By now everyone should know that the Dallas Museum of Art’s collection is getting better all the time. But a great museum does not live by its collection alone, and that is why the current exhibit, Naum Gabo: Sixty Years of Constructivism, is so important.
The show is the first retrospective ever devoted to the work of this major artist, and it is also the first exhibit of international importance the museum has organized. Deputy Director Dr. Steven Nash has brought together 66 sculptures and 61 drawings for the show, which travels to New York, Berlin, Dusseldorf and London.
And who was Naum Gabo? The 1917 Russian Revolution not only brought a radical new government to power, it also handed over the Russian art establishment to a group of radical young artists who set out to completely overturn the old pieties and practices of sculpture and painting. And none more eagerly than Naum Neemia Pevsner, a former medical student who, under the invented name of Naum Gabo (so as not to be confused with his sculptor-brother, Antoine Pevsner), had already created a series of strikingly abstract sculptures, heads and torsos constructed of thin, interlocking geometric planes. Perhaps more than any other artist, it was Gabo who brought to three-dimensional life the painted forms of Picasso’s cubism.
Gabo’s work evolved from torsos to towers, to works in which sculpture and engineering were mysteriously joined. Mass melts away and transparent planes establish both inner and outer surfaces. By the early Twenties Russia’s avant-garde was split by factions and feuds; then Stalin lowered the boom on all abstract art. But by then Gabo had moved on to Berlin, and later England and America, where his work became even more abstract, more airy, more crystalline. Dozens of modern artists are in his debt.
Through Nov 17 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Hours Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.
COMMEMORATING THE HOLOCAUST
Forty years after the event, humanity continues its struggle to comprehend the Nazi Holocaust. The Dallas Symphony makes a special contribution on the artistic front with the premiere of a major new orchestral work. The work is the Fourth Symphony of American composer Benjamin Lees. Subtitled Memorial Candles, it includes settings of Holocaust-related poetry by Nobel Prize laureate Nelly Sachs and an extensive violin solo.
Eduardo Mata will conduct the Dallas Symphony in the premiere, which will feature mezzo-soprano Zehava Gal and violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloists. After its premiere in Dallas, Lees’ Fourth Symphony will be performed by the Dallas Symphony at the Kennedy Center in Washington. It is also scheduled to be performed in months ahead by orchestras in Winnipeg, Houston, Atlanta and London. October 10 at 8:15 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $20-$10. 692-0203.
-Wayne Lee Gay
Once a month on Thursday evenings, the Dallas Museum of Art will be showing major films encompassing the themes of power, obsession and grandiose imagination. The museum’s October presentation is Napoleon. This grand silent epic has been reissued in a version preserved and edited by film critic Kevin Brownlow with the addition of a contemporary soundtrack. The impact of this masterpiece was never fully realized because sound pictures arrived just as it was being released. Director Abel Gance conceived Napoleon to be the first in a series of movies about the life of the French emperor. Gance’s dream was never fully realized, but Napoleon traces the emperor’s life from his schoolboy days in Brienne to his Italian campaign in 1796. Oct 31 at 6 pm at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Admission $3 for DMA members, $4 for non-members. 922-0220.
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The Cadillac. Corpus Christi artist Danny O’Dowdy has “enhanced” a 1961 Caddy with wood, screen wire, glass and heaven knows what else for this unusual show. Through Oct 4 at the Lakeside Gallery, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Road. Mon & Wed 10-4; Tue noon-5:30; Thur noon-7:30; Fri 10-1; Sat 2-4. 238-6194 or 238-6130.
Julian Onderdonk. The first and foremost of the Texas “bluebonnet painters,” Onderdonk was also one of the best landscape artists of the early 20th century and a painter who deserves to be better known. Through Oct 8 at D-Art, 2917 Swiss Ave. Mon, Fri, Sat 9-5; Tue-Thur 9-9:30; Sun 1-5. 821-2522.
Jane E. Goldman. Those intimate corners of a room and of a neighborhood where light plays with shadow are the subject of Goldman’s mysterious and beautiful watercolors and prints. Through Oct 12 at Clifford Gallery, 6610 Snider Plaza. Tue-Sat 10-5:30. 363-8223.
Recent Abstract Paintings. The trend may be toward figurative art, but abstract painting lives, and lives very well in the works of masters such as Helen Franken-thaler, Kenneth Noland, Al Held, Sam Francis. Joe Guy and Paul Rotterdam. Through Oct 12 at Adams-Middleton Gallery, 3000 Maple Ave. Tue-Fri 10-6; Sat 11-5.871-7080.
Harry Callahan. Restless experimentation and meticulous craftsmanship have made Callahan a photographer’s photographer and one of the masters of black-and-white print-making. Through Oct 13 at Allen Street Gallery, 4101 Commerce St. Wed-Fri noon-5; Sat 10-4; Sun 1-5.821-8260.
Vincent Falsetta. Just back from New York with a new group of paintings, this area painter has added soft, smoke-like forms to the dancing patterns and complex polyrhythms that make up his visual music. Through Oct 19 at Mattingly Baker Gallery, 3004 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5:30; Sat 10-5. 526-0031.
Randy Twaddle and Susan Magilow. Works by these two Dallas artists probe the distance between seemingly simple images and symbols and the many meanings they carry. Through Oct 19 at DW Gallery, 3200 Main St. Tue-Sat 11-5.939-0045.
Fritz Scholder. Though he splashes the paint around like an abstract expressionist, Scholder is really a realist at heart, painting – and recently sculpting – powerful images of the Indian chiefs and shamans of the Western landscape. Through Oct 22 at Nimbus Gallery, 1135 Dragon St. Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-4. 742-1348.
Joel Sternteld. These witty and distinctive color photographs were made during many cross-country journeys by a photographer who is represented in many major museums. Through Oct 26 at the Afterimage, No. 250 in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 871-9140.
Ken Brown. Here’s something new-art that’s intentionally funny. Brown’s humorous drawings, distributed on postcards, have earned him an international following. Through Oct 30 at Modern Realism, 1903 McMillan. Wed 6-9. 827-0376.
Hills Snyder. Painting with earth and sunset colors on canvas and on cut-out wooden shapes, Snyder gives an occasionally humorous twist to works that are dark, gothic, often bordering on gruesome. Through Oct 31 at Foster Goldstrom, 2722 Fairmount. Tue-Sat 10:30-5:30. 744-0711.
American Anthem. From a gold nugget to an iron horse, from Custer’s jacket to FDR’s microphone, the Smithsonian Institution sends this exhibit of national songs and symbols to Dallas’ new Arts District, with love. Through Oct 31 in the Pavilion at LTV Center, 2001 Ross Ave. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-7; Thur 10-8; Sun noon-5. 979-6100.
