A Night Out With the Turtle Creek Chorale

By Augusta Neal

A Turtle Creek Chorale performance may only last a few hours, but why not make a whole day of it? Here’s your perfect day of events to get you prepped and ready to experience the music.

10 a.m.

In the words of @GayAtHomeDad on Twitter, it’s time to snap, crackle, and POP out of bed! Today is going to be amazing and tonight will be even better.

10:05 a.m.

Ignore your desire to sleep in and squeeze in just 25 minutes of exercise. Your thighs will eventually thank you and your exes will be kicking themselves.

11:15 a.m.

Give something away. It feels good knowing someone in need is enjoying that sweater you haven’t worn in years. There is a Goodwill drop off location at 1919 N. Haskell Ave.

11:45 a.m.

Beat the half-after-noon brunch crowd. Go to a fabulous place you’ve never been with your three most fabulous friends. Order a pitcher of mimosas and anything with carbs. Give a toast before every “cheers” to make every clink count. Our favorite brunch spots? While Breadwinners is obviously a signature Dallas choice, BuzzBrews and Sissy’s Southern Kitchen & Bar also hold a soft spot in our hearts.

3 p.m.

It’s splurge o’clock! Buy something that makes you feel like a million bucks, even if you only spent $10. If you’re into affordable designer vintage, Buffalo Exchange on Greenville Ave., is your calling. If you prefer more high-end threads, you must see Rye 51 on McKinney.

4:30 p.m.

Getting ready to go out, if done right, can be just as fun as the main event. Step one: Text your friends to come over stat (who else would you ask the inevitable “do I look fat in this?”). Step two: Wine. Step three: Crank music that makes you feel like the world revolves only for you tonight. Beyoncé’s self-titled album should do the trick.

5 p.m.

It’s a scientific fact that a long, early dinner with good friends is the best way to nourish your soul pre-show. Science or not, it wouldn’t hurt to at least test the theory, right? We crave Italian, and Coal Vines or Terilli’s always hit the spot.

6:45 p.m.

It’s go time! Call an Über, if only for the luxury of being chauffeured. When you arrive, take a selfie, grab a snack from the clothed-tables, and find your seats. Don’t forget to tweet your #TurtleCreekChorale photos to @TurtleCreek! Now, sit back, relax, and let the music move your soul.

9:30 p.m.

You know what goes great with music and friends? Conversation and dessert. There are only seven Sprinkles ATM machines in the United States; brag to your social media friends that Dallas is one of them, and grab a postshow cupcake.

Enjoy the experience, friends.

Halloween Costumes Hall of Fame

What do you think of when you hear the words “hall of fame”? Maybe rock ’n’ roll or football comes to mind. We think of costumes. Funny, scary, sassy, matching, flashy costumes. Which is why we’re taking a look back at some favorites from Turtles of Halloweens past.

Man-Alice and his adventures in Dallasland!

Halloween costume hall of fame | Turtle Creek Chorale blog
Wes McCormack (Ace of Spades), Tri Truong (Queen of Hearts), Dirk Nettles (Alice in Wonderland), Sean Orr (Mad Hatter), Joshua Goodridge (King of Hearts), Dustin Svatek (Cheshire Cat), Ryan Short (White Rabbit). Lewis Carroll couldn’t have imagined it any better than this.

Tri Truong as a kitten

Halloween costume hall of fame | Turtle Creek Chorale blog

Tri Truong was a cat for Halloween until about the age of 6. From cute cat to singing Turtle, Tri reminisces on his early costume days saying, “I remember my mom knitting me a ton of these kitty cat hats to wear on Halloween with a onesie. They’re totally in vogue now. I wish she would knit me more, but she refuses to knit nowadays. Sad face.”

Dan Baillie as Cruella de Vil

Halloween costume hall of fame | Turtle Creek Chorale blog

This is what Disney villain dreams are made of.

 Paul Hanoski as a flying monkey from the Wizard of Oz.

Halloween costume hall of fame | Turtle Creek Chorale blog

Paul proves both that Turtles can sing and monkeys can fly.

Brian Scott Carey as King Poseidon

Halloween costume hall of fame | Turtle Creek Chorale blog

The No. 1 Halloween Hall of Fame shout out goes to none other than Brian Scott Carey, with his version of King Poseidon and his sea horse mistress. The costumes took over two weeks (and not to mention some serious creativity and dedication) to create, but it paid off. Brian and his boyfriend won the 2013 S4 Halloween costume contest.