Rembrandt’s Biblical Art
Here’s a cultural mystery: why did one of the world’s most enthusiastically materialistic societies produce one of the world’s greatest religious artists?
Unlike the religious works by artists in Catholic countries, Rembrandt van Rijn’s etchings were not commissioned by church authorities or some pious patron-they were independently produced, printed cheaply, and sold to whoever wanted them (and plenty did) to meet the demands of the marketplace.
Certainly the works themselves are among the most beautiful prints ever made, rich and luscious, with deep, velvety blacks and brilliant whites.
But there is something else at work here: genuine, deep religious feeling. Rembrandt’s first dated work was of a Biblical subject, the stoning of St. Stephen, and for the rest of his life he was to turn again and again to its pages for inspiration. In his hands, figures such as Christ and the Apostles and Abraham and Isaac were not just moral illustrations or devotional images, but living human beings, present in all of their emotional and psychological intensity.
A selection of these peerless works from a local private collection is currently on display at the Biblical Arts Center. The show is small-only twenty works in all. But that’s all right. These are pictures that you want to linger over, contemplate, and absorb.
Rembrandt: DivineImpressions. August2-September 24 at 7500Park Lane. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm.691-4661. -Ken Barrow
A Summer Vacation For Everyone
The summer’s been long and hot and there’s still a month left before that fateful first day of school. You’ve taken your kids to the library, the pool, and the park. They’ve been skateboarding and bicycling. They’ve cleaned their rooms, mowed the lawn, and seen every summer movie release-including seven viewings each of Batman and Ghostbusters II. Now they’re starved for new things to do- and all you want is a break.
Here’s the answer: for those last thirty days before their time is once again occupied, the Four Seasons Resort and Club offers the perfect escape. The entire family can spend the weekend at the resort, and while Mom and Dad are golfing, playing tennis, or relaxing in the spa, the kids will be whisked off to the Kid’s Club where, under professional supervision, they’ll enjoy racquetball, try their hand at golf or tennis, and frolic in the pool, at a day camp of sorts. They’ll also be served lunch and receive a Kid’s Club T-shirt.
Weekend rates are $99 for the first room and $45 for an adjoining “kid’s room,” if desired. The Kid’s Club is open to kids 6-12 on Saturdays from 9 am to 5 pm for $25 per child. Reservations must be made in advance. The Four Seasons Resort and Club, 4150 MacArthur, Irving. 717-0700.
If you feel the need to get even farther away, Lakeway Resort and Conference Center in Austin offers a Kid’s Camp as well. It is available Monday through Saturday from 9 am to 4 pm for kids 5-12. They’ll spend the day playing games, doing arts and crafts, and playing tennis and golf. They’ll receive a T-shirt and be served a lunch made by the executive chef.
Weekend rates at Lakeway are $120 and Kid’s Camp costs about $20 per day, per child. Reservations must be made in advance. Lakeway Resort and Conference Center, 101 Lakeway Drive, Austin. (512) 261-7374. -Sherri Gulczynski
MUSIC AND DANCE
Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Gondoliers
Every summer for the last five years, the best show to see in Dallas was the annual Gilbert and Sullivan outing by the Lyric Opera of Dallas. No company in the United States has a better record of doing G & S in a traditional style- and no wonder, since artistic director/conductor John Burrows is a Britisher with a long record of involvement with G & S projects in London.
The Lyric Opera has been revisiting each of the Gilbert and Sullivan works on the hundredth anniversary of its creation, and this year The Gondoliers reaches the century mark. The story is a typically lightweight yarn about two handsome young gondoliers who discover that one of them is a future king. Gilbert’s admirably silly plot, full of delectable absurdities, is enriched by Sullivan’s delicate score.
The company moved its activities to the Majestic Theatre last year, and it has proven a better place than ever for Gilbert and Sullivan.
The Gondoliers. August 9-12 at 8:15 pm, Aug 13 at 2:30 pm. Tickets $7-$36. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. 522-5653. -Bill Jungman
Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus
The circus comes to town with new spectacular shows and old favorites. See Tahar the Moroccan alligator wrestler, authentic Zulu Warriors, the Hying Vasquez trapeze artists, more than a hundred other performers, and your favorite clowns and animals. Aug 1-13 at Reunion Arena, 777 Sport St; Aug 15-20 at the Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 S Houston St, Fort Worth. Tickets $6.50-$10.50 through Rainbow-TicketMaster, 787-2000.
Artist Demonstration. Sculptor Daniel Seller will show how handmade paper is used as a sculpting material by turning it into collages and three-dimensional forms. Aug 13. 1:30-3:30 pm. North Studio of the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood, Free. 922-1200.
Arts and Crafts Show. More than 200 artists and craftsmen will he on hand to display and sell their waits. There will be paintings, pottery, crafts, ceramics, stained glass, commercial and handcrafted jewelry, and more to choose from. Aug 5 & 6. 10 am-6 pm. Tickets $3.50 adults, under twelve free. Market Hall. 2100 Stemmons Fwy at Market Blvd. 655-6200.
