Lysistrata: So many sanctimonious cultural critics would have us think that the current abundance of sex on TV and movie screens was some monster birthed by the hedonistic '60s, a mythical decade that everyone recalls but no one experienced. In fact, the Greek playwright Aristophanes knew that sex sells way back in 411 B.C., when he wrote Lysistrata, currently being performed by Fort Worth's resourceful Hip Pocket Theatre. Aristophanes was an unrepentant gadfly who often criticized political subjects past the point of tolerance by Athenian officials. He hid his secret messages behind bawdiness in Lysistrata, which recounts the tale of a nation's women ending a war by refusing their menfolk certain horizontal privileges. Sure, the dirty deed is never done on stage, but it becomes the dominant, if unseen force in every conversation exchanged. Performances happen Fridays and Saturdays at 9 p.m. through September 8 at Oak Acres Amphitheatre, 1620 Las Vegas Trail North at 820 North in Fort Worth. Tickets are $8-$14. Call (817) 927-2833.
Gallery E-Strange: In case you've never ventured into Forbidden Books and Video in Exposition Park, you should know that owner and operator Jason Cohen is the nicest guy ever to have several square inches of his body devoted to tattoos. In a related title, he's also the nicest guy (with the possible exception of Mr. John Waters) who ever devoted an entire business to mass murderers, Satanism, sadomasochism, fringe conspiracies, and other fascinating extremes of the human experience. You'll find all those topics covered in Cohen's selection of books, magazines, and videos. Not content with a couple media, Cohen strolls into visual art with the opening of his Gallery E-Strange, which features silkscreen posters, photos, and paintings by Frank Kozik, Lindsy Kuhn, and Barbara Lambert. An opening reception with "weird entertainment on hand" happens from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Forbidden is located at 835 Exposition. It's free. Call 821-9554.
MATV Radiothon: Mothers Against Teen Violence Inc. (MATV) was created in 1993 by the women close to two Dallas teens who were abducted, robbed, and killed execution-style by folks they didn't even know. MATV holds its second annual Radiothon in cooperation with KKDA-AM 730, which will broadcast all day from the South Dallas Cultural Center while various fund-raising events transpire. A morning address by Mayor Ron Kirk, an assembly, a choir, and a reception with vocalist Benita Arterberry are included. The events happen from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh. It's free. Call 565-0422.
Visions: The Women's Expo: There's an overwhelming Victorian flavor to Visions: The Women's Expo, now celebrating its seventh year as a Dallas event. In sharp contrast to all those economic reports that women have to work, regardless of their feminist sympathies, so the family can stay afloat, Women's Expo places a high premium on shopping, beauty tips, fashion, and career advice--subjects that certainly have their place, but aren't necessarily urgent for many working-class American women. Will its "career advice" accommodate questions like this: "I'm a truck-stop waitress supporting two kids who gets her butt pinched every other day; what should I do?" Visions events happen August 24, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and August 25, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $6. Call 523-0650.
Taste of East Dallas: While local citizens are fretting about arenas in Dallas and Irving, there are two landmarks--the East Dallas neighborhood in general and Fair Park in particular--that would've wilted under big-bucks politicizing if citizens didn't care. The East Dallas Chamber of Commerce sponsors its second annual Taste of East Dallas within the venerable, if crumbling grounds of Fair Park. Proceeds from this event--which includes music, a children's area, and participating restaurants like Snuffer's, Dixie House, Alfonso's, Dinger's, and Vick's--benefit both the Friends of Fair Park and the East Dallas Chamber of Commerce. The event happens from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. in the Tower Building at Fair Park. Tickets are $5-$20, and kids younger than 6 get in free. Call 321-6446.
Love, Death, and the Four Seasons: Judith Garrett Segura is not only a woman who has risen impressively within A.H. Belo Corp.'s ranks--she is vice president and executive director of the A.H. Belo Foundation--but one who has slowly amassed a reputation inside and outside her employment for painting and poetry. Segura has self-published three books of poetry and seen her work purchased by private and corporate sources. She stops to show her latest pictures and read her latest writings in a presentation called Love, Death, and the Four Seasons. The show happens at 3 p.m. at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 LaVista in Lakewood. It's free. Call 827-4860.