Dallas New Car Show. Addicted to the smell of new cars? Spend a weekend sniffing away to your heart’s delight. With both foreign and domestic cars on display, chances are you’ll find the car of your dreams. Mar 29-Apr 2. Dallas Convention Center. 214-939-2700.
Easter Eggstravaganza. Bring your kids to the Dallas Arboretum for an Easter celebration that will be in full bloom. Enjoy a children’s concert by Eddie Coker, let a magician amaze you with his tricks, and see the third annual Easter Parade. Celebrate Easter weekend with the sights of spring all around you in one of Dallas’ most beautiful gardens. Apr 21-23, Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. 214-327-8263.
Flower Walk. Join a Heard Wild flower Guide for a nature walk through the 289-acre sanctuary overflowing with spring blooms. See nature at its finest and learn about native Texas flowers. Apr 8 and 22, 9:30a.m. The Heard Natural Science Museum and Natural Sanctuary. 972-562-5566, ext. 226.
Jazzoo Weekend. They say music soothes the savage beast, so join the other animals as they kick back and listen to the sounds of Latin jazz. With more than enough activities to keep the kids occupied-face painting, arts and crafts, zoo workshops. and more-there will be plenty of time for you to enjoy yourself, too. Apr 8,11a.m.-3p.m.; Apr 9, 1p.m.-5p.m. The Dallas Zoo. 214-670-5656.
PIECES presents Classical Pieces. Excerpts from Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, a liturgical pointe piece choreographed by J. Davis Hobdy and set to gospel music-this spring performance should have something for everyone. Apr 14, 8 p.m.; Apr 15, 1:30 p.m. Marsh Middle School, 3838 Crown Shore Dr., 972-601-9832.
Dance for the Planet. Even if you leave your dancing shoes at home, you’ll have a good time at this annual festival, featuring legendary jazz great Gus Giordano to célébrated swing dancer Norma Miller. No worry, if the Lindy Hop is beyond your capabilities, you can always stick around for the free performances by national and local companies like Dallas Black Dance Theater-not to mention the great eats. Apr 15-16 noon. Annette Strauss Artist Square. 214-522-3455.
Peter Pan. Follow Tinkerbell and her fairy dust to Neverland to join Peter Pan. Wendy, Michael, and John Darling in the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet’s American premiere of this childhood classic. Apr 21 -22. Music Halt at Fair Park. 214-631-ARTS.
Spring Loaded. Don’t miss the renowned Meadow’s Dance Department’s annual spring concert, featuring the works of prominent choreographers, original pieces by guest artists, and works from the school’s own faculty. Witness this spectacular show of creativity and performance art. Mar 29-Apr 2. Wed-Sat, 8p.m. Sat & Sun, 2 p.m Bob Hope Theater, SMU. 214-768-2787.
Arbor Daze Festival 2000. Join the city of Euless and KLUV 98.7 for the festival of all festivais. This internationally recognized event features arts and craft booths, a plant sale, local stage acts as well as free musical concerts all weekend long. Musical entertainment includes The Beach Boys, The Nelsons. The Dixie Cups, and much more. Apr 28-30, Bear Creek Parkway and Fuller Wiser Rd. in Euless. 817-685-1660,
Disney on Ice. Your wish upon a star has finally come true! Pinocchio, Minnie. Jimminy. Buzz Lightyear, and many more of your Disney favorites are coming. Emmy Award winning choreographer Sarah Kawahara’s numbers will dazzle you. Mar 28-Apr 2. Reunion Arena. Apr 5-9, Fort Worth Convention Center. 972-647-5700.
Japanese Spring Festival. If your exposure to Japanese culture is limited to dinner at the local sushi place, then this festival is for you. Experience true Japanese culture through the artwork and craft of the island, as well as demonstrations in judo and dance. Exhibits on the ans calligraphy and origami make it possible for you to take a little bit of Japan home. Apr 8. 1 la.m.-5p.m.; Apr 9, 12 p.m.-5p.m. Japanese Gardens. 3300 Japanese Garden Ln. Fort Worth. 817-871-7685.
New Vintage Wine and Arts Festival. “Eat. drink. and be merry”-that’s what we always say. Start the tun with the first of three Vintners Wine Dinners Wednesday evening, then come back for more of the exciting events, including wine tasting, demonstrations, sales, and live music. Even if you can’t make everything, make sure to be on hand for the blessing of the vines and new releases. Apr 12-16. The Heritage Center, 701 S Main St. Grapevine. 1-800-457-6338.
