Brad Oldham--soft-spoken sculptor, metallurgical production god, demure man of mystery--is holding his first gallery show, On Track, on Friday at DEBRIS (1205 Slocum St.; receptions held Friday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 through December 6; call 214-752-8855 for more info). You should go see it for many reasons, not the least of which is that the nine pieces of artwork on display are seriously fab. When a few of us from the Dallas Observer offices perused his portfolio, we were blown away. The sculptures were at once modern and timeless, all infused with Oldham's thoughtful, mischievous sensibility. But when you go to these gallery openings, you want to know about the artist as well as his work. Never fear. Here are some suggested topics with which you can engage him in conversation: 1) how close he and his rec-league teammates came to being beaten up by a dozen or so guys who chased them through the Centrum building; 2) the finer points of button-making; and 3) if his third-grade son still has the hots for my fourth-grade daughter. --Eric Celeste
If you're up for a little dash of artistic pretentiousness, be sure to visit the Kate Breakey: Stilleven exhibit at theGerald Peters Gallery, 2913 Fairmount St. "Stilleven" is a term meaning "motionless models" that Breakey uses rather than "still life." Because who needs traditional artistic terms anyway? The public reception is 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. November 7. Call 214-969-9410. --Mary Monigold
For all of those chefs in Dallas who want to get their Jewish cookin' on, the Jewish Community Center of Dallas is hosting a lunch with Mimi Sheraton, author of the bookThe New York Times Jewish Cookbook: 850 Traditional and Contemporary Recipes From Around the World. Lunch is on Thursday beginning at 10:30 a.m. and will be held in a private home. Registration is already open. Tickets are $25. Call 214-739-2737. --Mary Monigold
Hey, Dallasites, instead of dishing out your disposable income on any old frivolous ultra-swank item, act like a celebrity and find a worthy cause. Operation Kindness, the no-kill animal shelter, is holding its 11th annual Canines, Cat and Cabernet wine tasting and auction Sunday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Westin Galleria Dallas. All over town, trendy establishments graciously forked out hundreds of items and gift certificates for our homeless four-legged friends. Need some added value? The city's favorite bow tie-wearing weatherman, Troy Dungan, will be on the scene as the emcee. Tickets are $55 in advance. Call 972-439-8985 or check out www.operationkindness.org. --Desirée Henry
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