Kuumba Kaleidoscope: The fruits of a year-long program for so-called "at risk" young people culminates this afternoon with a performance of original scenes, monologues, dance, and poetry. "At risk" is socio-speak that's about to become meaningless, since it seems no neighborhood nor socioeconomic class is immune to violence and addiction by its youth. For now, the inner cities are still the centers of gang and drug-dealing activity, so the kids who live there are being targeted by social workers. Seven teens from the Oliver W. Holmes Middle School participate in "Kuumba Kaleidoscope," which is directed by actress Tisha Crear, who leads the kids through acting and improv on subjects like decision-making and leadership skills. The afternoon kicks off at 1 p.m. at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 South Fitzhugh. It's free. Call 526-4076.
Sixth Anniversary People of Size Dance: People of Size Social Club is the name of a 6-year-old support and networking organization that specializes in people who are (you pick the adjective you're comfortable with): fat, large, of size, overweight, big. No matter what name you give it, medical statistics make one thing clear: America as a nation is fat, large, of size, overweight, big. You wouldn't know it, though, from turning on the TV or flipping through magazines. America's self-esteem is ruled by a tiny elite of slim-waisted body fascists. In a United States ruled by a real cultural democracy, all those skinny snobs would be clinging to each other like a bundle of sticks amid big, meat-eating, hairless mammals with all the mercy of a T. Rex. People of Size celebrates its sixth year as a club with a dance for chubbies or those who just chase them. The dance begins at 8 p.m. at The Currency Club inside Dallas Park Central Hotel, 7750 LBJ Freeway. Nonmembers pay $10. Call (903) 629-7177.
The Deatherians: Dallas' acclaimed Undermain Theatre gets a late start on the '96-'97 theater season with an original production from a man who possesses both a sick sense of humor and a strong social conscience. Into this very Swiftian territory--albeit with a lot more sex and violence--rides John O'Keefe and his latest outrage The Deatherians. Undermain has performed three plays by O'Keefe, but this latest is a commissioned world premiere about a futuristic world where the cure for death fetches a high price on the black market. Tonight's opening performance happens at 7:30 p.m.; regular performances happen Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 p.m.; and Fridays and Saturdays at 8:15 p.m. through November 23 at The Basement Space, 3200 Main. Tickets are $10-$18. (Wednesdays are pay-what-you-can.) Call 747-5515.
Texas Brewers Festival: While we fully support the spirit and success of something like the Texas Brewers Festival, which supports Lone Star small businesses even as it allows people to enjoy a cherished refreshment, it's hard not to introduce the topic of crime and punishment. More and more 18-year-olds are facing a manslaughter charge after they got behind the wheel when they shouldn't have; the state of Texas doesn't mess around with drunk drivers. Go have fun, but if you know you tend to overindulge, admit it and make plans for it. The event happens Saturday, noon-9 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m.-7 p.m., at Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Entrance is free, but you have to buy a $3 festival mug and $2.50 beer tickets. Call 1-888-BREWFEST.
David Copperfield: We all know that David Copperfield made an airplane and the Statue of Liberty disappear before international audiences, but the burning question really is: How many jaw teeth did he make disappear to get those killer cheekbones? Copperfield is not only a pretty-boy celeb, he's arguably the most important living advocate for the dying art of legerdemain--albeit on a remote, Spielbergian, multimillion-dollar level. He's about to open a Broadway show under the stewardship of Francis Ford Coppola and special effects wiz Eiko Ishioka, but comes to Dallas for five performances during two days. Performances happen October 19 at 5:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. and October 20 at 1 p.m., 4:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m. at the Dallas Convention Center Arena. For ticket info call 373-8000.
Actors Offstage: Borders Books & Music hosts the 10th in its series called Actors Offstage, which features Dallas stage regulars reading favorite authors. Perusing the list of actors, we can assure you that some of the city's best are performing in this free event. Raphael Perry engages Charles Bukowski; Beverly Jacob Daniel tackles Katherine Mansfield; Greg Gormley interprets Gabriel Garcia Marquez; Constance Gold channels Sandra Cisneros; Timothy Vahle intones Barry Yourgrau; Rene Moreno inhabits Marquez; Rhonda Boutte realizes Richard Wright; Kateri Cale covers Russell Edson; Laurel Hoitsma energizes yet another Marquez; Jeremy Schwartz spars with Mark Leyner; and Sally Nyusten explores Gretel Ehrlich. The evening kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Borders Books, 10720 Preston and Royal. It's free. Call 363-1977.
Rhythm Thief: As part of its Independent Showcase, the USA Film Festival screens a scrappy, pulsing, zero-budget drama that was narrowly defeated by the vapid, self-indulgent, annoying The Brothers McMullen in the race for top prize at 1995's Sundance Film Festival. Filmed in just 11 days with change the director found under his couch cushions, Rhythm Thief wrestles indie American cinema from the talkfests that have plagued it with the tale of an East Village loner (Jason Andrews) who sells bootleg music cassettes by day, illegally tapes live performances by night. A dopey friend who tries to crash his gig, a saintly ex-girlfriend, and a woman he hangs around with just for sex complicate his otherwise depressingly uncomplicated life. Rhythm Thief uses MTV-inspired quick cuts, transition effects, and camera techniques to advance the spare but compelling story, not compensate for it. It's terrific. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N. Central Expressway. Admission is $6.50. Call 821-NEWS.