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. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, the Reptile Discovery Center, and Primate Place. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1-35 at Marsalis, 214-670-5656.
Fort Worth Botanical Garden. Fort 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 4 Wildlife Sanctuary. Get in touch with nature at the 289-acre nature reserve. Attractions include a Raptor Rehabilitation Center, an Aquatics Lab on Bullfrog Pond, wetlands, a Science Resource Center, and the EDS Technology Room. 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 p.m.-4 p.m. One Nature Place, McKinney. 972-562-5566.
Jewish Community Center of Dallas. This non-sectarian social service center offers programs to serve Jewish and other citizens of Dallas of all ages. Book readings, exhibitions and workshops are available. Mon-Thur, 6 a.m.-10 p.m.; Fri, 6 a,m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 1 p.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. 7900 Northaven Road. 214-739-2737.
Movie Studios at Las Colinas. Hollywood has a sign. New York has Times Square-we have the 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 lake 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 tum-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 stroll along the streets offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. 1717 Gano Street. Dallas. 214-421-5141.
Southfork Ranch. It 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 p.m. 3700 Hogge Rd., Parker. 972-442-7800.
THE CONSPIRACY MUSEUM. Don’t be paranoid, but they are out to get you. Find out what the tabloids already know-it was aliens, Elvis, and the FBI (with some help from Marilyn, the Mafia, and the KGB) who shot JFK and everyone else. This museum exposes alleged cover-ups of the assassinations of presidents Kennedy, Lincoln, and Garfield, as well as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Robert Kennedy. Open daily, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 110 S. Market St. 214-741-3040.
Omni Theater. Greatest Places. This is the easiest way to travel. This isn’t just the big screen-it’s the really, really big screen. Greatest Places takes 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, 1999. Fort Worth Museum of Science and Natural History, 1501 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth 817-255-9300.
THE FOOT WORTH MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND HISTORY. Remember what lengths you went to to avoid taking that dreaded, dry geography class? The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History approaches geography in true 21st-cen- tury style with interactive components and audio-visuals in the special exhibit Earth 2U: Exploring Geography. It’s meant to be fun. And not only that, you don’t have to pass a final exam. Mon. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tue-Thur, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.; Fri-Sat, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, noon-8 p.m. 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300.
Nationally renowned painter Robert Jessup will showcase his recent works in this solo exhibition. His work is a part of many collections including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York. Jan9-Feb6. Tue-Sat. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 3200 Main, Suite 25. 214-939-0064.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART: JEWELS OF LALIQUE. What’s next-The Hairdos of Dolly Parton? This exhibit seems tailor-made for Dallas; Lalique certainly would have understood the Texan belief that more is more. This comprehensive collection of 230 objects and drawings by the famous French jeweler, Rene Lalique, is as inspiring as the work of any master artist, At the turn of the century, Lalique’s fabulous jewelry bedecked the rich and famous. (Now if we just knew who did their hair.) Through Jan 10. Tue, Wed, Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.;Thurs, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Craighead-Green Gallery. Susan Sales, a one-person exhibition, will feature new works by the Santa Fe artist. Known for her brilliant colors and dis tinctive high-gloss surfaces. Sales is one of the most highly collected abstract painters in the Southwest. Dec 4-Jan 29. Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.- 5:30 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2404 Cedar Springs, Ste. 700. 214-855-0779.
David Dike Fine Art. Scenes of Texas will feature works by-Jack Erwin. who specializes in depictions of Texas’ varied scenery. The gallery specializes in late 19th and early 20th Century American and European oil paintings, with an emphasis on the Early Texas Landscape Painters and the Dallas 9 Regionalists. Through Jan 31. Mon-Pli, 10a,m.-5p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2613 Fairmount St. 214-720-4044.
DINO DASH AND DISCOVERY FEST. For too long, dinosaurs have been the unfair victims of stereotyping and gossip. This event has the courage to address dinosaurs as equals so we can learn from our differences and ultimately live together in peace-whether your kids sing and dance like Barney or terrorize like T-Rex. Seriously, this annual event, presented by the Science Place Guild of Dallas, wraps paleontology in a weekend package, fun for families and dinosaurs alike. There are 5K and 10K races, plus a IK fun run/walk, silent auction, dinosaur costume contest, and plenty of hands-on learning activities. In the immortal words of J J. Walker, “It “s Dino-mite!” Jan. 30. For more information, 214-428-5555.
Deep Ellum Center for the Arts. Countenance: New Work by Mike Lyon will display his recent large-scale acrylics. Jan 6-Jan 30. Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2808 Commerce St. 214-744-2787.
Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass Inc. 6th Annual Scent Bottle Invitational. Marketing experts say the allure of perfume is about packaging more than scent-this show explains why. This unique exhibit features limited edition perfume bottles from over 60 artists nation wide. Jan 29-Feb 20. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 5100 Belt Line Road, Suite 820. 972-239-7957.
Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery. Shelby Lee Adams. Appalachian Legacy. Catch this intimate exhibit featuring personal portraits of the Napier, Jacobs, Joseph, and Collins families from eastern Kentucky before its departure on Jan 16. Michael Kenna will open his one-person show featuring his landscape work and photographs on Jan 22. 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852.
