JUST IN: PAC’s President/CEO Mark Nerenhausen Resigns

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!!!

Decorazon Gallery Parties A Fond Farewell To Bishop Arts District With Evening of Summer Fun

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.

The very creative MK wore her “Farewell Shoes for Mr. Bush” (pictured) for the occasion. They were built on a pair of Steve Madden boots, with MK adding moss and dried and faux flowers.

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.

Hutchins BBQ Has Got A Deal For You And The Samaritan Inn Today

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.



Sunday Night Doesn’t Have To Be The Same Old, Same Old

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.

Proceeds for to Take Me Home Pet Rescue. You’ve heard of this group. They rescued Fiona this past week.

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.

It’s A Bird. . . It’s A Plane. . . It’s Jacob Cigainero Departing The Dallas Theater Center

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.

Have Some Summer Fun At The Blue Paint Special

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.

14th Annual Mayor’s Back To School Fair Deadline Approaches

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…]

Share-A-Date: 2010 KidneyTexas

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.

New Sweet Idea: “Share-A-Date”

While the queen bees are out of town in cooler climates (The Hamptons, La Jolla, Carmel, Colorado, etc.), the worker bees are hard at work getting ready for the return of the queens. Resulting from all this hard work is news of upcoming dates for agendas.

If you don’t mind, we’ll be posting “Share-A-Date” with you when we get a buzz about some upcoming event.

The first one that popped into our “Share A Date” folder is

May 13-14, 2011 — Second Annual Emmitt Smith Celebrity Tournament at TPC Craig Ranch benefiting the Pat and Emmitt Smith Charities

Let us know if you have any dates that you want shared. Remember to keep it simple and sweet — date, event, location, beneficiary.

A Case Of Mistaken Identity

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.