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WHAT TO DO, WHERE TO GO: OUR SELECTIVE GUIDE

Theater

Ohio Tip-Off. The Dallas Theater Center plays court to a slice-of-life look at what lies beneath the surface of professional basketball. Directed by Kenny Leon of Atlanta’s Alliance Theatre, the story is about a struggling team in the minor league sel to play a game knowing that a scout from a top professional NBA team is looking for a player. But the rival team cancels, forcing the members of the struggling team to pit themselves against one another in a game of one-on-one where winner takes all and the losers go on dreaming of life in the Big Time. Through November 19. Tuesday, Wednesday &. Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets:214-522-TIXX.

My Thing of Love. The New Theatre stages the award-winning Broadway show about marital comedy. November 23-December 16. Thursday-Saturday, 8 p.m. Swiss Avenue Theater Center. 2700 Swiss Ave. Tickets: 2I4-520-ARTS.

Little Shop of Horrors. This comédie musical tale of horticultural horror about a nerdy, skid row botanist befriended by a giant man-eating plant from outer space is staged by the Piano Repertory Theatre. The show is complete with outlandish characters and campy ^0s music. Through November 19. Friday & Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:15 p.m. ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th PL, Historic Downtown Piano. Tickets: 214-422-7460.

American College Theatre Festival. The Quad C Theatre hosts eight colleges and universities from across the Southwest in a competition showcasing the best in collegiate theater. November 1-4. Call the theater for a festival schedule. Quad C Theatre, Collin County Community College, John Anthony Theater, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. Tickets: 214-881-5809.

The Learned Ladies. SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts presents its second installment of die 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. November 28-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.

Les Misérables. The Tony-award winning musical tale, based on the work of Victor Hugo, of one poor Frenchman’s struggles with his past, his pursuer, and his fate. November 14-19. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.;Saturday,2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. &7:30p.m. Will Rogers Auditorium, 3401 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.

Dallas Got Run Over By a Reindeer. Comedienne Judy Truesdell produces this Grassy Knoll Players” dinner theater holiday sketch mat touches on such topics as bad holiday gifts from relatives, the DeVry Institute of Santas, and blowing the rem and all the savings at Toys “R” Us. The dinner is an all-you-can-eat buffet. November 11-December 23. Fridays & Saturdays, 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.



Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Neil Simon s comédie salute to the Golden Age of Television starring Gabe Kaplan comes to the Majestic. The story focuses on a small group of comedy writers kibitzing and kuetching as they work to keep TV’s funniest show funny. November 21-26. Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sunday,2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Reservations: 1-800-448-8457.



One of Them Male Things. Pegasus Theatre stages Scott Thun’s comedy featuring a series of monologues about “what it means to be a guy.” Through November 18. Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 7 p.m. Pegasus Theatre, 3916 Main St. Reservations: 214-821-6005.



No Sex Please, We’re British. This comedy about a conservative bank manager who is mistakenly put on a naughty mailing list is staged by the Garland Civic Theatre. Through November 4. Friday, 8 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Garland Performing Arts Center, 3 00 N. Fifth St,, Garland. Information: 214-349-1331; tickets: 214-205-2790.

A Christmas Carol. The I Villas Theatre Center prepares for the Christmas season with the Dickens’ classic featuring festive dancing, familiar carols, and spectacular special effects in the story of a man’s redemption during the most giving season of the year. November 28-December 24. Weekly schedule varies-call for exact times. Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora St. Tickets: 214-522-TTXX.

Faust. The Extra Virgin Performance Cooperative stages a shortened adaptation of Goethe’s archetypal verse play. The production will embrace the conclusion of the second half of the original play, a feat which is rarely attempted by other acting companies. In pulling from Goethe’s story, this version will focus on the extremes of human sensual power. November 8-December 2. Wednesday-Saturday, S p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (MAC), 3120 McKinney Ave. Reservations: 214-941-3664.

International Theatre Festival. Teatro Dallas stages an international mix of plays: Mexico, “Tablas y Diablas, ” November 10 & 11 ; Brazil, November 17 & 18; South Africa, “Zakes Mofekeng,” November 25 & 26; “Giggles Unlimited,” December 3; United States Mexican-American group, “La Carpa de Aztlan,” December 2 & i. All shows are at 8:15 p.m., except die November 25 & 26 shows, which are at 7 p.m. Teatro Dallas, 2204 Commerce St. Information: 214-741-6833.

Dance

Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth. The repertory company presents a fifth year anniversary celebration with a look back at the company’s past favorites from each year. November 10, 8 p.m.; November 11, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Texas Christian University, Ed Landreth Auditorium, South University Drive at Cantey, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-335-9000.

An Evening of Pieces. Elements of ballet, jazz, and modem dance combine in an evening of works created by seven choreographers. November 18, 8 p.m.; November 19,2 p.m. & 8 p.m, Danse En L’air. 9205 Skillman St., Ste. 123. Information: 214-601-9832.

