Sci-Fi & Action Figure Toy Show: Are folks who immerse themselves gleefully in the more arcane aspects of pop culture really potential degenerates contributing to the worst excesses of our society, or are they historians whose breadth and depth of "trivia" knowledge reveal more about our times than a million detached academic historians? Bob Dole, Phil Gramm, and the rest of the Republican campaign gang would have you believe that the same folks who rob, rape, and kill also have a lifetime subscription to Entertainment Weekly and make their criminal decisions based on a careful appraisal of Oliver Stone's career. If right-wing criticisms are indeed correct about America's entertainment tastes, then all authorities need to do is organize a sting operation at one of those science fiction-fantasy collector shows, and they'll have trapped in one gaming room a concentrated cross-section of the types of folks they claim to be future felons. But fans can rest assured that the 6th annual Sci-Fi & Action Figure Show is not a ploy by the Man, but a chance for folks to gather who collect movie posters from the silent era to today, pre-1980 comic books and gum cards, children's books, board games, and movie Western memorabilia. The show's organizers say it also features "the largest platoon of toy soldier collectors in the Southwest." The Sci-Fi & Action Figure Toy Show is a one-day-only event 10 am-5 pm in the Medallion Hotel, I-635 & Midway Rd. Tickets are $2.50. Call 578-0213.
Tejano Superfest '95: The tragic death of Selena will hang over Tejano Superfest '95 like a shadow and a guardian angel. Her inevitable posthumous superstardom informing the live performances of her fellow Tejano artists will be the shadow, while she will be invoked as a guardian angel to help the Latino Peace Officers Association. The lineup of acts is impressive to anyone with a taste for the poppier side of Tejano--La Tropa F, Emilio Navaira, Shelly Lares, Grupo Mazz, La Diferenzia, and Culturas. In addition, the musicians are available for autographs at special booths, and there's a dance floor, retail booths, and tons of Tex-Mex food. The show kicks off at 2:30 pm in Artist Square in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Tickets are $4-$8 and can be purchased by calling 953-1365 or 948-6375.
Dr. Na'im Akbar: Politicians and thinkers on both the right and left have argued throughout the past decade about the proliferation of so-called "harmful" images in American TV, movies, and the press, yet rarely have the two sides been able to agree on what makes an image dangerous. A definition that is universal to both arguments could read, "What's harmful are things we don't like." And there are a lot of things Dr. Na'im Akbar doesn't like-- particularly what he perceives as the overwhelming public identification of African-Americans with the crime problem in America. Dr. Akbar, one of the most sought-after psychologists in the country and a former president of the National Association of Black Psychologists, worries that not only whites, but also blacks, have begun to buy into their own stigmatization, to the extent that a large percentage of "negative" images about blacks are being created by African-American artists themselves. Is a people's behavior strongly influenced by what they see about themselves in the media, and if so, how can they go about changing perception and reality? Dr. Akbar discusses these issues at 7 pm in the auditorium of the Junior Black Academy of Arts & Letters, 650 S Griffin in the Dallas Convention Center. For ticket information call 686-9545.
Cavanaugh Flight Museum: This year the nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of the end of World War II, and although the bitter debate over display of the Enola Gay has officially ended, the hurt feelings remain. As a point of controversy, it's one of the more valuable ones a nation can grapple with--where do we draw the line between granting respect to American soldiers who risked their lives in wartime and honestly assessing the mistakes, hidden agendas, unintended consequences, and intentional cruelties that have become an inextricable part of waging war? Texas entrepreneur Jim Cavanaugh, owner of the Cavanaugh Flight Museum, recently oversaw the complete overhaul of a legendary WWII warbird--the "How Boot That," a B-25 responsible for more than 80 missions in 1944 and 1945 over Italy, France, and Germany. Less than two weeks ago, the "How Boot That" tested its newly restored bombing capacity by making a mock run over the California desert. At press time, she was scheduled to return for display at the Cavanaugh. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is located at 4572 Claire Chennault Drive, beside the Addison Airport. Adults are $5.50, kids 6-12 are $2.75, and everyone under five gets in free. The Museum is open seven days a week. Call 380-8800.