Sting And The Winspear Were Stage-jacked Saturday And Didn't Mind It All

Photo provided by North Texas Super Bowl XLV

See the picture to the left? Looks like a lollaplooza moment? Did designer Norman Foster envision this scene at the Winspear? More about that later. [Read more…]

TACA Lexus Party On The Green Brought Out Chefs And Cool Clothes

Poor Oliver Ridgeway! The Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi chef was probably thinking, “Veni, vidi, edi” (“They came, they saw, they ate!”) after Friday night’s TACA Lexus Party on the Green at the Rosewood Mansion. He had meticulously prepared 550 crisp ahi tuna tacos with piquant mango salsa, avocado mousse, wasabi tobiko and southwest microgreens for the 500+ guests. That should have been enough with over a dozen other world-class chefs stationed with their signature dishes in other parts of the Mansion. But, alas, he found himself scrambling around on the Terrace trying to pull together a Reader’s Digest version with what materials he had left over to feed with masses who returned with empty plates for “more, sir.” You would have thought the darlings hadn’t eaten since last year’s Party On The Green.

But Oliver wasn’t alone in fulfilling the demands of the glamorous chow lines. [Read more…]

Wining To Dine At The Rosewood Mansion For TACA Tonight

TACA Lexus Party on the Green organizers are expecting their biggest crowd in history tonight at the Rosewood Mansion — 550!

Understand that everyone from valets to wine stewards are looking forward to the two days of wining and dining for the arts.

Word has it that Mother Nature is going to behave herself tonight.

Retired Staubach Is Busier Than Ever

Since joining LaSalle Lang Jones Jones Lang LaSalle as Executive Chairman of Americas and moving into his new digs in the Preston Hollow area, Roger Staubach has become the energizer bunny rabbit of community involvement. Besides spearheading such projects as the North Texas Super Bowl, he’s been a very hands-on force for the recent Children’s Cancer Fund fashion show and AWARE luncheon.

Now it’s just been announced that he’ll be serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas honorary chairman with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas President J. Darren Rodgers serving as the 2010 Start! Heart Walk Dallas Chairman. The walk will take place September 11 at Victory benefiting the American Heart Association.

Diets Die! It's TACA Proscenium Weekend At The Rosewood Mansion!

Attention, all dieters. You’re getting the weekend off from celery and Slim•Fast. Come rain or snow or shine, it’s the TACA Proscenium presented by ALON USA and Rosewood Mansion on Turtle Creek. Imagine chefs from around the world coming together to compete for your taste buds for two days. And we’re not talking just any old chefs with a white apron and a spoon. Here’s a rundown — [Read more…]

Dallas Is Going To The Dogs!

Let’s review the checklist of summer must do’s. Graduations handled? Check! Wedding gifts ordered? Check! Summer vacation plans made? Check!  But what about your dog (pictured)? Doesn’t s/he deserve a little summer activity, too. You know they’re good sports and would be agreeable to any shenanigans.

Here are a couple of solutions to your pooch guilt. Not only will be you have fun, you’ll help other less fortunate critters. [Read more…]

Saturday's Sting Concert is Nearly Sold Out

Those wonderful folks who have been organizing  the concerts benefiting the North Texas Super Bowl’s concert have only 100 tickets left for Saturday night’s Sting concert at the Winspear.

What you haven’t seen it advertised around town? Nope! And you won’t. Why? Because it’s a private concert, so no promo has been allowed.

But we just know the right person to check with about getting tickets. It’s Special Event Manager/Wunderkind Kristen Miles. You can give her a call at 214.252.5107 or just email her at [email protected] Be forewarned — she’s a busy gal and the tickets are flying.

UPDATE: They’re down to 75 tickets.

Partner Card Season Announced!

Start planning — the 2010 Partners Card dates have been announced! From Friday, October 29 thru Sunday, November 7, it will be cardholders’ hunting season.

Whoa! Don’t go bothering to get your card yet. The $60-cards go on sale in mid-September with 100% of the proceeds going directly to The Family Place. Also, 20% of each purchase goes to The Family Place.

