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When was the last time you did something really nice for Mom? Her day is May 10- or had you forgotten?

After church and lunch at the cafeteria, why not take her to Allen Street Gallery, where conceivably hundreds of photographers will be honoring their own or someone else’s mother in the “Mama!” show.

And for the real thrill of her life, let your mother discover that you, her own child, have contributed a photograph of her to the exhibit. Theme shows at Allen Street have always been good. “Mama!.” however, seems particularly promising. At last, a theme with the same visceral appeal as the “Dog Show” held by area artists some years back at SMU. Robin Milsom, the curator of “Mama!,” says that she doesn’t care if things have to be stacked on the floor. All work, properly submitted, will be shown.

Requirements: You must have not more than three pieces of your art at the gallery by May 7. All art must relate to the theme, involve photography of some sort, and be accompanied by a $1 hanging fee. See to it that your name, address, and phone number are firmly affixed to the back of each piece, and, if the pieces have not been picked up by June 15 -well, both your mother and the gallery will think less of you. May 10-June 5 at Allen Street Gallery, 2817 Allen Street. Tue-Sat 11-6, Sun 1-5. 742-5207.

-Marshall Williamson


Granted, there are a lot more movies in town than there used to be. The Granada shows a solid repertory of interesting films, if you can ignore the repeated intrusion of King of Hearts and Harold and Maude. We almost lost the Showcase Cinema in March, but it’s back with a modified schedule. The Park Cities Two Theatre shows first-run foreign hits; the Texas Theatre and the Studio Triplex book the current Kung Fu films.

So what’s the gripe?

I don’t think that there is a great deal of film art or video art or performance art being exhibited here. There are local artists, the video workshops at the universities, and the installation projects at 500 Exposition Gallery. But where are the classics?

One place to see them is the Fort Worth Art Museum. The series there seems well chosen and as informative as it is entertaining.

In May, the Fort Worth Art Museum presents an evening of films by and on Nam June Paik. Composer John Cage said of him, “Paik’s work, performances, and daily doings never cease by turn to amaze, delight, shock, and sometimes terrify me.” Paik’s career clearly began at a time when outrage was not passe. Three films by and one film about Nam June Paik will be shown at the museum in May. What should you expect when you go? Paik says of his own work, “My experimental television is not always interesting, but not always uninteresting: like nature, which is beautiful not because it changes beautifully, but simply because it changes… Art is all activities, desires, phenomena, that one cannot. explain.”

Films of Nam JunePaik show May 19 at8 pm. The Fort WorthArt Museum, 1309Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817)738-9215.

-Marshall Williamson


After hitting rocky roads and changing most of its membership, Random Scam, a , locally based comedy group, is again making a bid for recognition. The group num- bers four, and what they were performing at press time could be loosely termed Sunday Night Live (and Otherwise): a collection of skits, mostly based on TV ads and shows, some hilarious and some very underdeveloped. The material changes regularly, but among the high points of a recent show were a parody of I Love Lucy, a confessions-of-a-disturbed-young-man monologue, and a surprisingly clever treatment of Adolph Hitler as a stand-up comic. Many of the best parts were performed by Mark Fickert, who has been with Random Scam from the start, and who has thankfully persisted in his efforts to establish a live-comedy group in Dallas, despite having better opportunities elsewhere. Sundays at 9 pm at Balboa Cafe, 7015 Greenville. Free. 369-7027. – John Branch


Buster Keaton. In 1926 Buster Keaton drove a train off a demolished bridge in The General and created the most expensive sight gag American cinema had yet produced. The baroque extravagances of The Blues Brothers and 1941 have proved only one thing: Bigger isn’t necessarily better. Keaton was a comic genius. He could blow up a house or pop a balloon with equally hilarious results. His heyday was the Twenties, and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts will show six of his major features from that period. May 3, The Navigator and Sherlock, Jr., May 10, Seven Chances; May 17, The General. May 24, Battling Butler, and May 31. Steamboat Bill, Jr. Films are shown at 2 pm in the Museum Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fair Park. Free. 421-4187.

Blow Up. For its initial distribution, Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up was billed as a daring adult art film. It showed Vanessa Redgrave topless. It questioned reality. It later found a niche on the midnight movie circuit where pleasantly stoned audiences found it pleasantly far-out. The current fashion in both the daring and the far-out has moved far beyond what Blow Up has to offer. What remains will be either a serious film by one of the more interesting European directors of the Sixties or a curious period piece. Blow Up plays with Farenheit 451, Francois Truffaut’s excursion into science fiction, on May 8 at 7:30 pm. at Richland College, 12800 Abrams $1, 50¢ with DCCCD ID. For more information about other May screenings, call 746-4430.

SMU’s Nightsaver Film Series has presented a steady lineup of recently or perenially popular films. It serves the function of the vanishing neighborhood movie house. Here you can see movies that you missed the first time around or simply couldn’t justify spending first-run prices for. There are only two showings in May. Urban Cowboy on May 1, followed by Caddyshack on May 2; at the Umphrey Lee Student Center Grand Ballroom, SMU campus. 7:30 and 10 pm. Tickets $1. 692-2701.

Rebellion. There are those who are driven to see every samurai film ever made, whether it be high art or trash. Others wait lor the master works, such as Kurosawa’s recent film Kagemeshu. Both categories of fan can look forward to the screening of Masaki Kobayashi’s Rebellion. Toshiro Mifune stars in what Variety termed, ” the year’s best adult Japanese film.” (That was the same year that Godzilla vs. Megaton won Most Childish Japanese Film.) Rebellion will be shown May 6 at 7:30 & 9:40 pm at the University of Texas at Dallas, Founders North Auditorium. Tickets $2, $1 under 18 and over 64,50¢ for UTD students with ID. 690-2945.


