Meet Ramses the Great
It’s unlikely thay Ramses II of Egypt ever entered a conquered village or provincial capital to the kind of reception he will be getting when he arrives at Fair Park this month. The blockbuster exhibit, the largest show of ancient objects ever permitted out of the country by the Egyptian government, comes with all the ballyhoo and hoopla due any Eastern potentate. Certainly even a Pharaoh’s ego could be satisfied by the money that has been spent to make ready the Fair Park Automobile Building (the Dallas Museum of Natural History, which is presenting Ramses, was deemed too small).
But will the exhibit live up to its advance billing? Or will Ramses the Great turn out to be merely Ramses the Pretty Good or-even worse- Ramses the Overhyped?
Judging from the exhibit’s appearances in other cities on the tour, this is a good show, solid and well thought-out. The now-famous King Tut exhibit of the Seventies glittered with more gold, but Tut. a boy-king who happened to get buried in a tomb that was discovered intact in the 19th century, was a nobody compared to Ramses. The Ramses tomb, on the other hand, was looted-he ended up reburied in someone else’s coffin-but he was a real monarch who left his mark all over Egypt on temples, monuments, statuary, and a treasury of lesser objects fit for a king.
As the seventy-four artifacts in this exhibit demonstrate, Egyptian artists and craftsmen went confidently about their work, making objects that would last the ages. Particularly intriguing are the items from Dier-el-Medina, a kind of company town whose business was the construction of tombs for members of the court. Unable to afford the granite and limestone reserved for nobility, the tomb-makers fashioned their own final resting places of wood and decorated them with paint that remains as fresh and brilliantly colored today as any precious inlay on any royal coffin.
Ramses the Great. March 5-August 27 at the Automobile Building in Fair Park, First and Grand Avenue. Mon-Sun 9-6 pin. Tickets $8 adults, $5 children four to fourteen. 1-800-HI-MUMMY. or, in Dallas, 421-2500.
Spring Is In The Air
What better proof that spring has sprung than the stunning beauty of Dallas Blooms? At the Dallas Arboretum’s annual flower show, tulips, daffodils, narcissus, and more leap from nature’s palette in a variety of colors ranging from deep purple to crimson to vibrant yellow. In all, more than 200.000 spring bulbs and blooming flowers are sculpted into beautiful gardens. A stroll through the sights and smells blanketing the Arboretum’s sixty-six acres is the perfect way to awaken senses that have been hibernating through the winter.
Educational classes and displays, such as vegetable gardening, flower arranging, and potpourri making, are available, and each weekend the Arts Magnet High School performs Peter and the Wolf. Strolling mimes, musicians, jazz bands, and dancers provide the perfect accompaniment to this dream garden.
Dallas Blooms. March 11-April 9. Tue-Sun 10-6 pm. Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 8525 Garland Rd. Tickets $5 adults, $4 senior citizens, $2 children six to twelve. Free admission on Fri 3-6 pm. 327-8263.
Kathleen Battle: A First For Dallas
If there were a consensus as to who is the finest American singer of classical music today, the choice would almost certainly fall on Kathleen Battle. Currently at the peak of her career, Battle possesses one of the sweetest, most silvery soprano voices known to humankind. She limits the choice of what she sings carefully-her material always suits her light, agile sound. And if the sheer beauty of the voice weren’t enough, the singer is radiantly beautiful, with a stage presence to match.
Until now, Kathleen Battle has not performed in Dallas-a particular shame, since she made her Houston debut more than a decade ago. But the fault is being rectified by Dallas Civic Music, which is presenting one of only fourteen solo recitals Battle will sing anywhere this season. The Grammy Award-winning soprano will sing music from Handel’s Giulio Cesare (she was the Cleopatra in the Metropolitan Opera’s first production ever of this opera last year) and songs by Schubert. Strauss, Faure, and Obradors, For those who want a preview, Deutsche Grammophon records has just released a recording of Battle singing some of the Schubert songs.
