Cuneiform Meets Computers
FIRST THERE WAS CUNEIFORM. NOW IT’S COMPACT DISCS. TRACE THE History of the printed word in all its forms at The Dallas Public Library’s exhibit, From Clay Tablets to Compact Discs. Included are Babylonian tablets from 2095 B.c., fragments of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Shakespeare’s First Folio ( 1623), and a copy of the United States Declaration of Independence printed July 4, 1776. The exhibit runs through October 1, Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. J. Erik Johnsson Library, 1515 Young at Ervay, 214-670-1400.
Hung-up on Special FX
L uke Skywalker battles Darth Vader in a dazzling laser-beam sword fight. Robin Williams becomes the plump and aged Mrs. Doubtfire. Part art, part science, special effects are responsible for movie images that confuse and amaze us. Get an idea of how it’s all done at The Science Place’s behind-the-scenes tour, SFX2: The Art and Science of Movie Magic. Robots, models, and animated sequences from movie hits including Batman, The Wizard of Oz, Return of the Jedi, and Mrs. Doubtfire will intrigue family members of all ages. The exhibit takes place May 26 through September 4. Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Science Place, Fair Park, 214-428-5555, extension 343 or 344.
Run, Spot and Dick, Run
GET YOUR DOG OUT OF THE BACK YARD AND INTO the streets for the SPCA’s annual Lakewood Love Run, the largest pet-owner run in the country. Choose either the 5K run or I Mile Pet and Parent Fun Run-Walk. Also featured will he a blessing of the animals, a precocious pet tricks contest, SPCA pet adoptions, and a raffle. All proceeds benefit the SPCA of Texas. The 5K starts at 8 a.m.; the 1-mile run begins at 9 a.m. May 6 at the First Interstate Bank, 6301 Gaston. For registration information, call 214-651-9611.
New York to Hollywood: A Retrospective
GET A REALISTIC LOOK AT EARLY 20th-century America in the Anion Carter Museum exhibit New York to Hollywood: Photographs by Karl Struss. The 110 photographs on display capture and preserve moments from 1905 to the 1930s and reflect Strass’ work in two related but distinct fields: as a photographer in the advertising business and as a cinematographer for such films as Sunrise and Dr. jekyil and Mr. Hyde. The exhibit tuns through June 25. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth, 817-738-1933.
The Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s resident choreographer, Darryl Sneed, explores the strength and intrigue of contemporary dance movements in a program titled “Choreographer’s Choice.” Featured performances include “Into the Lahryinth,” “Inserted Passages,” and “Conversaciones.” May 11-13, 8:15 p.m. The Bob Hope Theatre, Southern Methodist University campus. For more information, call 214-871-2390.
ART S ARTIFACTS
AFRICAN AMERICAN MUSEUM. The 17th Southwest Black Art Exhibition features the artwork of emerging African-American artists. Through July 9. In Memoriam of Bessie Ruth Harvey: Selections from the Billy R. Allen Folk Art Collection features various works sculpted of wood and embellished with heads, cowry shells, and glitter by folk artist Bessie Ruth Harvey. In addition to Harvey’s works, the exhibit includes selected pieces by Clementine Hunter, Sultan Rogers, M.C. “5 Cents” Jones, and the Reverend Lilian T. Thomas’. Through January 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 Avenue, Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-565-9026.
AMON CARTER MUSEUM. Thomas Cole’s Paintings of Eden. Credited with creating “a higher style of art,”ThomasGile treated his landscapes portraits with the same sense of significance and purpose previously reserved only for historical and religious subjects. Through May 28. New York To Hollywood: Photographs By Karl Struss. The exhibition features 110 vintage Struss photographs from 1905 to the 1930s and showcases Struss’ two careers as an advertising photographer and a cinematographer. Through June 25. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.;Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.
BATH HOUSE CULTURAL CENTER. Gruces de la Vida. An exhibition of crosses created by regional women artists. May 6 through 27; May 13, artists’ reception, 6 p.m.-8 p.m. Museum hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Bath House Cultural Center, 521 East Lawther Drive, Dallas. Information: 214-670-8749.
BIBLICAL ARTS CENTER. Across Generations. This exhibit focuses on the Hispanic folk tradition of carving religious images. Twenty New Mexican artists, ranging in age from 2 Co 80, provide a cross-generational display of the continuance of tradition in a contemporary world. May 3 through July 30. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. The Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas. Information: 214-691-4661.
