Sunday, November 27, 2011

Israeli Consulate presents the Transformation of the Port of Tel Aviv

Architect of Israel’s Tel Aviv PortProject to Speak

Israel’s Port of Tel Aviv has been changed forever by the talent and expertise of architectural firm of Mayslits Kassif. On Wednesday, November 30th at noon, the Museum of Biblical Art and Consulate General of Israel will host apresentation by the Architect, Ganit Mayslits Kassif.

Situated on one of Israel’s most breathtaking waterfronts, the Tel Aviv Port was plagued with neglect since 1965, when its primary use as an operational docking port was abandoned.

The recently completed public space development project managed to restore this unique part of the city, and turn it into a prominent, vivacious urban landmark.

The architects viewed the project as a unique opportunity to construct a public space which challenges the common contrast between private and public development, and suggests a new agenda of hospitality for collective open spaces.

The design introduces an extensive undulating, non-hierarchical surface, that acts both as a reflection of the mythological dunes on which the port was built, and as an open invitation to free interpretations and unstructured activities.

The port’s public spaces regeneration project is considered oneof the most influential public spaces projects in Tel Aviv. Being a new urban landmark which revives the city’s waterfront, the project became a trigger for a series of public space projects along Tel Aviv’s shoreline which altogether revolutionize the city’s connection to its waterfront.

Co-sponsored by Bnai Zion Foundation and Society of Israel Philatelists, Dallas Chapter

Israeli Architect Ganit Mayslits Kassif

Free Admission – Noon Talk and Presentationon Wednesday, November 30th

The Museum of Biblical Art – The Biblical Arts Center

7500 Park Lane Dallas, TX 75225 Across from North Park Center 214-368-4622

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 10:00 to 5:00Sunday 1:00 to 5:00

11 arts organizations benefiting 4 Aids Charities

A Gathering: The Dallas Arts Community Reflects on 30 Years of AIDS

December 6, 7:00pm, Winspear Opera House

To put it simply, this is going to be an amazing night of music, dance and theater.

Some of Dallas' most talented singers, dancers, choreographers and actors are coming together for one amazing show! The Dallas arts community is coming together for a spectacular One-Night-Onlyperformance commemorating 30 Years of AIDS. An unprecedented collaboration between some of the finest arts organizations in Dallas, A Gathering: The Dallas Arts Community Reflects on 30 Years of AIDS will feature eleven Dallas cultural institutions coming together and sharing their talents to create a powerful evening of entertainment. With a cast of more than 200 singers, dancers and actors, A Gathering promises to be a soul-stirring performance, and a night to remember.

All the organizations involved are donating their time and talent for this unique performance. 100% of the proceeds will directly benefit four of Dallas’ leading AIDS service organizations. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to be a part of an extraordinary night of song, dance, hope and solidarity.

Vocalists include: Denise Lee, Gary Floyd, Patty Breckenridge, John Holiday, Damon K. Clark, Rachel Dupard, CoryCooper

Participating organizations: AT&T Performing Arts Center, Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing and Visual Arts, Bruce Wood Dance Project, charlieuniformtango, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Dallas Opera, Dallas Theater Center, SMU Meadows School of the Arts, Texas Ballet Theater, TITAS and Turtle Creek Chorale, as well as many individual artists, local community leaders and dignitaries.

For tickets call the Box Office at 214-880-0202

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Celebrate Green Tuesday


Citing Statistics on Growing Ranks of Green-Focused Consumers, Nonprofit Green America Pushes For New Annual Holiday Shopping Tradition

Shoppers who want to save green – and be greener – during the holiday season are the focus of a major new push by the nonprofit Green America to make the Tuesday after every Thanksgiving “Green Tuesday.”

To kick off this new annual holiday shopping tradition, Green America’s website ( will be offering special deals for the week starting on the first “Green Tuesday” (November 29, 2011).

Much like Groupon does for general shoppers, offers discounts and deals from local and national green online businesses that are approved by Green America. features a new deal or discount every 24-48 hours.

Examples of special deals to be offered during the initial “Green Tuesday” week include the following products and services:

* – Jewelry made from recycled nuclear bomb equipment;

* – Indoor mushroom garden kit (as featured in the Wall Street Journal);

* – Self-watering system for indoor or outdoor plants;

* Organic Essence Lip Balm – USDA organic certified balm for chapped lips this winter;

* Better World Club Annual Membership – The green auto (and bicycle!) club; and

* Indigenous Designs Clothing – Stylish fair trade and organic clothes for women and men.

