The Playwright's Voice: The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, ready and willing to incite art-lovin' Dallasites with its cheap, noncommercial programs, continues to shout into the wind with the debut of an ambitious series entitled "The Playwright's Voice." The second Thursday of the month series focuses on short and full-length scripts by emerging playwrights as well as lesser-known works by established writers. A Month of Sundays, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood's look at an AIDS death, is the premiere work. The series kicks off at 7 p.m. in the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. It's free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Call (214) 953-1212.
The Wizard of Oz: Although overwhelmingly lavender, the internationally popular Turtle Creek Chorale hasn't always felt comfortable being identified as a gay men's chorus in a city whose conservative churches tend to confuse politics, righteousness, and sexual orientation. That supremely silly fear of homosexual "recruitment" plays into this, of course. Any gay and lesbian will tell you they didn't acquire their romantic inclinations through some kind of homosexual draft--it was their viewing habits as a kid that turned them. Many a roughhousing tyke went sissy after a single exposure to Victor Fleming's musical The Wizard of Oz. The Turtle Creek Chorale returns with their live celebration of L. Frank Baum's indoctrination classic. Performances are March 13-15 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 2:30 p.m. in McFarlin Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $10-$30. Call (214) 871-ARTS.
Ninth Annual Crawlmasters Pubcrawl: The organizers of the Ninth Annual Crawlmasters Pubcrawl in Deep Ellum insist that "the Crawl has always been about responsible partying, not drinking"--the word "always" here means "ever since people who don't know their limit began suing the barkeeps who sold them the booze." So while alcohol over-imbibing is the cultural right of every American, please don't involve others in your choice--e.g., killing them in a car accident or brawling with them or suing the poor schmuck who woefully underestimated your level of intake. The Pubcrawl has seven stops on a trail led by a bagpiper, with wacky games and fellowship littered along the way. The evening kicks off at 6 p.m. at Coppertank Brewery on Commerce St. in Deep Ellum. Entry fee is $15. Call (214) 520-3296.
The Yellow Boat: The desire for parents to shield their children from the reality of death is understandable, but many pundits suggest that not only is it a distinctly twentieth-century American phenomenon, it may not be all that healthy in the end. Dallas Children's Theater presents a play called The Yellow Boat, which deals imaginatively but honestly with one boy's battle with AIDS. Playwright David Saar took the artwork his eight-year-old son created while fighting HIV-related illnesses and transformed its themes into this play; little Benjamin died in 1987. Performances Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m., through March 23 at The Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs. Tickets are $9-$11. Call (214) 978-0110.
Dino Day: Now that your tyke has come out from under the theater seat after the light-flashing, earsplitting trailer for this summer's Jurassic Park sequel The Lost World, the next step is not individual counseling (that will be needed in a few years). Rather, you must fuel your children's insatiable pop culture lust by taking them to "Dino Day" at the Dallas Museum of Natural History. While the Museum isn't receiving kickbacks from Spielberg, you can pretend they are and sneak in a bit of education with displays, paleontologist talks, interactive exhibits, and a "Dino Disco" that recreates the moves of the beloved prehistoric beasts. The afternoon happens 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in Fair Park. Tickets are $2.50-$4. Call 421-DINO.
18th Annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade: Warning to all those who use the "But I'm wearing green underwear" defense on St. Patrick's Day: the 18th Annual Greenville Avenue St. Patrick's Day Parade is a very public event, so dropping your drawers to prove you don't deserve a pinch may get you a criminal record. The Greenville St. Paddy's stroll boasts any and every kind of entry decency laws allow, so bring family and friends for the appropriate gawkfest. The "unparade" kicks off at 11 a.m. and runs from Greenville and Blackwell south to Greenville and Yale. Call (214) 368-6722.
On Forensics: Joe Voelkering is an aviation accident investigator whose deeply scientific belief in method and analysis also led to his joining the North Texas Skeptics, a group dedicated to exposing fraudulent (and often commercial) practices that are based on gullibility. Voelkering discusses the art of forensic science, which determines culpability through physical evidence and the application of scientific standards. Voelkering will discuss his own investigations, including the fire that killed 300 aboard a Saudia Airlines flight. Let's hope he can apply his own powers of skepticism to a scientific enterprise that's ripe for manipulation and mismanagement. The afternoon kicks off at 2 p.m. in the Center for Community Cooperation, 2900 Live Oak. It's free. Call (972) 306-3187.