On February 3, 1959, Tommy Allsup lost a coin toss to Ritchie Valens. Valens won a seat on a plane that crashed, killing him, Buddy Holly, and the Big Bopper. Allsup lost the seat and kept his life. Today he (along with Leon Rausch) leads the latest incarnation of Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. Wills popularized Western swing music in the '30s, '40s, and '50s with his band's non-country instruments and jazz-like improvisations. Since Wills' death in 1975, some of the band members have continued to play together. Here, we'll make it simple for the kids: Bob Wills' Texas Playboys influenced Merle Haggard, who influenced The Old 97's. See, they're cool. Irving Arts Center presents the Texas Roadhouse Concert featuring Bob Wills' Texas Playboys. 7 p.m. $8. North parking lot of Irving Arts Center, 3333 N MacArthur Blvd., Suite 300, Irving. (972) 252-ARTS.
In Feng Shui, the Chinese art of placement, the goal is to create happiness through a balance of one's chi (life force) and the environment's chi. We've never tried this, but we're doing OK--even though our environmental chi is probably lost somewhere in our bedroom, beneath a pile of clothes or misplaced in a stack of CDs. Didn't someone say that chaos is a sign of genius? If so, Sparky Litman in Stanley Rutherford's The Chinese Art of Placement is a true genius. Hoping to restore some balance to his life, he burns his poetry and proclaims himself an ex-poet. While trying to spruce up his low-rent apartment with Feng Shui, he ends up stressing over where to put one chair. The Chinese Art of Placement is a staged reading and part of Kitchen Dog Theater's New Works Festival. Readings happen Wednesdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7:30 p.m. through June 13 and are pay-what-you-can. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave., Suite 100. Call (214) 953-1055.