Starpiex. This theater continues to bring in some great performers, including a stellar joint concert featuring Chicago and the Beach Boys. All shows at 8 pm. Pennsylvania at Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Fair Park. Tickets available through Rainbow-TickstMasier. 787-2000.
Aug 3 Club MTV
4 Chicago/Beach Boys
11 Elton John
13 Peter, Paul and Mary
Papal Under the Stars. Visit the old Starfest location with your blankets. coolers, lawn chairs, etc.. and hear some cool music outdoors. All shows begin at 8 pm. 12588 Park Central. Tickets available through Ticketron, 1-800-284-5780.
Aug 6 Dick Clark’s American Bandstand
10 Sheena Easton and Michael Daman
13 Everly Brothers
Monday Night Concerts. Every Monday night a band is featured outdoors in the West End for free. This month brings in Julian Len-non on the 7th, Concrete Blond on the 14th, and Delbert McClinton on the 28th. Shows begin at 7 pm on the Outdoor Plaza Stage at Lamar and Munger. 720-0107.
Anton Carter Museum. Sign Language: Photographs try Skeet McAuley is a fresh, and disturbing, look at the American Southwest, where mesas and mining, native people and nuclear power jostle together in uneasy coexistence. Through Sept 10. The American West: Works on Paper brings together rarely seen drawings and Watercolors from the museum’s own collection; most were made by the artists who were really there. Through Aug 13 at 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth,Tue-Sut 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm, (817)738-1933,
Dallas Museum of Art Kenneth J. Hale: Recent Prints examines the evolution of an artist who has used various printmaking techniques to probe and reveal the order and the chaos of life. Through Sept 17 at 1717 N Harwood. Tue. Wed, Fri. Sal 10 am-5 pm, Thur 10 am-9 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. 922-1200.
Dallas Museum Of Natural History. This is the last chance to see Ramses the Great as he leaves Dallas at the end of this month. The show offers a king’s ransom of Egyptian object, ranging from dazzling gold collars and bracelets to the fifty-seven-ton granite colossus; it’s so large it had to be set up in the nearby Automobile Building, First and Grand Aw. Fair Park. Through Aug 27. Mon-Sun 9 am-9 pm. Tickets $8 adults. $5 children under fourteen. 1-800-HI-MUMMY, or. in Dallas. 421-2500.
Fort Worth Museum of Sclence and History. Gold is a participatory exhibit that explores how gold is mined, refined, and fashioned into jewelry and art-everything you ever wanted to know about gddexcept.perhaps, where to get some. Through Sept 4 at 1501 Mont-gomery. Fort Worth. Mon 9 am-5 pm. Tue-Thur 9 am-7:30 pm. Fri & Sat 9 am-8:30 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. (817) 732-1631.
Klmbell Art Museum. Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum brings to Fort Worth some 160 objects, including Roman and Greek antiquities, manuscripts, paintings, drawings, bronzes, and rare coins from one of the best little museums in England. Through Oct 15 at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth- Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Admission S3 adults. $2 students and senior citizens. $1 children. (817) 332-8451.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Drawings by Jim Dine, 1973-1987 is an overdue examination of works by an artist who has made the human figure once again the vehicle of an art that is profound, disturbing, and deeply personal. Aug 27-Oct 22. Gorbachev may be having his troubles in Soviet Georgia, but here in the galleries of the Modern An Museum, where the paintings of young Soviet and American artists hang side by side in 10 + 10: Contemporary Soviet and American Painters, glasnost is working. Through Aug 14 at 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. (817) 738-9215.
Museum of African-American Life and Culture. Homecoming features a selected group of Texas artists who have left the state. achieved national recognition, and-at least for this show-relumed; among them are Jewel Simon, Leone L. Leonard Jr., Helen Evans Ramsaran, Jack Jordan, Samuel A. Countee, and John Aterberry. Through Aug 10 at the Trammell Crow Center. Ross at St. Paul. Tue-Sat 9.30 am 5:30 pm. Son nooo-5 pm. 565-9026.
Old City Park. Thirty-seven restored historic structures tell the story of the development of Dallas from 1840 to 1910 The schoolhouse, bank, doctor’s office, and more take you tack to the days of pioneer living. Guided tours available Tue-Sat 10 am-3 pm. Tickets $4 adults, S2 children and senior citizens l717 Gano. 421-5141.
Sclence Place. A permanent exhibit called “Kids Place” is designed for children ages two to seven and includes more than twenty-fjvc hands-on science activities divided into four groups: the Numbers Forest, Building Things, Senses, and Waterworks. Through Oct 31 is Mummies! an exhibit including Padihershef, a 2,600-year-old mummy, a female mummy, and child murnmy. All are partially unwrapped. Tue-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Sun noon-5~pm. Admission $5 adults, S2 children and senior citizens. At the planetarium in Science Place II. “Egypt’s Eternal Skies,” looks at how Pharaohs used the stars for guidance. Through Aug 27. Tue-Fri 2 & 3 pm, Sat, Sun, & holidays 1,2,3. & 4 pm. Admission SI adults, 50 cents senior citizens and children seven to sixteen. Science Place I& II in Fair Park. I-30 and Second Ave. 421-3466.
