Events for the week

Annual Connemara Sculpture Exhibition: After two weeks of open-air work by a variety of national artists, the sculpture exhibition at the Connemara Conservancy is now finished and ready for its debut. Of course, as anyone knows who's familiar with the annual spring ritual on this 72-acre North Texas preserve, the interplay between artists, who're instructed to use as much of the natural environment as possible, and visitors, who're encouraged to help the artists with their sculptures, is what makes the final products so unique. The Annual Connemara Conservancy Sculpture Exhibition opens at 1 p.m. and remains up until May 19. Maps and artists' statements are available so visitors can take their own leisurely critical tours through the works on display. Of course, it's always free. Connemara Conservancy is open seven days a week from dusk until dawn. To find the grounds, go north on Central Expressway to McDermott Drive, then turn left and drive 1.6 miles. Make another left on Tatum Drive and travel a mile to the Conservancy. For information call 521-4896.

monday
march 18
World's Best Commercials 1995: Anybody who's watched a Super Bowl, Grammy, or Academy Awards telecast during the last five years is pretty much an expert on the latest technological treats multibillion-dollar corporations offer in exchange for 30 seconds of your time. Americans are both slaves for and immune to the onslaught of sales pitches, thanks to longstanding FCC regulations that require advertisers to compete in short, segregated sequences for your attention. (Producers of infomercials, the sick exception, will soon fossilize from fat cats to dinosaurs.) The USA Film Festival presents a 70-minute program of 100 tiny sagas from around the world that were all created under the same rules: Make it clever, eye-catching, ear-charming, and quick. World's Best Commercials 1995 is a compilation chosen by the Cannes International Advertising Film Festival. Advertising in the post-industrial world constantly takes well-deserved hits, but the creativity required to conceive the best of these spots rivals that of every artistic discipline, be it short story, short film, or stand-up comedy monologue. The show runs at 7 and 8:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N. Central Expressway. Tickets are $6.50. For more information call 821-NEWS.

tuesday
march 19
Vladislav Blaha: The Dallas Classic Guitar Society hosts a Czechoslovakian artist who only now makes his debut tour in the United States, yet whose fame precedes him from award-winning recordings and international composers who beg him to record their newest compositions. Vadislav Blaha currently teaches at the Czech institute where he first studied, the Brno Conservatoire. He later broke the boundaries of Eastern Europe, studying with German masters as well as Manchester's Royal Northern College of Music and London's legendary John Duarte. A consummate expert in classical styles from around the world, Blaha also managed an impressive feat during the Communist regime in which he was raised: His great talent forced the hand of skeptical officials who allowed him to perform the experimental, form-busting works of composers of the 20th century that the authorities often frowned upon. The show begins at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $12. Call 528-3733.

Lydia Lunch: Lydia Lunch doesn't hate men, although the more sensitive members of the male species are bound to get their feelings pricked by some of her now-infamous rant- ings about male sexuality. A feminist who was filmed, by underground sensation R. Kerns, getting her head bashed against a bedpost by a naked, longhaired Henry Rollins, she explores the oft-undiscussed counterpart to male dominance: female masochism. As 16-year-old lead singer of Teenager Jesus and the Jerks, she was one of the most visible female performers on the cusp of American punk populism. We don't suggest you take a first date to one of Ms. Lunch's performances, but should you happen to be in the mood for confrontation mixed with surprising bursts of self-deprecating humor, check out this singer-songwriter-poet-actress-filmmaker who charges on valiantly in an era in which people would accuse her of wallowing in victimhood. Lunch, like Rollins, has incorporated real-life experiences with parent brutality into her show, but she has always espoused performance catharsis over whining. It's difficult to predict what a Lydia Lunch show will contain, which is half the fun. She performs at 9 p.m. at Club Dada, 2720 Elm. For more information call 744-DADA.

wednesday
march 20
The Gay 201 Series: Try to imagine living in a country where roughly half the 50 provinces have declared you a criminal based on a simple but fundamental part of your personality. Picture the problems you could face when, in the vast majority of these states, employers and landlords can kick you onto the streets just because they hate what they think you're doing in private. If all that sounds foreign and just a bit farfetched, you're obviously not part of the weird, wacky world of being gay or lesbian in America. The Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance hosts the second in its series of public education forums on homosexuality, this one focussing on the avalanche of homophobic legislation on local, state, and federal books. "The Gay 201 Series: Queer Law" covers Texas' anti-sodomy law, 2106; how the Supreme Court has wrestled with sodomy laws (and how it's about to address the Colorado state law which bans legal protection from anti-gay discrimination); and much more. The discussion-presentation happens 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan at Brown. It's free and open to anyone who's interested. Call 528-9254.

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