Range rover: Barbara Van Cleve is a cowgirl at heart and in her art.
Range rover: Barbara Van Cleve is a cowgirl at heart and in her art.

This Week's Day-By-Day Picks

Thursday, August 19

We're so despondent over the death of chef Julia Child that we've vowed to drink heavily and never cook again. All right, so those aren't exactly new resolutions, but the passing of "The French Chef" has given them new meaning. Maybe it's not as fitting a tribute as preparing a soufflé, but it'll do, right? At least we'll be doing it in style with Tom Tom Noodle House's dollar sushi and sake night. Beginning this week, every Thursday from 4 p.m. to close, the West Village restaurant offers eight types of sushi for $1 each, plus selections from the sake collection for $1 each as well. In addition, each Tuesday is "Sake to me, Stick it to me" from 4 p.m. to close with $1 specials on "sticks" of chicken, beef, tuna or prawns and $1 sake. Bon appétit! Call 214-522-9866.

Friday, August 20

We always envied Mr. Rogers because the coolest people, from musicians to chefs to artists, lived in his neighborhood, where as ours was filled with accountants, car salesmen and engineers. Then, he had that train that ran into the puppet kingdom. He was so lucky. But now you can feel like Mr. Rogers' neighbor during the Lakewood Arts Festival, a two-day celebration of East Dallas' cool kids. The festival takes place 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Lakewood United Methodist Church, 2443 Abrams Road, with rows upon rows of local artists and vendors showing their wares, from face painting and henna tattoos by Karen Weiss to metal sculpture by John Debaun's Twisted Individuals to food from Matt's Rancho Martinez. There will also be painting, photography, woodcarving, glass art, beadwork and more, along with food from eateries Dixie House, Gold Rush Café, Angelo's and others. Admission is free. Chance drawings are $2 each with prizes offered by Lakewood merchants. Visit www.lakewoodsummerartsfaire.org.

Saturday, August 21

We like to think that all architects started off building forts out of sofa pillows and mansions out of LEGOs and Popsicle sticks. Maybe they all didn't, but we bet we know some who did, or maybe still do. Sixteen local firms will donate their time building structures out of canned goods and boxed mac 'n' cheese during the ninth annual national CANstruction event benefiting North Texas Food Bank. From 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. the teams will build their structures at NorthPark Center, Northwest Highway at Central Expressway. From 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. jurors will judge the structures and choose their winners. The entries will be on display through September 5. At the end, all of the food products will be donated to the food bank. Visit www.ntxfoodbank.org.

Sunday, August 22

Curling should be considered an extreme sport, but so far there's no curling sports drink, neon-colored curling gear line or curling video game accompanied by punk rock music. Curling's like chess, which is strategically hard; it's played on ice, which is really hard water; and it involves sliding rocks, which are physically hard. Somebody alert ESPN. See for yourself during the DFW Curling Club's open house from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Dr Pepper Star Center, 1700 S. Main St. at Highway 67 in Duncanville. Club instructors will give an orientation on the rules and terminology then discuss and demonstrate sliding, delivery, sweeping and strategy. It may be called "curling" and involve "sweeping," but this ain't no wussy shuffleboard. Admission is $10, and reservations are required. Visit www.dfwcurling.com.

Monday, August 23

This year's election feels like a supermarket soda-pop challenge: Do we pick Coca-Cola, a caramel-colored, sugar high-inducing, carbonated beverage, or Pepsi, that slightly different-tasting caramel-colored, sugar high-inducing, carbonated beverage? Maybe we'll try Blue Sky natural soda. Have a strong, or at least bizarre, opinion of the election? Then KERA wants you...to submit something for Voter's Revenge, a special edition of Frame of Mind airing in October. Submissions for the show, which is being produced in conjunction with the Video Association of Dallas, must be less than two minutes long; on VHS, DV, Beta-SP or SVHS; and "creatively capture any aspect of this year's political season." Make a debate or a political ad. Impersonate a favorite candidate. Or parody the "Daisy Girl" ad by Barry Goldwater. Just make it good. The deadline is September 17, and the mailing address is Voter's Revenge, KERA 13, 3000 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75201 c/o Gila Espinoza. Visit www.kera.org/votersrevenge.

Tuesday, August 24

The closest we've come to home on the range are family vacations spent driving across Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. The long stretches of rock and grass, the painful number of minutes between rest stops, the futility of scenic turnouts. Life was hard on the range. Barbara Van Cleve would agree, only her point of view is one of a photographer and cowgirl whose childhood was spent on the Lazy K Bar Ranch near Melville, Montana, and whose adulthood has been spent documenting fellow cowgirls in their daily lives. Holding the Reins: New Photographs From Barbara Van Cleve shows the beauty and backbreaking work of being a cowgirl on ranches in the West. The exhibit of black-and-white photographs and more runs through October 3 at the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy, Fort Worth. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $4 for kids 6 to 18 and free for those 5 and under. Visit www.cowgirl.net or call 1-800-476-FAME.

Wednesday, August 25

Having battled the masses during tax-free weekend at Valley View Center, we'd never describe Dallas as open, spacious or empty. But artist Ali Akbar, having been raised in the crowded cities of Bangladesh, has a different view. He says of Dallas, "The heated landscape, radiating its space out to engulf a person, is the opposite experience of people consuming every corner of land." These themes of space and isolation drive his works of art, which are collages of paint chips glued to white canvases, often showing colors, map figures and flag shapes inspired by Bangladesh. His exhibit, Ali Akbar: Into the Void, which opens Richland College's fall art season, runs Wednesday through September 29 in the Brazos Gallery, 12800 Abrams Road. The gallery is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Call 972-238-6339.


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