Events for the week

The UFOlogy Society, Inc.: Even if you don't believe, there are people who do. And the next time you get into an argument with one, don't say, "Because the government wouldn't keep something like that from us"--40 years ago, if some guy ran around saying the feds were dismembering corpses for nuclear testing, they'd have locked the poor S.O.B. up. The members of The UFO-logy Society, Inc. are quite serious in their belief that extraterrestrial beings visit the planet regularly, but they're also happy to make converts. The latest meeting of the society covers "Local Sightings and Abductions." You just might find out your neighborhood is a UFO hot spot. The meeting is 7-10 pm at Overtones, 800 N. Coit in the Promenade Shopping Center in Richardson. It's free and open to the public. Call 488-0893.

Penn and Teller: Penn Jillette and Teller are little more than amusing in their brief appearances on chat shows, comedy specials, and MTV; the movie was funny, but a bit long; the books and CDs feel more like licensed merchandise. You really have to see them live to appreciate the mix of showmanship, comic timing, and chemistry that makes their performances such a pleasure. But those who've enjoyed the fuzzy-wuzzy Penn & Teller in small bits, be warned--their sense of humor is wicked, even cruel at times. But they won't insult your intelligence, and their love of the stage infuses everything they do. Penn & Teller appear at 8 pm at Will Rogers Auditorium in Fort Worth. Tickets are $12-$28. Call 373-8000.

sunday
july 16
17th Annual Great Texas Balloon Race: Folks who participate in hot air ballooning clearly have more faith in certain scientific principles--temperature, gravity, combustion--than the rest of us. So it's our job to stand on the ground and get neck-strain from holding our eyes heavenward, oohing and aahing while the gigantic swollen bubbles keep the hardy sky-trekkers aloft. The 1995 Great Texas Balloon Race, the event's 17th anniversary, features a variety of opportunities for gawking as competitions in sport and weird-shaped balloon categories fill the weekend. There's also live music, an outdoor mini-mall, a static aircraft display, and more. Gates open Friday at 4 pm, Saturday and Sunday at 6 am and events are scheduled throughout the day. Kids 12 and under get in free; a weekend pass for everyone else is $10, and daily admission can be had for $2-$6. Gregg County Airport is located in Longview. Call (903) 237-4000.

monday
july 17
Texas Bound: Every spring Arts & Letters Live swoops into the Dallas Museum of Art to provide folks the chance to hear international and state writers and actors reading some of the great literature of our time. The program that focuses on Texas artists, "Texas Bound," makes an out-of-season Fort Worth debut with an evening of familiar voices. Dallas Theater Center veteran Randy Moore directs John Benjamin Hickey, who's currently wowing 'em in Terrence McNally's Love! Valour! Compassion!, reading Miles Wilson's "On Tour With Max"; Joe Sears, recently nominated for a Tony for the Broadway revival of Greater Tuna, reading "Mambo Panties" by Tom Doyal; Hermine Pinson, an award-winning Texas poet and fiction writer, reads her own story "Kris/Crack/Kyle"; and Julie White, Brett Butler's neighbor in Grace Under Fire, reading Mary K. Flatten's "Old Enough." The evening kicks off at 7:30 pm at Fort Worth's Stage West, 3055 S. University. Tickets are $8-$10. Call (817) 784-9378.

wednesday
july 19
Barbra Galluci and Elizabeth McGrath: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary hosts abstract sculptural works by a pair of national artists who seem to have redefined the aesthetic possibilities of the messy garage. Both Barbra Galluci and Elizabeth McGrath specialize in materials that most of us stick in moldy cardboard boxes and store in fire-hazardous piles--carpet, rubber, fishing line, formica, wallpaper swatches. Galluci likes to surprise and intimidate people by the sheer scale and position of her works, and this installation is no exception--viewers are forced to confront her works above their heads, around the walls, and under their feet. McGrath is more introspective--she creates smaller works in almost-recognizable shapes. Both of these artists specialize in stuff you have to look at to appreciate, but a break from our regular spoon-fed mass media diet should do us good. Opening reception for the show is July 14, 6-8 pm. It runs through August 27 at the MAC, 3120 McKinney, and it's free. Call 953-1212.

Ann B. Davis: Ground round, pork chops and applesauce, macaroni and cheese--there must be a lost episode of The Brady Bunch in which the entire clan checks into the hospital to take advantage of the group rate on heart bypasses. Alice was their beloved chef, gliding around behind those orange-colored countertops with hair so indestructible she didn't need a net, dispensing fatty foods like big hugs. Could perpetual sexual deprivation--Sam the Butcher never was the most demonstrative of boyfriends--have contributed to her need to clog Brady arteries? Has actress Ann B. Davis smelled the profit potential in reviving her sit-com persona for an age that tags anything older than a decade as fodder for nostalgia? The answers are maybe and yes, yes, yes! Davis appears to sign copies of her new Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook, with real recipes for comfort foods and reminiscences about favorite episodes. She appears at noon at Taylors NorthPark, 1500 NorthPark Center. Call 363-1500.

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