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Heritage Senior Center lunch
Monday through Friday, 11:30 a.m.
The program is co-sponsored by the Dallas Area Agency on Aging and the Visiting Nurse Association. For anyone aged 60 and older, the suggested donation is $1.00. For anyone under 60 years of age there is a mandatory charge of $6.05. The menu is planned by a professional dietician. For more information, call 972 721-2496.
2nd and 4th Mondays, 7 p.m.
Heritage Senior Center offers a mixed choir for men and women aged 50 and up for those who love to sing. The Heritage Singers perform a variety of show tunes, standards and favorite oldies. For more information, call 972 721-7313.
The Aliens by Upstart Productions
Through Aug. 31, 7:30 p.m.
Come see Annie Baker’s critically acclaimed play that explores friendship and the American dream in the dingy back alley of a sleepy Vermont coffeehouse where affable slackers, KJ and Jasper fill their languid days with Bukowski references, low-key jam sessions, aspirations to launch their band and ’shroom-spiked tea. When smart but awkward teenager Evan, a new coffeehouse employee, attempts to evict them from their makeshift perch, all of them are rocked out of their lives in ways none of them expected. The Magnolia Lounge, Fair Park. For more information, visit HYPERLINK "http://www.upstartproductions"www.upstartproductions.
Grant Review Panel Volunteers
The Irving Arts Center is seeking nominations for volunteers to serve on the Advisory Grant Review Panel, starting in September. Applicants should have a demonstrated knowledge of the visual and/or performing arts as practicing artists, qualified arts consumers. Panelists volunteer their time as a service to the Irving Arts Center and the Irving arts community. Candidates may be nominated by colleagues or apply personally using the application form available online. For more information, call (972) 252-4403.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:27
Written by Stephen Fielder
Shortly after 4 p.m. on August 2, 3.5 million Time Warner customers in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas lost access to all CBS-owned stations (some subscribers in Boston, Detroit, Chicago, Denver and Pittsburgh were also affected). 11.7 million Time Warner cable subscribers lost Showtime, TMC, FLIX, and Smithsonian. Here in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, that means no KTVT – Channel 11 (No “NCIS”…No “Late Show with David Letterman”…No “Big Bang Theory”) and no KTXA – Channel 21 (No Friday night Ranger game broadcasts).
A big, “pre-cable” network like CBS has never been dropped by a pay TV provider like Time Warner before. How did this happen?
In the contract that just expired, CBS was getting between 75 cents and $1 for each Time Warner cable subscriber. Now, they are asking for up to $2 per subscriber, and Time Warner decided that they couldn’t pay that. They see those retransmission fees steadily rising and their subscriber numbers falling. Just last quarter, Time Warner lost 191,000 subscribers. Everyone who has cable knows that the monthly rates keep going up, and the channels offered keep getting pared down. The rise of retransmission fees is one reason that the cable bills keep going up. Time Warner knows that if they give CBS that $2 per subscriber, what would stop ABC and Fox from asking for the same increase? That’s the problem. They probably will. (NBC probably won’t because it is owned by Comcast which is also its largest distributor.)
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:27
Written by Jess Paniszczyn
Area businesses were invited to be a part of the North Texas Governor’s Small Business Forum presented at the Irving Convention Center on Aug. 1. The event offered a variety of breakout sessions on topics relevant to small business owners, from customizing social media to maximizing market value. Participants were met with networking opportunities, feature speakers and exhibitors catering to the needs of small businesses.
“This is the second consecutive year we have hosted the Governor’s Small Business Forum in Irving,” said Don Williams, Director of Business and Visitor Services with the Greater Irving-Las Colinas Chamber. “Nineteen agencies have partnered with us on a steering committee to help pull this together, and it is a sold out event.
“Our goal is for every person who attends to walk away with one or two things that they can use tomorrow morning to make their business more successful. We want to give small businesses some tools they can walk away with and implement.”
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:26
Written by Phil Cerroni
Rejuvenating a city can be a long and costly enterprise, but one man is trying to reinvent Dallas for the cost of a couple of park benches and folding chairs.
When the Theater Communication Group held its national convention in Dallas during June, University of Dallas professor, Stefan Novinski, set out on a journey to rediscover what excites him about theater and why he loves Dallas. He ended up with a theater company named PlaySite that specializes in site-specific productions.
His inaugural play, Annie’s Baker’s The Aliens, was staged in an Uptown parking lot.
“I don’t think this play had ever been done where, in a sense, it called to be done,” Novinski said. “It takes place in a porch outside a coffee shop, like the employees’ smoking place behind the coffee shop next to the dumpster and the mops.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:25
Written by By Amanda Casanova
The former associate superintendent of academics, who resigned this month, will receive $100,000 in a payout from the district.
Melody Paschall resigned Aug. 1, about a month after former Superintendent Dana Bedden also stepped down from the district.
The Irving Independent School District voted on Aug. 5 to ratify an agreement with Paschall that she and Bedden both signed on the same day he resigned.
Her position will remain unfilled until a new superintendent is hired.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 August 2013 21:24