50 YEARS AND JAZZIN’ November N & 15. The University of North Texas salutes its rich jazz tradition with a golden anniversary celebration [featuring such illustrious alumni as guitarist Herb Ellis, Lou Marini (of the Bluds Brothers), Tom MalonE (also of the Blues Brothers), and more. Jam sessions and concerts galore. UNT campus, Denton. 940-565-3743.
TAP DOGS November 11-17, It took an Australian choreographer who spent six years as an industrial mechanic to realize that a constituction site is the perfect setting for a tap dance revue. Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm St. 214-383-7000.
DALLAS WORLD AQUARIUM Sick of turkey? Come see another variety of bird, along with some marine friends. No, it’s not an alternative Thanksgiving dinner It’s an aquatic experience. South African black-footed penguins, exotic fish, and sea creatures are on display at Dallas’ privately owned aquarium. Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801.
STANLEY JORDAN November 12. The Dallas Guitar Society presents the classic jazz guitarist who has made major technical and musical contributions. Jordan applies his “touch technique” to music from Ravel to Coltrane. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-871-2787.
THE SEAGULL Through November 15. Enter Chekhov’s trendy, jet-set world of European artists, where everyone drives a Mercedes and wears an Armani suit but can’t pay for lunch. A complicated knot of misdirected love where characters all kiss the wrong person good night. Undermain Theatre, The Basement Space, 3200 Main St. 214-747-5515.
CHI OMEGA CHRISTMAS MARKET November 20-22. More than 130 merchants offer the opportunity to get your shopping done early and give to charity at the same time. The three-day event is celebrating its 20th year of philanthropy. Dallas Convention Center, Ballroom A and A Lobby. 650 S. Griffin St. 214-890-8131.
“TREASURES OF THE TERVUREN MUSEUM” Opens November 9. Some of the most ancient and rare treasures of Central Africa are seen for the first time ever away from their permanent residence at the Tervuren Museum in Brussels. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817’-332-8451.
“FANGS” Through January 4. These reptiles have slithered and squirmed their way into Dallas, wreaking fear and curiosity amongst us all. One hundred live snakes are on view, with non-poisonous snakes available for handling. Dallas Museum of Natural History, 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-DINO.
BILLY BUDD November 21,23,25, and 29. A naive seaman joyously sings his way across the rocky seas, his life taking ups and downs with every lift of the waves. The Royal Navy, mutiny, and other uprisings are all part of the adventure on Billy’s journey to manhood, presented by The Dallas Opera. Music Hail at Fair Part 214-443-1000.
HOLIDAY IN THE PARK November 28-31 and December 1-4. The holiday season is ho-ho-honing in on us, so get your Christmas wishes in early with a visit to Santa’s Village. Seasonal productions, decorated tree exhibits, and the one and only Mr. Claus will soften even the grinchiest grinch’s heart. Six Flags Over Texas, Arlington. SI 7-640-8900.