This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

Thursday, November 13
Some people quote The Simpsons; other people do Reality Bites. We've got Morrissey. But this time we promise it's fitting. We swear on our plastic sleeve-covered vinyl copy of Hatful of Hollow. When Morrissey croons, "In our lifetime those who kill, the newsworld hands them stardom," we can't help but think of Leopold and Loeb. (He was thinking of Reggie and Ronnie Kray.) But ours is appropriate, too, because the two teenagers gained celebrity when they tried to commit the perfect crime: killing a neighborhood boy and getting a ransom from the family. But a series of problems, including the body being dumped before the money was dropped and one of the killer's eyeglasses being found near the body, led to their arrest and conviction shortly before the Great Depression. A sensationalist trial and a death penalty debate led by Clarence "Scopes Monkey Trial" Darrow added to the infamy, which has spawned films and plays such as Never the Sinner, which KD Studio Actors Conservatory's Black Box Operations stages Thursday through November 23 at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $7 to $10. KD Studio, 2600 Stemmons Freeway. Call 214-638-0484.

Friday, November 14
"Light's on, but nobody's home" isn't just our way of avoiding our friendly unemployed next-door neighbor. It's also the trite way to say one's body is here, but the mind is not. A nicer way, though, is Meanwhile, Elsewhere, a new exhibit at the Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., that features paintings, drawings and photography by artists Rosalyn Bodycomb, Ted Kinkaid and Johnny Robertson, who explore the need to get away--at least mentally--once in a while. Through landscapes and other surreal and realistic vignettes, the trio examines the art of escaping. It opens with a reception 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and continues through January 3. Call 817-275-4600.

Saturday, November 15
The difference between the Americanized Buddha images and the real citizens of Tibet: As sweet and happy as they seem in photographs, Tibetans probably won't like it if you just reach over and pet their bellies. Learn more about the realities of Tibet and its 3 million citizens and millions of kilometers of mountains, swamps, deserts and forests during Tsashi Dele: A Greeting From Tibet. The 24 color photographs by Dennis Chen and April Blan Kao are on display from noon Saturday through April 4, and the opening coincides with a group of monks building and dismantling an intricate sand mandala. Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. Admission is free. Call 214-979-6430.

Seabiscuit would be envious: April Blan Kao's "The Annual August First Horse Race in Litang, Tibet, 2002" from Tsashi Dele.
Seabiscuit would be envious: April Blan Kao's "The Annual August First Horse Race in Litang, Tibet, 2002" from Tsashi Dele.

Sunday, November 16
The title of the annual Dallas Fetish Ball revolves around the primary definition of the word "fetish." That is, a "thing abnormally stimulating or attracting sexual desire." We're not talking charm bracelets here, people. Well, maybe you are talking about charm bracelets as a sexual fetish, but the organizer of the ball is more about bondage, latex, rope, leather, nudity and cold steel. The 2003 edition features bondage demonstrations by Midori, a fetish fashion show, a dungeon, liquid latex, vendors of various types of gear and demonstrations, plus a costume contest with seven men and seven women chosen from the clubgoers and narrowed down to one winner per gender by the audience's vote. It takes place during the Liquid Lounge's twice-weekly The Church, so music by DJs Virus, Angry John and Cyberina Flux will also be provided. The gala is participatory only, so a "no casual clothes" dress code will be enforced. Too bad for you if your fetish is wearing Levis. Liquid Lounge is located at 2424 Swiss Ave. at Good-Latimer Expressway, and doors open at 8 p.m. Admission is $10 to $15 from Ticketmaster, 214-373-8000.

Monday, November 17
We wish that Fort Worth Star-Telegram writer Jeff Guinn had taken the all-inclusive, hard-nosed approach he used in his previous books Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro Indians and When Panthers Roared: The Fort Worth Cats and Minor League Baseball with his latest subject. Instead The Autobiography of Santa Claus is just another celebrity gloss-over "as told to" a reporter. We want the dirt. Are the elves contract laborers? Do they get health insurance? What kind of games do reindeer play? If Santa likes kids so much, then why didn't he and Mrs. Claus have their own? Or adopt? Then there's the matter of that Dukes of Hazzard guitar I never received. And I was good that year. Ask Guinn the tough questions when he discusses and signs copies of his latest at 7 p.m. at Borders Books & Music, 10720 Preston Road. Call 214-363-1977.

Tuesday, November 18
A friend once theorized that the problem most men have with the Ladies Professional Golf Association isn't that women are encroaching on an all-male institution. It's the sight of so many women hitting balls with large metal sticks. And Nancy Lopez is a premier ball buster either way you swing it. She has broken records, earned her place in the Tour Hall of Fame and even won five tournaments in a row in 1978. She retired last year, but she's still active in golf, promoting her own line of clubs, balls and other gear under her name. She's also the special guest at Southern Methodist University Athletic Forum's next luncheon, where she'll be interviewed by CBS Sports golf commentator David Feherty. It's noon at the Fairmont Hotel, 1717 Ross at Akard. Tickets are $50. Call 214-768-8283.

Wednesday, November 19
As someone who can't leave her cats for a three-day weekend without shedding a few tears and leaving comforting messages on the answering machine, we can't imagine putting children on a train bound for a country we've never visited, knowing we'd never see them again. But that's what thousands of parents did when Great Britain offered asylum to Nazi Germany's Jewish children, who were then adopted by British families. Echo Theatre puts one girl's face on this story in Kindertransport, which runs through November 22 at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. The play reveals the past of a now-Englishwoman who fled Nazi Germany as a 7-year-old and the secret she hid for four decades. The play will be performed at 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, plus 2 p.m. November 15. Tickets are $12 to $15 or pay-what-you-can on Wednesday. In addition, Thursday performances feature postshow talks, the November 15 matinee includes a free theater workshop for kids whose parents attend the show, and a screening of the documentary Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport will be held at 7:30 p.m. November 18. Call 214-904-0500.

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