DECEMBER attractions

Miracle on Commerce Street

Live from Dallas…it’s neiman Marcus presents The I Adolphus/Children’s Christmas Parade-the only televised Mm Christmas parade in the country- designed for children. Cartoon characters, comic hook heroes, and beloved fairy tales come to life in the streets of Dallas with floats, bands, and more. Saturday, December 3,10 a.m. Parade is free. Tickets for bleacher seating are available. Call The Adolphus Hotel, 214-742-8200, extension 220, or the parade hot line, 214-640-8383.

Martian Mecca

IT’S THE YEAR 2020. YOUARE35 MIL-lion miles from Earth on a “Mission to Mars” at The Science Place. The centerpiece of the exhibit is a giant spacecraft simulator called Mars Base-1, a habitat module with a simulated Martian landscape. Open daily through January 8, 1995 (closed December 25). Monday-Saturday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sunday noon-5:30 p.m. The exhibit is free with regular admission of $6 for adults, S 3 for seniors and children ages 3-16, Free for children under 3. Located in Fair Park. 214-428-5555.

Jingle All the Way

JOIN A MERRY CROWD OF 5,000 FOR THE 1994 J ingle Bell Run 5 K and one-mile fun run/walk, made more festive by the holiday costume contest and post-race party. The run begins at 7:30 p.m. downtown at the Fairmont Hotel on Akard; costume judging for individuals, family, and teams is at 6:15 p.m. The post-race party features live entertainment, food. and Santa Land for children. December 15. Call Blood Care, 214-351-8670, or Luke’s, 214-528-1290 and ?§] 7-877-1448.

An Arboretum Christmas

TOUR THE STATELY DEGOLYER HOUSE, A 21,000-SQU ARE-FOOT Spanish-style mansion bedecked in holiday finery by Dallas-area interior and floral designers for “Christmas at the Arboretum.” Hundreds of angels hover throughout the manse, and holiday color fills the 66-acre garden on the grounds of The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. December 5-31, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. General garden admission is $6 tor adults, $5 for seniors, S3 for children ages 6-12. Free for children 5 and under. 8525 Garland Road on White Rock Lake. 214-327-8263.

History by Candlelight

HOLIDAY CUSTOMS OF 19TH-CENTURY NORTH Texas cone to life as Old City Park celebrates “Candlelight,” December 8 through 11. Pioneer Texas reenac ments, candlelight tours of restored prairie houses and buildings, carolers, brass hands, and bells on horse-drawn carriages take you back in time, Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for seniors, and $3 for children 3-12. Thursday and Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday 4-10 p.m., Sunday 4-9 p.m. Old City Park is located at 1717 Gano Street. 214-421-5141.

Spiritual Awakening

Let New Arts Six stir your soul with the sound of spir-ituals, the sacred folk music of African-Americans. The six L women add their unique blend of music, poetry, and literature to holiday celebrations this season. See them December 10 with the Irving Symphony Orchestra at the Irving Arts Center; December 11,13,15,16, and 17 with the Dallas Symphony at the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center; December 18 with the Piano Chamber Orchestra at Fellowship Bible Church North; or December 21-23 at Theatre Three in the Quadrangle. For concert times and ticket information, call 521-1733 or 881-2914.


WEBB FOLK ART GALLERY. “Lines and Wonders” is an intriguing show of drawings by five self-taught artists, From Mark Cole Greene’s nature studies and themes from Phantom of the Opera to Carter Todd’s studies of architecture to drawings of individuals by Shields Landon Jones, Rev. L.T. Thomas, and M.C 5 Jones, this exhibit showcases works by people who are driven to draw. December $-31, Saturday and Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Webb Gallery, 107 North Rogers, Waxahachie. Information: 214-938-8085.

UNIVERSITY OP NORTH TEXAS SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS FACULTY EXHIBITION. The faculty of the University of North Texas School of Visual Arts exhibits recent works in all media. Opening reception December 1, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Exhibit runs December 1-14, Monday and Tuesday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. University of North Texas Art Building, Mulberry at Welch, Denton. Information: 817-665-4005.

CONDUIT GALLERY’S DANCE. Patrick Faulhlher, a Dallas artist, opens a new installation piece. Donee, with a lively event open to the public. Gallery space is transformed into a dance hall, using dance as a metaphor for life. A party for the artist is open to the public, December 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Exhibit runs through January 7, 1995. Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Conduit Gallery, 3200 Main Street, second floor, Dallas. Information; 214-939-0064.

DALLAS SOCIETY OF ILLUSTRATORS PORTRAIT SHOW. This fourth annual portrait show features the work, of more than 100 top professional illustrators in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Free to the public. The show opens December 10 and continues through December 23. Monday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., Saturday nonn-4 p.m. Dallas Visual An Center, 2917 Swiss Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-821-2522-

SUNDAY FAMILY HOUR AT KIMBELL. New this fall is (he Kimbell Art Museum’s Sunday Family Hour. Parents and children may take an informative guided tour through special exhibitions. December 4 and 11,1 p,m,-l:45 p.m. Kimbell Ait Museuro, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information and reservations: 817-332-8687.

THE GALLERY ARTISTS’ HOLIDAY SHOW. Eighteen artists represented by the Craighead Green Gallery display their works in a holiday show open to the public. Through December 24-Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Craighead Green Gallery, 2404 Cedar Springs, Dallas. Information: 214-855-0779.

THE AFTERIMAGE GALLERY. Exhibit by Gary Faye features black-and-white landscape photos, most of the West and in panoramic format. Through December 10. Monday through Saturday 10 a.m.-5:3Q p.m., The Afterimage Gallery, The Quadrangle #115, 2828 Routh Street, Dallas. Information: 214-871-9140.

RAVEL FINE ART EXHIBITION. Cuban artist Jose Fors, one of the brightest young talents currently inMexico,displaysaone-man exhibition of paintings, drawings, sculptures, and etchings. Through December 31. Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Ravel Fine Art, 2700 Fairmount Street. Dallas. Information: 214-754-9077.

BROOKHAVEN COLLEGE CENTER FOR THE ARTS. Students in sophomore art classes at Brookhaven College exhibit works in ceramics, design, drawing, painting, photography, sculpture, and print-making. December ]-11. Forum Gallery, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Studio Gallery, Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Brookhaven College, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch. Information: 214-620-4101.

“SPIRIT CRIES” EXHIBIT AT THE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY. Dallas artist Louise Hunt, known for her works in paper, fiber, and photography, gives this themed exhibit at the Dallas Public Library, December 1-31. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday, 9a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Gallery 4 in the Fine Arts Division, Dallas Public Library, 1S15 Young Street, Dallas. Information; 214-670-1400.

THE EVE OF STANLEY MARCUS. The Dallas Museum of Art presents selections from the eclectic personal aft collection of Stanley Marcus, nationally known arbiter of style and taste, The artwork represents more than 60 years of acquisitions. Through December 4. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m,-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturdayand Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursdays free, 5 p.m.-9 p.m. Closed Monday. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. Information: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355.

PORTRAITS OF COMMUNITY-AFRICAN-AMERICAN PHOTOGRAPHY IN TEXAS. Doumencary Arts, Inc. presents this survey of African-American photography in which community is a central focus. The exhibit feanires the works of 16 photographers. Through January 21, 1995. Thursday and Friday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Other days by appointment. 5501 Columbia, Dallas. Information: 214-823-8955.

THE ARK THAT NOAH BUILT. The Biblical Arts Center presents an exhibition featuring two- and three-dimensional interpretations of Noah’s Ark. Through January 15, 1995. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; The Biblical Arts Center, East Gallery, 7500 Park Lane at Boedecker, Dallas. Information: 214-691-4661.

THE MADONNA AND CHILD. The shadow-box an of Richard Williams is featured in this special exhibit. Through January 15, 1995. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.’5 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Biblical Arts Center, East Gallery, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas. Information: 214-691-4661.

500X GALLERV. Dianne Greene’s experimental photography and Paolo Canulla’s sculpture are displayed in die downstairs gallery. Upstairs is the ArtistsRelating Together and Exhibiting (ARTE) guest group show. December 3-31, noon-5 p.m. 500X Gallery, 500 Exposition Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-828-1111.

THE GALLERIES OF LOYD-PAXTON. Principals Paxton Gremillion and Loyd Taylor reveal their passion for China in “Legacies of Health, Happiness and Harmony,” an exhibit of 74 mas-terworks. Through December 27- The Galleries of Loyd-Paxron, 3636 Maple Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-521-1521.