A total of 15-20 products and coupons ranging from 30-50 percent off will be featured from November 29 - December 6. Additional “side deals” for 10-20 percent off also will be featured on Web pages. Additionally, the Facebook page ( will feature daily contests and special credits.

Green America Corporate Responsibility Director Todd Larsen said: “Green Deals makes it possible to give great gifts for the holidays, while also giving back to the planet. Many consumers who are turned off by shopping at big-box stores during the holiday season will welcome this opportunity to participate in a way that is in line with their values, and save money at the same time.”

Since its launch one year ago, has acquired over 160,000 green members and has featured over 150 deals from green businesses.

Jonah Mytro, director of, noted that a growing body of marketing research shows that there is a major audience for “Green Tuesday” as an annual shopping tradition:

* 80 percent of consumers are likely to switch brands, similar in price and quality, to one that supports a cause. (Cone 2010 Cause Evolution Study -;

* 54 percent of shoppers say they consider elements of sustainability (sourcing, manufacturing, packaging, distribution, product use, disposal) as they select products and stores. (GMA/Deloitte Green Shopper Study, 2009 -;

* In 2009, 47 percent of consumers said they bought products from a socially or environmentally responsible company. Going into 2010, 76 percent of all consumers said they expected to purchase more from environmentally responsible companies. (Tiller, 2009 -;

* 92 percent of mothers want to buy a product supporting a cause. They are also more likely to switch brands and have purchased more cause-related products in the past year than any other demographic. (Cone 2010 Cause Evolution Study – see above);

* 88 percent of women say they like brands that “allow me to do something good.” (“Women, Power & Money: The Shift to the Female-Driven Economy,” Fleishman-Hillard/Harrison Group, 2010 -; and

* 76 percent of Millennials want brands to be ecologically conscious. (Generate Insight, 2009 -


In addition to the green products and services offered on, holiday shoppers can find great green purchases at:

*, the nation’s leading directory of green products and services, featuring thousands of businesses nationwide; and

* Green America’s Holiday Green Gift Guide ( which features great deals on green products.


Green America is the nation’s leading green economy organization. Founded in 1982, Green America (formerly Co-op America) provides the economic strategies, organizing power and practical tools for businesses and individuals to solve today's social and environmental problems. For more information, go to:

WORLD Toilet Day

Special Alert For World Toilet Day

World Toilet Day is November 19. Several WASH organizations are hosting events around the world to bring awareness to the importance of sanitation. Here are ways You can celebrate World Toilet Day.

Golden Poo Awards

Following the successful Golden Poo Awards animation competition in 2009, PooP Creative is hosting the finals of this year’s competition: The Search for The Best Toilet Humor.

The evening, hosted by well-known grumpy man Arthur Smith, will feature poo-themed stand-up routines by the carefully chosen finalists. The audience will vote for the winning act who will receive a much coveted Golden Poo Award. Golden Poo

Healthy Latrines

This World Toilet Day, Water Missions International will run an awareness campaign that informs people about the need for sanitation around the world, while educating them on their sanitation and Healthy Latrine programs. The Healthy Latrine program provides needed sanitation facilities in rural and peri-urban settlements.

Sanitation in Madagascar

Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and USAID Madagascar are celebrating World Toilet Day with educational entertainment. The event in the communities of Andranonahoatra and Bemasoandro, in Antananarivo, will include traditional songs, a drama performance and a puppet show. The mayor of the commune of Andranonahoatra and the ChargĂ© d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy will give formal speeches about the importance of sanitation.

Give A Crap About Human Rights

WaterAid and Amnesty International USA have launched a new campaign targeting student and community groups and social media in advance of World Toilet Day.

Give A Crap About Human Rights highlights the rights to water and sanitation in the context of housing and women’s rights, and urges people to take action in support of the Water for the World Act of 2011. Give A Crap

Crisis Talks

Crisis Talks are being organized across the globe on and around World Toilet Day 2011. Plans are underway in Tanzania, Nigeria, Pakistan, Malawi, Liberia and more - bringing people affected by poor water and sanitation together with civil society leaders, the media, government ministers, decision makers and civil servants.

