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The Saxy Sounds Of Branford Marsalis

One of the country’s most highly acclaimed jazz venues, the Caravan of Dreams, brings in world-class musical entertainment year-round. Wynton Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, and Kirk Whalum all make appearances at this refurbished, turn-of-the-century theater. Branford Marsalis, brother to trumpeter extraordinaire Wynton, brings his eclectic style of saxophone to the club this month.

Although primarily a jazz and blues man, he has worked with Wynton, Hancock. Miles Davis, and Gillespie. Marsalis has also dabbled in rock, bebop, and classical, appearing with Sting and Chaka Khan. His varied, energetic style makes it easy for even the greenest of jazz lovers to sit back and enjoy the sounds, and true jazz enthusiasts will recognize the influences of John Coltrane and Ornette Coleman in Marsalis’s music.

Branford Marsalis appears July 27-30. Thur 9 & 11 pm, Fri& Sat 9:30 & 11:45 pm, Sun 8 & 10 pm. Tickets $16.5 in advance, $17.50 at the door. Caravan of Dreams, 312 Houston St, Fort Worth.

Metro (817) 429-4000.

-Sherri Gulczynski


Treasures From The Fitzwilliam Museum

England has so many great museums that only the most determined of visitors get around to the Fitzwilliam Museum at Cambridge University. That’s a pity because, as Dallas is about to discover, the Fitzwilliam is one of (he oldest, most esteemed, and most varied museums in Europe.

Early in the 18th century, Richard, the seventh Viscount Filzwilliam of Merrion, left his collection of paintings, drawings, sculpture, prints, manuscripts, and books to Cambridge along with enough money to build a museum. The resulting institution was the first of a long line of great university art museums extending through rival Oxford to Harvard. Yale, Princeton, and other universities across the United States.

What makes the Fitzwilliam special is that over the years connoisseurs and collectors have continued to add to the collection, and the museum itself has made some astute purchases-most recently paintings by Degas and Renoir, which will be included in the traveling exhibit-so that now it spans the entire range of Western art.

All this will be evident in Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum: The Increase of Learning and Other Great Objects. The selection of more than 160 objects, which will visit five major U.S. museums, includes twenty-one of the Fitzwilliam’s finest coins and medals, a selection of works from the university’s fine collection of Roman and Greek antiquities, a group of illuminated manuscripts, rare English portrait miniatures, drawings, bronze sculpture, and thirty paintings, among them Titian’s Tarquin and Lucretia. Delacroix’s Odalisque, Van Dyck’s Archbishop Laud, and Batoni’s The Earl of Hampton.

Treasures from the Fitzwilliam Museum. July 15-October 15 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm. {817)332-8451. Admission $3, $2 for students and senior citizens. $1 for children. -Ken Barr


Music Festival ln Deep Ellum

Deep Ellum’s third annual Fourth of July Music Festival will bring together some fifty local, regional, and national bands of many persuasions- from reggae to folk to rock to New Wave. The groups will play on three different stages, both outdoors and inside Club Clearview at 2806 Elm. The block of Crowd us between Elm and Main will be closed to traffic, and street performers and artists will provide performances and exhibits,

The events are spread out between noon and 2 am on July 3 and 4-for an exact schedule, call 939-0006. Between scheduled acts, audience participation is encouraged, especially on “industrial instruments” like car bumpers, spoons, and bongo drums. The spectacle is free until 8 pm, after which time an admission charge of $7 must be paid for the indoor acts in the club. Tickets arc available through Rainbow-TicketMaster, 787-2000. Food and drink, including a full bar, will be available indoors and on the street. -Bill Jungman


What Man Hath Wrought

Ever since the earliest explorers lugged wooden view cameras and cases of glass plates across the landscape, the American Southwest has lured photographers, But while their images have often been breath-takingly beautiful and historically valuable, many have also been highly romantic, depicting an unspoiled Southwest in which man-European man-has scarcely made his mark.

The Southwest that has attracted Skeet McAuley, on the other hand, is a place of conflict and intrusion, where native Americans and nuclear power plants, mining and mesas, long vistas and interstate highways jostle together in uneasy coexistence. A Texas native and teacher of photography at the University of North Texas in Demon, he has concentrated on the Navajos and White Mountain Apaches and the outside forces affecting their lives and environment.

