Dallas Boat Show. We’re pretty much landlocked around these pans; this is true. But that’s no reason to miss one of the most extensive boat shows in the country. Forget ocean-going yachts and check out those speedy little numbers for the lake. Jan 28-31. Market Hall. 972-988-3865.
Motorcycle Expo. Nothing like cruisin’ down the highway towards the horizon on the back of gleaming hog-or. so we’ve heard. Unlike the folks gathered at the Motorcycle Expo, we don’t know too much about the biker’s life. Head there for the lessons on livin’. Jan. 7. Will Rogers Memorial Center. Fort Worth. 214-373-8000.
Sate of the Century. Or so they say. As far as we can tell it looks like a giant flea market, which is one of our favorite Saturday activities anyway. Be ready for a treasure hunt. Who knows? You may end up on Antiques Roadshow. Jan 7,12p.m.-10p.m.:Jan8. 10 a.m.-9p.m.;Jan9,11 a,m.-6p.m. Automobile Building. Fair Park. 419-578-1600.
Dallas Dance Gathering. The best of the contemporary’ dance world, local and national, lakes stage during Booker T. Washington’s 12th annual Dance Gathering. Jan 21, 22, 8 p.m. Dance Studio Theater. 2nd F1, Booker T. Washington Performing Arts Magnet. 972-925-1243.
Swing Nights. Jump. jive, and dance the night away at the Caravan of Dream’s weekly swing session. With a live band, the-Caravan’s décor and a willingness to let it all go. you can turn a mundane Wednesday evening into the hippest night of the week. Every Wednesday night. Caravan of Dreams, 312 Houston St.. Fort Worth. 817-429-4000.
It’s Always Fair Weather. TCU’s film series continues with a musical that will have you dancing in the isles. Gene Kelly and Cyd Charisse charm us with this tale of friendship and romance. The magic that Gene Kelly creates can only be described as cinematic moments. Jan 27. 7 p.m. Moundy Building, TCU, Rm 164, Fort Worth. 817-257-7630.
Wings. The first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture, this silent film chronicles the horrors of World War I. Directed by William Wellman, and filmed in Texas in 1927. Wings features performances by Clara Bow. Buddy Rogers, and Richard Arlen. This epic war film containing aerial photography and dog lighting sequences unheard of in ’20s and Gary Cooper illuminates the screen in one of his first appearances. Jan 14, 15. The Lakewood Theatre, 1825AbmmsPkwy. 214-872-TKTS.
John Cook: Paintings from London. Cook, considered a modern-day Impressionist, is one of the most well-respected Texas artists. In his most recent collection of oil paintings. London-its streets scenes, its people, its landmarks, and its essence-is forever immortalized in vivid color. Jan I-10. Victorian Art Gallery. 2722 Fairmont St. 214-871-2474.
Cynthia Lin: Paintings and Drawings. Southern Methodist presents this overview of contemporary artist and art professor Cynthia Lin. Jan 21-Mar 25. Meadows Museum of Art. SMU. 214-768-2516.
Hunger: An Installation by Yoshiko Kauai. In these featured works, Brooklyn artist Yoshiko Kania explores what it means to female in Japan and the USA-the pressures, the emotions, and the rewards. Jan. 1-15. Also share in the life of African-American showbiz couple through the photographs found in the Herbert and Ruby Owens Collection. Jan 1 – 15. Columbia Art Center, 5501 Columbia. 214-823-8955.
Jarvis Wilcox: Recent painting. Wilcox brings die Eastern seaboard to Dallas in his recent collection of still lifes and seascapes. Jan 31. David Dike Gallery. 2613 Fairmount St. 214-720-4044.
PCMIST: Inventions through Static. Art and music fuse into one at the Sock Monkey. Inside the gallery the works of Mike Ortiz, Zack Broadhurst, Dave Winberg, and Dan McGarvey take center stage. But outside in the courtyard artist becomes musician as Ortiz and Winberg’s group, Yarn of Moon fruit, showcases its own creations. Jan 7. Sock Monkey Gallery, 815 Exposition. 214-887-1724.
