One of Grapevine’s jewels is the Palace Arts Center, which is made up of the Palace Theatre and the Lancaster Theatre, which are both located at 300 S. Main Street. The Palace was built in 1940, and The Lancaster, which was used as a grocery store before it was a theatre, was constructed in the 1930s. Both venues became victims of neglect and disrepair.
In 1991, the Grapevine Heritage Foundation bought the Arts Center and revamped both buildings to save them from demolition. The Foundation used an art deco theme for the Palace, making it feel like a trip to the past once the threshold is crossed. For the Lancaster, they used a Spanish Mediterranean style design.
Film lovers in Grapevine will join over 100,000 film enthusiasts around the world during the week of Sept. 23 – Oct. 3 to view and vote on the 10 finalists’ films at Historic Palace Theatre.
Introducing the MANHATTAN SHORT Finalists of 2021
The Final Ten MANHATTAN SHORT finalists hail from eight countries with films from U.K., Afghanistan, Northern Ireland, Norway, Italy and Canada, alongside two films each from France and USA. These Final Ten selections represent the best short films from among 970 submissions from 70 countries received by MANHATTAN SHORT for 2021, which are testimony to the enduring vibrancy and creativity of short films worldwide.
MANHATTAN SHORT continues to be a showcase for new voices and perspectives:
Death By Handshake director Hudson Flynn, for example, was just 16 years old when he created his wry nod to New York City living during the Covid – 19 pandemic.
Humor also pervades films like Rough from Northern Ireland, France’s Archibald’s
Syndrome and Monsieur Cashemire of Canada.
Out of Time and the animated Aurora are close studies by a pair of woman directors of life at different stages of our existence from French and American perspectives.
Short films tackling big topics include Norway’s The Kicksled Choir, which offers a refreshing look at conflict resolution.
Bad Omen examines how a woman copes with stark circumstances in Afghanistan.
Closed To The Light reaches back in time to focus on a riveting moment in World War II Italy
Ganef examines that war’s trickle-down effect on subsequent generations. “Trauma is like a virus, resilient and adaptive, capable of living well beyond the moment it’s inflicted,” notes Ganef director Mark Rosenblatt, demonstrating once more how short films can give a subject full treatment.
All Final Ten short films become Oscar-qualified, meaning they will be automatically eligible for an Academy Award nomination by screening for a week at the Arena CineLounge in Hollywood in the county of Los Angeles from September 24th – 30th.
You Be the Judge!
Which of these Final Ten short films is the best? That’s up to a worldwide audience to decide. Cinema-goers across the United States and around the globe will become instant film critics as they are handed a ballot upon entry that allows them to vote for the Best Film and Best Actor. MANHATTAN SHORT is the ultimate audience award that salutes the creative talents of both directors behind the camera and actors in front of it. Votes will be sent through to MANHATTAN SHORT HQ with the winner announced at ManhattanShort.com on Monday Oct 4.
Kick off fall with classic movies and live performances at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre at 300 S. Main St. Whether you choose to enjoy a night with the legends of Hollywood on the big screen or take in a live, tribute performance, you are sure to find family fun this fall at the Palace Theatre.
Saturday, September 11 – See the dazzling and flamboyant Two Divas & A Piano – Tribute to Elton John & Cher, presented by Tribute Masters. The seasoned Las Vegas team Heidi Thompson and Gene Sironen deliver a highly crafted show garnering laughs, applause and happy audiences wherever they perform. Together, these two sensational tribute artists bring a unique energy to the stage with their own brand of comedy, vocal duets, audience participation and more.
These tribute acts have been incredibly successful since Cher and Elton John each have six decades of hits and are loved by audiences of all ages. With songs like: “Crocodile Rock,” “Believe,” “Saturday Night’s Alright,” “If I Could Turn Back Time” and duets like “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” “Rescue Me” and “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down On Me,” this show guarantees an exhilarated audience every time!
Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 per person for the 3 p.m. matinee and $36 per person for the evening show. All ticket sales are final.
Saturday, October 2 – From Las Vegas to Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, the Carpenters Tribute Concert, presented by Tribute Masters, is America’s top act celebrating the music and legacy of the famed brother-sister duo. Don’t miss this unparalleled show starring Sally Olson as Karen Carpenter and pianist Ned Mills as Richard Carpenter. The show opens with a zesty tribute to Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, followed by Carpenters hits including “We’ve Only Just Begun,” “Close to You,” “Superstar” and many more.
The Carpenters Tribute Concert was honored to be the featured entertainment at the CarpenterS 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2019. Olsen will also be performing with “Legends in Concert,” the pioneer of live tribute shows, during the 2021 holiday season. Sally is truly unsurpassed in her stunning representation of Karen Carpenter and captures the essence of the late singer right down to her authentic hairstyles, vintage and handmade costumes, makeup, gestures and voice.
Showtimes are 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $34 per person for the 3 p.m. matinee and $36 per person for the evening show. All ticket sales are final.
Thursday, October 7 – Saturday, October 10 “Be Our Guest” and step into the enchanted world of Broadway’s modern classic, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, presented by the Upright Theatre Company. The classic story tells of Belle, a young woman in a provincial town, and the Beast, who is really a young prince trapped under the spell of an enchantress. If the Beast can learn to love and be loved before time runs out, the curse will end and he will be transformed into his former self. If the Beast does not learn his lesson soon, he and his household will be doomed for all eternity. With spectacular costumes, singing and dancing, this “tale as old as time” is the perfect opportunity to bring your entire family for live theatre at its best.
Showtimes are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults; $18 for students, seniors and first responders; $12 for children 12 and under.
Classic Movie Screenings
Classic movie viewers are invited to bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the Concession Stand! Tickets are $6 per person.
Friday, September 3 – “The Egg and I” (NR 1941), 7:30 p.m. On their wedding night, Bob reveals to Betty that he has purchased an abandoned chicken farm. Betty struggles to adapt to their new lifestyle, especially when a glamorous neighbor seems to set her eyes on Bob.
Saturday, September 4 – “The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit” (NR 1956), 4 p.m. An ex-soldier faces ethical questions as he tries to earn enough to support his wife and children.
Friday, September 10 – “Back to the Future (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. Marty McFly, a 17- year-old high school student, is accidentally sent 30 years into the past in a time-traveling DeLorean invented by his close friend, the maverick scientist Doc Brown.
Friday, September 24 – Saturday, September 25 – Manhattan Short Film Festival, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. Film lovers will unite in over 500 venues world wide to view and judge the work of next generation filmmakers from around the world when the 24th Annual Manhattan Short Film Festival takes place. $10 per ticket.
Friday, October 1 – “The Bride of Frankenstein” (NR – 1935), 7:30 p.m. Dr. Frankenstein falls under the control of his former mentor, who insists he resume his experiments in creating new life. Meanwhile, the Monster remains on the run from those who wish to destroy him.
Sunday, October 3 – “Mean Girls” (Rated PG-13 – 2004), 4 p.m. Cady Heron is a hit with The Plastics, the A-list girl clique at her new school, until she makes the mistake of falling for Aaron Samuels, the ex-boyfriend of Alpha Plastic Regina George.
Saturday, October 16 – “Hocus Pocus” (Rated PG – 1993), 4, 7 and 10 p.m. A curious youngster moves to Salem where he struggles to fit in before awakening a trio of diabolical witches who were executed in the 17th century.
For more information about Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 817.410.3100 or visit www.Palace-Theatre.com.
Classic movies entertain guests in July and August at Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre, located at 300 S. Main St. Bring in a same day receipt from any Grapevine restaurant and get a free popcorn at the concession stand! Tickets are $6 per person. Below is the list of screenings for late July and August:
Friday, July 30 – “Top Gun” (Rated PG – 1986), 7:30 p.m. Students at the U.S. Navy’s elite fighter weapons school compete to be best in class. One daring pilot learns a few things from a civilian instructor not taught in the classroom.
