T-Rex's red carpet treatment
We heard a rumor that Dallas has famous people, so we scoured the pages of Us Weekly, People and In Touch looking for glamorous hometowners. Sadly, we came up empty-handed, unless you count a handful of reality TV personalities and the Wilson brothers. We like our stars to sparkle and to inspire the juiciest of gossip. Give us Nicole Richie and voluntary drug treatment. The Olsen twins and eating disorders. Even that nutty-as-a-fruitcake duo TomKat. Dallas has none of these. So when we heard about Red Magazine's red carpet event and current "Famous Dallas" issue, we were a little confused...and a little sad. Maybe Big D really is a wannabe L.A. Famous people or not, you can pretend you're surrounded by celebrities Wednesday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. when Red rolls out the red carpet at the "W" Marketing Center in Victory Park, located at the corner of Broom and Field streets. There will be food, drinks, music, a silent auction and more. A $10 donation, benefiting the Dallas Museum of Natural History (the place to see famous dinosaurs), is suggested. Go to www.redmagonline.com to RSVP. --Rhonda Reinhart
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You're officially an adult when you plan your own birthday parties and buy your own cakes instead of waking up excited (after a few hours of pleasantly anxious sleep) to see what someone else has planned for you. Sadly, the Latino Cultural Center is barely two but already organizing its own affairs. But not too sad: It gets a whole month to celebrate. The month-long rager starts with a free party, reception and preview that opens an art exhibit, Luis Jimenez: A Man and His Works, at 5:30 p.m. Thursday and continues through September with dance performances by Ballet Hispanico of New York (tickets are $10 to $15), free salsa lessons, live music by the Orchestra of New Spain (free, but advance tickets required) and a free lecture in Spanish about the character Dulcinea from Don Quixote. The center is located at 2600 Live Oak St. at Good-Latimer Expressway. Call 214-670-3320. --Shannon Sutlief
I'm not much of an art aficionado. Sure, I've been to a couple museums and caught Frida on cable, but other than that, most of my exposure to visual arts has been through album covers and concert posters. I've never even heard of Trenton Doyle Hancock, but his paintings would look pretty groovy wrapped around a piece of vinyl. They have all the necessary elements--strange cartoon characters, busy narrative backgrounds and eye-catching splashes of color--and they certainly look cooler than the same old pics of guys with messy hair. Hancock's new exhibit, St. Sesom and the Cult of Color, opens this weekend and runs through October 22. It all starts with a reception for the artist on Friday at 6 p.m. at Dunn and Brown Contemporary, 5020 Tracy St. Call 214-521-4322 or visit www.dunnandbrown.com. --Noah W. Bailey