Events for the week
Darrell Kreitz: Leave it to Austin, the Texas city that's in many ways so unTexas-like, to come up with a festival competition that's different from practically every other festival in the country. The Austin Heart of Film Competition was founded on the notion that the page is the thing; its focus is scripts--short and feature-length--by burgeoning screenwriters. Darrell Kreitz, screenplay competition director for Austin Heart of Film, has a background as an actor in live theater, having trained with Michael Howard Studios where he regularly staged original productions with loose change from the couch. He appears to speak to the Dallas Screenwriters Association about his journey from in front of the footlights to behind the word processor. Kreitz appears at 7 p.m. in the Press Club of the Adams Mark Hotel. Call (214) 922-7829.
An Evening With Tom Bywaters: If breaking into the entertainment biz is your heart's deepest desire, you may have to choose tonight between attending Darrell Kreitz's talk for the DSA and producer-director Tom Bywaters' chat with Women In Film/Dallas. Bywaters' resume is less "guerrilla" than Kreitz's shoestring theater experience, but he's dabbled on the production and direction side in everything from Prime Time Live and 20/20 to the award-winning kids' show Make a Wish. Bywaters will discuss the extensive swimming skills he developed in that shark tank known as television. The evening happens at 7:30 p.m. in the Cityplace Conference Center, 2711 N. Haskell. Tickets are $20-$25. Call (214) 954-4488.
Reggae Weekend: Dread-N-Irie, the Deep Ellum rasta spot where the braids are thick and the Red Stripe is always cold, presents two consecutive nights of reggae superstars to loosen your tendrils and boil your brewsky. Tony Rebel and his Sane Band may be most famous for a duet with Queen Latifah called "Weekend Love," but Rebel's status as a global music ambassador supersedes the little flirtations he's made with American stardom. Singing since the age of 12--but finally coming into his own when the ragtag style known as dancehall ascended in 1988--Rebel is recognized from Europe to Japan. The Sane Band performs with Sugar Black and Lebanculah June 27, 10 p.m. The Reggae Weekend continues with a Roots Revival featuring heartthrob Screwdriver performing tunes from his latest CD, Let Me Remind You; the San Antonio roots band One Destiny; and the European ensemble Buffalo Soldier doing their first American tour in a long time. Screwdriver and Buffalo Soldier perform at 9 p.m. on June 28 at Dread-N-Irie, 2807 Commerce. Call (214) 742-4743.
Fourteenth Annual Summer Dance Concert: As Fort Worth's only full-length, large-scale, free outdoor professional dance event, the Summer Dance Concert is pretty much the cowtown equivalent of September's Dallas Morning News Dance Festival--with the notable exception that the south lawn of Fort Worth's Modern Art Museum is less cramped and statelier than our own Arts District outside stage. A cornucopia of choreographers and dancers from various local and national dance companies converge for the three-day event, including Miguel Garcia of Ballet Arizona; Vanessa Palmer of the Tulsa Ballet; Tauna Hunter of the dance department at Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pennsylvania; and renowned Spanish dancer Luis Montero. Contemporary dance, classical ballet, and Spanish are the dominant flavors of the day. The show happens June 26-28, 8:30 p.m., at the outdoor stage on the south lawn of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. It's free, although there is reserved seating. Call (817) 738-9215.
Women's Career Seminar: One of the big mysteries of the fabled fifties--when so many women supposedly opted not to work if they were married--was why the gals with grown or no kids didn't spend that time creating their own businesses; the American financial landscape might look vastly different if they had. As it is now, most women have to work for a living, so the incentive to be your own boss is even more powerful. Primerica Financial Services out of Duluth, Georgia, sponsors a Women's Career Seminar that focuses on opportunities in financial services to one end--raising investments for creating your own business or securing your own future. The event is held at 12:30 p.m. at Primerica Financial Services, 16800 Dallas Parkway, Suite 160. Call (972) 606-6922.
KNON's Summer Garage Sale: One of the coolest things about working in any media outlet is all the free promotional stuff various entertainment companies send you. The problem is, the posters, shirts, cassettes, books, CDs, etc., tend to pile up quickly--as anyone who's ever glanced under the Calendar desk can attest. The folks at KNON 89.3 have decided to turn their wealth of promo junk into a fundraising device to support their programs. The KNON Summer Garage Sale is primarily a music sale to get rid of the CDs, cassettes, and LPs that will no longer be played, but other cool stuff you won't get anywhere else is available. The sale happens 9 a.m.-6 p.m. at the Lite and Easy Club, 5631 Alta Avenue. Call (214) 828-9500.