Saturday, July 31 – Happy Birthday, Harry Potter! Celebrate Harry Potter’s Birthday with a movie marathon! Tickets are $6 each or 4/ $20. Come in costume and receive a free popcorn! – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone:” (Rated PG – 2001), 11 a.m. An orphaned boy enrolls in a school of wizardry where he learns the truth about himself, his family and the terrible evil that haunts the magical world. – “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban” (Rated PG – 2004), 2 p.m. Ron and Hermoine return to Hogwarts for their third year of study, where they delve into the mystery surrounding an escaped prisoner who poses a dangerous threat to the young wizard. – “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix” (Rated PG – 2007), 5 p.m. With their warning about Lord Voldemort’s return scoffed at, Harry and Dumbledore are targeted by the Wizard authorities as an authoritarian bureaucrat slowly seizes power at Hogwarts. – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II” (Rated PG-13 – 2011), 8 p.m. Harry, Ron and Hermoine search for Voldemort’s remaining Horcruxes in their effort to destroy the Dark Lord as the final battle rages on at Hogwarts.
Friday, August 6 – “The Searchers” (Rated PG – 1956), 7:30 p.m. An American Civil War veteran embarks on a journey to rescue his niece from the Comanches.
Saturday, August 14 – It’s Elvis night! Enjoy an Elvis double feature. Come in costume and get a free popcorn.
“Loving You” (Rated PG – 1957), 4 p.m. A musician and a publicist help a delivery man achieve stardom.
“Viva Las Vegas” (Rated PG – 1964), 7:30 p.m. Racecar driver Lucky Jackson goes to Las Vegas to earn money to pay for a new engine for his motor car. Working as a waiter, he still finds the time to court young Rusty Martin.
Friday, August 20 – “Roman Holiday” (Rated PG – 1953), 7:30 p.m. A bored and sheltered princess escapes her guardians and falls in love with an American newsman in Rome.
Saturday, August 21 – Sing-Along Saturday! Bring your friends and sing along as you watch movies at the Palace Theatre.
“Mamma Mia” (Rated PG-13 – 2008), 4 p.m. The story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.
“Grease” (Rated PG – 1978), 7:30 p.m. Good girl Sandy and greaser Danny fell in love over the summer. When they unexpectedly discover they are now in the same high school, will they be able to rekindle their romance?
Saturday, August 28 – Join us for Treasure Hunt Saturday!
“Aladdin” (Rated G – 1992), 4 p.m. A kindhearted street urchin and a power-hungry Grand Vizier vie for a magic lamp that has the power to make their deepest wishes come true. Come in character and receive a free popcorn.
“The Goonies” (Rated PG – 1985), 7:30 p.m. A group of young misfits called The Goonies discover an ancient map and set out on an adventure to find a legendary pirate’s long-lost treasure.
For more information about Grapevine’s Historic Palace Theatre or to purchase tickets, call 817.410.3100 or visit Palace-Theatre.com.
Swinging their hips in rhythm with the deep, ringing tones of the hand drums, belly dancers in brilliantly bedazzled costumes glide across the stage, striking their finger cymbals and commanding attention. Then a solo performer contorts like a cobra as she mesmerizes crowds with her hypotonic movements. This dreamy dance choreography has been captivating audiences for 20 years in Grapevine at the annual Yaa Halla Y’all – A Gathering of the Stars in Texas, presented by Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts.
Yaa Halla Y’all invites you to four days of dance and music performances by international stars, aspiring new dancers and musicians at one of the largest Middle Eastern dance events in the Southwest.
There are several competitions during the four-day event, with winners earning trophies, cash prizes and a feature article in the magazine Belly Dance Chronicles. Additionally, dance and music seminars will be offered at the Grapevine Convention Center. The Grand Bazaar Shopping Experience will open daily at Noon at the Palace Arts Center where shoppers may browse jewelry, scarves, costumes and much more.