Madonna Project. What happens when Dallas artists are invited to create paintings, sculptures, costumes and performances based on the theme of the Madonna? Almost anything. Oct 12-Nov 9 at Theatre Gallery, 2808 Commerce. Mon-Sat noon-6. 939-0533.
Two Hofmann Exhibits
Hans Hofmann is the subject of not one but two concurrent exhibitions at the Fort Worth Art Museum. Over the years Hof-mann has become known as something of a painter’s painter. And why not? From his school at Provincetown, Hofmann turned out a whole generation of American abstract painters. Fortunately, Hofmann practiced what he preached in spare, expressive drawings and radiantly colorful paintings, and Hans Hofmann: Provincetown Paintings and Hans Hofmann: The Renate Series include 35 of these works. Through Nov 17 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery St. Tlie-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5. (817)738-9215.
Richard Avedon. Over the past five years, cowboys and convicts, waitresses and roughnecks have stood in front of the photographer’s 8×10 Deardorf camera, leaving these stark and startling images. Through Nov 17 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5; Sun 1-5:30. (817) 738-1933.
Praise Poems. The late Katherine White assembled one of the most discriminating private collections of African art and. when she died, left it to the Seattle Art Museum; now it’s on the road. Through Nov 24 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun noon-6. (817) 332-8451.
Chinese Art. Some 50 of the best porcelains, bronzes and jades from the superb collection of the British Rail Pension Fund augment the Dallas Museum’s own modest Chinese collection. Continuing at Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.
Sid Richardson Collection. Here’s a prime collection of Remingtons and Russells in a prime location, amid the restored 19th-century splendors of Fort Worth’s Sundance Square. Permanent show at 309 Main St. Tue-Fri 10-5; Sat 11-6; Sun 1-5.(817)332-6554.
McKinney Artists Festival and Sale. The downtown square of McKinney will be the site of this juried art festival and sale featuring fine art and selected gallery crafts. Artists will be located around the old courthouse, the old Post Office Museum and nearby locations within walking distance. Oct 26 & 27 at McKinney downtown square. Take 75 north to exit 40 and head east to the square. Free. (214) 542-0163.
Flags of Texas Exhibit. For 10 years, the United States, France and England recognized Texas as a sovereign nation. Replicas of 10 historic flags of the Republic of Texas will be on display through Nov 1 at the First Lakewood National Bank. All but one of the original flags were lost or destroyed in battle. The San Jacinto banner, a dramatic representation of liberty or death, hangs in the legislative chambers in the state Capitol. The collection was hand-made in France for the Gallery of the Republic in Austin. The exhibit celebrates the first anniversary of the bank and honors the Texas Sesquicentennial. Following the initial display at the bank, the exhibit will be available to schools and other institutions. Through Nov 1 at First Lakewood National Bank, 6215 Gaston Ave. 827-4743.
Texas Society of Architects. Two large-scale marble murals (16-foot and 13-foot squares) by French artist Alain (LeYaouance) Young will be exhibited by the Texas Society of Architects at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth Oct 31 & Nov 1. For information (817) 336-4766.
Beverly Pepper: Sculpture. This will be the first major showing in Dallas of internationally known artist Beverly Pepper. Consisting of stacked sequences of vertical forms which stand 7- to 12-feet tall, the exhibit will have early as well as recent works by Pepper, allowing the viewer to witness the evolution of Pepper’s sculpture. Pepper’s best-known sculpture in Dallas is Land Canal- Hillside created for NorthPark Center in 1971 Oct 17-Nov 30 at Adams-Middleton Gallery, 3000 Maple Ave. Tue-Fri 10-6; Sat 10-5. 742-3682.
Broken Eggs. A comedy, but one that gets serious, about the wedding day of the daughter of a rich Cuban couple, who have been cut off from their roots by Castro’s regime. What can go wrong does go wrong. The play, by Eduardo Machada, is a Southwest premiere. Oct 30-Nov 24 at Stage #1, Greenville Avenue Theater, 2914 Greenville. Tue-Fri at 8; 15 pm; Sat at 5;30 & 9 pm; Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $15 Fri & Sal at 9; $12.50 Tue-Thur, Sat at 5;30 & Sun. 824-2552.
Clouds. An American premiere, by British playwright Michael Frayn, who won just acclaim for his hilarious and smart comedy Noises Off. Here, two British journalists in Cuba, writing for rival newspapers, each try to scoop the other but fall victims to a witless interpreter and other complications. Oct 24-Nov 24 at New Arts Theater, 702 Ross at Market in the West End Warehouse District. Wed-Fri at 8 pm; Sat at 5 & 9 pm; Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $14.25 Sat at 9 and Fri; $10.75 all other performances. 761-9064.
Evita. Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webbers glamor ous, glitzy musical about Argentina’s infamous Eva Peron, chronicling her rise to power and the political turmoil that made her the subject of bitter controversy. Oct 3-Nov 10 at Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark Center (outside Joske’s), Park Lane at N Central Expwy. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm; Sun at 3 pm & 7:30 pm. Tickets $14 Fri & Sat; $12.50 Sun; $11 Tue-Thur. 369-8966.
Infidelities. In this witty and smart 18th-century French comedy by Pierre de Marivaux, a young peasant girl is stolen away from her village by a prince. Amusing confusion ensues when her lover comes to court to retrieve her. Through Oct 20 at Theatre Three, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm; Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm; 3:30 pm matinees Oct 12 & 19 only. Tickets $14.50 Fri & Sat; $12.50 Tue-Thur; $13.50 Sun; $9 Oct 19 matinee; $5 Oct 12 matinee. 871-3300.
The Life She Led. Theatre Three’s talented Norma Young portrays two prominent figures from Texas history in this one-woman play commemorating the Texas Sesquicentennial. In the first act Young is Suzan-na Dickinson, the only Anglo adult woman to survive the battle of the Alamo. In Act II she plays Elizabeth Ney, the sculptress who immigrated to Texas from Germany, reared her children here and continued her notable international career sculpting monuments of heroes such as Sam Houston. Each woman is encountered during the last years of her life. Theatre Three in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Fri at 8:15 pm; Sat at 3:30 & 8:15 pm. Tickets $14.50 Fri& Sat at 8:15; $12.50 Tue-Thur; $9 Sat at 3:30. 871-3300.
