Sorry to end the week on a sad note, but the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Director of External Affairs Jane Offenbach has turned in her resignation to head to Nashville. No, Jane’s not going to be a C/W singer, or at least we don’t think so. She is going to be heading up the Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum.
Thursday night the East Dallas Boys & Girls Club Advisory Board is going western at Times Ten Cellars for its Third Annual Wine and Dine. That means you have permission to wear blue jeans and settle back with heavy hors d’oeuvres, a couple of drinks, a raffle ticket for a wine tasting for 10 people at TTC and complimentary parking.
Besides all of the above, there will be silent and live auctions and music by local entertainers.
One of the real highlights of the evening will be a presentation by EDB&GC senior Alex Jackson, who has a pretty amazing story to tell.
Individual tickets are $40 and couple tickets are $75. While that may not be cause to get married, it’s good enough to get a friend to go. Tickets are available online and space is limited.
Responsible for the evening are Wine and Dine Chair Nina Reinert, Mark Fuqua, Kenyatta Morrison, Chrystin Pleasants, Mary Kate Smither and Tessa Todd.
Event sponsors include Time Ten Cellars and La Popular Tamale House.
It seemed like just yesterday that the ultimate ladies-who-lunch gathered for the Crystal Charity Ball Fashion Show and Luncheon with designer Michael Kors and his collection (pictured) at DT Neimans.
But it’s nearly time again to dress to the nines for the 2010 CCB event (September 10) with designer Albert Kriemler of Akris showing his finest. You haven’t gotten your tickets? Oops! You know it’s nearly sold out. As if that was a surprise.
But the NM folks have arranged for more than fashion and food. They’ve gathered up some delicious raffle prizes that range from Paris to the ultimate in pampering.
Interested? We just knew you would be, so here goes: [Read more...]
Those folks at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital are as busy as air-conditioner repairmen. Here you thought they just healed children free-of-charge and made wonderful popcorn. Nope, they have a revolving door of activities for the kids and to help to raise funds.
Last Friday they had Santa pop in for a visit. Instead of his sleigh, he arrived in a red Dodge Viper with Mrs. Claus driving up in a silver Dodge Viper thanks to Padgett Printing.
This Thursday is no different. The TSRHC staff is busy at work preparing for the second annual “Summer Colors Art Show and Auction” from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at TSRHC with local artists Jenny Grumbles and Jill Scovell (art pictured) hosting a silent art auction.
Sorry, but the Clauses won’t be attending. They had to head back to the North Pole to settle an elf sit-in. Seems the little people want longer hot chocolate breaks.
But you can join the fun Thursday at TSRHC. Tickets in advance are $25 and $35 at the door.
Remember last Friday when we told you that Jacob Cigainero had resigned as pr for the Dallas Theater Center and a month ago when we told you that Maria May had resigned as marketing head for the AT&T Performing Arts Center?
Well, there must be something in the PAC water system. Another resignation was just announced and this one is a biggie — PAC’s President and CEO Mark Nerenhausen.
Until Mark’s replacement is found, PAC’s Senior VP and General Manager Doug Curtis will be handling the chores.
Let’s hope this is the last resignation announcement coming from the PAC for a while. . . please!!!
So you think all the action is north of downtown Dallas. Expand your life. The Bishops Arts District (pictured) was bustling Saturday night. Besides the usual high-pedestrian traffic that hits the area on the weekend, Decorazon Gallery was a super-duper major stopping place. It was a twofer night for the gallery.
First of all it was the location of “Evening of Summer Fun” with artist painting plates that will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” on Sept. 26 at Union Station benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network. Tables were set up with 15 artists like Andrea Estrada taking up the brush and expressing themselves on the white plates. It was pretty amazing that they could concentrate and keep steady hands with all the commotion in the gallery.
AIDS Interfaith Network Exec Director Steven Pace estimated that 300 to 400 had already come through the gallery within the first two hours.
It was an especially poignant evening for gallery owners MK Semos (pictured) and Hugo Garcia Urrutia, since it was the farewell party for their Bishops Arts District operation. MK admitted that they are “travelers, gypsies” and after having the gallery for six years, they want to travel and show their art works at art fairs. They’re already scheduled to show their work in Bangkok in February.
Among the inside crowd were attorney Domingo Garcia and wife Dr. Elba Garcia who is running for Dallas County Commissioner. They didn’t stay long because they had three more events to attend. Another brief attendee was County Sheriff Lupe Valdez.
The party spilled out on to the sidewalk with Baker & McKenzie attorney Teresa Michaud (pictured) and architect/stay-at-home papa Benoit Michaud with 15-month-old son Leo (pictured left with Benoit) looking cool despite the heat.
If you’re up in McKinney today, stop off at Hutchins’ BBQ (pictured) to start the week off right. Besides having some good barbecue, you’ll also be helping The Samaritan Inn. Owner Tim Hutchins will donate ALL the proceeds from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. to The Samaritan Inn.
That’s right. Not a portion of the day’s take — the whole day’s dine-in and take-out sales will go to The Samaritan Inn.
