Dance Consortium: If you check out a performance by the Richardson-based contemporary dance ensemble Dance Consortium and dance is not a form of entertainment with which you are familiar, here is a word of warning: Arrive early and read the program from cover to cover. Otherwise, you might be wondering why, exactly, a dance called Beloved features dancers getting tangled up in an equipment parachute; or why another piece, The Giant's Child, features a performer relating to a very large piece of inflated fabric. (We figure the dance called Roadkill, which features human-sized dancing armadillos, is self-explanatory.) These performances are highly personal choreography by artistic director Julie Lambert that represent, respectively, the trap of relationships, and the problems of living with a parent you hold in awe. Lambert's husband, Gilles Tanguay, deals in more straightforward, ballet-based choreography. The program will include his work, The City, a series of impressions of urban life, from office routine to violent crime. Shows happen February 8-10 at 8 p.m. at the University of Texas at Dallas, 2601 N. Floyd in Richardson. Tickets are $6-$8. For information, call 883-2915.
Losing a Loved One to AIDS: How do you prepare for a phase of life that's as natural as dreaming or using the toilet while the larger, noninfected society around you would rather ignore the business of dying, not to mention sex, the means of transmission for tens of thousands of HIV carriers? As part of its "Friday Forum" series, Fort Worth's AIDS Outreach Center hosts a talk by licensed psychiatrist Ed Luke Jr. entitled "Losing a Loved One to AIDS." This particular forum, while open and relevant to AIDS patients, really focuses more on the people who are helping them make the journey, and who will be left behind to deal with the loss. The program happens 2-4 p.m. at the AIDS Outreach Center, 1125 W. Peter Smith in Fort Worth. A $10 fee is requested of professionals, but the talk is free to volunteers and to people living with HIV and their friends and families. For information, call 335-1994.
Bernice Montgomery: As an artist obsessed with the way color can reveal and conceal the most intimate parts of an individual, award-winning Dallas-based painter Bernice Montgomery claims the portrait as a favorite genre of canvas. Her latest exhibition at the Bath House Cultural Center is a series of pictures that locate the individual, his or her environment, and the places where these two phenomena connect and depart in the artist's mind. The show opens with a reception for Bernice Montgomery from 6 to 8 p.m. and runs through March 2 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Call 670-8749.
Hillary Clinton: The first lady valiantly presses on with a national book tour to promote her new William Bennettesque tome, It Takes a Village and Other Lessons Children Teach Us. Those wiseass Washington journalists have already found a way to link "the character issue" from Whitewater with her new book: the rampant rumor that Ms. Clinton played a nominal hand in the book's creation, which was largely the result of her assistant, who is contractually bound not to comment about her work on the project. This, of course, followed on the heels of the assertion that Ms. Clinton's nationally syndicated column was also ghostwritten. Say what you like about Hillary's "character": Unlike former first lady and current Texas resident Barbara Bush, who would venture an opinion on a hot issue and then tie on the apron when things got hotter, Ms. Clinton no longer retreats into Mommyville when the pressure's on. She appears at 1 p.m. at Taylors Prestonwood, 5455 Belt Line Road. Only the first 1,000 customers with a receipt get a chance at a (pre-signed) copy. For information, call 357-1700.
New Century Danscene: Texas Christian University's New Century Danscene series, dedicated to bringing innovative and influential contemporary dance troupes from all around the country to North Texas, is at the end of a grant provided by the Bass family. The Danscene program had already taken it in the chest from congressional cuts in funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, leaving the rest of us to wonder about the future of a valuable forum. Using the last bit of money from those sources, TCU hosts the San Diego-based Malashock Dance & Company performing Window Dressers, a full-length piece that incorporates six dancers, an actor, text, and video art. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. in the Ed Landreth Auditorium of Fort Worth's Texas Christian University. Tickets are $6-$20. For information, call (817) 921-7000.
Pepe Romero: Arguably the most popular and critically acclaimed living classical guitarist on the planet, Pepe Romero is always being bugged by the likes of Andres Segovia, who chose Romero to debut a composition originally written for Segovia; Jessye Norman, the great opera singer who is currently at work with Romero on a recording for voice and guitar; and world-renowned composer Joaquin Rodrigo, who wrote his last concerto just for Romero. The Dallas Classic Guitar Society invites Romero for a solo performance that will pay tribute to the 100th anniversary of a late great, Manuel de Falla. The show kicks off at 8 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, Elm at Harwood. Tickets are $10-$50. For more information, call 1-800-654-9545.