Smokin'

These cars jump, jive and wail

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The vintage Chevy Impalas, Monte Carlos and all their vehicular relations are rollin' oh-so-slowly into town. Bass thumpin', chrome shinin', sleek bodies painted and decorated so intricately some could be modern museum pieces. The 2003 Lowrider Experience is here, and it's more akin to a circus or fair than a plain old auto show. Think live music, pyrotechnics, laser lighting and fog machines. Cars and trucks with crazy hydraulics performing all kinds of feats for judges--hopping, some several feet high, dancing to music, even accidentally flipping over sometimes. Hundreds of lowriders from all over the place duking it out in the arena for cash prizes and trophies in more than 40 contests, including "Best Lowrider Car," "Best Truck," "Best Bomb" (translation: best old-school, pre-1955 vehicle), "Best Euro/Import" automobile, even "Best Bicycle." Not turned on by automobiles alone? No problem. Bikini and "macho man" contests are included in the extravaganza. The 2003 Lowrider Experience is the creation of former Lowrider Magazine publisher Alberto Lopez, head of Los Angeles-based Six-Four Entertainment group. The 2003 Lowrider Experience is Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St. Tickets are $25 at the door. Check out www.six-four.com. --Cheryl Smith

6/28
Altar-ed State
Fair Park's Tower Building hosts an affair to remember

You are engaged to be married. You are black. Your wedding planner just gave you an estimate of the total cost, and now you're getting cold feet, cold hands, cold everything. Not good. Here's where you go: Black Bridal Affair 2003, Saturday, June 28, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., in the Tower Building at Fair Park. Every kind of wedding-related vendor from gowns to photographs will be there. You can choose from the best and plan your own deal. Tickets are $7 in advance by visiting www.blackbridalaffair.com and clicking on Dallas, or $10 at the door. Entertainment includes a live wedding onstage at 2:30 p.m. featuring Dallas' Travis Webb and Cheryl Bumpus, the winners of the "Dreams Do Come True" contest. Lifestyle vendors also at the expo will include dressmakers, caterers, florists, photographers, DJs and even mortgage lenders. Oops. Feet cooling off again. --Jim Schutze

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For Evans' Sake
The Big Bend comes alive in black, white and gray

Remote, raw, a sort of Texas of the imagination, the Big Bend country and its inhabitants are about as far removed from Dallas--and its inhabitants--as one can get. Photographer James Evans, whose work frequently graces Texas Monthly and other Texas-loving publications, avoids the usual clichés and captures the black-and-white essence of the big landscape in his recently released Big Bend Pictures. Evans has more than a drive-by knowledge of the region. He moved in for good in the late 1980s and runs a gallery in Marathon. Evans will be signing copies of his book Sunday, June 29, at 2 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-1124. --Thomas Korosec

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Psychic Friends
Ever wonder what Fido's yapping about or why Fluffy acts so arrogant at times? Psychic and animal communicator Amelia Kinkade has the answers and will be sharing them at her Sunday, June 29, 2 p.m.-to-5 p.m. seminar at the Unity Church of Dallas, 6525 Forest Lane. A former actress, dancer and journalist, Kinkade will discuss reading animal minds, even detecting their illnesses. Bring your pet's photo. Admission is $40 through TicketWeb. Call 972-233-7106 or click on www.unitydallas.org. --Carlton Stowers

 
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