Events for the week

The North Texas Skeptics: In case you didn't know, psychic channeling is a lucrative, if poorly organized, business nationwide, a phenomenon that takes theological and pop-occult notions like "possession" and then uses them to help people bury the past of plan the future. Supposedly, it's the spirits who find the channelers, not the other way around, but there are many practitioners out there who are mysteriously able to locate the exact celestial address of a deceased loved one, especially those with unfinished business here on Earth. The North Texas Skeptics, a non-profit organization dedicated to rational thinking as well as exposing fraudulent enterprises, hosts a lecture by radio announcer Pat Reeder on the subject of "psychic channeling," which these folks believe is a lot of baloney served up without sufficient critical inquiry. Mr. Reeder illustrates his talks with clips from recent broadcasts. The show gets going at 2 p.m. at the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak. It's free. For info call 558-1047.

Jack Kevorkian: Unplugged: You might think the latest sketch comedy show by Dallas' 4 Out of 5 Doctors, Jack Kevorkian: Unplugged, is particularly appropriate around Halloween time. It is, but this series of skits on death is also part of a larger, more ambitious project undertaken by the Doctors. These men and women tackle one of American's greatest sources of fear and shame in a series of situations that include "Famous Last Words" of historical figures; a segment called "Deathstyles of the Rich and Famous"; and "Dead Celebrity Jeopardy," among others. Jack Kevorkian: Unplugged is performed Friday and Saturday nights at 11 p.m. through November 4, with additional performances October 25 and November 1 at 8 p.m., at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird. Tickets are $6-$8. Call 821-1860.

MOMIX: As one of the most popular acts to appear on the seasonal program of The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS), MOMIX has been missed during its three-year absence from the Dallas stage. The 10-member, internationally celebrated company of dancers, gymnasts, and masters of physical shtick returns to present the Dallas debut of its new, full-length show Baseball. There are 17 segments to this sprawling work; suffice it to say that the performers pop up in very unexpected places during this celebration of America's "national pastime." MOMIX performs October 13 & 14 at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $7-$40. For more information call 528-6112.

Oedipus: Kitchen Dog Theatre kicks off its '95-'96 season with an original adaptation of Sophocles' 24-century-old meditation on fate and family, and how it sucks when you accidentally sleep with your mother. Sophocles dramatized the story of a young man on a search for his identity from mythology floating around at the time. Oedipus is performed Wednesday-Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday "pay-what-you-can" performances at 2 p.m. through October 29 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney. Tickets are $6-$12. Call 520-ARTS.

sunday
october 15
Fall Holistic Fair: Holistic living is as much a world view as a set of practices, with the idea being to attune one's body processes to those of the earth. It sorta sounds like you have to undergo a marathon brainwashing session to understand this stuff, but in fact, its devotees span all races and age groups. For anyone who might be interested in checking out "the lifestyle," there's the Holistic Networker's Fall Holistic Fair. The wares on sale here range from the dubious (angel collectibles, rolfing, aura photography) to the mysterious (homeopathy, herbal remedies, yoga) to the downright necessary in this stressed-out world (massage therapy, nutritional counseling). The Holistic Networker's Fall Holistic Fair happens 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Addison Conference Center, 15650 Addison Road, two blocks west of the Dallas North Tollway in Addison. Admission is just $5. For more info call 613-4935.

tuesday
october 17
David Halberstam: As both a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, David Halberstam is desperately trying to rewrite history. In his fascinating, recently published treatise on postwar American culture called The Fifties, Halberstam contends that it was this era, and not the oft-cited 1960s, that has had the greatest effect on our current national state. Mind you, Halberstam is no right-wing patsy opining about an era of national unity that never was - he is ruthless in separating the truly important trends from the myths about the era. He presents the annual Allman Lecture at Southern Methodist University. The title is "America Then and Now: From the Post-War to the Next Century." The talk begins at 8 p.m. in the Hughes-Trigg Auditorium of the SMU campus. It's free, but seating is limited. Call 934-8764.

wednesday
october 18
Kitsch To Corbusier: Wallpaper From the 1950s: To take a definitive temperature of America's social mood, you only need take a look around your home - the pictures, carpet, furniture, even the wallpaper tell many tales. The Design Experience in the Dallas Design District presents "Kitsch to Corbusier: Wallpaper From the 1950s," an exhibition of 75 selections from the Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum's unique wallcoverings collection (yes, there is a curator of wallpaper swatches). The colors, patterns, textures, and motifs of these wall coverings provide a visual index of domestic social values of the period. There are all kinds of designs here, from modernist abstract to the "innocent" iconography of postwar America - French poodles, cocktail paraphernalia, sports players, broadcast symbols, and more. "Kitsch To Corbusier" is on display through November 4 at The Design Experience, 1400 Turtle Creek Blvd. For info call 871-8787.

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