Best of Dallas 2015 Guide : Page 49 them). The Children’s Zoo has an interactive aviary, pony rides, a stream and lots of keen stuff to do. Fifteen bucks for adults, $12 for se-niors and kids under 13, kids under 2 free. Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L.Thornton Freeway (I-35E Marsalis exit), 469-554-7500, Best Chicken Sitter Urban Chicken Inc. If you grew up on a farm, had to visit a farm every summer because that’s where the grandfolks lived, had to learn at any point in your life how hard real farm work is, then your first thought when you heard about the urban backyard chicken fad was that the city folk would never stick with it. “Those slick-ers,” you may have thought, “will ditch those chickens the first time they want to fly the coop and go off surf sailing in the Virgin Is-lands.” Well, no. If they’re responsible poul-try-raising urbanites, they’ll hire Urban Chicken to send out a highly trained chicken tender who will feed, water, clean up and col-lect the eggs. About the only thing Urban 11342 Dalron Drive, 469-524-9342 Chicken’s sitters can’t do is teach those feath-ered friends to play tic-tac-toe. Not yet. much gone. Instead, you will find amiable company among grown-ups who love music, visual art and vino. Walk. Talk. Stop. Sip. It’s a lovely meander. Kettle Art, 2714 Elm St., 214-573-7622 Best Evening Stroll Deep Ellum Wine Walk Pay 10 bucks for a glass when you sign in, then join a convivial mob to wander and shop in wine-welcoming Deep Ellum venues. If you haven’t been that way in a while, the once-a-month wine walk sponsored by the Deep El-lum Community Organization is a great way to reacquaint yourself with the funky ware-house district. Rich in music and art, at the eastern edge of downtown, Deep Ellum’s scary-bad skinhead days of yore are pretty Best Public Art Downtown Best Development in Dallas Politics Vonciel Jones Hill’s City Council term limit No politician, no matter how cosseted, would dare rail against transparency. And yet former City Councilwoman Vonciel Jones Hill — her colleagues referred to her as “Judge” because of a long-ago position in the municipal judi-ciary — did exactly that. Repeatedly. She was | Classified | MusiC | dish | stage | Movies | Culture | Night+day | feature | sChutze | uNfair Park | the thread | CoNteNts | Pegasus at the Omni On New Year’s Eve 2000, Dallas celebrated the unveiling of a brand new, high-tech rep-lica of the city’s iconic Pegasus sculpture atop the 29-story near-century-old Magnolia Building. The original weather-beaten Pega-sus, installed in 1934 as a temporary adver-tisement for the first annual meeting of the American Petroleum Institute, had lasted for two-thirds of a century, long enough for the flying red horse to become the city’s unoffi-cial emblem. But where did it go when the new one took its place? Art historian June Mattingly and developer Jack Matthews found it in a Dallas barn. They meticulously restored it and this year installed it in front of the new Omni Hotel, where it is — at least for now — the best public art downtown. Omni Hotel, 555 S. Lamar St., 214-744-6664, SHOPPING/SERVICES | CULTURE/PEOPLE | FOOD/DRINK Best View of Downtown from a Distance McCommas Bluff Landfill When you stand at the peak of the McCom-mas Bluff Landfill, possibly holding your nose, depending on wind direction and recent deposits, you are about 110 feet above the ele-vation of downtown Dallas. The skyline is 10 miles to the northwest, and from the trash mountain, it’s a very striking view, the more so for what’s underneath your feet — a man-made hillock of solid waste. By the way, the landfill is free to residents of the city, and a trip out there offers an other-worldly sort of post-apocalyptic experience well worth hav-ing at least once. Just take something to throw out, so you won’t look like an idiot. 5100 Youngblood Road, 214-670-0977 TRADITION 817.892.8688 Tours of the Dallas Cowboys Art Collection are available THIS WAY TO | NIGHTLIFE/MUSIC | SPORTS/RECREATION DALLAS OBSERVER DALLAS OBSERVER Best Trinity River Guide Charles Allen The Trinity River in Dallas is a much more in-teresting float than you might guess, but it’s also a little less user-friendly than you might expect. The currents are more massive than they may look from the freeway bridges, and at certain times of the year, the river can pres-ent sudden obstacles and serious perils. No-body knows the river more intimately than Charles Allen — where to find its hidden se-crets, how to avoid problems and when the most opportune times may be for an expedi-tion by canoe. He can set you up and put you in, or he can go with you, which is the better deal because he really does know and love this deeply misunderstood old river. Trinity River Expeditions, 304 Lyman Circle, 214-941-1757, M onth XX–M onth XX, 2014 S eptember 24-30, 2015 6 49

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