Ted Davey--a longtime member of the Undermain Theatre company--has recently taken on his toughest part: the ghost of Frank Sinatra. Of course, that's not what his Monday-night gig at the Lakewood Landing is billed as, but it might as well be. Davey, backed by Royce Cooper and a swingin' trio, conjures up the spirit of Ol' Blue Eyes every Monday, belting out standards while the crowd quietly sips martinis. He's not really doing an imitation of Sinatra, but then again, he's not really not doing an imitation either. He's lucky Sinatra passed away earlier this year. A stunt like that might have gotten him whacked. Davey performs every Monday night from 10:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. at the Lakewood Landing, 5818 Live Oak. Call (214) 823-2410.
We always thought that The Eclectic Viewpoint had the market cornered on peculiar lectures, but the new Philosopher's Forum has made us rethink that opinion. The group meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, discussing anything from the work of Jean-Paul Sartre to cyber culture. The Philosopher's Forum's latest discussion is titled "Genes, Cloning, and Other Weird Issues," and features guest speaker Morton Prager, a professor at SMU. We still think The Eclectic Viewpoint is probably better, but there's always room for another place to indulge in quirky debates. Probably. The Philosopher's Forum meets at the Wyatt's Cafeteria on the southwest corner of Marsh and Forest Lane. Admission is $4. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., and the presentation starts at 7 p.m. Call (214) 373-7216.
Two people rarely remember the same event exactly the same way. That's probably why photographers Luther Smith and Thomas W. Southall's methods of exploring how a photograph can stir memories--in their exhibit Souvenirs & Meditations--are so disparate. While Smith presents his photographs--his recollections--in a stark, straightforward manner, it's Southall's images that really capture the spirit of memory. His come from a combination of photos that capture the subject from every point of view, montages that are disjointed but perfectly clear. Which is kind of the way many people remember things. The exhibit opens on September 18 at Photographic Archives Gallery, located at 5117 Lovers Lane, and continues through October 31. Call (214) 352-3167.