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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day Single's Survival Guide: Ladies]]> Wed, 25 Jan 2012 12:51:10 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/valentinesingle.jpg

Before you wrinkle your nose at the thought of spending Valentine’s Day with out a significant other, take a deep breath and allow for some introspection. First of all, Valentine’s Day is a celebration of love. Any real love -- not necessarily couple’s only-type adoration.

If you’re not in a relationship right now, who cares? That’s the beauty of love. It comes in all shapes and sizes. Although it’s preferable for many ladies in the shape and size of a man (6’2, muscular with light eyes and dark hair – just sayin’) the fact that this holiday is named after early Christian martyrs deems it fit for less-than-traditional ways of celebrating it.

We’ve come up with a few ideas for all you single ladies out there who refuse to lament this lame holiday.

Love Thyself
Turn off your cell phone, make an appointment for a massage and enjoy an “I don’t need a man-icure.” Tune out the rest of the world as you get your little piggies painted during a pedicure. Mediate if you’re into that. Take this holiday time to ‘heart yourself’ and do whatever makes you feel pretty and at peace. There are tons of spa options for a single gal. Re-fresh, re-connect and remember to always love yourself no matter what.

Keep It Class-ical
Beautiful music can lighten most heavy hearts. Attend a classical show with a friend, relative or even by yourself. Once the theater lights dim and you’re a part of a collective, listening audience, there’s a feeling of oneness with everyone there. You’re all having the same experience at the same time.

We suggest attending classical guitar virtuoso Pepe Romero’s performance this Saturday night, Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Ed Landreth Auditorium at Texas Christian University.

Then when people asked what you did the night before Valentine’s Day, you can say you saw an artist live who has performed at the White House,  the Vatican for Pope John Paul II and various nobility and heads of state worldwide. See if they can top that with their heart-shaped box of chocolates and two-for-one coupons to Applebee's. Find out more here.

Call The Girls
Send out a brunch S.O.S to your girlfriends and form a brunch brigade. Nothing says solidarity in singularity like weekend mimosas and Bloody Marys at noon.

We suggest Sangria because mimosas and sangria are $1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. with a meal. Sangria is showing an international movie and offering complimentary snacks from 4-6 p.m. this Sunday.

Keep is casual and fun, taking care that the party doesn’t turn into a bitter brunch.

See A Show
Are you noticing a theme ‘yet? Basically, we think you should stay busy this holiday weekend and keep yourself entertained. And what’s more entertaining than vampires?! A musical about bloodsuckers!

The Vampire’s Valentine Musical show gives you an excuse to dress up and celebrate the holiday in unique fashion.

The musical’s website claims that guests can nosh on chocolates made from 300-year old recipes at the show. Like any typical vampire show expect a cash cocktail bar, plenty of freaks (wink, wink) dressed in their vampy best, free valet parking and a tarot card reader. Good, maybe she can reveal why you’re single!

See it:
Show starts at 8 p.m. at 1409 inside the Blue Room at South Side on Lamar this Friday, Feb. 12 and Saturday, Feb. 13.
Cost is $20 per person.
 



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<![CDATA[Valentine's Day Single's Survival Guide: Guys]]> Wed, 09 Feb 2011 10:32:19 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/021210-valentines-guides.jpg

Guys without a ball and chain can have a very happy Valentine's Day just by latching on to one of these tips designed to help you survive the lovey-dovey onslaught.

Sporting Chance
DFW has the ultimate counter-programming to lovey-dovey screenings -- it's NBA All-Star weekend. Though you may not have tickets to the game, a quick drive to your neighborhood sports bar and grill will have you in perfect company for the Sunday event. Plus, with the Olympics starting on Friday, you'll have plenty of weekend sports programming for the winter events.

Skipping to Mardi Gras
Honestly, Fat Tuesday is just days away from Valentine's which means plenty of local bars and clubs are starting their Mardi Parties. Grab a brew and some beads with this list of events, or you can starting planning your real Fat Tuesday feast with this list of New Orleans-style favorites.

Blood Brothers
There are some films that many girls just don't get. "Crank," "The Killer," or "American Psycho" might not be on a chick's Valentine's Day film list, but if you add a couple of bros, a DVD player, and picks from some of the 50 Best Guy Movies, you might just have a bloody Valentine to remember.

Game On
Though the weather will be warming up, trying to put together an outdoor sporting event will be tricky. That's why you might want to move that pick-up football game (that you're using to delay the off-season hangover) online to Xbox Live or the Playstation Network. Logging on with your friends list and joining in on a Modern Warfare 2 match should be more fun than dealing with a florist.

Thrill of the Hunt
There are more women than men in DFW, which means there should be someone out there waiting for you to join their lonely Valentine's celebrations, too. Grab a wing-man and head to some of the events we talked about in our other survival guide (click here for that). Now you'll both have something in common...you read NBCDFW.com.

But what about those of us that DO have someone looking for that special Valentine's Day treatment? Head to our complete guide for tips on what to buy, see and do.



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<![CDATA[Biggest Loser Dallas Audition Info]]> Tue, 16 Mar 2010 12:33:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/fitness-biggest-loser.jpg

Dallas auditions are March 20 from 10 AM to 6 PM at the Methodist Dallas Medical Center's Hitt Auditorium (221 W. Colorado at Bishop Ave., Dallas, TX 75208).
 