SMU MEADOWS MUSEUM EXHIBITION. “James Brooks: Public and Private” is on view through December 18. Also on exhibit is “Fata Morgana USA: The American Way of Life,” photomontages by Josep Renau that address themes of colonialism, sexism, love, militarism, and the ironies of modern media culture. This exhibit runs through January 15,1995.Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Meadows Museum, SMU campus, Dallas. Information: 214-768-2516 weekdays; 214-768-2740 weekends.

DAVID DIKE FINE ART. “American Illustrations of the 1920s and 1930s,” from the collection of authors Harold and Peggy Samuels, features artists Herbert Morton Stoops, Edmund F. Ward, and Langdon Kihn, along with Texas regional painters. Through December 31. Monday-Friday, 10 a.m-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. David Dike Fine Art, 2613 Fairmount, Dallas. Information: 214-720-4044.

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM’S CHINESE TOMB TREASURES. “Tomb Treasures from China: the Buried Art of Ancient Xi’an” is the most comprehensive exhibition of tomb art GO be mounted in the United States. Through February 12, 1995. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, Information: Metro 817-654-1034 or 817-332-8451.

WORKING DOGS OF THE WORLD. Serigraphs by artist Count Bernard de Claviered’Hust, whose paintings hang in Buckingham Palace, are displayed and available for purchase courtesy of The Warner Collection. Artwork displayed through December 1, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. East & Orient Company, 2901 North Henderson, Dallas. Information: 214-826-1191.

DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY EXHIBIT. “United We Win: Dallas During World War II” reflects themes of patriotism, sacrifice, defense production, and die struggle for civil rights. Photographs, documents, and museum items from the Dallas Historical Society are included. Through March 1995. Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Hall of State, Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-421-4500.

“BLADES IN THE SKY AT THE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY. “Blades in die Sky,” featuring windmills from the Texas Tech Museum, shows the influence of wind power in West Texas. December 19 through January 30, 1995. During regular library hours in the Dallas History Division of the Central l>allas Public Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas. Information: 214-670-1400.

THE EDITH BAKER GALLERY. “A Show in the Hands: Small Works Under $1,000.” This exhibition features the works of more than 30 Texas artists. An opening reception for this exhibit is December 2, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Regular gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.- 6 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.- 5 p.m. Edith Baker Gallery, 2404 Cedar Springs at Maple, Dallas. Information: 214-855-5101.

MASKS. A collection of two and three dimensional masks created by students from the Da] las Independent School District are on display in the Dallas Museum of Art’s Gateway Galleries. Using papier-mache and batik fabrics, the masks reflect a variety of African influences. Through December 1. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 11 a.m,-4 p.m., Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, Sunday, and holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas, formation: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1.355.


AIDS AWARENESS “HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS.” Culminating AIDS Awareness Week and in an effort to spread AIDS awareness throughout Dallas, “Home for tie Holidays” marks the fourth annual fund ra ser benefiting individuals touched by AIDS. Tie event’s proceeds allow individuals with AIDS to visit relatives it they could not afford to CO so otherwise. Co-sponsored by the AIDS Awareness Committee and Razzle Dazzle Dallas, “Home for the Holidays” features a concert wi:h Kim Boyce, contemporary Christian pop singer. December 1, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street, Dallas. Information: Z14-819-1900.

CHRISTMAS AT SOUT HFORK RANCH. The Plano Holiday Tour of Homes makes a stop at the Southfork Ranch, better known as the home of “Dallas” star J.R. Ewi-ig. Three private residences are also included on he tour, which benefits the Piano branch of the American Association of University Women’- college scholarship fund. December 3 and 4, I I a.m.- 5 p.m. Tour begins at SouthFork Ranch, i700 Hogge Parker, Dallas. Tickets and Informa ion: 214-424-6306.

AUTHORS AND AUT DGRAPHS 94. More than 50 authors autograph looks. Proceeds from book sales benefit the Press Club Scholarship Fund of Dallas and Dallas (Tan! Academy tor Literacy. These books are Ideal for gift-giving. December 7,5p.m.-9pm.The Park City Club, 5956 Sherry Lane, Dallas, Information: 214-740-9988.

PERFORMFEST ’94 The third annual multicultural program celebrates local artists’ work and features poetry, da icing, storytelling, folksing-ing, and colorful v guettes. Themes range from the light-hearted 10 the poignant. Performfest ’94 benefits the Family Place, an organization supporting battere I women and their children. December 3 at £ p.m. Teatro Dallas, 2204 Commerce, Dallas Information: 214-727-7083.

HARD ROCK CHRI STMAS CHEER BENEFIT. Tile 1 lard Rock Cafe us lers in the season with its third annual Christmas cheer benefit. Yuletide blues are provided by Maylee Thomas and South Intention with special guest Andy Timmons. Proceeds benefit the Rainbow Room and Genesis Women’s Shelter. The admission fee can be substituted with an unwrapped toy or $10 donation or both. December 11. 7 p.m.-midnight. Hard Rock Cafe, 2601 McKinney at Routh, Dallas. Information: 214-855-0007.

MIDNIGHT AT THIiMEYERSON NEW YEAR’S EVE gala. “The Romantic Period of Passenger Rail” is the theme of the sixth annual gala benefiting the Dallas Symphony Association. Dinner, champagne, and party favors enliven the evening. Decemter 31, 8 p.m.-1 a.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Information: 214-778-4017.

NORTHPARK CENTER HOLIDAY BENEFITS. Benefiting the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Anirrals of Texas, NorthPark Center serves as the largest remote adoption site in the United States. Lower Level between Lord and Taylor and Nein an Marcus. Another NorthPark holiday special is the “Salvation Army Angel Tree.” By adopting an “angel,” shoppers provide gifts for those in need. Through December 18. NorthPark’s American Cancer Society Tree lets shoppers purchase a ribbon to decorate the tree in honor of someone whose life has been touched by cancer. This tree is in the lower level at NorrhPark Center, Fountain Court. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m-9 p.m.; Sunday noon-6 p.m. Information: 214-363-7441.

THE CRYSTAL CHARITY BALL. “Christmas with the Czars” is the theme of this hall benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greaier Dallas, Inc., Camp Sweeney/Southwestern Diabetic Foundation, and the St. Anthony School. Music is provided by Vince Vance and the Valiants and New Orleans’ Jimmy Maxwell Orchestra.December 3. Cocktails and games, 7 p.m.- 9 p.m., dinner and dancing at 9 p.m. Loews Anatole Hotel, Chantilly Ball Room, Dallas. Information: 214-526-5868.

PAWS WITH CLAUS AT PRESTONWOOD TOWNCENTER. Bring your pet and pose with Santa. Proceeds go to Operation Kindness, a “no-kill” animal protection organization. December 3, 8 a.m.-10 a.m. Prestonwood Town Center at Lord and Taylor, 5301 Belt Line Road, Dallas. Information: 214-980-8575.

DANNY WRIGHT CONCERT. Renowned Texas pianist Danny Wright delight* fans with holiday music and many of his original composirions to benefit the Lena Pope Home, an adolescent residential treatment-facility. December 4, 7 p.m.- 8:30 p.m. Marty Leonard Chapel, 4701 West Rosedale, Fort Worth. Information: 817-737-5777.

GALLERIA WONDERLAND EXPRESS. The Galleria Wonderland 350-cat train darts through the Rotcky Mountains and open plains and into the city of Dallas. Settings also include a six-vignette portrayal of the Christmas classic ’Twos the Night Before Christmas. This wonderland benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Through December 31, Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Gulleria, third flow by Marshall Field’s, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Information: 214-702-7100.

ART AND ANTIQUES AUCTION AND GALA. Approximately two hundred art and antique items are auctioned to benefit the Housing Crisis Center of Dallas.’Local folk art and avant garde can be previewed December 2 through December 9, except December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The gala and auction, December 10, 7 p.m.-11 p.m. Trammell Crow Pavillion, 2000 Flora Street, Dallas. Reservations: 214-828-4244.

