MySweet2015Goals: Lisa Longino

According to fundraiser Lisa Longino,

Lisa Longino (File photo)

Lisa Longino (File photo)

“My goals…serious, though actually really funny if you think about what I’m attempting to do!!!!!!!! (trying to keep this very old brain from drying up).

“I’m learning to fly…trying to get my pilots license (have 6 hours of dual training so far)…long way to go!

“And I’m continuing to learn how to speak Italian….can just see your eyes rolling around at the thought of my Eastern North Carolina Italian. Anyway, I HAVE spent five weeks in an immersion course in Montepulciano!

“Ciao e buona notte!”

Loris Gréaud’s “The Unplayed Notes Museum” Evacuated Dallas Contemporary As Angels Fell To Zombies

Like parents prepping for Christmas morning, insiders exchanged knowing looks at the Dallas Contemporary patron party on Saturday, January 17, for Loris Gréaud‘s exhibit, “The Unplayed Notes Museum.”

John Clutts and Sami Arslanlar

John Clutts and Sami Arslanlar

For DC supporters like Nancy Rogers, Laree Hulshoff and Ben Fischer, Tammy Cotton Hartnett, Muffin Lemak, John Clutts, Dr. Sami Arslanlar and Kenny Goss, this was up there with the Olympics and Super Bowl rolled into one.

Fists on poles

Fists on poles

Loris had taken over the entire 26,000-square-foot space. While guests enjoyed their adult beverages outside at high tops warmed by patio heaters, others wandered through the various rooms. In one darkened room ringed by a tube of light were rows of sculpted fists on poles atop rectangular blocks facing a wall with artwork. A voice could be heard reading William Burroughs. In the room adjoining the fist room was an open space with gargantuan black shiny deformed sculptures from Versailles with black paintings on the wall.

Grinning angel

Grinning angel

A little further was a two-fold presentation.In the back for the gallery were towering, grinning angels arranged like Stonehenge standing guard around thousands of dead butterflies. On the wall at the front of the room was a thermal video. At first glance it looked like dough being massaged. Close but no cigar. It was two porn actors having sex. A person remarked how the thermal shows body parts heating up.

Crowd watching thermal video

Crowd watching thermal video

In the largest gallery space was an upside-down tree on a stage surrounded by silver light bulbs. This sight appeared to be attracting a herd of black mutant quadrupeds. On the far wall was a showing of an underwater explosion that appeared to be more of a Rorschach test. On the adjoining walls were dozens of black relief paintings.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds

Herd of mutant quadrapeds

Media types like Holly Haber suggested that friends stay at least until 8:30. Why? Was Loris going to address the crowd? The answer: “You’ll just have to see.” Some like Jeff Byron and Kevin Hurst couldn’t stick around and headed out the door.

At 8 p.m. someone muttered that one of the now-routine earthquakes had just hit. Was that the surprise? Nope.

John Reoch

John Reoch

As guests continued to wander the rooms, it became apparent that most had abided by the suggestion to wear black or white. John Reoch was so typical of John Reoch in white jacket and shirt topped with a white top hat and sunglasses. DC Senior Curator Justine Ludwig just couldn’t resist being different and wore a raspberry cocktail dress. Nancy Rogers was in a nifty black evening gown with a delicious slit showing her left leg. But leave it to Lady Rogers to be a tad bit different. It wasn’t just the diamonds on her earrings and around her neck and bracelet. It was the fur jacket of rainbow colors. But she had an excuse. It was chilly outside and she had to be at the Ritz for a deb party and then to The Joule for the after-exhibition dinner.

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Michael Flores and Nancy Rogers

Loris himself was hardly noticeable as he blended in with the guests. But he was in some sense making a farewell tour of his installation. What was to come would take his handiwork out of his hands.

At 8:30 the lights went out. Emergency lights started flashing. Calls to evacuate the building were shouted by staffers. The sound of plaster sculptures and framed artwork hitting the concrete floor could be heard. It was Dead White Zombies trashing pieces of the art in each room.

