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Do you measure up for ‘A Night at the Apollo’?

“A Night at the Apollo” on Saturday at the Arlington Museum of Art will re-create the Roaring ’20s in a talent competition.

Performers will try to take the audience back to a time when the music was hot and catching that one big break in show business was just on the horizon. Doors open at 7 p.m.

The top three winners will take home $1,000, $500 and $200, respectively. A special award is planned for the audience favorite.

Register your act for the show at The entry fee is $20. Rehearsal will be at 4 p.m. the day of the show.

Admission is $20 per person. Contact Nancy Tice at 817-275-4600 or email

— Faye Reeder

Mission Arlington school supply drive is splashy

Help out Mission Arlington clients with school supplies, and swim for half price through Friday at any Arlington aquatics facility.

Donate at least one school supply item per swimmer when paying admission.

Nonswimmers can drop off school supply donations at Mission Arlington offices, 210 W. South St., so the items can be sorted and organized in time for school.

Mission Arlington will serve about 10,000 children this year with school clothing and supplies. The most-needed items are colored pencils, markers, erasers, wide ruled notebook paper and wide ruled composition books.

— Shirley Jinkins

Nolan Ryan chosen for chamber’s highest award

The Arlington Chamber of Commerce announced recently that its 2013 Star Award recipient would be Rangers CEO Nolan Ryan.

Ryan will accept the award, the highest recognition given by the chamber, at the chamber’s annual meeting and awards dinner Sept. 11 at the Arlington Convention Center.

“Nolan Ryan is a tribute to professional baseball, the Texas Rangers and the Arlington community,” chamber CEO Wes Jurey said in a statement. “Mr. Ryan’s legendary Hall of Fame baseball career and his business leadership with the Texas Rangers are unparalleled in performance and character.”

Two men will be inducted into the Arlington Business Hall of Fame: the Rev. Norman Lee Robinson, senior pastor at Mount Olive Baptist Church, and Arnold E. Petsche, founder of A.E. Petsche Co., the leading supplier of high-performance wire and cable for the aerospace industry.

The keynote speaker will be Phil Wilson, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation.


Levitt Pavilion announces its fall concert schedule

The Levitt Pavilion will close its fifth season of free outdoor concerts with a slight change to its fall format: Thursday evening shows have been eliminated.

Concerts will be presented at 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.

“We’ve found over the years that our fall Thursday night concerts have the lowest attendance,” Executive Director Patti Diou said in a statement. “In September, there is much more competition for everyone’s time with school in session and all of its activities. Having concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday means we are spending our professional artists’ fees wisely on nights when more people can relax and enjoy a free concert.”

Brave Combo, the traditional opening band for the fall, will play Aug. 30. The eclectic Denton-based band was the first to perform at the Levitt when it opened Oct. 10, 2008.

Pentatonix, the a cappella group that features three Martin High School graduates, returns Aug. 31. A year ago, Pentatonix, which won NBC’s The Sing-Off in 2011, drew more than 12,000 people, setting a Levitt attendance record.

Opening weekend concludes Sept. 1 with legendary Texas troubadour and master storyteller Ray Wylie Hubbard. Officials say he is one of the most requested artists at the Levitt.

Call 817-543-4308 or go to

Viewing, discussion of MLK ‘Dream” speech is Aug. 28

Historic video of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech together with a panel discussion will be presented at 7 p.m. Aug. 28 at Arlington’s First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), 910 S. Collins St.

The program, “I Have a Dream: Fifty Years Later,” is free.

Panel discussion participants will include W. Marvin Dulaney, chairman of the history department at the University of Texas at Arlington; Keri Day, assistant professor of theological and social ethics and black church studies at Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University; and Jeanne Muldrew, discipline coordinator for the Arlington school district.

Music will be provided by the First Christian Church music ministry.

— Shirley Jinkins

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