Best Bets • 10.28.11

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She’ll folk you up
Boston folk singer Catie Curtis brings a new set of tunes to town. Promoting her latest album Stretch Limousine on Fire, Curtis says this album has pushed her to her musical boundaries. So her live show must be just as inspired.

DEETS: With Melissa Greener. Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse,
555 N. Central Expressway. 8 p.m. $15–$18.


Saturday 10.29

This Halloween is full of treats
Saturday is all about decisions and it’s like you can’t make a wrong one. If you’re handy and have a couple of 5-Hour energy drinks, you could fit in a haunted house, The Women’s Chorus of Dallas masquerade ball and of course, what’s Halloween without the block party?

DEETS: Oak Lawn Halloween 2011,
3900 Cedar Springs Road. 7 p.m.

Masquerade 2011. Sammons Center for the Arts,
3630 Harry Hines Blvd. 7 p.m. $25.

Screams Theme Park,
2511 FM 66, Waxahachie. 7:30 p.m. $25.


Saturday 10.29

Diablos drag you to Hell
Before the costumes and the candy hits the fan, there’s Hellfest 2011 to get through. The Dallas Diablos host the annual rugby tournament with men’s and women’s teams from all over the country competing for top honors. Teams be warned. The Diablos say “in Hellfest, no one can hear you scream.”

DEETS: Lake Highlands Park,
9500 Lake Highlands Road. Noon.


Thursday 11.03

She can dance
Judith Jamison is kind of a big deal. She danced with Baryshnikov, won an Emmy and went from being the principal dancer of the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater to being its artistic director. She appears for one night as part of the Brinker International Forum. The Kennedy Center honoree and National Medal of Arts winner likely has some great stories to tell. And we’re all ears.

DEETS: Winspear Opera House,
2403 Flora St. 8 p,m. $12.50–$125.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 28, 2011.

—  Kevin Thomas

Wanna sleep with the Turtle Creek Chorale? Tonight’s your chance

You can wear these tonight — with pants!

Finally you can show off those cute print pajamas in public. Tonight, the Turtle Creek Chorale hosts the Donor Bridge North Texas Day of Giving Pajama Party. As part of the third annual event for Donor Bridge, donations $25 and higher made between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Thursday will be matched with monies raised by DonorBridge founders Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation and Center for Nonprofit Management.

So what’s up with the pajama party? It’s just part of this year’s theme to “get up and give.”

OK, it is a school night, but starts early enough to at least stop in, pose for a pic and make a donation. They’ll entice you with refreshments and prizes for the best pajama suit and even a “bring your own bed” award. The best part is the venue. Tonight’s event is held at the fantastic Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. I always wondered what that place is like at night. With the lights out, I bet it’s quite spooky.

The event runs from 10 p.m.– 1 a.m. For more information, or if you just wanna donate during business hours, click here.

—  Rich Lopez

LOCAL BRIEFS: AIN receives donations, Women’s Chorus auditions, food programs

AIN receives donations

AIDS Interfaith Network received a number of donations over the past two weeks, totaling about $65,000, to support North Texans with HIV and AIDS living in poverty.
MAC AIDS Fund made a $25,000 donation to AIN’s meals program, which serves more than 26,000 meals to 500 people. Almost half of these clients are homeless or marginally housed.

The James and Gayle Halperin Foundation and The Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation each made $10,000 gifts. DIFFA made a $9,500 grant to the meals program.

The 24th Annual Leo Party and Miss Leo Contest at the Hidden Door raised almost $10,000. Organizer Andy Scanlon called the event and show “the longest running, independently operated, volunteer-led fundraiser for an AIDS organization in Dallas.”

In its 24 years, the Leo Party has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the clients of AIN, Scanlon said.

Women’s Chorus auditions

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will hold open rehearsals for women interested in joining the Chorus on Monday, Aug. 15, Saturday, Aug. 20, and Monday, Aug. 22. Interested singers are invited to sit in on a full rehearsal, meet with members of TWD, and learn more about becoming a member. All singers must attend an open rehearsal prior to auditioning to join the chorus.

Regular season rehearsals are held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

TWD performs three season concerts annually, and this year will perform an additional concert at Carnegie Hall in New York City. The chorus performs many outreach performances each season, and the 2011-2012 season already includes scheduled performances for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and AIDS Lifewalk.

To sign up for a rehearsal, visit For questions regarding the chorus, the audition process or rehearsals, contact the office at 214-520-7828 or via email at

Food programs

Congress is debating cutting programs like the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (better known as WIC) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the food stamp program) and funding for food banks. The North Texas Food Bank asks people who are concerned about these cuts to contact members of Congress to ask them not to slash these programs.

