Dallas Aquarium. More than 320 aquatic species are featured, including sharks, a 125-pound snapping turtle, piranhas and a 4-foot electric eel. Exhibits include the Amazon Flooded Forest, a California kelp forest, a living coral reef and the World of Aquatic Diversity, which explores unusual survival adaptations. 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., daily; First Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, Fair Park. Information: 670-8443.
Dallas Public Library. “Dallas Theater Center: The Early years. 1955-1982’ (through January 1997] displays never-before-seen documents, photographs, sets and costume designs from the Dallas Theater Center archives: the collection portrays the years Paul Baker was managing director of the only Frank Lloyd Wright-designed theater. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Thursday: 9 a. m.-5 p.m., Friday & Saturday; 1-5 p.m.. Sunday: 1515 Young St. Information: 670-1400 or 670-1700.
Dallas World Aquarium. One of the many attractions in the West End. the Dallas World Aquarium features 12 saltwa-ter tanks replicating underwater environments around the world. One of the newest exhibits, which opened in May, is the Cape of Good Hope. The largest of its kind in Texas, this new habitat is home to South African black-footed penguins. If your walk around the aquarium gets you hungry, head over to eighteen-O-one. the restaurant inside the aquarium that serves up everything from snapper vera cruz to grilled cheese for the kids. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 1801 N. Griffin St. Information: 720-2224.
Dallas Zoo. More than 2,000 animals can be seen in natural displays including The Wilds of Africa, 25 acres of desert and bush habitats. Other exhibits feature forest, mountain and river habitats. One of two walk-through aviaries includes a waterfall, and children love the Reptile Discovery Center. The zoo s undergoing renovations, but is still open to the public. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: 621 E. Clarendon Dr. (Ewing exit off I-35E]. Information: 670-5656.
Fair Park. Built in the 1930s to celebrate the Texas centennial, Fair Park’s 227 acres feature art deco buildings, an aquarium, Dallas’ Museum of Natural History, The Science Place, the Age of Steam Museum, the African American Museum, the Civic Garden Center, the Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater, the Hall of State, the Dallas Horticultural Center and picnic areas. The Friends of Fair Park and the City of Dallas run the Visitors Center (9 a m.-5 p.m.. Monday-Friday) in the Magnolia Lounge. A current exhibit in the Hall of State, “Bound for Texas: The Lone Star Story from the Age of Exploration to the Civil War,” [through September 1998) tells the story of the cultural and economic forces that shaped the region prior to statehood through maps, letters and photographs (9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday). Walking tours around the park are available by appointment. Open daily, year-round. 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand Avenue. Information: 6703400 or 426-3400.
Fort Worth Zoo. In one of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, more than 4,000 exotic and native animals wander the exhibits, which include Flamingo Bay. Raptor Canyon, a walkthrough Birds of Prey Aviary, Asian Rhino Ridge, the World of Primates and Asian Falls, with Sumatran tigers and Malayan bears playing around a 40-foot waterfall. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday; 1989 Colonial Pkwy.. Fort Worth. Information: 817-8717050.
Movie Studios at Las Colinas. These studios, where scenes of RoboCop, Leap of Faith and JFK were filmed, are open for tours. In addition to screening rooms, sets, costumes and special effects production, the studios house the National Museum of Communication and the Hollywood Company Store. 10 a.m.-4 p.m., daily; 6301 N. 0 Connor Blvd.. Las Colinas. Information: 869-FILM,
Old City Pak. An outdoor museum that’s a complete turn-of-the-century village right under the modern skyline of Dallas. Houses, a church, a school and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations to the park and restored, so that a tour through the village offers a glimpse into the life of early North Texans. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m.. Sunday; 1717 Gano. Information: 421-5141.
Southfork Ranch. Seen weekly on the TV show “Dallas,-this ranch, with its big while house and miles of fencing, became an early 1980s symbol of the city. Even though “Dallas’ has been in reruns for more than 10 years. Southfork remains a top tourist attraction and “event/conference facility”-such a big attraction, in fact, that Gray Line offers a Southfork tour. Go figure. What’s here: Visitors can visit the Ewing Mansion, explore the ranch grounds by tram and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from trie show. There’s also a western wear store and the Front Porch Cafe 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily: 3700 Hogge Rd.. Parker. Information; 442-7800.
Dance Festival. Nightly outdoor performances of the largest free dance extravaganza in North Texas, including performances by the Dancers Unlimited Repetory Company, Dallas Black Dance Theatre, Ballet Dallas, Anita N, Martinez Ballet Folklorico and student/faculty énsem-bles from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. 8:15 p.m.. Aug, 29-Sept. 1: Artist Square, nee to the Meyerson Symphony Center, 230i Flora St. Information: 953-1.985.
Fairs & Fiestas
First Generation eXpo. Focuses on trie 21- to 39-year-old generation; will include a cross-section of music, water Sport exhibitions. a fire dance on water, video arts exhibits. a poetry slam, recycling, centers and beer and food pavil-ions. 7 p.m.-12 a.m.. Aug. 9:11-12a.m.. Aug. 10:11 a.m, 9 p.m.. Aug. 11; Las Colinas Urban Center, 5200 V O’Connor Blvd.. Irving. Information: 720-4444.
