Single people with dogs, wouldn't it be good to know that someone you meet approves of your schnauzer from the beginning? And doesn't it feel good to support homeless pets? And wouldn't it be even better to meet a caring, animal-loving friend while sipping wine, spending quality time with your best friend and helping homeless animals? Animal Fair magazine hosts the 2004 Animal Fair Yappy Hour Rescue Tour from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday at The Wine Therapist, 1810 Skillman Ave. The event includes a silent auction and an appearance by Animal Fair's Wendy Diamond, who will celebrate the release of her book What a Lucky Dog: How to Understand Men Through Their Dogs--we're gonna need to corner her for the lowdown, so get in line, peeps--as well as cocktails and munchables from Carrabba's Italian Grill. For a $50 donation benefiting Dog & Kitty City, participants can mingle and sniff each other all the while confident that it's for a good cause. As for those without canine companions, Dog & Kitty City offers the rental for the evening of pets available for adoption for a $20 donation. Reservations are recommended. Call 214-855-7600.
Friday, October 22
Sometimes you need to blur the lines of an issue in order to see deeper into it. Despite the abstraction, it can seem more personal and more tangible. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, the Barry Whistler Gallery celebrates the abstract and three of its expert creators while holding the opening reception for Scott Barber/Ted Kincaid/John Pomara. Each artist takes an original image and manipulates it to create an art piece. Pomara begins with a photograph magnified, filtered and distorted and finishes with an oil enamel on aluminum panel that looks as though the image is actually in motion. Kincaid takes images of the sky and combines them digitally to create clouds that, while realistic, never existed. Barber, in a very personal turn, uses pictures of his own cancer cells (NH lymphoma) and transforms them into flat paintings on aluminum in an act of creativity and healing. After each extensive process for these works, how could this exhibition be anything but real and totally alive? The exhibit runs through November 27 at 2909-B Canton St. Call 214-939-0242.
Saturday, October 23
Our very first story for the Dallas Observer described an unfortunate event involving a Lindy Hop aerial and a not-so-secure wrap dress. For the record, at Saturday's class, we're wearing a belt with our wonderful, full-coverage...pants. Elaine Hewlett and Don West's dance workshop covers flips, jumps, throws and dips--all the great-looking tricks of swing. The catch is you must have a partner; too bad Dog & Kitty City doesn't rent those for a day. Because of the steps covered, there will be no rotating partners for this class. It helps to know the Lindy Hop, but the class is open to anyone interested. Wear comfy clothes and shoes (no heels), have a "clean bill of health," front the cash and work up a sweat from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Dallas Opera's Karayanis Production Center, 4301 S. Fitzhugh Ave. The cost is $70 per couple in advance, $90 at the door. Register online at www.therhythmroom.net/lessons.html.
Sunday, October 24
The scariest ghost story we ever heard was told, of course, outside in the dark with limited visibility behind us. Ever since, nothing gets our blood pumping like almost-possible spooky tales when there's no wall to put our back against. The Dallas Storytelling Guild and the Bath House Cultural Center present Ghost Stories at the Lake and tout that the event will be "an evening of the eeriest and scariest stories for adults." Seeing as how the kids will be at home and the guild is made up of talented storytellers, these tales might be so creepy, we'll need a blanket for the outdoor setting (weather permitting) and permission from our neighbor to grab their arm if necessary. The center and amphitheater are located at 521 E. Lawther Drive on White Rock Lake. Admission is pay-what-you-can. Call 214-670-8249.
Monday, October 25
While perusing the aisle at the local grocery store, we had a sudden realization that we don't know how to make a roast, prepare stuffing or bake bread from scratch. Sure, we've got the recipes, but no hands-on experience like our moms got when they were growing up. King Arthur Flour, however, has been baking bread the old-fashioned way for 214 years, and the company's willing to hand down the secrets to those of us stuck in the microwave generation. As they say, "Advice is as essential to good baking as flour and yeast." We say, "Bring it on." The company offers two bread baking classes on Monday--noon to 2 p.m. covers sweet dough, and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. covers artisan bread. No registration is required and both classes are free, so there's no excuse for a future of fallen dough. The ovens are fired up at Holiday Inn Select DFW Airport South, 4440 W. Airport Freeway in Irving. Call 802-649-3881.
Tuesday, October 26
Don the windbreakers, lecture buffs. There's a blowhard a-comin'. 20/20's John Stossel offers a Tuesday talk at the University of North Texas titled "Freedom and its Enemies" at 7 p.m. The "consumer advocate reporter" will speak on individual freedom, liberty and free markets and how his experiences with each have shaped his career. Stossel will also sign copies of his book Give Me a Break: How I Exposed Hucksters, Cheats and Scam Artists and Became the Scourge of the Liberal Media, which is culled from his weekly commentaries on the show. Perhaps Stossel will offer his opinion on our book title: Why John Stossel's "Modest" Book Title is Freakishly Long in Today's Society of Short Attention Spans and Concise Information. We didn't even use as many words in ours. The lecture is free and takes place in the Silver Eagle Suite of the University Union. Call 940-565-3509.