Piece of Her Heart

Janis Joplin's art will go on


In the 2003 film Festival Express, which chronicles a five-day concert tour through Canada in 1970, Janis Joplin fills just a small portion of the footage, yet she is one of the most memorable elements of the documentary. Not surprising, really--not for a woman whose body left this world at the age of 27 but whose music has survived long after. We got just a snippet of her, but the legend remains. And now there's Janis, the Art and Spirit of Janis Joplin, an exhibit and sale of limited-edition prints of Joplin's paintings and drawings. Much like the woman we see in Festival Express, the works are a mix of whimsy and darkness--from a line-drawing self-portrait depicting the singer with a wide smile and floppy hat to a sadness-tinged sketch titled "Drafted." Along with the artwork, rare show posters and photographs on loan from the Joplin estate also will be on view. The show is May 5 through May 8 at The Janette Kennedy Gallery at South Side on Lamar (1409 S. Lamar St.). Admission is free. Call 214-421-2677. --Rhonda Reinhart

Presley to Peron


Fashion is all about classics and dead celebrities. Don't deny it. How many people do you see every day with Elvis shades, a Sid Vicious padlock necklace or Julia Child's coif? OK, maybe Julia is a stretch for us, but not for the senior fashion design students at the University of North Texas' annual ArtWear fashion show. Professional models will flaunt creations by students given one stipulation--the designs have to reflect two randomly assigned dead celebs. Find out who'll rise in 6-feet-deep chic beginning at 8 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $25 at the door in the Silver Eagle Suite of University Union, one block west of Welch and West Prairie streets. Call 940-565-3577. --Merritt Martin

Gone to the Dogs


Megan, McKenzie and Madison are three beautiful girls with long, flowing hair who live a life of privilege, pampered and petted in their 14,000-square-foot mansion. And we mean literally "petted," since the trio are cavalier King Charles spaniels. Their owners, Ron and Kathi Spurgeon, built the mansion in 2000 as a tribute to their beloved pets--past and present--and named it "Chateau for the Dogs of Our Heart." If you come to tour their mansion, the spaniels will be glad to let you marvel at the 10-car garage (including a Ferrari, Lamborghini and Bentley GT), a collection of 2,000 toys, a European-style library and the general plush opulence of it all. Fortunately, these aren't just any rich bitches, since they're donating all proceeds from the tour ($20 per person) to the SPCA of Texas. Visit the private estate of Megan, McKenzie and Madison from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 7 at 1707 Cheek Sparger Road, Colleyville. Call 214-651-9611, ext. 127. --Michelle Martinez

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