Since 1979, Carl Sidle has shot photographs in Dallas, East Texas, and Louisiana of neighborhood people and local architecture. What showed up on the film was more than that, though, snapshots conveying the fears and anxieties of inner-city life, portraits of the human spirit. For the next few months, The Texas African-American Photography Archive will exhibit a retrospective of Sidle's work, photographs of people peering around doors and negatives printed on top of one another until the tension isn't just imagined. The exhibition opens on Friday with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Texas African-American Photography Archive, 5501 Columbia Ave, and continues until January 30. Call (214) 823-8824.
Satirist P.J. O'Rourke spent the last few years traveling around the world in search of answers to his questions, specifically, Why do some parts of the world prosper and others don't? The results of his quest are compiled in his latest book, Eat the Rich, one of the sharpest and funniest books in his career. A sample: "Microeconomics concerns things that economists are specifically wrong about, while macroeconomics concerns things that economists are wrong about generally." Amen, brutha. O'Rourke will sign copies of Eat the Rich at Barnes & Noble, 14999 Preston and Belt Line, at 7:30 p.m. Call (972) 386-5898.