Kathleen Battle. March 8 at 8:15 pm. Tickets $4-$27 through Ticketron, Metro (817) 740-7500. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. 520-6215. -Bill Jungman
Amon Carter Museum. Oscar Bluemner: Landscapes of Sorrow and Joy pays overdue homage to the German-bom pioneer American modernist whose canvases combine cubist form and expressionist color March 18-May 14. Also at the Amon, Winslow Homer Paintings of the Civil War, a show of works made while the artist covered George B McClellan’s 1862 peninsular campaign in Virginia for Harper’s Weekly. and The Flag Paintings of Childe Hassam, a scries of works depicting the streets of New York ablaze with Old Glory on the eve of World War I. through March 12 at 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm, Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933.
Dallas Museum of Art. Large-scale objects by Donald Judd. a series of contemporary sculptures by one of (he masters of minimal art. will be on exhibit through April 18. Concentrations 20: Kiki Smith focuses on the human body, seen inside and out as interpreted in drawings, sculpture, and installation pieces. Through April 16. The entire collection of post World War [I art is once again on permanent display in NowlThen/Again, a striking new installation on the museum’s second floor. 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5 pm, Thur 10-9 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. 922-0220.
Dallas Museum of Natural History. Exhibits of fifty habitat groups representing the plant and animal lift of Tews are a part of the permanent collection. The museum also has one of the world’s largest reconstructed prehistoric sea serpents, a thirty-two-foot. seventy-five-million-year-old Mosasaur, and a fifteen-foot mammoth. The Bird Hall exhibits more than 300 birds found in Texas. Fair Park, 1-30 and Second Ave. Mon-Sat 9-5 pm, Sun and holidays noon-5 pm. 670-8457.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. What Makes Music? explores the an of music and the science of sound in a fascinating hands-on display of instruments. Through April 30 at 1501 Montgomery St, Fort Worth. Mon-Thur 9-5 pm. Fri & Sat 9-8:30 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Metro (817) 654-1356.
Kimbell Art Museum. The exhibit that opens this month. Guido Reni 1575-1642, gathers more than fifty of Reni’s works that reflect his major interests over nis entire career from the highly religious paintings to the decidedly secular words. Through May 14. Also on exhibit is Holy Image, Holy Space: Icons and Frescoes from Greece through April 2. Both exhibits at 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm, Sun 11-5 pm. (817) 332-8451.
Meadows Museum. Frida Kahlo in US. Collections brings together some forty paintings and drawings, works of almost unbearable psychological intensity, in which this intriguing Mexican artist revealed both her pain and remarkable self-possession. Through April 6 on the SMU campus. Owen Arts Center. 6101 Bishop. Mon-Sat 10-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. 692-2516.
Old City Park. Thirty-seven restored historic structures tell the story of the development of Dallas and North Central Texas from 1840 to 1910. The schoolhouse, bank, doctor’s office, and more take you back to the days of pioneer and Victorian living. Guided tours available Tue-Sai 10 3 pm. Tickets $4 adults. $2 children and senior citizens 1717 Gano. 421-5141.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Dubuffet Prints from the Museum of Modern Art includes printed works in all media by the French artist who found his inspiration in graffiti and the drawings of children and madmen. March 5-April 23. German Expressionism After the Gnat War: The Second Generation features some 200 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and posters exploring the brief period between World War I and the rise of Hitler, when German artists set nut to create a new art and a new society Through April 12 at 1309 Montgomery. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. (817) 738-9215.
Museum of African-American Life and Culture. The Elev-fnih Southwest Black An Exhibition brings together the best works in all media submitted by black artists from around the country and chosen by a panel of artists and critics. Through March 30 in the Community Showcase of the Dallas Public Library 1515 Young at Ervay. Mon-Sat 9-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. 565-9026.
Science Place. Scents of Time: Reflections of Fragrance and Society explores the science, art. and artifacts of odor. Through April 30. Also at Science Place I. Robor Dinosaurs, through April 9. Tue-Sat 9:30-5:30 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. Admission for both exhibits $5 adults. $2 children and senior citizens. Science Place I in Fair Park. I-30 and Second Ave. 421-3466.
