February Calendar

ATTRACTIONS

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors can enjoy cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 flowers, and spectacular views of While Rock Lake and downtown, as well as “A Woman’s Garden” and “The Crow Family Texas Wildlife Bronzes.” Open daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Fri; 10 a.m,-6 p.m.. Sal-Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263. (M-6)

Dallas Aquarium. Experience the peaceful tranquility of watching die underwater world, with 375 marine and freshwater species. For excitement, there are 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 World Aquarium. This West End. privately owned aquanum of exotic marine life has 12 saltwater tanks and Texas’ largest South African black-fooled penguin exhibit. 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)

Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, and the Reptile Discovery Center. Monkey around in the chimpanzee 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, where Sumatran tigers and Malayan bears play around a 40-foot waterfall. Don’t miss the zoo’s latest addition: the 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)

Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This outdoor museum, a complete turn-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, so a mosey through the streets offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans, 10 a.m.4p.m? Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m., Sun. 1717GanoSt. 214-421-5141. (L-8)

Southfork Ranch, “les. it’s true: Everybody in Dallas knows I.R., and here’s where (hey go to meet him. Visit the Ewing Mansion and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit TV series and its stars. There’s also a Westernwear store and the Front Porch Cafe. Open daily: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 3700 Hogge Rd., half-mile south of Parker Rd., in Parker. 972-442-7800. (N-1)

DANCE

Forward to the Past: The Forties. This Relrofest ’98 event features original works presented by members of TCU’s Department of Ballet and Modem Dance. Feb 27-Mar 1; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2 p.m., Sun. Ed Landreth Auditorium, corner of S. University Drive and Cantey Street. Fort Worth. 817-257-7615. (A-10)

Valontine Romance. The Fort Worth Dallas Ballet offers a night of romance with a program that includes a tribute to Glenn Miller and music by Stravinsky and Donizetti. 8 p.m., Feb 13 & 14. JFK Theater, Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. 817-763-0207. (B-9)

FAIRS & FIESTAS

5th Annual Dino Dash and 2nd Annual Discovery Fest. This family event benefits The Science Place Educational Programs and includes 5K and 10K races and IK fun run/walk, silent auction, dinosaur costume contest, and an exciting new Discovery Fest for kids and families. 8:30 a.m., .Ian 31. Grand Place in Fair Park, 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand Avenue. 214-428-5555. (L-8)

18th Annual Fort Worth Home and Garden Show. This spectacular show features various exhibits for home improvement, furnishings, fixtures, hardware, wall coverings, kitchen and bath, flowers and landscaping products, and much more. Feb 20-22; 2-9 p.m., Fri; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Sat; 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sun. Tarrant County Convention Center. I i 11 Houston St.. Fort Worth. 800-654-1480. (B-9)

FILM

IMAX Theater “Mission to Mir” is the unprecedented, giant-screen tour of Russia’s Space Station Mir. which gives viewers a unique look inside the weightless home in space. “Super Speedway,” narrated by Paul Newman, features Mario and Michael Andretti in a behind-the-scenes look at the science, art. and passion found in Indy car racing. Cat! for times. 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. 214-428-5555. (L-8)

KIDSTUFF

A Glory Over Everything. Dramatic adventures and rousing spirituals unite in this thrilling story of the heroic conductor of the Underground Railroad and the dangerous flights to freedom she navigated. Through Feb 15; call for times. The Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-978-0110. (K-7)

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Growing Up on the Prairie. This musical chronicles the childhood arid adventures of Ms. Wilder as she and her family travel across America in search of the perfect little house they can call home. 2 & 4:30 p.m., Feb 8. Piano Senior High School. 2200 Independence Rd., Plano. 972-596-8948. (L-2)

Snow White arret the Seven Dwarfs. A classic treat for all ages. A fair damsel is rescued by seven da>hing little men so that she may live on as the fairest in the land. Weekend performances through Feb 7; call for times. Creative Arts Theatre & School. 1100 W. Randol Mill Rd-Arlington. 817-861-CATS. (E-8)

