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ATTRACTIONS

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

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

Dallas World Aquarium. This West End. privately owned aquarium of exotic marine life has 12 saltwater tanks and Texas’ largest South African black-footed 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.: 621 E. Clarendon Dr. (Ewing exit off 1-35 E). 214-670-5656. (K-9)

Fort Worth Botanic Harden. 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. Zoobilee of Lights (through Jan 3) features a winter wonderland of spectacular lights from 6-8 p.m. each night. 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.-4 p.m.. Tue-Sat; noon-4p.m., Sun: 1717 Gano St. 214-421-5141. (L-8)

Southfork Ranch. Yes, it’s true: Everybody in Dallas knows J.R.. and here’s where they 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

A Dallas Dance Gathering. Celebrating 10 years of performances, this ground-breaking dance event for freelance dancers and choreographers attracts participants with diverse talents in ballet, contemporary dance, jazz, and ethnic dance forms. 8 p.m., Jan 15-17; Dance Studio Theater, Booker T. Washington High School. 2501 Flora St. 214-720-7313. (K-7)

CD/FW Dance Exchange: A Company Showcase. This winter showcase presents works by current and former Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth dancers. Jan 29-31; 7:30 p.m.. Thu; 8 p.m.. Fri & Sat: Orchestra Hail. 4401 Trail Lake Dr. (entrance on Granbury Road). Fort Worth. 214-871-ARTS. (A-10)

FAIRS & FIESTAS

Annual Barn to Yarn. Informational festival that showcases sheep, llamas, rabbits, camels, silkworms, and even long-haired dogs; their fibers are sold for spinning, weaving, and other handwork. Demonstrations explain the path their fibers travel from barnyard to finished product. 10:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Jan 31; 119 S. Tennessee St.. McKinney. 972-542-2805. (M-l )

Arlington SWAP Meet and Sale. Motorcycle enthusiasts can enjoy more than 100 exhibitors and a show with an awards ceremony. Jan 4; call for times. Arlington Convention Center. 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-459-5000.
5th Annual Dino Dash and 2nd Annual Discovery Fast This family event benefits The Science Place Educational Programs and includes 5K and I0K 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.. Jan 31. Grand Place in Fair Park. 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand Avenue. 214-428-5555. (L-8)

Star Telegram Bridal Fest. More than 100 booths, a fashion show, free seminars, door prizes, and trip giveaways. Jan 11 ; call for times. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Arlington. 817-459-5000. (F-8)

FILM

14th Annual KidFilm Festival. The oldest and largest children’s film festival in the United Stales, KidFilm will feature the best contemporary and classic children’s films from around the world. Jan 17-18; call for times. 2917 Swiss Ave. 214-821-6300. (K-6)

The IMAX Nutcracker. Come experience the world’s most famous fairy tale on the big screen at the IMAXR Theater (through Jan 3). This non-balletic adaptation is set in present-day London and is brought to life by 150 costumed actors, elaborate sets, and of course. Tchaikovsky’s spectacular music. Daily showtimes: 2:15, 6 & 7 p.m.: also 8 p.m., Sun-Thu; The Science Place, 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. Jan 23-Feb 15; call for times. The Crescent Theater. 2215 Cedar Springs Rd. 214-978-0110. (K-7) Cinderella. Every little girl dreams of becoming a princess; let them live out the fantasy through the classic tale of a young girl, a fairy godmother, and a crew of mice. 2 & 4:30 p.m., Jan II: Piano Senior High School, 2200 Independence Rd.. Piano. 972-596-8948. (M-2)

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. A classic treat for all ages. A fair damsel is rescued by seven dashing little men so that she may live on as the fairest in the land. Weekend performances, Jan 30-Feb 7: call for times. Creative Arts Theatre & School, 1100 W. Randol Mill Rd.. Arlington. 817-861-CATS. (E-8)

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. “A Passion for Birds” (through Jan 18) showcases the work of the great nature photographer Eliot Porter. “Masterworks of Photography Collection: Visions of Public America” (through Feb 7) presents a selection of exceptional photographs that have contributed to the nation’s sense of community. “Imagining the Open Range” (opens Jan 24) 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 St. 214-741-3040. (K-8)

Dallas Museum of Art “Jasper Johns: Process and Printmaking” (opens Jan 25) examines the creative process of the master print-maker and contemporary artist. “Linda Ridgway: A Survey, The Poetics of Form” (opens Jan 11) is the first large-scale presentation of Dallas-area sculptor Ridgway. Bronze cast grapes, leaves, and twigs comprise her fragile sculpture. “Searching for Ancient Egypt” (through Feb 1 ) focuses on the civilization that has attracted many for hundreds of years. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tue, Wed & Fri; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.,Thu; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sal & Sun; 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355. (K-7)