He does not seem to be angry about this state of affairs. He simply records what he finds without comment, allowing these jarring juxtapositions to speak for themselves. Nevertheless, his large-scale Cibachrome prints are striking, often as beautiful as the photos made of strictly natural landscapes by other photographers.

Sign Language: Photographs by SkeetMcAuley. July 22-September 10 at the AmonCarter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, FortWorth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5:30 pm.(817) 738-1933. -K.B.


Trolleyfest. “Get Back on Track” will luck off (he running of the trolleys along McKinney Avenue. There will be a trolley parade and “street scene” activities. July 22. Parade begins at 11 am. On McKinney Avenue between Allen and Fairmount. Free. 871-2622.

Peach Festival. This old-fashioned country to has music peaches, games, peaches, arts and crafts. peaches, food, entertainment, and Parker County peaches-some of the best around. July 8. 9 am-5 pm. Courthouse Square, Squate County. (817) 594-3801.

Old-Fashioned Fourth. Take a step back in time and celebrate the Fourth with cannons. Civil War soldier drills, a parade, an ugly tie contest, and a pie-eating contest, July 4, 11 am-4 pm. Old City Park. 1717 Gano. Free. 421-5141.

Basketball Camps. Mavericks Rolando Blackman and James Donaldson will be out to show kids ages eight to sixteen some tricks of the trade at the Pepsi Basketball Camps Rolando will host a camp July 24-28 at the Crosby Rd Recreation Center, 1610 E Crosby Rd. James Donaldson will teach a camp July 10-14 at the Trinity Christian Academy. 17001 Addison Rd. All camps start at 8:30 am and end at 4 pm. Registration fee $150. To register call 869-2244.

Artist Demonstration. The Dallas Museum of Art will host master paper and printmaker Terry Thoman Lenoir. He’ll demonstrate the art of Gacco. a Japanese printmaking process that is a cross between silk screening and potato printing. July 9. 1:30-3:30 pm. Dallas Museum of Art. North Studio. 1717 N Harwood. Free. 922-1500.

Black-eyed Pea Jamboree. Visit Athens, Texas. and take pan in this pea festival. Plenty of black-eyed pea contests, country and swstern shows, a pet parade, beauty pageant, and carnival. July 14-16.9 am-7 pm. City Park on South Prairieville, Athens. (214) 675-5181.

Fiddler’s Festival. Fiddlers ages three to ninety from all over the country gather to entertain and compete. July 14 & 15. Fri 5-9 pm. Sat 11 am-9 pm. Fort Worth Town Center, Food Pavilion, I-35 and Seminary Dr. (817) 927-8459.

Saturday Morning Fun. A series of live performances fur kids. This month features “Fascinating Fables for Music and Mime” on July 1. “Faustworks,” July 8 and “The Prodigy, Amadeus Mozart as a Child,” by the Dallas Children’s Theatre Inc., July 15. A puppet show of “Hansel and Gretel” will be performed July 22 and the Dallas Black Dance Theatre will present Kaleidoscope of Dance on July 29. All performances begin at 11 am. Dallas Museum of Art, Gateway Gallery, 1717 N Harwood. Free. 922-1200.

Great American Race. A hundred and twenty old-time antique cars, dating from 1902 to 1940, will roll into Irving as they make their way across the country-through ten stales and more than forty cities. The cars drive into Irving on Saturday and will be on display across from Williams Square on Sunday, Canalfest, a Disney cavalcade, street dance, parade of lights, caraval, a counlry fair, and a fireworks display over Lake Carolyne will all be a part of the “Celebrate America Weekend” July 1 & 2. 10 am-midnight. Las Colinas Urban Center at Williams Square. Las Colinas Blvd and O’Connor. Free admission and free parking. For complete schedule call 254-7047.


Amon Carter Museum. Bruce Goff: Toward an Absolute Architec-ture is the first ever exhibit dedicated to the work of this genius, who some consider among the greatest of modern architects. This show of archival photographs and more than a hundred drawings may be just what is needed to spark a genuine Bruce Goff Revival. Through July 16. The American West: Works on Paper brings together rarely seen drawings and watercolors from the museum’s collection; most were made by artists who were really there. Through Aug 13 at .3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933.

