Events for the week

february 27
Sesame Street Live: Elmo may be the beloved imaginary buddy of millions of preschoolers across America, but his carcass is carpet if the parents of these youngsters who humiliated themselves during Christmas '97 get a hold of him. You'll find the fuzzy little weasel (or whatever he is) romping through the rainforests of "Sesame Street Live," a Broadway-style revue that thankfully doesn't feature the Sesame Street gang on ice skates, one of the more tedious spectacles of children's cross-promotional entertainment. Performances happen February 27, 7 p.m.; February 28, 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m.; March 1, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m.; and March 2, 1 and 4:30 p.m. at Tarrant County Convention Center, 111 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets are $10.50-$18. Call (214) 373-8000.

Whatever Happened To Neanderthal Man?: If you believe the creation scientists, the answer to this question is "Languishing on the heathen humanist dungheap with the rest of evolution." However, Professor Francis B. Harrold, chair of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Texas at Arlington, will take for granted that recent findings on Neanderthal behavior and adaptation point us in the direction of a very old earth and a distinctly animal humankind. He asks "Whatever Happened To Neanderthal Man?" and then attempts to respond using the most recent research. The lecture happens at 8 p.m. in Room 153 of Heroy Hall, between Hillcrest and Dublin on Daniels, Southern Methodist University. It's free. Call (214) 625-4226.

Arte de la Communidad: Dallas artist and freelance curator Jose Vargas was selected by the Office of Cultural Affairs' Icehouse Project to oversee the latest result of that program, a Latino folk art exhibition entitled "Arte de la Communidad." The Icehouse Project utilizes the Oak Cliff space to spotlight Latino visual and performing arts in a neighborhood rich with Hispanic cultural traditions. An opening reception for "Arte de la Communidad" happens February 27, 6-8 p.m. and runs through March 20 at the Icehouse, 1000 W Page St, Oak Cliff. Call (214) 670-4870.

february 28
18th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show: The thrill of attending something like the 18th Annual Spring Home & Garden Show is vicarious, much like reading Martha Stewart's magazine. Somehow, by sheer dint of touring the designer gardenscapes, culinary demonstrations, gardening seminars, and decorating displays, you have enhanced your nesting instincts without actually picking up a hoe, a spatula, a seed packet, or a swath of lovely material. Don't expect Pamela Anderson Lee or a cast member from Party of Five to do an autograph session; this show is strictly for the serious-minded. The show is held February 28, 1-9 p.m.; March 1, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; March 2, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. at Dallas Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Freeway. Tickets are $6 (children under 14 get in free). Call (214) 732-6100.

Command Performance: A Perfect 10 of International Ballet: All-you-can-eat buffets, otherwise known as troughs, are a popular restaurant style in Texas. TITAS has extended the concept to internationally lauded stars of dance. Think of "Command Performance: A Perfect 10 of International Ballet" as a ballet buffet where the hungry fanatic can partake of ten lavishly praised performers from across Europe and America. The Bolshoi's reigning prima ballerina, Nina Ananiashvill, heads up this troupe of performers from the American Ballet Theatre, the Kirov, Royal Danish Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Donetsk Ballet of the Ukraine, and the San Francisco Ballet. "A Perfect 10" is the third annual "Command Performance" of international dancers TITAS has featured. The only performance is at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Hall in Fair Park. Tickets are $17-$100. Call (214) 528-6112.

15th Annual North Texas Irish Festival: It's not uncommon that one downtrodden people feels a sympathy for another broad enough to stretch across many miles of ocean and land. In 1847, the Choctaw Indians organized a relief effort for an Ireland paralyzed by potato famine--only 16 years after the Choctaw were forced into Oklahoma on the infamous "Trail of Tears." The 15th Annual North Texas Irish Festival, the largest Celtic gathering in the American Southwest, honors this historic aid with its "Festival of Friendship" (Fay-luh un Kardish) theme. As always, music is the main pull, and this year's headliners include Solas, headed by composer Seamus Egan (Brothers McMullen, Dead Man Walking); Begley & Cooney; The Makem Brothers, and Norman Kennedy. Festival hours are February 28, 5-11 p.m.; March 1, noon-midnight; and March 2, noon-8 p.m. Tickets are $8-$12 (children 11 and under get in free). Call (214) 741-7481.

A Rose By Any Other Name: Teatro Dallas opens its 1997 season with a two-woman comedy written by Emilio Carballido and translated by Margaret Sayers Peden, Gabriel Garcia Marquez's translator. Carballido is generally credited with ushering in a more light-footed (though not necessarily more light-hearted) era to a Mexican theater weighed down with confrontational realism. The playwright's comedy A Rose By Any Other Name takes a no-nonsense approach to female friendship and rivalry in its story of two gals who bond over a bottle of rum a single, frustrating problem they share. As is often the case when a coupla chicks sit around and talk, the language in this play is sometimes raw. The show runs Wednesday-Saturday, 8:15 p.m. through March 29 at Teatro Dallas, 2204 Commerce. Tickets are $5-$12. Call (214) 741-1135.

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