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What to Do & Where to Go: Our Selective Guide

Go Thai at Melrose Hotel Festival



The historical Melrose Hotel becomes a Thai palace during the two-week Royal Celebration of Thai Culture and Cuisine this month. Sample the sights, sounds and taste of the country once known as Siam. Adventurous and curious epicureans can sample the spicy delicacies of Southeast Asia, to be prepared by expert chefs from Bangkok’s Dusit Thani Hotel. Haute cuisine and centuries-old favorites of Thai royalty adorn a nightly buffet and one a la carte luncheon.

Individuals craving the tangy taste of Asian delights can learn to prepare dishes themselves in a cooking class with Dusit Thani chef Boonsueb Jarungjit and Melrose executive chef Jim Anile.

Learn more about Thailand’s rich culture and customs through demonstrations of native music and dancing. Or view exhibits of Thai artwork throughout the hotel to get a feel of the homeland.

Thai-ophites can also try their hands at fruit carving, an intricate Thai art form, in instructional classes and demonstrations.

Don’t miss this tasty treat. Buffet. 6 p.m., May 7-15; brunch, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., May . 11; cooking class, 6 p.m.. May 8; fruit-carving class, 6 p.m., May 9 & 13; The Melrose Hotel. 3015 Oak Lawn Ave. Information: 214-521-5151.

-Amy Zimmer

Van Cliburn Piano Competition Tunes Up in Fort Worth



Every four years, the world’s finest young pianists convene in Fort Worth for the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. This May marks the 10th competition; 35 pianists will compete. Since its creation, the competition has attracted hundreds of pianists age 18 to 30 from more than 33 countries. Its goal is to recognize musicians who demonstrate the potential and abilities of a true artist, one who finds the depth within a composition and can then interpret that soul to an audience.

The competition began with worldwide applicant screening in January and February, in which participants play 40-minute public recitals. Finalists head for Fort Worth for the remaining rounds. May brings the preliminaries and semifinals-finals; in June, six finalists perform two concerts with the Fort Worth Chamber and Symphony orchestras led by Maestro James Conlon. The first place gold medalist is then announced at a Gala Awards Ceremony.

Preliminaries commence May 23, with competitors playing 50-minute solo recitals and morning, afternoon and evening performances at Ed Landreth Auditorium, on the TCU campus, S. University Drive at Cantey Street. The 75-minute solo semifinals with the Tokyo String Quartet are May 29 & 30 and June 1 & 2 with rounds throughout the day at Ed Landreth Auditorium. Finals are June 5-7, 7:30 p.m., Tarrant County Convention Center. 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-6536. -A.Z.

Attractions

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors can stroll along the walks and enjoy cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 flowers and spectacular views of White Rock Lake with downtown In the distance. “A Parade of Animals” (May 31-September) features animal-shaped topiary. 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. Dallas’ Museum of Natural History, The Science Place, the Age of Steam Museum, the African American Museum, trie 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, conservatory, Japanese gardens and the Garden Restaurant. 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: 6301N. O’Connor Blvd., Las Colinas. Information: 972-869-F1LM.



Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This outdoor museum is a complete turn-of-the-century village in the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Houses, a church, a school and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations ant) restored, So 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 by tram and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit television series and its stars. 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

Shopper’s Guide to the Center of the Universe. A twist on the biblical narrative of Adam and Eve shows what can happen when two innocent people are corrupted by the concept of credit in this Dancers Unlimited look at the very human habits of acquisition and ownership. May 1-4. 8 p.m.. Thursday & Friday; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday (special school performances, 10 a.m., May 1 & 2: call 214-823-7644); Dallas Theater Center. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets: 214-871-2787.

“to turn again..,” The T.S. Eliot’s poem “Ash Wednesday” I inspired this Contemporary Dance Fort Worth creation. May I 9-12; 8 p.m.. Friday & Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday; Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU campus, S. University Drive at Cantey. Tickets; 800-868-7983.



All Balanchine. Fort Worth Dallas Ballet presents an evening of timeless enchantment as dancers perform a repertory of pieces choreographed by one of the masters: “Firebird,” “Scotch Symphony” and “Concerto Barocco” are a few of the evening’s selections. 8 p.m., May9& 10: Music Hall at Fair park. First Avenue at Parry. Tickets: 691-7200.



