Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Expo: Dealers from all over the country flock to the vinyl-hungry collectors of Dallas for the Rock 'n' Roll Expo. Produced by Houston-based Southwest Promotions, the event features a wide range of paraphernalia for the pop music lover--new and used tapes and CDs, imports never released domestically, music videos, out-of-print titles, and a range of genres from blues to folk to jazz to comedy to straight-ahead rock 'n' roll. For the pop icon lover, there's posters, buttons, photos, T-shirts, autographs, and magazines, too. The event places a special emphasis on vinyl, for which an underground cult of enthusiastic Luddites exists. The Dallas Rock 'n' Roll Expo happens March 5, 10 am-5 pm in the Dallas Parkway Hilton, 4801 LBJ. Admission is $3, but kids 12 and under get in free. For information call 661-3600.
Pump and Circumstance: Why, you might be asking, should any of us give a hoot about the passing of a tradition as insignificant as the human-powered roadside gas station? You know, the kind that have non-digital soft-drink advertisements and real-live petroleum jockeys who wipe your windows as a courtesy while filling your tank. Road stops used to mean a lot more than plugging cards into computer equipment, pushing money, and dealing with (understandably) nervous attendants through a couple of inches of bullet-proof glass--they were symbols of community, outposts where you could relieve the loneliness of a long trip by interacting, however briefly, with another person whose job it was to provide you with relief and reinforcement. Nationally renowned photographer John Margolies gives a slide presentation and lecture on one of his favorite topics. Entitled "Pump and Circumstance: The Golden Age of the Gas Station," this award-winning architectural critic will include pictures from his photo book of the same title and provide a little background on his love for all things American and automobile-centered. John Margolies lectures on his curious obsession at 7 pm in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. It's free. Call 768-3231.
Molly Ivins: Some of us are downright flabbergasted that Southern Methodist University actually has a population which publicly identifies itself as Democrats (don't they weed out those nasty little malcontents in the admission process?), much less a related organization which is proud to associate itself with something like women's issues, a dusty relic from the B.N. (that's "Before Newt") dark ages. Declaring yourself a liberal these days is likely to get you shot on sight, but doesn't that return a certain dangerous glamour to social and humanist concerns that those dreary Orwellian prison wardens of "diversity" and "sensitivity" robbed from us? Well, the SMU Democrats and the SMU Women's Interest Network have joined forces to bring a subversive force into the halls of Yber-WASP academia--our very own Molly Ivins, the nationally celebrated guttersnipe and unrepentant gripe-gut who's turned East Texas bluntness into a radical manifesto for the vindication of the downtrodden everywhere. Ivins has long listed one of her proudest accomplishments as being banned from Texas A&M University by the ultra-reactionary campus administration there, so who knows how many well-manicured toes she'll step on at SMU. Her talk happens in the Hughes-Trigg Theater of SMU. A question-and-answer session follows the speech. The event is free, but you'd better show up early--seats are expected to disappear fast. 768-6302.
American Originals: Although jazz is the medium which has raised the University of North Texas' music school to international renown, that institution also sports a symphony orchestra that has toured and won many awards. Last fall, the group began a series of Dallas performances known as The Meyerson Showcase, hosted by guess-which-venue. The third concert in that series is called American Originals, and is dedicated to the works of American composers Leonard Bernstein and Aaron Copland. The University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra performs its tribute to American Originals at 8 pm in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $10. Call (817) 565-3805 or (800) 654-9545.
The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art From India: In our stampede to co-opt anything that appears exotic to us, Americans have either confused or deliberately ignored the major differences that exist among the great religious movements of India. In the popular U.S. consciousness, Hinduism and Buddhism have become indistinguishable props which allow too many stateside enthusiasts to feel good about their narcissism (oops, we mean self-enlightenment) and still parrot vaguely left-wing platitudes (harmony with the earth, peace in the world, yadda yadda yadda). Actually, it's neither Hinduism nor Buddhism that inspired the nonviolent policies of leaders like Gandhi and King, but Jainism, India's third major religion and the only one which didn't spread significantly beyond its borders. It's also responsible for some of the most beautiful and elaborate art and architecture India has produced over the last 2000 years. The Kimbell Art Museum hosts the only Southwest display of one of the most significant exhibitions of Indian art to appear in this country in the last half-century. The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art From India features more than 140 pieces of art culled from temples and domestic shrines across the centuries. One of their biggest contributions was an Eastern cult of the body represented by the jina, a seated figure who represents the human form as an artwork itself and a resolution of spiritual and physical contradictions. The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art From India opens March 5 and runs through May 28 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd in Fort Worth. Admission is $4-$8 per person. For more information call (817) 332-8451.