Seen Cirque du Soleil? Well, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey’s first tent production since 1956 will banish every notion you have about the circus. Bearded Lady? Gone. Three rings full of loud chaos to focus on all at once? Nope. Hard metal bleachers? Not a chance. Kaleidoscope is an elegant, intimate performance that you get to watch from one of the 1,850 plush velvet seats. The greatest performers in their fields come together to bring you a one-of-a-kind performance that will leave you feeling as if you’ve know them your whole life. Sylvia Zerbini, trapeze artist, horse trainer, and 9th generation performer; David Larible, the World’s Most Loveable Clown; the Golden Statues, three men from Morocco, spray-painted gold, who can do things with their bodies that Michelangelo probably couldn’t have drawn. No smelly elephants, we promise. March 1-12. Valley View Center. 214-691-0331.
13th Annual Dallas Video Festival. A comprehensive view of the past, present, and future of videos through the innovative work of video pioneers. Mar 23-26. Dallas Theater Center. 214-999-8999.
Dallas Aquarium. Get ready to leave gray March behind and head to the islands. The Sixth Annual Aquarium Family Fun Day. with its “Island Fever Party” theme, is here, complete with a calypso band, a limbo contest, face painting, and more. There will even be a touch tank with “pettable” sea creatures. Mar 4. 11 aJiL-3 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.
The Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens. The Southwest’s largest outdoor floral festival, Dallas Blooms, takes on a patriotic theme this season, America the Beautiful. A floral map of the United States will stretch 50 feet from sea to shining sea, and the history of the American flag will be displayed in spring annuals. It should be enough to make you stand up and salute the largest collection of azaleas in the country. Mar 11 -Apr 16. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-4901.
Dallas Home and Garden Show. You’ve been cooped up all winter, watching Martha Stewart’s stock shoot through the roof. Ready to take her on? Now that winter is almost over and spring is on the horizon, it’s time for you to dust off your gardening shorts, get out the spade, and head downtown for some good gardening fun. This annual event has everything you could possibly need or want for home and garden care. Mar 3.2 p.m.-9p.m.; Mar4.10a.m.-9p.m.; Mar5,11 a.m.-6 p.m. Dallas Market Hall. 800-654-1480.
Dallas New Car Show. Are you in love with the new Beetle? Intrigued by the mythological-ly-named Echo? Well, hop in your Pinto and come decide what your next set of wheels will look like. All of the new models, foreign and domestic, are on display. Mar 29-Apr 2. Dallas Convention Center. 214-939-2700.
The Dallas Symphony Run. Lace up your running shoes tight and grab a bottle of water. The 10K.5K, and IK run-and-walk will begin at the Meyerson, loop through Turtle Creek. and end up back at the Meyerson starting line. David Finfrock of Channel 5 will M.C., and there will be a Celebrity Sweets Bake-Off and La Madeleine sweets sampling canopy-so you can replace those calories you burned off. Live music and free food and beverages will be available for all of the spectators who don’t make the race. Mar 4,7 a.m. The Meyerson, 2301 Flora. 214-520-1844.
Fort Worth Zoo. Come on out to one of the premier zoos in the nation for a special treat. After growing inside Mom’s pouch for six months, the Zoo’s newest koala joey, as yet unnamed, is the first baby koala to be born at the Fort Worth Zoo. Finally free of the pouch, the little one can now be found riding on Mom’s back at the Koala Outback exhibit. And if. for some reason, you don’t think baby koalas are cute, there’s always the snake exhibit. Open daily, 10a.m.- 5p.m. 1989 Colonial Pkwy. 817-871-7000.
Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo. Yeah, it’s a mouthful. And they’re a bunch of men in tights. But it’s also hilarious. The Trockaderos perform comic ballet that dances a fine line between high art and high camp, combining a vast knowledge of dance with a sharp sense of humor as they parody the greats, such as Swan Lake and the works of Balanchine. Mar8.8 p.m. Bass Hall. 817-|212-4280.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. This Fort Worth Dallas Ballet company premiere presents Balanchine’s version of one of Shakes-peare’s most fanciful and intricate comedies, Follow both humans and fairies through a magical forest as they search for true love. Mar 3-4, 8 p.m.; Mar 5, 2 p.m. Fair Park. 817-377-9988.
