A Garret Family Holiday: While the relentless quick cuts of today's movies and TV have rendered two generations with an advanced case of attention deficit disorder, we think that kids are still prone to sit still and listen to some good old-fashioned storytelling for one good reason: Many of the kids we know are--and a few of us back at a more tender age were--compulsive liars. What are the fables and children's stories being offered by three Dallas actors at a Writer's Garret event but fat, hairy lies? Of course, there are truths to be uncovered in the fabrications read by Phyllis Cicero, Christy Vela, and Steve Westerheide at "A Garret Family Holiday," which is the educational angle for the kid audience these guys are shooting for: Use your imaginations to reveal, not conceal. The afternoon kicks off at 3 p.m. upstairs at Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista. It's free, and parents are encouraged to bring their kids. Call (214) 828-1715.
ARTE Latino '97: Ever noticed the explosion of arts events by, for, or about Latinos in the Dallas area? The city's largest ethnic community is flexing its muscle, and the results are organizations like the Latino Cultural Center for Arts & Letters, which presents, along with the Bath House Cultural Center, its first visual art exhibit. ARTE Latino '97 is an invitational organization that focuses on the works of nine student artists from area colleges such as Southern Methodist University, the University of Texas at Arlington, and Texas Christian University. ARTE '97 opens with a reception 6-8 p.m. December 6 and closes January 3 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Call (214) 670-8749.
For the Imperial Court: Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London: Chances are, the priceless porcelain bowls featured as part of the Kimbell Art Museum's new show For the Imperial Court: Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London have never held frosted flakes or four-alarm chili. How else to explain the exquisite state these containers are in, many of them about 350 years old and made in the war-torn era of China's final emperors? Not only bowls, but incense burners, table screens, pipes, teapots, and vases are featured in this show. The Qing dynasty were notorious both for their bloodthirstiness and their love of careful craftsmanship (how often those two go hand in hand). For the Imperial Court runs through March 1 at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Tickets are $4-$8. Call (817) 332-8451.
Internet Classes: When a stripper can post nude pictures of herself on the Web and become a millionaire almost overnight by charging per minute, we say, "Capitalism is alive and well" to those free-market conservatives who grouse that there's too much supervision of our economy. Of course, many of these pushed through Congress (with Clinton's help) government regulation of the content of the Net, only to be overruled by the Supreme Court. What does this mean to the poor sap who doesn't know how to Web surf? You're missing out on a hotly contested American media frontier, bonehead. The Preston Royal Branch Library offers free classes for Internet beginners. The classes happen at 2 p.m. Wednesdays throughout December at Preston Royal Branch Library, 5626 Royal Lane. Call (214) 670-7128.