BRIDWELL LIBRARY. Miniature Literature: The Stanley Marcus Collection of Miniature Books. Full-length classics that fit in the palm of the hand make up this one-of-a-kind collection. Through May 26. Monday -Thursday. 8:30 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Galleries, Bridwell Library, SMU Campus. Information: 214-768-3483.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART. Beyond The Tanahata Bridge: A Textile Journey in Japan. Ideas from Japanese myth and legend are woven into clothing and coverlets; the exhibition explores the visual statements of the functional textiles. The J.E.R. Chilton Galleries. Through May 2S. Gold Of Mycenae. This rare collection of 20 pieces of ancient Mycenaean jewelry dating to the Greek civilization of the Bronze Age features gold ornaments, rings, bead necklaces, and figures of two goddesses and a charioteer. Free. Through Augusr 1. The Prints Of Roy Lichtenstein. Exhibit includes 90 landmark prints ranging from the artist’s first pop image through works of the 1990s. The show includes lithographs, etchings, screen prints, and woodcuts. Free. May 28 through August 20. Textiles From Indonesia. This collection includes 15 highly decorated Indonesian textiles that serve as essential components of festivals, weddings, and other ceremonial occasions. Free. Through July 30. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 1 l a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m. -9 p.m.; Saturay, Sunday, and holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. Information: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355.
DALLAS PUBLIC LIBRARY. From Clay Tablets To Compact Discs. This exhibit traces the history of the book from its earliest origins to the present. Included are rare artifacts and manuscripts such as Babylonian clay tablets from 2095 B.C., fragments of the Egyptian Book of the Dead, Shakespeare’s First Folio (1623), and a rare copy of the United States Declaration of Independence printed July 4, 1776. Through October 1. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Library, 1515 Young at Ervay, Dallas. Information: 214-670-1400.
DALLAS VISUAL ART CENTER. 1995 Mosaic Series. The ongoing series of solo exhibits spor-lights an ethnically diverse group of artists, including Xiaoze Xie, a Chinese painter. Through June 9. Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, noon 4 p.m. Free. Dallas Visual Art Center, 2917 Swiss Avenue, Dallas. Information: 214-821-2522.
DEGOLYER LIBRARY. En Divina Luz: The Penitente Moradas Of New Mexico. The exhibit consists of 50 black-and-white photographs of landscapes and unassuming one-story buildings called moradas. Constnicted of stone, adobe, or timber, the structures are found in isolated areas of New Mexico and arc used by the Penitente Brotherhood as private sanctuaries of worship. Through May 26. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. DeGolyer Library, SMU campus, Dallas. Information; 214-768-3231.
KIMBELL ART MUSEUM. The Peaceful Liberators: Jain Art From India. A chronological exploration of the essential characteristics of an art form that spans more than 2,000 years. The exhibit is composed of 140 works including ritual objects, metal and stone sculptures, paintings on palm leaf, paper, and textiles and serves as an overview of the Jain religion and its artistic achievements. Through May 28. 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. Kimhell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.
MCKINNEV AVENUE CONTEMPORARY (MAC) MUSEUM. Analogs Of Modernism. Artist and critic Tom Moody curates an exhibit featuring four artists’ personalized re interpretat ions of the vocabularies of the modern art movement. Through May 21. Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.tn.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.. McKinney Avenue Contemporary, The Gallery, 3120 McKinney Avenue at Bowen, Dallas. Information: 214-953-1212.
SMU MEADOWS MUSEUM. Images Of Penance, Images Of Mercy: Santos And Ceremonies Of The Hispanic Southwest, 1860-1910. Representing biblical figures fundamental to Christian worship in the Hispanic world, the painted wood santos illustrate the presence of the Catholic Church and its impact on the Hispanic traditions in North America during this time. Through May 21. Monday, Tuesday, Friday, and Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday, 10 a,m.-8 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Meadows Museum, SMU campus, Dallas. Information: 214-768-2516 weekdays-, 214-768-2740 weekends.
DALLAS BLACK DANCE THEATRE. Choreographer’s Choice. The Dallas Black Dance Theatre’s resident choreographer, Darryl Sneed, explores the strength and intrigue contemporary dance has to offer in new creations “Into the Labyrinth,” “Inserted Passages” and “Conver-saciones.” May 11 through 13, 8:15 p.m.. Bob Hope Theatre, SMU Campus, Dallas. Tickets: 214-871-2390.
PORT WORTH DALLAS BALLET. All the Right Women. The Fort Worth Dallas Ballet’s season finale combines classical ballet and western swing. Under the direction of artistic director Paul Mejia, the ballet troupe performs accompanied by the cowgirl trio The Dixie Chicks. May 12 and 13, 8 p.m. JFK Theatre at Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston Street, Fort Worth. Information: 1-800-654-9545.
