Events for the week

june 8
Water, Water Everywhere--But Dare We Take a Drink? It's amazing how we Americans place our very lives in the hands of nameless, faceless bureaucracies and agencies every day yet rarely consider what an enormous leap of faith that is. Take, for instance, the water you drink--is it safe? Don't say "I haven't died yet," because there've been scores of recent cases nationwide where individuals with compromised immune systems expired, their lips still damp from tainted tap water. McCuiston, the local public affairs show hosted by Dennis McCuiston, takes a look at our public water supplies and asks "Water, Water Everywhere--But Dare We Take a Drink?" Prominent gadflies around the country continue to insist that America's drinking water is a major disaster waiting to happen. Dwayne Anderson of Clean Water Action, Carl W. Riehn of the North Texas Municipal Water District, and Larry D. Wright of the Environmental Protection Agency are among the guests. The show airs at 1 and 11 p.m. on KDTN-PBS TV Channel 2. Call (972) 255-2599.

Potluck Pignic: They might be a little unconventional compared to dogs and cats, but the next time you're stranded in a Brazilian rainforest with just a trusty four-footed companion, we can vouch for the fact that Porky will taste better with plum sauce than Tabby or Fido. The owners of potbellied ("oh, but they're so smart and clean") pigs would passionately deny repressed carnivorous motives in their selection of these undeniably cute little mammals. Now every swine lover who's felt the pangs of being different at a gathering of pets and their owners can let it all hang out at Potluck Pignic. Bring a covered dish (the Pignic isn't a strictly kosher affair, but we'd still advise against pork), your friends and family, and your pig for an afternoon of games. The event happens at Chris Hinterman's Wee Little Pig Camp in Ennis. Call (972) 878-7718.

june 9
Government Should Not Discriminate Against Private Schools, Resolved: Should the government be in the business of helping people secure private educations for their children? Many of those free-market neo-conservatives who always bellow about government intervention in the private sector are tickled pink at the thought that Uncle Sam will give them aid to ensure that little Margaret and Colegate won't have to rub elbows with people who aren't...well, let's just say top-shelf and leave it at that. Bill "Free Mary Jane" Buckley brings his venerable "Firing Line" debate to Fort Worth's Texas Christian University and examines the issue euphemistically known as "school choice" with the help of Governor Pete De Pont, CEO America Chairman James Mansour, the ACLU's Ira Glasser, and the NEA's Bob Chase. The initial two-hour warm-up "Firing Line Debate" starts at 2 p.m., with a taping session for two half-hour "Firing Line" programs scheduled at 4:15 p.m. It all happens in the Ed Landreth Auditorium of Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. Call (972) 386-6272.

june 10
Anonymous & Unknown: We all know the Alfred Stieglitzes and Irving Penns, but what about the Joe and Jane Sixpacks who've been creating brilliant photography that's slipped the notice of the art establishment? Photographs Do Not Bend celebrates these hidden professionals and amateurs with the appropriately titled Anonymous and Unknown. Curators Lois Tischler and Janet Buenger traveled the country to capture the most striking photographic images they found from the 19th and 20th centuries. The only stipulation--the pictures had either no attribution or were signed by a complete unknown. The show opens with a reception June 6, 6-9 p.m. and runs through July 12 at 3115 Routh St. Call (214) 969-1852.

june 11
Monet and the Mediterranean: The legendary French Impressionist painter Claude Monet would've dipped his brush into the sun if only that were possible. His obsession with honoring the quality and effects of natural light has beguiled generations of artists and art lovers since well before his death in 1926. Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum hosts a large traveling exhibition whose 70 works have been taken from 50 different private and public holdings across the world, many of which have been off limits to the grubby masses. Monet and the Mediterranean gathers the paintings he did between 1884 and 1908 while visiting the Italian and French Riviera. The show runs June 8-September 7 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Admission is $6-$10. Call (817) 332-8451.

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