Young King Arthur. A young boy grows up under the guidance of Merlin the magician and prepares to take his rightful place as heir to the British throne, Bui many adventures await for the young king as he becomes a legendary figure throughout the world. Feb 13-21: 7:30 p.m.. Fri; 2 p.m., Sat. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fori Worth. 817-332-5711. (B-8)

LITERARY. EVENTS

Carol Shields. Arts & Letters Live, the popular literary series, presents the Pulitzer Prizx-winning author of The Stone Diaries and Larry’s Party. 7:30 p.m., Feb 26. Hor-chow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (L-7)

Texas Bound: Revelations, Jewel Morgan’s Mrs. Bajon Says, read by Kathy Bates; O. Henry’s The Passing of Black Eagle. read by Raphael Parry; Curtis Dale Dawson’s Mayday at the North Ea:st Mali, read by Khary Paylon. 6:30 & 8:30 p.m., Feb 23. Horcbow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of An, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (L-7)

MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

African American Museum. With “Animals on the Run” (through Mar 22), Isaac Smith brings animals to life with his unique way of carving them as if they were actually moving. Noon-5 p.m., Tue-Fri; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat & Sun. Fair Park, Grand Avenue entrance. 214-565-9026. (L-8)

Amon Carter Museum. “Masterworks of the Photography Collection: Transforming Nature” (opens Feb 14) explores photographers’ fascination with how the natural world is transformed by humans into something new. “Masterworks of Photography Collection: Visions of Public America” (through Feb 8) presents a selection of exceptional photographs thai have contributed to the nation’s sense of community. “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. 10a.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.in.-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 St. 214-741-3040. (K-8)

Dallas Museum of Art. “Uncovered: Quilts from a Dallas Collection” (opens Feb 15) includes superb examples from the Depression Era and a spectacular quilt made from more than 64,000 pieces. “Jasper Johns: Process and Printmaking” (through Mar 29) examines the creative process of the master printmaker and contemporary artist. “Linda Ridgway: A Survey, The Poetics of Form” (through Apr . 5) showcases the Dallas-area sculptor’s bronze-cast grapes, leaves, and twigs. Also: “Searching for Ancient Egypt” {through Feb 1). 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tue, Wed & Fri; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,Thu; 11 a.m.-5p.m Sat & Sun. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922- 1200 or 214-922-1355. (K-7)

Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Falcons Back from the Brink…at 200 m.p.h.” (opens Feb 14) tells die story of the peregrine falcon, a species that was headed for extinction. Learn all about these speedy creatures: what they eat, how they catch their food, and more, The exhibit also tells of the remarkable steps thai were taken to investigate the cause of the worldwide decline of these fascinating falcons and then reverse that trend. Open daily: 10 a.m.-5 p.m, 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 2I4-421-D1NO. (L-8)

Dallas Visual Art Center. “Revelation” (through Feb 20) introduces artists of merit from cities throughout Texas whose work is experimental in terms of materials and techniques and unusual in form or presentation. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon, Wed-Fri; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Tue: noon-4 p.m., Sat. 2917 Swiss Ave. 214-821-2522. (K-7)

Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. This 289-aere nature reserve features a Raptor Rehabilitation Center, an Aquatics Lab on the Bullfrog Pond, wetlands, a Science Resource Center, and the EDS Technology Room. At 7:30 p.m. on Feb, 13, Women in Science Lecture Series features Rebecca Miller, meteorologist with KXAS-TV Channel 5. Reservations required. 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; I-4 p.m., Sun. 1 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)

Jesuit Dallas Museum. “Vision Quest: Men. Women, and Sacred Sites of the Sioux Nation” (through Feb 5) features Ciba-chrome portraits and landscapes by Don Doll. 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mon-Fri. Jesuit College Preparatory School. 12345 In wood Rd. 972-387-8700. (K-7)

