Events for the week

may 4
Pet Adoptathon: Operation Kindness, Carrollton's no-kill animal shelter, has united with animal shelters across the United States and Canada for a marathon weekend Pet Adoptathon to let folks know that you can, indeed, buy quality friendship--for a nominal fee. Operation Kindness hopes to place 125 cats and dogs in caring homes for this two-day extravaganza that also includes door prizes, dog obedience demonstrations, and other activities. The benefits of pet ownership more than outweigh the responsibilities, but please make sure you're able to stick with your new buddy for the long haul. Extended hours for this weekend are May 2 and 3, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and May 4, noon-6 p.m. at 1029 Trend Drive in Carrollton. Call (972) 418-PAWS.

Heavy Metal: David Strickland and Carl Nash: The self-taught artists being showcased in Heavy Metal, the latest exhibit at Waxahachie's Webb Gallery, share an obsession with the hard, final quality of metal and, ironically, the illusion of movement it can create. David Strickland's sculptures are designed with an eye toward movement, since the artist himself has had a vision of breathing life into his work. Carl Nash, a Lubbock native who scours his birthplace for materials, creates his conceptual images in both small and large scale. The show runs through June 8 at Webb Gallery, 209-211 W. Franklin, Waxahachie. Call (972) 938-8085.

27th Annual Big D Charity Horse Show: Before you get carried away with the sight of beautiful four-legged animals at the 27th Annual Big D Charity Horse Show, you should know that it's usually illegal to keep a horse in your garage or your backyard. Therefore, unless the proper conditions exist at your home, think of a better way to spend a few thousand dollars. EXCAP, the Exchange Clubs' Center for the Prevention of Child Abuse, benefits from this national competition of various breeds in various categories. Events happen days and evenings May 1-4 at the Las Colinas Equestrian Center, Irving. Call (972) 506-0480.

may 5
Possible Worlds: Fred Alsup and Linda Gardner's new Dallas theater company, Dionysus and Apollo, has a mission statement to showcase both classical and contemporary theater, and with a little help from the Undermain's Laurel Hoitsma and Mark Farr, they've hit the ground running with the regional premiere of Canadian playwright John Mighton's Possible Worlds. Hoitsma and Farr star as a pair of lovers whose habit of crossing dimensions entangles them in the police investigation of a serial killer who steals victims' brains. Think Arcadia and other Stoppard mindpokes with a Canadian flavor. Performances are May 5, 11, 12, 18, and 19 at 8 p.m. in the Undermain's Basement Space, 3200 Main St. Tickets are $8. Call (214) 821-1480.

Now, Voyager: Bette, Bette, were a bitch icon for a generation of closeted gay men, teaching them how to smoke a cigarette and discard faithless paramours. Now that the closet door has been all but blown off its hinges, we who grew up in a relatively open era still crave the vinegary style of her more subdued performances. The two-ply weeper Now, Voyager falls into this category, as angst-ridden Davis must navigate her own family, potential lovers, and the family of potential lovers to attain true happiness. The USA Film Festival screens Now Voyager as part of its First Monday Classics at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill. Tickets are $5.50-$6.50. Call (214) 821-NEWS.

may 6
1997 Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Celebrity Fashion Show: Every year the marriage of America's most inclusive charity organization, the Salvation Army, with the second-hand fashions of Dallas' most exclusive neighborhood, University Park, brings a smile to sooty plebeian faces. The 1997 Salvation Army Women's Auxiliary Celebrity Fashion Show features Dallas bluebloods (those who were born and those who were made) moving and shaking their moneymakers down the runway at Dallas Country Club. Everything is for sale but attitude, which is free to anyone who can mimic the most recent conversation they overheard at Star Canyon. The event happens at 11:30 a.m. at the Dallas Country Club. For ticket info call (214) 353-2714.

may 7
The Sound and the Fury: Emblematic of the Southern Gothic vibe that the great William Faulkner established in 20th-century American literature, The Sound and the Fury would seem to be an odd choice for dramatization. And yet, the stream-of-consciousness segments and internal monologues suggest the limbo and stylization of pure theater. San Francisco playwright Erik Ehn continues his association with the Undermain by directing his stage version of Faulkner's Compson family saga starring Katherine Owens, Bruce DuBose, Rhonda Boutte, and Dennis Millegan. Performances are Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8:15 p.m. through June 7 at the Basement Space, 3200 Main Street. Tickets are $8-$18. Call (214) 747-1424.

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