Archive for April 2013

Keith Anderson Headlines 2013 Art in the Square

by Joy Donovan on April 23, 2013


SOUTHLAKE _ Art in the Square, the annual outdoor festival sponsored by the Southlake Women’s Club, will open to the public at 4 p.m. Friday in Southlake Town Square (

With the theme “Art for All Ages,” the event will be open free to the public from 4 to 10:30 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Organizers are expecting 150 artists at the juried art show (, and the family event also will include food, beverages and continuous entertainment on two stages. Featured entertainer for the event will be Grammy-nominated recording artist Keith Anderson, who will appear on the main stage at 8:30 p.m. Saturday in a free concert.

Southlake Women’s Club launched the festival in 2000. Since that time the organization has raised more than $1,700,000 for charities serving families in northeast Tarrant County

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Cancer Survivors to Hit the Runway

by Joy Donovan on April 22, 2013

FORT WORTH  _ Names of local cancer survivors who will model spring fashions during the Fourth Annual Survivors in Style, a charity event set for 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the Cendera Center, 3600 Benbrook Highway.

The fashion show will benefit Cuisine for Healing, a nonprofit organization dedicated to making nutritious, delicious food readily available to cancer patients and others combating disease and will spotlight local men and women who have survived cancer. Models this year include Glenda Brooks, Sylvania Crawford, Kristi Evans, Nancy L.B. Michlin, Debbie Millhollon, Kerbi Nobles, Don Oxman, Joan Stokes, Melodye Tune, Guynell Whetstone, Sylvia Wilkie and Stephanie Woodard.

Models will highlight spring styles from MPulsive Fashion Styling and Whatchamacallit in Fort Worth. Makeovers for each of the models, including hair styling and makeup, will be provided by Goldwaves Salon.

Cancer survivor and Texas Poet Laureate Karla K. Morton, author of the award-winning Redefining Beauty, will return this year to be the keynote speaker. Sherree Bennett, director  of the Joan Katz Breast Center, will serve as honorary chair, and Darla Robinson will be the master of ceremonies.

The evening will feature an assortment of appetizers, desserts and wine. Tickets cost $50 each, with reserved tables available for $450. Tickets may be purchased by checking For more information, please visit the Cuisine for Healing website at


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High Heels and (no) Valet

by Joy Donovan on April 18, 2013


So…these spring fashion shows put on by the ladies clubs are usually where you trot out in your best new frock, blingiest daytime baubles and fanciest shoes.

Fancy shoes, of course, are high heeled. Nothing against a trendy pair of flats, but they’re cute. High heels are fancy. To a fashion show, a lady dresses fancy.

So here I was on a recent Friday all gussied up in my color-of-the-season frock (emerald green), my statement necklace and my heels measuring exactly 4 1/4 inches. Yes, I measured them for the purpose of journalistic accuracy.

Now being caught with a last-minute phone call and traffic being what it is, I didn’t arrive at the Hurst Convention Center for the Colleyville Woman’s Club fashion show earlier this month until 11:35 a.m. Doors to the ballroom were to open at 11:30 a.m., so I understood, and the luncheon to begin at noon. Just wanting to make sure you understand that, although I was not early, I also was not late.

So I circled for a parking spot. And I circled. And I circled once again before I decided to admit defeat and hand the car keys over to the valet. I pull up…”Oh hello, gentlemen,” I say to the bevy of uniformed valets so very interested in their smart phones. “Could one of you park my car?”

To my surprise, the answer was no. No, they could not. They were “full.” Really? I thought valets were there to do the job when it was difficult, especially for a lady in heels.  I was offered self parking in the not-so-neighboring Tarrant County College lot. That is a measurement I have not taken, but I assure you it is far enough that I would have selected tennis shoes for that trek.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, Black-eyed Pea ( for allowing me to buy a Diet Coke and park in your lot.

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REVIEW: No Need For Sugar at Fair Park Music Hall

by Joy Donovan on April 17, 2013

Mary and Bert sing among the roof tops.

Mary and Bert sing among the roof tops.

No need for a spoonful of sugar. “Mary Poppins” doesn’t need to be any sweeter to be gobbled up as a pleasant time at the Music Hall at Fair Park.

The Dallas Summer Musicals ( presentation of the North America tour is filled with the catchy, hum-worthy songs actress Julie Andrews made so popular in the 1964 Walk Disney film. From “A Spoonful of Sugar” to “Feed the Birds” to “Chim Chim Cher-ee,” the well-remembered songs are all there, along with a few new additions.

The production still centers on the tale of a new nanny appearing for the Banks family. The most recent Broadway revival, which premiered the new musical numbers, opened on Broadway in November 2006 and received seven Tony nominations, including Best Musical. The show’s true delights remain its big production numbers. Leads and chorus team up to make “Step in Time” a show stopper, and the spring-like park set with bright costumes were visual candy.

Con O’Shea-Creal steals the show as Bert the chimney sweep. He’s charming and equally talented at singing and dancing, even when upside down. Although she looks the part of the mostly no-nonsense, practically perfect nanny, Madeline Trumble doesn’t have the voice quality Julie Andrews spoiled us with. The Banks children, played alternately by matched sets of child actors, are cute but a little too robotic.

The term “supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” doesn’t really apply to this “Mary Poppins,” and it’s not really super, either. But it is fun, filled with jaw-dropping stunts, happily familiar ditties and some high-kicking choreography. And as always, “Mary Poppins” brings an element of fun.

Next from Dallas Summer Musicals will be the return of “Wicked,” opening April 10 and playing though May 5.

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