Funky Lil’ Shack
In the old Herrera’s location, the Grapevine is a melting pot of relaxation. Uptown haute meets downtown funk at the spot whose decor is rumored to have kicked-off the whole retro 70s thing. Regulars line the walls, taking advantage of $2 anythings from 3-7 p.m. Grapevine doesn’t do dinner, but they do take out from 20 nearby restaurants. On the rooftop deck, folks relax into crushed-velvet multicolored sofas or perch on white plastic stackable chairs scattered around plastic bistro tables and catch up on the latest buzz. The ceiling vibrates with tunes spinning on the jukebox while I chatter with my fellow relaxation hounds, watch the suckers still stuck in traffic below, take another sip of my frosty frozen bellini, and smile.– Valerie Douglas
The Grapevine, 3902 Maple Ave., 214-522-8466.
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS
North Texas Irish Festival 2000. March is the month of the Irish, and it’s not just St. Paddy’s Day anymore. Prepare to do a little jig to the largest Celtic festival in the Southwest, showcasing more than 47 bands, craft demonstrations, traditional Irish food and drink, and even a little friendly competition between the Celtic artists. Mar 4-5. Fair Park. 214-821-4174.
The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. The ultimate tale of the underdog outsmarting the bully. Follow Brer Rabbit on his hare-raising adventures through the Briar Patch, losing and regaining his tail, outfoxing Brer Wolf, and racing with Brer Tarrypin. A fun hop for the entire family. Mar 3 & 10, 7:30 p.m.; Mar 4-5 & 11-12. 2 p.m. Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 W Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Henry and Ramona. The Garland Civic Theatre’s “Children on Stage” series brings Beverly Geary’s most popular characters, Henry Huggins and Ramona Quimby, to life in this charming adaptation of her children’s books. Mar II, 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Mar 12, 2 p.m. Garland Performing Arts Center, Main Auditorium, 300 N Fifth St. 972-205-2790.
Irving ISO Elementary/Middle Schools’ Artwork. Want to inspire your reluctant junior Picasso or Renoir? Take him to see what other kids ’ are creating, and then see how he feels J about taking that sketching class. The I Elementary Exhibit runs Mar 3-20; the I Middle School, Mar3-Apr 16. Main Gallery, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N Mac Arthur Blvd. 972-252-7558.
Island of the Blue Dolphins. Presented by the Dallas Children’s Theater and based on Scott O’Dell’s 1961 Newberry Medal-winning book, this is the story of a young Indian girl named Karana who lived alone on her tribe’s abandoned island in the Pacific for 18 years. A tale of courage, survival, and personal discovery. Mar 17-Apr 9. Fri, 7:30 p.m.; Sat, 1:30 p.m.; Sun, 4:30 p.m. Crescent Theater, 2215 Cedar Springs. 214-978-0110.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
Concentrations 34: Shirin Neshat. As one of [he most innovative contemporary video artists, Shirin Neshat has created double screen installations known for their powerful combination of sound, image, and filmic devices. Neshat explores the ideas of identity and tradition in symbolic black-and-white visions of the roles of men and women in Arab cultures. Jan 13-Apr 2. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun. 11 a.m.-5p.m.;Thu, 11 a.m,-9 p.m. Closed Mondays, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Concentrations 35: Richard Patterson. Mr. Patterson, a young artist from Great Britain, has challenged artistic stereotypes again. In his first solo museum show, Mr. Patterson presents his playful yet disconcerting paintings of photographs of plastic toys, all done in brash colors, which blur the lines between painting, sculpture, and photography. Mar 1-Apr 25. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu, 11 a,m.-9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Dallas: A New Perspective. A striking new collection by artist Alain Despert presents Dallas in a light that is vibrant and full of color. Despert’s works include an acrylic and enamel painting titled Pegasus at Sunset that captures the vitality of Dallas in electrifying color. Mar 1-17. Tue-Sat, 11 a,m.-7 p.m. Arts District Gallery. Fairmont Hotel, 1717 N Akard St. 214-220-3266.
