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What to Do & Where to Go: Our Selective Guide
By D Magazine |

Speedway Hosts ’Country Woodstock’

Once again, the race is on at Texas Motor Speedway…for seats at Coun-tryfest ’97. set for June 14. This concert has been touted the “country music Woodstock” and Vince Gill, Hank Williams Jr., Wynonna, Travis Tritt, The Charlie Daniels Band, Randy Travis, Bryan White and LeAnn Rimes are scheduled to perform. Giant video screens will surround the track so everyone can have a front-row view of the show. For those who want to immerse themselves in honky-tonk, Fruit of the Loom’s 35,000-square-foot “Country Comfort Experience” interactive pavilion will be chock-full of activities. The Tennessee Treasures museum contains such items as Patsy Cline’s makeup case. Jam on virtual guitar on one of the Electric Cowboy Computers. Billy Bob’s Texas’ “On the Road” line-dance instructors will have you doing the Watermelon Crawl with ease.

Texas Motor Speedway. S.H. 114 at I-35W. Tailgate party, 5:30 p.m., June 13. Gates open June 14, 8 a.m.; show starts. 1 p.m. Tickets: 214-373-8000. -Amy Zimmer

Dallas Celebrates Juneteenth

Dallas has hosted Juneteenth celebrations since 1866, just a year after news of the historical Emancipation Proclamation reached the slaves of the Lone Star State. The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center continues the tradition this year, with a parade and activities focusing on the significance of the holiday on the youth of the city’s black communities.

President Abraham Lincoln issued the Proclamation on Sept. 22,1862. Slaves in Texas didn’t get the word of freedom until June 19,1865. Juneteenth has been a state holiday since 1980.

This year’s festivities at the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center will include a parade that starts and ends at the center, ^iartyHiicnics^ and speeches by community leaders. Immediately following, the Juneteenth Celebrity Basketball Game will be played at P.C. Cobb Stadium near Fair Park. Expect to see noted athletes and entertainers such as Mavericks point guard Robert Pack hooping it up to benefit programs at the community center.

Celebrate 1 to 6 p.m. at the community center, 2922 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. between Jeffries and Meyers streets. Basketball game is scheduled for 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Cobb Stadium, 1702 Robert B. Cullum Blvd.

-Michael Hope


Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors can stroll along the walks and enjoy cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 (lowers and spectacular views of White Rock Lake and downtown in the distance. “A Parade of Animals” (through September) features animal-shaped topiary. 10 a.m.-6p.m., daily: 8525 Garland Rd. Information: 214-327-8263.

Fair Park. Built in the 1930s to celebrate the Texas Centennial, Fair Park’s 227 acres feature art deco buildings, 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. Open daily, year-round: 1300 Robert B. Cullum Blvd. at Grand Avenue. Information: 214-670-8400or 214-426-3400.

Fort Worth Botanic Garden. The 110-acre, tree-shaded complex includes a rose garden, conservatory, Japanese gardens and the Garden Restaurant. 8 a.m.-dusk (9 a.m.-6 p.m., Japanese gardens), daily: 3220 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-871-7686.

Movie Studios at Las Colinas. These studios, where scenes from RoboCop, Leap of Faith and JFK were filmed, are open for tours, 10 a.m.-4p.m., daily; 6301N. O’Connor Blvd.. Las Colinas. Information: 972-869-FILM.

Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This out door museum is a complete turn-of-the-century village in the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Houses, a church, a school and a variety 01 stores were moved from their original locations and restored, so a walk through the village offers a glimpse into the fife of early North Texans. 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.. Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m.. Sunday; 1717 Gano. Information: 214-421-5141.

Southfork Ranch. Visit the Ewing Mansion, explore the ranch by tram and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit TV series and its stars. There’s also a western-wear store and the Front Porch Cafe. 9 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; 3700 Hogge Rd., a half-mile south of Parker Road, in Parker. Information: 972-442-7800.

Fairs & Fiestas

Artrain. America’s Museum in Motion, a mixed-media exhibit in four rail cars, celebrates art education and works commissioned by Washington, D.C.’s Smithsonian Institution. Featured artists include Georgia O’Keeffe and Sam Gilliam. May 29-June 1; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., daily; South Irving Station, 201 Rock Island at O’Connor Road, downtown Irving. Information: 972-252-7558.

