Sit, Stay

We want to sniff your butt. Well, better put, we know a group that wants to help your butt get sniffed. No, not 'N Sync. We're talking about Dog & Kitty City, a no-kill animal shelter run by the Humane Society of Dallas. The group is throwing a fund-raising party Thursday to make sure plenty of pets have an opportunity to sniff some ass (in a healthy, happy home, of course). The Dog-Gone Purr-Fect Party will be at Sipango, 4513 Travis St., from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., hosted by Sheree Wilson of Walker Texas Ranger and Dallas fame. We looked through Wilson's filmography in search of any particular experience with animals, but the closest we found was her 1985 role in the family-friendly classic Fraternity Vacation. She does get points for working with the small and hairy Chuck Norris. Close enough, we say. A $10 donation at the door nets a cocktail, appetizers and entry to a fashion show. Raffle tickets and information are available at --Sam Machkovech

Texas Tastes, Toe to Toe

Ten of Dallas' most lauded chefs will tangle with Dallas Morning News restaurant critic and Texas-centric cookbook diva Dottie Griffith in a backyard celebrity cook-off dubbed Texas Shootout of the Ten Most Wanted. Two panels of fussy fingering judges--"people's choice" and "media critics' choice"--will scrutinize and parse the outdoor barbecue recipes of Griffith and chefs David Holben (Culpepper Restaurant), Samir Dhurandhar (Nick & Sam's), Dean Fearing (The Mansion), Tom Fleming (Pappas Steakhouse), William Koval (French Room), David McMillan (Nana), Kent Rathbun (Abacus and Jasper's), Jim Severson (Sevy's) and Chris Ward (Restaurant Life). Benefiting children's charities, this duel of forks, tongs, grill bars and charcoal sparks will include live entertainment, dancing, a silent auction and raffle, and the opportunity to purchase the signature sauces of participating chefs. Cost is $65 per person, and the Shootout begins at 7 p.m. at Culpepper Restaurant, 309 Interstate 30 E. Call 972-404-1126. --Mark Stuertz

Sense of Sepia
Windham's got us Corner-ed

The black-and-white photo is classic and expressive, but there is something deeper and fuller about the image on a sepia-toned gelatin silver print. The lights are hotter, the absolute darks are seemingly endless and the eyes can wander for ages across the delicate details heightened through the technique. Photographer Chad Windham displays his expertise in this department (and in wielding his Hasselblad and Holga) with What's Just Around the Corner, a show of 20 pieces the artist shot, developed and personally printed over the past decade. With only 20 shots, the crop is likely very creamy, and Windham already gets accolades for tackling the technically long-winded print process. It's refreshing to see an artist take a photo all the way from the initial exposure to, well, public exposure. Lakewood Furniture Company, 2225 Abrams Road, hosts the exhibition through September 29 with an artist's reception at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Call 214-824-5083. --Merritt Martin

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