I've always thought that gene pools had a limited supply. My dad was good at math, so it's OK that I can't calculate change. My brother is a great artist, so my lumpy-headed stick figures were acceptable. It's not my fault. They just stole all the good genes before I could get to them. But--thanks to The McKinney Avenue Contemporary--I know that's false. This and That--Remember 9/11 at The MAC features artist Masami Teraoka in the main gallery, his partner Lynda Hess in the New Works Space and his son Adam and daughter-in-law Young Jo An in the lobby areas. This talented art family has different styles, different media and different views, which will be on display from September 11 through October 17. Masami's works--some watercolor paintings that imitate the style of Japanese woodblock prints and other Western-style oil paintings in gold medieval church-like frames--conquer modern life and politics, mixing harsh realities of war, AIDS and consumerism in beautiful formats. Hess' works, called Body Language, discuss the communication between body and mind in the dream state. Adam does 3-D installations, and Young Jo An paints in acrylics on tiny wood plates. The opening reception is 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday with a talk by Masami at 6 p.m. The MAC is at 3120 McKinney Ave. Call 214-953-1212. --Shannon Sutlief
Plead the Fifth
Haunting yet reflective, the art of Vernon Fisher continues to make the observer think. When you look at his painting "Not Listening," it's not the floating arms hovering in the foreground that you wonder about. It's the man with a halo over his head plugging his ears with his fingers. Or Fisher makes you giggle with works such as "Scale." The mocking sentence at the bottom reads: "Well Frank, since you asked--it is smaller than I imagined." Dunn and Brown Contemporary will feature Fisher's art along with Christian Schumann, Trenton Doyle Hancock, David Bates and several others at its Fifth Anniversary Exhibition. The opening reception for the artists featured is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on September 10. The gallery is located at 5020 Tracy St. Call 214-521-4322. --Jenice Johnson
Tomorrow Never Comes
Today is yesterday's tomorrow. On Thursday, Friday will be tomorrow and, if you've been meaning to look at some art "tomorrow," choose Thursday to think it again and mean it. Pick the Arlington Museum of Art's opening reception, Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., for three exhibitions, any of which alone would be worth your time. Texas Paint, Part One: More True Stories features strong narratives by 12 top-shelf local artists; Ron Hoover: Crime & Corruption reveals mysteries; and Selections From the Print Research Institute of North Texas uncovers printmaking as fine art. Admission is free, but the AMA staff hopes you'll pay $35 for a yearlong museum membership. Call the AMA, 201 W. Main St., Arlington, at 817-275-4600 for details. Don't wait till tomorrow. --Annabelle Massey Helber
We usually hope for relief from the heat at night. But that won't happen at Noche de Arte (Night of the Arts), the Dallas Museum of Art's annual Platinum Party. It celebrates National Hispanic Heritage Month with a Latin-themed dinner and dance featuring live music by local Cuban orchestra Havana NRG. Proceeds benefit the museum's children's education programs. Muy caliente! Noche de Arte warms up with 6:30 p.m. cocktails and hors d'oeuvres followed by an 8 p.m. seated dinner, live music and dancing on September 11 at Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. For tickets, call 214-922-1354 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. --Stephanie Durham
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