Events for the week

july 27
Taste of Deep Ellum Tour '95: With their long series of art and music festivals, it seems obvious that the powers behind Deep Ellum are trying to allay fears that the neighborhood is headed toward tourist-trapsville. Although it may be one of the first places Dallas hosts take out-of-town visitors for dinner and drinks, the district remains unvisited by a large percentage of Dallasites, if only because of its reputation as a parking nightmare. Along comes the district's very first "Taste of..." tour, an attempt by restaurant owners to drag you by the tastebuds into uncharted regions where alcohol and live music had previously been the biggest draws. Fourteen different restaurants are participating with drink specials and delicacies arranged for stroll-through visitors. An after-tour party winds up at Monica's Aca y Alla at 9 p.m. The Taste of Deep Ellum happens 6-10 p.m. on Main, Elm, and Commerce streets in Deep Ellum. Tickets are $25. For info call 480-0011.

Sex, Blood & Mutilation: But what would a poor, unsuspecting Taste of Deep Ellum tourist think should he or she wander after the festivities into Tunnel Werks, where lovely postprandial topics such as labial piercings, ritual cuttings, and aesthetic amputations are explored in rapturous cinematic detail? The filmmaker is Joe Christ, former Dallas provocateur turned New York provocateur and husband of horror novelist Nancy A. Collins. In Sex, Blood & Mutilation, which has already screened once this year in Dallas, Christ assembles friends like former Throbbing Gristle performer Genesis P-Orridge and masochistic performance artist David Aaron Clark to give a show-and-tell about the whole body-modification culture. Christ leads a discussion after the show, which happens at 10 p.m. in Tunnel Werks, 115 N. Oakland Ave in Deep Ellum. Tickets are $4. Call 744-3337.

july 28
Twelfth Annual Friends of the Plano Public Library Book Sale: There's a nationwide tragedy--one that hits especially close to home in Dallas--that gets virtually no attention in this clumsy slash-and-burn era of urban budgets. While everyone's yelling about taking money away from the bureaucrats, building more prisons, and cutting taxes, the largest free source of information and an indispensable component of the public education system reels under staff cuts, pitifully outdated equipment, and an ever-dwindling budget for new materials. Even a grumpy defender of class privilege like Newt Gingrich has expressed concern over the state of libraries in this country. Per location, Plano public libraries are in better shape than the ones in Dallas, but they still rely on charitable donations to stay afloat. One of the best ways you can give is buy, buy, buy at the Twelfth Annual Friends of the Plano Public Library Book Sale. Over 100,000 titles are on sale at 50 cents for softcovers, $1.50 for hardcovers. The sale takes place daily July 27-29 at Plano Centre in Plano. For info call 964-4200.

july 29
African Children's Choir: For 20 years now, the Grammy-nominated African Children's Choir has been traveling Europe and America, with support stateside from an organization known as Friends in the West. These folks essentially take care of the details of the Choir--recording dates, bookings, room and board for the singers in the homes of volunteer families--while the group performs ancient and contemporary African compositions and brings attention to the diseases, famines, and wars that have traumatized that continent for centuries. The African Children's Choir makes a Dallas concert stop--one of many throughout North Texas--at 6 p.m. in the Lake Highlands Church of Christ, 10151 Shoreville. Donations are gratefully accepted, and the opportunity to sponsor a Rwandan orphan is available. 348-2252.

Resist Terror: A Memorial: There have been so many public places transformed into impromptu memorials for the dead over the last couple years--the site of the original Branch Davidian compound in Waco, the South Carolina lake where Susan Smith drowned her two little boys, the rubble from the blasted federal building in Oklahoma City. Americans hate to say goodbye, so we seek to create something that will prolong the process. Texas artist and poet Brian Carlson and the superb Denton-based classical guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti have collaborated on a performance piece in tribute to the victims of the Oklahoma City bombing, but it serves as a larger lament for the media-chronicled tragedies of our time. Entitled "Resist Terror: A Memorial," it's a long poem for four readers with music by Pezzimenti. The performance kicks off at 7:30 p.m. in Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista. It's free, but all donations benefit the Oklahoma City survivors. For more information call 827-4860.

july 30
Bob Clampett Tribute: The Dallas Museum of Art's Third Annual Summer Animation Festival continues with a Sunday tribute to the often overlooked third light in the great American trilogy of non-Disney animators--Tex Avery, Chuck Jones, and Bob Clampett. Clampett's work for the Warner Brothers studio had a gentle, loopy spirit to it, his Bugs and Daffy adventures proceeding at a pace so even-tempered that they are, at their least inspired, a bit lethargic, especially compared to the sheer body-twisting adrenaline of Avery and the slapstick ballet of Jones. Clampett was a craftsman who never kept as many balls in the air as his legendary brethren, but the best stuff bears his unmistakable stamp of big-hearted affection. On July 29, a program of award-winning international cartoons is screened. Both shows kick off at 2 p.m. in the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Tickets are $4 for each show. For info call 922-1200.

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