The Texas Brewers Festival: Beer is the "comfort food" of alcoholic beverages, a stick-to-your-ribs drink that has become so associated with comradeship the two can't be separated--your choice of beer is as gut-level as your choice of company. It's not surprising, then, that a trend in microbreweries--independent beermakers who specialize in unique flavors and ancient recipes--would rise to seriously challenge the corporate behemoths and, miraculously, carve out their own niche in a very competitive market. Not usually behind the curve in matters of leisure, Texas didn't jump on the bandwagon until last year, when the state legislature permitted folks to make and sell their own beer from brewpubs (though still not on site at microbreweries). The Texas Brewers Festival is a response to this, a convergence of Texas independent brewers and the beerheads who keep them in business. Included are the products of Saint Arnold Brewing Company in Houston, San Antonio's Frio Brewing Company, several Austin-based companies, and our own Texas Brewing Company. The Texas Brewers Festival happens April 9, noon-8 pm and April 9, 1-7 pm outdoors in the West End. Entrance is free, although to drink beer you must have a valid I.D. and buy a festival mug for $3, at which time beer is exchanged for $2 wooden tokens (one token equals one beer). For info call (512) 708-1013.
Revelation: The Academy of Bangla Arts and Culture is a nonprofit organization that promotes Indian culture in the states, and its latest project is a staged production of a classic 20th century fable by Bengal's greatest poet--a fellow named Tagore who just happened to be the first recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1913. Revelation, like all great world myths, starts with a series of recognizable human virtues and foibles and sets them up to collide like kamikaze train sets. A young princess who's been raised and trained as though she were a boy falls in love with another warrior and must then figure a way out of the mess. Revelation gets one performance only at 6:30 pm in the Carpenter Performance Hall of the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd in Irving. Tickets are $2-$4. 373-8000.
Dinner With Julia Child: While it looks like Congress won't destroy outright the Corporation For Public Broadcasting in the near future, public television nationwide will reel from federal funds being slashed by almost a third. It's no surprise, then, that the big guns are being enlisted to scare up dollars--and there's no gun in the public television arsenal bigger or scarier than Julia Child, the woman primarily responsible for introducing European cuisines to Middle America. Easy to caricature, Child is nonetheless a one-woman cultural force responsible for wedding some very disparate national, ethnic, and socioeconomic sensibilities. She flies to Dallas for a dinner served in her honor by Chef Dean Fearing of The Mansion on Turtle Creek, a man who, not coincidentally, is profiled in Child's recently begun 39-part series "In Julia's Kitchen With Master Chefs" (a little log-rolling can be excused for a good cause). If you happen to have $150 in change under the couch, you can join Child and Fearing. This black-tie event kicks off at 7:30 pm and, of course, benefits KERA-TV Channel 13. Seating is limited. For info call 740-9279.
Arts & Letters Live Literary Cafe: Since the major names scheduled for the annual Dallas program Arts & Letters Live are often sold out before the general public gets a crack at them, the organizers have created a free spring program in which local and national actors and writers read from their works. This doesn't suggest the artists invited to Literary Cafe are in some way second-drawer choices--at the last Cafe, national poet laureate Rita Dove flew into town to read from her Pulitzer Prize-winning body of work. The last Literary Cafe for 1995 showcases three flamboyant female voices from Dallas: one specializing in original poetry, the second with a yen for live music and African folk tales, and the third a Yale graduate whose latest play screams out for a local premiere. Rosemary Meza is a visual artist who helped create the Dallas Latino collective ARTE, as well as a woman whose erotic poetry has been featured all over town. Cynthia Dorn Navarette is a professional actress whose love for the stage has resulted in her participation with New Arts Six, the area performance ensemble specializing in African-American mythology. Priscilla Sample is the prodigal daughter of the bunch, a woman raised in Texas who studied film, theater, and screenwriting at Yale and returns, along with the Playwright's Project, to read from her comic drama Love in a Suitcase. The Literary Cafe kicks off at 8:30 pm at Club Dada, 2720 Elm. It's free, and the April 12 event closes the 1995 season. For information call 922-1220.
Texas Sculpture Association: Although the Mandalay Las Colinas Festival of the Arts doesn't happen until the weekend of April 28-30, folks can catch an early glimpse of one of the media being represented at that celebration--sculpture. The Texas Sculpture Association opens its exhibit of large-scale works by TSA members. The show is actually a competition, juried this year by Hal Katzen, owner of Katzen Gallery in New York and a recognized international authority on sculpture. The pieces, made of wood, metal, stone, plastic, or some combination of all those, are on display in the grassy areas between Lake Carolyn and Williams Square in Las Colinas, where those infamous mustangs hang out. Most of the pieces are many times the size of the average human being. The show opens April 12 and runs past the Mandalay Las Colinas Festival of the Arts until May 10. For more information call 831-1881.