Thursday, May 24th


by Melissa Jones

Posted on May 24, 2012 at 8:26 AM

Updated Thursday, May 24 at 8:27 AM


Eric Nadel, the well-known voice to Texas Rangers fans, has served as the Texas Rangers Radio Announcer for the last 33 years. He is also a four-time winner of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Texas Sportscaster of the Year Award. In celebration of his birthday this year, he is partnering with CONTACT and To Write Love on Her Arms, to put on the "Eric Nadel Birthday Benefit". Eric and wife Jeannie plan to use this event to highlight the work of these two agencies and how they are impacting lives throughout Texas.
Opening act and Dallas favorite, the Ray Johnston Band brings their unique blend of gentle melodies and explosions of funk, blues and jazz. Following their performance, Nashville-based recording artist Daphne Willis takes the stage as the evening's headline entertainment. Willis' pop/rock/blues tunes style and a voice that has been compared to that of Carole King and Adele have garnered her standing ovations during past performances at the Kessler. The evening also features a silent auction.
Location:          The Kessler Theater
Date:                Thursday, May 24, 2012
Time:               7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Attendance:      Approximately 350
Cost:                $10; Tickets available for purchase
CONTACT Crisis Line (972.233.2233) connects a person facing any type of crisis and those considering suicide to a volunteer crisis line specialist who guides them from breaking point to turning point. Since 1967 they have served over 1,000,000 people in the Greater Dallas area, and this year celebrate 45 years of giving hope to people facing daily life challenges from teens to seniors!
To Write Love on Her Arms is a movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
817 927-4280

– Returning Memorial Day weekend May 25 - 27, CityArts Festival presented by Big City Crushed Concrete will offer a spectacular spread of activities and entertainment for families and art aficionados alike to enjoy against the backdrop of historic Fair Park, a national landmark featuring the world’s largest collection of 1930s art deco exhibit buildings, art and sculpture. Free and open to the public, CityArts Festival will feature ARTFEST, which returns to its traditional outdoor setting with art by nearly 150 renowned juried artists. Other holiday-weekend highlights will include two outdoor films Friday and Saturday night with 60s-themed dance parties; an indoor culinary showcase featuring demos and tastings by some of Dallas’ most famed chefs and mixologists; unique children’s activities and family-fun shows; art classes for adults and teens with take-home crafts; Art Cars by “cartists” from Texas and beyond; reduced admission to Fair Park’s museums at select times; entertainment on multiple stages; shopping at CityArts Marketplace; “dancing water” shows at the Esplanade Fountain; and more.

ARTFEST, the popular juried art show coordinated by The 500, Inc., will once again be held outdoors at CityArts Festival to showcase fine art and original pieces by nearly 150 renowned Texas and national artists. For more than 40 years, ARTFEST has supported and helped raise money for cultural arts organizations in the Dallas area. Visitors will have a chance to view, meet the artists, and purchase artworks including ceramics, glass, graphics, jewelry, leather/textiles, metal, mixed media, paintings, photography, sculpture and wood.

Two outdoor film nights plus 60s-themed dance pre-parties

Guests may bring blankets and low-to-the-ground chairs for the outdoor screenings. Concessions (including beer and wine) will be available for purchase. Enter at Gate 6 (Robert B. Cullum and Martin Luther King boulevards).
Cooking demos with star chefs, plus craft beer, wine and liquor tastings, mixology sessions and more at Culinary Showcase

Throughout the weekend, festival goers ages 21 and up can congregate at the Culinary Showcase inside the Texas Museum of Automotive History. Foodies and wine enthusiasts can enjoy cooking demos, samplings, wine pairings and mixology sessions with some of North Texas’ most celebrated chefs including Chef Richard Chamberlain, Chef Hugh Stewart and Sommelier Jeff Bradley of Chamberlain’s Fish Market Grill and Chamberlain's Steak and Chophouse; Executive Chef Joel Harloff of The Second Floor; Executive Chef Dan Landsberg of Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa; Executive Chef David McMillan of Screen Door; Chef/Owner Janice Provost of Parigi; Executive Chef Matt Raso of Nobu Dallas; Chef Rich Rogers of Scardello; Executive Chef Jim Severson of Sevy’s Grill; Chef TJ Lengnick and Mixologist Sean Connor of Whiskey Cake; and more to be announced soon.

In addition, guests can sample an assortment of craft beer, liquor and wine by Constellation Wines including world-renowned musician Dave Matthews and award-winning winemaker Steve Reeder’s The Dreaming Tree collection of high-quality wines. 

Kids crafts and ongoing activities aplenty at Prudential Children’s Area

The Prudential Children’s Area will be chock-full of arts and crafts, interactive activities and family-fun entertainment. With the help of Dallas nonprofit Big Thought and Dallas artist Jennifer Kindert, kids can make a wallet or small purse from leather generously donated by Fossil. Other unique activities will include butterfly crafts with the Dallas Holocaust Museum, jellyfish crafts and origami dolphins and whales with Sea Shepard Conservation Society, plus Dallas Summer Musicals, the Crow Collection of Asian Art and other prominent organizations will be on site with a variety of hands-on fun to keep young ones content and creative. In addition, the CityArts Craft Area within the Prudential Children’s Area will feature different crafts every two hours such as unique pony-beaded American flag key chains, paper bag box kites, jewelry making, and painting from 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. and 3:30 - 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

NOTE: The Prudential Children’s Area will be open Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Art classes for adults and teens at the outdoor Magnolia Art Lounge

Adults and teens (ages 13 and up) can enjoy 60-minute art classes led by local artists from the Creative Arts Center of Dallas and Artcycletx at the outdoor Magnolia Art Lounge. Take-home creations will include everything from decoupage to painting to recycled projects and other unique crafts such as empty bowls with Jo Clay; Mexican folk art with Sal Barron; book art with Sheila Cunningham; interactive watercolor with Robert Moore; encaustic painting with Brent Dyer; nature sketching with Cynthia Padilla; monotypes/pin press with Junanne Peck; and altered objects, art dolls, and chalk pastel classes with VET.

