For passersby there were a lot of folks with back problems Saturday, July 12, as more than 100 people were seen arriving at Surgical and Spine Institute. Ah, but on second look a lot of them were in Saint-Tropez white and smiling. It turned out that they were in any pain whatsoever. Instead they were there to learn about Hollywood Domino coming to Dallas to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital and The Art of Elysium.
It’ll be taking place at FIG on Saturday, September 6, with Tri-Chairs Sally Evans, Reese Threadgill and Christa Wetzel at the helm. The question being posed first was, “What the heck is Hollywood Domino?”
First, dominoes is a “parlor game” that dates back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) involving numbered tiles, also known as “bones”. Needless to say, there have been variations of the game throughout the ages. While some folks think it was an old fellas’ game from the Depression Era, they’re so wrong. Why this past winter a group of Dallas socialites spent a snowed-in-weekend in mountainss playing Mexican Train for a buck a round. But Hollywood Domino Dallas will put “a unique twist on the classic game by creating a movie reel of dominoes based on the film genre.”
Second, the Hollywood factor for the fundraising event will be Austin-born actress/The Art of Elysium supporter Amber Heard, who be hosting the night along with Honorary Chair Amy Vanderoef. Some might recall Amber’s debut in Friday Night Lights, others who follow TMZ will point out that she’s engaged to Johnny Depp.
According to event planner Kit Sawers, the theme is going to be in keeping with Old Hollywood and black-and-white theme ala Casablanca. Plans call for 450 guests to wear black, white or black-and-white. You just know there will one smarty pants, who’ll show up in red.
Hosting the announcement party was Surgical and Spine Institute’s Dr. Mike Rimlawi, who specializes in adult spinal surgery. He got involved in the fundraising project because of a trip to Peru and learning of the great need for medical treatments by children.
New York transplant Advisory Chair Ayaan Almed, who led the effort to bring Hollywood Domino to Dallas explained her motivation, “Dallas is one of our most philanthropic cities, year after year. It is very open to new charities. I contacted my friend Russell Simmons to bring Diamond Rocks here in 2008 and 2009. A lot of my friends are involved with fundraisers.. . . The celebrities who participate in Hollywood Domino in other cities [London, New York, Cannes Film Festival, Puerto Rico, Panama and Los Angeles] not only lend their names, but support it with their presence by flying in from film locations to attend.”
Tickets and sponsorships are now available for purchase. In the meantime, it might be wise to buy yourself some dominoes.
* Photo credit: Bob Manzano
Two Harps Are Far “Better Than One” Harp For A Sunday Afternoon Of Chamber Music International Fundraising
There’s something soothing about the music emerging from the strings of a harp. No wonder angels claim them as their musical instruments of choice. And as the summer heats up hotter-than-the-opposite-of-heaven, soothing would be extremely nice in grand, air-conditioned surroundings.
Interested? Come Sunday, August 17, Classical Music International will present “Better Than One,” a hour-hour recital featuring Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell playing “English folk songs, Argentinean tango, contemporary American sounds and Gypsy-like dances” on their harps.
And Jaymee and Emily aren’t just some street musicians. Of course, you’ll want their credentials to prove that point. So, here goes:
“Jaymee Haefner and Emily Mitchell have individually earned their acclaim for their artistry on the harp. Jaymee Haefner joined the faculty at the University of North Texas in 2006 and continues to maintain an active role in the American Harp Society as the National Secretary and Southwest Regional Director. Ms. Haefner has performed as a soloist all over the world including Mexico, Russia, and at the World Harp Congress in Prague. She also received numerous awards such as the Laurete prize at the Madame Dulova International Harp Competition in Moscow and won the President’s Concerto Competition in Tuscon, AZ.
“Professor of Harp at Stephen F. Austin State University, Emily Mitchell was raved as a ‘marvelous harpist’ by the New York Times. Her performances can be heard on many recordings with RCA Victor, NPR’s Performance Today, and has toured around the United States as a soloist and chamber musician for Colombia Artists. Ms. Mitchell has taught at NYU and Purchase College as well as given master classes at the Royal College of Music in London and Madrid conservatory. She has also won several awards including first prize at the 7th International Harp Contest in Israel.”
And just where would these heavenly sounds feel right at home? Why at angelic philanthropist Faye Briggs’ home, of course. But even Faye’s place can’t hold thousands plus two harps. So, attendance will limited to under 100 guests. For $75, guests will enjoy a Sunday afternoon of “light and delicate snacks and drinks,” as well as the performances.
If CMI is new to you, it’s a non-profit performing arts organization that’s been around since 1986 “to present the highest artistic level of chamber music to a broad spectrum of patrons in North Texas.”
