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Halloween at the Arboretum

photography courtesy of the Dallas Arboretum

We like the idea of dressing like Princess Leia and getting rewarded for it with candy. That’s why Halloween is so precious to us. The Arboretum obviously digs it, too, as they’re pulling out all the stops this year. Sharpen your knives and compete in the pumpkin-carving contest. While you’re creating your masterpiece, your better half can take the kids trick-or-treating, followed by stops at the face painter and petting zoo. Bring Purell. Oct 25 & 26. 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Dallas Arboretum. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-515-6500. www.dallasarboretum.org.

Oil Painting for Beginners.

 

It’s obvious that Dallas has a lot to offer in the way of fine art. (Check out Gallery Talk if you doubt us.) Pick up a paintbrush of your own. Nervous that you’re more Bob Ross (of PBS and “happy trees” fame) than Lucian Freud? Stop fretting and learn the fundamentals of oil painting and composition. If it turns out that your paintings aren’t quite ready for the galleries, there’s always room in the garage. Oct 14-Nov 18. Tue, 7-9:30 p.m. SMU Continuing and Professional Education. 6404 N. Ownby Dr. 214-768-9035. www.smu.edu/education/informal.  
 
Pansies & Violas Class.

 

The long, hot summer is finally over, which means it’s time to start thinking about fall planting. If you’re looking for a way to keep your garden colorful in the cooler weather, check out the selection of pansies and violas at North Haven Gardens. Bonus: North Haven’s Don Miller instructs on how to plant and care for the blooms. And just because it’s fall doesn’t mean you have to stick to oranges and reds! Go nuts with color. Oct 15, 11 a.m. North Haven Gardens. 7700 Northhaven Rd. 214-363-5316. www.nhg.com.


The Art and Soul of Baking.

 

Once you have this class—the first of a series—under your belt, Mrs. Smith’s will become but a memory. Class topics are pies, turnovers, and dumplings. Mastering the flaky pie crust means your treats will trump those made by your mother-in-law during the upcoming holiday season. Nothing says the holidays like one-upping another woman. Oct 18, 10:30 a.m. Sur la Table. 4527 Travis St. 214-219-4404. www.surlatable.com.

 

Dallas Architecture Forum.

 

Now in its 13th season, the forum kicks off with two noted architects: Marion Weiss and Michael Manfredi. The New York-based duo has won numerous awards for their projects. Notable examples of their work include Columbus Circle in New York City and Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. Let them regale you with stories about past projects as well as their design philosophy and other smart things. Oct 15, 7 p.m. The Magnolia. 3699 McKinney Ave. 214-764-2406. www.dallasarchitectureforum.org.

 

Slocum Street Style.

 

Shopping and cocktails: what could go wrong? Nothing, at this stylish affair. Here’s how it works: Slocum Street closes to traffic. Trolleys are brought in, and they transport you to showrooms that are usually open only to the trade. You buy fabulous antiques—either for yourself or your loved ones. (Christmas is around the corner, friends.) Sample snacks and sip cocktails at each stop. Do a little dance and high-five each time you find something you can’t live without. Later, bid on amazing wreaths designed by Dallas’ best designers; proceeds benefit DIFFA. Oct 2, 6–9 p.m. Slocum Street.

 

photography courtesy of Thaddeus Harden/Corbis

Kappa Kappa Gamma Tablescapes.

 

We don’t like to brag, but we happen to know the secret Kappa handshake, the password, and the initiation rites. Guess what? None of that matters a whit here. In fact, the only thing necessary at this fabulous event is a love for the tabletop. Get ready to marvel at the creativity of some of the city’s best designers, who come together and design a number of tables for your viewing pleasure. Covet the lovely dishes, listen to speaker (and SMU alumnus) Laurie Smith of Trading Spaces fame, sip plenty of wine, and don’t forget your goody bag. Oct 14, 11 a.m. Dallas Country Club. 4100 Beverly Dr. 972-733-5159.

 

photography courtesy of the Dallas Museum of Art

Tutankhamun and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs
OCTOBER 3–MAY 17, 2009

Editor’s Pick

 

The exhibition has officially arrived back in the United States for its three-city tour. Luckily, we’re one of them. More than 130 treasures from Tut’s tombs (and some other folks’, too) are on display; all of the artifacts are more than 3,000 years old. The exhibit also features items that have never been seen outside of Egypt. With so much to take in, plan to make multiple visits. Tue, Wed, Fri–Sun, 11 a.m.–5 p.m.; Thu, 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200. www.dallasmuseumofart.org.

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