French Accent. Share a night of romance with the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet as it performs Balanchine’s “La Valse” and Paul Mejia’s “Joie de Vivre” and “Sylvia Variations.” 8 p.m., May 16& 17: JFK Theatre. Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St. , Fort Worth. Tickets: 800-377-9988.



National Tap Dance Day. Join Fred Kelly (Tony Award-winning brother of Gene and John Travolta’s dance teacher], choreographer Henry Le Tang and dancer and teacher Jay Fagan for a weekend of activities celebrating National Tap Dance Day. May 25 (the birthdate of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson). Opening ceremonies. 6:30 p.m., Friday, May 23. Dallas Convention Center, 550 S. Griffin St.. downtown: shows and performances, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Saturday. West End Historic District; dance competitions (all styles), 1-4 p.m., Saturday, location to be announced; reception and awards dinner. 6:30 p.m.. Saturday, location TBA; master classes, 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Sunday, location TBA. Information: 972-491-1916.



Fairs & Fiestas

Scarborough Fairs. Explore the sights, sounds, food and drink of the 16th century at the nationally-known Renaissance festival on 35 wooded acres. Some of the Faire’s most noted entertainers return for the festival’s 17th year, as well as artisans, craftsmen and perennial favorites such as jousting and sword fights. Through June 15. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday (and Memorial Day, Monday, May 26 only); Exit 399A off of I-35E, south of Dallas. Information: 972-938-FAIR.



2nd Annual Hot Glass Weekend. Watch glass being made into objects of profound and ethereal beauty by glassblower Art Allison of Pottsboro and Bandhu Scott Dunham of Arizona, who uses lampworking techniques to manipulate glass. May 2-4. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Friday-Sunday; Kit trell/Riffkind Art Glass. Village on the Parkway. 5100 Belt Line Rd., Suite 820. Information: 972-239-7957.



The Four Paw? Gala. A fund-raising event to benefit Help for Helpless Animals will feature dancing, vocalist Laura Slattery and a silent auction. 8 p.m., May 3: The Village Country Club, 8308 Southwestern Blvd., Dallas. Information: 972-424-4860.



Cinco de Mayo-Dallas. Celebrate the area’s Hispanic heritage and cultural diversity at a festival filled with food, entertainment and informative attractions like the Health Fair, Bridal Show and Mexican cultural performances. 11 a.m.. May 3 4 4; Fair Park, First Avenue at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Information: 214-750-0670.



Cinco de Mayo-Grand Prairie. A colorful parade, art contest and special performances by area students throughout the day highlight this celebration of Mexican heritage. 11 a.m., May 3, City Hall, 317 College St., Grand Prairie. Information: 972-642-2621.



Gladney Skittle at Six Flags over Texas. A day of fun with rides and games benefiting The Gladney Skittle Center for adopted children. 2-11 p.m., May 15, Six FLags over Texas, Six Flags Drive near 1-30 and S.H. 360. Arlington. Tickets: 972-618-2427.



Taste of Addison. Fifty of Addison’s top restaurants offer samplings of their delights in this festival of food, music and family fun. May 17 & 18, Addison Conference and Theater Center, 15650 Addison Road near Quorum Drive. Information: 800-ADDISON.



MayFalr. Celebrate the coming of spring (finally) on downtown McKinney’s Historic Square with Saturday’s parade and street dance, the McKinney “Hoops for Habitat” basketball competition, food from local restaurants and vendors, arts and crafts, and children’s activities. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., May 17; 1-5 p.m.. May 18; Louisiana and Kentucky streets. McKinney. Information: 972-562-2174.



Pet Adoptathon’97. The SPCA of Texas holds a joint Dallas-McKinney event that features celebrity and radio personality appearances, children’s activities and raffle prizes. May 2-4. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Friday & Saturday (Dallas & McKinney); 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday (Dallas). 11 a.m,-5 p.m., Sunday (McKinney); Dallas Animal Care Center, 362 S. Industrial Blvd. Information: 214-651-9611. McKinney Animal Care Center, 506 Interchange Way. Information: 972-562-7297.



Artfest. More than 300 artists show off their creations in a multitude of mediums, techniques and expressions of beauty in this 27th annual celebration of the visual arts in Dallas. Children’s activities and food also part of the fun. Starship featuring Mickey Thomas, Little River Band and “the golden boy of Dallas jazz, Joseph Vincelli will perform. Proceeds Benefit The 500, Inc., which supports more ?nan 30 cultural arts groups in the city. May 23-25. Fair Park. First Avenue at Parry. Information: 214-361-0042.



