About the only thing that Red Jacket brags about more than its inclusion on InStyle magazine's list of coolest nightclubs in the country is the rumor that Jack Ruby spent his last free night at the club. Ruby, as anyone within earshot of Oliver Stone knows, is the mobbed-up nightclub owner who killed Lee Harvey Oswald, eternalizing one of history's most debatable conspiracies: the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Even if the rumor is true, it's a dubious claim at best, a tie to Dallas' past as the "City of Hate." It probably doesn't matter at this point, because on Thursday, Red Jacket hosts the grand opening of its new Ruby Room, a tribute to both Ruby and the seedy glamour of the nightclubs he used to operate. The Conspiracy Museum has teamed up with Red Jacket to present some artifacts from the JFK conspiracy, as well as eyewitnesses to those historical events. We're not sure we buy that last part. Everybody knows that the CIA and the Mafia rubbed out anyone who knew anything a long time ago. The Ruby Room grand opening happens on Thursday at Red Jacket, located at 3606 Greenville Ave. Johnny Reno and the Lounge Kings and R.L. Griffin will perform. The music and a ribbon-cutting ceremony begin at 9:30 p.m. Call (214) 823-8333.
It's hard to believe that in 1992, Quentin Tarantino was still a full-time video-store clerk and part-time director. That was, of course, before Reservoir Dogs was released and Tarantino became a player. He wouldn't achieve real stardom until Pulp Fiction was released a couple of years later, but Reservoir Dogs was the film that made Tarantino an A-list director. The film spawned a slew of imitators, none of which could match Tarantino's ear for witty dialogue and his eye for gruesome violence. Pulp Fiction received higher praise, but Reservoir Dogs is the better film, with standout performances from Steve Buscemi, Michael Madsen, Harvey Keitel, and Tim Roth. Just remember: it's a fake ear. The screening of Reservoir Dogs happens Friday at midnight at Landmark's Inwood Theatre, located at Lovers Lane and Inwood Road. Call (214) 352-6040.
At a time when even the president of the United States has admitted to toking up (sorry, we forgot he didn't inhale), a movie like Reefer Madness seems silly. Originally a deadly serious anti-marijuana film, Reefer Madness has been adapted for the stage by Sean Abley and the Pegasus Theatre. The original used scientific gibberish to show that one puff of "mary jane" could turn all-American teenagers into trashy hookers, deadly drivers, and worse. It detailed the downfall of Bill, Jack, Mary, Ralph, and Gwen after they become addicted to the drug. In the adapted version, the original dialogue has been preserved by Abley and company, showing just how unintentionally funny the film was the first time. Reefer Madness continues at the Pegasus Theatre through August 29. Performances happen Thursday through Saturday at 8:15 p.m., and Sunday at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12-$15. Call (214) 373-8000.
British novelist Martin Amis is probably best known for his 1991 novel London Fields, a wildly funny and stylish work that portrayed the intertwined lives and destinies of four individuals. But his 1984 novel The Rachel Papers is probably his best work. The novel tells the story of Charles, a 19-year-old Oxford student and self-styled ladies' man, and his pursuit of a beautiful older woman, Rachel. The plot is basic French farce material--mistaken identities, people in the wrong place at the wrong time--but the novel rises above its humdrum plot with the help of Amis' gift for language and dialogue. Borders Books & Music's fiction discussion group will analyze The Rachel Papers on Sunday at noon. The discussion is free, and happens at Borders Books & Music, 5500 Greenville Ave. Call (214) 739-1166.
Monday is the last day for entries to be submitted in the Dallas Poets Community's annual poetry contest. The contest is the group's biggest source of revenue and one of its most popular events. The poems may be of any style--be it Walt Whitman's or Jewel's--but they must be less than three pages in length. There is a $5 charge for each poem that is entered. The winners will be announced at a reading by the finalists at The MAC on August 27. Call Christopher Soden at (214) 941-0891 for more information.
On Tuesday, Dan's Bar celebrates the second anniversary of its Second Tuesday Songwriters Showcase. Since its inception, the showcase has provided an intimate opportunity to listen to some of the area's best singer-songwriters. Jeff Glover, the host of the event, has put together some fine lineups, consistently mixing blues, rock, and country artists each month. The second anniversary show is no exception, featuring San Marcos native Terri Hendrix and locals Brent Mitchell and Joe Pat Hennen. The Second Tuesday Songwriters Showcase happens at Dan's Bar, located at 119 S. Elm in Denton, at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Call (940) 566-0921.
Photographer Roberto Galindo was born in the United States and raised in Mexico, so he has a unique perspective on both cultures. In the past 10 years, Galindo has walked through Latin America, camera in hand, and documented his experiences. Some of his photographs have been collected in Glimpses: A Retrospective on Memory, a new exhibit at the ArtCentre of Plano. The exhibit is intended by Galindo to be a bridge between Latin and American cultures, and on many levels it succeeds. He has a brilliant eye for detail and manages to capture a moment without creating the feeling that it has been staged. Glimpses: A Retrospective on Memory opens at the ArtCentre of Plano, located at 1039 E. 15th Street in Plano, on August 8. An opening reception will be held at 7 p.m. The exhibit continues through September 19. Call (972) 423-7809.