THE ANITA N. MARTINEZ BALLET FOLKLORICO. Tierra Mestiza. The ballet folklorico celebrates Cinco de Mayo with the world premiere of the tale of the evolution of the mestizo, a people of mixed Spanish and Indian heritage. May 4 and 11,7:30 p.m.; May 5,6,12, and 13,8:15 p.m; May 13 matinee, 2:15 p.m. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard, Dallas. Infor-mation: 214-828-0181.
FAIRS & FIESTAS
SCARBOROUGH RENAISSANCE FAIRE. Waxahachie hosts the annual English renaissance festival set in a medieval village with jousters, knights, damsels, living chess matches, falconry, sheep-herding, a Royal Hall of Armour, food, beer, wine, and continuous entertainment and craft demonstrations. Weekends running through June 18, 10 a.rn.-7 <10a.rn.-7> p.m., rain or shine. I-35E, Exit 399A, Waxahachie. Information: 214-938-FAIR ( 3247).
GRAPEVINE’S MAIN STREET DAYS FESTIVAL. Historic Main Street is converted into the days of yesteryear, offering crafts demonstrations, antiques, arts and crafts, a Saturday night street dance, nonstop entertainment, a kids’ corner, liv-ing history reenactments, horseshoe tournaments, and more. May 19-21. Friday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Downtown Main Street, Grapevine. Information: 1-800-457-6338.
TURTLE CREEK CHORALE AUCTION. “Antiques to Zebras Happy Birthday” is the name tor the fifth annual fundraising auction benefiting the 220-member male chorus. Silent and live actions feature more than 5200,000 worth of services and travel, entertainment and dining opportunities. Entertainment provided by the Turtle Creek Chorale. May 20,7 p.m. Plaza of the Americas,650 North Pearl Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS.
TASTE ADDISON. The highlight of the third annual event remains the mini restaurant row featuring sample-sized servings of everything from barbecue to pasta and beverage specialties from Addison’s finest restaurants. The festival includes an ans and crafts show, a custom car and classic show, and musical performances of rhythm and blues, zydeco, jazz, and neo-cabaret. May 20-21. Saturday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Addison Conference & Theatre Center, between Dallas North Tollway and Addison Road, Addison. Information: 1-800-ADD1SON.
POLKA FESTIVAL. The 29th annual national polka festival celebrates Czechoslovakian heritage with an arts and crafts fair, a children’s carnival, street dancing, Czech food, and ongoing Czech dancing in four halls. A parade kicks off festivities at 10a.m. in downtown Ennis on Saturday. May 5 through 7. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. (dancing till midnight); Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Downtown Ennis. Information: 214-878-4748.
MAYFEST. Fort Worth’s family festival on the banks of the Trinity River features food, arts and crafts, ongoing live entertainment, a sports area, an art market, a children’s area, a Pog tournament, a virtual reality simulator, and a raffle. May 4-7. Thursday and Friday, 3:30 p.m.- 10 p.m.; Saturday, noon-10 p.m.; Sunday, noon-7 p.m.. Trinity Park in the Cultural District, Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-1055.
ARTFEST. A three-day celebration featuring works by more than 300 artists from across the country, day-long musical entertainment, a special art area for kids, food, and drinks. Proceeds from the event benefit Dallas’ cultural arts. May 26 through 28. Friday, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Texas Stadium, Irving. Information: 214-361-2011.
MAYFAIR ON THE SQUARE. McKinncy’s 1 5th annual downtown street fair celebrates spring with food booths, more than 150 artists and craftsmen, children’s activities, and continuous entertainment. A Saturday 10 a.m. parade kicks off the weekend festivities. May 6 and 7- Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 1 p.m.-6 p.m. The Square, downtown McKinney, McKinney. Information: 214-242-8599.
CINCO DE MAYO. The sixth annual two-day fiesta at Fair Park features not only authentic Mexican food and music bur top-40 artists, children’s activities and entertainment, a soccer tournament, the Cinco K Run, a car show including vintage, custom, and low riders’ models, a health fair, an education and job fair, and carnival rides and games. May 6 and 7. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.. Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-634-7020.
COWBOYS AND CANINES. Ralston-Purina and Kroger present this first annual country afternoon for the entire family (including pets!). Games, music, food, and dancing, and several canine contests including “Best Frisbee Catcher,” Best Canine Trick,” and “Best Dog Song” highlight the activities. May 13, 10 a.m. to late afternoon. Southfork Ranch, Parker Road, Piano. Information: 214-651-9611, extension 143.
