Events for the week

Granbury Antiques Fair: Although you won't find this definition in Webster's, the true meaning of the word "antique" has two parts: It's anything that a) your beloved grandma owned, and b) will fetch a lot more at a garage sale than it's actually worth. The organizers of the Granbury Antiques Fair might shudder at their event being called a garage sale (a jury approved what would and wouldn't be sold), but we think that's a compliment for this collection of cheap-to-expensive knickknacks. In the frenzy of buying and selling, check out the Third Annual Civil War Re-enactment, but don't take sides; it's amazing how riled up people still get about a battle from last century. The fair is open September 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and September 29, noon-5 p.m., at the historic Courthouse Square of Granbury, 75 miles southwest of Dallas. For information call 1-800-354-1670.

Stark MCMXCVI: A tempest of homophobic reaction from the likes of Deion Sanders and other Cowboys was stirred in the wake of Skip Bayless' Hell Bent, which is remarkable considering that Bayless clearly defuses the gay rumor that has dogged Troy Aikman for years now. But just raising the specter of homosexuality in those touchy-feely all-male professional sports is regarded as an accusation--unless you're Dennis Rodman. Just five years ago an NBA superstar and a drag queen would seem to be natural antagonists, but the orange-headed, wedding gown-wearing Rodman has married the two and, remarkably, not experienced rampant speculation about his own sexuality. The former Dallasite returns to revive the glamour of a decade gone by as he hosts the reopening of the Stark Club, our fair city's symbol of '80s decadence. Joining him for the opening of Stark MCMXCVI is RuPaul. The doors open at 9 p.m., with RuPaul's show scheduled at 11:30 p.m., at 703 McKinney Ave. Call (972) 395-9034.

september 29
The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Tales From Japan: In the spirit of the Dallas-based Japanese-American cultural celebration known as Sun & Stars '96, the Dallas Children's Theater presents an original production that dramatizes a form startlingly similar from culture to culture--the children's story. The Boy Who Drew Cats and Other Tales From Japan is the show adapted by Mary McCullough and scored by internationally acclaimed musicians Yuji Tatsubuchi and Yoko Sugihara. There are four ancient Japanese fables dramatized with the sumptuous budget that the well-heeled Dallas Children's Theater can boast: The Boy Who Drew Cats, Momotaro, The Peach Boy, and The Princess of the Sea. Performances are Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 1:30 p.m.; and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. through October 20 at 2215 Cedar Springs. For tickets call 978-0110.

24th Annual Edom Art Fair: Edom is probably the most famous artist's colony in Texas. Situated near Canton, this town with an official population of 300 decided 24 years ago to make a big public deal out of all the craftsmen who had come to settle there since the '60s. The estimated attendance for the inaugural Edom Art Fair in 1972 was 2,000; last year's fair topped out at 15,000 folks who perused the turn-of-the-century storefronts where so many have come to create their pottery, sculpture, drawing, painting, embroidery, prints, and almost any other form you can name. The fair happens September 28 and 29, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. It's free. Edom lies east of Canton on I-20. For directions call (903) 852-6473.

Hispanic Heritage Celebration: The Dallas Public Library offers its own nod to National Hispanic Heritage Month with a Sunday afternoon of four events that constitute their Hispanic Heritage Celebration. Folklorico dancers from the Zaragoza Elementary School open the festivities, followed by a presentation from The Secret of Two Brothers author Irene Beltran Hernandez; a signing by Richard Dominguez, the creator of El Gato Negro, the Hispanic superhero who kicks inner-city butt; and Delia Reyes, from the business group Hispanic 50, who discusses the issue of leadership. The show runs from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. It's free. Call 670-1400.

september 30
Snoopy On Ice: Some of us who grew up idolizing Snoopy and the gang of kids who hung around with him were perfectly happy when they plugged Dolly Madison desserts; those were the cool sugar concoctions advertised between broadcasts of the various holiday Peanuts specials. When Snoopy became an ubiquitous and rather boorish insurance sales dog, we knew then that Charles M. Schulz had parlayed the comic strip, which featured surprisingly profound moments during the '60s and '70s, into just another franchise. While we have our own agendas regarding Snoopy and his cruel, unforgivable betrayal of our childhoods, we won't stand in the way of other grade-schoolers who dig the beagle. The "Snoopy On Ice" revue celebrates both the Peanuts and their creator, Charles M. Schulz, who is honored with a retrospective art show at the site. The show happens September 28 and October 5 at 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; September 29 and October 6 at 1 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; and September 30 through October 4 at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. at the Prestonwood Ice Chalet. For ticket info call (972) 980-8988.

october 1
Montserrat Gascon and Javier Coll: The classic combination of flute and acoustic guitar is like a battle between soft, subtle voices: Unlike the saxophone and the electric guitar, a sudden boost of energy applied to either the flute or the acoustic guitar is likely to result in a shrill disruption. And so it is that the press material for guitarist Javier Coll and flutist Montserrat Gascon describes them as "one of the most solid, stable duos of their generation." These may not sound like glowing recommendations for musicians, who are assigned the duty of making us thrilled, depressed, and terrified with their interpretations of the masters. Gascon and Coll have the chops to do all three, although the design of their instruments dictates that they refrain from rocking out. The Dallas Classic Guitar Society presents Montserrat Gascon and Javier Coll at 8 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $12. Call 528-3733.

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