BAD Poetry and Ice Cream Festival. Celebrate national “Gad Poetry Day” by reciting your work at this festival (or adults and children. There’ll also be live music and awards for poetry readers. 2-5 p.m.. Aug. 18: Heritage Farmstead. 1900 W. State St. Plano. Information: 578-7417.
Taste of East Dallas. Sample a variety of food (ram more than 30 Last Dallas restaurants. 5 10 p.m.. Aug. 24 ; Tower Building m Fair Park. Information: 321-6446.
VISIONS: The Women’s Expo. The two-day event features workshops, shopping, fashion shows, cooking demonstrations, health consultations, finanical and career advice, exhibits by nonprofit organizations; celebrity speakers include Delta Burke, Suzie Humphreys and Health humorist Kathleen Passanisi. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Aug. 24:11 a.m.-6 p.m.. Aug. 25. Dallas Market Hall. 1950 Stemmons Fwy Information: 1-800-880-EXPO.
Jewish Arts Feat. A celebration of Jewish culture, with participation by Jewish synagogues and organizations through-out Dallas, includes continuous performers, arts and food. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. (7-9 p.m., Tovah Feldshuh concert). Aug. 25: Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. Information: 739-2737.
Tanabata Festival. Visitors from the city of Sendai in Japan will help participants croate decorations that will be displayed as cart of the Sun & Star 1996 Japanese Festival. Aug. 26-Nov.3; NorthPark Center. Northwest Highway at Central Expressway. Information; 6050280 or 363-7441.
Fort Worth’s Pioneer Days. Family celebration Commemorates the pioneers who settled on the banks of the Trinity River and the early days of the cattle industry. Children’s area, heritage villages. Western parade, trail rides and continuous entertainment. 6 p.m.-1 a.m., Aug. 30; 10-1 a.m., Aug.31:12-11p.m.,Sepi. 1;Fort Worth Stockyards, North Main and Exposition. Information: 817 626-7921.
Home & Garden
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, Visitors can stroll along the walks rind enjoy more than 200,000 flowering bulbs, more than 2,500 azalea varietles, cultivated gardens and a spectacular view of White Rock Lake with down-to*” buildings in the distance. The DeGolyer and Camp homes provide the architectural beauty. A waterway, a pond and a fern dell, kept 20 degrees below the norm, are popular places to escape in the summer. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 327-8263.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. The 110 acre tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden, a conservatory and Japanese gardens that have been called the most authentic outside of Japan. Within the .Japanese gardens are a “Meditation” garden and pools filled with carp that visitors can feed, 9 a.m.-dusk (9 a.m.-6 p.m.. Japanese gardens), daily: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817 871-7686.
Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in a 274-scre wildlife sanctuary, the museum fea-tures rocks, minerals, seashells and natural science and history exhibits, including hands-on activities for children. Regular canoe trips and nature walks on the wildflower trails are offered: the sanctuary is a permanent breeding Site for 60 species. The sanctuary is in the middle of Project MUSEUM 2000: so far a 2.5-acre native plant garden and a new museum lobby have been completed. After another $1 minion is raised, the sanctuary will build a “Walk through Tune” exhibit looking at CollinCounty from 100 million years ago through the late 19th century. Several nature groups, including the Junior Naturalists, the Collin County Archaeology Society and the Heard Nature photographers Club, meet hers. Sanctuary hours: 9 am.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 1-5 p.m.. Sunday; One Nature Place (exit 38 off Central Expressway, follow the brown and while signs), McKinney. information: 562-5566.
Dallas International Antiques Show. Antiques and colite-tables abound. Aug. 9-11 (call for times.): Market Hall. 2100 Stemmons Fwy. Information : 749-5491.
Six Legs Over Texas-A Live Insect Collection. Kids won’t find creepy crawly creatures quite so creepy after seeing them up close in this exhibit about insects, habits and habi-tats. Kids can also pose questions to insect experts and explore an Interactive educational arts and crafts area. Through Aug. 11; 10a.m.-5p.m., dally: Dallas Museum of Natural History. 3535 Grand Ave.. Fair Park. Information: 421-DINO.
Ringling Bros, and Barnum& Balley Circus. The circus, cel ebrates its 125th year with three rings full of excitement. Through Aug. 11. 7:30 p.m.. Tuesday-Thursday: 2:30 & 7:30 p.m.. Friday: 11 a.m., 3:30 4 5:30 p.m.. Saturday; 1 & 5:30 p.m.. Sunday: Reunion Arena. 777 Sports St. Elephants will be on parade, walking from the Convention Center to Sundance Square, at noon on Aug. 14 to kick off the shows in Fort Worth, Once at the Square, the elephants will eat as spectators look on,..hold on to your peanuts! Aug. 15 18: Tarrant County Convention Center. 1111 Houston St.. Fort Worth. Tickets (both Dallas and Fort Worth shows): (metro) 214-373-8000.
