The Dallas Arboretum’s 15th annual extravaganza features a sea of colorful flowers, plants, and trees, Including the country’s largest public azalea collection, hi keeping with this year’s theme, “Birds In Paradise,” the Arboretum will also offer bird- watching instructions and an exhibit of rare Audubon art. Mar 6-Apr 11. Open dally; Mon-Fri. 10 am-9 p.m; Sat-Sun, 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 8525 Garland fid. 214-327-8263.
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 (that we know of). Open daily. I0a.m.-5p.m. 1801 N.Griffin. 214-720-1801.
Dallas Zoo. This 85-acre zoo features the award-winning “Wilds of Africa” exhibit. the Reptile Discovery Center, ;md Primate Place, among other attractions. 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 ii place here. loo. The 310-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 5,000 exotic and native animals. Opening this month is the Thundering Plains exhibit, featuring American bison, wild turkey, and endangered Mexican wolves. Open daily; Mon-Fri. 10 a.m.-a5 p.m.; 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.
Hoard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. On Mar 13, learn about unlive plants and bow they can be used in a garden setting. Three days later, discover the beauty thai lies outside the sanctuary on a tour of the wetlands. Self-guided trails open Mon-Sat, 9 a.m. A p.m. and Sim, 1-4 p.m. One Nature Place. McKinney. For information call 972-562-5566.
Movie Studios at Las Collnas, Hollywood has a sign, New York has Times Square-and we have the Studios at Las Cotisas. Come see where scenes from RohoCop, Leap of Failli, and JFK were filmed. Maybe it’s not Universal Studios, but you gotta take what celebrity you can gel. Open daily, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd., LasColinits.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. On Mar 27 mid 28, visit “Circus in the Park.” which will feature clowns, flying trapeze artists, and a herd of elephants from the Kelly Miller Circus. 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 la see J.R.’s house. Visit the Ewine 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.
Fort Worth Dallas Ballot If you like ballet, you’ll love this one. The multimedia blockbuster “Carmina Burana” will be performed with three main themes: spring/summer, the tavern, and love, Mar 5,6 at $ p.m.: Mar 7 ai 2 p.m. Music Hall ai Fair Park. For tickets: 1-800-654-9545 or 214-373-8000.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
North Taxas Woodcarvers Guild. Six Rags Mall in Arlington hosts the Guild’s 25th Annual Woodcarvers Show and Sale, featuring carv-ings. sculptures, whittling*, and more. Mar 5 and 6.
Amazon. The latest IMAX film follows two explorers through the Amazonian Rain Forest as they search for cures- to deadly diseases, Mar 1-31. Also playing: Mysteries of Egypt, Mission to MIR, and Super Speedway. The Science Place, Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
Craighead-Green Gallery. In litis joint exhibition, Dallas abstract painter Brad Ellis and Jim. Ringley, a Colorado-based post-modem pop artist, express their thoughts on spirituality and culture. Through Mar 27. Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m, 2404 Cedar Springs, Ste. 700. 214-855-0779.
Deep Ellum Center for the Arts. Visuai Remedies: Stories that Heal Lynn Noelle Rushton explores life in the Southwest m these oil paintings. Mar 6-27. Tue-Sat, 10 a.rn.-6 p.m. 2808 Commerce St. 214-744-2787.
The Karen Mitchell
Frank Gallery. Texan Gregory Zeorlin presents a mixed media exhibit using ceramic ami other media. Mar 1-31. Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 4532 Cole Ave. 214-559-4700.
THE CREAT DOWNTOWN DALLAS ST. PATRICK’S DAY PARADE The police pipe band, step-dancers, and a cast of thousands celebrate the great Irish saint and Irish culture in Dallas. (Don’t tell us you haven’t noticed the Celtic influence here.) Mayor Ron Kirk will lead the parade as grand marshal, which is about as Irish as you can get. Sunday, March 14 on Main Street. St. Patrick’s Mass at the Grand Hotel, 10:30 a.m. Parade begins at 3 p.m. Web site; www.irishparade.com.
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. 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852.
HOUSE & GARDEN
Dallas Home and Gardon Show. Do you have a green thumb? Do you wish you did? Get all you need for home and garden ai this annual event Mar 5-7, Dallas Market Hall. 1-800-654-1480.
