Events for the week

Class of '62: For African-Americans, 1962 was a year when it must have seemed like everything was possible. Dr. King and Malcolm X had yet to be felled by assassins' bullets, all the groundwork laid by civil rights activists had started to bear fruit through the unprecedented empathy of lawmakers at the federal level, and everyone knew the hottest new American musical form, rock 'n' roll, was the descendant of black rhythm and blues. Fort Worth's Jubilee Theatre reminds us of Ruth Brown's immortal declaration "R&B become rock 'n' roll when the white kids started dancing to it" with Class of '62, an original musical review directed and choreographed by Keisha Breaker-Haliburton that features the music of Mary Wilson, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, and others staged as a reunion celebration. The show runs Friday, 8:15 p.m.; Saturday, 3:15 and 8:15 p.m.; and Sunday, 3:15 p.m. through January 12 at the Jubilee Theatre in downtown Fort Worth. Tickets are $10-$16. Call (817) 338-4411.

january 6
Peace Through Humor: The new show at the Jewish Community Center entitled "Peace Through Humor" is a bit more ambitious than your average children's art exhibit. For a period of two years, at the invitation of the Israeli Ministry of Education, New York art teacher Maureen Kushner was sent to 24 international schools to teach Jewish, Ethiopian, Russian, Druze, and Bedouin kids various visual techniques. Themes of tolerance and good humor were requested. The results have toured America in 1996, make this stop at the JCC, and will eventually head to the New York City U.N. headquarters. One wonders--could there possibly have been room for a few Arab kids in the project? Peace Through Humor runs through January 30 at the Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road. Call 739-2737.

Enter the Dragon: In the world of celebrities who faked their own deaths for mysterious reasons, the absolutely not dead Bruce Lee must surely teach self-defense techniques so the next time fans see through those Groucho glasses worn on the street by Elvis, Jim Morrison, Amelia Earhart, and Tupac Shakur, the 100 percent alive and kicking stars can defend themselves (Mr. Shakur, no doubt, had to be sweet-talked out of using that Saturday Night Special). Enter the Dragon was the 1973 film that convinced fans worldwide that Bruce Lee was superhuman, agile enough to kick even the reaper back across the river Styx. As part of its First Monday Classics, the USA Film Festival screens Enter the Dragon to keep the myth alive for a younger generation. Look for a baby-faced Jim Brown, Tim Burton's two-fisted Martian foe, as one of Lee's sidekicks. The screening happens at 7:30 p.m. in the AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 North Central Expressway at Walnut Hill. Tickets are $5.50-$6.50. Call (214) 821-NEWS.

january 7
Morteza Abdollahi: The iron veil that separates American and Arab sensibilities is so firmly drawn, we imagine that countries like Iran permit none of the artistic expression that makes disparate cultures part of human civilization. Islam is restrictive, to be sure, but art flowers in the Middle East. Ask Morteza Abdollahi, a 36-year-old Persian artist who became, at the age of 18, the youngest member of The Society of Iranian Calligraphers. This followed his tutelage under a series of famous Iranian art instructors. Abdollahi left his home country to travel the world and study the artistic styles of various nations. What he saw was incorporated into his one-man show of paintings on glass at the ArtCentre of Plano. The show opens with a reception January 4, 7 p.m. through February 12 at 1039 ArtCentre of Plano, 1039 East 15th Street in Plano. Call (214) 423-7809.

january 8
Elvis' 62nd Birthday Bash: Every year at this time on Elvis' birthday, as the Observer Calendar again takes up that argument about the King--schlocky entertainer or groundbreaking artist--a small cadre of office Elvis fans offer their opinions in the form of some nasty new surprise (one year, it was Elvis tunes over the P.A. system...all day long). Clearly, it doesn't matter to millions if He Who Fell on the Throne was a musician of modest talents who pulled off a blackface act that would've made Al Jolson jealous. Dick's Last Resort continues its Elvis Birthday observance for this, the King's 62nd anniversary. They offer an Elvis Karaoke contest, a performance by nationally lauded re-enactor James L. Wages, Elvis jokes in disgustingly poor taste (that's a quote from the release), and the King's favorite food and drinks. The evening kicks off around 8 p.m. at Dick's Last Resort, Ross and Record in the West End. There's no cover. Call 665-9533.

Legalline: Say you can't afford to sic Marvin Mitchelson on your neighbor, who every holiday leaves his plastic nativity scene on both sides of the property line? But you're also not prepared to hear snickers at the office after your co-workers see you on TV being bitched out by Judge Judy? Dallas residents with a law-related question on practically any issue you can name--criminal, civil, tax- and business-related, divorce, personal injury--can call Legalline every second and third Wednesday of the month. The Dallas Bar Association offers a staff of lawyers to offer you advice and referral between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m. Call (214) 969-7066.

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