Events for the week

february 16
15th Annual Fort Worth Home and Garden Show: In many ways, the paltry winter experienced by North Texas over the last few months has felt like a spring that won't just come right out and reveal itself. Warm days, cool days, then more warm days--people who are inclined to participate in the gardening rituals nature promises come March and April have been in something of a spin. To provide relief for people who've been waiting by their front doors with spade in one hand, store-bought bulbs in the other, The 15th Annual Fort Worth Home and Garden Show comes along to offer exhibits, examples, and expert advice on everything from maintaining a healthy, beautiful lawn to upkeep of gardens where the blooms require more specialized attention. Agricultural experts from various cultural agencies throughout North Texas, as well as private business owners who specialize in advice, discuss tree-planting, rose gardens, environmentally conscious living (in and out of the house), as well as a series of cooking classes by Texas master chefs that features both decadent and health-conscious fare. The 15th Annual Spring Fort Worth Home and Garden Show happens Thursday, 6-10 pm; Friday, 2-9 pm; Saturday, 10 am-9 pm; and Sunday, 11 am-6 pm at the Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St in downtown Fort Worth. Tickets are $12 for adults and 50 cents for kids under 12. Call 680-9995.

Brendene's Wildwoman Weekend: If last November's mid-term elections represented a referendum by America's "angry white males," as so many pundits have claimed, then what about the political agendas of our "angry white females?" These are women who were supposed to be included in the second wave of feminism, but were, in large measure, intimidated out of participation by the elitist credentials of so many feminist spokeswomen. Not to mention the fact they didn't have time to raise their consciousness in a group--they were too busy caring for the kids and maintaining an unfashionable household they had no desire to subvert, just inject with a little dignity and a few fair labor practices. This is the milieu Dallas actress-comedienne Jill Peters addresses with her series of monologues by Brendene, an original character who hails from a Red Oak trailer park, works at a cafeteria, and finds liberation in fantasies of becoming the great musical divas she worships. Peters has staged various one-woman shows around the city to popular acclaim, and her latest production takes on a TV-obsessed culture that foists so much pop-psychological drivel on lower-middle class and poor women. She presents Brendene's Wildwoman Weekend through Mar 6 in the basement space of Theatre Three. Tickets are $7-$10. Call 321-8565.

february 17
Two Hours of Sex For Only $8: With the firing of Jocelyn Elders over innocuous comments about masturbation and hard-core fundamentalists' patrol of any TV movies and programs that dare to discuss nontraditional views of human sexuality, it seems as though we've entered into an era of neo-Victorianism. Hypocrisy is championed as long as it's practiced by the politically influential (hello, Newt), while frankness, even the unscintillating kind, is punished. What's a dissenter to do? Support every local organization willing to get down and dirty. The Unnamed Comedy Troupe presents a strictly heterosexual view of the relationship between the sexes in Two Hours of Sex For Only $8, a live program of skits, parodies, and original songs that covers everything from condoms to centerfolds to the dating rituals of unmarried amour. The Unnamed Comedy Troupe performs Two Hours of Sex For Only $8 every Friday and Saturday night at 11:15 pm through March 18 at the Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E Mockingbird. Tickets (as you probably guessed) are $8. Call 821-1860.

The 35th Annual Autorama: Automobile enthusiasts are likely to be a bit confused by the constellation of second-rate celebrities booked to appear at the 35th Annual Autorama. Why, for instance, are pop-celeb, junk-drawer guests, from the ever-grimacing Days of Our Lives hunk Drake Hogestyn to Mighty Morphin Power Rangers member Thuy Trang to a couple of NBA greats, on display next to all the countless new and classic cars, automotive seminars, motorcycle shows (there's one focusing on nothing but Harley Davidsons)? Because the organizers of the Autorama feel they have to entertain the entire family while one or two members, in particular, come to see the hardware. Purists may gasp at the Eagle One Tribute Car on display, a hodgepodge of features of three classic Ford models from the '40s. The 35th Annual Autorama happens February 17, 5-11 pm; February 18, 11 am-10 pm; and February 19, 11 am-9 pm at Market Hall on Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $3-$8; kids under six are admitted free. Call 458-1627.

february 19
Texas Baroque Ensemble: Some of the greatest centuries-old works in music and literature are presented to us as authentic--yet where, exactly, is the proof that what we are seeing was the original intent of the author? Certainly we know the meaning of the Bible and various Greek legends have changed significantly since they've been handed down through differing kingdoms and political climates. Why should European music, which so many revere as a holy expression in itself, be different? The Texas Baroque Ensemble has earned national recognition for its dedication not only to the compositions of 17th and 18th century musical greats, but to the instruments on which those pieces were originally played. It offers an interpretation of Thomas Arne's rarely performed Masque Alfred, a 1740 opera written to flatter the monarch of its day. The original version of the piece was lost in a fire, although its appeal was great enough that it underwent 20 revisions over the decades. The Texas Baroque ensemble performs the earliest known composition of Masque Alfred on traditional instruments. They perform at 7:30 pm in the St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2600 Merida in Fort Worth. Admission is free. For more info call Mark Scott at (817) 927-8411.

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