PRMAVERA. With a quarter-mile of spring flowers, rock carvings, and bonsai trees, Primavera is like a fashion show for gardens. Local landscape designers showcase their creations and demonstrate that a garden can be more than a place to display your gnome collection. Bring your gardener so you can point out exactly what you want. Even if you don’t use a professional garden designer, you’ll enjoy imagining what your yard could be like if you didn’t have children, pets, and 80 days of 100-degree weather. Mar 18-Apr 4. Mon-Sat, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun, noon-6 p.m. Dallas Galleria 972-732-6100.
The Great Egg Caper. Will there be an Easter? Will the Easter Bunny find his eggs in time? Join in its the junior detective tries to discover who wants to sabotage Easter. Mar 19-27. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. Casa Manana. 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Peter Pan. Who wants to grow up? Cone join Pan as he meets the Darling children, baffles Captain Hook, and experiences the adven-tures of Never Never Land with the Lost Boys, Through Mar 6, Fit 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Creative Arts Theatre & School, 1100 W Randol Mill Road. Arlington. 817-861-CATS.
SHAKESPEARE OUT OF POCKET. Like sex. Shakespeare is so ingrained in our society that as much as you’d like to protect litem from it, your kids are going to hear about it sooner or later. Shouldn’t these delicate matters be handled together as a family instead of taught by a coach/health teacher or worse, read about in cheap, smutty publications like Cliff’s Notes? Join Dallas Children’s Theater and the Hip Pocket Theater of Fort Worth for their production of Shakespeare Ota of Packet. It’s still Bill’s best, but with a Three Stooges approach. Me thinkest thou shall take thy whole family. Dallas Children’s Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs. 214-978-0110.
The Three Little Pigs. A wonderful show for I old and young alike, this humorous version of the story shows how the big bad wolf is tri-umphantly defeated once again. Mar 26-Apr 3, Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 10:30 a.m. and 2;30 p.m.; Sun, 2:30 p.m. Creative Arts Theatre & School, 1100 W. Randol Mill Road. Arlington. 817-861 -CATS.
African American Museum. Sarah Man Taylor:
Yazoo City Quitter. Taylor, a self-taught artist from Yazoo, Miss., showcases her innovative quills, known for their bold I colors anil offbeat patterns. Through Apr 25. Open Tues-Fri. noon-5 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m.; Sun. 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Fair Park. 214-565-9026.
TEXAS MOTOR SPEEDWAY. It’s more than a bunch of beer-guzzling rednecks watching fast cars chase each other around a circle. Just imagine yourself behind the wheel. skillfully overtaking the lesser vehicles in your path. After pushing your car to the limits, you rocket past the finish line in a blur. Sure, you can get the same rush (and many do) on Central Expressway or LBJ, but a! the Speedway you can act out your fantasy and eat nachos at the same time. It’s about speed, power, and getting in line for the bathroom 45 minutes before you have to go. The season kicks off with the Busch Coca Cola 300 on Mar 27 and the Winston Cup Primestar 500 on Mar 28. Times vary with races. Highway 114 and I-35W. 817-215-8500.
Amon Carter Museum. William Sidney Maun! : rainier of American Life. Mount, a 19lh-ccnlury 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. Through Apr 4. Tue-Sat, 10a.rn.-5 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. 817-7.18-1933.
Biblical Ms Carter. Empowered by God: Works fry Peg Rosenlund and Joanna West. This exhibit features paintings by Peg Rosenlund and sculptures by Joanna West, both of whom are local artists. Through Mar 21. Also showing: Images of Faith; The Russian Crass, which features 85 crosses from Imperial Russia. Mar 24-May 23. 7500 Park Lane, Dallas. 214-691-4661.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. A trip to DFW can make you forget that Hying was ever it romanI tic venture. A trip to this museum, featuring meticulously restored warbirds 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.
Crow Collection of Asian Art. This stunning collection-compiled by Margaret and Trammell Crow over several decades-features more than 500 sculptures, intricate carvings, and silk paintings from China. Japan. India, and Southeast Asia. Tue, Wed, Fri, 11 am.-6 p.m.; Thu. 11 am-9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.2010Hora St., 214-979-6430.
Dallas Museum of Art Brice Warden, Work of the 1990s: Paintings, Drawings, and Prints. The exhibit features 24 paintings of various sizes, produced by Maiden from 1989 through 1998. Runs through Apr 25. Also showing: Bill Viola: The Crossing, through Apr [ 1. Tue, Wed. Fri, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; Thu, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sal-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,9a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. noon-8 p.m, 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300.