Primavera Gallcria. For once, power walking through the mall makes sense as the Galleria brings spring indoors. Enjoy a quarter mile stretch of gardens designed by Dallas’ top landscape artists while shopping in one of Dallas’ finest shopping centers. Apr 6-23. The Galleria, Level 1. 972-702-7100.
Share our Strengths Taste of the Nation. Join Stephan Pyles and other top chefs as they battle the war against hunger. Over 50 restaurants will be represented at this event, including Star Canyon and Via Real. Guests can bid on items in the silent auction while sipping on wines from both Texas and California vineyards. Apr 16, 4p.m – 7p.m. Union Station at Hyatt Regency. 1-800-955-TASTE.
25th Annual Tour of Homes. Sneak a peek inside the North Dallas homes you’ve always admired and commit a good deed in the process. Proceeds from the tour, lunch, afternoon tea, and other activities will benefit local charities. Apr 7, 10 a.m. – 7p.m. 972-380-5244.
USA Film Festival. Calling all film lovers and aspiring filmmakers alike! Take part in eight days of screenings and discussions on the best new American films. Cinema enthusiasts travel from all over the world to attend this event; all you have to do is drive down the street. Apr 27- May 4. AMC Glen Lakes Theaters. 214-821-6300.
Wuthering Heights. Tragically sweet female, the aloof and mysterious love interest, the ultimately doomed romance-no one captured the essence of the gothic romance better than Emily Bronte in Wuthering Heights. The TCU Department of Radio/TV/Film presents this 1939 screen version of Bronte’s disastrous love story with Laurence Olivier as Heathcliff and Merle Oberon as his Catherine. Apr20,7p.m. 164Moudy Bldg.. TCU. 817-257-7630.
Anne of Green Gables. Well-loved children’s author Lucy Maud Montgomery’s classic is brought to life on stage in this original musical adaptation by ArtsPower. The story of little Anne Shirley and her adventures on Prince Edward Island will touch audiences of all ages. Apr 2,5 p.m. 7900 North Haven, Jewish Community Center of Dallas. 214-739-2737.
Diane Stanley. Mixing both art and ston, telling into an event that the whole family can enjoy, the DMA provides the perfect Saturday afternoon distraction. The da> begins with classes taught by a local Dallas artist and ends with award-winning author Diane Stanley reading excerpts from her latest work. Apr 15. art workshop 1 p.m.- 2 p.m.; story-telling 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art. 214-922-1220.
I’m Growing Up. From developing in the womb to the throes of adolescence and into adulthood-this traveling exhibit will guide you through the amazing process of growing up. Feb.8-May 28. The Science Place at Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
Science Stories Naturally. The Dallas Museum of Natural History presents Rushing Waters, stories of rivers, lakes, streams, and Earth Day. Bring the entire family to listen to the museum’s resident storyteller, Shelby Smith, for an afternoon of aquatic adventures. Apr 1,2 p.m. Dallas Museum of Natural History, City Safari Room. 214-421-3466.
Tom Sawyer. Whether searching for pirates’ treasure or conning the neighborhood kids into doing chores, Tom Sawyer and his pal Huck Finn are always up to something. Re-live the adventures that entertained you as a child while sharing an old favorite with your kids. Apr 7-16. Casa Mariana Theater. 817-332-2272.
The Wizard of Oz. Click your heels twice and be magically transported to the Land of Oz! Join Dorothy and Toto on their adventures through Oz as they search for their way home. Don’t miss the adventure and fun as the American Theater of the Arts for Youth brings this classic to life. Apr 12, 10 a.m & 12:15 p.m. Bronco Bowl. 214-944-1009.
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
ArtiFACES Be creative in a humorous way. Explore the Arlington Museum of Art and create a few pieces of your own. The tour includes an ArtiFACE workbook and an art activity by a guest artist featured in the exhibition. Apr 1, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Arlington Museum of Art. 817-459-6907.
The Carter Downtown. The Amon Carter Museum is closed for renovation and expansion. But don’t worry! You won’t have to do without your beloved American art. The Amon Carter Museum has temporarily moved to downtown Fort Worth’s historic Sundance Square. Experience one of the country’s premier collections and take a peck at what the Museum will look like when it reopens in the Fall of 2001. Tue-Wed, 10:30 a.m-5 p.m.; Thu-Sat, 10:30 a.m-8 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m., closed on Mondays. 500 Commerce St. 817-738-1933.