CHILDREN’S CHRISTMAS TEA PARTY. Youngsters get a chance for a private audience with Santa. Plenty of games and entertainment with holiday ambience. The party benefits The Women’s Council Garden Fund. December 4, 3 p.m.-5p.m. DeGolyer House, Dallas. Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Information: 214-363-5679.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT VALLEY VIEW CENTER. Santa Claus hosts a special breakfast in the lower level Center Court at Valley View Center. Christmas carols, elves, and magicians make this brunch festive and fun. This breakfast benefits Rainbow Days, a nonprofit group for homeless children. December 3 and 10 at 9:30 a.m. Valley View Center, 2040 Valley View Center, Dallas. Information and reservations: 214-661-2939.


TOMB TREASURES FROM CHINA WORKSHOP AT KlMBELL. Children’s workshop on “Tomb Treasures from China” allows children in grades one through eight to participate in age-appropriate activities and stresses basic artistic principles. December 10, 9:45 a.m.-l 1:30 a.m.; Kimhcil Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.

WORKSHOP FOR HEARING-IMPAIRED CHILDREN. The Kimbell Art Museum holds a workshop for hearing-impaired children in grades one through 12. Conducted by the education staff and Kimbell docents, the session is designed to enhance children’s experience of art and to increase their communication skills. December 14, 10 a.m.-noon. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.

HOLIDAYS ON THE FARM. Samuell Farm Parks and Recreation hosts a holiday extravaganza for the family with arts and crafts booths, live music, holiday custom displays, a children’s Christmas carnival, wagon rides, and a petting zoo. December 9, 10, 16, and 17, 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Samuell Farms Parks and Recreation Center, Dallas. Information: 214-670-8263 or 1-800-670-FARM (3276).

DOLLHOUSE MUSEUM OF THE SOUTHWEST. Intricate dollhouses, dolls, and antique toys are decorated for the holidays in 10 festive rooms. The museum shop offers Christmas decorations for miniature and regular trees and intriguing gilts. Through December 31, Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. Closed Monday and December 25. Dollhouse Museum of the Southwest, 2208 Routh Street, Dallas. Information: 214-969-5502.

CHILDREN’S PROGRAM AT PAPERBACKS PLUS. “Wowapi” Art Workshop concentrates on making hook and arc items suitable for gift-giving. “Wowapi” is an American Indian word meaning “anything written in any form.” Supplies are provided free of charge to participants. December 3, 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista, Dallas. Information: 214-827-4860 or 214-827-9309.

KID’S TOWN! HOLIDAY NIGHTS. Enjoy a festive dinner and holiday activity every Friday evening in December. Hanukah is celebrated with meno-rah making and fest:ve lights on December 2. Card making and other activities are featured at Traveling Parents night, December 9. Holiday stories are read to children who can’t wait to hear them, December 1 c. Gum ball trees provide a tasty treat for children who learn how to make them December 23. Kid’s Town turns into a New Year’s celebration December30. All events 5 p.m.-8p.m. Kid’s Town! 751 South Central Expressway, Richardson. Information; 214-231-1413.

DALLAS PUPPET THEATER, INC. Tills imaginative and updated rendition of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol features more than four dozen puppets- This show’s spectacular effects appeal to adults and children alike. Through December 30. Thursday-Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Dallas Puppet Theater, Inc., 3018 Commerce Street, Dallas. Information: 214-361-1416.

THE NUTCRACKER. Kathy Burks Marionette Theatre presents an original version of this seasonal favorite using rod puppets and state-of-the-art spec Lai effects. Through December 31. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Weekday performances (Wednesday-Friday) available by reservation. No performances Christmas Eve or Christmas Day. Call lor information on special after-Christmas weekday performances. Fairview Farms, 3314 North Central Expressway, Piano. Tickets: 214-422-5585.

CHILDREN’S ACTIVITIES AT THE DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY. The Dallas Public Library provides children thoughout the Metroplex with festive and multicultural holiday happenings.

●December3: Stones in Spanish and in English are presented at 1 p.m.

●December 10: “Myths and Legends” story time is presented by the Dallas junior League at 1:30 p.m.; Kwanzaa: A Time for Change, a play written and directed by Britt Miller, is presented by JUBA, an African-American children’s theatre troupe at 2 p.m.

●December 11: A piano recital is presented by the students of Zaragosa Elementary School at 2 p.m.

Events occur at the Children’s Center of the J.Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young Street, Dallas. Information: 214-670-1671.

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA AT NEIMAN’S. Santa greets the little ones with favors and wish-list taking. Enjoy a festive breakfast and holiday skit in this upscale setting. Complimentary parking is provided. December 10, 17, and 23 at 8:30 a.m. Zodiac Room, sixth floor, Neiman Marcus, 1618 Main Street, Dallas. Information: 214-573-5800.

SANTA AT NORTHPARK CENTER. Santa visits and tells stories through December 24. Visits: Monday through Saturday, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.; 2:30 p.m.-5 p.m.; and 5:30 p.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-3 p.m.; 3:30 p.rn.-5 p.m. Storytime: Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m., Sunday, noon. Lower level in front of Lord &. Taylor, NorthPark Center, Dallas. Information: 214-363-7441.

JEWISH COMMUNITY CENTER CONCERT. Singer, songwriter, and puppeteer Janice Buekner, along with jester, mime, and signer Rainyday Sunshine, present a holiday concert at the Jewish Community Center of Dallas. Buckner’s songs appear on MacMillan recordings as well as on her many children’s and adult albums. Rainyday Sunshine, otherwise known as Dr. Richard Statler, regards his performances as an extension of healing through love and laughter. December 4 at 3:30 p.m. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Road, Dallas. Information: 214-739-2717.


THE NUTCRACKER. Ballet Dallas performs 10 traditional performances of The Nutcracker, Score, by Tchaikovsky, played by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra and conducted by Maestro Anshel Brusilow. December 16-18, 2 p.m., and 20-23, 7:30 p.m. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm Street, Dallas. Information: 214-748-1930.

THE NUTCRACKER. Fort Worth Dallas Ballet performs this classic December 9 at 8 p.m.; December 10 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; December 11 at 2 p.m.; December 15 and 16 at 8 p.m.; December 17 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; December 18 at 2 p.m.; December 20-22 at 8 p.m.; December 23 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and December 24 at noon. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 800-654-8454. Other performances of The Nutcracker by Fort Worth Dallas Ballet are at JFK Theatre and Tarrant County Convention Center. Information: 800-654-9545.

SMU MEADOWS SCHOOL OF THE ARTS. The fall dance concert features “Three Masterpieces of American Dance.” Through December 4 at 8 p.m., Sunday matinee at 2:15 p.m. Pre-perfor-mance lecture: “Appreciating Mastervvorks of American Dunce,” December 1 at 7 p.m. Bob Hope Theatre, SMU campus, Hillcrest and Binkley. Information: 214-768-ARTS (2787).

WINTER DANCE SPECTACULAR. Dancers from Cedar Valley College and from dance companies throughout the Metroplex perform in this festival. This eclectic mix ,if artists includes those from Conte de Loyo Fla nenco Theatre, Jazz City Dance Force, Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico, and the Prentice Croup. December 2 and 3, 8 p.m. 3edar Valley College Performance Hall, 3030 North Dallas Avenue. Lancaster, Informatior: 214-372-8160.

THE NUTCRACKER. The Tuzer Ballet performs The Nutcracker, featuring guest dancers Dalia Hay and David Crisfing of the Pennsylvania Ballet. December 2, 8 p.m.; December 3, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; December 4. 2 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU caripus, Dallas. Information: 214-783-1735.


TOM LANDRY SPOUTS MEDICINE AND RESEARCH CENTER. “Festive Non-Fattening Holiday Desserts” is ran of tie Lifestyle Change series featuring heart- nealthy cooking. December 1,6 p.m.-8 p.m. Baylcr Fitness Center, 41 i North Washington. Inform: tion: 214-820-7870.

FUN/ED CONTINUING EDUCATION COOKING COURSES. In.”Spirited Cooking with Wine and Sherries,” veteran cooking school professor Carol Ritchie shawl how Co prepare and cook holiday main cours? and wonderful desserts. December 6, 7 p.m. 10 p.m. Classes are held at the cooking school, Fun/Ed Learning Cenrer, 11608 Midway Road, Dallas. Information: 214-960-2666 or 800-3’-3-2666.

EUREKA! NEW SOUTHWESTERN CUISINE. This low-fat cooking class for all levels of cooks features a menu for green chile pesto. turkey tomatillo chili, chop salad with black bean dressing, and fruit quesadillos. December 6, 7 p.m.-9 p.m. Eureka! Restaurant, 4011 Vill-anova, Dallas. Information: 214-750-7322 or 214-369-7767.