This audition is an open call. Please do not line up more than 3 hours before the start time, and please bring a non-returnable photo of yourself.
 
For quicker processing, make sure to have your official application filled out. Pre-registered applicants through NBCDFW.com should have accessed an official application, but if you haven't yet downloaded the application, find one at this address: http://media.nbcdfw.com/documents/BL10+Application.pdf

For any additional questions, please visit this site: http://www.thebiggestlosercasting.com/
 
Brought to you by NBC DFW and Methodist Health System, "Where life shines bright."



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<![CDATA[Five Rules: Expert Advice for the Things You Do]]> Mon, 22 Feb 2010 14:19:02 -0600 ]]> <![CDATA[DFW 2020]]> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 14:37:10 -0600 ]]> <![CDATA[Santa Drives a Dallas Taxi?]]> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 12:40:16 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/4V-SANTA-CABDMPS-02.jpg

 

There's a lot of Christmas cheer in one Dallas taxi.

Every year, Johnny Wicker dresses up as Santa Claus -- complete with a real beard -- and drives his passengers to their destinations in a decked out cab.

He's been doing it for 10 years now. "I just want people to see it, and bring joy to people, instead of being sad, just be happy, " said Wicker.

Wickers said cab drivers play an important role during the holiday season and he wants to get out the message: Don't drink and drive.

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<![CDATA[Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Photos]]> Thu, 26 Nov 2009 17:47:43 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/112609macys01.jpg From the balloons to the performances, check out some of the highlights from the 83rd annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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<![CDATA[Learn How to Paint Like Picasso]]> Tue, 06 Oct 2009 06:31:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/picasso-painting-1006.jpg

Picture this:  Brush in hand, with a soft apron tied around your waist, you’re perched on a stool awaiting inspiration.  A palate of glistening colors sits beside you, just begging to be splashed across a crisp, white canvas.  All that’s missing is your muse…

Enter Renée Vandevere.  This outgoing artist is known for her own bold, expressive works – abstract riots of red, orange, yellow and blue that “imagine and release the unconscious.”  Wishing to share her passion for painting, Vandevere envisioned an affordable, casual studio where anyone and everyone can be an artist for a day.

Paint Like Picasso is the result of that brainstorm, and since August of this year, Vandevere’s classes have been filled with executives and teachers, teens and couples.  Most of her students can’t even draw a stick figure, and that’s just how this new instructor likes it.

“I want people that have no artistic skills, that have never painted before,” Vandevere explains.  Good news for those of us who dream of creating our own masterpiece, but have no idea how to get started.  Vandevere makes it easy, offering a selection of paintings for students to choose from, then guiding them through the process step-by-step.  You’re free to follow her lead, or venture into your own territory if the mood strikes you.

In recent classes, budding artists have painted their own versions of “Peace” and “Downtown in Big D”, and Vandevere regularly adds new works to Paint Like Picasso’s lineup.  This month and next, for example, you can create a pumpkin still life in warm fall colors.

Classes are just $30, and include everything you need to paint a finished work of art for your home or as a gift for that special someone.  Private parties are also available, whether you’re celebrating a birthday or a girl’s night out.

... we even hear one group of ladies likes to bring along a little vino to help get their creative juices flowing!

For more info on how you can learn to Paint Like Picasso, call 972-302-2287 or visit paintlikepicasso.com.
 



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<![CDATA[Bone - Quality = Top 40 Radio for 93.3 FM]]> Fri, 04 Sep 2009 11:16:37 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/radio_microphone.jpg

UPDATE: It's official - 93.3 FM is now KLIF-FM playing "hit music" aka Top 40 music -- directly competing against 106.1 FM KISS. They just played Black Eyed Peas "Good Night" and Miley Cyrus "Party in the U.S.A." back to back. Also, they're promoting 93 hours of commercial-free programming and branding the station "i93."

About five months ago, 93.3 FM transformed from The Bone to Quality Rock, but after a static and ADD filled broadcast day Wednesday and Thursday, the signs are becoming clearer -- Quality is not wanted in DFW.

In it's place on 93.3 FM KDBN might be 93.3 FM KLIF-FM, a return for the call letters that hasn't been around since 1966. Unfair Park's Robert Wilonsky dug up an FCC request to get the call letters back, and has started the speculation ball rolling that 93.3 FM will switch to a Top-40 Adult Contemporary (a.k.a competitor to 106.1 KISS-FM) on Friday at noon.

Others on radio discussion boards, think the signal could be used for anything: Oldies, classic country, Christian rock, or even a smooth jazz station. We think the best idea is to sell it to Disney to put Radio Disney 620 into the FM spectrum as well. DFW needs clear Demi Levato songs, gosh darn it.

But if that doesn't happen (or if Cumulus Media still needs additional ideas for the frequency), here's out 5 best ideas for 93.3.

  1. 24/7 audio of planes landing at DFW airport. We were going to suggest feeding the takeoff sounds, but there may be 7 hours of silence every once in a while.
  2. A radio version of those classic phone lines you can set your watch to, including an audio version of AbeVigoda.com that updates if Abe Vigoda is alive every minute. Here's our sample copy, "At the sound of the tone, the time will be 10:48 a.m. Abe Vigoda is still alive."
  3. Computerized voice reads out Twitter messages for 24 hours a day until people finally stop using Twitter.
  4. All YouTube cover songs, all the time.
  5. Just hire this guy to sing "Amazing Grace" all day.