The carefully installed exhibition was now being permanently changed and it was out of his control. An angel was face down on the hard floor. The mutant creatures had been ravaged. The hands were in bits and pieces. The framed artwork was bent and torn. For more than two minutes, the local “zombies” had their way with the artwork that had taken months from around the world to prepare and install.

Dead White Zombies

Dead White Zombies

Instead of being scared at the drop-everything-and-head-for-the-door development, guests raised cellphones to tape the happening. But once outside, guests like Wendy and Jeremy Strick, Capera Ryan and Ekaterina Kouznetsova discovered they would not be allowed to return. Alas, patron Laree was not on the scene. She was holed up in Museum Tower fighting the flu. A rumor flowed around that she just couldn’t stand seeing the art decimated. Due to the chicken soup flowing into Museum Tower, she evidently was under the weather. In fact, poor Loris was starting to feel under the weather in the days to come.

Banished guests

Banished guests

But before he succumbed to the seasonal ills and departed for his next ports o’call, the 35-year-old avant garde artist said, “Everything went above my expectation. Everything has been so great.”

Angel face down

Angel face down

However, the crowds were much bigger than Loris had expected. He thought perhaps a hundred would witness the trashing. Instead it was more than 300. Seeing the first falling angel, he thought to himself, “This was not a good idea. It was super crowded. Maybe this is going to be a major failure. Then I started running in all the spaces and I see some pieces collapsing. It was like, ‘This was not how it was supposed to be…to be smash and crash.’ This was where I lose the control which was part of the event for me to become part of the viewers.”

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

He had mixed feelings. “Real excited; real happy; very sad; like a shock at the same time. The worst for me was the sound and not visually what was happening. But hearing the works cracking and collapsing. This was actually violent.”

When asked if the terror and damage that had recently taken place in Paris just days before had made him have second thoughts about such an unstaging, he said, “Actually, no. Because the way we rehearsed and talked about the work with the actors, we talked about the precise way of doing it… I wanted the event to be conceptual for everybody to project what they want to project on it. If it has to be the recent event in Paris, of course. But 9-11, some riot that turned bad or even some peoples’ desire and frustration as well. I think anybody at some point would like to destroy, to smash something because of the situation like people are starving. Sometimes you want to crash something… When I saw the event in Paris, I was shocked and sad, a terrible nightmare but it reinforced the idea of doing it in Dallas.

“I’m afraid people will crystallize on the event itself at the opening. I’m still shocked at what I have done. With time people will have more critical distance and enjoy this idea of resolution inside the display of the show.”

Creatures in pieces

Creatures in pieces

He also emphasized that the event was to show that art is not sacred. “I see people who take parts of the animal that was broken and go with it. I think, ‘That’s okay.’

“Imagine if they start assembling them (the destroyed pieces) and start selling them on Ebay.”

MySweet2015Goals: Barbara Daseke

According to business woman/fundraiser Barbara Daseke,

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

Barbara Daseke (File photo)

“To have continued success and happiness for my many friends and family.”

MySweetCharity Photo Gallery Alert: Loris Gréaud’s “The Unplayed Notes Museum” Patron Party

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Loris Greaud and Julie Dubos

Dallas Contemporary proved that museums are far from ho-hum affairs. On Saturday, January 17, French artist Loris Gréaud proved that for the patron party of his “The Unplayed Notes Museum.” Having taken over the entire 26,000-square-foot museum, he made his first solo exhibit in the U.S.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (before)

At 8:30, he orchestrated a two-minute destruction of many pieces within the exhibits as unsuspecting guests were evacuated from the building with cellphones recording the mayhem.

While the post is being prepped, check out the before-and-after photos and some of the witnesses at MySweetCharity Photo Gallery.