Afterimage. David Donovan arranges, then photographs people in various persona] and public activities, raising questions about the canned and the candid; Phil Prosen’s jewel-like miniature prints also focus on people, caught on the go in compositions not of their own making. Through Sept 6 at the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St, Suite 250. Mon-Sat 10 am-5:30 pm. 871-9140.
Altermann & Morris. John Paul Strain applies opaque (Watercolors with the techniques of oil to Westemand and turn-of-the-century city scenes in this exhibit. Through Aug II at 2727 Routh St. Mon-Fri9am-5pm. Sat 11 am-5 pm. 871-3035.
Foreign Accents. After eight years of working, living, and travel-mg throughout the Orient, photographer Karin Malmstrom has put together a collection of photographs documenting the local peoples and geographic areas of the Far East in Asian Impressions. Through Sept 30 at 5450 W Lovers Lane, Mon-Sat 10 am-6 pm. 357-6575.
Beverly Gordon Gallery. In celebration of the gallery’s one-year anniversary, fifty-two artists, including painters, photographers. designers, architects. and illustrators, haw created a work upon an art-ist’s palette The results will be on display through Aug 31 at 2404 Cedar Springs, Suite 10l. Tue-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 11 am-5 pm. 880-9600.
Imagination Photographic Celebrities and Hot Summer Bodies: a display of portraits of stats and athletes by photographer Christie Jenkins, best known for her best-selling book and calendars. BUNS: A Woman Looks at Men i. Through Sept 10 at 2821 McKinney (behind Tejas Cafe) 9 am-6 pm daily 220-0610.
Metropolls. A group show featuring the paintings and works on paper of Marshall Burns, Randall Griffith, Clois Logsdin, and John Montana will be on display through Aug 30 at the gallery’s new location at 1316 Slocum. Mon-Fri 10 am-5 pm. 76l-5665.
Barry Whistler Gallery. Works on Paper brings together prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs by gallery artists. Through Aug 26 at 2909-A Canton St. Tue-Fri 10 am-5:30 pm, Sat 11 am-5 pm. 939-0242.
Zanzibar French Bicycles and American Trains is a photographic exhibit of the French countryside and seedy American dives, put together by Dallas photographers Barry Lewis and Layne Morgan. Through Aug 20 at 2912 Greenville Ave. Mon-Thur 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 10:30 am-3 pm. 828-2250.
MUSIC AND DANCE
Richardson Community Band. Music comes to the great outdoors with a tribute to the feminine gender called “A Salute to the Ladies!” Jim Henderson will sing with the band on Aug 6 at 7 pm. Everything from Mozart to jazz will be featured at the band’s last program on Aug 20 at 7 pm. Both performances will take place on the lawn of the Richardson Civic Center/City Hall, Arapaho at Central Expwy. Free. 494-8502.
Into the Woods. Last year’s Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim combines an eerie group of bin tales. Through Aug 6. Tue-Fri 8:15 pm. Sat 2 & 8:15 pm. Sun 2 & 7:30 pm. All performances at the Music Hall at Fair Park. I-30 and Second Ave. Tickets $7-$40 through Rainbow-TicketMaster, 787-2000.
The All New 1919 Ziegfield Follies. David Coffee. Steve Aboit, and twenty dazzling show girls re-create the mood of the legendary Broadway revue. Aug 3-Sept 4. Thur-Sat 8 pm. Sun 5 pm. Matinees Fri-Sun 2 pm. Tickets $9-$11.Granbury Opera House, 116 Pearl. Metro (817) 572-0881.
Broadway. Pat Kelly directs George Abbott’s comedy about mobsters, cops, and chorus girls at Theatre Three through Aug 13. Later in the month, the theater opens the Latest in its wonderful series of productions of hilarious plays by the British master of comedy, Alan Ayckbourn. Woman in Mind mixes up onstage the heroine’s romantic imaginary life and her prosaic real one. Aug 26-Sept 30. Both performances Mon-Fri 8:15 pm. Sat 3:30 St 8:15 pm, Sun 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $13-$24. In the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. 871-3300.
Broadway Bound. The third installment of playwright Neil Simon’s autobiographical trilogy mixes his usual comedy with a bit of drama. Pam Dougherty-who won a Dallas Theater Critics Forum Award for the role in the Dallas Repertory Theatre production-plays the mother. Aug 25-Sept 30.Wed-Fri 8:15 pm,Sat 4:15 & 8:30 pm. Tickets $11 Wed & Thur, $13 Fri & Sat. Stage West. 821 W Vickery, Fort Worth, Metro(817) 784-9378.