MOTHER’S DAY ARBORETUM WEEKEND. The Dallas Arboretum honors mothers throughout the weekend with special musical entertainment, free single-stem roses (Sunday only) and a brunch. A children’s area for making Mother’s Day cards, sidewalk chalk art, tissue roses, and landscape painting is open as well. May 13 and 14. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday Brunch, 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. Advance reservations required. The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Road, Dallas. Information and reservations: 214-327-8263.
DISCOVER DEEP ELLUM. Deep Ellum’s Trees is the site for continuous evening musical entertainment and the chance to taste the fare from seven restaurants donating their culinary expertise to benefit the Deep Ellum Association. May 24, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. Trees, 2709 Elm, Deep Ellum. Information: 214-748-4332.
OMNI THEATER. Destiny in Space. Experience the solitude, the weightlessness, and the magnificent views of Earth from orbiting shuttle missions as space travel becomes larger-than-life on an 80-foot screen. Ongoing. Film shown hourly on the half-hour: Monday, 1:30 p.m. -4:30 p.m.; Tuesday-Thursday, l: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 Street, Fort Worth. Information: 817-732-1631 or metro 817-654-1356.
SMU SOUTHWEST FILM/VIDEO ARCHIVES series. Cseplo Gyuri is the story of a young gypsy struggling; to improve his life in modern Budapest. May 10, 7:30 p.m. SMU, screening room on the third floor of the Greer Garson Theater Building, 6100 Hillcrest, Dallas. Tickets: 214-768-1684.
HOME & GARDEN
SWISS AVENUE HISTORIC DISTRICT HOME TOUR. Mother’s Day weekend is the time of year when seven turn-of-the-century homes open their doors to benefit area schools, libraries, and community improvements and to supplement the neighborhood crime watch patrol of the Swiss Avenue area. This year’s annual tour features an antique fair, horse-drawn carriage rides, and food vendors. Tour buses leave from First Interstate Bank, 1824 Abrams Parkway in Lakewood. May 12 through 14. Friday, 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. Food and antique show are at Triangle Park, comer of Swiss Avenue and Bryant Streets, Lakewood. Information: 214-826-9316.
WILDFLOWER WALK. The prairies and hilltops of the Heard Natural Science Museum’s wildlife sanctuary let flower lovers get up close to some of their favorite native Texas blooms. May 13 and 27, 9:30 a.m. The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, One Nature Place, McKinney. Information and reservations: 214-562-5566.
APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS PARENT-CHILD WORKSHOPS. “More Than a Pretty Pot” is the theme for turning old sneakers, toy dump trucks, and whatever else may he lying around the house into pots that give a plant personality. The workshop is for children ages 8 to 12. May 6,9 a.m.-ll a.m. “Sweet or Sour, Acid or Base” explores how plants can tell which soil “tastes” sweet or sour. Using a “magical” liquid to determine what’s acid or hase in the house and garden, children ages 6-12 discover which soil is the tastiest to plants. May 6,1 p.m.-3 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum, 8617 Garland Road, Dallas. Information and reservations: 214-327-8263, extension 129.
BIRD WALK. The Heard Natural Science Museum’s staff members lead the way on an early morning stroll through the wildlife sanctuary in search of the sights and sounds that fascinated John James Audubon. Participants are encouraged to bring binoculars and bird field guides. May 6 and 20,7:30 a.m. The Heard Natural Science Museum &. Wildlife Sanctuary, One Nature Place, McKinney. Reservations: 214-562-5566,
TREES AND WILDFLOWERS OF DALLAS. The staff of The Dallas Museum of Natural History leads a field trip throughout Dallas in search of native trees and flowers. May 6, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Dallas Museum of Natural History, Fair Park, Dallas. Reservations: 214-421-3466, extension 202.
AMON CARTER MUSEUM. Young People’s Tour. Budding artists ages 11 to l4 sketch elements from observation and imagination after viewing the Eden paintings by Thomas Cole. May 13, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard, Fort Worth. Information and reservations. 817-738-1933, extension 15.
THE FORT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY. Busytown. This interactive science exhibit features the well-known work of author-illustrator Richard Scarry. Children can play the part of a factory worker, crane operator, or carpenter as they count, sort, and build. Through May 7- Monday, 9 a,m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday through Thursday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-8 p.m. Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery Street, Fort Worth. Information: 817-654-1356.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY. The Magic School Bus: Inside The Earth. Children join Ms. Frazzle and her class as they explore the inner crust of the earth. Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-421-DINO (3466).
