Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Health: Clinton's botched health care plans stirred up a debate which allowed many folks to get mad about a reality which has been, for a long time, filed in the "Oh, Well, That's The Way Life Is" folder--the more money you make, the healthier you are. Poverty and debt don't tend to encourage folks to care enough about their lives to maintain healthful personal habits, but that's not the whole story. Our hard-working community hospitals are overburdened, and large pockets of poor people, especially in rural areas, simply have no access to health care at all. As usual, the same groups get it in the teeth--single mothers, the elderly, African-Americans, Hispanics, Asian-Americans. In the African-American community in particular, citizens of the wealthiest country in the world are dying at alarming rates of diseases which are perfectly preventable. The question becomes--until we vastly improve the quality and availability of health services for the poor, is it possible to untangle an individual's personal habits from his/her economic and political situation? The Third Eye, a combination think-tank and community service organization dedicated to making certain African philosophies and principles active in the lives of African-Americans, believes so. Their 10th Annual African Awakening Conference is called "Mind, Body, and Spirit: A Holistic Approach to Health." It features eight prominent national health care professionals conducting workshops, giving lectures, and consulting folks on prevention and maintenance using African principles. The event kicks off Nov 5 at 9 am & Nov 6 at 10 am at the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters in the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S Griffin. Tickets are $15-$35. Call 943-0142 or823-6030.
Southern Methodist University's Program Council Literary Festival: SMU's 20th annual literary festival is, as usual, solid but unexciting. It's free, though, and Dallasites who need regular cerebral nourishment aren't exactly living amidst a lavish intellectual banquet. We need to take what we can where we can. This year's big star is Schindler's List author Thomas Keneally, who'll be reading November 6 at 8 pm in McFarlin Auditorium. The rest of the lineup consists of Austin Wright (Tony and Susan), Nov 7 at 3:30 pm; W.P. Kinsella (Shoeless Joe), Nov 7 at 8 pm; Sarah Bird (Virgin of the Rodeo), Nov 8 at 3:30 pm; Lucilee Clifton (Two-Headed Woman), Nov 8 at 8 pm; Dagoberto Gilb (Last Known Residence of Mickey Acuna), Nov 9 at 3:30 pm; Edward Hirsch (Earthly Measures), Nov 9 at 8 pm; Martin Espada (City of Coughing and Dead Radiators), Nov 10 at 3:30 pm; Sharon Olds (The Father), Nov 10 at 8 pm; and Joyce Carol Oates Nov 11 at 8 pm. In addition, there's a student literary reading Nov 11 at 3:30 pm. All afternoon readings are in McCord Auditorium; evenings happen in the theater of the Hughes-Trigg Student Center.
Silver in America, 1840-1940: A Century of Splendor: The Dallas Museum of Art opens the exhibit Silver in America as a kind of tribute to the quality and craftsmanship of the American silver industry, here documenting a period of a century and some of its most elaborate designs. The show features more than 150 pieces of silver, some never before seen in public, and offers a multiple view of the industry which created them, including the production, design, and marketing of their wares. The show opens Nov 6 and runs through Jan 29 at 1717 N Harwood. Tickets are $2-$6. Call 922-1200.
The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back and The Visual Diary: Folks who think feminism has no sense of humor have been listening to the wrong feminists. From Nora Ephron's early '70s Esquire columns to our own Molly Ivins to the original Riot Grrrl bands from Washington, women have been storming bastions of the good-ol'-boy mentality using savage wit, not claims of victimhood, as their weapon. In the finest tradition of sharp minds over oppressed mentality, The Guerrilla Girls have been raising hell in the sexist intellectual circles of the New York art community for 10 years now, starting with that fabled 1984 exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art. Purporting to be an international survey of painting and sculpture, the 169 artists represented included only 19 women. Thus were born the Guerrilla Girls, an amorphous group of female artists and art insiders who engaged in public protests, disseminated literature, and created a widely hailed series of posters comparing the impact and value of women in the arts (relatively low) vs. their numbers (relatively high). Whenever in public, they wear their trademark gorilla masks, both to prevent personalities from overtaking issues and, let's face it, still be able to work in the community they want to change, not destroy (like I said, these women are smart). The Guerrilla Girls Talk Back: A Retrospective 1985-1990 is a display of 40 posters and 12 banners created by the women over a five-year period. It opens Nov 7 at the East Fine Arts Gallery of Texas Woman's University in Denton. Two Guerrilla Girls lecture Nov 6 at 5 pm. in the MCL building of the university. In addition to their show, TWU hosts The Visual Diary, a retrospective of the works of 15 national women artists all related to the concept of the diary as personal record in a public world. Both shows are on display through Nov 23. Call (817) 898-2530.