Rick O'Hara would never tell you to get your head out of the clouds. He'd commend you on having stars in your eyes. Of course, he is the planetarium creator at the Emily Fowler Central Library in Denton. The library welcomes stargazers ages 7 and older to participate in an interactive astronomy program led by O'Hara at 7 p.m. Thursday. Kids and adults can learn how to use star charts to locate and view constellations in the night sky. The library is located at 502 Oakland St., just north of Denton's City Hall. The program is free. Call 940-349-8712.
Friday, August 5
Hollywood education poses a problem for us sometimes. Take for instance the upcoming release of John Dahl's The Great Raid, based on the book Ghost Soldiers by Hampton Sides. On one hand, it's a shame that it takes the names Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Joseph Fiennes and The O.C. 's Logan Marshall-Green to get young people interested in learning about the World War II rescue raid on Cabanatuan, which liberated more than 500 U.S. POWs. On the other, it's wonderful that because of those names, more people will become interested in history and stories of this kind. No matter what hand you go with, the film tells an important tale. The World Affairs Council celebrates the release of the film with two screenings at the Frontiers of Flight Museum, 6911 Lemmon Ave., on Friday. Sides will sign copies of his book before each showing. Register online at www.DallasWorld.org or call 214-965-8400.
Saturday, August 6
Get ready for one helluva party. And think up some new pickup lines already because "What's your sign?" is taken and it's sort of, well--OK, it is the theme of the entire celebration. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary has once again asked its artist members to kick in a work based on a theme for the annual members exhibition. This year finds the MAC celebrating Zodiac Signs: What's Your Sign? 11th Annual Members' Invitational. Pisces, Aquarius, Scorpio and all the rest have their day in the sun and on the walls of all three of the MAC's galleries, with performance art and literary readings taking place during the opening reception from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. The show runs through September 2 at 3120 McKinney Ave. Call 214-953-1MAC.
Sunday, August 7
So Mondo Mike from 102.1 The Edge's Morning Edge show wanted his own golf tournament. But seeing as how old Mondo had never hosted such an event, the powers that be decided that he could have a golf tourneyas long as it was at SpeedZone at Interstate 35 and Walnut Hill Lane and had the word "mini" in front of it. Thus, Mondo Mike's mini Golf Tournament benefiting the Dallas Chapter of the American Diabetes Association was born. And we thought those folks at Clear Channel were all lame/no silly but here they go turning yet another boring, bland golf event into something we'd actually attend. We're going straight into Machkovech's office with this news, because the Edge is earning some points here even Sam can't deny! The 72 twosomes in Sunday's tournament may have filled up, but our sources say spectators are welcome and spots may open up at the last minute. Check out www.kdge.com.
Monday, August 8
We've come a long way with the whole scooter thing. Much like the new fad of roller derby, riding a scooter was an athletic craze that warranted weekly meet-ups, shopping sprees for new gear and wheels a great deal smaller than we're used to. So at first we resisted. But even after the fad began to wear off, we realized the whole attraction to scooters was the ability to get around on a finely tuned machine with a super-cool (what other phrase is there, really?) exterior. Vespas may not show up in every Target ad these days, but scooter enthusiasts still meet for weekend cruises around the lake, and the peaceful little vehicles remain popular for short-distance travel. The J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young St., features Enjoy the Ride: Classic Scooters of the 20th Century, an exhibition of vintage models and rarities of Dallas collector Steve Davis. Scoot to the free exhibit and take a gander at Davis' fully operational wonders. The show runs through September 30. Call 214-670-1400.
Tuesday, August 9
We've got to face it. We're just never going to cut it. We can try and try, but it's not going to work. We're not meant for the job, cut from the right cloth, intended to be a true-blue 0-0-7 fan. At least according to a self-proclaimed "huge, way huge Bond fan." Diamonds Are Forever? Seen it. Octopussy? Disgusting title, and yes, I've seen it. Live and Let Die? I even remember Kananga. Dr. No? Why, yes. But we still suck. See, apparently all those don't make up for the fact that we have yet to see the "ultimate," the "definitive" James Bond film--according to some judgmental prick of a video store clerk. So I haven't seen From Russia With Love. You know what, Mr. Blue and Yellow Polo? We won't be renting it from you after your unwanted tirade that reinforced why we have Netflix and patronize places such as the historic Lakewood Theater, 1825 Abrams Parkway, where on Tuesday we can hit Classic Movie Night and take in From Russia With Love for a single dollar (popcorn costs an additional 50 cents). Blue Diamond Trio plays live as well. Call 214-821-SHOW. Oh, and you can eat our late fees, 0-0-ASS.
Wednesday, August 10
Cooking, eating and reading. And talking. Some reading, some cooking, mostly eating and lots of talking. Central Market knows what we like so they bring us Hands-On Cooks & Books: Garlic & Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Wednesday. Karen Cassady, CM's Cooking School manager, heads up a kitchen session, making cuisine described in New York Times food critic Ruth Reichl's memoir (chock full of recipes as well as dish). During the subsequent sup, Cassady will be joined by D magazine's food editor, restaurant reviewer and super blogger Nancy Nichols for what will surely be an entertaining book discussion. From now until then we'll just have to go over some rules from childhood we may have forgotten--you know, so we make a good impression. Elbows off the table. No talking with your mouth full. Do not steal food from other people's plates, no matter how good it isCentral Market is located at 5750 E. Lovers Lane. The cost of this class is $55. Call 214-361-5754.