Gimme Moore

The last time we saw Mary Tyler Moore give a speech, she was in front of a club for divorced people telling them that she wasn't actually divorced, that she had joined the group under false pretense in order to qualify for a group rate for a trip to Paris. This week, however, Moore will be in Dallas to give the inaugural lecture of the Brinker International Lecture Series, a slightly more austere event. While the speech to the divorce club was part of an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show titled "Divorce Isn't Everything," the real-life Brinker International Lecture Series will generate income to support the construction of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. The center will provide world-class facilities for performances of opera, musical theater, classic and experimental theater, ballet and other forms of dance. Its theaters will become the main stage production facilities for the Dallas Opera, the Dallas Theater Center, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and many of the other performing arts organizations that serve Dallas and the surrounding area. Since her self-titled show ended in the '70s, Moore has spoken out about a number of issues and is the international chairman of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. We're betting people still ask where Rhoda is, though. Moore speaks at 8 p.m. Monday at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Tickets are $35 to $200 from Ticketmaster. Call 214-373-8000. --David Wilson

Quite a Trip
SMU is on the right Foote

Granted, the term "legend" is passed around too freely these days. But not when it refers to celebrated Texas-born playwright, author and filmmaker Horton Foote. Winner of Academy Awards for his screenplays for To Kill A Mockingbird and Trip to Bountiful and a Pulitzer Prize for his stage play The Young Man From Atlanta, Foote is due to receive an honorary doctor of arts degree from Southern Methodist University after two public events. On May 15, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., the DeGolyer Library, 6404 Hilltop Lane, will host an exhibit titled Horton Foote and The Trip to Bountiful, 1953-2003, which traces his play from television to the Broadway stage to the classic movie. At 8 p.m. the film will be shown in the McCord Auditorium on the campus. The reception and movie are free. The second public event is a panel discussion about his works that will be held May 16 at 2 p.m. in the Greer Garson Theater, 6101 Bishop Blvd. Call 214-768-2787. --Carlton Stowers

Settle Down
Old City Park hosts a face-off

Take a good, long look at all the faces around you. Are they as varied as the Texas weather? (And with our two weeks of spring before summer, we hope they're even more varied.) On May 17, Old City Park will celebrate the broad horizon of nationalities and cultures that settled in North Texas during Faces of Dallas. There's everything from the Hibernia School of Irish Dance to traditional African-American hair care. Artisans, storytellers, musicians and tours of the multicultural buildings relive the stories and lifestyles of days past from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Old City Park, 1717 Gano St. Call 214-421-5141. --Desirée Henry

Name That Tune

Remember the song on that truck commercial that plays every five seconds? "Llano Estacado"? If you're like us, you've got the ditty imbedded in your brain and would die to know who sings it. So that they can die, too. Lady Luck has arrived. The country crooners are Cooder Graw and, as fate would have it, they're playing during the Grapevine Main Street Festival, which runs Friday through Sunday. Call 817-410-3185 for a schedule. --Leah Gerchario

Faire Play
Expo has derby diapers

What could possibly be better than sitting in a room with a screaming infant? Sitting in a convention center packed with screaming infants. No, really, believe us, your ears just go numb, and you hear nothing but a low, rhythmic buzz. That's just part of the American Baby Faire, May 17 and May 18, which also includes "baby derby" races and various goods and services. Dallas Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Freeway. Call 1-877-959-BABY. --Leah Gerchario

Dahl Faces

Culture check: Does your Indian knowledge go no further than the Gandhi II skit from Weird Al's movie UHF? If so, take a break from your Stanley Spadowski fan club newsletter and head to the Trammell & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art, 2010 Flora St. next to the Dallas Museum of Art, on Saturday for the third annual Discover India! Festival. From noon to 5 p.m., you can sample Indian food, dance, music and clothing, or adorn yourself with henna tattoos while watching people fly fighter kites and play cricket, all for free. We're not sure why the Asian art collection would let people swing cricket bats anywhere near their amazing selection of sculptures and artifacts, but while you're there, make sure to visit the museum's new third-floor installation of South Asian art before it is destroyed by overeager wicket-hunters. Also, cross the street to see the DMA's latest exhibit, The Sensuous and the Sacred, which features South Indian bronze sculptures from as far back as the ninth century. Call 214-979-6435. --Sam Machkovech

Flutter By

We read that Nicole Kidman is afraid of butterflies. Therefore, the Kiwanis Club of Greater Plano's Butterfly Festival Thursday through Sunday will give us some sweet (yet strange) revenge. Kidman may have legs up to her chin and flawless skin, but, damn it, we're not scared of worms with wings, flying through the Shops at Willow Bend. Tickets ($3 to $5) benefit Children's Miracle Network. 6113 W. Park Blvd. Call 972-422-1390. --Leah Gerchario


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