Kiss and Tell

These lips aren't sealed

10/17

Candace Bushnell's Sex and the City introduced us to the New York world of really horny thirtysomething women. Refreshingly, they were smart, funny and independent. And of course, if they weren't, they'd just be sluts. Bushnell has taken over the Jackie Collins helm for a new generation, and this valley of the dolls will lead readers into the Lipstick Jungle, Bushnell's latest offering, which jumps a decade to fortysomething über-powerful women and their struggles to stay at the top. A movie mogul tries to win her Oscar. A fashion magazine editor juggles her boy toy, family and company politics. And the fashion world's new darling struggles to keep her company with harsh critics at her throat. Despite hot flashes, Wendy, Nico and Victory are women of power, and men and sex are merely their toys. Just the name Victory exudes sex and power. Or at least merits a cape. These anti-heroines continue the long line of Bushnell's tales of women charting new lives in the Big Apple. But the scary thing is the author's inspiration for these women. "I spent a lot of time thinking where women were today, and what I noticed was that there was a fascinating group of women in their forties who were leading non-traditional lives...they didn't fit the old stereotype...so many of these women were the girls next door," she says in an online interview with Amazon.com. She must have lived in Plano. You can get all the juicy details Monday when she comes to Dallas to promote Jungle. She will be at Barnes & Noble at 7700 W. Northwest Highway starting at 7:30 p.m. Call the store at 214-739-3643. --Rich Lopez

Can Do Attitude

10/15

You'll never look at a can of chicken noodle soup the same way after checking out the cans in Canstruction. The Society of Design Administration's charity competition features area architects and design firms building mind-boggling and humorous constructs out of canned goods. Previous competitions have revealed that those little stubby cans of StarKist Tuna aren't just a great source of protein but make great building blocks for a strong foundation. But the real challenge is finding solid monochromatic labels so designs have a strong color scheme. Proceeds and building materials benefit the Tarrant Area Food Bank. Canstruction opens Saturday and is on display through October 22 at North East Mall, 1101 Melbourne Road, Hurst. Admission is free. Visit www.canstruction.org. --Jay Webb

Out of the Box

10/14

If something is filmed near Dallas, we'll watch it. It's fun to point out local spots in movies and TV shows--"Hey, Owen Wilson is breaking into Hinckley Cold Storage" or "That guy on Cheaters is meeting his mistress at the Wienerschnitzel on Gaston Avenue." But tops for us has to be Office Space, filmed in the luxurious town of, um, Las Colinas. But the Dallas connection isn't the best part. No, it's the utter hatred of cubicle jobs, managers and "pieces of flair" that make us watch the Mike Judge (King of the Hill) movie again and again, including Friday and Saturday's midnight screenings at Cinemark 17, 11819 Webb Chapel Road. Tickets are $4. Call 972-665-1043. --Sam Machkovech

Get Goosed

10/18

One of artist Mary Engelbreit's popular illustrations proclaims "We don't care how they do it in New York." But New York, and apparently the rest of the country, cares how the St. Louis-based Engelbreit does it. Her signature artistic, just-cute-enough style can be found on everything from note cards to dinner plates and throughout her eponymous magazine. Engelbreit also writes and illustrates children's books, and her latest is a version of Mother Goose rhymes. Fans of her "cute chic" can meet her when she signs Mary Engelbreit's Mother Goose at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Borders Books & Music, 10720 Preston Road. Call 214-363-9305. --S. Anne Durham

 
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