Don’t thank us!  Thank the presenting sponsor Bank of Texas and more than 750 participating merchants/services in Arlington, Grapevine, Plano, Southlake and Dallas, of course.  Oops! Also, don’t forget to thank Chairs Maggie Kipp, Molly Nolan and Gina Roidopolous. You go, girls!

Dean, Kent And Bruno Will Be Cooking At The Rosewood Mansion

Did you know that the Rosewood Mansion is turning 30 this year? Yup, and as part of the celebration, three of its fav chefs are going to hold a cooking demonstration for the TACA Culinary Master Class. Just imagine alumni Dean Fearing and Kent Rathbun returning to their Mansion roots and joining current Exec Chef Bruno Davaillon for a show and serve on Saturday, May 22. That’s the day after TACA/Lexus’s Party on the Green at the Mansion.

Yes, we know. You want to know what’s on the agenda. . . or, rather menu. Here goes and loosen your belts a notch:

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FightNight Pulls No Punches Thanks To Beauty And Brawn

Let’s admit that the commercial real estate crowd has taken it on the chin this past year. Last Thursday they stuck out those chins, took a deep breath and had a heck of a good time at The Real Estate Council’s 22nd FightNight.

Except for a few dozen gorgeous gals like Bridge Title’s Ashley Frasure (pictured), the crowd was 90% gents looking like a James Bond reunion having a great old time. Who would have ever thought that the Dow had tried to jump off a cliff earlier in the day?

To get things off on the right foot, the entrance of the Anatole resembled every man’s idea of a man cave, complete with two tables bulging with iced-down longnecks on the right, and up ahead, a variety of dolls like Cristal Gannaway and Melissa Terry (pictured right with Cristal) in oh-so-short-and-tight hot pants. Shades of the old days of Southwest Airlines! [Read more…]

Tee Time: The Merry Month of May

If you’re a die-heart golfer or golf watcher in need of a reason to get out of the office and do some good, then have we got some deals for you! [Read more…]

Dallas Summer Musicals' "Curtain Call" Gets Rave Reviews

When the Dallas Summer Musicals debuted in June 1941 with “Blossom Time” in Fair Park’s Band Shell, Francesca Marlene de Czanyi Gerber was a nine-year old living in Chicago. So what does that have to do with the price of apples? Later.

Saturday night guests for the Dallas Summer Musicals’ Curtain Call kicking off its 70th anniversary year knew they were in for something when they arrived at the Music Hall seeing a fiddler on the roof. But they also took solace seeing Curtain Call 2010’s Event Chairs Wendy and Michael Jenkins‘ Cadillac with the license plate “DSM” parked in front and DSM Executive  Committee Chairman Gary Griffith greeting everyone upon arrival. They should have known just from the incredible invitations, this was going to be a night.

The pre-event reception was a production in itself with the likes of Ruth Buzzi with hubby Kent Perkins. Alas, poor Ruth was a victim, as was Dee Wyly, of Yvonne Crum‘s (pictured pre-spill with Ruth) enthusiasm, as she spilled her drink on them. Thank heaven, it wasn’t red wine and the drink blended with the gals’ outfits. [Read more…]

Grovel Alert: Genesis Luncheon Is Officially Sold Out

If you were still trying to make up your mind about buying tickets for Friday’s Genesis Luncheon with Dr. Condoleezza Rice, you’re way too late. It’s a major sell out.

What else can you expect when your honorary chair is Laura Bush!

Congratulations to the Genesis Women’s Shelter on celebrating their 25th anniversary and another successful event.

Tip of the Hat to Lee Park Conservancy's Day at the Races

Saturday afternoon Lee Park Conservancy head honcho John Williams looked around Arlington Hall and outside at the various patios and lawns leading down to Turtle Creek. Everywhere he spied gorgeous young people being utterly charming, carefree and chumming around. Lovely young women in fabulous hats and Jay Gatsby look-alikes in bow ties and natty attire were crowding the place to attend the Junior Conservancy‘s “Day at the Races” and watch a very soggy Kentucky Derby.

While the race itself didn’t take place until 5:30-ish, the party started at 2:30. Who needs a race when you have fun just watching people and the clothes. Each one had a tale.

