A cure for the summertime blues
I do not qualify as one of the girls of summer. Because I, in summer, hibernate indoors, window blinds drawn, trying to perfect a way to spin straw into gold in order to pay for my astronomical electricity bill that my little air-conditioning unit produces along with the not-quite-cool-enough air. It's just mid-May and I've already yelled at the television, chastising Troy Dungan for his forecast that listed 92 degrees as "almost hot." Almost, Troy? Almost? Are you hiding some reptilian genes? Or is that a little joke you like to do since your house probably has an industrial AC unit that keeps every room, down to the broom closet, frosty nice? Well, screw you, your AC and your bow tie, man. But you don't have to be a girl of summer, perspiration-free or capable of wearing kicky sundresses with espadrilles to enjoy Dallas artist Edward Ruiz's exhibit The Girls of Summer, which is on display 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays through June 2 at IR Gallery, 830 Exposition Ave., and during the show's reception from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. this Saturday. Ruiz's Girls are the graceful silhouettes seen on old dress patterns, designed to show off the clothes, rather than attract the eye with their minimalist faces. They're displayed here on vintage fabrics stretched like typical canvas, bamboo and tin, and each has a sensible but Mod look from the '60s, with simple dresses that look like something a hip gal could wear today but that Mom might have made in her home ec class in high school back when she was one of the girls of summer. Call 469-951-7323 or visit www.irgallery.net. --Shannon Sutlief
Have a Blast
Want a sad commentary on our society? Ask somebody under 30 who Jesse McCartney is, and they'll prate about the WB-list fluffjob for hours. Now ask them who Alan Bean is. "Is he a porn star, maybe?" Only 12 people have ever set foot on the moon. Bean, a Fort Worth native, was number four. Number two, Buzz Aldrin. The character from Toy Story, right? But while McCartney soon will be squeegeed off the windshield of pop culture, Bean and Aldrin will be forever inscribed in the book of human history--even if nobody reads it. Bean and Nancy Conrad, wife of the late Commander Pete Conrad, preside over a reception and charity auction Saturday to dedicate a new planetarium projector at The Science Place in Fair Park. Tickets are $75 to $125. Call 214-428-5555. --Rick Kennedy
Denison is the sister citadel to Cognac, France, on account of Texan T.V. Munson, who was key in re-establishing France's vineyards after they were devastated by a root louse in the late 19th century. Cognac, of course, is home to the silky French brandy of the same name. Paris-based (and Sherman native) International Herald Tribune editor Kyle Jarrard chronicles the sip's history, from its birth in the Middle Ages to its rise as a global symbol of high refinement. Meet Jarrard and obtain a signed copy of Cognac: The Seductive Saga of the World's Most Coveted Spirit from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday at 416 West Gallery, 416 W. Main St., Denison. Call 903-463-0416. --Mark Stuertz
You've heard of a rhinestone cowboy, but what about a Van Gogh cowboy or a Picasso cowboy? If they exist anywhere, Dallas is the place, and Ed Adler is their modern artist of choice. So it's only fitting that Dallas is the first stop on the national circuit for Pop Goes the Cowboy, an exhibit of western-themed pop art paintings by Adler. The exhibit also showcases the work of Liberty Boot Company, which makes boots inspired by comics, rock and roll and classic movies. An opening reception for the exhibit is from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. May 26 at TractorBeam, 325 S. Central Expressway. Admission is free. Call 214-747-5400 or visit www.tractorbeam.com. --Stephanie Durham
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