Pascal Rioult Dance Theater. Combining the influences of Martha Graham, Anges de Mille, and Anthony Tudor, French choreographer Rioult parlays his 30 years of dance into an innovative and pictorial style of modern dance as part of the TITAS Touch season. November 17 & 18,8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU Campus. Tickets: 214-528-5576.

An Evening of Dance. The student dance company of the Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts presents an evening recital with works by national choreographers. November 15-17,8 p.m. Leach Theatre, Booker T. Washington High School, 2501 Flora St. Information; 214-720-7313.

Music

Dallas Museum of Arts Classical Music Concerts.The Fine Arts Chamber Players presents an “Oboe Celebration.” Principal oboist of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra Kathy Greenback and principal oboist of the Fort Worth Symphony Jan Eberle perform a free afternoon concert with area musicians featuring the melodic masterpieces of Poulenc, Telemann, and Albinoni. November25, 3 p.m. The Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1229.

Dallas Classic Guitar Society. The grace and energy of flamenco dancing explodes on the stage with the performing talents of Maria Benitez and Company. November 7,8 p.m. Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St. Information: 214-528-3733.

The Women’s Chorus. A Christmas concert entitled “Angels! ” featuring the harmonious combination of the Women’s Ensemble of Southern Methodist University, the Women’s Chorus of Texas Woman’s University, the Women’s Chorus of the University of North Texas, and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas as they sing both classic and modern renditions of Christmas music. November 29, 8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: 214-520-7828.

Piano Chamber Orchestra. Trumpeter and recording artist Bibi Black performs a solo repertoire including works by Vivaldi, Hummel, Bellini, and Haydn. November 4,8:15 p.m. Fellowship Bible Church North, 850 Lexington Dr., Piano. Information and tickets: 214-985-1983.

The Dallas Symphony Classical Series. The Dallas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Conductor Andrew Litton performs such Tchaikovsky notables as the Sleeping Beauty Suite and the 1812 Overture. November 2-4. Pianist Andre Walls brings to life the classic works of Prokofiev and Rachmaninoff, November 9-11. With Andrew Litton conducting and pianist Yefim Bronfman performing, the concerts feature a mixture of Shostakovich, Kabalevsky, and Rachmaninoff, November 30-December 3. Thursday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m.; Sunday, 2:30 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-692-0203.

Meryl P. Levy Concert Series. Music in the Time of Henry Ossawa Tanner. Pianist Pamela Mia Paul and violinist Jan Sloman perform examples of the cross-pollination of French and American music of the late 19th and early 20th centuries with selected works from Gottschalk, Joplin, and Ravel. November 4, 3 p.m. The Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1229.

Cliburn Concert. Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky visits Fort Worth for an event that will transcend language barriers. November 28, 8 p.m. Ed Landreth Auditorium, TCU Campus, Fort Worth. Information and tickets: 817-335-9000.

The Manhattan Transfer. The premier contemporary vocal group performs in a concert benefiting the National Council of Jewish Women. November 12, 8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 230L Flora St. Tickets: 214-520-ARTS.

Cecilia Bartoli. The internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano al last makes it to Dallas in a guest appearance with the Symphony. November 18, 8:15 p.m. Morton 11. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-692 0203.

Irvine Symphony Orchestra. The evening program includes a repertoire of works by Rodrigo and Tchaikovsky under the direction of Hector Guzman. Classical guitarist Alfonso Moreno will perform with the orchestra. November 11,8 p.m. Irving Arts Center, Carpenter Performance Hall, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Information and tickets: 214-831 -8818 or 214-252-ARTS.

Richardson Symphony Orchestra, “Broadway to Hollywood” is the evening’s theme featuring the vocal talents of Paula Homer and the University of North Texas Singers. November 4, 8 p.m. Richardson High School, 1250 W. Belt Line Rd. Information: 214-234-4195.

Madama Butterfly. The Dallas Opera stages the world-wide favorite about a callous American Naval officer who abandons his young Japanese bride, Butterfly, and their son to return to the United States to marry another. November 2, 5, 8& 11,7:30p.m.;matineeon November5,2p.m. Fair Park Music Hall, First Avenue at Perry-Street, Fair Park. Reservations: 214-443-1000.

Voices of Change. The music chamber ensemble hosts guest composer Ronald Caltabiano and his “Quilt Panels” who will perform selections by-Simon Sargon and Lili Boulanger. November 6, 8 p.m. Caruth Auditorium, SMU Campus. Tickets: 214520-ARTS.

Hansel & Gretel. The Dallas Opera retells the story of the poor brother and sister who find themselves lost in the woods in search of food and who become the frightened guests of a witch with a ravenous appetite of her own. November 24, 26, 29 & December 2, 7:30 p.m.; matinee, November 26, 2 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: 2144434000.

Art& Artifacts

African American Museum. Contained and Uncontain-ed. An exhibition showing the progression of a clay sculpture from stall to finish in the creative process. The works of Syd Carpenter, Magdalene Odun-do, James Watkins, and Martha Jackson -Jarvis will be on display. November 10-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. Through July 28,19%. 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.

