Cocktails, MUSIC, Dining And Of Course Great ART

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth has just announced two great dates for the fantastic “First Friday” series. They’ve always been great, and these two will be even better. Mark your calendar for December 2, 2016 and January 6, 2017. The Modern has joined forces with Shipping & Receiving (the Near Southside music and night-life venue) to showcase great local musicians in the grand lobby from 6 to 11 pm on these dates.

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On these two dates you can explore the outstanding KAWS, WHERE THE END STARTS with extended, late-night hours and also enjoy great music, cocktails and food. You can also enjoy a full menu in Café Modern.

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The price is $10 and does include gallery admission. Modern members and Star-Telegram Press Pass holders will get free admission. These dates will go fast, you can get tickets at Shipping and Receiving.  You can also join the Modern as a member at joining the Modern.

There will also be a 20 minute docent led tour of the galleries at 6:30 pm. The bands playing are:  December 2–The Burning Hotels and January 6–ISHI and Sudie.

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For more about this event and others at the Modern which includes the schedule of the films of the Magnolia at the Modern films, visit The Modern.

Can’t make it to Fort Worth, Texas–check your local area for programs.  They are out there, and remember “thisisyourbestyear” .  There is even room to dance! 

 

Academy of Country Music Awards Comes To Texas

                                                

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NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL ACM AWARDS 50 YEARS  

FINAL TRACK LISTING REVEALED

FANS CAN ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO ATTEND

THE 50TH ACADEMY OF COUNTRY MUSIC AWARDS ON APRIL 19

The collection of recordings will celebrate the ACM Awards’ 50-year history and will feature 2 discs as well as a digital collection of ACM award-winning songs. The first disc will feature recent contemporary hits while the second will include timeless classics.

The complete track listing for NOW That’s What I Call ACM Awards 50 Years includes those listed below and much more:

DISC ONE (1990-2015)

  1. Jason Aldean (with Luke Bryan & Eric Church) The Only Way I Know 2012
  2. Lee Brice I Drive Your Truck 2012
  3. Luke Bryan Country Girl (Shake It For Me) 2011

DISC TWO (1965-1989)

  1. Clint Black Better Man 1989
  2. Hank Williams Jr. There’s a Tear in My Beer 1989
  3. Randy Travis Forever and Ever Amen 1987

Digital pre-order for the album is available at: http://smarturl.it/NOWACM50?IQid=PR. Additionally, from now until March 30, 2015, fans can enter for a chance to attend the 2015 ACM Awards in Arlington, TX. One lucky grand prize winner will receive roundtrip airfare for two, three nights deluxe hotel accommodations as well as two tickets to the 50th ACM Awards, ACM Party for a Cause Festival and ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! taping. To enter and review complete sweepstakes rules visit: http://smarturl.it/NOWACMFlyaway. *ACM Presents: Superstar Duets! taping will be held at ACM Party for a Cause Festival on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th.

Partying On The Trinity–Jubilee Theater Gala

The gala was moved from the banks of the Trinity River to the Tarrant County College Trinity River Campus, and they never missed a beat.  There was good food and drink catered by Mi Cocina.  There was good, danceable music performed by one of North Texas’ outstanding bands–The Inspiration Band.  There were plenty of patrons who were eager eat, dance, bid on the auction and remember the founder of The Jubilee Theater–Rudy Eastman. This annual fundraiser is held each year–be on the lookout for the party next year to raise money to continue the creative, entertaining legacy of the Jubilee Theater.

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Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

For show times and other information about the Jubilee Theater go to their website at: http://www.jubileetheatre.org/

For booking information and to find out where The Inspiration Band is playing go to:  http://theinspirationband.com/

 

If the shoe fits

What is too old?

All Things Considered

My most recent column should be appreciated by all women, young and old, who love shoes.

A short while ago my husband and I were attending a funeral. (Unfortunately we seem to be doing this far too often lately.) As is often the case at funerals, I had an epiphany about the rest of my life and how I wanted to live it. However, this epiphany was not quite what you might expect.

My husband had just pulled up to the curb, put the vehicle into park and shut off the engine. I opened my door preparing to step out when a piercing shriek split the air. “Oh my God! Oh my God!” a woman exclaimed and she seemed to be pointing in my direction.

Startled by her scream I immediately checked my leg to see if I were bleeding, but all seemed fine there. Then I quickly scanned under…

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Read in 102 Countries and Counting

Thank you for making 2013 truly a wonderful year. Take a look at the annual report for “thisisyourbestyear”. We were read in over 102 countries!!!!

