Archive | January, 2012

28th Annual KidFilm Festival – Angelika Film Center

12 Jan

The largest, oldest children’s film festival in the country is coming to Dallas’ Angelika Theatre January 21 – 22. The 28th Annual KidFilm Festival features entertaining, educational, and diverse lineup of both classic and new films for kids and adults.

KidFilm Festival attendees can expect Free books by award-winning author Peter Brown (who will be on location), creator of books like “Chowder”, “The Curious Garden” and “Children Make Terrible Pets”. At this year’s KidFilm Festival movie-lovers will also get a sneak peak of Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax. In fact the Lorax character will be making a guest appearance and kids can have their picture taken with Lorax. A special preview of the brand new film The Secret World of Arrietty and the 80’s classic Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind are just two of the 11 titles featured in a retrospective tribute to Studio Ghibili all presented in new 35mm prints.

Children's author Peter Brown

Tickets for the 2012 KidFilm Festival are $5 ($4 for USA Film Festival members). Admission to the “Books Come to Life on the Big Screen” program featuring author Peter Brown and the Lorax is free , but it’s on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day of the show so get there early! Tickets to the Pete Brown program cannot be purchased in advance. However, advance tickets are available for the Studio Ghibili films by e-mailing or calling 214-821-6300. Tickets can be bought at Angelika Film Center on the days of (Sat & Sun) starting at 11:30am.

Angelika Film Center
5321 East Mockingbird Lane
Dallas, TX 75206

MLK Jr. Celebrations 2012

11 Jan

MLK Celebrations 2012 Across DFW

“Sharing the Dream” Celebration 2012 – Jan 13 – Jan 15
All MLK Jr. Weekend Events

15th Annual Parade – Jan 14, 10:00AM (1945 East Jackson Road, Carrollton) Click here for more info

The Parade will start on Jamestown Street (behind Carrollton City Hall) and proceed west to Josey Ln; south on Josey to Keller Springs; east on Keller Springs to Kelly Boulevard; South on Kelly Bld to end at Ted Polk Middle School at 2011 Kelly Boulevard.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend Birthday Celebration
26th Annual Parade/March – Jan 14 (Click here for more info)
29th Annual Black Music and Civil Rights Movement Concert – Morton Meyerson Symphony Center – Jan 15, 7:30PM
2501 Flora Street, Dallas Arts District
Tickets: $15-$30 (Ticketmaster)


Parade & Program – Jan 14, 10AM (1300 Wilson Street, Denton)
12-12:15pm…Candle Vigil
12:15–1:00pm…Guest Speaker
1:00–2:00pm….Gospel Music
2:15–3:15pm….Musical Entertainment
3:15–3:30pm…Slideshow presentation

27th Annual MLK Awards Banquet – TCC-Trinity River Campus Downtown Ft Worth – Jan 14
Reception: 6pm, Program: 7pm
Tickets $50

Parade/March/Rally – Jan 16, 11AM – 12PM (Sundance Square)

Parade participants will step off at 9th St. and Main St., proceed south on Main to 1st St.; head westbound on 1st to Houston St., go southbound on Houston and end at Houston and the Fort Worth Convention Center Water Gardens Plaza. The parade is followed by the Cowboys of Color Rodeo at 2pm, Will Rogers.

23rd Annual Parade/March – Jan 14 (300 North 5th Street, Garland)

Parade starts on Dairy Road @ Garden Drive (near Embree Park), Garland, Texas, 75040. It proceeds north on Dairy Road to Highway 66 (Avenue D). West (Left) on Highway 66 (Avenue D) to First Street. North (Right) on First Street to Highway 66 (Avenue B). West (Left) on Highway 66 (Avenue B) to Fifth Street. North (Right) on Fifth Street to Austin Street. Parade ends at the Granville Arts Center, 300 North Fifth Street, downtown Garland, TX, 75040

Theme: Celebrating God’s Drum Major: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The celebration continues with an MLK Commemorative Program in the Granville Arts Center (300 N. 5th Street in downtown Garland) immediately following the parade and march. The MLK Communitywide Youth Choir, the St. Luke AME Puppet Ministry, and the Ida Handley Elementary School Choir will perform.

MLK Jr. Celebration – Jan 16, 7:00PM (Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.)

This year’s celebration commemorates the dedication of the Washington, D.C. Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial along with the four primary messages of Dr. King—justice, democracy, hope and love. The Free event will also feature a tribute performance by the Dallas Black Dance Theatre II.

MLK Day 2012 – Jan 14 & 15

Saturday – 1/14
8:30AM — Power Breakfast: Free Breakfast and presentation by college students at Collin College Spring Creek Campus. Book scholarships and MLK Unity Scholarships will be awarded.