The Miss Firecracker Contest. This early comedy by Beth Henley, who wrote Crimes of the Heart, digs into the world of a small-town beauty pageant. Henley’s characters are believably beyond belief, impossibly familiar. Through Oct 13atStage#1, Greenville Avenue Theatre. 2914 Greenville. Tue-Fri at 8:15 pm; Sat at 5:30 & 9 pm; Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $15 Fri & Sat at 9; $12.50 Tue-Thur, Sat at 5:30 & Sun. 824-2552.
Noises Off. Michael Frayn’s bellyache-inducing farce about a second-rate British theater troupe, rehearsing and then performing a bad sex comedy called Nothing On. We see the first act of “On” three times: from the audience side of the stage during the desperate final rehearsal; then from backstage during a performance; and finally as the audience would see it on closing night. The comedy of errors builds as we learn more and more and as the hapless actors act less and less. Oct 31 -Nov 10 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Tue-Fri at 8 pm; Sat at 2:30 & 8 pm; Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm. Tickets $26.50-$21.50 Fri & Sat evenings; $21.50-$19.50 Tue-Thur, Sat matinee and Sun; available at Rainbow Ticket-master outlets. 787-2000.
The Rocky Horror Show. This satirical British musical from the early Seventies about one Dr. Frank N. Furter, “just a sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania,” spawned the indefatigable cult film classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Frank’s ghoulishly hip household is even more outrageous on stage. Brimming with very likable music by creator Richard O’Brien, it’s good – if not exactly clean – fun. Through Oct 13 at New Arts Theater, 702 Ross at Market in the West End Warehouse District Wed & Thur at 8 pm; Fri at 8 & 11 pm; Sat at 5 & 9 pm; Sun at 2.30 pm. Tickets $14.25 Fri at 8 pm & Sat at 9 pm; $10,75 Wed, Thur, Sat at 5 pm &Sun; $10 Fri at 11 pm. 761-9064.
The Ups and Downs of Theophilus Maitland-A Folk Tale. The world premiere of a musical written and directed by Vinette Carrol with Jamaican music and lyrics by Micki Grant. Through Oct 27 at the Dallas Theater Center’s Frank Lloyd Wright Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue & Thur at 8 pm; Wed at 2:30 & 8 pm; Fri at 8:30 pm; Sat at 4 & 8:30 pm; Sun at 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $22 Fri & Sat at 8:30; $16 Tue, Wed at 8, Thur; $13 Wed at 2:30, Sat at 4 & Sun. 526-8857.
A Woman of Independent Means. Dallas matriarch Bess Steed Garner is the woman Dallas author Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey imagines her own grandmother, Bess Jones, to have been. In this two-act monologue, which Hailey based on her own best-selling book, Bess reads aloud letters she has written to family and friends, dating from when she was 25 to her death at 78. Although Bess is a society woman steeped in traditional values, she emerges as a kind of prefeminist-strong, outspoken and somewhat rebellious. Veteran film actress Barbara Rush recreates the role of Bess, which she originated on Broadway last year. Through Oct 27 at the Plaza Theatre, 6719 Snider Plaza. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm; Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm. Tickets $19 & $17 Fri & Sat; $16 & $14 Tue-Thur; $13 & $11 Sun. 363-7000.
Cliburn Concerts. The Labeque Sisters, duo-pianists, perform Brahms’ Variations on a theme of Haydn, Stravinsky’s Concerto for two pianos, Ravel’s Mother Goose Suite and Gershwin’s An American in Paris, in the recently discovered two-piano version. Oct 22 at 8 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tickets $20-$15. (817) 738-6533.
Dallas Bach Society. Oct 18: Verena Lutz. organist, performs music of J.S. Bach. Tickets $5. Oct 21: Paul Riedo conducts the Dallas Bach Orchestra and Choir in performance of J.S. Bach’s Cantata 140 (“Wachet Auf, ruft uns die stimme’) and Handel’s Ode to St. Cecilia. Tickets $7.50. Both concerts at 8:15 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave. 827-8886.
Dallas Chamber Music Society. The Orlando Quartet appears in concert, Oct 28 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium. Owen Arts Center, SMU. Tickets $8. 526-7301.
Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Oct 4 & 6: “Stradivarius Extravaganza’ (see p. 56). Oct 13: A subscription series concert of chamber music features Debussy’s Sonata for cello and piano, Chausson’s Concerto for violin, piano and string quartet, and Mozart’s Quartet in E flat for piano and strings, at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Tickets $10. 826-6974.
Dallas Civic Music Association. Cellist Janos Starker appears in recital, Oct 14 at 8:15 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $25-$4. 526-6870 or from Ticketron, Metro 640-7500.
Dallas Classic Guitar Society. Uruguayan guitarist Baltazar Benltez opens the subscription season, Oct 1 at 8:15 pm at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Tickets $11 $6.50. 343-3709 or from Ticketron. 265-0789.
Dallas Opera. The 1985 season opens with Verdi’s Otello. sung in Italian with English captions. Nicola Rescigno conducts and John Houseman directs a cast including tenor Ermanno Mauro in the title role, joined by soprano Rosalind Plowright as Desdemona, baritone Sesto Bruscantini as lago, mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor as Emilia, tenor Christopher Cameron as Cassio, bass Franco Ventriglia as Lodovico and tenor Richard Brunner as Roderigo. Oct 31, Nov 5 & 9 at 8 pm and Nov 3 at 2 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $120-$4 Oct 31, $60-$4 Nov 3, 5 & 9. 871-0090.
Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. Violinist Jose-Luis Garcia performs Haydn’s Violin Concerto in C major on a concert also featuring Stravinsky’s Dumbarton Oaks Concerto, Carpenter’s Nine Lives of Scarlatti’s Cat, and Mozart’s Symphony no. 41 inC (“Jupiter) Oct 29 at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, Fort Worth. Tickets $12$8. (817)926-8831.
Fort Worth Opera. Francesca Zambello directs a new production of Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana paired with Leoncavallo’s / Pagliacci, both sung in Italian. W. Anthony Waters will conduct the double bill starring Martina Arroyo as Santuzza, Ryan Edwards as Alfio and Tonio, Sheila Smith as Lola, Dana Kruger as Lucia, Barry Busse as Canio, Kathryn Bouleyn as Nedda and James Busterud as Silvio. Oct 11 at 8 pm and Oct 13 at 2:30 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theater, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $35-$5. 429-1181.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Louis Lane conducts a concert including Griffes1 The White Peacock, Sibelius’ Symphony no. 2. and Brahms’ Concerto in A minor for violin and cello with soloists Robert Davidovici and Ralph Kirshbaum, Oct 19 at 8 pm and Oct 20 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center. Tickets $15-$5. 429-1181 or (817) 335-9000.
