Saturday, March 8, 2014
DIFFA recently gave us a first look at some of the amazing jackets that will be up for auction at this year's House of DIFFA gala at a media preview party held at Gallerie Noir in the Design District. DIFFA chairman of the board Brittanie Buchanan Oleniczak, event chair Jim DiMarino and honorary chair Simona Beal played host, chatting up what is sure to be the hottest ticket of the season and making sure guests got a look at some of the one-of-a-kind auction items that will be up for grabs, including jackets by Alton Lane, Edo Popken, BCBGMAXAZRIA and Kenneth Cole. This year's event, themed Masquerade, is set for March 29 at the Omni Dallas.
Friday, March 7, 2014
|Dawn Mellon fusses over me|
One of the woman I respect most in the world is Yvonne Crum. This woman is a tireless supporter of many charities, a cancer survivor, and a fierce friend. She was one of the first people to embrace me when I first entered the social scene as a blogger and take me under her wing. Yvonne made it her mission to introduce me around and make sure everyone knew I had her seal of approval. Her endorsement was invaluable to me in breaking into the inner social circles of Dallas society and I've written about her many times because there just aren't enough words to say how wonderful she is and how much she does for Dallas. I was therefore, so humbled and honored, when she asked me to join her in the inaugural launch of a new charity gala called Fashion Stars for a Cause. This black-tie gala will take place on March 21 at the Dallas Country Club and proceeds will benefit the Suicide and Crisis Center of North Texas.
Thursday, March 6, 2014
|Fortress of Solitude Creative Team: Composer and lyricist Michael Friedman,|
Director Daniel Aukin, Book Writer Itamar Moses
Lights! Action! Jazz Hands!
by Jayne Herring
Another home run for the performing arts scene in Dallas this weekend. It's the start of Spring Break for many, and there are a lot of heads of all ages that need to be filled up with culture. Once again, I am here to help. Below is my list of suggestions for what live performances you should catch this weekend, depending on your taste or mood. And since you procrastinated, check these links to see if there are any last-minute deals, as there often are. Let's get cultured, Dallas.
No Brainer: See The Fortress of Solitude. Personal bias aside, there is nothing hotter happening in Dallas this weekend than the opening of The Fortress of Solitude at Dallas Theater Center's Wyly Theatre. When I was working at a bookstore in Chelsea (New York) in 2000, the Jonathan Lethem novel "Motherless Brooklyn" won a National Book Critics Circle Award and was flying off the shelves. It seemed as if every New York reader was carrying it around the subway, and everyone knew his name. A few years later, Lethem published The Fortress of Solitude, which became a New York Times Bestseller. And between then and now, New York-based director Daniel Aukin (Soho Rep), who decided this book needed to be adapted to the stage, partnered with playwright/author Itamar Moses (Boardwalk Empire) and composer Michael Friedman (Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson), to turn the book into a brand spankin' new musical, co-produced by our very own Dallas Theater Center and The Public Theater in NYC.
Featuring a team of performers including Broadway veterans (Tony and Emmy winning Andre DeShields from The Wiz and The Full Monty as just one example), award-winning DTC company members from around the country, and some SMU alums, a set designed by legendary Eugene Lee (Saturday Night Live, Wicked, Sweeny Todd) and sound designed by Tony-winning Robb Kaplowitz, it is a collaboration like Dallas has never seen. But don't just take my word for it; try Time Magazine's: http://entertainment.time.com/2014/01/08/10-reasons-for-theater-lovers-to-leave-new-york-in-2014/
So what is it about? A story of two boys in 1970's Brooklyn, one black and one white, told through soul and rap, block parties and blackouts, friendship and betrayal, comic books and 45s. As it is partly autobiographical, Lethem remarked at a recent DMA Arts & Letters Live that the story is a collective experience about the life of his neighborhood, and as such is perfectly suited for the stage. As a supporter of the DTC (donor levels with perks start at just $75), I was able to sit in on the very first rehearsal with the cast and orchestra together, and it was a breathtaking experience. To witness theater history yourself, go to http://www.dallastheatercenter.org/show_details.php?sid=75 for more information and tickets. Wyly Theatre March 7th through April 6th, in the Dallas Arts District. (In previews through the 13th; this will sell out.)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|Alex Stein in Ft. Lauderdale earlier this year|
This good-natured Highland Park High School graduate moved to Los Angeles after winning a campus wide comedy competition at LSU. From the minute he took the stage in front of over 1,000 people and was named LSU's funniest man, he knew Hollywood was the place he needed to be.
Alex has already appeared in a slew of reality TV shows including ABC's The Glass House in 2012 (he lasted 2 episodes), CMT's Sweet Home Alabama and Worst Cooks in America on the Food Network in 2013.
Alex is once again looking for stardom in Bravo's new series titled Online Dating Rituals of the American Male premiering this Sunday, March 9 at 9pm. In this new docu-series, Bravo will "unmask the world of the booming, online dating culture from the male perspective. Each week, the show follows two men as they hunt for their ideal partner (or fling!). Viewers will get an inside look at the male psyche from the beginning stages of trolling and communicating online to landing a date with a potential match. The series features a variety of men from the typical “romantic” searching for his one true love to the guy whose goal is strictly getting lucky. From earnest romance to cringe-worthy moments, viewers will get a taste of the trials and tribulations that come along with dating in the digital age."