Kimbell Art Museum. “Renoir’s Portraits: Impressions of an Age” (opens Feb 8) assembles 60 of the finest portraits by Pierre-Auguste Renoir in the first, full-scale reappraisal of his portraiture since his death. “Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art” (through Mar I) features 17th- and 18th-century Chinese ceramics noted for their technical perfection and artistic inspiration. 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)

Kittrell/riffkind Art Glass. “Fifth Annual Scent Bottle Show” (through Feb 28) features special perfume, bottles, those delicate treasures, that were designed by more than 60 contemporary glass artists. Opening reception 5:30-8:30 p.m.. Feb 6. 10 a,m.-6 p.m., Mon-Wed, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-9p.m..Thu. 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 820. 972-239-7957. (K-4)

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Richard Diebenkorn” (opens Feb 8) is the most; comprehensive survey to date of this important American artist’s work. The exhibition showcases works from hi?.early career as well as from his subsequent figurative period, including the celebrated “Ocean Park” series. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,Tue-Fri; 11 a.m.-5p.m.,-Sat;noon-Span,, Sim. 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. 817-738-9215. (A-9)

The Science Place, A hands-on children’s dis-covery center that’s Tun for parents, too, especially because the museum helps answer all of those “Why?” questions kids seem interminably to come up with. Also home to the 1 MAXR Theater and its 79 foot dome screen. Open daily. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. 1318 Second Ave.. Fair Park. 214-428-5555.(L-8)

Sixth Root Museum. This thorough, intelligent, and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository explores the; life and death of President John R. Kennedy. Particularly haunting is (he recreated comer 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)

MUSIC

Bethphage’s Valentine Auction. Dance the night away for a good cause. A fun-filled evening of fine dining, dancing, and a live and silent auction to benefit Bethphage , a. nonprofit organization dedicated to providing service for the developmentally disabled- 6 p.m.. Feb 11. Dallas Marriott Quorum,14901 Dallas Pkwy. 972-866-9989. (K-5)

Gather County. Ed Dixon’s musical takes five of Willa Cather’s short stories and weaves them into a seamless,. funny, and. heartbreaking tapestry of turn-of-the-century love stories. Feb 6-21 ; 8 p.m.. Thu-Sat; 2:30 p.m.. Sun & closing Sat. Lyric Stage, Dupree Theater, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd.. Jiving. 972-252-ARTS. (H-6)

Cleo laine and John Dankworth. Highly acclaimed British artist and Grammy Award winner Cleo Laine will be joined by her husband, jazz artist John Dankworth, for a special Valentine’s tribute, “Forever Ella,” to their longtime friend and-col-league. Ella Fitzgerald. Presented by the Texas International Theatrical Arts Society. Feb 13; call for times. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU, 214-528-5576. (L-6)

Cliburn Gold. Featuring Brazilian pianist Jose Feghali, who has emerged as a major presence on the world concert stage since winning the Gold Medal ai fin?- Seventh Vim Clibum International Piano Competition. 7:30 p.m., Feb 8. Zale Auditorium, Jewish Community Center, 7900 Norlhaven Rd. 214-739-2737. (K-5)

The Complete Brandenburg Concerti of J.S. Bach. Performed by the Dallas Bach Orchestra and guest soloists, Bach’s back by popular demand in the only Dallas-Fort Worth area concert of his best-loved instrumental music. 7 p.m., Feb 22. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-871-2787. (L-7)

Fabio Zanon. Presented by the Dallas Classic Guitar Society and the third in the DMA concert series, which showcases emerging concert artists in an intimate setting. The Brazilian guitarist’s repertoire includes all the most important solo and chamber pieces. 3 p.m., Feb 7. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-528-3733. (L-7)

Fine Arts Chamber Players. “The Drama of Music” shows the influence of words on musical expression through classical compositions by Stravinsky, Milhaud, and Bach. 3 p.m., Feb 28. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-520-2219. (L-7)

Garland Symphony Orchestra, Conductor Alfonso Saura and flutist Melissa Ringel team up to bring you this evening of Vivaldi, Kodaly, and Beethoven. 8 p.m., Feb 27. Garland Performing Arts Center, Fifth and Austin streets, Garland. 214-553-1223. (N-3)