10:45AMCommunity Unity Walk: Assembly begins at 1 0.a.m at the staging area; DART Rail Parker Road Station, North Parking Lot, 2600 Archerwood St. Grand Marshall: Bruce Glasscock, Plano City Manager.

11:30AMCity Hall Program: Begins immediately following the Unity Walk. Plano Municipal Building, Council Chambers, 1520 K Avenue. The Unity Walk and City Hall Program sponsored by The City of Plano Cultural Affairs Commission. Keynote Speaker: Dr. Myrtle Hightower and entertainment by Doc Gibbs.

12 NoonHealth Fair & Free Luncheon: Boys & Girls Club Douglass Center, 1111 Ave H. Visit with over 25 vendors in various health and education fields. Sponsored by Chick-fil-A (Beltline & Preston), PepsiCo and Frito Lay.

Sunday – 1/15
7:00PMMLK All-Community Choir Concert: A musical tribute to Dr. King featuring special guest “Mahogany” and North Dallas Bible Fellowship Men’s Ensemble at Custer Road United Methodist Church, 6601 Custer Road, Rev. Ron Henderson, Senior Pastor and Tim Morrison, Music Ministry Director. The public is invited to join the choir; Rehearsal will be Sunday, January 15 at 4 p.m.

Thursday – 1/19
7:00PM Plano ISD MLK Tribute: Plano West Senior High School located at 5601 W. Parker Rd. Enjoy PISD students Parade of Nations and elementary students “Letters to Dr. King”, and a special tribute to Dr. Doug Otto.

Texas Rangers Fan Fest 2012

9 Jan

Attention Rangers Fans!! We’ve got the inside scoop on how you can enjoy a weekend of fun up-close and personal time with America’s AL Champions. Texas Rangers Fan Fest is January 13-15 at the Arlington Convention Center – similar to Winterfest where we celebrate Champs, but just of a different sport. Not to mention a little further away from the official start of the season. At Fan Fest Rangers fans can get autographs from both past and present players, participate in Q&A sessions, take a photograph with the 2011 AL Championship trophy and shop for Ranger merchandise and memorabilia. There will even be awesome Rangers Minor League, Spring Training and team history displays. For the kids Ranger Fan Fest provide batting cages, an indoor ballpark, stealing home and even the luxury of clocking the speed of their pitch. Find out more about some of the interactive activities planned for Ranger fans at this year’s Fan Fest. Put them in a jersey doing all this and they’ll feel like a real Texas Ranger!

Admission to 2012 Ranger Fan Fest is about 20 bucks. An individual Day pass for a Child is $10 and $20 for Adults, while 3-Day passes are $50 (Adult) and $20 (Kids). Purchase your tickets right here! Unfortunately the 50 autograph fast passes have already been bought up.


THURSDAY (Awards Ceremony)*
(Doors open 6:30pm) 7:30PM

5:00PM – 9:00PM

9:00AM – 5:00PM

12:00PM – 5:00PM

Whoa Nelly!

*The Texas Rangers Dr Pepper Awards Show will be held on Jan 12th, Thursday evening. This new event is not only a celebration of the 2011 American League Champs but it will also include a number of award presentations to Rangers players and other baseball personalities. The Dr Pepper Awards Show is open to fans for a ticket priced at $75 for reserved seating and $50 for general admission as there will be a theater-style seating in Arlington Convention Center. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and fans will get a sneak peak of Fan Fest. Refreshments will be served to all ticket holders and the Awards Show is scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.

Hopefully some of Dirka rubbed off in that Pitch

The 2012 Ranger season starts April 6th. All you die hard Ranger fans can get your season tickets and 20-game plans here!

Hopefully this fall Young and Nelly Cruz will be giving their own rendition of “We Are the Champions” like Dirk did, only on the right key.

Fort Worth Stock Show Parade at Sundance Square

8 Jan

Head to downtown Forth Worth for a real “Texas” experience. The Fort Worth Stock Show Parade will be Saturday, January 14th in Sundance Square. Beginning at 11:00am with the 116th Edition of Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show and Rodeo this event is sure not to disappoint. It will feature over 4,000 participants and over 1,000 head of livestock. Family and friends are sure to witness lots of cowboys, horses, wagons, steers, marching bands and floats at the “All Western Parade”! If you want a good seat get there early (just like with any parade) and witness it all go down on Houston Street or Main Street. Tickets to attend the various Fort Worth Stock Show / Rodeo / Southwest Exposition can be purchased at the Will Rogers Coliseum or any Ticketmaster locations. January 13th is the day that The 2012 Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo officially opens. The Parade kicks off The Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo which will continue through February 4th.

Get a glimpse of the Parade Map.

