Things We Love in March

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LESSONS IN EGGCESS

Chicken coops have never been so cool. Fresh off Neiman Marcus' pick of a $100,000 coop as one of its Christmas catalog "fantasy gifts" (we featured a Williams-Sonoma version in our own gift guide) comes the buzzy new DIY book Reinventing the Chicken Coop (Storey, $19.95). California authors Matthew Wolpe and Kevin McElroy offer 14 complete building plans for contemporary coops that are as fabulously designed as they are completely functional. From their award-winning Chick-in-a-Box (with a butterfly roof that deposits rainwater to the chickens' feeding area) to the treehouse-inspired Coopsicle and the funky A-frame, each one includes pages of material lists, step-by-step instructions and sketches. "There is a new demographic tending chickens: urban people with tastes rooted in certain traditions of architecture," Wolpe recently told the Los Angeles Times. "Chickens are a symbol of the local food movement. We wanted to design chicken coops that would make a statement and that people would be proud of." Available at book sellers and Amazon.com.

SOFT LANDING

With springtime and Easter around the corner, this 17-inch-by-17-inch decorative pillow hits all the right notes with its soft green color and funky flower. The pillow itself was originally by Ralph Lauren but has seen a few modifications. Aside from the flower, at the center of the pillow sits a canvas depicting the famous White Rabbit, a re-creation of the original image from Lewis Carroll's timeless Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. If you're looking to get your hands on this particular wonder, just tumble down the rabbit hole, take the first right and you'll find it in the window at Cityview Florist and Gifts, 6112 Bryant Irvin Road, Fort Worth. $159. 817-294-1515 or www.city

viewfloristandgifts.com.

SHOOT FROM THE WRIST

Message-bearing bracelets are nothing new, but here, the message comes from the medium. The cuffs and bangles of the Caliber Collection are made from the illegal guns and bullet casings seized by the Newark Police Department in New Jersey. The guns are shredded then given to Jessica Mindich, the force behind Jewelry for a Cause. She uses the steel or brass to make bracelets -- each bearing a serial number of a confiscated gun. The bracelets come with or without a diamond and are priced $150 for a steel cuff to $375 for a brass bangle with diamond. A portion of the jewelry sales will be used to fund the Gun Buyback Amnesty program, which is still in the works. Mindich is hoping others cities will be interested in donating guns and in turn be recipients of funds for the buyback program. calibercollection.com

NEW EVENT

FOR OLD BAGS

Calling all "old bags!" The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame is hosting a new fundraising event that the organizers are calling an "Old Bags" luncheon March 20 at River Crest Country Club. Patrons will have the chance to bid in a silent auction on gently used luxury handbags by Chanel, Prada, Louis Vuitton and more, all donated by local women. Cameron Silver, celebrated owner of Decades vintage boutiques and author of the new tome Decades: A Century of Fashion (Bloomsbury, $60), will give the keynote address. All proceeds will benefit the museum's education programs. Tickets are $125. Contact Emmy Lou Prescott, emmylou@cowgirl.net, 817-509-8965, or Grace Beck, gbeck@cowgirl.net, 817-509-8663.

GO BIG OR GO HOME

Planning on hitting the powdery slopes over spring break? Then upgrade your snow style with one of Oakley's newest and hottest pairs of goggles. Inspired by the two-time Olympic gold medalist snowboarder, the Shaun White Signature Series Airbrake Snow Goggles feature an interchangeable lens design that helps skiers and snowboarders adapt easily to the changing weather conditions. Actually achieving Shaun White "air" is still up to you. $230. Several Tarrant-area Oakley locations or www.oakley.com.