DALLAS MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY: NORTHPARK CENTER. Diversity Of Life. The Museum’s satellite exhibit includes live exotic birds, turtles, an insect zoo, mounted insects and animals from around the world, and the opportunity to “unearth” prehistoric fossils at a miniature paleo dig- Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, noon-6 p.m. NorthPark Shopping Center, second level, across from Lord & Taylor, Northwest Highway and Central Expressway, Dallas. Information; 214-739-4346.
THE DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATRE. If You Give A Mouse A Cookie adapts Laura Josse Numeroff’s story about the little boy left alone and the mayhem that erupts when he gives a mouse a cookie. The play is geared tor children ages 3-11. April 30-May 20. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m.,4:30 p.m.; Sunday, 1:30 p.m. and 4 prn. Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs, Dallas. Tickets; 214-978-0110.
ARTS AND LETTERS’ YOUNG ADULT PROGRAM. “Writer to Writer at the Library” firings poet and children’s author Pat Mora to a writer’s workshop geared for ages 10 to 16. May 6, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. J. Erik Jonsson Library auditorium, 1515 Young Street, Dallas. Information: 214-922-1220; registration: 214-670-7800.
CASA MANANA CHILDREN’S PLAYHOUSE. The Secret Garden tells the story of three English children who, while tending a forgotten garden, discover the beauties of nature and the human spirit. May 5 through 13. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 West Lancaster, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-332-2272.
THE SCIENCE PLACE. The World of Peter Rabbit. Beatrix Potter fans, young scientists, and fans of whimsy of all ages will enjoy this exhibit which teaches young scientists about observation and nature study. The exhibit is free with regular admission to The Science Place. Through May 7. Also at the Science Place is SFX2: The Art and Science of Movie Magic, a look at special effects that features robots, models, and animation samples from such movie hits as Batman, The Wizard of Oz, Return of the Jedi, and Mrs. Doubtfire. May 26-April 4- Monday through Sunday 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Science Place, Fair Park, Dallas. Information: 214-428-5555, extension 343 or 344.
DMA GATEWAY GALLERY Artist Lee Akins demonstrates how to model clay by hand or with the use of the wheel. May 14, 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Dallas Museum of An, Gateway Gallery, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. Information: 214-922-1251.
PHILIP WUNTCH. The Dallas Morning News film critic shares his past experiences and anecdotes in “Celebrities I Have Interviewed,” as part of the Tuesday Talk Series. May 16. Coffee, 10:30 a.m.; Speaket, 11 a.m.; Lunch (optional), noon. The Stoneleigh Hotel, 2927 Maple Avenue, Dallas. Reservations: 214-520-0206.
CINCO DE MAYO CELEBRATION OF LATINO LITERATURE. This final installment of the Dallas Museum of Art’s Arts and Letter Live presents poet and children’s author Pat Mora, novelist and actor Denise Chavez, and award-winning fiction writer Dagoberto Gilb in a presentation including readings and question-and-answer sessions. May 5, 7 p.m. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. Information and tickets: 214-922-1220.
WHAT MAKES A CITY: BEAUTY IN BUSINESS. The 11th annual conference sponsored by the Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture features speakers from around the country discussing ways to conduct business that will enhance and nourish the soul of the city. May 12, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Dallas City Hall, Council Chambers, 6th Floor. Dallas. Reservations: 214-871-2440.
STEPHEN HAWKING. As a special event of SMU’s Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, the British theoretical physicist afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease travels from Cambridge to share his expertise in the field of black holes in space and the quantum theory of gravity. May 2, 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus, Dallas. Tickets: 214-768-4315.
REEL/REAL WRITERS. The MAC hosts video-taped readings by some of this century’s most interesting writers and poets and discussions with contemporary writers. May 18, 7 p.m. McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC’), 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas. Information: 953-1MAC.
THE DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART’S MEET THE ARTIST SERIES. Photographer Nic Nicosia leads a slide discussion of his art. Afterward, the audience accompanies the artist to view his photography in the DMA’s permanent collection. Free. May 3,7 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 North Harwood, Dallas. Reservations: 214-922-1 344,
MATA HARI. The Deep Ellum Opera Theatre presents this world premiere about the courtesan executed as a spy at the end of World War I. Through May 14. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Hickory Street Annex, 501 Second Avenue, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-2787.
MAGIC OF MUSIC. The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra performs, with pianist Armen Babakhanian, Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No. 1. May 6, 8 p.m. Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 North Mac Arthur Boulevard, Irving. Tickets: 214-580-1566.
BEETHOVEN, BRAHMS, AND MENDELSSOHN. The New Philharmonic Orchestra of Irving, accompanied by soloist Eugene Pridonoff, presents musical selections from Brahms, Beethoven, and Mendelssohn. May 27, 8:15 p.m. Carpenter Hall, Irving Ans Center, 33 J3 North Mac Arthur Boulevard, Irving. Tickets 214-252-ARTS(2788).