Adelle M. In Decorative Surfaces. gallery artists explore the texture of things. from furniture to coals. Through March 31 at 3317 McKin-ney Ave. Mon-Fri 9-5 pm. Sat 10-4 pm. 220-0300.
Afterimage. Local artist Stephen Sellars mixes media by painting with acrylics on photographs Through March 4 in The Quadrangle 2800 Routh St. Suite 250. Mon-Sat 10-5:30 pm. 871-9140
Allen Street Gallery. Houses of God. Two years ago. Charles DeBus began photographing the churches of Texas: here, selected by Paul Rogers Harris. former director of the Waco An Center, is the first harvest of this labor of love Panoramic Prints by Eugene O. Goldbeck features the amazing pictures of the early 20th-century San Antonio photographer Through March 26 at 410l Commerce. Sat-Sun 1:30-5 pm. 821-8260.
Contract Design Center. Eleven artists whose works are shown regularly at the Conduit Gallery are featured in this show.: they include Betsy Belcher. Sally Chandler. Pamela Griffin. Kenneth Holder. Marc Lavatelli. Shop Miers. Robert Munguia. Donald Pern. Damian Priour. Giscla-Heidi Strunck. and Margaret Van Wagoner. Through March 31 at 1400 Turtle Creek. Suite 209. Mon-Fri 9-5 pm. 744-4212.
The Gallery. A new exhibition space showcases the work of three very different artists: Greg Metz. maker of big. colorful sculptures satirizing politics and politicians: abstract painter John Pomara: and Tom Moody, painter of whimsical. cartoon-like images. March ll-April 8 at 3004 McKinney. Thur-Sat noon-5 pm. 871-3004 or 32O-8836.
Metropolis. While Ramses does Dallas, a group of Dallas artists do Ramses in Egypt-Texas. an exhibit of Texas interpretations of the Land of the Pharaohs; participating artists include Jack Robbins. Mark Rawls. Rebecca J. Odom.John Montana. Mickey May field. Randall Griffith. Hank Gatewood. and Chris Collins. March 4-April 8 at 3702 Fairmount. Mon-Sat 10-5 pm. 528-3864.
Modern Dallas Art. “New Modernism” feature Dennis Doran and his depiction of 20th-century an in paintings. Through March 18 at 2015 S Edgefield. Thur-Sat 12-5 pm. 941-9811.
Moss/Chumley Gallery. This one-man show features works on canvas and on paper by Mark Perlman. March 3-31 in The Quadrangle. 2828 Routh St. Suite 100. Tue-Sat 10-5:30 pm. 954-0401.
Barry Whistler Gallery. Skeet McAuley’s richly colorful Cybachrome transparencies. mounted in light boxes. take in expan-mvc landscapes as well as such ordinary objects as a slice of bread. March 3-April 8 at 29O9-A Canton St. Tue-Fri 10-5:30 pm. Sat 11-5 pm. 939-0242.
MUSIC AND DANCE
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor John Nelson returns to town to conduct two short pieces by John Adams (of Nixon in China fame) and the Dvorak Symphony No. 3. Pianist Andras Schiff joins him for the Bartok Concerto No. 3. March 2 & 4 at 8:15 pm. Robert Shaw will lead the DSO in a performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah. March 9 &11 at 8:15 pm. March 12 at 2:30 pm. Pianist Ban} Douglas has become a world celebrity since his two tries to win the Van Cliburn Competition in Fort Worth. He makes his DSO debut in Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. I. March 16 & 18 at 8:15 pm. Glasnost comes to Dallas with Soviet conductor Dimitri Kitaienko, who lead an all-Soviel program of music by Artimov. Prokofiev, and Shostakovich, March 24 & 25 at 8:15 pm. Jerzy Semkow conducts Haydn’s Symphony No. 95 and Wagnerian Overtures and Preludes. March 30 & April I at 8:15 pm, April 2 at 2:30 pm. Tickets $8-$24.50. All performances at Fair Park Musk Hall. I-30 and Second Ave. 692-0203.
SMU International Piano Series. Meadows School of the Arts concludes its series of recitals with Robert Shannon, a pianist who specializes in American music. March 7 at 8 pm. Caruth Auditorium. SMU. Free. 692 3510.