Saddle up and trot on down to this extraordinary celebration of legendary Texas culture. It’s only tradition that we fire things up with a parade on the first Saturday! Visit for more info on the Fort Worth Stock Show & Rodeo and all related festivities.

Gotta take Mr. Ed out back


8 Jan

Are you into spicy flavorful foods? Would you like to give your tastebuds a surprise for the new year? I’m assuming that if you just wiped (or licked) off your fingers from eating Flamin’ Hot Cheetohs, Wing Stop’s Atomic wings, Ruffles Molten Hot wings chips, jalapeno poppers or McD’s new Spicy Bites your answer is “yes”. This January there will be an entire weekend dedicated to zesty foods at the Irving Convention Center at Las Colinas. Food lovers – particularly spicy food lovers- clear your calendar between January 27th and January 29th for Zest Fest 2012. The ultimate foodie “test of zest” event is $15 to get in while kids 10 and under are free. Tickets will be available for sale at the Convention Center Box office.

With firemen on standby, enjoy a plethora of zesty products to blaze your tongue and clear all your sinuses. Along with good food there will be a wide range of entertainment. Celebrity chefs are coming to show you exactly how it’s done from the main stage. They will accept questions and provide tips during their cooking demonstrations. Two of the finest chefs returning to Zest Fest this year include Jon Bonnell (Bonnell’s Fine Texas Cuisin; Buffalo Brothers) and Lou Lambert (Lambert’s and Dutch’s Hamburgers).

Spicy exhibitors from all over will gather to blow your socks off with their zesty products, mouth-watering meals, hot concoctions and recipes. You can enjoy TONS of sizzling samples as well as interactive contests. The annual Fire Foods Challenge will also light up the stage this year at Zest Fest 2012. Zest Fest is now going 10 years strong and no stranger to the DFW area. Luckily they’ll be opening doors one day early because of Zest Fest’s growing popularity.

Interested in being a part of the hottest North Texas winter event? Click here to arrange to display your own spicy products to both trade and to reach thousands of salivating consumers. To register as a participant of the Fiery Food Challenge, click here.

It won’t take “Ginger” or Posh to get you to Spice up your life!

See if you can stand the heat January 27-29 at ZEST FEST in Irving!


Friday……..1:00pm – 7:00pm
Saturday.…10:00am – 6:00pm
Sunday……10:00am – 5:00pm

Irving Convention Center
500 W Las Colinas Blvd.
Irving, TX 75039

City of Dallas Martin Luther King Jr. Parade – January 14, 2012

4 Jan

It’s finally time for a march that doesn’t include the word “Occupy” in it. The 30th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will kick off with an awards banquet dinner, silent auction and VIP reception, but on Saturday morning, January 14, the MLK Jr. Parade takes place in Dallas. The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade begins at 10:00am starting at Dallas City Hall and ending at the entrance to Fair Park. Parade participants, as well as attendees, will begin lining up between 8:00am and 9:45am. Line up is in the horseshoe parking area of City Hall. The parade is expected to last until about 1:00pm.

Parade Route: The MLK Parade participants will proceed down Ervay Street; turn Left on MLK Blvd and end at Fair Park. Click here to view a map.

If you’re interested in participating in the 2012 MLK Parade, click here for a Parade Application/Entry Form or visit: Forms can be faxed to 214-670-8501 or sent/delivered to 2922 MLK Blvd., Suite 147, Dallas, TX 75215. Make sure your form is submitted by 5:00pm, Friday, Jan 6th!! Only band/drill team members will be allowed to perform their routine at the band stand located in front of the MLK Center.

Live broadcast of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration March will begin at 10:00am on Sat, Jan 14th at the primary viewing area in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center.

Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. MLK is best known for being an iconic figure in the advancement of civil rights in the United States and around the world. He made major progress in equality in our society by using nonviolent methods following the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi. King was the youngest person to have received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his work to end racial segregation and discrimination through nonviolent means and civil disobedience. His birthday is on January 15th so each year in Dallas we celebrate Dr. King around that time. In 1986 (the year after I was born) Martin Luther King, Jr. Day was established as a U.S. federal holiday. In January 1982 the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center had their first annual Awards Banquet and parade.

Tune in or go downtown and celebrate the King’s efforts January 14th at the City of Dallas’ Martin Luther King Jr. March/Parade in Dallas.

Start of the Parade Address:
Dallas City Hall
1500 Marilla Street
Dallas 75201


Silent Auction: 6:00 p.m.
Omni Hotel
555 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Awards Banquet: 7:30 p.m.
Omni Hotel
555 S. Lamar Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

March and Parade: 10:00 a.m.
Start: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St.
Stage: Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center
2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Candle Lighting Ceremony: 7:00 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center
2901 Pennsylvania Ave.
Dallas, Texas 75215

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