Children of a Lesser God. Probably the best play yet by Mark Medoff. His When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder? was one of those confrontation dramas in which a stranger pulls a gun in a crowded room and forces everyone present to reassess themselves; it now seems a bit dated. And The Fire-keeper, which the Theater Center premiered a few years ago. was a fascinatingly complex but almost inscrutable drama of spiritual and sensual obsessions. In Children of a Lesser God, Medoff seems to have attained a new level of clarity and understanding. The play is about a spirited young deaf woman, and Medoff has seen into her world so sympathetically that he persuades us she is right in refusing to learn to speak. The production will be directed by Medoff. May 19-June 20 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Wed at 1:30 pm (3rd & 4th weeks), Fri at 8:30 pm, Sat at 5 & 8:30 pm. Preview tickets Sat May 16 & Mon May 18 $6, Wed matinee $6, Tue-Thur & Sat matinee $7. 25, Fri & Sat $9.50. 526-8857. Dispatches. It’s probably a sign of the increasing respect that Stage No. 1 commands that the company, only in its second season, received permission to stage this musical. Michael Herr’s book of the same title, a collection of reports from Vietnam, was adapted to the stage by Elizabeth Swados, one of the most innovative creators of music theater. Dale Rose, who is one of the most accomplished directors in Dallas, will stage the show. Through May 16 at Stage No. 1, Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville. Wed-Thur at 8 pm, Fri & Sat at 730 & 10 pm. Tickets $6, $4 students. 369-5345.

Harlequinade. A new musical, based on an old one-act play, with a book by Al Viola and music and lyrics by William Kilborne, both of Fort Worth. Stage West, the company performing it, is only in its second year but is apparently making major strides in growth, in addition to producing this, its first premiere, the company is planning to move to larger quarters soon. Apr 16-May 23 at Stage West, 600 Houston Street Mall, Fort Worth. Thur-Sat 8:30 pm. with dinner available after 7 pm. Tickets $5 Thur, $6 Fri, $6.50 Sat. (817) 921-0620.

House of Flowers. Truman Capote wrote the book and lyrics, and Harold Arlen provided a luminous score for this 1954 musical about two rival ma-dames on a Caribbean island. Staging the show is Laurence O’Dyer, who is, given the right material, a most provocative director. His best shows possess a grittiness and a kind of trenchant madness. Apr 14-May 23 at Theatre Three. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun at 2:30 pm & 7 pm. Tue & Sun evening $5.75, Wed, Thur, Sun matinee $6.75, Fri & Sat $8.75. 748-5191.

The Incredible Murder of Cardinal Tosca. This is yet another contribution to a sub-genre that was almost pestilentially popular a few years ago-the “recently rediscovered” Sherlock Holmes story. This one, written by Walter Learning and Alden Nowlan, has at least one special circumstance to recommend it: it was first performed in this country by the Actors Theatre of Louisville. Through May 2 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue-Thur at 8 pm. Fri at 8:30 pm, Sat at 5 & 8:30 pm. Wed matinee $6, Tue-Thur & Sat matinee $7.25. Fri & Sat $9.50. 526-8857.

Sweet Bird of Youth. An aging actress and a young hustler and a number of familiar themes populate this 1959 play by Tennessee Williams. Christopher Nichols directed the production The company’s new performing space is. in terms of seat numbers, the largest professional theater opened here since Theatre Three unveiled its current facility in The Quadrangle. The New Arts space is comfortable and attractively designed and is an important step in the revitalization of downtown Dallas. Through May 23 at New Arts Theatre Company, 702 Ross Ave. Tue-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets Tue-Thur & Sun $5.50, Fri & Sat $7.50. 761-9064.

The Time of Your Life. William Saroyan’s 1939 play, which depicts various colorful types in a San Francisco saloon, is both affecting and somewhat annoying. Mesrop Kesdekian will direct the show. Through May 3 at Margo Jones Theatre. SMU campus. Tue-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:15 pm. Tickets $5, $3.50 students. 692-2573.


Dallas Renaissance Quartet. This first-rate chamber group plays the last concert of its second season at the DeGolyer Estate. Ronald Hudson (violin), Yoko Hiroe (violin), and Mimi Moxley (cello), are all DSO players; Nan Hudson (viola) is professor of music at TWU. Together they’ve put together an intimate and imaginative addition to the city’s musical life, whose chamber music rations are few and far between. The program’s sobriquet is La Boheme and includes Dvorak’s engaging Quartet in G Major, Op. 106, and Smetana’s affecting From My Lite, Op. 116 May 4 at 8 pm at DeGolyer Estate Library, 8525 Garland Rd. Tickets $6. Seating limited to 100; single tickets subject to availability at the door. 324-1401.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The DSO winds up the 1981-82 season with one last program of its own (May 7 & 9 at 8:15 pm) and with the long-awaited presentation of the Los Angeles Philharmonic (May 12 at 8:15 pm). The LA Phil follows the London and Boston Symphonies in the series of great visiting orchestras the DSO has wisely begun presenting this season. The eminent Erich Leinsdorf replaces regular LA conductor Carlo Maria Giulini, who cancelled after his wife fell ill. Giulini, perhaps the most gifted conductor on an American podium today, has upgraded the LA Philharmonic to new levels of musicianship. The program includes Strauss’s tone poem Don Juan, Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8, and Franck’s Symphony in D minor. The Dallas Symphony program of the weekend before reflects music director and conductor Eduardo Mata’s favorite program menu: popular American music in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess Suite, Latin American music in Choros No. 10 by Villa-Lobos, and 20th-century repertoire in Prokofiev’s Cantata Alexander Nevsky. Mezzo Betty Allen joins with the orchestra and chorus for the latter. May 7, 9, & 12 at Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets for the Los Angeles Philharmonic $15-$8; the DSO $12-$4. Box office at Joske’s NorthPark 692-0203.

