01.08.11 TRASHING OUR TREASURE FREE It happens after heavy rainfall or snowstorms. Waves of debris wash downstream, forming a large ring of trash around White Rock Lake. A new photographic exhibit sheds light on how these unnatural predators affect our local wildlife habitats. “Trashing Our Treasure” opens Jan. 8 at the Bath House Cultural Center’s White Rock Lake Museum, kicking off the 2011 “Talkin’ Trash” educational series by the Dallas nonprofit Shared FUEL. The exhibit aims to raise environmental awareness and start a visual conversation about how to reduce the human impact on natural areas like White Rock, which reaches its 100th anniversary this year. The reception will be Saturday, Jan. 29, 7-9 p.m. at the museum, 521 E. Lawther, and the show runs through April 17. For details, call 214.670.8749 or visit whiterocklakemuseum.org.

01.01, 01.13 & 01.27 POETRY EVENTS FREE Half Price Books at 5803 E. Northwest Highway hosts poetry events monthly, including an open mic night Jan. 1 and poetry workshops Jan. 13 and 27. All events are at 7 p.m. For details, call 214.379.8000 or visit dallaspoets.org.

01.05-01.26 SECTION 8 COMEDY $10 The Section 8 Comedy troupe will perform its improv stylings at 9 p.m. every Tuesday at Ozona Grill & Bar, 4615 Greenville. For details, visit section8comedy.com.

01.06-01.08 THE ZOOKEEPER’S JOURNAL $8-$10 Triple J Productions presents a play that offers a peek inside the world of zoo animals — from their day-to-day lives to how they deal with emotions. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursday-Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Sunday at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. For tickets and details, call the box office at 469.525.3263 or visit triplejproductions.org.

01.20 ARLENE COLBERT AS JULIA CHILD FREE Arlene Colbert, a book reviewer and living history actress, will portray Julia Child from the time her book “Mastering the Art of French Cooking” published in 1961 to her death in 2004. The event runs 6-8 p.m. at the Lakewood Library, 6121 Worth. For details, call 214.670.1376.

01.21-01.22 BAREFOOT BRIGADE DANCE FESTIVAL $10-$15 Contemporary Dance Fort Worth presents the 10th annual Barefoot Brigade Dance Festival, which includes dance companies from all over Texas. Performances are 8 p.m. Friday and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther. For details and tickets, call 214.886.2321 or visit cdfw.org.

01.21-02.27 THE TRUE STORY OF THE THREE LITTLE PIGS $14-$25 In this adaptation of “Three Little Pigs”, the wolf gets to tell his side of the story. Based on the popular book by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith, the musical runs at 7:30 p.m. Fridays, 1:30 p.m. Saturdays and 4:30 p.m. Sundays at the Dallas Children’s Theater at Rosewood Center, 5938 Skillman. For details and tickets, call the box office at 214.740.0051 or visit dct.org.

01.24 BEST COAST $18 The Granada Theater presents Los Angeles indie rock band Best Coast with Wavves and No Joy. Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m. at the theater, 3524 Greenville. For details and tickets, call 214.824.9933 or visit granadatheater.com.

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