Literature, out of bounds
Writing may be a solitary activity, but being a writer certainly is not. You sit alone and slave away over your iBook/typewriter/notebook/pile of Post-it notes, but when the creation is done, it's time to hold court and share. Some of these salons are legendary, such as Dorothy Parker and her vicious circle meeting at the Algonquin, or Gertrude Stein entertaining the likes of Sherwood Anderson and F. Scott Fitzgerald at her Parisian abode. For modern-day ink slingers and aficionados, the literary festival is the way to support inventive language and untried styles. One of the largest literary organizations in North Texas is WordSpace--they've presented more than 200 events in the last decade and have brought talents to town such as National Public Radio commentator and writer Andrei Codrescu and poets Robert Creeley and Gerald Burns. Tomorrow the group opens the 2005 Texas UnBound Festival, a celebration of musical and written works over three weekends. Unbound is a little more freeform than WordSpace's other literary festival, Texas Bound, which focuses solely on Lone Star State writers. Expect to see poets and playwrights paired with singers and songwriters of all styles. There are 14 events slated with several standouts. WordSpace awards Southwest Review poets Isabel Nathaniel and Fred Turner for support of literature July 29 at 7 p.m. and pays tribute to director, essayist and poet Robert Trammell on August 4 at 7 p.m. In encouragement of young talent, listen to high school and college writers' work on August 6 and August 13, respectively, at 6:30 p.m. It's three weeks to live by the adage "If you can't be the poet, love the poem." The festival runs July 29 through August 14 at the Undermain Theatre, 3200 Main St. Tickets are $7 per night, $5 for students with I.D. and $50 for a festival pass. Visit wordspacetexas.org for the complete schedule. --Leah Shafer
Here's a show that is sure to have Jerry Falwell squirming in his seat one minute and screaming from his soap box the next: Southern Baptist Sissies. Southern Baptists? Sissies? Oh, yes. The play follows four young men who were raised in the Baptist church as they discover their sexuality. And here's the kicker: They are all beginning to realize they are gay. Yes, Mr. Falwell, four gay Southern Baptists. What is this world coming to? The Uptown Players' members, which perform at the Trinity River Arts Center at 2600 Stemmons Freeway, might say that the world is at a place where controversy is not only intriguing, but also important. To see this "abomination" against religion July 29 through August 21, call 214-219-2718. --Kelsey Guy
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Baby Makes Three
How hard could it be to raise a kid? I baby-sit. I know how it works. You have to be patient, attentive, firm, loving and a few other things. Actually, it might be difficult for a young, spoiled rich couple who has conflicting religions and a set of in-laws who never really liked their daughter's choice for a husband. Yeah, that could definitely be a problem. And a fun problem to watch unfold. Good thing it's a play called Little Footsteps, and good thing it's showing as part of Rover Dramawerks' 2005 season at the Addison Theater Center Black Box Theater, 15650 Addison Road, from July 28 through August 20. Call 972-849-0358 for reservations. --Kelsey Guy
Ol' Brown Eyes
Michael Bublé makes girls scream. He makes older women scream. The screaming is pretty much universal. Why the appeal? Because he's good-looking, he's talented and he just seems like such a nice boy. His albums feature remade favorites and new ballads like his recent radio hit in which he sings, "I want to go home." Perhaps he wants to go home, but he'll have to wait a little bit longer. He has a show to do in Dallas first. Bublé performs at 8 p.m. July 31 at the Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 First Ave. Call 214-565-1116. --Stephanie Durham