Metropolitan Opera. Despite the strike that darkened the Met’s season opening and threw the annual tour in doubt, the company’s three-day stay in Dallas will come off as scheduled. First up is a straightforward production of La Traviata (Thursday, May 14 at 7:30 pm), sung by Catherine Malfitano, Giuliano Ciannela. and Sherrill Milnes; followed by the tour’s daring centerpiece (Friday, May 15 at 7:30 pm). Bertolt Brechts’ The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, a new production and a smash hit in New York last season. The wondrous soprano Teresa Stratas (as Jennie) should be the tour’s stellar attraction; she’s joined by Richard Cassilly, Cornell MacNeil. Lili Chookasain, and Ragnar Ulfung. The Saturday matinee (May 16 at 1:30 pm) is Mozart’s Don Giovanni, with James Morris, Donald Gramm, and Carol Neblett. Puccini’s Manon Lescaut concludes the tour Saturday night (May 16 at 7:30 pm), with Renata Scotto repeating the title role she debuted memorably in the DCO’s 1979 production; joining Scotto are Pablo Elvira. Ermanno Maura, and Ara Berberian. Thomas Fulton conducts La Traviata; Met music director James Levine the other three operas. May 14-16 at the Music Hall. Fair Park. Tickets to La Traviata, Don Giovanni, and Manon Lescaut $29-$7; Mahagonny (a benefit performance) $100-$10. 691-7200.

SMU Meadows School of the Art*. Gary Okeson of the SMU piano faculty plays a recital of 20th-century works by Bartok. Ravel, Stravinsky, Bernstein, George Crumb, and Ginastera. May 1 at 8:15 pm. $2.50. 692-2628. James Rives-Jones conducts his last concert with the Dallas Civic Symphony before leaving to become music director of the Denver Symphony. The program includes the first movement of Bartok’s Third Piano Concerto, played by SMU student Marilyn Shannon; DeFalla’s El Amor Brujo; and Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. May 4 at 8:15 pm. Tickets $3.50. 692-2628. Voices of Change, the adventuresome resident chamber ensemble specializing in contemporary music, presents its fourth Pan-American night. The bill includes two works by Ginastera: String Quartet No. 3 with soprano voice (Christine Scahdeberg) and Impreslones de la puna for flute and string quartet (with Harvey Boatright). Of local interest are Eduardo Mala’s Sonata para violoncello y piano, featuring the DSO’s Marion Davies (cello) and Jo Boatright (piano), and UTD composer in residence Robert X. Rodriguez’s Clarinet Trio (with Ross Powell, clarinet). May 11 at SMU campus. All programs in Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts. 8:15 pm. Tickets $5. 692-3189.

Texas Little Symphony. For the season’s last program on the TLS’s informal series at the Kimbell Art Museum, John Giordano conducts this superb musical ensemble in Mozart’s Impressario Overture, Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings, Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 29 in C minor, K.491, and Prokofiev’s Symphony No. 1 (“Classical”). The piano soloist for the Mozart concerto is an unusual and interesting choice: Adrien Maesch, who has a dual career as concert pianist and diplomat (he’s the ambassador from Luxembourg). May 5 at 8 pm at Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. Tickets $8.75. (817)921-2676.


Dancers Unlimited. This promising company of nine dancers will be repeating a few works from its successful March studio performance, including Tangent. Also on the program is a new work, Paintings, Songs, and Questions of Obligation. The company continues to add to its specially commissioned dances-a healthy sign. Its studio productions put the audience close up to heavy breathing and dripping sweat, but what the studio show loses in foreshortened space, it gains by offering a sense of immediacy. The audience can expect unshowy, small delights built on clean technique and ungimmicky choreography. May 8 & 9 at 8:15 pm & May 10 at 2:15 pm at Dancers Unlimited Studio, 1924 1/2 Main. For ticket information, call 742-7821.

Fort Worth Ballet In its final performance of the season, the Fort Worth Ballet keeps up its tradition of luring audiences with guest stars. Frank Augus-tyn, premier danseur of the National Ballet of Canada, will partner Marianna Tcherkassky, soloist with American Ballet Theatre, in pas de deux from Flower Festival and Romeo and Juliet. Miss Tcherkassky performed in Dallas a year ago with Patrick Bissell, and replaced the injured Natalia Makarova in the nationally televised production of La Bayadere. The Fort Worth company will perform Interlude, Grand Tarantelle. and Graduation Ball. Despite a number of talented dancers, FWB lacks much of a corporate identity, and invariably suffers from the comparisons it invites when it showcases nationally known dancers. May 8 & 9 at 8:15 pm & May 10 at 2:15 pm at Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre, Fort Worth. For ticket information, call (817) 7310879 or metro 429-1181.

Joffrey II. Joffrey II is comprised of 15 young unknowns and Ron Reagan, all hoping to make it to the big time-either the parent company, the Joffrey Ballet: or another major ballet troupe. Presently, a third of the Joffrey parent company is made up of former Joffrey II apprentices: Dallas Ballet’s Michael Job is a J II product. The repertory, which contains works by Arpino, Ashton, and Tudor, leans heavily toward an athletic treatment of contemporary themes. Scheduled to replace the now-defunct American Dance Machine, Joffrey II will perform for Theatre Three subscribers only. May 4 & 5 at 8 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. For ticket information, call 748-5191.

Visions and Volces: Dance ’81. SMU Dance Department’s spring offering. Two major ballets have been especially commissioned by imported choreographers, both with backgrounds in European ballet companies. SMU’s own Toni Beck has also convened Dylan Thomas’ radio drama. Under Milkwood. into a full-fledged dance drama, complete with dancers, singers, actors, and musicians. The music, an original work by Dick Abrahamson, has an authentic Welsh flavor, due in part to the fact that some of it was recorded in Stephenville, Texas, home of an old Welsh organ and a Welsh-oriented bell choir. May 1 & 2 at 8:15 & May 3 at 2:15 pm at the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. For ticket information, call 692-2573.