Film

Omni Theater. Jump into the driver’s seat with Mario An-dretti in “Super Speedway,’ an OMNIMAX film on racing. Opens May 16; multiple showtimes daily; Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St. Information: 817-732-1631.



Home and Garden

Street of Dreams at Mira Vista. Eight luxury homes featuring architectural designs from European to California Eclectic are on display in the golf course community. The proceeds benefits the Junior League of Fort Worth. Go to dream or buy. Through May 11:11 a.m–7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday; Mira Vista community, Bryant Irvin Road, two miles south of 1-20, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-332-7500.



Texas Fashion Collection. “Suiting the Modern Woman” features power suits worn by some of Texas’ most influential women, including Mary Kay Ash, former Gov. Ann Richards and former presidential first lady Barbara Bush. The exhibit also chronicles the evolution of women’s suits through the 20th century. Opens May 1. Noon-8 p.m., Monday & Tuesday; noon-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; University of North Texas Art Gallery, Mulberry and Welch streets, Denton, Information: 817-5654005.



Parade of Homes. Ten custom homes, professionally furnished and decorated, will be on display. Proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., May 17-June 1; LakeSide On Preston, northwest corner of Preston and Parker roads. Piano. Information: 214-631-4840.



Antiques to Zebras Auction. New and unique items from art to meals to services are featured in live and silent auctions that benefit the Turtle Creek Chorale. 7 p.m., May 10: Cityplace. Haskell Street at North Central Expressway. Information: 214-526-3214.



Kidstuff

Dallas Zoo. Special Family Fun Weekend of live entertainment, crafts and other monkey business for the whole family. May 17 & 18. Permanent exhibits feature the horned, the hoofed, the feathered and the furred in beautiful, naturelike forest, mountain and river habitats, walk-through aviaries and the Reptile Discovery Center. Treasure-packed gift shop, too. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. Information: 214-670-6825.



Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Whales. Dolphins and Porpoises: Masters of the Ocean Realm” (through May 15) includes life-size models and interactive activities for children of all ages. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-421-3466.



Author Appearances. Eric Carle, author of childrens’ classics The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Do You Want to Be My Friend?, signs books. 10 a.m.-noon, May 7. The next day. Swiss author Marcus Pfister demonstrates his writing and art techniques and reads from his The Rainbow Fish. A perfect activity for 4- to 8-year-olds. 4 p.m., May 8; The Enchanted Forest-Books For Children. 6333 E. Mockingbird Ln. Information; 214-827-2234.



Incredible Dream Machine Summer Reading Challenge. Join the Dallas Public Library reading program with a kick-off celebration. The program runs all summer at all library locations. Kick-off is 10 a.m.-4 p.m. May 24; J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, Children’s Center, 1515 Young St.. downtown Dallas. Information: 214-670-1671.



Literary Events & Lectures

Arts & Letters Live-Literary Cafe. Fiction and poetry from C.J. Critt, Gregory Gormley, Lazette Jackson and Marion Wink. 8:30 p.m., April 30: Club Dada. 2720 Elm St., Deep Ellum. Information: 214-922-1219.



Understanding Antiques. Christie’strained John T. Crab-tree presents a series of lectures on the French Decorative Arts, tracing the evolution with slides and examples. Call for tickets. 6 p.m.. May 1 & May 15: Slocum Antique Centre. 1402 Slocum St. information: 214-748-8902.



DMA Distinguished Writers. Texas playwright Horton Foote, winner of the 1995 Pulitzer Prize and author of such classics as Trie Trip to the Bountiful, shares his tales. 7:30 p.m.. May 21. J. California Cooper, author of Some Love. Some Pain, Sometime and The Matter is Life, returns to the DMA series. 8 p.m.. May 9: Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200.



Museums & Galleries

Amon Carter Museum. African-American photographic portraiture from turn-of-the-century Kansas comprises “Black Dignity” (through May 111, an exhibition featuring modern prints from historical negatives. “Masterworks of Photography Collection” (through May 11) highlights selections from little-fmown 19-century artists and atypical works from established artists. “Masterworks of the Photography Collection” (May 17-Sept. 7) highlights children at work and play, pictorial portraits and New York City street scenes by artists such as Richard Doherty and Waiter Rosenblum. “Likeness and Landscape: The Daguerreotype Art of Thomas M. Easterly” (through June 1) examines the 19th-century photographer’s work in the Urban West. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.



