APRIL Calendar

ATTRACTIONS

Dallas Aquarium. Experience the tranquility of watching the underwater world, with 375 marine and freshwater species. Shark and piranha feedings every day at 2:30 p.m. except Monday. Open daily; 9 a.m.~4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443. (L-8)

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Dallas Blooms 199S (through Apr 12). Every year the arboretum’s annual makeover leaves garden lovers breathless. This year’s “A World of Flowers” promises the usual spectacular beauty. Easter festivities include a children’s concert at 1 p.m.. Apr 10 and a parade at 1 p.m., Apr 11. Open daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263. (M-6)

Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain. and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, the Reptile Discovery Center, and the new Exxon Endangered Tiger Exhibit. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 650 R.L. Thornton Fwy. (Marsalis exit). 214-670-5656. (K-9)

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

Fort Worth Zoo. In one of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, more than 4,000 exotic and native animals can be seen in exhibits like Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon, and Asian Falls. Don’t miss the zoo’s meerkat exhibit. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 1989 Colonial Pkwy.. Fort Worth. 817-871-7050. (A-9)

Movie Studios at Las Colinas. Scenes from RoboCop, Leap of Faith, and JFK were filmed here. Sets are open for tours and interactive fun, from the nostalgia of The National Museum of Communications to the technology of the Blue Screen F/X Show. Open daily; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd., Las Colinas. 972-869-F1LM. (H-5)

NorthPark on Ice. North Texas” only outdoor skating rink located in the north parking lot of NorthPark Center. Available for private bookings. Open daily through Apr 12; 10 a.m.-10 p.m.. Mon-Thu; 10 a.m.-midnight, Fri & Sat; noon-6 p.m.. Sun. 6060 N. Central Expwy. at Park Lane. 214-421-R1NK. (L-5)

Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This outdoor museum, a complete tum-of-the-century village, rests in the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Houses, a church, a school, and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations and restored. Moseying through the streets takes you back to the early days of North Texas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m..Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m.. Sun. 1717 Gano St. 214-421-5141. (L-8)

Southfork Ranch. Aka the home of television’s Ewing clan. Explore the ranch by tram and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit series and its stars. A Westernwear shop and the Front Porch Cafe are also part of the property. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 3700 Hogge Rd.. half-mile south of Parker Rd.. in Parker. 972-442-7800. (N-1)

FAIRS & FIESTAS

All-Star MS Rodeo. Strap on your spurs and silver bel! buckles-the ultimate cowboy weekend is here. Some of the nation’s top cowboys and celebrities will demonstrate their roping and cutting prowess at an afternoon rodeo, followed by a concert by country music hit-maker Deana Carter (of the famous Carter/Cash music clan). The event benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. 2 p.m., Apr 19. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr.. Mesquite. 214-373-8000. (N-8)

Dallas Women’s Expo. A weekend fair featuring seminars and hundreds of exhibits on fashion, health and fitness, travel, finance, cooking, and education. Apr 25 & 26; II a.m.-5 p.m. Dallas Market Hall, 2100 Stemmons Fwy. 972-964-1853. (K-7)

Primavera 1998. The Dallas Galleria showcases the top trends in home gardening and floral design by noted area landscapes. More than a dozen gardens stretch for a quarter-mile. They feature natural stone, water displays, bridges, and gazebos-all surrounded by lush foliage and flowers. Through Apr 12. 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Sat.; noon-6 p.m.. Sun. Galleria, LBJ Freeway and Dallas Parkway. 972-702-7100. (K-4)



DANCE

A Tribute to George Balanchine: A Kaleidoscope of the Master’s Work. Performance includes three pieces: “Mozartiana,” “Agon,” and “Western Symphony.” 8 p.m.. Apr 3 & 4. Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. 800-654-9545 (B-9)

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Amon Carter Museum. “Masterworks of the Photography Collection: Transforming Nature” (through Jun 7) explores photographers’ fascination with how the natural world is transformed by humans into something new. “Imagining the Open Range” (through May 10) features photographs of cowboy culture in Texas by Erwin E. Smith. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Sat; noon-5 p.m.. Sun. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. 817-738-1933. (A-9)

Arlington Museum of Art. Showcases contemporary living artists with ties to Texas in a 20,000-square-foot exhibition space. Call for current exhibits. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed-Sat. 201 W. Main St.. Arlington. 817-275-4600. (E-9)