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 12,000 times in 2013. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

Thanks for coming with us on this journey, and remember “thisisyourbestyear”.

See you in 2014!!!

Celebrate All Year

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It’s November and I am still celebrating my October birthday. I’ve decided to celebrate my birthday all year because “thisisyour(my)bestyear”.

I have always wanted to see the opera Carmen, and when I heard the Dallas Opera was performing it I knew I had to get there. It was performed in the beautiful Winspear Opera House.

Carmen was played by Clementine Margaine who was making her succesful American debut. It was wonderful.

I will celebrate my birthday all year for the rest of my life because each day is special. Here’s hoping that you will celebrate your birthday all year because “thisisyourbestyear”.

Catching Up With Old Friends–Spring Break Reading

As a woman of a certain age, I tend to lose touch with some of my friends.  It seems that all of us are busy going here and there–making sure that everyone is happy and content.  It seems that most of my friends are well into their careers or starting new ones.  While on Spring Break in Hot Springs Arkansas, I have decided to invite my friends to go with my husband and me.  He doesn’t mind because they don’t take up that much room and are very quiet.  I even invited someone who I wanted to meet.  Yes, I invited Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.  She has been someone who has always fascinated me because she is a strong woman of a certain age.

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Justice Sotomayor is woman who like most of us has hit her stride as she has matured. I think her story will be one that will enlighten me, and also one that I will enjoy.

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Oprah and I have had to keep in touch with each other by way of “Oprah’s Next Chapter” which I watch every week.  She keeps me informed about the in’s and out’s of some of my favorite people–loved the show with Wayans family  (if you haven’t seen that one, it is wonderful).  I just felt it was time we sat down and had a girl-to-girl conversation so I invited O magazine to come along.  We’re going to talk about everything.  We’re going to start in the morning with a cup of coffee and end the day with a glass of wine.

I had to invite my old friend Ebony magazine.  Ebony has been there for me when no one else was there.  She has seen me through all the stages of my life.  Sometimes we tend to forget those that were there through it all. Desiree Rogers has done a wonderful job reinventing Ebony, but keeping it true to it’s roots.

Since I am on into my second act of life, I always try to know what to do with my money so that I can continue to do some of the things that I like to do so I bought along Money magazine. It has helped me try to insure that even as I mature even more I will be okay financially.  I love the little financial quizzes.

My better half loves to drive wherever we go, and my girlfriend Avis and I are always up for a road trip.  They can be so much fun when you don’t have an agenda, and time is not an option so I bought along Texas Highways magazine.

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I truly miss Susan Taylor, you know the “In the Spirit” lady.  She was one of the reasons that I loved Essence magazine.  Essence has changed, as I have too, but it still talks to me about the beauty and the intelligence of “me”.  Can you believe Tia and Tamera are married with children.

Of course every woman of a certain age should have More magazine on their night stand.  It is for and about us.  This year our first lady, Michelle Obama will get her AARP card.  Their magazine is really helpful.  It talks about money, lifestyle, travel and more–I like it. 

I live in Fort Worth, Texas–the best in the West so I have to bring along the city magazine which is one of my favorites.  I say this with tongue in cheek.  I have had a running battle with them to put my alma mater correctly in the colleges/university issue.  Somehow they can’t seem to understand that Texas A&M Commerce has one of the best undergraduate and graduate programs in the state.  I keep telling them and will continue until they get it right.  Even with that, they have the in’s and out’s of the city, and they are a wonderful city guide for Fort Worth and Arlington.

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Departure magazine let’s me dream and Robb Report makes me wish.  These two are my sister’s.  They take me away to places that I want to go to.  I love the trips they take me on.  Endless Vacations magazine says it all–no need to explain.

Since I’m about to get to know my friends again, I also bought my music.  I don’t want to disturb my hubby as my girls and I have fun.

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When the girls and I get to talking, we can look at the lake, and just relax.  There are even places that we can get our exercise on–walking trails.  We just need to bundle up and get moving.

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While I’m talking with the girls, I will have to do a little work too.  I will have to tell them my girlfriend Britine Burton is running for the Arlington Independent School District School Board, and believe it or not I’m trying to assist her.  I’ve bought along a couple of pieces that I need to proofread.  This will not take long, then I can get back to my guests.

New friends are wonderful, but you can just be yourself with old friends.  Remember “thisisyourbestyear“.