As if we needed further proof that American culture revolves around television, the week after a historic peace accord was reached in Northern Ireland, Newsweek ran a cover story on the final episode of Seinfeld. Not that there's anything wrong with that. We know all about lead times and deadlines, yada yada yada. If a (supposedly) respectable weekly newsmagazine has capitulated to the hype of the biggest television event ever, who are we to tell you to do something else on Thursday night at 8 p.m.? We can tell you that Comics on Tap is hosting a viewing party at The Village Country Club, for those of you who feel guilty about staying at home all night. Live stand-up comedy begins after the episode is over, featuring local stand-up comic Jim Short. The final episode of Seinfeld airs at 8 p.m. on NBC. The Village Country Club is located at 8310 Southwestern Blvd. Call (214) 739-5513.
No, Denton's Good/Bad Art Collective does not have a permanent spot in this column and, as far as we know, no money has changed hands, although we aren't trying to dissuade those who care to make it interesting. The group warrants the extra attention by consistently putting on great shows, period. Its latest exhibit, Hybrid Norms: The Spring 1998 Hybrid Forms Exhibit figures to be no exception, but its importance extends beyond its quality. The exhibit features the work of 14 students in Vernon Fisher's experimental, open-media art course at the University of North Texas. Fisher's course is where the seeds of what became the Good/Bad Art Collective were planted when a group of like-minded art students first met and exchanged ideas. This year's crop of students has created work that involves "growing" organic art, gummi candy clothing, ambient audio collages, and more. The Hybrid Norms exhibit will be on display Friday from 8 p.m. to midnight. As always, this is a one-night only event. The Good/Bad Art Collective is located at 120 Exposition in Denton. Call (940) 591-1725.
Everyone who majored in English in college harbors the hope of one day writing the Great American Novel, or at least The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing the Great American Novel. But even those who actually do happen to write a novel, great or otherwise, don't have a clue as to how to get it published. The Writer's Garret hopes to demystify the process somewhat by hosting An Open Forum on Publishing. The forum offers writers a rare chance to have their questions answered by knowledgeable professionals in the field. The panel will consist of David Hale Smith, literary agent; Bill Bob Hill, editor and publisher, Browder Springs Publishing; Kathryn Lang, senior editor, SMU Press; Elizabeth Mills, senior editor, Southwest Review; and Laurel Ornish, freelance writer. The event happens on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Upstairs at Paperbacks Plus, located at 6115 La Vista. It's free to members, $40-$50 for non-members. Membership dues are $35. Call (214) 828-1715.
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After one look at the collection of 14 bronze sculptures that makes up the Dallas Museum of Art's latest exhibit, Himalayan Gilt Bronzes from Nepal and Tibet, you realize just how far back the history of mind-altering substances travels. From these works, we have solid proof that it goes back to at least the 13th century. The sculptures were assembled by noted New York collector John McKesson, and include objects from the 13th through the 19th centuries. One of the major forms of Himalayan art, the gilded bronze sculptures reflect a skewed type of Buddhism, one that includes both peaceful figures and objects that contain startling, almost violent, imagery. The exhibit opens on Sunday in the Dallas Museum of Art's Textile Gallery, located at 1717 N. Harwood. It's free. Call (214) 922-1200.
For those who missed Arts & Letters Live's excellent Texas Bound series, which featured Texas short fiction as interpreted by Texas actors, the literary celebration is offering one last chance to catch a glimpse, with a one-night-only event at Fort Worth's William Edrington Scott Theater. The event will include hits from the series, including Barry Corbin reading William Hauptman's "Good Rockin' Tonight," Julie White reading Jewel Mogan's "Mrs. Bajon Says," and Jas. Mardis reading Ralph Ellison's "I Did Not Learn Their Names." The event happens on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at William Edrington Scott Theater, located at 3505 W. Lancaster in Fort Worth. Tickets are $10-$12. Call (214) 922-1220.
Malcolm X is viewed by history as Dr. Martin Luther King's violent doppelganger, but at the time he was assassinated, Malcolm X's views weren't that far off from King's ideas of nonviolent resistance. May 19 would have been his birthday, and the South Dallas Cultural Center and Black Cinematheque Dallas, along with several other community-based organizations, have joined forces to commemorate his life. The celebration starts on Friday at the SDCC with an evening of poetry, films, African drumming, and dancing. On Tuesday, Black Cinematheque will screen the film The Strike, which revolves around a class of third-graders that goes on strike to add a book on Malcolm X to its curriculum. Somewhere, Malcolm X is smiling. The Strike will screen at 3 p.m. It's free. Call (214) 426-1683 for more information.
It seems fishy that scientists would reveal findings that an asteroid was on course to pass near Earth (later proved false) only a few weeks before a movie that featured an asteroid on course to destroy the Earth--Deep Impact--was released. While we would prefer not to think about scientific research as the latest movie tie-in, there's no denying the boost the publicity gave the film. The Astro Drive-In is offering an opportunity to see Deep Impact the way it was intended, on its 140-foot-wide screen. As an added bonus, Deep Impact is part of a double-feature that includes When Worlds Collide, the 1951 Academy Award-winning sci-fi flick that provided the basis for much of Deep Impact's story. The films will screen at the Astro, located at Walton Walker and Kiest Boulevard, until Thursday, May 21. Call (214) 339-2298 for show times.