1996 Tour D'Arlington: Since its inception in 1987, the Tour D'Arlington biking competition has attracted a wildly fluctuating level of participation that peaked at 3,000 (more than twice the number of its first year) and dipped to 1,600 last year. Weather had a lot to do with it, but this is a familiar story for many charitable fund-raisers, attracting attendance for which is an annual struggle on a shoestring nonprofit budget. The Tour D'Arlington benefits the Arlington Boys and Girls Clubs, and offers 100-kilometer, 100-mile, 50-mile, 25-mile, and 10-mile courses for bicyclists and 10- or 20-mile routes for in-line skaters. The races kick off at 8 a.m. at James Bowie High School, 2101 Highbank Drive in South Arlington. Registration is $20; spectatorship is free. Call (817) 265-7211.
How and Why Men Cheat: Jokae's African-American Books hosts a discussion and signing about infidelity from a uniquely honest, African-American perspective. Michael Baisden is the author of How and Why Men Cheat, a nonfiction book whose title is exceeded only by the audacity of Baisden's personal confessions. As an admitted "cheatin' dog" in recovery, Baisden offers warnings, advice, and suggestions both to men who want to cure themselves from their wandering eyes and women who want to know what their men are doing when they say they're out for milk and bread. Expect one hell of a lively discussion. The talk happens 3-5 p.m. at Jokae's African-American Books, 3917 Camp Wisdom Road. It's free. Call 283-0558.
Forbidden Broadway 2: The Metro Players describes its newest production as "the Never Land where the hits get panned" and "the underside of Broadway." Forbidden Broadway is a beast that was birthed just outside the Great White Way in New York City and has metamorphosed into countless editions, including a recent Forbidden Hollywood version. The operative principle behind these parodies of flatulent Broadway musicals is simple--"the meaner the better"--although all participants involved in Forbidden Broadway 2 admit they wouldn't turn down the paychecks or the spotlight. This sequel features brand-new parodies of Sunset Boulevard, Victor/Victoria, and Miss Saigon. Bring a friend who actually still believes Broadway is a legitimate cultural force in America. Performances happen Thursday-Friday at 8 p.m.; Saturday at 6 and 9 p.m.; and Sunday at 3 p.m. through May 18 at the Dupree Theater of the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Boulevard in Irving. Tickets are $10-$14. Call 252-ARTS.
International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is the biggest annual coordinated event on the planet, encompassing 370 cities and towns and more than 55 countries. The global scope is appropriate as a reminder that the face of HIV-related illness worldwide is far different than the afflicted who get the most attention in America. Throughout Asia, Africa, Europe, and Central and South America, AIDS kills far more heterosexuals, people of color, women, and children than white gay adult men. The dynamic in the U.S. is shifting slowly but inexorably to reflect this reality, which gay-baiters like Congressman Robert Dornan ignore to everyone's peril. The event kicks off in the Oak Room of the Fort Worth Botanic Garden Conservatory in Fort Worth. For more information call (817) 335-1994.
Natural Classicism and New Formalism: You may want to fall face-first asleep into this issue of the Observer reading the above title. "Natural Classicism and New Formalism" is the latest in WordSpace's Spring 1996 PoetTalk series and features a discussion by internationally celebrated University of Texas at Dallas poet Frederick Turner. You needn't be a scholar of world verse (although an appreciation of poetry is a prerequisite, naturally) to understand Turner's contention--that meter and other traditional poetic forms not only beat the snot out of that lazy junk known as free verse, but work a measurable chemical influence on the brain (Turner participated in neurological studies which purport to have established this). The talk happens 8-10 p.m. at 1910 Mecca St., west of Skillman between Oram and Lewis near Live Oak. A $5 donation is requested. Call 942-7012.
The Meadows Collection: Masterpieces of Spanish Art For Texas: Sometimes it seems that throughout the Southwest all you need is a lot of money and a wife with big hair to plant your name on an arts institution. There are blue bloods who can clumsily collect one stick of second-rate art after another, then dedicate the whole thing as a collection. And there are those who develop a real taste for a particular time, place, or school and explore the medium itself rather than rely on a paid art historian to guide their purchases. By all accounts, Algur H. Meadows, the Georgia-born Texas oilman who died in 1978, was a genuine lover of Spanish art. His prolific hunger is the driving force behind the exhibition The Meadows Collection: Masterpieces of Spanish Art For Texas. The show traces the creation of The Meadows Museum from the oilman's initial donations to acquisitions after his death. The show runs through July 7 at the Meadows Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University, Mockingbird and Hillcrest. It's free. Call 768-2516.
The Puppets Delirious: The Undermain Theatre presents its newest production, a collection of four short works about the cruel fancy of fate directed by Undermain co-founder Katherine Owens and Dallas-based writer-director Julia Dyer, who co-helmed with sister Gretchen the feature-film treat Late Bloomers. The Puppets Delirious includes Ellen McLaughlin's Iphigenia in Aulis and Iphigenia in Tauris, two tales of family turmoil inspired by the Orestes trilogy; Louis-Ferdinand Celine's Monsieur Van Bagaden, the tale of a hugely obese ship captain and the materialism that deludes him; and Howard Barker's All He Fears, about a philosopher whose arrogance undoes the life he's come to live. Performances happen Wednesday and Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. through June 8 in the Basement Space, 3200 Main St. Tickets are $10-$16. Call 747-5515.