Dailas Museum of Art. Concentrations 21: Gael Stack, another in the museum’s excellent series of one-artist shows, features paintings by a Houston artist in which dense layers of writing, numbers, and seemingly random scrawls we as mysteriously cvocalive as an old blackboard. Through July 2, A Faithful Journey: 200 Years of American Decorative Arts from the Faith P. and Charles L Bybee Collection takes up an entire floor in the museum, and deserves every inch of it. This splendid exhibition of furniture and otter objects, both decorative and useful, will restore faith-sorely tested-in American craftsmanship, through July 30. National Exhibit by Blind Artists is a long overdue exhibit of works by artists who are legally blind, made for the “viewing” pleasure of the blind, and organized by a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization. Through July 23 at 1717 N Harwood. Tue. wed, Fri, Sat 10 am-5 pm. Thur 10 am-9 pm. Sun noon 5 pm. 922-1200.

Dallas Museum of Natural History. The museum has installed “Jumbo.” a thirteen-foot-tall, l5,000-pound bronze mammoth, or the grounds overlooking the Fair Park lagoon. Other permanent exhibits include a spectacular collection of gems and minerals and habitat groupings of native Texas inammals, birds, and reptiles. At fair Park, 1-30 and Second Ave. Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun and holidays noon-5 pm. 670-8457. Ramses the Great brings a king’s ransom of Egyptian objects to town, ranging from dazzling gold collars and bracelets to the fifty-seven-ton granite colossus; the show, which runs until Aug 27, is so large it tad to be set up in the nearby Automobile Building. First and Grand Ave. Mon-Sun 9 am-9 pm, Tickets $8 adults, $5 children to fourteen. 1-800-HI-MUMMY, or, in Dallas, 421-2500.

Fort worth Musaum of Sciance and History. Gold is as good as its name; a participatory exhibit that explores how gold is formed, mined, refined, and fashioned into jewelry and art-everything you ever wanted to know about gold except, perhaps, where to get some. Through Sept 4 at 1501 Montgomery, Port 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.

Kimbell Art Museum. In addition to the Treasures from the Fitz-william Museum exhibit, the museum features a permanent collection of important European paintings and sculpture through the early 20th century, plus a small but choice collection of pre-Columbian and Far Eastern art, making this one of America’s great small museums. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Wirth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. (817) 332-8451.

Meadows Museum. A fascinating and neglected chapter in the history of church architecture is lovingly examined in Churches of Por-lugal. an exhibit of black-and-white and color photographs by Charles Brummel, photographer at the Chicago Art Institute. Through July 22 on the SMU campus, Owen Arts Center. 6101 Bishop. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. 692-2516.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Gorbachey may be having his troubles in Soviet Georgia and Armenia, but here in the galleries of the Modern Art Museum, where the paintings of young Soviet and American artists hang side by side in 10 +10: Contemporary Soviet and American Rainters, 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-returned; among them are Jewel Simon, Leone L. Leonard Jr., Helen Evans Ramsaran. Jack Jordan. Samuel A. Countee. and John Aterberry. July 1-Aug 10 at the Trammell Crow Cemer. Ross at St. Paul Tue-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun noon-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, and doctor’s office take you back to the days of pioneer and Victorian living. Guided tours available Tue-Sat 10 am-3 pm. Tickets $4 adults. S2 children and senior citizens. 1717 Gano. 421-5141.

Science Piace. A permanent Exhibit called “Kids PIace” is de-signed for children ages two to seven and includes more than twenty-nvc hands-on science activities divided into four groups: the Numbers Forest. Building Things. Senses, and Waterworks. Through Oct 31 is Mummies! an exhibit Including Radihershef, a 2,600-year-old mum-m)’, a female mummy, and child mummy. All are partially unwrapped. Tue-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. Admission$5 adults. $2 children and senior citizens. At the planetarium in Science Place II, “Egypt’s Eternal Skies.” looks at how Pharaohs used the stars tor guidance. Through Aug 27. Tue-Fri 2 & 3 pm, Sat, Sun, & holidays 1, 2, 3, & 4 pm. Admission $1 adults. 50 cents senior citizens and children seven to sixteen. Science Place 1 & II in Pair Park, 1-30 and Second Ave. 421-3466.


