At the beginning of 1999, no one knows what the new year will bring--that is, except the various psychics, palm readers, and numerologists at the New Year's Day Psychic Fair. Instead of depending on the traditional black-eyed peas to bring you good fortune, you can find out for yourself at Dallas' oldest and largest psychic fair, where more than 40 professional psychics will be on hand to break the good or bad news to you. Of course, you may be disappointed. In fact, you probably will be. If you really think about it, why doesn't a psychic win the lottery every week? If they can "see" a new love in your life in the very near future, how come they can't use their insight to score some extra scratch? Oh yeah, because they're faking it. Of course, if you truly believe in the telepathic powers of a woman named Madge dressed in a shabby housecoat that smells like cat urine, who are we to tell you otherwise? Believe all you want. There's always a market for a good, gullible audience member to participate in infomercials. The New Year's Day Psychic Fair happens from noon to 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Select Hotel, LBJ Freeway and Jupiter Road. Admission is $7, plus $10 for every 15-minute reading. Call (972) 241-4876.
Over the course of the past week's cold snap, we've come to realize just how incompetent Texans are when it comes to cold weather. It's only a few days of below-freezing conditions, but people are at Kroger stocking up on canned goods like the apocalypse is coming. People up north are laughing at us. You'd think Channel 8's Troy Dungan had reported a swarm of locusts approaching from the southwest instead of snow and sleet. If you don't mind Jack Frost nipping at your nose, join the Dallas Nature Center's annual evening hayride. The event features hot chocolate, roasted marshmallows, and a nighttime nature tour through the 633-acre wilderness preserve, located in southern Dallas County. The hayride happens on Saturday at the Dallas Nature Center, two-and-a-half miles south of Interstate 20 on Mountain Creek Parkway. Admission is $3.50-$4.50. Tours run every 30 minutes between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Call (972) 296-1955.
One of the first stops we'll be making after the holidays is CD World. Not to be rude about it, but every year we receive more bad CDs than a Top 40 station, piles of lumps of coal in shiny jewel cases that only serve to prove how little our immediate family knows about our musical tastes. We'd return them to the stores where they were purchased, but we don't have the heart--or the guts, if you want to get technical--to tell the folks we'd only play that album if we were trying to chase rats out of our apartment. Fortunately, CD World gives a good price (four or five bucks, sometimes) and a great selection to spend it on. So CD World, here we come. CD World is located at 5706 Mockingbird Lane. Call (214) 826-1885.
At first, the plot of John Davies' new play, BEEM!, seems pretty straightforward. A Kansas City restaurant manager named Bill Beem decides to create a one-man show that will make him a celebrity. He sees the show as a group of hilarious (to him, at least) stories about how he ended up managing a restaurant. The writer he's hired doesn't want comedy; he's more skilled in the way of drama. And the actor playing Beem has his own ideas. What makes the whole thing confusing is that all of these characters and several others are portrayed by the same person. By the end, it's hard to tell who's who. But then again, that's the point. Ground Zero Theater Company starts off the New Year with a one-night-only performance of Davies' work-in-progress on Monday at 7:30 p.m. at the KD Studios Theatre, 2600 Stemmons Freeway. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call (214) 827-5746.