Bye-Bye Birdie. The well-worn musical about an Elvis-like singer who gives a girl “One Last Kiss” before going into the army. Aug 4-6 Fri 7:30 pm, Sal 2 & 7:30 pm. Sun 2 pm. Tickets $7, $5 children. Garland Civic Theatre, Garland Performing Arts Center, 5th and Austin. 205-2790.
The Death of Floyd Collins. A new work by Dallas playwright Tim Hatcher is directed by Kelley Cotton. Aug 10-Sept 9. Thur-Sun 8:15 pm. Tickets $10. Addison Cenire Theatre, 15600 Julian. 934-3913.
Farewell to a King. Tim Hatcher also wrote this play designed to teach children about the Egyptian Pharaoh, presented by The Children’s Arts and Ideas Foundation. Through Aug 27 Mon-Sat noon.2, & 5 pm. Sun noon-5 pm, every hour. Ramses Theater, Fair Part Automobile Building, I-30 and Second Ave. Free. 823-1903.
Godspell. This musical based on the Gospel according to St, Matthew is a more reverent treatment, than, say, that of Jesus Christ Superstar and is thus appropriate for the rather conservative Dallas Summer Musicals. Aug 8-20. The last production in the 1989 DSM season is the old favorite The King and I, starring Shirley Jones as the British schoolteacher and David Carradine as the King of Siam who hires her. Aug 22-Sept 3. Tue-Sat 8:15 pm, Sun 2 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $7-$40 through Rainbow-TickelMaster, 787-2000. Music Hall at Pair Park. I-30 and Second Ave
Baby. The Broadway musical about yuppies and the trials and tribulations of preparing to have children. Aug 2t-Sept 2. Mon-Fri 8:15 pm, Sat 2 & 8:15 pm. Tickets $14-$19. Casa Manana, 3101 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817)332-6221.
The Lake Worth Monster: The Hip Pocket Theatre revives its very first joint creation by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine. which laid the groundwork for this unique and offbeat theatrical company. Through Sept 3. Fri-Sun 9 pm. Tickets $4-$10. Oak Acres Amphitheatre, 1620 Las Vegas Trail N at I-820. (817) 927-2833.
The Ship In the Bottle. Jorge Diaz’s play about a mute young man who learns bow to speak by falling in love with his maid Aug 10-27 Thur-Sat 8 pm. Sun 2 pm. Teatro Dallas, Bath House Cultural Center. 521 E Lawther. 943-4429 or 328-8428.
Sugar Babies. This lively homage to vaudeville and burlesque runs through Aug 5. Mon-Fri 8:15 pm, Sal 2 pm & 8:15 pm. Tickets $14-$19. Casa Manana Theater. 3101 W Lancaster. Fort Worth. (817)332-6221.
The Dues and Don’ts of Dating, a musical comedy by Rodney Dobbs and George Gagliardi. Through Aug 12. Thur-Sat 8 pm. Sun 7 pm. Tickets $6.50-$8.50. Greenville Avenue Pocket SandwichTheatre, 1611 Greenville. 821-1860.
Texas Rangers. Forget the sagging Tigers. The real task this month is to take care of business against the A’s and Aanels If the Rangers plan to finish higher than third. they need to cleat these guys oft the tracks. Arlington Stadium, 1700 Copeland Rd. Arlington. All games at 7:35 pm. Tickets $4-$10 through the Texas Rangers Ticket Office, Metro (817) 273-5100.
Aug 10-13 Detroit
Farmer’s Market An open-air market featuring more than hundred Texas farmers and their wares. Fresh. home-grown fruits and vegetables abound year-round. 5 am-7 pm daily from late May to late Sept. 6 am-7 pm from Oct to April. 1010 S Pearl, six blocks south of Commerce St in downtown Dallas. 748-2082.
Reunion Tower. The lower’s observation deck and revolving restaurant, fifty stories above the city, arc the best places to get a breathtaking view of Dallas and a memorable photo. Mon-Fri 10 am-midnight, Sal & Sun 9 am-midnight. 300 Reunion Blvd. Tickets $1.88 for adults. $80 for children under twelve. 741-3663
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Set on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum offers a picnicker’s paradise with more than twenty-five beautifully landscaped acres filled with flowers, herbs, trees, gardens, and two historic homes. Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm. Admission $3 adults. SI senior citizens, and $1 children six to twelve. Free on Fridays from 3-6 pm. 8525 Garland Rd. 327-8263.
Dallas Zoo. Tigers, zebras, okapi.and 1,600 other mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, including many rare and endangered species, can be found at the Dallas Zoo 9 am-5 pm daily. Admission $3 adults. S1.50 seniors and children six to eleven, Tree under six. 621 E Clarendon Dr. three miles south of downtown. 670-6825.