Invention Adventure. A traveling exhibit from LEGO Systems celebrates the process of invention; through three interactive categories kids can create a car and race it down a ramp, build an earthquake-proof bunding and test it on a vibrating table, or help direct interplanetary robots navigating an alien landscape, Through Aug, 18:9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday: 9 a,m.-8 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday; 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday; rroon-8 p.m.. Sunday: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. Information: 317-654 1356.
Ultimate Tree House. An exhibit of originally designed tree houses in styles ranging from naturalistic to futuristic. Accompanying the inhibit will be a complete program of interactive children’s activities, including an activity book. display environments and hands-on discovery stations. Through Sept. 2; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily: The Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd Information: 327-8263.
Pawnee Bill’s Wild West Show. Trick ropers, riders and shooters, a bull-whip artist, authentic wagons, a stage-coach holdup and more than 70 animals recreate the days of the wild West. Through Sept. 28; 2. 4:30 & 8 p.m. fol-lowed by a rodeo, every Saturday: Cowtown Coliseum, Stockyards National Historic District, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Information: 817-625-1025.
Swimming with Polar Bears. Join four youngsters in this play as they explore their dreams and discover how to make them come true. Aug- 6-9: 10 a.m.. Tuesday Thursday: 10 a.m. & 1 p.m., Friday; CATS, 1100 West Rando Mill Rd., Arlington. Information: 817-861-2287.
Spots and Stripes Forever. Learn what you can do to save the many endangered big cat species before their possible extinction. The weekend highlighting big cats features three special felines, crafts for kids and big cat posters. Adopt your favorite col through the Zoo Parents program, 10 a.m. 4 p.m., Aug. 10-11: Fort Worth Zoo, 3 989 Colonial Pkwy Information: 817-871-7050.
Purina Big Cats Weekend. Visitors will be treated to a spe-cial guest appearance by Garfield. live entertainment by the Cool Cats band and the Beledi Ensemble, cat mask making, a caricaturist, information booths from area cat or ganizations and free big cat posters. 11 a.m. 3 p.m.. Aug. 10-11: Dallas Zoo. 621 E.Clarendon Dr. Information: 670-5656.
Winnie the Pooh. Celebrate all things Pooh at giant 70th birthday party for the lankily old bear Winnie (he Pooh will be thereas will other fiends from the pages of A.A Milne’s beloved books. Young partygoers will enjoy a play, a mini-concert. afternoon tea goodies and birthday cake. Tickets available at The Enchanted forest Bookstore. 6333 E. Mockingbird Ln,, 827-2234; 3 p.m.. Aug, 11; Lakewood Country Club, 6430 Gaston Ave.
Family Art Afternoon. The Arlington Museum of Art Offers free family fun on its mezzanine level in conjunction with the opening of the Contemporary Japanese Clayworks exhibit. Parents and children can participate in a scavenger hunt through the museum and create their own art through hands-on projects. 1-3 p.m.. Aug. 24; 201 W. Main St.. Arlington, Information: 817-2754600.
Outlanders Exotic Reptile Show, Learn about care and handling of captive-bred reptiles (ram a variety of exhibits. Breeders and wholesalers will De available tor questions. Aug. 30 (call for times); Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Arlington. Information: 817-459 5000.
Literary Events & Lectures
Picture and Poems with Judith Garrett. Paperbacks Plus & WordSpace, a North Texas center for imaginative writing, presents an encore performance and exhibition by artist-writer Judith Garrett. Exhibition runs through Sept. 16:11 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; performance. 3 p.m., Aug. 25; Paperbacks Plus, 6115 La Vista. Information: 827-4860.
Poetry Reading. Dallas Poetry Community members will recite their works at an open reading. 8 p.m.. Aug. 15: Borders Books and Music. 5500 Greenville Ave. at Lovers Lane. Information: 7391166.
Secrets of the Ancient Egyptian Craftsmen. Dr. Clair Ossian presents the methods and procedures used by these Egyptians to master the few natural resources available to them. 7 p.m., Aug. 17: Fondren Building.. 3215 Daniel (use parking lot E), Southern Methodist University campus. Information: 327-5140.
Museums & Galleries
African American Museum. “What Is It: African American Folk Art from the Regenia A. ferry Collection” (through Aug, 31) Is Hie first large private collection devoted exclusively to folk art by an African American. The approximately 240 two- and three-dimensional works were collected over 25 years and include a chewing gum sculpture, bone sculptures, a submarine and a geometric quilt. “Design Diaspora” (through Sept. 1) focuses on buildings whoso architecture was designed in black owned studios between 1970 and 1990. featuring the work of 50 African-American architects. ’Caribbean Visions: Contemporary Painting and Sculpture” (through Dec. 15) features 92 works by 56 native painters and scuiptors. Noorv 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday; 3536 Grand Ave., Fair Park. Information: 565-9026.
Amon Carter Museum. The museum’s permanent collec-tion includes American photographs, as well as 350 paint-ings, 500 watercolors and drawings and more than 5,000 prints, Two galleries are filled with the museum’s original collection of paintings and sculpture by Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell, given to the museum by former Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon G. Carter. Note: The museum will be closed through early September (or renovations. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 350.1. Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.