Have we missed any creative ways to use the new 93.3 FM format?



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<![CDATA[15 Ways to Refresh in DFW]]> Wed, 09 Sep 2009 07:56:10 -0600 Fire Sudatorium (sweating bath), an Intense heat causes the body to secrete toxins and body waste to deeply purify the body. Base Rock Bath Room -- Infrared rays released by the Japanese Siraka slabs enhance the body's metabolism. It's hot in there, too. Yellow-Soil Crystal Room -- Inspired by ancient Korean culture, which used yellow soil as a purifier of physical ailments, this room is meant to heal skin and damaged skin cells. 2154 Royal 214-420-9070 Admission $18]]> Fire Sudatorium (sweating bath), an Intense heat causes the body to secrete toxins and body waste to deeply purify the body. Base Rock Bath Room -- Infrared rays released by the Japanese Siraka slabs enhance the body's metabolism. It's hot in there, too. Yellow-Soil Crystal Room -- Inspired by ancient Korean culture, which used yellow soil as a purifier of physical ailments, this room is meant to heal skin and damaged skin cells. 2154 Royal 214-420-9070 Admission $18]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/Hwangto.jpg Summer is over, and it's back to the daily grind of work and school, with little chance to get away from it all. Luckily, we've got fifteen unique ways to refresh yourself without leaving the Metroplex.]]> <![CDATA[SoBe Shoe Heads Land at Air Traffic Control]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 15:30:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/sneakers_448x336.jpg If you have a fetish for expensive sneakers, the Air Traffic Control on South Beach is your pleasure dome. The sneaker consignment store has the best in collectable sneakers, from Air Jordans to Air Force Ones and every other "Air" in between. But don't forget to bring your wallet with your addiction because the prices are enough to shock you sober.]]> <![CDATA[Dallas Ranks 17 on Forbes Best Cities For Singles List]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 13:52:26 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/83665991.jpg

Dallas ranks 17th on this year's Forbes list of "Best Cities For Singles," beating out Virgina Beach/Norfolk, VA and Buffalo, NY (Suck it, T.O.) -- but still falls behind places like Atlanta, GA and our southern cousin Austin, TX.

How'd Forbes get these rankings? Bring on the science --

To determine the best city for singles, [Forbes] ranked 40 of the largest continental U.S. metropolitan statistical areas in seven different categories: coolness, cost of living alone, culture, job growth, online dating, nightlife and number of singles. Each metro is assigned a ranking of 1 to 40 in each category, based on quantitative data. All categories are weighted equally. The ranks are then totaled to determine the final rankings.

So what were the helpful factors for Dallas' rise to the top twenty?

 

Dallas is high on the list for projected job growth and perceived coolness. However, there are fewer singles in the area than one would hope.

 

Suddenly, it all makes sense...

The full list of "Best Cities For Singles" can be found at Forbes site, or via our countdown style list below.

20. Virgina Beach/Norfolk, VA
19. Minneapolis, MN
18. Buffalo, NY
17. Dallas, TX
16. Portland, OR
15. Providence, RI
14. Cleveland, OH
13. Denver, CO
12. San Diego, CA
11. Austin, TX
10. Philadelphia, PA
9. Milwaukee, WI
8. Los Angeles, CA
7. San Francisco, CA
6. Atlanta, GA
5. Washington, DC
4. Seattle, WA
3. Chicago, IL
2. Boston, MA
1. New York, NY



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<![CDATA[Celebrities in the Surf]]> Sun, 06 Sep 2009 10:02:21 -0600 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and her sister Angel McCord appear at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.]]> 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord and her sister Angel McCord appear at the Wet Republic pool at the MGM Grand Hotel/Casino in Las Vegas.]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/090409+Surf+AnnaLynne+McCord+Angel+McCord.jpg Check out the goods (and not so goods) these celebs have when they are stripped down to their swimsuits.

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<![CDATA[Take the Perfect Photo of Your Pet]]> Tue, 28 Jul 2009 21:47:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/212*120/boston+terrier+grass.jpg Any pet owner can tell you that taking a great photo of your furry friend can be tricky. But there are some simple techniques that can help you get a perfect pet portrait.

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<![CDATA[Artists Begin Work on New Deep Ellum Mural]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:45:57 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/vlcsnap-11992796.png

Public art is making a comeback in Deep Ellum.

All this week, artists are painting a new mural on the walls along Good Latimer north of Gaston.

The art project aims to replace the old art-filled Deep Ellum Tunnel that was torn down for the new DART rail line.

Other public art projects, including painting in the Deep Ellum Connector and an installation called "The Traveling Man" are being worked on as well.



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<![CDATA[Closed, Open, Closed, Open?]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 10:21:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/club-dada.jpg

The drama of Dada continues as owner Ben Tapia tells DC9 at Night he'll be shutting down the club for at least two months to possibly renovate and update the behind-the-bar equipment which some health inspectors have been concerned about.

"We're gonna get this place done right once and for all," Tapia says (after some other "colorful metaphors"). The "done right" includes updating refrigerators and other rusty equipment Dada has behind the bar -- some of it almost 20-years-old.

It won't be cheap to replace the outdated equipment, and when you add the health inspection issues to the previous TABC and fire issues that closed the club recently, it seems that Dada could go the way of the dodo if a drastic turn-around isn't accomplished during the two-month break.



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<![CDATA[Facebook's About-Face]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*128/facebook+800.jpg

Facebook is ... relenting.