Featured Artists Series 2000. The Kittrell/ Riffkind Gallery presents some of the most beautiful glassworks in the country. The exhibit includes David Leppta’s illusionary blown glass, as well as latticinio pieces by Ralph Mossman and Mary Mullaney. Don’t miss out on the colored contemporary works of Boyd Ryo Sugiki. Apr 7-29. Kittrell / Riffkind Art Glass, 5100 Beltline Rd.1-888-865-2228
It’s a Small World After All. You may feel like Gulliver in the land of Lilliputians, but visit the American Museum of Miniature Arts in its recently reopened 17,800 square foot space anyway. Designed by internationally renowned artisan and authority on miniatures, William R. Robertson, the museum houses a collection valued at more than $1 million. Tue-Sat, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; Sun, 1 p.m-4 p.m. 2001 N Lamar in the West End. 214-969-5502.
Orion Rendezvous: A Star Trek Voyage of Discovery. Venture into space and the unknown, along with the StarshipAntars,on a “training mission.” This event, developed by the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, returns to Dallas to transport you to a cosmic graveyard and a sun 100 million times larger than our own. Don’t miss the adventure. Through May 21. The Science Place Planetarium. 214-428-5555.
Special Tea at the 0MNH. Learn about Texas Indians while enjoying hot tea and a light afternoon snack. Anexpert in the field of natural history will take you back in time to the days when Indians ruled the Texas plains. An added bonus: full admission to the museum exhibits and a 10 percent discount in the museum gift shop. Apr 11,2 p.m. Dallas Museum of Natural History. 214-421 -3466, ext. 209.
Cubanismo! Relax, let your body feel the music, and allow the rhythm to move your feet as dance music and passion come together in a performance you will never forget. Experience the magic of Afro-Cuban music as performed by two Cuban expatriates-trumpeter Jesus Alemany and veteran pianist Alfredo Rodriguez. If he were still rockin’ Club Babaloo, this is the type of music Desi Arnaz would be playing. Apr 29, 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 214-528-5576.
Evelyn Glennie at the DS0. Spend an evening with the beautiful and relaxing sounds of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. With world renowned percussionist Evelyn Glennie, James DePreist will conduct Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9 in E minor and MacMillan’s “Veni, Veni, Emmanuel.” Mar 30-Apr 1,8 p.m.; Apr 2,2:30 p.m. 214-692-0203.
Latin American Music Festival. Join Marios Nombre, the most celebrated Brazilian composer of today, at this weekend long musical festival. Audiences will have the chance to experience the unique sound of South American classical music-a form rarely heard in the United States-as well as an opportunity to hear more familiar folk songs and mariachi rhythms of Latin music. Apr 13-15, Texas Christian University. 817-257-7232.
The Merry Widow. Experience the Parisian night life through the story of Hana, a young, wealthy widow who can have any man except the one she wants. Delight in the cast of ridiculous characters in this comédie opera definitely one you won’t want to miss. Apr 13-15, 8 p.m.; Apr 16, 3 p.m. Concert Hall, Music Bldg., The University of North Texas. 940-369-7802.
Tito Puente. Forget Ricky Martin! The true Latin invasion began years ago with celebrated jazzman Tito Puente at its forefront. Since the 1950s the “Mambo King’s” music-remember “Oye Como Va”-has moved crowds, guaranteeing the former big band headliner will be more than a footnote in the history of American music. Apr 21-22, 8 p.m. Morton Meyerson Center. 214-692-0203.
Deep Blum Dash-5K Run “With an Attitude.” Be part of an event that is both healthy and helpful by-participating in the Deep Ellum Dash benefiting the Deep Ellum Association and the East Dallas Weed and Seed, a community-based multiagency approach to combating violent crime. This annual event starts with the Deep Ellum Waddle, a one-mile run for fun. Apr 8, 10 a.m. Deep Ellum. 214-821-0909.
Lone Star Derby. Can’t wait until the Kentucky Derby to satisfy that racing jones? This Triple Crown Preview may be just the fix you need. The S300.000 purse and the warm Texas sun make this early spring race one of the most enjoyable and exciting in the sport. Apr 22, 1:35 p.m. Lone Star Park, Grand Prairie. 972-263-RACE.
