Night and Day: Thursday, September 19, 2002

Michael Price once led a film discussion group at the Barnes & Noble in downtown Fort Worth, but the once-dormant group will get new life at a new location this week. The topic under discussion for the first meeting is Zoltan Korda’s 1939 film The Four Feathers, the remake of which will be in movie theaters this weekend. The group meets at 7pm at Barnes & Noble, 1612 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-335-2796.

Three weeks after their rodeo, the National Cowboys of Color Museum is hosting a much different event. The Stop Six Jazz & Arts Festival makes its second annual appearance this year, with performances by the instrumental group Pieces of a Dream and keyboardist/vocalist Joe McBride. Performances are at 9pm Fri & 7:45pm Sat at 5320 Berry St, FW. Tickets are $10. Call 469-223-1888.

The eternal dream of discovering that the junk in your attic or garage is worth a fortune continues this weekend and next, as Bedford Public Library hosts What It’s Worth II. All types of antiques will be appraised on Friday, but experts will be on hand to check your old books, paper collectibles, American and European clocks, sterling silver, jewelry, vintage clothing, primitives, kitchen collectibles, and miscellaneous small antiques today, 9am-5:30pm at 1805 L. Don Dodson Rd, Bedford. The fee is $10 per item appraised. Call 817-952-2342.

Pam Dougherty has long been known to local theatergoers as a mainstay of Metroplex theater troupes. Her one-woman show, For Lindbergh, was inspired by recent trips she took to visit her grown children, including a visit to New York a month after the attacks last September. The show runs Sep 20-Oct 5 at Stage West, 3055 S University Dr, FW. Tickets are $15-22. Call 817-784-9378.

Dr. P. David Pearson is the dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley, and he has also won numerous awards for his research into how children learn to read and how their learning is affected by educational policies and practices. He comes to TWU today to deliver a lecture on “Maintaining an Evidence-Based Approach to Balanced Literacy Instruction in Difficult Political Times.” His talk is at 6pm at the Multipurpose Classroom and Laboratory Bldg, Bell Av, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-898-2765.

There’s a fascinating subgenre of films about people who take revenge on those who have ruined their lives, not by killing them but by slowly bringing about their ruin. An Actor’s Revenge is about a 19th-century female impersonator in Kabuki theater who gains retribution on the three men who drove his parents to suicide. This gripping 1963 drama was directed by the chameleonic Kon Ichikawa, and it begins UNT’s foreign film series. The film screens at 7:30pm in Rm 184, Performing Arts Bldg, west of Welch & W Chestnut Sts, Denton. Admission is free. Call 940-565-2537.

The Kimbell Art Museum celebrates its 30th anniversary with an exhibit about itself. Light Is the Theme: The Design and Construction of the Kimbell Art Museum gathers photographs of the museum together with many of Louis Kahn’s original sketches, drawings, and models for his vision of the building. The exhibit runs Sep 21-Nov 3 at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, FW. Admission is free. Call 817-332-8451.

The Past Is Prologue

A fair number of historians win the respect of their peers, but few of them gain such a grip on the wider reading public as did David McCullough last year. His biography of John Adams became one of the year’s best-selling books, sparking a long-overdue re-evaluation of our country’s second president, as well as a number of commentaries on the unlikelihood of a 700-page tome about a neglected figure in American history becoming the summer’s hot read.

However, no one who has picked up his compellingly readable book should be surprised at its popularity. McCullough writes with enviable skills for characterization, dramatic tension, and description of places. He’s as much at home outlining the political issues of the day as he is detailing the marriage between Adams and his extraordinary wife, Abigail. Most of all, he brings home the often behind-the-scenes accomplishments of his subject. He reveals Adams, often regarded by previous historians as George Washington’s less significant successor, as an instrumental figure both in America’s struggle for independence and its first days as a nation.

The book earned McCullough his second National Book Award and his second Pulitzer Prize. History is much on our minds these days, so we’re fortunate that this distinguished scholar now comes to TCU to speak on what that subject can teach us.

David McCullough lectures at 8pm Wed at TCU, Ed Landreth Auditorium, 2800 S University Dr, FW. Admission is free, but reservations are required. Call 817-257-6488.

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