MODERN FAMILIES

Keller-based photographer Marcia Stuhler's family portraits have been chosen for inclusion in the "Family Pride" exhibition at the Thoreau Center for Sustainability in San Francisco that runs through April 5. Stuhler, who owns Love is Love Photography, is known for her wedding photos and tender depictions of families. She finds the varied life stories of her subjects -- two parents, single parents, two moms, two dads, with biological, adopted or fostered children -- to be endlessly fascinating. She views them, whatever their configuration, as "not out of the ordinary, but all extraordinary," she says. It was her support and photographs of the LGBT community that garnered her entry in the "Family Pride" exhibit. www.loveislovephotos.com.

GOING FOR THE VINTAGE GOLD

The Fort Worth Show of Antiques and Art -- formerly the Dolly Johnson Antique Show -- is turning 50, and to celebrate its golden anniversary, the event is going for the gold. It has expanded its vintage and antique fashion and jewelry section to make up about a quarter of its 100 exhibitors for the March 8-9 show. With a special focus on gold, expect an overload of gilded glory. Shoppers also will find more than 500 vintage designer handbags at the booth run by Adrienne Astrologo of Ladybag International, plus vintage furs, 10 styles of jewelry and more. The event is designed so that pieces in varied price ranges are available, for both vintage beginners and avid collectors. The show is at Will Rogers Memorial Center, 3400 Burnett Tandy Drive, Fort Worth. Admission is $7 and is good for both days; children under 15 get in free. For more information, call 817-291-3952 or visit www.fortworthshow.com

PARTY LIKE IT'S 1922

Baz Luhrmann's much-anticipated film version of The Great Gatsby doesn't hit screens until May, but from March 1 until Aug. 31, Trump International Hotel & Tower in New York is offering a "Great Gatsby" package that includes a three-night stay in a suite with a Central Park view; an art deco shagreen and onyx cuff from Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry (along with a personal note from Ivanka); a men's custom-tailored suit and shirt from Bergdorf Goodman and vintage art deco cuff links; chauffeured car service for the duration of the stay; dinner for two at Jean-Georges, the hotel's three Michelin Star restaurant; breakfast each day at Nougatine at Jean-Georges; and a magnum of Veuve Clicquot Champagne served in-room. We think Jay Gatsby would approve! The package is $14,999; to book, call 855-878-6700 or visit www.trumphotelcollection.com.

10 YEARS, 10,000 ART WORKS

The Fort Worth Community Arts Center, that most egalitarian of institutions, is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The requisite celebration will happen on Gallery Night, March 23, so be sure to be there. In the past decade the FWCAC has hosted more than 80 art exhibitions with an estimated 10,000 art works, and 800 performances. There is nothing like it in the United States -- really, nothing. What other city would give a large, former Modern Art Museum over to the public? Maybe a theater with a lobby for art displays, but a building with two theaters and nine gallery spaces? Unheard of. It has become the fulcrum of arts support in Fort Worth. Do visit; it's free and open Monday-Saturday. 1300 Gendy St., Fort Worth, 817-738-1938, www.fwcac.com.

MARCH MADNESS IN ARLINGTON

The best postseason in sports comes to Arlington on March 29-31 as Cowboys Stadium hosts the NCAA Basketball Tournament's South Regional. We can't predict who'll be here but we can promise you'll experience two days of excitement and unending drama that only March Madness can deliver. Chances are you'll see future NBA stars matching up against guys from a school you've never heard of, with the winner on Sunday advancing to the Final Four in Atlanta. At the very least, you can see your office-pool bracket fall apart in person. Semifinals are March 29, and the final is March 31. Tickets are $70-$150 and available at www.ticketmaster.com.

COLORFUL UNDULATIONS

Ken Price's sensual sculptures are on display at the Nasher Sculpture Center. The amorphous shapes look like living things -- they have no features, but their skins bloom with color. He accomplishes the intricate patterns with up to 70 layers of paint on his fired ceramics, which are then hand-sanded so that the myriad hues dance across their surfaces. They are as welcome to the winter's eye as spring's first-blooming hyacinth. "Ken Price Sculpture: A Retrospective" will be on exhibit through May 12. 2001 Flora St., Dallas. $5-$10, www.nashersculpturecenter.org.

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