If You Give A Moose A Muffin. Q: What happens when you give a moose, with a penchant for jam and muffins, his heart’s desire? A: Hilarity. Enjoy this play based children’s writer Laura Numenoff’s sequel to If You Give a Mouse A Cookie. Jan 21, 28, 7:30 p.m.;Jan 22,29 1:30p.m. ,23.30,1:30p.m.. 4:30 p.m. El CentroTheater.801 Main. 214-978-0110.
KidFilm Festival. KidFilm remains one of the I largest children’s film festivals in the world. Where else can you find the best of contemporary and classic kid flicks all in one spot. Past festival honorées and guests include Shelley Duval] and Hallie Mills. Jan 22-23. Glen Lakes Theater. 214-821-6300.
Out of the Mist…A Dragon. In this case, the fun really starts once the show is over. After watching the tale of a fire-breathing dragon, a beautiful heroine and her reluctant hero. kids can learn the tricks of the trade from the puppeteers who make the this traditional Japanese fairytale come to life. 2p.m.. 4:30 p.m. Piano East Senior High Theater. 972-596-0223.
A Tale of Three Kingdoms. San Guo Zhi or A Tate of Three Kingdoms is an ancient Chinese history book chronicling the magical and won-derous events in lands of ancient China-the lands of Wei, Shu, and Wu. Master Japanese dramatist, James Miki and renowned puppeteer Kihachiro Kawamoto present two of the work’s most popular tales. “The Most Politest Request” and “Fight at Chipi” through the wizardry of the designstaff of the Cheng du Puppets Art Company. Don’t miss! Jan 18-19. 8 p.m. Majestic Theater.214-373-8000.
Arte Latino. Be the first to spot the next Diego Rivera or Frieda Kahlo at this showcase of local Latino art students from neighboring universities and colleges. Jan 1-23. African-American Museum of Art, 3536 Grand Ave. 214-565-9026.
Sesquicentennial Celebration. From Time
to Time. the officia] painting of ’ the Fort Worth sesquicentennial, is the highlight of a historic lineup at the Anion Carter. This original watercolor by brothers Scott and Stuart Gentling was commissioned by John and Jean Roach as a special 150th ann-viversay gift. The Carter Downtown provides a changing selection of outstanding American art, Shows run through Jan 16. Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.
Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion. Travel far away from modern Dallas by immersing yourself in the sacred art of Tibet. In these 50 selections taken from the famed Rubin Collection of Asian Art, you’ll find a record of one civilization’s search for higher meaning. Jan 16-Mar 16. Kimbell Art Museum. Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.
Rhett Akins. With the recent release of Somebody New, Rhett rides the wave of his success to Billy Bob’s. Jan 8. 10 p.m. Billy Bob’s, Fort Worth. 817-624-711 7.
Back Stage Pass at the Meyerson. If you’re at all like us, the whole symphony thing seems a bit pretentious. So we think it was nice of the people at the DSO to remove some of the mystery by offering a peek at the backstage area, opening up the dressing rooms, and even letting the public touch the renowned Lay Family organ. This is a walking tour, so unless they’re tennis shoes leave the Pradas at home. Jan 8, I- 4 p.m. Morion Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-953-1218.
Vic Damone. A tribute to the man known to all as “The Chairman of the Board.” Frank Sinatra’s style is something often humiliated but never duplicated. Vic Damone, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, and Conductor Richard Kaufman deliver a musical tribute to 01’ Blue Eyes. Jan 7-9. 8 p.m. Meyerson. 214-692-0203.
Itzhak Perlman. The premiere violinist of our time renders his own breathtaking interpretation of Beethoven’s Romances Nos. 1 & 2. Jan 10. Meyerson. Beethoven gets another interpretation, this time from violinist Hilary Hahn three nights later. Jan 13-15, 8 p.m.; Jan 16, 2:00p.m. Meyerson. 214-692-0203.