Gerhard Richter in Dallas Collections. The Dallas Museum of An presents its recent acquisition of the complete works of internationally renowned German artist Gerhard Richter. Comprised of more than 200 works dating from 1965, and including 20 paintings drawn from private collections in Dallas, this exhibit is a vivid overview of one of our era’s important artists. Mar 1-Apr 23. Tue-Wed & Fri-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu. 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Mondays. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Giovanni Battista Moroni: Renaissance Portraitist. The Kimbell Art Museum has outdone itself once again. The first in a series of small, focused exhibitions on artists or themes not previously treated in-depth in the U.S., this display will showcase 12 of Moroni’s finest and most innovative works, including two portraits that are on loan from a private collection in Bergamo. Though Moroni has been the subject of many retrospectives in Italy and has been highly celebrated at the National Gallery in London, there has been no equivalent representation of his work in the U.S….until now. Mar l-May 28. Tue-Thu, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, 12a,m.-8p.m.;Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12 a.m.-5 p.m. Closed Mondays, Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-332-8451.
Xiang Zhang. Chinese-born and trained, Zhang paints people in a completely unique style. His subjects, varying from ballerinas in tutus to cowboys on the range, are brought to life in an imaginative way through color and brush stroke. Mar 18-19. Southwest Gallery, 4500 Sigma @ Welch. 972-960-8935.
Worlds of Transformation: Tibetan Art of Wisdom and Compassion. Tibet’s sacred paintings are a fascinating part of the great flourishing of Asian civilization. This highly sophisticated art seeks to enlighten the viewer as well as to inspire the heart and mind. For the first time, the Kimbell presents this collection of 50 paintings, organized by the Tibet House, New York, and featuring iconography, tangkas, and lineage lama portraits. Mar 1-26. Tue-Tho,10a.m.-5p.Bi.;Fri, 12 p.m.-8 p.m.; Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun, 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Kimbell An Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. 817-332-8451.
New Orleans is the gritty setting for a neurotic Southern belle’s descent into madness. Stanley, the brother-in-law, brutality reminds us why in-laws are best kept at arm’s length, A Street Car Named Desire presented by the Irving Community Theater. Mar 10-11.17-18, 24-25,8 p.m.; Mar 12,19.2:30 p.m.
Irving Arts Center, Dupree Theater. 3333 N MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-2787.
The Canadian Brass. An engaging mix of humorously funky music, this is a show you don’t want to miss. The five members of this astounding group will surprise you with their eclectic mix of tunes, from Bach to Dixieland and everything in between. Mar 6. 8 p.m. Bass Hall, 555 Commerce St., Fori Worth. 817-212-4280.
ON GOLDEN POND
This play made its debut on Broadway and became famous when performed by screen legends Henry Fonda and Katherine Hepburn. It’s now returning to its roots and is better than ever on stage. This touching and funny study of an elderly couple approaching their twilight years takes place during their 44th summer on Golden Pond. A heartwarming lesson in awareness for all. Mar 3-4,10-11.17-18, 24-25,2 and 8 p.m.; Mar 5,12,19, 26,2 p.m.
Granbury Opera House, 133 East Pearl St., Granbury. 817-573-9191.
Music Worth Your Weill! The Las Colinas Symphony Orchestra presents a tribute celebrating the 100th anniversary’ of the birth of Kurt Weill, a musical genius whose amazing versatility ranged from symphonies and concertos to the popular hits Mack the Knife and September Song. German conductor Florian Merz will lead the program. Mar 25, 8 p.m. Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd. 972-252-ARTS.
Winter Bluegrass Show. The Winter Bluegrass Concert Explosion will feature Special Consensus, Rarely Herd, New Tradition, and Southland for an evening of the music of the Southwest. Sponsored by the Southwest Bluegrass Club, the bands will play traditional, contemporary, and gospel bluegrass. A complimentary dinner is served between the two shows. Mar 4, 7 p.m. IrvingArtsCenter,3333 N MacAnhur Blvd. 817-237-2373.
