Friday, December 2, 2016

Studio Movie Grill Goes "Rogue" With New Menu

Studio Movie Grill has made a name for themselves combining state-of-the-art sight and sound technologies with an ultra-comfortable viewing experience mixed with in-theater dining. Date night just got a little more exciting with the addition of more than 15 new dishes being added to their menu, including Seared Ahi Tuna, Hummus, Onion Rings, Blackened Chicken Pasta, Blackened Chicken Sliders, and a Chimichurri Steak Salad. But the innovative additions don’t stop there! As an ode to the new Star Wars movie, Rogue One - which will be released December 16 nationwide - SMG is also introducing a new Star Wars-themed breakfast menu, served only on Saturdays and Sundays until 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Dallas Theater Center Brings Equal Opportunity to A Christmas Carol

Here's to You, Miss Scrooge
by Jayne Herring

The rant I will give every stranger-at-a-bar within earshot about this Dallas Theater Center’s production of A Christmas Carol is simply: The set and the music are magical, the message and performances are beautiful, the show and the theatre are gems of our city, and all will shock even the most cynical heart into the holiday spirit. But this one, this year, this is truly not to be missed. We have seen many versions of the classic Dickens story both on stage and screen, and although DTC’s version adapted by Kevin Moriarty is especially brilliant year after year, the one word I keep coming up with about this particular production is - POWERFUL. First I must give my fangirl shout-outs to those who delighted me the most, starting with Liz -freaking- Mikel. Hearing her voice boom through the Wyly Theatre felt like a big 'welcome back to Dallas' hug. I would pay to listen to this woman sing financial reports. In this production we get her as Mrs. Fezziwig, the Ghost of Christmas Present, and frequent ensemble speaking and singing roles that are impossible to miss. Sally Nystuen Vhale as Scrooge ranks as one of the best performers I have seen on a stage. More on her later. Alex Organ’s gentle voice as Bob Cratchit, Gabrielle Reyes’s compassion (as Lucy) and her ability to show a young woman’s slow withdrawal from humanity (as young Scrooge) both warmed my heart, and the 22-year DTC veteran Chamblee Ferguson as both Mr. Dilber and Mr. Fezziweg was a welcome familiar comical presence throughout. The rest of the cast, including Brierley Acting Company members, SMU students, and the fabulous youth ensemble - oh so important in this piece- fill the space with songs and all the feels.

Prepare To Be Cerebrally Stimulated At The #hearhere 2017 Lecture Series

One of the things I love about Dallas is that there is always something fun and interesting to do. I love events, shows, and lectures that are out-of-the-norm, interesting and unusual. Nothing personifies that description better than The AT&T Performing Arts Center's #hearhere series – a speaker series with dynamic discussions from leaders in the arts and sciences. Featuring thought leaders whose work has become a cultural phenomenon, #hearhere removes the barrier between audiences and some of the most interesting minds of our time. This third season features the return of American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author and science communicator, Neil deGrasse Tyson, delivering his most popular talk entitled “The Cosmic Perspective;” American author and social commentator known for her sardonic perspective on American life, Fran Lebowitz; one of America’s greatest storytellers, Garrison Keillor; and one of the most celebrated writers of our time, Neil Gaiman. I can't wait to attend these stimulating evenings! Who's with me!?

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Four Ways To Take Amazing iPhone Photos

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Which is not hard to do when the new Lincoln Continental is our model

Recently, The Lincoln Motor Company invited me to spend the afternoon with their team to have an up-close-and-personal experience with the all NEW Lincoln Continental. The Lincoln Continental has had a starring role in many Hollywood films, pop culture and in political circles. Elvis Presley drove one around Memphis, in “The Godfather,” Sonny Corleone was assassinated in one as he drove one up to the Long Beach causeway toll booth and it was the car that shuttled US presidents around Washington and the world. Retired in 2002, the automobile brand synonymous with luxury has been brought back by Lincoln for 2017 as its top-of-the-line sedan. A driver picked me up mid-morning to allow me to sit in the back seat and enjoy the rear-seat amenities: audio and climate control, reclining seats, a side window shade and a chauffeur button that moves the front passenger seat forward. This first touchpoint with the Continental tied in nicely with a new service Lincoln has recently launched called Pickup and Delivery. It's part of a larger initiative known as The Lincoln Way. Need an oil change or regular maintenance service? They will meet you wherever you are (home, office, Northpark Center, Dallas Zoo...), provide you with a complimentary Lincoln loaner, then return the serviced vehicle to you at the destination of your choice. No fuss, no muss, no wasting time driving back and forth and waiting. I like it. Lincoln is the only luxury automaker that provides this service as part of the vehicle's warranty.

To make our experience with the car more interactive, they brought in professional automotive photographer Kevin McCauley from Houston. Kevin shoots almost exclusively with an iPhone and was eager to share some of his tips & tricks for creating amazing shots. Never one to be greedy, I am paying it forward by sharing them with you!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Shaken, Stirred, Styled: DMA Presents The Art of the Cocktail

Fashion blogger Jane Aldridge will judge the best 20s era attire at Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail
photo: Jane Aldridge/Seas of Shoes

Calling all guys and dolls for the Dallas Museum of Art’s Speakeasy celebrating Shaken, Stirred, Styled: The Art of the Cocktail, an exhibition of cocktail ware from the late 19th century through present day.  DMA Members and the Dallas community are invited to dress to kill in their best roaring 20’s attire for a Prohibition-era speakeasy party on Saturday, February 4, 2017 from 8:00 p.m. to midnight. The main event will take place in the Hamon Atrium featuring craft cocktails, delicious nibbles, live entertainment from the 18-piece band, the Singapore Slingers, dance tutorials of 20’s-era dances with professionals from The Rhythm Room, gaming tables and photo booth, this special evening is sure to be the bee’s knees.

