1 Start the new year off with the 33rd annual Cotton Bowl Parade, downtown at City Hall Plaza. Then settle in for an afternoon of football as The University of Texas puts on a show of its own in its Cotton Bowl battle with Miami. 638-3664.

See Dallas’s own German treasure. The Dallas Opera presents Hansel and Gretel as part of its expanded 1990-91 season. The production, designed by Dallasite Michael Yeargan, also runs Jan. 6, 9, and 11. 443-1000.

If you’re out looking for fun and excitement on a Friday evening, stop by and see the Dallas Sidekicks take on the defending MISL Eastern Division champs, the Baltimore Blast, at Reunion Arena. 361-KICK.

6 The Amon Carter Museum closes out two stunning exhibits: Modernist Watercolors and Drawings:1910-1935 and Color Printing and American i Illustration: 1900-1950. Don’t miss your chance to see both. (817) 738-1933.

9The Dallas Mavericks open a four-game home stand against the defending Western Conference champs, the Portland Trail Blazers. Then it’s Utah and Karl Malone on Jan. 11, Orlando on the 12th. closing with the defending NBA champions, the Detroit Pistons, on Jan. 14. 748-1808.

11Three gods come to a poor village in search of one good person in this stirring fable, The Good Person of Sichuan. At the Dallas Repertory Theatre through Feb. 10. 369-8966.

18Join the flock at the Will Rogers Memorial Center for the 95th Southwestern Exposition Livestock Show and Rodeo in Fort Worth. There are plenty of cattle, sheep, swine, goats, horses, cows, donkeys, mules, pigeons, poultry, and rabbits to keep you and the family busy. Through Feb. 3. (817) 877-2400.

Eastfield Collage presents Some Enchanted Evening: The Songs of Rodgers & Hammerstein tonight only. Start off with dinner, then enjoy songs from such classics as Oklahoma. The Sound of Music, The King and /, and more. 324-7100.

19 Don’t miss the free events at two Dallas Public Library branches. Colorful tribal dances by Dallas-area native-Americans will be staged at the Polk-Wisdom Branch Library (224-5586). The Forest Green Branch will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday with films, stories, and refreshments. 231-0991.

22 Love Letters, starring “Hart to Hart” pair Stefanie Powers and Robert Wagner, runs through Jan. 27 at the Majestic Theatre. The play is a quiet yet moving production about two lovers who reminisce through the reading of old love letters. 787-1500.

24The Dallas Historical Society’s exhibit African-American Music with a D/FW Beat begins at the Hall of State in Fair Park. The exhibit, co-sponsored by the Museum of African-American Life and Culture, ends March 21. 421-4500.

29 Arthur Miller’s lasting drama of guilt and atonement, All My Sons, opens at the Dallas Theater Center. The show, set during WWII, runs through Feb. 17. 526-8857.


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