A CHARLES DICKENS HOLIDAY TEA. Learn how to bake traditional British tea treats and enjoy buttermilk scones with clotted cream, banana tea bread, and walnut and lemon meringue cake. The event takes note of proper tea etiquette. Wednesday, December 7, 7 p.m.-10 p.m. Messina’s, 3521 Oak Grove, Dallas. Information: 214-559-0642.

HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING AT STAR CANYON. Learn how to prepare a traditional Christmas dinner with a decidedly Texas twist. Lunch follows with wine and spirits. This is the last class of 1994-December 3, 10:30 a.m.-l:30 p.m. Star Canyon Restaurant, 3102 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 144, Dallas. Information: 214-520-8111.

COOKIN1 WITH CAROL AT THE KITCHEN STORE. Hands-on Holiday Pies: Learn to make flaky pastry and roll out a scrumptious apple cranberry or chocolate pecan pie for the holidays. December 1, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Learn how to make candy December 8,6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Make holiday gift baskets December 15, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. The Kitchen Store, 4714 Little Road, Arlington. Information: 817-860-1573.

TEXAS CHEF ASSOCIATION’S FOOD EXHIBITS. View intricate gingerbread houses and holiday cookies from around the world ;it Prestonwood Town Center. December 17, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Prestonwood Town Center, JCPenney Court, 5301 Belt Line, Dallas. Information: 214-980-8575.

GREAT ITALIAN DESSERTS. Sfuizi chefs show how to make the restaurant’s signature dessert, tiramisu, and Italian Christmas cake with chocolate and cream. December 10, noon-2p.m.,Sfuzzi Dallas, 2504 McKinney Avenue. Information: 214-871-2606; December 10, lp.m.-3 p.m., Sfuzzi Addison, 15101 Addison Road. Information; 214-960-2606; December 10 11 a.m.-l p.m., Sfuzzi Piano, 2408 Preston Road at Park, Information: 214-964-0700.


STANLEY KORSHAK. 500 Crescent Court, Dallas. 214-871-3625. December 1 and 2: Darlene DeSedle 22K gold exclusive. December 2 and 3: Adrienne Landau Trunk Show featuring fur-trimmed capes, shawls, and scarves in accessories. JaniesReidperst>nalappearancewithasilversmith from Santa Fe, James Reid Boutique, Level 1. TSE Cashmere Trunk Show, in Sportswear, Level 2. December 6 and 7: Jane Mason personal appearance, in Accessories, Level 1. December 8-10: Lynn Nakamura personal appearance, Accessories Level 1. December 16 and 17: Temple St. Clair Carr Personal Appearance, in Accessories, Level 1. December 20 and 21 : Erica Courtney personal appearance, in Accessories, Level 1. All events occur 10 a.m.-6 p.m

NEIMAN MAHCUS PRESTONWOOD. 5285 Belt Line, Dallas. 214-2 i3-1100. December 1: Pearls by Mastoloni Show, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Precious Jewels Salon. Decenber 2: Escada Trunk Show, informal modeling, noon-4 p.m., Designer Sportswear. December 4-10: Christian Dior on Tour, noon-6 p.m. December 4, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. December 10, Cosmetics. December 8: Henry Dunay personal appearance, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Precious Jewels Salon. December 10: Breakfast with Santa 8:30 a.m., Neiman Marcus Cafe. December 13 : Sharifpersonal appearance in hand-bags and Steven La- os personal ap[iearance in jewelry, noon-4 pm. December 16: Philip B. personal appearance in ccsmetics, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

NEIMAN MARCUS NORTHPARK. 400 NorthPark Center, Dallas. ; 14-363-8311. December 1: Escada Trunk Show, Designer Sportswear, Level 2. December 2: David Yurman Trunk Show, Fashion Jewelry, Level 2. December 6: Henry Dunay Trunk Show, Precious Jewels Salon, Level 2. December 16 and 17: Cynthia Bach personal appearance, Precious Jewels Salon, Level 2. December 17: Ste\ en LagosTmnk Show, Fashion jewelry, Level 2. > oon-4 p.m.

NEIMAN MARCUS DOWNTOWN. 1618 Main Street, Dallas. 214-741-6H1. December 1 : Davit] Yurman Trunk Show with representative, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Fashion Jewelry. December 1 and 2: Stanley Platos/Martin Ross Trunk Show with representative, informal mcdeling, noon-3 p.m., Couture Salon. December 1-3: Diamond personal appearance and Trunk S now, Informal modeling, noon-3 p.m,. The Bridal Salon. December 5-7: Ognibene Zendman Trunk Show with Representative, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Couture Salon. December 7: Cynthia Bach personal appearance, noon-4 p.m., Precious Jewels. December 8: Barry Kieselstein-Cord personal appearance, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Precious Je-vels Salon. December 8 and 9: Bill Blass Trunk show with representative, informal modeling, :ioon-4 p.m., Couture Salon. December 9: Steven Lagos personal appearance, nuon-4 p.m.. Precious Jewels. December 10. 17 and 23: Breakfas: with Santa at 8:30 a.m., The Zodiac Room. Reservations; 214-573-5800. December 15 : Steven Lagos Trunk Show with representative, 10 a m.-5:30 p.m., Fashion Jewelry.

RICHARD D. EISE MAN, INC. NORTHARK CENTER. 514 NorthPark, Dallas. Elizabeth Gage’s new arrivals in original designs on display December 1. December 9 and 10: United States premiere collection of gentlemen’s jewelry featuring a large variety of 18K gemstone cufflinks and rings suited for the contemporary man. December 14 and 15: Collection of cabachon, sapphires, emerald, and ruby pieces by Chaave. Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.- 9 p.m; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. R.D. Eiseman, Inc., 514 NorthPark Center, Dallas. Information: 214-361-0341.

THE GAZEBO. 8300 Preston Road, Dallas. December 1 and 2: Trunk shows for gift ideas. William Noble Rare Jewels boutique host a show featuring the winter collection from Trompe L’Oeil Jewelry. Michael Kors, New York designer, shows his spring collection. Both shows feature informal modeling, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. December S and 9: Trunk show featuring die jewelry designs of Dallas designer Dian Malouf, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Information: 214-373-6661.



●Walker Evans: His Time-His Presence-His Silence, Dorothea Lange: The Closer for Me, and Let Us Now Praise Famous Me?t document the poverty of die Depression. December 3, noon.

●Ansel Adams: Photographer. In this 60-minute film, Adams speaks about his prolific career as an artist, conservationist and teacher. John Marin, A showcase of die artist’s works from his earliest watercolor in 1888 to die pictures not yet finished when he died in 1953. Laura Gilpin: An Enduring Grace documents die American Southwest and its native inhabitants. December 7 and 10, noon.

●Strand-Under the Dark Cloth. This 81-minute film focuses on Paul Strand, die first American photographer to understand die implications of die Cubist Revolution. December 14 and 17 at noon. Amon Carter Museum Theater, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.

SMU FILM SCREENING. Man Facing Southeast is co-sponsored by the Meadows Museum and the Southwest Film and Video Archives in conjunction with the Meadows Museum exhibition “Image and Memory: Latin American Photography, 1880-1992.” December 14, 7:30 p.m.; and December 16, 2 p.m. Southwest Film and Video Archives screening room, third floor of the Greer Garson Theatre building, SMU campus, Dallas. Information: 214-768-1684.

THE JUNIOR BLACK ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS. Jit, a sunny and breezy comedy from Zimbabwe by Michael Raeburn, presents the traditional romantic pursuit in a new light; shown December 9. ]it derives its name from jit-jive music, a music of reggae-like style with a compelling beat. December 9,8p.m. The Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters, Dallas Convention Center, 650 South Griffin Street, Dallas. Information: 214-658-7144.


CANTONI CONTEMPORARY JUVENILE FURNITURE. Cantoni offers an additional discount to shoppers who bring in a new. unwrapped toy at the time of their purchase prior to Christmas Day. AH toys are donated to die Ronald McDonald House. Through December 20. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Cantoni Furniture Store, 4800 Alpha Road, Dallas. Information: 214- 934-9191.