Arlington Museum of Art. “Hotel California,” an exhibit showcasing 27 emerging talents of the California Institute of the Arts, shares common themes of transience and memory. Through June 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 201 W. Main St. Information; 817-275-4600.



ArtCentre of Plano. Eighteen women artists portray crosses that must be born in watercolor, sculpture, clay, painting and performance art in “Cruees de la Vida” (Crosses of Life) through May 17. ” Empowered Voices” (through May 31) is an exhibition of murals by art students at Dallas’ Townview Magnet Center, Metropolitan High School, Edward Gary Middle School and Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts on loan from the African American Museum at Fair Pank that depicts the cultural history of Hispanics and African Americans. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Tuesday-Saturday: 1039 E. 15th St., historical downtown Piano. Information: 972-423-7809.



Biblical Arts Center. “He Walked with Us: The Life of Christ” (through May 18] features ink-wash drawings and antique colored slides from the Center’s Joseph Boggs Beale Collection. Embroidery artworks in Gayle Williamson’s exhibit. “A Celebration of the Revelation of God,” illustrate the Old and New Testaments with rich colors and metallic threads; May 21-July 20; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 1-5 p.m., Sunday; 7500 Park Ln. Information: 214-691-4661.



Conduit Galley. Dallas artists Judy DeSaunders, Marilu Flores Gruben, Sally Shiels Schupp, June Francis. Carolyn Burson. Nancy Hanley and Susan Shiels Johnson display works May 11-13 on canvas, paper, glass, steel, chiffon, lace undies and TV consoles-expressions of life, beauty and art. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., May 11 & 12: 11 a,m.-5 p.m.. May 13. 3200 Main St.. Deep Ellum. Information: 214-939-0064,



Dallas Historical Society. “DHS 75, Our History. Your History” celebrates the 75th anniversary of the society with an exhibit reflecting the history and interests of the Dallas community. The impact of World War II and the Texas Ses-quicentennial are two of the topics examined. Through October: 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m.. Sunday: Hall of State at Fair Park. First Avenue at Parry. Information: 214-421-4500.



Dallas Museum of Art. “Re/View: Photographs from the Collection of the Dallas Museum of Art” surveys photos from the museum’s collection, with emphasis on the latter half of the 20th century. Texas born sculptor and painter Luis Jimenez’s “Working Class Heros, Images from the Popular Culture” (May 18-Aug. 2) examines non-traditional materials and techniques such as airbrushing and neon in 78 sculptures, maquettes and drawings (including several on loan by a Dallas collector) that symbolize cultural myths and attitudes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturdays Sunday; 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355.



Florence Art Galley. New sculptures by Marinsky, the newest edition of child prodigy Alexandra Nechita. “True Love.” and works by Henrietta Milan. Vavrina, Simbari, A.D. Greer and Alvar. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday: 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday: 2500 Cedar Springs. Information: 214-754-7070.



Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Earth-friend-ly technology-like recyclable cars-comprises ’Balancing Acts: Providing for Today. Preserving Tomorrow,” an interactive exhibit that runs through May 4. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday; 9a.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.



Hamon Arts Library. “Go West Young Men: Sketching Trips of Jerry Bywaters and Otis Dozier” (through June 22). 8 a.m.-midnight. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m.-midnight, Sunday; Hamon Arts Library, 6101 Bishop Blvd., SMU campus. Information: 214-768-1852.



Jewish Community Center of Dallas. The vibrant, semi-abstract works of Caiman Shemi, one of Israel’s prominent artists, are on display in honor of Israel’s Independence Day. May 9-12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. May 9: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., May 10; 4-10 p.m., May 12. Information: 214-739-2737, ext. 215.



Meadows Museum. “Jerry Bywaters: A Force in Texas Art’ (through May). The museum’s permanent Spanish art collection is one of the most comprehensive outside that country. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday: 1-5 p.m., Sunday; Bishop and Binkley streets, SMU. Information: 214-768-2516,



Modem Art Museum of Fort Worth. Contemporary American artist Kiki Smith examines the human body through sculpture, prints and drawings. Through September 7. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; noon-5 p.m.. Sunday; Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 1309 Mongomery St. at Camp Bowie Rd. Information: 817-738-9215,



Pan American Gallery. The images of two Caribbean-born photographers. Jose Fors of Cuba and Albert Chong of Jamaica, are featured through May 7. Also on display are the works of Dallas native Kent Barker, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Tuesday-Friday: 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 3303 Lee Pkwy. Information: 214-522-3303.



