Darrell Kreitz: Leave it to Austin, the Texas city that's in many ways so unTexas-like, to come up with a festival competition that's different from practically every other festival in the country. The Austin Heart of Film Competition was founded on the notion that the page is the thing; its focus is scripts--short and feature-length--by burgeoning screenwriters. Darrell Kreitz, screenplay competition director for Austin Heart of Film, has a background as an actor in live theater, having trained with Michael Howard Studios where he regularly staged original productions with loose change from the couch. He appears to speak to the Dallas Screenwriters Association about his journey from in front of the footlights to behind the word processor. Kreitz appears at 7 p.m. in the Press Club of the Adams Mark Hotel. Call (214) 922-7829.
An Evening With Tom Bywaters: If breaking into the entertainment biz is your heart's deepest desire, you may have to choose tonight between attending Darrell Kreitz's talk for the DSA and producer-director Tom Bywaters' chat with Women In Film/Dallas. Bywaters' resume is less "guerrilla" than Kreitz's shoestring theater experience, but he's dabbled on the production and direction side in everything from Prime Time Live and 20/20 to the award-winning kids' show Make a Wish. Bywaters will discuss the extensive swimming skills he developed in that shark tank known as television. The evening happens at 7:30 p.m. in the Cityplace Conference Center, 2711 N. Haskell. Tickets are $20-$25. Call (214) 954-4488.
Reggae Weekend: Dread-N-Irie, the Deep Ellum rasta spot where the braids are thick and the Red Stripe is always cold, presents two consecutive nights of reggae superstars to loosen your tendrils and boil your brewsky. Tony Rebel and his Sane Band may be most famous for a duet with Queen Latifah called "Weekend Love," but Rebel's status as a global music ambassador supersedes the little flirtations he's made with American stardom. Singing since the age of 12--but finally coming into his own when the ragtag style known as dancehall ascended in 1988--Rebel is recognized from Europe to Japan. The Sane Band performs with Sugar Black and Lebanculah June 27, 10 p.m. The Reggae Weekend continues with a Roots Revival featuring heartthrob Screwdriver performing tunes from his latest CD, Let Me Remind You; the San Antonio roots band One Destiny; and the European ensemble Buffalo Soldier doing their first American tour in a long time. Screwdriver and Buffalo Soldier perform at 9 p.m. on June 28 at Dread-N-Irie, 2807 Commerce. Call (214) 742-4743.
Fourteenth Annual Summer Dance Concert: As Fort Worth's only full-length, large-scale, free outdoor professional dance event, the Summer Dance Concert is pretty much the cowtown equivalent of September's Dallas Morning News Dance Festival--with the notable exception that the south lawn of Fort Worth's Modern Art Museum is less cramped and statelier than our own Arts District outside stage. A cornucopia of choreographers and dancers from various local and national dance companies converge for the three-day event, including Miguel Garcia of Ballet Arizona; Vanessa Palmer of the Tulsa Ballet; Tauna Hunter of the dance department at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania; and renowned Spanish dancer Luis Montero. Contemporary dance, classical ballet, and Spanish are the dominant flavors of the day. The show happens June 26-28, 8:30 p.m., at the outdoor stage on the south lawn of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It's free, although there is reserved seating. Call (817) 738-9215.
Women's Career Seminar: One of the big mysteries of the fabled fifties--when so many women supposedly opted not to work if they were married--was why the gals with grown or no kids didn't spend that time creating their own businesses; the American financial landscape might look vastly different if they had. As it is now, most women have to work for a living, so the incentive to be your own boss is even more powerful. Primerica Financial Services out of Duluth, Georgia, sponsors a Women's Career Seminar that focuses on opportunities in financial services to one end--raising investments for creating your own business or securing your own future. The event is held at 12:30 p.m. at Primerica Financial Services, 16800 Dallas Parkway, Suite 160. Call (972) 606-6922.
KNON's Summer Garage Sale: One of the coolest things about working in any media outlet is all the free promotional stuff various entertainment companies send you. The problem is, the posters, shirts, cassettes, books, CDs, etc., tend to pile up quickly--as anyone who's ever glanced under the Calendar desk can attest. The folks at KNON 89.3 have decided to turn their wealth of promo junk into a fundraising device to support their programs. The KNON Summer Garage Sale is primarily a music sale to get rid of the CDs, cassettes, and LPs that will no longer be played, but other cool stuff you won't get anywhere else is available. The sale happens 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Lite and Easy Club, 5631 Alta Avenue. Call (214) 828-9500.
Sordid Lives: Perhaps playwright Del Shores (Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?) had the "family values"-spewing Southern Baptist Convention in mind when he wrote his latest hit Sordid Lives, which he promises has "something to offend everyone." Having played for a year to perpetually sold-out houses in Los Angeles, Sordid Lives makes the jump to Circle Theatre in Fort Worth with original lead Leslie Jordan reprising his role in addition to taking up directing duties. A libidinous Texas family who's converged for Momma's funeral finds old flames and new resentments are stronger than the decorum death demands. Performances happen Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 4 and 8:30 p.m., through August 2 at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. Tickets are $12-$16. Call (817) 877-3040.