The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Meticulously restored warbirds from WWI, WWII, Korea. and Vietnam. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun. Addison Airport, 4572 Claire Chennault St. 972-380-8800. (K-4)

The Conspiracy Museum. This museum exposes alleged coverups of the assassinations of presidents Kennedy, Lincoln, and Garfield, Martin Luther King Jr.. and Robert Kennedy, as well as the crash of Korean Flight 007. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. 110 S. Market Si. 214-741-3040. (K-8)

Dallas Museum of Art. “Monet: A Turning Point.” The next time you’ve got the blues and feel like nursing pints of Haagen-Dazs, head to the DMA and see how Claude Monet used his emotional downtime. This exhibit showcases 30 of the Impressionist’s works that he painted while suffering from depression and severe financial constraint (through May 17). Also see “Uncovered: Quilts from a Dallas Collection,” an exhibition featuring eight quills, some from the Depression era (through Apr 26). 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tue, Wed & Fri; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355. (K-7)

Dallas Museum of Natural History. The Peregrine Falcon has been revered for its cunning hunting skills. In “Falcons Back from the Brink…at 200 mph” (through May 24), learn how it managed to survive. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-DINO.(L-8)

Edith Baker Gallery. Dallas painter Pamela Nelson displays her abstract works and area clay artists contribute to the “Texas Tea” exhibit {through Apr 24). 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue-Fri; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat. 2404 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-855-5101. (K-7)

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “Flight: Where Adventure Takes Off!” A premier exhibit of aircraft, simulators, video displays, and interactive gadgets. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon; 9 a.m.-8 p.m., Tue-Thu; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Fri & Sat; noon-8 p.m.. Sun.

1501 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. 817-732-1631. (A-9)

Heard Natural Science Museum A Wildlife Sanctuary. This 289-acre nature reserve features a Raptor Rehabilitation Center, an Aquatics Lab on the Bullfrog Pond, wetlands, a Science Resource Center, and the EDS Technology Room. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Sat; 1-5 p.m.. Sun; self-guided trails open 9 a.m.-4 p.m.. Mon-Sat; 1-4 p.m., Sun. I mi. east of SH 5. on FM 1378. McKinney. 972-562-5566. (M-1)

Ivanffy & Uhler Gallery. Contemporary and 20th-century European paintings, drawings, and sculpture. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue-Sat: 1-6 p.m.. Sun. 4623 Lovers Ln. 214-350-3500. (K-6)

Kimbell Art Museum. “Renoir’s Portraits: Impressions of an Age” (through Apr 26) is the first major exhibition devoted solely to the remarkable portraits created by French Impressionist painter Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The exhibit features 60 of Renoir’s most celebrated works. Also see “The Art of Ornament: Designs for the Bass Performance Hall” (opens Apr 12). IOa.m.-5 p.m.,Tue-Thu & Sat, noon-8 p.m., Fri; noon-5 p.m.. Sun. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451. (B-9)

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). 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.. Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m.. Sun. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-273-5098. (8-5)

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. “I Wanna Be a Cowboy” (through Apr 25). Group exhibition featuring turn-of-the-century to contemporary photographs of the American cowboy. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Tue-Sun. 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852 (K-7)

The Science Place. A hands-on children’s discovery center that’s fun for parents, too. “Thrill Ride” (through Sep 26) at the IMAXR Theater takes viewers on high-speed roller coaster rides and other virtual plunges. Open daily; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1318 Second Ave.. Fair Park. 214-428-5555. (L-8)



LITERARY READINGS

Literary Cafe at Club Dada. “Live from Austin!” with Austin-based writers Sarah Bird, Stephen Harrigan, and Lawrence Wright reading selections from their unpublished works. 8:30 p.m., Apr 8. 2720 Elm St.. 214-922-1219. (L-7)

Texas Bound: Anything Can Happen. James Sanderson’s “Ladies’ Man,” read by Larry Hagman; Tracy Daugherty’s “Assailable Character.” read by John Benjamin Hickey: and Judy Troy’s “Ramone” read by Angie Phillips. Presented by Arts & Letters Live.