Let’s face it. This time of year Sunday nights around 6 p.m. translates into reruns of 60 Minutes. You can look like a hero to your family by changing the routine. . . at least tomorrow night. A private showing of Hachi: A Dog’s Tale. will be shown at the Studio Movie Grill on Beltline Road. For $10 you get all the pizza you can eat and the show to boot. It stars Richard Gere and Joan Allen and is directed by Lasse Hallstrom.
If you can’t make the movie and pizza, you can always make a $10 donation or more.
Ah, come on. You’ve always impressed us as a big spender.
What’s the expression that we’re looking for? Something about making lemonade out of lemons? Well, it’s Friday afternoon, so we need to put a bit more of a TGIF spin on it. So, how about making tequila out of cactus?
On the cactus side of this post is another one of the folks, who helped launch the AT&T Performing Arts Center last year, is departing. Less than a month ago, Maria May, who headed up the marketing efforts for PAC, moved over to SparkFarm to join up with Christine Rogers.
Now, news comes that Jacob Cigainero, who pr-ed the Dallas Theater Center’s arrival into the Wyly and helped Superman fly high, is taking the gypsy way of life to explore the world outside of Dallas.
On the tequila side of this news is that you have until next Friday to call and/or email Jacob at the DTC.
Don’t you just love to see artists in action? Their creativity is absolutely contagious. From 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday night at Decorazon Gallery, you can see artists create “unique works of art” from transforming basic white plates into artwork. In September the painted plates will be auctioned off at the “Great Gatsby. . . Get Your Flap On!” benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network co-chaired by Rhonda Sargent Chambers, Jon Chester and Gilbert Castillo.
Even after the plate artistry ends 9 p.m., the party will continue until midnight to commemorate Decorazon Gallery “as it departs the Bishop Arts District.”
A donation of $5 is all they asked for admission to the festivities. What a Saturday night bargain! And you just know that if Rhonda’s connected with the event, you’re gonna see some gorgeous folks in attendance.
Deadlines seem so threatening and one is coming up. If you know someone whose kiddos are heading back to school and the budget is r-e-a-l-l-y tight, tell them that Saturday, July 31, is the absolute, no-exceptions-made deadline for registration for the 14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair.
No, Mayor Tom Leppert is not going to dress up in a clown outfit and it’s very doubtful there will be carousels. Instead, it’s a “one-stop shop for all education essentials” on Thursday, August 5, at Fair Park.
Only families who qualify may participate. Suggestion? Check the website for the requirements for qualifications.
It’s all made possible thanks to the following folks and companies: [Read more...]
Whoa! No sooner had we launched Share-A-Date, then the MySweetCharity hive started buzzing with activity.
Wednesday, September 8 — KidneyTexas Luncheon and Fashion Show presented by Stanley Korshak. Benefiting Children’s Medical Center of Dallas and Camp Reynal, the luncheon/fashion show is co-chaired by Patty Jo Turner, Carmaleta Whiteley and Reneé Winter. Dr. and Mrs. Goran Klintmalm are honorary chairs.
Our blonde buddy Amy Pelzel reports there was a mix up at the Denton Animal Shelter. It seems “the guys at the shelter logged out the wrong one so I had to change it on the petfinder. They have in the system fiona left. . . But actually it’s the dog I used to have pictured as shera so I just changed shera to fiona. Make sense?”
Despite the confusion, the final story is this pooch (pictured) is still there and Thursday is euthanasia day at DAS.
Personal note: Four years ago we adopted Nellie (pictured), a larger version of the DAS pooch as a rescue. Here’s Nellie all cleaned up. Not bad, huh? In fact, she was selected to be the “cover girl” for a national dog food and works as a therapy dog at Baylor. It just shows that with a little soap, water and love, amazing
things can result.
UPDATE: Thanks to a heck of a lot of good animal rescues groups and individuals, Fiona was rescued today. Bravo to wonderful folks, not only was Fiona saved but some lucky human(s) will no doubt adopt her and have many happy years with her.
As part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ new Mayors’ Institute on City Design 25th Anniversary (MICD25), the Dallas CityDesign Studio was awarded $100,000.
A total of $3 million was given through the MICD25 to cities that focus on supporting creative spaces that contribute toward the livability of communities and help transform sites into lively, beautiful and sustainable places with arts at their core.
Created through a donation by Deedie and Rusty Rose in 2009, Dallas CityDesign has focused on connecting the the city of Dallas back to the Trinity River through various programs.
“The format of the Dallas CityDesign Studio, the programs it is implementing and the award of the $100,000 grant from this preeminent organization are an affirmation of the important work the studio is planning that will affect design in all areas of the City,” said Deedie.
Not to brag or anything, but it appears that Dallas was the only Texas city to receive this first-time award created by NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman.Want proof? Check the list of recipients: [Read more...]
Good news — Shera just got adopted and is on her way to a day of pampering.
Sad news — The adopting family couldn’t take Fiona, too. So the infamous twosome has been broken up.