Jonny Lang. At 16 this already-veteran blues man has toured with the Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, and blues great B.B. King. His latest album Wander this World captures those influences-down home blues with a twinge of rock’n’roll. Jan 23, 8 p.m. Bronco Browl. 2600 Fort Worth Ave. 888-597 STAR.
SHE S GOT BETTE DAVIS EYES…
Directed by Irving Rapper, Academy Award winner Now Voyager contains the performance by Bette Davis that launched her reputation for putting the “B” in Bitchy. And you can watch it for 15-cent admission and 25-cent popcorn. The City Homes ClassicFilm Series at the Lakewood Theatrecontinues with this 1942 classic. Advancedticketsavailable 214-827-TKTS.
Chris LeDoux. Former World Championship Rodeo rider Chris Ledoux takes on a crowd even more fickle than a angry steer, the one at Billy Bob’s. Don’t let ’em throw you. Chris. Jan 28. Billy Bob’s, Fort Worth. 817-624-7117.
Doc Severinsen. The former Tonight Show band-lender brings his eclectic mix of big band, gospel, and jazz to the Buss. If the sound of his trumpet doesn’t grab you. his flashy jazzman attire will. Jan 13-16.8p.m.; Jan 16, 2 p.m. Bass Hall. Fort Worth. 817-212-4325.
Cowboys v. Giants. They’ll never admit it. but most New Yorkers would give up the Giants and the Jets (but after the last two seasons, never the Yankees) for a team like our Boys. Be on hand to shamelessly rub it in their faces as the Cowboys take on the Giants in their last regular season match-up. Jan 2, 2 p.m. Texas Stadium. 214.373.8000.
THE MALE INTELLECT-AN OXYMORON?
The protagonist is very confused (and when it comes to this subject, he’s not the only one).Tramatized after being left at the the altar, he and his alter egos discuss the age-old question, “What do women want?” Beats us, but playwright Robert Dubac offers up some comic ideas about male-female relationships with a slightly different twist. Tue-Thu, 7:30 p.m; Fri 8 p.m; Sat-Sun 2:30 p.m, 8 p.m. Theatre Three, the Quadrangle. 214-871-3300.
Stars on Ice. Other than the Star’s brand, we don’t see much ice-skating around these parts. All the more reason to check out former Olympians and medal-winners Scott Hamilton, Tara Lipinski. and Kristi Yamaguchi on the ice, proving a blade can be used for more than just shaving ice into an opponents face. Jan 22. Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.
LIFE DULL? YOU NEED A SPICEWEEK.
We were going to be cute and try to somehow tie the Spice Girls to this week-long Indian food festival, but Indians are smarter than that. You can sample everything from South Indian cuisine to Indo-American. You may actually learn to enjoy curry, and you’d better clean your plate because the money goes to those poor kids in India your mother always nagged you about. Jan 22-29. For participating restaurants, log on to www.spice-
Aaah, our poor Mavs. Where to even begin? As usual, we suggest you try to find a silver lining in the whole affair-even if the Mavs don’t beat: the Jazz. Jan 6; the Hawks, Jan 8; the Trailblazers, Jan 15; the Rockets Jan 17; the Golden State Warriors, Jan 25; and the Nuggets, Jan 29. there’s always the Clippers. Jan 27 and next season. Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.
New Millenium Day Run. Out of deference to those of you who plan on celebrating the New Year amidst bubbles and bottles, the folks behind this 5-mile trek through East Dallas kindly scheduled its start for 10 a.m.-more than enough time to shake the confetti out of your hair and throw on those running shoes. Remember, even champagne is fattening if you consume enough. Start the New Year right: run it off. Jan 1,10 a.m. Flagpole Hill, White Rock Lake. 214-890-7722.
