Paradise Lost

Letting the Yanomamö speak for themselves

Madame Labarge
Boast that you own a dog named du Pont these days and you're likely to get pelted with "freedom fries." But tour the United States conducting courses based on a 15-year culinary journey of the Canal de Deux Mers in Southwest France as captain of a French barge and you might face a nastier food fight. But chef/writer Kate Hill is coming to Dallas to share her experiences as an inland water gypsy at 10 a.m. Saturday at Sur La Table, 4527 Travis St. Admission is $50. Call 214-219-4404. --Mark Stuertz

Talk Back
Movies with a surprise beginning

Not that we really need any more reasons to make repeat trips to the Magnolia Theatre, but the theater is offering an interesting addition to the traditional movie-watching experience. Talk Cinema allows us to view a newly (or sometimes not-yet) released production and stick around for an interactive discussion with guest critics. The feature is a surprise all the way up to the opening credits. Thus, Talk Cinema is the celluloid equivalent of a box of never know what you're going to get. Recent surprises have included Far from Heaven. 3699 McKinney Ave. in the West Village. Tickets are $20 at the door. Call 214-520-0098. --Matt Hursh

Carolyn Jackson
Carolyn Jackson
Far from Heaven, a Talk Cinema alumnus
Far from Heaven, a Talk Cinema alumnus

Strong Roots
This one goes out to the ladies

Halle Berry made history last year with her Oscar win for Best Actress. Also getting some attention were her designer duds and her way, way, waaay emotional acceptance speech. But through the glitz and the tears the message was still clear: The award was a celebration of black women in film. This weekend, Black Cinematheque Dallas continues that celebration with "In the Beginning Was the Womb: The Black Woman's Film Festival." The six-day fest wraps up Friday and Saturday with presentations of Faat Kine, a tribute to the "everyday heroism of African women," and The Politics of Love--In Black and White, a documentary about interracial romance on college campuses. Screenings will be held at the South Dallas Cultural Center, 3400 S. Fitzhugh St., at 8 p.m. Admission is $5. Call 214-426-1683. --Rhonda Reinhart

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