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Theater



Sound of Music. Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens. The Lyric Stage re-enacts this Rodgers and Hammerstein love story, based on the true story of the singing Von Trapp family and their incredible escape from the Nazis in Austria. Good story, and great music-it’s truly one of our favorite things. December 1, 2, 7-10,14 -17, 8 p.m.; December 3, 9, 10, 16 & 17, 2:30 p.m. Dupree Theatre, Irving Arts Center, Irving. Information: 214-252-ARTS.



Faust. The Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative stages a shortened adaptation of Goethe’s archetypal verse detailing a man’s pact with the devil. This version of the story will focus on the extremes of human sensual power. Through December 2, Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary’, 3120 McKinney Ave. Reservations: 214-941-3664.



My Thing of Love. The New Theatre stages the award-winning marital comedy from Broadway. Through December 16. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Swiss Avenue Theater Center, 2700 Swiss Ave. Tickets: 214-871-ARTS.



The Learned Ladies. SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its second installment of the Greer Garson Theatre Season with Molière’s comedy about two young lovers who engage in a witty battle that pits intellectual pomposity against true love. Through December 3. Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. Greer Garson Theatre, Hillcrest and Binkley avenues, SMU campus. Information: 214-768-ARTS.



Dallas Got Run Over By A Reindeer. Comedienne Judy Truesdell produces this Grassy Knoll Players’ dinner theater holiday sketch that touches on such topics as bad holiday gifts from relatives, the DeVry Institute of Santas, and blowing the rent and all the savings at Toys “R” Us. The dinner is an all-you-can-eat buffet. Through December 23, and New Year’s Eve. Friday & Saturday, dinner seating at 6:30 p.m. and show time at 8 p.m. Ramada Hotel Market Center, Pavilion Room, 1055 Regal Row at Carpenter Freeway. Reservations: 214-255-7306.



A Christmas Carol. If you’re feeling kind of Scroogy from mall madness, The Dallas Theatre Center has just the ticket with its annual presentation of this Dickens’ classic featuring festive dancing, familiar carols, and spectacular special effects. Through December 24. Weekly schedule varies-call for exact times. Arts District Theater,2401 Flora St.Tickets: 214-522-8199.



The Music Man. Marian the Librarian, 76 trombones, and a conman who has a change of heart. The Garland Civic Theatre stages the classic musical about the trouble right here in River City. December 1, 2, 8, 9 & 14-16, 8 p.m.; December 9, 16 & 17, 2 p.m. Performing Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. Tickets: 214-205-2790.



The House of Blue Leaves. The Quad C Theatre brings to life the comedy of Artie, a middle-age zoo attendant, who while entertaining hopes of being a hit songwriter must contend with his AWOL son, his loony wife Bananas, his pan-frying mistress Bunny, and a deceitful Hollywood producer. December 7-9 & 13-17, 8 p.m.; December 10, 16 & 17, 2:15 p.m. Collin County Community College, Black Box Theater, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. Tickets: 214-881-5809.



Malignant Redemption. Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative stages the world premiere of this one-man show that examines the quest of a meaning-hungry contemporary philosopher who communes with the devil via a “900” number in die hopes of finding a cure for AIDS. December 6-16. Wednesday-Saturday, 8 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Reservations: 214-941-3664.



Dance



The Littlest Angel. The Dance Consortium presents the Charles Tazewell tale about a small unhappy angel and bis gift to die Christ Child. December 14-16 & 19-23, 7 p.m.; December 16,22 & 23,2 p.m. The University of Texas at Dallas Theatre, 2601 Floyd Rd., Richardson. Tickets: 214-883-2915.



The Ukranian Dancers of Dallas. From the sword play of Cossack horsemen to the life of shepherds of the Carpathian Mountains, dancers present compelling images of traditional life in the steppes of the Ukraine. Sponsored by H.O.P.E. (Honoring of Peoples Everywhere). December 3, 2:30 p.m. NorthPark Center, The High Court between Neiman Marcus and Dillards, 1030 NorthPark Center. Information: 214-504-6836.



An Asian Celebration. H.O.P.E. (Honoring of Peoples Everywhere) showcases Chinese culture with an afternoon featuring martial arts performers, a traditional Lion Dance, Chinese tunes, and costumes from different regions of The Middle Kingdom. December 9,2:30 p.m. NorthPark Center, The High Court between Neiman Marcus and Dillards, 1030 North-Park Center. Information: 214-504-6836.



Music



A Baroque Christmas. The Denton Bach Society presents a holiday recital with the added talents of the Denton Bach Choir, UNT’s Canticum Novum, and Les Petits Violons. Songs include the works of such greats as Vivaldi, Purcell, and Bach. December 3, 7:30 p.m. Campus Theater, 214 W. Hickory on the Square, Denton. Tickets: 817-382-2220.



Mannheim Steamroller. The Grammy-award winning recording group performs selections from their soon-to-be released “Christmas in the Aire” album as pan of the American Express Broadway Contemporary Series. An electronic visual display accompanies the special three-day engagement. December 6-8,8 p.m. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Tickets: 800-214-7469.



