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Broadway at the Center: Legally Blonde

Broadway at the Center: Legally Blonde

Photo by Paul Kolnik

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde: The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power. Witness the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams, and proves that you can be blonde and still the smartest person in the room. This sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances.

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde: The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine.

Photo by Jeffrey Schmidt

Theatre Three presents The Elephant Man

Theatre Three presents The Elephant Man

John Merrick, an intelligent and friendly man shunned by Victorian-era society and called a “freak” due to his skin and bone disorders is found abandoned. Under the care of physician Frederick Treves, Merrick begins to slowly evolve from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.

Photo by Cheryl Mazak

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Pinchas Zukerman

Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Pinchas Zukerman

Pinchas Zukerman reigns as one of today’s most sought-after and versatile musicians. He is renowned as a virtuoso, admired for the expressive lyricism of his playing, singular beauty of tone and impeccable.

He will play and conduct Beethoven’s Concerto in D major, one of the most mentally and emotionally demanding violin concertos of all time, and the ever-popular Elgar’s “Enigma” Variations, featuring the beloved Nimrod variation. Involving 14 variations on the original theme, the whimsical concept is explored in sincere detail, allowing for a spirited finale following Beethoven’s technical masterpiece.

Photo courtesy of Rover Dramawerks

Rover Dramawerks presents Four Weddings and an Elvis

Rover Dramawerks presents Four Weddings and an Elvis

Anything can happen in a wedding chapel in Las Vegas ... and does! From a couple getting married by the King himself as revenge on their exes, to arrogant, aging stars tying the knot as a publicity stunt, to a ceremony that really needs to happen before the police arrive, to the nuptials of the wedding chapel owner herself, what happens in Vegas ... is hilarious!

DHV Artworks presents Tom Hoitsma Gallery Reception

DHV Artworks Gallery will present a gallery reception for artist Tom Hoitsma. Hoitsma's large scale gestural paintings will be on display as well as work from his newer "The Heart of the Matter" aluminum sculpture series.

The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House

The Dallas Historical Society Centennial Champagne Reception and Open House will feature remarks and a celebratory champagne toast in the Great Hall surrounded by the architecture and art created for the Texas Centennial in 1936, as well as a specially curated exhibit from the DHS’ collection of more than three million rare artifacts, including the new interactive Texas Liberty Forever: The Battle of the Alamo diorama.

There will also be wine, beer, mixed beverages and passed hors d’oeuvres. At the Alamo interactive exhibit, DHS education director and curator will be available to answer questions. A representative from the restoration company will be in attendance to share details about the restoration to those who would like to hear more. There will be “historical figures” mingling for photo opportunities.

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Bagel expert weighs in on the 8 best bagels in Dallas right now

Carbs News

Editor's Note: Lila Levy has earned her bagel expertise the hard way: by diligently eating bagels nearly every week. Bagels are in her DNA dating back to her childhood. For this story, she's hit all the local shops to come up with the eight top bagels in Dallas.

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If you're someone who likes bagels, then Dallas is the place to be right now. Thanks to a wave of bagel shops that have opened in the past few years, we get to be fussy about our bagels again, something we haven't been able to do since the untimely demise of Bagelstein's, RIP.

A New Yorker friend said that a real New York bagel should have a slightly crunchy, toothsome exterior, with an inside that is dense but soft and chewy. Also: A New York bagel fanatic would never describe a bagel in terms of toasting it. Nothing wrong with a toasted bagel, but the true test is the bagel as is.

Taking that advice to heart, I visited new bagel shops and old classics, rating them from great to good. I regret I wasn't able to hit The Bagel Lady in Rockwall or Bāgelolōgy in Frisco, both serious contenders. There's only so many carbs a person can handle — and still more bagels are on the way, including a shop opening in East Dallas this spring.

For now, here's my list, starting with the best and working down:

Starship Bagels
Small startup debuted in Lewisville in 2021, and is now making big waves with a spinoff location in downtown Dallas. Owner Oren Salomon is an artisan who takes a craft approach, with gourmet ingredients and items like fermented jalapeño cream cheese as well as vegan cream cheese options. You can even specify the "grade" of toasting you prefer (lightly toasted, medium, or heavy). Their bagels are squatty and compact, running smaller than your average bagel, which results in a bagel that has a nice balance of crisp-firm exterior and chewy center. (It also means you can indulge in two bagels instead of one.) Rating: 1.