Kimbell Art Museum. Gifts of the Nile; Ancient Egyptian Faience. Experience the mystique surrounding the ancient artistic medium of faience. This exhibit includes over 200 small-scale masterpieces featuring si amenés of kings and gods, intricately inlaid figurines, delicate animal sculptures, amulets, and jewelry. Through Apr 25. Also showing: Matisse and Picasso: A Gentle Rivalry. Through May 2. Tue-Thurs and Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Fri 10a.m.-8 p.m. Sun 12 p.m.-5 p.m. 3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard. 817-332-8451.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. The Architecture of Reassurance : Designing (he Disney Theme Parks. Not only have Watt Disney’s theme parks become tourist magnets, they’ve also influenced contemporary American architecture. This exhibit, which includes paintings and models tor the parks, along with promotional materials and historical photographs of the projects, shows you how. Through Apr 11. 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.
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. 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660.
Dallas Classic Guitar Society. Enjoy the sounds of the Santa Fe Guitar Quartet, in their first appearance at the Meyerson. as they perform the spectrum of South American-influenced music from Renaissance to modem tango. Mar 31. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St 214-528-3733.
Jazzmatazz. Under the direction of Roger Boykin. Artistic Director of Sammons Jazz, the Spring Sammons Jazz series will feature The Jason Davis Quintet performing Jazzmatazz, with the second set jam leaturing the Dallas Jazz Diva. Sandra Kaye. Mar 3. 7:30-10 p.m. Meadows Hall at the Sammons Center for the Arts, 3630 Harry Hines at Oak Lawn. 214-520-7789.
Keb’ Mo’. This New Orleans-based singer and songwriter specializes in contemporary- blues mixed with folk motifs and Memphis soul. You might recognize his songs from Touched By An Angel, where he made a guest appearance. Mar 24. 8 p.m. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets. Fort Worth. For tickets: metro 817-429-4000.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy the heavenly sounds of the RSO/Lennox Young Artists Competition Winners and the Richardson Symphony Orchestra as they perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 in D major and Ravel’s Bolero. Mar 13,8 p.m. Performance auditorium. Richardson High School, 1250 W. Belt Line. 972-234-4195.
DALLASS AQUARIUM. Even Jacques Cousteau would be impressed by the 375 marine and freshwater species on display here. Especially thrilling are the shark and piranha feedings-it’s no! like Purina makes Piranha Chow. If that’s not enough to keep the kids out of the water for 15 minutes after eating, maybe you can rent Jaws on the way home. Open daily, 9 a.m-4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.
Texas Wind Symphony. The 45 members of me Texas Wind Ensemble will be joined by 120-member barbershop chorus-the Vocal Majority. Come see why they love singing and why they’ve won mom international awards than any other in the field. Mur 2, 8 p.m. Bass Performance Hall. For tickets: 817-633-2877.
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,9a.m,-6:30p.m.; Sun, noon-4 p.m. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-273-5098.
Alice: Tales of A Curious Girl.Dallas Theater Center presents a world premiere adaptation of this classic story with music written especially for the Dallas Theater Center. As you follow Alice through her adventure in Wonderland, you will delight in the nonsense and fun of the original with a twist. Through Mar 21. Show times vary. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. For tickets: 214-522-8499,
Driving Miss Daisy. The Granbury Opera House, in its 25th anniversary season, brings the winner of the 19K8 Pulitzer Prize to the stage. Joining the 25-year span of this play means embarking on a journey of independence, strength, and stubborn integrity as you become immersed in the characters of Daisy Werthan and her chauffeur, Hoke Coleburn. Mar 5-28. Fri and Sat. 2 and 8 p.m.: Sun. 2 p.m. ’Hie Granbury Opera House. Call 817-573-9191 or 817-572-0881 for tickets.
Gypsy. Quad C Theatre opens its 1999 season with a splashy revival of the American musical classic based on (he life of famed stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and featuring such songs as “Let Me Entertain You,” “All 1 Need is the Girl.” and “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Mar 3-6. 8 p.m.; Mar 6-7,2:15 p.m.; Mar 3,10 a.m. Collin County Community College, 28(10 E, Spring Creek Pkwy, Plano. For rickets call 972-881-580).
Soho meets Uptown at Avanti on McKinney Avenue. Besides great Italian specialties, they also feature live background music every night-and we’re not talking elevator music. Avanti serves a non-traditional, jumbled music menu-jazzy
James Taylor meets Joni Mitchell with bongo drums. Darkly lit, casual, and romantic, you can eat with your ears.
2720 McKinney Ave., 214-871-4955.