Arlington Museum of Art. “Picturing Asia America: Communities, Culture, Difference” (through Aug. 10) is an exhibit of photographs by Asian-American artists that depict their dualities. “Contemporarry Japanese Clayworks” (Aug. 24-Oct. 19) features 44 works by Japanese ceramic artists in celebration of Sun & Star 1996. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday: 201 W. Main St.. Arlington. Information: 817-275-4600.
Biblical Arts Center. “The Art of Bible Making” (through May 25, 1997) chronicles the development of the Bible from hand scribed papyrus to the first complete English Bible. Tickets available at area Joshua’s Christian Stores. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-9 p.m.. Thursday; 1-5 p.m., Sunday; The Biblical Arts Center. 7500 Park Ln. at Boedecker. Information: 691-4661.
C.R. Smith Museum. “The DC 3: Sixty Years of Flight’ (through Dec. 31) traces the early years of flight, from the DC-3’s predecessors, when carrying the U.S. mail was the predominant use of ait travel, to its inaugural flight in 1936 and through the 1940s its heyday in war services. The aviation museum Is dedicated to the memory of American Airlines’ CEO from 1934 1968 and features exhibits that trace the development of the airline. Also at the museum are contemporary aviation displays and a 14 minute film that looks behind the scenes at the workings of American Airlines. Visitors can also learn about the science of flight through computer games, video and audio. 10a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Wednesday Saturday; noon-5 p.m. Sunday; Hwy. 360 and FAA Road, Irving. Information: (metro) 817-967-1560.
Conspiracy Museum. The museum’s exhibits provide lnformation on assassinations since 1835, including those of Abraham Lincoln. James Garfield, William McKinley. John Kennedy and Martin Luther King. Jr. The crash of Flight 7 in Korea is also examined. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Monday-Sunday: first floor, Katy Building, 110 S. Market St. information: 741-3040.
Dallas Museum of Art. ’Views of Windsor by Thomas and Paul Sandby from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II” (through Sept. 29) is a collection of watercol painted between 1750 and 1800 by the two brothers, who lived in Windsor. -Alone in a Crowd1. Prints by African-American Artists of the 1930s Slid 3940s from the Collection of Reba and Dave Williams” (Aug. 9-Oct. 6) pro-vides a moving portrayal of African-American life. “American Hooked Rugs” (through Dec. 31) traces the evolution of rug hooking techniques and designs from the 19th and 20th centuries, including examples of architectural, geo-metric, animal and floral patterns. With the opening of “The Arts of Africa, Asia and the Pacific.” a new permanent instal-lation of non Western a” that includes works from Egypt, China. Japan and sub-Saharan Africa, the museum’s entire collection is on display. The museum’s holdings of con-temporary art include works of abstract expressionism. pop art and one of the largest cotisations of post-5045 aft In the Southwest. “Art of the Americas” displays stone sculp-tures. gold objects, ceramics and Other artifacts from lost civilizations like the Aztecs and paintings by 20th-century American artists, “The Art of Europe” is a collection of impressionist and post-impressionist works, as well as Greek and Roman antiquities. In the Reves collection, vis-itors can see Chinese porcelain and English silver along with a collection of works by Renoir, van Gogh. Cezanne and other painters in a French Riviera-villa setting. 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday, Wedrrt?day & Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday; 1717 N Harwood St. Information: 922-1200 or 922-1355.
Dallas Museum of Natural History. Permanent exhibits include The Hall or Prehistoric Texas, with giant fossils and intriguing specimens; the paleontology lab, where visitors can watch scientists and volunteers work on real fossils and ask them questions; City Safari, a hands-on discov-ery center in a backyard setting with microscopes, live ani-mals. x-rays and more; and wildlife dioramas, four halls of realistic Texas habitats, undergoing renovations this sum-mer, that will feature interactive kiosks, sound, videos and a walk-through cave and buffalo “stampede.” 10 a,m,-5 p.m.. daily: 3535 Grand Ave. in Fair Park. Information: 421-DINO.
Dallas Visual Arts Center. “Mike Hill: Secret Histories’ shows colored pencil drawings made from 1993 to 1996 by Hill, a photo realist whose works depicts what he calls the secret histories of each individual. Opening. reception: 6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 9; exhibit hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday Friday: 12-4 p.m., Saturday; 2917 Swiss Ave. Information: 3287525.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Permanent exhibits explore Texas’ natural history, and present science from dinosaurs to computers in a kid-friendly way. The Omni Theater shows 70mm films in a dome theater; current show is The Living Sea. Also at the museum is the Noble Planetarium. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday; 9 a.m.-8 p.m.. Tuesday Thursday; 9 a.m,-9 p.m., Friday & Saturday; noon-8 p.m.. Sunday: 1501 Montgomery St., Fort Worth, Information: (metro) 817-654-1356.
Frontiers of Right Museum. In the mam lobby of the Love Field terminal (above Southwest Airline’s main ticket counter), this museum contains historical artifacts and informative displays on the curliest attempts at manned flight through the modern space age. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Monday-Saturday: 1-5 p.m., Sunday; Love Field Terminal Lobby, second floor. Cedar Springs Road and Mockingbird Lane. Information: 350-3600.