Dallas Chamber Orchestra. “Bach and His Boys” includes music by the great German master and his notable offspring-plus a couple of pieces by that 20th-century impostor, P.D.Q. Bach. March 19 at 7 pm. Tickets $10. Caruth Auditorium, Meadow, School of the Arts. SMU. 826-6974.
Dallas Civic Music. The Beaux Arts Trio-perhaps the greatest trio of pianist, violinist, and cellist working together regularly today-is also featured in March, a week after Kathleen Battle This is the group’s first Dallas appearance with its new cellist. Peter Wiley. The program will include trios by Haydn, Saint-Saens, and Schubert. March IS at 8:IS pm. Tickets $4-$27 through Ticketron. Metro (817) 640-7500. Majestic Theatre. 1925 Elm. 520-6215.
Dallas Bach Society. Paul Riedo. the society’s artistic director, will play Bach’s complete Goldberg Variations-one of the greatest and most challenging keyboard works ever written-on the harpsichord. March 9 at 7 30 pm. Tickets $10 through Ticketron. Metro (817) 640-7500. In the auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Har-wood. 827-BACH.
Dallas Classic Guitar Society. Flamenco guitarist Miguel Antonio Tolley plays a matinee recital March 4 at 3 pm at the Dallas Museum of An, 1717 N Harwood. Tickets $2-$3. There is a members’ showcase March 6 at 8 pm at the D’Jazz Club. Caruth Plaza. Suite 208. Park Lane and Central. Free. 739-5975.
Turtie Creek Chorals. Dallas’s premier men’s choir, under the direction of Dr. Timothy Seelig. will be joined by the twenty-four-voice Dallas Boys Choir in presenting Requiem, a concert of selections from the requiems of Mozart, Verdi. Faurr, Brahms, and Webber. March 16 & 17 at 8 pm. March 19 at 2:30 pm. Tickets $12. Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts. SMU. 526-3214.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Married duo Philip Lewis and Jungshin Lim Lewis team up for the Brahms Double Concerto fur violin and cello; Chris P. Xeros leads music of Wagner and Beethoven. March 18 at 8 pm. Tickets $8-$15, half-price discounts for senior citizens and students. Richardson High School Auditorium. Bell Line Rd, east of Coil. Richardson. 234-4195.
Fort Worth Symphony. Elegant young violinist Shlomo Mintz plays music by French composers Ernest Chausson and Camille Saint-Saens. and John Giordano leads works by American composers William Schuman and Ellen Zwilich. March18 at 8 pm, March 19 at 3 pm. In the Pops series, renowned screen composer Jerry Goldsmith conducts his film scores March 10 & 11 at 8 pm. Tickets $6-$18. All performances at the Convention Center Theatre, llll Houston St, Fort Worth. (817)926-8831.
Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. Sensational Japanese pianist Minoru Nojima plays the Shostakovich Concerto No. I, and conductor Steven Michael Rosen conducts rarely heard works by Schoenberg and Haydn. March 21 at 8 pm. Tickets $10-$I5. Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU, Fort Worth. (817) 926-8831.
Dancers Unlimited Repertory Company. Da lias’s modem dance troupe is back in business with two works. Fever Swamp and Passage, plus a guest appearance by the Sharir Dance Company of Austin (formerly the American Deaf Dance Company). March 10 & 11 at 8:15 pm. Tickets $6 TrammelI Crow Center. Upper West Pavilion. 2001 Ross. 522-8988.
Meadows Repertory Dance Ensemble. SMU’s own dance group presents its seventh yearly program March 31 &. April 1 at 8 pM. April 2 at 2:15 pm. Tickets $4-$6. Bob Hope Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. SMU. 692-ARTS.
Fort Worth Ballet. This sprightly young company dances two works by Paul Mejia to musk by Delibes (“Sylvia Variations”) and Offenbach (“Joie de Vivre”). as well as George Balanchine’s “Concerto Barocco.” March 31 & April 1 at 8 pm. Tickets $5-$25 Convention Center Thealre, IIII Houston St, Fort Worth. (8I7) 763-0207.