The giant social networking site caused quite a stir this week when it was reavealed that a change in their terms of use agreement gave them rights to all user generated content, forever.

Well, late last night a message went out to all users reversing that change. It said:


Over the past few days, we have received a lot of feedback about the new terms we posted two weeks ago. Because of this response, we have decided to return to our previous Terms of Use while we resolve the issues that people have raised.

After much conversation, the developers at Facebook sent out a poll to the sites users asking them if they agreed with the change in Terms of Service. Not surprisingly, 56 percent said they opposed the change. The number probably would have been higher but, like many so many other Facebook applications, about 38 percent of those who recieved the question ignored it. Only 6 percent agreed with the change.


This reversal came after Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg issued a statement on the site's main blog on Monday defending the initial switch.

"One of the questions about our new terms of use is whether Facebook can use this information forever. ... In reality, we wouldn't share your information in a way you wouldn't want. The trust you place in us as a safe place to share information is the most important part of what makes Facebook work. Our goal is to build great products and to communicate clearly to
help people share more information in this trusted environment."
 
So after the Facebook team talked about how much you could trust them, they changed it back anyway.

Probably the most important Facebook change to come out of this social networking crisis is that a Facebook Bill of Rights and Responsibilities group has been established, and users are encouraged to go there and complain to thier heart's content. But, if you're one of those people who complains, please,  make sure you spell everything correctly, becausee word is that what goes happens on Facebook stays on Facebook.



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<![CDATA[Coming Soon to Blockbuster Stores: Concert Tickets ]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/blockbuster.jpg

Blockbuster Inc. will begin selling concert tickets at about 500 of its video rental stores, bolstering its effort to create a one-stop shop for entertainment.

Under a three-year agreement announced Tuesday, Blockbuster's stores next month will become the primary brick-and-mortar sales outlet for music concerts staged by promoter Live Nation Inc. in the United States.

Dallas-based Blockbuster will supplant a hodgepodge of department stores, supermarkets and other retailers that Live Nation had been relying upon as part of an unraveling partnership with Ticketmaster Entertainment Inc.

Beverly Hills-based Live Nation is breaking away from Ticketmaster to build its own ticketing channel. Ticketmaster will continue to handle some of Live Nation's sales until contracts covering several concert venues expire.

With most consumers buying their tickets online, Blockbuster is expected to account for less than 10 percent of the more than 10 million tickets that Live Nation anticipates selling in the United States next year.

Still, the Live Nation relationship will provide Blockbuster with a new way to lure people into its stores as more consumers rent movies through DVD-by-mail vendors like Netflix Inc. or buy entertainment through Internet downloading services and "on-demand" features bundled into cable-television subscriptions.

"This is another step in the right direction," said James Keyes, Blockbuster's chief executive. "It helps reinforce what Blockbuster really is trying to do -- provide the most convenient access to entertainment and media."

Keyes, a former CEO for 7-Eleven Inc., has been trying to lessen Blockbuster's dependence on in-store video rentals by emphasizing more sales of movies, games and DVD players. Last week, Blockbuster also expanded its digital business by unveiling a TV set-top box that stores video rentals piped over high-speed Internet connections.

Now that it's hooking up with Live Nation, Blockbuster hopes to piggyback on the ticket sales to peddle more CDs and licensed merchandise connected to the featured performers. Blockbuster will also get a slice of the transaction fee charged on the ticket sales.

Blockbuster's diversification has helped increase its store's sales so far this year, although the company is still losing money -- a factor that has further depressed its long-slumping stock. Blockbuster dropped 17 cents Monday to close at $1.02.

Live Nation is faring better. The company earned $105.8 million on revenue of $3.25 billion through the first nine months of this year. But its shares dropped $1.05, or 21.5 percent, to $3.84 on Monday amid a broad market swoon.



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<![CDATA[Curtain Call: Will Recession Spell Doom for Live Theater?]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/theater+curtains.jpg

Monday, we told you about 13 Broadway shows that were having their final curtain call, including popular hits like "Monty Python's Spamalot" and "Hairspray." While those shows are going dark on the Great White Way, the recession is now hitting closer to home.

The Dallas Morning News' ArtsBlog mentions that the WaterTower theater is cutting performances from four to three weeks and substituting their final two shows with ones that have smaller casts -- both methods to cut costs while the recession cuts their audiences.

Those audiences are key to live theater productions, not only to the business model of..uh...selling tickets...but also to the actual performance. Neither of these cost-saving moves can bring in the audiences by themselves.

It's long been the tradition of newspapers to cover the theater scene, bringing their critics to preview events or the opening night performances to give readers the usual "see it, don't see it" noise, but also to promote and encourage theater attendance.

Now, those jobs are some of the first cut in the shredding of newspaper positions. With those advocates for live theater gone from the public eye, audiences may drop.

It's still the economy that's doing the most damage to audience numbers, but the effects go further as troupes are likely having a harder time finding the patrons that used to line their curtains with cash.

Further still, the cost of theater productions themselves continues to climb as Broadway's dissemination out to the rest of the nation (through touring companies, tourists, and general "keeping up with the Joneses") makes community theater look less glitzy in the untrained audience perception.

It's the kind of story you hear every few years -- "theater is dying, theater is dying" -- before defenders will cry "the show must go on." The only difference is that professional theater may not be ready to weather this perfect storm of audience decline, rising costs, and other entertainment options.