VOICES OF CHANGE. The Chamber Opera performs in conjunction with the showing of The Memoirs of Uliana Rooney in a theatrical cham-beropera May 8,8 p.m. Caruth auditorium, SMU campus, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS.
TURTLE CREEK CHORALE. The Chorale joins musical forces with neighboring Fort Worth’s chamber orchestra in a performance featuring music from Mzart, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Schubert, and Strauss. May 30, 8 p.m. Landrerh Auditorium, Texas Christian University campus, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-926-8831.
CLIBURN CONCERT. Wendy Warner, the 22-year-old protege of Mstislav Rostropovich, performs with her trademark emotional intensity. May 14, 3 p.m. Ed Landreth Auditorium, Texas Christian University campus, Fort Worth. Tickets: 1-800-462-7979.
STAGE DOOR CHARLIE. The Dallas Summer Musicals begin the new season with Broadway hoofer Tommy Tune in the title role of Charlie Baxter. Through May 13. Tuesday-Saturday, 8 p.m.; matinees, Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Fair Park Music Hall, Fair Park, Dallas. Tickets: 214-691-7200 or Ticketmaster. 214-373-8000.
PATRIOTIC SALUTE. The Chamber Symphony of the Metrocresr performs a repertoire of light classics, pop, and patriotic tunes in honor of Memorial Day. Listeners are invited to bring blankets and picnic baskets for the outdoor concert. Free. May 29, 7 p.m. Carrollton Amphitheater, 2035 Jackson Road, Carrollton. Information; 214-417-0745.
MARVIN HAMLISCH. The JCPenney Superpops hosts the prolific composer as heconducts and performs on stage with the Dallas Pops Orchestra. May 26 through May 28, Friday and Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2: 30 p.m. The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-692-0203.
THE OAK ridge BOYS. Together with the Fort Worth Symphony Pops, the award-winningcountry singers perform their most famous hits- May 26 and 27, 8 p.m. Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston Street, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-335-9000.
FORT WORTH SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Conductorjohn Giordano presides over a program that includes “Diary of Anne Frank” and “An Epic Rhapsody in Three Parts.” May 20 and 21. Saturday, 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston Street, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-335-9000.
DALLAS SYMPHONY CHORUS. Conductor Andrew Litton leads renditions from Ravel’s “Mother Goose Suite” to Gershwin’s “Porgy and BessConcert Suite.”May 11 through 13,8:15p.m. Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-692-0203.
LAS COLINAS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. Magic is the theme of the evening when the Las Colinas Symphony performs Schubert’s “Overture to The Magic Harp” and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Minor, Op. 23. May 6,8 p.m. Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur, Irving. Tickets: 214-580-1566.
GREATER DALLAS YOUTH ORCHESTRA. Young area musicians perform classic and 20th-century symphonic works including Schubert’s “Rosamunde,” Barber’s Violin Concerto, and Hoist’s “The Planets.” May 14, 7:30 p.m. Morton H. Myerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS(2787).
A CELEBRATION OF MUSIC. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra featuring Anshel Brusilow shares the stage with the Brnokhaven Community Chorus, the Irving Chorale, and special guest artist pianist Natalia Bolshakova. The chorus and orchestra perform works of Verdi and Borodin with pianist Bolshakova joining the orchestra in Rachmaninoff’s “Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.” May 20, 8 p.m. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora Street, Dallas. Tickets: 214-234-4195.
JAZZ UNDER THE STARS. National and local names in jazz descend upon downtown Dallas for outdoor concerts. Tania Mariea, Brazilian pianist and singer, combines jazz with her native music tradition. May 11. Jacques Gauthe And The Creole Rice Jazz Banda seven-piece New Orleans jazz ensemble, plays in the tradition of Louis Armstrong and Sidney Bechet. May 18. Friendly Neighborhood Swing Bop Band, composed of some of Dallas’ top jazz musicians, plays the Big Band sound. May 25. All concerts begin at 8 p.m. Ross Avenue Plaza, in front of the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas. Information: 214-922-1229.
DALLAS CHAMBER FINALE. Celebrating Cinco de Mayo as well as the end of the season, the Dallas Chamber Orchestra presents a performance that includes chamber music favorites with south-of-the-border style. May 5, 8 p.m. Church of the Transfiguration, corner of Hillcrest and Spring Valley, Dallas; May 7, 7 p.m. Caruth Auditorium, SMU Campus, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-2787.
