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What to Do & Where to Go: Our Selective Guide
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Although you may be content giving the usual roses (ho hum) and chocolates (fattening) on Valentine’s Day, your sweetheart may be yearning for something more exciting. Here are some suggestions.

Chilly weather will make a stroll through the Fort Worth Botanic Garden a walking snugfest. Warm up with a tour of the conservatory or by stopping for a cup of coffee at the Garden Restaurant. 8 a.m.-dusk, daily; 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd. Information: 817-871-7686.

Revive those butterflies in your stomach with the Dallas PopsOrchestra’s “Romantic Hollywood,” a concert to stir you and your honey with love songs from your favorite movies. 8:15 p.m., Feb. 6; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 9.; Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., 214-692-0203.

Surely your sweetie will swoon when classical guitarist Carlos Barbosa-Lima strums through “Valentine’s Day: From Brazil with Love.” 8 p.m., Feb. 14; Ed Landreth Auditorium, South University Drive and Cantey Street, TCU campus. Tickets: 817-3294430.

Join the Dallas Museum of Art and Seventeen Seventeen for a romantic evening featuring guitarist Nick DiGennaro, candlelight and champagne. 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1260. -Elizabeth Burnett

Fall for Swan Lake



A classic love story, interpreted in dance, creates a perfect close for the year’s most romantic month. Fort Worth Dallas Ballet presents the world premiere of Paul Mejia’s rendition of Peter Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake. Act II. Mejia, a Balanchine protégé, creates a visual and musical treat, with Balanchine’s signature precise footwork and fluid body movement. The timeless ballet depicts the lakeside meeting, love affair and eventual heartbreak of the handsome Prince Siegfried and enchanting Odette, Queen of the Swans. Von Rotbart, the cruel wizard, has cursed Odette and her flock of swans, allowing them to appear in human form only between midnight and dawn. This curse can only be broken by true love and the marriage of Queen Odette to a mortal man. Prince Siegfried might just be the man if he can save the beautiful swans from the wicked sorcerer and a band of eager hunters. Performances at 8 p.m., Feb. 21 & 22, JFK Theatre, Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. Information: 817-763-0207.-Amy Zimmer

Attractions

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors can stroll along the walks and enjoy more than 200,000 flowers, cultivated gardens and a spectacular view of White Rock Lake with downtown buildings in the distance. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. daily; 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 214-327-8263.

Fair Park. Built In the 1930s to celebrate the Texas Centennial, Fair Park’s 227 acres feature art deco buildings, an aquarium, Dallas’ Museum of Natural History. The Science Place, the Age of Steam Museum, the African American Museum, the Civic Garden Center, the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater, the Hall of State, the Dallas Horticultural Center and picnic areas. Open daily, year-round; 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand Avenue. Information: 214-670-8400 or 214-426-3400.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The 110-acre, tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden, a conservatory and Japanese gardens. 8 a.m.-dusk (9 a.m.-6 p.m., Japanese gardens), daily; 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Information; 817-871-7686.

Movie Studios at Las Colinas. These studios, where scenes from RoboCop, Leap of Faith and JFK were filmed, are open for tours. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily: 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd.. Las Colinas. Information: 972-869-FILM.

Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This out-door museum is a complete turn-of-the-centur y village right under the modern skyline of Dallas. Houses, a church, a school and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations to the park and restored, so that a walk through the village offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m.. Sunday; 1717 Gano. Information; 214-421-5141.

Southfork Ranch. Visit the Ewing Mansion, explore the ranch grounds by tram and walk through the “Dallas-Museum with memorabilia from the show. There’s also a Western wear store and the Front Porch Cafe. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 3700 Hogge Rd., Parker. Information: 972-442-7800.



Dance

Dance Exchange: A Company Showcase. Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth’s winter show features two dances from the company’s repertory and works created by the company’s dancers. 8 p.m., Jan. 31 & Feb. 1; Orchestra Hall. 4401 Trail Lake Dr., Fort Worth. Tickets: 800-868-7983.