Anion Carter Museum. Canyonland Visions. This exhibit will include two collections-one in watercolor and one in photographs. “Wild River, Timeless Canyons: Balduin Mollhausen, Early Artist of the Colorado” is a long-lost set of 47 watercolors by the Prussian artist who served as the illustrator for the 1857 Ives expedition that discovered the Grand Canyon and first documented the exploration of the Colorado River. This work is on display for the first time. The exhibit chronicles the history of the expedition and is accompanied by maps and other supplemental materials. The exhibit also features a photographic display complementing the Mollhausen pieces. Taken from the mid-19th century to the present, the photos are of picturesque arches, isolated buttes, and weathered canyons of the Colorado River region. Through November 12, Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Anion Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.

Arlington Museum of Art. Texas Realism. A down-home exhibit featuring paintings and drawings of landscapes, still life, and the figure by Texas artists. November 3-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 Arte Center. Millennium. Images of the Rapture, Revelations, and Other Last-Day Prophecies of die Bible. Through November 26. The First Noel. And on a more cheerful note, orig-inal two and three dimensional children’s art work depicting the first Christmas will be on display. November 29-January 14, 19%. 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. November 5-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 31. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Saturday, Sunday & holidays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 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 museum 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. Built to Last: Photographs of Dallas Buildings from the Acme Brick Company Collection. From the Adolphus Hotel mid 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 Collection. The legendary entrepreneur opens his private collection of Christmas books to be enjoyed by all. November 1 -January 31,1996. Monday-Thursday, 9a.m.-9 p.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 Scries. An exhibit highlighting the printmaking talents of Hispanic artist Eduardo Garcia. Through November 10. The works of Indian clay sculptor Madhvi Subrahmanian arc showcased in the last of the series of solo exhibitions. November 17-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 An Center, 2917 Swiss Ave. Information: 214-821-2522.

Kimbell Art Museum. Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria. The British Museum in London loans an exhibit of 250 artifacts representing the wealth and magnificence of the palatial an of northern Mesopotamia. From embossed bronze jewelry and ninth- to seventh century temple reliefs to a life-size statue of King Ashurnasirpal II and a collection of clay tablets inscribed in the cuneiform script found at Nineveh, this exhibition includes depictions of rituals, war, the hunt, liter -attire, and the sciences. Through February 4,1996. Tuesday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Friday, noon-8 p.m.; Saturday, 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.

Kittrell/Rilfkinil Art Glass Inc. Third Annual Jewelry Invitational. One-of-a-kind glass and glass/mixed jewelry created by artists nationwide are featured in a collection of limited edition media. Through November 12. .Monday-Wednesday & Friday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thursday, 10a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday, 11a.m.-4 p.m. Kiitrell/Riffkind Ait Glass Inc., Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 820. Information: 214-239-7957.

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 in an exhibit spanning his career from the 1950s to the present. 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 Foil Worth, 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-9215.

Southern Methodist University Meadows Museum. From the Ends of the Earth: Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress. In partnership with the Foundation of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, the museum presents a collection representing aspects of Jewish history and experience. It features tributes to Yiddish theater and Jewish composers as well as Jewish contributions in philosophy, law, science, and the founding and early history of the United Slates. Through November 12, Monday,Tuesday, Friday & 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. Information: 214-768-2516 (weekdays). 214-768-2740 (weekends).

Southern Methodist University DeGolyer Library. Visionaries and Rebels: American Literature After die Atom Bomb. The Friends of the SMU Libraries celebrates il s 25th anniversary with an exhibit featuring more than 60 works from the Colophon Moderns Collection. The books pub-fished since 1950 include first editions by Edward Albee, Saul Bellow, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Larry McMurtry, Joyce Carol (Dates, Kurt Vonnegut, Anne Waldman, and Thomas Wolfe. Through November 17. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. DeGolyer Library, SMU Campus, 6404 Hilltop Ln. Information:2]4-768-3225.

University of Dallas. History and Memory. The Haggar Gallery hosts an exhibit of sculpture, paintings, and two-dimensional artwork by three contemporary artists, including internationally known Paul Ramirez-Jonas of New York. Through November 8. National Print Invitational. This exhibit showcases selected works by invited contemporary artists. November 11-December 9. Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. University of Dallas, Haggar Gallery, 1845E. Northgate Dr., Irving. Information: 214-721-5319.

Irving Arts Center. “Winning Colors: Festival of die Finest.” This exhibit of pastel paintings features [he juried finalists of the First National Open Show sponsored by the Pastel Society of the Southwest. The judge of the show is Everett Raymond Kinstler, highly acclaimed as one of the nation’s foremost portrait painters and a distinguished member of the National Academy of Design in New York City. November 3-5, Monday-Friday, 9a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.: Sunday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Irving Arts Center, Main Gallery, 3333 MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Information: 214-252-7558.

Film

Omni Theater. Yellowstone. From geysers to bison, this film explores die liant, fauna, and geologic wonders of a national treasure through zoom 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.-4:30p.m. ; Tuesday- Thursday, l:30p.m.-8:30p.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: 817-732-1631 or metro 817-654-1356.

The USA Film Festival’s First Monday Classics. Dr Strangelove. November 6, 7:30 p.m. AMC Glen Lakes Theatres, 9450 N. Central Expy. at Walnut Hill Lane. Information: 214-821-NEWS.

