August 15, 2014

City by City: Arlington, Northeast Tarrant

Dead Beat Poetry, Lindby and Svenny are among Dallas-Fort Worth bands slated to perform at the University of Texas at Arlington in October as part of’s fifth annual Rocktober concert series.


Rocktober band lineup announced at UTA

Dead Beat Poetry, Lindby and Svenny are among Dallas-Fort Worth bands slated to perform at the University of Texas at Arlington in October as part of’s fifth annual Rocktober concert series.

One artist will perform at noon each Friday at the UTA Library Mall starting Oct. 3 with DayWaster. That date is also College Radio Day, which aims to “raise a greater, international awareness of the many college and high school radio stations that operate around the world by encouraging people who would not normally listen to college radio to do so,” organizers said. For more information, visit

— Susan Schrock

Hatch chile pepper fest moves downtown

It doesn’t get much spicier than the Hatch Chile Festival at Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market on Aug. 22 and 23.

The market air will be scented with the heady aroma of roasting peppers that shoppers can purchase, or confident cooks can buy the raw peppers to go in their own specialties.

The annual festival, previously held at Cooper Street Farmer’s Market, will heat things up in downtown Arlington from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. or until the supply runs out.

Hatch chiles can be easily seeded and added to soups, stews and dips or enjoyed whole when roasted with meats or stuffed with cheese. Unlike other chile varieties, New Mexico Hatch Chiles are only available for six weeks each year during the months of August and September.

Admission and parking are free during the two-day event. Downtown Arlington Farmer’s Market is at 215 E. Front St.


Arlington gets first Young Professionals Civitan Club

A new Young Professionals Civitan Club will open a new era in Arlington when the first meeting is held at 5:30 p.m. Aug. 26 at Humperdinks, 700 Six Flags Drive.

Participants at the gathering will share information, network with one another and enjoy the food and beverages.

YP Civitan of Arlington is designed to provide community service, social interaction and networking opportunities for young professionals ages 21 to 35.

Civitan Clubs are groups of men and women who identify needs within the community and work together to fulfill those needs. For more information about the YP Club of Arlington, contact Frank Kelley at 727-631-9354 or email

Symphony goes Italian for new season

Symphony Arlington’s 15th anniversary season will have a tangy touch of La Bella Italia in its programs for the rest of 2014 and early 2015.

Featured guest artists include Cliburn contestant Lindsay Garritson performing Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 2, pianist Juan Moreno performing Turina’s Rapsodia Sinfonica, Op. 66, flute soloist LeeAnne Thompson performing Liebermann’s Flute Concerto, and violinist/Concertmaster Susan Demetris performing the Barber Violin Concerto.

Symphony Arlington will also feature Paul Silverthorne, principal viola of the London Symphony this season performing Paganini’s Sonata per la Gran’ Viola è Orchestra and Berlioz’ Harold in Italy.

The season debut is Oct. 16 at Arlington Music Hall, 224 N. Center St. Italian pianist Simone Sala will be performing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue.

Current season subscribers will get 15 percent off and new ones will get 10 percent off their ticket packages if they order by Friday.

Ticket package prices range from $90 to $250 for a full season (eight concerts) and $60 to $150 for a miniseason (choice of four concerts).

Tickets to a single concert range from $16.50 to $46.50. Full-time teachers and students can purchase $5 general admission tickets to any performance with an ID.

Call 817-385-0484 or buy online at

Federal Employees to see tap dance group

The Arlington-Grand Prairie chapter of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 18.

The program will feature a tap dance musical performance by the Dallas Tap Dazzlers. Refreshments will be provided.

Membership is open to federal employees and retirees and their spouses.

The chapter meets on the third Monday of each month at 10 a.m. at the Arlington Senior Activity Center, 1000 Eunice St.

For more information, call 972-262-0631 or visit


Model Aviation Day festivities planned

Greater Southwest Aeromodelers and Bedford Flyers model airplane clubs are celebrating National Model Aviation Day from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at Bedford Boys Ranch gymnasium, 2801 Forest Ridge Drive.

The public is invited to come and learn more about model aviation. There will be static displays of all types of model aircraft as well as flying demonstrations of indoor electric, rubber band powered, planes, helicopters, and a blimp. Try your flying skills on a computer flight simulator.

All donations will be forwarded to the Wounded Warriors Project. For more information, contact Darrell Abby at or call 817-692-7380.


UNT hires budget guru

The University of North Texas welcomed a new associate vice president for budget and analytics on Monday.

Beverly Cotton, who was vice president of business and finance for Brite Divinity School at Texas Christian University, is the latest hiring in the university’s finance department after a financial overhaul.

In the past several months, the university had reported that it misspent more than $83.5 million in state funds over the past decade. The university had also overstated its finances by $23 million in 2012 and 2013.

Cotton’s job is to make sure the university is complying with federal and state regulations, making sure staff are complying with laws and regulations, and providing leadership in budgeting and financial analytics.

Before TCU, Cotton worked at Texas Tech, where she helped plan and budget the university’s annual operating budget. She also taught accounting at Texas Tech and Wayland Baptist University.

— Monica S. Nagy


Traditional ceremony enhances scientific exhibit

A Native American Green Corn Moon ceremony will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, adding a traditional and joyful twist to the Tower Gallery’s current science-based exhibition, “The Evolving Universe.”

Hear traditional stories, make corn husk dolls and see the Bear Claw Singers perform during the free family-friendly event.