Jam on the Groove. The crowd will be break-dancing with this energetic show that splices hip-hop dancing and mime. 8 p.m., Feb. 18-20; Will Rogers Auditorium. 3401 W. Lancaster Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.

Manhattan Tap. This group of six dancers and three musi-

cians, The Hard Bop Trio, pleases audiences with a high-energy performance that emphasizes tap as music. The show is based in rhythms from jazz, and the choreographed numbers often jump into improvisation. 8 p.m., Feb. 14 & 15; McFarlin Auditorium, Hillcrest Avenue and McFarlin Boulevard, SMU campus. Tickets: 214-528-5576.

Command Performance: A Perfect 10 with Nina Ananiashvill and International Ballet Stars. The Bolshoi’s reigning prima ballerina and American Ballet Theatre’s principal dancer is featured in a TITAS performance. The repetoire will include Ananiashvili’s acclaimed “Dying Swan.” The ballet will conclude with a dance from Don Quixote that was choreographed for this company made up of other Russian dancers. 7:30 p.m.. Feb. 28; Music Hall. Fair Park. Tickets: 214-528-5576.

Fairs & Fiestas

European Masters Chef Series. The Pyramid Room initiates a series of culinary events for 1997 that will bring four Michelm-rated European chefs to Dallas. At the first event. Gérard Vie. chef and owner of Les Trois Marches (The Three Steps) restaurant in Versailles, France, will prepare 17th-and 18th-century recipes from Versailles’ royal archives. He will debut his menu Feb, 17 through Feb. 22. The Pyramid Room Restaurant, The Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St. information: 214-740-5249.

Kidstuff

Dallas Zoo. Permanent exhibits feature forest, mountair and river habitais, walk-through aviaries and the Reptile Discovery Center. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. daily; 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. Information: 214-670-6825.

Winnie the Pooh. Join Pooh and his pals Eeyore. Piglet, Kanga and Rabbit as they come alive onstage. 7:30 p.m.. Jan. 31 & Feb. 7; 2:30 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1; 2:30 p.m.. Feb. 2; 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m.. Feb. 8; Creative Arts Theatre and School, 1100 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. Information: 817-861-2287.

Dinosaur. They’ve read about them in books, seen them on the big screen and discovered them in a museum, now children can watch their discovery onstage. In this Dallas Children’s Theater play by James De Vita, a paleontologist and his daughter travel through time to the world of the prehistoric dinosaur and meet the Megamaiasaurus, the largest dinosaur. 1:30 p.m., Feb. 1 & 8: 7:30 p.m., Feb. 7: 1:30 & 4 p.m., Feb. 2 & 9; El Centro College Theater, Main and Market streets. Tickets: 214-978-0110.

Potellin’. Watch poet Christopher Tracy of Soul Nation perform and learn to compose streetwise poetry in a Dallas Library program for ages 8 and older. 2:30-3:30 p.m., Feb. 1, Pleasant Grove branch. 1125 S. Buckner Blvd.; 10-11 a.m.. Feb. 5, Lancaster-Kiest branch, 3039 S. Lancaster Rd.; 4-5 p.m.. Feb. 13: Highland Hills branch. 3624 Simpson Stuart Rd. Information: 214-670-1671.

Poetic Expressions. Nia Akimbo encourages children Sand older to express themselves creatively in this public library program. 4-5 p.m.. Feb. 4; Oak Lawn branch, 4504 Maple Ave. Information: 214-670-1671.

Pinocchio. A bilingual retelling of the classic tale of the wooden puppet who longs to be a boy. Feb. 7-15; 7:30 p.m.. Friday; 2 p.m., Saturday; Casa Mahana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Blvd.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.

The Pilgrim and the Stars. Music helps Dennis Gonzales as he explores travel poetry in this library program for ages 10 and older. 2:30-3:15 p.m.. Feb. 8, Pleasant Grove branch, 1125 S. Buckner Blvd.; 2-3 p.m.. Feb. 22. North Oak Cliff branch, 302 W. Tenth St. Information: 214-670-1671.

Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises: Masters of the Ocean Realm” is an exhibit that includes life-size models of the sea mammals in a simulated underwater environment and interactive activities to teach children about biology, evolution and man’s relationship to the sea. There’s also a jukebox that plays whale songs and a Greek temple where children can discover the porpoise’s role in ancient mythology. Feb. 8-May 15; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-421-3466.

Dino Day Family Festival. Paleontologists give informative talks, and costumed characters, films, crafts and artifacts will dazzle the children. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Feb. 15, Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave.. Fair Park. Information: 214-421-3466.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. A magical musical based on C.S. Lewis’ classic tale. Enter the land of Narnia where anything could happen. Feb. 28-March 8; 7:30 p.m., Friday: 2 p.m., Saturday: Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.

There’s a Boy in the Girl’s Bathroom. The new kid in school is eager to find a friend and meets up with the worst kid in school. 7:30 p.m.. Feb. 28 & March 7; 2:30 & 7:30 p.m., March 1; 2:30 p.m.. March 2; 10:30 a.m. & 2:30 p.m., March 8: Creative Arts Theatre and School, 1100 W. Randol Mill Rd., Arlington. Information; 817-861-2287.



Literary Events & Lectures

Tour Historical Dallas. Explore Dallas history on a tour led by renowned local historian Darwin Payne. 9 a.m.. Feb. 8; Hall of State, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Ave., Fair Park. Reservations: 214-421-4500.

Arts & Letters Live-Texas Bound: Voices. The following works will be read: Barbara Hudson’s “The Arabesque” read by Marcia Gay Harden; Larry L. King’s “Letters’ read by G.W. Bailey; and Winifred Sanford’s “Windfall” read by Sheriden Thomas. 6:30 & 8:30 p.m., Feb. 24; Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Musuem of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Tickets: 214-922-1219 or 214-922-1220.

Tate Lecture Series. Tom Brokaw. anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Tom Brokaw,” and Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of operations in the Gulf War. engage the audience in a discussion of current events. 8 p.m., Feb. 9; Dr. Johnnetta Cole, the first female African-American president of Spelman College and author of Conversations. 8 p.m.,

Feb. 25: McFarlin Auditorium. Hillcrest Avenue and McFarlin Boulevard, SMU campus. Information: 214-768-7650.



Museums & Galleries

African American Museum. “In the Spirit of Resistance: African American Modernists and the Mexican Moralist School” (through March 2) is a collection of pieces that examine African-American cultural history from the 1930s through the 1950s. Noon-5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m.. Sunday; 3536 Grand Ave.. Fair Park. Information: 214-565-9026.

Amon Carter Museum. “Plain Pictures: Images of the American Prairie” (through Feb. 23) looks at how painters, printmakers and photographers have visualized this region from the early 19th century to the present. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Tuesday-Saturday: noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.

Art Center of Piano. The works of Persian artist Morteza Abdoliahi, which combine ancient and modern design elements, will be displayed (through Feb 12). 1039 E. 15th St., Piano. Information: 972-424-7045.

Contemporary Art Center of Fort Worth. This venue is devoted to presenting the works of living visual and performing artists from this region. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m.. Friday & Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 4th and Commerce streets, Fort Worth. Information: 817-877-5550.

Dallas Museum of Art. “Animals in African Art: From the Familiar to the Marvelous” (Feb. 2-April 27) is an exhibit that shows how the study of the animal kingdom can help us better understand the human world. “Concentrations 29: Per Kirkeby” (Feb. 20-April 20) is an exhibit of large-scale, abstract paintings by Per Kirkeby. The showing is part of the museum’s series of solo exhibitions by contemporary artists. “Victorian Romance: Sir Edward Coley Burne-Jones’ ’The Pilgrim at the Gate of idleness’ ” (through Feb. 16) focuses on the pre-Raphaelite acquisition and other pieces with medieval themes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.. Thursday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Permanent exhibits explore Texas* natural history and science; Omni Theater shows 70mm films in a dome theater; and the Noble Planetarium offers viewers a glimpse at the stars. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday: noon-8 p.m., Sunday; 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Information: (metro) 817-654-1356.

