The Lord of the Rings Pops With Dallas Summer Musicals

LOTR at DSMTravel to Middle Earth with Frodo and the rest of the fellowship for a LIVE concert on November 8-10, 2013. Join my family, thanks to the Dallas Summer Musicals, as we see the Dallas POPS perform the entire Howard Shore’s score for Lord of the Rings-The Fellowship of the Ring with the full movie projected on a larger than life screen.

My whole family is SOOO excited to experience one of our favorite movies in a completely new way! This one-of-a-kind concert event includes the Dallas POPS, 150 person chorus, full movie and more. The concerts will take place at the Music Hall at Fair Park on November 8-10, 2013. Buy your tickets here.

Run Time: 3 hours 30 minutes (including intermission)
Content Warning: Rated PG-13

The Music Hall at Fair Park
909 1st Ave.
Dallas, TX 75210

DSM 13/14 Schedule

Artist Moms Leave Remnants at Janette Kennedy Gallery

Presenting “Remnant,” a show of new work by Dallas-based Artists Erika Jaeggli and Sonali Khatti. A remnant is the part that is left behind after the greater part has been used, removed or destroyed. This idea is as applicable to fabric as it is to landscape and the passage of time. This exhibit will explore the concept of the remnant both literally and figuratively.
IMG_3379 The exhibit is entitled “Remnant” because their art includes remnants of mixed media. Jaeggli and Khatti are both mixed-media artists who work with actual and metaphorical remnants. Khatti embeds remnants of fabric and uses photos from her own past as reference. Jaeggli paints allegorical landscapes using remnants of newspapers as her canvas and uses trees as metaphors for the human condition. They will be unified by the theme of the “Remnant,” giving viewers an accessible starting point from which to discuss both artists’ work individually and as a group. Exhibition runs through Sunday, May 12, 2013, Mother’s Day.

Erika Jaeggli

Sonali Khatti

What struck about these ladies was how they balance their art career while being mother’s of two to three grade school kids. As soon as their kids started school, these ladies knew they were meant to do something more – and they turned to their passion and expression of art. What a great message to all the moms out there, especially around Mother’s Day. With the support of the husbands and children, these artists have created a collection of art that express who they are and leave a part of themselves, a remnant, for all the world to see.

The artists are proudly partnering with Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center with aportion of the sales will be donated to DCAC.

Janette Kennedy Gallery
South Side on Lamar
1409 South Lamar St.
Dallas TX, 75215

SeaWorld’s Just for Kids!

Just_For_Kids_Logo Disclosure: SeaWorld Antonio selected me be to be a “Wildside Blogger,” which provided my family with an annual pass to SeaWorld and Aquatica San Antonio. This post was not reviewed by a 3rd party. All opinions are mine and may not reflect those of the company. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. All photos are mine and are subject to copyright.

SeaWorld San Antonio’s Just For Kids festival returns for the weekends in April 2013. My family went yesterday, and the Caillou concert was great. My 6 year-old boy really got involved in it. Who knew how much he loved Caillou?! IMG_2306The kids line the stage and interactive with the characters through song and movement.  The target audience is preschool or kindergarten-aged kids. Fortunately, the artists are geared toward children, and they know how to do all the things that kids want to see and hear and do, so even older kids will jump, high-five others, stomp and clap with the music. Here’s the line-up:

April 13 – Laurie Berkner April 20 – Choo Choo Soul With Genevieve April 27 – Imagination Movers All show times 12:45 and 3:15 p.m.

When you enter the enter the park, grab a Just for Kids brochure. It’s a bright yellow flyer with a map of all the interactive learning opportunities for your kids. Next, you need a wristband per person to enter the concerts, so get this as soon as you can, as space is limited. SeaWorld’s Just for Kids festival also have other interactive things throughout the park that my kids loved, such as visiting four locations and collect the corresponding cards. My 7 year-old daughter loved this the most as she is naturally curious and loves collecting things. There is also Shamu’s Party Zone, located near the concert venue. This area features a live DJ, games, crafts and character appearances. IMG_2328 CookieMonster IMG_2332 Also, don’t forget to enjoy Spring into Night at SeaWorld that happens every Saturdays until June 2013. With extended hours, Spring into Night gives you even more SeaWorld fun. Nightly entertainment includes live music and the awesome Shamu Rocks show, laugh out loud at the entertaining Sea Lions LIVE show. Check your SeaWorld map for program times! IMG_2249 Catch Just for Kids and Spring into Night before they go away with a Fun Card and come back for a year full of fun when other great seasonal events will be happening!

MTV RE:DEFINE Art Pops in Dallas

RE:DEFINE returns to The Goss-Michael Foundation for its second year on Saturday, September 22, 2012. This dynamic pop exhibition and auction will bring together iconic and specially-commissioned photography and artworks by established and emerging talent, including Mat Collishaw, Ralf Kaspers, Ryan McGinness, Michael Craig Martin and Jen Stark.

Artist: Marc Quinn

All proceeds from sales will benefit the MTV Staying Alive Foundation. The MTV Staying Alive Foundation is a global HIV prevention and awareness charity that is 100% donor funded. The Foundation operates with a simple vision – to stop the spread of HIV before it starts. By funding young people running grassroots prevention projects, and producing content that raises awareness to global youth, the Foundation fights HIV the smart way.

