Car & Driver

It's the feel-bad movie of the week

8/6

If you want to leave the cineplex this weekend with that feel-good vibe--love solves everything and good always triumphs over evil--you should buy a ticket to Spider-Man 2 or A Cinderella Story. Stick to your family-friendly fare, and at all costs avoid the Inwood Theatre's midnight movie--don't you know that "all the animals come out at night"? They'll certainly be out in force to see Robert De Niro as insomniac hack Travis Bickle, who doesn't quite save the world from supervillains, and Jodie Foster as 12-year-old prostitute Iris, who ain't no prom queen. But if you can endure two hours of brutal loneliness, carnage and Checker Cabs, Taxi Driver might be just the perverse pleasure you're seeking. If nothing else, you'll at least gain a few life lessons: One, don't take a girl to a porno theater on a first date (more of a fifth-date activity); two, if you run out of milk for your cereal, schnapps is an acceptable substitute; and three, if life is on a downhill slide, treat yourself to a haircut and a .44 Magnum. See Martin Scorsese's Taxi Driver at the Inwood Theatre, 5458 W. Lovers Lane, at midnight on August 6 and August 7. Call 214-764-9106. --Michelle Martinez

Good Ideas
At-risk kids get a lesson in the arts
8/5

The great thing about Little League Baseball is that it keeps potentially troublesome kids off the streets during the summer. The bad thing? Baseball is boring. If only I'd had something more creative to do as a boy, my hometown might have had less petty arson and fewer broken windows. Too bad there was no program like Creative Solutions back then. The program matches at-risk teens, some on probation, with local artist-mentors to teach kids creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills. The products of this summer's session--several pieces of visual art, short films and a handful of multimedia "digital stories"--will be unveiled this week at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., in the seventh-floor O'Hara Exhibit Hall. The screenings are noon and 7 p.m. Thursday and noon Friday. Call 214-520-0023, ext. 230 for reservations. The exhibit will be open to the public through the end of August. --Patrick Williams

Body Eclectic
8/7

This weekend, the Professor Trelawneys of the country will be serving up the finest in holistic living at the spiritually ascendant Richardson Civic Center, 411 Arapaho Road, for the Body, Mind & Spirit Expo. An $8 cover buys you a two-day metaphysic romp with access to 40 lectures and 60 exhibitions. So grab your crystal ball, wake up your third eye and show up August 7 and August 8. Call 541-482-3722 or visit www.bmse.net. --Mary Monigold

Let Them Eat Cake
Whole Foods' just desserts
8/11

We called Whole Foods in Plano asking to speak to the person who would be teaching the Celebrate Cakes class on August 11, and a very French man came to the phone. In a manner that was not quite rude, not quite chipper--just very French--he said that he had no idea what he would be teaching during the class. That is not an indication of neglect, however, but of the French proclivity to rely on inspiration a tad more heavily than Americans do. Instruction in forming the perfect drop flowers, rosettes and snowcaps should at the very least not be a stale experience. It starts at 6:30 p.m. Sign up at customer service in the store, 2201 Preston Road, or call 972-612-6729. --Claiborne Smith

 
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