Afterimage. Judy L. Miller works with photographs, scissors, colored pencils, and oil paints to create odd. often funny pictures in which people and animals are juxtaposed in incongruous backgrounds. Through July 22 at the Quadrangle. 2800 Routh St. Suite 230. Mon-Sat 10 am-5:30 pm. 871-9140.

Altermann & Morris. John Paul Strain applies opaque watercolors with the techniques of oil to Western and turn-of-the-century city scenes in this exhibit. July 24-Aug 11 at 2727 Routh St. Mon-Fri 9 am-5 pm. Sal 11 am-5 pm. 871-3035.

Modern Dallas Art. The geometric images in Charlene Rathburn’s paintings are created on a computer and transferred in canvas, but the glowing, transparent colors come from wax encaustic. a painting medium that dates back to the Byzantine era. Through July 31 at 2015 S Edgefield. Thur-Sat noon-5 pm. 941-9811.

Barry Whistler Gaflery. Recent Work-Paintings, Drawings, and Prints done by Jack Hanley, through July 8. Work on Paper brings logether prints, drawings, paintings, and photographs by gallery artists. July I4-Aug 26 at 2909-A Canton St. Tue-Fri 10 am-5:30 pm. Sat 11 am-5 pm. 939-0242.


Dallas Symphony Discovery Series. Every year the Dallas Symphony saves its mow interesting programs for its special summer series-there is really unusual music in every performance this year. On July 6, Eduardo Mata conducts Revueltas’s “Homage to Federico Garcia Lorca” along with one of Mozart’s greatest piano concertos (No. 17) and Prokofiev’s -Classical” Symphony. On July 13, James Rives-Jones explores Olivier Messiaen’s “Et expecto resurrectionem mor-tuonrni” and accompanies Ellen Rose in Walton’s Viola Concerto. On July 20, Kate Tamarkin presides over three concertos: one by Handel.

Cardinal Puff’s. What a cozy place this is. In the warm months, the tree-shaded, red-bricked patio is the place to take your worries. And when that cold Northern blows in. there’s nothing more soul-soothing than to sit indoors, nestled amid the bar’s wood and windows. This is tally a bar for all seasons. 4615 Greenville. 360-1969,

Chelsea Corner. In the block where upper McKinney Avenue runs into Highland Park, this is the perfect club to blend the (wo cultures. A quiet, candle-on-the-table place, with sandwich or quiche dinners, all kinds of colorful fruit drinks and a guitarist playing folk-pop songs on an elevated stage, Chelsea Corner is great for a peaceful moment before you hit the fast lane or a way to unwind if you’re coming off it. 4830 MeKinney. 521-8780.

Club Clearview. The centerpiece of Deep Ellum’s alternative music and social scene. Club Clearview has been scorned and laughed at, but never ignored. Nowhere in Dallas can yon find such a delightful combination of the outrageous and innovative, of modem music groups, weird shows, and nouveau fashion victims. But let none of it intimidate you. You can go in there in a business suit, lean against 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 ndds a degree of sophistication. Head for the umpteen pool tables lining the walls; try shuffleboard, darts, Pente, or backgammon; or just sip a cool one at the Urge bar on the main floor. 10727 Composite. near Walnut Hill at Summons Frwy. 353-0649. 8041 Walnut Hill (at Cenral Expwy). 36I-5553.

Dave’s. Dave’s is casual, friendly, and comfortable-not because of the surroundings, but by virtue of a friendly staff, a casual, eclectic crowd, and great bartenders. No one sits in the uncomfortable metal chairs unless the place is loo crowded to sit or stand at the bar, and no one can accuse Dave’s of being pretty, but the attraction’s still there- and the neighborhood crow) loves it. 2812 N Henderson. 826-4544.

The Den. This is Dallas’s best little dark, intimate bar, and it hasn’t changed in years. It’s perfect just the way ti is, from the strung 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.