West End MarketPlace. Once a turn-of-the-century candy and cracker factory. this three-building, multilevel complex is host to more than seventy-five shops, fast-food stops. CityGolf-an indoor, twenty-seven-hole miniature golf course, StarBase-a live-action laser tag game, and Dallas Alley-a nightclub extravaganza. Mon-Thur 11 am-10) pm. Fri & Sat II am-midnight. Sun noon-8 pm. 603 Munger Ave at Market St. 954-4350.
Dallas Alley. Located in the West End Marketplace. Dallas Alley offers eight diverse clubs featuring technopop. oldies, rhythm and blues, rock, and even singalongs; a video bar and restaurant, a video arcade, and plenty of people-watching, all for one low charge. Most clubs open 6 pm-2 am daily. Plaza Bar and Tilt, 11 am-2 am. Boiler Room, Froggy Bottoms, and Bobby Sox closed Sun. Cover: Mon free, Tue-Thur & Sun $3, Fri & Sat $5. 988-9378.
Six Flags. This 205-acre the me park features more than a hundred rides, shows, and other attractions. New for 1989 is “Flashback.” a steel roller coaster that turns riders upside down six times-three for-ward and three backward. Located in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth on I-30 at SH360. Sun-Thur 10-10, Fri & Sat 10 am-midnight. Tickets $20.50 adults. $14 children under forty-eight inches and senior citizens Metro (817) 640-8900.
Ripley’s Belleve It or Not! The first phase of the plan to rebuild the Wax Museum. Ripley’s exhibits “oddities, curiosities, and illusions gathered from all corners of the globe.” 10 am-9 pm daily. Tickets $5.95 adults. $4.95 children four to twelve 601 E Safari Parkway. Grand ; Prairie 263-2391.
Wet ’n Wild. This is the park to head for to beat the heat. Plenty of water to slide through, wade in, and splash around. The water park in Arlington is the largest in the U.S.ThroughAug2’l, 10am- 9 pm daily. , Tickets $13.95 adults, $11.95 children three to twelve, 1800 E Lamar Blvd. Arlington. 265-3013. LBJ at NW Hwy. Garland, 840-0600.
Clown Around. Raining outside and nothing for the kids to do? Head for Clown Around, an indoor amusement center featuring nine mechanical rides (an indoor train, bumper cars. Red Baron airplane. mint flying swings, eighteen-foot ferris wheel, and a merry-go-round), two game rooms with more than thirty video and skill games, and a concession area Mon-Thur 10 am-8 pm. Fri & Sat 10 am-10 pm,Sun moon-8 pm. Admission is free and unlimited ride passes are $5.95 Tues-Fri at 6 pm, $7.45 Fri 6-9 pm. all day Sal & Son. 702 E Safari Blvd. Grand Prairie Metro (214) 263-0001.
Sixth Floor Exhibit, The sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly Tired the shot that killed John F. Kennedy is open to the public. Mon-Thur 9:30 am-5 pm, Fri-Sun 9:30 am-6 pm. Tickets $6 adults. $5 senior citizens, $4 students and children, under six free. Texas School Book Depository, 411 Elm St. 653-6666.
Fair Park. The result of the 1936 Texas Centennial Exposition, this 277-acre park is a year-round salute to Texas’s past, present, and future through a number of museums, exhibitions, buildings, and much more, All located in Fair Park, 1-30 and Second Ave. 426-3400.
Southfork Ranch. Visit Southfork and get a taste of “Dallas” Take a guided tout of the Ewing Mansion and a twenty-story oil rig, or a train ride around the ranch, and don’t forget to slop in at the “Dallas” Museum and see props used on the set of the TV show. Lucy’s wedding dress, and the gun that shot J.R. Parker Rd and FM 2551. 9 am-dusk. daily. Admission $7.49 for adults. $6.95 for senior citizens, and S4 95 for children four to twelve. 442-6536.
Adair’s. The great old beer joint of Dallas continues to pull in its rednecks. loud-mouthed attorneys, due city women who act country, and all-around fun-loving people who like to drink beer and spill it on the pool tables. When Adair’s moved to its Deep Ellum location, cynics predicted its demise But the half-pound hamburgers and whiny jukebox still draw a crowd. 2624 Comment. 939-9900.
Amnizia. If you like lots of smoke, Madonna tunes cranked as high as they go. and you’re under the age of twenty-one, then Amnizia could be the stuff your dreams are made of. This hangout has to be one of the smokiest, loudest teenage paradises around If you’re not of drink-ing age. they’ll let you come in and strut your young self but they won’t issue you a plastic yellow wristband, the necessary ID that must be shown in order to imbibe. 2829 W Northwest Hwy, Suite 632. 351-1262.
Bar of Soap. This place is reasonably hip without gelling right up in your face with It: any bar that has “American Pie” on the jukebox- the bartender’s favorite-can’t be just too cool for school. A nice touch here is, the interesting work of local artists decorating the walls. The objects are for sale on consignment. 3615 Parry, 823-6617.
