Legacy: The latest screenplay to be turned into a staged reading as part of The Potlatch series is a script by a Texas writer who recently made an impressive in-road into at least having her stuff ignored by the right people. A previous screenplay by Cathlynn Richard Dodson, The Precious Ones, recently placed in the prestigious Nicholl Fellowship Competition, juried by industry veterans from both in front of and behind the camera. During its very first season, Potlatch premiered The Precious Ones with a staged reading; they continue their association with Dodson by presenting her latest script, Legacy, which concerns a 2,000-year-old secret coming back to haunt a woman. As usual, the writer is available after the reading and requests your constructive criticism. The reading happens at 7 p.m. at Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. It's free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Call (214) 953-1400.
Highland Park Horse-Drawn Carriage Rides: Just as we knew it was inevitable for the ladies of historic preservation on Swiss Avenue to close those homes and allow the rest of us to view their stately mansions via videocassette in the Dallas Museum of Art, so we get an inkling that the annual holiday horse-drawn carriage rides through Highland Park are headed for exclusivity. Of course, the carriage-ride business isn't exactly nonprofit, so they rely on the soot-stained dragoons of the factory workers to keep their horses fed. But some kind of litmus doesn't seem unreasonable to prevent a clash of cultures: How about a urinalysis test before the carriage departs? A quick peek at the would-be rider's last income tax statement? A certificate of ethnic purity? The rides operate nightly, regardless of the weather, from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Carriages will depart from Highland Park Village's center court. Guests can choose from a variety of public or private rides that range from $8.50 per person to $195 for a whole carriage for a whole hour. Call (214) 521-RIDE.
Celebrations of the Seasons: Perusing the press material for the Biblical Arts Center's new children's art show Celebrations of the Seasons, we noticed one particular disclaimer--"No artworks featuring secular subjects will be included." We couldn't help but think about the first, gloriously foul-mouthed South Park episode, TV's naughtiest new adult animation show, in which arch-nemeses Santa Claus and Jesus Christ battle it out for supremacy during the holidays. We hope that some particularly fervent 8-year-old might address the claw marks of secular humanism on Christ's birthday. Sadly, we can only report what we're told--they're a series of studies on Christian and Jewish themes done by local grade-school kids. The show runs through January 11 at the Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park Lane. Call (214) 691-4661.