CHRISTMAS THYME AT THE HERB MARKET. Holiday Crafting: Create Christmas potpourri, a spice Wreath, and table decorations from all-natural materials. December 1, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. ●Medicinal Herbs for Winter: Learn some basics of herbal medicine plus remedies Co build your immune system agair St cold and flu and to soothe holiday stress. December 10, 10 a.m.-noon.

●Living Rosemary Wreath: Make a fragrant wreath that will live ong after the holidays, using trailing rosemary and ornamental pepper plants. December 10,2:30p m.-4 p.m. Classes take place at the herbal marke : located in the original setting of the grain weigh station in Carrollton. The Herb Market, 1002 Fourth Avenue, Carrollton. Information; 214-446-9503.

TREES FOR DALLAS. Plant, pot, mow, weed, mulch, and learn about trees while helping to make Dallas green. Plant trees in parks, school yards, medians, and boulevards. Participants should bring a lundi. Drinks are provided. “Trees for Dallas” is sponsored by the Dallas Parks Foundation, a nonp ofit organization dedicated to the greening of Dallas. December 17, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. Growing Center, 8740 Elam Road, Crawford Park, Pleasant Gove, Dallas. Information: 214-953-1184.


KID’S TOWN! ADULT ENRICHMENT PROGRAM. “Social, Emotional and Educational Needs of die Learning Different Child” is the topic of an informative panel discuision. Children ages 4 and over are free. December 20, 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Kids Town! 751 South Central Expressway, Richardson. Information: I14-231-2129.

TUESDAY TALK SERIES. “Unplanned Parenthood” features the inimitable author Liz Carpenter, Lady F ird Johnson’s press secretary in the Johnson dministration. Carpenter recounts her experiences when she became the guardian of the tren-age children of her brother. This lecture series is produced by Julia Sweeney & Asscciates. December 6. Coffee at 10:30 a.m., presentation at 11 a.m., lunch at noon. The Stoneleigh Hotel, 2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-0206.

WEDNESDAY NIGHT TALK SERIES. Atef Mankarios, president of Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Inc., presents “Backstage at Rosewood” as pan of this lecture program produced by Julia Sweeney & Associates. December 7- Cocktails at 6:30 p.m. follow* d by discussion at 7 p.m. Hotel Crescent Court 400 Crescent Court, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-0206.

THE DALLAS IN STITUTE OF HUMANITIES AND CULTURE LECTURES. A two-part course focuses on “The Spiri ual Psychology of Work.”As job specialization ar d professionalism come to dominate, “soul work” disappears. The first part of the course confronts the issue of how to meet the inevitability of the unemployed soul. The second part of the course concerns the practical ways in which jobs can become part of the Great Work of the universe. December 6 and 8,7 p.m.-10 p.m. The Dallas Institute of Humanities & Culture, 2719 Routh Street. Information: 214-871-2440.

THE DALLAS FHILOSOPHERS FORUM. Philosophy specials s conduct a public forum on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. A scholarship winner speaks December 6. “The Moral Structure of Dante’s Inferno” is presented by Stephen Amdt, author of the recent poetic translation of the Divine Comedy, December 13. Optional dinner at 6:30 p.m. Discussion at 7 p.m. Wyatt’s Cafeteria, southwest comer of Forest and Marsh Lanes, Dallas. Information: 214-373-7216.

HUMOR IN DESIGN. Alexander Isley, former art director at Spy magazine, is keynote speaker at the Dallas Society of Visual Communication’s December meeting featuring the topic “Humor in Design.” December 7, 7 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and cocktails 6 p.m.- 7 p.m. City Place, Central Expressway and Haskell, Dallas. Information: 214-241-2017.


THE KINO’S SlNGERS. The International Theatrical Arts Society (T1TAS) sponsors “The King’s Singers,” six Englishmen who enjoy the distinction of being one of the world’s most sought-after musical ensembles. December 12, 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus, Dallas. Information: 214-528-5576.

THE DALLAS OPERA’S CINDERELLA. The Dallas Opera performs this fairy tale about a girl whose beauty and strength of character enable her CO rise above her less fortunate situation. Diva Cecilia Bartoli stars in this operatic version that features a wicked stepfather, a lost bracelet, and no pumpkin. Composed by Gioachino Rossini, conducted by Richard Bonynge, and sung in Italian with English translations. December 7,10, and 13,7:30 p.m. December 18,2 p.m. Music Hall at Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-443-1000.

VOCAL MAJORITY CHRISTMAS SHOW. More than 100 memhers of this local male chorus perform three brightly staged holiday productions with more than 200 songs from the chorus’ two holiday albums. The show features performances by award-winning quartet the Acoustix. December 16, 8 p.m.; December 17, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus, Dallas. Information: 214-960-0606.

VOICES OF CHANGE. As part of the Twentieth Anniversary Concert Season, “Voices of Change” features Benjamin Lees, composer, and premiere concert season works by Roberto Sierra ami H.M.Gorccki. Gregory Hustis plays the horn. December 5, 8 p.m. Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus, Dallas. Tickets and Information: 214-520-ARTS (2787) or 214-987-0889.

CHRISTMAS AT UNIVERSITY OF DALLAS. The University of Dallas Musi; Department holds its annual Christmas at UD, an evening of Christmas music and Bible readings in the Chapel of the Incarnation at the UD campus in Irving, followed by a per ormance of Amahl and the Night Visitors in Lynch Auditorium. Free and open to the public. December 7, 7 p.m. University of Dallas campus, Irving. Information: 214-721-5079.

DALLAS SYMPHONY CLASSICAL SERIES. Andrew Litton conducts his premiere concert season with the Dallas Symphony. December 1-4: Simone Pedroni is on p ano and Gregory Hustis is on the horn. Weber: Euryanthe Overture; Mozart: Piano concerto Ho. 24 in Cminor, K 491; Lees: Horn concerto; Debussy: la mer. December 8-10; Tchaikovsky: Serenade for strings, op. 48, Telemann: Trumpet concerto, Hayden: Trumpet concerto, Elgar: In the South (Alessio), op. 50. Concerts are Tuesday through Saturday, 8:15 p.m. Sunday matinee, 2:30 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2:01 Flora Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-692-0203.

THE TURTLE CREEK CHORALE. The chorale performs amid candles and poinsettias in a holiday repertoire. The chorae is accompanied by the Dallas Wind Symphory. December 4, 7, 11, and 12, 8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Information: 214-520-2787.

THE DALLAS WIND SYMPHONY. The “We Wish You a Merry Christ nas” concert offers new twists on traditional Christmas songs. Jerry F. Junkin is the artistic director and conductor for this concert season. December 21, 8 p.m. The Meyerson Symphony Center, 2401 Flora Street, Dallas. Information: 214-528-5576.

DALLAS CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. The “Tuxedos to T-Shirts” season continues with a nostalgic baroque concert featuring Corelli: Christmas Concerto; Vivaldi: Concerto for Two Cellos; Telemann: Concero for Two Violins; Bach: Concerto for Two Violins. December 16,8p.m.; Church of the Transfiguration, Hillcrest and Spring Valley, Dalla,; December 17,8 p.m., Oak Cliff, Tyler Street United Methodist Church, Polk at Tenth Street, Dallas. December 18, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Caruth Auditorium, Hillcrest and Binkley, Dallas. Information: 214-520-2787.

SOUTHERN METHODIST UNIVERSITY MEADOWS MUSIC PROGRAMS. December 4: SMU Meadows Chorale and Choral Union perform, 7 p.m., Caruth Auditorium; December 5: Voices of Change, 8 p.m., Caruth Auditorium; December 6: Women’s Vocal Ensemble, 8 p.m., Caruth Auditorium; December 8: Lessons and Carols, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., Perkins Chapel; December 9: Chamber Winds and Chamber Orchestra, 8 p.m., Caruth Auditorium; December 10: SMU Pre-College Conservatory Symphony of Toys, 3 p.m., Morton H.Meyerson Symphony Center; December 17: SMU Pre-College Conservatory Sinfonietta, 4 p.m., Taubman Atrium. Programs are presented on the campus of Southern Methodist University unless otherwise noted. Information: 214-SMU-ARTS (768-2787).

SUMMONS JAZZ SERIES. “From Bop to Drums” features D’Drum with musicians Ron Snider and Ed Smith. This band’s sound synthesizes classical, jazz, and Middle Eastern drumming into a single musical expression. Complimentary drinks and hors d’oeuvres for guests. December 7- Doors open at 7 p.m. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines ar Oak Lawn, Dallas. Information: 214-520-2787.

