D'Drum and Artis the Spoonman: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary presents a free night of slinky syncopation that's guaranteed to be the coolest evening you've heard friends rave about all year...unless you mark the calendar and show up your own self. A national headliner and a secret Dallas treasure compose the evening's entertainment. First there's The Spoonman, a veteran who operated certain dining-table utensils with such improvisatory passion he earned the live spotlight alongside Pete Seeger, Frank Zappa, Soundgarden (who named a song after him on the 1994 album Superun-known), and k.d. lang. Then, giving one of their few live gigs is D'Drum, a Dallas-based ensemble of percussionists who jam weekly in private sessions at the Meyerson until someone prods them toward a paying gig. The show kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at the Mc-Kinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. It's free. Call 953-1212.
30th Annual Original Classic International Gem & Jewelry Show: Be aware that the 30th Annual Original Classic International Gem & Jewelry Show has no corporate affiliation with Tiffany's. The crystals, gems, stones, and jewels on display here are semiprecious, which means a few can get relatively pricey, but the majority are geared toward those of us who get excited perusing a boxful of costume jewelry. And speaking of illusion, the highlight of this year's show is "Fabulous Jewelry of the Stars," which features the tackiest mineral composites of Elvis, Liberace, Zsa Zsa, and Gypsy Rose Lee. The show happens April 19, noon-7 p.m.; April 20, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; and April 21, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $5. Call 1-800-662-0411.
Texas Brewers Festival: Let's face it: Although there are a variety of great stick-to-your-ribs Dallas restaurants that have catered the Texas Brewers Festival, the real reason most folks attend is suds. They've heard some of the best head around is available on the 50 different varieties of handcrafted beers from breweries and brew pubs (there is a legal difference under the Eyes of Texas). Come enjoy the live music and statewide brands, but know your limit (or find a sober, designated driver). The event happens April 20, noon-8 p.m. and April 21, 1-8 p.m. in the West End. Festival programs are free, but participants who wish to drink beer must purchase a $3 mug and $2.50 tokens worth 12 ounces each.
Walter Rosenblum: Photographer Walter Rosenblum, 77, has witnessed as many earth-shattering 20th-century events as a history textbook, and praise God he brought along his camera to capture them in tender, deeply personal pictures. Rosenblum has been feted for the last two decades of his life by institutions enthralled with his instinctual humanitarianism. Rosenblum snapped moments from the Great Depression (where he perfected his chops as part of the leftist collective New York Photo League); European countries throughout World War II; the Spanish Civil War; impoverished Haiti; and racially conflicted South Bronx. Unlike many socially conscious artists, he is eager to capture the harmonious moments. The exhibition Walter Rosenblum opens with an artist and book signing April 19, 6-9 p.m. and runs through June 1 at Photographs Do Not Bend, 3115 Routh St. Call 969-1852.
Daniel Wiener and Jeanne Silverthorne: One subject of the McKinney Avenue Contemporary's latest art exhibit, Daniel Wiener, is quoted in press materials, stating, "I don't believe the physical integrity of the sculpture is equal to its moral integrity." This straightforward, if provocative, declaration is enough to send both seasoned East Coast art critics and neophyte Texas audiences scrambling for excuses to avoid the young artist's work. Wiener exhibits as part of a two-person show with Jeanne Silverthorne. Both of them see the death of Modernism as an inevitable, if slow and rather gory, process. Wiener works large-scale with primary colors and naive, aggressive shapes. Silverthorne is more deliberately polished with her forms, but even more obsessed with the interconnected deaths of the role of artist, the physical body, and idealism. The opening reception happens April 20, 4 p.m. and runs through June 9 at the Mc-Kinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 Mc-Kinney Ave. Call 953-1212.