Meadows School of the Arts. Oct 7 Faculty recital featuring Will Roberts, bassoon, and Greg Hustis, horn. Oct 9: SMU Wind Ensemble. Oct 10: Texas Saxophone Quartet. Oct 14: Perspective New Music Ensemble. Oct 19: Faculty recital featuring Tom Beers, saxophone and bass clarinet. Oct 24: SMU Mustang Chorale and Choir. Oct 25: Faculty recital featuring violinist Erick Friedman and Friends. Oct 26: Guest artist recital by Janet Hunt, harpsichord. Oct 30: SMU Symphony Orchestra. All concerts at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Free. 692-3510.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Contralto Maureen Forrester joins the symphony under conductor Chris Xeros, performing works of Wagner, Brahms and Saint-Saens on a program also featuring Berlioz’s Overture to Benvenuto Cellini and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony no. 5. Oct 12 at 8 pm at Richardson High School Auditorium, Belt Line near Coit, Richardson. Tickets $13-$8.50. 234-4195.
Stradivarius Extravaganza. A truly rare assemblage of instruments will be on display and in use this month when the Dallas Chamber Orchestra presents a Strad-ivanus Extravaganza. In this multimillion-dollar concert, every violinist in the orchestra will be playing a Stradivarius. Oct 4 at 8:15 pm and Oct 6 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Tickets $20-$10. 826-6974.
Texas Baroque Ensemble. A concert highlighting harpsichordist Susan Ferré will include J.S. Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5, Buxtehude’s Cantata Shlagt kunstler die Pauken “Rejoice, Beloved Christians’ (with the Chancel Choir of First United Methodist Church), Telemann’s Concerto for flute and harpsichord, and Rameau’s Pieces de Clavecin en Concert no. 1 for harpsichord, violin, flute and viola de gamba. Oct 13 at 7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church, Ross and Harwood. Free. 742-6222.
Texas Christian University. Oct 7: Faculty recital featuring John Large, baritone. Oct 13: TCU Chapel Choir at 7 pm Robert Carr Chapel, TCU. Oct 14: Faculty recital featuring pianist Donna Edwards performing music of Domenico Scarlatti. Oct 21: Donald Sutherland, visiting organist, at Robert Carr Chapel. Oct 28: Candler Schaffer conducts the TCU Orchestra. Unless otherwise noted, all concerts are at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU. Free. (817)921-7810.
Dallas Public Library. Oct 1 & 15: Parents learn about drugs. DISD instructors will assist families in learning about drug abuse, how to recognize its symptoms, and how to find help. 7 pm at the PolkWisdom Library, 7151 Library Lane. 224-5586. Oct 7. The Salvation Army Band will entertain on the plaza. 12:10 pm at the Central Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young. 749-4100. Oct 15 & 17: Resume and Interview Workshop. G. King, director of educational opportunities at the University of Texas at Arlington, will help prepare resumes and give participants tips on job interviews. 7:30-8:30 pm at the Highland Hills Library, 3624 Simpson Stuart Road. 225-7321. Oct 29: Voices of Change music ensemble performs. 12:10-12:50 pm at the Central Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young. Free admission. 749-4100.
East Africa Exhibit. The Dallas Museum of Natural History presents photos and specimens to illustrate the abundant but threatened wildlife of East Africa. The show’s focus will be Kenya; its great game parks, the nomadic Masai and Samburu tribes and the incredible variety and beauty of animal life found there. Photographs will be complemented by mounted specimens from the museum’s extensive collection of African animals, which are seldom on public display. A free film entitled Elephants and Hippos of Africa will be shown on weekend afternoons at 1, 2, 3 and 4 pm. Museum hours: Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun noon-5. The museum is located in Fair Park; admission and parking are free. 421-2169.
Halley’s Comet: The Long-Haired Visitor. This show explores some of the notable passages of Halley’s Comet in the past as well as explaining what comets are and how they behave. Now showing at The Science Place at Fair Park, the show uses the planetarium “sky” and offers observing tips and information which will help you get the most out of the 1986 passage of Halley’s Comet. Through Nov 3 at The Science Place at Fair Park. Admission includes entrance fee to the Museum of Natural History, $2 for adults and $1 for children and senior citizens. 428-8351.
SMU Distinguished Lecture Series. Former ambassador to the United Nations, Jeane J. Kirkpatrick, will kick off SMU’s 1985-86 Distinguished Lecture Series. Her topic will be “The Place of the U.S. on the International Scene.” Oct 16 at 8 pm in McFarlin Auditorium on the SMU campus. Subscription price for reserved seating, post-lecture receptions and parking for the entire four-speaker series is $125 per person. General admission is $45. 692-3793.
Wellesley Book and Author Luncheon. The Dallas Wellesley College Alumnae Club is sponsoring its 22nd annual Book and Author Benefit Luncheon. The authors this year will be: Bob Greene, Cheeseburgers, Bobbie Ann Mason, In Country, Shelby Hearon, A Small Town, and Richard Cavanagh, co-author of The Winning Performance: How America’s Midsized High-Growth Companies Succeed Oct 19 at the Sheraton Park Central Hotel. Tickets for luncheon, $25; gallery seats for speakers only, $7.50; patron tickets (luncheon plus a reception and dinner with the writers the preceding evening), $75. 358-3652.
Taylor at TITAS
Acclaimed by The New York Times as “One of the most exciting, innovative and delightful dance companies in the world,” the Paul Taylor Dance Company will mark its 30th anniversary with the opening of the 1985-86 Celebration Season of Dance Series of The International Theatrical Arts Society. The Paul Taylor performances are being co-sponsored by Meadows School of the Arts Dance Division and are being made possible in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts. Oct 18 & 19 at 8 pm. McFar-lin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $25-$5. 528-5576.
Collln Dance Consortium. American Dream Dances will be presented with original choreography by artistic director Julia Lambert Emory. Performances will be held at 14 Jupiter Place, Suite 108, Piano. Oct 25 & 26 at 8_pm. Oct 27 at 7 pm. Tickets $8 for adults, $4 for children. 578-9806.
Fort Worth Ballet. The season will premiere with a program including Heather Watts, principal dancer with New York City Ballet, and Jock Soto, soloist with the same company, performing with the 18-member Fort Worth Ballet in Capriccio for piano and orchestra (Rubies section from the full length ballet Jewels, 1967, music by Igor Stravinsky). Other works for the two premiere performances are Balanchine’s Donizetti Variations (1960, revived in 1971; music by Gaetano Donizetti from Don Sebastian, 1843), and Pas de Dix. Oct 25 at 7:30 pm, Oct 26 at 8 pm at the Tarrant County Convention Center Theater. Tickets $24-$6.50. 763-0207.