Kimbell Art Museum. “The Path to Enlightenment: Masterpieces of Asian Sculpture from the Musée Gulmet” (through Sept. 1) shows Asian art icons-more than 70 fig-ures crafted from stone, terra cotta. wood, bronze and precious metal-that trace the development of Buddhist art over the course of 1,000 years. “Affinities of Form: Arts of Africa, Oceania and tin’ Americas” (through Oct, 13), a free exhibit, showcases ritual and domestic artifacts from Mall, Zaire and South Africa and Polynesian art made from shells, whale ivory and human teeth. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Thursday & Saturday; noon-8 p.m., Friday: noon-5 p.m.. Sunday; 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-8451.
McKinney Avenue Contemporary. “Books. Boxes. Texts, Videos” (through Aug. 18). by El Paso artist James Magee. features framed wall reliefs, sketchbooks and videos. 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 3120 McKinney Ave. Information: 9&3-1212.
Meadows Museum. “Mingei: Japanese Folk Art from the Montgomery Collection” (Aug. 9-Oct. 6) features carved ani-mais, human figures of wood, granite and clay as well as lacquer bowls, glazed stoneware, sake bottles and textiles from the 15th to 19Lh centuries. The museum’s perma-nent holdings include one of the most comprehensive colIections of Spanish art outside of Spain, including paint-ings. works on paper ana sculptures in the Elizabeth Meadows Sculpture Garden. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday. Tuesday, Friday & Saturday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thursday: 1-5p.m- Sunday; SMU campus, corner of Boulevard and Binkley Avenue. Information: 768-2516.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Permanent collection includes works by Picasso, Roy Uchtenstein. James Suris and Clyfford Still, and Texas artists including Melissa Miller. 10 a.m. 5 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 11 a,m.-5 p.m., Saturday: noon-5 p.m.. Sunday; 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth, information: 817-738-9215.
The Science Place. Now on the new IMAX Theater’s 79-foot come screen is To The Limit, a film exploring the athletic prowess in champion skier Maria Walliser, prima ballerina Nina Ananiashvlll and rock climber Tony Yaniro; it includes footage from the first endoscopic (inner body) cinematog-raphy ever used in IMAX filming. Another film being shown is the original 11-minute. 3-0 animated short made for the IMAX screen, We Are Bom of Stars, which presents an in-your-face-action recounting of the history of the universe, But perhaps the best of the films at the new theatre is Dallas: A Unique Place in Time made for The Science Place. Accompanied by beautiful orchestral music, the flyover of the Arboretum, the scene in which planes land at the air-port in high speed and the sweeping views of downtown can bring learn of prion to your eyes. The rest of the Science Place is an interactive children’s science center featuring Permanent and traveling exhibits. Summer exhibits Include Thunderstorm Dectives. Science Circus. Mindplay: Mazes, Puzzles. & Math Magic. Through Aug. 31. Museum is open 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., daily; 1318 Second Ave. in Fair Park. Information: 428-5555.
Sixth Floor Museum. This intelligent and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository, where Lee Harvard Oswald allegedly tired the shot that killed President John F. Kennedy, explores the many facets of the assas-sination as well as Kennedy’s life through photos, film clips and interpretative information. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily: Dallas County Administration Building. 411 Dm St. Information: 653-6666.
Temple Emanu-EI. The architecturally acclaimed Temple Emanu-El building has on display several liturgical and non-liturgical works, such as textiles, mosaics and lithographs, by artists such as Anni Albers. Ben Shahn, Octavo Medellin of Dallas and Charles Williams of Fort Worth. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday; 8500 Hillcrest Ave. Information: 922-1220.
Music in the Atrium. The Dallas Museum of Art hosts The Fredrik Noren Band from Stockholm (jazz) on Aug. 1; David Can Jr. (jazz) on Aug, 8; Arnistad (Latin American classi-cal) on Aug. 15: Steve Sandfly Trio (Jazz) on Aug. 22; and Irregular Pearl (Baroque) on Aug. 29; all concerts begin at 6 p.m. In the Atrium. Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N. Harwood. Information: 922-1200.
Sex Pistols. Reunion of the seminal 1970s punk band, fueled this time more by need for cash than rage at sool-ety. 8 p.m., Aug. 2; Bronco Bowl, 2600 Fort Worth Ave. Information: 943-1777.
Gospel Jubilee. Join Donald Lawrence. Cece Winans and Fred Hammond in the Superstar Concert Series. 8 p.m.. Aug. 3; Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. Arlington. Information: 817-530-6000.
Jerry Jeff Walker. Country rocker has made his career into a cottage industry complete with mail-order emporium, annual birthday bashes and “cruise with Jerry Jeff” opportunities, It works because. hundreds of Texans still have lovingly preserved vinyl copies of Viva Terlingua and never get tired of Singing along to ’Jaded Lover.” 10:30 p.m.. Aug. 3; Billy Bob’s Texas. 2520 Rodeo Plaza. Fort Worth. Information: 817-589-1711.
Tab Benoit. Louisiana blues guitarist. 9 p.m., Aug. 3; Poor David’s Pub. 1924 Greenville Ave. Information; 821-9891.
Picnic In the Park Concert. Music fills the air as The Really Big Show performs in an outdoor concert, plus storyteller Brian Robertson. 7 p.m.. Aug. 3; Bob Woodruff Park. 2601 San Gabriel, Piano. Information: 578-PARK.
