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Morgan Lyons

April 28, 2003

Some kind of fun for everyone

May's Big Events Are an Easy Ride Away

Like spring flowers, good times are flourishing throughout north Texas in May. And whatever your entertainment taste, there's no better way to get there than DART and the Trinity Railway Express.

From music to cultural festivals, theater performances to fun with the animals, every week of the month offers new delights, all easily reached on DART Rail, the Trinity Railway Express (TRE), or a connecting bus route. After choosing your destination, plan your excursion using the online DART Trip Planner at DART.org. Trip Planner will generate a convenient step-by-step itinerary and the best ways to reach your destination by bus, train or a combination of both.

While you're enjoying your entertainment outing, take advantage of DART destination deal$ - discounts and other bargains exclusively for transit riders holding a valid DART ticket or pass. Hundreds of restaurants, shops and attractions offer deals all the time as official destination partners, which are listed in the DART destination deal$ guide. The guide is available at partner locations, on trains, at DART Stores in downtown Dallas, and online at DART.org, where the very latest deals are posted. To receive a guide by mail, call 214-979-1111.

Here's just a sampling of what's on tap in May:

May 1-4 and 8-11 - Godspell - The Garland Civic Theatre presents the lighthearted 1970s musical at the newly renovated Granville Arts Center, located at 300 N. 5th Street, a short stroll from Downtown Garland Station. DART riders with a valid ticket or pass receive a destination deal of $2 off admission. Information: 972-205-2790, www.garlandcivictheatre.org.

May 9-11 - Wildflower! Arts and Music Festival - Richardson's annual arts festival showcases regional and national music acts, arts and crafts, a midway, and children's entertainment at Galatyn Park, adjacent to Galatyn Park Station. Information: 972-744-4581, www.wildflowerfestival.com.

May 10 - 13th - Annual Asian Festival - This daylong festival celebrates the sights, sounds, and foods of rich, diverse Asian cultures. Annette Strauss Artist Square, 1800 Leonard Street. Take DART Rail to St. Paul Station. Information: 972-241-8250, www.gdaacc.com/asian_festival.

May 17-18 - Safari Days - The Dallas Zoo welcomes families to learn how they can help ensure the future of migratory birds. Zoo bird keepers will be on hand to teach everyone about wild birds, their habitats and migration patterns. The event is free with regular Zoo admission. Take DART Rail to Dallas Zoo Station. Information: 214-670-5656, www.dallas-zoo.org.

Through May 25 -- Modigliani and the Artists of Montparnasse -- The first major Modigliani exhibition in the U.S. in more than 40 years. At Fort Worth's Kimbell Art Museum, it features approximately 60 paintings, sculptures and drawings by Amedeo Modigliani, as well as works by Brancusi, Matisse, Picasso, Soutine and other artists who settled in the Montparnasse area of Paris in the early 1900s. Information: 817-332-8451 or www.kimbellart.org. From Dallas Union Station ride the TRE to Fort Worth ITC Station, then the T's Route 7 at ITC Station. There is no Sunday TRE service.

May 23-25 - Artfest 2003 - Now in its 33rd year, this unique festival at Fair Park features hundreds of artists from around the country, plus great music, food and fun. Take bus route 60 from DART's West Transfer Center adjacent to West End Station. Information: 214-565-0200, www.dallasartfest.com.

May 31 - West Fest - West Village in Dallas' Uptown hosts the 2nd annual event featuring art exhibits, musicians, fashion shows and tastings from West Village restaurants. Take the M-Line Streetcar from Cityplace Station. Information: www.westvil.com.

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