THE GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA MEYERSON SERIES. Under the direction of Richard Giangiulio, the Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra performs classic and 20th-century symphonic works in a holiday concert including Liadov’s Enchanted Lake, Stravinsky’s “Firebird” Suite, and holiday music featuring the Incarnation Choral Society. December 18, 7:30 p.m. Morton H. MeyersonSymphonyCenter,2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Information: 214-520-2787.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT DALLAS MESSIAH SING. This annual community Messiah Sing allows the audience to sing both their version of Handel’s Messiah chorus and traditional carols. Free to the public. December 11, 7:30 p.m. UT-Dallas University Theatre, Richardson. Information: 214-690-ARTS (2787).

HOLIDAY POPS WITH THE PLANO CHAMBER ORCHESTRA. The Holiday Pops holiday concert, directed by Maestro Hector Guzman, features music from around die world and special appearances by the gospel group New Ans Six and Santa Claus. December 18, 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Bible Church North, 850 Lexington Avenue, Piano. Information: 214-985-1983.

THE GIFTS OF THE MAGI. The Deep Ellum Opera Theatre presents The Gifts of the Magi holiday show based on. the O, Henry short story. Designee! to appeal to the whole family, the story is about Jim and Delia as they learn die true meaning of Christmas. December 9-31, Thursday through Saturday,’8 p.m.; Sunday matinee, 2:30 p-m. December 25 show, 8 p.m. No show December 24-Hickory Street Annex, 501 Second Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-520-ARTS (2787) or 234,826-DEGT (3368).

HARMONY DIVINE. As pan of the Chamber Symphony of the Metrocrest Concert series’ holiday concert, “Harmony Divine” features the Brookhaven College Chorus. The tenderness of Bach’s The Magnificat for voice and orchestra is complemented by John Rutter’s vibrant scoring of six winter scenes taken iront Enj.;nsn lueravvue in When Icicles Hang. Directed by Dr. Robert Austin. Nicholas Paraskevas is the music director. December 10, 8:15 p.m. Brookhaven College Performance Hall, 3939 Valley View, Farmers Branch, Information: 214-417-0745.

PIANO PERFORMANCE FEATURING DON IRWIN. Don Irwin, internationally known composer, performer, and recording artist, performs in Dallas as part of his holiday tour. December 10 and 11,1 p.m.-8 p.m. The Marker, lnwood Village, Suite 335, Dallas. Information: 214-352-1220.


FIREWORKS AND THE VOCAL MAJORITY. ’The Young Country Christmas Fireworks to Music.” This annual 20-minute extravaganza sponsored by KYNG Radio is the iai^est fireworks display in the Metroplex, and features background tunes played by the Vocal Majority, a renowned male chorus. December 4. 6:3C p.m., Williams Square. Las Calinas, Highway 114 and O’Connor Road, Irving, Information: 214-716-7800.

DUNCANVILLE’S CHRISTMAS PARADE AND TREE LIGHTING. Join a festive parade and tree lighting with lots of family entertainment. Santa Claus makes a personal appearance as well. Free to die public. December 2, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Ben Franklin Apothecary, 302 North Main, Duncanville. Information: 214-780-5070.

HISPANIC NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE. The eveningfeatures party favors, door prizes, and three bands, including top Tejano artists who perform in English and Spanish. December 31, 7 p.m.-1:30 a.m. Dallas Convention Center, 600 Griffin, Hall A. Dallas- Information: 214-634-7020.

FORT WORTH ZOO ZOOBILEE OF LIGHTS. The Fort Worth Zoo is transformed into a holiday wonderland with more than 200.000 lights, live entertainment, live reindeer, and, of course, Santa Claus. Thursday-Sunday through December 11, open every evening December 15-31. Sunday through Thursday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 6p.m.-10p.rru Closed December 25 and Christmas Eve. The Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Parkway. Fort Worth. Information; 817-871-7050.

KWANZAAFEST ’94. From the ki-swahili word meaning “first fruits,” this celebration is a tribute to the cultural roots of African-Americans. Kwaitzaa features seminars, drum demonstrations. a bakefest, ahealthfest, am\ ;-> Hack college recruitment’ fair. December 10, 10 a.m.- 8 p.m.; December II.. Fair Park, Automobile Building. Dallas. Information: 214-934-3039.

SENIOR CITIZENS NEW YEARS EVE CELEBRATION. Dallas Parks and Recreation Department’s Senior Services Division hosts its eighth New Year’s Eve noontime celebration and dance. Jack Mielick’s Big Band plays popular tunes to welcome in the New Year. December 31, II a.m.- 3 p.m. Grand Ballroom of the Ramada Hotel. 1055 Regal Row, Dallas. Information: 214-670-6260.

HIGHLAND PARK VILLAGE CARRIAGE RIDES. Belgian draft hones pull quaint carriages that accommodate a maximum of eight people. Carriage riders ge: a close-up view of the grand Armstrong Avenue residential decorations. Through Decemher 30, Monday-Sunday, 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Cosed December 25. Highland Park Village, Center Court, Corner of Mockingbird and Preston, Dallas. Information: 214-521-RIDE(7433).

HOLIDAY EVENT I AT RED BIRD MALL. The Red Bird Mall Celelrity Holiday Fashion and Gift Event includes ar opportunity to meet the Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders. December 3, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Kwanzaa celebrations occur December 26-31, Red Bird Mall. 3662 West Camp Road, Dallas. Information: 214-296-1491.

OALLERIA’S MISSLE: ILE TOES. An ice -skatingSanta appears every Se turday in December at 1 p.m. Galleria Ice Rirk, Lower Level, 13350 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Information: 214-702-7100.

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT ARLINGTON HOLIDAY RECEP’TION. This annual tree-lighting extravaganza is followed by a holiday concert open to the public at UTA. December 6, 7 p.m. UTA camp is, University Center, 301 West Second Street, Arlington. Information: 817-273-2963.

CHRISTMAS Al THE DALLAS ARBORETUM. Hundreds of angels hover throughout the stately DeGolyer Hoi se during Christmas at the Arboretum. Don’t miss this spectacular holiday tradition created by preeminent Dallas-area designers and florists. Stroll through the tranquil and festive 66-tcre garden. December 5-33, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, 8525 GarlandRoad, Dallas. Information: 214-327-8263.

FRIDAYFEST SPONSORED BY THE DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENT DISTRICT (DID). This streetfair sponsored by the Downtown Improvement District cheers downtown Dallas employees and holiday shoppers and visitors. Entertainment includes musicians, mimes, dancers, jugglers, clowns, and Santa. December2, ll:30a.m.-lp,m. at six outdoor locations: 1700 Pacific Avenue; 1200 Mainat Feld; Nations Bank Plaia; 901 Main; Southwestern Bell Plaza; Akard at Commerce; Texas Commerce Towet, 2200 Ross Avenue; West End Area, Market at Corbin. December 9, 11:30 a.m.-l p.m. Banc One Center; 1717 Main Street; Murphy’s Crossing, 100 South Murphy Street; Maxus Energy Tower, 717 North Harwood; One Main Place; 1201 Main Street; Plaza of the Americas, 700 North Pearl; West End Area, Market at Corbin; December 16, 11:30-1 p.m., Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young Street; Lincoln Plaza, 500 North Akard; Main Street (Stone Place), 1601 Main; Southwestern Bell Plaza, Akard at Commerce; Thanks-Giving Square, 1601 Pacific Avenue; West End, Market at Corbin. Information: 214-821-9000.

HOLIDAY IN THE PARK AT SIX FLAGS. Starting the day after Thanksgiving, Six Flags Over Texas amusement park becomes a Christmas wonderland. Lavish decorations, holiday shows, foods of the season and a teal snow hill combine withi lighting displays and strolling carolers to create holiday magic. Two shows debut this season: Have Yourself a Looney Tunes Christmas based on the first Looney Tunes album in 20 years and hosted by Daffy Duck; and Sanla Country, a full-scale musical about the only child in a small Texas town, who worries that Santa will overlook her, Through December 16, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; December 16-31, every day 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Closed Christmas Eve and December 25. Six Flags Over Texas, 130 and State Highway 360, Arlington, Information: Metro 817-640-8900.

