Friday, January 2
What better time than the holiday season to offer an Icons, Myths and Prophets exhibit? None that we can think of. Seriously, the city has just been inundated with Santa and Jesus; those guys pretty much sum it up right there. Not to mention the Christmas trees, menorahs, angels, candy canes, wise men and various manger-dwelling mammals. So maybe the exhibit at Pan American Gallery, 3303 Lee Parkway, Suite 101, isn't Santa oriented, but as far as religious iconography goes, it's got us covered. Works by artists from Jamaica, Haiti, Cuba, Italy and Mexico examine and interpret icons and prophets in settings ranging from biblical to pagan to "non-Western." Some pious, some fiery and mythological, the works by Carl Abrahams, Hector Hyppolite, Stefano Tartaglia and others expound further upon ideas skimmed over in the past month. Peer at an icon or two. Just do it before January 17, when the prophets will cease speaking from these gallery walls. Call 214-522-3303.
Saturday, January 3
We got a little nervous when the word "Orinoco" popped up on the schedule. After all, who doesn't run from Enya's ubiquitous Celtic Moods hit "Orinoco Flow" with the repetitious "sail aways" that once inundated the new age ear? Relax. This is all in reference to something more lovable and enticing than that song. We will be honest here. It does have fangs, scales and parents "considered to be non-releasable animals" by the Venezuelan government, but it's still inexplicably cute. Jump, a baby Orinoco crocodile, makes a two-week public debut at the Dallas World Aquarium, 1801 N. Griffin St., through Monday. Barely 9 months old, little-ish Jump is aptly named for his "seemingly innate ability to propel himself to impressive heights." That's noteworthy to us since we can only put a few inches between us and the floor, and we even stand upright. Jump is a highly endangered species and the only croc of his kind to be hatched outside of his natural habitat, which is where he might be returned once he reaches proper maturity. The aquarium is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission ranges from $6 to $10.95. Call 214-720-2224.
Sunday, January 4
On Sunday, how 'bout a little dinner, some drinks and a comedy that combines two genres we would never, ever put together? Pocket Sandwich Theatre, and more specifically playwrights Joe Dickinson and Rodney Dobbs, give us a combo show that begs for the popcorn to fly. Fangs for the Memories is an original spoof that jabs at fedora-wearing film noir and...gothy N'awlens vampires? Yep. We just imagine these two fellas sitting at a bar brainstorming. "You know what would be awesome? OK, OK. Film noir and, no, no hear me out. This is totally cool, totally cool. Vampires like the ones in Anna Rice books! No really, it could work. We just make fun of them both at...the...same...time!" The response to that pitch just had to be, "Dude, that's f'n brilliant. I so gotta write it now!" Vamps, hoods and fans of both can decide just how brilliant Fangs really is on Sunday at 7 p.m. The theater is located at 5400 E. Mockingbird Lane. Tickets are $8 and food and beverage service begins at 5:30 p.m. Call 214-821-1860.
Monday, January 5
We set forth a challenge: We bet the Dallas Jugglers Association can't even get us barely started juggling. We've tried, and despite our father's lessons and gifts of Learn to Juggle sets, we get no farther than throwing one beanbag straight up and another halfway across the room. Like playing the drums, juggling seems to be outside our realm of coordination--there's just too much going on and too many appendages involved. For others, however, juggling seems to be such a passion that it demanded the organization of the Dallas Jugglers Association. They meet Monday nights at Half Price Books, 5915 E. Northwest Highway, at 6:30 p.m. Meetings are free, as are lessons (again, our confidence fails us and we'd love to be proven wrong), and the group welcomes all levels from professional to novice to our own level, on-looker. Call 214-328-JUGL.