Open Houses


There's been only one home we've ever cared about touring. And it was everything we thought it would be. From the tacky décor to the headstone in the back yard, Graceland was all we could hope for, as flashy as the man who once inhabited it. But, alas, we understand that some of you have tastes that run toward the less gaudy, and for you we have the 26th Annual Munger Place Tour of Historic Homes. On April 12 and April 13, the Munger Place Historic District "will open five homes to give visitors a glimpse of the past." The 250-home neighborhood boasts the largest collection of prairie-style homes in the country. And, from what we hear, they are oh-so-charming. The tour also includes "Porch Fest," a venue for local artists and vendors to sell their wares. The Saturday tour runs from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the day of the tour. Kids 12 and under get in free with an adult. (And, if by chance you hear Memphis calling, Graceland tours are $16 for adults and $14.40 for students and seniors.) Call 972-770-2222. --Rhonda Reinhart

Arch de Triomphe
Plucky stylist, highbrow fashions

They say you never think about your eyebrows until they're gone. OK, we've never actually heard anyone say that out loud, but the truth of this statement will hit once you've tweezed your way to baldness. Just say no to microwave wax, tweezers or that weird little razor: Truly transcendental eyes require the help of a brow guru--enter Eliza Petrescu, "Queen of the Arch." Stylist to stars such as Halle Berry, Madonna, Jennifer Lopez and Cindy Crawford, Petrescu knows her way around a brow bone. Eliza is "taking her tweezers on tour," and plans to pluck her way down to Dallas. For a mere $100, clients can have brow perfection--we hear it magnificently complements your latest rhinoplasty, botox and collagen injections. But then again, we like the Frida Kahlo look. Eliza will be at Eliza's Eyes Boutique at Neiman Marcus, The Shops at Willow Bend, 6121 W. Park Blvd., Plano, April 11 and 12. Cost includes an Eliza's Eyes mirror. For an appointment, call 1-800-EYE-BROW. --Michelle Martinez

Sweet Home
Good art is in the back yard, kind of

Because we're so focused on the battlefront, it makes us a little more thankful to find comfort in the space and place we rest our heads. And though we love being glued to the tube, maybe it's time to diversify the media in our lives. The people at Post Properties, along with local artists, decided to celebrate this idea. Art in the Lofts presents the third annual show and sale of fine art at 3110 Thomas Ave. in the historic State-Thomas neighborhood of Uptown, April 11 through April 13. With information booths and refreshments in addition to the artwork, it beats watching war. Jeff Gottesman, Nikki Gully, Cheryl Hayes, Virginia Lindsay, Mart Ruiz and Rebecca Romanek Johnson will have various works on display. Call 214-695-6281. --Desirée Henry

String a Song

The Dallas Classical Guitar Society celebrates its 34th anniversary with...a 25th Silver Anniversary Gala and Auction at the Harvey Hotel in Plano, and if their math is this good, you're sure to pick up some choice items (a pricey Ramirez guitar, a Bachendorf's-donated sapphire-and-diamond pendant) for, ahem, a song. (Actually, the DCGS was founded in '69, by SMU students, and incorporated in '78.) The shindig, tickets for which run $75, will feature a "Latin-themed" dinner; you can hear the flamenco music now, can't you? Crank it up--or not, as these amps do not go to 11--at the Dallas Classical Guitar Society's gala and auction at the Harvey Hotel, 1900 N. Central Expressway, April 11 at 7 p.m. Call 214-528-3733. --Robert Wilonsky