When we first heard of Classical Acting Company's choice for their season finale, we got the creeps, chills and what Mom would call the heebie-jeebies. Then we learned that Georges Feydeau's A Flea In Her Ear is not actually about an aurally tormenting insect. The play is a classic French farce (translated, of course) about suspected infidelity and a far-out, sure-fire plot to trap the sinning hubby. "Sure-fire," of course, translates to "misfire," with mistaken identities and scads of opening and closing doors; the play lives up to its classification. Thursday is opening night for Flea, with a performance at 7:30 p.m. in the Arena Theatre at Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road. The production continues through June 27, showing at 7:30 p.m. on Thursdays, 8 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $25 for opening night (includes party) and $15 for regular shows. Visit www.classicalactingcompany.com or call 214-505-1655.
Friday, June 4
Thanks to There's Something About Mary's reference to Harold and Maude being the "greatest love story of our time," we realized that for years we had heard about the amazing roles of Bud Cort and Ruth Gordon but had yet to see the film. A 60-year age gap, feigned suicides, funerals galore--yes, it's a comedy and a damn fine one at that. This weekend, the Inwood Midnight Movie Series offers Harold and Maude for a two-night showing and, for $7.50 and the big screen, it's required viewing. And we say this not just because we think so, but because while checking facts on Internet Movie Database we noticed a series of viewer comments detailing some "three elements" used in the film, and several were titled "English class assignment." So apparently Harold and Maude really is compulsory viewing. See how love knows no age and perhaps make an "A," Friday (or Saturday) at the Inwood, 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-352-6040.
Saturday, June 5
There are things that terrify us, stop us dead in our tracks and make us get that weird wiggly feeling in our stomach. Things that threaten the dryness of our pants. Of course, we're scared of things like drowning and fire, and flying doesn't do much for us. But we're talking the little innocuous things of life--possums, the huge flocks of grackles that descend upon our roof at dusk, certain children's toys and, again, possums. Vance Wingate knows the fear of innocent things and has transferred his own personal phobias onto his new works on paper (by way of found photos, papers and images, as well as various media) in Fear (again) at Gray Matters Gallery, 113 N. Haskell Ave. The gallery is Wingate's creation as well and will celebrate the exhibition with an opening celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday. Call 214-824-7108.
Sunday, June 6
In raising children, there is a certain amount of daily cajoling involved. We remember, for instance, our mother calling vegetables by different names in an effort to try to get us to down something green. Peas were "special grown-up pills" and broccoli was "trees" (not that trees are any more appealing). And like everyone else (right?), we had a Nap Turkey that would bring us surprises like Avon samples, pretty stamps and the rare Hershey's miniature if we would "for heaven's sake, lie down for a few minutes" so Mom could work on her hearing (there was some discussion of not being able to hear herself think). The Dallas Symphony Orchestra is getting in on the bribery by offering its final family concert of the Musical Portraits series called The Music of Harry Potter. The DSO will perform works from the series of films, as well as Saint-Sans' "Carnival of the Animals," and in doing so might covertly instill some little ones with a day of culture they'll actually enjoy. Brook Mays offers an instrument petting zoo with opportunities to play a violin or trumpet, and Radio Disney brings games and prizes to the lobby before the show. The Meyerson Symphony Center is located at 2301 Flora St. Tickets range from $12 to $45. Call 214-692-0203.
Monday, June 7
Come summertime, animals are often at the mercy of their human parents. We are staunch in our belief that, like children, four-legged pals need to be looked out for, protected from the heat and kept from Texas' extreme elements. Take it from us, we were never the same after a Labor Day parade at the end of which, we, in our Bluebirds uniform, fainted on camera from a heat stroke. The embarrassment upon coming to was almost as excruciating as our cottonmouth. That's why it's nothing short of cool that Jim Dunlap and the Richardson Humane Society are presenting Animals Galore on Monday at 10 a.m. The program is for all ages and features a live animal show-and-tell, plus fun activities that teach kids about how to keep their pets safe and cool during the hottest season. The event is part of Barnes & Noble's Summer Reading Camp (with other activities throughout the week) at the 801 15th St. location in Plano. And trust us, if you leave an animal in your car this summer, that nasty note on the windshield is from us. Call 972-881-7526.
Tuesday, June 8
It's rare when someone can offer us all an opportunity to see something they know no one has ever seen. No one alive anyway. How is it possible that no one has seen a Venus transit? Because there hasn't been one since December 1882. What is a Venus transit? It "occurs when the silhouette of the planet Venus crosses in front of the sun" after Venus passes the earth in orbit. Sounds like a planet eclipse to us, but we're no astronomers. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History brings the event to us with a live NASA Web cast from Greece (one of the few places it's visible). The shindig begins at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday with much-needed coffee, Krispy Kremes and the broadcast projected onto the domed screen of the museum's Omni Theater. Narration by Noble Planetarium director Linda Krouse and Maryland's Goddard Spaceflight Center will accompany the captivating images. Tickets are $5 and advance purchase is recommended as seating is limited. Call 817-255-9300.
Wednesday, June 9
Infrared photography can be warm and sensual, soft and haunting, despite the strong contrasts that the film creates. Loaded with film donated by Eastman Kodak, Richland's advanced photography students headed to Santa Fe for a mini-mester with professors Wayne Loucas and Roy Cirigliana. The entire trip was devoted to infrared photography. Using the sensitive film (that must be loaded, unloaded and processed in complete darkness), students were instructed to shoot the landscape mindful of an outcome that would feature glowing elements and stark black sky to white cloud contrasts. What was shot next door in New Mexico is now on display as the Richland College 10th Anniversary Infrared Photography Exhibit in the Green Mezzanine-Gallery of the Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive, Richardson. The gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday (and every other day but Sunday). See www.eisemanncenter.com or call 972-744-4600.