Going Postal

Rain, sleet, snow...and art?

6/7
Life as a poor terrorist can be frustrating. Sure, the grocery store carries envelopes and stamps, but anthrax, the most important ingredient in low-grade postal terror, is a wee bit tougher to come by these days. But fear not, mail rebels, for there's a better, less contagious means of subverting the system in the form of mail art. You can head to the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, for Mail Art Extravaganza, during which you can see thousands of examples of Mr. ZIP's wet dream. For starters, check out Fluxus Bucks, which are bill-shaped pieces of paper sent out to various artists. At each location, more drawings, stamps and photos are attached until the artistic smorgasbord is returned to the original sender. The result usually looks pretty cool, unless one of those free AOL CDs gets attached to it. Be on the lookout for other types of mail art, like postcards and "artistamps." The exhibit opens June 6, but the official opening is June 7 with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gas masks are optional. Call the Bath House at 214-670-8749. --Sam Machkovech

6/5
So Wong, So Right
Appropriate Annie Wong's holding the book release for The Complete Idiot's Guide to Asian Cooking at a museum: Those who've dined at Liberty Noodles, where Wong was founding chef, know her dumplings are a work of supreme artistry. Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. --Robert Wilonsky

6/9
Mosaic Along

For the callow and dewy, finding something to do over the summer that doesn't involve Whopper fodder or Bell goo is a challenge. Discovering something meaningful and timeless is all but impossible. But this summer, 40 fortunate Irving youths (ages 16 to 21) will have the opportunity to earn money by participating in the creation of a Venetian glass mural with famed Chicago mosaic artist Francisco Mendoza. The finished work will be permanently installed in the Irving Arts Center's Sculpture Garden in honor of Irving's Centennial. Work begins June 9; call the Irving Arts Center at 972-252-7558 to apply. --Mark Stuertz

6/5
Isles Say

It's so pristine that it's almost like science fiction. Shut out the car horns, TIVO and MP3s, and imagine a place where nature is as "natural" as possible, where life evolves in the interest of precious survival. It's likely the Galapagos Islands may be this chunk of land. Stop dreaming and prowl the concrete jungle to the Dallas Museum of Natural History as Ronald Gard presents his photographs as the exhibit Darwin's Enchanted Isles. Gard traveled to the equator to capture (figuratively) the divergent beauty of the island group, and the fruits of his labor can be viewed through July, but the opening preview is 7 p.m. June 5 at 3535 Grand Ave. Call 214-421-DINO. --Matt Hursh

 
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