Through the Looking Glass: Getting on the InterNet: As you know by now, all those newsmagazine headlines trumpeting The Information Superhighway were too much, too soon. They spent so much time brainstorming the potential colossal change in our daily lives--yet only a sizable minority of people are anywhere near computer literate (some of us who work with the damn machines every day scrape by on the minimum knowledge we need). Although its usefulness for your daily, nonbusiness life is still debatable, international communications via your personal computer are an intriguing prospect. Plenty of people are already conferencing on every topic profound and trivial you can imagine. If you want to join the cult, consider stopping by the two-hour class-seminar conducted by the North Texas Free-Net. Through the Looking Glass: Getting on the InterNet is a run-through of the basics for beginners, covering everything from buying the right software to choosing a network to maneuvering among the menus to talking to strangers. The first seminar is held 5:30-7:30 pm in the AT&T Customer Technology Center of the Infomart, 1950 Stemmons Freeway. Registration is necessary; call 746-3206. Although the class is free, a donation of $15 to The North Texas Free-Net is suggested. The Free-Net is a nonprofit organization dedicated to establishing an electronic information community in North Texas.
Cowtown Memories: KERA-TV Channel 13 and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, among other business entities, have teamed up to create an hour-long special which does for Fort Worth what Dallas Remembers, a KERA-produced historical documentary, did for this city. Cowtown Memories is shamelessly nostalgic, even sugary, but also airtight and a lot more compelling than the previously aired look at its sister city. The documentaries themselves don't differ drastically in quality, but the stories told leave the impression that Fort Worth has a far richer and more eclectic history. Fort Worth native and R&B singer Delbert McClinton narrates Cowtown Memories, which takes a look at the late Amon Carter's tireless efforts at civic development; the influx of European and Mexican workers drawn to the cattle ranches; the historic flood of 1949; and other high and low points. The show covers significant events which took place from the turn of the century to the 1960s. Cowtown Memories airs at 7 pm on KERA-TV Channel 13.
Zoobilee of Lights: Little kids, cold night air, and Christmas lights go together very well. The Fort Worth Zoo knows this, so for its second annual "Zoobilee of Lights" holiday celebration it's flirting with phone book-size electricity bills, upping the ante to more than 200,000 sparkling white lights. There are light "sculptures" of animals, as well as several new shows for kids--a Frosty the Snowman musical, evening with Mrs. Claus and her storybook, and a performance of 'Twas The Night Before Christmas re-created as a giant storybook. There's also live entertainment: strolling carolers, holiday music, and parades. "Zoobilee of Lights" is open Thursday, 6-9 pm & Friday-Saturday, 6-10 pm through December 11, when it's open every evening except Christmas Eve and Christmas day. Tickets are $4-$6. Call (817) 871-7050 for a detailed breakdown of events and times.
Sex, Blood & Mutilation: If you've been wondering what gore-lovin' moviemaker-performance artist Joe Christ has been doing since he moved to New York City, you might just stop in for a little of Christ's brand of shock-for-shock's-sake, slasher-flick art. This is stuff for folks who still dig getting a group of people together and renting one of the Faces of Death videos just to watch the virgins squirm. Christ is on a coast-to-coast tour for his soon-to-be-released-but-still-unfinished movie Sex Blood & Mutilation, a 35-minute exploration of pain fetishes, worm-eating, and skin-slicing. He'll also screen his last two half-hour shorts, Acid is Groovy Kill the Pigs and Speed Freaks With Guns, and discuss whatever social commentary can be disentangled from their savagery. Joe Christ brings his short films to Tunnel Werks, 115 N Oakland Ave in Deep Ellum at 10 pm. Tickets are $3. For more information call 744-3337.
Pan-African Connection: The very best kind of multicultural curriculum is the one you create for yourself, reading books and periodicals that tell you more about the world in which you live and why it is the way itis. The Pan-African Connection Bookstore and Resource Center is the place to go if you want to start to understand some of the race issues that plague America. Its Oak Cliff location has proven such a success (saunter over there on any Saturday afternoon and count the number of people browsing intensely in the aisles) that its owners are opening a new location in Pleasant Grove. To mark the event, they've organized a morning, afternoon, evening, and night full of speakers and events. The theme of their opening day celebration should provide relief for critics who charge that Afrocentrism is preoccupied with the past to the exclusion of the future--Africans in the 21st Century. Included in the day's itinerary are Dr. Njoki McElroy, a local storyteller and author who'll perform some dramatic readings; Turewanire Mandla, an organizer with the Nkrumahist-Toureist Party, a Pan-African political organization, discussing the social and political future of African-identified people in the next century; and historian Rudolph R. Windsor, the author of numerous books which relate underexplored episodes in ancient history involving African ancestors. A very full day of activities begins at noon and ends at 10 pm at the new location, 8423 Lake June Rd in Pleasant Grove. For further information call 943-8262.