SMU Researcher Finds High Empathy People Process Music Differently

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People who deeply grasp the pain or happiness of others also process music differently in the brain, according to a study by researchers at Southern Methodist University, Dallas, and UCLA.

The study shows that higher empathy people appear to process music like a pleasurable proxy for a human encounter — in the brain regions for reward, social awareness and regulation of social emotions.


Wilkinson Center Announces New Location for 5th Annual Spirit of Taos

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Caitlin Hyatt and Laurann Cavenaghi - Spirit of Taos Co-Chairs

Scout at The Statler will be the home this year for the 5th annual Spirit of Taos, hosted by Friends of Wilkinson Center.

The Southwestern-themed soiree kicks off at 7 p.m. Sept. 29 with a cocktail reception followed by a seated dinner featuring the culinary stylings of Chef Graham Dodds.

Highlights of the evening will include music by The Blake Martin Band and a Silent Auction and Raffle with items ranging from exciting travel destinations to luxurious baubles from some of Dallas’ favorite retailers.


True or false? Take this Fireworks Safety Quiz

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Dazzling kaleidoscopes of color light up the skies over American cities and towns while whistles, pops, and booms reverberate in the air.

Celebrating the Fourth with fireworks is as American as barbecue and beer, but what’s often forgotten is that all those explosives are downright dangerous.


Dallas Women’s Foundation Announces Unlocking Leadership Campaign

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Roslyn Dawson Thompson, Ellenore Baker, Betty Suellentrop, Betty Regard, and Ashlee Kleinert. (Kristina Bowman Photography)

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


Park Cities Archives Dedicated

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Scots football memorabilia is on display at University Park Library. (Photo: William Legrone)

New cabinets at the University Park Library house the Archives of the Park Cities, a collection that includes memorabilia from the five Scots football state championships.

“For years our society has been looking for a place to house these archives,” said Taylor Armstrong, Park Cities Historic and Preservation Society advisory board member. “Our goal was to create a repository for all that history.”


Biblical Arts Museum Exhibit Explores Iraqi Jewish Heritage

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View some documents recovered from a flooded intelligence headquarters’ basement. (Courtesy photos)

Coming full circle, The Museum of Biblical Arts’ newest exhibit on offer, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” ends its five-year tour around the country by returning to Texas.

Through 24 items, the exhibit tells the story of thousands of Jewish documents and texts that were saved from the flooded basement of Saddam Hussein’s intelligence headquarters, the Mukhabarat.


SMU Graduates To Open Chef-Driven Ice Cream Shop

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Coming soon to 6401 Hillcrest Avenue: a hybrid style ice cream shop from three Southern Methodist University graduates.

Baldo's, according to its website, considers itself a scoop shop cafe. Now before you question what that means, they define it as a hybrid ice cream and coffee shop; a nostalgic creamery with a twist of discovery; and a small restaurant that's an especially good place to exercise your cheat day.


Rush Bowls Signs Mockingbird Station Lease

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A Boulder, Colorado meal-to-go franchise is going to get Texans to eat more fruits and vegetables whether they like it or not – they hope we like it.

Rush Bowls is expanding its Lone Star state debut with three storefronts in the Dallas Fort Worth area, including a 1,036 square-foot shop at Mockingbird Station.