Boller Room. It’s easy to see how this bar got its name: it’s the actual boiler room of the old Sunshine Biscuit Company- However, this has nothing to do with its popularity as a dance club and singles bar close to downtown. Some may feel inhibited dancing in front of the floor-to-ceiling windows next to the dance floor; others won’t want to leave. Pan of the Dallas Alley in the West End MarketPlace. 2019 N Lamar 988-058I.
Club Clearview. The centerpiece of Deep Ellurn’s alternative music and social scene. Club Clearview has been scorned and laughed at, but never ignored. Nowhere in Dallas can you find such a delightful combination of the outrageous and innovative, weird shows, and nouveau fashion victims. But let none of it intimidate you. You can go in there in a business suit, lean againsl the wall, watch the parade, and nobody will bother you, 2806 Elm. 939-0006.
Club Dada. You may recognize the name from the avant-garde performing group, Victor Dada. That’s because three of the members opened it, and it does have an eclectic style: new music and jazz and nightly versions of “performance art.” 2720 Elm at Crowdus. 744-3232.
Dave & Buster’s. “There’s nothing quite like it” is Dave & Buster’s slogan, and they’re not kidding. The place is enormous, but the brass and dark wood decor adds a degree of sophistication Head fur the umpteen pool tables lining the walls; try shuffleboard, darts. Pente, or backgammon; or just sip a cool one at the large bar on the main floor. 10727 Composite. near Walnut Hill or Stemmons Frwy. 353-0649. 8021 Walunt Hill (at Central Expwy). 361-5553.
The Den. This is Dallas’s best little dark, intimate bar. and it hasn’t changed in yean. It’s perfect just the way it is, from the strong drinks and attentive service to the funky autographed photos of celebs on the wall. When it’s 106 and steamy outside, The Den is the coolest bar in town, and when it’s rainy and cold, this is. the coziest haven we can think of. Stoneleigh Terrace Hotel, 2927 Maple Ave. 871-7111.
Empire This club to the beautiful people, everyone wears black, they all look worldly, (bey don’t all look straight, and they absolutely adore this former dinner theater on the edge of Deep Ellum. The owners call Empire “elegant.” “classical.” “modern.” “minimal.” and “interna-uonai,” and the truth is it’s all these things: the most omate. fashionable nightclub we’ve ever had. It’s worth an evening just to come look at the fixtures, let alone the people. 2424 Swiss Ave. 828-1879.
The Filling Station. One of the city’s oldest theme bars is still rolling along, its decor and menu a hymn to our car~bounl culture. You get the feeling Springsteen could have written some of his car/ night/street soap in such a place, staring at emblems of extinct car makers and vanished oil companies- It’s loud and bustling but manageable, even when the larger-than-life screen is filled with sports action. The drinks are medium-octanc and the menu features such tasty items as the Tailpipes (like weiner-filled burritos) and the Unleaded Chicken Sandwich, a plump, three-napkin affair. The crowd around the old-fashioned bar is mostly regulars, but newcomers get the green light to join in. 6862 Greenville Avenue. 691-4488.
Gator’s. This swinging Wes! End spot is a sure bet any night of the week. The two-story bar decorated with huge, colorful papier-maché fruits and alligators, has good food, great frozen drinks loaded with a sailor’s share of liquor, lively piano players, and a usually boisterous singalong crowd. In warm weather, the rooftop tables offer a great view of the city. 1714 N Market. 748-0243.
Greenville Bar & Grill. If Dallas had a Watering Hole of Fame, this bar would certainly be in it. The kingpin of the Lower Greenville circuit won’t disappoint if you’re looting for a good burger, a longneck beer and a band that won’t let you hear yourself think. 2821 Greenville. 823-6691.
Greenville Avenue Country Club. Chic. Understatedly elegant. Exclusive. None of these words have anything to do with the GACC. and they’ll throw anyone in the pool who pretends otherwise. Despite the name, this remains one of the best beer-and-sandwich ban in town The patio’s now covered, and the restrooms, thankfully, have been brought into the 20th ceotury. Otherwise, this is the friendly, comfortable joint it always was. 3619 Greenville. 826-5650.
Harper’s Corner. A wall of glass outlined by strips of liny white lights lends a spectacular southbound view of downtown. Elegant older couples are always found doing the fox trot or the waltz or that risqué tango while the younger ones sit ogling on the sidelines. Hilton Inn, 5600 N Central Expwy. 823-9180.
Highland Park Yacht Club. What can we say? The twentyish crowd is to-the-minute cool, bearing that air of polished affluence that must be reassuring to BMW dealers. The music (taped Top Forty with occasional live bands) is very danceable fare, though the acoustics could be better. But overall, this beachfrom-themed club may feel cliquish and uncomfortable unless you’re gorgeous or rich or both. And that may be precisely the point of the place. But if you’re over thirty, the REO Room in back may be more your style. 4515 Travis. 521-6071.