I took this Lethario to task to see where his head was really at:
Monday, March 3, 2014
Last night's Academy Awards has me all giddy about the movie industry, so I was elated to get a press release in my in-box today from the Dallas Film Society announcing the first 10 films chosen to screen at the 8th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival, presented by AutoNation on April 3 – 13, 2014. The DIFF 2014 films will not only represent works from America, and Texas in particular, but also films from Poland and Hong Kong and classics from years gone-by — truly an international and timeless offering.
|DIFF brings A-list celebs to town like|
Charlize Theron in 2011 (photo: D Magazine)
Also announced is the debut of Audience Awards sponsored by Lascaux Films which will award a cash prize of $5000 in the categories of Narrative Feature, Documentary Feature and Short Film, made possible by Lascaux Films, providing filmmakers a level of recognition that confirms their film resonated with the audience.”
Passes and Tickets DIFF passes are on sale at the online Prekindle box office at www.DallasFilm.org and range from $125 for a Festival Lounge Pass to $750 for an all-access Star Pass, which includes: All-access pass to all screenings One invitation to the Opening Night Screening & Gala on April 3, 2014, subject to availability. Admission for one person to all Centerpiece screenings and parties during the Festival Access for one person to the Festival Lounge. (Must be 21 or over to enter the Festival Lounge or to consume alcohol.) Admission for one person to all regular film screenings and panel discussions Dallas International Film Festival swag bag full of unforgettable merchandise Starting March 17, individual tickets and passes can be purchased at the Prekindle Main Box Office in Mockingbird station, and online at www.DallasFilm.org.
This year's selections include:
Sunday, March 2, 2014
I am a big believer in a "pay it forward" mentality and believe that in your life you receive what you give. After seeing a homeless woman every day leaving the gym, Beaux Wellborn decided he wanted to better his community. He is challenging individuals around Dallas to perform 40 acts of kindness in 40 days beginning March 1 and running through April 9. Acts could include paying for a stranger’s cup of coffee or, something on a larger scale, such as volunteering at a food bank. After each good deed, participants are to post a picture/description of what they did on social media sites using the hashtag #40AOK in hopes that what they do will inspire others to take action. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts with #40AOK are brought together on the website, http://www.40aokchallenge.com/
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Friday, February 28, 2014
The Guinness Book of World Records may want to consider opening up an office in Dallas. Last week Tango Tab organized an effort and set a new record for the most sandwiches made simultaneously and today, Armstrong Elementary school in Highland Park ISD welcomed Guinness World Records adjudicator Sara Wilcox to witness history being made, as they broke the world record for "Most People Wearing Cat in the Hat" hats.
|Guinness World Records adjudicator|
The Cat in the Hat, along with his friends Thing One and Thing Two, mixed it up during the celebration, thanks to the Dallas Children's Theatre. "This is fun because it gives students a unique way to express their joy of reading," Armstrong Dads Club President Mario Santander said.
Principal Dr. Skip Moran said that sharing the excitement with students and parents has been half the fun. "Our greatest goal for our students is to develop a love of reading as a lifetime skill, and our partnership with parents in supporting students' learning is a key to their world class achievement," he said. "Thanks to the support of our Dads Club, Dr. Seuss Week is a fun way to celebrate reading at Armstrong Elementary."
Congrats to the Armstrong Eagles!!
“Everybody needs a leg up when starting a business,” said Sara Blakely, founder of Spanx. “Mine came when Oprah named SPANX a ‘Favorite Thing’.” Since the “Oprah-moment” that catapulted Spanx from a small start-up to a household name, Blakely has been on a mission to pay her success forward and empower women to reach their full potential.
O-Venture offers leather key chain accessories designed for women, by women. These oversized bangles lessen women’s unnecessary baggage—literally—with a hands-free design that can be worn over the arm and easily found in a cluttered purse. The founders, Janie Cooke and Caroline Nix, both mothers and friends, were looking for a way to use their creativity to help other women. They aimed to make life easier while staying stylish and developed this oversized key ring to help women simplify, stay organized and keep their hands free for what’s most important. “For every woman who’s spent hours of her life rummaging for keys, this key ring is the answer,” Blakely said. “The Big O is a fun, stylish solve that offers women the often needed extra hand, literally!”
The Leg Up program was created to offer women entrepreneurs and their businesses a chance to be promoted to millions of Spanx fans via the catalog, website and social media channels, including The Rear View blog. Amidst a growing number of applicants, this company was selected for their fun, stylish products and bright ideas. Cooke and Nix join the rankings of 20 female entrepreneurs to benefit from the program since its start in 2010.
To learn more or purchase your own Big O Key Ring, visit https://www.o-venture.com.
(Press Release) Looking for an exciting activity that gets you fit and into nature while on the waters of gorgeous White Rock Lake? Then sign up now for the rowing and dragon boating classes offered this spring by Dallas United Crew (DUC), Dallas’ largest youth oar and paddle sport organization in North Texas that offers comprehensive programs for all ages. Beginner and intermediate classes for adults and youth begin as early as March 4 and are offered at various times throughout the spring season. Online registration is available at dallasunitedcrew.org. Ideal for people of all athletic backgrounds and ages, adult rowing uses eight-man sweep boats instructed by DUC coaches who teach basic rowing technique and boat handling and safety while conducting effective physical and mental workouts.
Founded in Southern China centuries ago, dragon boating consists of 20 paddlers in a 46-foot-long boat with a steers person, moving to the beat of a drummer and paddling to cross the finish faster than their competition. No experience is required; however, boats will be organized based on skill level. Experienced rowers are welcome. “We find that once people try rowing, they’re hooked. Dallas United Crew is ideal for people of all athletic backgrounds and ages. Not only is it a lot of fun, but rowing is a full-body, low-impact workout that is a terrific way to get or stay in shape,” said Jonathan Stevens, the DUC program director and former SMU crew coach and college athlete. “Best of all, you’re out on White Rock Lake, one of the most beautiful spots in Dallas.”