Lectures

Texas Rangers Luncheon. The 1995 Dr Pepper/Texas Rangers Luncheon Series talks baseball during a noontime buffet lunch in the Diamond Club followed by a speaker (to be announced). November 10. Lunch, 11:30 a.m.; program, 12:45 p.m. Diamond Club, The Ballpark in Arlington. 1000 Ballpark Way. Arlington. Tickets: 817-273-5207.

The Spiritual Journey: Developing a Life Plan. The University of Dallas hosts the fifth lecture in a series promoting the Pope’s message of preparation for the new millennium. Timothy Herrman, associate director of the university’s Institute for Religious and Pastoral Studies, will be the speaker. November 1,7 p.m. The University of Dallas, Gorman Lecture Center, Room “A,” 1845 E, Northgate Dr., Irving. Information: 214-721-5206 or 214-721-5225.

1995 McDermott Lecture. The University of Dallas is the site lor a free lecture given by New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic Paul Jesse Goldberger. November 2, 7:30 p.m. The University of Dallas, Lynch Auditorium, 1845 E. Northgate Dr., Irving, Information: 214-721-5226.

The 1995 Texas Show. The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth hosts Bart Weiss, the director of the Dallas Film Festival, in a free evening lecture. November 14, 7 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-9215.

35 Years Making Sculpture. Thomas Walsh, noted sculptor and teacher, leads an evening discussion. November 7.7 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Port Worth, 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-9215.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln. November is the month when many long time Dallasites think about November 22, 1963, and John F. Kennedy’s assassination. .But this November, Highland Park High School history teacher Dr. David Smith is thinking back even further in time, to the murder of another great leader. Abraham Lincoln, Smith’s speech is pan of a newly established lecture series designed to raise money for the school. He will examine the conspiracy theories and how the loss of Lincoln affected an already frail and battered nation. November 9. Highland Park High School, 4220 Emerson St. For time and ticket information, call 214-323-1700.

Word of Mouth. The Writer’s Garret hosts the monthly reading scries featuring local writers who have works published in Kente Cloth: Africa American Voices in Texas November 19, 8 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-953-1212.

Original Sin Reading Series. Poet Yusef Komunyakaa reads selected works in a Veteran’s Day tribute, November 12, 3 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Information: 214-828-1715.

Reel/Real Writers. Local writer nia akimbo hosts a discussion on the works of Alice Walker following a taped interview. November 26, 3 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-953-1212.

Artists Talk. Weekly lectures by working artists in Texas feature Judy Youngblood, printmaker, November 1; Beata Szechy, bookmaker, November 8; Brian Bosworth, painter and wood-carver, November 15; and Barnaby Fitzgerald, painter, November 29. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-9534212.

History of Rock and Roll. Kim Corbet of KERAFM 90.1 leads a four-pan calk series on one of the music industry’s most influential periods. ThursdaysbeginningNovember9.7:30p.m.The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 214-953-1212.

Holocaust Symposium. Jurgen Habermass, social philosopher and a professor at the University of Frankfurt, travels to the University of Texas at Dallas as the featured speaker of the 1995 Sebel Holocaust Symposium. Dr. Habermass will speak on the “historian’s debate” that arose following President Reagan’s visit to Bitburg, Germany. November 12, 7 p.m. UTD Conference Center, The University of Texas at Dallas, 2601 N. Floyd Rd., Richardson. Information: 214-883-2293.

Patrick Esquerré. “From a French Country Childhood.” As part of Julia Sweeney’s New Tuesday Talk Series, the founder and CEO of the la Madeleine restaurants shares tales of his childhood in France and his new-found life in Dallas. Introductions will be made by Dallas Morning News Business Day columnist Robert Miller. A catered lunch is included. November 14. Registration, 11:45 a.m.; lunch, noon; talk, 12:30 p.m. Call for location and reservations: 214-520-0206.

Art of Kings: Writing. The Kimbell Art Museum is the site of Dr. Denise Schmandt-Besserat’s lecture about writings from the exhibit “Art and Empire: Treasures from Assyria.” Dr. Schmandt-Besserat is a professor from the Department of Art and from the Center for Middle Eastern Studies, both at the University of Texas at Austin. November 17,6p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.

Inside Dallas Public Schools. The Skyline High School and Career Development Center hosts Fares Lahoud, owner of Parfumelle, Fort Worth, who will inform arid entertain the audience with his mastery of the historic and intriguing art of fragrance. Dinner is available and will be prepared by Skyline High School culinary arts students training under local Dallas chefs. November 8. Dinner m 7 p.m. with the lectors to follow Skyline High School. Room F-17,7777 Forney Rd., Dallas. Reservations: 214-388-5731. ext. 362.

Home & Garden

Autumn at the Arboretum. “The Colors of Texas” is the theme found throughout the 66-acre garden accented with more than 15,000 chrysanthemums and the Lone Star States natural flora displayed in a larger-than-life size Cowboy boot topiary along with ornamental grasses, fall-blooming azaleas, and acres of marigolds. Each weekend, presentations by noted Texas gardening authors along with barbecue fare and live entertainment are part, of the festivities. “Through November 5. Open daily. 30 a.3ii.-6 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 214-327-8263.

