Events for the week

Breakfast With the Mittelmans: While we're not sure exactly what would possess a married couple to want to work together (living together causes enough trouble), we do know there are plenty of enduring performance partnerships that fly in the face of such wisdom, from George Burns and and Gracie Allen to Ozzie Davis and Ruby Dee. Add to this list Steve Mittelman and Wendy Kamenoff, a married couple who are actually more recognizable for their separate stage and TV spots than for their collaborations. They're trying to change all that with Breakfast With the Mittelmans, a show of monologues and sketches that's brought to Dallas by the Jewish Community Center. The event happens at 7:30 p.m. at the Greer Garson Theatre at Southern Methodist University's Meadows School of the Arts. Tickets are $15-$30. Call (214) 739-2737.

IV Annual Eduardo Mata Memorial Concert: Voices of Change, one of the country's preeminent chamber-music ensembles, plants a flag in the multicultural terrain by spearheading an eight-day festival of Latino music. This is not your mama's flamenco; all compositions are contemporary works by still-living artists. The jewel in the festival crown is the IV Annual Eduardo Mata Memorial Concert, which features Voices of Change performing with guest composer Roberto Sierro. The event happens at 3 p.m. at the Horchow Auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. It's free, but seating is limited. Call (214) 922-1200.

january 19
How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Precocious twentysomething photographer Scott Williams transformed himself into precocious photographer-about-the-continent when he traveled 10,000 miles to 10 different countries in three months, his bulb flashing the whole way. (He didn't have to deal drugs or trade arms secrets to finance the cost of film; that was underwritten by a corporation). The eerie, kinetic, surprisingly mature results are included in How I Spent My Summer Vacation. A reception for the artist happens 7 p.m.-9 p.m. January 17, 7-9 p.m. The show runs through January 30 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. Call (214) 670-8749.

january 20
An Ideal Husband: Knowing what we know about the late-19th-century persecution of Oscar Wilde, the title of his intrigue-filled 1895 comedy might serve as an ironic moniker for the playwright's own ill-fated marriage, which ended in the same scandal that contributed to his premature death. In its tale of a squeaky-clean politician who's blackmailed over a secret he's kept for years, An Ideal Husband overflows with the kind of wink-wink gay subtext that eventually got Wilde in trouble with the Marquis of Queensberry and, to a lesser degree, his lover Lord Alfred Douglas' irate father. This, one of his greatest successes and second-to-last play, was closed because of trial allegations about the author's homosexuality. Performances happen 7:30 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 8p.m. Friday; 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday; and 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Sunday through February 8 at the Kalita Humphreys in Turtle Creek. Tickets are $16-$49. Call (214) 522-4899

january 21
Giant: Now that you've visited the work of self-taught Southwestern artists at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary's Spirited Journeys, which is actually a touring show even though most of the artists are from Texas, you can see more by Lone Star visionaries at the state's preeminent spot for regional, self-trained artists. Giant is the name of the show curated by the Webb Gallery's Julie and Bruce Webb (who also helped with Spirited Journeys), and it features the "mental recordatorio" of Chelo Amezcua (her visions recorded as drawings); the "home museum" constructions of George White; and the jaunty "junk" sculptures of Carl Nash. A reception happens 6 p.m.-9 p.m. January 17. The show runs through March 7 (appointments for viewings can be made daily) at the Webb Gallery, 209-211 W. Franklin, Waxahachie. Call (972) 938-8085.

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