after cheerleading routine after dance number is so much fun to watch that you might just wish for pom-pons to wave.

Behind it the high-spririted musical is Tony Award-winning director and choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler whose creativity really is something to cheer about. The cast, which features some regular Broadway types but also a squad full of experienced, competitive cheerleaders, executes the choreography well enough to earn top honors at any cheer camp.

This musical, boasting no big-name stars and featuring a very predictable storyline, looks at competitive high school cheerleading. Tryouts, backstage jitters, jealousy, practice–it’s all there, except no self-respecting cheerleader would ever pair her uniform with high heels.

But it serves as a short-cut to the stereotypes found in most high schools. There’s the blonde cheerleading captain, her best friend, the back-stabbing wannabe, the gay guy, the high school stud. Sprinkle them through two rival high schools and focus on the cheerleading, and you’ve got the basis for this show. If you’ve ever been in the modern-day cheerleading world where “Herkie” Herkimer from Dallas is the patron saint of this sport and competition is a given, you’ll know how close some of the show comes to real life. If you weren’t in the world of stunts and tryouts and ponytails, you can still enjoy the show.

The songs by Tom Kitt, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Amanda Green aren’t even listed in the show’s program. They’re nice enough, but it serves to emphasize what really is the star of this show: the movements, explosive and aerobatic.

Bring It On: The Musical will be presented by Dallas Summer Musicals through Feb. 26 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. It’ll make you want to do a toe-touch.

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Green Fest Southlake

by Joy Donovan on February 21, 2012

Date: 2012-03-24

Location: Southlake Town Square

Start Time: 10:00 am
End Time: 5:00 pm

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A Fairy Garden Tea Party

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Date: 2012-03-04

Location: Embassy Suites Hotel, Grapevine

Description: North Central Ballet\’s cast of \”The Firebird\” will host a tea party, complete with tea, appetizers and autographs.

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Mother, Daughter Honored at TWU Luncheon

by Joy Donovan on February 20, 2012

Attending the announcement of the luncheon honorees were Dr. Ann Stuart, Texas Woman's Univeristy chancellor and president; Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings; Myrna D. Schlegel; Kimberly Schlegel Whitman; Norm Bagwell, Chairman and CEO, Bank of Texas; and Virginia Chandler Dykes.

DALLAS _ Myrna D. Schlegel and Kimberly Schlegel Whitman have been named the recipients of the 10th Annual Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award, an honor bestowed by Texas Woman’s University (www.TWU.edu)  and the Texas Woman’s University Foundation.  

Texas Woman’s University Chancellor and President Dr. Ann Stuart will present the award at the Virginia Chandler Dykes 10thAnniversary luncheon event Thursday at the Belo Mansion and Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave.  

Established in 2002, the Virginia Chandler Dykes Leadership Award is given annually to Dallas leaders with a life-long commitment to improving the quality of life in the community and to furthering the importance of education.  The award recognizes the life work of Virginia Chandler Dykes as an outstanding health care provider whose professional and civic achievements represent a lifetime committed to helping others.  Past award recipients are Joel Allison, 2011; Kathleen Mason, 2010; Caroline Rose Hunt, 2009; T. Boone Pickens, 2008; Lindalyn Adams, 2007; Dr. and Mrs. Kern Wildenthal, 2006; Gretchen Minyard Williams and J.L. “Sonny” Williams, 2005; Geraldine “Tincy” Miller, 2004; and Susan and Charles Cooper, 2003. 

Myrna D. Schlegel and her daughter Kimberly Schlegel Whitman are a Dallas mother/daughter duo, who have served in leadership roles within the community.   

Myrna, chairwoman of the Schlegel Horizon Foundation, serves as director of Pavestone Company; president of pC Corporate Management Group, L.P.; and president of Health Care Financial Corporation.  A registered nurse, Myrna is also a licensed long-term care administrator in both Texas and Ontario, having specialized in health administration programs.  She has served as chairwoman of the board of  the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and is a member of the advisory board of Crystal Charity Ball.

Kimberly Schlegel Whitman, recently named editor-at-large for Southern Living, donates her time to many charitable organizations including The Tiffany Circle and the board of the American Red Cross, The President’s Council of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts and the North Texas Food Bank. Kimberly launched an event  company and still maintains a list of Dallas’ charitable events at www.RSVPcalendar.com.  She has published five books and has a daily radio segment on a Dallas radio station.

 Tickets for the February 16 luncheon are $175 and $250.  For more information, call 940-898-3851 or email SVenable@mail.twu.edu.

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Valentine’s Day…isn’t just a card event!

by Larre Green on February 14, 2012

I have heard from a couple of my friends that today is just an occasion made up by the card and floral industry to just make money.  Well I am not going to get into that but I do always point out, does that really matter?  So often we pass through time forgetting to just simply say “I Love You” or “I’m so glad you are my friend” or even “Thank You for being there for me.”  I for one am glad that there is a day to remind us to stop and appreciate those around us who have loved us…no matter what the relationship situation is.