CanalFest 1997. 15th annual event, with “A Salute to Spain ” theme, will feature tours of the 75-foot, 90-ton replica of Christopher Columbus’ The Nina, on its Texas Discovery Tour for children and adults. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit Columbus Beet Association. May 31-June 1, Las Colinas Urban Center, S.H. 114 and O’Connor Road. Information: 972-252-7558.

Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. Bagpipes, athletic competitions and a highland dance championship are but a wee part of the activities planned. Featuring Scottish entertainer Alex Beaton and fiddler Alasdair Fraser. 9 a.m.-6 a.m.. June 6-8; Texas Scottish Ceilidh Festival, to honor the participants of the Highland Games. 8 p.m.-midnight, June 7: Maverick Stadium, University of Texas at Arlington. Information: 817-654-2293..

Scarborough Faire. Explore the sights, sounds, food and drink of the 16th century at the nationally-known Renaissance festival on 35 wooded acres. Some of the Faire’s most noted entertainers return for the festival’s 17th year, as well as artisans, craftsmen and perennial favorites such as jousting and sword fights. More than 100,000 people visit the Faire annually. Through June 15. 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; Exit 399A off of 1-35E, south of Dallas. Information: 972-938-FAIR.


Omni Theater. Jump into the driver’s seat with Mario An-dretti in “Super Speedway,” an OMNIMAX film on racing. Multiple showtimes daily: Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, 1501 Montgomery St. Information: 817-732-1631.

Home and Garden

Texas Fashion CollectiIon.” Suiting the Modern Woman ” features power suits worn by some of Texas’ most influential women, including Mary Kay Ash, former Gov. Ann Richards and former presidential first lady Barbara Bush. The exhibit also chronicles the evolution of women’s suits through the 20th century. Noon-8 p.m., Monday & Tuesday: noon-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; University of North Texas Art Gallery, Mulberry and Welch streets, Denton. Information: 817-565-4005.

Parade of Homes. Ten custom homes, professionally furnished and decorated, will be on display. Proceeds benefit the Make A Wish Foundation of North Texas. 10 a.m.-8 p.m., through June 1; LakeSide On Preston, northwest corner of Preston and Parker roads, Piano. Information: 214-631-4840.


Peter Pan. Kids of all ages will enjoy the story of a boy in Never-Never Land who will never grow up and his fantastic adventures with the Darling children. 7:30 p.m., June 6, 13, 20 & 27: 1:30 p.m., June 7, 14, 21. 28; 1:30 p.m. & 4:00 p.m., June 8,15, 22 & 29; 10 a.m., June 5.10,11, 12, 17, 18, 19. 24, 25 & 26: Dallas Children’s Theater, El Centro College Theater, Main and Market streets in the West End Historical District. Tickets: 214-978-0110.

Cooper Center Summer Youth Sports Camps. Week-long sports camps for the young-uns 5 to 12 offer activities ranging from swimming to flag football to martial arts while focusing on the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle. Soccer camp with coach Ken Pollard is offered as well. June 9-Aug. 8. Cooper Fitness Center. 12100 Preston Rd. Information: 972233-4832.

Rhino Rap. Learn more about these two-ton endangered gray giants through presentations and a tour of the breeding facilities for the white and black rhino. 6-10 p.m., June 14; Fossil Rim Wildlife Center, Route 1, Glen Rose. Information: 817-897-2960.

Jack and the Beanstalk. Richardson Children’s Theatre presents a musical adaptation of one boy’s journey up a beanstalk to the land of giants. 7:30 p.m., June 13; 2 & 7:30 p.m., June 14; 2 p.m., June 15; University of Texas at Dallas Theatre. Tickets: 972-690-5029.

Cinderella. Richardson Children’s Theatre performs the rags-to-glass slipper story of a young girl and her prince. 10 a.m., June 26; 10 a.m. & 7:30 p.m.. June 27; 2 & 7:30 p.m.. June 28; 2 p.m., June 29; University of Texas at Dallas Theatre. Tickets: 972-690-5029.

Literary Events & Lectures

Rites of Passage. African American Women on Tour, the nation’s foremost black women’s empowerment conference, comes to Dallas to help young women of color live a balanced and healthy life while stressing the principles of love, peace, discipline, wisdom and respect. Activities start at 6:30 a.m., June 14-15; Fairmont Hotel. 1717 N. Akard St. Information: 800-527-4727.

