Events for the week

thursday
june 5
1997 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions: Some skating superstars have become famous for things other than working the blades--Dorothy Hamill for drinking iced tea and shampooing her hair, Rudy Galindo for being boy crazy, Oksana Baiul for proving you can laugh at someone's name and still have them kick your butt in competition. The 1997 Tour of World Figure Skating Champions gathers all these celebrated Olympic contenders, along with Brian Boitano, Michelle Kwan, Viktor Petrenko, Elvis Stojko, Marina Klimova, Alexei Urmanov, and Evgeny Platov (the list sounds even more like a Dostoyevskian family tree the longer you go), for a kind of purebred skate show. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. in Reunion Arena, 111 Sports Ave. Call (214) 373-8000.

Ad-Libs' Tenth Anniversary: We thought last year was the tenth anniversary of the venerable Dallas improvisational troupe Ad-Libs; either we're wrong, or the company has discovered the publicity value of repeating landmark anniversaries a la Elton John's endlessly repeated final tour. Second annual tenth anniversary or no, Ad-Libs has decided to spread the success of frequent full houses to the performing community as a whole by doing a benefit show for the Arts District Friends, the brainstorming nonprofit committee that helps plan the direction of the downtown Dallas arts area. The event happens at 8 p.m. at the Ad-Libs Theater in downtown Dallas' Arts District Friends, 2613 Ross Ave. Tickets are $15. Call (214) 754-7050.

friday
june 6
Gordon Weaver and Marshall Terry: As part of its "Word of Mouth" Reading Series, the Writer's Garret hosts a night of fiction read by two men who could be described as literary smart-asses--and might even take that as a compliment. Gordon Weaver has been teaching students how to write (or, more specifically, how not to write) for more than three decades, and has in the process founded the Mississippi Review, edited The Cimarron Review, and published four novels and eight short-story collections. Weaver specializes in off-the-wall, machine-gun-fire satire, while Southern Methodist University associate provost and published author Marshall Terry tends to wrap his recollections in more sedate, if still cutting prose. SMU poet Jack Myers hosts the evening. The event happens at 8 p.m. at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Tickets are $5. Call (214) 828-1715.

Demonic Portraiture: The Infernal Icons of Joseph Seeman: Many people try to run away from the devil in all his forms, but whether you're a devout Christian or a non-believer who understands the power of myth and metaphor in human civilization, you can never get too far away from him--his voice is always inside us, tempting us to wander off the right path. And then there are artists like illustrator Joseph Seeman, who believes his own dark side is capable of revealing some important things about human nature--his own and other people's. Forbidden Gallery presents a one-man show of the nationally renowned underground artist who claims to have recently held a personal audience with B.L. Zebub and his minions. Demonic Portraiture: The Infernal Icons of Joseph Seeman is the explosively colorful, sometimes bawdy result of that tour down South. The show opens with a reception June 6 at 8 p.m. and runs through July 6 at Forbidden Gallery, 385 Exposition Ave. Call (214) 821-9554.

saturday
june 7
Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International: Heterosexual readers with kids assume that the task of childrearing couldn't get any more difficult than it is. Just imagine if you were a single parent or couple facing the prospect of your state legislature enacting laws to waive basic parental rights or a judge who decides to take your kids away because he or she doesn't like your "lifestyle." Gay and lesbian parents are facing mammoth threats just like these all across the country, not to mention those pesky little Gay '90s etiquette questions like "How do I introduce my partner at a PTA meeting?" The Dallas-Fort Worth chapter of the Gay and Lesbian Parents Coalition International presents a support group dinner meeting for single and coupled gays and lesbians with kids. The group meets at 7 p.m. at a designated restaurant. For more info call Robin at (214) 521-5342, ext. 808.

Hillbilly Karma: There are many people who like to equate living outside the city with a simpler existence, with being closer to the basic cycles of life; other people think individuals who live in the hills and bush of rural Texas are poor and ignorant, and therefore cannot help their accommodations. Striking a middle distance in this terrain is writer-director-actor Les Branson, whose Thin Dime Theater presents the premiere of Hillbilly Karma, a spiritual comedy about an individual's search for release from the white-trash family who raised him--with a little help from Eastern religions and substances that make you see funny things. Performances of Hillbilly Karma happen Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. and Sunday, 3 p.m. at Swiss Avenue Theater Center, 2700 Swiss Ave. Tickets are $8-$10. Call (214) 353-9130.

A Walk on the Wild Side: If you let your children catch the recent network TV remake of Stephen King's novel The Shining, you might consider informing them that the Dallas Arboretum's Walk on the Wild Side does indeed contain animal topiaries, but not of the supernatural, marauding variety. The Dallas Arboretum has tapped artists to create these living sculptures of animals from North America, South America, Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, and Anarctica. Jaguars, lions, zebras, hyenas, kangaroos, bears, eagles, and ibexes are all in this green zoo that includes educational sites at each of the seven continents as they're spread across the Arboretum's 66-acre garden. The show opens June 7 and runs through September 1 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8617 Garland Rd. Call (214) 327-8263.

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