Broadway Christmas Album. Broadway s Phantom of the Opera star Davis Gaines teams up with Fort Worth pianist Danny Wright in a Christmas concert of Broadway holiday tunes. December 10, 8 p.m. Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Reservations: 817-332-2272.



An Advent Celebration. The University of Dallas Collegium Cantorum choir performs a repertoire of religious music. December 3, 7:30 p.m. Cistercian Abbey Church, 1 Cistercian Rd. on Highway 114,Irving. Information:214-721-5079.



Piano Holiday Concert. The Piano Civic Chorus and its children’s group, The Younger Generation, perform a musical salute to the holidays, December 9, 7:30 p.m. Collin County Community College, John Anthony Theater, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. Information: 214-727-1373.



Holiday Pops. The Piano Chamber Orchestra treats listeners of all ages to an international mix of holiday tunes with a surprise visit by Santa Claus and an audience sing-a-long. December 17, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Fellowship Bible Church North, 850 Lexington Ave., Piano. Tickets: 214-985-1983.



Kathie Lee Gilford. The JCPenney Super Pops series and the Dallas Pops Orchestra host the singer and television talk show hostess in evening performances of new and traditional Christmas songs. December 8 & 9, 8:15 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information; 214-692-0203.



Richardson Symphony Orchestra. The Brookhaven Community Chorus lends its vocal talents to a holiday celebration under the direction of Robert Austin. December 2, 8 p.m. Richardson High School, Performance Auditorium, 1250 W Belt Line Rd.. Richardson. Reservations: 214-234-4195.



Hansel & Gretel. The Dallas Opera retells the story of the woodcutter’s children who are abandoned in the forest and become the prey of a heinous but mercifully nearsighted witch. December 2, 7:30 p.m.; Family Opera (buy an adult ticket and get a free child’s ticket), December 9, 7:30 p.m. Fair Park Music Hall, First Avenue at Perry Street, Fair Park. Reservations: 214-443-1000.



Romeo & Juliette. Shakespeare’s tragic love story of two angst-ridden teenagers thrown into die middle of a family feud is staged by The Dallas Opera with musical adaptation by Charles-Francois Gounod. December 15, 22 & 27, 7:30 p.m.; December 17,2 p.m. Fair Park Music Hall, First Avenue at Perry Street. Reservations: 214-443-1000.



Chamber Symphony of the Metrocrest. The Chamber Symphony in conjunction with Ballet Met provide a holiday treat featuring die works of Tchaikovsky, Bizet, Jàrnefelt, and Corelli. December 3,6 p.m. Addison Conference Center, 15650 Addison Rd.. Addison. Information: 214-417-0745.



Christmas Oratorio. The Texas Baroque Ensemble, whose mission is to preserve 17th- and 18th-century music using the original instruments of the period, presents Johann Sebastian Bach’s Weihnachts-Oratorium I, H, III, and VI. December 22,7:30 p.m. Episcopal Church of the Ttansfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest Rd. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS.



Holidays of the Future. The Turtle Creek Chorale spices up the traditional holiday season with a mix of old and current holiday music as well as a peek at how Christmas carols of the future might sound with such tunes as “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Cyberspace” or “Walking in a Winter World Wide Web Wonderland.” December 19-22, 8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS.”



Dido and Aeneas. The University of Texas at Dallas presents Dallas Opera soprano Kelly Kimbell and baritone Timothy Tucker in the concert version of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. December 1, 7:30 p.m. University of Texas at Dallas, Jonsson Building Performance Hall, Richardson. Information: 214-883-2982.



For the Love of the Lake. Nationally known folk musician John McCutcheon performs in a fami]y concert benefiting White Rock Lake Park. Known for his blend of humorous and poignant songs and stories, McCutcheon appeals to children and adults. Proceeds from the concert will fund such items as water fountains, benches, emergency telephones, and covered containers for recycling throughout the park. December 3, 3 p.m. Lake Highlands High School Auditorium, 9449 Church Rd. Information: 214-622-SAVE.



Art & Artifacts



African American Museum.

Contained and Uncon-tained. An exhibition showing the progression of a clay sculpture from start to finish in the creative process. The works of Syd Carpenter, Magdalene Odundo, James Watkins, and Martha Jackson-Jarvis will be on display. Through March 17, 1996. Connections: African Vision In African American Art. Within the context of an American system of values and customs, this exhibit explores the influence of the African belief system on African American art depicting religion, social life, and other secular themes. ThroughJuly28,1996. Memory Painters from the Lone Star State: Ruth Mae McCrane and “Doc” Spellmon. Though both academically trained, McCrane and Spellmon exhibit a folk-like style reflected in Spellmon’s scenes of pre- and post-Civil War eras and McCrane’s recreations of rural and urban activities from her youth. Through January 7, 1996. Tuesday-Friday, noon-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. African American Museum, 3536 Grand Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-565-9026.



