Big Tex Cat Club Annual Show: We shudder to think about the kinds of fanatics and extremists who will come out for the Big Tex Cat Club's Annual Cat Show--folks who photograph their felines in reindeer horns at Christmas and can't stop themselves from socking away college funds for Tabby's future. But since a few of us are partial to cats, and those of us who aren't are partial to people making fools of themselves over animals, we can't help but look forward to the event. There are more than 250 pedigreed cats, kittens, and nonpedigreed house cats represented in the show, as well as demonstrations, exhibits, talks, and hundreds of items for sale. All proceeds from the show benefit the Dallas Zoo's work with the endangered ocelot. The show happens Saturday and Sunday, 9 am5 pm at Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano. Suggested donations are $2-$4. For information call 867-0683.
Internalized Homophobia: This is a strange period in American history to be openly gay, lesbian, or bisexual. On the one hand, the media is exploring issues of same-sex orientation with a never-before-seen thoroughness and sympathy. And yet it's also true that people of the homo persuasion are acceptable objects of ridicule to some of the most powerful players in cultural politics. The dilemma for every gay man and lesbian is simple--how can you separate all the negativity about homosexuality from your own self-image? Licensed psychotherapist and activist Candy Marcum leads a discussion at the July meeting of the Gay and Lesbian Alliance about internalized homophobia, and its not-always-obvious consequences on the individual. The meeting starts at 7:30 pm at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan at Brown. For information call 528-4233.
1995 International Summer Music Festival: While the Dallas Symphony Association's Summer Music Festival concerts aren't priced for everyone's pocketbook--general admission tickets are $27--for those well-heeled enough, the Symphony assembles programs that tend toward the glittery, the stately, and the frothy, the kind of music Marie Antoinette no doubt favored on fair summer nights. Featured performers at this latest Festival outing are organist Mary Preston and trumpeter David Bilger. The whole shebang is conducted by Henry Charles Smith, who leads the players through Copland, Gabrieli, Truax, Dvorak, and Tchaikovsky. The Summer Music Festival kicks off at 8:15 pm at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora. Call 692-0203.
Sergio and Odair Assad: Sibling artistic duos fascinate us because they seemingly represent proof positive that the creative impulse is as much nature as nurture, that there are powerful, mysterious crosscurrents of DNA energy waves floating between them while they perform. When that performance happens to be musical, issues of harmony and rhythmic support are likely to make us romanticize a pair even more. The Brazilian brothers Sergio and Odair Assad were born four years apart, but you might think they shared the womb when you read the press reviews of their classical guitar performances, not to mention the fact that composers no less renowned than Koshkin and Piazzolla have dedicated works to them. They're currently recording for the very hot Warner-Elektra-Atlantic classical label Nonesuch. The brothers Assad perform at 6:30 pm in the Caravan of Dreams, 312 Houston St. in Fort Worth, as part of the Cliburn at the Caravan series. Tickets are $15. For more information call (817) 738-6536.
Sunshine and Vigilance: Two small Dallas theater companies present productions of dark plays that examine the masochistic side of human relationships. It's impossible to adequately describe William Mastrosimone's Sunshine in a couple of sentences, so let's just say it's a kinky, blackly comic ode to love that finds a paramedic and a stripper discovering their respective roles in life are a lot harder to transcend than they'd ever realized. Rising Moon Theatre opens Sunshine July 11 at 8:15 pm; the regular run is ThursdaySaturday at 8:15 pm through July 29 at Swiss Avenue Theater, 2700 Swiss. Tickets are $5-$12. For more information call 824-9859. The first summer 1995 production by the Youth Could Know Theatre falls into the latter category--an hour-long drama with comedic overtones entitled Vigilance. Playwright Wade McIntyre looks at domestic violence from the points of view of both a battered woman and the man who's trying to rescue her. Youth Could Know Theatre opens the world premiere of Vigilance for a short run July 10-16 at 8 pm in Basement Theatre B-450 at Meadows School of the Arts on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. It's free, but donations are encouraged. For info call 361-7847.