Friday, November 7
Once, in a sure drought of self-esteem, we dreamed that The Odd Couple were criticizing us for being unable to keep our pants free of dog crap. Apparently, we kept falling into it, and the messy Oscar Madison thought it was hilarious while the OCD-afflicted Felix Unger thought we were despicable. What this means in reference to our psyche is undetermined (in fact, we welcome any opinions), but it does give us an unusual way to announce that ICT Mainstage is bringing the cranky pair (and, of course, the Pigeon sisters) to the stage in Neil Simon's classic comedy. At the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., there's proof that opposites attract and entertain (and subconsciously make us doubt our fashion sense and coordination). The odd man is in Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. from November 7 through November 22, plus 8 p.m. November 20 and 2:30 p.m. November 9 and November 16. Tickets are $12 to $17. Call 972-252-2787.
Saturday, November 8
If only we could walk into this workshop and have the undisputed king of the soap opera, Friends' own Joey Tribiani, lounging seductively on the desk. Of course, who will actually be there is no one to sneeze at. While she may not suggest--as Joey did during his stint teaching acting for soap operas--that students reach into holes in their pockets and urge tears by pulling "sensitive" hairs, Robin Nassif does have a vast amount of casting experience (MAD TV, NYPD Blue and Wonder Years, to name a few), and thus she also has a great many tips to help her subjects land major network gigs. Nassif is a bit of a casting guru, so going into her TV Sitcom-Soap Opera Acting Workshop from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, no one should worry that she'll be competing with students for the same parts and urging them to play those parts "gay" to improve her own chances. Enrollment is limited. Call Margo Manning for location info and registration at 972-239-2882.
Sunday, November 9
The idea that an Israeli child's walk home from school is a daily flirt with death should be a smarting slap in the face to those of us taking our freedom for granted. To show support for Israel in what is considered "one of the worst periods of violence in its history," the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and the Jewish Community Center of Dallas bring Walk With Israel back for its second year. The one- and three-mile walks are capped off with family entertainment, kosher food and--organizers hope--a big pot of collected dough that tops last year's $24,000 for terrorism relief. Participants are encouraged to register in advance at www.jewishdallas.org and collect a minimum of $20 or register at the event Sunday with a donation of $25. The walk toward peace begins at 12:40 p.m. (registration is at 11 a.m.) at the Federation/Aaron Family Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Road. Call 214-615-5259.
Monday, November 10
Calvin Klein. The ads and the clothes are sexy and sensual. With the exception of the couriers who ride them, we can't say we've thought the same about bicycles. (No offense, Schwinn and Trek.) But French-born artist Semp (a.k.a. Phillipe H. Semprez) saw what we didn't and created what he calls a "sexy and suggestive" woven panel series of mixed-media works predominantly using the inner tubes of bicycle tires. Teaming up with CK to benefit the Dallas Museum of Art, Semp shows 12 pieces of his Bicycle Your Life series at the Calvin Klein Collection store in Highland Park Village through November 21. With 10 percent from the sales of his works going to the DMA, Semp's installation is generous as well as inspiring. He believes the "emotionally provoking" feel of his work marries well with his fashionable partner, and we can't say we disagree. Maybe next time we hop on our two-wheel, we, too, will feel a pang of sensuality...in addition to that twinge in the ol' glutes. See the sexy side of charitable bike art at 44 Highland Park Village. Call 214-520-9222.
Tuesday, November 11
Just try to explain the humor of a David Sedaris story to someone who hasn't read it. Most likely, he or she just won't get it. Every word and nuance is vital to the true-to-life absurdity of his pieces. After recounting just why we are laughing for what seems like no reason, we've encountered more than a few blank expressions. That's why This Ain't Your Mama's Book Club is a welcome addition to our Tuesday-night plans. Focusing on writers of "this generation" (Nick Hornby, Helen Fielding, Dave Eggers and the like), the club offers an outlet for fans of the unexplainable anecdote. This week's topics are Sedaris' Naked and Me Talk Pretty One Day. Finally, we'll be able to confabulate on the hilarity of "Jesus Shaves" and designing a jacket for one's clock radio. Join us at Barnes & Noble, 2201 Preston Road in Plano, at 7 p.m. So go get Naked and get ready. Call 972-612-0999.