Comfort Food


Adventure? Excitement? Men in leather? We at the Dallas Observer crave not these. No, we hunger for quilts. Mounds of them. Some might even say an inordinate amount of quilts. But we wouldn't say that. We love the fluffy buggers. And there's only one event in this great city that can sate our lust for wool, floral patterns and chipper farming families. Better than Woodstock, greater than Ozzfest, it's the Quilt Crawl during Quilt Mania. We get a tingle just thinking about it. Quilt Crawl, which takes place January 31, is an all-day bus trip that takes quilting fanatics like us on a tour of prime Dallas quilting exhibits, including ones at the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza and the South Dallas Cultural Center. So hop on the bus. It's gonna be a wild time. The ticket price of $19 covers the ride, admission and a boxed lunch. Buses ship out from four different places depending on your location. All buses depart at 10 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. That's seven whole hours of quilting madness. Reservations are required. Call 214-979-6476 or visit --Mary Monigold

Tapas Talk
Spice up your speech

On our first trip to Mexico, once we learned the phrases "how much?" and "another Modelo," we were pretty much set. But on a second, longer trip, these little morsels of Spanish didn't get us very far. So we set out to learn the language. But when one of our traveling companions taught us the word for "sister" and we repeated it to a guy at the bar, he looked a little surprised. Not sure what we said, but the guy didn't leave our side for the rest of the night. So if you're looking to learn Spanish, you might want to seek professional help. And where better to look than a Greek restaurant? Beginning January 31 and ending February 19, Izmir Mediterranean Tapas is offering an 18-hour Spanish course. The first class is on Saturday from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m., but after that, classes will be held Mondays and Thursdays from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Izmir is located at 1520 Elm St., and the cost is $295. Call 214-653-8880. --Rhonda Reinhart

Affairs of the Art

Drama. Art. Nazis. All this and more can be found at the University of North Texas' showing of French film Mr. Klein. The movie, being shown as a part of UNT's Global Film Series, is about a swindling art dealer who gets mistaken for a Jew with the same last name. Hilarity ensues. The showing is February 3 at 7 p.m. in Room 184 of the Radio, Television, Film and Performing Arts Building. Admission is free. Call 940-565-2537. --Mary Monigold

Homes on the Range
Park gives lessons in love

Long before PBS had Frontier House, there was Old City Park, a charming 19th-century time capsule that plops you back in time without having to worry about surviving the brutal winter. Step Into the Past is a weekly Saturday event designed to teach children more about Dallas' early history. Kids can interact with characters wearing authentic costumes and engage in fun, hands-on activities. This Saturday, learn what life was like before Hallmark when Old City Park offers a lesson on Victorian Valentine's Day, which includes instructions on making embroidered bookmarks. Admission to the park at 1717 Gano St. is $7 for adults, $5 for seniors and $4 for children. Call 214-428-5448. --Sarah Hepola

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