Pointe of Death. A “balletic whodunit”-could this be a spoot?-thai includes excerpts from classics like Swan Lake. Scheherazade, and Le Train Bleu. March 10 & 11 at 8 pm, March 12 at 2 pm. Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU. Fort Worth. Free. (817) 921-7810.
Hotel Paradiso. DTC returns to its tradition of producing French forces-this classic is by Feyeau and Desvallieres. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek. At the Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora. The Idiot’s Tale, the world premiere of a new adaptation of Dostoyev-sky’s profound novel The Idiot, will be directed by Lithuanian expatriate Jonas Jurasas. Through March 12. Both performances Tue-Sat 8 pm. Sun 7:30 pm. Tickets $10-$24. 526-8857.
Th3 Middle of Nowhere. Instead of Merrily We Roll Along, Theatre Three will end its season with The Middle of Nowhere, a musical revue that combines twenty-five of Randy Newman’s songs with elements of 19th-century minstrel shows. Through April 8. Mon-Fri 8:15 pm, Sat 3:30 & 8.15 pm, Sun 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $13.75-$19.75. Theatre Three, in The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh St. 871-3300.
Sweeney Todd-The Fiend of Fleet Street Not the Sondheim musical, but a comical melodrama on the same subject-a barber who makes mincemeat of his customers. Through March 25. Fri & Sat 8 pm, Sun 7 pm. Tickets $6.50-$8.50, $2 discount for senior citizens and children twelve and under. The “Late-Night Production” features the Guava Bomblets comedy improv troupe. through April 8. Fri & Sat 11 pm. Tickets $15 Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 1611 GreenvilIe at Ross. 821-1860.
My Alamo Family. A one-man show, written and performed by Broadway and TV actor Jerry Strickler, exploring the lives and times of the men who defended the Alamo. March 2-4 at 8 pm. Bath House Cultural Center. 521 E Lawther Dr. Call for ticket prices 328-8428.
We Won’t Pay! We Won’t Pay! Dario Fo’s radical-chic farce is directed by Margarett Perry. Theatre SMU. March 2-5. Thur-Sat 8 pm. Tickets 13. Margo Jones Theatre. SMU. 692-ARTS.
You Can’t take it With you. Kaufman and Hart’s classic American comedy is directed by John Hirsch, the former boss of Canada’s premier Shakespeare festival. Theatre SMU March 7-12. Thur-Sat 8 pm. Tickets S5-S8. Bob Hope Theatre. SMU. 692-ARTS.
The Colored Museum. The lives of black people in America are explored in a series of satirical sketches. March 10-April 15. Fri & Sat 8:15 pm. Sun 3:15 pm. Tickets $18-$10, $6-$8 students and senior citizens, $4-$5 children. Jubilee Theatre. 3114 E Rosedale, Fort Worth. (817)535-0168.
The Adventures of the Shadow. Starring Lamont Cranston and Margo Lane, this is an attempt to re-create the famous old radio serial that originally starred Orson Welles and Agnes Moorehead. Through April 2. Fri-Sun 8:15 pm. Tickets $6-$10 adults, $5-$8 students and senior citizens. $4-$6 children. Hip Pocket Theatre, upstairs at the While Elephant Saloon. 108 East Exchange. Fort Worth (817) 927-2833.
WaltDisney’s Magic Kingdom on Ice. Pinocchio, Mickey Mouse, and the whole gang will be on hand to entertain children of all ages. In Fort Worth. March 21-25 at theTarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St. In Dallas. March 28-April 1 at Reunion Arena. 777 Sports St. Shows nightly at 7:30 pm; call for additional times. Tickets $6.50-$I0.50. 750-4759.
First Weekends at the Zoo. Jazz music kicks off the zoo’s First Weekends series. Sat. March 4. between noon and 5 pm, and Sun. March 5. 1:30-5 pm, hear the sounds of the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Alexander’s Ragtime Band, the Bart Marantz Jazz Quintet, and the Arts Magnet High School Jazz Combo. Call for the time schedule. Dallas Zoo. 621 E Clarendon. Admission S3 adults. $I.50 children six to eleven and senior citizens. 670-6825.
