This month, the Dallas Zoo opens the Exxon Endangered Tiger Habitat, a one-acre exhibit focusing on the tigers of Southeast Asia. Walk through the re-created rainforest and watch the tigers through a glass-enclosed viewing area; a series of displays give you the basics on tiger behaviors and habitats. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 1-35 at Marsalis. 214-670-5656.
Dallas Aquarium. Experience the tranquility of the underwater world while 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. Enjoy more than 200,000 Bowers, along with “A Woman’s Garden” and stunning views of White Rock Lake and downtown. Open daily; Mon-Fri, 10 a.m,-9 p.m.; Sal-Sun. <10a.rn.-6> p.m. 8525 Garland Rd. 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 Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N, Griffin. 214-720-1801.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardon. Fort Worth isn’t just for cowboys and cowboy wannabes: Nature-lovers have a place here, loo. The 110-acre, tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden. conservatory, and Japanese gardens. Experience the Southwest Regional Begonia Show May 7-9. Also featured, on May 15, is the Herb Festival, which celebrates herbs and their many uses and benefits. Open daily: 8 a.m.-dusk (9 a.m.-6 p.m., Japanese gardens). 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fori Worth. 817-871-7686.
Fort Worth Zoo. One of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, with 5,000 exotic and native animals. Don1! miss the new Thundering Plains exhibit, featuring American bison, wild turkey, and endangered Mexican wolves. Open daily. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 837-871-7050.
Movie Studios at Las Colinas. Hollywood has a sign, New York has Times Square-and 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 take what celebrity you can gel. Open daily, 10 a.m.4 p.m. 6301 N. O’Connor Blvd., Las Colinas. 972-869-FLLM.
Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This outdoor museum, a complete turn-of-the-century
TEXAS WIND SYHPH0NY. There arc all kinds of jokes we could make about hot air or the rivalry with Oklahoma wind, but that’s just too easy. The Texas Wind Symphony is above this type of juvenile humor, so when you mention thai you’ll be attending the concert entitled “Foat Wuth Ah Luv You,” say it in your best Texas accent and with a straight face. This festive concert blows through on May 25 at S p.m. Bass Performance Hall, Fort Worth. 817-633-2877.-Hudson Weichsel
village, rests in the shadow of the Dallas skyline; a stroll along the streets offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. 1717 Gano St. 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 train, 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 Ballet. Coppelia, this season’s finale, features music by Léo Delibes and staging by ballet legend Frederic Franklin. May 7*8, 8 p.m.; May 9, 2 p.m. Music Hall at Fair Park. For tickets: 214-373-8000.
Chamberlain Ballet Company presents its Annual Spring Recital, featuring special guests and performances to welcome the energy of spring. May 6-7, McFarlin Auditorium. 972-985-1374.
Contemporary Dance/Fort Worth Company performs New Works Project, a program that brings together choreographers, visual artists, composers, and others who will create and present exciting collaborative works. May 7-8, 8 p.m.: May 9. 2 p.m. Ed Landreth Auditorium, on the TCU Campus. 1-800-654-9545.
Let Voir Feet Do the Talkin’! Join the fun of this three-day festival promoting the distinct American art form of lap dancing: the event will feature dance classes and performances by celebrities including Fred Kelly, Patsy Swayze, Robert Reed, and Debt? Dee. May 28-30. Artist Square, in the Arts District. 972-713-2795.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Scarborough Faire. Waxahachie’s annual Renaissance festival is in ils 19th year, and the 16th-century party keeps getting bigger. Whether you want a real-life look at merry olde England or just an excuse to eat fried turkey, Scarborough Faire fits the bill. You don’t have to wear tights, but you can if you want. Through June 6, Waxahachie. 972-938-3247.
Amazon. Follow two explorers through the lMAX-enhanced Amazonian Rain Forest as they search for cures to deadly diseases. Also playing: Mysteries of Egypt, starring Omar Sharif, and Mission to MIR. The Science Place, Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
CROW COLLECTION OF ASIAN ART. Don’t let the name fool you-there’s not a single crow to be found in the entire museum.
Look above and below you will find no crow. Made of wood, jade or stone. There’s not even one on loan. Asian art and priceless treasures abound in impressive measures but if you want a crow or two you’d better head for the Dallas Zoo.
What you will find is one of the best privately owned Asian art collections in the world, featuring more than 500 works from China, Japan, India, and Southeast Asia. Tue. Wed, Fri, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. 2010 Flora St.. 214-979-6430.-H.W.
