Screenwriting for Hollywood: From Concept to Sale: Anyone who's read Michael Hauge's books on screenwriting knows that the man is important for one simple reason--like all good writing teachers, he doesn't tell you how to do it, but how not to do it. You can't teach talent, this man believes, but you can definitely teach a talented individual how to discipline his or her abilities. Hauge, a screenplay consultant, scriptwriter, producer, and instructor at UCLA and the American Film Institute, comes to our city at the invitation of the Dallas Screenwriters Association to hold one of his famous two-day seminars entitled "Screenwriting for Hollywood: From Concept to Sale." The seminar is held April 12 and 13, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Adams Mark Hotel, 400 North Olive. Fee is $95-$195. Call (214) 922-7829.
Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival: We're less than a month into spring, and already North Texans are being bombarded with outdoor arts events sponsored by city and business partnerships. The desire for Texans to celebrate warm weather is proportionate to the amount of discretionary income said citizens suddenly discover they have with the sun on their skin and a beer in their hand. Cowtown is the latest to enter the fray with its Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, a three-day blowout of strolling entertainers, vendors, dancers, theater companies, storytellers, artists and craftspeople, and, especially, musicians--Joe Ely, Andy Timmons, Sara Hickman, Tish Hinojosa, and Joe Vincelli are among the Texas talents slated to perform on the Festival's various stages. Events are scheduled day and night April 11-13 in downtown Fort Worth around Sundance Square. It's free. Call (817) 336-ARTS.
North Dallas Area National Organization for Women: If you want a follow-up to Ann Zimmerman's sensitively rendered Dallas Observer cover story "Late Bloomer," get it from the subject herself, Pat Stone. You may remember Pat as the president and co-founder of the Dallas chapter of Parents, Family, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays whose work on behalf of her lesbian daughter led her to confront, accept, and finally embrace her own lesbianism after decades of marriage. Ms. Stone speaks about her experiences before and after the article at the April meeting of the North Dallas Area National Organization for Women. The meeting happens at 7 p.m. at Don Showman Recreation Center, 14032 Heartside in Farmers Branch. For info call (214) 833-6810.
How To Buy a President: Although he's just begun his second term, President Bill Clinton has amassed more op-eds, think pieces, and whole tomes on the mercurial nature of his policy than a one-term George Bush and a two-term Ronald Reagan combined. Some of this is just pure Baby Boomer self-indulgence--Clinton is the first president in memory who's the same age as or younger than the average Washington, D.C. pundit, so many media elites feel as though they're beating up on a classmate, not an authority figure. Still, the man possesses a troubling lack of principle that's most recently reared its ugly head in the Lincoln bedroom fundraising scandals. The PBS-TV documentary program Frontline airs a special titled "How To Buy a President" that explores Clinton's relationship with Asian powerbroker John Huang, among other questionable associations. The broadcast airs at 9 p.m. on KERA-TV Channel 13. Call (214) 871-1390.
World View: The photographers and computer artists who make up the mammoth list of names exhibited in the new Dallas Visual Art Center show World View have traveled the world in pursuit of their muses. Most of them--including names familiar to Dallas like Nic Nicosia, Andy Reisberg, Andy Hanson, and Ted Kincaid--are Texas-based or at least from Texas, which may or may not figure into their individual subjects. The idea here is to show us someplace new, or show us someplace we know in a new way. Whether it's Nicosia's memorable psychodramas or Sarah Carson's Italian peasantry, the canvas here is global. The show runs through May 9 at Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss Avenue. Call (214) 821-2522.
Master Class: It hasn't been a good couple of years for the melodramatically gifted Faye Dunaway, whose well-publicized bouts with Andrew Lloyd Webber and network TV have left her so punch-drunk she co-starred opposite a chimp in the family classic Dunston Checks In. Filmmaker Kevin Spacey galloped to her rescue with a juicy supporting part in Albino Alligator, and soon after, Terrence McNally and producers gave her the green light to star as Maria Callas in the national touring company of McNally's widely celebrated Tony-winner Master Class. Dunaway strolls into Dallas for eight performances as the legendarily temperamental opera diva. Show times are Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday, 2 and 8 p.m. through April 20 at the Majestic Theatre on Elm Street in downtown Dallas. Tickets are $25-$49. Call (214) 373-8000.
The Assad Duo: Although they've been praised across the world for their singularity of technique, you should know that classical guitarist brothers Sergio and Odair Assad are not identical twins--they just play like they are. Sergio is, in fact, four years older, but the Assads have been wowing Europe and North America as a headlining team since the '60s. Their performances of 20th century compositions from their Brazilian homeland have cemented their renown as cultural preservationists, but they are by no means cultists--their latest album on the prestigious Nonesuch label features Bach, Rameau, Couperling, and Scarlatti. The performance happens at 8 p.m. in the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora. Tickets are $12-$54. Call (214) 871-