Cltyfest ’85. Downtown Dallas will once again host the annual autumn festival, Cityfest, for five weeks of daily entertainment and activities held in the plazas, hotels, streets and parks. Cityfest will feature an array of events encompassing opera, ballet, jazz concerts, exhibits, lectures, street dancing and more. The festival will run Sept 28-Oct31. 720-2232.
Great Pumpkin Halloween Carnival. Northaven Cooperative Pre-School and Kindergarten presents its annual carnival. Besides a petting zoo, puppets, musicians, clowns, pony rides and hayrides, the carnival will have a raffle with prizes such as Dallas Mavericks tickets and a weekend at the Wyndham Hotel Oct 26, 10:30 am-3:30 pm at the school at Preston and Northaven roads. 691-7666.
Festival of Chefs. ’A Bite of the Big Apple” is a tasting festival featuring 25 of the area’s finest restaurants and wine distributors benefitting the National Kidney Foundation of Texas. Oct 6, 7:30 pm-10 pm at Valley View Center. Donations $30. For reservations and information 934-8057.
Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium, Irving. Reserved seat tickets $19; available at the Dallas Cowboys Ticket Office, 6116 N Central Expwy, Home games at noon unless otherwise indicated. 369-3211.
Oct 13 vs Pittsburgh Steelers
27 vs Atlanta Falcons
SMU. All home games played at Texas Stadium, Irving. For ticket information, contact the SMU Athletic Ticket Office, Moody Coliseum. SMU. 692-2902.
Oct 12 at 7:30 pm vs Baylor
26 at 2 pm vs Texas
TCU. Amon Carter Stadium, Fort Worth. Tickets $13 & $14.(817)921-7967.
Oct 5 at 11.30 am vs Arkansas
19 at 2 pm vs North Texas State University
White Rock Sailing Club. The U.S. Masters Championship will be sailed at White Rock Lake, hosted by the White Rock Sailing Club’s SNIPE Fleet No. 1. More than 30 SNIPES from across the country are expected at this event for sailors 40 or older. Oct 11-13. 420 E Lawther Drive. 327-9623.
Amnizia. A perfect name for its location, because who can remember how many nightclubs have come and gone along Northwest Highway? This latest addition, with its Madonna-like dance music bouncing off the fluorescent painted walls, is going for the young 20ish singles crowd. You won’t find the chic types who hang around Upper Greenville, but the music is the same. And the dance floor is just as crowded. (2829 W. Northwest Hwy. 351-1262. Nightly 7pm-2 am. No credit cards.)
Boardwalk Beach Club. You thought preppies were dying out? Head over in your BMW to the Boardwalk and you will find them all, hiding out from the real world. More than 1,000 of the prep set, from college kids to holdovers in their early 30s, jam the place every weekend night. The disc jockey plays good beach music, if you can hear it above the noise of the preppy talk. Dress is essential to a successful bar evening here, so button down tight. (6332 La Vista. 823-5340. Tue-Sat 7 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-2 am. Closed Sun & Mon. MC, V, AE.)
Bowley & Wilson’s. If you’re looking for a place to have your church social, don’t come here. Not for the faint of heart or timid of ear, Bowley and Wilson dish out hysterical music and humor that landed them in jail on one occasion. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced, humor-filled evening, Bowley & Wilson and the Blue Bathroom Humor Band are for you. Light food, including pizza, is prepared by their Peruvian chef, Juan Ortega. You can win free drinks by being a good sport when they ask you to join in the act. Win free Kamikazies by successfully singing, “Old Ben Lucas” in front of the audience. (4714 Greenville. 692-6470. Tue-Sat 7:30 pm-2 am. Show starts at 9:30.)
Café Dallas. The club that was at one time the hottest disco in town (a title Cafe Dallas held back in 1980) has overhauled its image to bring back clientele. But Café Dallas has stuck with its dark decor and driving dance music and same drink specials-and amazingly has staged a sort of popular comeback on the always-changing Greenville strip. (5500 Greenville in Old Town Shopping Village. 987-0066. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am. Sat 8 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, V, AE.)
Callaghan’s Saloon. This West End bar is the best place in town to pretend you’re Irish. You show up, stare at the green walls, watch all the people singing to corny Irish songs played by live Irish bands, drink a few inexpensive beers (there’s also a good selection of imported ones) and suddenly you think you’ve belonged here all your life. (1701 N Market at Ross. 761-9355. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat noon-2 am, Sun 4 pm-2 am. AE, DC, CB.)
Comedy Corner. The only full-time club in town devoted to stand-up comedy keeps rolling along. It’s a great place to see hot new comedy talent from around the country. During each show, you see the nightclub’s own house comedian, a feature comedian and then the main comedian. And at amateur night on Tuesdays, you get to watch anyone from local sportscast-ers to corporate lawyers try out their acts. (8202 Park Lane at Greenville. 361-7461. Sets begin Sun- Thur at 9 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:45 & 10:45 pm. Reservations recommended on weekends. Cover: $5.50 Sun & Tue-Thur, $3.50 Mon, $8 Fri, $9 Sat. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Confetti. Look what’s happened to Dallas’ meat market: It went upscale. No more wild-looking waitresses in nasty outfits. No more best-body contests. No more teenager-looking types. Now sleekly redesigned for the young office crowd, the club still throws a good party. (5201 Matilda off Lovers Lane. 369-6969, 369-6977. Mon-Thur 5 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-4 am, Sat 7 pm-4 am. Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover: $2 Mon after 7 & Tue-Thur after 9, $3 Fri & Sat, $2 Sun. All credit cards.)
Court Five. This place could be one of your great discoveries. A hole in the wall hidden among the North Dallas apartment complexes, this little bar attracts non-swingle-style partiers who have a roaring great time dancing to such decent little rock ’n’ roll bands as the Vinyl Tops and Silent Partners. There’s a large outdoor patio, hilarious photos on the wall of the owner with his friends and even bad pool tables in the back. (7108 Holly Hill. 363-0174. Tue-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE.)
Dick’s Last Resort. The charm of this newest nightspot in downtown’s West End district comes from the owner himself. In this charmingly hectic, casual atmosphere, where everyone sits at long tables, presides loud-mouthed Dick -he teases you, roars happily at you from across the bar and puts together a terrific combination of drinks with a hefty chicken-ribs-crab menu. Dixieland jazz groups nightly. (1701 N Market, at the corner of Ross and Record. 747-0001. Mon-Wed 11:30 am-1 am, Thur-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun 5 pm-1 am. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Fast and Cool. This latest Shannon Wynne creation, located in the old Nick’s Uptown building, is a dance club with naked light bulbs hanging down from the ceiling and female dancers in cages. The diverse dance tunes include everything from the Animals to the Eurythmics to Motown hits. (3606 Greenville. 827-5544. Sun & Tue-Thur 7pm-2am, Fri 5 pm-4 am. Sat 7-4. Closed Mon. Cover: $3 Thur-Sat. MC. V, AE.)
