Tarrant-bred actress Janine Turner is best-known as feisty pilot Maggie on Northern Exposure, as well for her recurring role in TV’s Friday Night Lights and movies such as Cliffhanger.
But she’s also the founder and co-chairwoman of Constituting America, which uses the arts to educate adults and students about the U.S. Constitution (Cathy Gillespie, whose husband is former Republican National Committe Chairman Ed Gillespie and who used to be chief of staff for U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, is Turner’s co-chair).
At 7 p.m. Friday -- as in July 26, as in today (and yes, it’s short notice, but that’s on us) -- Turner and Constituting America will hold a red-carpet premiere for their documentary, The Constitution, Reality Show Style at the Highland Park Village Theatre in Dallas.
The movie showcases the winners of the nationwide “We The People 9.17 Contest” in categories such as Best Song, Best Film and Best PSA, and follows them to Constitution Day, Sept. 17, in Philadelphia.
Special guests expected at the Hollywood-style premiere include Ron Hall, author of Same Kind of Different As Me; Karla Morton, Texas’ poet laureate; former Air Force pilot Scott O’Grady, and some of the student contest winners, who will perform their works. And of course, Turner, who also hosts The Janine Turner Show: All American Common Sense on Sirius XM and on Houston’s KPRC.
Tickets are $25; $10 for students age 13-20 and free for children 12 and under. Tickets are available via the Constituting America website. The Highland Park Village theater is at 32 Highland Park Village, a shopping center off Mockingbird Lane just a little east of Dallas North Tollway in Dallas.