BORN IN THE USA. The Contemporary Chorale, composed of 40 Metroplex women, presents an evening of American music ranging from “The Impossible Dream” to “Achy Breaky Heart.” May 5, S p.m. Carpenter Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 North MacArthur, Irving. Tickets: 214-343-4275.
MESQUITE CHAMPIONSHIP RODEO. Bucking bulls, daredevil clowns, high-flying broncos, steer wrestlers, barrel racers, and professional cowboys perform in the arena as part of the 38th championship season. Rodeo events also include a children’s petting zoo, pony rides, and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet as well. Through September 30. Friday and Saturday evenings. Gates open at 6:30 p.m.; rodeo begins at 8 p.m. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Drive, Mesquite. Information: 214-285-8777.
A little night run. Benefiting the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth, the 5K race winds through downtown, beginning and ending at The Worthington Hotel. Race participants ate treated to a concert performance by the Youth Orchestra of Greater Fort Worth. May 27. 9 p.m. The Worthington Hotel, 200 Main Street, Fort Worth. Registration and information: 817-923-3121.
HUNTER-JUMPER HORSE SHOW. Four hundred thoroughbred horses prance, gallop, and leap during a four-day competition. Riders as young as 8 guide their steeds over hurdles at the Will Rogers Coliseum. May 11 through 14,8 a.m.-6 p.m. Will Rogers Coliseum, 1 Anion Carter Square, Fort Worth. Information: 817-871-8150.
TEXAS RANGERS. Now that the strike is over- not settled, but over-the Texas Rangers return to the diamond. As D went to press, the powers-that-be were still scrambling to put together a game schedule. If you’re interested in tickets- and we’re sure there’ll be plenty available-call the number below. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: metro 817-273-5l00.
GTE BYRON NELSON GOLF CLASSIC. The 28th annual national golf tournament returns to the Four Seasons Resort and Club and, for the first time, continues at the Cottonwood Valley course. Approximately 50,000 spectators are expected, many of whom will make their annual pilgrimage to the much celebrated tents, especially if-God forbid-it rains. May 8-14. The Four Seasons Resort and Club, 4150 North MacArthur Boulevard, Irving. Information: 214-717-0700.
COLONIAL NATIONAL INVITATION. Top golfers from around the country vie for the purse of $1.4 million. Spectators gain free admittance on May 22 and 23; Monday, 1 p.m. Shotgun Pro Am; Tuesday, Shootout, 3 p.m., Junior Clinic, 4:30 p.m.; Wednesday, 7:30 a.m., Pro Am. May 22 through 28. Colonial Country Club, 3735 Country Club Circle, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-927-4281.
SPRING MOTORCYCLE EXPO SHOW. The Arlington Convention Center is the site tor the 7th annual motorcycle expo and swap meet show. The expo features Harley-Davidson bikes, motorcycle merchandise and accessories, as well as a bike show. A special Mother’s Day observance with prize giveaways throughout the day is planned. May 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 BallPark Way, Arlington. Information: 214-216-5520.
ARTFEST’95. Run For The Arts. The 18th annual run features Texas Stadium’s 50-yard line as the finishing point for runners in either the 10K or 5K. The 10K course follows a meandering route through scenic Las Colinas, while the 5K course is fast and flat. Runners wearing race bibs receive free admission on race day to Artfest. In addition, a Kiddie Kilometer and separate start-time tor wheelchair entrants are part of the morning’s activities. Registration and Packet Pick Up available at Athletic Supply, 6921 Preston Road, May 22-26, or on race day at Texas Stadium beginning at 6:30 a.m. May 27. Kiddie Kilometer, 7:45 a.m.; 5K, 8 a.m.; wheelchairs, 8:29 a.m.; 10K, 8:30 a.m. Texas Stadium, Irving. Information: 214-748-5000.
LAKEWOOD LOVE RUN. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals hosts the largest pet-owner run in the country. Featuring a 5K and 1Mile Pet and Parent fun run-walk, Love Run activities also include a blessing of the animals, precocious pet tricks contest, off-site adoptions and exhibits, and a raffle drawing. All proceeds benefit the programs of the SPCA of Texas. May 6. 5K, 8 a.m.; 1 Mile, 9 a.m. First Interstate Bank, 6301 Gaston, Dallas. Registration: 214-651-9611.