Arlington Museum of Art. Texas Realism. A down-home exhibit featuring paintings and drawings of landscapes, still life, and the figure by Texas artists. Through January 6, 1996. Wednesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arlington Museum of Art, 201 W. Main St., Arlington. Information: 817-275-4600.



Biblical Arts Center. The First Noel. Original two-and three-dimensional children’s art work depicting the first Christmas. Through January 14, 1996. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park Ln. Information: 214-691-4661.



Dallas Museum of Art. Across Continents and Cultures: The Art and Life of Henry Ossawa Tanner. A study of the career of the internationally renowned African-American artist and how he portrayed his heritage through art. Through December 31. Impressions from the Riviera. In celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Wendy and Emery Reves gift collection, a selection of Impressionist paintings, drawings, sculpture, and decorative arts is installed in the J.E.R, Chilton Galleries. Through February 4, 1996. Selections From The Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Collection. From the abstract visual form of an Aramaic chant to randomly shaped sculptures fabricated from painted aluminum, the exhibit features mixed media relief sculpture, geometric solid forms, prints by Jasper Johns, and work by Israeli artist Micha Ullman. Through December 31. American Hooked Rugs. Tracing the evolution of rug hooking techniques and designs from the 19th and 20th centuries, this comprehensive collection features examples of architectural, geometric, animal, and floral patterns. Through December I1. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The museum will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200.



Dallas Museum of Natural History. Two Eagles/Dos Aguilas: A Natural History of the Mexican-U.S. Borderlands. A color photo exhibit celebrating the diversity and beauty of the borderlands revealing a natural world obscured by political boundaries. Through January 7,1996. The muse-um is open Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a,m.-5:30 p.m. Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-421-DINO.



Dallas Public Library Exhibit. Built to Last: Photographs of Dallas Buildings from the Acme Brick Company Collection. From the Adolphus Hotel and Union Station to the old Oak Cliff Interurban Station, this exhibit showcases various residential and commercial landmarks built throughout Dallas’ history with Acme bricks. Through January 15, 1996. A Stanley Marcus Christmas Book Collection. The legendary entrepreneur opens his private collection of Christmas books to be enjoyed by all. Through January 31, 1996. Monday-Thursday, 9a.m.-9p.m.;Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Library, 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670-1400.



Dallas Visual Art Center. Mosaics Series. An exhibit highlighting the works of Indian clay sculptor Madhvi Subrahmanian. Through December 29. Monday & Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m. Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss Ave. Information: 214-821-2522.



Kimbell Art Museum. Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria. This exhibition of 250 artifacts, the majority of which were excavated by British archeologists in the 1840s and in 1949, is die most substantia] loan in the history of the British Museum and stops only twice in the U.S.-at the Met in New York and here at the Kimbell. Immense stone reliefs carved with scenes depicting the lives of kings, royal statuary, metalwork, ivories, jewelry, and cuneiform tablets taken from royal palaces, temples, and storerooms give us a glimpse of life in the first millennium B.C. in the steppe plains of Mesopotamia. Through February 4, 1996. The Art of Louis-Leopold Boilly: Modern Life in Napoleonic France. The first comprehensive exhibit outside France devoted to the artist whose work represents one of the most radical transformations of art; Boilly’s works were the first to be inspired by everyday events rather than literary, religious, or mythological images. From scenes of Parisian leisure to caricatures, all aspects of Boilly’s work are represented. Through January 14, 1996. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.



Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Robert Rauschenberg: Sculpture. In celebration of the artist’s 70th birthday, more than 50 pieces of Rauschenberg’s works from private and public collections are assembled. Through December 31. Museum hours are Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-9215.



The Modern at Sundance Square. The downtown annex of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth displays 34 contemporary photographs that are part of recent acquisitions. The photos, taken from 1976 to 1994, are the works of an international group of artists. Ongoing. Monday-Wednesday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday-Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. The Modern at Sundance Square, 410 Houston St, Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-9215.



University of Dallas. National Print Invitational. This exhibit showcases selected works by contemporary artists. Through December 10. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. University of Dallas, Haggar Gallery, 1845 E. Northgate Dr., Irving. Information: 214-721-5319.



Film



Omni Theater Yellowstone. From geysers to bison, this film explores the flora, fauna, and geologic wonders of a national treasure through 200m shots, fly-over panoramic views, and a never-before-seen inside look down the mouth of Old Faithful. Through February 29,1996. Film shown every 60 minutes on the half-hour. Monday, 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 1:30 p,m.-8:30 p.m.; Friday, 1:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Saturday, 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sunday, 12:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Information: 817732-1631 or metro 817-654-1356.



The USA Film Festival’s First Monday Classics. It’s A Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart and Donna Reed is the classic holiday film about a man who’s down on his luck, but with the help of Clarence, his guardian angel, discovers the significance of his life. Bring the Kleenex. December4,7:30 p.m. AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 N. Central Expy.at Walnut Hill Lane. Information^ 14-821 -NEWS.



Pinocchio Pipenose Householddilemma. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary hosts a video installation by Paul McCarthy that requires viewers to don Pinnochio garb before entering the CineMac. December 9-January 28,1996. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information; 214-953-1212.



