Deep Ellum Blues History Event: At last, The Deep Ellum Association hosts an event that recognizes the true historical greatness the neighborhood can claim. That is, as a national mecca for the greatest American blues artists around in the '20s and '30s, the men and women who pioneered any and every popular music form you now enjoy - rock n' roll, heavy metal, country and western, folk, even the so-called "alternative" bands, many of whom are reaching backwards to their raw blues roots like no muscial scene has in decades. We're talking, of course, about the blues, a sound no other country on the face of the earth can match. This is where the Deep Ellum Blues History Event will take you, with lots of period music form greats like Blind Lemon Jefferson, Bill Neely, and Heat Wave Swing. In addition, there's an authentic "soul f>ood" buffet, a talk by writer and historian Jay F. Brakefield, a personal testimony from a handful of folks who lived and performed during the musical heyday, and a live performance by 72-year-old blues master Big Al Dupree. The party kicks off at 6 p.m. at the Blind Lemon, 2805 Main. Admission is a $5 donation to the Deep Ellum Association. For info call 748-4332.
Celebrate Plano '95: What, Dallasites may be wondering, is there to celebrate about Plano, the land of housing developments and non-violent public schools? Apparently quite a bit, if you judge from the massive 10-day event herewith to be know as Celebrate Plano '95. More than 135 evetns will take place during this time span, with 50 of them charging no admission. Most of them will take place within a three-mile radius of historic downtown Plano. The freebies and the pay events are too detailed to describe here, but you get a wide roster of live acts that includes swing, country and western, Tejano, and European folk, as well as a film festival that features local talents, live theatrical performances, street dances, poetry readings, visual arts shows, and a lot more. Celebrate Plano '95 opens the celebration today at 5 p.m. at Haggard Park on H Avenue between 15th and 16th streets, followed at 7 p.m. by a "people's procession" to the Municipal Center at K Avenue and 15th. For tickets or more information call 520-ARTS.
State Fair of Texas: What can you say about the State Fair of Texas except that anyone who's grown up in North Texas knows to time the arrival of autumn by its opening - even if they haven't actually attended the thing in years. The State Fair of Texas is the place where the free food samples are never as good as the previous year; where the wirebound livestock pens always smelll the same and let you know you're near the Midway; where awful junk food like cotton candy, Pink Things, and corny dogs is the staple diet; where you can collect plastic bags full of free auto company pam>phlets and be serenaded by the glittery-gowned runway models who stand beside cars atop revolving platforms; where you will see many people vomit not from alcohol or drugs, but from the combined experience of overpriced fried food and rides that are too fast. Those are the things we love about theState Fair. The new features include fireworks shows; equestrian demonstrations; historical reenactments; and free performances by headliners like Cheap Trick and Clint Black. The Fair is open every day September 29-October 22. Building hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Tickets are $4-$8, with kids under 3 admitted free and senior over 60 free every Thursday. Charge for parking in Fair Park in $5. For info call 565-9931.
Cavalcade of Folk Art: For anyone who's decried the limited space available to The Webb Gallery in Waxahachie - the only venue space in the state of Texas dedicated to so-called "self-taught" artists - they can now celebrate a historic moment fo an institution that wishes to salvage lost history. Last summer, The Webb Gallery began the process if moving into a historic building in downtown Waxahachie that offers them 5,000 square feet of gallery space. The inagural exhibit in the new space has been rather generically titled Cavalcade of Folk Art. There are three artists represented in this show, all of whom tap into spiritual traditions. Virginia sculptor Robert Howell started decorating his land with sculptures of animals and various abstract wind-powered designs based on materials he discovered around him. Baltimore Glassman works on any glass surfaces he can find, although he'll work with wood and canvas in his attempts to get his word-messages across. Louisiana-born artist Chuckie, labeled "developmentally delayed" by the state, has created hundreds of paintings and other works in his lifetime. The Webb Gallery is open Saturdays & Sundays, 1-5 p.m. and by appointment at 209-211 W. Franklin in Waxahachie. It's free Call (214) 938-8085.