Arlington Citizen-Journal

Eyes on Arlington: Gala evening of fun benefits Theatre Arlington

Craig and Kara Lidell at Theater Arlington’s Rolling Out The Red Carpet Gala on April 25, 2014, at Rolling Hills Country Club.
Craig and Kara Lidell at Theater Arlington’s Rolling Out The Red Carpet Gala on April 25, 2014, at Rolling Hills Country Club.

Ladies in sparkly cocktail dresses and guys looking dapper dandy will converge at Rolling Hills Country Club on April 17 for the annual soiree to support Theatre Arlington.

Hosted by the theater board, the affair will include a seated dinner, a cash bar for cocktails, a limited luxury auction and an evening of pleasure and entertainment.

Gala chairwoman Diane Kinzlmaier was downright mysterious as she politely declined to answer certain questions about what will happen during the event, saying only that guests “should prepare to be surprised” about some news, announcements and even entertainment planned for the party. With a show biz twinkle in her eye, Kinzlmaier said she’s confident partygoers will have a fun and memorable night.

Live music by Trey & the Tritones will get people on the dance floor of a room decorated in an upscale black, white and silver color palette reflective of the event’s Tops & Tails theme.

Media personality Scott Murray will emcee and keep things moving throughout the evening. Guests who have not yet had the pleasure of meeting the theater interim Executive Director Valerie Galloway will enjoy her special introduction and the chance to get acquainted.

Auction swag includes a suite at a Rangers game, a party bus package, a wine collection and a Sanford House spa package. Back by popular demand is the hilarious heads and tails game where the winner will take home a gorgeous designer ring, and new this year is a game called, “The Envelope, Please,” with some great prizes inside.

The hardworking event committee members are Kara Lidell, Michelle Hoover, Rene Demaree, Christy Stone, Sharon Hinds, Susie McAlister, Peter Scott and Galloway. President of the board is Craig Lidell.

Tickets are $100 each, and reservations are due by Monday. To make arrangements call 817-261-9628 or email

Tee It Up for Charity features golf and concert Friday

Golfers can enjoy a round at Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield on Friday and at the same time help the Junior League of Arlington continue its impressive projects and services.

But, the event is not all about what’s happening on the links. There’s much more for the nongolfers out there — a dinner, party and concert are part of the evening’s fun and entertainment. Popular ’80s cover band the Spazmatics will do a concert at 7:30 p.m. on the driving range after dinner.

The golf tournament will be a four-person nonhandicapped scramble beginning at 1 p.m. with prizes for the first-place ladies team and also for the first-, second- and third-place overall teams.

Closest-to-the-pin, longest-drive and hole-in-one contests will feature great prizes too along with ’80s themed-contests throughout the day.

“As the Junior League of Arlington celebrates our 40th year of service, we invite you to partner with us in building a better North Texas by attending our tournament and concert,” said league President Jeannie Deakyne.

The organization has given in excess of $2 million and more than a million volunteer hours to about 100 agencies since 1975, Deakyne said.

The fee is $185 per player and includes cart, green fees, range balls, goody bag, dinner, beverages and a ticket to the concert. Tickets for concert only are $35 per person, which includes concert admission, dinner and two drinks.

To register, visit or call the office at 817-277-9481.

Six Flags attractions equal fun for a cause April 17

A great chance to enjoy an affordable family outing at Six Flags Over Texas during the lovely spring weather awaits fun-seekers, and the bonus is that the visit will also benefit education causes in Arlington schools.

The Arlington ISD Education Foundation and the theme park have joined in hosting host the second annual Education Celebration from 6 to 11 p.m. April 17. The proceeds benefit Arlington schools and the foundation. Tickets are available at the deeply discounted price of $20 per person.

Foundation Executive Director Brian White says tickets should be bought in advance online. “You can designate that $5 of each $20 ticket goes to a designated AISD school or just enter ‘AISD’ when prompted for a gift code.” White says discounted parking of $10 per car is also offered for guests.

Businesses and individuals who want to help economically disadvantaged students attend the event can donate $500 to sponsor 40 students or $250 for 20 kids.

The event is the brainchild of longtime district supporter and businessman Chad Bates, who is co-chairing the event with his wife, Joy Bates.

“This event is set up to become a tradition and a great benefit for our local schools for years down the road,” Chad Bates said. “We are encouraging corporate sponsors to support our schools through this event and support our economically disadvantaged students who may have never been able to afford the Six Flags experience although it’s practically right in their back yard.”

In addition to the attractions at Six Flags, guests will enjoy a showcase of the district’s academic and athletic achievements, and fine arts performances by school choirs, bands and orchestras all during the evening.

To buy tickets for $20, go to To inquire, contact White at 682-867-1927 or email

UTA exhibits famous collection of New York subway posters

An international touring exhibit from the famous School of Visual Arts in Manhattan opened this week at UT Arlington.

Underground Images: School of Visual Arts Subway Posters, 1947 to the Present features 62 posters that were curated by school Executive Vice President Anthony Rhodes.

The exhibition will be open until April 27 in Max W. Sullivan Exhibition Gallery in the architecture building, 601 Nedderman Drive.

UT Arlington senior art lecturer MiHyun Kim hopes the traveling exhibition will inspire not only faculty and students but also those in the design and art professions.

“Through this exhibition, I hope the DFW design community will be able to see a glimpse of graphic design history,” Kim said. “These posters reflect the evolution of poster design over the past 70 years and serve to show how design, illustration and photography can create memorable forms of visual communication.”

The 29 artists in Underground Images include famous artists like Ivan Chermayeff, Milton Glaser and George Tscherny. Glaser’s iconic “I Heart NY” design is one of the more recognizable works included in the exhibition.

An artist talk and public reception are slated for 1 to 6:30 p.m. Monday featuring special presentations by artists Mirko Ilić and Marshall Arisman.

Contact Kim at for information.

Concert in the Park on Sunday

The Arlington Community Band will perform works by Frank Ticheli, Rossini, Malcolm Arnold, Jack Stamp, Douglas Akey and Dana Wilson at a free concert Sunday in Veterans Park band shell.

Come enjoy the lovely spring weather and relax during the music played by these outstanding musicians. Veterans Park is at 3200 W. Arkansas Lane. Contact Velma Bogart at 817-467-0158 or to inquire.

Grand Prairie April Concerts in the Park bloom with entertainment

The lovely Central Park in the Summit Garden overlooking the lake is the venue for the April Concerts in the Park presented by the Grand Prairie Arts Council. The free concerts are at 7 p.m. each Friday this month.

On Friday, the band that is now a tradition at the event, Shoot Low Sheriff, will perform authentic Western swing played by musicians on strings, horns and piano to recapture the from the ’30s and ’40s.

On April 17, the a capella group 4 Ever Young will combine with the band Reflections for a good ’50s show.

The Mood Swings All-Star Combo takes the stage for the final concert April 24 featuring hometown favorite Cody Schwartz and his All-Star Combo playing classic and smooth jazz.

“The Grand Prairie Arts Council is thrilled to being celebrating our 15th annual April Concerts in the Park Series, with the best lineup of professional entertainment yet,” said Libby Clawson, executive director.

“Grand Prairie’s Central Park, at Texas 161 and Arkansas Lane, is an easy drive from anywhere in the area, and the free concert series is a great way a enjoy a warm spring Friday evening with family and friends under the beautiful Texas sky.”

In case of rain, the concert moves indoors to The Summit Ballroom. To inquire, contact Clawson at 972-642-2787. Details at

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