Late Night. . . In the West End. Late Night looks more like a dressed-up loading dock than a bar. which is part of its appeal. And dressed up it is-there’s so much stuff on the walls that it’s impossible to take it all in in one visit. Late Night’s claim to fame is its selection of 105 beers (every brand we could think of plus about seventy-five more): beer, wine, wine coolers, and soft drinks are the only choices. The loyal crowd runs the gamut from SMU types to attorneys and FBI agents. 1901 Laws St. 954-1901.
Laurels. Twinkling white lights strung on towering six-foot ficus trees, a harpist strumming away angelically, wonderful deep chairs, and richly upholstered love seats all set a romantic, refined mood for taking in the stars. If you’re looking for a place to take your sweetheart on that special occasion. Laurels is it. Sheraton Park Central. 12720 Merit Dr 851-2021.
The Library Bar. Sit back in the big, cushy den chairs find sip a Manhattan or a martini or a scotch on the rocks. No strawberry daiquiris, please; this is a bar for adults. But a beer would be fine in this comfortable, sophisticated spot tucked away in a back corner of the Melrose Hotel. There’s even a piano player to soothe your soul. Omni Melrose Hotel. 3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151.
The Lounge. The black fixtures, neon trim, glass bricks, and the hologram of Marcello Mastroianni presiding eerily over the urinal-esque streams of water chuckling along the walls make this quite the artist’s bar The cool, creative, quirky types have claimed this as their spot, and it’s virtually impossible to Wend in here if you’re not at least a tad bit of all three. If you’re in the neighborhood, though, and feel daring, you really ought to stop in for one of their legendary martinis. 5460 W Lovers La. 350-7834.
The Mansion on Turtle Creak Bat Even the name conjures up images of power drinks. if there is such a thing-and we think there i is This is the place to go to celebrate, to negotiate, or to luxuriate in dark, opulent, peaceful surroundings. These days, the Mansion is instituting some subtle changes; there’s a dance floor for weekend nights, and the music has changed ever so slightly. We hope that’s all they’re , planning to change. This place is perfect the way it is: you can see real celebs and those who imagine themselves to be Somebody: the drinks are strong and expensive: the service is wonderful, almost coddling: and the Bloody Mary is still the best in town. 2821 Turtle Creek Blvd, 526- 2121.
Max’s 403. We had some initial reservations about Max’s. Too many things seemed to work against the joint: it’s in the same location where such long-forgotten drinkeries as Brio and Packard’s once stood. and then there was the obvious matter of those colored lava lamps bubbling away in the bar’s comer. But Max’s 403 seems comfortably focused somewhere between its predecessors: not as jeansy-casual as Packard’s, not as coolly formal as Brio, A nice blend of recorded music is the club’s best asset, played at a reasonable level so that you can actually strike up a conversation with the drinker next door and know well before quitting time if you’ve snagged a good one-or whether you need to leave by the emergency exit. 5500 Greenville. Suite 403. 361-9517.
Mimi’s. Once a cool, darkened hideaway for serious beer con-noisseurs. Mimi’s (unfortunately) is now sheer coed craziness. But even though the crowd has changed, this tiny hole-in-the-wall with its . collection of girly beer posters and video games still serves up more than a hundred different brands of beer from twenty-nine countries. You can travel from Belgium to Venezuela to the tip of the Ivory Coast and back and never leave your stool. 5111 Greenville Ave. 368-1994.
The Outback Pub. This friendly. relaxed. Australian-motif pub is a great place to meet friends and engage in the national sport of Down Under: beer drinking. They’ve got many Australian brands and they also brew their own. The Outback Pub Lager. Try one with some Aussie pie (imported directly from Melbourne). Or dance to live rock music, munch some peanuts, and ask about the. uh, worm club. 1701 N Market St. 761-9355.
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 8 p.m. Adoplhus Hotel, 1321 Commerce. 742-8200
Pinot’s Wine Bar. If the ideal wine bar is small and intimate, Pinot’s approaches the ideal. It’s so intimate, in fact, that we had the place to ourselves fur two hours one Friday evening. No miner: that give more time for our friendly, knowledgeable waiter to educate us on the pleasures of the wine collection. More than a dozen varieties are available by the glass, and there’s a limited menu with a few entrées. paté, and the like. This is a good place to forget about the hassles of the workaday world and a great place to meet local wine connoisseurs and people in the restaurant business (at midnight Pinot’s is more crowded, but still pleasantly quiet). 2926 N Henderson. 826-1949.
Randy’s. One of our female scouts said she felt like Peter Cottontail walking into a den of wolves on her first outing at Randy’s, a private club in the shadows of Prestonwood Mall. The crowd is oh-so-chic, dressed to kill, and well-monied (or at least they all act like they’re sitting on a gold mine). Wear something naughty (the club enforces a dress code but that doesn’t seem to cover women’s breasts, which we saw plenty of) and you’ll go far. 15203 Knoll Trail, Addison. 907-2639.
