Events for the week

thursday
may 18
Deepak Chopra: It's hard to know where to draw the line among the hordes of books every year written by pop-psych gurus, "secret of success" motivators, and candy-cane spiritualists, but the works of Deepak Chopra, M.D. seem a good place to start. On the one hand, Chopra, whose first book Ageless Body, Timeless Mind shot to the top of national bestseller lists two years ago based on a couple of Oprah appearances the author made, seems to have taken the drearily predictable route of turning his name into a cottage industry with bestseller after bestseller, audio and video tapes, and weekend seminars at up to $700 a pop that repeat pretty much the same information over and over again. On the other hand, when you peruse any of his books, you're struck by how common-sensical the advice is--attain mental discipline through meditation, eat right and exercise, stop living in the past--and, even more impressively, how Chopra never offers any shortcuts to the results he promises. Still, the $30 ticket price on his latest Dallas lecture suggests that inner fulfillment and physical health are not equal-opportunity concepts. Deepak Chopra gives a talk that includes a general overview of his philosophies at 7 pm in the Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane. 233-7106.

friday
may 19
Cindy Horstman: The Bath House Cultural Center kicks off a new series of weekend concerts called "Jazz on the Lake," in which you can enjoy some of the best jazz artists in the city for free while the stars twinkle on the surface of it's-too-dark-to-tell-how-sludgy-it-really-is White Rock Lake. The premier concert features jazz harpist Cindy Horstman performing a variety of classical and contemporary compositions with a back-up orchestra of friends that includes 1995 Dallas Observer Music Award Winner for Best Musician Andy Timmons, as well as Keith Carlock and Michael Medina. The Bath House Cultural Center kicks off its "Jazz on the Lake" series with Horstman at 8 pm. The Center is located at 521 E Lawther on White Rock Lake. It's free, but admission is first-come, first-served. Call 670-8749.

saturday
may 20
Gardens Are For Everyone: "Gardens Are For Everyone" is an afternoon orchestrated in conjunction with four area organizations--The American Foundation for the Blind Southwest in Dallas; the Association for Retarded Citizens of Dallas; the Deaf Action Center; and REACH of Dallas Resource Center for Independent Living. Guides conduct tours through the grounds especially adapted for easy access by everyone. The Arboretum is open to everyone all year round, of course, and you can even arrange in advance for special tours by people with sight or hearing impairments. The Dallas Arboretum hosts "Gardens Are For Everyone" from 1-4 pm at 8525 Garland Rd on White Rock Lake. Call 352-7222.

Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show: Rodeos are one of those American phenomena that are so intertwined with a specific lifestyle--like drag competitions and monster truck rallies--you can't really enjoy them unless you have a basic understanding and appreciation of the mindset that organized it. While those of us whose acquaintance with bulls and horses came about through Walt Disney and Chuck Jones can lip-synch our approval of such earthy, traditional populist activities, we secretly wonder what kind of weirdo gets his or her kicks from tying the legs of calves and tying themselves to the spine of an irritable ton of beef and are therefore hopelessly out of the loop--the geeks you spot in the stands with a cowboy hat one size too big and a Zima. For your delectation, the Fort Worth Rodeo happens every Friday and Saturday night, but every Saturday afternoon, another Western-flavored event is staged that anybody who's caught a handful of Gunsmoke episodes can appreciate. It's called Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show, and features staged shoot-outs, Indian ceremonial dancing, Roman riding, cowboy singing, and other spectacles. Pawnee Bill's Wild West Show happens every Saturday, noon-4:30 pm. Tickets are $7-$10. The rodeo starts at 8 pm every Saturday night; tickets are $5-$12. Fort Worth's Cowtown Coliseum, 121 E Exchange Ave in Fort Worth. Call 647-5700.

Mutt and Strutt 1995: The Humane Society of North Texas soon reaches its centennial anniversary as one of the largest independent, non-profit animal care organizations in the state, taking on the cost for care of more than 50,000 animals each year. The Humane Society wants to get a little publicity for its good cause, celebrate Be Kind to Animals Month, and have some fun with the community through Mutt and Strutt 1995, an outdoor dog show whose focus is on that domesticated Average Joe known as the mutt--although purebreds and other registered genetic overachievers are welcome to participate, should they decide to get their paws dirty. With a panel of local media personalities as the judges and a table full of trophies and blue ribbons to be given away, expect this event to turn into another one of those ego contests in which insane pet lovers hide behind their animals in ruthless competition with other insane pet-owners. The 1995 Mutt & Strutt takes place beginning noon at the Pavilion in Trinity Park on 7th St, a half mile east of University Drive in Fort Worth. Registration happens 10:30-11:30 am. To enter your pet, there's a $1-$3 fee to benefit the North Texas Humane Society. Competitions include Best Trick, Best Costume, Best Obedience Trained, and Eldest Humane Society Mutt alumni. The show is free to watch, and spectators are encouraged. All dogs must be leashed, licensed and vaccinated according to local ordinances. Call (817) 332-HSNT.

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