Dallas Museum of Natural History. Learn everything you ever wanted to know (or didn’t want to know) about snakes in the exhibit “Fangs,” which features more than 100 live snakes. Through Jan 4. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 3535 Grand Ave.. Fair Park. 214-421-DINO. (L-8)

Edith Baker Gallery. “Celebration,” the holiday invitational exhibition, celebrates the gallery’s 20th anniversary (through Jan 31). In keeping with the theme, artists were asked to create works that embody the spirit of “celebration.” and some proceeds will go to the Emergency Artists Support League, an organization that helps visual artists in temporary distress. 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Sat; 2402 Cedar Springs Rd. at Maple Avenue. 214-855-5101. (K-7)

Florence Art Gallery. Still lifes by Colorado artist Douglas Arneson will be on display with original oils by Henrietta Milan, Claudio Simonetti. and Simbari, bronze sculptures by Harry Marinsky, and new serigraphs by other artists. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri; 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Sat: and by appointment. 2500 Cedar Springs Rd. at Fairmont Street. 214-754-7070. (K-7)

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. It’s your last chance to see “A Slave Ship Speaks: The Wreck of the Henrietta Marie,” an interactive exhibition of artifacts, replicas, and reproductions chronicling life on a 18th-century transport ship. Through Jan 4. 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 & 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; 1 mi. east of SH 5, on FM 1378, McKinney. 972-562-5566. (M-l)

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. “Qing Porcelain from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art” (through Mar 1) features 17th- and 18th-century Chinese ceramics noted for their technical perfection and artistic inspiration. “Treasures of the Tervuren Museum” (through Jan 25) features 125 masterpieces from the Royal Museum of Central Africa in Belgium, shown outside of Brussels lor the first lime. Also, “Impressionist and Modern Masterpieces: The Rudolf Staechelin Family Foundation Collection of Basel, Switzerland” (through Jan 11). 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)

Meadows Museum. “Content Drives Form: Recent Work of Bill Komodore” (through Jan 11 ) features paintings and drawings on mythic and literary themes by Komodore. a distinguished member of the studio art faculty in the Meadows School of the Arts. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu: closed Wed. On the SMU campus. 214-768-2516. (L-6)

Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. “Keith Carter: Twenty-Five Years” (through Jan 17) follows the development of the Beaumont native’s work and includes new photographs. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tue-Sat; 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852. (L-7)

The Science Place. A hands-on children’s discovery center that’s fun for parents, too, especially because the museum helps

answer all of those “Why?” questions kids seem to interminably come up with. Also home to the 1MAXR 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 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 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

Chamber Music International Performing compositions by Beethoven, Brahms, and von Dohnyani. 8 p.m., Jan 10; Caruth Auditorium. SMU. 972-385-7267. (L-6)

The Chenille Sisters. The delightful trio light up the stage accompanied by the Irving Symphony Orchestra. 8 p.m.. Jan 17; Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-252-ARTS. (H-6)

Doc Severinsen and The Tonight Show Band. Johnny Carson’s legendary late-night show may be over, but the band plays on! Jan 2-4; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2:30 p.m., Sun. Morion H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 214-692-0203. (L-7)

Elton John. Come experience the music of one of the world’s most talented singer songwriters. Jan 28; call for times. Reunion Arena. 777 Sports St. 214-373-8000. (L-7)

The Fine Arts Chamber Players. Featuring a program of Spanish and Mexican music for voice, guitar, strings, and piano with local Hispanic soprano Lucy Tamez Creech. Admission free. 3 p.m., Jan 24; Horchow Auditorium. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-520-2219. (K-8)

The Flying Dutchman. The Fort Worth Opera presents Wagner’s tale of the beautiful Senta, who proclaims her love for a legendary captain. Will she shape up, or will he ship out? In German with English supertitles. 7:30 p.m., Jan 9; 2 p.m., Jan 11 ; JFK Theatre, Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St.. Fort Worth. 817-731-0200. (B-8)

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Performing selections from Strauss. Beethoven, and Buxtehude under the direction of conductor Enrique Arturo Dicmecke, 8 p.m., Jan 24; 2 p.m., Jan 25; Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. 817-926-8831.(B-9)

