Tuesday, January 18, 2022

Timeless Concerts' Valentines Special and Fundraiser

When: Saturday, February 12, 8 pm
Where: Rose Garden Tearoom
----------- 4720 S. Cooper in Arlington
Ticket prices: Seniors $50, General $55, Table for 2 $125 (only 5 available) College student $15

This concert will entertain with an evening of tangos of Piazzolla, previews of upcoming concerts and passionate opera arias we love most. These selections will include music of Joaquin Turina of Spain, Vincent Kennedy of Ireland, traditional songs of Mexico, and beautiful music of French composers. Timeless Concerts' performers will be tenor Sergio Cepeda, mezzo soprano Rachel Moon, soprano Sabrina Romero-Wilson, cellist Oliver Schlaffer, violinist/violist Tim Angel, pianist Heejung Kang and LeeAnne Chenoweth on violin. Pianist Erik Barnes returns to make the post-concert party music fun.

As always, wine, soft drinks and snacks will be provided.

In addition to higher ticket prices, fundraising will include playing the "times 10" game again. Last time an audience member won $200 cash. To play, bring an envelope with your name and phone number on it, filled with a check, or cash for any amount; $10 or $20 is easiest. At the end of the concert, an envelope/name will be announced and that person wins 10 times the amount they had in their envelope. Feel free to add any amount to the envelope, but Timeless Concerts needs to cap the winning amount at $200, so they will still have some new funds! (Tickets will be back to the normal $30-39 range in April.)

Timeless Concerts hopes for a great new year ahead, and will do their best to plan enjoyable evenings out for their audience. IF there are reasons to be cautious about widespread illness, they will of course postpone the concert and honor your tickets at a later date. Purchased tickets can be used at a rescheduled concert, or any concert in 2022. However, please let them know in advance if you are not attending a concertso that others can use your seats at sold out concerts. Also, please let them know if you plan to attend with an older ticket* so they can be sure and have seating for you.

Next concerts:
April 23, "Spain to Latin America" (tearoom) $30-39
July 9, (leaning towards French...) (tearoom) $30-39
Sept 24, "Music of Dance" (Hickman Center in Ft W)
Nov. 12, (TBA) (tearoom)

*If wanting to use a Feb. 12 fundraiser priced ticket for a lesser-priced future concert, Timeless Concerts cannot add a greater number of seats that were originally purchased. They thank you for your support!

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

WHO NEEDS SLEEP Returns For Fifth Year

This 36-Hour Telethon aims to raise money for cancer fighters on Sat., Dec. 4, 2021 and to entertain and inform audiences. The telethon begins Saturday, December 4 at 8:00 am CT and will be broadcast live at WhoNeedsSleep.org, and VokalNow.com.

WHO NEEDS SLEEP mixes live music and comedy performances, game shows, celebrity and athlete interviews, and special in-studio surprises. Viewers are urged to pledge money through donations over the course of the telethon, as well as bidding on unique sports and pop culture auction items.

Proceeds from the 2021 campaign will benefit the hematology and oncology wards of Cook Children’s Hospital of Fort Worth.

“Cook Children’s is honored and grateful to be a beneficiary of this event. Funds raised through WHO NEEDS SLEEP are helping us provide the best care to the patients in our Hematology and Oncology Program. Without the support of our community, we would not be able to provide leading-edge clinical research and additional resources to help families during their Cook Children’s journey,” said Grant Harris, Chief Development Officer / Senior Vice President of Cook Children’s Health Foundation.

The telethon will be produced live at Music City Mall in Lewisville, which will also be holding their Christmas tree lighting ceremonies and the arrival of Santa Claus during the livecast. “Last year, though we were broadcasting in a ‘bubble’ during the pandemic, we still loved being at Music City Mall during the event – the holiday spirit truly lent an added level of excitement,” said Executive Director Devin Pike, who will be on-air through the entirety of WHO NEEDS SLEEP, with a revolving cast of co-hosts.

The telethon is produced by the Who Needs Sleep Foundation, a 501(c)3 registered organization solely tasked with raising and distributing funds to cancer-fighting individuals and organizations.

Photo credit: “Who Needs Sleep Foundation”

Monday, November 22, 2021

Score Unique Gifts at the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop

Support local artisans by shopping for your holiday gifts from the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop in Pantego.

Want to get away from mass produced big box store offerings for the recipients of your gift list? Then come out to the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop in Pantego at Simply Divune Cafe. Support local artisans while whittling down that holiday list of yours. When you shop, you might even find a treasured treat for yourself.

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop offers a unique shopping experience. Handcrafted, many one-of-a-kind creations, by about a dozen local artisans, will fill the private room of Simply Divune Café. A wide range of fabulous finds, including ceramics, upcycled decor, framed and unframed art, jewelry, Christmas decorations, handmade candles and more will appeal to you and the people on your gift list.

Find all of this in the Village Park Shopping Center at Simply Divune Café, 2230 W Park Row Dr, Pantego, TX 76013.

On Saturday, November 27 from 9am-3pm, get a preview of some of the hand crafted goodies that will fill the Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop this year. Even though Small Business Saturday is a preview day, these unique creations will be for sale too, so pop in and purchase anything that catches your eye since many of our items are one or few-of-a-kind finds.

