After reading the page-turner that is Midwives by Chris Bohjalian, we were so intrigued by the holistic practice that we even watched the original Lifetime movie based on the novel. Yeah, Sissy Spacek is great and all, but it just didn't give us the vibe of what real midwifery is truly like or about. Thus, we were super-stoked that the Galerstein Women's Center is offering A Midwife's Diary--a presentation and Q&A with certified nurse/midwife Betty Burpo. From 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Burpo will expound on the age-old practice that seems more intimate than obstetrics wards. After all, Galerstein tells us we could even "ask questions you can't ask your doctor." Well, we suppose it is easier when your feet aren't up in stirrups. The event takes place in Room 1.204 of the McDermott Library at the University of Texas at Dallas, at the intersection of University and Campbell Road, Richardson. Register by calling 972-883-6555.
Friday, May 21
We've discovered there's more to Uptown than its sneaky ability to drain our bank account when our shopping and spending willpower is low. Uptown has even more culture aside from cobbled streets and street cars, and, starting Friday, said culture will be even easier to experience on the third Friday of each month through September. Uptown Dallas Association kicks off a new evening gallery walk series, Uptown Off the Wall, with participating galleries and shops staying open from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and guides to help tour visitors around the Gallery District. Even certain restaurants are jumping into the monthly culture fest with discounts on food during the series. For the inaugural event, Hard Night's Day, the Beatles cover band, will provide some audible entertainment at the Hard Rock Café. Check out www.uptowndallas.net for a list of participating locations.
Saturday, May 22
We're taking care of our mom's (well, she was ours before college) very elderly, graying miniature dachshund. She's the quintessential vision of feeble with the shakes and slow walk and, were she to speak, we imagine something sounding like Katharine Hepburn cooing to Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond. The thing is, when we put her with our rambunctious pug, she transforms into a younger, spryer (albeit still slow) version of herself, sniffing, barking and "chasing" the occasional butterfly. So we've got some entertainment for the pug and his older woman: the SPCA of Texas Spring Petfest on Saturday. Flyball, Frisbee and freestyle demos will be presented by Top Dog Training, along with agility demos from DAWG (Dallas Agility Working Group). Both groups offer instruction. There's a pet parade at 10:15 a.m., pet and family photos, SPCA merchandise and $5 hot air balloon rides by Sky Chasers Inc. The old lady can scamper like a young lass, and the young pug can set some goals for new tricks at SPCA's Phoebe Sherwood Perry Animal Care Center at 8411 FM 720 (just east of Custer Road) in McKinney. Call 972-562-7297.
Sunday, May 23
There are places in fictional sci-fi that are well-known locations to avoid. The Galactic Rim, Space Station 11, that freakish ship in Event Horizon and, of course, the proverbial Middle of Nowhere. Now we have Quadrant Five to fear, as it is documented in our play synopsis as "the most dangerous place in the galaxy." Texas Radio Theatre Company isn't scared. In fact, its latest production (done in the style of old-time radio dramas complete with a sound-effects man) sends protagonist/space ranger Cliff and his robot named Robot to that very place in Cliff Proton and the Creature From Quadrant Five. The family show takes place before a studio audience for later airings on local radio stations and will occur at The Coffee Haus at Lincoln Square, 314 Lincoln Square Shopping Center in Arlington, at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. A donation of $5 is suggested. Call 817-274-0006.
Monday, May 24
Living in the great Lone Star State, we Dallasites know our Tex-Mex. We know that guac needs a bit of lime and cilantro and a good blend of mash and chunks. We know pico is essential with just about everything. But let's face it: We've Americanized the true cuisine of Mexico with dishes that simply contain things Mexican such as tortillas and peppers. That's why Beyond Tex-Mex, a cooking class with Monica Greene (of Monica's Aca y Alla) and Joanne Bondy (of Ciudad), is an essential learning experience. Both are schooled in ingredients and methods of faithful Mexico City-style cooking and will use fresh seasonal ingredients from the market (Central Market at Greenville Avenue and Lovers Lane, that is). The class is Monday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. and costs $60. To register, call 214-361-5754.
Tuesday, May 25
Tuesday We're done arguing about The Passion of the Christ, so what of Noah's Flood: The New Scientific Discoveries About the Event That Changed History? The Dallas Museum of Art offers an answer to that question as it welcomes scientist and co-author of the book, William B.F. Ryan, to conduct Tuesday's Boshell Family Lecture Series on Archaeology. Ryan, having examined and explored the floor of the ocean since 1961, will discuss his evidence that the flood was really the waters of the Mediterranean Sea breaking through "a natural dam and [cascading] into the Bosporus Sea, inundating 60,000 square miles of land." We'll have to go just to see if he says anything resembling "two by two." The lecture begins at 7 p.m. at the museum, 1717 N. Harwood St., and is $10 for members or $15 for the public. Registration is required. Call 214-922-1826.