Dallas artist Baron Lane knows the Impact art can hava on a community. He also believes art can have an impact on life. His organization, “Art for Life,” has spent the past several months collecting works from local artists as part of a fund-raising campaign to benefit the Dallas AIDS Resource Center. The art is on display (and for sale) at Dave’s Art Pawn Shop through August 19. For more information, call 748-7111.
profile Former U.S. Olympic ice-skating champ Ron Kauffman reports thatice-skating is rapidly increasing inpopularity as the new cool athletic pursuitof the Nineties. Kauffman wows the crowdsat the Plaza of the Americas Ice Garden,where he’s the resident skating instructor.”Some of the downtown business crowdhave discovered the benefits of skating,dropping in before work or during theirlunch breaks,” he says. “It’s exhilaratingexercise and relaxing all at the same time.”Lately, Kauffman has spent a lot of timecoaching Daffy Duck and Sylvester the Catin his role as assistant choreographer of theSix Flags Over Texas Looney Tunes Theatershow, “Bugs Bunny Celebration on Ice.” Soif you stop by the Ice Garden for a skatethis summer, don’t be surprised if you seean aging hare practicing his double axles.
A Summer Escape
GETAWAY For a while, accidental tourists had San Francisco all to themselves. Now quake fever has evaporated, along with the morning fog over the Golden Gate Bridge, and travelers have returned to America’s most exotic city.
Summer temperatures seldom rise above 75, so it’s a great escape for sweltering Texans. Once you’re there, start your vacation with the majestic view from atop Telegraph Hill, take the 49-mile Scenic Drive, or try one of the Heritage Walking Tours, (415) 441-3000.
After you’ve checked off the obligatory sights, like Fisherman’s Wharf and Chinatown, consider the shops on Union Square, the wooded trails in 1,000-acre Golden Gate Park, or the Victorian architecture lining the streets west of Van Ness.
The two hot dining spots are Wolfgang Flick’s eclectic Postrio on Post and the ail-American Fog City Diner on Battery. Both demand reservations in advance. For lodging, there’s always the grand old Westin St. Francis, 1-800-228-3000. For a room less than $100 try the Hotel Diva near Union Square, (415) 885-0200, or the Villa Florence on Powell, (415) 397-77O0. For more info, call the Convention & Visitors Bureau at (415) 974-6900. -Derro Evans
Bob Marley Lives, Mon
REGGAE When international reggae shaman Burning Spear appeared at Club Clearview last year, it was magic. He reminded us of reggae’s African roots, which we need after listening to UB-40’s cover of “The Way You Do The Things You Do” one too many times.
If you like to labberish (Jamaican for idle gossip) or dance the reggae while quaffing a Red Stripe lager beer, no need to leave the Dallas area, mon. Reggae sounds are all over-Leroy Shakespeare, Ashanti-I, and One Heritage tear it up around town. At the Royal Rack, 1906 Greenville (shown left), billiard balls on a dozen pool tables click to the reggae beat. At Exodus, 210 N. Crowdus in Deep Ellum, graffiti in the courtyard spells out the word “Repatriation” (sic). In Oak Cliff at The Sandpiper Club, 4202 S. Westmoreland, things don’t get cooking till well after midnight. In Fort Worth, a Rasta named Takuma Umojah runs the Freedom Club, 3630 E. Rosedale, where in May we observed the anniversary of Bob Marley’s death with a reading of Leroi Jones-Imamu Amiri Baraka’s poem, A Tribute To The Waiters, by a Dallas “revolutionary poet” named Britt.
Lisa Taylor’s radio show on KNON-FM, weekdays from 11 a.m.-noon and 1-4a.m. on Saturday mornings, featuresreggae or you can enjoy Ethiopian foodwith your reggae at the River Nile, 7001Fair Oaks, but call first to see about livemusic. -Michael Pellecchia
Phyllis Hyman: A True Chanteuse
Music The male-dominated record industry has always encouraged Females to exude sex whether they want to or not. A few artists transcend this forced stereotyping, entering the realm of the true chanteuse. The late, great Sarah Vaughan was one. Phyllis Hyman is another.
Hyman, who appears at the Caravan of Dreams July 26 and 27, says, “I understand the business-what it can give me and what I can give it. I take it all on myself.’’ If that doesn’t sound like a class act, consider that Essence Magazine included her in a recent profile of nine successful women with “great bodies.” And that on Broadway she was nominated for a Tony as Best Supporting Actress in a musical For Sophisticated Ladies.
Last time this reporter raved about a female singer, a table of six asked for refunds because she wasn’t up to her three-octave range. Phyllis Hyman, you should know, is an Amazon with an icy stare who’s more likely to be disappointed with you than the other way around.
For ticket information, call the Caravan of Dreams at Metro (817) 429-4000.
Fourth of July Festivities
CELEBRATIONS This year’s midsummer holiday falls on a Wednesday, a welcomed midweek day off. To help you celebrate your independence, here are some suggestions for a memorable Fourth Tilled with old-fashioned fun and fireworks.
Wake up with the Park Cities 30th Annual Fourth of July Parade. The 9 a.m. parade starts off at Highland Park Town Hall and pomps its way to the University Park City Hall, near Goar Park. Cotton-candy-mouthed children will descend upon the park with star-spangled bicycles while bands play, speeches are made, and days gone by are remembered. Enjoy a late break- fast of snow cones and hot dogs. For more information call 521-4161.
Next, head for Old City Park and its annual Old-Fashioned Fourth celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Plans include an all-join-in parade, patriotic singing, sack 1 races for the kids, and a white elephant auction. There will be a variety of concessions and all-day entertainment including dancers, folk bands, and children’s groups. Take a blanket-after the pie-eating contest you might just want to nap in the shade for a while. Free admission and parking. Call 421-5141 for details.
Finally, the fireworks. Sparks will be flying all over town, but here are two favorites. The Irving Symphony Orchestra presents Patriotic Pops at Williams Square in Las Colinas, just off Hwy. 114’s O’Connor exit. Lawn chairs or blankets are recommended. The 8-9:30 p.m. free concert ends with a fireworks finale. Call the Irving Symphony office at 257-1210 for more information.
Also, fireworks at Fair Park-a Dallas tradition that’s consistently spectacular and promises to send you home singing “Stars and Stripes Forever.” Call FairPark at 670-8400. -Lynn Adler
A STROLL IN THE PARK
Take a walking, talking tour of Fair Park any Thursday at 7 p.m. from now through August. “Art Deco Splendor: Explore It!” mixes art, architecture, and history-with a little free exercise. Call 824-7885.
July sizzles with it. Hot. and eternally cool. Where? Corpus Christi. When? July 4-8. Why? The 30th Annual Texas Jazz Festival. (512) 883-4500. Dig it.