Friday, April 20, 2018

Starplex Renamed To Dos Equis Pavilion

In a press release that just hit my in-box, HEINEKEN USA has announced the signing of a marketing alliance with Live Nation giving their key Mexican import Dos Equis® exclusive naming rights to the Starplex Pavilion, a 20,000- seat venue located in historic Fair Park in Dallas, TX. The largest amphitheater in the Dallas/Fort Worth area will be renamed Dos Equis Pavilion in this multi-year agreement. Under the terms of the deal Dos Equis® will be the exclusive naming rights partner of the facility and be integrated into the official logo of the Pavilion. Prominent signage throughout the venue, including façade, box office and LED displays will drive brand awareness among the hundreds of thousands of legal drinking age concertgoers and enhance the music experience. Acts signed to date span a range of music genres and include Foo Fighters, Luke Bryan, Kendrick Lamar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Dave Matthews Band.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Volunteer Service Was Honored At The 2018 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon

2018 TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon
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The Arts Community Alliance hosted the 40th annual TACA Silver Cup Award Luncheon, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Neiman Marcus, on Tuesday, March 20. This year’s luncheon, chaired by Melinda Johnson, featured performances by TACA Grant Recipients and a special announcement in addition to the heartfelt speeches delivered by the two honorees. This year’s award lunch honored Julie K. Hersh and Donald J. “Don” Stone. Celebrated annually for 40 years, the TACA Silver Cup Award recognizes two individuals for their volunteer leadership and contributions to the arts in North Texas. During her acceptance, Julie Hersh initiated a call to action for "radical collaboration" in our arts community, and remarked that after moving to Dallas, the arts community made her a "Dallasite". Don Stone spoke about his love of philanthropy and the joy he has derived from his support of many local organizations has enriched his life. The luncheon served as a unique opportunity to cast the spotlight on two individuals who contribute richly to the cultural fabric of the community through their unparalleled devotion to the arts.

Monday, April 2, 2018

The Food Network Debuts Dallas Cakes on April 30

Master cake decorator Bronwen Weber adds cocoa powder to the 47-inch tall boot cake to give it that rustic, worn-in look. Photo credit: Food Network

Everything is big and over-the-top in Dallas, especially the cakes! Beginning on Monday, April 30th at 10:30pm ET/PT, viewers will follow the best Dallas-area bakers as they transform their clientele's wildest imaginations into extraordinary customized confections in a new TV show on the Food Network cleverly called - wait for it - Dallas Cakes. 🎂 In each of the ten half-hour episodes, three outrageously talented bakers conceive, create and deliver incredible, edible works of art using cake, frosting, incredible imagination and skill. From an impressive Game of Thrones wedding cake featuring an intricate cake topper of a dragon wrapped around the iron throne, to a Back to the Future DeLorean car cake with working headlights, and to a gigantic oil derrick cake that spews chocolate, these Dallas Cakes are always top tier. Among the local bakeries featured will be Frosted Arts Bakery, Society Bakery, Crème de La Crème, The London Baker, Kool Kakes by Dylan and Sugar Bee Sweets.

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs Gala Goes Global

Symphony of Chefs 2018
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The 8th Annual Symphony of Chefs was held on Monday, February 26, 2018 at Sixty Five Hundred benefiting KidLinks. The night began with the sounds of Corey Breedlove on guitar during a hors d’oeuvres reception prepared by Chef Partner Justin Yoakum from Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar. Notable guests included Jolie & Bart Humphrey, Carmaleta & Otis Felton, Margo & Bill Goodwin, Dr. Tana Roberts & Tim Roberts, Daffan Nettle, Jeanie & Bert Conly, Karen & Mike Dollar and founding event chairs Bonnie & Nathan Shea. As the dinner bell chimed, 250 guests took their seats in front of the 25 featured dinner chef tables. Co-chairs Vinette & Mike Montgomery and Georgia & Marc Lyons welcomed guests to the 8th annual event before turning the podium over to WFAA’s Good Morning Texas co-host Jane McGarry. After recognizing a host of new and returning sponsors and a few brief remarks about the night it was time for the chefs and guests to enjoy their first course.

Monday, March 26, 2018

FGI Dallas Celebrates Emerging Talent In Fashion, Beauty, Art and More

FGI Rising Stars 2018
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On Thursday March 1, 2018, Fashion Group International of Dallas (FGI) a global, non-profit professional fashion organization, hosted its 21st annual Rising Star Awards Ceremony at the Design District's Seven for Parties. The fete celebrated the extraordinary accomplishments of Dallas' emerging talents in the areas of Women's Fashion, Men's Fashion, Photography, Art, Fashion Blogging, and MakeUp Artistry. Courtney Kerr of "Kerrently" returned for her fourth year as emcee, with pop-up men's and women's fashion presentations produced by Jan Strimple Productions. Art and media installations were vividly dispersed, reflecting the works of the nominees spanning MakeUp Artistry, Photography, Art, and Fashion Blogging. Guests mixed and mingled throughout, enjoying cocktails by Kruto Vodka and light hors d'oeuvres. Among those in attendance was prior Rising Star Nominee and designer of Smith the 2nd, Charles Smith, Heidi Dillon, Real Housewives of Dallas star LeeAnne Locken, Steve Kemble, musician Larry g(EE), Leah Frazier, Dawn Mellon and Khanh Nguyen, designer of Nha Khanh. A surprise performance by local music artist, HANNA, rounded out the evening, making it one of the most buzzed about events for the season.

