Events for the week

Psychic Fair: The ad wars between those Psychic Hotlines are starting to get nasty, topped off by the one that asks something like, "Aren't you tired of all those phony psychic hotlines? Well, we are, too. We're the professional psychic hotline..." Is there an accreditation system we haven't heard about? Dallas' oldest and largest Psychic Fair hosts another one of its wildly popular Sunday afternoon fairs, featuring the chance to talk to "professional" clairvoyants, tarot card and palm readers, tea leaf experts, astrologers, you name it. Plus there's a nice assortment of candles, incense, beads, etc. The Psychic Fair happens noon-6 pm in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Dallas Park Central Hotel, LBJ & Coit. Admission is $6; 15-minute readings are $8 each. Call 241-4876.

monday
november 28
The Dallas Plan: You may have heard fleeting references on the radio or TV about The Dallas Plan, but don't quite know what it is. A civic blueprint created by city hall leaders and modified through a series of town hall meetings in recreation centers throughout the city, The Dallas Plan outlines six areas of interest--core assets (including libraries, the arts, Fair Park, water system, etc.), economic development, neighborhoods, center city, southern sector, Trinity River corridor--and presents and solicits proposals for upgrading what we already have. This is a serious attempt to enlist the people of Dallas in taking an interest in the way the city looks, sounds, smells, and tastes in the future, with a good-faith promise by city leaders that your suggestions will be reflected in results. Mayor Steve Bartlett hosts the first citywide town hall meeting about The Dallas Plan. If you haven't come to any of the other meetings, you might be a little lost at first, but don't use that as an excuse for skipping. The final draft of the plan is due in December, although there may be more meetings. The unofficial final meeting about The Dallas Plan happens 7-9 pm at City Hall, 1500 Marilla downtown. For more information call 670-4168.

tuesday
november 29
Moscow Synagogue Choir: The Congregation Shearith Israel of Dallas is responsible for importing The Moscow Synagogue Choir, an 18-voice, all-male choir of Russian Jews who've been among the most celebrated entities in the resurgence of Jewish tradition in the former U.S.S.R. Formed under Gorbachev's glasnost policy, they toured cities as well as the Russian countryside, singing Hebrew and Yiddish songs Soviet Jews have been officially forbidden from hearing, let alone learning, since The Bolshevik Revolution in 1917. The Moscow Synagogue Choir has toured the United States frequently since 1991, and is making a return engagement with a special guest--Cantor Moshe Shulhof, a three-octave concert tenor who's a recognized international authority on Chazzannut and Jewish music. Expect to hear a wide range of music in many languages, including German, Italian, and Georgian, from folk songs to classical opera to Hebrew chants. The Moscow Synagogue Choir and Cantor Shulhof perform at 7:30 pm in McFarlin Auditorium on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $20-$40. Call 520-ARTS.

wednesday
november 30
The Eye of Stanley Marcus: Why does the last week of its run at the Dallas Museum of Art seem an especially appropriate time to see The Eye of Stanley Marcus, a collection of the Dallas retail legend's art acquisitions over the past 60 years? With Thanksgiving still on our tongues and the December holidays dropped in our laps like lead parcels, everyone has switched into high-gear consumer mode. While lots of people decry the glitziness of the holiday season in America, there's a fun, atmospheric side to it, too--taking to the malls and department stores with hordes of other strangers, thinking, for once, about what someone else wants. Marcus is the man responsible for guiding Neiman Marcus, created by his father and aunt, into what it is today--a mecca of conspicuous consumption, one of the most fun public places to be around during the holidays even if you can't afford so much as a single cuff-link there. And Marcus looks like Santa Claus on an improved diet. The Eye of Stanley Marcus is the Needless Markup king's gift to Dallas, offering a huge variety of American, European, African, Native American, Asian, and Latino works by masters and unknowns alike. And Marcus' collecting credo is refreshingly unpretentious for a rich, smart guy--"I buy what I like." The Eye of Stanley Marcus runs through December 4 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tickets are $1-$5. For information call 922-1200.

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