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Forget about the Easter Bunny. For the past 18 years Easter has gone to the dogs in Lee Park as the Turtle Creek Association presents its annual Easter in the Park celebration featuring the infamous Pooch Parade and a performance by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Each year a colorful cast of drag queens, Highland Park matrons and various other eccentrics strut prized breeds and beloved half-breeds up and down Turtle Creek Boulevard, not so much vying for prizes but simply relishing the opportunity to show off. Large dog, small dog and best-dressed categories are sure to keep the crowd barking, but the category with the most bite is the pet/owner look-alike contest. The Pooch Parade kicks off with the SPCA presenting 20 dogs that will be available for adoption, so if you don't have a dog, adopt one and start planning for next year's parade. Easter in the Park takes place Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. at Lee Park, Turtle Creek Boulevard between Lemmon Avenue and Hall Street, but get there early for the best picnic-blanket real estate. Symphony performs at 3 p.m. The event is free, but there's a $10 entry fee for the Pooch Parade. Call 972-380-7390. --Jay Webb

Hello, Goodbye

On the surface, the basis of Wolfgang Becker's 2003 film, Good Bye, Lenin!, is second only to Bialystock and Bloom's "Springtime for Hitler" in terms of social insensitivity. After all, romanticizing the ideals of Cold War East Germany isn't quite what we need in this time of general global petulance, right? Keep that good ol' American ire in check for a moment, however, and consider the film's intent and content. Alex Kerner is arrested for protesting the regime of the German Democratic Republic and, because of the stress of the situation, Alex's mother suffers a stroke and falls into a coma. By the time she recovers, the GDR--along with the Berlin Wall--is rubble, and nothing is as it was. A new era has dawned, but Alex, now free, must find a way to eliminate tension from the life of his fragile mother. His solution? Re-create the dissolution of the wall within their humble home. That's right, this award-winning picture (beginning Friday evening at Fort Worth's Modern Art Museum as part of the ongoing Magnolia at the Modern series) is sweet, funny and centered on "family values" regardless of politics. The Modern is located at 3200 Darnell St. Call 817-738-9215 or visit --Matt Hursh

Candid Camera

The National Geographic Channel has created the perfect show for those wanting to satisfy their fuzzier voyeuristic tendencies. Called Crittercam, the wildlife series shows the most secret lives of animals, with footage recorded from animal-mounted cameras. Host Dr. Mike Heithaus will be at St. Mark's School of Texas, 10600 Preston Road, at 6:30 p.m. April 8 to discuss his intimate wildlife experiences as well as what it's like to see a penguin with a 16mm camera strapped to its back. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. Call 214-421-3466 or visit --Mary Monigold


If you're a parent who feels the mass consumption of sugar should be both fun and educational, take your kid to the Hotel Crescent Court, 400 Crescent Court, for an Easter decorating class where kids can hunt for Easter eggs and learn how to decorate chocolate bunnies as well. Classes will be held in The Garden Room on April 10 and April 11 at 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The cost is $55 per child for ages 5-12. Kids must be accompanied by an adult. Reservations are required. Call 214-871-3260. --Mary Monigold

All Is Faire
Waxahachie is still stuck in the Renaissance

These are dark and gloomy days in America. The joy we once felt when receiving a powder-filled letter in the mail has been replaced by terror, and airport patrons are now subject to security grope-a-ramas at the drop of a suspicious-looking pin. Sure, heightened security is downright necessary at huge celebrations like Mardi Gras and Independence Day, but when even the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival requires costumed visitors to hide the pointy ends of replica swords before entering, then the terrorists have truly won. Granted, the weapon-protection policy isn't new to this year's 24th annual fest, but shouldn't people who spend that much money on a knight costume get one chance a year to wield their medieval weaponry as they please? Of course not. Are you nuts? At any rate, the time has come when flowers bloom, lovers mingle and thousands flee to Waxahachie off Interstate 35 South at exit 399A so they can dress and talk like characters from the video game Dragon Warrior without their Dallas friends finding out. But why be embarrassed? Scarborough Faire's 15th-century entertainment is a unique break from the day-to-day drudgery of city life: believing the earth is round, not churning your own butter, drinking pasteurized milk. All that boring stuff. Highlights include human chess games, jousting matches, mass quantities of bustier-assisted cleavage and, for the truly daring, actual marriages on the festival grounds. "You may now kiss the wench" has a nice ring to it. The fair starts Saturday at 10 a.m. and continues every weekend through May 31. Check for tickets and event schedules. And seriously, leave the two-bladed ax at home, Sir Lives-With-His-Parents. --Sam Machkovech

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