Bad Company, Ted Nugent. “Rock and Roll Fantasles” abound as Bad Company and the Motor City Madman prove they haven’t mellowed with age.7:30 p.m., Aug. 4; Coca Cola Starplex, Fair Park. Information: 421-1111.
Auatin Lounge Lizards. For the political season, the Lizards preform their newest “satirical bluegrass” tune, “Teenage Immigrant Welfare Mothers On Drugs.” 8 p.m., Aug. 8; Caravan of Dreams, 312 Houston. Fort Worth. information: 817429-4000.
Brewer & Shipley. Remember that ’70s song, “One Toke Over the Line”? These guys did it. 8 p.m., Aug. 9; Poor David’s Pub, 1924 Greenville Ave. Information: 821-9891.
Confederate Railroad. Former David Allen Coe back-up band has lost a little steam since their big hit, “Trashy Women” (written by Austin’s Chris Wall), 10:30 p.m., Aug. 9; Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza. Fort Worth. Information: 817-589-1711.
Don Walser. Dance to the western country of this yodel-ing cowboy. 8 p.m., Aug. 9; Sons of Hermann Hall, 3414 Elm St. at Exposition. Information: 828-9246.
Creedence Clearwater Revival. With a political twist to their songs, these musicians take us back to Woodstock and turbulent times with hits “Fortunate Son” and “Bad Moon Rising,” 8 p.m., Aug. 10; Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. Information: 817-530-6000.
Twilight Concert. The Irving Community Band performs a free concert entitled “Tribute to Texas Music.” 7:30 p.m., Aug. 10; Carpenter Performance Hall, Irving Arts Center, Northgate and Pleasant Run roads, Irving. Information: 252-7558.
Juan Gabriel. Singer and composer’s album El Mexico Que Se Nos Fue was nominated for a Grammy Award for best Mexican-American performance. 8 p.m., Aug. 10; Coca-Cola Starplex. Fair Park, Information: 373-8000.
For Gem. The Richardson Community Band is performing a light jazz-swing concert dedicated to the late Gene Armstrong, the founding member of the Richardson Civic Center. The outdoor event is free, and picnic dinners are encouraged. 7 p.m., Aug. 11; Richardson Civic Center, 411 W. Arapaho. Information 553-0230.
Doc Watson. The quintessential flat-picking blues and bluegrass guitarist only gets better with age. 8 & 10 p.m., Aug. 11: Poor David’s Pub. 1924 Greenville Ave. Information: 821-9891.
Reo Speedwagon, Foreigner, Peter Frampton. The “Cant Stop Rocking Tour” leads us to believe these rockers are like Energizer bunnies they keep going and going through the years). Should they heed the title of Foreigner’s song “That Was Yesterday”? Come and see. 7 p.m., Aug, 15; Coca-Cola Starplex, Fair Park. Information: 421-1111.
Steve Miller Band, Pat Benatar. Classic rock at its finest as these two performers ’hit us with their best shot.” “Get the Money and Run” to this concert! 8 p.m., Aug. 16; Coca-Cola Starplex, Fair Park. Information: 421-1111.
The Temptations, The Four Tops. The Motown chart-toppers are still singing the “Same Old Songs” the audiences love to hear. 8 p.m., Aug. 17; Six Flags Over Texas. 2201 Road to Six Flags. Information: 817-530-6000.
Dwight Yoakam and David Ball. This ’50s-style country crooner tugs at our heart strings with sad tunes like “It Only Hurts When I Cry.” Opener David Ball spent formative music years in Austin, playing with Uncle Walt’s Band. 8 p.m., Aug. 17; Coca-Cola Starplex. Fair Park. Information: 421-1111.
Sentimental Journey. Big Band music of the ’30s and ’40s presented by the Grapevine Opry. 7:30 p.m., Aug. 17: Historic Palace Theatre, 308 S. Main St., Grapevine. Information: 817-481-8733.
Tracy Chapman. She’s made a comeback since her hit “Fast Car, ” giving you “just one reason why” to come hear her new material. 8 p.m., Aug. 17; Bronco Bowl, 2600 Fort Worth Ave. Information: 943-1777.
Waylon Jennings. As a young man, this Lubbock native gave up his seat on the plane that crashed, killing Buddy Holly, It seems not even heart bypass surgery can stop this outlaw legend, whose recent CD, Essential, has been critically acclaimed. 10:30 p.m.. Aug. 17; Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 Rodeo Plaza, Fort Worth. Information; 817-589-1711.
Boston, Cheap Trick. Could be good, could be bad. depending on how fond your memories of 1970s radio are. 8 p.m., Aug. 18; Coca-Cola Starplex. Fair Park. Information: 421-1111.
Elvis Costello. He rode the late ’70s New Wave on the strength of his brillantly crafted songs that cloaked anger in elegant bitterness. 8 p.m., Aug. 20; Bronco Bowl, 2600 Fort Worth Ave. Information: 943-1777.
