Michael O'Brien is a photographer with an extensive résumé, having worked for national magazines such as National Geographic, Vanity Fair, Life, TIME and others. In 25 years, he's collected shots of many a Texan. From those that draw "ohs" and "wows" to some that arouse a chorus of who? O'Brien has been called an "adoptive Texan" and lives in Austin, so there's a fairly good chance that the Texas tales he's heard have inspired him. After all, he's dedicated an entire exhibit, The Face of Texas: Photographs by Michael O'Brien, to Texans. See the Face at Fort Worth's National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame, 1720 Gendy St., through May 2. Admission is $4 to $6, free for kids 5 and under. Call 817-336-4475.
Lone star smiles: Michael O'Brien captures the well-known and unknown of our state in The Face of Texas.
This St. Patrick's Day we're looking for something real and true, with some dancing that doesn't occur on top of a bar sans shirt and some celebration that doesn't require a hand over the eyes of tykes. We're proud of our Irishness (however minute it is), and we've loved a good rendition of "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" ever since we heard the greatest Irish tenor, John McCormack, crooning it on the hi-fi. Our traditional nature on this drinkiest of holidays leads us to the family-friendly Palace Arts Center in Grapevine for St. Patrick's Day at the Palace. Tenor Matthew Lord performs as well as the Iverin Irish Dance Company, dancing in traditional and modern Irish styles. There's a cash bar with green beer if your gullet needs hosing, and anyone joining the Grapevine Heritage Foundation will be admitted free. Otherwise it's $10 for adults and free for those under 18 and over 62. The show at 300 S. Main St. starts at 7 p.m. Call 817-410-3100.