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TXU Energy Proud to Present the 2007 Dallas CityArts Celebration

Festival offers fourth year of FREE arts and culture, food and entertainment

5/17/2007

TXU Energy and the Dallas Arts District are rolling out the red carpet and inviting metroplex residents and area visitors alike to experience world-class art collections, FREE museum access and top musical and dance entertainment, along with a variety of culinary delights during the 2007 Dallas CityArts Celebration June 8-10.

"We are honored to sponsor the 2007 CityArts Celebration for the fourth year and to support the arts and culture in our local community. TXU Energy takes great pride in partnering with community leaders to bring the arts to everyone and to enrich the cultural life of our communities," said Jim Burke, CEO of TXU Energy.

As founding partner of the first CityArts Celebration in 2004, TXU Energy was joined by various civic-minded companies as sponsors of this free Arts Celebration that has become a "signature" event for Dallas. Audiences from North Texas and across the country have come to experience the true art and cultural benefits that Dallas has to offer.

At this year's event, TXU Energy will be on site at their Showcase Tent where festival-goers can pick up free energy efficient compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs, water color paint sets for the kids and other energy efficient giveaways. Participants also have a chance to win $500 of free electricity.

"This free festival is a wonderful opportunity to experience and celebrate the city's culinary, visual and performing arts in the heart of the nation's largest urban arts district," said Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Phillip Jones. "Each year, we see attendance more than double. There's no doubt that this signature event for Dallas will become a nationally recognized tradition and destination for visitors over the coming years."

2007 CityArts Celebration Highlights:

Music and Dance Showcase

Starting Friday evening and continuing throughout the weekend, visitors will enjoy some of the very best in Texas music and entertainment. Music lovers will have the opportunity to dance to the sounds of Rock, Jazz, R&B, Classical, Country, Top 40 and Latin, all while watching an array of talented cultural organizations celebrating the diversity of Dallas, from the Dallas Black Dance Theatre to Indian Cultural Heritage Dancers, on five different stages.

The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center

On Friday evening, the internationally acclaimed Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform a concert for music lovers of all ages unlike any other in the great Meyerson Symphony Center. Presenting Beethoven to Brahms and Mozart to Mahler, Dallas' own renowned orchestra promises a unique musical experience. And, on Saturday evening, award-winning Barbershop ensembles will perform. These choruses from the DFW area will delight audiences with nostalgic harmonies for the entertainment of listeners of all ages.

Visual Art

Artist Showcase

More than 80 Texas artists will display and sell their original works at a fabulous juried outdoor art show featuring oils, pastels, watercolors, jewelry, sculpture, photography and upscale crafts.

Arts District Stroll

On Saturday and Sunday, visitors can meet at the Crow Collection of Asian Art museum and join the Dallas Arts District Alliance for a leisurely stroll and a sneak peek at the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. This new multi-venue and entertainment center, now under construction in the Dallas Arts District, is slated to open in 2009.

Museums

During the CityArts weekend, the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center will join the neighboring Crow Collection of Asian Art to offer complimentary admission to visitors and locals alike. Festival-goers will be treated to spectacular exhibits and special programming in these world-class museums. Visitors can explore important collections of art from all cultures and periods.

Children's Stage and Discovery Area

The excitement for kids abounds with several performances by musical and dance groups from the Dallas Independent School District, the Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and other kid-friendly cultural organizations. Interactive art areas will include painting and art construction for kids and talented storytellers, weaving live adventures that include audience participation. Children will also have the opportunity to enjoy free treats while visiting Borden's beloved Elsie and Beau on Saturday and Sunday during their 150th birthday bash.

Albertsons Culinary Showcase

Whet your appetite throughout the weekend with Dallas' own culinary artists as they shine in this creative venue that brings together fabulous food, wine tastings, food and wine pairings, samplings and so much more. The showcase will feature the fine wines of Beringer. Visitors can meet favorite Dallas sommeliers and chefs at free demonstrations and enjoy food and drink samplings.

The 2007 CityArts Celebration, presented by TXU Energy, will take place from 6-10 p.m. Friday, June 8; 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Saturday, June 9; and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Sunday, June 10. Ongoing details and special hotel packages will be posted on the web site, www.dallascityarts.com, or are available by calling 214-571-1376.

Transportation

Hop DART light rail for hassle-free transportation.

CityArts is a project of Dallas CityArts, Inc., in collaboration with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Dallas Arts District Alliance and is presented by TXU Energy. The event is sponsored by Jose' Cuervo, AT&T, Beringer Wines, Albertsons, American Airlines, Mary Kay, Inc., WFAA/The Dallas Morning News, Westin City Center, Blueberry Smirnoff, Tanqueray Rangpur, Borden, Hermes Sargent, Bates, LLP, D Magazine, D Home and the Downtown Business News. DART is the official transportation provider. Support also comes from Downtown Dallas, The 500, Inc., Texas! Music Center, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, Blue Moon, Coca-Cola Bottling of North Texas, North Texas Tollway Authority, the Villages at Lone Oak, Town and Country Foods, Fellowship Church Downtown, First Baptist Dallas, Aaron Brothers, Southern Journeys, KVIL-FM, KLUV-FM, KMVK-FM, KMKI-AM, KRLD-AM, KMKI-AM/Radio Disney, La Preciosa, the Dallas Observer, Sharpie, Dallas ISD, the Dance Council, University of Dallas Graduate School of Management, and the Texas Commission for the Arts.

For more information or a detailed event schedule and map visit http://www.dallascityarts.com/.

Media
Jim Miller
jmiller@jmillermkt.com
214-457-1573

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