Texas Dogwood Trails Festival. The end of March and the beginning of April are the best times to see the dogwood blooms at their peak in Palestine. Texas, about a hundred miles southeast of Dallas. March 18 & 19,25 & 26, April 1 & 2. For more information, call 729-7275.
North Texas Irish Festival. Dancing, music, entertainment, arts and crafts, leprechauns, and maybe even a pot of gold can be found at the seventh annual lrish festival. March 4 & 5. Sal noon-midnight. Sun noon-8 pm. Tickets S8 one-day. $12 two-day. Fair Park. 1-30 and Second Ave. 528-6651.
Dallas Cup X. 130 youth soccer teams from twenty-eight countries, including three teams from the Soviet Union, will compete for the international title March 19-26. Games are played at Lake Highlands Stadium. 9344 Church Rd and Moss Park. 7700 Greenville Ave, Call for limes and ticket prices. 387-4477.
“A Toast to Texas” Gala. A silent and live auction featuring Texas goods and services to benefit the Historic Preservation League. March 4. 6:30-9:30 pm. Tickets $10 Founders Square in the Higginbotham-Bailey Building. 900 Jackson St. 821-3290.
D Magazine Women’s Conference. This year’s women’s conference will focus on the topic of “Challenging the Status Quo.” with emphasis on political structure, corporate Dallas, the needs of women and girls, legal roadblocks, and [he needs of small businesswomen. Gloria Steinem will be the keynote speaker. March 16. 8:15-2 pm. Tickets $30. including lunch. The Adolphus Hotel. 1321 Commerce St. To preregister call 827-5000.
SMU Women’s Symposium. “Pathways to the Future” is the theme of the symposium, focusing on [he education of women for social and political leadership. March 2 & 3. Call for scheduled events, Tickets $50. including dinner Thur. lunch Fri, and all materials. Hughes-Trigg Student Center. SMU campus. To preregister call 692-4560.
Dallas Home & Garden Show. More than 600 exhibitors will be on hand to display a plethora of ideas on enhancing the home and garden. The Garden Courtyard and Spring Flower Sale arc among [he features of this year’s show. March 2-5. Thur 6-10 pm, Fri 2-10 pm, Sat 10-10, Sun 11 am-6 pm. Tickers $4.50, children under twelve free. Market Hall. 2100 Summons Fwy. 522-6001.
Celebrity Waiters Luncheon. Mayor Annette Strauss will serve as maitre d’. and about forty other local celebrities will become waiter; and waitresses, serving food and wine and soliciting tips by acting nut “dares” from the diners. Benefiting the Leukemia Society of America March 17 at 11:30 urn. Tickets S30 each. $300 per table Union Station, 400 S Houston. 871-1600.
Six Flags. This 205-acre theme 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-waid and three backward Located in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth on 1-30 at SH360. Open weekends only beginning March 4. Tickets $20.50 adults. $14 children under forty-eight inches and senior citizens. Metro (817) 640-8900.
Dallas Mavericks. Burned by overconfident crowings last month (pre-fall of Tarpley), we now resort to caution: games will be won and lost by differing margins; some players will be more responsible than others for these outcomes; team ownership is unlikely to change. All games at 7:30 pm. Reunion Arena, 777 Sport St. Tickets $5-$I0 through Rainbow-TicketMaster. 787-2000, or the Mavericks Box Office. 658-7068.
March 6 New Jersey
Dallas Sidekicks. An alternative to football and basketball, indoor soccer lakes on a new meaning when the Sidekicks come m play. All games at 7:35 pm. Reunion Arena. 777 Spurt St. Tickets $6-$13 through Rainbow-TicketMaster, 787-2000. or the Sidekicks Ticket Office, 361- KICK March 7 Wichita Wings
15 Kansas City Comets
23 San Diego Sockers
23 Los Angeles Lazers
Farmer’s Market. An open-air market featuring more than a hundred Texas farmers and their wares. Fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables abound year-round. 5 am-7 pm daily from late May to late Sept. 6 arn-7 pm from Oct to Apr. 1010 S Pearl, six blocks south of Commerce St in downtown Dallas. 748-2082.
