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february 7
Skulls: If you look at the world around you from a strictly empirical point of view, science becomes pretty dull. If, on the other hand, you begin to really examine the cycles of nature and the animal kingdom, it becomes clear that there really is more than just meets the eye. Without favoring any particular religious tradition, you can acknowledge there's a marvelous order to everything from the change of seasons to the physiological design of a mammal--there seems to be a very real intelligence working behind them. It might be helpful to ponder this while you visit Skulls: Photographs by Francois Robert. The title of this photographic exhibit of works by Robert, a Swiss-born photographer whose work has graced many major U.S. and European magazines, is self-explanatory--these are up-close, black-and-white images of animal skulls, from buffalos to birds to monkeys. Using a variety of different angles and light techniques, Robert wants to show you exactly what a skeletal head is--it's a framework, a practical blueprint, a design. So who or what created it? We didn't claim Robert had all the answers. Skulls: Photographs by Francois Robert is on display through April 16 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History in Fair Park. Tickets are $2 for kids, $3 for adults. Call 421-3466.

february 8
Dallas Neighborhoods: Contrary to what some of us young 'uns may think, Dallas at one time really did possess genuine architectural charm. The residential housing development explosion spurred by the business boom of the previous two decades constituted, for many people, a triumph of consumption over character--a dilemma that remains the city's Achilles heel even in less economically prosperous times. But the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division of the downtown Central Library wants those of us to remember the way Dallas looked in the early part of this century, when it was a town that knew it was a town and didn't try to be an international anything. Dallas Neighborhoods is a collection of photos, maps, architectural plans, and other items from neighborhoods before World War II. Swiss Avenue-Munger Place, Lakewood, Oak Lawn, Hamilton Park, and Pleasant Grove are among the sites represented. Dallas Neighborhoods is free and on display in the Texas/Dallas History and Archives Division on the seventh floor of the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, 1515 Young. For more information call 670-7838.

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