CD/FW Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase: The Texas and Illinois choreographers who're participating in Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth's ninth consecutive CD/FW Exchange: A Choreographers Showcase were asked to contribute pieces on the strength of their past works. So to answer the question that arises in everyone's mind when they're trying to decide if they should risk going to a modern dance performance, the answer is: yes, there is a form of quality control. Ginger Farley and Carrie Hanson from Chicago join Dallasites Ronelle Jock Eddings and Linda James as well as a host of Austin choreographers to present a grab-bag of funny, sad, scary, political, universal original choreography, including three premieres. Performances happen July 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. and July 13 at 2 p.m. in Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth. Tickets are $6-$20.Call (214) 871-ARTS.
The Goblet Show: A leading, if unexplored, cause of alcoholism must be a childhood spent watching those drawing-room comedies and chamber dramas filmed in the 1940s, where satin-jacketed smoothies mix martinis using those cool carved glass decanters and the even cooler martini glass. It's the ritual of "can I fix you a drink?" that's even cooler than the alcohol involved, and the glass/goblet is the chalice in this highly civilized ritual. Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, Inc. presents its hugely popular 3rd Annual Goblet invitational, featuring limited-edition art-glass drinking vessels designed by 50 different artists. Even if you never touch the stuff, you'll find the words "shaken, not stirred" rising as a request to your lips. The show opens with a wine-tasting reception July 11, 5:30-8:30 p.m., and runs through August 9 at Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass, Inc., 5100 Beltline in the Village on the Parkway. Call (972) 239-7957.
Psychedelic Relics: Moving from Satanic art to stoner art, Jason Cohen's Forbidden Gallery E-Strange continues to cover the waterfront of America's fringier subcultures. Psychedelic Relics: Black Light Posters and American Popular Culture is the Gallery's latest offering, a show about the popularity of black-light posters from their Anglo West Coast advent in 1968 through the African-American love pads of the 1970s. How do black-light posters differ from the ballroom scene concert posters of late '60s California, and how are they similar? Why is it that people still aren't sure how they were manufactured? How did they evolve from expressions of pure hedonism to political posters that espoused radical slogans of black pride? Why is it that so many artists who created black-light images are so hard to track down? The show opens with a reception July 11, 8 p.m.-midnight, and runs through August 8 at Forbidden Gallery E-Strange, 835 Exposition. Call (214) 821-9554.
Kids' Crime Watch: People always assume that children need to be taught safety precautions--how to dial 911, what to do when a stranger approaches them, etc.--for their own well-being. But what if you, the adult, are trapped under a heavy object inside a flaming house with something lodged inside your larynx, preventing speech, and your very mobile, darling little five-year-old is standing by the still-working telephone trying to remember those three little numbers? Well, you might as well have taught your kid the undertaker's number. Officer Esther Andrews, a crime prevention specialist with the Dallas Police Department Neighborhood Assistance Center, presents a videotape and talk about how to keep both themselves and others safe from harm, what defines an emergency, and other important ideas. The presentation happens at 10:30 a.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, 2922 Martin Luther King Boulevard. It's free. Call (214) 670-0344.