The Cameraman: On a roll from its previous First Monday Classics success--a packed screening of an Otto Preminger classic called Bonjour Tristesse that supposedly few people had heard of--the USA Film Festival continues to experiment with the tastes of Dallas movie lovers. The Cameraman isn't experimental in the formal or narrative sense of the word; it stars one of the most reliable of cinematic crowd pleasers, Buster "Charlie Chaplin Eats My Dust" Keaton. Yet this newly restored print of the 1928 classic is 72 minutes of soundless physical comedy. Do only musty old film scholars have the chops to enjoy the silent classics? If anyone can revive mainstream interest in a seminal period of American pop cultural history, a genius named Keaton can. The Cameraman rolls at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 N. Central at Walnut Hill. Tickets are $6.50. Call (214) 821-NEWS.
Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music: The curmudgeonly "Calendar" page wants so badly to make fun of a play called Nice People Dancing to Good Country Music--or at least the title of the play. Talk about being blinded by a ray of sunshine; we'd rather watch Drugged-Up Teenagers Moshing to Nine Inch Nails any day of the week. But playwright Lee Blessing, who penned this romantic comedy about the courtship rituals at a redneck bar, has been honored with Tony and Pulitzer nominations, and New Theatre Company's multitalented Bruce Coleman, an Observer favorite, helms this show for Theatre Three, the venerable company with whom he's a staffer. The show opens tonight at 8:15 p.m. and runs Thursday-Friday at 8:15 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. through August 3 in the Quadrangle on McKinney Ave. Call (214) 871-3300.
Sweaty Palms! You say every time you think about job interviews, performance evaluations, salary reviews, or just getting a cross-ways glance from your boss, you tense up beyond all reason? Some anxiety naturally attends anything that might threaten your daily intake of food, but when that anxiety is so overwhelming it becomes the threat itself, then some action is required. The Employment Resource Group invites Sam Friedman, M.S., a specialist in the area of phobias and anxiety disorders, to discuss some basic solutions to those "Sweaty Palms!" you experience when being put under the job spotlight. The evening begins at 7:30 p.m. at Jewish Family Service, 13140 Coit Rd. It's free. Call (972) 437-9950.
Photographic Artists Coalition Members Exhibition: A picture is indeed worth a thousand words at Photographic Archives Gallery's Photographic Artists Coalition Members Exhibition--it takes about that many words to describe the range of media and themes at this show. Photo-sculptures, digital works, mixed media, constructions, installations, and book arts are among the conduits that transmit ideas about fame, sex, death, intelligence, the natural vs. the manufactured world, memory, etc. The Photographic Artists Coalition is a two-year-old ensemble of photography students at Texas Woman's University in Denton. The show opens July 8 and runs through July 16, with a public reception scheduled for July 11, 6-9 p.m, at Photographic Archives Gallery, 5117 W. Lovers Ln. Call (214) 352-3167.
Portraits of Community: African-American Photography in Texas: To celebrate Juneteenth, that historical testimony to why even the remotest of frontiers needs a telephone every few miles, The ArtCentre of Plano and Documentary Arts, Dallas present Portraits of Community: African-American Photography in Texas. Cut off from the official (read "Anglo") current of historical record, the story of the African-American community in urban and rural Texas is only now being reassembled through the black photographers and record-keepers of the twentieth century who wanted to prove that families and individuals had completed the arc of a lifetime. The show runs through August 2 in the Founders Gallery of the ArtCentre of Plano, 1039 E. 15th St, Plano. Call (972) 423-7809.