Events for the week

march 24
Star Moon Path: One of those reasons it's difficult to define a "traditional" American family is the mobility--legal, technological, and economic--of contemporary life in the U.S. Most folks no longer have the choice of setting down roots when a fractured economy propels workers from one job opportunity to another. A globalized free market and lightning-speed communication stretch the possibilities even further. Award-winning national playwright Megan Terry desired to capture some of that high-wire intransigence--both the thrill and anxiety--in her new work, Star Path Moon Stop, which makes its world premiere at the Dallas Children's Theater. Less of a story than a related showcase of images, situations, and characters on a constant search, the play attempts to define "home" for an era of perpetual travel. The show runs Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.; and Sunday, 1:30 & 4:30 p.m. through March 31 at 2215 Cedar Springs. Tickets are $9-$11. Call 978-0110.

Ugandan Children's Choir: Sure, they're colorfully dressed, precocious, and adorable, but don't condescend to the kids who compose The Music Dance and Drama of the Daughters of Charity Orphanage in Uganda. These tykes are seasoned pros who've traveled more miles in their short lives than most of us have in several times the years. They've honed their act with gigs that any professional musician will tell you are among the toughest--private parties, weddings, and theme festivals--throughout Uganda. The Daughters of Charity Orphanage has established a worldwide publicity arm to help support the 1,200 impoverished or handicapped kids who depend on it. Performances happen at 9 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. at the Cathedral of Hope, 5910 Cedar Springs, and the Junior Black Academy of Arts & Letters, Canton and Akard, at 4:30 p.m. Donations are gratefully accepted. Call 754-6000.

march 25
Behold the Lamb: Christian fundamentalists influence the contemporary American election process like never before with rigidly enforced rules culled from a literal interpretation of Biblical texts. Meanwhile, contemporary Christian artists of all denominations use paint and plaster to render fiercely individualistic visions of Biblical scenes in seeming defiance of the "relativism" against which the Christian Coalition campaigns. Behold the Lamb is a collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, and embroidery by national artists that the life of Jesus Christ was revealed through four different personalities: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. Frank Murphy Jr. mixes memory and physical sense in his depiction of the first meeting between the prostitute Mary Magdalene and Christ; and Kirsten Malcom Berry finds epiphanic styles from non-Christian faiths mix well with her own passions. The show runs through April 28 at 7500 Park Lane. It's free. Call 691-4661.

march 26
Angels in America: Millennium Approaches: The Dallas Theater Center is as justifiably euphoric as many of us are about its long-anticipated production of Millennium Approaches, the first half of Tony Kushner's poetic and political but never-pandering seven-hour epic, Angels In America. (See "Stage" for an interview with the author.) In fairness to ultrasensitive Dallas audience members--among whom are folks who freak out at a kiss between a black man and a white woman in a children's production--be warned that Mr. Kushner assumes you have "accepted homosexuality as a human phenomena." Millennium Approaches addresses far more than that: the religious, ethnic, sexual, and political schisms that drive us toward annihilation. Hint: For maximum enjoyment pick up a copy of the play and peruse it beforehand. Warning: Millennium Approaches is only the first half of Kushner's saga; the play doesn't end so much as break; restrain your urge to riot. The show opens March 21. Performances happen Tuesdays-Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.; Fridays, 8 p.m.; Saturdays, 2 and 8 p.m.; and Sundays, 2 and 7:30 p.m. through April 28 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard. Tickets are $15-$42. Call 522-TIXX.

march 27
William Bryan Massey III: He looks like a convicted Peeping Tom and writes like a man who once considered a career as a serial sex offender but dropped the idea because he'd rather drink beer and read a lot. William Bryan Massey III is a famous figure in Fort Worth poetry circles, which begs the question of why he hasn't grabbed the fertile, chaotic Dallas open mic with the same passion he pours into self-promotion on the international small-press circuit. Understanding the basic universal law which says humility is for no-talent chumps, Massey advertises himself as "the foremost leader in renegade white-trash garage poetry." We've waited breathlessly for that movement to find its Moses, and this poet's sticky hands should carry it far. Massey holds a reading at a popular Fort Worth nightspot to celebrate the release of a new poetry collection, Flies Land On My Knee...And Drink Sweat. The performance begins at 8 p.m. at the Dog Star Cafe, 2911 W. Berry St. in Fort Worth. It's free. Call (817) 924-1446.

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