Reunion Tower. The tower’s observation deck and revolving restaurant, fifty stories above the city, are the best places to gel a breathtaking view of Dallas and a memorable photo. Mon-Fri 10 am-midnight. Sat & Sun 9 am-midnight. 300 Reunion Blvd. Tickets $1.88 for adults. $80 for children under twelve. 741-3663.
Dallas Arboretum and 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 10-6 pm. Admission S3 (dulls. 52 senior citizens, and $1 children six to twelve. Free on Fridays from 3-6 pm. 8617 Garland Rd. 327-3990.
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, 9-5 pm daily Admission $3 adults. $1.50 senior citizens and children six to eleven, free 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 slops. CityGolf-an indoor, twenty-seven-hole miniature golf course, StarBase-a live-action laser tag game, and Dallas Alley-a nightclub extravaganza. Mon-Thur 11-10 pm, Fri & Sat 11 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, free Monday night concerts, 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 S3. Fri & Sat $5. 988-9378.
Sixth Floor Exhibit. The sixth floor of the Texas School Book Depository, the place where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly fired the shot that killed John F. Kennedy, is now open to the public. 9.30-4:30 pro daily, Tickets $4 adults, S3 senior citizens, S2 children twelve and under. Texas School Book Depository. 8301 Ambassador Row. 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. Ah located in Fair Park. 1-30 and Second Ave. 426-3400.
Southfork Ranch. Visit Southfork and get a taste of -’Dallas.” Take a guided lour of the Ewing Mansion and a twenty-story oil rig, or a train ride around [he ranch, and don’t forget to stop 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 $4.95 far children four to twelve. 442-6536.
Andrew’s. Some bars-the old Chaise Lounge comes to mind-turn every evening into a group experience. Fine, hut we also need bars for [hose times when it’s just the four of you-you. a friend, and a couple of good drinks. With its niches, alcoves, perches, and ledges, Andrew’s is the perfect spot for talking things over. The famous artichoke nibbles are as cheesy as ever, and the specially drinks are worth a try, even if few remember the origin of “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” or the “Obla Dee.” 3301 McKinney. 220-0566. 14930 Midway at Belt Line. 385-1613.
Bar of Soap. This place is reasonably hip without getting right up in your lace 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 [ouch here is the interesting work of local artists decorating the walls The objets are for sale on consignment. 3615 Parry. 823-6617.
Belle Starr With wave after New Wave of music rolling in yearly, the old country/western culture might be fading. Are you kidding? Belle Starr, packed with a middle-aged boot-kicking crowd, continues to be a huge moneymaker. There are hands every night, urban cowboys everywhere, and women in those tight-fitting jeans that would make any good ol’ boy swoon. There’s also free beer Tuesday through Thursday, which means you’ll have trouble squeezing into the place. 7724 N Central Expwy at Southwestern. 750-4787.
Club Clearview. The centerpiece of Deep Ellum’s alternate 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, 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.
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 Walnur Hill at Stemmons Frwy. 353-0649. 8041 Walnur Hill (at Central Expwy). 361-5553.
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 too 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 crowd loves it. 2812 N Henderson. 826-4544.
The Dan. This is Dallas’s best little dark, intimate bar. and it hasn’t changed in years. 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 Aw. 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 who come back time and again for some of the best bar food around (the barbequed shrimp are a standout). But be prepared for the unisex bathroom upstairs-it’s not that we’re so old-fashioned, but it would have been nice to know beforehand. I701 N Market. Suite 110. 747-0001.
Empire. At Dallas’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 theater on the edge of Deep Ellum. The owners call Empire “elegant.” “classical.” “modern.” “minimal.” and “international.” and the truth is us all these things; the most or-naie. 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-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 loud and hustling 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 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. 69I-4488.
Gershwin’s Bar & Grill. It’s not. you say. really a bar. And you’re right, it’s not. It’s a restaurant 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 elevated baby grand piano. The waitpeople art 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 around warm campfires to spend the evening. 8442 Walnut Hill at Greenville. 373-7)71.
