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Haunted Rooms America will present The Original White Rock Lake Ghost Hunt. Visitors will be given hands-on advice on how to use the equipment, free time to investigate on their own, as well as structured vigils run by the presenter's team of experienced ghost hunters.

White Rock Lake is home to the infamous Lady of the Lake, a local legend that has gone on for generations. Many people have claimed to see her and many have given her the fateful ride. White Rock Lake has also been the site of numerous murders and dozens of body dumps over the years.

Unlimited refreshments are available throughout the night, as well as a selection of snacks.

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Improv Arlington presents The Plastic Cup Boyz

Will Spank Horton and Na'im Lynn are The Plastic Cup Boyz, who have traveled the world supporting Kevin Hart in the world of comedy and on the party scene.

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Sam Morril: The Class Act Tour

Sam Morril is one of today’s fastest rising stand-up comics. Throughout his career, he has performed multiple sets on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, The Late, Late Show with James Corden, and Conan. He’s also had stints on Last Comic Standing, America’s Got Talent, @midnight with Chris Hardwick, and Inside Amy Schumer.

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Hyena's presents Jon Stringer

Hyena's presents Jon Stringer

Jon Stringer was born in the early '80s as the youngest of three children. Perhaps expectedly, he developed into an incurable attention seeker with a gift for making people laugh. A self-described "late bloomer," Stringerwould only discover his passion for stand-up comedy on his 30th birthday. He can be heard regularly on I Heart Radio as well as be seen on Netflix (Chingo Bling's They Can't Deport Us All).

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Improv Addison presents Maz Jobrani

Improv Addison presents Maz Jobrani

Comedian Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which first aired on Comedy Central. He has had three Showtime specials, Brown and Friendly, I Come In Peace, and I’m Not a Terrorist but I’ve Played One on TV. He is also a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don't Tell Me.

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Improv Addison presents Maz Jobrani

Improv Addison presents Maz Jobrani

Comedian Maz Jobrani is a founding member of The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, which first aired on Comedy Central. He has had two Showtime specials, Brown and Friendly and I Come In Peace. He is a regular panelist on NPR’s Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, and released the book, I’m Not a Terrorist but I’ve Played One on TV, in 2015.

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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.

Hallelujah to Ascension Coffee opening in former East Dallas chapel

Coffee News

Coffee is brewing on the east side of Dallas with the arrival of Ascension Coffee, which is opening at 9353 Garland Rd. on Saturday, February 18.

Ascension is the local chain with seven locations across DFW. This location is the one going into the former historic White Rock Community chapel, which was saved by residents and now has been restored.

Ascension debuted in the Design District in 2012, serving coffee, wine, and a menu of food all day. President Bill Schaffler says in a statement that opening in this area on the east side of town has been on their wish list.

“As we have thoughtfully developed Ascension’s growth plan, the White Rock area has always been a top-of-mind location,” Schaffler says. "We have experienced a wonderful reception from community members as we have prepared this unique location; we are thrilled to now officially be a part of the White Rock neighborhood."

A press release notes that the chapel-turned-communal-café makes great use of the churchy features, including vaulted ceilings and arched windows, with "pew-like booth seating" throughout. Praise to the press release writer!

The location also has ornate chandeliers, outdoor seating with covered umbrellas, fire pits, cushioned couches, and lush landscaping. Hallelujah!

Coffee beans: They roast their own beans in an operation is led by managing director Jessica Keenan, and go for not only excellent coffee but also prioritize sourcing from women-led farms.

Food: The menu is created by executive chef and director of culinary Jason Connelly, who was previously executive chef at the Adolphus Hotel, and includes All-Day Brekky options, Craft Sammies, and Salads + Bowls.

Hours: Along with the coffee and food, Ascension serves craft cocktails, wine, and beer specials and shareable snacks, making them an enviable hangout not just early in the day but later in the day as well, with hours on Wednesdays-Saturdays until 9 pm. Sunday-Tuesday they're open until 6 pm.

Duran Duran looks to the future with expansive tour coming to Dallas

Concert News

English new wave band Duran Duran has made plans for an expansive version of "The Future Past Tour" in 2023, which include a stop at American Airlines Center in Dallas on Saturday, June 10.

They will visit 26 cities across North America over the course of four months, starting on May 27 at a festival in Napa Valley, California. In addition to the Dallas stop, they will also play in Austin on June 6 and The Woodlands on June 9.

The longer arena tour is in contrast to their 2022 tour, which only went to 11 cities, including a lone Texas stop in Fort Worth. This is the band's first time back in Dallas since they played the same venue in 2016 and 2017.

As on that tour, Duran Duran will be showcasing their 2021 album, also called Future Past. They'll also be bringing back Nile Rodgers & CHIC as special guests, and this time around, they'll have English pop rock band Bastille along for the ride.

In addition to touring for Future Past, their best-selling album in almost 20 years, 2022 was a banner year for Duran Duran, as they were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, a no-brainer given their long and successful career.

"It’s remarkable to me that as a band, we are still hitting new milestones, and introducing the sound of DD to new generations of music lovers," said lead singer Simon Le Bon in a statement. "We are truly grateful that we get to do what we do on a daily basis, and that we still love our job as much as we did when we started out some four decades ago."

The "Future Past Tour" artist pre-sale will begin at 10 am on Monday, February 13; members (and those who wish to join) can go to duranduran.com and click the MEMBERS tab for more details.

Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning February 13 at 2 pm until Wednesday, February 15 at 10 pm through the Citi Entertainment program.

Additional pre-sales will be added on February 14 and will end on Wednesday, February 15 at 10 pm. Tickets will go on sale to the general public starting on Thursday, February 16 at 10 am.

2023 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES

  • 05/27 – Bottlerock Festival – Napa Valley, CA
  • 05/28 – SAP Center – San Jose, CA
  • 05/31 – Climate Pledge Arena – Seattle, WA
  • 06/01 – Moda Center – Portland, OR
  • 06/03 – Vivint Arena – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 06/06 – Moody Center – Austin, TX
  • 06/07 – Smoothie King Center – New Orleans, LA
  • 06/09 – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion – The Woodlands, TX
  • 06/10 – American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX
  • 06/13 – Bridgestone Arena – Nashville, TN
  • 06/15 – State Farm Arena – Atlanta, GA
  • 06/17 – Amalie Arena – Tampa, FL
  • 06/18 – FLA Live Arena – Sunrise, FL
  • 08/24 – Golden 1 Center – Sacramento, CA
  • 08/26 – T-Mobile Arena – Las Vegas, NV
  • 08/28 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
  • 08/29 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
  • 08/31 – Minnesota State Fair – St. Paul, MN
  • 09/01 – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island – Chicago, IL
  • 09/03 – CMAC – Canandaigua, NY
  • 09/06 – TD Garden – Boston, MA
  • 09/07 – Wells Fargo Center – Philadelphia, PA
  • 09/09 – PPG Paints Arena – Pittsburgh, PA
  • 09/10 – Blossom Music Center – Cuyahoga Falls, OH
  • 09/13 – Capital One Arena – Washington, DC
  • 09/16 – Little Caesars Arena – Detroit, MI
  • 09/19 – Scotiabank Arena – Toronto, ON