2018 Rising Star Award Winners  
Rising Star Winner in Men's Fashion: Jason Simmons of DeadSoxy 
Rising Star Winner in Women's Fashion: Venny Etienne of Levity 
Rising Star Winner in Photography: Aaron Fairooz 
Rising Star Winner in Art: Lindsey Meyers 
Rising Star Winner in Fashion Blogging: Amber LaFrance of DFW Style Daily 
Rising Star Winner in MakeUp Artistry: Jo Franco 
People's Choice Award: Jo Franco 

Photo Credit: Bob Manzano & William Neal

Junior League of Dallas Goes For Broke at Annual Casino Night Party

Junior League of Dallas: Casino Night 2018
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More than 400 guests enjoyed a fun-filled evening Saturday, March 3, 2018, at the Junior League of Dallas’ sold out Viva Big D Auction Party, presented by Park Place Dealerships. The party was held at 7 for Parties, where 2017-2018 Auction Party Chair Heather McNamara and the JLD Auction Party Team decked out the venue to bring a bit of Vegas to Dallas. The evening began with a VIP reception where special guests were able to sip and share in a separate lounge area equipped with a private bar, bites and gaming tables. A special Sustainer Lounge sponsored by Dallas Southwest Osteopathic Physicians was sectioned off for JLD Sustainers to mingle in as well. As the night continued, guests made their way into the main room, which consisted of multiple food stations provided by Wendy Krispin Catering and an open bar for all guests to enjoy while placing their bets at gaming tables and bidding in an unforgettable silent auction made possible by PlainsCapital Bank. Patrons danced the night away to the upbeat music of the Taylor Pace Orchestra, sponsored by Jordan Kahn Music Company.

Friday, March 23, 2018

TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation Donates $287K+ For Cancer Research In 2017

Big congrats to TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation for wrapping up 2017 by awarding more than $287,000 to hospitals across the country, in support of cutting-edge research for childhood cancers and patient programs. Hospitals receiving the grants included Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia; University of Colorado, Denver; University of California, San Francisco; Children’s Health Dallas and Cook Children’s in Fort Worth, Texas. “We are committed to funding research for childhood cancers at some of the best research centers in the country,” said Joy Cruse, founder of Dallas-based TeamConnor Childhood Cancer Foundation. “Despite being one of the leading causes of death among children, childhood cancer receives very little government funding for research. Therefore, if better treatment protocols and cures are to be found, it will take significant private and corporate support to fund the research.”

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Rising Fashion Star Don Morphy Opens Pop-Up Shop in Victory Park

Dallas-based Don Morphy will open its first pop-up brick and mortar location in Victory Park on Monday, March 19. Recently recognized by Fashion Group International of Dallas as one of its “Rising Stars” in Men’s Fashion, the Don Morphy brand is rapidly gaining a loyal cult following. The Don Morphy label is a celebrity favorite of Emmitt Smith, International mega-pastor T.D.Jakes, Hollywood Actor Morris Chestnut, and NBA Player Tyson Chandler to name a few. The Don Morphy label boasts high quality apparel, shoes, and accessories designed in the United States, and artfully handcrafted from the best in Italian fabrics in Florence, Italy.

Don Morphy blends the gentleman’s need for classy clothing and shoes that fit perfectly. The label started in 2014 with the idea of bringing Italian quality and flair to discerning customers in the United States and abroad. Based in Texas, its designers travel worldwide to find the best tailors and fabrics to bring the highest quality to the customer. Don Morphy designers attend the top male fashion shows in the world such as Pitti Uomo, White Milano, Madrid Fashion Week, London Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and New York Fashion Week, to find inspiration and to stay ahead of fashion trends. The Don Morphy brand is globally renowned with recognition by GQ, The New York Times, Vogue, Huffington Post, and many more for its unique flair in menswear.

Don Morphy will operate daily from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at 2404 Victory Park Lane from now through April 12. There will be a free customer appreciation event and live fashion show on March 24 at 5:30 p.m. produced by Rhonda Sargent Chambers to celebrate the opening with dinner, drinks and the latest in Don Morphy designs. To RSVP, guests can register here.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Screening of new documentary "Suicide: The Ripple Effect" to show at AMC NorthPark on Tues, March 20

Every 40 seconds, someone takes their own life and forever changes the lives of those who know them. A new documentary titled, Suicide: The Ripple Effect, chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge; he was in 1% of 2,000 jumpers who survived. Since then, Hines has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become one of the world’s most prominent suicide prevention speakers and advocates. The film balances the devastating effects of suicide and the tremendous positive ripple effects of advocacy, inspiration and hope that are helping millions heal & stay alive. This film will have one showing on Tuesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. at AMC NorthPark 15. Tickets are $12.50 and advance purchase is required at The film is appropriate for teens and parents may want to take tweens as young as 12.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Learn Forgotten Facts and Interesting Stories About Dallas Through Dallas Historical Society Programs

The Dallas Historical Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of Dallas and Texas history. LEarn more about Dallas through their educational programming, lectures, historic city tours, museum exhibitions, and other special events. This organization strives to be the preeminent resource for exploring, and instilling appreciation for the diverse history of Dallas and Texas.

You can meet a friend around town at one of the entertaining Pour Yourself Into History happy hours to socialize, support a local business, and “drink in” the special history of each location, spend an intellectually stimulating lunch hour at a Brown Bag Lecture to learn more about a variety of topics on local and state history, explore Dallas’ unique areas after attending a Historic City Tour; or gain more knowledge about Dallas and Texas history with authors and experts by attending An Evening With!, topics from An Evening With! will also be supported with a display of related items from the Dallas Historical Society collection.