Andrew’s. Folksingers and specialty drinks in an exposed brick/wood ambiance-for those who like this sort of place, as Miss Jean Brodie would say, this is the sort of place they like. As for the food, stick to basic burgers and salads. Anything fancier, including the once fabled crab sandwich, is a mistake. (3301 McKinney. 521-6535. Daily 11:15 am-2 am. Happy hour daily until 7. AS, DC, MC, V.)

Arthur’s. Arthur’s late at night is a lively place with popular piano bar music for touch dancing and excellent after-dinner coffees. (8350 N Central in Campbell Centre. 361-8833. Nightly till 2. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11:30-6:30. All credit cards.)

Bagatelle. One of the best places for jazz listening, it’s also a dimly lighted club with comfortable seating and music that doesn’t interfere with conversation. Tuesday and Wednesday nights Phyllis Ames performs from 9-12. Thursday through Saturday nights feature the Paul Guerrero Jazz Quartet and Debra Smith 9-1:30. (4925 Greenville. 692-8224. Mon-Wed 11:30 am-midnight, Thur & Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. All credit cards.)

Balboa Cafe. This cafe calls itself Dallas’ second fern bar, meaning it’s like the San Francisco Rose -lots of glass, greenery, and couches. The sandwiches are fair, and there’s a reasonably good selection of imported beer. But the place is noisy and service is sometimes slow. (3604 Oak Lawn. 521-1068. Daily 11 am-2 am. MC, V, AE.) Balboa Cafe Greenville is even cozier and has a little more stylish clientele. (7015 Greenville. 369-7027. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 11-2 am. MC, V, AE.)

Bamboo. “Much like the islands in the off season,” says the menu. What this translates to is the feeling of a large Fifties-style rec room-a deserted one, if you’re here for lunch. At night, live music and the de rigueur eclectic jukebox make for a livelier atmosphere. The menu also proclaims, “All this without the presence of stained glass, pews, or ferns.” (3718 Hall at Oak Lawn. 526-9391. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 Closed Sun. MC, V.)

Bar Tejas. Yet another entry in the sudden emergence of the Lower Greenville Avenue phenomenon, with a Moroccan tile exterior and a classic interior reminiscent of Havana in the Thirties. The menu, however, has an Italian thrust, featuring provolone burgers, ravioli, and an enormous Italian sausage sandwich. The personality of Tom Garrison’s latest enterprise is especially effective on an overcast afternoon. (2100 Greenville. 828-2131. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7. No credit cards.)

Belle Starr. Using the 19th-century lady outlaw as its motif, this c/w dance hall (formerly the Bovarian Steakhouse) has become a popular hangout for cowboys and cowgirls with its spacious dance floor and comfortable furnishings. Rick and Dee Hooper and the R & D Express perform Tuesday through Saturday. The Roy Clayton Band entertains Sunday and Monday. Free dance lessons Sunday 1 -8 Cover on weekends. (7724 N Central near Southwestern. 750-4787. Mon-Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 1 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)

Biff’s. Biff’s belongs in the middle of an eight-foot snowbank with a fire blazing in its fireplace, icicles clinging to the windowsills, and red-faced people bustling about in fur-lined parkas and aprés-ski boots. But even if you aren’t at home on the slopes, you’ll love Biff’s. Ignore the mingling singles at the bar and concentrate on Biff’s burgers, nachos, and good, stiff drinks. (7402 Greenville. 696-1952. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. AE, MC, V.)

Cactus Bar and Grill. An old West cattle drive-inspired atmosphere draws lots of would-be cowboys craving Texas-size burgers and fries, but the primary attention-getter is a happy hour twist called “Beat the Clock.” On Tuesdays, between 3 and 8, drink prices increase 10* an hour, starting at 30¢. Quickly becoming an SMU favorite. (5472 E Mockingbird. 821-0621. Mon-Wed 11 am-10 pm, Thur-Sat 11 am-11 pm, Sun4pm-Wpm. Happy hour daily 4-7. All credit cards).

Cardinal Puff’s. The atmosphere is as calming as a 15-minute sauna. The wooden deck outside is perfect for sipping margaritas and basking in the sunshine (when the weather permits), and the cozy fireplace nestled among the plants inside is just as soothing. The problem is that at Puff’s you really pay for what you’re getting; although the food and drinks are way above average, they’re overpriced. (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, V.)

Chelsea Corner. A low-key, collegiate version of Andrew’s, with woodsy decor, folksingers, and specialty drinks. There are. however, quiet corners to escape to. (4830 McKinney. 526-9327. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat & Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11:30-7. AE, MC, V.)

Cowboy. This is no place for the closet claustrophobic-hundreds of rhinestone cowboys lookin’ for love swarm here like bees to honey. Consequently, breathing room (much less dancing room) is almost impossible to find, and mingling-desired or otherwise-is inevitable. Expect long lines outside, too. Ladies’ first drink is always free. (5208 Greenville. 369-6969. Nightly 7 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE, DC.) Diamond Jim’s, another raucous cowboy disco, less fancy, but equally as much fun. $2 cover on weekends. (5601 Greenville. 691-2411. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE.)

Cowgirl. With a decor that hovers between high tech and cowboy kitsch, Cowgirl caters mostly to hotel guests, but on weekends locals arrive to dance to disc jockey country and disco music, or play at one of the numerous backgammon tables. This is a perfect spot for traveling businessmen laid over at nearby Love Field who want to see an ersatz Cowboys cheerleader serving drinks. (Regent Hotel at Mockingbird and Stemmons. 630-7000. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. Private club with $5 yearly membership fee except for hotel guests. All credit cards.)

The Den. Located in the Stoneleigh Hotel, this is the essence of a bar: very small, very dark, and very red. (2927 Maple Ave. 742-7111. Mon-Fri 11 am-mid-night. Happy hour all day Mon-Fri. All credit cards.)

