Affinities of Form: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: For anyone who claims that they don't know enough about early civilizations to really enjoy those much-hyped traveling artifact shows that often arrive at museums, the latest exhibit at Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum was assembled under one simple guiding principle:The collectors thought each piece was the prettiest of its kind. Affinities of Form: Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas forms part of an enormous collection by a renowned married couple named Raymond and Laura Wielgus, who gathered 400 pieces spanning 3,000 years and many cultures. More than a hundred masterpieces made it to Affinities of Form. The exhibit continues through October 13 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in downtown Fort Worth. Admission is $4-$8. For more information, call (817) 332-8451.
West End's Taste of Dallas: You say you've heard that ostrich is well on its way to becoming "the fourth white meat," but that you want to decide for yourself? Did you think fondue was a shade of pink before you discovered that it is a highfalutin way of playing with your food? The 10th-Annual West End Taste of Dallas crawls into our city during a hellaciously hot July to offer the definitive experience for some of the more obscure foods, and to provide the traditionalists among us with the pizza, pasta, seafood, Tex-Mex, and hamburgers that we crave. Events happen July 12, 5-11 p.m.; July 13, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; and July 14, noon-9 p.m. in the West End Historic District downtown. Admission is free, although food and drink will cost you. For more information, call 298-1217.
DFW Classic Car Show: The jury members hand-picked for the Fourth-Annual DFW Classic Car Show have a tough job ahead of them: figuring out which are the coolest entries of classic automobiles by class type, age, restoration level, and level of modification among a tasty group of Austin Healeys, Fords, Mercedeses, Chevrolets, Ferraris, Volkswagens, and other sought-after vehicles. Last year's DFW Classic Car Show attracted more than 3,000 Dallas autophiles, and organizers of this year's event hope to double that number with a larger exhibition area and a great cause:All proceeds from this year's DFW Classic Car Show benefit the Handicapped Resource Association and Great Southwest Rotary Club's Harold Key Endowment Fund. Hours are July 13, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. and July 14, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at The Ballpark in Arlington. For admission info, call 749-5442.
Music For the Family: You say you want your children to be exposed to the finer things in life (classical music, great literature, fine paintings) so that the influence of nasty ol' popular culture (Top 40, Goosebumps books, Calvin Klein photo spreads) can at least be diluted. Violinist William Scobie has the program for you. His series of Dallas public-library concerts entitled "Music For the Family" is especially designed for children and features classical, folk favorites, demonstrations, and discussion about great tunes. The concert series begins July 15 at 6:30 p.m. at the Lancaster-Kiest Branch Library, 3039 S. Lancaster Rd., and continues July 16 at 2 p.m. in the Children's Center at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. Both are free. Call 670-1400.
How Can We End Corporate Rule? Many would argue the answer to this question is: "By blowing up the country and starting all over again." Bill Clinton's pro-business stands have pretty much killed the idea that Democrats are America's populist party, another casualty to the fierce, seductive free-market rhetoric of the Republicans. But there are conservatives and liberals--Who woulda thunk that Pat Buchanan and Ralph Nader might one day agree on an issue?--who've grown deeply uncomfortable with the continuing Reaganite trend of granting big business almost unfettered leeway. The excesses of communism, not the morality of capitalism, effectively killed that system in Russia. The joke on America may be implosion through unchecked capitalism. Ronnie Dugger, founding editor of The Texas Observer and current Harvard University smart guy, presents a talk entitled "How Can We End Corporate Rule?" that details some of the big-business atrocities you may not have read about in the mainstream press. The discussion kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Midway Hills Christian Church, 11001 Midway Rd. It's free. Call 247-5080.
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