6:30 & 8:30 p.m., Apr 6. Horchow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (K-7)



KIDSTUFF

Kids FunFest. Two fun-tilled days of education at and interactive entertainment dedicated to children under !2. Activities include balloon sculpture, face painting, sports clinics, moon walking, a petting zoo, and puppet shows. Babies can enter the Kidd Kraddick Diaper Derby for a chance to win a $10.(XX) scholar ship. Toddlers can meet Michigan J. Frog from KDAF-TV Channel 33. And families can enjoy the Funstage celebrity performances. Apr 18 & 19; 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sun. Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy. 972-964-1853. (K-7)

Peter Cottontail. See a “hare-raising” adventure as young Peter finds trouble in Mama Servoba’s cabbage patch on the eve of his first Easter egg delivery. Apr 3 & 4, 10 & II; 7:30 p.m.. Fri.; 2 p.m., Sat. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817-332-2272. (A-9)



MUSICAL EVENTS

Anne-Sophie Mutter. Joined by distinguished pianist Lambert Okris, internationally renowned violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter dedi cates her 1998 tour to Beethoven Sonatas for Piano and Violin. 8 p.m.. Apr 20. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-670-3600. (L-7)

Honky Tonk Jubilee. A tribute to the golden era of country music featuring Marty Stuart with Hank Thompson, Dale Watson, the Brazos Valley Boys, Lisa Layne, and Bill Mack as emcee. Apr 4; 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m., silent auction of country stars’ donations; concert follows. Bronco Bowl Arena, 2600 Fort Worth Ave. 214-647-5700. (J-8)

Irving Symphony Orchestra. The ISO. along with the University of North Texas Grand Chorus, performs Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe.” 8 p.m.. Apr 15. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 972-831-8818. (L-7)

Latin American Music Festival. This two-day fair brings together composers and performers from Mexico, Spain, and South America for morning lectures and nighttime concerts, including a Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra performance. Apr 23 & 24; opens 8 a.m.; concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU. 817-257-7602. (A-10)

Los Romeros. What the Three Tenors are to opera. The Romeros are to classical guitar. The Dallas Classic Guitar Society concludes its 20th Anniversary Season with the classical guitar quartet. 8 p.m.. Apr 1. Morton H.

Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St., 214-528-3733. (L-7)

Meadow’s Symphony Orchestra and Chairs. Featuring pianist Joaquin Achucarro performing Rachmaninoff’s “Piano Concerto No. 2” and Walton’s “Belshazzer’s Feast.” 7:30 p.m., Apr 14. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-768-2787.(L-7)

Nick DiGennaro. Don’t miss the final performance in the DMA’s 1997-98 concert series presented by the Dallas Classic Guitar Society. 3 p.m., Apr 18. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-528-3733. (L-7)



THEATER

The Apple Tree. A triple-bill featuring three whimsical musicals about relationships. Act 1 is based on Mark Twain’s “The Diary of Adam and Eve”: Act II on Frank Stockton’s short story “The Lady or the Tiger?” in which a warrior’s fate is determined by what door he opens: and Act III on cartoonist Jules Feiffer’s “Passionella” about a chimney sweep who dreams of becoming a glamourous movie star. Suitable for the whole family. 8 p.m.. Apr 23-26. 29 & 30; 2:15 p.m., Apr 25 & 26. Quad C Theatre, Collin County Community College. 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy, Piano. 972-881-5809. (M-1)

Caligula. French novelist Albert Camus’ fascinating play about the notoriously vile Roman emperor, exploring powerful themes such as the price of freedom and wanting the impossible. Apr 2-26: 8 p.m.. Thu-Sat; 2:30 p.m.. Sun. Swiss Avenue Theater Center, 2700 Swiss Ave. 972-355-2879.(L-7)

Deathtrap. Ira Levin’s comical mystery tells the story of an aging playwright struggling to create his next big hit. He’ll do anything to be the darling of Broadway again. But when a fresh new playwright arrives on the scene-and deception and murder enter the storyline-just how far will he go? Apr 14-26; 8 p.m., Tue-Sat; matinees 2 p.m.. Sat, Sun & Thu, Apr 16. Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272. (A-9)

Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters’ First 100 Years. Adapted from their best-selling memoir, this stirring saga recalls the life and times of centenarians Sadie and Bessie Delany. Nominated for three Tony Awards. “Having Our Say” is an intimate portrait of American history as seen through the eyes of two remarkable black women. Apr 7-26; call for times. Dallas Theater Center. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 214-522-8499. (K-7)

