HAPPY HOUR WITH HAMLISCH: It’s not often one has the opportunity to have a cocktail with an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony, Golden Globe and Pulitzer Prize award-winning artist. But tonight, anyone can join legendary composer Marvin Hamlisch and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra to jumpstart the symphony's new season. The free event lasts an hour from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Hamlisch will perform at 5:15 p.m. The party takes place in the main lobby of the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street in the downtown Dallas Arts District. Guests can nosh on Tex-Mex appetizers provided by Jorge’s restaurant in One Arts Plaza. This is a choice opportunity to rub elbows and say hello to the new principal pops conductor of the DSO.
GET BENT INTO SHAPE: A free ‘laughing’ yoga class is offered at 7 p.m. tonight at Cosmic Café (2912 Oak Lawn Ave). Laughing yoga is an exercise routine in the effects of real, contagious laughter. It’s based on a scientific fact that the body can’t differentiate between fake and real laughter. Supposedly, a person gets the same physiological and psychological benefits. Follow up your funny workout with some tasty dahl, falafal, samosas or hummus (the best in the city). Giggle, giggle.
VINTAGE NEVER GETS OLD: Today is the last day to see the complete “Vintage” exhibit at the Rising Gallery in the Knox-Henderson neighborhood. Various personas of Barbie and Ken from decades past are featured in the works of artist David Parise and Debbie Curtis. Curtis is a painter who says she looks hard into the face of the Barbie doll icon. Parise is a photographer/videographer based in Miami who dresses the dolls in vintage duds, then collabs with Parise to create ‘60s backdrops behind them … creating realistic scenes where fake plastic co-exists with the real world. Anyone obsessed with Barbie dolls can appreciate this exhibit. Call the RISING Gallery (214-634-6262), located at 4631 Insurance Lane to make an appointment to see it today. Click on RisingGallery.com for more information.
MORE MONEY FOR POPCORN: Up-and-coming photographer Sally Glass has documented a recent sojourn to Israel in her exhibit “Incidental Insider” currently on display at the Magnolia Gallery in Uptown. The free show offers a respite from movie previews or overflowing concession lines. See it anytime in the upstairs bar during regular theater hours at The Magnolia Theater. You don’t have to buy a movie ticket to see the exhibit.