Game On

And clothes off

3/19

Renaissance GayBINGO sounds like the Resource Center of Dallas' worst GayBINGO idea yet--so snooty, so pretentious, so boring. But then consider one of the hallmarks of Renaissance art: nudity! Expect mostly nude angels, mostly nude men, mostly nude women and mostly nude men dressed as mostly nude women. We suggest taking a scorecard to the Lakewood Theater on Saturday for GayBINGO to mark each time you see a cute but paunchy couple in angel wings and fig leaves as Raphael's "The Cherubs" or two fitter, tanner men (one young and buff, the other older with white hair, a beard and pink sheath) re-creating Michelangelo's "The Creation of Adam." And don't forget the ladies: Leonardo da Vinci's "The Mona Lisa" or Botticelli's "The Birth of Venus," the chick in the clamshell. Any guy who can pull off the look of Michelangelo's "David" is sure to be popular. Renaissance GayBINGO takes place at 1825 Abrams Parkway with theater doors opening at 5 p.m. and the show starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $15, which includes 10 bingo games (five special games cost $1 each extra), cash prizes, wacky hosts, drag queens on roller skates and more. Call 214-540-4495. --Shannon Sutlief

Our Town
3/19

Egypt, Iraq, Guatemala, Honduras, Lebanon, Syria. You'd think--after photographing the ancient architecture and culture of these places--coming home to Dallas would be like eating tinned bean dip and stale Tostitos after feasting on gourmet cuisine for days. But Dallas photographer Carolyn Brown likes her town, too, and she finds beauty here in the Pegasus, Reunion Tower, Fair Park, the Old Red Courthouse and other monuments that say "home" to her. (Our favorite is her photo that lines up the harsh, angular lines of Dallas City Hall with the smooth curves of the Henry Moore Sculpture in front of it.) You'd think after contributing to two books of Dallas photographs (1994's Dallas: The Shining Star of Texas with Jim Donovan and 1997's Dallas: World Class Texas with Annette Strauss), she would have run out of subjects. But she found enough for Dallas: Where Dreams Come True, also with Donovan, which she'll sign at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Barnes & Noble at 2001 Preston Road in Plano. The book also features essays by Dallasites, including Mayor Laura Miller and Raymond Nasher. Admission is free. Call the store at 972-612-0999. --Shannon SutliefGet Out
3/19

There's more to Dallas than Lakewood, Lower Greenville, Deep Ellum and Uptown, folks. If you haven't seen Oak Cliff in the nearly 100 years since it was established, use the opportunity on March 19 to take the Dallas Historical Society's Historic Oak Cliff Tour, departing from Fair Park (you do know where that is, right?) at 9 a.m. and returning around 2 p.m. Saturday. Lunch is included in the $35 to $45 ticket price. Call 214-421-4500, ext. 105, or visit www.dallashistory.org. --Mary MonigoldSunday Drive
3/20

For a hip-hop station lagging behind the über-crunk K104, it's amazing what acts 97.9 The Beat landed for its inaugural Caliente Custom Car Show & Concert. Big-time acts. Ludacris and T.I. kind of big. They'll be there, as will Ciara, local artists and the lowest-riding, most chromed-out cars and trucks this side of Pimp My Ride. It all starts Sunday at noon in Fair Park. Tickets cost $25 and are available at Levine's department stores and at the Centennial Hall box office on Sunday. Visit www.979thebeat.com. --Paul KixIndependent Means
3/18

The notion of being the "first family of indie rock" is both an intriguing and confounding idea. Who knew there was such a role available in a genre obsessed with being young, unconventional and intentionally ironic and generally poorly dressed? So many questions, too little time, so let it be known that the bold (and largely tongue-in-cheek) claim is made by the Trachtenburg Family Slideshow Players, a musical trio and actual family made up of father Jason, mother Tina and daughter Rachel, and the group's hook is that it creates craftily crude--or crudely crafty--pop gems around the arbitrary discovery of other people's slide collections. That's right: It wasn't enough that "indie" has been gracious enough to bestow an excuse for the wardrobe-impaired members of Generation X; it's now become a downright lo-fi deity by making strangers' slideshows interesting. During the Dallas Museum of Art's Late Night at the DMA program from 6 p.m. to midnight Friday, watch Jason on keyboards and vocals, 10-year-old Rachel keeping the beat on drums and Tina pull it all together with the projector--from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Atrium. The Trachtenburgs have traveled across the country with their unique presentation, so they'll prove a great match for Dr. Paul Slavens Texclectic Unsemble, an improvisational collective led by KERA 90.1's nighttime host. Audience participation is key to Slavens and his group, so get random and watch your idea turn into an on-the-spot song. Indie-licious! Late Night at the DMA also includes African music and dance, a DJ, kids activities, gallery tours, yoga for kids, a screening of Blue in the Face, literary performances and food and drinks. The DMA is at 1717 N. Harwood St. Call 214-922-1200. --Matt Hursh

 
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