Eight-O. Prime grazing land for semi-sophisticates and would-be Bohemians. The clientele ranges from chic to occasionally rowdy, and regulars insist the all-purpose jukebox is the best in Dallas. Menu items include chick-on-a-stick and highly-rated hamburgers. (The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Suite 125. 741-0817. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun 11:30 am-mid-night. Happy hour daily 4-8. MC, AE, V.)

élan. Still the classiest of the Dallas discos-where chic sophisticates boogie and play backgammon with members of their own set. Two dance floors are set in a posh, modern decor and are backed up with a top-notch sound system. Surprisingly good food and a Sunday brunch. Happy hour buffet features a lavish spread. Daily lunch buffet open to the public, but membership required at night. (5111 Greenville. 692-9855. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 7-2. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. Sun brunch 11-2. AE, DC, MC, V.)

Four Seasons Ballroom. Big-band music for ballroom dancing. A strict dress code is enforced- dresses for the ladies and coats and ties for the gentlemen. Only setups, beer, and soft drinks are served, except on Fridays when food is available. Cover varies, but free dance lessons. (4930 Military Parkway. 3490390 or 381 -9072. Wed 8:45-12:15 pm & Fri 9-12:30 pm.)

Gordo’s. Dark, with jukebox selectors at the red leatherette booths. Gordo’s is at its best during football season, when it’s a comfortable and low-key place to have above-average pizza and burgers and watch the game. (4528 Cole. 521-3813. Sun-Thur 11-10, Fri & Sat 11 am-midnight. MC, V, AE.)

Grand Hall at Union Station. Located above Dallas’ turn-of-the-century railroad station, Grand Hall is one of the best reasons to stick around downtown after dark. The service may be slow, but the drinks are stiff, the entertainment lively, and as for the atmosphere-Gatsby’s Daisy couldn’t ask for more On Thursdays and Saturdays, swing era veterans and Arthur Murray students practice their fox-trot to the sound of local big bands. Cover varies. (400 Houston St. 741-3663. Mon-Fri 11 am-mid-evening. Sat 5-mid-evening. Closed Sunday. Happy hour 5-7. All credit cards.)

The Grape. Few wine bar/bistros can match The Grape for atmosphere-a kind of hole-in-the-wall chic-or for food. The wine list gets longer and more ambitious all the time. (2808 Greenville at Goodwin. 823-0133. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 pm, Dinner: Sun-Thur 6-11 pm, Fri & Sat 6 pm-1 am. MC, V.)

Greenville Avenue Country Club. The old Vagabond Club resurrected, with the backyard swimming pool still the main attraction. Part of the new wave of Dallas restaurant/bars (Lakewood Yacht Club. Balboa Cafe), the GACC has the usual chicken-fried menu and good drinks for East Dallas loyalists. Swimming encouraged. (3619 Greenville. 826-5650. Daily 11 am-2 pm. AE. MC. V.)

Greenville Bar & Grill. “Dallas’ oldest bar,” has a browsing rack adjacent to the bar, live music on special party nights, and silver dollar-sized Formica tables in place of the Cozy Naugahyde booths that once lined the walls. Hal Baker and the Gloom-chasers deliver the hottest Dixieland jazz in town every Sunday and Thursday night ($2 cover). Monday through Wednesday and Friday and Saturday saxophone player Sam Jordan and pianist Lionel Davis play great duets and solos from 9-1. Burgers and red beans and rice are offered. (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-1 am. Kitchen open till 1 am daily, closes at midnight on Sun. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)

The Hop. This small, friendly pub has the best munchies in Fort Worth-fried okra and eggplant, for example. The crowd is a happy amalgamation of college students and families. Live music most nights starting around 9. Willis Alan Ramsey and Steve Fromholz are among those who play here with some regularity. Cover after 9 when there is live music. (2905 W Berry. Fort Worth. (817) 923-7281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 4 pm-1 am. Happy hour all day Wed. 2-7 daily. MC. V. AE.)

Joe Miller’s. The media people bar. and a great gathering spot for regulars. The smallness and plainness of the bar are offset by Miller’s personality, as well as by his stiff, well-iced drinks. (3531 McKinney. 521-2261. Mon-Fri noon-2 am. AE, MC. V.)

Knox Street Pub. An apparent favorite of young professionals, this nostalgic pub features excellent food and a terrific jukebox. (3230 Knox. 526-9476. Daily 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)

Lakewood Yacht Club. In this neighborhood bar, scores of press photos decorate the walls from eye level all the way up to the incredibly high ceiling. Home-cooked potato chips, really comfortable chairs, a well-stocked jukebox, and an interesting clientele. (2009 Abrams. 824-1390. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat 4 Sun noon-2 am. AE. MC. V.)

Les Saisons. A captivating cityscape of downtown Dallas and the even more captivating jazz vocals of Jeannie Maxwell make this bar special. You can gather around the cozy fireplace, listen to Maxwell’s raspy voice, and have enough quiet to carry on a conversation. Cheery, classy decor-like a French garden room. Maxwell starts singing at 8:30 on weekdays, 9 on Saturday. (765 Turtle Creek Village. 528-6653. 11:30 am-2 am daily. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. All credit cards.)

The Library. This bar/restaurant in the spruced-up old Melrose Hotel achieves the understated tastefulness for which most motif bars strive. The small bar area is richly appointed in brass, leather, and, of course, books; it’s comfortable, blessedly quiet, the drinks are excellent, and the service is unobtrusive. (3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-mid-night. Sat 5 pm-midnight. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)

Lillie Langtry’s Saloon. Antlers on the wall, portraits of actress Langtry, and an informal clientele are aspects of this small, rustic club. More important are the entertainers, who have recently included talented locals like John DeFoore and Tim Holiday (who call themselves Stumpbroke) and guitarist Delbert Pullen. Nachos and sandwiches served. No cover. (6932 Greenville. 368-6367. Daily noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat & Sun noon-7. AE, MC, V.)