The Miracle Worker. Deaf, blind, and mute, Helen Keller is trapped in a world of darkness and loneliness until the courageous Annie Sullivan rescues her with love and discipline. Through Apr 19. 7:30 p.m., Fri; 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.. Sat: 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.. Sun. The Crescent Theater. 2215 Cedar Springs Rd.. 214-978-0110. (K-7)

Holly Sweeney. Molly, blind since she was an infant, describes her world before and after an operation to restore her sight. A lush narrative with an unexpected ending. Through Apr 19. 8:l5p.tn.,Thu-Sat; 2:15 p.m.. Sun. Piano Repertory ’Theatre. 1028 15th Place. Piano. 972-422-7460. (M-2)

New Visions, New Voices. In its fifth year, this fe tival presents the best new work from stude playwrights. Consider it a sneak preview of theater’s future. Apr 22-26: 8 p.m., Wed-Sat 2 p.m.. Sat & Sun. Meadows School of the Arts. SMU. 214-768-2787. (L-6)

The Rover In this Restoration comedy, four witty women examine the mores of love, sex. and marriage. Willing to risk their virtu and reputations. they pursue their lovers using disguise, duels, and seduction that make fora rollicking good time. Apr 1-5; call for times. Greer Garson Theatre, SMU. 214-768-2787. (L-6)

Winter’s Tale. This lesser-known Shakespearean drama tells the story of an innocen queen and a jealous king, who, through plot twists and time, overcome guilt, grief, adultery, even death. 8 p.m., Apr 22-25 and Apr 28-May 2: matinee 2 p.m.. Apr 26. Margare Jonsson Theater, University of Dallas. 1845 E. Northgate Dr.. Irving. 972-721-5314. (J-6)



SPORTS

Lone Star Park. Post Time Pavilion airs simul cast races and has a sports bar and casual dining area. Grandstand features dining are; clubhouse. Jockey Club, bar, private suites, and outdoor apron seats. Paddock open to a Family Fun Park for the kids (track still visi ble). Live racing takes place in the summer and fall: simulcast races shown year-round. Post Time Pavilion: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Wed-Mon; Grandstand: 4:35-10 p.m.. Wed-Fri; 11:35 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat & Sun. 1000Lot Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, between S.H, 18 and 1-30. 972-263-RACE. (D-5)

Speed Zone. Go zero to 70 mph in three seconds while drag racing at the helm of a 300 horsepower Chevy smallblock. Choose your track: the slick trace, the turbo track, o the skill-testing formula one track. On Tuesdays, race for money. Open daily: 11 a.m.-midnight. Sun-Thu: 11 a.m.-2 a.m.. Fri & Sat. Children under 18 welcome until 9 p.m. I-35E and Walnut Hill Lane. 972-24″; 7223. (J-5)

Texas Motor Speedway. The area’s first NASCAR and Indy-car race facility. Road course in the infield and a 23-acre lake promise future stock-car and boating exhibi tions. Grandstand seats 120.000. Times will vary with races. Highway 114 and Interstate 35W. 817-215-8500, (B-2)

Dallas-Fort Worth 101:

FIVE MUST-SEE SITES

‧ Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Cultivated gardens, more than 200,000^flowers, and spectacular views of White Rock Lake and the downtown skyline. Open daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat &. Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263. (M-6)



Dallas World Aquarium. A privately owned. West End aquarium of exotic marine life with 12 saltwater tanks and one of the world’s largest South African black-footed penguin exhibits. It also happens to be a great place for lunch. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801. (L-7)

Fort Worth Stockyards. Once the second-largest cattle market in the world, this historic district preserves the days of real cowboys and the Wild West. Drink longnecks in saloons, eat barbecue, and see a bucking bull at the rodeo. N. Main Street and Exchange Avenue, Fort Worth. 817-624-4741. (B-8)

Kimbell Art Museum. Designed by Louis Kahn in 1970, this museum houses masterpieces both ancient and modem and often hosts the world’s top traveling exhibits. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Thu & Sat, noon-8 p.m.. Fri; noon-5 p.m.. Sun. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451. (B-9)



‧ Sixth Floor Museum. A 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 re-created corner sniper’s nest. Audio tours available. Open daily; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dallas County Administration Building. 411 Elm St. 214-653-6666. (K-7)

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