Eisemann Center presents The Music of Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come

Eisemann Center presents The Music of Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come

Photo courtesy of Bradd Marquis

Eisemann Center will present The Music of Sam Cooke: A Change is Gonna Come. The show depicts the life and music of one of America’s most iconic and talented performers, the legendary Sam Cooke, featuring singer Bradd Marquis.

Cooke pioneered soul by melding elements of R&B, gospel, and pop into a sound that was new and still coalescing at the time. His pioneering contributions to soul music led to the rise of Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Curtis Mayfield, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, and popularized the likes of Otis Redding and James Brown.

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Mainstage Irving - Las Colinas presents Ada and the Engine

Mainstage Irving - Las Colinas presents Ada and the Engine

Jane Austen meets Steve Jobs in Ada and the Engine, a poignant pre-tech romance heralding the computer age. As the British Industrial Revolution dawns, young Ada Byron Lovelace (daughter of the flamboyant and notorious Lord Byron) sees the boundless creative potential in the “analytic engines” of her friend and soul mate Charles Babbage, inventor of the first mechanical computer. Together, they envision a whole new world where art and information converge - a world Ada might not live to see.

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Art Centre Theatre presents How to Eat Like a Child

Art Centre Theatre presents How to Eat Like a Child

This musical romp through the joys and sorrows of being a child is hilarious. Children give 23 lessons in such subjects as how to beg for a dog, how to torture your sister, how to act after being sent to your room, and how to laugh hysterically.

The production features an all-youth cast.

Photo by Albert Sanchez

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix

Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix

Dita Von Teese comes to Dallas as part of her tour, Glamonatrix, a full evening of comedy and sophisticated striptease celebrating diverse beauty and individuality. Far from being a typical burlesque show, Dita elevates and modernizes the classic 1940s variety show in an inspiring and uplifting way.

Always ahead of the curve, Dita’s show casting has consistently been inclusive and multi-faceted, showcasing the talents of male, female, and gender-fluid performers from around the world to create a body-positive, celebratory show like no other.

Photo by Paul Kolnik

Broadway at the Center: Legally Blonde

Broadway at the Center: Legally Blonde

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.

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Speakeasy with secret red phone booth entry is dialing into The Colony

Speakeasy News

A speakeasy bar concept from Atlanta that's been plotting a DFW location for a couple of years is inching closer to reality. Called Red Phone Booth, it'll open in the Grotto at Grandscape, at 5774 Grandscape Blvd. #100 in The Colony, and a release says it's coming in March.

Red Phone Booth features old-school Prohibition-style cocktails, cigars, and small plates. It's owned and operated by Stephen de Haan with actor/whiskey and cigar enthusiast Michael Cudlitz (The Walking Dead, Band of Brothers, Clarice and The Kids Are Alright).

The Grandscape location was originally forecast to open in 2021, back when speakeasy bars were an up-and-coming trend, remember that? One presumes the delays were pandemic-induced.

The lounge will be open to the public, but customers must know the secret phone number which they can procure only from another member, local hotel, or restaurant. They dial into an antique red phone booth to gain entry.

The cocktail menu features spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, scotch, tequila and Japanese whisky, made with fresh juices and hand chipped double-reverse pass osmosis ice.

Exclusive member tasting events will allow members sample flights of whiskey, bourbon, scotch, or tequila.

Food includes Italian-inspired appetizers such as Stuffed Peppadew Pepper, Insalata di Bistecca, and star-shaped Neapolitan pizzas.

They currently have two locations in Atlanta, plus one in Nashville, and another opening in Florida later in 2023.

In a statement, de Haan says they were introduced to Grandscape by family and thought it would be a good addition to the various shopping, dining, and nightlife options there.

The grand opening scheduled for March 3-4, but they are ready to sell memberships now, which range from $350 to$5,000 for an Executive Membership which includes 4 individuals.

Favorite Texas jeweler launches new Yellow Rose collection at Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo

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There's big beads-and-bangles news coming from a tiny house set up on the west side of the Metroplex - at the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo.

Popular Texas jeweler Kendra Scott has launched a new ranch-inspired capsule collection called (what else?) Yellow Rose by Kendra Scott that'll be sold across the rodeo circuit in major Texas cities this year. But before it saddles up and rides into Houston, Austin, or San Antonio, the collection has lassoed its big reveal in Cowtown.

Visitors to the FWSSR will find the Kendra Scott tiny house pop-up shop on the Go Texas Plaza at the Richardson-Bass Building on the Stock Show grounds. It will be open through the duration of the FWSSR, which runs through February 4.