Longhorn Ballroom. Built by Bob Wills in 1950 and later leased by Jack Ruby, the historic Longhorn is Dallas’ definitive c/w dance hall. Here, real and affected cowboys two-step on a roller rink-sized dance floor framed by cactus pillars. Owner Dewey Groom fronts the Longhorn Band nightly and on weekends warms up for big-name acts. Free c/w dance lessons Wednesday and Thursday nights. Cover varies. Setups available. (216 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed & Thur 7 pm-1 am, Fri & Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 3 pm-midnight. All credit cards.)

Madlson’s. Slick, popular North Dallas bar with trendy clientele and tasteful setting. Excellent copy bands do precision versions of Steely Dan, et al. (8141 Walnut Hill Ln. 3610644. Sun & Mon 6 pm-1 am. Tue-Sat 5 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. AE, MC, V.)

The Mirage. For non-hotel guests, the setting of this comfortable lobby piano bar is what makes it worth a trip: The Atrium II of Loew’s Anatole, with its 100-foot-long banners draping from 14 stories, is spectacular. Judy Moore plays pop tunes on the baby grand nightly 5-11:30. (Loews Anatole. 2201 Stemmons. 748-1200. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. All credit cards.)

NFL. One of the friendliest bars in town, the NFL (Nick Farrelley’s Lounge) is a hangout for Irish people. Come here in a rowdy mood-especially on Friday nights when Irish Texans tune up with old Irish folk songs. On Saturdays, Killer and the Showcats take the stage. Dancing, darts, and shuffleboard are available for the restless. $2 cover Fridays. (3520 Oak Lawn. 559-4890. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)

Nick’s Uptown. Nick’s follows in the tradition of a true nightclub: one enormous smoke-filled room dotted with tables, a raised stage in one corner, and a bar running practically the length of the room on the opposite side. The club offers a good cross section of music; it is one of the few spots in Dallas to hear well-known Austin bands on a regular basis. Nick’s also books musicians like Ray Wylie Hubbard and Delbert McClinton. (3606 Greenville. 827-4802. Nightly 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC. V.)

Papagayo. No wet T-shirt contests here, just pure, stylish big-city disco. Cavernous showplace with awesome sound and light show. Packed dance floor doesn’t allow Travolta imitators their usual gymnastics, which is probably just as well. Live music Tuesday-Thursday. $3 cover on weekends. (8796 N Central. 692-5412. Tue-Thurs 8 pm-2 am. Fri & Sat open till 4 am. Free drinks 8-9 pm. AE, MC, V.)

Papillon. Interesting seating slightly above the dance floor lets you ignore the Beautiful People if you wish: usually quiet, with touch-dancing music late in the evening. (7940 N Central. 691-7455. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)

Plaf’s. An atrium bar with high ceilings and huge plants. The menu offers basic salads, quiche, hamburgers, but be sure to try the homemade French fries. (4527 Travis at Knox. 526-3730. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-FrI 4-7 & 11 pm till last call. Kitchen open till 1:30 am. DC, MC, V, AE.)

Playboy Club. Take your pick of three rooms attended by-what else-cottontailed bunnies: a spacious disco, a subdued lounge ottering quiet music Thursday through Saturday, and a dinner/ show room with top-name comedy and music acts. Private membership required. (6116 N Central. 363-3800. Buffet daily 11:30-2:30 and 7-11 on week ends. Mon-Fri 11.30 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 5 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)

Poor David’s Pub. Small, dark, and Informal, PD’s has a variety of entertainers like ex-Bee’s Knees guitarist Anson Funderburgh and his Rockets, a talented, no-nonsense blues band. Good sandwiches available. Cover varies. (2900 McKinney. 821-9891 Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri till 8. Kitchen open till 1 am. No credit cards.)

Popsicle Toes. Taking its name from a Michael Franks tune, this club’s not long on atmosphere or comfort, but has presented a diversity of local jazz. The house band is the funk/jazz unit Buster Brown (Tuesday through Saturday), and on Sunday there’s big-band jazz with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Cover varies, no cover on Tuesdays. (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Sun 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. TGIF Fri 4:30-7:30. MC, V.)

The Quiet Man. One of the few surviving Sixties quiet places, the small beer garden is a great place to talk-except during rush hour on Knox Street. (3120 Knox. 526-6180. Tue-Sat noon-2 am. Sun & Mon 4 pm-midnight. No credit cards.)

Railhead. It’s a shame this bar is so shoddy, because the entertainment is often good: primarily comics and popular music copy artists. No cover means huge crowds. Stick to basic drinks or brews: The house wine is truly bad, and the bar can’t seem to handle anything tricky. (6919 Twin Hills Ave. 369-8700. Daily 5pm-1 am.)Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. Three shows nightly. All credit cards.)

San Francisco Rose. A bright, laid-back place, adorned with greenery, a few couches, and wing-back chairs. Salads, sandwiches, and soups are all pretty ordinary; but as a bar, it’s an appealing place, particularly on a dreary day. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC. V.)

St. Martin’s. Small, candle-lit, and soothing-as wine bars should be (and too many aren’t). St. Martin’s has made a conscious effort to put a ceiling on wine prices to encourage experimentation. If the result is a wine list composed of lesser vintages, the food alone is still worth a visit: The ham and Swiss sandwich is a perfect foil for a glass of red. (3020 Greenville. 826-0940. Mon 5-11, Tue-Thur 11 am-11 pm, Fri&Sat 11 am-1 am, Sun 5-11. AE. MC. V.)

6051 Club. 6051 Club is really just an oversized living room furnished with the kind of tables and chairs your grandmother called her “dinette set.” Some of Dallas’ foremost jazz musicians gather on the crowded stage to play their renditions of classics mixed with their own material. Only one drawback: If you arrive after the first set on weekends, it’s standing room only in the bar. (6057 forest Ln. 661-3393. Mon-Fri 4 pm- 2 am, Sal & Sun 8 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6:30. MC. V.)

