The Peking Acrobats
Since it’s unlikely you’ll ever make it to Beijing, mark this evening on your calendar. Over 100,000 young men and women study the 2,000-year-old art of Chinese acrobatics, but only 28 are selected for the world-famous group of jugglers, cyclists, tumblers, and gymnasts known as the Peking Acrobats. Having trained since before they could tie their shoes, these acrobats perform amazing miracles of balance and grace, and their extraordinary strength and concentration allows them to perform gravity-defying feats that even Shaq wouldn’t think about trying. Feb. 7. Bass Hall, Fort Worth. 817-212-4280.
Dallas Aquarium. From start to lins, the beauty of the underwater world is revealed, allowing visitors to observe 375 marine and freshwater species. Open daily, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. Take a winter’s walk through 66 acres of formal gardens, The historic (and warmer) DeGolyer Home is open for tours as well. Open daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
The Wilds of Africa. This exotic 25-acre retreat was recently named the “Best African zoo exhibit in the United States.” The Wilds include an endangered tiger habitat, a chimpanzee forest, and a monorail safari-a 20-minute. narrated monorail ride through live African habitats dotted with gazelles gliding effortlessly across fields right below you. Free admission for senior citizens. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Dallas Zoo, 1-35 at Marsalis. 214-670-5656.
Down at the Depot. During Boy Scout Day (Feb 19). let the kids explore the hands-on activities, including an operating telegraph. The res! of the family can tour the museums, shop at the museum store, and visit the on-site crafters. including printers, potters, blacksmiths, and a Native American interpreter at the tepee. Tue-Sat. 10a.m.-4 p.m.;
Sun, 12-4 p.m. Old City Park. 1717 Gano Street. 214-421-5141.
Southwestern Exposition and Livestock Show. A true hometown tradition featuring 30 performances by the World’s Original Indoor Rodeo and the beauty and grace of the Catalena Cowgirls. Planet Agriculture, a new interactive feature, demonstrates the essential role agriculture plays. Don”t leave without seeing the Canadian Chuck Wagon Races. Jan 21 -Feb 6. Mon-Sat, 9 a.m-5 p.m.; Sun, 12-5 p.m. 817-877-2400
Fort Worth Zoo. For $45 you can adopt a zoo animal in the name of your Valentine amore. Featured animals are the giraffe and black-necked swan, but other animals are available upon request. Your money won’t allow you to take your friend home, but it will buy you a package including a certificate with the name of the adopted animal, a mini-plush toy animal, a photo, a one-year subscription to the zoo’s magazine, a fact sheet on your adopted animal, and two free zoo passes. This gift will be available through Feb. 14. For the adoption gift, call 817-871-7019. Open daily. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.
Fort Worth Botanical Gardens. This 110-acre, tree-shaded complex boasts a rose garden, conservatory, and Japanese gardens. Open daily. 8 a.m.-dusk. Japanese gardens 9 a.m.-6p.m. 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd.. Fort Worth. 817-871-7686.
0 Vertigo. The world-famous Montreal Dance Company is brought to town by T1TAS. Feb 4-5. 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium. 214-528-5576.
Nrityagram, An Indian dance troupe thai performs the ancient Odissi dance form (and if you don’t know what Odissi is, maybe you should find oui) courtesy of-who else? T1TAS. Feb 18-19, 8 p.m. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU. 214-528-5576,
Trinity Irish Dance Company. Brought back by popular demand, this Chicago-based troupe returns for another night of lively dancing and authentic Irish entertainment. Feb 8, 8 p.m. Bass Hall. Fort Worth. 817-212-4280.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
Health Check 2000. Beat the system and those damn HMOs. Sponsored by the Dallas County Medical Society and Alliance, this is the largest health fair of its kind in North Texas. Featuring over 150 booths, this annu-al event provides free screenings and education on topics including blood pressure, body fat. eating disorders, arthritis, visual and dental screenings, just to name a few. Feb 19, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Feb 20. 12-6 p.m. NorthPark Shopping Center. 972-644-9505 or2l4-948-3622.