ArtCentre of Plano. Experience new horizons in an as Susan Milter brings you In Search of a Landscape. Through June 5. Tues-Sat, 10a.m.-6 p.m. ArtCentre of Piano, 1039 East 15th. Piano. 972-423-7809.
Columbia Arts Center presents Women of Steel, featuring the expressions of four artists who work with metal: Kaleta Doolin, Carol K. Brown, Laura Thome, and Thelma Coles. Through May 15. Also showing: Scraps, Books and Boxes, Jan Gilbert’s collection of artists’books on display, features two- and three-dimensional mixed-media works that combine painting, printmaking. and photography. Through May 15. Thu & Fri 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sal., noon-5 p.m. 5501 Columbia Arts Center. 214-824-3377.
NATIONAL CHICKEN COOKING CONTEST. I can barely get my dog to go to the bathroom outside-how am I ever going to teach my chicken to cook dinner? Don’t worry; in this contest, sponsored by the National Chicken Council and the U.S. Poultry and Egg Association, 51 finalists bring their chicken recipes and compete for $25,000. Everyone’s favorite yard bird has become the canvas on which chefsfrom almost every country and culture paint. Ben & Jerry’s have yet to announce chicken tetrazzini-flavored ice cream, but then again, barbecue-flavored yogurt hasn’t made the lineup, either. The free event begins at 9:30 a.m. on May 14. Hyatt Regency Reunion Plaza.-H.W.
Craighead-Green Gallery. New York artist Nisa Rauschenberg specializes in colorful paintings on both canvas and tin; San Antonio’s Gary Schafter depicts organic images on wood. Through May l5.Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 2404 Cedar Springs. Ste. 700. 214-855-0779.
Edith Baker Gallery. Daily life experience inspires moving art in this exhibition by Gail Siptak and Ginger Geyer, A Touch of Whimsy. Continuing through May 29. Tues-Fri, 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Edith Baker Gallery. 2404 Cedar Springs. 214-855-5101.
HOUSE AND GARDEN
2nd Annual Historical Home Tour & Antique/Classic Car Show. Nostalgia devotees will love this event, which features homes, mansions, and more than 75 vintage and antique autos. May 15-16. Harry Myers Park, Rockwall. 972-771-1196.
CHAMPIONS ON ICE. I had a few too many of these at a cocktail party once and.. .wait a minute, that was something else on ice. Don’t worry; you can go to this event and feel fine the next day. In fact, you’ll feel inspired after reliving the pageantry and precision of Olympic ice ballet with World Champion skaters, including Michelle Kwan, Oksana Baiul, and Elvis Stojko. Although few of these skaters are competing to escape harsh Communist regimes, it’s still fun to remember the Cold War nostalgically and yell “Skate, skate for your life!” May 23, 3 p.m. Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.-H.W.
Hope Chest Tea and Fashion Show: Hope Cottage invites you to enjoy refreshmerits while viewing the latest fashions from Laura Ashley; benefiting Hope Chest, a resale shop for maternity, baby, and child. Sunday, May 2, 3-5 p.m. Tickets are $35. For more information: 214-526-8721.
Pippi Longstocking. Enjoy this wonderful tale for kids of all ages, presented by Casa Mariana Theatre. May 7-22; Fridays. 7:30 p.m.: Saturdays. 2 p.m. 3101 W.Lancaster. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Arts and Letters live. Third Annual Children’s Program nidi Angela Shelf Medearis. The popular children’s-book author and native Texan reads and presents stories to kids ages 7 and up. May 8,2 p.m. On May 16, a celebration of Canada Day features readings by some of Canada’s most popular I fiction writers, includ- I ing Mordecai Richler, Robert MacNeil, Jane Urquhart, and Judith Ivey. 2-10 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood. 214-922-1219.
Father of the Year. Fathers Day comes early to a few lucky dads, who will be honored at the 1999 Dallas Father of the Year Awards Luncheon. Honoring the accomplishments and contributions of three business and community leaders, and benefiting a number of local charities. May 27. beginning at noon. International Apparel Mart. For more information call 214-760-2834.
From China With Love. Interested in learning more about adoption through China and the Orient? Join Great Wall China Adoption in a luncheon and afternoon conference featuring a panel ofexperts on international adoption laws, along with families who have experienced the adoption process. May 22,10 a.m.-3 p.m. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, Dallas. For more information, call Marsha Fogarty at 214-943-6801.
African American Museum. Manifestations: Mixed Media Assemblages, an exhibition by Robert Peppers, creates a haunting and poignant depiction of the burning of black churches in America, May 28-Aug 22, Fair Park. 214-565-9026.