Sordid Lives: Perhaps playwright Del Shores (Daddy's Dyin', Who's Got the Will?) had the "family values"-spewing Southern Baptist Convention in mind when he wrote his latest hit Sordid Lives, which he promises has "something to offend everyone." Having played for a year to perpetually sold-out houses in Los Angeles, Sordid Lives makes the jump to Circle Theatre in Fort Worth with original lead Leslie Jordan reprising his role in addition to taking up directing duties. A libidinous Texas family who's converged for Momma's funeral finds old flames and new resentments are stronger than the decorum death demands. Performances happen Thursday and Friday, 7:30 p.m., and Saturday, 4 and 8:30 p.m., through August 2 at Circle Theatre, Fort Worth. Tickets are $12-$16. Call (817) 877-3040.
Buchanan's Antique and Collector's Market: A friend who hit the previous Buchanan's Antique and Collector's Market in Dallas affirms that the offerings were of vastly different value and quality, but that this made the discoveries she did make all the more scintillating. With more than 83,000 square feet taken up by 400 dealers from across the country, you can easily surmise that cutting through the chaff will be a bit of a job. But this only sharpens the senses of an authentic antique hound--wade through the toys, sports memorabilia, glassware, furniture, and baseball cards with your olfactory organ high in the air. Events happen June 28 and 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fair Park's Automobile Building. Admission is $2 for adults; all kids under 12 get in free. Call (214) 421-9600.
Rock 'N Roll Expo: If KNON's Saturday garage sale didn't satisfy your ravenous urge for hard-to-find music, then perhaps the Rock 'N Roll Expo from Houston-based Southwestern Promotions will have that live Diahann Carroll album or Ethel Merman's legendary, "say-it-ain't-so" disco album. Just like KNON's Garage Sale, the Rock 'N Roll Expo will be heavy with promo material that you won't have access to from a regular ol' retail source--shirts, posters, buttons, magazines, etc. But at Rock 'N Roll Expo, the LP rules--if your overlooked turntable screams for more like Audrey II in Little Shop of Horrors, launch a vinyl safari here. The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 6060 N. Central Expressway. Admission is $3. Call (713) 771-3939.
UNT African Percussion Ensemble: To most of our uninitiated ears, the indigenous music of one African nation pretty much sounds like another--percussion-heavy, propulsive, and alien to many Euro-American sensibilities. Many African residents, of course, would be loath to tell the difference between Mississippi blues and Chicago blues (ditto with Americans, for that matter), so the key is patient listening. The UNT African Percussion Ensemble presents a program of drumming that highlights music--not to mention musical differences--from the African nation of Ghana. The show is at 3 p.m. in the O'Hara Exhibit Hall of J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St. It's free.
Tundra: Six years before recent Kitchen Dog member David Irving joined that company, he established a company for Southern Methodist University theater students called Youth Could Know. But 1997 marks only the third year that Youth, under artistic directors Matthew Zrebski and Joseph Fisher, have run regular summer performance schedules. They open their brief hot-weather season with Fisher's own icy drama, Tundra. The script concerns a showdown between an investigative journalist and the object of her latest article, a reclusive composer about whom she's received a tip involving one of his signature works. Performances happen Monday-Thursday, 8 p.m. (no Fourth of July show), and continue July 5, 8 p.m. and July 6, 2 and 8 p.m. at Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. Call (214) 739-4710.
Pretty Deadly: Poisonous Plants: Once neolithic humankind discovered that mushrooms made a tasty addition to any meal, some poor schlub had to learn that some varieties can make you die a horrible death so the rest of us would leave those alone. Consider all the unfortunate, anonymous innovators of our distant past when you attend the Dallas Horticulture Center's exhibition Pretty Deadly: Poisonous Plants of Forest, Field, and Garden. Water colors and prints spanning horticultural work from the centuries are included alongside text to take you on a guided tour of often lovely vegetation like the landscape shrub Euonymous and the onion-like Narcissus bulbs, as well as that most festive--and deadliest--of holiday blooms, mistletoe. The exhibition runs through August 17 at the Dallas Horticulture Center in Fair Park. Call (214) 428-7476.
Intersections and Obscure Accoutrements: For the third year now, curator Linc Campbell has scrupulously weeded through artists working in the North Texas region, looking for those young and/or emerging painters, sculptors, and mixed-media artists whom Fort Worth's William Campbell Contemporary Art, Inc. deems worthy of wider renown. Six artists made the cut for Intersections and Obscure Accoutrements--Jason Bronner, Kyle Farley, David Martin Iles, Chris Plavidal, Steven Price, and Derrick Saunders. The works on display in Intersection and Obscure Accoutrements range from satirical targets of sacred subject matter (Jesus and art critic Suzi Gablik) to manipulated photographs that question how subjectivity and reality are hopelessly intertwined. The show opens with a reception June 28, 7-9 p.m., and runs through July at 4935 Byers Ave, Fort Worth. Call (817) 737-9566.
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