Independent Showcase. Focusing on innovative documentaries and dramatic works from independent filmmakers in this county and abroad, the USA Film Festival showcases The Baby of Macon starringJulia Ormond and Ralph Fiennes. December 18, 7:30 p.m. AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 N. Central Expy. at Walnut Hill Lane. Information: 214-821-NEWS.



Lectures



Kay Bailey Hutchison. Texas’ United States senator gives listeners an update from Washington as part of Julia Sweeney’s New Tuesday Talk series. Hutchison will share insights on living in the nation’s capitol and the current status of the legislation for the National Endowment for the Arts. December 19. Registration, 11:45 a.m.; lunch and talk, noon. Dallas Country Club, 4100 Beverly Dr. Reservations: 214-520-0206.



Artists Talk. Texas artists conduct weekly talks In the McKinney Avenue Contemporary. Tom Pribyl, painter, December 6; Helen Altman, installation artist, December 13. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-953-1212.



Second Saturday Series. In conjunction with SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the MAC hosts visual and performing artists in a free afternoon event. December 9, 2 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-953-1212.

Screenwriters Workshop II. The Writer’s Garret presents Molly Moynahan in an informative session about crafting a selling screenplay. December 2, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKin-ney Ave. Reservations: 214-953-1212.



Reves Lecture. Dallas Museum of Art’s chief curator Charles Venable speaks about the DMA’s most famous and generous contributors in his lecture, “Wendy and Emery Reves as Collectors of Decorative Arts.” December 14,7:15 p. m. Dallas Museum of An, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200.



Art Talk. “The Reputation Renoir” will be presented by Dr. Rick Brettell on De cember 7. “I Don’t Get It: What Is Surrealism?” is the evening’s topic for discussion on December 28. Both lectures begin at 7 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200.



Home & Garden



Christmas at the Arboretum. Adopting the pastoral theme “The Peaceable Kingdom” based on the classic painting, the month-long event showcases the 21,000-square-foot historic DeGolyer House decked for the holidays with thousands of lights, ornaments, ribbons, trees, and topiary animals. The painting, Peaceable Kingdom, stands on display in the 66-acre garden surrounded by acres of hollies, evergreens, and pansies in holiday colors. December 1-31. Tours of the DeGolyer House are available daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 214-327-8263.



Waxahachie Christmas Candlelight Home Tours. The 1995 Candlelight Home Tour transports visitors to Christmas past with an inside look at some of the town’s historic homes bedecked in their Christmas finely. Also open to Christmastime visitors are the town’s antique stores, specialty malls, crafters malls, tearooms, and bed and breakfasts. December 2-3 & 9-10, 2 p.m.-8 p.m. Courthouse Square, Main Street (Highway 287) and Highway 77, Waxahachie. Information: 214-938-7400.



McKinney Holiday Home Tour. Pour private homes open their doors to holiday visitors as part of the Holiday Tour of Homes with additional activities in Chestnut Square. Decernber 2 & 3. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Holiday Tour of Homes, Chestnut Square, McKinney. Information: 214-348-8920.



Kidstuff



The Science Place. Star Trek: Federation Science. Roam the bridge of the Enterprise, visit the transporter room and watch yourself “beam down” to an alien planet. See genuine “artifacts” such as phasers, costumes, tricorders, life-size alien models, and scenes from favorite episodes through an exhibit that shows how science relates to different areas of the Starship Enterprise. Through January 1,1996. Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Science Place, 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. Information:214-428-5555,ext.343or 344.



Sunday Family Hour. The Kimbell Art Museum hosts parents and children in a guided tour of the art of Louis-Léopold Boilly accompanied by stories and video and slide programs. December 10, 1 p.m.-1:45 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Reservations: 817-332-8451, ext. 299.



Come Into the Light. A Hanukkah musical, for ages 7 and older, that examines the scope of Hebrew life from the lighting of the first Hanukkah candle to a young boy questioning his heritage in modern society. Through December 17. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. The Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. Information and tickets: 214-978-0110.



Gemini. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas’ Familiarts series hosts the Parent’s Choice Award-winning twin brothers who perform folk music from around the world and original childhood songs using a variety of unusual musical instruments. December 10, 3 p.m. Jewish Community Center of Dallas, Zale Auditorium, 7900 Northaven Rd. Information and tickets: 214-739-2737.

NorthPark Holiday Treats. Santa: Jolly Old St. Nick has retired to his cozy living room to read Christmas stories to the young at heart. Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m.; Sunday, noon. Scrooge: The wise-cracking, penny-pinching puppet heckles the audience and passers-by with his irreverent humor. Monday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m.; Christmas Eve, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Enchanted Toy Shop: Nineteen puppets come alive for a magical holiday show every hour on the half hour. Through December 24. SPCA Christmas Cottage. Featuring more than 300 dogs and cats, the largest remote adoption site in the United States makes its annual Christmas pilgrimage. Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday. noon-5:30 p.m.; Christmas Eve, noon-2 p.m, NorthPark Center, Northwest Highway at Central Expressway. Information: 214-363-7441.



Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Lone Star Dinosaurs. In conjunction with the release of SMI) professor Dr. Louis Jacobs’book of the same name, the museum has developed a 1,500-square-foot traveling exhibit featuring real fossils, fossil casts, and historical film footage of Texas dinosaur discovery and research. Through February3,1996. Bears: Imagination and Reality. From soft and cuddly to real stuffed specimens to folk art renditions, this exhibit explores society’s fascination with the four-footed, furry creature. The various displays include an 8-foot-taII teddy bear couch and a bear station of make-and-take crafts for bear-lovers of all ages. Through January 2, 1996. Museum hours are Monday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Information: metro 817-654-1356.



The Little Drummer Boy. From its new NorthPark home. Le Theatre de Marionette presents a puppet rendition of the classic tale of the first Christmas as seen through the eyes of a young boy. Through December 30. Monday-Saturday, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; Sunday, 4 p.m. NorthPark Center, second level near Lord & Taylor, Northwest Highway at North Central Expressway. Reservations: 2I4-263-SHOW.



Plano Children’s Theatre. The students of the Piano Children’s Theatre end the semester staging a wide range of productions from a literary classic to a Broadway favorite to a Christmas traedition. Oklahoma’, December 2 & 8, 8 p.m., December 5 & 10, 7 p.m.; The Importance of BeingEarnest, December 3,7:30 p.m.. December 7, 7 p.m., December 9, 8 p.m., December 10, 5 p.m.; Best Christmas Pageant Ever, December 3, 2 p.m., December 4, 7:30 p.m.; Alice in Wonderland, December 2, 2 p.m., December 6, 7 p.m. Piano Children’s Theatre, ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th PL, Piano Information: 214-422-2575.



A Christmas Carol. Addison Centre Theatre stages a unique adaptation of the Dickens’ classic using a live actor as Ebeneezer Scrooge interacting with the cast of the hand-crafted puppets from the Dallas Puppet Theater. December 1, 2, 8, 15 & 16, 7:30 p.m.; December 3, 10 & 17, 2 p.m. Addison Centre Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd., Addison. Reservations; 214-404-0228, ext. 3.



Dollhouses & Miniatures. The Dollhouse Museum loans a collection displaying the world of tiny wonders to the Dallas Public Library. Through December 29. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, fourth floor, 1515 Young St. Inrormarion:214-670-1643.



Galleria Wonderland Express. A toy train exhibit with 23 trains pulling more than 350 cars and running simultaneously through a landscape of mountains, open plains, and the city of Dallas will excite children of all ages. The exhibit also features a giant, walk-through, holiday storybook. The annual event benefits the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. Through January 7, 1996. The Dollhouse: A Galleria-size Victorian dollhouse complete with rooms fashioned after the holiday classic Twos the Night Be/ore Christmas wall be on display. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. The Galleria, third level near Marshall Field’s. Dallas Parkway at LBJ Freeway. Information: 214-480-5312.



The Best Christmas Pageant Ever. “The show must go on,” of course, even when that means casting the rowdiest and most deprived kids in town as characters in the church’s annual Christmas pageant. Theatre Arlington relives the comédie Christmas tale December 1-23. Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; December2, 3, 9, 10,16,17,23,2:15p.m.; December 17,5:30 p.m. Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. Tickets: 817-261-9628.



Frosty the Snowman. The Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse stages the timeless tale of die Snowman who comes to life thanks to a special top bat and who, with his human friends, races to the North Pole to enlist the aid of Santa. December 8-16. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. On December 10, the Playhouse presents Davis Gaines and Danny Wright in a “Broadway Christmas Album” at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25 for the concert or $50 to attend the reception and get priority seating. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave,, Fort Worth. Reservations; 817-332-2272.



The Christmas Witch. The Dallas Children’s Theatre together with children’s author and illustrator, Steven Kellog, present a world premiere for ages 3 and up about a young apprentice witch who discovers that the miracle of Christinas can heal hearts and unite bitter enemies. December 1-21. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 4 p.m. El Centro College Theatre, Market and Main streets. Reservations: 214-978-0110.

Little Women. Hot on the heels of the successful movie version, Richardson Children’s Theatre stages an original musical adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s tale of the four young March sisters as they await the return of their father from trie Civil War. December 1-3. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. University of Texas at Dallas Theatre, Floyd and Campbell roads, Richardson. Reservations: 214-690-5029.

African Heritage Celebration. H.O.RE. (Hon oring of Peoples Everywhere) salutes the African countries of Ethiopia, Ghana, and Nigeria in an audio and visual experience featuring innovative dances performed by Ethiopian children ages 3-10 and adults dressed in traditional costume and accompanied by native Nigerian music. December 16, 2:30 p.m. NorthPark Center. The High Court between Neiman Marcus and Dillards, Northwest Highway at North Central Expressway. Information: 214-504-6836.