As friends of theater, we hope the lights stay on, but we can't say we'll be surprised if (or when) some local stages have to make their final curtain call.



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<![CDATA[Famous Letter From Abraham Lincoln Discovered In Dallas]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Lincoln_448x336.jpg A copy of the famous "Bixby Letter" penned by President Abraham Lincoln was recently discovered at Fair Park. The consolation letter was sent to Lydia Bixby who was thought to have lost 5 sons in the civil war. Now Christie's Auction House will authenticate the letter. A copy of the same letter sold in 2002 for $3 million.]]> <![CDATA[Pink Ladies Wow Luncheon]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/pink+ladies+002.jpg

The 16th annual Puttin' on the Pink luncheon in Fort Worth raised almost $250,000 on Tuesday to provide health services for women in need.

The Kupferle Health Board packed the ballroom at the Fort Worth Convention Center with almost 1,000 guests.

They were treated to mimosas, a spring fashion show put on by Saks Fifth Avenue, lunch consisting of spring greens, chicken annette and napoleon genoise and a memorable runway appearance by women who have survived breast cancer.

Mike Snyder, who hosted the event again this year, said he is a dedicated volunteer because breast cancer has touched his family. 

"I am even more motivated to do all we can this year because the mother of two precious children who attend school with my children just finished an agressive course of chemotherapy," he said.  "Today is a big day of celebration for her family because doctors removed her central line. That means chemo is done and did its job."

Money raised from the event will go to free screening mammograms and breast diagnostic evaluations for women throughout Tarrant County who are unable to otherwise get them. The money will also help pay for cervical, colon and bone density screenings.

Since 1991, Puttin' on the Pink has raised more than $2.6 million.

The Kupferle Health Board was established in 1990 in memory of breast cancer patient Dois Kupferle.



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<![CDATA[Sweet Peepshow ]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*124/hollywood+peep.jpg

We know that Easter means Peeps overload, but just humor us on this last item -- it's totally worth it -- and we can shelve the Peeps thing for another year.

The Washington Post's annual Peeps diorama contest, in which people conceive elaborate scenes using the marshmallow critters, drew more than 1100 entries this year. The Post narrowed the submissions down to the top 40; some of our favorites include a Chinatown scene where Peeps-king ducks hang upside-down in a restaurant window, a recreation of the Miracle on the Hudson landing of US Airways Flight 1549 (topical!) featuring Peeps in lifejackets, and the brilliant Peep on Wire, a sugary, pastel homage to Philippe Petit's historic tightrope walk between the Twin Towers, as profiled in the award-winning Man on Wire.

First place went to NightPeeps, by Melissa Harvey of Arlington, Va., a faithful rendering of Edward Hopper's iconic Nighthawks diner scene with behatted Peeps. "I wanted to re-create the bleak urban landscape," Harvey is quoted as saying, just in case you didn't think marshmallow art was serious business.

You should really click through the full gallery at the website.

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<![CDATA[Jerry World Lures Paul McCartney to DFW]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/175*120/30.+2005.jpg

Jerry Jones may have just topped booking U2 this fall.

Jerry World will soon welcome Sir Paul McCartney to Cowboys Stadium in Arlington on Aug. 19 when the music icon makes his only stop in Texas during his current tour.

The Cowboys Stadium show will feature classics from McCartney’s extensive catalog, including Beatles, Wings and solo career hits as well as selections from his most recent album "Electric Arguments," released under his alias The Fireman. 

Tickets for McCartney's show go on sale July 20 at 10 a.m., though American Express card members can purchase advance tickets on July 13 at 10 a.m. through July 19.

The show will be Sir Paul's first return to Dallas since 2005.



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<![CDATA[Procrastinators Pack Flower Shops and Restaurants]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/192*120/reserved1.jpg

Valentine's Day procrastinors headed to the flower shops and restaurants early on Saturday.

Florists were prepared for a packed house, making extra flower arrangements to keep for last-minute shoppers.

"It's Valentine's day, so they'll probably just want to drive up, grab something and go, " says Gaye Gardner of A Cottage Florist in Irving. "We're also doing a little bargaining today, offering little discounts, to help them out and get our flowers moved, so it kind of helps them, helps us."

Because Valentine's Day fell on Saturday this year, many restaurants have been booked solid for weeks.

"We have plenty of seats at the bar and in our cocktail area, for people to sit and relax and wait for a table to open up for them," says Reata Restaurant's Assistant General Manager, Russell Kirpatrick, "but generally, about 90 percent of the business will be reservations."

For those who didn't make reservations or plan in advance, a Valentine's Day lunch was easier to come by, and better on the pocketbook.

"Generally, on a Valentine's Day, it's the calm before the storm, during a lunch shift. Today is a little different." Kirpatrick says. "I think people, with the economy and the uncertainty out there, they're trying to take advantage of the Valentine's Day experience during lunch where they can get the same great food, great service, at a discount."



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<![CDATA[Rowlett Parents Call for Curtain Call on "Rent"]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:12 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/81582316.jpg

The parents of some Rowlett High School students said the school's choice of musical glamorizes drug use and homosexuality.

A group of parents voiced opposition to a production of Tony Award-winning musical "Rent" at a Garland Independent School District meeting on Thursday night.

The musical tells the story of friends living in New York City's East Village and features openly gay characters who face AIDS, drug addiction and homelessness.

