Gospel Jubilee: Most people forget that Billboard magazine charts the sales of gospel albums just as it tallies rock and country. Slowly, sales of Christian-inspired music are overcoming jazz, world music, and easy listening, with the sad trend being that so-called "Christian Contemporary"--the pablum churned out by moussed-up white boys and girls with synthesizers--has set the trend for devotional music. African-American artists who create the more traditional, roof-raising spirituals aren't exactly a growth industry. But for a dose of old-time religion by young folks, check out the annual Gospel Jubilee concert at Six Flags. Hezekiah Walker and his Love Fellowship Crusade Choir (which currently has two albums in Billboard's Top 40), Canton Spirituals, and Mississippi Choir round out the bill. The show kicks off at 7 p.m. in the Music Mill Amphitheatre of Six Flags on I-30 in Arlington. Tickets are $4, plus park admission. For info call 373-8000.
New Arts Six: If you've never seen New Arts Six, the sextet of women who weave music, storytelling, poetry, and acting into a tour of African and American folk traditions, you're missing out on a treat. They become a different outfit each night of the week, depending on which influence they choose to emphasize. For this latest performance at the legendary Dallas Grand Hotel, they've chosen to highlight their sleek, sophisticated side. The evening is called "Cool Jazz in Hot August: Serving Collard Greens To Caviar," and features an impressive roster of Dallas jazz artists--including Roger Boykin, Carla Hopkins, Simone Jackson, and Sandra Kaye--who've committed to perform half-hour sets. The evening happens 5-9 pm at the Dallas Grand, 1914 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. Tickets are $15. Call 520-2787.
Behold the People: R.C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas: Retired photographer R.C. Hickman, a nationally celebrated freelance artist who was, for a time, the official picture-snapper of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, is happy that his latest exhibition is being posted in the first-floor lobby of Dallas City Hall. He says that all the people who come there to do their daily business with the city can get a gander at some of the unsung heroes who helped shape it. Behold the People: R.C. Hickman's Photographs of Black Dallas, 1949-1961 features the very best images culled from thousands of pictures taken during a crucial 11-year period, a time when the American civil rights movement really grew legs and started marching. In addition to photos of average citizens making their way in a decades-old Dallas, the exhibition features luminaries like Dr. King, Thurgood Marshall, Ella Fitzgerald, and Eleanor Roosevelt making visits to the city. Behold the People runs through August 31 at City Hall, 1500 Marilla Street. 426-1683.
Sweet Medicine: Although the three artists represented in Sweet Medicine: Indian Spiritual and Southwest Paintings are Dallas-based, they've explored the American Southwest and its rich tradition of Indian folklore and imagery, prompted by personal ethnic heritage or explorations in the states that inspired them. Carol Peterson, Filiberto Chapa, and Wendy Myers are painters who take traditional forms like landscape and portraiture and attempt to give them the same sense of rustic calm and organic simplicity with which many American Indian artists have distinguished themselves. Sweet Medicine opens August 18, 7:30-9:30 p.m., through September 2 at the Milam Gallery, 5224 Milam. Call 821-9045.
Greg Travis: Though you might not think being nicknamed the "Fuck-You Guy" by your professional peers is a compliment, stand-up comic Greg Travis earned that charming moniker years ago for one of his original creations, a manic, confrontational punk magician. Travis, who was born and raised in Dallas but left our fair city at the age of 19 to seek his fortunes in Los Angeles, has already discovered what countless other TV and film stars found--the best way to a successful acting career is in the comedy clubs. Travis has a prominent role in director Paul Verhoeven's upcoming flesh-fest Showgirls, and already in the can is a feature film he wrote and directed. Okay, okay, you say--but is he funny? He mixes original characters, uncanny impressions, sketches, and one-liners with a wild energy. The fact that he looks like a French intellectual disarms audiences from the get-go. Travis performs August 23 & 24, 8 p.m. and August 25 & 26, 8-10:30 p.m. at Live 2 Nite Comedy Club, 770 Road to Six Flags East in Lincoln Square Shopping Center in Arlington. Admission is $5-$10. For information call (817) 226-LIVE.
Club Dada's Poetry Showcase: Although the crowded Wednesday night showcase at Club Dada in Deep Ellum often highlights a rag-tag assortment of open mic readers, this evening is given over to a special collaborative showcase featuring four Dallas-based poet-performers. Lora Cain is a nationally syndicated radio show host (you've heard her in Dallas on KRLD 1080) who reads from her published poetry and dances; Chris Boyce is a writer and visual artist who specializes in multimedia presentations; Fran Carris is a visual artist and a contributing editor to the Dallas-based poetry 'zine The Word; and Cassandra Fink dabbles in poetry, dancing, and drumming. Their show kicks off 7:30-9:30 p.m. at Dada, 2720 Elm. Admission is $2. Call 744-