Beatle It

With the extravagance and craziness of today's movies, what with their skeletal pirates and evil robots all trying to dominate the world in one way or another, it makes one reflect on a time when a truckload of beer and psychotropic drugs, along with some rockin' music, was enough to deliver a good time to any moviegoer. Face it, sometimes you just want to watch a movie that didn't spend enough money on special effects to keep the population of Ghana rolling in beef for a year. You long for an opportunity to settle down with a garbage bag of popcorn and watch some simple, classic movies rife with draft-card burning and keggers. Every Wednesday for the rest of the summer, AllGood Café will host the 2003 Inaugural AllGood Summer Film Festival, providing movie fans citywide with a very lucrative alternative to the multiplex madness. AllGood will be on a mission from God, cranking the volume to 11 and donning their togas for this new event that showcases some of the coolest movies from past decades. Think along the lines of This is Spinal Tap, The Blues Brothers, Hair and Animal House, plus lots of free popcorn. Come and enjoy the movies with friends in the restaurant's friendly atmosphere, and if you're not content with shoveling buckets of popcorn down your throat, you can purchase any of the desserts, coffee, wine and beer that will be available. While there's no cover, a $5 donation is suggested, which benefits the Deep Ellum Film Festival. All films will be shown on a 9-foot-by-12-foot screen at the cafe, 2934 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Festivities begin at 9 p.m. with movies beginning by 9:30 p.m. This week is a Beatles double feature with Hard Day's Night and Yellow Submarine. Call 214-742-5362. --Mary Monigold

Rock the Book Worms
Denton introduces one public library that's not staying quiet. With the help of polka gurus Brave Combo, the city celebrates the grand opening of its new North Branch on July 24. The event kicks off with children's activities (including a treasure hunt) from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., and Brave Combo performs from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. after a ribbon-cutting ceremony. The library will be chock-full of new books, programs, services and technology such as a distance learning center. For those of you who like a little coffee with your research, the library has a cafe. And with a drive-up book drop, you can beat the heat returning those overdue reads. Just don't bet on beating the fines. Denton's North Branch Library is located at 3020 N. Locust St. Call 940-349-7735. --Jenice Johnson

Seize the Day

Looking for that perfect novel for reading poolside this summer? Or the ideal page-turner to take with you on vacation? You can't go wrong with best-selling author Robin Cook's latest medical thriller, Seizure. We'll not spoil it for you, but be ready to read about a high-tech research company that develops a revolutionary cell replacement technique. All goes well until a powerful politico blackmails the company into using DNA from the Shroud of Turin, the legendary relic believed to be Christ's burial shroud, to cure his illness. If you want to know more, stop by the Fort Worth Barnes & Noble, 1612 S. University, where he'll discuss and sign the book at 7 p.m. July 30. Call 817-335-2791. --Carlton Stowers

Prenuptial Adventure

So you got pregnant, huh? Oh, wait, you fell in love. Sorry, we at Night & Day are pessimists about the whole marriage shtick. Chalk it up to experience with broken homes and Roseanne reruns, but we didn't put a feather in our cap and call it matrimony. At any rate, those of you with still-looming romantic delusions will want to visit the Dallas Bridal Show at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway, on Saturday and Sunday, where you can find everything to organize the perfect nuptials, including gowns, cakes, decorations and Color Me Badd cover bands. And remember, if it's not a white wedding, you can at least make it the right wedding. Call 972-608-9749. --Sam Machkovech

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