Board Games

Jon Comer's doing what's Never Been Done

6/17

In the unconventional tradition of Heather Whitestone-McCallum (the hearing-impaired Miss America 1995) and Rick Allen (the one-armed drummer for Def Leppard), 15-year veteran skateboarder Jon Comer scoffs derisively in the face of anatomical convention--and then beats its ass into submission with his sick Gringo board. Comer, a Keller resident who lost his right foot after a hit-and-run accident when he was 4, is now one of America's top skateboarders, placing in the top 20 at professional events such as Vancouver's Slam City Jam, all while wearing his prosthetic leg. Film director Matt Powers dishes out Comer's self-effacing story in his award-winning documentary Never Been Done: The Jon Comer Story, which will premiere in Dallas at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Magnolia Theater, 3699 McKinney Ave. Tickets will be available at the door or for presale at any Fast Forward Skate Shop for those who routinely tear it up. Ticket holders also get the chance to score some sweet skateboard gear at a post-screening raffle. Visit www.neverbeendone.com. --Mary Monigold

Rim Shots
Talent and trash talk
6/19

The first--and only--time I played in a Hoop-It-Up tournament was three years ago. There were thousands of competitors, everyone from kids to old people. Our crew was shunted off to a makeshift court that was really an uneven patch of dirt beneath the highway out near the West End. Given the situation--the fact that there were a whole lot of really nice courts that others were playing on--I thought I'd have a terrible time. But I didn't. It would have been more fun, of course, had our team won. And we would have, too, except my teammates blew it. All they did was hit shots and play defense. Me? I was busy mouthing the refs and the opposition--a vital part of Hoop-It-Up. Either way, it's a guaranteed good time. Spectators can get into the action 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at American Airlines Center, 2500 Victory Ave. Admission is free. Call 1-888-997-PLAY or visit www.hoopitup.com. --John Gonzalez

Paternity Test
6/19

What's a better way to celebrate Father's Day than taking dear ol' Dad to get his prostate checked? Free prostate cancer screenings are just part of the fun at the Dad's Day 5K benefiting the Urology Research & Education Foundation. Last year more than 90 men were screened, and six cases of early prostate cancer were detected. Other activities include the Dad's Day Tricycle Challenge, the Dad & Child 1K for children ages 8 and under who think they can keep up with Pop, the Diaper Dash for crawlers and a look-a-like contest for dads who closely resemble their offspring. Happy Father's Day, Dad. Now bend over and take it like a man. It happens Saturday at 8 a.m. at Medical City Dallas Hospital, 12377 Merit Drive. Entry is $25. Visit www.dadfest.com. --Jay Webb

 
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