Haggar Gallery. The University of Dallas hosts an exhibition, “Clews and Revelations.” by artists Steve Wiman and Sue Blevins. This collaboration uses spherical objects, mirrors and books. Feb. 14-March 12; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday-Saturday; noon-3 p.m.. Sunday. Information: 972-721-5087.

Kimbell Art Museum. “Georges de La Tour and His World” (Feb. 2-May 11) shows how the career of this 17th-century French artist evolved, His style varies from realism to reductionistic sculpture-like forms. “Michelangelo and His Influence: Drawings from Windsor Castle.” (until March 30) Eighteen drawings by Michelangelo and 55 by his contemporaries examine the influence of Michelangelo in drawing, painting and sculpture. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday; noon-8 p.m.. Friday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.

Meadows Museum. “Love Conquers War: Renaissance Evocations by Lindee Climo.” (Feb. 14-March 30) Climo’s work is serious parody, her compositions based on famous European painting but inhabited solely by sheep. The museum’s permanent Spanish art collection is one of the most comprehensive outside Spain. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m.. Thursday; 1-5 p.m.. Sunday; Bishop and Sinkley streets. SMU campus. Information: 214-768-2516.

Pan American Gallery. “75 Years of Cuban Art” [through Feb. 15)features more than 100 artworks from major Cuban artists such as Victor Manuel and Humber to Castro. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Monday-Friday; 3303 Lee Pkwy. in Turtle Creek. Information: 214-522-3303.

The Science Place.” Special Effects” (Feb. 7-May 16) gives an inside look at movie magic in the making. Features effects from Jumanji, Kazaam!, Star Wars and more. The IMAX Theater features a 79-foot dome screen. The theater is showing two new films. The rest of the museum is a hands-on children’s discovery center. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily; 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-428-5555.

Sixth Floor Museum. This intelligent and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository explores Ken-

nedy’s life and assassination. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.. daily: Dallas County Administration Building, 411 Elm St. Information; 214-653-6666.

Texas Christian University. “Green Twilight: Into the Dark Wood” (Feb. 17-March 14) is a mixed-media exhibit by Jan Pierce Upchurch. It features works that are the resuit of research trips into some of the last remaining primary rain forests of Central America. The exhibition is free to the public. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Monday; 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 1-4 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; J.M. Moudy Exhibition Hall. South University Drive and Cantey Street. Information: 817-921-7643.



Music

Fine Arts Chamber Players. Members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra perform with pianist Pamela Paul. 3 p.m., Jan. 25; Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Information: 214-520-2219.

SamulNori. TITUS brings Korea’s world-famous master percussionists to Dallas. The group performs traditional pieces but changes the show to reflect changes in Korean society. Traditional dances that incorporate flowing streamers and ribbons add movement to the music. 8 p.m., Feb. 1; McFarlin Auditorium. Hillcrest Avenue and McFarlin Boulevard, SMU campus. Tickets: 214-528-5576.

Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra, Wynne and Robert Flickinger, a brother and sister violin team, perform Handel, Vivaldi, Bach and Haydn. 8 p.m., Feb. 1; Irving Arts Center. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. Tickets: 214-580-1566.

Thaddeua Brys. The cellist performs selections from Franck. Debussy and Rachmaninoff. 3 p.m., Feb. 1; Horchow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood St. Tickets: 214-922-1229.

Crowley Chamber Music Series. A trio from the University of Dallas will present a concert of music by Beethoven and Arensky. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 2; 1845 E. Northgate Dr., Irving. Information: 972-721-5179.

Deborah Cope, Martha Whitmore and AI Cope. Soprano solos and duets, with AI Cope on piano. 3 p.m.. Feb. 2; J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670-1400.

University of North Texas Symphony Orchestra. Organ and orchestra concert conducted by Maestro Anshel Brusilow. 8 p.m.. Feb. 5; Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 817-565-3703.

Chamber Music International. Performing selections from Mozart, Schubert and Dvorak. 8 p.m., Feb. 8; St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Rd., Richardson. Tickets: 972-365-7267.

