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.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Explore the world of trees at the “Kid’s Nature Club” (opens May I ) and the “Ultimate Summer at the Arboretum Storybook Playhouses” (Opens May 16). Open daily; IOa.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
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.-? p.m. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801.
Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walkthrough aviaries, the Reptile Discovery Center, and the Exxon Endangered Tiger Exhibit. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 650 R.L. Thornton Fwy. (Marsalis exit). 214-670-5656.
Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The 110-acre. tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden, conservatory. Japanese gardens, anil 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.
Fort Worth Zoo. In one of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, more than 4.0(H) animals can be seen in exhibits like Flamingo Bay. Raptor Canyon, and Asian Falls. Creep around the Incredibugs exhibit (through May 26), which features giant robotic insects, arachnids. and 1,000 live native butterflies. 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.
Movie Studios at Las Colinas. Scenes from RoboCop, Leap of Failli, 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; 10a.m.-4 p.m. 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd., Las Colinas. 972-869-FILM
Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This 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-4 p.m., Sun. 1717 Gano St. 2I4-421-5141.
FAIRS & FIESTAS
Champions for Children. A carnival atmosphere with strolling magicians, a petting zoo, and more. The fun benefits Equest, which provides therapeutic horseback riding for disabled children. 4 p.m., May 3. Goar Park. Turtle Creek Boulevard and Vassar Street. 214-361-7016.
Cinco de Mayo at Fair Park. Celebrate Mexico’s historic struggle to gain independence from France. This Hispanic festival features a new car show and a job fair for adulte, along with puppet shows and pinatas for kids. 9 a.m., May 2; 10 a.m., May 3. Fair Park, 3900 Grand Ave. 214-750-0670.
Mayfair Art Festival, Help celebrate McKinney’s 18th Annual Art Festival and the town’s 150th birthday, and enjoy attractions such as tine art. a parade, puppet shows, a barbershop quartet, vintage automobiles, and more. 10 a.m., May 1ft; noon. May 17. Downtown McKinney, Louisiana Street exit off 1-75. 972-562-6880.
David Diaz. The award-winning children’s book iliustrator gives a presentation on how to illustrate children’s books in a program for adults and kids ages 7 and up. Presented by Arts & Letters Live. 1 p.m.. May 10. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219.
David Marquis. Aspiring fiction and prose writers ages 13-18 take note. Attend the young adult workshop, presented by Arts & Letters Live, and get answers to literary questions as well as tips on improving your writing. 11 a.m., May 2. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219.
Larry L King. As part of the statewide ’Salute to Texas Writers Month.” Arts & Letters Live presents Best Little Whorehouse in Texas author and playwright King reading from his Collected Letters and True Facts, Tall Tales, and Pure Fiction, assisted by actor G.W. Bailey. 7:30 p.m., May 7. Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1219.
Texas Bound In Fort Worth. Arts & Letters Live presents actor Barry Corbin as he reads from “Good Rockin’ Tonight” by William Hauptman. Other actors and stories to be announced. 7:30 p.m., May 18. Scott Theater, 3505 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 214-922-1219.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Amon Garter 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.
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.
Dallas Museum of Art “Monet: A Turning Point.” 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 constraints (through May 17). Also see “’Himalayan Art from the John McKesson Collection.” featuring 14 examples of the religious an of Tantric Buddhism from Nepal and Tibet representing major types of ritual sculptures assembled by a noted New York collector (through Sep 13). 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.
Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Falcons: Back from the Brink…at 200 mph” (through May 24) continues with a special exhibit of live falcons and other birds of prey on May 9. Visit prehistoric predators at the “Dinosaurs” exhibit (through May 31} and bring your pebbles and stones to the “4th Annual Pet Rock Show and Circus” (May 16). Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-DINO.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “Flight: Where Adventure Takes Off!” A premier exhibit of aircraft, simulators, video displays, and interactive gadgets (through Sep 7). Climb the peaks and cross treacherous chasms with expert mountaineers on expedition in the Omni Theater’s film “Everest” (through Oct). 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.
Kimbell Art Museum. “Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians. Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria” (opens May 3). Two hundred masterpieces of gold and silver metalwork from ancient Thrace. “The Art of Ornaments: The Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall” (through May 31) presents studies done by artists for the design of the hall. Preparatory sketches, drawings, 3-D models, and other planning pieces are on display. “King of the World: A Mughal Manuscript from the Royal Library. Windsor Castle” (opens May 31 ) showcases items from Queen Elizabeth IPs collection, including the Padshahnama (Chronicle of the King of the World), which was written for the emperor of India who built the Taj Majal. 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.
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass. “Hoi Glass, Texas Style” features demonstrations by more than 15 Texas artists. The demonstrations include glassblowing, flame working, kiln casting, fusing, and bead-making. 10 a.m., May 2 & 3. Participating artists’ work is on display through May 16. 10a.m.-6p.m., Mon-Sat; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu. 5100 Belt Line Rd., Ste. 820. 972-239-7957.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary. “Dallas?… Caracas?” (through May 31) by internationally known artist Jaime Planes signifies the artist’s first U.S. show. This unique exhibition deals with the variety of people that make up a community through cooking and the different foods that sustain life. 11 a.m.-10p.m.,Wed-Sat; 1-5 p.m., Sun. 3120 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100.214-953-1212.
