To the Moon
Toast the satellite's full frontal
Eastern culture is continually depicted--largely through cinematic imports or reinterpretations thereof--as a society steeped in dedication, dignity and respect of tradition and heritage. That's not a bad thing, but Monday evening's moon-viewing festival celebration (called otsukimi) at the Dallas Arboretum proves that our neighbors can tie one on just like we do. Otsukimi has been practiced for more than 1,000 years to celebrate the arrival of autumn. Originally, people would gather together with agricultural offerings hoping for a fruitful upcoming harvest, but as time has passed, the ceremony has come to represent a recognition of the waning equinox...and a reason to pound sake. You know, kind of like a "Hump Day Happy Hour," only a lot less frequent and a lot more substantial. The Texas Chamber Orchestra will be at Dallas' otsukimi starting at 6:30 p.m. There will also be poetry, calligraphy, flower arranging and customary food sampling (including moon-shaped rice dumplings). The Crow Collection of Asian Art and the Japan America Society of Dallas/Fort Worth co-host with the Dallas Arboretum, which is located at 8525 Garland Road. Call 214-515-6500 or visit www.jasdfw.org. --Matt Hursh
Dallas Arboretum's Otsukimi
Finally, an unpretentious fundraiser. On October 15, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation will host its third annual Sure Shot for Life, a two-part fundraiser that will feature clay shooting in the morning followed by Texas recording artist Sonny Burgess performing at a gala later that evening. In the morning, you can channel your inner NRA at a sporting clay tournament consisting of five-person teams shooting a 100-target course at Backwood T.R.A.P.S., 26828 Highway 380 in Aubrey. Tickets cost $100 per person. That night, you can continue to play cowboy at the Historic Cotton Mill , 710 Elm St. in McKinney, for the western-themed Bulls-Eye Bash gala, which includes dinner, a casino party and dancing...where the Escape Club's "Wild, Wild West" will hopefully be performed. All that for $75 a ticket--half of what it would cost you for a staid night on the town at the West Village. Contact Stephanie Underwood at the Northeast Texas Chapter of the Cystic Fibrosis at 214-871-2222. --Matt Pulle
I run when I'm scared, usually accompanied by screaming. Like the time I spotted a giant roach the size of a Chipotle burrito under my couch. It was big enough to ride. But if I'm running with a pack of my girlfriends, I feel like I could conquer the world. Or, let's say, the evil menace of breast cancer. Now's the time. Come join your fellow ladies in pink (for survivors) and white with pink for everyone else. The annual Komen Dallas Race for the Cure lines up at NorthPark Center on October 15 and benefits the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. Last year the foundation raised $1.4 million. We can beat that. Totally. Register as an individual, join an existing team or create your own. Entry fees range from $20 to $60. For race day schedule, visit www.komen-dallas.org. --Danna Berger
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