Holiday Tour of Homos. The Richardson Woman’s Club hosts the 32nd annua! event thai includes tours of selected homes, a bake sale, a tea room, and a holiday bazaar. The funds raised by this event provide college and undergraduate scholarships to the University of Texas al Dallas and help various community organizations. November 11 & 12. Home tours, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; bake sale and tea room, noon-6 p.m.; holiday bazaar, noon-6 p.m. Richardson Woman’s Club, 2005 Northcliff Dr., Richardson. Tickets: 214-238-0841 or 214-699-0562.

Biggest Little Arts and Crafts Show. A juried arts and crafts show will feature hundreds of artists and craftsmen showcasing their products from woodcrafts to decorator items. November 24-26. Friday. 1 p.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dallas Market Flail. 2200 Stemmons Fwy. Information: 214-741 SHOW.

Lakewood Home Festival. The old East Dallas neighborhood displays five homes for a tour benefiting Lakewood Elementary School. In addition, a crafts lair with more than 75 artisans and a cafe serving up food anil beverages round out the 19th annual event. November 4 & 5. Saturday, 10a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Craft Fair and Cafe located at the Lakewood Elementary School, 3000 Hillbrook St. Information: 214-841-5250.

Christmas Craft Fair. The City of Piano Parks and Recreation Department hosts the 17th annual affair replete with 85 craft booths featuring such items as Christ nias ornaments, wreaths, Santa figurines, and gift items. November 18 &I9 Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Piano (.entre, 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano, Information: 214-578-7250.

Kidstuff

Gateway Gallery. Artist Demonstration: Families meet with artist Benny Alday and learn about making pinatas. November 12, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Drop-In Art. Children may enjoy free art activiries focusing on Dia de los Muertos. Saturdays, 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Gateway Gallery, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N, Harwood St. Information: 214 922-1251.

The Science Place. Star Trek: Federation Science, Roam the bridge of the Enterprise, visit die 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. 343 or 344.

Sunday Family Hour, The Kimbell Art Museum hosts parents and children in a guided tour of die art or Louis- Leopold Boilly accompanied by stories and video and slide programs. November26, 1 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, J333 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. Reservations: 817-332 8451. ext. 299.

Little Women. The Dallas Children s Theater brings Louisa May Alcott’s characters Jo, Beth, .Amy, and Meg March to life as they share their joys, sorrow’s, and loves while coming of age during the American Civil War. Through November 5. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. The Cres cent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. Information and rickets: 214-978-0110.

Come Into the Light. A Hanukkab 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 bis heritage in modern society. November I7-December 17. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Sat urday & Sunday, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. The Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. Information and tickets: 214-978-0110.

Autumn at the Arboretum. Each weekend during the annual fall flora festival, children may try arts and crafts activities, such as reseeding Texas wildflow-ers and growing native Texas oak trees from acorns. Also, children and parents can go on the Texas Native Plant Hunt and enjoy live entertainment and barbecue. Weekends only. Through November 5. The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 214-327-8263.

Heritage Farmstead Museum. Children discover the story of Martinmas Day (November 11) when, one cold winter, a young soldier ripped his cape and gave it to a poor beggar. Victorians held festivals of lanterns to honor Martinmas. Children will make proper lanterns and also learn about other Victorian traditions such as making holiday fruitcake, For children ages 3 To 5, $2 per child. November 10, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Heritage Farmstead Museum, 1900 W. 15th St., Piano. Information: 214-881-0140.

Holidays Around the World. Families don’t have to travel any further than The Enchanted Forest Books for Children to learn about traditions from their ancestors’ homelands, sample foods from other countries, make crafts, hear stories and songs, see traditional costumes, and meet Mary Lankfor. author of Hopscotch Around the World. November 11, 3 p.m.-5 p.m. The Enchanted Forest Books for Children, 6333 E. Mockingbird Ln. Information: 214-827-2234.

The Pied Piper of Sign. The Jewish Community Center of Dallas’ FamiliArts series hosts creative performer David Parker. Teaching sign language through the use of upbeat music, lively dance, and imaginative pantomime, Parker appeals to hearing and hearing-impaired audiences while promoting creative expression and enhancing self-esteem. November 12, 12:30 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 kicks off the Yuletide countdown with an opening day parade through NorthPark Center after which he will retire to his cozy living room to read Christmas stories to the young at heart. Parade, November 24, 11 a.m. Story time. 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 lor a magical holiday show. Every hour on the halt hour. November 24-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. 10:30 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 SMU 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. November 3-January 3, 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-fooI-taIl 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: 817-654-1356.

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. November 24-26. noon-5 p.m. Mandalay Canal, Water Taxi ticket booth near the Texas Bar & Grill. Las Colinas. Information: 214H69-4321.