Bugs Henderson’s Anniversary Weekend. Premier Dallas rhythm and blues guitarist celebrates 21 years with his band the Shuffle Kings; surprise guest appearances like ly. 9 p.m., Aug. 23-24; Poor David’s Pub, 1924 Greenville Ave. Information: 821-9691.
Lynda Jamison. ABC’s “20/20” recently profiled this New York-based cabaret singer; part of a series of concerts. 7:30 p.m., Aug. 23-24; 6 p.m., Aug. 25; Horchow Auditorium, Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood. Tickets available at Dillard’s, ARTTIX: 871-2787.
Vince Gill. Known these days primarily for his pure singing voice, Vince Gill made his living before “When I Call Your Name ” as a super picker who was once invited to play on 3 Dire Straits tour. In a live performance, his Telecaster Still hums. 8 p.m., Aug. 24; Six Flags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Flags. Information: 817-530-6000.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Opening Night Gala. Enjoy Night in the Gardens of Spain” with Conductor Andrew Litton, Philippe Entremont on piano and Pepe Romero on guitar. 7:30 p.m., Aug, 29; Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: 692-0203.
J.C. Penney Superpops & Bernadette Peters. The actress/singer joins the Dallas Pops Orchestra. 8:15 p.m., Aug. 30 & 31; 2:30 p.m., Sept. 1: Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Information: 692-0203.
Aaron Tippin and Terri Clark. His and hers country Stars. 8 p.m., Aug. 31; Six Rags Over Texas, 2201 Road to Six Rags, information: 817-530-6000.
Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Exhibit of photographs and artifacts (through Aug. 15) celebrating the centennial of the birth of legendary Texas player Rogers Hornsby highlights his 48-year career, from signing with the Pallas Steers in 1914 to coaching the Mets in 1962. Also on display: more than 100 items from the National Baseball Hall of Fame. Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. 9 a.m,-7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: noon-5 p.m., Sunday. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: 817-273-5600.
Lone Star Park. Come watch races at the Post Time Pavilion inthe315-acre, $96-million horse-racing park. Sports fans will be able to watch and wager on races from top tracks across the country in the specialty designed pavilion with 175 televisions. Belt Line Road, a half mile north of I-30, Grand Prairie. For race times and information: 263-RACE.
Stockyards Championship Rodeo. Fori Worth’s historic Cowtown Coliseum is the site for this year’s championship rodeo featuring bull riding, team roping, barrel racing and Western entertainment. Through September. 8 p.m., Saturday. Cowtown Coliseum. Stockyards National Historic District, 121 E. Exchange Ave., Fort Worth. Information: 817-654-1148.
Mesquite Rodeo. The 39th season of bronco riding, calf roping, steer wrestling and barrel racing in the 5.500-seat Mesquite Arena; family activities include pony rides, a petting zoo and an all-you-can-eat barbecue buffet dinner. Friday and Saturday through Oct. 5; 6:30 p.m..gates open; 8 p.m., rodeo begins; Mesquite Arena, 1-635 at Military Parkway, Mesquite. Information: 222-BULL or 285-777.
Dallas Burn. Professional soccer team plays home games at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park. Tickets: 373-8000.
Aug. 10 Tampa Bay Mutiny 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 14 Columbus Crew 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Sidekicks. Professional indoor soccer team plays home games at Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. Tickets: 939-2800.
Aug, 17 Indianapolis 7 p.m.
Aug. 23 Monterrey 7 p.m.
Aug. 25 Houston 7 p.m.
Texas Rangers. Major league baseball team plays home games at The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: 817-273-5100.
Aug. 1 New York 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 2 Chicago 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 3 Chicago 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 4 Chicago 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 5 Chicago 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 12 Detroit 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 13 Detroit 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 14 Detroit 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 16 Kansas City 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 17 Kansas City 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 18 Kansas City 7:05 p.m.
Aug. 30 Cleveland 7:35 p.m.
Aug. 31 Cleveland 7:35 p.m.
Dallas Cowboys. Dallas’ own begins another championship season at Texas Stadium, 2401 E. Airport Fwy.. Irving. Information: 579-5000. Pre-season home games:
Aug. 12 New England 7 p.m.
Aug. 17 Denver 7 p.m.
Spiketest ’96. Slam, dive and spike your way to victory at the seventh annual Spikefest in Addison, the Southwest’s largest three-on-three amateur volleyball tournament. Aug-34:8*:30 a.m., check-in: 9 a.m.. games begin; Greenhill School. 14255 Midway Rd. Information: 526-8806.
American Junior Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. Come see the best from around the globe compete. Coinciding with this year’s competition, the AJQHA celebrates its 25th anniversary. 8 a.m., Aug. 3-10; Will Rogers Equestrian Center, 1 Amon Carter Square. Fort Worth. Information: 817-871-8150.
Bath House Duathalon. This 10-mile bike ride and a 2-mile run around White Rock Lake will test participants’ stamina and endurance; it’s open to all ages and trophies will be awarded. Registration packets are available at Lukes, 3607 Oak Lawn. 7 a.m., Aug. 6. The race begins at the Bath House Cultural Center, 521E, Lawther Dr. Information: 528-1290.
