Paul Rudnick's critically acclaimed play Jeffrey had an incredibly successful run earlier this year in Fort Worth, playing to packed houses and capturing several awards from the Fort Worth Theatre Guild, including Best Studio Production and Best Actor. The original cast has assembled once again for a special benefit, sponsored by Artists Repertory and the "Remember Their NAMES" AIDS Memorial Quilt Display Committee. The play, directed by Dennis Canright and starring Eddie Zertuche and Robert Sprinkle, tells the story of Jeffrey, a young gay man in New York who decides that sex is too much of a risk and swears it off for good. Unfortunately, he immediately meets the man of his dreams and must decide whether or not he can keep his promise. This special encore performance benefits the NAMES Project of Tarrant County. The evening begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by the performance at 8 p.m. Reception and performance tickets are $25, $45 for couples. Single tickets for the performance only are $15. The play happens at the Wm. Edrington Scott Theatre, 3505 W. Lancaster in Fort Worth. Call (817) 738-6441.
Most people would not expect Norm Hitzges--the voice of KLIF radio and a human sports encyclopedia--to be a poet. In fact, most people would welcome poetry from Hitzges like a birthday card from Ted Kaczynski. But Hitzges is a poet, author of a book of poetry as well as a featured writer in the latest issue of ATEX!, a new literary magazine that will be released statewide by Barnes & Noble and seven Texas newspapers. On Friday, The Writer's Garret presents Hitzges, boxer-novelist Floyd Salas, and Baseball Hall of Fame historian Talmage Boston in a special event, Not Just for Sport: Real Men DO Write Poetry. The trio will discuss their writing, as well as read some of their poems. No, we don't think one of them will read Casey at the Bat. But we're not ruling it out. The event happens on Friday in the back room of Humperdink's, located at 2208 W. Northwest Highway. Admission is $12 for members, $15 for non-members. Call (214) 828-1715.
Saturday night is Gallery Night in Dallas and Fort Worth, as art galleries in both cities unite to launch the art season. Thousands of art patrons will hop from gallery to gallery like drunken frat boys rambling through Deep Ellum. Hosted by the Fort Worth Art Dealers Association and Dallas Art Dealers Association, this evening of art will feature new exhibits in most of the galleries in both cities, including an exhibition of spooky cyanotype and kallitype photographs by Dutch artist Jan van Leeuwen at Photographs Do Not Bend, and new paintings by Steven Hopwood-Lewis at Turner & Runyon Gallery. All the exhibits are at least interesting, but these two should definitely not be missed. Check the Gallery Listings for participating galleries.
In the 1940s, Greer Garson was a star, a beautiful young actress with a knack for portraying self-sacrificing heroines. Now, she is all but a dusty memory, popping up from time to time when AMC airs Mrs. Miniver or Goodbye, Mr. Chips. SMU's Meadows School of the Arts remembers Garson with its first ever film festival, A Tribute to Greer Garson. The festival--a benefit for the Meadows School's G. William Jones Film/Video Collection--features screenings of several of Garson's most significant films as well as lectures and discussions led by Rick Worland, associate professor of cinema at SMU, and Jeanine Basinger, author of A Woman's View: How Hollywood Spoke to Women 1930-1960. The tribute kicks off on Friday with a screening of 1943's Madame Curie, and continues until Sunday. All screenings and discussions will be held at the Bob Hope Theatre, 6101 Bishop Blvd. Admission is $5-$10. Call (214) 768-2787.
Everybody loves teddy bears, even people who are tougher than a piece of week-old bread. After all, the stuffed animals are named after one of the most notorious tough guys of all, Teddy Roosevelt. Kids especially love teddy bears, and that's why the Dallas Police Department gives them to children in trauma situations. The bears seem to ease the children's fears. On Monday, 2220 Canton, Adam Hats, The Deep Ellum Association, and Mercer Events and Promotions host a Teddy Bear Drive in the new Deep Ellum Center for the Arts. For the price of one teddy bear, the public is invited to a reception, featuring a buffet provided by Baker's Ribs and Sol's Taco Lounge. The drive happens at the Deep Ellum Center for the Arts, located at 2808 Commerce St., from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call (214) 676-8404.
Continuing its impressive string of recent exhibitions, the Bath House Cultural Center presents In The House, a multimedia presentation featuring works by Paul Booker, Robert Caslin, Greg Contestable, Patrick Yarrington, and many more. The exhibit is curated by Victoria Montelongo, a local arts consultant who has presented local and national artists in a variety of venues, including The Image Bank Headquarters and the lobby of One Bell Plaza. Must be nice to be in a gallery for a change. The exhibit is on display through September 19 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Call (214) 670-8749.
On September 16, 1821, Mexico gained its independence from Spain, and in celebration of this day, La Valentina de Mexico--Dallas' only authentic haute Mexican cuisine restaurant--will host a special dinner-dance featuring a four-course prix fixe dinner. The menu will include chiles en nogada, a dish created specially for Emperor Itusbide's celebration of the 1821 Mexican Independence Day. Strolling musicians and mariachi band Aguilas de America will entertain diners. Later that night, patrons can dance to the sounds of Vicho Vicenzo and the New Casino Band. The evening begins at 7 p.m. at La Valentina de Mexico, located at 14866 Montfort in Addison. The dinner is $45. Call (972) 726-0202.