Laura and Strike Up the Band. Directed by Otto Preminger and nominated for four Oscars. Laura is a classic mystery noir with performances by Gene Tierney, Vincent Price, and Dana Andrews. Starring the comic team of Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney, Strike Up the Banc! chronicles one high school band’s turn to swing music to gain entry in a national radio competition. All films are introduced by Dr, Joan McGettigan. Thursdays, 7 p.m. 164 Moudy S Bldg. TCU. 817-257-7630.
Babe, the Sheep Pig. A charming tale of adventure in a farmyard, this is the story of one piglet’s rise to become the world-famous “sheep-pig.” Feb 11-13, 18-20. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sal -Sun, 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Theatre, Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Children’s Workshops. Do you need a more substantial Saturday morning for your kids than Saved by the Bell? Designed for grades 1-8, kids and parents view works of Matisse and Picasso and then experiment with a related art project. If you thought the last shtray he made was really a vase, maybe he’s just the next great abstract artist. Feb 20, 3:30 a.m. Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.
The Princess and the Pea. Set in Czarist Russia, this age-old story chronicles the adventures of a princess who must prove her royalty through unconventional means. Feb 20,1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Dallas Children’s Theater. 214-978-0110.
Rep Tales. In an original children’s play scripted by Soul Rep’s Writing Consortium, the cast acts out their own interpretation of urban folk and fairy tales. It’s Brother’s Grimm with an attitude. Feb 18-20,25-27. Fri & Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 3 p.m.Dall&sConvenuon Center, 650 S. Griffin. 214-521-5070.
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry. Attempting to defy the Southern racism of their rural community, an African-American family draws on their strength and love for one another to survive. Presented by the Dallas Children’s Theater. Feb4-6, U-13.18-20 &25-27. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 1:30 p.m. & 4:30 p.m. Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs. 214-978-0110.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Religious Art of John Collier. This contemporary artist’s serenely beautiful painting, “Madonna of the Clocks,” and his bronze sculpture, “Madonna and Child,” are the exhibit’s highlights. Free Admission. Feb 18 -Mar 10. The exhibit will be open Mon-Fri, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat, Feb 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Jesuit Dallas Museum, Jesuit College Preparatory School. 972-387-8700.
2000 BC: The Bruce Conner Story Part II.Since the 1950s Connor has been recognized as a mixed-media maven and influential filmmaker, predecessor to the likes of David Lynch and Oliver Slone. The MMA presents an exhibit of film strips, a moviescope presentation, and other film programs, supplemented by examples of Conner’s works in collage, drawing, and photography. Tue-Fri, 10a.m.-5p.m,;Sat, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12-5 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.
Of a Mysteriously Strange and Unusually Frightening Nature. An eerie narrative color photograph exhibition by UTD graduating senior Nicole Arendt.
Showing from Jan 14-Feb4 in the Mezzanine Gallery of the Visual Arts Building. Viewings Mon – Fri, 9-10 a.m.; Sat, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. A reception for the artist will be held in the gallery Sat, Jan 29, 4-6 p.m. University of Texas at Dallas. 972-UTD-ARTS.
Anonymous 4. Cliburn Concerts presents this world-renowned, all-female, a cappella ensemble. The performance will feature music composed during the year 1000, a fitting program to begin the year 2000. Tue, Feb 1, 8p.m. Broadway Baptist Church, 305 West Broadway St., Fort Worth. 817-335-9000.
Chamber Music of the Masters. Music by Shostakovich, Mozart, and Brahms. Fri, Feb 25,8 p.m. St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church, 1220 W. Belt Line Road, Richardson; Sat, Feb 26, 8 p.m., Caruth Auditorium in the Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU. 972-385-7267.
Barry Douglas in Concert. Pianist Barry Douglas performs music by Rachmaninoff and Brahms with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Feb 20, 8 p.m. Bass Hall. Fort Worth. 817-335-9000.