PEGASUS PLAZA PERFORMANCE SERIES. Enjoy a lunchtime performance of jazz, storytelling, dance, and poetry on the new Pegasus Plaza. Sponsored by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, Holidays of People Everywhere (HOPE.), and die Dallas Commission for International Cultural Affairs. December 2 at noon. Pegasus Plaza, Main at Akard, Dallas. H.O.P.E. hot line: 214-504-6836.

MISSION TO MARS. Try your hand at being an astronaut and experience the technology, teamwork and challenges of livingand working inspace at this exhibit at The Science Place in Fair Park. Large-scale exhibit devices and multimedia computer technology help individuals and families explore Mars and learn about planet Earth. Through December 31. Monday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5:30 p.m. The Science Place, Fair Park, 1318 Second Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-428-5555, extension 343 or extension 344-

COLLIN CREEK MALL HOLIDAY EVENTS. Take a ride on Collin Creek Mall’s Holiday Express Train through December 24- Located on the lower level of Center Court. The Elfin Palace Revue holiday puppet show performs through December 24- Thursday- Saturday, 11 a.m., noon, 2 p.m., and 3 p.m.; Sunday 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. Mrs. Claus tells stories every Saturday and Sunday through December 24 at 11:30a.m., l:30p.rru2:30p.m.,3:30p.m.Collin Creek Mall, 811 North Central Expressway, Piano. Information: 214-424-7641 or 214-424-7691.

ANTIQUES, ANTIQUES. Come join this Christmas open house with 50 of Dallas’ finest antique dealers for a day of foot!, door prizes, and viewing antiques. December 10, noon-6 p.m. Antiques, Antiques, Northwest Comer of Arapaho and Dallas North Tollway, Dallas. Information: 214-239-6124,


DALLAS COWBOYS. The Cowboys play football at Texas Stadium, Home games: December 10-Cleveland, 3 p.m. Tickets: 214-579-5000 or 214-373-8000.

DALLAS MAVERICKS. The Dallas Mavericks play basketball at Reunion Arena. Home games:

December 1 -Denver

December 3-Utah

December 8-Washington

December 10-Chadotte

December 13-Los Angeles Lakers

December 15-Boston

December 27-Phoenix

December 30-Golden State

All games at 7:30 p.m. Season tickets: 214-748-1808. Individual tickets: 214-939-2800.

DALLAS STARS. The Dallas Stars play hockey at Reunion Arena. The NHL players’ strike may affect the following schedule of home games:

December 5-San Jose

December 7-St. Louis

December 9-Chicago

December 17-New Jersey, 7:05 p.m.

December 26-St. Louis

Games at 7:35 p.m. unless specified otherwise.

Tickets and information: 214-467-8277.

DALLAS FREEZE. The Dallas Freeze team plays ice hockey at Fair Park Coliseum. Home games;

December 3-Fort Worth Fire

December 6-Tulsa Oilers

December 10-San Antonio Iguanas

December 13-Wichita Thunder

December 15-OklahomaCiiy Blazers

December 17-San Antonio Iguanas

December 21-Wichita Thunder

December 27-Memphis Riverkings

All games at 7:35 p.m. Tickets and information: 214-750-7400.

WHEELS IN MOTION ROLLERS LADING. Rollerbladers meet for a fast-paced fun skate on Sunday mornings. Bagels are sewed afterward. Sunday, 9 a.m. Wheels In Motion, 800 North Coit, Richardson. Information: 214-661-5073.

1994 M.C.B. COTTON BOWL INDOOR TENNIS CLASSIC. Dallas’ largest local tournament for juniors and adults, sponsored by the Dallas Tennis Association. Divisions include the following: top-ranked college players, touring professionals, men’s and women’s singles and douMes, mixed doubles, and husband-wife doubles. The entry deadline is December 4- Adults begin December 29, 5 p.m. Juniors play December 26-28, 8 a.m. This tournament is held at 11 different tennis facilities throughout Dallas. Maps are mailed upon request. Information: 214-342-9597.

LAS COLINAS CHRISTMAS CLASSIC. The 16th annual 1 OK, 2-mile, and IK races in die LasColinas Christmas Classic benefit Toys for Tors and the Ronald McDonald House. Post race festivities include Santa Claus, holiday balloons, holiday-music, free fitness fair, and Santa Cruise. Food and refreshments are served to participants. December 10, IK ElfTrot at 9 a.m.; 2M FunRun at 9:15 am; 10K Race at 9:30 a.m, The race starts at the Mustangs of LasColinas, Williams Square, living. Information: 214-522-3960.

DALLAS WHITE ROCK MARATHON. A Boston Marathon qualifier, The Dallas White Rock Marathon is known for its scenic and historic course. “The Rock” starts and finishes in downtown Dallas at City Hall Plaza, winds through the neighborhoods of Turtle Creek, Highland Park, Lakewood, and the Swiss Avenue historic district, and includes a nine-mile loop around White Rock Lake. The course is flat and fast with time callers every mile. December 4, 25th Annual starts at 8 a.m.; 5K start time is 8:15 a.m. The race starts at Young and Akard Streets in Dallas. An awards banquet follows the marathon at the Dallas Convention Center OU Memorial Auditorium, Akard and Canton Streets, Dallas. Information: 214-526-5318.

DOAK WALKER AWARD BANQUET CEREMONY. In recognition of “The National Running Back Award,” or the Doak Walker Award. Don Meredith is keynote speaker at a reception, dinner, and awards ceremony open to the public December 6. The reception starts at 6 p.m. followed by an optional dinner. This ceremony honoring the best football running back in the nation is hosted by Southern Methodist University at the Fairmont Hotel, Ross at Akard, Dallas. Tickets and information: 214-768-4314.

GREATER DALLAS BICYCLISTS. The Greater Dallas Bicyclist host the following activities:

●December 8 and 22: “Kevin’s Christmas Lires Ride” is a modérat? -paced ride where participants dress themselves and their hikes in their holiday best. Helmets and hike lights for night riding are required. Free to the public. The ride starts at 6:30 p.m. a Snider Plaza, Hillcrest and Rosudale, Dallas.

●December 11 : Sar ta Clans leads an easy-paced and festive ride around White Rock Lake. Bikers dress themselves am their hikes in holiday splendor and bring a wrapoed gift for homeless children in Dallas. The ride starts at noon from the Clubhouse at Winfiey Point on the East side of White Rock Like. The annual Christmas party starts at 1 p.m. at Winfrey Point, after bicyclists circle the lake.

●December 17: “The Dave Phillips Christmas Carols Ride” depar S from the Quadrangle parking lot at the corne: of Howell and Worthington Streets at 2 p.m. Bikers ride to The Doctors Healthcare Center, near White Rock Lake, to sing Christmas cart Is. Helmets are required. Also on December 17: “Mini’s Historic Granbury Christmas Lites Ride” starts at 5 p.m. for an hour-long tour of the town of Granbury to see Christmas lights. Dinner and a musical at Granbury Opera H House follow. Helmets and hike lights are required Information; 214-946-BIKE(2433).


A CHRISTMAS CAROL. The Addison Theatre Center produces a new adaptation of this Dickens classic, di reeled by artistic director Kelly Cotten. Through December 11, Thursday-Sarurday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Addison Centre Theatre, 15650 Addison Road at Mildred Street, Addison. Information: 214-404-0228.

the FANTASTICKS. Theatre Three performs this lively show by Jor es and Schmidt December 10-18 and Decembe- 27-January 7, 1995. Tuesday through Saturday. 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2:30 p.m. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh Street, Dallas. Tickets and infornation: 214-871-3300.

BLACK NATIVITY. Theatre Three produces this holiday play by American-African playwright and poet Langstcn Hughes. Dialogue, narrative, pantomime, gospel, and folk songs tell the Christmas story December 20-23. Tuesday through Friday, fi:15 p.m. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh Street, Dallas. Information: 214-871-3300.

OH, TANNENBAUM. The story of a tree that comes to life for the holidays through magnificent lights and glorious music is directed by Dallasite Linda Blase. This play is designed to appeal to young audiences. Zany the Clown, a creation of Laurence O’Dwyer, senior artist and associate director of Theater Three, hosts the weekday perfore lances. December 1-16,10 a.m., Theatre Three 2800 Routh Street, Dallas. Ticket informat on; 214-871-2933.