For instance, blond relative-newlywed Natalie Metzger Lesikar (pictured) was in a hotter-than-legal pink sundress. It wasn’t hers. Nope, it belonged her “grandmother.” Well, not really her real grandmother, [Read more…]

Thousands of Toes Strut for American Heart Association Around NM Hood

The Stiletto Strut should have been renamed the Pedicure Parade last Thursday when thousands of toes were on display at the downtown Neiman’s. Benefiting the American Heart Association, the block-walk around NM had forced many of the ladies to their favorite manicurists to dress up their toenails (pictured). After all, when you’ve spent a small fortune on your shoes, you just can’t have unkempt toenails.

Just between us, some of the ladies admitted that they got fresh pedicures because they were wearing shoes from last season. Well, it is the recession, you know.

So, want a blow by blow of the activity? Here goes: [Read more…]

Calling Rawlins Gilliland

Man of charm, chuckles and compassion Rawlins Gilliland will be on KERA-FM (90.1) today from 4-7 p.m. “Begging for Bucks” (aka Pledge Drive).

Get on your cell or land line and give him a shout. Not only will you help him raise $$ for KERA, you’ll have the chat of your life.

Jen Lancaster Gets Dallas Chicks Laughing While Lunching

Thursday was a killer day for certain ladies around town. First on their agenda was the fourth annual Chick Lit Luncheon at Brook Hollow. Then it would be a quick trip home to watch Rielle Hunter tell-almost-all on Oprah, change shoes and head for the Stiletto Strut at downtown Neiman’s.

Thank heaven the first thing on the list was Chick Lit! Paige McDaniel‘s Community Partners of Dallas had Chicago humor author Jen Lancaster as the featured speaker for 450 gals to get them up and going.

But before Jen could even get started chatting, the ladies were already stressing [Read more…]

Stiletto Strut Almost Got Bussed

More will come on Thursday’s Stiletto Strut (pictured) at downtown Neiman’s, but here’s a quick almost-happened “perfect storm” of a situation that occurred during the American Heart Association benefit.

You know the downtown NM block pretty well, so envision the Main Street side. Because of the number of participants, the ladies who strut will use the street instead of the sidewalk. Only a block of Main Street has been blocked off thanks to all types of very responsible Dallas police on bikes, foot, and motorcycles and in cars. Everything is under control. In fact, it’s sorta empowering to stand in the middle of Main Street and not worry about a thing.

In the meantime, the hundreds of extremely fashionable street strutters are just getting ready to emerge from the store feeling a bit wobbly thanks to nose-bleed-high heels and generous liquid sustenance.

Just as the store doors are opening and the ladies heading for the street and block walk, a Dallas Transit bus appears from nowhere racing up Main Street and headed right in the direction of the ladies. [Read more…]

A.W.A.R.E. was Dandy-less but Still Memorable

Since it was announced that this year’s A.WA.R.E. luncheon would honor Don Meredith, anticipation was in overdrive. It had been quite a while since the lovable, legendary Dallas Cowboys quarterback/ABC sports commentator had been seen in these parts. It had even taken the very persuasive team of former teammate Lee Roy Jordan and his wife Biddy to personally fly to Santa Fe to talk Don and his wife Susan into accepting the honor.

But behind the scenes there was always the concern that 72-year old Dandy’s health might trump all the planning and hopes.

Unfortunately, it did. Susan admitted that he was just not well enough to make the trip to Dallas and stood in for him. With this in mind, this post is being written, so Don will know what happened. Like Don, it was an event that was endearing, full of fun and legendary.

It seemed that nearly all the 1,110+ crowd attending the luncheon Wednesday at the Fairmont had some sort of personal connection to the man who led the Dallas Cowboys from 1960-1968 at the Cotton Bowl for coach Tom Landry under the ownership of Clint Murchison.

Besides videos about the Don, a celebrity panel of “Dandy Don’s” friends and colleagues at times mistook the event for a roast. But what else would you expect from the likes of football legends Walt Garrison, Bob Lilly (pictured) and Roger Staubach; Frank Gifford, one of Meredith’s broadcast partners on ABC’s Monday Night Football; and emcee Phyllis George, the Denton-born former Miss America (1971)/former CBS sportscaster.

