Adoptathon '96: The Dallas chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Carrollton-based no-kill animal shelter Operation Kindness are just two of the North Texas entities participating in a nationwide campaign to find homes for fuzz-covered friends. A total of 700 agencies and shelters gather at different spots for Adoptathons. Humane leaders in our city want to adopt out more than 60 young and adult dogs and cats, so they're making this year's Adoptathon a kind of carnival with raffle prizes, dog-obedience demonstrations, refreshments, and more. The event is scheduled May 3 and 4, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and May 5, noon-6 p.m. at Operation Kindness, 1029 Trend Drive near Belt Line and Marsh in Carrollton. Call 418-PAWS.
Celebration of Chicano Literature: The City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Writer's Garret join ranks to commemorate Cinco de Mayo by honoring a great Texas voice. Ricardo Sanchez was collecting and publishing the works of Latino writers years before the word "multicultural" was uttered by a condescending Anglo teacher. Sanchez was a poet whose ground-breaking anthology Los Cuatro served as one of the premier voices of Chicano-Hispanic literature in the Southwest. For this celebration, Adalena Anthony performs her one-woman show Pancho Villa, and such poets as Pat LittleDog (a friend of the late Sanchez), Terri Aguilar, and Maria Velasco will read. The afternoon kicks off at 2 p.m. at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista. It's free. Call 827-4860.
3rd Annual Old West Storybook Family Day: Usually, when an event advertises itself as celebrating "The Old West," it's the romantic image that is being cited and not the harsher aspects like chronic body odor, rampant vigilantism, and lack of air-conditioning (how often those three are related). The 3rd Annual Old West Storybook Family Day features plenty of interesting things tinged with Western mystique, such as the Museum of Dry Bones, a medicine-man show, a cowboy comedy revue, hay rides, and steer-roping. There's also lots of food, sports competitions, children's games, and more. The event happens noon-5 p.m. at 3701 Custer Rd., an eight-minute drive north from Plano. Call 562-8308.
Betty Buckley: One-woman musical dynamo Betty Buckley needn't feel any jealousy over Glenn Close's Tony Award for Sunset Boulevard, the Broadway production in which Buckley replaced Close. For one thing, Texas native Buckley already has a Tony (for Cats), and for another, she preceded Close in the London production of Sunset Boulevard, snagging an Olivier Award nomination and helping set the buzz for the long lines she currently draws on Broadway. Buckley is perhaps the celebrity daughter of which Fort Worth is most proud, a giant of the American musical theater. She performs at 7:30 p.m. at Casa Manana, 3101 W. Lancaster in Fort Worth. Call (817) 332-CASA.
Rosemary's Baby: There's a lot that can be said for Roman Polanski's 1968 classic Rosemary's Baby that hasn't been said enough: It's a sophisticated satire of Roman Catholicism; a stunning psychological dissection of the individual crumbling under a monolithic "establishment" that capped a decade obsessed with individuals changing the state; and a ground-breaker in the subgenre of paranoid apartment thrillers. The USA Film Festival screens Rosemary's Baby May 6, 7:30 p.m., at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N. Central Expressway, and May 7, 7:30 p.m., at the AMC Sundance 11, 304 Houston St. in Fort Worth. Tickets are $6.50. Call 821-NEWS.
Salvation Army Celebrity Fashion Show: The donors for the 1996 Women's Auxiliary Celebrity Fashion Show, which benefits the ever-important Salvation Army, is an eye-popping list of Dallas wives including Mrs. Ross Perot, Mrs. T. Boone Pickens, and Mrs. Bill Clements. The show is a sale featuring these ladies' gently used garments and new stuff from international designers. May we suggest a real big-ticket fund-raiser? Let's see these ladies trod the runway themselves sporting smart, tasty little numbers off the rack from the Salvation Army. The event kicks off at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Country Club. Tickets for this highfalutin society event begin at $45. Call 353-2714.
Juan Juarez Hernandez, Mi Mundo, and The Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company: This week marks the opening of a pair of exhibits by Latino artists who sit on opposite ends of the visual-arts spectrum. Juan Juarez Hernandez earned his art degree from Southern Methodist University and now teaches in the Dallas Independent School District. The students and gang members represented in the group show Mi Mundo, on the other hand, are using art without a professional pedigree to document their own experiences with the temptations and terrors of the inner city. The Ollimpaxqui Ballet performs traditional Central and South American dance at the same location May 4 at 8 p.m. It's free, but seating is limited. Receptions for both art shows happen May 11, 6-9 p.m.; they run through May 25. All events take place at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Call 670-8749.