Holiday Highlights

For the Nine Inch Nails fan who keeps opening the garage door during channel-surfing frenzies:

First you need to equip your "Nails" fan with quality headphones. Because while Trent Reznor writes some awfully beautiful sentimental music, listening to it while preparing dinner might drive you to season everything with lighter fluid. That's where the Grado 8R-60 headphones ($69) come in. This lightweight headphone offers superlative sound, and it's designed for use with portable as well as home audio systems. Or consolidate all of your remote needs and avoid unwanted interference with the Marantz RC2000 Handheld Learning Remote Control which can operate every piece of electronic equipment in your home entertainment system. Capable of learning 32 different functions for 10 different pieces of equipment (garage door function unavailable at this time). Wavelength Audio Video, 9780 LBJ Freeway, (214) 341-5800.

For the person who can never have too many accessories:
Accessorize someone this holiday season with beautiful details like authentic Victorian or contemporary evening bags ($32-$240); hand-crocheted beaded shawls ($56-$154); heavy antique silver wrist chains ($48-$138); and 1950s-style aluminum lighters. Avant, 2716 Greenville Avenue, (214) 824-0260.

For the lover of exotic jewels:
Obtain some beautiful, one-of-kind pieces from Ylang-Ylang, including wire-wrapped stone and sterling pieces from Beth Orduna, South Sea pear pendants from Erica Courtney, and Monkey candlesticks from Lazaro. Designer Erica Courtney will be on hand for a personal appearance and holiday trunk show on Friday, December 12, from 1-6 p.m., and on Saturday, December 13, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., with pieces from her new collection. Ylang-Ylang, 1201 Galleria, (972) 980-0819.

Thursday, November 20
"Artists & Ornaments": Robin's Nest, A Different Gallery presents "Artists & Ornaments" through December 24. Show features hand-blown glass, painted & clay ornaments. Preston Forest Shopping Center 11700 Preston Rd. (214) 265-0067.

Friday, November 21
Teatro Dallas presents its 5th International Theater Festival every Friday and Saturday through December 6. All shows are highly visual and will be easily followed by the help of a libretto (like at the opera); a great way to test your Spanish. This Friday and Saturday (21 &22): "Dona Rosita Jalapeno Kitchen" by Rodrigo Duarte Clark. Rosita tells us about her life. In Spanglish. This hilarious piece is performed by Mexican American actress Ruby Perez from San Antonio. All shows are at 8:15 p.m. Performances are held at 2204 Commerce. Tickets are $15. Call (214) 741-1135 for more information.

The Dallas Opera: Billy Budd, an opera in four acts by Benjamin Britten; libretto by E.M. Forster and Eric Crozier. Performances: November 21, 23 (matinee), 25, and 29. Sung in English. Call (214) 443-1043 for times and ticket information.

Bizarre Christmas Sale: Art Encounter is taking 20% off everything in the Gallery. All art work: oils, watercolors, jewelry, pottery, wood turnings, ceramics, etc. Sale through November 23. 230 Spanish Village - Coit and Arapaho. (972) 726-7220.

Book Signing: Historian Charlene Ragsdale, Ph.D. to sign new work, Living Longer Than Hate: A Story of Survival and Success, at Borders in Lewisville at 7:30 p.m. Biography chronicles Houstonian's business and family triumphs. Call (972) 459-2481 for more details.

Paws & Presents: Want to help a furry orphan this holiday season? Don't know where to go? Through December 31, NorthPark is once again "adopting" the SPCA of Texas to provide special homes for cuddly cats and dogs. The SPCA of Texas Adoption Pavilion will be located between Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor. Paws and Presents is just another charitable way of helping the animals at the SPCA of Texas during the holidays! Call Carrie Clark, (214) 651-9611, Ext. 143 for more info.

Saturday, November 22
Galleria Wonderland Express: All aboard! The Galleria Wonderland Express is pulling into the station at 10 a.m. Now in its tenth year, the Galleria Wonderland Express is Ban Bywaters' spectacular toy train exhibit that has become a Dallas holiday tradition for children of all ages. The donation is $4 for adults and $3 for children and seniors. Children under two are free. All proceeds benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Dallas, a home-away-from-home for families of seriously ill children. Displayed on level III at Galleria Dallas, near Nordstrom, I-635 at Dallas North Parkway, through Sunday, January 4, 1998. For more information on the 1997 Galleria Wonderland Express, call (972) 480-5312.

"Afternoon for the Senses": Join the Palace Theatre in historic Grapevine for an "Afternoon for the Senses." An afternoon of art, wine, and music . Local and regional artists, Texas wine & music! 3-6 p.m. 308 S. Main St. (817) 421-1091.

Sunday, November 23
Thanksgiving Service: Park Cities Presbyterian welcomes visitors to its Thanksgiving service from 4-4:30 p.m. 4307 Newton at the corner of Wycliff and Oak Lawn. Call (214) 523-5400 for information.

Wednesday, November 26
Holiday Lights at Fair Park: Drive-thru tour of Christmas lights and holiday-themed displays. New this year--Santa's Village. November 26-January 4, 5:30 p.m.-11 p.m., 7 days a week. $8.00 per car. Call (214) 741-4848.

"Sleigh Ride From the Sky": A Christmas fundraiser benefiting disabled, disadvantaged and seriously ill children set to take romantic, business, and family flights for a "ride in the sky" to see the Christmas lights over Dallas. Flights are from 6-10 p.m. on various nights, November 28 through December 28. Please call Lonna Harris for more information and reservations at (214) 353-7000. Seating is limited, and reservations must be made by November 26.

Thursday, November 27
YMCA Turkey Trot: Come join the Dallas YMCA for its 30th Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Trot at Dallas City Hall Plaza at 9:00 a.m. The event consists of an 8-mile race, a 3-mile fun run, and an 8-mile wheelchair race. Bring the whole family and enjoy Family Pavilion Tent with various activities for children. Call (214) 954-0500 for registration and information.

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