Monday, May 23, 2011
Take her to Dallas.
Share your artistic interests. Take her to the Dallas Museum of Art for an afternoon of intellectual sharing. The Asian Art Collection (on permanent display) features items ranging from Gandharan Buddhist works from the second century through elaborate sculptures from India’s Mughal Dynasty through the 19th century. Be sure to check out Art of the American Indians: The Thaw Collection (through September 4th) celebrating the continuing vitality of Native American Art.
Dallas Museum of Art * 1717 North Harwood * (214) 922-1200 * dm-art.org
Does she love dance? You have to check out the Dallas Black Dance Theater. The energy, intensity and power exhibited by the dancers will take your breath away. On the calendar this week: the Spring Celebration, a five day performance spree and grand finale showcasing the best of the theater’s dance this year. Performances are held at the Wyly Theatre, the world’s only vertical theater, an innovative space that well captures the spirit and motion of the crew.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre at the Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre * 2400 Flora Street * (214) 871-2376 * dbdt.com
Winspear Opera House * 2403 Flora #500 * (214) 443-0143 * attpac.org
More music is right next door. The Meyerson Symphony Center has been named one of the top musical performance halls in the world. Stroll down Memory Lane with hits from Irving Berlin to Richard Rogers with Marvin Hamlisch (May 27-28) or celebrate the life and music of Cole Porter with the Turtle Creek Chorale (June 23-26) in this beautiful facility.
Meyerson Symphony Center * 2301 Flora * (214) 670-3600 * dallasculture.com/
Dine and walk. The Dallas Arts District is growing new restaurants all the time. A couple of standouts that’d make a great place to enjoy a fantastic dinner right before the show:
Jorge’s Tex-Mex Café * 1722 Routh St., Suite 122 * (214) 720-2211 * jorgestexmex.com
Crabmeat is so good you’ll get teary-eyed. Reservations highly recommended.
Stephan Pyle’s * 1807 Ross Avenue, Suite 200 * (214) 580-7000 * stephanpyles.com
Stay close. When I am in the area I like the Sheraton Dallas Hotel. It’s the largest hotel in the state of Texas, which means it has some things you won’t find at smaller hotels. The rooms are spacious and spread out over three towers. There are facilities for getting online and working out, and some rather decent dining options to boot. Kick back and relax on one of the hotel’s custom beds or go relax in a cabana after a soak in a rooftop pool.
If your sweetheart is more interested in you than art, you’re in the right place. Choose in-room dining or get your shoes on and head down to The Kitchen Table. This American favorites restaurant serves up some of the most amazing macaroni and cheese you’ll find in the state, along with Coffee Rubbed Short Ribs, Chicken Fried Pot Roast and Blackened Shrimp on Grits.
Other dining options include breakfast pastries, coffee and such at Peet’s and afternoon sweets and cool treats at Chill.
Sheraton Dallas Hotel * 400 North Olive Street * (214) 922-8000 * sheratondallashotel.com