Thursday, June 24
Jazz is chaos. Jazz is flashing red. Jazz is shocking yellow. Jazz is shadowy blue. It's colorful, sometimes dark, sometimes vivid and occasionally a well-constructed mess. Romare Bearden's art is all of that. He grew during the Harlem Renaissance, was raised around family friends Duke Ellington and Fats Waller and lived everywhere from Mecklenberg County, North Carolina, to St. Maarten in the Caribbean. All these things color Bearden's works, which range from watercolors to collages made with photographs, cardboard, paint and ink. The Dallas Museum of Art presents The Art of Romare Bearden, an exhibit that covers everything from his early genre works (Expressionism, Cubism, etc.) to those collages he's best known for. It runs through September 5 at 1717 N. Harwood St. The museum is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays, plus 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursdays. Admission is $4 to $6, but free for children under 12, members and visitors after 5 p.m. on Thursdays and the first Tuesday of each month. Call 214-922-1200.
Friday, June 25
There is but one great crime in fairy-tale land: preventing the cute, the young, the furry and the nice from living happily ever after. And the two most heinous offenders of this law are finally getting a taste of justice. Plano Repertory Theatre's summer series for children gets all Law & Order with Fairy Tale Courtroom, an interactive play in which the Big Bad Wolf and the Evil Witch are brought to trial. Witnesses include the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Riding Hood, Snow White, Dorothy and Hansel and Gretel. Kids play jury, deciding if each storybook character is guilty or not guilty daily at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. through Saturday. Fairy Tale Courtroom comes to order at ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th Place, Plano. Tickets are $10. Call 972-422-7460.
Saturday, June 26
This ain't no celebrity charity softball game. Sure, there will be celebrities (some of Dallas' finest, in fact), and three charities will benefit from it. But there's no underhanded pitching. No slow runnin'. No taking the easy way out. Instead, Reebok's third annual Heroes Celebrity Baseball Game features 60 mph machine-pitch hardball. Two teams with 10 amateurs and 10 celebrities will compete at 8 p.m. at Dr Pepper/Seven Up Ballpark, 7300 Roughriders Trail, Frisco, following a 3 p.m. Little Heroes game and a 6 p.m. home run derby. Drafted for this year's benefit for the children's charities of the Mike Modano Foundation, the Todd Wagner Foundation and Little Heroes Baseball are Mike Modano, Mark Cuban, Michael Finley, Donnie Nelson, Roger Staubach, Brett Hull, Cuttino Mobley and Roy Williams. If you don't know who they are, perhaps you should stick to softball. Other competitors include Chris Kirkpatrick, CNBC Squack Box host David Faber, 7th Heaven's Geoff and George Stults, Jason Lewis of Sex and the City and Todd Wagner. Houston Rockets' Yao Ming will throw out the first pitch. Tickets are $5 to $20 from Ticketmaster, 214-373-8000.
Sunday, June 27
When the story circulated about the retired lady who bought an "ugly" painting at a thrift store only to find it was a multimillion-dollar Jackson Pollock work, we could almost hear thousands of curators running toward the nearest Goodwill. But A. Everett "Chick" Austin Jr. one-upped even that. He bought art he liked before others thought it was cool. Austin was curator of the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, Connecticut, from 1927 to 1944, and his legacy includes premiere exhibits of Italian Baroque, Surrealism, Abstract art and Picasso's works, plus purchases of pieces by Dali and Mondrian. Now, local art fans can enjoy this forward-thinker's collection with Caravaggio to Dali: 100 Masterpieces From the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, which runs Sunday through September 26 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. The museum's open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays, noon to 8 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is $6 to $10. Children under 6 are admitted for free. Call 817-332-8451.
Monday, June 28
Remember the scene in The Wizard of Oz in which Dorothy and the gang pull back the curtain and find a small, graying man running a bunch of machines to produce that wizard they'd been so afraid of? The IMAX film Special Effects is like that. Viewers will see the geeks running the computers that created the special effects in films such as Independence Day, Jumanji, Shazaam and the original Star Wars trilogy, which gets special treatment with behind-the-scenes looks at re-creating scenes from the original film and how some were redone for the special edition. The large-format, giant-screen documentary is presented by NOVA, the public television science show, and kicks off with a 1990s update of the classic film King Kong. It also shows the history of special effects, from film splicing and basic magician tricks from the 1890s to modern techniques of stop motion and computer graphics. The Science Place, 1318 Second Ave. in Fair Park, shows Special Effects at 11:05 a.m., 1:45 p.m. and 3:55 p.m. daily, except no 11:05 a.m. on Sundays. Admission is $6 to $7. Call 214-428-5555.
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Tuesday, June 29
Every time we save loads of coin at chain discount stores buying their low-priced, mass-produced items, we feel like we need to do a little penance by shopping at a mom-and-pop store. Sure, Target has sunglasses and "retro" lunch boxes, but it doesn't have green-frame, blue-lens Charles Nelson Reilly-style sunglasses and a beat-up lunch box featuring The Fall Guy. But, after Tuesday, there will be one less place to seek the diamonds in the rough. Millennium, which opened in 1983 in Expo Park, is closing. But the shopping vultures are invited to swoop in and pick at the remains with insane discounts. The percent off each purchase gets larger each day, beginning with 94 percent off on Thursday and concluding with 99 percent off on Tuesday, when the doors at 3601 Parry Ave. close for good. Also, there's a closing party on Friday--that's 95 percent-off day--with live music by The Klogz and more. Call Millennium at 214-824-7325.
Wednesday, June 30
Many high school graduates can't find Spain on a globe, so we doubt they know that the country has four official languages (Castilian, Catalan, Gallego and Buskera), its main exports are automobiles and mopeds, the official religion is Catholicism and that it sits at a crossroads where Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean and the Atlantic ocean all meet. Now, multiply how much you enjoyed learning those facts by 74 percent, and you can understand how much kids like memorizing facts and figures. Luckily for them, the Dallas Children's Museum's Spectacular Spain day is about activities not trivia. Part of the Wonderful Wednesdays series and Cultural Bridges program, this day of Spanish culture and history focuses on the running of the bulls festival and flamenco music. There's also a make-your-own-bull craft. Kids can also get a Spain passport sheet stamped, and collect more as the series continues through July 28 with days about the Apache Nation, Australia, Texas and India. The museum is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $2 to $4. Children under 2 are admitted for free. Dallas Children's Museum, 308 Valley View Center inside Valley View Mall. Call 972-386-6555.