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LBJ back in Washington in award-winning play

(L to R) Richard Clodfelter as Hubert Humphrey and Jack Willis as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, April 1-May 8, 2016.
(L to R) Richard Clodfelter as Hubert Humphrey and Jack Willis as President Lyndon Baines Johnson in All the Way at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, April 1-May 8, 2016. Courtesy

Lyndon Baines Johnson is back in Washington — in all his cajoling, threatening and charming glory.

In the Tony award-winning play, All the Way, that is.

And to celebrate LBJ, it had to be Texas night at the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, on April 12. The event was hosted by the new LBJ Washington Center, part of the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. The Texas State Society and UT exes were also part of the festivities.

Among the VIPs spotted at the reception and play: former U.S. Rep. Martin Frost, D-Dallas, his wife, Ellen, and daughter Alanna Bach; Democratic U.S. Reps. Gene Green of Houston, Lloyd Doggett of Austin, and Eddie Bernice Johnson of Dallas; and arts advocate Felix Sanchez.

The new dean of the LBJ School of Public Affairs, Angela Evans, was in from Austin, to showcase the new outpost. “This is a big deal for us, the center is a very important part of the LBJ School,” she said.

Taxing times

State lawmakers want to hear what you have to say about property taxes.

That’s why the Property Tax Reform and Relief select committee of the Texas Senate is holding a hearing in Tarrant County — April 27 at the University of Texas at Arlington (E.H. Hereford University Center, Rosebud Theater, 300 W. First St.) — to hear from homeowners and taxpayers.

Invited testimony begins at 8 a.m.; public testimony begins at 10 a.m.

New mission

Former state Sen. Wendy Davis, D-Fort Worth, is joining the advisory board for Emerge America to help recruit and train Democratic women to run for office.

Davis, who ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2014, recently moved to Austin.

“It goes without saying that Wendy’s steadfast commitment to advancing Democratic principles and unmatched bravery fighting for women’s right to access critical health services will be an invaluable asset to our organization,” said Andrea Dew Steele, president and founder of Emerge America.

Emerge America was created in 2002 to train Democratic women to run for political office.

Maria Recio, 202-383-6103

Twitter: @maria_e_recio

Anna Tinsley, 817-390-7610

Twitter: @annatinsley

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