Dead Dance

Next year, we'll just have to add a new category to our cheaper-by-the-pound Best of Dallas issue. At the risk of giving away insider info, we're going to call it "Best Use of Pure Creativity in Modern Dance Programming and Sheer Inventiveness in Celebrating Halloween by Dancing Out Some Scary Stories and by Naming the Event in a Truly Clever Way." Intrigued? Dance fan or not, you gotta love Contemporary Ballet Dallas' new Champagne Kisses and Cadaver Dreams, an inspired program that artistic director Kelley Calhoon created to "continue to challenge ballet conventions by spinning classic campfire stories and spooky tales." CBD's modus operandi is in-your-face, provocative performance and choreography, and Calhoon's eerie Halloween collaboration includes the premiere of "The Pit and the Pendulum," with a nod to Edgar Allan Poe and a recorded score by Nine Inch Nails. Resident choreographer Cynthia Anne Krempetz is presenting a Day of the Dead piece with a mariachi score, and colleague Valerie Shelton Tabor will restage "Personnel," danced to music by Kronos Quartet. An original, comedic murder mystery, "Not a Clue!" rounds out the horror show, slated for October 24 and October 25 at Richardson's Eisemann Center, 2351 Performance Drive. Tickets are $15 to $20. Call 972-744-4650 or visit --Annabelle Massey Helber

Join the Fight
Rock for a cure

Breast cancer has really taken a beating lately. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the city's seen a variety of fund-raisers designed to increase awareness of the disease and raise money to find a cure. On Sunday, though, the second annual Bass Babes Battling Breast Cancer Fest offers something a little different from the usual run/walk events. This year's festival features The Filthy Skanks, Second Story Thief and Cherry Blossom Clinic, among others--all bands with a female bass player, drummer or both. A portion of the proceeds from a raffle and admission ($5 at the door) will go to the American Cancer Society, and breast cancer survivors get in free. A Sunday afternoon of music, prizes and helping out a good cause? You could certainly do worse. Festivities start at noon at Across the Street Bar, 5625 Yale Blvd. Call 214-363-0660. Go to the Web site for a complete band schedule. --Rhonda Reinhart

Just a Gigolo

Tired of fire and brimstone? In the mood for a tongue-in-cheek netherworld that shows hell's not as bad as all that? Then look no further than Theater Three's concert reading of Don Juan in Hell by George Bernard Shaw. The show runs from October 26 through November 5 at Theater Three in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. Appetizers are served at 6:30 p.m.; curtain is at 7:15 p.m. Call 214-871-3300. --Mary Monigold

B There or B Square
The King brings back the blues
He's ranked No. 3 on Rolling Stone magazine's 100 greatest guitarists of all time (after Jimi Hendrix and Duane Allman). "His string bending and vibrato made his famous guitar, Lucille, weep like a woman," the Stone blurted. Born on a plantation in Mississippi, Riley B. King started recording in the late 1940s and has since cut more than 50 albums. Now 78, the reigning king of blues will bring Lucille to tears in the near acoustically perfect Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. On Monday at 7:30 p.m., the Central Dallas Ministries present B.B. King plus Bobby "Blue" Bland in "Night to Remember." Tickets are $50 to $150 and are available by calling 1-888-468-7621 or by hitting the Web at --Mark Stuertz

Test-Drive This Hybrid
Grupo Corpo sasses up ballet

Men we have known eventually fessed up about their eagerness to accompany us to the ballet. All along, we thought they liked dance. All along, they finally admitted, they liked the jiggly girl body parts. You can get your scumbag man to go with you to TITAS' presentation of Grupo Corpo, Brazil's leading modern dance company, by mentioning that the company's costumes are part-Moulin Rouge, part-Harlequin. Let him know that you know the quirky costumer puts big, bright circles of color on the dancers' butt cheeks--lest he forget where to look. You'll like the sensuality and high energy of Grupo Corpo, which specializes in a hybrid form of contemporary dance that jazzes up classical ballet with Afro-Brazilian dance forms. TITAS' shows, on October 24 and October 25 at 8 p.m. at Southern Methodist University's McFarlin Auditorium, 6400 Hillcrest Ave., will feature all 19 company dancers in an "adventurous repertoire" of pieces. Tickets are $10 to $55 at the TITAS box office, 3101 N. Fitzhugh, Suite 301. Call 214-528-5576 or log on to --Annabelle Massey Helber

Day of the Sexy

During these military-crazy times, the role of conscientious objector can be difficult to take. But, at least for the men involved, there's a certain universal appeal to staying home from war and acting as sex-lord over all of the foreign soldiers' wives. From Thursday through Saturday, head to the Latino Cultural Center (2600 Live Oak St.) to see the measures a woman will take to prevent her son's wife from enjoying the fruits of a conscientious objector. Cora Cardona's latest play, WomaNightFear, is an adaptation of the 1964 Japanese film Onibaba, whose themes of sex, violence and in-laws are transplanted into a Latino context in honor of Día de los Muertos, the yearly celebration of death. The source movie ends with the mother scaring her daughter-in-law with a mask only to have it freeze to her face eternally. We hope Cardona's adaptation doesn't use this to make any luchador wrestling comparisons. Tickets are $15. Call 214-670-3688. --Sam Machkovech

God Spell
This fest is hymn-ed in

We love Trent Reznor and all, but if God is so supposedly dead as he sings, then what's with all the churches? Obviously, there are still some folks who care about those Sunday-morning gatherings filled with like-minded spirits desperately trying to redeem themselves from all the ever-invading worldly temptations. We know a place where you could go, hang out in the pews with people of all faiths and beliefs and just sing hymns while the sun is setting. The Cathedral Church of Saint Matthew presents the third annual All Saints Festival of Hymns on Sunday at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Audience participation is mandatory. Call 214-823-8134. --Desirée Henry

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