For more info about CMI and/or the “Better Than One” concert, contact Sandra Wu.
Dallas lost one of its true treasures on Saturday, July 12. She and her husband may have shunned the public eye, but their reputation for being the best of Texas and Swiss art collectors was renowned throughout the world. When their Texas collection grew so large that they ran out of room, they arranged for museums throughout Texas to receive the pieces.
She was born Lucy Norsworthy, but she didn’t care for being called “Lucy.” So she changed her first name to Nona in honor of her mother, None Blair Norsworthy. Then Nona married an elegant British gentleman, Richard Barrett, 28 years ago resulting in Nona Barrett. Despite the name changing, her personality did not change one iota. She was still brilliant, funny and interested in other people.
Her memorial service Friday had some of Dallas’ and the country’s leading art lovers in attendance, as well as friends and classmates from Dallas Country Day School and Hockaday School. In addition to outstanding solos by soprano Ekaterina Kim, her husband, four stepdaughters (Sarah Jackson, Libby Ferguson, Katie Campbell and Joss Carruthers), three sons-in-law (Tom Jackson, Andrew Carruthers and Stephen Ferguson) and Dr. Rick Brettell gave touching talks about her remarkable life.
She was indeed a woman whose presence enriched her family, friends and the world of art. Her memory, generosity and legacy will continue to inspire for generations to come.
On the eve of the pink invasion by the Mary Kay forces, the Suits for Shelters program kicked off with a gathering to the max at Tootsies hosted by the ever-gorgeous Maleiah and Ryan Rogers (he’s the grandson of Mary Kay, as if you didn’t know). Guests arrived with clothes, shoes and accessories to be donated for the annual program helping women who are escaping abusive situations.
Bird’s eye view, the scene looked like Maalox had stylishly been sprayed over the room. Pink was everywhere. From adorable pink frocks to touches of the color in men’s ties, it was definitely the shade of the night. Why, the Tootsies staff even had the mannequins in the tone for the evening.
One standout in the sea of pink was David Novak’s pocket square. Of course, it was pink, but it had more than its color going for it. The SMU grad’s Quixotic line of hankies that start at $35 is a double doozy of a winner for today’s gentlemen. First of all, 10% of sales go to organizations including The Family Place and Genesis Women’s Shelter. Second, they had a Square for Square program that “if you lose or damage your Quixotic pocket square in some gentlemanly act of kindness, then we will give your another.” Examples of such acts include: wiping tears, remove a spot, prevent a drip from a bottle of wine, pass something hot, etc.
But the crowd wasn’t all in pink and worried about good manners. Over to the side of the Preston Road entrance, Shelter Ministries of Dallas’ Jan Langbein was introducing guests to Dallas Police Lt. Miguel Sarmiento of the family violence unit. . . . Across the way were The Family Place’s Melissa Sherrill, Shivangi Pokharel and Melissa Cameron. . . . But the night was not “girls-only.” Thanks to Mary Kay’s Crayton Webb, men like Doug Deason, Bob Dyer and Jeff Cameron have taken on a major role in the efforts to reduce eliminate domestic abuse. Crayton indeed had his hands full. With thousands of Mary Kay associates on their way to Dallas, he was standing at the door waiting for his wife Nikki, who was delayed. The moment she appeared, he lit up. . . In one of the showrooms were racks and racks of true-blue bargains, in addition to pink items including shoes on sale. . . . Ironically the champagne was bountiful but not pink!
Following the reception downstairs, guests moved upstairs for the fashion show featuring Tootsies fashions on the following models: Evelyn Earl from Attitudes and Attire, Liz Slane from Battered Women’s Foundation, Linda Zander from Brighter Tomorrows, Myann Payne from Dress for Success, Susan Wells Jenevein and Abby Mayer from Genesis Women’s Shelter, Alma Catic and Megan Rutherford from Hope’s Door, Mirjana Omerajic from Mosaic Family Services, Isabel Camacho from New Beginning Center and Carmen Ponder from The Family Place.
WFAA’s Cynthia Izaguirre was the show’s emcee and got things going with a selfie with the room full of guests. Then Crayton and host Ryan welcomed the group stressing the importance that the Mary Kay Foundation places on issue of domestic violence.
Then the “Think Pink” fashion show was underway with each model receiving cellphone salutes and some like Linda Slane getting a thumbs up from friends. Unlike other fashion shows, where guests smile in approval, this group let the world know their feelings with applause and cheers.
But even after the last guests toddled out of Tootsies, the effort to provide clothing for women in need didn’t end. The collection of new and gently used women’s professional attire, shoes and accessories continues through Monday, August 4, at Tootsies. In return donors will received a $25 Tootsies gift card that could be very useful during Tootsies’ summer sale.
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