Barbara Trent: Each time you hear some right-wing pundit decrying "the liberal media," you realize it's part of a larger propaganda campaign that has, for all intents and purposes, brought contemporary American liberalism to its knees. Conservatives have a stranglehold on commentary in print, on television, and especially over the radio waves, firing heavy-duty and extremely effective partisan vitriol at anyone who attempts to investigate the Republican revolution. Such is the state of "free speech" in America that activist and Academy Award-winning filmmaker Barbara Trent has been forced to seek alternative venues for her 1992 documentary The Panama Deception. Documentaries have a rough go of it anyway in the distribution world, but even after Trent's exhaustive study of the tangled relationship between George Bush and Manuel Noriega won an Oscar, she still found doors slamming right and left. The film is screened at 1 pm and a discussion by Trent follows in Room 265 of the Speech/Drama Building on the campus of the University of North Texas in Denton. It's free and open to everyone. For more info call (817) 565-2537.
The Enigma Files: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program: What would you do if you were an award-winning veteran journalist with best-selling non-fiction books under your belt who believes he's discovered something that many people consider not only unbelievable, but a sign of mental instability? Former Fort Worth Star-Telegram reporter Jim Marrs has for years been considered one of the leading authorities on the assassination of JFK (his book Crossfire was a prime source for Oliver Stone's film on the subject). More than that, he was (and is) considered a sound, sane voice on a historical event that's stirred up a lot of crackpots. A few years back, Marrs began an intensive investigation into the CIA and its ongoing research on psychic development. Marrs is putting his reputation on the line with his upcoming book The Enigma Files: The True Story of America's Psychic Warfare Program. Marrs claims to have proven that the CIA possessed well-documented evidence to support psychic powers. Marrs talks about his discovery for The Eclectic Viewpoint at 7:30 pm in the Unity Church, 6525 Forest Lane. Tickets are $15. For information call 601-7687.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth: If you've never been to a performance by the modern dance troupe Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth, then their Fifth Annual Gala Concert should be an excellent introduction. The premiere performance of the company's sixth season, the Gala concert is both a best-of offering and a chance for CD/FW to show that it's responsive to the opinions of ticketbuyers. One particularly popular performance from each of the company's five years in existence is repeated. The exception is an impressive premiere coup--choreography by Ballet Impulso artistic director Sunny Savoy de Perez and her husband Ernesto Perez, both of whom are prominent artists in Monterrey, Mexico. Performances of the fifth annual gala are November 10 at 8 pm and November 11 at 2 & 8 pm in the Ed Landreth Auditorium on the campus of Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Tickets are $6-$20. For more info call (817) 335-9000.
Dallas Got Run Over By a Reindeer: When Dallas comedienne Judy Truesdell and her buddies staged Dallas Got Run Over By a Reindeer last year, they had no idea the kind of response Dallas audiences would give them--one sold-out show after another. While our fair city has no shortage of comedy troupes, Truesdell has irons in many different fires, and can't do the comedy thing year-round. She saves up for her Christmas show, which mixes Dallas trivia with holiday themes in various sketches and song parodies. Expect good-natured jabs at Highland Park's seasonal light show and the DeVry Institute, which offers Santa training in Truesdell's world. The show runs every Saturday at 8 pm until November 25, when it's performed Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm through December 23 in the Pavilion on the 12th floor of the Ramada Hotel, Market Center, 1055 Regal Row. $30 includes an all-you-can-eat buffet beforehand. Call 255-7306.