This Dates-based artist s proba-bly best known for his depiction of the sports world-as seen in his book, The Sparts M of Bart fortes-but his curent exhibit A Patter’s Journey, represents a personal transition from sports art to landscapes and still lifes. Through Feb 19. Mon-Fri, 9 am-5 p.m. Jesuit Dallas Museum. 12345 Inwood Rd. 972-387-8700.
Dallas Aquarium. Experience the tranquillity of the underwater world by watching 375 marine and freshwater species. For the more excitable ones in your group, check oui the shark and piranha feedings, every day except Monday, at 2:30 p.m. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Enjoy more than 200,000 flowers, along with “A Woman’s Garden,” “The Crow Family Texas Wildlife Bronzes,” and stunning views of White Rock Lake and downtown. Open daily; Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 10 am-6 p.m. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
Dallas Zoo. This 85-acre zoo features the award-winning “Wilds of Africa” exhibit, the Reptile Discovery Center, and Primate Place, among other attractions. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1-35 at Marsalis. 214-670-5656.
Dallas World Aquarium. The most peaceful place downtown, this West End aquarium features exotic marine life in 12 saltwater tanks, along with Texas’ largest South African black-footed penguin exhibit. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N. Griffin, 214-720-1801.
Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Fon Worth isn’t just for cowboys and cowboy wannabes: Nature-lovers have a place here, too. 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.
Fort Worth Zoo. One of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, with 4,000 exotic and native animals in such exhibits as Flamingo Bay, Raptor Canyon, and Koala Outback. Open daily; Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.
Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. On Feb 6, journey from Yellowstone to the Amazon Rainforest in “Nature Around the World,” a slide show led by executive director Steve Runnels. And on Feb 8, “Backyard Birding” teaches you the basics of bird feeding and identification. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. Self-guided trails open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sun, 1-4 p.m. One Nature Place. McKinney. 972-562-5566.
Movie Studios at Las Colinas. Hollywood has a sign, New York has Times Square-and we have die Studios at Las Colinas. Come see where scenes from RoboCop, Leap of Faith, and JFK were filmed. Maybe it’s not Universal Studios, but you gotta take what celebrity you can get. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd.. Las Colinas. 972-869-FILM.
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; a stroll along the streets offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. On Feb 20, the park hosts the African-American Heritage Festival, a day-long celebration of African-American culture. 1717 Gano Street. Dallas. 214-421-5141.
Southfork Ranch. If you’re worried about being labeled a tourist, blame it on your Yankee friends who just had to see J.R.’s house. Visit the Ewing Mansion, explore the ranch by tram, and walk through the “Dallas” Museum, with memorabilia from the hit TV series and its stars. There’s also a Western-wear store and the Front Porch Cafe. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 pan. 3700 Hogge Rd., Parker. 972-442-7800.
Fort Worth Dallas Ballet. Carmina Burana. Composer Carl Orff developed the music for this contemporary performance-a cycle of 25 songs sung in Latin. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets. Fort Worth. For tickets: 1-800-654-9545.
Amazon. The latest 1MAX film follows two explorers through the Amazonian Rainforest as they search for cures to deadly diseases. Feb 26-28. Also playing: Mysteries of Egypt, To the Limit, and Super Speedway. The Science Place, Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
Greatest Places. Allow this film to transport you to seven of the world’s most fascinating locales, from the icebergs of Greenland to the sand dunes of the Namib Desert. Through Apr 15. Omni Theater, Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History. 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth 817-255-9300.
Conduit Gallery. Nationally renowned painter Robert Jessup will showcase his recent works in this solo exhibition. His work is apart of many collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Through Feb 6, Tue-Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3200 Main. Suite 25. 214-939-0064.
KITTRELL/RIFFKIND ART GLASS INC. 6TH ANNUALBOTTLE INVITATIONAL It s about form, it’s about function, it’s about fun, This event features works from more than 60 artists. Humans are intrigued, and the bottles just love it. Before this event began, they really had no place to compete. Unlike other beauty contests, this one’s purely superficial-it doesn’t matter what’s on the inside, if anything at all. Through Feb. 20.Mon-Sat, 10a.m.-6p.m.5IOOBelt
Line Rd., Ste. 820. 972-239-7957.
Gallery. In this join! exhibition, Dallas abstract painter Brad Ellis and Jim Ringley. a Colorado-based post-modern pop artist, express their thoughts on spirituality and culture. Feb 5-Mar 27. Tue-Fri, 10a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sal. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2404 Cedar Springs. Ste. 700. 214-855-0779.
