This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

Tuesday, September 16
We've been trying to draw our own comic for years now, and let's just say success is far from around the corner. The detail, the repetition and the styles employed by comic and cartoon artists are things we'll never be able to channel onto that blank sketchpad. The talent of an artist of those particular genres is finely honed and deftly executed in order to reach an audience, so it's surprising that it was just recently that such works began to be seen as "art." So many times, cartoons and the like reach beyond culture and go global. Hence, Comic Release: Negotiating Identity for a New Generation, a traveling exhibit curated by Barbara Bloemink, Vicky A. Clark, Ana Merino and Richard Gribenas. The focus is to feature international artists who use cartoons to tackle serious topics such as race, gender, war and sexual orientation. Part One of the exhibit continues through Friday at the University of Texas Art Gallery, and Part Two begins on September 24. The gallery is open Monday and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m. and Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Call 940-565-4316.

Wednesday, September 17
Shutterbugs of Plano have united, ladies and gentlemen. In all honesty, they've been united since 1984 when the Plano Photography Club opened its arms to all interested in the art. But the important thing to know is that the club is having its Photo Showcase 2003 this month at the Plano Municipal Center. Photographers in all classes and experience levels are showing their works and, based on the claims of Jeremy Woodhouse, this year's judge, that his job was difficult because of the quality of the images, it seems like a guarantee that Plano has its share of lens talent. See the burgeoning talent at 1520 K Ave., Plano. For more info on the show or becoming a member of the Plano Photography Club, check out

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