Golden Moments: A Valentine’s Day Romantic Interlude. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra presents an evening of Brahms and Berlioz. 8 p.m., Feb 14. Performance Auditorium, Richardson High School, 1250 W. Beltline Rd. 972-234-4195. (L-4)

Irving Symphony Orchestra, Russian pianist Irina Morozova captivates with her performance of the “Concerto of Concertos,” Brahms 2nd piano concerto. 8 p.m., Feb 21. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-252-ARTS. (H-6)

Orpheus Chamber Singers. Celebrate the English choral tradition with “Crown Jewels,” a beautiful and varied program which includes a coronation anthem and works from the wedding and funeral of Princess Diana, with accompaniments of harp and organ. 8 p.m., Feb 8. Church of the Incarnation, 3966 McKinney Ave. 214-871-ARTS. (K-7)

Rent. This Tony award-winning musical celebrates a community of artists as they struggle with the soaring hopes and tough realities of today’s world. Feb 4-Mar I ; call for times. The Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm St. 214-373-3800. (K-8)

Turandot. One of the grandest operas ever, performed in Italian and set against the background of ancient Peking. A young man strives to win the hand of the beautiful but harsh Princess Turandot, who swore at one time no man was worthy of her. Jan 30, Feb 1, 4 & 7; call for times. Music Hall at Fair Park. 214-443-1000. (L-8)

Valentine’s Day with Holly Near. Join members of the Turtle Creek Chorale and the Women’s Chorus of Dallas as they present Near and her accompanist John Buccino for an evening that will leave you in the mood for love. 8 p.m.. Feb 14. Medallion Hotel, 4099 Valley View Ln. 972-494-TIXS. (J-4)

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). 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.(B-5)

THEATER

Balm in Gilead. An emotional exploration of the socially disenfranchised. Lanford Wilson’s drama reveals the beauty behind the scarred lives of these characters teetering on the edge. Feb 11-15; 8 p.m., Wed-Fri; 2 & 8 p.m., Sat; 2 p.m.. Sun. Margo Jones Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. SMU. 214-768-2787. (L-6)

Buried Child. Sam Shepherd’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thriller is a corrosive vision of the American family in decline. This powerful and brilliant play probes deep into the disintegration of the American Dream. 8 p.m.. Feb 12-14 & 19-21; 2:15 p.m., Feb 15, 21 &22; 10 a.m., Feb 18. John Anthony Theatre, Collin County Community College, 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. 972-881-5809. (M-l)

Chapter Two. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play is a romantic comedy complete with the laughter and the heartaches of love. Through Feb 14; call for times. Water Tower Theatre, Addison Conference and Theater Center, 15650 Addison Rd. 972-450-6220. (K-3)

Les Ballet Trockadero de Monte Carlo. The Texas International Theatrical Arts Society presents this all-male troupe of ballet enthusiasts, who perform a “playful, entertaining view of classical ballet in parody form.” And they dance well, too-creating a fine line between high art and high camp. 8 p.m., Feb 20 & 21. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU. 214-528-5576. (L-6)

Quidam. The internationally acclaimed French-Canadian theatrical circus Cirque du Soleil makes its Dallas debut. Opens Feb 11 call for times. Fair Park, next to the Coliseum. 800-678-5440. (L-8)

Romeo and Juliet. This unique adaptation is set against the backdrop of the Cold War in the 1940s, with American students as the Montagues and Russian exchange students as the Capulets, each in their own language. Feb 25-Mar 1. 8 p.m., Wed-Sat; 2 p.m., Sat & Sun. Hays Theater, Walsh Performing Arts Center, TCU, 2800 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-921-7625. (A-10)

The Trip to Bountiful. Pulitzer Prize winner Horton Foote’s poignant story of an aging Texas widow who dreams of regaining strength and dignity when she returns to her old home town of Bountiful. Through Feb 14; 7:30 p.m., Thu; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat, 2 p.m.. Sun; Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-7661. (E-9)

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