5th Annual Rhythm and Chews: Chalk it up to individual taste, but some of us lose our appetites when we hear songs by Three Dog Night. Leader Chuck Negron is there along with more palatable local talents like Joseph Vincelli and Cowboys & Indians to serenade the visitors of Addison's 5th Annual Rhythm and Chews, otherwise known as Taste of Addison. Sambuca, Sam's Club, Spring Creek Barbeque, Cantina Laredo, Cafe Gecko, Hoffbrau Steaks Brewery, and other choice establishments will provide the gustatory accompaniment to the music stage's mixed bag. Events happen May 17, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. and May 18, noon-6 p.m. at Addison Road and Airport Parkway in Addison. Admission is $1. Call 1-800-ADDISON.
Ballet Folklorico Mayfest: Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company expresses in its mission statement the desire to explore "the beautiful music, dynamic dances, and extraordinary costumes of Mexico, Spain, and all Latin America," including "the Pre-Columbian rituals of the Aztecs." Ritual sacrifice and enforced slavery are presumably not on the bill when Ollimpaxqui Ballet Company performs as part of Ballet Folklorico Mayfest. It's an omission understandable but unfortunate--the best kind of multiculturalism is the kind that never blinks, that takes the good and the bloody of such a magnificent empire as South and Central American Indians. Performance times are 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Tickets are $5. Call (214) 670-8749.
Spirit of the Plains: The two days of musical and visual art events that constitute the Spirit of the Plains Celebration are intended to invoke the pioneering of both the American Indians and the various other races who flooded into their space and forged a unique, if often fractious, identity. Edward Hummingbird, curator of the Gallery of Native American Art, joins forces with headliners Jackson and Almeda Berkey of Mannheim Streamroller fame for talks, exhibits, and an elaborate montage of original and traditional music performed with the help of Dallas Symphony Orchestra members Yuri Anshelevich and Motio Takeda. Events happen May 17, 1-4 p.m. and May 18, 9:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m. at Canyon Creek Presbyterian Church, 400 W. Campbell Rd, Richardson. A minimum donation of $5.50 is requested. Call (972) 238-8103.
Luis Jimenez: Working Class Heroes, Images from the Popular Culture: For 30 years now, El Paso native Luis Jimenez has been recording the travails of Joe and Jane Sixpack (not to mention their Latino cousins Jose and Juanita Sixpack) through his acclaimed public sculptures. Now the Dallas Museum of Art plays host to the first touring exhibition of Jimenez's work, a retrospective called Working Class Heroes: Images From the Popular Culture. The show also includes maquettes, drawings, and lithographs created by this son of a sign painter, who acquired a taste for the transformative power of popular iconography from watching his father work. Working Class Heroes exhibits May 18-August 2 at 1717 N. Harwood. For info call (214) 922-1200.
World's Best Commercials 1996: The aforementioned non-sports fans were almost turned into football mavens by this year's extraordinarily entertaining Super Bowl. But we left to use the facilities and freshen our beers during the game, so that we could catch every minute of those big-budget, high-concept, star-studded, special effects-laden commercials. The USA Film Festival extends this appreciation with another offering in its annual World's Best Commercials, which features a hundred of the funniest, weirdest, and most un-translatable TV commercials from around the world. Screenings for this edition of the Festival's Independent Showcase series happen at 7 and 8:45 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 N. Central Expressway at Walnut Hill Lane. Tickets are $6.50. Call (214) 821-NEWS.
Burn This: Theatre Three kicks off its 1997-'98 season with an incendiary little study of idealism vs. opportunism from Pulitzer Prize-winner Lanford Wilson. Burn This is Wilson's monster Broadway hit about three artist friends mourning the death of a colleague who're suddenly forced to deal with the dead man's charismatic but demanding and exploitative brother. His degree from the school of hard knocks clashes with their carefully maintained intellectualism, causing everybody to examine what they thought they knew. It is, in other words, a primo opportunity for T3 to use theater as a scalpel. Performances happen Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m., and Sunday, 2:30 p.m., through June 15 at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. Tickets are $12.50-$25. Call (214) 871-3300.
The Opium Kings: Khun Sa may not realize this, but his thirty year career as heroin supplier to U.S. addicts has created a ripple in the world of high-fashion photography--"heroin chic" is partially his invention. The PBS-TV documentary series Frontline broadcasts an hour-long documentary called "The Opium Kings" that takes you inside the empire of the Burmese warlord, who is believed to provide more than 60 percent of America's heroin supply from his vast poppy fields. Both Khun Sa and his opium rival, Lo Hsing Han, are profiled by producer Adrian Cowell, who has covered this field as a journalist for decades. The episode airs at 9 p.m. on KERA-TV Channel 13. Call (214) 871-1390.
Gregory Horndeski and John Hernandez: It's been a long time since the works of Texas artists Gregory Horndeski and John Hernandez have been exhibited en masse in Dallas--three and five years, respectively. The State Thomas Gallery breaks that dry spell with a two-man show dedicated to their explosively colorful, kinetic, cartoon-delirious paintings and wall reliefs. If you're the kind of person who strolls through galleries wondering what all the fuss is about, Horndeski and Hernandez's viewer-friendly works will grab you by the lapels and not let go. The show opens with a reception May 16, 6-8 p.m., and runs through June 30 at 2613 Thomas Avenue. Call (214) 220-2024.