WESTERN DAYS RODEO. Grand Prairie’s Traders Village hosts a pro rodeo featuring over 300 professional cowboys competing in bareback bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling, bull riding, and women’s barrel racing. In addition to the live action in the arena, Grand Prairie’s City Hall plaza is the site for a counrry-westem an show, a country-western dance, a pancake breakfast, an ans and crafts show, food, children’s rides and amusements, and a downtown parade rounding out the three-day festival. May 19 through 21. Rodeo performances at Traders Village on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m.; Sunday 3 p.m. Downtown Country Fair, Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Saturday parade, downtown, 1 p.m. Traders Village, 2602 Mayfield Road, Grand Prairie. Information: 1-800-288-8386.
CANOE TRAILS. Canoeists explore the waterways and wildlife of the Heard Natural Science Sanctuary in a two-hour outing. May 13 and 20. Experienced canoeists, 9:30 a.m.; novice or inexperienced individuals, 1 p.m. Advance registration is required. The Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary, One Nature Place, McKinney. Reservations: 214-562-5566.
SANTOS & SANTOS. The Dallas Theater Center hosts this world premiere of Octavio Softs’ play about a well-established criminal law firm in El Paso that is known for its charitable community ventures hut ends up on the wrong side of the law. Through May 21. Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday matinees, 2:30 p.m. Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora Street, Dallas. Information or reservations: 214-522-8499.
THE foreigner. The comedic cale of Charlie, who is so paralyzed at the thought of having to converse with strangers that a friend tells everyone Charlie is from an exotic foreign country and speaks no English. Once alone, Charlie overhears more than he should. Through May 7. Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; matinees May 6 and 7, 2:15 p.m. Quad C Theatre, Collin County Community College, John Anthony Theatre, 2800 East Spring Creek Parkway, Piano, information and tickets: 214-881-5809.
DEARLY DEPARTED. Theatre Arlington presents the stage comedy of a dysfunctional Southern family brought together to bury old Bud, the patriarch of the Turpin family, and their off-the-wall mourning. Through May 20. Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m., matinee May 7, 2:15 p.m. Theatre Arlington, 305 West Main Street, Arlington. Tickets: 817-275-7661.
THE BIG D FESTIVAL OF THE UNEXPECTED. The Dallas Theater Center presents this third annual festival featuring cutting-edge theater with plays penned by either established or up-and-coming playwrights. New to the festival this year is the Theater Center’s main stage and cabaret featuring live music, readings, plays, and solo performances. Headlining the festival are Mump & Smoot, the Clowns of Horror, in Ferno and Caged. May 25 through June 18. The Dallas Theater Center’s Katita Humphreys mainstagc. 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard (off Blackhurn) Tickets and information: 214-522-8499.
RUMORS. The Casa Mariana Theatre stages the Neil Simon comedy about a couple who concocts a story about the cancellation of their friend’sdin-ner party, only to see their simple lie mushroom out of control. May 16 through 28. Tuesday through Saturday, 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 West Lancaster, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-332-2272.
A CLOCKWORK ORANGE. Dallas-based Field Trip Productions presents a multi-media version of this classic political satire depicting events in the year 2004. This contemporary-even more mind-bending-adaptation of Anthony Burgess’ novel and Stanley Kubrick’s film is staged at the Arcadia and features a video projection screen that provides visual backdrops, evocative montages, and a continuous stream of words and pictures. Original music and scoring also. Through June 3, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m. The Arcadia, 2005 Greenville Avenue, Dallas. Reservations and information: 214-891-1856.
STEEL MAGNOLIAS. The Richardson Theatre Center brings to life this moving story of strong Southern women. Through May 13. Thursday through Saturday, 8 p.m. Richardson Theatre Centre, 718 Canyon Creek Centre, Richardson. Information and reservations: 214-699-1130.
TEA SET PRODUCTIONS. An English tea huffet accompanies an intimate staging of “The Smoking Gun” staged by the acting talents of Tea Set Productions. Kinsey Milhonc, Hercule Poirot and other notable “literary” detectives take their turns solving the crime in question using their own unique styles. May 21.3:30 p.m. -5 p.m. The Westin Hotel, Panorama Room, 13340 Dallas Parkway, Dallas. Tickets and information: 214-341-7747.
the Baltimore waltz. Naked Mirror Productions presents a fantasy-comedy adventure of a brother and sister who flee to Europe after discovering one of them has the fatal disease ATD-Acquired Toilet Disease. Through May 20, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings 8 p.m. Swiss Avenue Theater Center, 2700 Swiss Avenue, Dallas. Reservations: 214-680-4466.
PITCHFORK DISNEY. The Kitchen Dog Theatre stages the American premiere of Philip Ridley’s dark comedy set in a futuristic wasteland. The play explores questions of sexuality, identity, and freedom. May 11 through June 3.. Wednesday through Saturday, 8 p.m. (MAC) McKinney Avenue Contemporary Theatre, 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS(2787).