Figaro’s. Another shot has been fired in the Addison nightclub wars. On the Addison strip off Belt Line, this high-tech bar presents live music from dance bands each night, along with large-screen TVs, cool-looking people and serious cover charges. The clientele averages in the early 30s. (5290 Bell Line, Suite 150. 960-1856. Mon-Sat 11 am-2am, Sun 11:30 am-2 am. All credit cards.)
500 Cafe. Everyone likes to think they’re part of the eclectic crowd, but you can find the real thing at the 500 Cafe. A combination of the city’s intelligentsia, New Wavers and Deep Ellumites, this little bar near Fair Park offers live entertainment Thursday through Saturday and such unusual delights as poetry readings and short films during the week. (408 Exposition Ave. 821-4623. Tue-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun & Mon. AE only.)
Gershwin’s Bar & Grill. No one can discover a nightspot faster than the North Dallas single. This new Upper Greenville restaurant features two bars-and both are constantly packed. If you don’t like the bar closest to the door, you can simply work your way over to the one beside a grand piano that appears to be built on top of a scaffolding. Most of the crowd is at the bar waiting for a table, so if you’re going to hustle someone, you’d better hurry. (8442 Walnut Hill at Greenville. 373-7171. Sun-Thur 11:30 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11:30 am-1 am. No cover. MC, V, AE, DC.)
In Cahoots. Like a randy phoenix rising from the remains of the old Papagayo, this multilevel, chromed-out fleshpot is Babylon revisited in NorthPark East. What has the Me Generation come to? The obligatory video here is a mix of cartoons, rock and Selfdance – you can watch your celluloid self writhing on the dance floor, in case there’s any doubt about your reality. The waitresses are scantily clad, the drinks are strong and the after-work buffet ranks with the best in Dallas. (NorthPark East, 8796 N Central Expwy. 692-5412. Mon-Thur 5 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-3:30 am, Sat 7:30 pm-3:30 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Longhorn Ballroom. The Longhorn hasn’t changed much since the last time. It still offers only beer and setups and one of the best country/western dance floors in Dallas. Owner Dewey Groom has made his place synonymous with country music and a lasting source of local pride. (216 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed & Thur 7 pm-1 am, Fri & Sat 7 pm-2 am. Sun 5-11:30 pm. Closed Mon & Tue. All credit cards.)
Memphis. This is the best live music bar in Far North Dallas if you like large jazz ensembles, and everybody seems to. The little Addison bar is usually packed with jazz buffs listening to regulars such as Clairvoyance. Emerald City and Eddie Harrison and the Shortcuts. (Quorum Plaza, 5000 Belt Line, Suite 500. 386-9517. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. Cover: $3-$5. All credit cards.)
Mistral. This lavish dance and supper club is the product of a search across Europe to find all the elements of the perfect nightclub. The results: extravagant lighting, an enormous video screen, a state-of-the-art sound system, a Japanese chef and prominent entertainers who appear about once a month. (Loews An-atole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy. 760-9000. Mon-Thur 7 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Nairobi Room. Are you adrift from reality, are you in touch with your true self, or are you just sticking safety pins through your ears because everyone else is doing it? Find out here, at the most well-known New Wave and punk bar in the city. Sometimes the Nairobi Room is a parody of itself: A lot of people there try exceedingly hard to make themselves look too cool. During the day, no doubt, they wear business suits. But, hey, dress any way you want and they’ll let you in. (Beer and wine only. BYOB. 2914 Harry Hines, in the Town House Motor Lodge. 748-9567. Open 7 days a week, 7 pm-2 am. Bands and cover charge are sporadic. No credit cards.)
No Whar But Texas. This place may be the most laid-back of the big country/western bars. No one seems to care if you can’t dance or drawl. But you’ll still find great North Dallas cowboys and cowgirls on and around the huge dance floor. (The Corner Shopping Center, 9840 N Central Expwy, Suite 340. 369-3866. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Packard’s. This Old Town dance club, which takes its name from the classic automobile, is flashy, large and swingles-soaked. Packard’s features a wide-open dance floor, lots of fluorescent colors and pop music mixed with Fifties and Sixties tunes. (Old Town, 5500 Greenville at Lovers Lane. 361-9517. Mon-Thur 4:30 pm-2 am, Fri 4:30 pm-3 am. Sat 8 pm-3 am. Sun 7 pm-2 am. Cover: $1 Sun-Thur, $3 Fri & Sat after 7 pm. MC, V, AE.)
Poor David’s Pub. In a city where live music clubs close quicker than real estate deals, Poor David’s has been hanging on for eight years. It’s still the leader in blues artists, progressive-country singers, and touring folk singers. (1924 Greenville. 821-9891. Mon-Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. Cover varies. No credit cards.)
Popslcle Toes. After taking one look at the seamy exterior, a lot of people have been afraid of walking in here, which is a mistake. Featuring rhythm and blues and funk bands like Phyrework and Buster Brown, Popsicle Toes brings together a lively group from every social strata. This is one of the most danceable bars you’ll find. (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Thur & Sat 8:00 pm-2 am; Fri 4 pm-2 am; Sun 7:30 pm-midnight. MC, V. AE.)
Prohibition Room. Return with us now to this old Prohibition-style bar. Through a tunnel, down in the basement, you’ll find great atmosphere: hardwood floors, a bar made from old buildings, jazz, blues, old Sinatra tunes on the jukebox, pool tables. It’s a tremendous after-work place, and it features good live acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (703 McKinney in the Brewery. 954-4407. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
The Railhead. The one Greenville Avenue showroom that never changes has good-but never flashy-pop acts. The crowd seems to be getting older. (6919 Twin Hills. 369-8700. Daily 5 pm-2 am. Cover varies; Fri-Mon only. All credit cards.)
