Pink Magnolia celebrates first birthday with rosy party

6-Chef-Blythe-Beck-1Chef Blythe Beck loves her babies. Not human kids, no! Her babies. Like her lettuce babies, one of her signature apps. And of course her biggest baby is her Oak Cliff restaurant, Pink Magnolia. (We profiled the path to its opening in an award-winning piece published exactly a year ago.)

Well, the baby is about to have its first birthday (not anniversary!) and mamas Beck and Casie Caldwell are ready to celebrate with a pink explosion in September. This Saturday, Sept. 3, begins with a trip down the pink carpet for a brunchtime kid-friendly party with live music by Whiskey Sour, photos with the chef, face painting, a pick pony (!), cocktails and bites. A portion of the $35 adult cover ($10 for teens; free for 12 and under) will benefit Genesis Women’s Shelter.

Then on Sept. 20, Beck will share her Think Pink philosophy for a limited-seating “lunch and learn” event. (As with the b-day party, a portion of proceeds goes to Genesis.) You can secure your spot at both at

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

“Proud Marython” to commemorate Tina Turner’s escape from Ike, raise awareness about VAWA

Don't expect this to be recreated tonight.

In honor (we think) of the 36th anniversary of Tina Turner bolting from an abusive Ike in Dallas, a group of concerned citizens will be re-creating the run in downtown Dallas on Monday night to bring awareness to the potential re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act. The event went live Monday afternoon on Facebook, where organizer Chance Browning (also a Dallas Voice classified sales rep) posted this description:

Though it is super last-minute, this evening we will be marking the 36th Anniversary of the alleged day that Tina left Ike, barreling across I-30, and escaping to the then Plaza Hotel in downtown Dallas. So grab your high heels, fringe, and Tina wigs and come meet us, as we revisit her journey across I-30. Ours will be a much safer jaunt across the overpass. Also, we will be collecting donations for the Genesis Women’s Shelter, so bring any unwanted clothing, kitchenware, or home furnishings. Cash monies, also acceptable. When Tina went public about her years of endured abuse, in her autobiography, I, Tina, and the successful film, Whats Love Got To Do With It, she empowered women across the globe to no longer be silent. Also, with Republicans in Congress recently trying to prevent the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the time could not be more appropriate to both honor Tina’s strength, raise awareness, and raise funds for a great organization. Meet at Main Street Gardens at 7 p.m. this evening.

If anything, this could be the greatest photo opp of all time. For more info, go here.

—  Rich Lopez