The Little Drummer Boy. From their new North-Park 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. November 24 – December 31. Monday-Saturday. 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 1 p.m. &4 p.m.; Sunday,4 p.m. NorthPark Center, second level near Lord & Taylor, Northwest Highway at North Central Expressway. Reservations: 214-263-SHOW.

Dollhouses & Miniatures. The Dollhouse Museum loans a collection displaying the world of tiny wonders to the Dallas Public Library. November 2-December 29. Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 9 a.m,-5 p.m.; Sunday, ] p.m.-5 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Fourth floor, 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670 1643.

The Little Mermaid. Hans Christian Andersen’s classic tale about the beautiful young mermaid who sets her sights on a handsome human prince and gets into major trouble when die wicked Sea Witch splashes to life. November 3-11. Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-CASA.

Tollolwa Molllel. The author and storyteller will entertain children by reading from one of his books and sharing stories of his childhood in Africa. November 17, 9 a.m.-11 a.m. The Enchanted Forest. Books lor Children, 6333 E, Mockingbird Ln. Information: 214-827-2234.

Alice in Wonderland. The Richardson Children’s Theatre and Berkner High School present Lewis Carroll’s classic. November 2,7:30 p.m. Berkner High School, 1600 E. Spring Valley Rd., Richardson. Tickets: 214-690-5029.

Ramona Quimby. The Garland Civic Theatre’s Children On Stage present s the play based on the popular children’s story of an independent-minded girl’s journey through third grade. November 11-18, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Performing Arts Center. 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. Tickets: 214-205-2790.

United in Youth. As part of a multi-cultural holiday festival saluting the histories and traditions of various member countries of H.O.P.E. (Honoring of Peoples Everywhere), a multi-ethnic children’s choir performs an afternoon concert, November24,2:30p.m. NorthPark Center, Northwest Highway at North Central Expressway. Information: 21-1-350-9552.

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. November 18-January 7.19%. The Dollhouse: A Galleria-size Victorian doll-house complete with rooms fashioned from the holiday classic ’Twas the Night Before Christmas will 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 LB| Freeway. Information: 214-480-5312.

Texas Boys Choir and Tree Lighting. The world-renowned choir takes center stage at the Galleria fora free holiday concert. November24,11 a.m.-noon, The concert will be directly followed by the Grand Galleria Tree Lighting. Galleria’s ice-skating Santa illuminates Texas’ tallest indoor tree in a ceremony replete with fireworks and world-class skaters. Galleria, Center Court, Dallas Parkway at LBJ Freeway. Information: 214 480 5312.

Fairs & Fiestas

Parade of Lights. Fort Worths Main Street will be aglow with Boats draped in twinkling lights followed by clowns, horses, carriages, and Santa Clans to mark Cow-town’s official beginning of the holiday season. Following the parade. Fort Worth’s Christmas Tree will be lit. November 24. Parade, 6 p.m. Parade route includes Main, 8th, and Houston streets. The tree lighting ceremony takes place in General Worth Square at 8th and Main streets. Fort Worth. Information: 817-870-1692.

Greenberg’s Great Train, Dollhouse & Toy Show. Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show, an Indian village, and a country lair are just a few of the exhibits created entirely of miniatures that will be featured al this hobby show in its first visit to Dallas. Local hobby clubs will have displays of dollhouses and trains for the two-day show. November 25 & 26. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday, II a.m.-4 p.m. Dallas Convention Center, 650 S. Griffin St. Information: 214-939-2700.

Dickens of a Christmas. Shopkeepers and carolers in Victorian dress, horse-drawn carriages, hot spiced cider, and gingerbread goodies combine with twinkling lights, sleigh bells, and hometown hospitality in historic McKinney for the owns annual Christmas kick-off. Special highlights of the three-day event are a Christmas tree lighting ceremony and a breakfast with Santa Claus lor die children. Other activities to enjoy are a petting zoo, the children’s mall, and a variety of shops. November 24 & 25. Friday, 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Christmas tree lighting ceremony, 6:30 p.m. ); Saturday, 9a.m.-6p.m. Historic McKinneySquare (take Central Expressway north to exil 40 and go east to the square). Information: 214-542-0163.

Fall Fair. The Craft Guild of Dallas hosts the 15th annual gathering of craftsmen specializing in pottery, jewelry, weaving, glass making, bookbinding, watercolor, and surface design an. The free event also includes a silent auction and prize raffle. November 2-4, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Plaza of the Americas, 700 N. Pearl St. Information: 214-490-0303.

Texas Food Fest. Minyard Food Stores hosts the largest consumer food show in Dallas. Showcasing a wide variety of products and services that the grocery chain offers, many of Minyard’s suppliers will host booths offering food and beverage samples along with coupons. Entertainment is also part of the three-day event which includes cooking demonstrations by famous chefs and live music by Shenandoah and Billy Dean. November 3-5, Friday, 2 p.m.-9p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.rn.-9 <10a.rn.-9> p.m.; Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy. Information: 214-655-6181.

