New book to help prepare kids for college

Tarsha Arrington-Brown's book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now... About College

( Tarsha Arrington-Brown’s book, If I Knew Then, What I Know Now… About College ( is an insightful book that addresses the necessity for college readiness and preparedness courses for young people with aspirations of attending college, and graduating. A first-generation college student, Arrington-Brown attended Northern Illinois University, Kishwaukee College and Chicago State University, before […]

NKOTB, TLC and Nelly hit Dallas in a dazzling display of showmanship


By Buster Spiller, NDG Special Contributor The early 80s marked the advent of MTV and a period in American music where individuality and presentation reigned supreme. Musical acts like Cyndi Lauper, The Eurythmics, Prince, George Michael, Tina Turner, Culture Club, Madonna, Duran Duran, Billy Idol, U2, Pat Benatar, and Whitney Houston had videos on the channel […]

Colossal offers an intense and in-depth look at our football obsession

DTC's Colossal performers Khris Davis and Alex Stoll are captured in this photo by Karen Almond. Joshua L. Peugh’s choreography should not be overlooked.

By Traci Smith, NDG Special Contributor Colossal, on stage at the Dallas Theater Center,  is a thought provoking experience that places audiences smack dab in the middle of a football field, but far outside of their comfort zone. The new production by University of Texas playwright Andrew Hinderaker, the play offers an intense and in-depth look […]

The Illusionists at the DSM showcases seven talented magicians

Dan Sperry - The Anti-Conjuror is one of seven unique magicians appearing at the latest Dallas Summer Musical Production. Photo Credit The Illusionists

By Jo Ann Holt, Special NDG Contributor When you see The Illusionists be prepared to be amused, bewildered, and thoroughly entertained at this latest Dallas Summer Musical (DSM) production as they continue celebrating their 75th anniversary. The Illusionists presents a smorgasbard from seven different but uniquely talented magicians from around the globe, onstage now through […]

Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton deserves a second try

The House at Riverton

By Ruth Ferguson Like others I must confess Kate Morton’s The House at Riverton is a book I started and lost interest in, but the last one third of the tale is suspenseful, evocative, and so filled with disappointment for the characters. But the story is worth the journey for the readers. Through the eyes of […]

NDG Book Review: “Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog”

“Nadine, My Funny and Trusty Guide Dog” by Carol Chiodo Fleischman, illustrated by Stephanie Ford
c.2015, Pelican Publishing Company		$16.99 / higher in Canada	      32 pages

By Terri Schlichenmeyer The Bookworm Sez Open your ears and close your mouths! That’s something your teacher says when she wants your class to be still and listen. Look but don’t touch is something Mom says, or “That smells fishy” when she doesn’t believe something. Hearing, smelling, feeling: those are three of the five senses you […]

Almost Famous Women is a delightful collection of short stories

“Almost Famous Women” by Megan Mayhew Bergman

By Terri Schlichenmeyer You were this close. You almost had it. Missed it by a hair, by just a smidge. You were slightly off the mark; in fact, almost too close to call. You didn’t get the cigar. Contrary to the old saying, close counts in more than just horseshoes and hand grenades. The proof […]

The audience is the true winner of TeCo’s 13th Annual New Play Competition

The work of six talented writers showcased in this competition.

By Ruth Ferguson, NDG Editor Six plays in less than three hours, there is bound to be a dud in the mix right? Well, after watching the 13th Annual New Play Competition hosted by TeCo Theatrical Productions, Inc.  at the Bishop Arts Theatre Center last Friday night, that is not true. Every single play was engaging, […]

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