Joshua Ball in Recital. The Piano Symphony Orchestra presents a perfect Valentine’s evening with violin prodigy Joshua Bell, Feb 14, 7:30 p.m. The Meyerson. 972-473-7262.
Broadway Night with Richard Kaufman. Conductor Richard Kaufman brings the best of Broadway’s show tunes to Dallas. Feb 3, 8 p.m. The Meyerson. 214-692-0203.
Dallas Classic Guitar Society. The saxophone-guitar duo of Holland’s Carola Cuypers and Spain’s Enrique Lop have been touring together since 1994, performing dual concerts across Europe and North America. They will bring their show to Dallas. Feb 22,8 p.m. Mesquite Ans Center. 214-528-3733.
Larry Gatlin. The star of Will Rogers Follies teams up with the Fort Worth Symphony Pops for a roaring good time. Thu-Sat, Feb 10-12, 8 p.m.; Sun. Fcbl3.2 p.m. Bass Hall. Fori Worth. 817-665-6000.
KORN. The hand entered the Billboard “Top 20 Albums”chartal No. I in December with their newest release, Issures the second lime the band entered the chart at the lop. the first being with their triple platinum album Follow the Leader. Don’t miss out on the raucous ride of one of rock’s most explosive and defining hands. Feb 23, 8 p.m. Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.
MATISSE AND PICASSO: A GENTLE RIVALRY.
Accompanied by a monograph that elucidates both artists, this exhibition explores their close relationship until Matisse’s death in T954. Final day Sat, Feb 20,10 a.m.-5 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 817-332-8451.
Love Songs. Looking for an excuse to cuddle? The Dallas School of Music presents an evening tilled with ballads guaranteed to put you in the mood. Come celebrate with the one you love. Feb 26, 7 p.m. Dallas School of Music, Frandsen Hall, 1650 Midway, Carrol-lton. 972-380-8050.
A RECIPE FOR DISASTER
The Allied Theatre Group dares to take on the one Shakespearean classic that in theatrical circles is infamous for its bad luck, Lady MacBeth was running things behind the scenes way before anyone had ever heard of Hillary Clinton. Shakespeare takes us from the moors of Scotland to the battle fields of England while exploring the quest for ultimate power, and one man’s willingness to do whatever it takes to obtain it. MacBeth. Feb 11-Mar 11. Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat, 3 & 8 p.m.; Sun, 7:30 p.m. Stage West Theatre, Fort Worth. 817-784-9378.
Mendeisshon’s Elijah. Felix Mendelsshon’s 150-year-old oratorio Elijah is a demanding musical challenge that requires endurance and pacing to match its finish to its brilliant start. Presented by the Irving Chorale and Orchestra, along with a guest chorus from Booker T. Washington High School of the Performing Arts, this is sure to be a
unique and exhilarating musical experience. Feb 20, 7:30 p.m. Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center. 972-252-2787.
The Pretenders. Led by Chrissie Hynde. the Pretenders is a rare and enduring group that has been influential and popular across the spectrum from alternative to mainstream music. Come hear clips from Viva El Amor! their first new studio album in five years. Feb 6,8 p.m. Bronco Bowl. 214-373-8000,
GREASE IS THE WORD…
Sandy’s a good girl. So why does she wantDanny-the resident bad boy? Becauseunder that greaser, tough-guy exterior, beatsa heart of gold (and he can sing and dance,too.) But to land him, she has to win over thepink ladies, learn to smoke, perm her hair,and make the ultimate sacrifice-turn in hercheerleader uniform. Come see Rizzo,Frenchy, Kenicki, and Martie rule theschool-on ice. Bet you didn’t know theycould walk the dog on skates. Grease on Ice.Feb 20,7:30 p.m. Fort Worth ConventionCenter. 817-884-2222.
The Turtle Creek Chorale with Nell Carter. Nell Carter performs Ain’t Miss Behavin’ with the vocal support of Dallas’ very own Turtle Creek Chorale. Feb 20. Dinner at 6 p.m.; show, 8 p.m. The Meyerson. 214-670-3600.