Itzhak Perlman. A perennial favorite with Dallas audiences, the Israeli virtuoso returns in a violin recital with Samuel Sanders on piano. 8 pm., Jan 11; Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 214-692-0203. (L-7)

Jazz Up Your Hew Year’s Eve. Best known for the theme from “General Hospital,” jazz saxophonist Dave Kcz headlines this night of drinks, dinner, and a deluxe hotel stay. 8 p.m.. Dec 31 ; The Grand Ballroom. The Worthington Hotel, 200 Main St., Fort Worth. 817-429-4000. (B-9)

Jeffrey Biegel. Pianist Biegel is instrumental in reviving the “Golden Age” of the piano. With the Piano Chamber Orchestra, his hands will tickle the ivories while performing “The Suite from El Amor Brujo” by DeFall a and’ Haydn’s “Symphony No. 88.” 8:15 p.m.,” Jan 24; Fellowship Bible Church. 850 Lexington Dr., Piano. 972-473-7262, (L-l)

Katya Kabanova. The lyrical tale of a search for love between s woman caught in an unhappy marriage and man with an abusive uncle. Performed by The Dallas Opera and based on Ostrovsky’s “The Storm.” Jan 9, 11. 14 & 17; call for times. Music Hall at Fair Park, 214-443-1000. (L-8)

Michael Martin Murphey. The “greatest singing cowboy since Gene Autry” vocalizes a musical trip through the American West. Part of the Fort Won h Symphony Pops Superstar Pops se:ies. Jan 16, 17 & 18; call for times. Tarrant County Convention Center, 1111 Houston St.. Fort Worth. 817-926-8831.(B-9)

Mitchell Weverka. The Dallas Classic Guitar Society present the Fort Worth native in a program focusing on the works of 20th-century composers. 3 p.m., Jan 10; Hor-chow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-520-2219. (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 trie hand of the beautiful but harsh Princes; 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)

SPORTS

Legends of the GameBaseball 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.. Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m. Sun; The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. Arlington. 817-273-5098. (B-5)

Lone Star Park. Post Time Pavilion airs simulcast races 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 all. Family Fun Park for the kids (track still visible). Live racing is in the summer and fall; simulcast races are year-round. Post Time Pavilion: 10:30 a.m.-l1 p.m., Wed-Mon; Grandstand: 4:35-10 p.m., Wed-Fri; 11:35 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat & Sun; 1000 Lone Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, between S.H. 183 and 1-30. 972-263-RACE. (D-5)

Saturday Nature Hikes at River Legacy Parks. Guided nature hikes focus on local plants and wildlife. 10 a.m. every Sat. River Legacy Living Science Center. 703 NW Greenoaks Blvd.. Arlington. 817-860-6752. (D-10)

THEATER

An Ideal Husband. A mysterious woman adds intrigue to the life of a rising politician with a seemingly squeaky-clean reputation. The tale is set in Victorian England, but the story is timeless. Jan 20-Feb 8; call for times. Kalita Humphreys Theater. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 972-263-1709. (K-7)

Breakfast with the Mitt le mans. Steve Mittleman and Wendy Kamenoff will engage you in their riotous antics, as seen on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.” 7:30 p.m.. Jan 18: Greer Garson Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts. SMU. 214-739-2737. (L~6)

Chapter Two. Neil Simon’s semi-autobiographical play is a romantic comedy complete with the laughter and the heartaches of love. Jan 29-Feb 14; call for limes. Water Tower Theatre, Addison Conference and Theater Center, 15650 Addison Rd. 972-450-6220. (K-3)

The Misanthrope, Vloliere’s classic comedy, reinterpreted by Neil Bartlett, features the title character’s efforts to secure a pledge of true love in the current glossy climate of Hollywood agents, actors, and screenwriters. Jan 16-Feb 7; 7:30 p.m., Thu & Sun; 8 p.m., Fri; 3 & 8 p.m., Sat; Stage West Theatre. 3053-55 S. University Dr.. Fort Worth. 817-784-9378. (A-10)

The Seagull, Chekov’s classic tale delves into the connections between art and love, Irony, humor, and anti-romanticism are the elements driving this complex piece. Jan 21-25; call for times. Bob Hope Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. 214-768-2787. (L-6)

Through the Eyes of a Friend. Anne Frank comes to life through the eyes of her fictitious friend Sarah in an ingenious mix of theatre and video. The Holocaust and the repercussions of stereotyping are confronted in this moving drama. 7:30 p.m.. Jan 26; Jewish Community Center of Dallas, 7900 Northaven Rd. 214-739-2737. (K-5)

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. Jan 15

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