Dick’s Last Resort. It’s easy to feel at home here. An average Dick’s crowd (which is almost always standing room only) consists of grandparents escorted by their college-age grandchildren, lawyers stepping in for a cold one, singles on the prowl, and a whole mess of folks welcome back time and again for some of the best bar food around (the barbecued shrimp arc a standout). But be prepared for the unisex bathroom upstairs-it’s not chat we’re so old-fashioned, but it would have been nice to know beforehand. Corner of Record and Ross, 747-0001.

Eepire. At Dallss’s latest club to the beautiful people, everyone wears black. they all look worldly, they don’t all look straight, and they absolutely adore this former dinner (heater on the edge of Deep Ellum. The owners call Empire “elegant,” ’classical.” “modern,” “minimal,” end “international,” and the truth is it’s all these things: the most ornate, fashionable nightclub we’ve ever had. It’s worth an evening just to come look at the fixtures, let alone the people. 2424 Swiss At*. 828-1879.

Fat Tuesday. The drinks (potent frozen slush concoctions, many of which contain 190 proof alcohol), Mardi Gras atmosphere, and unusual bar food (New Orleans-style Po’ Boys and other Cajun staples) have spelled survival for Fat Tuesday in these doom-and-gloom times. We only wish the dance floor were bigger and the music were live every night. 6778 greenville. 373-7377.

The Filling Station. One of the city’s oldest theme bars is still rolling along, its decor and menu a hymn to our car-bound culture. You get the feeling Springsteen could have written some of his car/ night/street songs in such a place, staring at emblems of extinct car makers and vanished oil companies. It’s toad and bustling but manageable, even when the larger-than-life screen is filled with sports action. The drinks are medium-octane and the menu features such tasty items as the Tailpipes (like wiener-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.

Froggy Bottoms. We’d really love mis bar if it weren’t so small and so dark. Froggy Bottoms has all the ingredients of being the ideal spot to rendezvous with a long-lost soul male, and that’s why we’re con-fusal Here’s a a crank-it-up rhythm and blues club with neither the dance floor to go along with the gyrating tunes nor adequate seating for those who want to sit back and enjoy the top-notch ralent on stage But if you don’t mind dancing in a dark corner while juggling your drink, it’s well worth the trip: the R&B played here is truly awesome. Part of Dallas Alley in the West End Marketplace. 2019 N Lamar. 988-0581.

Gator’s. This swinging West End spot is. a sure bet any night of the week. The two-story bar decorated with huge, colorful papier-miché fruits and alligators, has good food, great frozen drinks loaded with a sailor’s share of liquor, lively piano players, and a usually boisterous singalone crowd. In warm weather, the nooftop tables offer a great view of the city. 1714 N Market. 748-0243.

Gershwin’s. It’s not. you say. really a bar. And you’re right, it’s not It’s a resfaurant that happens to have a couple of bars. But it’s definitely a necessary part of Dallas nightlife. The place is subdued and quiet so that you can talk without shouting, and there’s a cushion of calming sound from the clevated baby grand piano. The waitpeople are studiously unobtrusive and the tables are spaced far enough apart to ensure quiet, private conversations. Around you. groups of well-aged yuppies drink Cabernet Sauvignon and murmur and laugh like small clans of friends gathered uround warm campfires to spend the even ing. 8442 Walnut Hill at Greenville. 373-7171.

Greenville Bar & Grill. If Dallas had a Matering Hole of Fame, this bar would certainly be in it. The kingpin of the Lower Greenville cir-cuit won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a good burger, alongneck beer, and a band that won’t let you hear yourself think. 2821 Green-nlie. 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, (his remains one of the best beer-and-sandwich bars in town. The patio’s now covered, and the restrooms, thankfully, have been brought into the 20th century. Otherwise, this is the friendly, comfortable joint it always was. 3619 Greenville. 826-5650.

Harper’s Comet. A wall of glass outlined by strips of tiny while lights lends a spectacular southbound view of downtown. Elegant older couples are always found doing the fox trot or the waltz or (bat risque tango while (he younger ones sit ogling on the sidelines. Hilton Inn. 5600 N Central Expwy. 323-9180.

