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.

Sing Like Turtles at Their Favorite Karaoke Spots


By Augusta Neal

Picture this: It’s Wednesday night. You’re in a poorly lit bar sipping your favorite cocktail. There are four sorority girls on the “stage” belting out Destiny’s Child “Survivor” and any second now, the guy who thinks he’s Luke Bryan will get up and sing another boring country song for a third time.

You’re at a classic karaoke bar, my friend. Whether you’re into singing a Carly Simon solo or prefer an ’N Sync song with a group of friends, take your pick of these Turtle-approved karaoke spots.

Round-Up Saloon

Known as the home of “good times and good people,” Round-Up has been a part of Dallas for a full 33 years (almost as long as the Turtle Creek Chorale!). One of five “Karaoke Hosts” (where do we sign up for that job?!) will treat you to a night of cheesy hits and cheap drinks.

Rumor has it Lady Gaga has been there at least three times — so put on your best cowboy boots and sing it up, Little Monsters.


Singing Turtle Jess McDowell says Woody’s is one of the best karaoke spots on the strip. This sports and video bar serves up $4 Tuaca to help you get your voice prepped and ready every Wednesday night at 10 p.m.

If it’s even half as fun as their advertisement for “Little Chalupa’s Karaoke,” you can count us in.

Barbara’s Pavillion in Oak Cliff

This kitschy spot located near the heart of Oak cliff is just a hop skip, and bar-crawl away from downtown. Mark your calendar for every Thursday and Sunday as well as the second Saturday of each month if you want a piece of Barbara.

If you’re not into the singing scenes, just take a tip from TCC member Randy Culbreth. What’s his idea of the best karaoke spot in Dallas?

“My shower.”