Plane Sight

Dance the night away in Fort Worth's Hangar 33

Are you one of those women--or men who are very secure in their sexuality--who's seen Swing Kids a million times and have always dreamed of sauntering onto a dance floor in a period costume? Have you been practicing your dance moves since the late-'90s swing revival and now feel it's time to show off what you've got on a real dance floor? The 14th annual Big Band Hangar Dance draws more than a thousand World War II revelers of all ages to the Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Airport's Hangar 33 for an evening of flashback fashions and classy dance steps that would make your grandma proud. Period clothing is encouraged but not required, so you may need to raid Grandma's treasure chest since all the local vintage stores' World War II apparel has been pretty well picked over. But no matter how many flighty "birds" fill the dance floor, the biggest bird of the night will be the gigantic war bird under whose wings the crowd is dancing: an authentic B-17 World War II bomber. The '40s big band music will be provided by the Alan Glasscock Orchestra doing its best Glenn Miller impersonation. All proceeds from the dance and silent auction go to the museum to ensure the B-17's wings are still in shape for next year's dance. So make sure your pillbox hat is securely pinned, and don't forget to wear your bloomers. It takes place Saturday at the Vintage Flying Museum, Hangar 33 South, Meacham Airport, Fort Worth. Dinner is served from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.; the dance is from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets cost $20 in advance or $25 at the door, and dinner costs an additional $15 by reservation only. Call 817-624-1935 or visit --Jay Webb

School Chums

On the front cover of his memoir about John F. Kennedy Jr., Robert T. Littell appears stately, reserved, patrician and urbane, as if he were born in the tuxedo he wears in the jacket photo. The writer met Kennedy when they attended Brown, and it is apparent that he and his publisher want the public to know that his book, The Men We Became: My Friendship With John F. Kennedy Jr. , is not one of those tell-alls about the Kennedys that are so déclassé and outré (tomes so heinous we can only use French to qualify them). Littell will speak about his friendship with Kennedy during an Authors at the Adolphus luncheon on October 7 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $40. Call 214-651-3520 for reservations. --Claiborne Smith

Four-Star Star

Kent Rathbun, chef/owner at four-star restaurants Abacus in McKinney and Jasper's in Plano, was 14 when he got himself real smart. How do we know that? Because that's when he said, "I need to learn to cook because I don't want to wash dishes." Words to live by then and now--but such wisdom is not all Rathbun can teach you. He can actually show you how to cook sophisticated fare. Rathbun's instruction will be part of Neiman Marcus' fall series of cooking classes ($100 for this class, $140 for three, $300 for six) at the Neiman Marcus Café, 1525 Commerce St. Call 214-573-5374. --Eric Celeste

Abstract Nudes

It can be argued that the human form gave birth to the world of art. Millennia later artists lovingly reproduce every curve to hone their craft. Christa Diepenbrock's large-format mixed media paintings step back to capture the "conception" itself in abstract snapshots of sexual momentum. Manipulating themes of voyeurism, eroticism and sexual passion on canvas, her works celebrate sexual expression by baring it all in Room of Shadows--provocative scenes that pique curiosity and stimulate the imagination. The opening reception is Saturday from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Green Space, 529 Malone St., Denton. The exhibit runs through November 5. Call 940-387-2722. --Danna Berger

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