Ruth Buzzi’s And Kent Perkins’ Pals Are Artfully Part Of The Museum Of Biblical Art’s 8×8 Art Exhibition And Auction

Kent Perkins and Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

Kent Perkins and Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

It helps to have friends and the Museum of Biblical Art’s 8×8 Art Exhibition And Auction 2015 Co-Chairs Bob Malenfant and Jeff Levine are lucky to have a friend like Ruth Buzzi and her hubby Kent Perkins. Just their involvement in the fundraising auction is enough to send up fireworks. But Ruthie and Kent took friendship a step further. They got on the horn to some of their pals and asked if they would donate their own 8″ by 8″ pieces of art for “Celebrity Artist Gallery” part of the Wednesday, November 18th event.

Say, would you like to know the friends they tapped? Sure you do. Let’s list them in alphabetical order, so no favoritism is being shown: Dan Aykroyd, Carol Burnett, Kris Kristofferson, Ruta Lee, Barbara Mandrell, Anne Murray, Jane Seymour, Sean Michael Flynn, Lily Tomlin, Jane Wagner and JoAnne Worley.

Artwork by JoAnne Worley*

Artwork by JoAnne Worley*

Artwork by Jane Seymour*

Artwork by Jane Seymour*

Artwork by Carol Burnett*

Artwork by Carol Burnett*

Artwork by Dan Aykroyd*

Artwork by Dan Aykroyd*

They’ll be just a few of the professional and celebrity artists who have contributed more than 100 pieces of “paintings, sculpture, glass, photography and works on paper” to support the Museum’s education programs including the Summer Art Camp for Kids, Heroes of History Field Trips for low-income youth and inner-city schools.

Tickets are just $25. The party starts at 7, so get there early so you can decide how many you’re gonna bid on. (Sorry about ending that last sentence with a preposition) All bids start at $100. In addition to the auction, there will be a country swing band, barbecue and a wine pull.

* Graphics provided by the Museum of Biblical Arts

Women In Film Dallas To Honor Dennis Bishop, Ruth Buzzi And Allison Tolman With Topaz Awards

The weekend before Thanksgiving is going to be a film lover’s delight, especially focusing on women. Friday night the Dallas Film Society’s Art of Film will have Marisa Tomei on stage and at the dinner table at the Perot Museum.

Within 24 hours, like Saturday night, the Women in Film Dallas (WIFD) will salute two outstanding women and production executive Dennis Bishop with the presentation of the Topaz Award.

Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

Ruth Buzzi (File photo)

The two ladies? “Laugh-In” legend Ruth Buzzi and “Fargo”’s Allison Tolman. Talk about a range of talent and they all have true-blue Texas connections.

 

  • “A native Texan, Bishop began his career in Dallas and moved up the ranks to Production Executive. He has overseen commercially successful and award winning feature and television productions including ‘The Trip to Bountiful’, ‘The Fast and the Furious’, ‘And the Band Played On’ and the TV pilot of ‘Dexter’. Bishop has served as adjunct professor, mentor, and guest lecturer at USC, SMU, UTA and for the PGA, DGA, and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He currently chairs the Motion Picture Production program he created at KD College in Dallas.
  • “Buzzi is a Golden Globe Award winner, Television Hall of Fame Inductee, NAACP Image Award winner, and 5-time Emmy nominee. The legendary comedienne is best known for her character, Gladys Ormphby, on ‘Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In’ and ‘Dean Martin Celebrity Roast’. She was a regular performer on ‘Sesame Street’ as Ruthie the Finders Keepers shop owner.*
  • “Tolman, a native of Sugarland, Texas, is a 2014 Emmy nominee and Critics’ Choice Award winner for her work as Deputy Molly Solverson on the FX series, ‘Fargo.’ After graduating from Baylor University, she moved to Dallas, Texas where she co-founded Second Thought Theatre. In 2009, she was accepted into Chicago’s Second City’s Conservatory Training Program. Before her work on ‘Fargo,’ Tolman wrote and performed sketch comedy and satire with several groups in the Chicago area.

 

As Kerri Navarro pointed out, “This year’s recipients have earned Golden Globe, Emmy, Television Hall of Fame, Clio, Critics’ Choice and NAACP awards — a new benchmark in the 27-year history of the WIFD Topaz Awards.”

Benefiting the WIFD Grant and Scholastic Fund, the event will take place at Wendy Krispin’s 7 for Parties. It’s a marvy place to meet the honorees and others, both guys and gals, who love film and those in the industry. Seating is limited, so hustle and get your tickets. Oh, and don’t forget your autograph book!

* Oh, you’re wondering what’s Ruthie’s Texas connection? Well, she lives on a ranch in North Texas with her tall, piano playing cowboy Kent Perkins.

Ruth Buzzi And Kent Perkins Have Fun Playing At The Crescent

So often patron parties can be rather proper affairs. You know. The kind that your mother would totally approve of. But then there are the occasions that without warning go off in their own direction. That’s what happened Wednesday night at the party honoring, sponsors, donors and the committee of the Dallas Children’s Theater‘s Cabaret Gala 2010.

It had all the elements of being a normal party in the Crescent’s Garden Room with Gala Chairs Marisa Huckin and Claire Pruitt (pictured right with Marisa) looking quite stylish. Marisa’s nearly backless L’agence dress (pictured on Photo Gallery) went perfectly with her Ski Teal We Drop toe polish

At one table Tracy Rowlett was hunkered down with Mayo Crum and at another there was Caroline Rose Hunt with friends. Tomas de la Mata recalled the 70’s at the Fairmont working with Pedro Prado and the late Julian Abio.when the Venetian Room was filled with the likes of Richard Harris, Marlene Dietrich, Pearl Bailey, the Smothers Brothers and many others.

The majority of the folks were at the far end of the room where the beverages were located. Why that’s just like any part in your home when people gather in the kitchen.

Then Gala Honorary Chair Ruth Buzzi and hubby Kent Perkins hijacked the crew to the other end of the rectangular-shaped room. With Kent playing the piano, Ruth with co-horts Yvonne Crum and Jill Rowlett (pictured right with, from the left, Ruth Buzzi, Yvonne Crum and Kent Perkins) started singing everything from “Memories” to “All the Gold in California.” Before you knew it, the piano was surrounded by the guests like Carmaleta Whiteley and Lee Bailey singing or trying to sing along with Ruth.

In between sing songs, Ruthie admitted that she was considering a movie in early 2011 but was still in the thinking it over stage. Right now, she’s happily living on the ranch, thought she says she’s “not a good cowgirl.” She admits that in years past she was able to stay on a horse, but “It’s better to quit while I’m ahead.”

It will be interesting to see if Ruth joins headliner Jason Graae, who will star at the October 2 gala in the Venetian Room.