Holiday Magic. The Junior League of Arlington celebrates “New Orleans & All That jazz” during the 13th annual event benefiting various service projects and featuring more than 100 merchants specializing in clothing, jewelry, food, toys, and household accessories. November 10-12. Market Hours: Friday, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m. Special events occurring over the three days include: a styleshow and luncheon, Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; “Jazzin’ With Santa” Christmas Carnival (for children), Saturday, 10 a.m.-11 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; and a youth style show and refreshments, Sunday, 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Reservations: 817-277-9561.

Sports

1995 PAL (Police Athletic League) National Boxing Championship. Potential Olympic contenders descend on Dallas for sis days of non-stop boxing action in three rings. More than 500 boxers from age 13 are expected to compete in this first qualifying event for the 1996 Olympics. October 30-November 4. M on day-Thursday, 1 p.m.-5 p.m. & 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; semi-finals, Friday, 7 p.m.; finals, Saturday, 7 p.m. Fair Park Coliseum, 1438 Coliseum Dr., Fair Park. Information: 214-670-4427 or 214-328-8880.

Turkey Trot. Come rain, snow, ice, or sub-zero temperatures, the 28th annual Dallas tradition will be held. About 15,000 entrants are expected at the starting lines of the eight-mile race and three-mile fun run that kick off the Thanksgiving holidays. Proceeds benefit various YMCA programs. November 23, 9 a.m. City Hall Plaza, Young Street at Akard Street. Information: 214-954-0500.

Dallas Cowboys. With the continued anticipation of the arrival of Deion Sanders, the excitement at Texas Stadium should heal up. And, what would die Thanksgiving holiday lie without our Buys!

Home games:

November 6 Philadelphia 8 p.m.

November 12 San Francisco 3 p.m.

November 23 Kansas City 3 p.m.

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

Automotive Emporium. Art and the Automobile, Dallas, Fall of 1995. This annual art show caters to car buffs, and features the work of 25 artists. Items such as original paintings, bronze sculptures, original literature, and antique car memorabilia are on display. Through December 31. Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Automotive Emporium, 280 Preston Forest Village. Information: 214-361-1969.

Dallas Stars. With the disappointment of last season’s first round playoff collapse still lingering, the Stars take to the ice this fall with dreams of the Stanley Cup dancing in their heads. Home games:

November 1 Chicago 7:30 p.m.

Novembers 8 Los Angeles 7:30p.m.

November 17 San Jose 7:30 p.m.

November 22 Vancouver 7:30 p.m.

November 25 New Jersey 7 p.m.

Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. Tickets and information: 214-GO-STARS.

Human Race. The 15th annual 10K, 5K, and one-mile fun run winds its way around Dallas’ biggest home for non-humans, the Dallas Zoo. November 11, 8 a.m. Dallas Zoo, 621 E. Clarendon Dr. Information: 214-670-6842.

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:

November 4 Golden State 7:30 p.m.

November 7 Vancouver 730 p.m.

November 9 Milwaukee 7:30 p.m.

November 11 Atlanta 7:30 p.m.

November 21 Chicago 7:30 p.m.

November 24 Denver 7:30 p.m.

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

Walk or Run Around the Rock. The second annual 5K and 10K run/walk benefits the Citizens Development Center and Dallas Center for the Developmentally Disabled. November 5. Registration, 7 a.m.-7:55 a.m.; 10K run, 8 a.m.; 5K run, 9 a.m.; 5K/10K walk, 1 p.m. (check-in at noon). White Rock Lake, The Big Thicket. Information: 214-637-2911.

Sony Texas Cup. This is girl’s soccer with an attitude. The Sony Cup returns to Richardson on Thanksgiving weekend. It’s a game that is quick, powerful, and fiercely competitive. About 150 of the top-ranked teams in the United States will meet in what is fast becoming the top invitational girl’s soccer tournament in the country. All proceeds benefit the Texas Soccer Foundation, supporting girl’s soccer programs across the country. November25-27.Forascheduleofthe400games to be played and their locations (many will be played at Breckenridge Park on Renner and Brand roads), call 214-783-1188.

A Tuna Christmas

AS A SPIN-OFF OF THE ORIGINAL Greater Tuna (which plays year round at The Tuna Little Theatre at the Wyndham Anatole Hotel), A Tuna Christmas will play a one-week run in Dallas as part of its 1995 national tour. Its time once again to visit the comical denizens of Texas’ third smallest town-old Thurston Wheelis, Mrs. Bertha Bumiller, Didi and K.R. Snavely, and the rest.

All 24 Tuna folk (Tunavians?) are brought to life by actors Joe Sears and Jaston Williams, who starred in the original Broadway stage production of Greater Tuna in New York. The story about the really, really small town of Tuna started as a cocktail party joke in Austin in 1981, but Sears and Williams began to take the joke seriously and turned it into a script with the help of consummate director Ed Howard. The newest of the two plays has toured the nation for seven years, and most recently played in New York City at the Booth Theater last fall. The sister productions continue to draw crowds and are even gaining a cult following-some audience members come dressed up as their favorite characters.

