Events for the week

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The Terrortorium: The creators of Dr. Blood's Terrortorium are onto something with their theme of medical terror; a lot of people consider a doctor's waiting room to be just about the scariest place on the face of the earth. "The Physician of Fright" himself is host for this particular haunted house stroll, although the tours are self-guided. The story: Dr. Blood is conducting experiments on people to understand the origins of fear; his subjects are the various sites you'll see at the Terrortorium and, of course, you. Hours are Friday and Saturday, 7:30 p.m. to midnight; and Thursday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 2001 Irving Boulevard between Oak Lawn and Wycliff. For ticket information call (972) 263-7700.

october 14
Jewish Film Festival of Dallas: The Jewish Community Center of Dallas makes local cultural history by presenting the first Jewish Film Festival of Dallas. Included in the four-day festival (the last day doesn't happen until November 20) are four films and three special-guest programs that offer audiences the chance to interact with the filmmakers. Making its Dallas debut is Carpati: 50 Miles, 50 Years, the deeply personally journey of filmmaker Yale Strom into the dwindling Jewish population of the Carpathian Mountains in the former Yugoslavia. Also included are A Day in October, the story of a World War II resistance fighter rescued by a family, and Camp Stories, a period drama about an Orthodox Jewish camp in the Poconos of the 1950s. Screenings happen October 14 through October 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven. Tickets are $7.50-$15. Call 739-2737.

october 15
Tina McElroy Ansa: Author Tina McElroy Ansa has stirred some big waves in the literary community with her three books that focus on an isolated but thriving African-American culture on Saint Simon's Island off the coast of Georgia. Her just published third novel, The Hand I Fan With, details the smalltownish intrigues of the community that has come to rely on a big-hearted matriarch for advice and support. A sudden change in her life means a sudden change in everybody's. Tina McElroy Ansa comes to Dallas to read from The Hand I Fan With at 6 p.m. at Black Images Book Bazaar, 230 Wynnewood Village. It's free, but donations to the Writer's Garret are gratefully accepted. Call 943-0142.

october 16
Monk's Night Out: As if Dallas didn't have enough improvisational insanity floating around area clubs, the Austin-based comedy troupe Monk's Night Out heads north to join the fray. Like 4 Out of 5 Doctors, Rubber Chicken, and The (Unnamed) Comedy Troupe, Monk's Night Out alternates original sketches with audience-driven improvisation. The rapturous press clippings that precede its arrival confirm the troupe is a favorite with laid-back Austin audiences, and with one reported skit concerning Sam Spade making a midlife career switch to lingerie salesman, we think Dallas comedy audiences will respond. Monk's Night Out performs at 8 p.m. at Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5400 E. Mockingbird. For ticket information call 821-1860.

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