unReal Life

Philip K. Dick lives again

9/30

You are about to meet Philip K. Dick, the mystifying mind behind the books that inspired the sci-fi movies Blade Runner and Minority Report. He'll be present--despite the minor detail of his death in 1982--in the synthetic flesh in David Hanson's The Resurrection of Philip K. Dick,part of the University of Texas at Dallas' exhibition, unReal, running from September 30 to November 12, which also includes art by Jason Cohen, Betsy Odom, David Krueger and more. Sit with Philip-android in his reconstructed 1970s apartment and have a chat. He can see you, respond to your voice and even think on his feet--figuratively, that is. Not to mention that with plastic polymer skin, hair and eyes, he looks eerily like the real thing. The robot blends the world's best hardware and artificial intelligence, and to put it all into perspective, count on shopping for your own robot teacher, companion or security guard by the year 2029. It's like something out of a Philip K. Dick novel. An opening reception will be held Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to the exhibit is free. Call 972883-2972 or visit ah.utdallas.edu/season0506/real.htm. --Emily Jacobs Face Painting

9/29

Playing dress-up was fun when we were five--and it's still fun today. It's just more expensive. Plus it usually involves sobbing, staring at our reflection in the dressing room mirror and realizing that we are no longer a size six and where the hell did thosethighs come from? Maybe that part's not so fun. That's why makeup is far better to play around with--fewer impossible zippers involved. Stop by the Sephora at NorthPark Center, Northwest Highway at North Central Expressway, this Thursday for a meet-and-greet from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the creators of model-endorsed cosmetic line Smashbox. Makeovers are available from noon to 3 p.m. Call 214-378-8177 to schedule yours. --Andrea GrimesSeriously Silky

10/2

China has lightened up over the years. Sure, it still jails the odd labor organizer or journalist, but at least these days it's not a capital offense to go see a silk-spinning exhibition. For more than 3,000 years China successfully defended its silk monopoly by executing anyone caught spreading sericulture technology. In the first century, a Chinese princess married off to an Indian potentate smuggled the thread-pooping caterpillars out in her headdress. Japan also stole the technique, starting an enduring tradition of industrial espionage, but the secret of silk didn't escape to the West until 552. Since then, China has consoled itself with the loss of its silk monopoly by monopolizing everything else. Still, you might want to stand near an exit just in case. See Larval Marvels: Silk Reeling Demonstrations, featuring textile artist Michael Cook, at the Texas Discovery Gardens in Fair Park at 2 p.m. Sundays and Mondays through October 23. Free with State Fair admission. Call 214-428-7476. --Rick Kennedy

 
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