Talk Sh*t All Week

Join Matt Damon and this week and Talk Sh*t All Week on Facebook and Twitter. Left unsolved, life without a toilet causes shame, missed opportunities, disease, and all too often death. Lend your voice to build awareness for the importance of improved sanitation! Talk Sh*t

LOO Carnival

The Restroom Association of Singapore (RAS) is organizing the Let’s Observe Ourselves (LOO) Carnival at City Square Mall on November 24.

The highlight of the event, a giant toilet sculpture, will be erected at the venue. The 4-metre high sculpture is made of ‘Domex’ bottles courtesy of Unilever Singapore. This family friendly event will feature fun games and prizes. RAS will also honor restroom owners and toilet cleaners nationwide who have been excellent models for clean toilets in Singapore.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Saturday, November 19 · 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Winspear Opera House
AT&T Performing Arts Center

Innovative and intriguing, the New York Times says, "Pilobolus is a new form of Pop Dance." For almost 40 years, Pilobolus has been internationally recognized for its athletic and inventive exploration of artistic collaboration. The company, which consists of Pilobolus Dance Theatre, The Pilobolus Institute and Pilobolus Creative Services, has received many awards including the Berlin Critic's Prize, the Brandeis Award, the Scotsman Award for performances at the Edinburgh Festival, the New England Theatre Conference Prize, the Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award for Excellence and a 1997 Emmy Award for outstanding achievement in cultural programming.

In June 2000 Pilobolus received the Samuel H. Scripps American Dance Festival Award for lifetime achievement in choreography, and in 2004 the company was the subject of a feature profile on CBS' 60 Minutes. They also lent their creativity and inventiveness to the 2007 television broadcast of the 79th Academy Awards. Always an audience favorite, TITAS is proud to bring Pilobolus back to Dallas.

Tickets starting at $12:

Monday, November 14, 2011

Beaujolais Nouveau

Omni Dallas Hotel Celebrates Art and Beaujolais Nouveau November 18

As part of the national celebration Nouveau Expression, French Beaujolais winemaker and longtime arts supporter Georges Duboeuf is bringing a party of the senses to Dallas at a Nouveau Expression food and wine tasting November 18 at the Omni Dallas Hotel from 7 – 9 p.m.

Presented by The French-American Chamber of Commerce of Dallas/Fort Worth (FACC), the party will include a chance to meet Miss Texas 2011 along with music by DJ Jeff Hickock, food and wine tasting, a silent auction and more. General admission is $60 and discounts apply with parties of four or more. To make a reservation please e-mail or call 972.241.0111. To purchase tickets in advance, please visit Tickets will be available at the door for $65.

The event also celebrates the first taste of the 2011 vintage as it coincides with the arrival of the 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, a fresh and fruity red wine made from the local Gamay grape that is released after midnight annually on the third Thursday in November. The 2011 Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais Nouveau, with a first-ever graffiti-inspired label designed by renowned Brooklyn artist “Kaves,” will be available nationwide at a retail price of $10. Nouveau is a very popular wine for serving during the holidays; its ripe berry aromas and flavors are food-friendly and versatile with many dishes.

Nouveau Expression is a celebration of creativity, self expression and enjoying the moment. It's a fun, vibrant new way for Duboeuf to connect with its Beaujolais Nouveau’s enthusiasts through art and for people to connect with each other through social media and celebrations around the U.S. We’re planning Nouveau Expression parties around the nation and are delighted to be celebrating in Dallas, TX”, said Franck Duboeuf, co-proprietor of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf.

Event details:
Date and Time: November 18, 2011, from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Address: Omni Dallas Hotel
555 South Lamar
Dallas, TX 75202

Admission price: General Admission $60
Parties of (4) or more $55 each
Tickets at door $65

Where to purchase tickets:

Reservation Info: 972.241.0111 or

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Boot Scootin' Extravaganza

Join the Oak Cliff Lions Club 2011 Boot Scootin' Extravaganza next Thursday, Nov. 17 at 7 p.m. at the Salon Las Americas, 1004 Fort Worth Avenue in Oak Cliff. The Western-style dinner/dance features some great homestyle country cooking including BBQ Brisket, potato salad, cole slaw, pinto beans and dessert plus tea and coffee.

Country music entertainers will be District Lions Renee Francey and Britnie Rosenbalm, and Oak Cliff Lions Club members demonstrating line dances.

Tickets are $50 each that include the Reverse Raffle where the winner receives a $5,000 credit card of his/her choice, or $25 for dinner and entertainment only without the raffle. If you are able to be our guest for this fun event, please rsvp to Jo Ann Holt at