Amon Carter Museum. Coming Attractions, a preview of the museum’s proposed building expansion, features 135 works by 100 artists; the selection includes masterworks of pastels and watercolors, as well as a section on art of the American West. Through Aug I. Tues-Sat. 1a.m.-5 p.m.: Sun. noon-5
p.m. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.
Artlington Museum of Art. Texan artists weave a contemporary tale in this mostly two-dimensional exhibit of True Stories. Through June 5.Wed-Sat, <10a.rn.-5>p.m. 201 W. Main Street. Arlington. 817-275-4600.
Biblical Arts Center. images of Faith: The Russian Cross features 85 crosses from Imperial Russia. Through May 23. 7500 Park Ln. 214-691-4661.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum. A trip to DFW can make you forget Chat flying was ever a romantic 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.
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 .Walk through time by way of art and imagination. Two exhibitions. Treasures from the Royal Tomb of Ur and Ancient Gold Jewelry from the Dallas Museum of Art, depict the allure and wonder of ancient civilizations. 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. Also showing: Robot Zoo, an exhibit featuring huge mechanical animals and an up-close glimpse into how the real beasts function in the wild. Through Sept 6. Mon-Wed, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu-Sat, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sun. noon-9 p.m. 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-255-9300.
Modem Art Museum of Fort Worth. I he oldest art museum in Texas, this facility’s permanent collection contains modem and contemporary American and European art, including paintings, sculpture, and photography. Tue-Fri, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, noon-5 p.m. 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.
The Science Place. Face to Face: Dealing with Prejudice and Discrimination. In this exhibit, designed for ages 7 to 12, 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 p.m. Fair Park. 214-128-5555.
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. Through May 31, the museum presents Hail to the Chief: President’s Power and Politics, a took at the legacies of 10 U.S. presidents. Open daily, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
411 Elm St. 214-747-6660.
STAGE WEST THEATRE. If you’ve ever cruised your neighborhood looking for your pet and realized that while the name Mr. Snoodles sounds cute at home, it sounds down right silly when yelled in public. Sweet Phoebe is for you. It tells the story of two young professionals whose lives are disrupted by a missing dog. Through May 8. 3053-55 S. University Dr., Fort Worth. 817-784-9378.-H.W.
Debbie Reynolds. Hungry for some pure old-school entertainment? The Dallas Symphony Orchestra pulls out all the stopS when this beloved star of stage and screen closes die 1998-1999 season, May 21-23. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-871-4000.
Jazz Night at DSM features the Dallas School of Music Faculty Jazz Combo taking requests and drawing songs from a hat for impromptu performances of favorites. Saturday, May 22.7 p.m. Dallas School of Music, 2650 Midway Road. 972-380-8050.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Relive baseball’s memorable past at this place, located inside the Ballpark. Items on display include a Babe Ruth bat and glove, as well as a jersey belonging to Lou Gehrig. New this season is an exhib-it honoring Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. 817-273-5600.
7th Annual Pumphouse 5K and Open House Run. Celebrate the close of Drinking Water Week at White Rock Lake by treating your body to exercise and refreshing exhilaration, including music, tours, children’s activities, and exhibits. May 8, 9 a.m.-noon. White Rock Pump Station, 2900 White Rock Rd. 214-670-4150.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Cowboys and Cowgirls at home and play in Cowtown. The famous rodeo continues throughout May, with competition each weekend. Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth. 817-625-1025.
White Bock ’n’ Roll! This family-friendly event includes a five-mile run, along with a Y2K Fun Run, Walk, or Waddle (1.2 miles). A variety of bands will be scattered along the route to keep participants entertained. May 22, 8 a.m. White Rock Lake Park. Call 972-622-SAVE or visit www.whiterocknroll.com.
Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill. A soulful spring production. This play, presented by Dallas’ Soul Rep Theatre Company and The Black , Academy of Arts and Letters, deals with one of the last appearances by Billie Holiday. May 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30. Ail shows at 8 p.m. Muse Cafe Theatre, 650 S. Griffin. 214-743-2440.
The Undermain Theatre. The season’s final presentation is Three Mountains, exploring the nature of evil and unforgivable acts. Previews May 5 and 7; opens May 8 and runs through June 12. 3200 Main St. 214-747-5515.
Soi II Sod
It’s a futuristic, high-tech, stainless-steel bar. Ifs a surfside hangout with hammocks swaying over a sandy beach. It’s two vibes in one. Inside, you expect to see Judy Jetson sipping an exotic cocktail, bobbing her ponytail to the Euro beat. Outside the back door, you might stumble over Jimmy Buffet passed out under a palm tree. Judy meets Jimmy? Only at Soul II Soul. 5628 Sears St., 214-828-1800