Ravels. This cavernous singles bar may remind you of a bad 1967 sci-fi movie version of “The Future-Track lights cut through the smoky blackness, beaming down like searchlights from a spaceship. Music video screens are everywhere. The well drinks are expensive, and the service can be slow, even when the room is mostly empty. Ravel’s is also part restaurant. offering a limited and pricey menu. (The Registry Hotel, 15201 DallasPkwy. 386-6000. Mon-Sat 5 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Razz Ma Tazz. The nightclub assault continues in the West End district of downtown Dallas. The latest, Razz Ma Tazz, offers one of the most intriguing interiors we’ve seen in a while: a combination of a Havana show room from the Fifties and a plain old Sixties rock ’n’ roll hangout. The live music you get, though, ranges from rock to R&B to dance-styled pop. Good local bands, ornate bar; hamburgers and sandwiches also available. (1714 Market. 748-7112. Mon-Fri 11 pm-2 am. Sat 5 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, V, AE.)
Rick’s Casablanca. At first glance, you may think you’ve come to one of those old-fashioned tropical bars (with perhaps the best ceiling fans in Dallas). But Rick’s is quickly becoming one of the best small clubs in which to hear good bands, from reggae to rhythm and blues. The place is often crowded early in the week, since Robert Lee Kolb and Local Heroes perform Monday through Wednesday nights. (1919 Greenville. 824-6509. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC, V, AE.)
RMR’s Fast Times. You’ll love this place-if you’re under 19. The ultimate teen bar in the Dallas area, this converted skating rink is pure bedlam on Saturday nights, with nearly 1,000 teeny-boppers packed on the dance floor. There’s also a “juice” bar that serves nonalcoholic drinks such as “virgin pina coladas.” (2609 Oakland, Garland. 278-8843, and 1600 NY Ave, Arlington. 261-9659. Tue & Thur 8-midnight, Fri & Sat 8 pm-1 am. Closed Sun, Mon & Wed. Cover: $4 Tue & Thur, $5 Fri & Sat. No credit cards.)
Starck Club. You waited three years for the high-tech, beautiful-people’s bar to open, and now you want to go there. Here’s what you should know. First: the $10 weekend cover-and that’s only if they let you inside. Second: the most decadent bathroom lounges in town. Third: the sunken dance floor, down a flight of stairs. Fourth: the variety of people, from gays to straights to Nuevo Wavo to models to just normal Joe Blows (the place is huge enough to accommodate all types). Best time: Saturday night, when it becomes incredibly packed. Despite the hype, it’s still the hottest chichi nightclub in the city. (703 McKinney in the Brewery. 720-0130. Thur 5 pm-2 am, Fri 5 pm-4 am, Sat 9 pm-4 am, Sun 9 pm-2 am. Closed Mon-Wed. Cover: $5 Thur & Sun after 9 pm; $ 10 Fri after 9 pm& Sat. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Strictly TaBu. One of the longest-lasting jazz clubs in Dallas (with the best pizza you’ll ever find at a jazz club), Strictly TaBu continues to present, in its dark, badly decorated interior, some of the best contemporary jazz in town. Groups play every night, the most regular being Jeanette Brantley and Clockwork, which plays with such a unique style that it often takes a survey in the middle of a performance asking people what they think they’re listening to. (4111 Lomo Alto at Lemmon. 528-5200. Tue-Sun 6 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. MC, V, AE.)
Studebakers. Can this good-times emporium be slipping so soon into senescence? Say it ain’t so, Elvis. Actually, news of Studebaker’s demise may be greatly exaggerated. True, new clubs have cut deeply into its crowds; the patrons are older and less chic than before. But the passion for nostalgia seems undying, so aging rock lovers still gather at such shrines to bop and stroll their way to bliss. The non-stop mix of Motown, cutesie rock (“Hand Jive,” “Hokey-Pokey,” etc.) and the Old gold of various Frankies and Bobbies can still pack ’em in. And don’t forget the generous happy hour buffet. (NorthPark East, 8788 N Central Expwy. 696-2475 Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 5 pm-2 am, Sun 5 pm-2 am. Dress code after 4 pm. MC, V, AE.)
Top of the Dome. If you want to meet the tourist who comes to Dallas, come here. All the wide-eyed visitors, from small-town vacationers to conventioneers and traveling businessmen, mingle up here in the ball. Spectrum, a top 40 group, plays six nights a week. There’s a small dance floor, and the windows still provide the best view of downtown. (Hyatt Regency’s Reunion Tower on Reunion Blvd. 651-1234. Mon-Fri 2 pm-1:30 am, Sat noon-1:30 am. Sun noon-midnight. AE, DC, MC, V.)
Venetian Room. The old king of the Dallas showroom supper clubs, the Venetian Room still consistently brings in the most recognizable names in pop-jazz-comedy acts. The posh, elegant place, with its frescoes on the walls and tuxedoed waiters, migtit be intimidating to some, but the dress code has been loosened (you can get by without tie or fancy dress), the cover charge ranges from $12-$20, and you don’t have to buy the full-course dinner (which starts at $20) to come to the show. (Fairmont Hotel, Ross andAkard. 720-2020. Mon-Sat, two shows nightly at 9 pm and 11 pm. MC, V. AE, DC.)
Village Country Club. Pull out all the old jokes about the people from the Village Apartments, and you’ve got the makeup of this club, right? Wrong. Local bands appear here, and the crowd doesn’t trade business cards or astrological signs. They just hang loose and appreciate the music. (8308 Southwestern. 361-9866 Mon-Wed 4 pm-midnight, Thur & Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 11 am-midnight. Live music Thur-Sat. MC, V, AE.)
Zebo’s. This is a wide-open pop-music dance bar that’s unpretentious and has a low cover charge -an increasingly rare find. Zebo’s real forte, however, is its Rockabilly Wednesday, which features live bands and pumped-in rock ’n’ roll. (5915 E Northwest Hwy. 361-4272. Tue-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 6 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. All credit cards.)
Andrew’s. Why mess around with a succesful formula? Andrew’s still features obscure folk singers on the guitar, it keeps serving its well-regarded hamburgers, and it keeps offering its strong specialty drinks with ridiculous names. Although there are now four Andrew’s locations in Dallas, only the McKinney location offers live music. It’s still a kick to see the Yuppie crowd that packs this comfortable nightspot listening to the old Joan Baez tunes. (3301 McKinney. 521-6535. 14930 Midway, 385-1613; 7557 Greenville, 363-1910; 10723 Composite, 351-4804. Mon-Sat 11:15 am-2 am; Sun 10:30 am-2 am. All credit cards.)
Arthur’s. The ideal spot for you to meet that rich middle-aged man, Arthur’s has for years been the sophisticated gathering place for the single upper-class crowd in their 40s and up who dont believe that wearing a thick gold chain around your neck is the way to show your charm. (1000 Campbell Center. 361-8833. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-1:30 aw; Sat 6 pm-1:30 am. All credit cards.)