Strictly Ta-Bu. Eclectic describes this comfortable bar/restaurant. The consistently decent jazz ranges from fusion to Forties swing, the crowd is a mix of mature professionals and high school seniors, and the decor vintage art moderno. A separate eating area offers outstanding but small pizzas along with other Italian dishes. Cover on weekends. (4111 Lomo Alto. 526-9325. Mon-Fri 11 am-2:30 pm & 5 pm-1 am; Sat & Sun 6 pm-1 am. MC, V.)

Texas Tea House. A get-down country place, with dancing to H.B. Hatfield and Company in the beer garden outside. Cover varies. Beer and wine only. (3402 Kings Rd. 526-9171. Tue-Sat 8 pm-2 am. No credit cards.)

Top of the Dome. The only bar in town with several views of the Dallas skyline. Nightly entertainment. Annoying $1.50 charge for elevator ride has been dropped for club-goers. (Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion. 651-1234. Mon-Sat 2 pm-1:30 am. Sun 11:30 am-1:30 am. All credit cards.)

Venetian Room. A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts couples who appreciate the semi-formal dress requirements and who like to fox-trot to an orchestra before the show. The cover is usually $10 and up a head and worth it only when you know the performer gives a dynamite show. (Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454. Mon-Sat 7 pm-1 am. Shows Mon-Thur 8:30 & 11. Fri & Sat 9 & 11:30. AE, DC, MC. V.)

Whiskey River. A rowdy, honky-tonk of a place. Top-notch entertainment ranging from c/w to Sixties rock and roll seldom fails to keep the crowds goin’ and the long necks flowin’. Cover varies. (5421 Greenville. 369-9221. Nightly 8 pm-2 am. AE. MC, V.)

The White Elephant. Located in the revived Stockyards District in Fort Worth, this place looks like what all non-Texans think real Texas bars should look like-lots of rough wood, a long bar, and a clientele occasionally decked out in western attire. Entertainment varies. (106 E Exchange, Fort Worth. (817) 6240271. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, V.)

The Wine Press. The Wine Press boasts an array of both California and imported wines at legitimate prices (legitimate considering what most places do with wine prices). The blackboard offers daily by-the-glass selections, occasionally studded with gems. And unlike many wine bars, The Wine Press also serves a full range of cocktails. (4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720. Daily 11 am-2 am. No reservations. MC, V, AE.)


David Bates is. in the best sense of the word, a tinker. He spends his time working and reworking the materials he finds in the woods, the junkyard, or the art supply store. Wooden man-in-the-moons, abstract metal sculptures, ceramic cats, narrative paintings, ink drawings-all originate from the same artistic source. He makes art primarily out of his desire to please himself with his own creation, which places him in the tradition of Alexander Calder, Picasso, and, yes, Grandma Moses. When four years’ worth of Bates’ work is assembled at the DW Gallery, it will be nice to see his affable menagerie of art objects all out in public together. David Bates, Recent Work. May 9-June 4 at DW Gallery, 3305 McKinney. Tue-Sat 11-5. 526-3240.

Melissa Millar could paint the scene outside her back door as well as Thomas Hart Benton or any other regionalist; she has the technique. But she is not interested in banal reality, nor does she strain for symbolic interpretations. She captures a specific moment exactly as it exists as either a potentiality or as a memory. This subjective concern frees her from journalistic illustration and gives her the freedom to paint with confidence her extremely realistic livestock, dogs, foliage, and humans. Some of her paintings teem with narrative interpretations; you get the feeling that the stage has just been set or that the characters have been told to freeze. Other paintings present such precise images from the artist’s imagination that they do not need to be read for psychological meanings to be grasped. The painting, “Crowded Pond,” for instance, is not a symbol of the human unconscious. Rather, it is a painting of a body of water crammed full (as is the human unconscious) with every variety of frog, turtle, and freshwater fish. Melissa Miller’s recent work will be on display May 16-June 18 at Mattingly Baker from all over the country will appear in this 15th annual show, the largest of its kind in Texas. The North Texas Arabian Horse Club is producing the event to benefit The Shelton School. Spectators are invited to visit the barn after the show. May 29 at 7:30 pm, May 30 at 1 & 7 pm, & May 31 at 1:30 & 7:30 pm at State Fair Coliseum, Fair Park. $2 general admission, $15 evening box seats, $10 matinee box seats. 343-9227.

Artiest. This festival to benefit the arts will feature such area art groups as the Dallas Ballet, the Dallas Symphony, and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Featured performers for the children will include Mr. Peppermint and Crazy Ray. The 500, Inc., is sponsoring this festival with a juried art show and auction of the works of 250 artists from all over the country. A 10-kilometer race will kick off Artfest Saturday morning. May 23 from 10 am-8 pm & May 24 from 11 am-6 pm at Esplanade, Fair Park. Tickets $2.50 at the gate, $1.50 in advance. 361-2011.

Arts Forum. Louise Nevelson, the “grande dame” of American art and one of the most distinguished artists living today, will address the forum. May 6 at 8 pm at Temple Shalom, 6930 Alpha Rd at Hillcrest. Call for ticket information. 661-1810.

Bronc and Bull Rodeo Classic. Six-time World Champion Bull Rider Don Gay and 39 other professional rodeo competitors will be pitted against the sport’s most challenging broncs and bulls. Intermission entertainment will feature country singers Charly McClain and John Schneider. May 8 at 8 pm & May 9 at 2 pm & 8 pm at Reunion Arena. Tickets $10.50, $8.50, $6.50 in advance; $12, $10, $8 at the gate. 521-3670 or 692-6640.

Celebration 33. A worldwide fund-raising entertainment event celebrating the 33rd anniversary of the creation of the state of Israel. This will be the largest theater party ever conducted and will highlight the world premiere of the movie, The Chosen, in some 1000 theaters throughout the world. May 11 at 8:30 pm at Loews Park Central, 12802 Park Central: NorthPark III & IV, 8080 Park Ln: Park Cities, 4011 Villanova; and UA Ciné, 5540 Yale at N Central. Tickets $100 per person. 239-9320.

