Seven ways to commemorate JFK50 in Oak Cliff

David Leeson
David Leeson

There is something for everyone here.

The Oak Cliff Tower is planning a day of events Friday, Nov. 22, starting with a 9 a.m. performance from the Bishop Dunne High School band.

The Texas Theatre, the site of Lee Harvey Oswald’s capture, commemorates the assassination beginning with a screening of “War is Hell” at 1:20 p.m. Admission to that movie and a 2:45 p.m. screening of “Cry of Battle” will cost the 1963 price of 90 cents. The theater lobby will be open all day for free tours and an Oak Cliff photo exhibit, curated by John Slate. At 6:30 p.m., actors will portray theater employees Julia Postal and Butch Burroughs as well as shoe store employee John Brewer in a theatrical recreation of their Warren Commission interviews. And at 8 p.m., Oliver Stone’s “JFK” screens.

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Geraldo Rivera interviews Gary Delaune live at 10:20 a.m. on KLIF (570 AM). Delaune, an announcer at Oak Cliff-based KLIF at the time of the assassination, was first to broadcast the UPI report that the president had been shot

Adamson High School is planning a ceremony at 2:30 p.m. Friday at the site of the J.D. Tippit killing at Tenth and Crawford, a block from the school.

Bike Friendly Oak Cliff will trace the footsteps of Lee Harvey Oswald with a bike ride at 1:30 p.m. Saturday starting at Dealey Plaza.

Homer Henderson, “the Pride of Beckley Avenue,” performs songs from his new compilation album, “Tragic Songs from the Grassy Knoll: JFK 50th Anniversary Collection,” from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, at Top Ten Records.  One of Henderson’s most famous songs is “Lee Harvey Was a Friend of Mine.” (I once tried to interview Henderson and he told me he never actually met Oswald, but it is a catchy tune.)

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Or just ignore it all (sort of) and drink coffee instead. Oak Cliff Coffee Roasters is offering two limited edition roasts, the Conspiracy Theory Set. Just 200 of the sets will be sold, only on Nov. 22 and Dec. 18.

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