Cardinal Puffs. For too long this casual dining and drinking spot, with spacious outdoor seating, has taken a bad rap as an SMU student haven. Sure, there’s a big 20s crowd, but it’s not overloaded. And you must try one of the tropical drinks out on the deck. (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Sun-Thur 11:30 am-1 am, Fri & Sat 11:30 am-2 am. MC, V, AE, DC.)
The Den. The great all-time dark bar of Dallas is the place to go for your after-work liaison. You can barely see past your own table, and the bartender pours doubles all night at single-drink prices. (The Stoneleigh Hotel, 2927 Maple. 871-7111. Mon-Sat 11 am-10:30 pm, Sun noon-9 pm. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Greenville Avenue Country Club. Take one step inside the door of this low-key, easygoing place, and the name “country club” takes on a new meaning. Drinks are served inside the “clubhouse,” where the surroundings are warm and comfortable. But the only big shots at this country club are the ones poured into your glass. (3619 Greenville. 826-5650. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. MC, V, AE.)
Greenville Bar & Grill. This no-frills bar still remains the centerpiece of the Lower Greenville crowd. After you hit all the funky nightspots on the strip, you always seem to head back over to the Bar & Grill for one last drink or hamburger. Hal Baker’s Gloomchasers continue with Dixieland music on Sundays and Thursdays. (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. AE only.)
Joe Miller’s. Why does Joe Miller’s get more press than any other bar in the city? Because it’s the hangout of the middle-aged news media crowd. Walk through the door and wait two minutes until your eyes adjust to the darkness. Sit on those simulated leather couches. Listen to John Anders and Blackie Sherrod talk about the good old days. Listen to Joe Miller tell 100 jokes in a half-hour. Actually, the bar is tar from exclusive. The bartenders and waitresses make everyone feel welcome, even if you didn’t just finish a story on deadline. (3531 McKinney. 521-2261 Mon-Fri-noon-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sunday. MC, V, AE.)
La Cave. When you’re in the mood to linger over a bottle of good wine, La Cave is a great place to go. The bistro atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried and conducive to conversation. Appetizers and meals are offered, but the real value is the selection of foreign and domestic wines found in the walk-in wine cellar. (2926 N Henderson, 826-2190; 2019 N Lamar, 871-2072 Mon-Fri 11.30 am-2 pm and 5:30-10:30 pm. Sat 11:30 am-midnight. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
The Lounge. This semi-art deco, semi-high-tech retreat in the lobby of the Inwood Theater is separated from the movies and moviegoers by a wall of water and its own outside door. But the Lounge is sans ceiling, which allows patrons to share the view of the ocean-motif mural that floats high above the theater lobby. (5460 W Lovers Lane. 350-7834. Sun-Thur 5 pm-1 am, Fri & Sat 5 pm-2 am. AE, DC, CB.)
Nana. It’s hard to imagine a hotel bar that’s romantic, but elevator up to the 27th floor of the Anatole. In one of his racier moves, Trammell Crow had a huge painting of a nude woman named Nana put behind the green marble-topped bar. You’d probably look more at the painting, but the view of Dallas through the huge windows is better. Fine jazz trio plays Thursday through Sunday. (Loews Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stem-mons Fwy. 748-1200- Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)
The Palm Bar. If you’re downtown, few places are as nice as this for a drink after work. If you’re not downtown, it’s worth the trip. The decor is elegant but not pompous, the drinks are excellent and reasonably priced, and the service is flawless. If you work late, beware-this place closes at 7 pm. (Adolphus Hotel. 1321 Commerce. 742-8200. Mon-Fri 11 am-7pm. All credit cards.)
San Francisco Rose. The continued success of Dallas’ oldest fern bar defies rational analysis. The inside seating is some of the worst in town; the food ranges from so-so to no-no; the service can be forgetful; and the al fresco scene outside is only for those who like their drinks with carbon monoxide. The one strong point we can discover is the drink list: Some of the Rose’s concoctions blend imagination with hefty shots to produce a reduced level of critical awareness. Hey, maybe that’s the answer. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. All credit cards.)
SRO. SRO as in “standing room only,” which is becoming the case at this ever-so-black, ever-so-chichi nightclub trimmed in (did you guess?) pink neon. There’s a wide assortment of drinks, an unusual assortment of food and the standard assortment of 30ish trendies who are doing more following than setting. Beware of the crowds. On any given Friday or Saturday, you’ll find yourself surrounded by wall-to-wall upwardly mobile types, even though the service can be excruciatingly slow. (2900 McKinney. 748-5014. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 5 pm-2 am. MC, V. AE, DC.)
FORT WORTH NIGHTLIFE
Billy Bob’s Texas. This huge country/western club in the Fort Worth Stockyards has a lot going for it: two restaurants, 42 bar stations, a real bull-riding arena and several shops. It’s bigger than Gilley’s, more citified than the Longhorn Ballroom and is a “must-see” if you’re in Fort Worth. (2520 N Commerce in the Stockyards. Metro 429-5979. Mon-Sat 9:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. MC. V, AE.)
Caravan of Dreams. Caravan of Dreams, which covers three floors of a chic Sundance Square building, has excellent live jazz/blues (and a bar) on the first floor, a theater with movies and live drama (and a bar) on the second floor and an outdoor patio with a cactus garden (and a bar) on the roof. (312 Houston. (817)877-3000. Tue-Thur 5 pm-midmght, Fri & Sat 5 pm-1 am. Closed Sun & Mon. Cover for shows only. MC, V. AE.)
The Chateau Club. So you thought that John Dillinger had bit the big one. He’s just been hiding out at the Chateau Club, an obscure establishment connected to the Jacksboro Highway via a winding driveway and lots of cover. The history of this club is just as obscure as its location, but the only thing you really need to know is that for the past few months it’s been one of the few bright lights on the Fort Worth live music scene. Although the club’s in the building’s basement and the dance floor is small, were just glad that local R&B has a place to rock (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday). Good luck finding this one. (5409 Jacksboro Highway. (817) 624-0597. Mon-Sat noon-2 am. MC. V.)
The Plckin’ Parlour. Just up the road from the popular White Elephant Saloon is a club that is unusually devoid of the hordes of Yankees who invade this touristy area each weekend. The reason? They take their beer drinkin’ and two-steppin’ seriously here, folks. Those who can’t get their feet to move to the one-two, one-two-three beat get lost in the shuffle. There’s no room on the dance floor for lessons, either. But once you get the hang of it, you’ll never go back to rock’n’ roll. (103 W Exchange in the stockyards (817) 624-2592. Tue-Sat 6 pm-1:30 am. Closed Sun & Mon. No credit cards.)