—  John Wright

DPD offers Volunteers in Patrol training

Dallas police Sgt. Michael Doeringsfeld sent us this message and asked we get word out.

To all that are interested in becoming a VIP (Volunteers in Patrol), the Northwest Division will be conducting training this Saturday, March 12 at 9 a.m.-1 p.m. The training will be at the Northwest Police Division 9801 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas Texas, 75220 in the detail room.

To become a VIP the following requirements must be met: at least 21 years old, a member of a neighborhood association or crime watch, complete a successful background check, posses a valid Texas Driver’s License, have no moving traffic violations in the last two years, have no felony convictions, no misdemeanor A or B convictions in the last 5 years, no DWI conviction in the last ten years, and successfully complete all required training.

Please, contact the Neighborhood Patrol Unit at 214-670-6206 if you should have any questions regarding the training. They will e-mail you an application to fill out before arriving.

—  David Taffet

Chorale to hold open auditions

The Turtle Creek Chorale, on the heals of its successful holiday concerts last month, is looking for new blood — though Edward Cullen isn’t involved. The chorale will hold open rehearsal and orientation at the TCC’s offices in the Sammons Center for the Arts at 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. on Tuesday, Jan. 4, from 7 to 10 p.m., and prospective members are asked to attend and participate. The actual auditions for any singers interested in joining the gay men’s chorus will occur on Sunday, Jan. 9, from 3 to 6 p.m. an the Grace United Methodist Church at 4105 Junius St.

All vocal parts (tenor, bass, baritone … even countertenor if you got the chops) are open. To view a video sample of an actual audition, go here, or to learn more about the chorale, go to

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Bishop Arts First Thursday to feature classic car show

As part of its First Thursdays series, the Bishop Arts District will host “Cruise Night” Nov. 4, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., featuring classic cars from the Classic Chassis Car Club.

Merchants say they expect to fill at least two blocks of the urban historic district with lacquered fenders, polished chrome, white-wall tires and leather upholstery.

Classic Chassis Car Club is the organizational sponsor for the event and club members will furnish more than two dozen cars to anchor the it. Members of the general public are also encouraged to bring their special “rides.” In keeping with the club’s membership policy, “Cruise Night” is open to all pedigrees of collectible vehicles, from restored classics to brand-new exotics, from art cars to vintage two-wheelers.

Vehicles will be displayed between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. in reserved parking spaces along Bishop Avenue and Seventh Street. Early arrivals are welcome, and car owners need not remain for the entire duration of the event. There is no entry fee and no competition.

TWCD holding  Masquerade event as Halloween weekend fundraiser

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will host “Masquerade 2010” Saturday, Oct. 30, at 7 p.m. at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd.

The annual fundraiser will feature a wide variety of silent auction items, casino tables, live jazz music, tarot card readings, ballroom dancing and a contest for the best  masquerade costume.

Auction donations in the form of items or certificates for good or services are still being accepted and are tax-deductible.

Auction items already donated include original artwork, tickets for sports, theater and other entertainment events, spa packages, overnight hotel stays and travel packages, celebrity memorabilia, gift baskets and more.

The casino at the event will include poker, blackjack or roulette, and the best players can win prizes.
Tickets are $25 in advance, available online at, by calling 214-520-7828 or by e-mailing Tickets at the door will be $35.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 22, 2010

—  Kevin Thomas

Local Briefs • 07.30.10

OL Library Friends holding information meeting on budget

Oak Lawn Library Friends will hold an information meeting on the city of Dallas budget reductions and their impact on library users from 6-8 p.m. Thursday August 5th at the library audtorium, 4100 Cedar Springs Road. The meeting will offer details on a proposal to organize volunteers to save library services.

Women’s Chorus of Dallas inviting interested singers to rehearsals

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas will hold open rehearsals for women interested in joining the chorus on Monday, Aug. 9, and Monday, Aug. 16, beginning promptly at 7 p.m. both evening.

Interested singers are invited to sit in on a rehearsal, meet with members of the chorus and learn more about becoming a member.

The Women’s Chorus of Dallas offers women the opportunity to sing classical choral repertoire, as well as popular music and songs from many other genres. Neither prior experience nor the ability to read music is a requirement for membership.

Regular season rehearsals are held every Monday from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Members are expected to attend every rehearsal.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition July 30, 2010.

—  Kevin Thomas