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ATTRACTIONS

Dallas Aquarium. Experience [he peaceful 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 Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, and the Reptile Discovery Center. 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. Do not 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)



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-HLM. (H-5)



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. Moseying through the streets takes you back to the early days of North Texas. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tue-Sat; noon-4p.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. 37(H) Hogge Rd., half-mile south of Parker Rd., in Parker. 972-442-7800. (N-1 )



DANCE



RetroDanceFest A Decade of Dance 1940-1950. Five Fort Worth dance companies perform their works from Tandy RetroFest ’98. 8 p.m., Mar 7. Ed Landreth Auditorium, TCU, Fort Worth. 214-871-ARTS. (A-10)



Sleeping Beauty. Awake from your long winter’s nap to see the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet’s performance of Sleeping Beauty, Act ///, which includes the famous “Bluebird Pas de Deux” scene. Mar 20-22; 8 p.m.. Fri & Sat; 2 p.m.. Sun. Music Hall at Fair Park. 972-647-5700. (L-8)

Spring Loaded. A lively mixture of new works by exciting choreographers and masterpieces of repertory by guest artists. Mar 25-29; 8 p.m., Wed-Sat; 2 p.m., Sat & Sun. Bob Hope Theatre. Meadows School of the Arts, SMU, 214-768-2787. (L-6)



FAIRS & FIESTAS

16th Annual North Texas Irish Festival. This year’s theme: “The Spirit of Ulster-From Celts to Cowboys.” Activities include an artifacts exhibit from Irish cowboys, the Urchin Street Faire, and Gaelic singing and storytelling. Mar 7-8; 11 a.m.-l1 p.m., Sal.; noon-9:30 p.m.. Sun. Fair Park. 214-821 -4174.(L-8)



KIDSTUFF

Heidi. The beloved children’s classic, set in the Swiss Alps, tells the story of a young orphan and her crotchety grandfather. whose heart is quickly softened as he is charmed by the sweet girl. Mar 6-14; 7:30 p.m., Fri; 2 p.m., Sat. Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Fort Worth. 817-332-5711. ( A-9)



LITERARY EVENTS

Literary Cafe at Club Dada. Journalists’ “moonlight” fiction with Shermakaye Bass, Sophia Dembling, Adam McGill, Rosalind Story, and Doug Swanson. Presented by Arts & Letters Live. 8:30 p.m., Mar 18. 2720 Elm St., 214-922-1219. (L-7)



Oscar Hijuelos. Arts & Letters Live presents the creator of the international bestseller The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Lave. 7:30 p.m.. Mar 13. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, I717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (K-7)

Texas Bound: Adults Only. Robert Flynn’s Truth and Beauty, read by G.W. Bailey; Katherine Anne Porter’s Magic, read by Ramona Austin; Dagoberto Gilb’s Maria de Covina, read by Octavio Solis. Arts & Letters Live. 6:30 & 8:30 p.m.. Mar 23. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (K-7)



Texas Bound from Broadway. The seventh annual appearance of Selected Shorts from New York’s Symphony Space theater: Ann Beattie’s Janus, read by Fionnula Flanagan; Rebecca Lee’s The Banks of the Vistula, read by Lisa Fugard; James Thur-ber’s The Catbird’s Seat, read by Isaiah Sheffer. Presented by Arts & Letters Live. 6:30 & 8:30 p.m., Mar 9. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219. (K-7)



MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

African American Museum. “Animals on the Run” (through Mar 22) features Isaac Smith’s unique talent for bringing animals to life by 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” (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)



Dallas Museum of Art. “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) features the Dallas-area sculptor’s bronze-cast grapes, leaves, and twigs. 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 its own survival. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-DINO. (L-8)



Edith Baker Gallery. “Reminiscences” through March 14. New work by Hyun Ju Chung and Laurie Kaplowitz. 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. “Right :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)



Ivanffy & Uhler Gallery. Contemporary and 20th-century European paintings, drawings, and sculpture. 10a.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: lm-pressions of an Age” (through Apr 26) assembles 60 of the finest portraits by Renoir in the first full-scale reappraisal of his portraiture since his death. 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)



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)



Meadows Museum. “The Sleep of Reason: Francisco Goya’s Los Caprichos” (through Mar 29). Eighty etchings with aquatint were the first major print series created by the legendary Spanish painter and print-maker. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.. Sun. 214-768-2516. SMU campus. (L-6)



Modem Art Museum of Fort Worth. “Richard Diebenkorn” (through Apr 12) showcases works from his 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.-5 p.m.. Sat; noon-5 p.m., Sun. 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215. (A-9)



MUSIC

Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill. The music of Kurt Weill (The Threepenny Opera), from “Mack the Knife” to “September Song.” Through Mar 14. 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. Metro 817-STG-WEST. (A-10)



Christopher Ullman, The Performing Whistler. Ullman, an international whistling champion whose day job is public affairs director for the Securities and Exchange Commission, will blow away audiences with rare selections of Tchaikovsky and Bernstein. 8 p.m.. Mar 27. Garland Symphony Orchestra, 5th and Austin, Garland. 214-553-1223 (N-3); 8 p.m.. Mar 28. Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-580-1566. (H-6)



Music for the Soul. Vladimir Viardo, Van Cliburn gold medalist and UNT artist-in-residence, performs selections from Beethoven, Debussy, and Ginastera. 7 p.m., Mar 3. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-670-3600. (L-7)

SPORTS

Kaiser Permanente Uptown Run. Help benefit the Texas Special Olympics by participating in one of the day’s five events: the 5 mile run, the 5K run, the trolley walk, the Kids K, or the Special Olympic Run. March 21; call for times and location. 214-821 -0909.



Lone Star Park. Post Time Pavilion airs simulcast races and has 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 takes place in the summer and fall; simulcast races shown year-round. Post Time Pavilion: I0:30a.m.-ll 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)



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, or 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. Walnut Hill Lane and 1-35. 972-247-7223. (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 exhibitions. Grandstand seats 120,000. Times will vary with races. Highway 114 and Interstate 35W. 817-215-8500. (B-2)



THEATER

Long Day’s Journey Into Night. Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece covers one day in the life of the Tyrone family in 1912, as age-old grievances are unveiled and the bonds of family are tested. Through March 22; call for times. Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 972-2631709. (K-7)



Psychopathia Sexualis. From the author of Moonstruck comes a comedy about a man who discovers that his father’s argyle socks are his most powerful aphrodisiac. Previews Mar 18 & 19; opens Mar 20; call for times. Theatre Too. in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. 214-871-3300. (K-7)



Quidam. The internationally acclaimed French-Canadian theatrical circus Cirque du Soleil makes its Dallas debut. Through Mar 31; call for times. Fair Park, next to the Coliseum. 800-678-5440. (L-8)



Skylight. David Hare’s award-winning tale of a the reunion of a man and woman once joined by a passion that nearly destroyed four lives. Mar 27-Apr 18. 7:30 p.m., Thu & Sun; 3 p.m., Fri; 3 & 8 p.m.. Sat. Stage West Theatre, 3053-55 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-STG-WEST. (A-10)

DALLAS-FORT WORTH 101: Five Must-See City Sites



Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 Rowers, 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; 10a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801. (L-7)



Fort Worth Stockyards.

Once the second-largest cat-lie 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 modern 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)