The Joy of English Song. Dallas Bach Society with feature soprano Julianne Baird. 8 p.m., Feb. 8: NorthPark Presbyterian Church, 9555 N. Central Expwy. Tickets: 214-871-2787.

Alexander Schtarkman. Award-winning pianist performs. 7:30 p.m., Feb. 9: Jewish Community Center, 7900 Northaven Rd. Information: 214-739-2737.

Mayumi Tsujikami. Pianist performs in the Sunday Concert Series. 3 p.m., Feb. 9: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium. 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670-1400.

Jason Vieaux. The Dallas Classical Guitar Society presents the youngest winner of the Guitar Foundation of America’s International competition. 8 p.m., Feb. 11: Caruth Auditorium, Binkley and Bishop streets, SMU campus, rickets: 214-871-ARTS.

Radu Lupu. 1966 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition gold medalist and 1996 Grammy award win-ner performs. 8 p.m., Feb. 11; Ed Landreth Auditorium, South University Drive and Cantey Street, TCU campus, Tickets: 817-335-9000.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Performs selections from Rossini, Barber and Brahms. 8:15 p.m., Feb. 13-15; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 16; Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. information: 214-692-0203.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Performs Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Opus 70. 8:15 p.m., Feb. 20 & 21; 2:30 p.m., Feb. 22: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. information: 214-692-0203.

keyboard Conversations with Jeffrey Siegel. Piano per-drmance of “The Quintessence of Schubert” includes mpromptu in E-flat and A Major Sonata. 8 p.m.. Feb. 24: Meadows School of the Arts, Bishop and Binkley streets, SMU campus. Tickets: 214-768-ARTS.

Harry Belafonte. “Jamaica Farewell” and “The Banana 3oat Song (Day-O)” are but two of the singer’s greatest hits. 7:30 p.m.. Feb. 16; Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.

Sally O’Reilly and Ariane Alexander. Violin and piano recital. 3 p.m., Feb. 16; J. Erik Jonsson Library Auditorium. 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670-1400.

Slide Hampton and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band. Thelegendary jazz trombonist and UNT’s student ensemble kick off the 50th anniversary of the university’s jazz study program. 8 p.m., Feb. 21; UNT Main Auditorium, 1321 W. Hickory St.. Denton. Tickets; 817-565-3743.

Fine Arts Chamber Players. Peformance featuring Brinton Smith, principal cellist of the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. 3 p.m., Feb. 22; Horchow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood 5t. Information: 214-520-2219.

Brandenburgs, Old and New. The Dallas Bach Society performs on ancient and modern instruments. 8 p.m.. Feb. 23: Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. Information: 214-871-2787.

Kathryn Fouse. Piano soloist performs. 3 p.m., Feb. 23; J. Erik Jonsson Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St. Information: 214-670-1400.

Young Performers Orchestra and Dallas String Ensemble. Louise Rossi conducts the youth orchestra. 7 p.m.. Feb. 23; First United Methodist Church of Dallas. 1928 Ross Ave. Tickets: 214-528-7747.

Ray Charles and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Hear the legendary genius of soul. 8:15 p.m., Feb. 27; Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: 214-692-0203.

Shields and Yamell. World-famous acrobatic mime team brings side-splitting insanity to the Dallas Pops Orchestra performance in a JCPenney Superpops series. 8:15 p.m., Feb. 28 -March 1; 2:30 p.m., March 2; Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. Information: 214-692-0203.



Sports

Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Special exhibit (through Jan. 31) will feature artifacts and photos from the Japanese Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Tokyo. Other displays focus on the game in America. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: noon-5 p.m.. Sunday; The Ballpark in Arlington. 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: 817-273-5600.

Lone Star Park. Sports fans can watch and wager on races from top tracks across the country. 8elt Line Road, a half-mile north of 1-30. Grand Prairie. Race times and information: 972-263-RACE.

Basketball Shoot-Out. At this event to raise money for spinal cord research, players are put to the challenge. In a two-minute period, participants will shoot from seven positions 15 feet from the basket. Dallas Mavericks players, the Mavs Man and other sports celebrities will be there as part of the action. Noon-6 p.m.. Feb. 2; Reunion Arena. 777 Sports St. Information: 214-373-2350.