Santa’s Cruise. Instead of a sleigh, kids and parents pile into a heated mahogany water taxi with piped-in Christmas carols and cruise the Mandalay Canal and Lake Carolyn with cheery St. Nick as their guide. December 1-3, 8-10, 15-17 & 18-23. noon to 5 p.m. 202 Mandalay Canal, Water Taxi ticket booth near the Texas Bar & Grill, Las Colinas. Information: 214-869-4321.

Breakfast with Santa. Children can butter up to Santa during the children’s breakfast while mom and dad stroll among the over 40 craft booths and bake sale at the Christmas Bazaar benefiting the Jesuit Scholarship Fund of the Jesuit College Preparatory School. Reservations must be made in advance for the children’s breakfast. December 2. Children’s breakfast, 9a.m.-11 a.m.; Christmas Bazaar, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jesuit College Preparatory School, 12345 Inwood Rd. Information and reservations: 214-458-1348.



Fairs & Fiestas



A Celebration of Lights. The organization H.O.P.E. (Honoring of Peoples Everywhere) sponsors a program of song and legend coinciding with the lighting of the city’s imported Christmas tree. The talents of D.I.S.D. children are showcased in a holiday performance of choral music and bell choirs in the lobby of City Hall. The program also includes a dramatized exploration of the legend of Santa Claus with designated members of the Dallas City Council representing-seriously-“International Santas.” December 1,6:30 p.m.-8 p.m. Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St. Information: 214-504-6836.



Fanners Branch Christmas. An array of Yuletide activities at the Farmers Branch Historical Park ushers in the holiday season with a Christmas Lighting Tour in which thousands of twinkling lights illuminate the path from City Hall through the park. December 1-30, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. Authentic English teas are served in a restored historical home. December 2, 9 & 16, 1:15 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. Dickens in the Park is a day-long affair featuring horse-drawn carriages, tours of the historical buildings, bell choirs, a string orchestra concert, and performances of A Christmas Carol. December 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. During the Christmas Tree Lighting, Santa and his reindeer will offer sleigh rides through a Lighting Tour and there will be children’s activities and refreshments on hand. December 1, 7 p.m. Farmers Branch Historical Park, 2540 Farmers Branch Ln., Farmers Branch. Information: 800-BRANCH-9.



Young Country Christmas Fireworks. The fourth annual Yuletide fireworks extravaganza benefiting the Ronald McDonald House explodes into action with continuous live entertainment, appearances by the station’s on-air personalities such as A.W. Pantoja and Johnny Stone and die Armadillo mascot, Speedbump. The 25-minute non-stop display of fireworks will be choreographed to music simulcast on KYNG-FM 105.3. December 10, entertainment begins, 3 p.m.; fireworks, 6:30 p.m. (Rain date for fireworks only, December 11,7:30 p.m. ) Williams Square, North O’Connor Boulevard, Las Colinas. Information: 214-787-1DAVE.



World AIDS Day ’95. Under the banner, “Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities,” the world’s largest display of information about AIDS and AIDS-related agencies comes to Dallas in conjunction with the international observance of AIDS awareness day Opening with ceremonies featuring readers from the United Nations, foreign consulates, and a special world-premiere song performed by die Turtle Creek Chorale, the three-day event includes workshops. 31 tables staffed by 107 various service organizations, and the display of 3,000 panels from the AIDS Memorial Quilt. Admission is free. December 1-3. Friday, 7 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Market Hall, 2100 N. Stemmons Fwy. Information 214-823-3899.



Parade of Lights. Christmas on the Farm serves as this year’s theme for a Christmas parade that winds its way through Grapevines historic downtown. Featuring marching bands, floats, prizes, carols, and old St. Nick himself. December 7, 7 p.m. Parade travels north along Main Street, Grapevine. Information: 817-481-1522 or 817-281-6422.



Richardson Christmas Parade. The Richardson Chamber of Commerce boasts the largest community parade in North Texas. Featuring more than 200 Boats, marching bands, and other assorted vehicles with 5,000 individuals participating, the 24th annual parade awards trophies to the top parade entrants. December 2, 9 a.m. Parade begins at Richardson Square Mall, 501 S. Piano Rd., and ends at Apollo Junior High School, 1600 Apollo Rd. The Richardson Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place on December 2 at 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho Rd., Richardson. Information: 214-234-4141.



Holiday in Deep Ellum. The traditional and alternative mix at this three-day outdoor festival celebrating the Yuletide season. From Santa on his three-wheeler and airbrush tatooing to classical Christmas caroling, the artsy district will be filled with food and musical bands. You can even have a picture taken with Santa. December 1-5. Reception and tree lighting at Monica’s Aca Y Alla, 2914 Main St., Friday, 6 p.m.-8 p.m.; the celebration continues Saturday & Sunday, 2 p.m.-5 p.m. Deep Ellum. Information: 214-748-4332.



