Archive for February 2014

A Tradition I Hope to Break

by Joy Donovan on February 27, 2014

So, there I am at 4:20 p.m. with both hands on the steering wheel waiting at a yield sign. I’m fixated on the two cars in front of me. Their drivers, I can only assume, are watching carefully, as I am, as cars leave the exit ramp at 65 miles per hour. We’re watching, hoping and waiting for a gap in the steady stream of vehicles in Grapevine, TX.

Then…it happens. Crash. I’m a victim of the guy in the red Subaru.


This is the third time in three years I have been rear-ended in north Texas’ white-knuckled, rush-hour traffic. Two times I saw the person happening upon me and could brace for what I knew was the inevitable mashing of metal. This time, though, it was a surprise. All in all, I think bracing is better than being unprepared. At least I didn’t bite my lip the other two times.

Thanks, Jeremiah, for being a nice guy. I just wish you were a more attentive driver.

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REVIEW: ‘Little Mermaid’ See-Worthy Musical

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Ariel finds Prince Eric, just what this mermaid was searching for.

Ariel finds Prince Eric, just what this mermaid was searching for.

Borrowing a six-year-old girl isn’t necessary to enjoy “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” the current Dallas Summer Musicals ( in Dallas. Even a jaded, seen-it-all adult will enjoy this family-friendly show, staged through Sunday at the Music Hall at Fair Park. The costumes are so lavish, the sets so imaginative, the lighting so dramatic that adults and their children will delight in this sea fantasy featuring Alan Menken’s music. The popular Disney animated film is transported to stage in an undulating incarnation of bubbles, fish, sea gulls, sailors and, of course, mermaids. Those who loved the movie won’t be disappointed. Chelsea Morgan Stock handles the title role well, combining girlish wonder with a beautiful voice and rendering a sweet, near perfect version of ”Part of Your World.” Tap dancing sea gull, Scuttle, played by Matt Allen, highlights Act II with his comical malapropisms, and Liz McCartney steals the spotlight with her rendition of Ursula the sea witch and the movie’s well-remembered song “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” The true stars of the show are the lovely costumes designed by Amy Clark and Mark Koss, the amazing sets by Kenneth Foy and the innovative lighting. All together it makes the production numbers entertaining and fun. “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” a version of a Broadway show now revised by Dallas Summer Musicals, is a bubble of a musical. Only a poor, unfortunate soul would miss it.

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Sorority Rush to be Panhellenic Forum Topic

by Joy Donovan on February 6, 2014



COLLEYVILLE _ Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic will host its annual Forum at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 9 at First Baptist Church of Colleyville, 5300 Colleyville Blvd.

The free, informational session is open to all high school senior girls and their mothers who want to know more about sorority rush, also known as recruitment. The event is intended for residents of northeast Tarrant County and southern Denton County. Last year, Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic handled sorority information for almost 400 students from this area who entered four-year universities.

Chairing this year’s Forum is Panhellenic member Cheryl Crow of Keller, and serving as president is Melinda Bankus of Grapevine. The event will include an information session, a chance to register with Mid-Cities Alumnae Panhellenic and college students modeling appropriate rush attire.

 The forum will focus on the 26 sororities that comprise The National Panhellenic Conference. Founded in 1902, NPC is one of the oldest and largest women’s membership organizations representing more than 4 million women at 655 college campuses and 4,500 local alumnae chapters in the U.S. and Canada. NPC-affiliated collegians and alumnae annually donate more than $5 million to worthy causes, provide $2.8 million in scholarships to women and volunteer 500,000 hours in their communities. 

For more information, contact Crow at    

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Art in the Square Names Featured Artist

by Joy Donovan on February 4, 2014

Arizona artist T. J. Thompson has been selected the 2014 featured artist for Southlake’s Art in the Square (, set for April 25 through 27 at Southlake Town Square.

Thompson, a painter of horses, will have his work seen on t-shirts and other promotional items used for the annual outdoor art festival. His paintings will be among more than 100 other artists whose work will be for sale during the three-day event sponsored by the Southlake Women’s Club.

The event acts as a fundraiser for the women’s club’s local charities. Beneficiaries of the 2014 festival proceeds will be announced Feb. 23 at Southlake’s city hall. Art in the Square will celebrate its 15th anniversary this year.




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REVIEW: ‘Ghost’ Makes a Loud Appearance

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For those thinking of taking in “Ghost the Musical” during its north Texas tour, here’s some advice:

Bring ear plugs.

“Ghost the Musical,” presented by Dallas Summer Musicals (, will run through Feb. 9 at the Musical Hall at Fair Park before it jumps to Bass Performance Hall in Fort Worth. The show, adapted from the Academy Award-winning movie,

It is loud, loud, loud, ringing much beyond rock-concert decibel-level. The female lead, Katie Postotnik, hits most of her notes, which is difficult to do when you’re screaming the lyrics. Add to that a slow-moving plot and only one memorable song, and the result is a long evening.

The show, adapted from the Academy Award-winning movie, is set in modern day New York, and the musical reflects a contemporary edge. Focused on the couple Sam and Molly, the fantasy follows what happens after Sam is murdered, just as in the movie featuring Patrick Swayze and Demi Moore.

In this stage version, the musical numbers’ multi-media special effects are the most interesting part of this production, but it can’t rescue the entire show.  The best performance comes from comic Carla R. Stewart, who plays the part made famous by Whoopi Goldberg in the film, but her comedy is not enough to save the production.

The Righteous Brothers’ song “Unchained Melody” and the pottery scene, both so much a part of the film version of “Ghost,” are a part of the musical, but without nearly the swoony impact of the movie. In fact, what director Matthew Warchus has done with “Ghost the Musical” is really pretty scary.

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