We've been told that to appreciate NASCAR and not see it as cars driving in circles, we must attend a race. Only then, schooled by a fan of the sport, will we fully understand the skill behind pit strategy, the technology of cars going really fast for a really long time, the role of aerodynamics, something called a "point system" and the sheer endurance of risking your life behind a wheel. We'll get our chance this weekend when Texas Motor Speedway hosts the O'Reilly Auto Parts 300 and Samsung/Radioshack 500, plus many, many related qualifying rounds, special races and rally events Thursday through Sunday. The speedway is located at 3601 Highway 114, between Denton and Alliance Airport on Interstate 35 East. Tickets for Saturday's 300 race are $24 to $67, and admission to the 500 race on Sunday is $40 to $125. Call Ticketmaster at 214-373-8000 or the speedway ticket office at 817-215-8500 for $10 qualifying-round tickets for Thursday and Friday.
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Tuesday, April 6
Dear Athens, Greece, we're very proud of you for hosting the 2004 summer Olympics. But, please, feel our pain. For what awaits us, besides several medals, is a month of jokes based on My Big Fat Greek Wedding in newspaper stories, headlines, newscasts and talk shows. It's just not fair. But those who want to know more about Greece than Olympics broadcast filler and Hollywood films that play on stereotypes can race over to the Dallas Children's Museum for the new exhibit Greek Village. The addition to the permanent collection is a kid-friendly replica of a Greek village where children can learn about the language, food, music, games, history and more through displays and activities such as mosaic making, shopping, cooking and participating in Olympic games. The exhibit is open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 6 p.m. Sundays at Valley View Center. Admission is $3 for adults, $4 for children 2 to 12, $2 for seniors and free for kids under 2. Call 972-386-6555.
Wednesday, April 7
Here's a tip that bridal shows don't offer to just-engaged couples as they prepare for their big day: Don't go see Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or its more comic variation, Marriage Play. The once-in-love couples in each--during four acts in Who's and one in Marriage--show how affection and tolerance can turn into resentment and sadism as they try to embarrass, weaken and defeat their other halves. During these game-like interactions, the pairs reveal not just their histories, but also how each reacted to them and what they see in the future. WingSpan Theatre company performs Marriage Play through April 24 with a preview 8 p.m. Wednesday. The rest of the run includes performances at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays, plus a 2 p.m. matinee on April 17 and an 8 p.m. show Wednesday, April 21. Tickets are $10 for the preview and $12 to $17 for the rest of the run. The April 21 show is pay-what-you-can. Bath House Culture Center, 521 E. Lawther Drive. Call 972-504-6218.