The Texas African American Photography Archive. Carl Sidle: A Retrospective 1979-1996. Photographer Carl Sidle explores the life in Dallas, East Texas, and Louisiana in this retrospective of his work.With eloquence and honesty, Sidle expresses the fears and anxieties of the inner city and examines the experience of African-Americans in the rural South. Through Jan 30. Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 5501 Columbia Gallery. 214-823-8824.
African American Museum. Enjoy a diverse permanent collection alongside one-of-a-kind exhibitions at this unique museum. African-American history’ and art courses are also available. Open Tues-Fri, I2p.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. I p.m.-5 p.m. Fair Park. 214-565-9026.
Anion Carter Museum. Masterworks of Photography Collection: Picturing Modern Life. See how photographers expressed modernity through the medium of photography in this impressive collection. Also showing is Self-Taught Artists of the 20th Century: An American Anthology. Photography exhibit through Jan 3; self-taught artists exhibit through Jan 24. Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, fort Worth. 817-738-1933.
Biblical Arts Center. Four antique Bibles from the collection of the First Church of Christ, Scientist. Boston, will be featured in this exhibit. Trie highlight of the exhibit is a 400-year-otd Geneva Bible, a 1589 reprint of the first edition of the Geneva Bible of 1560. Through Jan 2. Tue-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sun, ] p.m.-5 p.m., Thur, open til 9 p.m. 7500 Park Lane. 214-691-4661.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. A trip to DFW can make you forget that flying was ever a romantic venture. A trip 10 this museum, featuring meticulously restored warbirds from WW1. 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.
Jesuit Dallas Museum. A Painter’s Journey will feature recent works of Bart Forbes, who is probably best known for his sports paintings and stamp illustrations. On view in the exhibit will be paintings of Scottish landscapes and paintings from the current book, The Sports Art of Bart Forbes. Jan I9-Feb 19. Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m,-4 p.m. 12345 Inwood Road. 972-387-8700.
Kimbell Art Museum. On view at the Kimbell will be The Kimbell Collections, which showcase pieces from the museum’s distinguished permanent collection. Masterworks by Caspar David Friedrich, on loan from museums in Berlin and Essen, Germany, will augment the show. Tue-Thu, Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.
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 always seem to come up with. It’s also home to the 1MAX theater and its 79-foot dome screen. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Extended hours through Jan 2, Fri-Sat, 9:30 a.m.-9 p.m.. Fair Park.214-428-5555.
’ ARLINGTON MUSEUM OF ART: BEAUTY SHOW.
The idea thai beauty is in the eye of the beholder is proven in this exhibit which, oddly enough, doesn’t feature a single painting of Cindy Crawford, Leonardo Di Caprio. or any of the cast of Baywatch. This show examines the idea of beauty through the eyes of Texas artists. Wed-Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 201 W. Main St.. Arlington. 817-275-4600.
Sixth Root Museum. This thorough, intelligenl. 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.-6p.m. 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660.
The Garland Symphony Orchestra. Throw yourself into a full evening of the magic of Mozart, crowned by Michèle McDonald’s elegant performance of the Coronation Concerto. Jan 29, 8 p.m.-10 p.m. 5th and Austin streets. Garland. 214-553-1223.
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, noon-4 p.m. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-273-5098.
The Gin Game. No. they’re not drinking gin, they’re playing it. D.L. Colbum’s Pulitzer-Prize winning comedy is a story of rivalry and romance between two retirees. Directed by Tony Award-winner Charles Nelson Reilly, the play provides the perfect antidote for a cold winter night-without the tonic water. Jan 12-17, 8 p.m. and matinees at 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Majestic Theatre. 214-691-7386.
Wallpaper Psalm. The Undermain Theatre presents this operetta portraying the memories, madness, and shackles of sisterhood. Laugh and cry as two elderly sisters retrace their past through memories of youth and beauty. Previews Jan 27 and 29, opens Jan 30. Show times and ticket prices vary. 214-747-1424.
Going With the Flow
What better way to recover from post-holiday stress than an afternoon at the aquarium? The subdued Iighting, the coof water the bright colors-it’s enough to make you want to move to Maui and become a diving guide. Barring that possibili-ty, a trip to the Dabs Aquarium (Fair Park) or the Dallas World Aquarium (in the West End) might help. This month, play hooky From work and check out the best water in town.
Open daily, 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m. Fair Park 214-670-0443
Dallas World Aquarium
Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N. Griffin 214-720-1801
Time Out Tavern
All types lake Mr time out here-lawyers. writers, society types staining, good old toys getting by on getting by. The 10-year-old Time Out Tavern is not about listening to loud music, and even though occasionally, late at night, a few couples stake out a dance floor. the Tavern is not a swing joint, either. This is a real neighborhood bar-“better than Cheers,” claims bartender Jim, who points out that “only regulars” come by at 11 when the bar opens but that by 2 a.m., when the joint closes, it’s jumpin’. Time Out Tavern, 5101 loves ln., 214-351-9392.