Play Pretties

The sculptures of recess

Anybody who's dragged a kicking, screaming child to Home Depot in search of some backyard climbing/swinging/sliding entertainment apparatus for the little booger knows that a larger problem awaits once you return to your domicile: putting the thing together. Playgrounds are installation nightmares, with hundreds of parts, big and small, to assemble in a safe and effective manner. So when sculpture artist Karyn Olivier decided to make playgrounds her inspiration for her latest sculpture/photo installation at the Dunn and Brown Contemporary, 5020 Tracy St., it was like, so referential and postmodern. 'Cause playgrounds are installations, and being compelled to create installations based on playgrounds is like appropriating a paradigm of installations and transforming them into an entirely separate and unique medium that challenges conventional ideology and Foucault-esque theories surrounding our understanding of the complex nature of play and youth. Or something like that. Decide for yourself by seeing the exhibition, Time to go home, on display from October 28 to December 17. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 214-521-4322 or visit --Andrea Grimes

Bonny Noni

The health-conscious are forever claiming that the juice of some fabulous fruit will cure what ails you. Last year it was $8-a-bottle pomegranate; this year it's Tahitian noni juice. Proponents claim it cures everything from arthritis to multiple sclerosis; skeptics call it snake oil. At the open house for the new Tahitian Noni Café in West Village, sample noni-based teas and juices and decide for yourself. The event is from 12:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday at 3000 Blackburn St., Suite 140. To RSVP, call 512-372-6653. --Leah Shafer

Charity Case (of Wine)

Red, white, blush or bubbly. A hint of oak, melon, citrus, tannin, spice, baby powder--wait, that's my deodorant. Winespeak is the new party lingo. Now we define our favorite Pinot or Grenache with the passion we once reserved for indie movies or '80s glam rock. And just what words would you use to describe a night of art, live music, sparkling conversation and limited edition wine? Find out as Fairefather Events and Times Ten Cellars showcase works by 11 Texas artists at Chateau des Arts x2, a two-day fine art show and silent auction benefiting the North Texas Food Bank and Lakewood Relief Fund that takes place Friday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., and Saturday, from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m., at Times Ten Cellars, 6324 Prospect Ave. General admission is a suggested donation of $5, but $15 tickets (available in advance only) grant priority entry, valet parking, complimentary wine and appetizers and the opportunity to win a case of Times Ten wine. Bring your friends and raise a glass for a good cause. Call 214-566-9069 or visit --Danna Berger

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