Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

Eyes on Arlington: Hello fall! Three venues offer first-class entertainment

Jeffrey Barnes, Danny O’Brien, Little Jack Melody, Alan Emert Mansfield and Carl Finch, members of Brave Combo, will be back for again for opening night of the Levitt Fall concert series on Friday.
Jeffrey Barnes, Danny O’Brien, Little Jack Melody, Alan Emert Mansfield and Carl Finch, members of Brave Combo, will be back for again for opening night of the Levitt Fall concert series on Friday. Star-Telegram archives

Brave Combo fans (and who isn’t among them?) will be back for again for opening night of the Levitt Fall concert series on Friday. It’s now a Levitt tradition for the mosh pit polka band to take the stage for the season opener since they’ve done it every year since 2008 when they had the distinction of being the first band to perform on the Levitt Stage.

Levitt fans will be excited about a newcomer making its debut at the pavilion this fall: A brand new big video screen will be unveiled at Saturday’s concert. Upgrades in lighting and audio have just been completed, so fans will now enjoy the ultimate experience in video and sound.

“There is so much to look forward to in our fall concert series,” said Patti Diou, Levitt Pavilion executive director. “Fort Worth Opera’s popular Opera Shots; our newest Texas state musician, Joe Ely; The Voice finalist Luke Wade; and, of course, our benefit concert with Kenny Loggins.”

On Saturday, Austin singer/songwriter Bob Schneider takes the stage performing his unique sound covering all music genres. On Sunday John Fullbright will make his Levitt debut performing his “sophisticated, witty Americana songwriting.”

Fall concerts on the beautiful lawn are Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 8 p.m. through Oct. 11. Admission is free, and audiences are welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets and a picnic dinner. Food and beverages are also available for purchase.

It’s only once a year that you have to buy a ticket to see a show at the Levitt. Music fans are already lining up to purchase tickets for this year’s benefit performance starring Loggins. The two-time Grammy winner will perform at 9 p.m. Oct. 3 singing hits including Celebrate Me Home, Danger Zone, Footloose and Your Momma Don’t Dance.

Tickets for An Evening With Kenny Loggins are $35 for general admission in advance; $45 at the gate. VIP tickets are $150 to $180 and include dinner with a silent and live luxury auction before the concert, reserved VIP seats at the concert and a reserved VIP parking area. Purchase online at or call 817-543-4308.

‘Hello, Dolly!’ at Theatre Arlington

The new season at Theatre Arlington will officially open on Sept. 11 with one of the most enduring musical theater hits, Hello, Dolly! A special benefit performance on Sept. 10 will raise money for local charities and give theater fans a chance to see the show a day early.

The award-winning show has had three Broadway revivals and international success on both the stage and screen. Audiences love the story surrounding Dolly Levi, a socialite turned matchmaker.

“With Hello Dolly!, Theatre Arlington is not just opening a new season but ushering in a new era in the theater’s tradition of excellence. This production is classic musical theater in the grand style, which the city of Arlington deserves,” said Executive Director Valerie Galloway

Local favorite Persis Ann Forster will play the lead role of the iconic matchmaker, and Steven D. Morris is cast in the role of the lovable curmudgeon Horace Vandergelder.

The benefit show is sponsored by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and will raise money to support outreach programs at Crow Elementary School and the Arlington Life Shelter.

“It will be a nice evening of seeing a wonderful musical classic and a pre-show wine and hors d’oeuvres reception with the proceeds going for a good cause,” said Beth Marshall, president of the Theatre Guild and a St. Alban’s member. Tickets for the benefit are $25. The reception is at 6:30 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

When the show officially opens on Sept. 11 at 8 p.m., attendees can enjoy a post-show reception with the cast and crew and delicious food from Restaurant506 at the Sanford House and Cooper Street Bakery. Performances continue through Oct. 4. Purchase tickets at or call the box office at 817-275-7661.

Rolling Stone magazine featured in new art exhibit

Iconic images from Baron Wolman, first director of photography for Rolling Stone magazine, will be on display in an exhibit opening Saturday at Arlington Museum of Art.

“Wolman’s unparalleled access to rock and roll’s heavy hitters of the times helped Rolling Stone guide the creation of the ‘rock star’ persona into pop culture icon,” said museum director Chris Hightower in an email.

Visitors will also love the photography exhibit of Robert Landau photos featuring the stunning images he captured of the ’60s and ’70s rock ’n’ roll billboards on California’s Sunset Strip. The billboards were inspired by the covers of albums and became monuments to that time in music history.

Be sure to see the “Live from Austin, Texas” photo display by Cassandra Weyandt. She photographs some of the best-known names in the Austin blues and country music scenes.

The exhibit continues through Oct. 18. The museum is at 201 W. Main St. and is open Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Visit or call 817-275-4600 for information.

Not part of the music scene, but definitely worth doing

Grandmothers ready to spread that grandmotherly love will want to check out the upcoming Sept. 10 meeting of the Arlington Grandmothers Club at 6:30 p.m. at the Woodland West Library, 2827 W. Park Row Drive.

Club spokeswoman Tarania Snell said the Arlington group is part of the National Federation of Grandmothers Clubs established in 1938 that now has more than 10,000 members across the country.

The club has a bake sale and garage sale to raise money for children’s cancer research. “We also make fleece blankets, which we donate to Cook Children’s hospital so the children will have a warm Lovey to cuddle with while they are going through their treatments,” said Snell.

Meetings are the second Thursday of every month from August to June. Annual dues are $25. To inquire, contact Snell at 817-707-0249.

101 and counting

Friends and relatives of longtime Arlington resident Helen Maddox gathered recently to celebrate her 101st birthday at the Aledo ranch home of Gary Martin. Family from Oregon and California and sorority sisters from Denver made the long trek to join the festivities.

Fort Worth musician Danny Wright flew in from Las Vegas to perform an original birthday song for Mrs. Maddox on piano, and special presentations from U.S. Rep. Joe Barton and state Sen. Konni Burton rounded out the program. Close friend Barbara Nash said, “Helen’s life is such an inspiration.” Mrs. Maddox thanked the well-wishers and said, “Let’s do this again next year.”

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