Think about this…can you honestly say that if this were your last day on earth, your last conversation truly expressed how much you care about someone.  Don’t let this day go by without telling those around you how much you care.  You will get more back than the effort you put out!

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Survivors in Style: An Evening of Fashion, Food and Wine

by Joy Donovan on February 13, 2012

Date: 2012-04-26

Location: 3600 Benbrook Highway, Fort Worth

Start Time: 5:30 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm

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Description: Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas poet laureate, will speak at this fundraiser for Cuisine for Healing.

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Happy Ending

by Joy Donovan on February 12, 2012

Here’s a good story. With a happy ending.

So, it starts out a little bad. I get an alert that a charge I don’t recognize has been made on my debit card. Hmmmm. Next thing I know the bank has canceled my debit card, ordered me a new one and checks are my new (old) mode of payment all over town.

Next day I make a stop at Eatzi’s, a place I love but don’t get to as often as I’d like. Not only did I buy myself a tasty lunch, but I loaded up a basket with the makings for dinner, a few fun cheese spreads and this sun-dried tomato bread I’m addicted to. I plop my basket down in line and proceed to write my check, and that’s when the cashier says it.

“We don’t take checks.”

What?!? This is a glorified grocery store. What grocery store doesn’t take checks? I’m starting to dig through my wallet to see how much cash I have when behind me I hear a voice.

“I’ll take care of it,” says the dashing young man in the well-cut suit and dapper purple tie.

I’m astonished for the second time in 10 seconds. A stranger, one I had never even seen behind me in line, offers to pay for my groceries.

I turn. I stutter. I shut my wide-opened mouth. You see, I’m not used to this kind of chivalry  in the big city where horns honk too quickly and people push ahead in line and you have to read the fine print.

So after he pays for my groceries with a debonair swipe of his debit card and I write him a personal check, we exchange information.

His name is Brendon Marks, and he’s a financial planner with Hodges Capital Management in Dallas. He’s a California transplant who graduated from Southern Methodist University. His mama done raised him right, as we say in the south. You should do business with him because he’s a really good guy.

I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.

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Alzheimer’s Association Names Event Co-chairs

by Joy Donovan on February 9, 2012

Kristin and Victor Vandergriff will serve as honorary co-chairs of the 11th Annual “Thanks for the Memories” Dinner and Auction, set for April 26 at Ridglea Country Club.

The annual fundraiser for the North Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association (www.alz.org/northcentraltexas) will boast the theme “Lights, Camera, Action!” This year’s presenting sponsor will be  Carolyn Holloway, in memory of her late husband E. Graham Holloway.

The Alzheimer’s Association - North Central Texas Chapter serves 40 counties in the north central region of Texas, with offices in Abilene, Fort Worth, Waco and Wichita Falls. The association offers support, information and services, including a free, 24-hour help line at 800-272-3900. 

Sponsorships for the April event are available by contacting Evey Hull, special events coordinator, at 817-336-4949 or evey.hull@alz.org.  

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Soup Event Heats Up Food Bank’s Coffers

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FORT WORTH _ Tickets are still available for Empty Bowls Fort Worth and its 10-year anniversary celebration Feb. 17 for patrons to delight their artistic fancies and tickle their taste buds at an event that attracts more than 1,500 guests. 

Empty Bowls Fort Worth is open  from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Texas Hall, inside the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3401 W. Lancaster.

General admission tickets are $45. and individual sponsor tickets allowing early entry to the event are $125. Tickets may be purchased by credit card either online at www.tafb.org/register-emptybowls.html or by calling Tarrant Area Food Bank at 817-332-9177, ext. 110. Checks for tickets may be mailed to: Empty Bowls, Tarrant Area Food Bank, 2600 Cullen St., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

With admission to Empty Bowls, individuals may select a handmade bowl by area artists. Then patrons fill those bowls, sampling soup created by some of Fort Worth’s top chefs, including pork hatch chili by Tim Love, cream of jalapeno soup by Jerrett Joslin and vocka gazpacho with smoked shrimp by Jon Bonnell. 

New this year will be bowls and platters, signed by 13 celebrities, that will be offered in a live auction. Among the celebrities participating are LeAnn Rimes, Lyle Lovett and Betty Lynn Buckley. Live music will entertain guests, and attendees also will get to watch art demonstrations. 

The event benefits Tarrant Area Food Bank, which serves 13 counties. Tarrant Area Food Bank is a primary source of donated food for more than 300 major hunger-relief programs including pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and emergency shelters.

For more information on Tarrant Area Food Bank, visit www.tafb.org.

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It’s All Greek

by Joy Donovan on February 7, 2012

Date: 2012-02-12

Location: Compass Church Center, 4201 Pool Road, Grapevine

Start Time: 2:00 pm
End Time: 4:00 pm

Description: Free informational session for all graduating senior girls considering sorority recruitment.

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