Eddie Coker: No "Edward" or "Ed" for Mr. Coker, please, who has the face of a seven-year-old and often finds himself hanging out with said age group, a demographic that's notoriously honest and notoriously picky about their entertainment. Eddie Coker has emerged over the last few years as perhaps our city's most sought-after child entertainer. If Raffi had been a member of Kids in the Hall, and Kids in the Hall had soft-pedaled their overtures to adults but retained their comic intensity in character performances, the result would have to be someone like Coker, whose songs are elaborate mind games and delusions of grandeur amplified to fit a kid's imagination. The concert starts at 2 p.m. at the Majestic Theatre, 192 Elm St. Tickets are $12. Call (214) 373-8000.
A Taste of Fort Worth: For 21 years now, Big Brothers and Sisters of Tarrant County have known that the way to a donor's heart is through his or her stomach--or, specifically, a gustatory event that will entertain the stomach and let people know exactly how important their ticket dollars are to an organization that seeks to relieve a little burden from time-strapped single-parent families. More than 30 of Fort Worth's most popular restaurants--including the 8.0, Angeluna, Mancuso's, and the Blue Mesa Grill--offer food and beverage. There are also live and silent auctions, giveaways, live music and dancing, and more. You can get a mouthful of Cowtown 6-11 p.m. in the West Room of the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth. Call (817) 654-0155.
Photographs Do Not Bend: You may proudly display photographs of ancestors in your home, but chances are your collection doesn't contain "photogravures," products of a printing process developed in the late 19th century that salvaged images on superior-quality paper and was peerless in its ability to reproduce the lens-based photo image. Photographs Do Not Bend presents a show called The Photogravure: Vintage & Contemporary that features classic prints by Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, and Alvin Langdon Coburn as well as contemporary examples of photogravure by Aaron Siskind, Debbie Fleming, and Victor Vasquez. The show opens with a reception April 25, 6-9 p.m., and runs through May 31 at Photographs Do Not Bend, 3115 Routh St. It's free. Call (214) 969-1852.
STOMP: Be forewarned that by the time this issue of DO hits the streets, getting tickets to the extended Dallas run by British percussionists STOMP may be as tall an order as keeping your hands and feet still during a concert by these eight performers. STOMP is that kind of critic-proof entertainment that bypasses intellectualizing and goes straight for the rhythmic heart of audiences. A STOMP performance is 80 percent beat (from any and every source you can name) and about 20 percent clowning. STOMP members are known to get a little carried away with their efforts at audience-pleasing, which is the whole reason for the scarcity of tickets in every city they tour. Events happen Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 5 and 9 p.m.; Sunday, 2 and 7 p.m. through May 4 at McFarlin Auditorium on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $9-$42, but many shows will be sold out. Call (214) 528-5576.
The God Squad: Can it really be that two religions who've engaged in ruthless, bloody skirmishes with each other across the centuries spawn representatives who now want to discuss similarities, not differences? Rabbi Marc Gellman and Reverend Monsignor Thomas Hartman are "The God Squad" of TV, print, and radio fame, respective mouthpieces for Judaism and Catholicism who think the devil is in the details--much blood has been spilt historically over disagreements in emphasis and interpretation of the same religious tracts. Gellman and Hartman don't pretend that Jews and Catholics always see eye to eye, but their no-nonsense, user-friendly theological approach is welcome in a world of cruel dogma. The discussion will be at Greer Garson Theatre on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Tickets are $10-$25. For time call (214) 768-4508.
The Literary Cafe: Arts & Letters Live concludes its 1997 "Literary Cafe" season with a quartet of performers who might be accused of having attitude if they didn't also have ability to back it up. National Public Radio commentator and bestselling memoirist Marion Winik; Classic Theatre Company co-creator and Dallas stage actor Greg Gormley; Houston-based poet "Z" (known to her mama as Lazette Marie Jackson); and Dallas-based poetical hurricane C.J. Critt, founder of the Angry Girl Sextet, are all on board to offer a hale and hearty farewell to The Literary Cafe for this calendar year. The event happens at 8:30 p.m. at Club Dada, 2720 Elm St. It's free. Call (214) 922-1220.
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