Meadows Museum. “Mexico Through Two Lenses: Photographs by Manual Alvarez Bravo and Geoff Winningham” (through May 31 ). Photographers Bravo and Winning-ham display their images of some of Mexico’s ceremonies, rituals, people, and places. 10a.m.-5 p.m., Mon, Tue. Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu; 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sun. SMU campus. 214-768-2516.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle. An exhibit of abstract works from a pair of artists with a life-long professional friendship (through Aug 2). IOa.m.-5 p.m.,Tue-Fri; II a.m.-5 p.m., Sat; noon-5 p.m., Sun. 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. “Images of New York” (through June 20) features photographs by John Albok, Helen Levitt, and Walter Rosenbluin, who documented New York City from the 1930s to the 1950s. 11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Tue-Sat. 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852
The Science Place. A hands-on children’s discovery center that’s fun for parents, too. ’Thrill Ride” (through Sept. 26) at the IMAXR Theater takes viewers on highspeed roller coaster rides and other virtual plunges. Also: “Seeing the Unseen” (through July 26) is the photography exhibit of Dr. Harold Edgerton, artist and physics guru, whose famous images include a balloon half-popped and a high-speed bullet piercing an apple. Open daily; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fair Park, 1318 Second Ave. 214-428-5555.
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 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.
Amy Grant. See the Christian/pop artist as she performs hits from her new album. Behind the Eyes. 8 p.m., May 16. Bronco Bowl Arena, 2600 Fort Worth Ave. 214-373-8000; 8 p.m., May 18. Fort Worth Convention Center Theater, 1111 Houston St., Fort Worth. 214-373-8000.
Katia Skanavi. Soviet pianist Skanavi makes her first area appearance since her sensational performance last June as a Van Cliburn finalist. 8 p.m., May I. Garland Performing Arts Center. 5th and Austin streets, Garland. 214-553-1223; 8 p.m., May 2. Irving Arts Center. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-580-1566.
The Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. Four classical guitarists perform music from a variety of backgrounds (composing, jazz, flamenco, and Celtic) blended together chamber-style. Presented by the Fort Worth Classic Guitar Society, 8 p.m., May 9. Ed Landrelh Auditorium. TCU, 2800 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-329-4430.
Texas Big Band Festival. Local college students will play with “Peanuts” Hucko and internationally known members of America’s Swingband. 7:30 p.m., Jun 20. Bronco Bowl Arena. 26(H) Fort Worth Ave., Fort Worth. 214-754-6040.
Tony. The Turtle Creek Chorale salutes 25 musicals that have been awarded the Tony for “Best Musical.” Performances include selections from “The King and I.” “Hello Dolly,” “A Chorus Line.” and more. 8 p.m., May 31. Morion H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-526-3214.
Cinderella. This interpretation of the rags-to-riches classic premiered in Moscow in 1945. May 1-3; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2 p.m., Sun. Music Hall at Fair Park. 909 First Ave. 214-373-8000.
Funny Hooey. This Ray Cooney comedy takes off when a CPA finds that his briefcase is not his at all, and it is filled with money. Through May 16. 7:30 p.m.,Thu; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2 p.m., Sun, May 3. Theater Arlington. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-7661.
The Goodbye Girl. A musical comedy about an unemployed dancer who is forced to share her apartment with an opinionated actor after her boyfriend walks out. May 14-June 7;8:l5p.m.,Thu-Sat;2:l5p.m.,Sun. ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th PI., Piano. 972-422-7460.
Old Wicked Songs. See the drama with music that was nominated for a 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This story follows a young piano prodigy who goes to a piano teacher in Vienna to get over an artistic block. May 7-June 14; 8:15 p.m., Thu-Sat; 2:30 p.m., Sun. Theatre Three, in the Quadrangle. 2800 Routh St. 214-871-3300.
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. True love prevails over treachery and deception as Snow White escapes the villainy of the wicked witch with help from seven friends. May 1, 2, 8 & 9; 7:30 p.m., Fri; 2 p.m., Sat. Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
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). 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.
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 track, the turbo track, or [he skill-testing formula one track. Open daily; 11 a.m.-midnight. Sun-Thu; 11 a.m.-2 a.m., Fri & Sat. I-35E at Walnut Hill Lane. 972-247-7223.
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.
SOUNDS OF MUSIC
Fort Worth christens the Bass Performance Hall.
The multimillion-dollar Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall opens this month, bringing several premiere attractions to Cow-town. Events are selling out quickly, so if May’s success is any indication of what’s to come, Bass Performance Hall’s already a hit. 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth. 800-654-9545.
May 8-10: Let the Angels Play. Performances I? Van C8-bum, Carol Burnett and Fréta von Stade.
May 12: fan Cliburn Solo Recital, The Opening Concert. The world-renowned pianist performs in a solo recital for the first time in 20 years hi the metro area.
‧ May 14: Van Cliburn in Concert with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Includes Respighi’s “Piles of Rime” and Rachmaninoff’s “Concerto Bo. 2 in C-minor.”
May 17: “Let Music Live.” Muscal inspiration from toe Women’s Chorus of Dates, the Fort Worth Men’s Chorus, and the Turtle Creek Chorale, benefiting the AIDS Interfaith Network art the Women’s Center of Tarrant County, as well as these three musical groups.
May 22-24: Jewels. Emeralds, rubies, diamonds…a Texas gal’s dream. These glittering gems come alive in a classic Balanchine ballet that blends the music of three very Afferent composers.