Please note: Art classes are $5 per person, and space is limited. Participants should be at least 13 years of age. Classes will run at 7 and 8 p.m. Friday; every hour from 12:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Saturday; and every hour from 1 - 5 p.m. Sunday.
Art Cars, shopping, food and “dancing water” to delight all ages

An exciting spectacle and crowd pleaser, Art Cars will make their way back to CityArts Festival. “Cartists” from Texas and beyond will wheel in for the weekend to showcase their mobile masterpieces. From cow hair to eyeballs and bottle caps to an oh-so patriotic “Americar,” the quirky cars are sure to stop visitors in their tracks.

CityArts Marketplace will feature unique gifts, clothing, collectibles and other eclectic items suitable for bargain shoppers and high-end buyers. Plus, food trucks, vendors and various restaurants will be on site selling mouth-watering meals, snacks and refreshments, including Fletcher’s Corny Dogs, Nammi Truck (Vietnamese cuisine), Tx Delizioso (pizza/Italian food truck with a Texas flare), Enticed Shaved Ice, and dozens more.

Hourly “dancing water” shows choreographed to music at the Esplanade Fountain will dazzle bystanders. Four songs will be featured including Yellow Rose of Texas, Aaron Copland’s Hoedown of the popular Rodeo suite, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Stars and Stripes. Dancing water shows will run at the top of the hour from 6 - 9 p.m. Friday; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Saturday; and 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. Sunday.
Reduced admission to Fair Park’s six museums at select times

Fair Park’s six museums will offer reduced admission (at select times) including the African American Museum, Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park, Dallas Historical Society/Hall of State, Museum of Nature & Science, Texas Discovery Gardens, and Texas Museum of Automotive History. For the museum schedule, see end of release or check  for the latest updates.

Local bands, up-and-coming rock stars, Texas Cool Dancers and more to excite audiences throughout the weekend

A mix of musical, dance and performing arts acts will be featured throughout the weekend on three stages including the Main Stage sponsored by MetroPCS. Friday’s line-up will include Dallas band 5 Second Rule and Nashville singer/songwriter Derik Hultquist, among others. Saturday’s schedule will feature sounds of inspiring young rockers from local music schools including Zounds Sounds and School of Rock, plus up-and-coming “master artists” from Septien Entertainment Group such as Ryan Akin, Remington, Kaitlin Lindley and Caroline Brenner will perform throughout the day. The Texas Cool Dancers will perform their country and western line dance choreographed by Glee’s own Zach Woodlee. Other Saturday entertainers will include various folklorico dance groups, plus Galen Jeter’s Dallas County Rock Band will take the stage that evening.

Sunday’s lineup includes local favorites such as the Daniel de Córdoba Bailes Españoles, GenX Playhouse Puppet Show, Orquesta Cervantes, Reverend Leon & The Repenters, and Stefani Little Band,. Check for the latest entertainment schedules.

Sponsors and general information for CityArts Festival

The presenting sponsor for CityArts Festival is Big City Crushed Concrete. Major sponsors are MetroPCS and Prudential. Other sponsors are ACT Event Services, Artcycletx, Art in the Age Organic Spirits, Baylor Healthcare System, Ben E. Keith Beverage Company, Brinkmann, Budweiser, Coca-Cola, Constellation Wines, Creative Arts Center of Dallas, Dallas Film Society, Glenfiddich, Green Mountain Energy, Harpoon’s UFO White, Hendrick’s Gin, Hudson Whiskey, Kroger, La Madeline, Omni Hotels & Resorts, Statewide Remodeling, VIKING, William Grant & Sons, and Yellow Cab. Media partners are Fox 4 and My27, Univision 23, 98.7 KLUV, WRR Classical 101.1 FM, K104, Smooth R&B 105.7, 1270 AM La Voz del Pueblo, La Que Buena 94.1 FM, Al Dia, Downtown Business News, The Greensheet, and Yelp.DART is the Official Transportation Provider. DART is the official transportation provider. CityArts Festival is presented by Friends of Fair Park in collaboration with a variety of cultural, civic and arts organizations.

Free and open to the public, CityArts Festival will run 6 - 10 p.m. Friday (May 25); 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday (May 26); and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday (May 27). Outdoor activities will take place along the Leonhardt Lagoon, Cotton Bowl Plaza, Promenade, and First and Grand avenues at Fair Park (1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd, Dallas 75210). Parking will be available at gates 2, 5 and 6. The City of Dallas charges $10 to park within the gates of Fair Park, or visitors can ride DART’s Green Line Rail to the Fair Park or MLK, Jr. stations.

For details, call 214-421-9600 or go to For real-time updates, like CityArts Festival on Facebook and follow @CityArtsDallas on Twitter.