Driven By Faith: Ever get up in the middle of the night to grab a drink of water and bump into a hundred-foot flaming Jesus standing in your hallway? Maybe, just maybe, last night's buzz has worn off, and you're being sent a not-too-subtle hint that your destiny is as a visionary painter. Waxahachie's indispensable Webb Gallery continues its mission to display the art of individuals who create their work without benefit of cocktail-party receptions and press coverage. Driven By Faith is a show of work by Southern Christian artists who, if they've not been slain in the spirit, have been tickled silly by it. The Rev. J.L. Hunter's angel carvings; Joe Light's painted signs; and the angels vs. demons battle scenes of Xmeah Sha Ela Re'El are all included in the show. The show runs through December 21 at Webb Gallery, 209-211 W. Franklin, Waxahachie. It's free. Call (972) 938-8085.
Flame of Powder, Soul of Man: Bruce Coleman, Charlotte Akins Jorgensen, and Jim Jorgensen, all artistic directors of New Theatre Company, extend their laudable mission to save Dallas from endless helpings of Menotti and Tuna by pumping newer, edgier, smaller scale stuff into the Dallas theatrical pipeline. Their "Newerx" series of staged readings continues with a presentation of Walter Bilderback's Flame of Powder, Soul of Man, starring Tina Parker and T.A. Taylor, two very reliable Dallas actors. Bilderback, also a director, recently served as dramaturg for the Undermain's terrific production of The Seagull. Flame of Powder, Soul of Man looks at a crisis that bubbles over in a small Michigan town in the 1920s. November 15 and 22 at 3 p.m. and November 16 & 17, 23 & 24 at 8 p.m. at Deep Ellum Opera Theater, 3202 Elm St. They're free. Call (214) 443-9104.
David Halberstam: In just the way that David Halberstam set the standard for journalism about the Vietnam War (and bagged a Pulitzer, to boot), he changed the way we look at one of the American century's most mythologized decades--the '50s--with his engrossing study The Fifties. In showing how that particular 10 years was neither the pinnacle of post-Victorian U.S. repression nor an idyllic oasis of morality, Halberstam demonstrated how historians on both the left and right had attempted to rewrite history through their own critical analysis. Destined to be considered one of the most important chroniclers of late-20th-century life in America, Halberstam comes to Richardson at the invitation of the Friends of the Richardson Public Library. He appears at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 West Arapaho. Tickets are $10. Call (972) 238-4000.
James Overturf: A Persistence of Vision: When a company like Eastman Kodak steps in and finances a young photographer's three-month trip solely for the purpose of letting him snap silly, you can imagine that some people in powerful places have deemed this individual talented. Only some of the photos in this show come from the European trip; the rest were completed by Overturf over the last four years. The show runs through December 12 at the Lakeside Gallery of Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd. Call (972) 238-6339.