The Dance Consortium: The Dallas-based modern dance company The Dance Consortium performs an educational-entertainment seried called Balletmobile every year. Balletmobile is geared toward developing a sense of appreciation in children for the medium of dance. Their latest kids' program, What?, is a play-within-a-concert about a dance troupe whose individual members speak differnt languages and must use their athletic skills to communicate a story about themselves to each other. The musical program includes Rossini's "William Tell Overture," Sibelius' "Valse Triste," and Offenbach's "Orphee aux Enfers." What? is performed October 20 at 7 p.m. and October 21 at 2 & 7 p.m. at the University of Texas at Dallas, Floyd & Campbell in Richardson. Tickets are $6-$8. For info call 883-2915.
Prophets and Losses: Jewish Experience and Visual Culture: Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts plays host to Prophets and Losses: Jewish Experience and Visual Culture, a two-day symposium that casts a wide net over the relationship between Judaism, visual art, and performance during the last 150 years. Twelve internationally recognized artists and art historians converge to discuss topics that might sound a tad obscure to some ears - one of the guests, SMU professor Janis Bergman-Carton, discusses the research for her upcoming book with a lecture about the cult of the Jewess in the late 19th-century France. Other topics include Jewish caricatures, the Holocaust, and the Dreyfuss Affair. The event happens October 22, 8:45 a.m. - 7:30 p.m. and October 23, 9:30 a.m. - noon in SMU's Hughes-Trigg Student Center. For additional info call 768-3822.
Texas Horror House: The task of picking haunted houses to attend each October is sort of like trying a new restaurant - since there are so many elements to a successful establishment, that means there are an equal number of opportunities for screw-ups. Rest assured that the organR>>izers of Texas Horror House, which benefits the very worthy non-profit shelter organization The Family Place, was designed with one goal in mind - to make you scream. Indeed, this particular haunted house won't allow kids under 16 without a guardian, if that's any hint of the scare level these folks are trying to generate. The Texas Horror House is open seven days a week, 7 p.m. - midnight, through October 31 in the Big Town Exhibition Hall, Highway 80 at Big Town Blvd. in Mesquite. Tickets are $10. Call 404-1946.
Urvashi Vaid: The first book by Urvashi Vaid, former executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and a longtime lesbian activist, made headlines last year when it touched off a bidding war among major American publishers and netted Vaid a six-figure deal. Reading Virtual Equality: The Mainstreaming of Gay and Lesbian Liberation, it's easy to see what all the fuss was about. A seminal work of gay and lesbian history, the book is both a scathing but fair-minded criticism of the major homo political organizations and a treatise on where change is most needed. Vaid contends that, starting with the election of Bill Clinton, gays and lesbians assumed "virtual equality," which means greater visibilty but very little change in social status. An unabashed leftist who targets racism and sexism as often as homophobia, Vaid possesses too much common sense to sound like an idealogical broken record. She appears to talk about her book at 7 p.m. at Crossroads Market, 3930 Cedar Springs. Call 521-8919.
Grace Mirabella: As the former editor-in-chief of Vogue and founder of the "where money meets menopause" lifestyle rag Mirabella, Grace Mirabella is not exactly an anomaly in the fashion world - a successful woman to whom many men must answer. Her recently published memoir In and Out of Style isn't the usual self-aggrandizing claptrap from people who've spent their lives making a lot of money in frivolous pursuits, although along with the sense of tattle-tale fun is a kind of name dropping provincialism that becomes annoying (the photo section in the center of the book suggests the most dangerous place in the fashion world may be between Mirabella, a famous person, and the camera). Still, this is a woman who's loved a hell of a life, and she comes to Dallas to discuss it as part of the Tuesday Talk Series. She speaks at noon at the Dallas Country Club, 4100 Beverly Drive. Tickets are $35. Call 520-0206.
Martha Argerich and Gidon Kremer: The tony classical review magazine Gramophone recently dropped its dignified manner to say of pianist Martha Argerich: "unquestionably among the greatest pianists of her time, her liquid-fire virtuosity and imaginative vitality are unique in the annals of piano playing" (you can almost feel the sweat soaking through from the other side of the page). Although a solo artist who regularly sells out concert halls in Europe and North America, Argerich is also known for her collaborations with the great symphonies of Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Montreal, and New York. She comes to the United States as part of a joint tour wih violinist Gidon Kremer, who has maintained a recording and performing tour that encompasses 60 albums for the world's top labels. Their Cliburn Concerts show kicks off at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $18-$50. For info call (817) 335-9000.