Autumn Equinox: You may be familiar with the tambourine only as an unkempt rhythm monstrosity that's flung around by coked-up rock stars. If you treat the tambourine with gentleness, she'll provide you with an amazing variety of sounds. Just ask Layne Redmond, whose training on the riq (the original ethnic version of the tambourine) comes not from listening to Jefferson Airplane records, but from studying with Middle Eastern and North African masters. Redmond, the author of When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm, comes to town to teach workshops and help ring in the autumn equinox. There are slide lectures September 20 at 3 and 7 p.m. at Teatro Dallas, Commerce and Central Expressway, for $5; drumming workshops September 21 at 3 and 7 p.m., also at Teatro Dallas, for $25-$35; and an autumn equinox celebration at 7 p.m. at Winfrey Point on White Rock Lake for $5. Call (214) 823-DRUM.
Animal House: Anyone who forms a personal relationship with a non-human mammal understands the meaning of that Jane Siberry song "Everything Reminds of Me My Dog." For more on Jane, turn to the "Music" section in this issue. For more on dogs and birds and lions and tigers, check out the visual art show called Animal House at The Modern at Sundance Square. The Modern's assistant curator Christine Berry assembled the show from their permanent collection as part of a continuing series of exhibitions with particular themes. Animal House features painting, drawing, and photography by the likes of William Wegman, Barbara Ess, Melissa Miller, and Texas artists Richard Thompson and Billy Hassell. The show runs through the last day of September at The Modern at Sundance Square, 410 Houston Street, Fort Worth. It's free. Call (817) 738-9215.
Foto-Novelas: Artists like Art Spiegelman and Lynda Barry have raised the graphic novel from its status as thickly bound comic book with pretensions to a legit, if still curious, literary phenomenon. Executive producers Carlos Avila and Kurt Kaya have transplanted the long illustrated form into a four-part anthology of a boxer who's haunted by the specter of death in the form of a calavera, a Mexican folk version of the grim reaper. Foto-Novelas, which will be screened nationally as part of the International Television Service (ITVS) on PBS, gets a local premiere by the Dallas Video Association and the Bath House Cultural Center. The event happens at 7:30 p.m. at Bath House Cultural Center, 521 East Lawther. It's free. Call (214) 670-8749.