LIKE WATER FOR CHOCOLATE…
Sure, you saw the movie Fried Green Tomatoes, but did you ever eat one? Well, you will finally have the chance as Danielle Custer, executive chef of Laurels, recreates the dish from her favorite food movie. Custer joins fellow Les Dames d’Escoffier members for the annual Razer Grazer fundraiser that will feature samples of famous dishes from memorable foodie films like Babette’s Feast avid Big Night. Les Dames, an international group of women dedicated to the appreciation of education and knowledge of food, raises funds to support women seeking a career in the food, wine, or hospitality industry. Mar 5,6 p.m.-9 p.m.
Gypsy Tea Room. 214-691-0331.
Dallas Mavericks. Maybe they’ll blossom under new ownership, or maybe they’ll just stay the same ol’ Mavs we love to complain about. (Maybe we need new uniforms.) Either way. see them try to beat last year’s champions, the San Antonio Spurs, as the season approaches its close. Mar 21, 7:30 p.m. Reunion .Arena. 214-939-2800.
Dallas Stars. The greatest moments in sports are bom from the greatest rivalries. There’s something about the annual Texas/A&M game, the Cowboys/Redskins game and, of course, the evening when the Detroit Red Wings take on our Dallas Stars. Come watch Mike Modano and Eddie Belfour send ’em back 10 Motor City where they belong. Mar 5,7 p.m. Reunion Arena. 214-939-2800.
Fort Worth Brahmas. A little fed up with the whole NHL scene? Ready for something more rough and tumble? Maybe it’s time to head out to Fort Worth to see a rising phenomenon-minor league hockey. It hasn’t been around long, but there are already six minor league teams in Texas, and the Brahmas lead the pack. Participate on Mar 3 for Cap Night and Mar 25 for Fan Appreciation Night to see the Brahmas stampede Corpus Christi. 7:35 p.m. 817-336-4ICE.
Major Barbara. George Bernard Shaw was always the master of using provocative wit to make his point, and this crafty comedy is no exception. Sparks fly as differences arise between a father who believes that the most shameful sin is poverty and his daughter. Barbara, who has devoted herself to helping the Salvation Army. Mar 16,21-23. 28-30,Apr4-6.11-13, 7:30p.m.; Marl7,24, 31. Apr 7, 14,8 p.m.; Mar 18, 25, Apr 1,8, 15,2:30 and 8 p.m.; Mar 19,26, Apr 2,9,16, 2:30 p.m. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St. 214-871-3300.
The Tempest. The Jubilee Theatre brings a musical spin to Shakespeare’s final play, a comedy about a magician named Prospero. Bent on revenge, he casts magic spells to lure old enemies to his island, but when his daughter Miranda falls in love with the shipwrecked Ferdinand, and the magic spirit Ariel starts wreaking havoc, Prospero’s plans go awry and the power of forgiveness takes over. Mar 17-18. 24-25, 31. Apr 1,7-8. 14-15. 21-22. 8:15 p.m.; Mar 18-19. 25-26. Apr 1-2.8-9. 15-16, 22,2:15 p.m. Jubilee Theatre. 507 Main St 817-338-4411.
Who’s Afraid of Vii^nia Woolf? Written by Edward Albee. this is one of the great American plays of the 20th century, made famous by the movie version starring Elizabeth Taylor. Watch as George, a burned-out professor, and Martha, his foul-mouthed wife, fight bitterly and drunkenly in front of their two guests. Nick and Honey, who get more than they bargained for. This theatre classic displays Albee’s genius at its greatest, with twists and turns and a surprise ending that will send your head spinning. Thursday performances are pay-what-you-can. Mar 25. 30-31, Apr I. 6-8. 13-15, 20-22. 7:30 p.m.; Mar 26, Apr 2, 9, 16, 23, 2 p.m. McKinney Avenue Contemporary Theatre, 3120 McKinney Ave. 214-953-1055.