Several years ago, when the curators at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth began to think about accommodating Spanish speakers in the museum's programs, they considered their options and realized...they didn't have any. North Texas provided plenty of native Spanish speakers to invite to the museum, but there weren't any Spanish-speaking docents to tour them around the collection. There were no Spanish speakers working at the museum. Now, propped up in Japanese architect Tadao Ando's spare but nonetheless lush building in Fort Worth's Cultural District, the museum's administration believes it has hit upon the right moment to initiate a campaign to ensure that Spanish speakers feel as at home among the inscrutable Willem de Kooning and Jasper Johns canvases as they do speaking their own language. The Modern's Sunday in Spanish series begins October 3 at 2 p.m., when Spanish-speaking docents (as well as the English-speaking ones) will walk visitors through the museum's collection. The Modern's current exhibition, Robert Motherwell: The Spirit of the Brush: Works From the Collection, 1941-1990, is an apt beginning for the series: Motherwell, one of the crucial artists in American Abstract Expressionism, was inspired by Mexico, which he visited with the Chilean Surrealist Roberto Matta. The Bruce Wood Dance Company will be performing tango on October 3 accompanied by members of the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, but Terri Thornton, the Modern's curator of education, hopes that the series encourages Spanish speakers to visit the museum any first Sunday of the month, which the museum has designated as Sundays in Spanish. "If they're not familiar already with modern art, I hope they see how it can enrich their life," she says. Sundays in Spanish are free to the public. Call 817-738-9215 or see www.themodern.org. --Claiborne Smith
To the Extreme
One artist reshapes photos of Lincoln's face, over and over again, to show the man's different personas, because during the Civil War Lincoln had a lot of them. "He wore his life on his face," the artist says. Another artist sews together receipts to remind herself of her daily life. A third makes paintings of animals constructed out of colored industrial duct tape. All of it will be incorporated into a mixed media exhibition at the University of Texas at Dallas called Excessive, beginning October 1 and running through November 13. On display will be artists from Boston to Houston, Dallas to New York. The opening reception on Friday runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Visual Art Building, Main Gallery, Campbell Road and University Parkway, in Richardson. Call 972-883-2972. --Paul Kix
The West End has always been a nice corral preventing tourists from mingling with locals. But now that Dallas' restaurant smoking ban has hurt the city's convention industry, West End bars and restaurants are trying to summon locals who've previously avoided the area. Hence the West End Fall Pub Tour on Saturday, where after registering from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Cadillac Bar participants get a souvenir cup and a wrist band that gets them $2 drafts till 9 p.m. at two bars and five chain restaurants in the neighborhood. Registration is $8 or $5 with two canned goods. An $8 souvenir cup? Sign me up! --Jay Webb
Don't let the coddled eggs fool you. The Caesar salad is a maverick. Those wimpy-sounding eggs once made the Caesar contraband in California because of a short-lived ban on any food using uncooked eggs as ingredients. The American Institute of Wine and Food celebrates the mighty Caesar salad with a competition featuring entries from local chefs from restaurants such as Ciudad, Bonnell's, Culpepper Steak House, Hattie's and Dakota's. The 13th Annual Caesar Salad Competition is 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. October 3 in the Lone Star Ballroom of the Adam's Mark Hotel, 400 N. Olive St. Admission is $35 to $45. Reserved tables are $350. Call 214-696-2493 or visit www.aiwf.org/dallasfortworth/csaladinvite.htm. --Stephanie Durham
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