Some parents and a local pastor say the play is inappropriate.

Parent Michael Gallop pulled his son from participating in the production when he learned the show featured cussing, same-sex kissing and what he called "social irresponsibility."

But Julie Clark, the treasurer for the school's theater booster club, said Rowlett High is using an edited version of "Rent" that does not contain same-sex kissing.

Garland ISD said a script review committee unanimously voted to move forward with the production of the musical. The committee edited the script to make it appropriate for a high school audience.

"We've never said it's anything below a PG-13 level," Clark said. "We never expected people to bring small children. I think they also know, it's a show," Clark said.

The district touted the musical as a way to teach students tolerance and acceptance.

"I don't think it's the school's place to teach my child diversity or tolerance of a lifestyle that I don't accept," said Gallop.

Gallop said he hopes the school district will decide to stop the production, which is scheduled to be performed at the end of January.



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<![CDATA[Watch the BCS Bowl Game in 3D]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Tebow-and-Bradford.jpg

Two Rave Motion Pictures theaters in Hurst and Fort Worth will be the only place in town to experience a historic live 3-D broadcast of the FedEx BCS National Championship Game, featuring Florida and Oklahoma on January 8 at 7 p.m. CT/8 p.m. ET.  

Fox Sports and Cinedigm Digital Cinema Corp. will broadcast the game in 3-D to select digitally-equipped theaters across the United States.

The announcement represents the first ever sporting event broadcast nationwide to the public in live 3-D.

In the DFW area, sports fans can experience the game as if they were on the sidelines at two locations:
 
Ridgemar 13
2300 Green Oaks Road,
Ft. Worth, TX  76116

817-566-0025

North East Mall 18
1101 Melbourne Road,
Hurst, TX.  76053
817-591-8540

Tickets are $25 and available at www.ravemotionpictures.com

The NBA All Star Saturday Night Live event, featuring the 3 Point, Slam Dunk & Skills Contests will also be broadcast on 3-D at these same theaters on Feb. 14 at 7 P.M. CT/ 8 p.m. ET. Tickets  will be $20.



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<![CDATA["Huge, Huge, Huge" May Box Office Predicted]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/wp_wolverine_448x336.jpg Industry experts predict big audiences in May as the summer blockbuster season kicks off.]]> <![CDATA[Soda Fans Say Sugar Is the Sweetest Thing]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:08:11 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/real-sugar-soda.jpg

Soda lovers are spending money -- and calories -- to get the real sugary deal.

Tony Font, the owner of the Soda Gallery in Dallas' Bishop Arts District, said lots of his customers are checking the labels -- but not for calories or fat grams.

"I have a lot of customers that will come in and only buy products sweetened with real sugar," he said.

Soda lovers such as Tina Moore turn up their noses at soft drinks made with artificial sweeteners or high-fructose corn syrup. She said doesn't like the way they "leave a taste in your mouth."

"It tastes way different when its real sugar," Moore said.

Font agrees.

"Personally, I think that the ones made with real sugar taste brighter and cleaner," he said. "It's a fresher taste."

Dublin Dr Pepper and the entire line of Jones soda are popular among the sugar purists.

And soda makers are paying attention.

"More of the manufacturers are putting right on their label, really big, that it's made with real sugar," Font said.

Pepsi even introduced two throwback versions made with pure cane sugar. The products were produced for a limited time this spring.

Fans of the soda say it's still available in some stores, but you may have to hunt for it.



Photo Credit: KXAS]]>
<![CDATA[Lower Greenville Undergoing Transition]]> Mon, 13 Jul 2009 09:28:33 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/lowergvilletransition01_448x336.jpg Lower Greenville in Dallas is undergoing a radical transition.]]> <![CDATA[25 Most Interesting People in DFW]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 17:56:42 -0600 Read why we're interested in Josh Hamilton ]]> Read why we're interested in Josh Hamilton ]]> http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/85149727.jpg Take a look at our selections for the 25 most interesting people in DFW...plus 10 we're just tired of.

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<![CDATA[YouTube Symphony]]> Sun, 12 Jul 2009 10:11:21 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/picresized_1239893165_youtube_448x336.jpg The old adage goes: How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, practice, practice, right.In the electronic age it?s now probably better to say: upload, upload, upload.]]> <![CDATA[Fundraiser Dunks Mayfest in Deeper Debt]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 18:15:56 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/216*120/P-MAYFEST16x9-01.jpg

A fundraiser for a popular Fort Worth festival did more harm than good, and event organizers are blaming summer's triple-digit temperatures.

Organizers said Sunday's Save Mayfest fundraiser concert resulted in a $5,000 debt.

"The heat just killed us," Mayfest's executive director Elizabeth Basham told the Star Telegram. "Costs, including security, tents, chairs and other expenses ate up more than the ticket revenue."

The already struggling event lost $500,000 when it was cancelled this year over the swine flu scare.

The event has been going on since 1973 and organizers said they won't give up on it.

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<![CDATA["Half-Blood Prince" Enchants Harry Potter Fans]]> Mon, 27 Jul 2009 11:49:53 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/harry-potter-hmv.jpg It doesn't matter whether you're coming to "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" as a reader who already knows how everything turns out, or as a moviegoer who's been waiting for two long years to learn what happens next in the great Harry Potter saga: Everyone is bound to fall under the enchanting spell of this sixth movie installment.]]> <![CDATA[Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Offers Free Summer Camp]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 11:45:38 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/167*120/enginerepair.jpg

The Thunderduck Metal Camp at Richland College in Dallas this week teaches 12- to 16-year-old students the ins-and-outs of the manufacturing process. 