Christmas In the Park. Mesquite’s Westlake Park is the site of a winter wonderland with 5,000 luminaries aglow on the paths from Mrs, Claus’ kitchen to a live nativity scene to a roaring bonfire for roasting marshmallows. Children can write out their wish lists for Santa, mail them via a special postal box, and make their own Christmas decorations. Nightly entertainment from area carolers, bands, and choirs plus celebrity appearances by Santa, Raggedy Ann and Andy, Frosty the Snowman, and Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer round out the evenings’ festivities. December 7-10, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Westlake Park, 600 Gross Rd., Mesquite. Information: 214-216-6260.



Sports

Dallas Cowboys. It may be time to dust off that old record of the Danny White-led Cowboys singing, “I Don’t Wanna be Home for Christmas (It’s that playoff time of year.)” If the experts are right, the team should enter December on cruise control, headed for the playoffs and then the Super Bowl.

December 3 Washington 3 p.m.

December 17 New York Giants 3 p.m.

Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Fwy., Irving. Information: 214-579-5000.



Dallas Mavericks. They jumped from the basement back to respectability in one season, but the Dallas Mavericks have a lot more to prove this year. Home games:

December 9 Washington 7:30 p.m.

December 12 Seattle 7:30 p.m.

December 14 San Antonio 7:30 p.m.

December 16 Phoenix 7:30 p.m.

December 28 Vancouver 7:30 p.m.

December 30 Houston 7:30 p.m.

Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. Tickets: 214-939-2800.



Las Colinas Christmas Classic. A holiday race for all ages featuring a 10K and two-mile run, and a IK Elf Trot for children. In addition to the day’s activities, trophies and gift certificates are awarded in a costume contest for the runners in several categories. Race registration forms are available at any Bank of the West or Luke’s location. In lieu of the registration fee, participants can donate a new, unwrapped toy valued at S18 to $22 on the day of the race. December 2. IK, 9 a.m.; two-mile, 9:15 a.m.; 10K, 9:30a.m. Williams Square, Las Colinas. Information: 214-528-1290 or 817-877-1448.



Jingle Bell Run. In this yearly fun-for-all is where two-legged reindeer, 12-armed Christmas trees, and red-nosed runners compete in a 5 K and one-mile fun run starting in the downtown Arts District and winding up at the Fairmont Hotel. There, amidst complimentary food and live entertainment, Santa will be on hand for the little ones and Christmas gifts will be distributed. Participants are encouraged to come in costume. December 14, Costume contest, 6:15 p.m.; race, 7:30 p.m.; post-race party, 7:45 p.m. Registration packets may be picked up at any Lukes location or at The Fairmont Hotel, Ross Avenue at Akard Street, on the night of the race. Information; 214-351-8673 or at Luke’s: 214-528-1290, 214-713-7822,or817-877-1448.



Dallas Stars. Hie Stars got off to a rocky start, but this month brings several home games that will give them a chance to gain traction in the race for the Stanley Cup.



December 13 Calgary 7:30 p.m.

December 15 Pittsburgh 7:30 p.m.

December 17 San Jose 7 p.m.

December 2 ! NY Islanders 7:30 p.m.

December 23 Chicago 7 p.m.

December 29 Detroit 7:30 p.m. Reunion Arena. 777 Sports St. Tickets: 214-GO- STARS.



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BETST BET FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 1-3



The Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade



YOU KNOW THE DRILL. YOU BETTER watch out, not cry, not pout. Santa returns for his annual pre-Christmas sneak-peak at Dallasites as Neiman Marcus presents The Adolphus Children’s Christmas Parade. Leading the way for Santa and the Missus Claus and his pack of high-spirited elves (who look an awful lot like SMU sorority sisters) are Batman and Robin, local marching bands, huggable cartoon characters including Mickey Mouse, a couple of those ubiquitous Texas beauty queens (Miss Dallas and Miss Fort Worth), and half a dozen of the gargantuan balloons-this year including Casper the Friendly Ghost and Woody Woodpecker-that kids and adults can’t help but love. Local celebs in the lineup include Sheree J. Wilson from “Walker Texas Ranger,” Mr. Peppermint, die Dallas Cowboy cheerleaders, and the new PBS star, Soccer the Jack Russell terrier-better known by his nom de stage. Wishbone. The December 2 parade, which benefits Children’s Medical Center, begins at 10 a.m. at Commerce and Lamar streets, heads east along Commerce, then heads south to City Hall Plaza. Call the parade hotline at 214-640-8383 for further details.



BEST BET FOR THE weekend mu OF DECEMBER 8-10



Candlelight at Old City Park



CHRISTMAS IS A TIME FOR TRADITION, I and Old City Park is the unofficial gatekeeper to our city’s heritage. At Candlelight, the outdoor museum becomes a virtual Victorian village with horse-drawn carriages, carolers, bell choirs, and half a dozen buildings- including an old lawyer’s office, a bank, and a dentist’s office-dressed for the holidays. Bring the kids to the special Wonderland with Santa, enjoy hot chocolate, popcorn, and holiday treats, and be sure to stop by D.B. McCall’s General Store for candy sticks, crafts, and unusual gifts. Bundle up the kids (in December, this can be Cold City Park), and introduce them to some old-fashioned fun- this is about as far as you can get from Christmas mall frenzy. Old City Park is located at 1717 Gano St. Candlelight is December 1-3 & 8-10. Hours are Friday, 6p.m.-10p.m.;Saturday,4p.m.-I0p.m.; and Sunday, 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Tickets bought at the gate are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, and $4 for children 3-12. Prices are lower for advance sales and group sales, Call 214-421-5141 for tick-ets or more information.