Museums & Galleries

Amon Carter Museum. “Likeness and Landscape: The Daguerreotype Art of Thomas M. Easterly” (through June 1) examines the 19th-century photographer’s work in the Urban West. “Gems from the Permanent Collection” (June 7-Aug. 17) rolls out some of the best of the museum’s renowned American art holdings for those who have been clamoring to see them. “Master works of the Photography Collection” (through Sept. 7] highlights children at work and play, pictorial portraits and New York City street scenes by artists such as Richard Doherty and Walter Rosenblum. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. Information: 817-738-1933.

Arlington Museum of Art. “Hotel California’ (through June 7), an exhibit showcasing 27 emerging talents of the California Institute of the Arts, shares common themes of transience and memory. Pieces in “Odd Realities” exhibit a quirky view on reality; opens June 21. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday-Saturday; 201 W. Main St. Information; 817-275-4600.

Art Centre of Plano. “Portfolio Students” (through June 7) showcases the work of students at Collin County Community College. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; 1039 E. 15th St., historical downtown Piano. Information: 972-423-7809.

Contemporary Art Center of New York. Two Dallas artists are featured in the second installation of the Focus series. “Focus II: Herb Rogalla and Robert Klefisch” (through June 15). Rogalla’s futuristic acrylic-on-PVC creations suggest a world not too far away, while Klefisch’s work employs more common items in bis exploration of the relationship between the human form and nature. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday; 11 a.m.-8 p.m., Friday & Saturday; noon-5 p.m., Sunday; 500 Commerce St., Suite 104, Fort Worth. Information; 817-877-5550.

Dallas Historical Society. “DHS 75. Our History. Your History” celebrates the 75th anniversary of the society with an exhibit reflecting the history and interests of trie Dallas community. The impact of World War II and the Texas Ses-quicentennial are two of the topics examined. Through October; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday: 1-5 p.m.. Sunday; Hall of State at Fair Park, First Avenue at Parry. Information: 214-421-4500.

Dallas Museum of Art. “Painting the Universe: Frantisek Kupka. Pioneer in Abstraction” (June 1-Aug. 24) showcases daring form and vibrant colors in modernist works by Czech artist Kupka. Texas-born sculptor and painter Luis Jimenez’s “WorkingClass Heroes, Images from the Popular Culture” (through Aug. 2) examines non-traditional materials and techniques such as airbrushing and neon in 78 sculptures, maquettes and drawings (including several on loan by a Dallas collector) that symbolize cultural myths and attitudes. 11 a.m.-4 p.m.. Tuesday, Wednesday & Friday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m.. Thursday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; 1717 N. Harwood St. Information: 214-922-1200 or 214-922-1355.

Edith Baker Gallery. Leticia Huerta and Celia Munoz are featured in “Pensamiento” (through July 3), a mixed-media painting and photography exhibition that reflects (pen-samiento) on their family histories utilizing materials as varied as family heirlooms and beeswax. 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. 2404 Cedar Springs. Information: 214-855-5101.

Hamdy Hughes Gallery. Exhibit by James Zar continues through June 12; personal appearance by the artist May 29.10 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. 2708 Fairmount; 214-720-0004.

Hamon Arts Library. “Go West Young Men: Sketching Trips of Jerry Bywaters and Otis Dozier* (through June 22). 8 a.m.-midnight, Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday; 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday; 1 p.m.-midnight, Sunday; Hamon Arts Library, 6101 Bishop Blvd.. SMU campus. Information: 214-768-1852.

Kimbell Art Museum. Explore French impressionist Claude Monet’s 1884-1908 interpretations of the Italian and French rivieras and Venice in the 70 works of “Monet and the Mediterranean” (June 8-Sept. 7). 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.

Kittrell/Riffkind Art Glass. Exhibit featuring kiln-cast sculptures by Mark Abildgaard, perfume pendants by John Glivey and blown artworks by John Littleton, Kate Vogel and John Chiles, runs June 6-July 5; 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday-Saturday, by appointment, Sunday; Village on the Parkway, 5100 Belt Line Rd.. Suite 820. Information: 972-239-7957.