DALLAS BOAT SHOW. If you like daydreaming about when you become rich and famous, the Dallas Boal Show offers some inspiration. The day after you win the lottery, accept the Nobel Prize, or inherit millions from a long-lost relative is too late to be making crucial decisions about your yacht. So whether you’re Gilligan looking for the S.S, Minnow. Julie McCoy searching for a Love Boat, or John Astor trying to avoid a Titanic, the important thing is to plan ahead-while you can still think clearly. Here’s your chance to shop.
Market Hall. 972-670-8400.
Deep Ellum Center for the Arts. Searching for Form: 4 Artists Using Glass. This exhibit features works by Jim Bowman, Chris Mancil, Alan Arms, and Mary Lynn Devereux of Hickory Street Hot Glass Factory. Feb 5-27. Tue-Sat, IOa.m.-6 p.m. 2808 Commerce St. 214-744-2787.
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. Michael Kenna’s one-person show features landscape work and photographs-everything from French gardens to nuclear power plants–from his 1997 book, Monique’s Kindergarten. Through Mar 6. .1115 Routh St. 214-969-1852.
DALLAS HISTORICAL SOCIETY. Cowboys and Cadillacs; How Hollywood Looks at Texas. What Hollywood doesn’t know about Texas could fill a book, and finally someone has written it. Join author Don Graham for a discussion of Cowboys and Cadillacs: How Hollywood Looks at Texas. Once you understand how Hollywood views Texas, you can start living up to that image by dressing like John Wayne, talking like Mae West, acting like J.R., and eating barbecue at every
meal. Look for copycat books such as How Hollywood Looks at Iowa and Slick Willies and Deviants: How Texas Looks at Hollywood. Feb. 7, 5 p.m. Hall of State, Fair Park. 214-421-4500.
HOUSE & GARDEN
Nell Sperry’s All Garden Show. The Texas garden authority brings 250 garden exhibitors to town tor lectures and demonstrations on planting the perfeet garden. The children’s activity area gives kids a chance to get involved, too. Feb 26-28. Fri, 3-8 p.m.; Sat, S a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-459-5000.
Most Valuable Player. This play offers a sometimes funny, always moving look at Jackie Robinson’s break into the all-white major leagues.
Dallas Children’s Theater. 2215 Cedar Springs, 214-978-0110.
SIXTH FLOOR MUSEUMMost major cities have at least oneattraction that makes them unique.Dallas’ presents a marketing problem inthat the world identifies our city with themurder of a president-not exactlysomething thai lends itself to “fun for thewhole family.” Still, it’s important toremember the event accurately andrespectfully-that means no magic bulletkey chains or grassy knoll clippings. Themuseum’s location near the West End eliminates the need for someone to erect Oswald’s Bar & Grill anywhere nearby. The last thing Dallas needs is a bunch of tourists wearing “I got shot at the Sixth Floor’’ ’T-shirts. Open daily. 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
411 Elm St. 214-747-6660.
Treasure Island. Join the adventurous Jim Hawkins as he searches for buried treasure and tries to dodge the infamous Long John Silver in this classic children’s tale. Feb 12-20. Fri, 7:30 p.m;Sat, 2 p.m. 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
SMU Lecture Series. As former president of the Student Congress on Tiananmen Square. Li Lu became a part of history. Today, he continues to spread his message on human rights, democracy, and the future of China. Feb 23, 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU campus. 214-768-8283.
African American Museum. Sarah Marx Taylor: Yazoo City Quitter. Taylor, a self-taught artist from Yazoo, Miss., showcases her innovative quills, known for their bold colors and offbeat patterns, Feb 19-Apr25.0penTues-Fri, noon-5 p.m.; Sat, [0 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 1-5 p.m. Fair Park, 214-565-9026.
Amon Carter Museum. William Sidney Mount: Painter of American Life. Mount, a 19th-century painter, was the first American-bom artist to be recognized for his depictions of everyday life. Almost 60 of his sketches, drawings, and paintings will be on display. Feb 5-Apr 4. Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. A trip to DFW can make you forget that flying was ever a romantic venture. Atrip to this museum. featuring meticulously restored war-birds from WWI, WWII. Korea, and Vietnam, will remind you.
Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Addison Airport. 4572 Claire Chennault. 972-380-8800.
The Conspiracy Museum. This museum exposes alleged cover-ups 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. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 110 S. Market St. 214-741-3040.
