This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

Thursday, November 10

Perhaps you've just read the two novels (Since You're Leaving Anyway, Take Out the Trash and new release My Heart May Be Broken, But My Hair Still Looks Great) by Dixie Cash, never having bothered to read the flap about the author or look at www.dixie-cash.com. If that's the case, allow us to save you some confusion. When you approach the desk for an autograph or sit for the discussion on My Heart at 7 p.m. Thursday at Barnes & Noble, you will see two people at the author table or at the podium. You'll probably want to say, "Now, which one of you ladies is Dixie?" and they will probably both respond "I am!", taking in your puzzled expression. Dixie Cash is a singular name, a pen name, for the two sisters (Pamela Cumbie and Jeffery McClanahan) who create colloquialism-rich, Texas-savvy detective novels with incredibly long names. It's not your eyes playing tricks on you. Meet them at Barnes & Noble Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway. Call 214-739-1124.

Ten bucks says this happens in every office: An inter-office email goes out. Free food is mentioned in the subject line. Random, gleeful woo-hoos rise up from the cubicles, followed by a ruckus of bustling bodies and something that sounds a bit like, "CAKE IN THE BREAKROOM! HURRY!" Then a mass exodus occurs, wherein an ad rep is thrown into a filing cabinet, and a small intern is snapped like a twig for moving at too slow a pace. Nothing brings out the inner beast like the prospect that someone else will get your moist, delicious desserts, like those Cold Stone Creamery is giving away during free Holiday Ice Cream Cake Tasting Eventsat all stores. Before you go trampling your office mate, Cold Stone is offering the tastings (of both Candy Cane Wonderland and Dark Peppermint Pleasure cakes) from opening to closing Friday through Sunday, so no offensive moves are necessary. Visit www.coldstonecreamery.com for the nearest location. Oh, and our apologies go out to the aforementioned intern. Get well soon!

Saturday, November 12

It's official. We will not be attending the Special Olympics Texas-Greater Dallas Area's Fourth Annual The Power of the Dream Black Tie Gala. It's not that we don't support the Special Olympics. The reason is that motivational speaker Zig Ziglar is the honorary chair for the event, and since childhood we have harbored a deep resentment for the overzealous orator. Some would say this would be the perfect opportunity to amend our feelings, but we disagree. The philanthropists attending this gala will not have to endure any therapeutic rituals as we try to forget the past. Saturday's dinner, live and silent auctions and live entertainment will, we're sure, far surpass the drives to and from Waco spent, at our father's demand, listening to Ziglar's motivational tapes at top volume. It will be great fun for those attending and, hopefully, very beneficial for the Special Olympics, but we're not risking a rage blackout when tickets are $125 per person. What we will do, however, is buy Pops a seat. Check out his dashing tux at the Wyndham Anatole, 2201 Stemmons Freeway, 6 p.m. Saturday. Call 214-943-9981 or visit www.specialolympicstexas.org.

Sunday, November 13

There are all-around foodies, and there are those who favor certain cuisines, spices or even ingredients. And then there are those special fanatics who like nothing more than to feel the burn. For those folks, there is the Chile Pepperama, a festival dedicated to the spicy, the hot and anything else that could describe a chile pepper. The Sunday event (originally scheduled in September, but delayed because of Hurricane Rita) features the Chili Confrontation (a chili cook-off with a peoples' choice award) and the Pumpkin Ice Cream Crank-Off (presumably to cool the tongues of the chili-tasting masses). Prepare the taste buds and watch for seeds at Old Town Shopping Center, on the east side of Greenville Avenue at Lovers Lane, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is free and chili tasting cups are $5. Proceeds benefit the Greenville Avenue Area Business Association. Call 972-943-4624 or visit www.chilepepperama.net.

Monday, November14

Gladys Knight is the reason we wanted to become a member of the Temptations. Allow us to explain: For much of our young life, we thought "the Pips" were merely a nickname our mother had for the Temptations, the group of singers we thought were Knight's backing vocalists. Maybe "temptation" was just too long a word. Perhaps a "pip" was a shortened temptation. Whatever our reasoning, we really just had no clue. All we knew was that "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" was just about the coolest song we'd ever heard, and sometimes they did it with Gladys and sometimes they did it on their own. Funny thing was, we never wanted to be a lead singer like Knight because we knew we could never be as amazing as she was. We did, however, think that somehow, they'd let a 6-year-old girl into the Temptations. Experience A Night to Remember featuring Gladys Knight 8 p.m. Monday at the Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets are $50 to $150. Proceeds benefit Central Dallas Ministries. Call 1-866-468-7621 or visit www.TicketWeb.com.

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