Spirit of Adventure. Outdoor and travel show will feature demonstrations, seminars and a 30-foot climbing wall. Noon-9 p.m.. Feb. 28.; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., March 1; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. March 2; Dallas Convention Center, Hall C, 650 S. Griffin St. Information: 800-299-9836.



Theater

The Royal Hunt of the Sun. This play, directed by professor Alex Argyros and written by Peter Shaffer, uses the Spanish conquest of the Inca empire to explore the human soul. 8p.m.. Jan. 30 & 31, Feb. 1 & 6-8; University Theatre, University of Texas at Dallas. Floyd and Campbell roads. Richardson. Information: 972-883-2787.

The Merry Widow. A lonely widow rediscovers love. Call for times. Through Feb. 2; Bob Hope Theater. Hillcrest Avenue and Binkley Street. SMU campus. Tickets: 214-768-ARTS.

Indiscretions. An eccentric tale of mixed-up family relations in a dysfunctional family of 1930s Paris. 2 & 8 p.m., Feb. 1; 2 & 7:30 p.m. Feb. 2; Dallas Theatre Center. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets; 214-522-8499.

Big D Festival of the Unexpected. This celebration of new theater works includes comedy troupe performances, jazz concerts, performance art, discussions and writing workshops. Two works-in-progress will be performed-“Suenos Suenos Son, ” a play exploring life on the Texas-Mexico border, and “The Huntsville Project,’’ a look at Texas’ death row Inmates. All events through Feb. 2; Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets and specific event times: 214-522-TIXX.

Once on This Island. Romantic legend of separated lovers retold in tropical rhythms. Through Feb. 9; 8:15 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 & 8:15 p.m.. Saturday: 2:30 p.m., Sunday; Theatre Three. 2800 Routh St. Information: 214-871-3300.

The Heiress. From Henry James’ Washington Square, a wealthy, naive girl is forbidden by her father to marry a potential fortune hunter. Through Feb. 15; 7:30 p.m., Thursday; 8 p.m.. Friday & Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday: Theatre Arlington. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-7661.

Same Time Next Year. A romantic comedy about a pick-up that evolves into a 25-year love affair. Feb. 6-March 1; 8 p.m.. Thursday-Saturday; WaterTower Theatre, 15650 Addison Rd. Tickets: 972-450-6232.

The Hobbit. Young Audiences Applause! presents a performance with puppets of this J.R.R. Tolkien tale. 7:30 p.m., Feb, 7; 2 p.m. Feb. 8.; Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. Information: 214-373-8000.

Faith Healer. A humorous play about an itinerant healer and his travels. The play is a murder mystery and psychological thriller by Brian Friel. Feb. 7-March 1; 8 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; New Theatre Company, 3202 Elm St. Tickts: 214-871-ARTS.

After The Fair. World premiere of the musical adaptation of Thomas Hardy’s On The Western Circuit. Feb. 8-22; 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday (2:30 & 8 p.m., Feb. 22); 2:30 p.m., Sunday; Lyric Stage. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Ste. 300. Irving. Information: 972-554-8534.

Arcadia. The play finds residents of a country estate ponder a century-old mystery. Feb. 15-Mar. 16: 8:15 p.m.. Tuesday-Friday; 2:30 & 8:15 p.m., Saturday; 2:30 p.m., Sunday; Theatre Three. 2800 Routh St. Information; 214-871-3300.

Thunder Knocking on the Door. Musical fable set in 1966 Alabama features magic, love and the blues. Feb. 18-March 9; 7:30 p.m.. Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday; 8 p.m., Friday; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday: 2 p.m., Sund3y; Dallas Theatre Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets: 214-521-4423.

Six Degrees of Separation. An imposter cons New York art dealers. Feb. 19-23; 8 p.m., Feb. 19& 21; 2 & 8 p.m., Feb, 22; 2 p.m., Feb. 23; The Other Stage, Hillcrest Avenue & Binkley Street, SMU campus. Information: 214-768-ARTS.

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