The Green Corn Ceremony is a religious and social event celebrated by peoples of the Eastern Woodlands and the Southeastern tribes. The late-summer observance occurs during a full-moon cycle and is related to the ripening of the corn crops. It is considered a day of thanksgiving and is marked with dancing and feasting.

The Bear Claw Singers represent the Comanche, Kiowa and Apache nations and have been performing Native American music for more than 12 years while sharing their traditions and culture.

“The Evolving Universe,” a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, is on display at the gallery, at 636 S. Main St., through Sept. 30. Featuring interactive activities, photographs and images, the exhibition offers guests the chance to explore the universe beyond Earth. The exhibition is free and will be open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Sunday, 2 to 5 p.m.


Recycle boxes, rebuild historic courthouse

Members of the Northeast Environmental Team are asking residents for used boxes for a project the group is planning in observance of America and Texas Recycles Day.

Volunteers are collecting corrugated boxes and will use them to build a replica of the original Tarrant County Courthouse, which in the mid-1800s was in Birdville in what is now Haltom City.

Titled “Recycle Birdville,” the effort is being organized by NEET members from Haltom City, North Richland Hills, Richland Hills and Watauga — all cities that grew from the original Birdville settlement.

The project will raise awareness of Birdville history while encouraging recycling.

Volunteers will accept boxes from the public, businesses and churches from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday. The drop-off location is the courthouse construction site — The Hills Business Center at 6357 Boulevard 26.

Construction of the courthouse will take place on Nov. 15, Recycles Day. All of the cardboard will be recycled at the end of the day with proceeds going to the Birdville Historical Museum.

For more information, call 817-222-7767 or email

Haltom alumni to reprise teacher’s hit play

In 2007, Haltom High School students premiered The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon, a fast-paced amalgam of fairy tales written by their theater teacher, Don Zolidis. Now many of the same actors are coming back to premiere Zolidis’ full-length musical adaptation of his popular work.

The musical will be performed by Haltom alumni and teachers from the classes of 1993 to 2013. Some have gone on to professional theatrical careers. Five teach fine arts in the Fort Worth area.

Zolidis taught theater in the Birdville school district until 2010, leaving to become a professional playwright. Last year, his 62 published plays were performed nearly 3,000 times, and he was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for drama for his play White Buffalo.

The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon was published shortly after its Haltom debut and has been produced nearly 1,500 times in 27 countries by some 25,000 actors.

Zolidis’ collaborator on the new musical, former Austin musician Billy Dave Wammo of Asylum Street Spankers, has written hundreds of songs and is a prolific visual artist.

The musical will be performed two nights only, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 21 and 22, before being licensed and released to schools and theaters worldwide.

Admission is $5 for students, $10 for adults and free for retired Haltom teachers.

Tickets may be purchased at the door at Haltom High School, 5501 N. Haltom Road. The box office will open at 6:30 p.m. and seating begins at 7 p.m. Call 817-547-6126 with any questions.


Make waves at Senior Center’s luau dance

Longing for the islands? Come out to the Bedford Senior Center at 2817 R.D. Hurt Parkway on Monday for a luau-themed dance. Wear a Hawaiian outfit to complement the mood.

Hours are from 7 to 9:30 p.m., and the admission of $6 per person lets guests listen to a live band, have refreshments and dance.

The dance is for ages 50 and above, and both singles and partners are welcome.

No registrations is required. For additional information or questions, call 817-952-2320.


‘Cab Calloway Story’ opens at the Uptown

Things didn’t start out well for Cab Calloway, the Cotton Club star who became one of the best-known jazz and blues singers of his era, not to mention a bandleader and Broadway star.

Born in 1907, Calloway and his mother struggled after his father died. As a student he cut classes to perform in nightclubs, and his career blossomed after Louis Armstrong tutored him in music.

Calloway sailed through the Depression and World War II, but when the big-band era died, his career almost perished with it.

He was saved when he was cast on Broadway in a revival of Porgy and Bess. Calloway married and had three daughters, finally becoming a part of the family he had always wanted.

The production is filled with Calloway’s memorable songs, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Minnie the Moocher, It Ain’t Necessarily So and Hidey Hidey Ho.

Texas Family Musicals presents The Cab Calloway Story Friday through Aug. 17 at the Uptown Theater, 120 E. Main St. Performances are 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35 for adults. Children under 12 are half price, and seniors and students are $2 off the adult ticket price. Call the box office at 800-547-4697 to reserve seats or visit


Sailing seminar planned for wounded veterans

The Coast Guard Auxiliary flotilla at Grapevine Lake is coordinating a Wounded Warrior Introduction to Sailing seminar next weekend for a group of area military veterans who were injured in service.

The seminar will be Saturday and Sunday.

Twenty-five combat veterans will be introduced to the fundamentals of learning to sail.

The Coast Guard Auxiliary will be providing the classroom instruction and patrol boats on the water to assist with the safety of the event. The American Airlines and Grapevine sailing clubs will be providing on-the-water instruction.

The Grapevine Sailing Club will also coordinate other events for participants’ family members.


Parent session covers social media pitfalls

Haltom High School is hosting a parent information night on social media at 7 p.m. Aug. 21 at the school. Haltom High School is located at 5501 N. Haltom Road.

Students deal with all sorts of intrusive social media daily — and not all of it is safe. A noted expert in both the fields of technology and teenagers will explain all the factors at work.

Learn what apps are popular and safe, as well as the dangerous apps that teens should avoid.

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