BarleyPalooza '96: Many events including Tinypalooza, in Dallas, and Hullabalooza '96, which rocked the town of Springfield (and Homer's gut) in a recent episode of The Simpsons, have been created to cash in on (and critique) the twentysomething phenomena known as Lollapalooza. Pills with tiny dove-shaped carvings on them; guys who shove nails up their nostrils for fun and profit; and stringy-haired '90s rockers long on attitude but short on record sales are the ingredients that make this much-hyped brew percolate. And speaking of brew, the owners of the Barley House have assembled their own version, where Texas-made beer is a staple. In its second year, BarleyPalooza boasts such hot Dallas bands as Slobberbone, Cowboys and Indians, the Nitrons, the Sutcliffes, and the Buena Vistas. Redbeard and Buddy Wiley from KTXQ-FM share the MC duties with Buddy Hickerson, creator of the "Quigmans" comic strip and a sometime Observer contributor. The show kicks off at noon and runs till around 2 a.m. at the Barley House, 2916 N. Henderson. It's free, although any canned goods you bring are donated to The North Texas Food Bank. Call 824-0306.
Vintage Texas Wine and Music Festival: Is it possible that one day the epicureans of the world will be debating whose vineyards are better--Paris, France, or Paris, Texas? Texas vinos are slowly busting out all over the country (and all over the world) on some of the world's more-tony wine lists. The first annual Vintage Texas Wine and Music Festival is a reaction to this, in part, as well as a public-relations blowout to acquaint Lone Star wine snobs with the very best our vines have to offer. Wineries represented include Cap Rock, Delaney, La Bodega, and Messina Hof. Some of the state's top restaurants provide victuals, and two live-music stages boast the likes of The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Colin Boyd, and Leslie Gale Brooks. Festival hours are June 1, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and June 2, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Delaney Vineyards, Highway 121 and Glade Road in Grapevine. Tickets are $3-$5 (free for kids younger than 6). Call (817) 424-0570.
Boocos The Clown: He wears a tall hat, has a big red nose, and extols the virtues of good citizenship even while he practices a brand of theatrical illusion. No, Pope John Paul II isn't coming. We're talking about Boocos The Magical Juggling Clown, who might just as well be named Boocos The Clown Who Thinks You Should Have Your Nose In a Book Rather Than Watch Him. Actually, Boocos knows such a belief would leave him unemployed (he's a clown, not a fool), so he attempts, through his modest magic tricks and audience-participation-style presentations, to help kids see the magical properties of reading a good book. His appearances, which coincide with the launching of the 1996 "Texas Summer Reading Challenge," are today at 1 p.m. in the Kleberg-Rylie Branch Library, 1301 Edd Rd., and June 6, 2:30 p.m. at the Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Audelia. They're free. Call 670-7838.
Dallas Shorts: A Play Fest: The Playwrights Project and the Dallas Public Library system join forces to stage a series of short plays by local and national playwrights. The whole month of June is dedicated to celebrating live performance at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, in part to bring attention to the historical exhibit The Dallas Theater Center: The Early Years 1955-1982. Performances of the Project's short plays happen June 3-6 at 7 p.m. and June 8 and 9 at 3 p.m. in the auditorium of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young. The rest of the month-long series includes a revival of the 10-minute play collection, Director's Choice, by Windmill Productions, and a staged reading of plays by Dain Dunston. They're free. Call 670-7838.
James Evans: All artists are motivated by their obsessions, and in the case of the award-winning Texas-based photographer James Evans, the death of a dear friend is high on his list. He has garnered national kudos for a series known as "Lucille," nature photos of the flora and fauna encroaching upon the home site of his late friend Lucille French Clark. Morbid? Not really. Evans doesn't see the return of natural plant and animal life in a human-created domicile as encroachment, but rather as a reclamation of the rights of nature. Presumably, Clark felt the same way. Eight pages of his landscape photography published in the June Texas Monthly have again focused all eyes on Evans as a poet of Southwest geography--specifically, the Big Bend region of Texas, where he has lived and worked for almost a decade. A collection of his work opens with a reception June 1 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. and runs through July 18 at the Afterimage Gallery, 2828 Routh St. in The Quadrangle. It's free. Call 871-9140.
Gay 101: The recent Supreme Court decision that declared Colorado's anti-gay Amendment 2 unconstitutional was not, as many disgruntled hard-line social conservatives insist, some kind of coup by left-wing activists (the highest court in the land, after all, teems with appointees from the Reagan and Bush years). It was a victory for common sense. The homophobes who placed the deceptively worded amendment on a Colorado referendum in the first place were praying that nobody would notice the bizarre contradiction at the heart of their legislation, which sought to deny the existence of a community even as it explicitly singled out that community as undeserving of government protection. The Dallas Gay and Lesbian Alliance presents its free three-hour Gay 101: The Facts About Homosexuality monthly to illuminate the legal, medical, spiritual, and social ramifications of being homo in a hetero world. Expect the Supreme Court's decision to dominate the discussion. The event happens 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Gay and Lesbian Community Center, 2701 Reagan at Brown. It's free. Call 528-9254.
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