Tentative news — Fiona is alone and still on the “you-don’t-want-to-be-on-this-list.”
She just provided this picture to showcase her better side for your consideration.
Met the two loveliest gals this morning. They reminded me of Thelma and Louise. Seems that they’d taken a “road trip” for an adventure. Alas, the authorities in Denton County decided that the ladies of the street needed to be put under lock and key to safe keeping.
Only problem is that they’ve outstayed their welcome and may be . . . terminated Monday. [Read more...]
Just like neighbors borrowing a cup of sugar from the folks next door when they’re in a pinch, so the AT&T PAC neighbors are just as obliging.
Seems that last night “It’s a Bird. . . It’s a Plane. . . It’s Superman” cast member Patrick Cassidy‘s voice was failing him and no understudy was in the wings to play Patrick’s role of Max Mencken. The decision was made to cancel the performance for the evening. As audience members arrived at the Wyly to see the man-of-steel, they were greeted with Dallas Theater Center staffers who explained the situation and offered them tickets for other nights in addition to tickets last night to “Beauty and the Beast” across the street at the Winspear.
According to DTC’s Jacob Cigainero, “We try to compensate our invaluable patrons when there’s an unavoidable or unexpected inconvenience. Patrick is resting.”
According to Unfairpark‘s Elaine Liner, the show will go on regardless tonight with choreographer Joel Ferrell subbing in for Patrick.
BTW, kudos for the quick thinking on the part of the DTC team. A certain smartphone manufacturer needs to learn to act so quickly when there’s a problem.
Admit it. We’re sweltering in Dallas. How about driving in a nifty convertible along the French Riviera where there is always a breeze and the water is so blue? So, what do you say tomorrow night?
Whoa, we’re not going through the hassle of battling airlines, going through security and trying to get a room? Instead, Reliant Energy’s ’til Midnight at the Nasher will have To Catch a Thief at 9 as part of its music, movies and moonlight series. If you get there beforehand, you’ll be able to catch a concert by Petty Theft.
Oh, and if you’re worried about rain, don’t.
This fall is going to be a busy one for Dallas’ #1 couples Pat and Emmitt Smith. As if Emmitt’s being inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and being in the spotlight at the North Texas Super Bowl XLV’s final concert, Pat is due to have a baby. Whew!
Now comes word that the twosome will receive the Methodist Health System Folsom Leadership Award at the annual dinner on Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Hilton Anatole.
Past honorees have included former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom (2005), Nancy Ann Hunt (2006), Troy Aikman (2007), Laura Bush (2008) and the late Norman Brinker (2009). Nice group to hang with.
BTW, each event has netted more than $1 million for Methodist Health System’s programs and services.
It’s always great to be on the cutting edge. There are people and organizations that do nothing but search for that newest, hottest trend, organization or cause. On the horizon of hot stuff is Friends of The Park Group. It hasn’t even started and the consensus of the MySweetCharity staff is that this will be one of the hotties, like DMA’s Junior Associates and the Lee Park Junior Associates Conservancy. Translation: new way to have fun helping the community. Yahoo!
Okay, we know you’re probably thinking that The Park is nothing but a major traffic hassle right now. Get over it. The Park will eventually be a marvelous addition to Dallas’ much-needed green scene.
The membership campaign starts in September, so put it on your calendars and we’ll follow up with the how’s, when’s and how much.
The Steering Committee is headed up by Glenn Singleton and Missy Wyszynski (let’s applaud the first person who can say that one correctly) and includes Josh Ellis, Melinda Jones, Gianni R. LaBarba, Katherine Mathes, Robert Mead, David Owen and Steve White.
Just the night! Each table of 10 had its own chef, who oversaw a four-course dinner with wine pairings.
If you’re wondering who the 14 chefs plus Blythe, Stephan and John were who abandoned their usual stoves for this evening of wine and wonderful food, we’ve got that list. The generous chefs were [Read more...]
For those you who pride themselves on remembering the good old days of the Virginia Slims and World Championship of Tennis, you probably already know about the USTA Grapevine Women’s $50,000 Tennis Classic. If that’s the case, you need to read no farther because you already have stellar seats at the Hilton DFW Lakes in Grapevine for Sunday’s final sets.
As for the rest of us with courtly interest, the tournament has been underway since Sunday with the likes of Valerie Tetreault, Lindsay Lee-Waters, Alexandra Stevenson, Alina Jidkova, Christina McHale, Madison Brengle and Lauren Albanese. Benefiting the North Texas Children’s HopeChest and Special Olympics, organizers have also arranged for free tennis clinics in the evening for area youngsters and adults.
Quarterfinals are taking place right now and the semifinals are scheduled for Saturday with the finals on Sunday. It’s a great opportunity to see amazing tennis and to help some very worthy causes. Need ticket info? Here you go!
BTW, if you’re doing office duty right now, check out Radio Tennis.
Despite the weather forecast, the largest women’s tennis competition in Texas is taking place with the final sets taking place Sunday. Benefiting the