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

Herd of mutant quadrapeds (after)

Usher/Blake Shelton Concert Vouchers Are Available For United Way Of Metropolitan Dallas 90th Anniversary Celebration

People have been hearing the hype for months about the Friday, February 6th Blake Shelton/Usher concert celebrating the 90th anniversary of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas. What they haven’t heard was the price of tickets.

There’s a reason for that. There is no price. Whoa! Before you go a’thinking that it’s a freebie, forget that one. According to organizers, here’s how to get in:

“If you make a donation to the United Way on www.unitedwaydallas.org, you can receive vouchers for the concert.”

See there are perks to donating.

And let’s give credit where credit is due. The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas 90th Anniversary Celebration is being presented by AT&T. The Unite Forever Gala is being presented by Kimberly-Clark Corporation. The concert is being presented by PepsiCo. The concert’s “pit” is being presented by JCPenney.

This shindig is having more “presents” than a birthday party.

Tate Lecture Series Organizers Announce The Postponement Of “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts’ Appearance Tonight

Due to the blizzard-thon in the northeast, “Good Morning America’s” Robin Roberts appearance at tonight’s Tate Lecture Series has been postponed. So hold on to your tickets because they’ll be good for the future date that’s being negotiated.

In the meantime, enjoy the nice weather here!

MySweet2015Goals: Anne Stodghill

According to fundraiser Anne Stodghill,

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

Anne Stodghill (File photo)

“This is a sampling of my 2015 goals.

  • “Say “NO” more often, so saying “YES” means more
  • “Spend more unscheduled time with those I love
  • “Experiment with different exercise programs until I find one I like and can stick with it
  • “Plant a kitchen garden
  • “Set aside time each week to be creative – writing, painting, crafting
  • “Finish my family cookbook
  • “Perfect a recipe for Chicken Marsala and Chicken Fried Steak
  • “Read at least 25 books
  • “Travel to another continent and see another modern wonder of the world
  • “Sort mementos and photos by year and place in archival boxes”

JUST IN: TACA Distributed More Than $1.3M To Area Nonprofit Performing Art Groups

Cecily Bolding, Richard Holt and Hal Brierley

Cecily Bolding, Richard Holt and Hal Brierley

It was Christmas at the Wyly tonight! TACA held its annual presentation of grants from the funds raised in 2014. A whopping $1.3M was distributed to the following groups:

Dance

  • Avant Chamber Ballet – $15,000
  • Bruce Wood Dance Project – $25,000
  • Dallas Black Dance Theatre –$80,000
  • Texas Ballet Theater – $65,000
  • TITAS – $65,000

Youth Arts

  • Big Thought – $15,000
  • Children’s Chorus of Greater Dallas – $35,000
  • Dallas Children’s Theater – $75,000
  • Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra – $44,000
  • Junior Players – $36,000
  • Lone Star Circus – $8,000

 Musical Ensembles

  • Chamber Music International – $10,000
  • Dallas Bach Society – $8,000
  • Fine Arts Chamber Players – $27,000
  • Orchestra of New Spain – $17,000
  • Richardson Community Band – $5,000
  • Sammons Center for the Arts – $10,000
  • Texas Winds Musical Outreach – $10,000
  • Tuesday Nite Jazz – $5,000
  • Voices of Change – $10,000

Theater Arts

  • African American Repertory Theatre – $10,000
  • Cara Mia Theatre Company – $17,000
  • Dallas Theater Center – $100,000
  • Echo Theater – $15,000
  • Kitchen Dog Theater – $40,000
  • Lyric Stage – $45,000
  • Second Thought Theatre – $18,000
  • Shakespeare Dallas – $35,000
  • Teatro Dallas – $6,000
  • Theatre Three – $30,000
  • Uptown Players – $20,000
  • WaterTower Theatre – $40,000

Symphonic

  • Dallas Chamber Symphony – $10,000
  • Dallas Symphony Orchestra – $105,000
  • Dallas Winds – $35,000
  • Lone Star Wind Orchestra – $10,000
  • Plano Symphony Orchestra – $10,000

