Travel Here: Sampling Spring in Dallas

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  Thanks to Mark Cuban, Dallas’ Greenville Avenue St. Patrick’s Day Parade will march out at about 11 am Saturday morning and to quote About.com “festivities continue into the night.”

If you’re not into green beer and general rowdiness, that doesn’t mean you’re out of luck.  The Dallas Museum of Art recently opened it’s exhibition, “Youth and Beauty.”  A lot of what we think about as being modern comes out of America’s Roaring Twenties and this exhibition offers visual avenues into these ideas.  At a Sustainer+ party earlier in the month, patrons were encouraged to wear Twenties era costumes, take dance lessons and get a sneak preview of the exhibition.  The spirit of  fun Gaultier brought to the DMA seems to be alive and well.  If you’ve never been to a Late Night at the DMA, tonight’s the night.  You’ll find everything from food to films to frolicking all the way to midnight.  But if you can’t make it tonight, get there sometime soon, because Youth and Beauty closes on May 27th.

Or if arty types are more in the mood for a Fort Worth kind of day, head over to the Kimball Museum.  Their current exhibition is The Age of Impressionism.  “The 73 paintings in the exhibition include 21 Renoirs and six Monets, along with works by Degas, Manet, Pissarro, Sisley, Morisot, Gauguin, Toulouse-Lautrec, and other prominent French painters of the period. Among them are some of the most familiar masterpieces of the Impressionist era.”  Don’t lollygag!  It’s only here until June 17th.

You have an even shorter window of opportunity to see Dallas Blooms at the Dallas Arboretum.  It will wrap up on April 8th.  This year’s theme is “It’s a Work of Art.”  The theme is underlined by an exhibit called “Small Houses of Great Artists,” which helps you imagine a place Van Gogh, O’Keefe or three other artists might live.  The five Small Houses were all created by local architects.  If you go this weekend, you’ll have the extra benefit of Artscape, a fine art show and sale, right in the garden.  Speaking of art, installations by Chihuly will arrive on May 5th and you won’t want to miss that!

The cover of April’s Texas Highways explodes with bluebonnets and with the mild winter we had, I’ve been hearing wildflower reports since the first weekend of this month.  The cover story highlights wildflower related events all over the state beginning in late March.  Sounds like a road trip to me!

That’s just a sampling of Spring in the DFW Metroplex.  What’s your best suggestion for Dallas-Fort Worth fun?

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4 responses to “Travel Here: Sampling Spring in Dallas

  1. Speaking of bluebonnets, the display at White Rock Lake is stunning. You can view some images here: http://white-rock-lake.blogspot.com/2012/03/brilliant-bluebonnets-blooming-at-white.html

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  2. LRHunter

    Thanks so much for this roundup of local beauty. I love it! We don’t go to Dallas, but we do go to the Kimball and other museums in that area. So lovely to set and imagine being inside the pictures! Thanks again.

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