The Science Place. “Super Speedway” (through November)-the film featuring Mario and Michael Andretti in a behind-the-scenes look at the science, art and passion found in Indy car racing (narrated by Paul Newman)-finds its second North Texas venue here.The Tl Founders IMAX Theater features a 79-foot dome screen. The rest of the museum is a hands-on children’s discovery center. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.. daily; 1318 Second Ave., Fair Park. Information: 214-428-5555.

Sixth Floor Museum. This thorough, intelligent and moving exhibit in the former Texas School Book Depository explores the life and death of President John F. Kennedy. Particularly haunting is the recreated corner sniper’s nest. Audio tours available. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., daily; Dallas County Administration Building, 411 Elm St, downtown Dallas. Information: 214-653-6666.

Turner & Runyon Gallery. Works of New York artist Ross Bleckner, a veteran of the “death of painting” avant-garde ’70s and progenitor of such styles as neoabstraction and chiaroscuro glazing, are on display through May 31. New Mexican Luis Jimenez melds three 20th-century art movements into a unified and critical view of American life and culture. June 16-Aug. 2.11 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Saturday; 2642 Elm St., Deep Ellum. Information: 214-653-1130.

The Victorian Gallery. The oils, drawings and watercolors of British impressionist Roy Petley are on display. Petley. discovered by Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Kent, quickly rose to become a favorite of the Royal Family. May 30-June 27; 9a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday; 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday; by appointment, Sunday; 2722 Fairmount St. Information: 214-871-2474.

Webb Gallery. “Heavy Metal” (through June 8) showcases Texans David Strickland’s and Carl Nash’s sculpture from found objects (fence-gauge wire, televisions, speakers, scrap farm equipment and trie like). 1-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday or by appointment. 209-211 W. Franklin St., Waxahachie; 972-9385085.


Anson & The Rockets. Blues band extraordinaire with Sammy Myers, winner of eight W.C. Handy music awards. 8 p.m., May 30. In June: the Celtic band Amberhawke, 5; Bill & Bonnie Hearne, 19; Peter Tork & James Stanley. 21; and Clarence “Gatemouth ” Brown, 28. Poor David’s Pu?, 1924 Greenville Ave. Information; 214-821-9891.

Broadway Tonight. The Richardson Symphony Orchestra and musical performers “Bravo Broadway” present an evening of new and Classic show tunes by Andrew Lloyd Webber, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin and Leonard Bernstein. 8 p.m., May 31, Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 972-234-4195.

Chicago. The Beach Boy?. 7:30 p.m., June 7, Coca-Cola Starplex amphitheater. Fair Park, 1st and Perry streets.

The Sixties. Woodstock. Vietnam, Kent State-pull out your love beads and granny glasses and enjoy the songs of the revolutionary ’60s as performed by the Turtle Creek Chorale. 8 p.m., June 15 & 18; The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-871-ARTS.

1997 EOS International Summer Music Festival. Beethoven is trie focus of this year’s festival, whose highlights include Gunther Herbig at the musical helm for Ludwig von’s Symphony No. 9, the debut of pianist Louis Lortie, the return of Leon Reisher to Dallas after overcoming his debilitating ailment, and three Van Cliburn competition medalists who perform on a special opening night. 7 p.m.. June 17, June 20 & 21, June 27 & 28, July 2 & 3, July 11 & 12; The Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. Tickets: 214-692-0203.

RockFest ’97. Bush. No Doubt, Collective Soul. Counting Crows and The Wallflowers rock ’n’ roll the Dallas-Fort Worth area in a day-long concert June 21. Festival-eve tailgate party, 5:30 p.m.. June 20. Gates open on June 21 at 8 a.m., show starts at 2 p.m.; Texas Motor Speedway, S.H. 114 at 1-35. Tickets: 214-373-8000.


Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Summer program offers kids the opportunity to peek inside the evolving culture of baseball and catch a glimpse of everything from sports broadcasting to the language peculiar to the sport. 9 a.m.-l p.m., June 2-6, 16-20. July 7-11, July 28-Aug. 1. Special displays focus on the game in America: many items are on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame (including a Babe Ruth bat and a glove and jersey belonging to Lou Gehrig). Last tickets are sold one hour before closing. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday; noon-4 p.m., Sunday; The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way, Arlington. Information: 817-273-5098.

