OUT AND ABOUT: The Lion King is Magical


From the moment the stage lights bring Rafiki to life, and she sings "Here comes a lion father" in Zulu, you know something magical is about to happen. And then it does.

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Sitting in some pretty fantastic center seats at the Music Hall at Fair Park, I watch characters from probably one of my favorite Disney films come to life. They're in the balconies around the stage, in what appears to be white papier mâché birds flying above me, and making their way down the aisles of the theater to celebrate the birth of Simba.

HP, Dallas ISDs’ Starting Teacher Salaries Above State Average


Texas ranks outside top 10 nationwide; New Jersey, Alaska top list. (Illustration: Craig Tuggle)

Educator salaries have been a topic of intense national scrutiny in 2018, with teachers walking out in West Virginia, Oklahoma, and more recently, Arizona, to demand better pay and benefits.

While no such walkouts have occurred in Texas, educator salaries in the country’s third-most populated state often face scrutiny, too

Reenan Wrestles for Spot on World Team


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Park Cities native Nick Reenan, a sophomore wrestler at North Carolina State, will compete this weekend for a spot on the prestigious USA World Team.

Reenan will face Penn State’s David Taylor in a best-of-three championship match in the 86-kilogram weight class of the Final X Series on Saturday in College Station, Pennsylvania. The winner will become part of the American squad that will travel to the World Wrestling Championships in October in Hungary.

Reenan advanced to face Taylor by winning his division at the World Team Trials tournament, which featured some of the top freestyle wrestlers in the country. Reenan defeated the top two seeds, Joe Rau and Rich Perry, during his title run.

Dallas Opera Announces Maria Callas Award


The Dallas Opera has announced the winner of the 2018 “Maria Callas Debut Artist of the Year” Award: the American bass-baritone Kyle Ketelsen for his portrayal of Leporello in the critically-acclaimed spring production of Mozart's Don Giovanni.

This prestigious award is given to a single performer each season in recognition of a, particularly memorable and outstanding company debut.

California’s Johnny Was Opens in NorthPark Center


Straight out of California, luxury boho-chic fashion brand Johnny Was is set to open June 15 at NorthPark Center.

If you aren’t already familiar, Johnny Was is an LA-based lifestyle brand whose collections embody the Southern California aesthetic. Founded in 1987, the brand has a bohemian spirit and a true sense of authenticity and is a favorite with celebrities like Heidi Klum, Hillary Duff, Emily Ratajkowski, Selma Blair, and Mila Kunis who love the brand’s exquisite embroidery and effortless silhouettes.

Preston Hollow Resident Teen Wins Schmidt and Jones Award


Lauren Warner, a resident of Preston Hollow and a senior at Trinity Christian Academy, awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Musical.

Lauren Warner, a resident of Preston Hollow and a senior at Trinity Christian Academy (TCA), was recognized for her performance in the musical “Little Women” at the Schmidt & Jones Awards Gala hosted at The Majestic Theatre.

Warner was awarded Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for her portrayal of Beth March.

Jane Lynch To MC Dallas Summer Musicals 2018 Gala Lineup


Matthew Morrison to perform at the Dallas Summer Musicals 2018 Gala.

Mark your calendars for an evening with the Best of Broadway this November. 

The 2018 lineup for the Nov. 3 Dallas Summer Musicals gala includes Jane Lynch, Matthew Morrison, and Shoshana Bean.

The 2018 DSM Gala is an annual event celebrating the magic of musical theater, with proceeds supporting DSM’s nonprofit mission to bring the very best of Broadway to North Texas and its education and community programs.

Dallas Women’s Foundation Announces Updates on Unlocking Leadership Campaign


Ashlee and Chris Kleinert

Dallas Women’s Foundation announced updates for its Unlocking Leadership Campaign on May 30 at its Leadership Key Club dinner.

The event is hosted by Ashlee and Chris Kleinert, who serve as campaign co-chairs along with Paula and Ron Parker and Trea and Richard Yip.

The Leadership Key Club is a donor level recognizing those who have contributed $100,000 or more.