The Science Place. “Special Effects” (through May 16) gives an inside look at movie magic In the making. “Cosmic Catastrophes” (through May 26) is a new planetarium presentation featuring an alien race that targets Earth as a ne* colonization site but first discusses the challenges of living here: species extinction, comet and asteroid impacts, and pollution. “Super Speedway” (through November)- the film featuring Mario and Michael Andretti in a behind-the-scenes look at the science, art and passion found in Indy car racing (narrated by Paul Newman)-finds its second North Texas venue here. The Tl Founders IMAX Theater features a 79-foot dome screen. 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 thorough, intelligent and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository explores the life and death of President John F. Kennedy. Particularly haunting is the recreated corner sniper’s nest. Audio tours available. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.. daily: Dallas County Administration Building. 411 Elm St. downtown Dallas, information: 214-653-6666.



Music

Mayfest ’97. The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performs selections from Dvorak. Strauss. Suppe. Tchaikovsky, Ward and Sousa. 8:30 p.m., May 1; Pavillion Stage, Trinity Park, Fort Worth, southeast of downtown’s Arts Dis trict. Information: 817-921-2676.



Sarah Bright man. This Broadway sensation, known for her role as Christine in Andrew Lioyd Webber’s “Phantom of the Opera,” joins forces with the Dallas Pops Orchestra for the JC Penney Superpops Series. 8:15 p.m., May 2 & 3: Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora Si. Tickets: 214-692-0203.



Junior Brown. 10:30 p.m., May 2. Billy Bob’s Texas (the largest honky-tonk in the world), 2520 Rodeo Plaza, in the historical Stockyards area of downtown Fort Worth. Information: 817-624-7117.


Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Selections from Handel, Hay-den, Cordero and Beethoven accent this concert. 8 p.m.. May 2; Church of the Transfiguration, Hillcrest Road at Spring Valley; 7 p.m., May 4: Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. Hillcrest at Binkley. Tickets: 214-520-3121.



Ricky Van Shelton. 10:30 p.m., May 3. Billy Bob’s Texas. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Stockyards area, downtown Fort Worth. Information; 817-624-7117,



Dallas Youth Orchestra. Celebration of 25 years of youth music, with the Dallas Strings Ensemble. 7:30 p.m., May 4; 7:30 p.m., May 11 [Mother’s Day concert); Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Hora St Tickets: 214-528-7747.



Battle of the Music Buffs II. Classical “Jeopardy’ competition featuring local music professsors and music aficionados as contenstants… “Alex, I’ll take Bach for $500.” 7 p.m., May 5; Borders Books and Music, 4613 S. Hulen. Fort Worth. Information: 817-921-2576.



Yo Yo Ma and Emanuel Ax. This celebrated duo-Ma on cello and Ax on piano-create an unforgettable evening of music. 8:15 p.m., May 5; Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-692-0203.



John Berry. 10:30 p.m.. May 9, Billy Bob’s Texas. 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Stockyards area, downtown Fort Worth. Information: (metro) 817-589-1711.



Roger Boykin Trio. 7:30 p.m.. May 7. Sanimons Center for the Arts. 3630 Harry Hines Blvd. Tickets: 214-522-8988.



Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Andrew Litton leads the orchestra in selections from Harris, Copeland and Rachmaninoff. May 8-11, 8:15 p.m.. Thursday-Saturday; 2:30 p.m., Sunday; Litton is joined by the Dallas Symphony Chorus performing pieces from Brahms and Mahler. 8:15 p.m.. May 15-17: Morton H, Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-692-0203.



Ringo Starr and the All Star Band. 10:30 p.m., May 23, Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Stockyards area, downtown Fort Worth. Information: (metro) 617-589-1711.



Broadway Tonight. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra and musical performers “Bravo Broadway” present an evening of new and classic show tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern. Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein. 8 p.m.. May 31. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 972-234-4195.



Sports

Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Special displays focus on the game in America; many items are on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame [including a Babe Ruth bat and a glove and jersey belonging to Lou Gehrig). Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m., Sunday; The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: 817-273-5098.



