To the Dogs


It just doesn't feel like Easter Sunday in Dallas until the chiffon starts twirling, the feathered boas are billowing and those stiletto heels are resolutely clicking across the pavement--and that's just what the dogs are wearing. The Turtle Creek Association's Easter in the Park and infamous Pooch Parade in Lee Park marks its 20th anniversary this year. Once again, 10,000 to 12,000 people will compete for parking, stampede out to stake a piece of lawn with their blankets and assume the position for some serious people/pet watching and the occasional catcall--hey, church let out at noon. Bring your own picnic grub or graze "State Fair-type" foods such as corn dogs and funnel cakes onsite. The SPCA of Dallas gets the party started with its Parade of Adoptable Dogs down Turtle Creek Boulevard at 12:45 p.m. The Pooch Parade and costume contest follow. Our favorite category? "Best Owner/Pet Look-A-Like." This year's judges include Richard Baker of Rosewood Hotels & Resorts; Michael Jenkins of Dallas Summer Musicals; Jud Pankey, who developed the Stoneleigh Residences; Marty Collins of W Dallas Victory Hotel & Residences and Councilwoman Veletta Forsythe Lill. Serving as emcee is TV babe Mattie Roberts (no stranger to sequins and feathers herself). Model and fashion columnist Jan Strimple will preside as grand marshal, no doubt while teetering in heels with top hat and baton. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra gives a free performance in the band shell at 3 p.m. From dogs to divas, Easter in the Park aims to please from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lee Park on Turtle Creek Boulevard between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street. Admission is free. Call 972-380-7390. --Christopher Wynn

Goon Squad

Note to Donnie Darko and any band currently featuring a guitar player on modern rock radio: Forge your own damn decade. Retro romanticism is understandable, however, if the subject is 1985's The Goonies, as the Spielberg/Columbus-penned film is the real thing--the stuff of classic adventure. With underdogs, ragtag heroes, malicious (and engagingly bumbling) baddies and a breakneck race for hidden treasure, it's the kind of flick that hooks the kiddies and leaves the parents with something they can invest in as well. This Friday and Saturday at the Inwood Theatre's Midnight Madness, celebrate Chunk's truffle shuffle, Chunk's Rocky Road and a time when Corey Feldman wasn't a celebrity train wreck. The Inwood is at 5458 W. Lovers Lane. Call 214-764-9106. --Matt Hursh

Death by Dating

For Wollie Shelley, dating is murder. But not in that true-crime way. In this character's pursuit of love, she often finds herself in pursuit of a mystery. Wollie, created by Harley Jane Kozak, tends to end up in precarious situations, and as any good chick-lit chick would have it, she can't turn down a good mystery. In Dating Is Murder, Kozak brings back Wollie for a second round of laughter and love and mystery. (She first appeared in Dating Dead Men, in which readers were introduced to the big-chested greeting-card artist.) Kozak will appear at Barnes & Noble at Lincoln Park, 7700 W. Northwest Highway, to promote Dating Is Murder on March 29 at 7:30 p.m. Call 214-739-1124. --Rhonda Reinhart

Wonder Boy

Fox's The O.C. has given high school kids so many new trends: tight ironic vintage T-shirts over even tighter polo shirts, the return of jelly shoes and belted T-shirt dresses, Michael Chabon. How does the author of Wonder Boys and The Final Solution get grouped with questionable fashion? From character Seth Cohen's first-season obsession with Chabon's The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, which he uses as comparison for his relationships and gives away as Chrismukkah gifts. But Kavalier & Clay was also a hit with readers who didn't have to write book reports about it. It's the story of two Jewish cousins, one seeking refuge in New York City from Nazi-occupied Prague, and the comic books they write to take on Hitler in ink and paper. Join the teens when Chabon reads his works at 7 p.m. Wednesday during the Highland Park Literary Festival at the high school, 4220 Emerson Ave. Admission is free. Visit --Shannon Sutlief

Hymn & Ham

The good gospel and the word "dick" have probably never been said together in a sentence. Well, unless your pastor's name is Richard. And I think it's a safe bet that not many places offer Bloody Marys, waffles and a side of welcomed religious chat. But at Dick's Last Resort all these things are synonymous with Easter Sunday family fun. On March 27, Dick's Gospel Brunch serves up more than 35 items, including salads, carved beef, ham, omelettes and waffles. Just think: The same table your pastor's family is sitting at--only 24 hours earlier--probably had, like, 20 bachelorettes wearing condoms and penis-clad trinkets and slamming kamikazes. Brunch is $16.99 per person, and kids under 12 eat for $6.99. Betty Lewis and The Angelicas will get you in the spirit while you visit the Build-Your-Own-Bloody Mary Bar. Dick's Last Resort is located at the corner of Ross and Record streets in the West End Historic District. Call 214-747-0001 for reservations. --Jenice Johnson