THE BEST CHPISTMAS PAGEANT EVER. The Herdmans are the meanest, nastiest, most inventively awful kid; in town, and they’ve taken over the church pageant. Mayhem and fun ensues when the Herdmans meet the Christmas story in a head-on collision. Produced by CATS, the Creative Ans Theatre and School, a theatrical group composed of young actors. December 2, 9, and 16, 7:30 p.m.; December 3, 2:30 p.m.; December 4, 2:30 p.m.; December 10 and 17, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. 1100 West Randol Mill Road, Arlington. Information: 817-265-8512.

UNCLE VANYA. This Anton Chekov play is directed by Cecil O’Neal and performed November 30-December 9, Evening performances at 8 p.m.; Sunday matinee at 2:15 p.m. Greer Garson Theatre, SMU campus, Dallas. Tickets: 214-SMU-ARTS (768-2787).

JUST IN THE NICK OF TIME. The Dallas Children’s Theater performs this holiday tale. Strange things happen at the North Pole when Santa Claus cannot be found. Written by award-winning playwright Linda Daugherty of Dallas, this colorful Christmas comedy is for all ages. December 2-18; Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p-m. Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs, Dallas. Information: 214-978-0110.

THE BEST CHRISTMAS PAGEANT EVER. This comedy by Barbara Robinson is performed by the Dallas Children’s Theater. Spend Christmas with the worst children in the world when the Herdmans discover die true meaning of the season during the annual church pageant. For ages 3 and up. December 2-18, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. El Centra College Theater, corner of Main and Market streets, Dallas, Information: 214-978-0110.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Theatre Arlington’s production by Michael Palier is based on Charles Dickens’ classic Christmas story. Through December 17- Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. Theatre Arlington, 305 West Main Street, Arlington. Information: 817-275-7661.

NUNSENSE II. The Garland Civic Theatre performs its sequel to last season’s smash hit musical, Nunsense, in the theater’s 27 ill season. Nunsense II plays December 1-3, 9, 10, 15-18. Garland Performing Arts Center, 300 North Fifth and Austin Street. Garland. Tickets: 214-349-1331.

KRINGLE’S WINDOW. The Quad C Theatre of Collin County Community College perfoms this children’s fantasy by Mark Medoff, author of Children of a Lesser God and Stefanie Hern. This play depicts a child’s efforts to scientifically prove (or disprove) die existence of Santa Claus by using a computer. (Cringle’s \X’mdow is directed by Robin Armstrong. December S-18, 8 p.m. Black Box Theatre, 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, Piano. Information: 214-881-5809.

’TWAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS. In this delightful musical, two children discover an evil general has given a potion to Santa Claus to make him forget his Christmas duties, allowing the general to steal all the Christmas presents. But the children stow away in Sanra’s sleigh and head to the North Pole, where they help Santa remember who he is and what he must do on Christmas Eve. December 9-17. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse. Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster, Fort Worth. Tickets and information: 817-332-2272.

AN OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS. The Theatre Arlington Children’s Theatre Series performs this story that takes a warm-bear ted look at the holiday season. December 3 and 4, 2 p.m.; December 10,10a.m. and 2 p.m.; December 17, lUa.m.and2p.m.;Decenberl8,2 p.m. Theatre Arlington, 305 West Mam Street, Arlington. Tickets: 617-275-7661.

EBENEZER SCROOGE. For the 13th consecutive year, Pocket Sandwich Theatre presents this version of Charles Dickens’ classic story, A Christmas Carol. Through December 23. Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 5^00 East Mockingbird, Suite 119, Dallas. Tickets: 214-821-1860.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL. Dallas Theater Center performs Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of love and redemption. The joyous story of the power of love and the spirit ol generosity featutes classic characters such as Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit, Jacob Marie*, the Spirits of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, and Tiny Tim. Morning, afternoon and evening show rimes. Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora Street, Dallas. Ticket information: 214-522-TlXX(8499).

Dinner Theater

MURDER IS NO SECRET. Murder Mystery Players performs this audience-participation dinner theater directed by Jirr Konopa each Friday and Saturday, Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; dinner and show start at 8 p.m. Friday show presented at Dave & Busters Restaurant, Corner Shopping Center, Central Expressway and Walnut Hill. Saturday show presented at I )ave & Busters Restautant, Stemmons and Walnut Hill on Composite Drive, Dallas. Reservation’: 214-357-9588.


WONDERLAND OF JGHTS IN MARSHALL. More than seven million liny lights lend holiday spirit to homes and businesses in the Wonderland of Lights in the East Texas town of Marshall. Visitors can take a 45-minute, narrated bus tour of the downtown i;nd residential areas. Through December 30. Three buses depart each hour, beginning at 5:45 p.m. The newest addition to the festival is ice skating on the downtown square. The icerink operates daily, 2p.m.- 9 p.m. Information: 1-800-953-7868 ot 903-935-7865.

CHRISTMAS IN THE GARDEN. The .Association of Retarded Citi2i:ns in Tyler hosts a holiday craft extravaganza featuring 50 booths of hand-made dolls, quilts, and woodwork. December 7, 8, and 9,10 a.m.-9 p.m. Tvler Rose Garden Center, 2000 West Front, Tyler. Information: 903-531-1212.

JINGLE BELL JOG. Participants dress in their holiday best for the annual Jingle Bell Jog in Fayetteville, Arkansas. December2, 6p.m. Walton Art Center, Dickson Street and West Street, Fayette ville, Arkansas. Information: 1-800-766-4626.

LIGHTS OF THE OZARKS FESTIVAL. Two million lights transform Fayetteville into a sparkling winder wonderland Including lighting exhibits and a shimmering medieval castle. Through December 31. Historic Fayetteville Square, Fayetteville, Arkansas. Information: 1 -300-766-4626.

CHRISTMAS OH THE BRAZOS IN WACO. Fifteenth annual tour of beautirully decorated historic homes includes more than 100 exhibitors of acts and crafts and decorations. Reservations are required. December 3 and 4- Saturday, 10 a,m,-5 p.m. Sunday, II a.m.-5 p.m. Convention Center, 100 Washington Avenue, Waco. Texas. Information: 817-753-5166.

CHRISTMAS BELLS RING TRUE 100 YEARS AGO. At the Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village in Waco, Texas, you can experience the simple Christmas traditions typical of rural Texas in the 1890s. The holiday celebration of sharecroppers and tenant farmers was a sharp contrast to the commercialized event it is today. Decemher 17 and 18, 1 p.m-5 p.m. Governor Bill and Vara Daniel Historic Village, University Parks Drive (behind Baylor University Alumni Center and Texas Sports Hall of Fame), Waco, Texas. Information: 817-755-1160.

EL PASO-JUAREZ CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR. Take a trolley tour and see the holiday lights, stopping at San Jacinto Plaza, The University of Texas at El Paso, Scenic Drive, Cumberland Circle, and Eastridge. December 17-26 at 6:30 p.m. Departs from El Paso Convention Center, One Civic Center, Plaza El Paso. Reservations: 915 544-0062.

CHRISTMAS ON THE COAST. Seashells and Christmas bells make a Corpus Yuletide at die 14th annual Harbor Lights Festival featuring a Children’s Parade and the lighting of floating Christmas trees in Corpus Christi Bay. Children’s Parade, December 3, 3 p.m.; lighting of the trees, 6:30 p.m. Shoreline Boulevard at People Street, Corpus Chrisci, Texas. Information: 1-800-678-6232.

CHRISTMAS, SAN ANTONIO STYLE! La Posada is an ancient Spanish holiday reenactment of the Holy Family’s journey to the stable. Join the spectators on the romantic River Walk or join the procession of the pilgrims. Pifiatas, folklori-co, dancing, mariachis, and refreshments reward participants and spectators. December 11,6 p.m. La Mansion del Rio Hotel, 112 College, San Antonio, Texas. Information; 1-800-292-7300.

CHRISTMAS IN THE COUNTRY. Johnson City hosts an arts and crafts show, December 3, 4 p.m. Courthouse Square, 100 7thStreet, Johnson City, Texas. Information: 210-868-7684.

HOLIDAY IN THE PINES TOUR OF HOMES.The American Association of University Women sponsors this tour in Tyler featuring five bed and breakfast inns. The tour starts at any of the featured inns: The Rosevine Inn; Woldert-Spence Manor; Chilton Grand’s Ivy Cottage; Chamwood Hill Inn; and The Seasons. December 1,10 a.m.-8 p.m. Information: 903-534-4410.

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