Artist: Michael Craig-Martin

Tickets are available here starting at $350. The event begins at 7PM. In addition to the exhibition and auction, the event is complemented by a dynamic range of supporting activities, including a 100 ft public mural in downtown Dallas by Lee Baker, exclusive limited edition RE:DEFINE t-shirts designed by Parra, a specially-commissioned fine art print edition by Mark Webber and live painting at the gala auction by Dave White.

Artist: Michael Reisch
Artist: Ralf Kaspers
Artist: Ryan McGinness

Dancing with the Rockettes

I was invited to workout with the Radio City Rockettes, hosted by Pfizer – the makers of Caltrate® and Centrum®. We literally went backstage into the REAL workout rooms the Rockettes use. We started to dance, where the Rockettes taught us the famous Wooden Soldier. You do this by moving your hips while never bending your knees with your arms straight by your side. It’s a great gluteus maximus workout!

Photo from ClassyMommy.com

We also learned how they fan kick. In order to feel stable, the Rockettes “feel the fabric,” which is where you lightly brush the person back standing next to you BUT not actually touching them. The left hand goes on the next woman’s lower back, and the right arm on the next woman’s upper back, giving the illusion of locked arms. Now began these leg kicks! The Rockettes use the term kicking “Eye High” for what they do – truly they are physically amazing!

Photo from ClassyMommy.com

After the dancing we learned more about the Rockettes.

  • The height of a Rockette ranges from 5’6″ to 5’10.”  They give the illusion of them being the same height by putting the tallest Rockettes in the middle and the shortest on the end.
  • Every Radio City Rockettes has to tryout every year.
  • All Rockettes wear 2.5 inch heels.
  • They are expected to kick 300 kicks per show.
  • They rehearse from 10AM to 5PM six days a week beginning in September for their Radio City Christmas Spectacular. That’s a lot of kicking!

It was a dream come true to dance with the Rockettes. It was also fun to know that I had one qualification of a Rockette. I am tall enough to be one. 😉

Thank you to Pfizer the makers of Caltrate® and Centrum® for sponsoring the event.  “Feeling Young” is so important as you get older.  Stay active, eat right and care for your body by taking a multivitamin and calcium.

Target First Saturday Hits the Mark

Nasher Sculpture Center and Target have partnered up on the first Saturday of every month providing FREE admission to this beautiful museum from 10AM-12PM. They provide children’s activities like an art scavenger hunt, kids’ art activity (where the kids’ “get their hands dirty”), sculpture demo, family tours and story time with the Dallas Public Library.

As you enter into the museum, each child receives a gift bag with information about the center and an art scavenger hunt. This scavenger hunt uses a picture of part of the art, and the kids (and parents) search around the museum to find out what the art is called and who created it. Kids are great explorers, and this activity really challenges the kids to look and study the art. I LOVE IT!

As we are searching for art, we run into other exhibits at the museum that we LOVE. Currently at the Nasher, they have an interactive art called “Cuddle on the Tightrope.” Wow! The kids thought this was “sooo cool” & thought the colors were “pretty.”This exhibit is only available until September 9, 2012, so you better head to the museum and check it out soon.

After exploring the museum and “cuddling on the tightrope,” we were hungry. Nasher has a wonderful cafe with Wolfgang Puck’s delicious seasonal sandwiches, salads and soups prepared with farmer’s market produce, artisanal breads and locally-supplied ingredients. They have NasherKids meals that are delicious AND healthy.

Thank you to Target for providing an opportunity for my kids to enjoy art AND to Nasher for have great exhibits for them experience it!

Nasher Sculture Center
2001 Flora St.
Dallas, Texas

Art from the Heart

Come enjoy “Art from the Heart” Celebrity Art Auction & Benefit on Friday, April 29, 7 PM – 10 PM at MARC Events in the Dallas Design District. It will feature a competitive auction of the artwork of prominent local and national celebrities, along with hot dishes from Dallas chef Marc DePetris, cool beverages and a hopping dance floor with music spun by DJ Jennifer Miller with Paul Parades. 

Celebrity artists include the following:  
·  Drew Waters, Friday Night Lights
·  David Kunkle, mayoral candidate
·  Flozell Adams, former Dallas Cowboy
·  Gloria Campos, WFAA-TV news anchor
·  Gina Miller, CBS11/TXA21 news anchor
·  Jody Dean, radio personality
·  Stephan Pyles, celebrity chef
·  Jason Castro, musician
·  Any many more

Artist Rolando Diaz will paint live at the event. Guests will have the opportunity to watch his masterpiece come to life and then bid on his finished work. 

Tickets are currently available for purchase here, beginning at $125 for an individual, or $200 for a couple.  All proceeds from this event will go to Dallas Challenge. This 27-year-old agency deals directly with critical issues like drug and alcohol use and truancy that children and teens face in today’s society. Each year, Dallas Challenge helps over 7,500  local children and teens turn their lives around and return to school, discover a sober lifestyle and become more resilient to the destructive behaviors that can negatively affect their futures.

What a great way to enjoy Dallas talent & help the children of our city!