Greenville Bar & Grill. If Dallas had a Watering Hole of Fame, this bar would certainly be in it. The kingpin of the Lower Greenville cir-tuit won’t disappoint if you’re looking for a good burger, a longneck beer, and a band that won’t let you hear yourself think. 2821 Green-ville. 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 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 Corner. A wall of glass outlined by strips of tiny while lights lends a spectacular southbound view of downtown. Elegant older couples arc always found doing the fox trot or the waltz or that risque tango while the younger ones sit ogling on the sidelines. Hilton Inn. 5600 N Central Expwy. 823-9180.
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 lake 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 arc the only choices. The loyal crowd runs the gamut from SMU types to attorneys and FBI agents. 1901 Laws St. 954-1901.
Library. Sit buck in the big, cushy den chairs and sip a Manhattan or a martini or a scotch on the rocks. No strawberry daiquiris, please: this is a bar for adults. But ? beer would be fine in this comfortable, sophisticated spot tucked away in a back comer of the Melrose Hotel. There’s even a piano player to soothe your soul. Omni Melrose Hotel, 3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151.
Mucky Duck. This comfortable haven won’t let you forget you’re in a British/Irish pub: the waitresses’s uniforms match the flags overhead, and hardwood furniture, dart boards, and Guinness and Foster’s beer banners decorate the pub. On almost any evening you’ll see people from ages twenty-one to sixty pass through. The reason? Mucky Duck’s regulars, the Straight Ahead Jazz Quintet (Wednesday through Sunday nights). This band plays a broad spectrum of Jazz classics and con-lemporary favorites, and Heather Patterson’s voice makes you feel guilty for not pay ing a cover. Too bad the music’s volume doesn’t compete with the conversational din. 3102 Welborn in the Centrum. 522-7200.
Nana 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 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 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 Summons Fwy. 748-1200.
The Palm Bar. If you’re downtown, lew places arc as nice as this for a drink after work. If you’re not downtown, it’s worth the trip. The decor is elegant but no) 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. Adolphus Hotel. 1321 Commerce. 742-8200.
Pinot’s Wine Bar. If the ideal wine bar is 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 matter: that gave more lime 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 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 anything 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 upwards a bit, but not much. Other than that, Poor David’s is happily frozen in time. Anson 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 neat the restrooms, there is a new video game cleverly designed to resemble a pinball machine, if you can believe it. (Wait a minute-that is a pinball machine.) 1924 S Greenville. 821-9891.
Randy’s. One of our female scouts said she felt like Peter Cottontail walking into a den of hungry wolves on her first outing at Randy’s, a private club located in the shadows of Prestonwood Mall, The crowd is oh-sc-chic, dressed to kill, and well-monied (or at least they ail 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.
Sam’s Cafe. Yes. we know Sam’s is a restaurant. Yes. we know the burgers there cost almost S6. 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 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 posters, rickety shuffieboard tables, pickled eggs, pig’s reel. 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 corners 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 Fosters and Black Mambas, though 2.500 are currently engaged in the attempt Another perfectly weird touch: the bar has one of those coin-operated “dragline” games in which you snag cheap trinkets. People actually play it. 2908 Greenville Ave. 824-9653.
Stoneleigh 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 long-time favorite of the downtown set and advertising types. 2926 Maple. 871-2346.
Take 5. Though we were drawn into Take 5 by virtue of sheer volume, it’s hard so 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. Part of Dallas Alley in the West End Market Place. 2019 N Lamar. 988-0581.
2826. The latest addition to the Deep Ellum nightclub scene is as cool as it comes. Sleek, chic, and a little pretentious, the twenty-five-to thirty-five-year-old crowd 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 arrangements atop the cool, polished stone bar and the leather couches add a touch of elegance to this otherwise nondescript red-bricked bar 2326 Elm. 741-2826.
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-floor balcony, which becomes a sandy “beach” in summer. We do think some of the waitpersons could have been friendlier, but maybe the) 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. extensive-to say the least. 4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720.