Eventually, the Good/Bad Art Collective will put together a benefit concert that is not interesting, but its latest--Benefit 42--is not it. The bill is exciting even without the G/BAC's usual skewed spin (setting up the bands on opposite sides of the room with the audience in the middle, having the bands dress as their favorite fictional characters, staging wrestling matches). Sometime Mazinga Phazer guitarist Wanz Dover's new band, Falcon Project, headlines, picking up where Dover's former band drifted off. Also on the bill is Captain Audio, one of the best new bands in Dallas. Well, the band is new, but its members--singer-guitarist Regina Chellew, drummer Josh Garza (ex-Comet), and bassist-everything else Brandon Curtis (ex-UFOFU) have been around forever, collectively playing in every club from Austin to Tulsa. It should be a great show, but we still wouldn't mind seeing a wrestling match break out. Benefit 42 happens at 9:30 p.m. at Rubber Gloves Rehearsal Studios, 411 E. Sycamore in Denton. Admission is $4. Call (940) 387-7781.
The 44,000 panels that make up the AIDS Memorial Quilt represent only a tiny fraction of the estimated 12 million deaths from AIDS complications worldwide. Still, the quilt is a powerful reminder of the impact of AIDS. The 3-by-6-foot panels are silent memorials to parents, brothers, sisters, movie stars, sports stars, and friends. The quilt is made of everything from Barbie dolls and cowboy boots to cremation ashes and car keys, and features names of the dead, unknown and known--such as Arthur Ashe, Rock Hudson, Keith Haring, and Anthony Perkins. More than 2,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on exhibit at the Amon Carter Jr. Exhibit Hall in Fort Worth, October 16 through 18. Admission is free. Call (817) 33-NAMES.
When it comes to sci-fi conventions, there are no small parts, only small actors, especially if the role happened to be in the Star Wars trilogy. Anyone who appeared in one of those films is a star on the convention circuit, even if they were only on screen under a rubber suit or inches of makeup. This weekend, Plano's Sci-Fi Expo and Toy Show welcomes two Star Wars cast members who were able to appear in the films sans masks and makeup as members of the Imperial forces: Michael Sheard (Admiral Ozzel) and Kenneth Colley (Admiral Piett). Also appearing are former Incredible Hulk Lou Ferrigno, and Mark Goddard, Lost in Space's Major West. The event will also have more than 250 exhibit tables featuring toys, videos, and other memorabilia from Star Trek, Star Wars, NASCAR, G.I. Joe, Starting Lineup, and much more. The Sci-Fi Expo happens on Saturday and Sunday at the Plano Centre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway. Call (972) 578-0213.
Corn dogs are a State Fair of Texas tradition, almost more so than Big Tex or a ride on the Ferris wheel. Hey, we didn't say it was a good tradition. On Sunday, the corn dog is celebrated at the 4th Annual Corn Dog Festival, a carnival of sights and smells with prizes awarded for celebrity look-alike, biggest, best dressed, most unusual, and most disgusting-worst taste (should be tough). It probably seems more moronic than a city council meeting unless you are a big fan of the food, have a good sense of humor, or are blind drunk. It would probably help if you are all three, because any festival that revolves around disguising corn dogs as celebrities, historic events, animals, movie scenes, and appliances can be hard to take if you aren't in the right frame of mind. In fact, we are having a hard time picturing exactly what frame of mind would be appropriate in this situation. Inebriated whimsy, perhaps? Apparently, no one told these people not to play with their food. The Corn Dog Festival begins at 7 p.m. at Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm. $5. Judging happens at 10 p.m. Call (214) 827-8766.