The camp is sponsored by the Nuts, Bolts and Thingamajigs Foundation. Instructors hope it will spark an interest in two rapidly declining fields: engineering and machining. 

"They're all old and retiring, so we need to spark an interest in engineering and machining and train some young individuals to replace those older individuals about to retire," said Brian Fleming, an instructor.

Registration is open until Thursday at 4 p.m.  The camp runs through next Tuesday.


 



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<![CDATA[Miss Texas Crowned in Arlington]]> Wed, 15 Jul 2009 08:28:27 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/arlington-0706.jpg A University of North Texas student is named Miss. Texas 2009 after a glitzy glamorous showdown of beauty, brains and talent.

Photo Credit: Stacy Morrow | NBCDFW.com]]>
<![CDATA[Jenny The Elephant Meets New Friend]]> Tue, 14 Jul 2009 19:27:24 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/gypsy3.jpg

The Dallas Zoo's Jenny the Elephant, who has been alone since her companion KeKe died last year, has finally met her new African elephant friend.

Gypsy arrived at the Dallas Zoo in March, but was quarantined for several months.

"Although we think they may have been communicating with each other vocally across zoo grounds for the past couple of months, this is the first time they've met physically,"  said Chuck Siegel, deputy director for animal management at the Dallas Zoo.

Siegel said he believes the pair will get along perfectly.  

"This morning, when they met each other, they trumpeted, they touched each other with their trunks, (and) Gypsy showed various behaviors indicating that when they develop their hierarchy, she's willing to let Jenny be the boss," he said.   

Siegel said the pair relaxed around each other, but will be separated by cables for the next few days. After that Jenny, 33, and Gypsy, 27,  will be free to roam.

Gypsy, Jenny and two other elephants will be part of the new "Giants of The Savanna"  exhibit that will open up next spring.

Animal rights activists have been asking the zoo to retire Jenny to a sanctuary in Tennessee. Jenny has been at the zoo for about 22 years.



Photo Credit: Cathy Burkey | Dallas Zoo]]>
<![CDATA[Injured Dallas Officer Next "Extreme Makeover" Star]]> Fri, 10 Jul 2009 13:15:23 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/76115661.jpg

A Dallas officer left severely injured after being shot during a narcotics raid two years ago will star in an episode of ABC-TV's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, the Dallas Morning News reported.

Lt. Carlton Marshall, a father of three, was shot in the neck as he led a SWAT team in Oak Cliff. Marshall's spinal cord was damaged and he is now partially confined to a wheelchair.

Within seven days, the reality TV show plans to transform Marshall's rundown Lancaster home into a new one that is more accessible. Texas builder, Cheldan Homes, and other volunteers will assist in the effort. 

In the meantime, Marshall's family is set to enjoy an expenses paid vacation to Disneyland.



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<![CDATA[Art Students Transform Blight Into Beauty]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 11:59:45 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/graffiti-murals.jpg

Fort Worth's Graffiti Abatement Program has a twist to it: more graffiti.

Art students from Diamond Hill-Jarvis and Carter-Riverside high schools are painting murals on the walls of businesses tagged with gang graffiti and profanity.

Leticia Cabello, the owner of Mi Tiendita, a convenience store in the 1100 block of Dickson, said she has spent hundreds of dollars and dozens of hours trying to get rid of vandals' work.

"It's so sad, because we work so hard to keep the place clean," she said.

But murals now adorn her entire store, brightening the area.

And the students say taggers leave the works of art alone.

 "Whenever we do a mural, after the mural is there, no one hits it up," said Emmanuel Cerda, of Carter-Riverside High School, who, like many of the artists working on the project, is a former tagger.

Teachers say the murals are sort of like sneaking kids their vegetables. The students like to paint, and the murals are an opportunity for them to do community service and have their talents appreciated -- for the very time for some students.

The teenagers are currently working for free. But because Fort Worth has so many vandalized buildings, some people are suggesting the city pay the young artists to paint murals all over the city.

Cabello said the project is worth whatever cost. The mural on her store renews pride in the neighborhood, she said. Customers have even said taggers won't deface it without getting a fight.

"They're not going to come back, because they know we are tough, and we are together -- all the neighbors," Cabello said.



Photo Credit: KXAS]]>
<![CDATA[Q&A with Ben Rogers of Metrognome Collective]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 08:00:25 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/benrogers.jpg

The Metrognome Collective is beginning to change the landscape of the live music scene in Fort Worth again, but not in the way you'd expect -- at least not yet.

The group's expansion is part of what caused executive director Ben Rogers, who tends bar at the Chat Room Pub , to factor out the live music at that Fort Worth bar to make time for new projects under the fast-growing tree that is Mission Co-Op. (Read more about the news where we did, at DC9 At Night.)

The not for profit corporation and public charity now fuels the Metrognome Collective, One Hundred Second Dash, an audio micro-compilation project of song snippets via zip file, and the new Real Vinyl Label with its first release forthcoming. So Rogers, who's lived in the Fairmount district for seven years and put his own artistic pursuits aside for the most part as he took the lead role with Metrognome in September of 2007, has much to oversee.

