Read 'Em and Eat

Edible Book Festival provides nourishment


We've devoured a few trashy novels in our day and even had to eat our words a time or two, but we can't say we've ever chowed down on an actual book. Not since preschool, anyway. Now we have our chance to let our beloved books be sustenance not only for the mind but also for the body. At the International Edible Book Festival being held Friday in UNT's Rare Book Room, participants will present food creations of their favorite books, and there's no limit on their creativity. One of last year's entries consisted of a bowl of alphabet cereal and was titled "Great American Novel (Assembly Required)." See? Creative. There are rules, however: Open flames are a no-no, and even though entries can have non-food parts, most of the creation has to be edible. Contestants can enter the competition for $2, and for $5 visitors can see, sample and vote for their favorites. The festival is from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Willis Library, one block east of Highland Street and Avenue C in Denton. Call 940-565-2769. --Rhonda Reinhart

Bucks for Beauty


At the Beauty Auction, there are no van Goghs. No Picassos, either. It's not at all the silent auction you'd expect: The items on the block are manicures, pedicures, massages, facials, body treatments and beauty products--personal beauty, not artistic. But the proceeds from the items sold will go toward art, so don't feel too shallow for attending. From 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday, Benu Spa & Salon hosts the event to benefit the 500 Inc., a fund-raising entity whose funds go to the Dallas arts community. If you don't want to bid on salon packages, at least try Benu's food. The spa's located at 5555 E. Mockingbird Lane in the Phoenix Midtown Apartments. Call 214-565-0200 to RSVP. --Paul Kix

School's in Session


Pulp novels and late-night TV have misled the public in the matter of girls' schools. In truth, they're not the pillow fight/lesbian tryst breeding grounds we'd always imagined. Take, for example, Aunt George's School for Wicked Girls, where "wicked" simply means "odd." This fictitious institution, created by a Fort Worth art collective, is a harbor--or maybe a hiding place--for children who are disturbing to their well-to-do families, including a self-mutilator, a mute and a girl with a cloven hoof. Artists George D. Sellers, Margarita Buenaventura, Teyah O'Quinn, Miriam Wright and Bill Bartee present works of performance, sculpture and multimedia installations set in the context of this imaginary girls' school, through which the characters strive to create "moments of intense beauty," Sellers says. The installation opens April 2 with a reception from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and runs through April 16 at Handley-Hicks Gallery, 6515 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, with performances on April 2 only, on the hour from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Call 817-446-5004. --Michelle Martinez