Fort Worth Stockyards. Relive the cowboy myth of yesteryear with a guided walking tour of the Fort Worth Stockyards Historic District. May 21 at 9:30 am at the University of Dallas, Irving. Tickets $25, includes lunch. 579-5225.

Museum Hopping. A bus tour will visit the Kimbell Art Museum to see an exhibition from the famed collection of Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza of Switzerland, and the Amon Carter Museum of Western Art for the Jamie Wyeth exhibition. May 7 at 9:30 am at the Lynch Auditorium, University of Dallas, Irving. Tickets $25, includes lunch. 579-5225.

Rockwall Renaissance Festival. The highlight of the festival will be a human chess match and a tribute to Joan of Arc. Other activities will include hot air balloon rides, parades, and a petting zoo. The festivities will be centered on an authentic stone castle. May 30 & 31 from noon-8:30 pm in Rockwall, Ridge Rd exit off I-30, 1 1/2 miles to the grounds. Tickets $2, $1 for six-12 years, under five free. 722-5733 or 226-1901.

Significant Book Series. Rabbi Ellen Lewis will discuss Messengers of God, by Elie Wiesel, who interprets Old Testament heroes and legends as part of the present as well as the past. May 6 at 10:30 am at Temple Emanu-EI, 8500 Hillcrest. Tickets $2.50. 368-3613.

Singles Fair and Auction. A two-day trade fair featuring hundreds of items, especially for singles, to be auctioned off by famous Dallas/Fort Worth singles. May 30 from 10 am-10 pm & May 31 from noon-8 pm at the Wintergarden Ballroom, I-30 and Buckner Blvd. Tickets $3.50. 243-7983.

Stress Reduction Workshop. Learn to tap your natural abilities to relax deeply by using biofeedback and the advanced techniques of effective stress management. May 9 at 10 am at the University of Dallas, Irving. Tickets $20. 579-5225.

Swiss Avenue Tour of Homes. Seven early 20th-century homes will be shown for the Swiss Avenue Historic District’s ninth annual tour of homes. Each home in the Swiss Avenue area, developed over 70 years ago, was custom designed for its original owner. A “How To” clinic will provide experts and literature on the renovation of older homes. May 9 & 10 from noon-6 pm beginning at 6035 Bryan Pkwy. Tickets $5 at the door, $4 in advance, $3.50 with a purchase of 10 or more. 826-7402.

Tom Landry 10K Classic. The 10-kilometer run will include a one-mile fun run to benefit the Dallas Chapter of the March of Dimes. A special appearance will be made by Dallas Cowboys coach Tom Landry. Prizes will be awarded at the conclusion of the run. May 2 at 9 am at Texas Stadium, Irving. $7 entry fee is tax-deductible and includes a race T-shirt. 361-6493 or 620-9779.

Wine Tasting and Seminar. Six wines, including a rose, dessert, and reds and whites, will be sampled, followed by a commentary by a leading wine expert. Complementing the wine tasting will be a buffet of hot and cold hors d’oeuvres Sponsored by the Delta Zeta Alumnae Dallas Chapter, all proceeds will benefit the Lynn Development Center. May 9 at 7:30 pm at the Dallas Garden Center, Fair Park. Tickets $10 per person. Call for reservations, day 596-0586, evening 243-5908.


Afternoon Movies. A program of films for elementary school-age children. Tuesdays at 4 pm. Mes-quite Public Library, 300 Grubb Drive, Mesquite. 285-6369. Wednesdays at 4 pm. North Branch Library, 2600 Oates Drive, Mesquite. 681-0465.

Afternoon Tea Party. Bring your favorite doll to a doll’s tea party. The film, Goldilocks and the Three Bears will also be shown. May 16 at 3 pm at Fretz Park Library, 6990 Belt Line. Free. 233-8262.

Be Kind to Animals. A program and demonstration in honor of National Pet Week. May 5 at 3:30 pm at Forest Green Library, 9015 Forest Ln. 231-0991. May 9 at 3 pm at Casa View Library, 10355 Ferguson Rd. Free. 328-4113.

Grupo Folklorico de Mexicano. This children’s group will perform Spanish dances. May 16 at 2:30 pm at Oak Lawn Library, 4100 Cedar Springs. Free. 528-6269.

Kathy Burks Marionettes. Portrait puppets from the troupe’s antique collection comprise the cast of Popeye’s All-Star Revue. The plot concerns a search for sunken treasure, and features Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy, Roughhouse, the Sea Hag, Laurel and Hardy, and Shirley Temple. Through May 30 at the Haymarket Theatre. Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit Rd. Thurs, Fris, & Sats at 10:30 am, 1 & 4 pm. Tickets $1.75, $1.50 for groups of 15 or more. Call for reservations. 233-1958.

Magic On Stage. Casa Manana Playhouse presents The Velveteen Rabbit in a theatrical production for children of all ages. May 1, 2, 8, & 9 at Casa Manana Playhouse, 3103 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. Fris at 7 pm, Sats at 2 pm. Tickets $3. Call for reservations. (817)332-6221.

Preschool Storytlme Sessions. These half-hour programs include stories, fingerplays, and film-strips. Mondays at 10:30 pm. Central Library, 915 O’Connor, Irving. Wednesdays at 10:30 am. Southwest Branch Library, 2300 W Shady Grove, Irving. Fridays at 10:30 am. Northwest Branch Library, 2942 N Belt Line, Irving. Free. 253-2458.

Storytime Sessions. Tuesdays at 10:30 am. Mes-quite Public Library. 300 Grubb Drive, Mesquite. 285-6369. Wednesdays at 10:30 am. North Branch Library, 2600 Oates Drive, Mesquite. 681-0465.