Big D blog: Dallas this weekend is “All about Uptown”

September 25, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Jaclyn Mitchell

If you are looking for something fun to do this weekend look no further than Uptown here in Dallas, at the second annual All about Uptown festival: a celebration of art and living.

The festival will have booths from over 20 restaurants and bars, live band performances, and free tours of Historic Uptown. You can also look forward to local artists’ booths, cooking demonstrations from local chefs, and even craft booths to keep the kiddies happy.

The event is sponsored by Uptown Dallas, Inc. and will be held on Fairmount Street between McKinney Avenue and Howell Street. The festival lasts from 11 am to 10pm this Saturday, September 26, 2009.

Uptown Dallas is known for its trendy bars, restaurants, and shopping and this weekend all the best parts of Uptown can be experienced in one day. Not to mention most of the events will be free which is always good news in an economy like this one.

Campus News Blog: Dallas Central Library to Host Human Rights Exhibit

April 20, 2009 by · Comments Off 

Posted by Elizabeth Siebman

Want to change up your routine this weekend? Then head to the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library on Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a free exhibit of children’s art and showcases of nationally acclaimed authors.

The exhibit named “Diamonds from Dust: 152 Portraits of Great Peacemakers,” focuses on humans right issues as seen through the eyes of students in two Dallas schools and three after-school programs. The student authors and illustrators range from preschool to sixth grade.

The exhibit will continue through April 30, 2009 during normal library hours and is located at 1515 Young St.

Police Blotter: Homecoming Edition

November 12, 2008 by · Comments Off 

Behind the Boulevard’s floats, free food and fun, it was business as usual for police.

Homecoming weekend ushered in nine underage drinking citations. Fall 2008′s tally is now 144.

The Sigma Alpha Epsilon house saw some action on Saturday. At 12:57 a.m., a window was found shattered.

Two hours later, the University Park Fire Department was called to the house when someone sprayed water on the smoke detector, shorting it out and activating the alarm. Several students were referred to the Student Conduct Officer for not evacuting during a fire alarm.

Stolen items of the weekend: soda and lingerie

On Sunday, Nov. 9, a male Aramark staff member reported a six-pack of Mr. Pibbs soda and a Victoria’s Secret nightgown stolen from his vehicle at the loading dock at 6000 Ownby (behind McElvaney Hall) at 11:36 p.m. The case is still under investigation.

Compiled by Caitlin Myers

Weekend Slideshow: Sept. 19 – 21, 2008

September 22, 2008 by · Comments Off 

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Talent Show Promises ‘Passion,’ Cash Prizes

September 18, 2008 by · 1 Comment 

By Laura Noble
lnoble@smu.edu

Simon Cowell may not be in the judge’s seat, but some students are still belting notes, preparing for an experience that may prove just as memorable as any “American Idol” debut.

On Friday at 8 p.m. in SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium, an array of student talent will be showcased at the 33rd Annual Family Weekend Talent Show.

Open to all SMU students and parents, the show’s performances will range from guitar-piano duets to a choir piece from choral group Voices of Inspiration.

Each act secured a spot in the show after an audition last month in front of a panel of three judges. Replacing Randy, Paula and Simon were advertising professor Bill Ford, SMU alumnus Anne Conwell and Student Affairs representative Steve Newcomb.

“I’ve been to several talent shows and have been absolutely amazed by people who didn’t particularly do this as a major but do it for fun,” Ford said. “These guys truly have a passion for their art, and it’s great to see people willing to show case their talent in the performing arts.”

Jose Bowen, Dean of SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts is slated to emcee the two-hour event. Stephanie Markman, vice-president of programming for SMU’s Student Foundation, says Bowen will not be given a script and will have full control over traditional emcee antics.

“One of the acts that auditioned this year is a magician,” said Family Weekend chair Andrew Jones, “I mean, where else can you find that? The Talent Show is a big SMU tradition.”

The performers also will compete for cash prizes. Divided into individual and group categories, the two grand prize winners will leave with $250, the first runner-up with $150 and the second runner-up with $100.

Newcomb, a former entertainment manager for a cruise line, said he finds it rewarding to encourage performers to keep pursuing their talents.

“Having worked with professional talent, now I know I’d much rather help people grow their talent and not lose sight of their passion,” he said. “I wouldn’t miss this.”

Tickets for the Family Weekend show are available for $10 at the Mane Desk in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and at the McFarlin Auditorium box office starting at 7 p.m. Friday.

Weekend Slideshow: Sept. 12 – 14, 2008

September 15, 2008 by · Comments Off 

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