Operatic

  • The Dallas Opera – $110,000

 TACA’s Collaborative Partners

  • AT&T Performing Arts Center – $5,000
  • Dallas Museum of Art – $5,000
  • Nasher Sculpture Center – $5,000
  • SMU Meadows School of the Arts – $10,000

 Spoken Word

  • WordSpace – $8,000

Choral Arts

  • Arts District Chorale – $5,000
  • Orpheus Chamber Singers – $21,000
  • Plano Civic Chorus – $5,000
  • Turtle Creek Chorale – $15,000

More deets to follow in the days ahead, but did want you to know why all those people were smiling and clutching envelopes in the Dallas Arts District tonight. Now, on to raising even more funds for the performing arts.

Despite A Mini-Moat, Hundreds Made It To Shady Place Shindig Benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation

As guests like Carrie and Jay Treadwell pulled up at F.I.G. on Friday, January 16, for the 5th Annual Sunny Place Shindig, they discovered a moat separating them from the sidewalk and valet parkers. Seems the City of Dallas team had decided to let the water out of the nearby hydrant in order to do repairs on the water main running under Ross.

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Water main work on Ross Avenue

Not to worry. Valets and gallant gents like Jay helped the ladies hop over the flowing water, so their stilettos and boots wouldn’t suffer. It was well worth the leap of faith.

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Annette Leslie, Gerald McDougall and Christina Waters

Inside Annette Leslie had put together a sold-out party for 400 with $100K already raised before the evening even started. With things like the venue and alcohol donated, she was well on her way to topping last year’s $150K benefiting The Carson Leslie Foundation, which provides funds for the research and treatment of pediatric cancer.

But before Professor D went on stage, guests were checking out the silent auction items like donations from professional athletes, art, fashions and jewelry.

Auction items

Auction items

One of the super-duper items was a package including four tickets to the sold-out Taylor Swift show on October 17 at AT&T Stadium. Annette recalled how Taylor and her son Carson had been on The Today Show before he succumbed to cancer.

Still another was straight from George Strait. He, too, had met Carson and came through an autographed pair of Wrangler jeans plus a hat and the CD “The Cowboy Rides Away.”

But there was even more all through the floor. The sold-out Texas Tourney was getting underway. Kendra Scott’s Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston were “manning” the jewelry box pull. Across the way a wine pull had the bottles in burlap sacks ready for picking. Food was everywhere.

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

Celeste Chumlea and Beth Huddleston

In town for the event were Jerry McDougall of PriceWaterhouse in Boston and Rare Sciences CEO/Founder/geneticist Christina Waters from San Diego. They are working with the Foundation to strategize its future direction. Jerry, who advises on healthcare issues, reported that incredible advances have been made in adult oncology. On the other hand, there’s a gap in children’s cancer. Both Jerry and Christina have been impressed with the foundation’s work with The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas.

Despite the weekend’s beautiful weather, Jerry had to admit that he was eager to get back to Boston for the Patriots-Colts game.

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Robert Grunnah, Susan Arledge, Irene and Alex Coe

Just as Susan Arledge, Robert Grunnah and Irene and Alex Coe arrived, the true guests of honor showed up — four chickens in their own carriers! These shady cacklers would decide the winners of the “chicken drop.” Even the mini-moat couldn’t keep the feathered ones from being part of the night’s partying.

Ellen And Clayton Kershaw Welcome Cali Ann Kershaw To The World

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw (File photo)

Ellen and Clayton Kershaw (File photo)

It’s a girl for local hometown sweethearts and Kershaw’s Challenge founders Ellen and Clayton Kershaw. Her name is Cali Ann Kershaw and like her parents, she’s a cutie pie. Weighing in at 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches long, she was born Friday, January 23, at 5:43 p.m.