The joyful noises of the holiday season will ring beautifully at the biennial TCU Fine Arts Gala on Nov. 30. Hundreds of guests in sparkling holiday attire will stream into the Brown-Lupton University Ballroom on campus to enjoy a cocktail reception, special meal and an evening of fun and entertainment.
“This event, Joy to the Frogs, will feature the voices of the Frog Corps,” said spokeswoman Lynda Shropshire. “In addition to this wonderful artistic talent, we will offer an impressive silent and live auction and gourmet dinner. The funds generated will support programs for the students in all six disciplines of the college.”
Among the multitude of area charity auctions, this one can hold its own or even excel in uncommonly spectacular and unique swag. Sports packages feature Stars and Mavericks tickets along with TCU basketball and Colonial golf tickets. There’s a river cruise through Vietnam and Cambodia, a week at Aspen’s Ritz Carlton Club, and a helicopter trip to the Brennan Vineyards in Comanche among a slew of other truly awesome stuff.
Live performances by TCU music students will delight the audience with featured numbers by the TCU Frog Corps and the Concert Chorale accompanied by the jazz ensemble. Anne Helmreich, dean of the College of Fine Arts, will open the program.
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“The funds raised at the gala will help defray student expenses for international and regional travel for auditions and competition performances,” said gala chair Carol Dunaway. “The money also supports production budgets to enhance set designs and costumes.” Dunaway had high praise for all of her 30-member committee including honorary chair Mary Ralph Lowe and auction chair Mike Mullins.
Panther Ice opens Friday
The weather forecast says nothing about an ice storm, but nonetheless, ice is already taking Coyote Drive-In by storm. Yes, ice skating fans, Friday is the day to lace up those skates and hear the swish of the metal blade across the ice at Panther Island Ice, the only outdoor rink in the area.
“We are really excited to bring this holiday activity back to Panther Island,” said J.D. Granger, executive director of the Trinity River Vision Authority. “Because we’re returning for a fourth year we are starting to see families building their traditions around the ice rink and that has been really neat to see,” he said.
Skaters can get in the giving spirit by bringing two cans of food to the rink on Tuesdays to be donated to Tarrant Area Food Bank and get $2 off the cost of admission. Bring a toy for the Cowboy Santa program from Nov. 30 to Dec. 4 and get a discount admission. And scores of students in Fort Worth schools will get to skate free via the Schools on Skates program through the partnership of Panther Island Ice, Bank of Texas and the Blue Zones initiative.
The fun will continue beyond Friday’s opening until Jan. 16, seven days a week including holidays. Admission is $12, but look for discounts Mondays on Cheap Skate Night and Wednesdays with the Star-Telegram Press Pass. And there will be a military discount thanks to underwriting by Lockheed Martin. If skating revs up your appetite, no problem because the Coyote Canteen will have great seasonal concessions for sale.
Square dancers kick up their heels for charity on Dec. 4
A local group of square dancers who love to do-si-do and promenade will kick up their heels to raise money for the USO at a benefit dance from 4 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4. The North Texas Square and Round Dance Association and the North Texas Callers Association hope to outdo the $10,000 they raised last year for the USO DFW at this year’s fundraiser to benefit military members and their families.
“This is a particularly important year for the USO in that it is their 75th anniversary, which makes it very special,” said dance group spokesman Chris Mills. “Last year the DFW USO assisted more than 188,000 military members and their families as they passed thru DFW Airport.” Mills said the clubs are exceptionally supportive of the USO because many of the dance club members are veterans. There are around 30 clubs in North Texas with about 1,300 members.
The evening’s festivities, Mills said, will feature a grand march of all participants and the opening tip, and then orchestrated ballroom round dance followed by square and round dances — all under the direction of callers and cuers providing the music.
Chairing the event are Joe and Pat Cadenhead and Bascom and Peggy Kemp assisted by a dedicated committee. They’ve planned a silent auction that will include homemade quilts, afghans, holiday wreaths, and a collapsible wagon. Live auction bidders will vie for Desert Storm coins and a complimentary callers fee. The winning tickets in a tin can auction will walk away with homemade pickles and preserves and other goodies.
When asked what he enjoyed about being a member, Mills referred to the club website: “Today’s square dancing is a fun activity, set to upbeat music that offers a great social interaction while providing both physical and mental health benefits.”
The benefit dance takes place at the Swingtime Center, 5100 SE Loop 820 in Fort Worth. Anyone interested in supporting the USO DFW is invited to attend. A donation for the USO is the cost of admission. Learn more about the clubs at www.nortex.org and www.lifesjustadance.com.
Picasso ceramic exhibit open at Arlington Museum of Art
The Arlington Museum of Art opened its winter blockbuster exhibit, “Pablo Picasso: Ceramics,” last week with a gala reception. The exhibit features more than 40 ceramic artworks by the renowned artist Pablo Picasso.
Museum director Chris Hightower said: “Pablo Picasso is one of the world’s most well-known artists, but most people know him for his paintings. We are excited to share another aspect of Picasso’s art with the North Texas community.”
The famed artist reportedly became interested in the ceramics medium after seeing the works of the Madoura potters at a craft fair in 1946. He worked with the Madoura studios for years producing hundreds of ceramic pieces and thousands more working independently.
The exhibit will be open through Feb. 12 and was curated by Gerald Nordland, noted author and independent curator and former director of the San Francisco Art Museum and others.
The museum is at 201 W. Main and is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays from 1 to 5 p.m. Contact Hightower at 817-275-4600 to inquire. Learn more at arlingtonmuseum.org.
- Festival of Trees is Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Cedar Bluff Assisted Living and Memory Care in Mansfield, 354 Matlock Road. Fully decorated artificial trees will be for sale by silent auction and will come with tree skirt and gifts or gift cards. A raffle offers a beautiful 9-foot decorated tree. Admission is free. Proceeds benefit Harvesting International Food Bank. Inquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Kirk Franklin, gospel megastar, will perform a concert on Friday at 8 p.m. at the MISD Center for the Performing Arts, 1110 W. Debbie Lane in Mansfield. Tickets are $25-$55. Purchase at www.Extremetix.com or call 817-299-1259.
- “Nutcracker: Short and Suite” is Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Whites Chapel, 185 S. Whites Chapel Blvd. in Southlake. Presented by the Apex Arts League and the Avant Chamber Ballet. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for seniors, students and Apex members. Purchase at the door or at www.apex-arts.org.