When we think "British music," we generally think of Sex Pistols, the Clash, Joy Division, David Bowie, Radiohead and even Coldplay. It's never an instantaneous connection to Andrew Lloyd Webber or Gilbert and Sullivan, but that doesn't negate their influence or importance. The Symphonic Pops Consortium, composed of symphony orchestras from Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis and Seattle plus the National Symphony Orchestra, aims to enliven that melodious West End of London and bring the Phantom, Music Hall comedy and Noel Coward to the front of the stage with a musical tribute, Pops Goes London! The salute to British composers (yes, that includes the Beatles) begins Thursday at 8 p.m. (with evening shows on Friday and Saturday and a matinee on Sunday) at Bass Performance Hall, 525 Commerce St., Fort Worth. Tickets are $23 to $72. Call 817-665-6000.
Friday, November 5
Watch any crime show, from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to Law & Order to just about anything on Court TV, and the idea of moral redemption is present if only for a moment. Can a stripper apply herself and become a senior CSI? Can a thief become a philanthropist? Can a killer rehabilitate himself? In Sam and Bella Spewark's My Three Angels, ICT MainStage brings to the stage the story of three convicts hired to repair a family's roof in French Guiana. Ill-meaning relatives aim to ruin the father's business, but, after feeling such acceptance and trust, the convicts use their criminal skills to defend the man and his family. Redemption and realization abound like they never could on prime time, so get off the couch and head to the Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., for Friday's opening performance at 8 p.m. The show continues through November 20. Tickets are $12 to $17. Call 972-252-2787.
Saturday, November 6
It may not exactly feel like it, but it's technically autumn out there. Despite the sweat forming in various pits, we knew the season had changed when we let out our rather low-to-the-ground canine and he resorted to peeing on a leaf since he couldn't even reach the birdbath for all the fallen tree debris. Were we woodland-dwelling creatures, we'd leave the leaves be and let them carry out the decomposition cycle on their own. But we're not, so when our dog can't see over the piles, it's time to rake. Green Living and master composter Bob Curry offer an alternative to bagging with a compost workshop for all skill levels and, more important, all lawn sizes (from huge to almost nonexistent). The workshop is free, plus it'll be money-saving since lawn bags will no longer be necessary. Reserve a space for Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Green Living, 1904 Abrams Parkway. Call 214-821-8444.
Sunday, November 7
We do a lot for our pets. We take them to the dog park, brush them, buy them better food than we eat and buy them stocking stuffers. When we're broke, their food is bought before ours. In return they love us always--and don't tell us they're not capable of love; we won't believe you--proving it with kisses on the nose, soft little head butts and the occasional dead rodent on the door mat. But it is for the less fortunate fur-babes that we place bids and spill the wine on Sunday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Operation Kindness presents its 12th annual Canines, Cats & Cabernet fund-raising event featuring an expansive live and silent auction, vittles and libations. Tickets are $55 in advance and $65 at the door, and the event takes place at the Women's Museum in Fair Park. Call 972-498-8985 or check out www.operationkindness.org.
Monday, November 8
Dallas has quite a few galleries and many an artist, some of whom are well-known and/or notorious. Sometimes, however, it's healthy to take a chance, get a breath of the new and show off some young talent. Les Cinq Femmes at Avenue Arts Venue offers such an opportunity with a showing of works by young female artists including Adriana Martinez (mosaics), Karla Garcia (painting), Trinity Bushner (collage), Lorene Herrera aka LoRe (painting) and Andrea Rogers (collage, overlapping layers). Looking at LoRe's self-portraits or Bushner's collages, which recycle and complete some of her father's unfinished works, it's clear that just because these artists are "young," that doesn't mean their soulful expressions are child's play. The exhibition takes place from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday with wine and hors d'oeuvres served. Avenue Arts Venue is located at 825 Exposition Ave. Call 214-827-0351.
Tuesday, November 9
Close the history books, because this time the papers, the drawings, the architectural plans, photos and archival documents are in plain view. It's Texas history up close and tactile. The Dallas Municipal Archives of the City Secretary's Office presents Fair Park: 100 Years, in celebration of the 1904 agreement transferring ownership of the park to the city. The site of the 1936 World's Fair and the permanent home for the State Fair of Texas, the park boasts eight museums and some amazing Art Deco architecture. The cool part is seeing exactly how Fair Park became the sizable cultural center that it is today. One hundred years and still "one of the most architecturally significant fairgrounds in North America." The exhibit runs through December 31 and is located in the South Texas Room of the Hall of State in Fair Park. Call 214-421-4500.
Wednesday, November 10
The people at El Tesoro Tequila are experts on the hooch, no doubt, but they're setting us up for embarrassment by scheduling the tequila-inspired dinner after the tequila tasting with Carlos Camarena, a third-generation master distiller of El Tesoro. Quite frankly, we're lightweights when it comes to liquor, so if we start grasping for carb-laden items early on, either get out of our way or vow to help pick us up off the floor at the end of the night. The Discover the Treasure of El Tesoro dinner and tasting is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Blue Mesa Grill, 5100 Belt Line Road in Addison. An RSVP is required, so call immediately. The cost is $50 but well worth it, or so we remember from the last tequila tasting. Now that we think about it, though, we remember our speaker urging "sips" rather than "shots." Maybe that's where we went wrong. Call 972-934-0165.