The celebrity panelists described the Mount Vernon native as a fiercely competitive leader with a rowdy, down-home sense of humor. In a video tribute, for instance, Lee Roy said he once asked Meredith why he chose to attend SMU. Don’s reply: “It was close to home, and I could spell it.” [Read more…]

Will Lookin at Lucky be Center of Attention at Lee Park Saturday?

If you want to impress your friends between now and Saturday afternoon, just toss out,

Lookin at Lucky is starting to look better as the leader now that Eskendereya has been pulled due to injury.

You’ll be so-in-the-know regarding Saturday’s Kentucky Derby.

Now, if you want to really impress them, just ask what time they’ll be attending the race. When they raise their eyebrows, just confess that you’re talking about Park Place Volvo’s “Day at the Races” from 3 to 7 at Lee Park’s Arlington Hall. Did they really think you were taking off for Kentucky, when all the fun will be in Dallas?

Since it’s being tossed by the Lee Park Junior Conservancy, you can expect lots of beautiful people, an abundance of refreshments, and civilized frivolity.

Stiletto Strut Struts on Regardless of the Weather

Just checked in with Stiletto Strut’s Co-chair Lynn McBee about Thursday night’s SS at downtown Neiman’s. After all the weather wizards are suggesting an outside chance of storms.

Lynn’s response:

“We’ll strut fast — it is only one block! Actually, I do not really know, but it is not going to rain.”

Our money is on Lynn, but just in case the Strutters could just as easily stroll around NM.

Cattle Baron's Ball Casino Corral is a Safe Haven from the Storms

Yup, those wonderful folks in the weather bureau are predicting dicey conditions Friday.

Translation: indoor activities would be wise.

Photo provided by Cattle Baron's Ball

So the Cattle Baron’s Ball Casino Corral at Trecé just might the absolute perfect solution to your Friday night plans. Starting at 7, Event Chairs Rozalyn Colombo and Jenna Alexander (pictured left with Judy Duke Miller) have arranged for all types of gaming, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Problem is that there are only 20 tickets left.

Dallas is A.W.A.R.E. and Dandy Today

Yes, the implosion of Texas Stadium was a real gang buster bringing out many Dallas Cowboys notables from the past. But there was a Dallas Cowboys era before Texas Stadium, Jerry Jones or even Roger Staubach arrived on the scene. It was the days when Bubbles Cash introduced Dallas to the mini-skirt; when kids thought everybody went to the the Cotton Bowl to watch football after they went to church; and when Dallasites watched the Boys play in the torturous “Ice Bowl.”

Those were the “Dandy Don Days” thanks to a fella from Mount Vernon named Don Meredith, who was #17 for the Dallas Cowboys. He was one of Dallas’ first sports personalities with his killer smile, country boy personality and razzle-dazzle plays both on and other the field. After he left professional football, he went on to become part of the legendary “Monday Night’s Football” trio with the late Howard Cosell and Frank Gifford.

Last night the legends of that era (Bob Lilly, Lee Roy Jordan, Walt Garrison, Pierce Allman, Billy Bob Harris, Kay Hammond, and so many others) gathered at Marianne and Roger Staubach‘s new digs in Preston Hollow on the eve of today’s A.W.A.R.E. luncheon at the Fairmont honoring Dandy Don, who just turned 72 on April 10. Not only was the place jammed with people, but the stories of the past were remarkable.

It you haven’t got tickets to today’s luncheon, it’s doubtful if even the finest groveling will work.

Genesis Luncheon to be a Record Breaker

Still 11 days away (May 7) and Genesis Women’s Shelter‘s annual Mother’s Day Luncheon with Dr. Condoleezza Rice at the Anatole is set to break records for the organization’s 25th anniversary. But what else would you expect with such a featured speaker plus an honorary chair like Former First Lady Laura Bush?

You did know that Laura was a founding member of the Genesis Alliance, didn’t you?

Sorry for all the questions. Now, how about some information that you can use? [Read more…]