Round Midnight: Those of us who caught Roger Boykins two weeks ago at the African-American Museum's "Beyond Category" jazz concert were whisked away from the intense sun of late afternoon Texas by his rich mastery of the ivories. Roger and his pals return for a so-cheap-it's-mandatory evening of classic jazz with the Fabulous Monk Family, heirs to a certain bebop bigwig named Thelonious. The evening starts at 8 p.m. in the Clarence Muse Cafe Theater of the Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin Street. Tickets are $5. Call 658-7147.
Gods of Ancient CentroAmerica: Before those Europeans and their peevish Christian God came and mucked up a perfectly pagan continent, the peoples of Central and South America really knew how to throw a revival. The masses would get worked up in honor of vengeful quasi-animal gods who could only be satisfied with virgins, disembodied beating hearts, and the kind of showmanship that makes Southern Baptist tent services look like a day at the department of motor vehicles. The nationally celebrated, Dallas-based folklorico company, Ollimpaxqui, celebrates that era with a night of pre-Columbian dance and music. The evening kicks off at 8 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium, Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $8-$10. Call (972) 488-1585.
NHL Breakout '96: The blood, the fists, the profanity, the flying teeth--this is not a description of meetings between pro-choice and pro-life Republicans, but the highlights of America's favorite sanctioned free-for-all-with-puck, hockey. The National Hockey League brings its Breakout '96 to Dallas for a second year. Hockey-related competitions and activities as well as appearances by NHL superstars highlight a weekend of events. In addition to the street and roller hockey tournaments between 100 local teams, there are clinics, game competitions in passing and accuracy, a demo zone, and more. Events happen September 21 and 22, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., in the parking lot of Incredible Universe, 12710 Executive Drive. All events except the organized tournament play are free; that's $126 per team. Call (212) 789-2785.
Tri-Star North Texas Collectors Show: A recent 60 Minutes segment revealed the sports autograph business for what it is--a shyster's playground where sports fans are duped right and left with phony signatures. The verdict of the talking heads? The only way to be certain of an autograph's authenticity is to be present when Mr. or Ms. Legend puts pen to glossy. You can be sure that the John Hancocks of Muhammad Ali, Joe Namath, Hank Aaron, Ted Hendricks, and Don Maynard are for real at Tri-Star North Texas Collectors Show, because all those folks are scheduled to appear and sign for their legions of fans. The show happens September 20 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.; September 21 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and September 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, Market Boulevard and Stemmons Freeway. Call 655-6181 or 373-8000 for ticket information.
Montage '96: For many of us, the annual downtown Dallas arts festival, Montage '96, is more than just a celebration of visual and performing arts--it's the first time we notice the glorious cool breeze that a new fall has provided. Knock on wood that the intensity of the sun will lessen to provide the maximum pleasure potential for the two days of live music, dance, theater, storytelling, artist and craft person's booths, and the International Food Court featuring multiethnic yummies. Events happen September 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and September 22 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. in the downtown Dallas Arts District, along Flora Street between Artist Square and the Dallas Museum of Art. Tickets are $4-$5; kids 4 and younger get in free. Call 720-9004.
Potlach Screenwriters Reading: The Potlach Staged Reading Series switches gears a bit from the straightforward dramas and comedies highlighted earlier this year to more nontraditional, outrageous, and in some cases downright confrontational staged script readings. Kicking off its new fall program is a black comic script by local film production veteran Andy Anderson (Positive I.D.) slated for production in summer 1997. The screenplay, Detention, outlines the extreme measures taken by a very frustrated high-school teacher to get his students' attention. The reading begins at 7 p.m. at Theatre Three in The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh Street. It's free, but donations are appreciated. Call 920-2464.
The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese Paintings and Prints: Feminist historical (herstorical?) criticism has taught us that throughout the world and the centuries of human civilization, women have been fetishized as icons when they weren't branded subordinates. The glorification of the proscribed feminine role reached an Eastern apex in 18th-century Japan, where the cosmopolitan city of Edo (now Tokyo) portrayed them in elaborate paintings, woodblock prints, and ink illustrations. More than 100 examples are featured in The Women of the Pleasure Quarter: Japanese Paintings and Prints, which explores Japanese big-city life from the 17th through the 19th centuries. The exhibit runs through December 1 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard in Fort Worth. Call (817) 332-8451.
Butterflies in the Blachly Conservatory: Butterflies are not free at Fair Park's Blachly Conservatory, but they are plentiful and representative of the species found right here in Texas. "Butterflies in the Blachly" returns for its second year with North Texas' largest live butterfly exhibit. Did you know that our fair state boasts more butterfly species than any other state in America? Do you give a rat's hiney? This fact is much more impressive when you view the more than 6,000 butterflies through the conservatory's glass walls. The exhibit runs daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. through October 20 at the Dallas Horticulture Center in Fair Park. Admission is $2-$3; kids younger than 5 admitted free. Call 428-7476.