Seven Scots Aim for Spring Titles


Highland Park will have representatives in four of the five brackets at the 5A state tennis tournament in May.

Highland Park won titles in two brackets at the Class 5A Region II tournament on April 19 in Allen, and will have seven participants at next month’s state tournament in College Station.

HP’s Peyton Dooley won a regional title in boys singles, while the tandem of Phillip Quinn and Katherine Petty triumphed in mixed doubles. Quinn won the state crown in the same division last year.

The Scots also advanced to state with runner-up regional finishes in boys doubles (Cole Burnham and Mikhail Commer) and girls doubles (Annika Juergens and Nell Covington).

Arboretum Hosts Second Food & Wine Festival

Shi Mcgowan, Brando Smith, Saundra Crowder, Tanika Haggan, and Kimberly Lane Clark. (Photo: Steve Foxall)

The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden hosted its second international-themed food and wine festival on March 22 to celebrate cuisine and libations from many cultures, set against the backdrop of its spring festival Dallas Blooms. Themed A World of Flowers, Dallas Blooms featured more than 500,000 spring blooming bulbs and is one of the "15 Breathtaking Botanical Gardens to Visit This Season," according to Architectural Digest.

OUT AND ABOUT: Time Traveling at Fair Park


There's just something special about theater that allows you to leave reality and float away to a different time, date, and place. This season of Dallas Summer Musicals has been full of adventures for me – and my lucky friends who get to tag along with my press pass.

I consider myself a pretty cultured person. I had a mother who often took me to the museum; I still remember the hours we'd spend analyzing the greats such as Pablo Picasso, Leonardo da Vinci, and my personal favorite Vincent Van Gogh. Or how we would sit outside of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena, California and wonder what The Thinker was thinking about. We'd go to the La Brea Tar Pits, hike in the San Gabriel mountains and write reports about the different plants and bugs we'd find, and we'd cherish family traditions like going to see the Nutcracker ballet every Christmas.

Nexus Recovery Center Chosen as a Beneficiary of the Crystal Charity Ball


Angie Kadesky, Becca Crowell, Claire Emanuelson
(Photo by Stanley Johnson)

Nexus Recovery Center was chosen as one of the beneficiaries of the Crystal Charity Ball in 2019. Members of the Ball committee were welcomed by Becca Crowell, president of Nexus Recovery Center, as they toured the campus and the Crystal Charity Children’s Center.

“The funding from Crystal Charity will support the Children’s Center, as well as initiate a new Child Development Center Program, working in tandem with the existing Center,” Crowell said.

Vaughn Mansion Auction Draws Interest


Architect Robert Goodwin’s design illuminates interior spaces by exposing them to nature. (Courtesy United Strategic Client Services)

A Preston Hollow mansion billed as an architectural “masterpiece” went to auction in February, but this was no “fire sale.”

Known as the Grady Vaughn home, 5350 S. Dentwood Drive, it is among high-end Dallas properties with sellers sidestepping traditional listings and going straight to auction.

NorthPark Center presents ArtROCKS! featuring Louise Bourgeois


Louise Bourgeois, a French-American artist whose work is most commonly associated with the Surrealist and Abstract Expressionist movements, will be featured at June's ArtROCKS!

Bourgeois is best known for her large-scale sculpture, though she was also a prolific painter and printmaker, often focusing on themes of family and domesticity.

Dallas Chamber Symphony to perform season finale concert featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3


Dallas Chamber Symphony will perform its fifth and final concert of the season with one of the most thrilling and technically challenging piano concertos in the standard classical repertoire, Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in D Minor, to be performed by Yibing Zhang, winner of the 2017 Dallas International Piano Competition.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Announces Blockbuster Speaker


Ava DuVernay

Dallas Women’s Foundation has announced a blockbuster speaker for its October 30th luncheon: Ava DuVernay, writer, producer, director, and distributor of independent films.

The first African American female director to helm a $100 million budget feature film, DuVernay is breaking down barriers through films, such as her award-winning Selma and 13th, that address race, social justice, gender, and age. Her recently released film, A Wrinkle in Time, grossed more than $116 million in its first month of release.