Famous Footwear

They would crawl on their hands and knees through the desert for a taste of a Christian Louboutin mule.
They'd conceivably kill their own sisters over the last pair of Prada loafers, size 38. Sometimes you'll even see them, pale and twitchy, hanging around Payless, looking for the cheapest of fixes. A month without Manolos is like...well, detox hell. Shoe junkies like us relish the smell of new leather, the click of stiletto heels, the feeling of toes crushed into an acutely pointy pump. Even when we're not buying, just being around beautiful footwear is a pleasant proposition. So what if we could gratify our shallow needs and benefit orphans in one fell swoop? Celebrity Shoes for Orphans, a traveling exhibit that stops in Dallas this weekend, has engineered the perfect event. Though these 30 pairs of autographed shoes won't hit eBay until September, Valley View Mall patrons can get a sneak preview of Sarah Jessica Parker's strappy sandals, Julianne Moore's high-top Chucks, Lara Flynn Boyle's pointe shoes and more. Proceeds from the auctions will benefit Shoes for Orphan Souls, which distributes shoes to needy children around the world. Hopefully the shoes will be under glass: We doubt our self-control. Coo over these fame-laden shoes at Valley View Mall from July 31 through August 3. Visit www.celebrityshoesfororphans.org. --Michelle Martinez

In Rapture
Art plus music equals Euforia for Diaz, Simmons
Think back to the last time you had a feeling of happiness and well-being. Has it really been that long? Your eyes must be bored with sitcoms, and your ears must be rejecting radio. Never fear, there's still entertainment worthy enough to be called art, and we know where it is: South Side on Lamar this Saturday night. Between Rolando Diaz's oiled brushstrokes gracing a 30-by-40 canvas and Seth Simmons' intricate compositions floating from his baby grand, this dynamic duo is out to create a sight-and-sound state of euphoria. They'd just rather spell it Euforia. We're guessing true artists like to do that sort of thing. They also like to sell CDs and sign commemorative posters following their performances. If you find yourself in awe of Diaz's painting, there's a chance to take it home when it's auctioned off at the end of the evening. Tickets are two for the price of one online or $20 at the door. Visit www.euforialive.com or call 972-897-5734. --Desirée Henry

Home Away From Home
MAC members return to the nest for inspiration

Although it sounds more like a tennis tournament than an art exhibition, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary is presenting its ninth annual Members Invitational, opening August 2 with a reception from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring works based on the theme of "relationship to home." Themes for prior invitationals have included the letter W and the color blue. This year's exhibition will display the works of visual artists in the three MAC galleries; performance art and literary readings will be presented in the Black Box Theater. The invitation to submit only goes out to artist members--a special category of MAC donor--but if last year's 200 entries are any indication, there should be no shortage of art for the perusing. The exhibit, which is titled City Views, runs through August 31. Call 214-953-1212. --Mark Donald

Between the Lines

Get out your checkbook and give a good cause a boost when the 10th annual Dallas Reads-sponsored Celebrate Literacy dinner and auction are held July 31 at the Omni Mandalay in Las Colinas. Former Cowboy star Daryl Johnston will be on hand to emcee, and Erik Weihenmayer, the first blind athlete to reach the summit of Mount Everest, will be the keynote speaker. The auction begins at 6:30 p.m.; dinner is at 7:30 p.m. Call 214-821-7323. --Carlton Stowers

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