The Philadelphia The recent death of Jimmy Stewart wasn't a tragedy in the way we commonly understand that word. Stewart didn't have to die young, or have his efforts appreciated posthumously by succeeding generations--the man's life, especially in his later years, was one long achievement award from his legions of fans among movie audiences and his peers. Moreover, if you subscribe to the somewhat oversold theory that movie stardom grants you a kind of immortality, Stewart has dozens of his best moments etched in celluloid, or whatever decay-resistant stock Eastman Kodak has currently developed. For its first First Monday Classics screening after the actor's passing, The USA Film Festival screens George Cukor's The Philadelphia Story, in which the two legends with the funny accents--Hepburn and Grant--lock wits with the legend who mumbled and stuttered his way into the American popular consciousness. Stewart lived the kind of life in entertainment we should celebrate, not mourn. The screening starts at 7:30 p.m. at the AMC Glen Lakes Theatre, 9450 North Central Expressway. Tickets are $7. Call (214) 821-NEWS.
18th Annual Southwest Black Arts Exhibit: "If you want to have art, you need to spend money" has been the maxim of collectors since the first cave painting was purchased for a few hornfuls of bison fat. The African-American Museum in Fair Park smartly figures that this is also the best way to build its permanent collection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photography. All African-American artists who submit work to the 18th Annual Southwest Black Arts Exhibition get the chance to compete for purchase prizes. In that way, the African-American Museum "purchases" works for its own collection. This year's Southwest Black Arts Exhibit was juried by folks from SMU, Rice, and Texas Christian University. The show opens August 1 and runs through October 31 at the African-American Museum in Fair Park. For info call (214) 565-9026.
Hump Day: "Hump For Your Health" goes the title of the new show by the improv troupe Four Out of Five Doctors, which tells you a whole lot about the sense of humor that's wielded at a typical Doctors' examination. What's being poked and prodded? Definitely your low brow, and if all goes well, your funny bone, too. The Dallas company launches its second free-form evening of sketches, song parodies, and audience-suggested improvisational bits in the summer 1997 "Hump For Your Health" program. As the title suggests, the humor sometimes careens into the bawdy, although it never quite reaches NC-17 rawness. References to body functions might seem to make Four Out of Five Doctors an ideal experience for a 12-year-old, but only mature audiences (or at the very least, immature audiences of legal age) are permitted. The performance happens at 8 p.m. in the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln. Tickets are $10. Call (214) 821-1860.
The Mollys: With a name like The Mollys, can you guess whence this quintet hails? If you said Ireland, you'd only be half right--spiritually, their brand of jig-along, rustic folk-rock places them squarely in potato famine country, but they actually call Tucson, Arizona, home. The Mollys have toured America and Europe for years now, hoping that the language differences won't stand out too much amidst the sledgehammer of roots rhythm they offer on their latest release, Hat Trick. The Irish paper Hot Press declares their style to be "Irish Tex-Mex," which says mucho about that country's fascination with our own geographic fusion of cultures. The show starts at 8 p.m. at Poor David's Pub, 1924 Greenville Ave. Call (214) 821-9891.