The Safari Bar Here’s a working-class bar that changes its stripes, luring a mixed clientele-from businesspeople who graze on the plentiful but rather bland food of the free happy hour buffet to the manic late-night partiers who have been trapped in their jobs all day. The safari analogy begins to work when the club fills up with email caravans of people hunting wild game. Add the moderately priced drinks and throbbing music, and it’s a jungle in here. 10821 Composite Dr. 351-3262.
Sam’s Cafe. Yes, we know Sam’s is a restaurant. Yes. we know the burgers there cost almost $6. Yes. we know it’s the Southwestern sister of Mariel Hemingway’s chic New York bistro. But even i! you aren’t planning to eat even one bite, the bar at Sam’s will welcome you with an open tab. A cocktail a( Sam’s has how become the thing to do after Sfuzzi and before San Simeon, or before Sfuzzi and after San Simeon, or before San Simeon and Sfuzzi. Get the picture? 100 Crescent Court, Suite 140, 855-2233.
Stan’s Blue Note. Stan’s is a Dallas tradition. It’s a refreshingly tasteless celebration of inelegance eschewing all pretense of polish to serve up cheap beer in Mason jars, beer signs from many nations, loud billiards, cheesecake posers, rickety shuffleboard tables, pickled eggs, pig’s feel. Slim Jims, beef jerky, and Fat Freddie sausages. It also has an International Standard of Drunk Certification: if you drink one of each of the 150-odd brands of beer from all comers of the globe, you get a Stan’s Blue Note T-shirt, which will make you the envy of idiots everywhere, Fewer than 200 people have been able to do that in the bar’s twenty-year history, perhaps choking on the huge Posters and Black Manilas, though 2,500 are currently engaged in the attempt. Another perfectly weird touch: (he bar has one of those coin-operated “dragline” games in which you snag cheap trinkets. People actually play it. 2908 Greenville Ave. 824-9653.
Stoneleihg P. Ask someone about the Stoneleigh P and they’re likely to describe it as one of their favorite places for a casual lunch. Ask someone else, and they’ll tell you what a great bar it is for a late-night drink. Both are right. This would be a great neighborhood bar even if it weren’t in a great neighborhood. It’s a longtime favorite of the downtown set and advertising types. 2926 Maple. 871-2346.
Tejas Cafe. This is a great after-work bar for McKinney Avenue types-it’s not as cool as Sfuzzi, but it’s not as crowded either. There’s a good selection of beer, happy hour prices from 5-7 weekdays and noon-7 weekends, and passable margaritas. 2909 McKinney 871-2050
Terilli’s Terilli’s is always packed-with jazz lovers, serious drinkers, people waiting for a table for dinner, and Greenville Avenue wanderers. The bartenders are attentive and friendly; the drinks are on the money; me live jazz on Tuesday through Sunday is great if you can hear it above the roar of the crowd: and you can order Italchos-Terilli’s trademark Italian nachos-until 1 a.m. One caveat: the open kitchen is right next to the hat and it gets as hot as Hades on a busy night. Leave the sweaters at home. 2815 Greenville. 827-3993.
2826. This Deep Ellurn nightclub is as cool as it comes. Sleek, chic, and a little pretentious, the twenty-five- to thirty-five-year-old croud eases into this avant-garde disco to expound on the latest greatest works of literature (in all fairness, they probably do actually read) while they sway to the free-flowing instrumental music. The immense floral ar-. rangements atop the cool, polished stone bar and the living-room-stylo grouping of leather couches add a touch of elegance to this otherwise nondescript red-bricked bar. 2826 Elm. 741-2826.
Video Bar. If you’ve watched MTV once during the last year, you owe it to yourself to go to the Video Bar. They have found music videos that you never see anywhere else-even some absolutely weird stuff that is fraught with significant meaning and whatnot. If you consider yourself part of the new scene-and if you promise not to wear anything resembling penny loafers-this is your Deep Ellum kind of place. All the funky regulars from the old “On the Air” bar have already found their spots, so be prepared to wail in line. 2610 Elm. 939-9113.
White Rock Yacht Club. This unpretentious tavern has more to recommend it than its location, the last wet-the-whistle stop before entering the drylands of White Rock and the eastern burbs. You’ll find decent drinks at reasonable cost, an adequate burger-based menu, strategically placed TVs. a general comfort level, and a nice view of the East Dallas treetops from the second-Door balcony, which becomes a sandy “beach” in summer. 7324 Gaston, Suite 301. 328-3866
The Wine Press. This is the perfect place to go on a rainy night-or any time you’re looking for romance, intimacy, and spirits. The Wine Press is decorated with wine bottles from floor to ceiling on almost every wall. The atmosphere is low-key and elegantly casual; the service, friendly but not hovering: the wine selection, extensive-to say the least. 4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720.