You want to talk about some truly influential women--ask Adam about Eve, Paris about Helen of Troy, Samson about Delilah. Or ask Ichabod Crane about Katrina Van Tassel--because when it comes right down to it, you know The Legend of Sleepy Hollow isn't really about Dutch folklore. No, as Washington Irving says, Ichabod Crane "would have passed a pleasant life of it, in despite of the devil and all his works, if his path had not been crossed by a being that causes more perplexity to mortal man than ghosts, goblins and the whole race of witches put together, and that was--a woman." The fruitless pursuit of the wily Katrina, obviously your typical farmyard hussy, is what led the poor--OK, scheming--schoolmaster right into the grasp of that most feared specter, the headless horseman--or, at least, a jealous yokel boyfriend with a penchant for pumpkin-pitching. Or write your own gender criticism at Garland Civic Theatre's presentation of this classic Halloween tale, November 8 and November 9 at Granville Arts Center, 300 N. Fifth St., Garland. Call 972-205-2790. --Michelle Martinez
It's a Dog's Tale
Weary of books that scream of horror and predictions of doomsday, steamy sex and how to make millions while trimming away that ugly flab? Get in a warm and fuzzy frame of mind, pack up the kids and visit the Barnes & Noble bookstore in Frisco at 11 a.m. Saturday. There you'll meet gifted children's book author Lynn Sheffield Simmons and have her sign your copy of Bo, the Famous Retriever. The award-winning writer, ex-teacher and lecturer, who lives on a small farm in Argyle, has long been a favorite of young readers with books like Sugar Lump, the Orphan Calf and Bo and the Missing Dogs. Call 972-668-2827. --Carlton Stowers
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Bigger Than Barney
Dig up a curlicue-shaped fossil in your back yard, something that resembles the multichambered ammonite? Ever wanted to know which dinosaur fossils have actually been found in Texas, including the enormous, meat-eating Tyrannosaurus rex? The Dallas Museum of Natural History will have experts on hand Saturday and Sunday to help you identify your own fossil finds and explore everything there is to know about dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures during Dino Weekend. Activities include tours of the museum's dinosaur exhibits, which include a magnificent, life-size T. rex reconstructed from actual fossils and casts; storytelling on Saturday at 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; and lectures--suitable for inquisitive minds 10 and up--by experts on fossils, dinosaurs and geology on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Dino Weekend runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6.50 for adults, $5 for students 13 to 18 and $4 for children 3 to 12. Call 214-421-3466. --Julie Lyons