Sclafani's New York Bagels & Sandwiches
Chris Sclafani opened this cheerful namesake shop in Preston Center in early 2022. Their bagels are generous in size and excellent quality, good enough to eat untoasted and unadorned. The Plain had the crisp, glazed sheen that let you know it had been boiled, but with a crusty bottom from the oven bake. Inside was moist but not doughy, with a sweet malty flavor offset by a slightly sour tang. I liked the toasted poppyseed with mayo, lettuce, scrambled egg, avocado, and hot sauce. They're also known for sub sandwiches like meatball and chicken parm. Rating: 2.

Sclafani's bagels Sclafani's bagels - good with toppings, good on their own.Sclafani's

Shug's Bagels
Shop across from SMU is from young SMU grad Justin Shugrue, who is also opening a location in the former Great American Hero space on Lemmon Avenue. They're into "extreme" bagel sandwiches such as the jalapeno-cheddar bagel with scrambled eggs, American cheese, and hot sauce that I ordered. The bagel was somewhat Kaiser-roll-ish, with a good taste though not particularly a bagel texture — it was better toasted. They do have the New York attitude with staff that seemed impatient, and they forgot an ingredient on my friend's order. Rating: 3.

Bagel Cafe 21
Richardson shop opened in February 2021 by Lisa & Kyriakos Kouzoukas, who previously owned Bagel Fresh Deli in The Colony, and Kyriakos once owned doughnut shops and gyro spots in the Northeast. They follow the traditional boil-and-bake method, with the resulting bagels being softer and fluffier than some others, with a subtle crunch. They're known for offering 21 varieties (thus the name), including a gimmicky-if-fun rainbow bagel, available weekends only. I got it with egg, made on a griddle literally behind the register, for a sandwich that felt lighter than the usual bagel bomb. Rating: 4.

Shug's bagel sandwich One of Shug's Bagels' "extreme" sandwiches.Lila Levy

Sadelle's
Flashy Highland Park spinoff from New York opened in 2022, and exists almost like a movie version of a deli, with an emphasis on pretty presentations — lots of towers like the one we ordered with egg salad on top, cucumbers and tomatoes, sliced thin and fanned out for maximum visual effect, and a toasted everything bagel on the bottom. Their bagels are medium in size and compact. The everything bagel was a good choice since its thick coat of seasoning provided loads of crunch; a plain bagel we ordered on the side was less impressive. Rating: 5.

Benny's Lakewood
Benny's was once a chain; now the remaining locations — McKinney, Richardson, Frankford Ave/Dallas, and Lakewood — are independently owned, although they still all get their dough from the same California supplier. Each location has its following; Frankford, for example, is the only location that's vegetarian and kosher. I go to Lakewood, because I love their honey almond apricot cream cheese topping, which I get on my default order: a toasted poppy seed bagel. Their bagels tend to be irregularly shaped, with a little more crust to interior, and therefore a good, solid chew. Rating: 6.

Deli News
One of Dallas' classic remaining old-time delis, this North Dallas spot is better known for its stacked sandwiches, and draws big crowds at lunch. Bagels are but one part of their New York magic, and therefore their selection can be limited. On my visit for this roundup, I didn't get there until lunch and missed out on their acclaimed everything bagel, ideally topped with lox they cure in-house. All they had left were raisin bagels, and I usually veer towards savory, but I dove in and got it toasted and topped with strawberry cream cheese. These guys were doing decent bagels in Dallas back when decent bagels were hard to find. Rating: 7.

Cindi's NY Deli & Restaurant
Small local chain with four locations is owned by Anh Vo, a philanthropic businesswoman with strong ties to Dallas' Jewish population; her busiest location is around the corner from the Jewish Community Center. Cindi's strong point is its amazing bakeshop with Northeast-style favorites such as black & white cookies, Danish, and bear claws, plus bagels in 15 varieties as well as white fish and lox spreads. I ordered a toasted onion bagel which on its own was a little white-bread dull in flavor, but which makes a great vessel for their amazing chunky vegetable cream cheese. Rating: 8.

Bagel Cafe 21 Fun rainbow-colored bagels from Bagel Cafe 21.Lila Levy

Dismal winter traffic shutters Hurtado Barbecue location in Little Elm

BBQ News

An award-winning barbecue concept has closed a location: Hurtado Barbecue, the small local chain owned by husband-and-wife Brandon and Hannah Hurtado, closed its location in Little Elm at 100 Hardwicke Ln.

