Shift: high gear. Up ahead: major art thing called the Dallas Art Dealers Association's Winter Gallery Walk. Not a verb to waste. Follow this map: highlights first, details last. Rev it up and read on. John Pomara's "moving" prints and Scott Barber's cast urethane-enhanced fluorescent lights at Barry Whistler Gallery, 2909-B Canton St., 214-939-0242. Carolyn Sorter's witty The Creamistress 6: The Centered Polenta at Conduit Gallery, 1626-C Hi Line Drive, 214-939-0064. Adam Shaw's high-energy paintings at Craighead-Green Gallery, 2404 Cedar Springs Road, 214-855-0779. Annette Lawrence's String Installation with lip-smacking etchings by Richard Serra at Dunn and Brown Contemporary, 5020 Tracy St., 214-521-4322. Local fave Heather Gorham's quirky characters go 3-D in bronzes at Cidnee Patrick Gallery, 2404 Cedar Springs, 214-855-5101. Brent Kollock's oil series called The Idiot at Paradigm Gallery, 2704 Commerce St., 214-752-4284. Cruise by: 32 member-galleries of DADA from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday. Galleries have event maps or download them at www.dallasartdealers.org. Call 214-969-9410. --Annabelle Massey Helber
There's more to enjoy than phonetic irony when a sculptor named James Carpenter speaks during the Dallas Architecture Forum's art, architecture and engineering lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Dallas Museum of Art's Horchow Auditorium, 1717 N. Harwood St. Admission is free to DAF members, $5 for students, $10 for DMA members and $15 for others. Call 214-740-0644. --Mary Monigold
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We don't remember Italy's green, white and red banner being one of those Six Flags Over Texas. But somehow The Dallas Opera shows Italian roots with Masquerade 2004: Carnevale di Venezia, where the Westin City Center, 650 N. Pearl St., will be transformed into Venice. With the $300 ticket price comes cuisine, cappuccino and commedia d'el arte from 6:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Call 214-443-1063. --Mary Monigold