Dallas Museum of Art. Brice Marden. Work of the 1990s: Paintings. Drawings. and Prims. The exhibit features 24 paintings of various sizes, produced by Marden from 1989 through 1998. Febl4-Apr25. Also showing: Bill Viola: The Crossing, through Apr 11. Tue, Wed, Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thu, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a,m.-5 p.m. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Celebrate Fort Worth. Learn about the influences of the cattle drive and the railroad, among others, as the Museum marks Fort Worth’s 150th anniversary. Through May 9. Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thu. 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat. 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-8 p.m. 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300.
The Science Place. Face to Face: Dealing with Prejudice and Discrimination. In this exhibit, designed for ages 7 to 10, kids learn how to recognize and respond to prejudice by viewing a video diary and visiting the Historical Perspective Wall, which provides a timeline of discrimination as seen through the eyes of children. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
Dallas Classic Guitar Society. Adam Holzman, an internationally acclaimed guitarist who also founded the University of Texas at Austin’s guitar department, returns to the SMU campus. Feb 16, 8 p.m. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 214-553-1223.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Don Edwards and Waddie Mitchell (“The Bard and the Balladeer”) join guest conductor Paul Polivnick for an evening with the Fort Worth Symphony Pops Orchestra. Feb 4-6, 8 p.m.; Feb 7, 2 p.m. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth. 817-665-6000.
Mu Phi Epsilon Sunday Concert Series. Perennial Brass. The latest installment of this series features trumpet, trombone, french horn, and tuba performances. Feb 7, 3 p.m. J. Erik Jonsson Central Library Auditorium, 1515 Young St. 214-670-1400.
Golden Gloves Tournament. See the best in amateur boxing as local fighters represent their gyms at the 63rd Dallas Golden Gloves competition. Feb 21-24. Fair Park Coliseum. 214-670-8400.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. The past baseball season restored many fans’ faith in America’s game, and this is the place to prove it. Items on display include a Babe Ruth bat and a glove, as well as a jersey belonging to Lou Gehrig. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. Tue-Sat, 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.^t p.m. The Ballpark in Arlington. 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington, 817-273-5098.
LA BOHEME This is opera, not Oprah, but Puccini’s tale of Bohemians in Paris could fill a week on any talk show. “Living onLove,” “My Girlfriend’s Got A SugarDaddy,” and “Help, I Can’t Stop Singing”are just a few of the potential topics. LaBohême is the inspiration for “Rent” andis basically the same story with a Frenchaccent. Feb. 3,6,13. 7:30 p.m. Music Hallat Fair Park. 214-443-1000.
Medea. See a different spin on Euripides’ classic drama of revenge and magic as presented by the Moonwater Theater Company, founders of the Fuzzy Logic lmprov Group. Through Feb 6. Show times vary. Stage West, 3053-55 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-STG-WEST.
Moon Over Buffalo. Gavin McLeod. better known to Love Boat fans as Capt. Stubing, stars in this outrageous comedy about a couple of has-been actors running a second-rate theater in the 1950s. Mistaken identities, secret loves, and onstage disasters combine to make this a classic farce. Feb 10-15, 8 p.m.; Feb 13-14, 2 p.m. The Majestic Theatre. 1925 Elm St. For tickets: 214-373-8000.
A Rabin In the Sun. Dallas Theater Center presents a groundbreaking American classic: the first Broadway play by an African-American woman. A co-production with Great Lakes Theater Festival of Cleveland, the play explores how an unexpected inheritance affects a family struggling to get ahead. Through Feb 7; show times vary. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. For tickets: 214-522-8499.
STOMP! This percussion troupe mesmerizes audiences worldwide by using everything but traditional instruments in its performances (try dustpans and hubcaps instead). Presented by Casa Mariana. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets, Fort Worth. Feb 23-26, 8 p.m.; Feb 27, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; Feb 28, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. For tickets: 972-647-5700.
Wallpaper Psalm. The Undermain Theatre presents this electric and hysteric operetta portraying the memories, madness, and shackles of sisterhood. Laugh and cry along with the two elderly sisters as they retrace their past through memories of youth and beauty. Through Feb 27. Show times and ticket prices vary. 214-747-1424.
The Samba Room
The Knox-Henderson area gets a little more chi-chi every month i seems, ami me Samba Room s proof. Serving what Mes cal “Latin fusion” tare, the bar/restaurant features a soft seating area for the martini-and-cigar set, with lush Iighting and Latin music to drive away the winter blues. This is like a ’90s version of Ricky Ricardo’s Club Babalu-with a Iittle plastic surgery thrown ii for good measure.
4514 Trails St., Ste. 132. 214-522-4137.