In A Tuna Christmas, the citizens of Tuna (Tunaphiles?) muddle through seasonal traumas-putting on a disaster-prone version of A Christmas Carol and trying to hold a yard-decorating contest that is sabotaged by a Christmas phantom. Besides its witty dialogue and the mirror it holds up to small-town Texas life, much of the enjoyment of this play comes from watching Sears and Williams transform themselves from a drunken R.R. Suavely to headstrong Aunt Pearl Burras and from self-confident, tobacco-chewing Aries Struvie to sweet, but unhappy Charlene Bumiller.

A Tuna Christmas plays at The Majestic Theatre through November 5. Performances are Tuesday-Friday, 8 p.m. ;Saturday,2 p.m. &8p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m. & 7 p.m. For information or tick-ets, call 214-373-8000.

The Art of Louis-Léopold Boilly: Modern Life in Napoleonic France

FOR A FEW HOURS THIS weekend, millions across the country will be glued to their TV sets to watch the Dallas Cowboys play the San Francisco 49ers in one of those wildly hyped “big games” that are so representative of our time. For a different perspective on how another society used its leisure time, consider a pre- or post-game visit to the Kimbell Art Museum’s newest exhibition.

Almost 60 years before the- Impressionists would make it their hallmark, Louis-Leopold Boilly initiated the painting of modern life. His canvases brilliantly depict moments in Parisian leisure and entertainment in the late 18th century-
Boilly’s seminal work radically transformed the concept of art because he celebrated the present and its precious, ephemeral moments ungilded by reference to literary, religious, or mythological sources. In his time, a Boilly canvas was as unorthodox, as revolutionary, as-well, as a story about the Cowboys that does not mention Deion Sanders. His insights legitimized a collective celebration of modern life and leisure that has endured for centuries. It’s something to ponder while the Cowboys-we hope-roll up the score.

The An of Louis-Léopold Boilly is on view at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth from November 5 through January 14, 1996. An international symposium of distinguished scholars, which is open to the public, inaugurates the exhibition on November 4 and 5. Museum hours are 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. Closed Thanksgiving Day. Call 817-332-8451 lor more information.

The Cowboys play November 12 at 3 p.m. Tickets are long gone.

Chi Omega Christmas Market

NEW YORK’S GOT THE BIG TREE (EVEN if the Rockefellers no longer do the lighting). In Paris, the lights go up along the Champs-Elysées. And in Dallas, we know the holiday season has at last arrived when the Chi Omegas host their annual Christmas Market at the Dallas Convention Center. If you’ve been, you know what the big deal is: gorgeous decorations for the home and a one-stop opportunity to start knocking off items from your Christmas shopping list.

If past markets are any clue to this year’s wares, expect to find one-of-a-kind wooden Santa Clauses, decorative stamps for your stationery (or your kids’ collections), loads of silver jewelry, wreaths for the front door, heirloom-quality needlepoint stockings for the fireplace, educational toys, gourmet food items, Texas cookbooks, hand-decorated vests and shirts and well, as one Chi Omega friend sums it up, “Just about anything you’d want for Christmas.”

In the spirit of the season, 75 percent of the gross income from the market is contributed to local charities.

The market officially opens with a preview party and silent auction on November 15. The big prizes include trips via American Airlines and Southwest Airlines, a dinner at Star Canyon, and season passes to all major SMU athletic events. Tickets are $70 per person.

“First call” shopping begins on November 16, and since the market generally draws 10,000 enthusiastic buyers over the course of the weekend, the extra $3 per ticket may be a worthwhile investment for the most serious shoppers. Tickets for the Friday and Saturday markets are $7 in advance and $9 at the door. Hours are Thursday, 9:30 a,m.-2 p.m.; Friday & Saturday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. For advance sales, call 214-890-8131.

Dallas on Ice

IT MAY SOUND UNBELIEVABLE, BUT through the magic of air-conditioning technology, Dallas will have an outdoor ice rink on Munger Avenue between Record and Market streets for the holidays. Ah, the romance of gliding along under the Texas stars-yes, and sun-thanks to a cooling system that has put outdoor ice rinks in the deserts of Cairo, Egypt, and Las Vegas and on California beaches in July.

According to Dallas On Ice’s Sue Cutler, a coolant with a freon compound is pumped into pipes that run through a sand base under the ice, keeping it at 18 degrees even if we have one of those 80-degree Thanksgivings. So, confident that we’ll be on thick ice from November 24 to March 3, the rinkmeis-ters have planned a lull schedule of events for the rink’s inaugural season, starting Thanksgiving weekend. A Grand Opening Show and Tree Lighting Ceremony at 7 p.m. on November 24 will be carried live on Channel 8 and will feature Dallas Stars hockey players, professional ice skaters, and media types slipping all over the place. For those worried about what to buy friends and relatives for Christmas, the shop next to the rink will sell Dallas On Ice and Dallas Stars memorabilia. The fun continues every weekend until the rink closes in March. Admission to the rink is $6, and skate rentals cost $3. Rink hours are Sunday-Thursday, noon-10:30 p.m.; Friday, noon-midnight; Saturday, 10. For more information on reserving the rink, watching the Dallas Stars practice there, going to the New Year’s Eve Extravaganza, or attending any of the scheduled activities, call 214-969-RINK.

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