Sandie’s Arts Blog: John Leguizamo, UNCF & Wagner

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Want to spend an evening laughing with one of Hollywood’s funniest actors and comedians? Here’s the perfect opportunity! Emmy Award winner John Leguizamo, known for his many film roles — as the voice of Sid in all three “Ice Age” films, Baz Lurhmann’s “Romeo + Juliet” and “Moulin Rouge,” and the current “One For The Money” starring Katherine Heigl – performs his Broadway show “Ghetto Klown” for three performances only February 16-18 at the Majestic Theatre in Dallas as part of his 2012 US tour. The New York Times says that Leguizamo on stage is “irresistible. He has the energy of a 12-year old who has just downed a Red Bull and a jumbo package of Twinkies.” Variety says he is hyper-talented with “Dead-on and deliciously cruel impersonations.”

We are very proud to be a sponsor for an exciting event this weekend. UNCF proudly presents its 13th Annual Red Hot & Snazzy Benefit Gala – Saturday February 18th at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Dallas. Red, Hot & Snazzy is an elegant black-tie gala that was created in the early 90s and made a comeback in 2000. The popular Dallas/Fort Worth signature black history month event was designed to provide philanthropic support for UNCF’s higher education mission and features a VIP awards reception, live and silent auctions, fine dining dancing and always impressive national entertainment.

This year R & B artists Morris Day & The Time will provide great music with all their popular hits. Net proceeds will provide operating resources for UNCF’s Texas based member private historically black colleges & universities and
scholarships for low-income college students.

Late Nights at the Dallas Museum of Art continues this Friday, February 17th at 6 p.m. – midnight It’s a great way to experience the museum and all the wonderful exhibits without the daytime crowds and really take your time to soak in the beauty of the award winning museum.

Head over to Fort Worth for some fun! After a sold-out, weeklong run last year, Dixie’s Tupperware Party, the hilarious show starring Dixie Longate that turned Off-Broadway into a Tupperware-mania celebration and garnered the prestigious 2008 Drama Desk Award Nomination, returns to McDavid Studio across the street from Bass Performance Hall for 14 performances beginning this week.

And don’t forget our Dalls Opera opens the spring season with Wagner’s “Tristan and Isolde” at the Winspear for four performances this month, February 17, 19, 22 and 25. Enjoy a night at the opera with some of the most innovative staging seen anywhere in the world! Please note curtain is early – 7pm – to accommodate the opera’s length.

See you next week…center stage!

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