Around the Town with Rene

‘Daytimers’ visit AT&T Performing Arts Center

Thirty-three Daytimers joined in Fort Worth’s Intermodal Transportation Center on the TRE train to Dallas’ AT&T Performing Arts Center last week. The group enjoyed a box lunch on the train, met the DART train at Union Station and walked through the Dallas Arts District to meet in the lobby of the Winspear Opera House.
The tour started at the top of the enormous complex, where the group had a view through the glass walls of much of the growing Arts District. They walked to the front of the stage and were able to see the extensive capability of the stage and its equipment.
The group proceeded across the plaza to the Wyly Theater, the new home of the Dallas Theater Center. The Wyly is a completely vertical complex with the box office on the ground floor, theater on the second floor, three additional floors of equipment and offices and a sixth-floor small experimental theater.
The trip ended with a walk back to the DART station for a ride on the TRE for the trip home.
Next event for the “Daytimers,” Wednesday, April 14, will feature Dr. James W. Riddlesperger, Jr., a frequent consultant to the news media concerning politics and ­elections. Dr. Riddlesberger will speak on “Texas Elections 2010: Republican Dominance or Democratic Resurgence?” For reservations, call Barbara Rubin, ­817-927-2736, or Sylvia Wexler, ­817-294-1129, or checks can be mailed to Daytimers, Beth-El Congregation, 4900 Briarhaven Road, Fort Worth, TX 76109.
The Sylvia Wolens “Daytimers” is a program of Beth-El Congregation with financial support from the Jewish Federation.

Community Mitzvah Day, April 25

Four synagogues in Tarrant County — Ahavath Sholom, Beth-El, Beth Israel of Colleyville and Beth Shalom of Arlington — will participate in the Annual Community-wide Mitzvah Day on April 25. Volunteers will meet at Beth-El for an early 9 a.m. service and breakfast before leaving for their various assignments. They will visit hospitals where they will work in the gift shops, deliver toys and magazines to patients, and serve as messengers and at the information desk, among other tasks.
Donations, of every kind, can be brought to the Temple.
The charitable event is a program of the Jewish Federation of Fort Worth and Tarrant County.

Beth Shalom gala fundraiser to be held May 1

Congregation Beth Shalom’s biggest fundraising event of the year, their 12th Annual Gala, will be held Saturday evening, May 1, at 6 p.m. at the Temple, 1211 Thannisch in Arlington.
Talented Chef Philippe Lecoq, who has prepared gourmet meals for the galas for many years, promises an outstanding menu. Stations will be set up throughout the reception area, laden with foods of every description, including heavy hors d’oeuvres. The fun evening will include a live and silent auction, raffle and casino with roulette, “21,” Texas hold ‘em and other games. Music will be provided by popular Arlington DJ Mike Burk.
Among the articles to be auctioned are a Triumph motor, several children’s items including a playhouse for the back yard, a child’s bedroom set and many more. A 46 inch soft screen TV will be raffled.
In charge of the evening are Jan and Howard Weiss, Adam Weiss and Jeff Rothschild. Barry Goldfarb is president of the congregation. The event is a benefit for the temple and Camp Impact, led by Al Fratina.
To volunteer or for information call Jan or Howard Weiss, 972-679-2265.
Admission is $500 for a reserved table for 10 guests or $35 for individuals. The community is invited to attend.
Casa Mañana announces auditions
Casa Mañana has announced that “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” auditions for children and adults will be held on April 9 and 10. The popular Broadway musical will be presented July 23–29 at the Bass Performance Hall. The production will be directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes. Rhodes was the assistant choreographer for the original Broadway production of “The Drowsy Chaperone.” He has appeared on Broadway as a performer in “Chicago,” “Fosse,” “Bells Are Ringing” and “Urban Cowboy.”
Auditions for the upcoming production will be held at Casa Mañana Theatre Rehearsal Studio, 3101 West Lancaster Ave. (located directly behind the theater) in Fort Worth.
Children, ages 8–12, can audition on April 9 by appointment only.
On April 10, there will be open auditions for adult principals, chorus and dancers. Dance call will begin at 10 a.m., with no appointment necessary. The studio will open at 9:30 a.m. for warm-up. Dancers may be required to sing. Vocal auditions, by appointment only, start at 2:30 p.m.
To make an audition appointment for “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” please contact Lindsey Atkinson at 817-321-5001 or
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit or call 800-745-3000.

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