"Am I blue?/Am I blue?/Ain't these tears in my eyes tellin' you/Well, am I blue?/You'd be, too." The Harry Akst/Grant Clarke tune may as well be the theme song for the ladies of Echo Theatre or at least Rhonda Blair, Terri Ferguson and Jerrika Hinton, the creators of Dreaming America: In the Bunker With George. Echo touts the production as being "an October valentine to all the 'blue' people living in the big red state of Texas," and what better time to examine sex, politics, race, religion and, of course, money than in the midst of presidential debates and the slinging of mud? Thursday marks the opening of the "blatantly partisan" show that urges the all-partisan message of educated voting. Check out the American dream according to three outspoken (is there any better kind?) women at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive, through October 30 at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Tickets are $10 to $15. Call 214-904-0500.
Friday, October 8
To get a job, one needs experience. But to get experience, one needs a job. It's a seemingly cyclical problem for a young not-yet-professional. So for Dallas Black Dance Theatre to give newbies the proverbial shot and present the works of emerging choreographers is, needless to say, laudable. Ice Cold Fire is the 11th Choreographer's Choice Series from the theater, and it features new works from Michelle Sherrill and Nycole Ray (Love Tri-Tango), as well as the first main-stage performance by DBDT II, the theater's second performing company. The works are featured both Friday and Saturday nights at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., starting at 7:30. Tickets are $15 and $30. Call 214-631-2787.
Saturday, October 9
There's not an occupation that seems more fun than being a cabaret singer. Seriously, you could sing, do random accents to accentuate certain standards, tell interesting anecdotes and, in some cases, be privy to a lifetime supply of fishnets and fabulous headwear. It's a girl's dream...or Joel Grey's. Unfortunately, if we were a cabaret performer, we'd have to take a hint from Olivia d'Abo's character in Kicking and Screaming and pay our audiences every time a story went splat. We don't have that many dollars, and it doesn't look effortless when we're precariously perched atop a stool. Lisa Davis, however, has the shtick down and can create an intimate, entertaining and humorous show for her audiences. It's no surprise, really, as Davis has been doing the one-woman cabaret circuit nationally for more than 30 years. See the "consummate cabaret performer" Saturday at 7 p.m. or 9:30 p.m. at McNair Studio, 301 E. Fifth St., in Fort Worth. For $25 general admission tickets, call 1-877-212-4280.
Sunday, October 10
Anyone who has ever watched The Avengers, The Prisoner or even the Austin Powers flicks has more than likely taken a shine to the small and sporty British cars of yore. The new MINI Cooper may be cool, but we love the classics--cars that should really be referred to as "automobiles." The British Emporium celebrates its 12th anniversary with several events over the next couple of months, but the one that really grabs us is the British Emporium Autumn Classic Car & Motorcycle Show. It's a fun show that welcomes anyone with a British mode of transportation to show it off while checking out the store and its Richard Blenko hand-blown glassware. Attendees are encouraged to bring a canned food item to donate to the Grace Food Bank and stick around for the awards ceremony recognizing the Shiniest Bonnet, Loveliest Boot, Car/Bike With the Most Personality and other prize categories. Be in the car park at 140 N. Main St. in Grapevine on Sunday from noon to 4 p.m. Call 817-421-2311 or visit www.british-emporium.com.
Monday, October 11
The red flag is going up. The mass e-mails have been sent. The ham radio alerts have been aired. Ladies' night is canceled. We must save our energy for...deep breaths...a 260-mile-long sale. Maybe the search is for a 1950s credenza for the entryway, a cement garden statue, a bicycle or a Conway Twitty 8-track circa 1978. Maybe there's no true search, just a hope to find the most obscure Christmas presents possible. Our last 10 bucks says any and all of those items can possibly be found given the sheer expanse of the Third Annual Historic U.S. 80 Hi-Way Sale & Cruise, lasting from Friday through Monday along U.S. 80 from Grand Prairie to Shreveport-Bossier City "and beyond." Antique shops will set up sidewalk sales, and residents, clubs, schools and other organizations will host fund-raisers on various plots along the way. The most important thing to remember (aside from cash, water and comfy shoes) is, says founder and executive director Howard Rosser, "Do not make u-turns. Take your time and have a good, safe time" along the first ocean-to-ocean all-weather road in America. For more info on buying and selling during the sale, visit www.us80.com.
Tuesday, October 12
It's hard to describe Quad C Theatre's OUT! without referring to The Laramie Project or The Vagina Monologues--other docu-testimony-drama combos that use the stage to vocalize viewpoints, similar as well as differing, on important issues. So it's not a comparison necessarily, just a basis of reference for an audience that may expect traditional theater. Earlier this year, Quad C solicited actors/performers/writers for a production that would be both written and performed by the cast concerning the "hot-button issue" of homosexuality. Quad C says OUT! is still a work in progress as the "theater of testimony" genre continues to evolve and progress. But we want to see it in the beginning, so we can watch the transformation of director Brad Baker and his cast as they grow with a continually challenging subject. OUT! opens Tuesday and is presented in the Black Box Theatre at Collin County Community College, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway, Plano. Show times are at 8 p.m. daily through Sunday with matinees at 2:15 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $5. Call 972-881-5100.