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Mad Hatter's Tea Announces Rachel Zoe As Celebrity Guest for 2017

The Mad Hatter's Tea and Luncheon has long been one of my personal favorite events of the year so I am gleeful about next year's luncheon and fashion show because it was just announced that for the 29th annual event  RACHEL ZOE will be in attendance and her designs will walk the runway courtesy of Tootsies. Bananas! The 2017 theme has been announced as Under The Tuscan Sun and the event will take place April 27, 2017.

Friday, November 25, 2016

Ally's Wish Kicks Off 3d Annual Boots & Blessings Gala

Photo c/o Bob Manzano

On Thursday, November 15th Ally’s Wish hosted a kick-off event at the new Reese Witherspoon inspired retail boutique, Draper James, to celebrate the upcoming 3d annual Boots & Blessings Gala to be held on Saturday, April 29 at Gilley’s Dallas. Tickets will start at $150 with tables & sponsorships from $1,500. Ally’s Wish has served over 40 terminally ill moms granting wishes so that their children and families will have lasting memories. CLICK HERE to see a gallery of photographs from this event.

It was fitting that the Draper James team opened their new digs in Highland Park Village to host a Southern soiree with bites by Wendy Krispin Caterer and Korbel California Champagne Non-Vintage Brut Rosé. And with 10% of sales going back to Ally’s Wish, what a perfect reason to do some early holiday shopping. Kidd Kraddick Morning Show radio personality, Kellie Rasberry served as the evening’s emcee. As guests filled the store, Kellie began sharing her connection to Ally’s Wish noting, “It is the moms that the wishes are granted for, but the children who have the lasting memories”. As a mother herself she felt connected to an organization that gives so graciously of their hearts and their time to serve the women who are nominated. Event Co-Chair, Kim Gilchrist welcomed guests and shared her excitement for the upcoming April 29, 2017 event that will take place at Gilley’s Dallas. A fellow friend of the organization, Kim’s goal as event chair is to help ensure that future moms wishes are granted through the support of gala donors. After thanking additional sponsors including Kick-off Sponsor J. Philips Mortgage, Kim recognized Kersten Rettig who will serve as Underwriting Chair and Laura Armstrong Downing who will serve as Advisory Chair.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Save BIG at NorthPark Center on Black Friday


Who's ready to brave the crowds and score some major deals and steals this Black Friday!? Today, I visited the set of Good Morning Texas set to let viewers know about some of the amazing offers that NorthPark Center tenants will be offering shoppers this Friday, November 25th. For a complete list of Black Friday offers, visit NorthPark Center's website.

Disclaimer: This post was brought to you by NorthPark Center.  While I did receive compensation for appearing on TV as their spokesperson and authoring this post; product selections, descriptions, and opinions are my own. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

A Night At The Museum Had The Perot Seeking To "Elevate" Fundraising in 2016

Perot Museum Elevate Gala 2016
photos c/0 Thomas Garza Photography and the Perot Museum

Dancing in the clouds, hot air balloons, flight simulators, hair-raising experiments, dancing birds and floating foods had visitors soaring at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science’s annual fundraising gala, Night at the Museum: Elevate, on Saturday, Nov. 12. Held on all five levels of the Museum, the nearly sold-out soiree featured “play-and-party” activities, live entertainment, delicious science-infused fare and cocktails from Wolfgang Puck Catering, and dreamy décor that had patrons floating on cloud nine. “From aviation and nature’s beauty, to the future of flight, this year’s Night at the Museum will explore the many interpretations of elevation,” said Dan Kohl, the Perot Museum’s interim chief executive officer. “This event supports our mission to inspire minds through nature and science by allowing us to sponsor community outreach programs, fund research, provide financial assistance for students and bring in traveling exhibitions to our visitors.” An invitation-only VIP pre-party, presented by Highland Capital Management, kicked off the evening and in a nod to the Perot Museum’s fall traveling exhibition, Birds of Paradise, where Earth’s most flirtatious birds are visually displayed in a simulated exotic New Guinea rainforest guests got to witness a live bird show.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

DIFFADallas Auctions Off Holiday Spirit At The 21st Holiday Wreath Collection

On Thursday, November 10, the Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS, DIFFADallas, hosted its 21st Holiday Wreath Collection at the Fashion Industry Gallery to ring in the holiday season. The holidays were in full swing at this year’s event, which was hosted by John Erdos, Ferrell Drum, Morgan Cox and Ralph Randall. Guests mixed and mingled amongst 100 one-of-a-kind wreaths displayed beautifully on standalone doors throughout the Gramercy Park themed space. This year’s Holiday Wreath Collection boasted an expansion of gift and home items available for auction, including a chic modern living room curated entirely by Erdos at Home. The extraordinary wreaths were designed by Stanley Korshak, Neiman Marcus, Mary Kay, Dylan’s Candy Bar, Christofle, Moet & Chandon, Etro, Beaux Arts, Wildman Framing, Nine-Eighteen Big Mango, Akola Jewelry, Amy Berry Design, Kathy Kincaid Interiors, Bungalow 5, Studio Ten 25, Susie Rosmarin, Paper Affair, Molton Brown and many more. Click here to view a gallery of photos from this event 📷