Saturday Nature Hikes. Step outdoors and increase your appreciation of nature as you learn more about local wildlife and plants on a guided hike. 10 a.m., Aug. 10; River Legacy Park, Green Oaks at Margaret Drive, Arlington. Meet at the first parking lot past the park entrance. Information: 817-860-6752.
Texas Masters Championships. Masters athletes (age 40 and above) will compete in various track and field events. There are also open categories for athletes of all ages. Aug. 10; field events start at 1:30 p.m.. track events at 5 p.m.; University of Texas at Arlington, 701 S. Nedderman Dr. Information: 817-446-5700.
Texas Rangers Luncheon. The 1996 Dr Pepper/Texas Rangers Luncheon Series talks baseball during a buffet lunch In the Diamond Club followed by a guest speaker. Aug. 11: 11:30 a.m., lunch: .12:45 p.m., program: The Diamond Club, The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Tickets: 817-273-5207.
Fourth Annual AMRA All-Harley Drags. The largest all-Harley drag race in Texas will feature more than 500 Harleys on display or in racing competition. 12-2:30 p.m., Aug. 24; 10 a.m.-2 p.m.. Aug. 25: Texas Motorplex, 7500 W. Hwy. 287. Ennis. Information: 878-2641.
Grand Prix of Dallas. The World Car Championship boasts exotic racing cars from Ferrari, Ford. Aurora and Chevrolet; plus some of the world’s greatest sports car drivers: Femin Vele* of Spain. James Weaver of England and Wayne Taylor of the United States. Aug.30-Sept.l (call for schedule of times); downtown Dallas around Reunion Arena. Information; 520-7749.
Sports Memorabilia Convention. More than 300 tables of sports collectibles will be available, plus National League players will be on hand to sign autographs. 2-7 p.m., Aug. 30; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Aug. 31: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sept, 1; Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Ballpark Way. Arlington. Information: 817-459-5000.
Much Ado About Nothing. The Shakespeare Festival of Dallas presents this play along with the Junior Players, a group of 26 teenagers. Much Ado’s comédie storyline follows the madcap twists 3nd misconceptions of romance, jealousy, conspiracy and betrayal. Through Aug. 4; 7 p.m., gates open for members; 7:30 p.m. for non-members; 8:15 p.m., show starts; Samuell-Grand Park. 6200 E. Grand Ave. Information: 559-2778.
Entermind. A live music performance series, featuring the collective of Dallas multimedia artists known as COMA-THEATRE. Through Aug. 10; 10 p.m.-midnight. Saturday; The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, 3130 McKinney Ave. Information: 953-1212.
The Miss Firecracker Contest. The Piano Repertory Theatre presents Pulitzer prize-winning playwright and SMU grad Beth Henley’s comedy about the lives of a group of small-town Southerners who try to cope with their unhappy pasts and look forward to the future. Through Aug. 11; 8:15 p.m.. Friday & Saturday: 2:15 p.m., Sunday; ArtCentre Theatre. 1028 15th Place, historic downtown Piano. Information; 422-7460.
I Hate Hamlet. Theatre Arlington stages the Paul Rudnick comedy about a small-screen actor who is unenthusiastic about performing Shakespeare until he meets the ghost of the most famous actor to portray Hamlet. John Barrymore. Through Aug. 18; 8:15 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 2:15 p.m., Sunday; Theatre Arlington, 305 W. Main St., Arlington. Information: 817-275-7661.
Disgraceful One-Acts. Theatre Three stages two irreverent one-act comedies-the Tennessee Williams spoof For Whom the Southern Bell Tolls, and the worldly wisdom of convent-bound nuns in Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. 8:15 p.m.. Aug. 1-3: 2:30 p.m., Aug. 4. Theatre Three. 2800 Routh St. Information: 871-3300.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown. Former gymnast Cathy Rigby vaults Into this Casa Mariana production of the backwoods girl. Molly Brown, who rises from rags to riches only to be snubbed Dy Denver high society until she emerges as a heroine after surviving the sinking of the Titanic. 8 p.m., Aug. 1-2; 2 & 8 p.m.. Aug. 3; 2 p.m., Aug. 4; Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster. Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.
West Side Story, The Dallas Summer Musicals offers the classic tale of “Romeo and Juliet” set against the backdrop of the gritty New York streets with gang warfare exploding on the stage in song, dance and high drama. 2 p.m., Aug. 1. 3 & 4: Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets: 691-7200.
How to Succeed In Business Without Really Trying. The Dallas Summer Musicals presents a touring show of this 1960s comedy that has had a popular two-year revival on Broadway. Aug. 6-7 (call for times); Music Hall. Fair Park. Tickets; 691-7200.
The Who’s Tommy. From the pinball arcades of 1960s London comes a revival of this Tony-winning musical that fuses the magic of live theater with the passion of rock ’n’ roll. Aug. 6-18; 8 p.m.. Tuesday-Friday: 24 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday (special matinee: 2 p.m., Aug. 8); Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster. Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.
The Fantasticks. This sweet tale of two fathers who try to micro-manage their children’s young romance is the longest-running off-Broadway show in theatrical history. Aug. 20 Sept. 1; 8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday (special matinee: 2 p.m., Aug. 221; Casa Manana Theatre. 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. Information: 817-332-2272.