BEST BET FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 15-17



Shari Lewis Family Festival Concert



IF YOU THINK SHAW LEWIS IS A BARNEY-dull, centuries-old entertainer for preschoolers, you’re dead wrong. True, many of us remember Shari and Lamb Chop from our own childhood days- she’s been making that sock talk for more than 30 years. But those who saw her last Dallas show-January ’94 at the Meyer-son-know that Shari is wittier and wilder than ever, Sparkling in sequined palazzos, Shari kept fans smiling as she went from moments of sophisticated repartee with Lamb Chop, Charlie Horse, and Hush Puppy to her famously silly knock-knock jokes to kids’ tunes performed with the fervor of a torch singer. This year, Young Audiences brings the stars of “Lamb Chops Play Along” back to Dallas for two concerts benefiting the arts-in-education programs of Young Audiences of Greater Dallas. Expect classic Lamb Chop controlled chaos with a Hanukkah and Christmas theme. Expect great entertainment for all ages. And expect, like it or not, to go home humming that annoyingly repetitive theme with which Lewis closes every performance; This is “The Song that Never Ends.” Performances are at 12:30 p.m. & 3 p.m. on December 16 at the Dallas County Convention Center Theater, Canton and Akard streets, downtown Dallas. Patron tickets are $40 and include a private party with Lamb Chop between shows. Tickets are $5, $10, $18, and $25; ca!1214-871-ARTS.



BEST BET FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 22-24



The Nutcracker



FROM A ROD PUPPET SHOW TO A LIVE performance by ballet dancers, this holiday weekend (and all of December) offers a variety of opportunities to enjoy The Nutcracker.

Ballet Dallas is performing the show in its pure, classical form. The resident company of 20 professional dancers will be accompanied by more than 80 children from the Dallas Conservatory of Ballet. The music will be performed by the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Twelve performances will be held at The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St., from December L5-23. Shows are every evening at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Call 214-373-8000 or 214-748-3930.

The LakeCities Ballet Theatre presents its verison of the ballet December 1-3 at Lewisville High School, 1098 W. Main St., Lewisville. Show times are Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday. 3 p.m. Call 800-654-9545.

The Fort Worth Dallas Ballet teams up with the Dallas Opera Orchestra December 19-21,8p.m.;December23,4p.m.&8p.m.: and December 24,2 p.m. at Fair Park Music Hall. For tickets, call 800-654-9545.

Kathy Burks Theatre of Puppetry Arts will use rod puppets in a European-style black theater production. Shows will be held Friday, 7:30 p.m. (reservations required); Saturday, 11 a.m. & 2 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. & 3:30 p.m. After Christmas shows are December 26, 1 p.m.; December 27-29, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.; December 30 & 31, 2 p.m. (No shows Christmas Eve. Christmas Day, or New Year’s Day.) Fairview Farms, Central Expressway and Parker Road, Piano. Reservations: 214-422-5585.

Ballet Met’s shows are December 22 at 7 p.m. and December 23 at 2 p.m. in Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 MacArthur Blvd., Irving. For tickets, call 214-931-5701.

BEST BET FOR THE WEEKEND OF DECEMBER 29-31



Zoobilee of Lights



THE FORT WORTH ZOO WILL BE TRANSformed into a winter wonderland of more than 300,000 glittering lights displaying larger-than-life silhouettes of giraffes, fish, elephants, birds, toy soldiers, and more during this third annual event. New this year will be a tropical light display in the flamingo area. Flowers and palm trees, as well as flamingo and other bird silhouettes, will be bedecked with colorful lights.

Beneath the glow, visitors can meet two of Santa’s reindeer. A flurry of activities for children will be available in Santa’s Workshop. They can ice fish in the North Pole igloo area, get their own pair of antlers and learn about reindeers, and create jingle bell necklaces. When the kids get hungry, they can head to the North Pole Cookie Kitchen, where they can decorate their own sweet treat. Around the zoo, special foods from funnel cakes and soft pretzels to cinnamon rolls and hot chocolate will be available.

Each evening during the Zoobilee, carolers and magicians will stroll through the park. Several stage shows with holiday characters like Santa and Scrooge will be part of the entertainment. Each evening will close with a parade of floats through the park.

Proceeds from this event go directly to feeding and caring for the animals in the Fort Worth Zoo as well as to conservation and education efforts. Tickets prices are $7 for adults and $5 for senior citizens and children ages 3 to 12. The event is free for children 2 and under.

The Zoobilee will be held Thursday-Sunday, December 1-10 and every evening December 14-31, except Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. Zoobilee hours will be Sunday-Thursday, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday. 6 p.m.-10 p.m. Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. For more information, call 817-871-7050.

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