Dude, Neil Slater is the jazz man testifyin'. He's written 60 compositions for jazz ensembles, was nominated for a Grammy in '93, chairs the jazz studies department at the University of North Texas and played piano when the immortal Stan Kenton of the Stan Kenton Orchestra couldn't. On Monday, he'll play the piano while Heather Patterson sings at Watel's Bistro and Allen Street Cottage. It's $44 per person, which includes a four-course dinner by Watel's chef Renee Peters. That's worth the price of admission alone. Trust us; we've seen the menu. Plus the proceeds go to Wipe Out Kids' Cancer, a Dallas nonprofit that's raised $2.5 million since 1980 for the continuing research of pediatric cancer and its cure. The founder of Wipe Out Kids' Cancer, Cindy Brinker Simmons, has a bio as impressive as Slater's. One fact to note: The survival rate for pediatric cancer's gone from less than 50 percent--when WOKC was founded--to, in some cases, more than 90 percent today. There are two shows on Monday, one at 6:30 p.m. and the other at 8 p.m. Watel's is located at 2719 McKinney Ave. Call 214-720-0323. --Paul Kix
Feelin' Hot Hot Hot
As we approach the part of summer when we surrender to armpit stains and sweat beads, Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery celebrates hot new talent with Global Warming, an exhibit that rivals our blazing heat index. The group show highlights selections from FotoFest International Meeting Place/Portfolio Review, including teenage ballroom dancing portraits by Morten Nilsson of Denmark, surreal black-and-white images by Igor Malijevsky of the Czech Republic and portraits of The Serpentine Swimming Club by Andrew Buurman of England. There are also works by Americans (Ken Rosenthal's pleasingly out-of-focus images, Rick Turek's ventriloquist heads and John Ganis' photos confronting man's impact on the environment across the American landscape). The exhibit runs June 25 to August 28 at 3115 Routh St. from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. An opening reception will be held June 25 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 214-969-1852. --Danna Berger
A rare opportunity
Don't judge us because we like a little blood. We're not sadistic because we enjoy the feeling of a serrated knife slicing through tender flesh. And just because we like a thick fillet cooked medium rare doesn't make us savages. Whether you like your beef with a warm red center or nearly cremated, Sur La Table invites you to learn the finer points of preparing various cuts at its hands-on class, The Great American Steak-Out. If just the thought of flank steak with roasted tomato tarragon sauce or rib eye with ancho chile butter and sweet corn on the cob (two of the dishes you'll learn to make) makes your mouth water in anticipation, take your beef craving to Sur La Table, 4527 Travis St., on June 26 at 10 a.m. Cost is $70, and enrollment is limited. Call 214-219-4404. --Michelle Martinez
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