I have a feeling Susan Taylor's one of those folks who like to find out your favorite Chinese restaurant, then tell you, yeah, sure, it's OK, but it's nothing compared with this little outtatheway strip-mall joint she knows in Chinatown. Then, when you say you didn't know Dallas had a Chinatown, she looks at you like you're a crazy person, then forces you into a car at chopstick point and takes you to Maxim's in Richardson for a three-hour orgy of dim sum during which she insists there's nothing better than the taste of sautéed chicken feet. Not that this is a bad thing; Taylor, a contributor to The Dallas Morning News' food section, is devoted to finding the most exotic, extravagant things you can put in your mouth (stop giggling). Taylor, who can be found at www.susantaylortours.com, hosts regular tours of Dallas' most fab food establishments, usually tied to some kind of theme during which she packs like-minded food fetishists onto a bus and schleps them around town for a little culinary adventure. On July 17, she's taking people willing to shell out $55 on a six-hour "Around the World in Dallas" tour, which starts at NorthPark Center and will include a sampling of Swiss Madrisa cake, a trip to a bakery specializing in low-carb German flatbread (hope there's some high-carb German beer with which to wash that down), some drinking chocolate (sounds gross and, oddly, yummy), a trip to a Middle Eastern bakery and lunch at a French bistro. Dunno where these places are--I assume one is Henk's European Deli and Black Forest Bakery--but my guess is you'll take the tour and return. Then you can charge $55 to take people out to eat. --Robert Wilonsky
Martial Arts and Crafts
If your idea of arts and crafts is limited to painting and gluing macaroni on paper plates, whittling animal statues out of driftwood or stuffing cotton into old panty hose to make a doll, then you might want to broaden your artistic horizons at the Crow Collection of Asian Art's Connecting with Korea Family Day. In conjunction with the From the Fire: Contemporary Korean Ceramics exhibit, families can learn about Korean art and participate in craft activities including pendant making and clay stamping. Or, for the less arty, more action-oriented types, there will also be martial arts demonstrations. It takes place Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the museum, 2010 Flora St. Admission is free. Call 214-979-6430 or visit www.crowcollection.org. --Jay Webb
Misfits fighting dark forces to save their neighborhoods from corporate redevelopment is a quintessential '80s dilemma. In The Goonies, an Oregon neighborhood's nerd herd fights the mafia, tames a monster with a Baby Ruth and overtakes a pirate ship in search of treasure. The movie is so nice that this week, you can see it twice. Just try to contain your Truffle Shuffles. The Goonies is part of NRH20's Dive In Movie series and begins at dusk on July 16 at 900 Grapevine Highway, North Richland Hills. Call 817-427-6500. It's also the Inwood Theatre's Midnight Movie on July 16 and July 17 at 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-764-9106. --Stephanie Durham
Here's what we know about modern dance: bare feet, not for fat people. It's not a lot. Perhaps you know more. Maybe you dance at the advanced or professional level. If you do, and are 16 or older, Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth is offering a master class and "dance for the camera" workshop with master teacher Sharon Kinney on July 17. The former class is 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., the latter 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Texas Christian University's Ballet and Modern Dance Building, near the corner of South University Drive and Bellaire Drive in Fort Worth. The fee for both classes is $75, or $20 for the master class and $75 for the camera class. (We suspect modern dance requires a little math skill.) Check www.cdfw.org. --Patrick Williams
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