Jean Genie


Denim, we love you, but sometimes we just don't understand the things you let people do to you. Love jeans that fit without that crotch bulge; hate stonewashed tapered styles, especially paired with a braided belt. Love a vintage indigo miniskirt; hate pearl-and-puff-paint-bedecked vests. Love low-rise boot-cuts, but denim jumpers? You're breaking our heart. We've seen that denim can go so very, very wrong, so we rejoice when folks like DIFFA treat it right. DIFFA--Design Industries Foundation Fighting AIDS--presents the 15th annual Dallas Collection, a couture rendering of jean jackets donated by Levi's, at the International Apparel Mart, 2300 Stemmons Freeway. Notable designers, celebrities and artists, working this year's theme "Evolution," have tackled the challenge to turn denim into art in a combo runway show/theatrical production with proceeds benefiting North Texas HIV/AIDS organizations. Join the Evolution March 13 at 6 p.m. Individual tickets are $100 and $275. Call 214-748-8580. --Michelle Martinez

Speak Up
Local writers beat it

Dimly lit espresso café with stained wooden tables. Raspy voice--Yeah, man!--of a chain-smoker threading his way through a crowd. Everyone leaning toward the lone speaker under the spotlight by the bongos. Snaps of approval. Those of us who dig old bohemian ideals of forward-thinking literary works yet favor more conventional wrappings can enjoy the new season of the Literary Café at the Dallas Museum of Art. The 12-year-old brainchild of the Arts & Letters Live program, the event is a free, informal setting for a new generation of writers and poets to share literary fiction and fact with a hungry public. The season starts Friday at 9 p.m. with Amanda Eyre Ward (short story), Dean King (nautical literature and history) and Rosalyn Story (journalist and musician). Don your beret and bring a listening ear to the Sculpture Garden of the DMA, 1717 N. Harwood St.. Call 214-922-1220. --Danna Berger

You Got Served

The only thing that could be better than chowing down at your favorite place to eat is knowing that you are doing so for a good cause. The third annual Dining Out for Life event is March 11 this year and will take place at several Dallas restaurants. The eating-out fest benefits Bryan's House, which provides care for families affected by HIV and AIDS. Promoters hope to exceed their goal of $50,000. Each participating restaurant will donate at least 25 percent of your bill. My pig-out pick is Monica's Aca y Alla located at 2914 Main St. in Deep Ellum. Other participating restaurants include Black Eyed Pea on Cedar Springs Road, Soho Food and Jazz, Vino and Basso and Belle Fresco. Master Chef Sharon Van Meter is acting as chair of the event. Visit --Jenice Johnson

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