Who is Isis?
The dancer behind Yaa Halla Y’all and Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts is the energetic and vibrant red-headed dancer known as Isis. In addition to organizing Yaa Halla Y’all and running a studio, Isis is a teacher, choreographer, costume designer, magazine publisher and more.
Choosing to keep her true name hidden, Isis said that her stage name was given to her by an Egyptian and refers to the Egyptian goddess Isis who is the protector of children.
“Many dancers throughout history have gone by their stage names, and Isis is my stage name,” she said. “Some dancers feel like they can’t dance when they go by their legal, birth names. But when they go by a stage name, they become someone else. They are suddenly able to perform and dance.”
Isis said she believes she truly personifies the goddess Isis because she is a guide and mentor to students along their dance journey.
“I tell my dancers performance is not about winning,” she said. “Get better for yourself. Upgrade your feelings about yourself, your skills.”
Origins of Yaa Halla Y’all
Isis began the Yaa Halla Y’all event as a way to bring a variety of music and dance instructors and performers to one location. The studio was not big enough to house all that talent, so seminars and performances moved to the Grapevine Convention Center and Palace Theatre.
In its twentieth year, Isis said that Yaa Halla Y’all reflects the growth of dancers and competition winners because many have gone on to travel and teach worldwide.
“It’s exciting for me to watch all of my students learn from a variety of instructors in classes during this event,” Isis said. “They are getting to learn from top notch instructors at the seminars, and our performances are great!”
The Journey to Becoming Isis
Isis’ journey started when she was looking for a class to help her keep fit, and belly dance was the only class available. She soon fell in love with Middle Eastern dance and moved into a new career path.
“My first seminar with Bert Balladine, and I appreciated his positive attitude, his joy in teaching and his performance,” she said. “I continued to study with top dancers from around the world, and I am still dancing over 40 years later.”
Isis has been presented the Life Time Achievement Award from both the belly dancer magazine Zaghareet! and the Belly Dancer of the Universe competition. Additionally, she was a feature dancer at Kosta’s Caf (formerly Kosta’s Greek Restaurant) on Bachman Lake in Dallas for 11 years, Byblo’s Mediterranean Restaurant in Fort Worth, Greek Isles Grille and Tavern in Plano for New Years, and at The Mansion with the Gus Vali Orchestra for Mardi Gras. She and her dancers have been featured at Scarborough Faire since it opened in 1981.
“I try to teach dancers to focus on their dance as well as their entertainment skills,” she said. “But it’s so important to build positive energy. I’m not about being better than someone. I am about being your best self; challenge yourself and support others.”
Following her passion, Isis and her husband Del formed the Isis Foundation, a non-profit whose goals are to preserve and promote the ancient art of Middle Eastern dance, educate the community about cultural aspects of this art form, provide opportunities for study and performance and encourage the growth of talent and self-esteem.
Isis and Del also publish The Belly Dance Chronicles, an international magazine which publishes quarterly and is in its 19th year of publication. The magazine promotes the art of dance, celebrates its history and highlights dancers from around the globe. It is the official publication of the Isis Foundation.
In the Studio
Isis’ Studios and Academy of Performing Arts, one of the largest belly dance studios in Texas, is located in Bedford in the heart of DFW. The studio offers dance classes in Middle Easter Raqs Sharki (commonly known as belly dancing), Polyneasian/Tahitian/Hawaiian Hula, Fusion/Alternative/Tribal and Middle Eastern Rhythm for Tabla. Drum classes and special workshops are also offered throughout the year.
“I am proud of the fact that I have had so many dance and music students who have gone on to become professionals,” Isis said. “Some of them have won competitions around the world.”
For those interested in trying out the various styles of Middle Eastern dancing or drums, classes start again this month. Hula classes will begin in the fall. The studio is currently divided into seven-foot sections to keep everyone socially distanced and safe.