Events for the week

june 21
An Evening With Tito Puente Latin Jazz Ensemble: Fort Worth Theatre has corralled one distinguished musician to participate in their "An Evening With..." Indeed, it's reductionist to refer to Latin jazz master Tito Puente as a "musician," but "living legend" has a vaguely insulting ring to it, and "one-man institution" is a tad dehumanizing. Let's just say he's Tito Puente, the modern jazz innovator, and he's bringing his ensemble to Cowtown right before he flies northward for a gig at Carnegie Hall. The show starts at 8 p.m. in the Cowtown Corrals West, 1800 North Forest Park Blvd. Individual tickets are $100-$150. Call (817) 738-7491.

Heidi Kumao: Hidden Mechanisms: National Endowment for the Arts grant-winning, widely exhibited, New York-based artist Heidi Kumao has created a magical forest of memories inside the McKinney Avenue Contemporary for her latest show, Hidden Mechanisms. Using the nineteenth-century entertainment standby known as the zoetrope, Kumao projects moving images onto innocuous objects, walls, screens, and sculpture with the hope that the various surfaces will interact with the shadowy moving images and create their own messages and narratives. The show opens with a reception June 21, 5-7 p.m. and runs through August 24 at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Avenue. Call (214) 953-1212.

june 22
The Noses and the Toeses and the Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldas: The title of the opening production of Hip Pocket Theatre's 21st season is almost enough to make you double over with sugar shock. But given the track record of North Texas theatrical stalwart Johnny Simons, Hip Pocket's artistic director, it's easy to assume that there's more to The Noses and the Toeses and the Shoulda, Coulda, Wouldas than a cute title. Simons' "tragicommedia," which has been scored with the music of George Gershwin, concerns an itinerant band of street performers whose matriarch and patriarch have begun to fray with time. As usual with the fiercely eclectic Simons, every theatrical device in the book will be packed into his saga. The two acts of his original revue are titled "The Ritual" and "Zee Ballet"; the latter is described by Simons as a "physical extension of desires" (read: choreography) that the characters related through the playwright's dialogue. Performances happen Friday-Sunday at 9 p.m. through June 29 at the Oak Acres Amphitheatre, 1620 Las Vegas Trail North at 820 North in Fort Worth. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (817) 237-5977

june 23
Cat Month at Operation Kindness: There are myriad reasons why cats make better companions than kittens, but when it comes right down to it, the age and size of the animal doesn't determine its cuteness--the creature's affection for you is what counts. Indeed, a fulfilling personal relationship with an adult feline can't help but raise your standards for human relationships--you won't be satisfied until you can find a human paramour who looks at you the way the cat does after you've just filled its food dish. Operation Kindness has declared June Cat Month in the hopes of adopting out sweet-lovin' adult cats who're the first to be overlooked. The $30 adoption fee includes The Snip, collar and ID tags, gift bag, and more. The shelter is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. (Thursdays they close at 8 p.m.); and Sunday, 1-4:30 p.m. at 1029 Trend Drive, Beltline and Marsh, Carrollton. Call (972) 418-PAWS.

june 24
Twelfth Night and Macbeth: The two opening productions of the Dallas Shakespeare Festival's 1997 season boast direction by members from two of the city's best companies. The Undermain's Raphael Parry handles the bloody duties of Macbeth on Tuesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, while Kitchen Dog's Sheriden Thomas turns Twelfth Night into a flapper's fantasy from the silent film era on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. The productions run in repertory through July 27 every night of the week at 8:15 p.m. in Samuell-Grand Park east of downtown Dallas. Admission is free, although a $3 donation is gratefully accepted at the door. Call (214) 559-2778.

june 25
Infrared Photography Workshop in New Mexico: Student art shows are often a hit-or-miss affair, with the participants discovering ideas and imagery that have been drained like vampire victims by previous artists--that precious saying "as if for the first time" doesn't always translate into love at first sight for the viewer. But the third annual Richland College Student Exhibition throws in an interesting angle--the students who attended Richland's photography mini-mester in New Mexico worked with infrared film, a bugaboo among photography techniques. At least the failures should be interesting. The show runs through June 28 at Photographic Archives Gallery, 5117 W. Lovers Ln. Call (214) 352-3167.

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