7th annual Pepsi-cola Intercollegiate Classic. It’s like winching A League of Their Own live. Sixteen NCAA Division I women’s fast pitch softball teams, in-cluding teams from UTA. Texas A&M. Baylor, OSU, OU. and eleven oth-ers. will part icipate in a weekend-long tournament. Grab I your sunglasses and your glove and head for the,bleachers. Feb 11-13. Mike Lewis Park. Grand Prairie. 972-237-8106.
Dallas Stars vs. Colorado Avalanche. Close your eyes and go back in time to last sum-mer and the Stanley Cup playoffs. The Avalanche really gave the Stars a run for their money, and you can bet this game will have the same intensity as the Stars battle towards the finish line of the regular season. Feb 27. 7 p.m. Reunion Arena. 214-467-8277.
Alice in Wonderland. Though Tom Petty and the Mad Hatter are the only ones who can pull off a lop hat, this musical adaptation of this Lewis Carroll classic lets everyone explore the wonderment of childhood. Presented by Wichita Children’s Theatre. Feb 13, 8 p.m.
Zale Auditorium. Jewish Community Center ofRalIas,7900NorftavenRd. 214-739-2737.
Blithe Spirit. Piano Repertory Theater will kick off its 25 til Anniversary season with this hilarious comedy written by Noel Coward. Jan 27-Feb 20. Thu, 8:15 p.m.; Fri& Sat, 2:15 p.m. ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th Place. Piano. 972-422-7450.
The Foreigner. The amusing tale of a man so shy that he allows others 10 believe he does not .speak English and soon overhears secrets. Feb 10-12. 17-19,. 8 p.m. Duncanville Community Theatre. 927-780-5707.
Inexpressible Island. The American premiere of David Young’s tale of six men struggling to stay alive after being separated from the main body of Scott’s Antarctic expedition in 1912. Feb 16- Mar 12; Tue-Thu & Sun, 7:30 p.m.; Fri-Sat. 8 p.m. Pay-what-you -can performance on Sun. Feb. 20, 2 p.m. Kalita Humphreys Theater. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. 214-522-8499.
The lion m Winter Set in 1183, this classic tale weaves the story of England’s King Henry I and his struggle to keep his kingdom intact. Feb 11-13,18-20.25-26.Fri & Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun, 2:30p.m. Mesquite Arts Center. 972-216-8122.
The Odd Couple. The neat shall inherit the earth. Neil Simon explores the tug-of-war that exists between two very distinct personality types: the tidy and the messy. Presented by the Garland Civic Theatre lor their 6th Annual Fundraiser. Feb 17-19, 25-26. Thu-Sat. 8 p.m. Garland Performing Arts Center, Main Auditorium. 972-205-2790.
Road. Kitchen Dog Theater presents this brutally funny examination of urban poverty and desperation. So think of it as Rent without the music. Feb 5-6.10- ] 3.17-20,24-27. Thu-Sat, S p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. McKinney Avenue Contemporary Theatre, 3120 McKinney. 214-953-1055.
Rich cherrywood columns contrasted by colorful abstract paintings let you in on the secret: From the airy patio in the front to the groovy retro den in the back, Zubar is a what ever-you-want-it-to-be. Thursday through Saturday, just inside the door, DJ Jose Castillo spins discs as thirty something professionals perch on lounge chairs and discuss the hottest Internet IPO. At the bar on Mondays, the M Street crowd barks out requests for special happy hour Fat Tires and catches up on the neighborhood gossip-while JD mixes up Viagratinis for anyone who dares. Tables lining the narrow hallway glow with just enough incandescent light to read the wine list. Choose a Cabernet or Burgundy to compliment a menu that boasts Greek pasta, Thai chicken skewers, and Mexican barbecue pizza. Feeling trippy? In the very back-gathered around lava lamps-new age flower children sit on modular sofas, accented by Indian brocade pillows, and vibe. -Valerie Douglas
Zubar, 2012 Greenville Ave., 214-887-0071
The Peking Acrobats