Stars Hockey. We can almost see that Stanley Cup now. Come along for yet another championship ride. (Cross you fingers.) Kings, Jan 3 & 26; Predators, Jan 5; Canucks, Jan 7; Blues, Jan 28; Oilers, Jan 31. Reunion Arena. 214-373-8000.
SMU v. TCU Mens Basketball. We like the idea of an ongoing crosstown-of sorts-grudge match between these two burgeoning b-ball programs. Look for SMU’s Jeryl Sasser, aka “Sass, ” to take SMU basketball to that next level. Unfortunately, TCU is already there. Jan 29, 7p.m. Daniel-Meyer Coliseum, TCU.214-768-GAME.
TCU Classic. The region’s topcollegiate swimming teams dive into competition at Rickel Natatorium. Expect to see the perennially nationally-ranked Mustangs there too. Jan 7-8. Rickel Natatorium. TCU. 817-257-7529.
The Mystery of Irma Vep. The Victorian period is famous for its outlandish understatement. This parody of Victorian prudery is brought to us by anarchic genius Charles Ludlam, who also founded New York’s Ridiculous Theatrical Company. Jan 12, 13, 18. 19. 20. 25. 26. 27, 7:30 p.m.; Jan 14, 21, 28. 8 p.m.; Jan 15. 22, 29. 2 p.m.. 8 p.m.; Jan 16, 23. 30, 2 p.m.. 7:30 p.m. Dallas Theater Center.
Picasso At The Lapin Agile. Who but Sieve Mar tin would ever think to present the supposition. “What if a young Pablo Picasso met a young Albert Einstein one day at a chic lit tle French Bistro?’7 Marlins imagined meeting between the two cultural icons is typical Martin style-witty, intelligent, brilliant, and as always, hilarious. Jan 20-29, 3 p.m., 8 p.m. Water Tower Theater. 972-450-6232.
To Be Young Gifted and Black. Even in its darkest moments, when il speaks of the despair and hardships endure by its creators. Lorraine Hansberry’s autobiographical play, remains uplifting, a call-to-arms for DuBois’ “talented tenth.” Oh, the things we have learned in this unkind house thai we have to tell the world about. Jan 21. 8:15 p.m.: 22. 23, 28. 29, 3:15 p.m.. 8:15 p.m. Jan 29. 315 p.m. Jubilee Theater, 506 Main St. Fort Worth. 817-338-4411.
The Drummers of West Africa
Miles Davis considered them cool. Need we say more? The recordings of his collaborations with master drummer Doudou N’Diaye Rose prove Miles was right-the sharp blaring sound of Miles’ trumpet, coupled with rich cross rhythms of hand drums and talking drums: music in the purest, most basic sense of the word. These Senegalese poet-musicians bring from West Africa masterpieces of primal sound, pageantry, and celebration. They moved Miles Davis. We guarantee they’ll do the same to you. Jan 31, 8 p.m. Bass Hall. 817-212-4281.
Getting Down at the Xpo Lounge
Operating under the facade of a renovated warehouse, the Xpo hums with the artistic-hip vibe that rocked Deep Ellum before the yuppies came. Booths along the wall-littered with funky paintings and tiny martini glasses on the , wallpaper-vibrate with eclectic cuts from the jukebox. Edgy Johnny Cash and classy Ella Fitzgerald play softly as owner Phillip Jester chats with regulars and serves “ting-a-lings”-his signature concoction of rum and special juices-in chilled martini glasses. In the courtyard the mood shifts to ambient trippy with DJ Chikki G spinning discs. Catch a special Saturday-edition silent movie with an enhancement: an Xpo-style score brought to you courtesy of the DJ. With a club scene full of overcrowded, noisy, smoky pick-up joints, the Xpo provides something new-a fun, relaxing backdrop where you can even hear the couple next to you. Hey, it could be juicy.-Valerie Douglas Xpo Lounge, 408 Exposition. 214-823-2329