Like crows, the people of Dallas are attracted to bright shiny objects. This simple fact explains so much, doesn't it? It's the reason there's always a small huddle of humanity at the base of Reunion Tower, looking up. It's the reason you can never find a parking place at NorthPark, particularly in November and December. And, certainly, it explains why the Dallas Art Dealers Association realized a boost in attendance last year for its spring and fall Gallery Walk events. DADA member galleries are spitting on, polishing and dusting every piece of new art to get ready for the official opening of the visual arts season in Dallas on Saturday. For this year's Fall Gallery Walk, 33 art venues in Dallas, Irving, Arlington and Denton will open their doors from noon to 8 p.m. (and some later) for the expected migratory flocks of visitors. People-watching is often as fun as art-viewing, since after a free glass of wine or two, gallery-goers start chattering like magpies while valiantly resisting the urge to poop on the sidewalk. Saturday's art lineup is staggering, with an interesting mix of solo and group shows; midcareer and new artists; paintings, sculpture, found objects and drawings. Look for participating artists to appear between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. at some galleries. If you can't make all 33 sites, at least see: the Flip group show at Dunn and Brown Contemporary, 5020 Tracy St.; Dallas artist Scott Barber at Barry Whistler, 2909-B Canton St.; Pamela Nelson and Ginger Henry Geyer at Cidnee Patrick, 2404 Cedar Springs Road; and Alexander Calder at Gerald Peters, 2913 Fairmount. Fall Gallery Walk guides with complete listings and maps are available at all participating galleries and at www.dallasartdealers.org. Call 817-275-4600. --Annabelle Massey Helber
If you've got the money, honey, you can party down with the Dallas Opera Guild at its welcome soiree for new Dallas Opera general director Karen Stone, featuring entertainment provided by the arts magnet high school and award-winning soprano Jennifer Chung with pianist Mark Metcalf. There's a green catch, however. "At $100 per person, the proceeds will go to support the wide-ranging educational programs of the Dallas Opera Guild," reads the event press release. Yikes! If you're anywhere near as broke as a freelance writer, take note: Subscriptions to the opera's soon-to-begin season at Fair Park are available for as little as $65. The Dallas Opera Guild arts reception is Wednesday, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., in Arlington Hall, Lee Park. For event information, call 214-443-1014. For opera tickets, call 214-443-1000. --Cheryl Smith
They Say It's Wonderful
If you haven't been hanging around Broadway for the past 50-odd years, you've probably missed some of the genre-defining moments in musical theater: Mary Martin as Peter Pan, Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, Barbra Streisand in Funny Girl. If you don't remember Angela Lansbury as anyone but Jessica Fletcher, Christine Andreas is happy to jog your memory. Dallas Children's Theater hosts the Tony-nominated soprano at its Cabaret Gala, where she will perform "Here's to the Ladies," a tribute to her favorite Broadway greats. Don't rain on our parade. Just get to the Venetian Room at the Fairmount Hotel, 1717 N. Akard St. Tickets are $125, and seating is very limited. Call 214-978-0110. --Michelle Martinez
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"You don't know what you've got until it's gone" applies to any number of instances, not least of which is knee-jerk cynicism or shoulder-shrug indifference in regard to contemporary artists. Essentially dismissing a still-working artist simply because he/she didn't live 300 years ago is approaching cultural suicide. Feel bad, don't you? All is forgiven by attending the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art's Legend Awards on Thursday evening. Admission is $125, but the work of award recipient David Bates will be on display, along with the recognition of patrons Amy Williams Monier and Frances Montgomery Williams, and professional Diana Block. And dress nice, huh? The Contemporary is located at 2801 Swiss Ave. Call 214-821-2522. --Matt Hursh