Highland Park Yacht Club. Whit 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 beachfront-themed club may feel cliquish and uncomfortable unless you’re gorgeous or rich or bath. 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 Jhavis. 521-6071.

Humperdink’s. It’s easy to figure out why this place has survived the bad limes. It’s cozy for couples (huge, elegantly upholstered booths perfect for the two of you). bawdy and boisterous for those looking to shoot some pool (the gameroom is hidden in the back so that you can be as loud as the evening demands), and blaring with television sets strategically positioned to ensure that everyone gets a good seat. The beers are still ice cold wonders. 6050 Greenville. 368-6597.

Joe Miller’s. The more things change, the more [hey stay [be same. Thai’s certainly true of Joe Miller’s. It’s stilt one of the best places in town tor a real drink, and as atways, after work there are plenty of good conversations going on that anyone can enjoy. That is unless you can’t say anything but “Come here often?” or “What’s your sign?” 1531 McKinney Ave. 521-2261.

Judge Beans Restaurant & Cantina. The Judge’s has been making its reputation of late with a “Margarita Mama” special, in which the rita prices gradually rise with the hour, from 79 cents at 4 p.m. to 99 cents at 8 p.m. The concept is lethal, but the reality was no bargain for our party, even at the price. We sampled a, uh, good number of the drinks over a couple of hours and found the tequila ratio disgracefully low. At one pant even our lightest drinker said she could taste do alcohol in her drink. (Perhaps they want us to leave as sober is a Judge.) Another beef: the restrooms here are straight out of the third world, Some measure of redemption was found in the tasty chicken sandwiches, but on the whole, we’d like to serve a habeas te-t/uilia order to this Judge. 8214 Part Ln. 363-8322.

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. Ami 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 sevenly-five more); beer, wine, wine coolers, and soft drinks are the only choices. The loyal crowd rum the gamut from SMU types to attorneys and FBI agents. 1901 Laws St. 954-1901.

Laurela. 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 chain and 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 comfotable. sophisticated spot tucked away in a back corner of the Melrose Hotel. There’s even a piano player to soothe your soul. Omni Mrlrose Hotel, 3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151.

Loule’s. The crowd is an odd mix of media and legal types, neighborhood folks, and barflies, but it works. Louie’s has great drinks, cheap prices, good service, and wonderful pizza. What more could 008 ask for? 1839 N Henderson. 826-0505.

The Lounge. The black futures, 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 Mend in here if you’re not at least a lad bit of all three. If you’re in the neighborhood, though, and feet daring, you really ought to stop in for one of their legendary martinis. 5460 W Lovers Ln. 350-7834.

The Mansion on Turtle Creek Bar. Even the name conjures up images of power drinks, if there is such a thing-and we think there is. This is the place to go to celebrate, to negotiate, or to luxuriate is dark, opulent, peaceful surroundings. These days, the Mansion is in-slituting some subtle changes; there’s a dance floor fix weekend nights, and the music has changed ever so slightly. We hope that’s all they’re pluming id 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.

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 poster; 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.

Nana Bar and Grill. It’s hard to imagine a hotel bar that’s romantic, but elevator up to the twenty- seventh floor of the Anatole. In one of bis racier moves. Trammell Crow had a huge painting of a nude woman named Nina put behind the green marble-topped bar. You’d probably stare 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 Stemmons Fwy. 748-1200.

The Outback Pub. This friendly, relaxed. Australian-motif pub if 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. If you’re not downtown, it’s worth the trip. The decor is elegant but not pompous, the drinks arc excellent and reasonably priced, and the service is flawless. If you work late, beware-this place closes at 8 p.m. Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce. 742-8200. Pinot’s Wine Bat. If the ideal wine bar a small, rustic, and intimate, Pinot’s approaches the ideal. It’s so intimate, in fact. that we had the place to ourselves for almost two hours, one Friday evening. No mat-ter: that gave more time lor our friendly, knowledgeable waiter to educate us on the wine collection. More than a dozen varieties are available by the glass, and there’s a limited menu with a few entrees, 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.