Lone Star Park. Post Time Pavillion airs simulcast races from across the country and features a sports bar and casual dining area. Grandstand features dining area, clubhouse, Jockey Club, bar, private; suites and outdoor apron seats. Paddock open to ail visitors. Family Fun Park for the kids-from which the track can still be seen. Thoroughbred racing season runs through July. Admission, $2-$5: parking. $2-$5. Post Time Pavillion: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Wednesday-Monday; Grandstand: 4:35-10 p.m., Wednesday-Friday: 11:35 3.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday: 1000 Lone Star Pkwy. Grand Prairie, between S.H. 183 and 1-30. Information: 972-263-RACE.



Texas Motor Speedway. The area’s first NASCAR and Indy-car race facility. Road coarse in the infield and 23-acre lake promise future stock-car and boating exhibitions. General seating (grandstand seats 120.000). $3-$80. 9 a,m.-5:30 p.m. (times will vary with races): 3601 Intersection of State Hwy. 114 and Interstate 35W. Information: 817-215-8500.



Pumphouse 5K. Celebrate “Drinking Water Week” with a 5K run and fitness walk to benefit Operation WaterShare, a city of Dallas program that assists needy citizens with their waterbills. 8:30 a.m.. May 10: White Rock Pump Station, 2900 White Rock Rd. Information: 214-6704022.



2nd Annual CAREfest 5K Walk and Run. Join in this race to raise awareness and promote early detection of heart disease in women and to encourage healthy lifestyles. There will also be a one-mile family walk/run. which begins 15 minutes before the race. Registration starts at 7 a.m. on race day. 9 a.m., May 10; The Movie Studios at Las Co-linas (Building One), 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd.. Las Colinas. Information: 214-7201910.



Miller Lite/AVP Tour Pro Beach Volleyball. Thirty-two teams, including Olympic champions Karch Kiraly and Kent Steffes, are scheduled to slam ft out under the sun in the ninth season of the AVP Dallas Open. May 10 & 11.9 a.m.-7 p.m.. Saturday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday; McKinney and Pearl streets, downtown Dallas. Tickets: 1-800-432-7470.



Minyard Buddy Run. 10K. 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run to raise money for the Leukemia Association of North Texas. 8 a.m., May 17; Reunion Arena, 777 Sports Dr. off 1-35. Information: 214-393-8453.



Theater

Laughter on the 23rd Floor. Neil Simon’s play lakes a behind-the-scenes look at comedy writers from the “Golden Age of Television.” Through May 4:8 p.m.. April 30. May 1-3: 2 p.m.. April 27, May 3 & 4; Quad C Theater. 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. Tickets: Metro 817-261-9628.



Alice In Wonderland. Share Alice’s wild adventures as she chases the White Rabbit and friends In an imaginative journey. May 2-10: 7:30 p.m.. Fridays: 2 p.m.. Saturdays: Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster. Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-332-2272.



Nebraska. Military life and worries about the men with their fingers on “the button” are explored In this Keith Reddin play. May 9-31; 8 p.m.. Wednesday-Saturday; New Theatre Company, 3202 Elm St. Information: 214-520-13154.



Just As I Am: Confessions of a Creative Child. Comic actor Paul J. Williams premieres his new show, about growing up in a Southern Baptist family find coming]. to terms with being gay. 11 p.m.. Friday & Saturday. May 16 & 17. May 23 & 24: 8 p.m.. Wednesday. May 21; Pocket Sandwich Theater, 5400 E. Mockingbird Ln. Information: 214-821-1860.



A Chorus Line. Broadway’s longest-running theatrical sensation comes to Dallas with its unforgettable hit tunes ’One” and “What I Did For Love.” among others. May 20 25. 8 p.m. Tuesday- Friday. 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday. Music Hall at Fair Park, First Avenue at Parry. Tickets: 214-373-8000.



Grossinger’s. Ruta Lee stars in a play that recalls the good old days before television and Disneyland in this nostalgic story of a family trip to a famous resort in the Catskill Mountains. May 20-June 1; 8 p.m.. Tuesday-Friday: 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday: Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. Tickets: 817-332-2272.



Abelard and Heloise. A dramatic tale examining the Issues of love and faith. 8:15 p.m.. May 29-June 22. Teatro Dallas. 2204 Commerce St. Tickets: 214-353-9916.

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