In addition to the collective's presence at the Firehouse Gallery, Rogers told us a building to accommodate a Thurs.-Sun., 300-capacity non-profit venue is being sought by Metrognome, with even more expansions possible as the group aims to establish campuses in other areas of Fort Worth.
 
We shot Rogers a few questions via email about the last round of the intimate Chat Room gigs and the new possibilities for Metrognome.
 
AT: Why did you decide to put all your energy into expanding Metrognome and let go of the successful Chat Room shows?
BR: For two reasons: One, our structure was excellent for bands, but drained the bar. We never took any money from the door to pay employees, promotion fees, or me (for booking!) all of those costs were pulled from bar sales. As many of the employees and owners of the Chat Room have toured, we felt this was the only way we could pay bands in a venue this small, and still be able to sleep at night. In the end, for obvious reasons, we had to stop spending that money. Two, the Mission Co-Op is a fantastic organization, and had an incredible impression on North Texas during its former heyday. With the honor of being asked to run such a collective, how could I not spend every waking second trying to further its growth and the impact on the community at large.
 
AT: As the Chat Room's live music calendar phases out, we see an interesting bill for one of the last shows at the bar -- the one that marks your birthday (July 18, with (Fight Bite, Akkolyte, Darktown Strutters, Eat Avery's Bones, The Great Tyrant, and Personal Victories of George Quartz). Is this your dream bill of sorts? Tell us a little bit about why these bands are close to your heart.
BR: As far as locals go, this is a dream bill for me. There were two other bands I really wanted, but were on tour (Orange Coax and Drug Mountain.) [Note: These bands have signed on to play the final Chat Room show, listed below the Q&A.] Why are these bands close to my heart? Have you heard them? Are you kidding me? These are some of few artists in North Texas who are obviously genuinely concerned with challenging themselves, their medium, and their audience. That attitude embodies one of the deeper spirits of art in my opinion.
 
AT: When you remember shows at the Chat Room years from now, what's the one night you'll think of first?
BR: Man, there are two that stick out to me: One, Psychedelic Horseshit, Teenage Cool Kids, Fabulous Diamonds. All of the bands were just ON. And two, Daniel Francis Doyle, Farrah, Rival Gang, Drug Mountain, Orange Coax. I got blamed for sloppy sets at this show, as I'd forced half of the bands to get drunk at my house before even showing up to the bar. Also, DFD is one of the most amazing live performers I've seen. It was such an awkward night, which made everything feel more like a party to me.
 
AT: More than ever, you've told us, Metrognome is focusing on education, with technology workshops being planned for artists and musicians. What can Metrognome offer that trade schools or, say, the University of North Texas can't? Can you describe a course you think will be especially useful for creative people in the DFWd area?
BR: Without promising anything, Arduino is the future, and I don't know anyone teaching anything about it in NTX. (From the program's Web site: Arduino an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It's intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.)
 
AT: Are you ready to say which local bands have forthcoming releases planned on Real Vinyl? (Thought it was worth a try.)
BR: No, but the lineup won't be surprising.

The final three Chat Rooms shows are must-sees, and we've listed them below for easy access.

Sunday: The Theater Fire, Mount Righteous, Good Morning and Good Night. $5. 10PM.

Saturday, July 18: Ben Rogers Presents: My Birthday, a Metrognome benefit. (All proceeds benefit Metrognome Collective) Fight Bite, Akkolyte, Darktown Strutters, Eat Avery's Bones, The Great Tyrant, Personal Victories of George Quartz. $5. 8PM.

Wednesday, July 29: Rival Gang, Orange Coax, Drug Mountain, Lychgate, Oicho Kabu. $5.



Photo Credit: via Ben Rogers]]>
<![CDATA[The New Mile High Club is "G" Rated]]> Thu, 09 Jul 2009 01:12:28 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/219*120/heather-poole-lavatory.jpg

A strange new airborne trend has passengers grabbing their cameras and heading for the airplane lavatory to join a new "mile high club."  But, unlike the original, this one is "G" rated.

Amidst the harsh amber light, the stale smell of air fresheners, and standing next to the bowl with the mysterious blue water, airline passengers are photographing themselves by capturing their own reflection in the lavatory mirror.  Then, in a curious move, they post the pictures on Internet photo sites like "Flickr." 

Blogger/flight attendant, Heather Poole, coins the phenomenon "laviating" -- the act of photographing yourself in the airplane lavatory.   In a play on the word aviator, participants are dubbed "laviators."

In her blog, Poole said she loves the photos she receives from passengers and wants, "more, more MORE!" Poole credits her blog with fueling her growing collection of photographs.

"I had written, 'Oh you better believe I'll be taking my own self portrait in the lav on my next flight to New York on Wednesday. Until then, check out these interesting shots,' wrote Poole in her blog. "A few days later I got an email with a photo attached from a Gadling reader. 'This one's for you,' Nate wrote, and that's all he wrote, and it cracked me up!"

Some people take pictures in pairs, others capture the essence of the airplane lav odor, holding their noses in disgust.  Even pilots have gotten in on the act, although apparently with the plane on the ground. 

Whatever you do, don't touch the seat.



Photo Credit: Gadling.com]]>
<![CDATA[A Thriller Night at Bass Performance Hall]]> Tue, 07 Jul 2009 21:48:34 -0600 http://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/fwthrillertributethumb_448x336.jpg Zombies surprised Fort Worth theater-goers with a tribute to the late Michael Jackson.]]>