Happy Holidays Pop-Up Shop will be fully stocked and open beginning at 10am on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 and will be open for your shopping pleasure through Thursday, December 23. Shop hours will be: Monday 10am-2pm, Tuesday - Thursday: 10am - 5 pm, Friday - Saturday: 10 am - 6 pm, Sunday: 1pm-5pm

“Every year I am amazed at the variety of the new wares the participating artisans bring to this holiday pop-up. You never know what remarkable find awaits to be discovered,” states Cathy Stein, one of the artists and coordinator of this event through 817 Arts Alliance.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021

Pegasus Media Project Provides One-of-a-Kind Career On-Ramp to Dallas’ Aspiring Film Artists

A new apprenticeship program, in partnership with The Alliance of Media Arts + Culture and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas, provides a direct career merge for young adults from underserved communities.

When Joey Lee graduated with his Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication, he felt excited about his future. He had created a portfolio of his strongest work and started to look for work in the advertising industry. Unfortunately, the work never came along with COVID. Ultimately, Lee returned home and to the unfulfilling job he had left prior to attending college.

“I was kind of lost, stuck,” Lee says. “It’s funny. I had just started thinking to myself that maybe the film industry was something I wanted to get into, just because I like writing and telling different stories.” That’s when Lee heard about Pegasus Media Project, and he applied on the spot. The first program of its kind offered in Dallas and, in fact, in the nation, the Pegasus Media Project apprenticeship program is designed to give young adults like Lee a pathway into the film and media arts industry.

While Dallas-Fort Worth boasts the state’s largest creative economy at $34 billion and over 200,000 jobs, pathways to those careers were built on a culture of unpaid internships. “But even with paid apprenticeships available, many people still need an on-ramp to qualify for them,” says Wendy Levy, Executive Director of The Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, the national program sponsor for Arts2Work.

In the spring of 2021, Arts2Work, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and Pegasus Media Project partnered to provide access to creative careers to people traditionally excluded from those opportunities. Apprentice Caodan Tran is one of those individuals. “Being Vietnamese-American, I wish I had seen more stories like mine growing up,” she said. “This is something I’ve always wanted access to. I just didn’t know how to get there besides going back to school.”

In launching the program, Arts2Work partners MIT Solve, New Profit, the Alliance for Media Arts + Culture, Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas and Adobe provided a $250,000 cash and in-kind investment in the Dallas pilot program, seeding Pegasus Media Project as a certified Arts2Work Training Center. The equipment and infrastructure have been vital to a program serving Dallas’ most underrepresented and underserved communities. Over 15 weeks, film educators, teachers and mentors working in the industry not only trained apprentices in equipment use and technique but quickly set them up to begin telling their own visual stories.

Lee’s mentor, Dallas filmmaker Jake Hochendoner, says he leaped at the opportunity to work with the apprentices. “I had mentors early on who helped me get to where I am today,” said Hochendoner. “Without those mentors, I would have probably struggled to find myself, find my place, find my voice and be validated as an artist.”

As part of their on-the-job training, Pegasus Media Project apprentices also made films for local performing arts groups, working together telling powerful stories to bring Dallas audiences back to theaters again. “We want to provide avenues for becoming an individual entrepreneur but also to have the option to hyper-focus on one skill and move into the workforce,” said Daniel Laabs, an independent Dallas filmmaker and lead mentor. “We want to give them as many options as possible and make them as hire-able as possible.”

Having completed the program, Lee says the experience has been meaningful for him and he hopes it will be a springboard to new opportunities for him.

“This program has blown me away,” said Tran, who said the skills she learned through the program felt like the missing link for her. “I have been so grateful.”

Photo Credit: PegasusMediaProject, Xenia Matthews, apprentice, on location shoot at Sate Fair of Texas, photo by Niloo Jalilvand

Wednesday, November 10, 2021

Call for Artists from Create Arlington - Deadline Nov. 28, 2021

With the theme of Gratitude, Create Arlington is asking the artists to tell them what the exhibit will look like. ARtists can submit anything that they feel speaks to the subject of showing appreciation and being thankful. Is it possible to maintain this outlook during difficult times? How does a thankful heart change a person or even transform a community? Is there a specific aspect of gratitude you want to explore, unpack, deconstruct, blow up, or rearrange?

They are accepting art that covers a broad spectrum of media from traditional materials to small installation, to multimedia (such as video), poetry, short stories, music and beyond. Create Arlington is grateful for the many successes within their community this year, and would like to see how it’s expressed in the gallery for the end of the year. For all the submission details, click here.

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Lumedia Musicworks premieres ‘Don’t Look Back’ on October 28, 2021

Classical sitarist Vatsal Dave of Flower Mound joins the Lumedia Musicworks ensemble on the soundtrack of the Dallas-based early music ensemble’s short film, “Don’t Look Back.” The film is directed by Derrick Robert Brown of Dallas and will premiere at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, at event1013 in Plano, and will be available online Nov. 5.

The music interweaves the Cantigas de Santa Maria and a saltarello, songs and dances from the Medieval and Renaissance periods. Tickets are $27-$75 and are available online. Student tickets are $10.

“It merges the music of two cultures and plunges into the underworld,” said Julianna Emanski of Frisco, Lumedia’s artistic director and a Grammy nominee. “We’ve timed the release of this particular film right before Halloween since it fits the season so well. Our mission is to showcase early music in innovative ways.”

Originally from India, Dave is best known for playing Hindustani classical music from northern India. He has several albums, including Lone Star Sitar, a world music fusion effort in collaboration with Grammy Award winner Art Greenhaw.

“Don’t Look Back” will be available online beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5. It’s available at no charge.