Poor David’s Pub. Has any thing changed at Poor David’s-ever? Hmm. That poster, upper right from the stage, may not have been there in 1984. Hard to say Pitcher prices have nudged upwardsa bit. but not much. Other than that, Poor David’s is happily frozen in time. Arson and the Rockets still provide straight-ahead blues several times a month; name acts like Loudon Wainright and Guy Clark still drop in. In the alcove near the restrooms, there is a new video game cleverly designed to resemble a pintail machine, if you can believe it. (Wail a minute-that is a pinball machine.) 1924 S Greenville. 821-9891.

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 small 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 Sum’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 if you aren’t planning to eat even one bite, the bar at Sam’s will welcome you with an open tab. A cocktail at Sam’s has now become the thing to do alter 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 posters, rickety shuffleboard tables, pickled eggs, pig’s feet, Slim Jims, beef jerky, and Fat Freddie sausages. It also has an International Standard of Drunk Cerufication: if you drink one of each of the 150-odd brands of beer from all corners of the glbbe, you get a Stan’s Blue Note T-shirt, which will make you (he 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 Fosters and Black Mambas. though 2,500 are currently engaged in the attempt. 2908 Greenville Ave. 824-9653.

State. One sign of a bar’s success is the sighting of T-shirts embla-zoned with its logo on the persons of its patrons and would-be patrons. By that standard. State is nearly is successful as-and far more hip than-the Hard Rock Cafe. What has made State’s martini-glass trademark omnipresent is simple: this is a bar for low-key Bobemians who want to have civilized conversation while gazing out picture windows facing the fairgrounds across the street. The subdued lighting- there are rheostats at each booth-and moderate volume of the music make this possible. All in all, the effect is of a gallery opening without the pictures. 3611 Porry. 821-9246.

StoneleighP. Ask someone about the Stoneleigh Pand they’re likely to describe it as one of their favorite places lor 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 grew 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.

Take Five. Though we were drawn into Take Five by virtue of sheer volume, it’s hard to hit an off night here. The music is consistently good: on our first visit, Dallas Brass and Electric cranked out everything from Prince to vintage Chicago. Even on a Sunday, there’s reason here to celebrate Port of Dallas Alley in the West End Marketplace. 2019 S Lamar 988-0581.

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.

Terillt’s. Tenth’s is always packed-with jazz 1overs. 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; the live jazz on Tuesday through Sunday is great if you can hear it above the roar of the crowd; and you can order ltalchos-Terilli’s trademark ltalian nachos-until 1 a.m. 2815 Greenville. 827-3993.

Top Of the Dome. Sure, it’s a tourist’s delight (your waitress will gladly sell you a T-shirt), but there’s no better place to check out the rotating scenery of the city. There’s always a band (usually pretty good), but the drinks arc expensive, so you might not want to make this the evening’s only stop. Hyatt Regency Hotel, 300 Reunion Blvd. 651-1234.

2826. The latest addition to the Deep Ellum nightclub scene is as cool as it comes. Sleek, chic, and a little pretentious, (he twenty-five- to thiny-fiue-year-old crowd eases into this avant-gande disco to expound on the latest greatest works of literature (in all fairness, they probably do actually read) while they sway ta the free-flowing instrumental music. The immense flood arrangenments atop the cool, polished stone bar 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 in 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.

TIM Voodoo Bar. This is one of our favorite places in the West End. It’s dark as a cave, with candles, blue neon lights, and eerie masks on the walls, so it’s a great change of pace from the office. Voodoo features live music late at night-reggae. New Age jazz, and Latin. And there’s even a saltwater aquarium behind the bar to help soothe your soul. 302 N Market. 655-2627.

White Rock Yacht Club. This unpretentious tavern has more to recommend it than its location. Che last wet-the-whistle stop before entering the drylands of While 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 Bast Dallas treetops from the second-floor balcony, which becomes a sandy “beach” in summer. We do think some of the waitpersuns could have been friendlier, but maybe they weren’t having as good a time as we were. 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, extensiev-to say the least. 4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720.

Zanzibar. Zanzibar offers drinks and good deli food in a colorful café setting. The decor-neon, glass bricks, and pink-and-green walls-is odd enough to work. And even though Zanzibar looks cosmopolitan, it has a neighborhood bar feel to it that leads to discussions among perfect strangers from table to table. 2912 Creenville. 828-2250.