The Sleep of Reason: Francisco Goya's Los Caprichos: If you have to have your career remembered for one quote, you could do worse than "The sleep of reason breeds monsters," the title of one of 18th-century mad genius painter Francisco Goya's works. The sentiment runs throughout his satirical paintings, often grotesquely rendered attacks on the Catholic Church's political meddlings in Spain and the hubris of businessmen and other self-appointed "civic leaders." These same themes are reflected in the Meadows Museum's showing of a series of 80 different etchings with aquatint. Los Caprichos is the name of this first major series in this medium. As with the most famous of Goya's works, his misanthropy creeps in to transform dishonesty into sheer monstrous deformity. The show runs through March 29 at the Meadows Museum on the grounds of Southern Methodist University. It's free. Call (214) 768-2516.
Joyful Wisdom Tour: North American tours of Tibetan Buddhist monks, already a hot commodity during the last five years, should redouble thanks to Brad "Oops, My Spiritually Enlightened Character Was a Nazi" Pitt's surfer-boy pout in Seven Years and Tibet and Martin Scorsese's appropriately ascetic take on the Dalai Lama in Kundun. But lest you think these masters of Zen enlightenment are above a little creature comfort, a recent story about the production of Kundun confirms that they could barely get the monks out of the hotel swimming pool in time for the shoot. The latest American jaunt by 10 Tibetan monks, called "Joyful Wisdom Tour," swings through Dallas to present the classical monastic movement and music that date back to the eighth century. We wonder if there's a Tibetan linguistic equivalent to: "Hello, Dallas! Are you ready to rock?" The evening starts at 7 p.m. at First Unitarian Church, 4015 Normandy Ave. Tickets are $10. Call (972) 690-5802.
Mosaics: Arleen Polite: It's hard to think of a more down-home artistic medium than the woodcut print, perhaps because the elementary methods behind it have traditionally been employed to record events in the lives of people who can't afford to preserve their stories any other way. Austin artist Arleen Polite lives in a world where various artistic media are (relatively) cheaper than they used to be, but she chooses to record the lives of the African-American community in which she lives in a simpler, more historically rich way. Has the rustic method steered her toward domestic themes? Who can say, but the Dallas Visual Art Center's latest in the "Mosaics" series, a one-woman show of her work, is packed with her takes on family and individual identity. The show runs through February at the Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss Ave. Call (214) 821-2522.
The Texas Experience: Is Texas, an American state with the size (and geographic variety) of several different European countries combined, able to claim a single "experience" as its own? Can a deep-pockets Dallas business-owner claim kinship with a family eking out an existence on the Panhandle plains? This tricky (and probably unanswerable) question will be tackled by a panel of Texas authors who all insist that living in this state has informed not only the stories they tell, but the way they tell them. Robert Flynn, James Hoggard, Robert Nelsen, Clay Reynolds, and Jan Seale have all been tapped by the The Friends of the Richardson Library to discuss their own writings and how they relate to "The Texas Experience," assuming they even believe one exists. The evening starts at 8 p.m. at the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho. For ticket info call (972) 238-4000.