Inside the tiny house is the new 56-piece Yellow Rose collection, all inspired from time spent on Scott's family ranch, the designer says. The line was conceived with the "modern cowgirl" in mind and even includes a suite of pieces sculpted to look like Scott's beloved horse, Beau.

"Keeping innovation at the forefront, Yellow Rose by Kendra Scott spotlights the traditional designs and materials that are synonymous with the Southwest, while seamlessly blending the bright, colorful style and versatility that the brand is known for," a release says.

Highlights include a one-of-a-kind Bronze Veined Turquoise Magnesite Red Oyster in a beaded collection that is reminiscent of a Southwestern sunset, as well as heritage Kendra Scott pieces in new vintage gold and silver metals.

And, cowboys haven't been forgotten by Kendra. The Scott Bros. by Kendra Scott collection includes the popular Cade & Grey bracelets in genuine stone, like African Turquoise. Price range from $70 to $80.

While the Yellow Rose Collection is available online, a special artisan collection of artisan jewelry is available exclusively at the Texas rodeos. Every piece can be found inside the Kendra Scott Tiny Home at FWSSR.

Jewelry prices range from $60 to $298, with rodeo exclusives ranging from $98 to $5,500.

In additional to shopping for jewelry, guests can pop in the tiny house pop-up to create a one-of-a-kind hat via Kendra Scott’s Color Bar with Hat Customization. Rodeo attendees can personalize GIGI PIP hats with bands, pins, feathers, and more adornments. Hats start at $112, with customization accessories ranging from $2 to $48.

Kendra Scott is also the presenting sponsor of the Bubbles & Bites Brunch Tasting at the FWSSR on Sunday, January 29. Attendees can sip sparkling wine paired with bites from nearly a dozen popular Fort Worth eateries during the brunch-time event. A few of the participating restaurants include Atico, Don Artemio, Joe T. Garcia’s, and Wishbone & Flynt. The event, which will run from 11:30 am-1 pm, and tickets are $50-$65.

Scott herself will not be in attendance at the brunch, but guests will be able to shop the Yellow Rose Collection on site.

Once FWSSR wraps up, the Kendra Scott team will head to the rodeos in San Antonio and Houston to showcase the new collection to even more Texas shoppers in person. The adorable tiny house, however, will not go on the road with them.

Photo courtesy of Kendra Scott

Kendra Scott Yellow Rose Collection pieces.

New drink shop in North Dallas has kava, coffee, and vegan treats

Coffee News

An unusual drink shop with many interesting extras is coming to North Dallas: Called Kava Culture, it's part of a Florida-based chain, opening a location at 14856 Preston Rd. #212, in Pepper Square, next to Trader Joe’s, in a space that was previously a Smallcakes cupcake shop.

According to owner/franchisee David Darrigan, it'll open in late March.

Kava Culture is named for kava, a root from the South Pacific Islands with an earthy taste that's embraced by fans for its relaxing and mood-enhancing powers. It's been used as an herbal dietary supplement for decades for relaxation and to combat sleeplessness, menopausal symptoms, and other uses.

The Kava Culture chain was founded by sisters Caroline and Jacqueline Rusher, who opened their first location in 2017 after discovering the root's beneficial effects. There are currently about a dozen locations, primarily in Florida.

The menu features kava "teas," flavored mocktails, and drinks on tap that are made from a base of finely-ground kava, combined with juices. Popular flavors include:

  • Peanut Butter Cup, with chocolate, peanut butter, and almond cream
  • Churro Cha Cha, with chocolate or vanilla, cinnamon agave, and coconut cream
  • Mango Bango, with mango nectar puree and agave
  • Choco-Cherry, with cherry, chocolate, and almond cream

They also serve coffee, with beans and equipment provided by Lemma Coffee, plus vegan snacks and treats.

Darrigan opened the first Kava Culture shop in Texas in Denton in November 2021. He's an ER doctor who became interested in kava as an alternative to alcohol.

"I see the negative effects of alcohol and addiction all the time, and I have a passion for trying to provide healthy alternatives," he says.

He says the drink provides a natural buzz, and makes people more social. It's also said to have a "reverse tolerance" — meaning that the more you drink, the less you need to you feel the beneficial effects.

Like the original location in Denton, the North Dallas is next door to a Trader Joe’s, which Darrigan says is no coincidence. "It's the same customer demographics: healthy, open to trying new things," he says.

The shop will be open 8 am to midnight on weekdays, and until 2 am on weekends. Darrigan hopes to duplicate the community spirit he's created in Denton, with a pet-friendly space hosting everything from game nights to karoaoke to knitting clubs.

"Everybody sits around the bar and talks, it's all about community and bringing people together," he says.