The restaurant shared the news in a Facebook post, stating that its last day was Sunday, February 5.

"It is with a heavy heart that we announce the closure of our Little Elm location," their post said. "We gave it everything we had, but after being forced to close with severe water leaks and inclement weather in a very seasonal town, we unfortunately couldn't recover."

"We're still open in Arlington and Fort Worth and will be hyper focused on making those locations two of the best in the business," they said.

Brandon Hurtado started his BBQ journey doing barbecue in his backyard, then graduated to a food truck before opening the first brick-and-mortar location in Arlington in February 2020. Bolstered by incentives from the city of Little Elm, they opened a location there in mid-2022, followed by a third location in Fort Worth in September 2022.

Their two locations in Tarrant County have both prospered, but Little Elm came with some challenges, Brandon said in an email.

"Little Elm is a lakefront town," he said. "They're incredibly busy during the summer with a massive beach and boat docks, but abysmal sales during the fall and winter."

"Our Fort Worth and Arlington locations are thriving, but I just couldn't take another day in Little Elm with fewer than 25 customers walking in the door," he said.

Hurtado's served its menu of brisket, ribs, sausage, turkey, and burnt ends plus sides such as Hatch chile mac & cheese and baked potato salad. Little Elm had one thing the other locations did not: a full bar. To no avail.

Some Little Elm locals floated theories on the location. "It’s that building. It’s cursed!" said one.

"We went there once a month. That building for whatever reason can’t seem to hold a restaurant more than a year," said another.

Beyond the building itself, others noted that the location was remote, made less accessible by a toll bridge.

"That location was too far into Little Elm for the price point Hurtado’s offered and not convenient even for someone who lives in the area. The same was for Kabuki who occupied the space before Hurtado’s," said a third.

"The truth is, you are in a bad spot because the drive is far out from most people. Most people didn’t even know you existed," said a fourth.

Chic charity pop-up shop unlocks new permanent home in Dallas Design District

Shopping for a cause

Dallas' most beloved home-decor shopping event now has its own home: Dwell with Dignity has purchased a new building in the Dallas Design District that will host the nonprofit's annual Thrift Studio, plus additional events, fundraisers, and programming.

The organization says in a release that the building - at 1833 E. Levee St. - will allow them to further their mission to transform lives by providing and installing interiors for family homes and community spaces. It will serve as a permanent home for the group's largest fundraiser, Thrift Studio, which, in 2023, will take place from late August to early October.

“It’s always been a part of our vision to give Thrift Studio a permanent home to serve as an anchor for our programming and fundraising efforts,” says Ashley Sharp, executive director of Dwell with Dignity, in the release. “Last year, we had our most successful Thrift Studio to date, and the event and the generosity of our supporters have been integral to our mission."

Held annually as a pop-up event, Thrift Studio features luxuriously furnished vignettes designed by North Texas’ leading designers, showrooms, and retailers, as well as a selection of fine art from dozens of prestigious artists. All of the high-end home décor items and original artwork on display are available for shoppers to purchase at deep discounts, with 100 percent of proceeds benefiting Dwell with Dignity.

The charity then provides complete home interiors for deserving recipients, including single mothers and those escaping poverty, homelessness, trauma, and domestic abuse. Since 2019, the nonprofit also has been lending their design services to help to transform community spaces.

With a new permanent location, Dwell with Dignity will be able to expand its reach and offer smaller Thrift Studio pop-ups throughout the year, the organization says. They also plan to host events and programs, extending partnerships to other nonprofits, local artists, designers, like-minded brands, and more.

"We’re thrilled to provide more opportunities to connect with our supporters while also connecting them with other incredible nonprofits in the Dallas-Fort Worth region," Sharp says. "We are committed to providing a space for nonprofits to showcase themselves and be a part of the Dwell with Dignity journey.”

One more exciting note for up-and-coming designers, marketers, and business students: With the purchase of the new building, Dwell with Dignity applied and was selected to work with graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas at Dallas as part of their capstone project, the release says. The nonprofit will work with two classes of students who will assist with marketing and supply chain/logistics management for the new building and Thrift Studio.

For more information on Dwell with Dignity's events, programs, and new building happenings, visit them on Instagram, Facebook, or www.dwellwithdignity.org/events.