Texas Rangers. Join “Pudge” Rodriguez and the Texas Rangers as they kick off a new season of baseball. Watch them go for their first win of the regular season against the Chicago White Sox. Apr 3, 2:05 p.m. The Ballpark in Arlington. 817-273-5100.
Ah! Wilderness. Eugene O’Neill’s tale of a young boy’s forbidden love in this coming of age comedy recalls the days when we were all awkward love-struck kids. Directed by Melia Bensussen and Kevin Paul Hofeditz. this heart-warming play is sure to delight audiences from all walks of life. Apr 26-30. Wed – Sat. 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. SMU Bob Hope Theater. 214-768-2787.
Cabaret. “Willkommen” to pre-World War I1 Berlin and the chaotic mix of romance, debauchery, song, and dance known to the world as Cabaret. The world may be crumbling outside, but inside the infamous Kit Kat Club, all is as seedy and bawdy as ever. Apr 4-16, 8 p.m. Music Hall at Fair Park. 214-631-ARTS.
Grease. Join the whole Rydell High School gang-Danny. Sandy, Frenchie, and Rizzo, too-for some 1950s fun in this classic musical. Hang out with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies and relive “Those Summer Nights!” Apr 18-23. Tue-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-467- ARTS.
Guys and Dolls. Join the card sharks and crap-shooters of New York City in this musical adventure of underground casinos and bright lights in the big city. The underbelly of the Big Apple never looked so appealing. Directed by Richard Hamburger. Mar 29-Apr 23. 5 p.m. The Dallas Theater Center. 214-522-8499.
Journey to the Center of the Earth. Loosely based on Jules Verne’s science fiction epic, this comedy by Gerald Fitzgerald is full of fun and affection. Journey with The Professor and his nephews as they travel to the center of the Earth. Apr 21 – June 3. Thu-Sat, 8:15 p.m.; Sun, 7 p.m. Pegasus Theater. 214-821-6005.
New Visions/New Voices. Before Arthur Miller created pop culture icons like Willy Loman and The Crucible’s John Proctor, he was a student-playwright ai the University of Michigan penning works much like those featured in this showcase of new works by SMU theater students. Apr 12-15. Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. Margo Jones Theatre. SMU. 214-768-2787.
things to.do in April
1. Tina Turner and Lionel Richie April 20. Former Commodore and pop giant in his own right. Lionel Richie joins the unstoppable Tina Turner on her world tour. The secret to Ms. Turner’s long-term success? A live show that exudes raw energy, a powerful voice that hints of sultry sexuality and, arguably, the greatest legs in show business today-not bad for a grandmother. 7:30 p.m., Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.
2. STOMP April 18-23. How do you describe a show like STOMP? A musical? Sort of. Theater? In some sense. Dance? At its core, yes. STOMP is all those things and more. Perhaps then, the best word to describe STOMP’s blend of percussion, movement, and comedy is superb. Tue-Fri, 8 p.m. ; Sat. 5 and 9 p.m.; Sun, 3 and 7 p.m.. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU. 214-582-5576.
3. Jimmy Buffet April 13. Calling all Parrotheads- because we know legions of you are out there-dig out those tacky Hawaiian shirts, plop on that dirty “White Sport Coat…,” slip on a pair of boat shoes, and proceed to waste the night away with one of the Sunbelt’s favorite sons. Buffet’s back in town, and even if you are not a card-carrying member of the Church of Buffet, we promise you’ll be swaying in the aisles, too. 7:30p.m., Coca-Cola Starplex. 214-373-8000.
4. Scarborough Faire April 15’June 4. For eight weekends the East Texas plains outside Waxahachie are transformed into 16th century Europe-complete with merry maids, lusty wenches, jousting knights, and plenty of good old-fashioned ale. With feasts fit for a king-or queen-hundreds of wares, and stages full of entertainers, a trip back in time at the Scarborough Faire is well worth the drive. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 30 minutes south of Dallas-Fort Worth offI-35E (exit399A).972-938-FAIR.
5. Deep Ellum Arts Festival April 7-9. Sure we complain a lot about Deep Ellum-the overpriced parking, the teeny boppers milling around-but we must admit, those people sure know how to throw a party. D Magazine-cover diva Sara Hickman and Sugarbomb return to provide the grooves. Area artists are the ambience. The best part? The whole weekend bash is free-a gift from the Deep Ellum community to you. Fri. 5- 11 p.m.; Sat, 11 a.m. -11 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.- 9 p.m.. Main Street in Deep Ellum. 214-855-1881.