Social Eyes by Faye Reeder

LOL for a good cause at Comedy Night starring standup Troy Walker

Comedian Troy Walker is the nephew of Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs board member Gerald Alley.
Comedian Troy Walker is the nephew of Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs board member Gerald Alley.

Listen for the sound of laughter as the downtown Arlington nightlife scene heats up with a special appearance by up-and-coming standup comedian Troy Walker doing a benefit Comedy Night show for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington on May 28.

South Street Patio is the show venue, one of Arlington’s newer facilities hosting events that attract crowds that are a mix of trendy types and working professionals. Guests at Comedy Night will laugh throughout the show, and will enjoy a Southwest taco buffet catered by J. Gilligan’s and a choice selection of beverages at a cash bar while visiting with friends, clients and colleagues.

“The number of kids who need the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington is no laughing matter,” board Chairman John R. Landry said. “Each year we serve more than 5,000 children through our five clubs and 12 licensed school-based programs. Comedy Night is a great opportunity for the community to enjoy a relaxed evening all while supporting a great cause and touching the life of a child.”

Walker, who is from Denver, recently made his network TV debut on The Late, Late Show, a CBS talk and variety show airing weeknights. The Denver Post wrote of his late-night TV appearance, “Anyone who knows the Denver comedy scene knows (and probably loves) Troy Walker, an assured, friendly, laidback guy whose comedy has taken him to headlining gigs at Comedy Works and festivals such as Just for Laughs Montreal.” He is the nephew of Arlington Boys & Girls Clubs board member Gerald Alley and left the legal profession to pursue his dream of doing standup comedy.

Get ready for more laughs when a local comedian from the Improv Comedy Club who is helping produce the event also does a standup routine. Other special guests include members of the NFL Former Players Association. A silent auction will offer autographed Dallas Stars jerseys and NFL footballs.

“For more than 55 years, the Boys & Girls Clubs of Arlington has served the community and the children who need us the most. Today, we are needed more than ever,” CEO Steve Wurm said. “Comedy Night will kick off our annual fund campaign, and we encourage the community to come out, have a fun time, laugh hard and get reacquainted with us.”

Tickets are $80 each, and group rates are available. Buy online at www.bgcarlington.org or call Emma Jean Bush, vice president of fund development, at 817-275-6551, ext. 228.

Center Stage Music Festival features Grammy winners to kick off Levitt Summer Concert Series

Perfect weather is ordered for the Memorial Day music festival in downtown Arlington opening Friday. Center Stage Music Festival offers great free concerts at the Levitt Pavilion along with a cadre of food trucks and exhibitors offering glass, art, photography and jewelry.

“The Center Stage Music fest is one of my favorite downtown events,” said Tony Rutigliano, CEO of the Downtown Arlington Management Corp. “It’s a great opportunity for downtown Arlington to partner with the Levitt Pavilion to draw huge crowds to the heart and soul of our community. I can’t think of a better way to kick off a new season of free music.”

Hayes Carll, classic country singer/songwriter from Austin, will open the festival at 8:30 p.m. Friday on the Levitt stage and will perform his recent hit Another Like You and other crowd-pleasers. Opening at 7 p.m. for Carll is Graham Wilkinson playing his “pithy love songs.”

Soul Asylum is the Grammy-winning band headlining the festival at the Levitt Pavilion at 8:30 p.m. Saturday. Members will play their 1980s hit Runaway Train and many other favorites from their catalog of rock music.

Taylor Craig Mills will be Saturday’s opening band at 5:30 p.m. playing indie folk music followed at 7 p.m. by the edgy rock sound of Brandy Zdan.

On Sunday, the festival ends with a great 8:30 p.m. show of country and rock music performed by Charlie Robison, including his most recent recording, Beautiful Day. Opening for Robison is Fort Worth country artist Jesse Jennings at 5:30 p.m., and at 7 p.m. Bri Bagwell will perform his “earthy Texas country music with a little sass.”

The festival marks opening weekend for Levitt Pavilion Arlington’s 2015 Summer Concert Series, which runs through July 12. The free concerts are on the open lawn of the Levitt Pavilion, 100 W. Abram St. Refreshments are on sale, and free parking is conveniently located next to the pavilion. Get the entire schedule at www.levittpavilionarlington.org or call the 24-hour information line, 817-543-4301.

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Girl Scouts to honor women leaders

Belief in the power of every girl is the foundation for the Girl Scouts organization, and having role models to emulate is essential to help girls realize their own inner strength and talents. And no better display of amazing role models than at the annual Women of Distinction luncheon coming up on May 27 at the Fort Worth Club.

Four remarkable women will be honored at the event for their leadership and service in the community. Christina Elbitar, co-owner of Chadra Mezza & Grill, will receive the Discover Award. Becky Renfro Borbolla, vice president at Renfro Foods and founder of Women Steering Business, will get the Connect Award.

Shannon Fletcher, chief of staff for the Tarrant County district attorney’s office, will get the Take Action Award, and longtime Girl Scouts supporter Yvonne Lowrie will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are so excited to honor a great group of women at this year’s Women of Distinction event,” said Maria Gregorio, spokeswoman for the Girl Scouts of Texas Oklahoma Plains, hosts of the event.

Chairing the event is Ann Rice, and honorary chair is Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price.

The honorees are exceptional role models to help girls explore and discover themselves, and to learn the value of community connections and the importance of women in leadership roles, Gregorio said.

Tickets are $75 per person. Funds raised will help Girls Scouts continue their “vision of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place.” Purchase online at www.gs-top.org or call Gregorio at 817-735-5340.

Events at a glance

▪ Casa Mañana Gala is May 29 and benefits the arts education and outreach programs. Party starts with a champagne reception followed by dinner catered by Ashton Depot, live and silent auctions, and entertainment by award-winning DJs Jordan Kline and Jordan Richardson. The main event is a performance of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story followed by an after party with the cast. Attire is ’50s-esque, black tie, cocktail. Tickets are $400 each. Purchase at www.CasaManana.org/gala or call 817-321-5005.

▪ Quilter’s Guild of Parker County will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird Lane in Weatherford. Special guest is designer Tricia Cribbs, presenting “She Designs in Her Nightgown and Sews in Her Barn —the Evolution of Turning Twenty” as she humorously shares her quilting journey and stitchery designs. A trunk show follows. Contact Paula Hunt at 817-597-9607 to inquire.

▪ Parade entries for 50th-anniversary Arlington July Fourth parade must register by Thursday. Show your patriotism and community pride for your business, church group, school, scout group, club, hobby, civic group or neighborhood by getting an entry together for the patriotic processional, seen by more than 50,000 spectators every year. Floats, decorated vehicles, marching entries, bands, cheerleaders and drill teams, horses, and entries of all descriptions will travel the 2-mile parade route through downtown Arlington and the UTA College Park area. Sign up at www.Arlington4th.org or call 817-330-9USA or email info@arlington4th.org.

▪ Special Olympics Summer Games open Friday and run through May 24 at UT Arlington Maverick Stadium. Athletes from across the state will compete in seven sports. In addition, special events such as opening ceremonies, an athlete village, a victory dance, closing ceremonies and various clinics and demonstrations will round out the experience for athletes, coaches and families. Details at www.sotx.org/summergames or call Alex Thieroff at 817-332-3433, ext.1104.

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