Lone Star Park. June 7-the Dallas Turf Cup, June 27- National Jockey Championship and June 28-Lone Star Grand Prairie Gold Cup. Post Time Pavillion airs simulcast races from across the country and features a sports bar and casual dining area. Grandstand features dining area, clubhouse. Jockey Club, bar, private suites and outdoor apron seats. Paddock open to all visitors. Family Fun Park for the kids-from which the track can still be seen. Thoroughbred racing season runs through Jury. Admission, $2-$5; parking. $2-$5. Post Time Pavillion: 10:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Wednesday-Monday; Grandstand: 4:35-10 p.m., Wednesday-Friday; 11:35 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday; 1000 Lone StarPkwy, Grand Prairie, between S.H. 183 and 1-30. Information: 972-263AACE.

Mesquite Rodeo. This year marks the 40th season of buckin’ broncs. bull riders and bull-fighting clowns. Professional Rodeo Cowboy Association-sanctioned competition every Friday and Saturday night from April through October. Also, BBQ Pavillion, pony rides, petting zoo. Visitors last year included Mick Jagger and Wilford Brimley and folks from around the world. TNN’s “Championship Rodeo From Mesquite” is one of the most popular programs on The Nashville Network, 1818 Rodeo Dr. off LBJ Freeway. Information: 972-285-8777.

Texas Motor Speedway. The area’s first NASCAR and Indy-car race facility. Road coarse in the infield and 23-acre lake promise future stock-car and boating exhibitions. General seating (grandstand seats 120,000). $3-$80. 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. (times will vary with races); 3601 Intersection of State Hwy. 114 and Interstate 35W. Information; 817-215-8500.

Piano Race For the Cure. Race/walk 1o raise funds and conciousness 3bout breast cancer. 7:25 a.m.. June 7: JC I Penney Corporate Headquarters. 6501 Legacy Dr., Piano. I Race information: 214-692-5181.

Hoop-lt-Up. Three-on-three basketball competition. 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday, June 21 & 22. Nike Slam Jam. noon. Saturday: women’s finals. 3:30 p.m. Sunday; men’s finals, 4:30 p.m. Sunday; West End Historical District, Dallas. Information: 972392-5758.

A Decade of Difference. 10th Annual Chip Moody Pro-Am Classic, a golf tournament benefiting the Children’s I Medical Center of Dallas. 10 a.m.. June 23: Brookhaven Country Club, 3333 Golfing Greer Dr., Farmers Branch. Information: 972-243-6151.


Bum This. Lanford Wilson’s play looks at the lives of three I bohemians artists and tin; way they cope with the death of a friend. This play is rated “R” due to sexual situations and language. Through June 15. 8:15 p.m., Thursday-Saturday; I 2:30 P.m., Sunday: Theatre Three, 2800 Routh St.. in the Quadrangle. Tickets: 214-871-3300.

Dog Show. Introduction of Kitchen Dog Theater’s company members in a Samuel Beckett’s short plays directed and acted by them. Through June 22.8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday: 2 p.m., Sunday; Hie MeKinney Avenue Contemporary. 3120 McKinney Ave.. Suite 100. Tickets: 214-871-ARTS.

Closer than Ever. A contemporary musical voyage. June 5 28. 8 p.m.. Thursday & Saturday; WaterTower Theatre, Addison Conference and Theatre Centre. 15650 Addison Rd. Tickets; 214-871-ARTS.

Stepping Out. A humorous look at a bizarre group of adults who find therapy and solace in a beginner’s tap class. June 6-28. 7:30 p.m.. Thursday-Saturday; 2 p.m., Sunday; Theatre Arlington. 305 W. Main St., Arlington. Tickets: metro 817-261-9628.

The Sound and the Fury. Faulkner’s critical examination of the decline Of a once proudly aristocratie family into an existence of decay rounds out the Undermain Theatre’s 1996-97 season. Through June 7. 7:30 p.m., Wednesday & Thursday; 8:15 p.m., Friday & Saturdays; Undermain Thea tre. 3200 Main St.. Deep Ellum. Tickets: 214-747-5515.

La Bete. French comedy comes to life in the tale of a 15th-century comedy troupe and the conflicts between Elomire, the troupe’s leader, and Prince Conti. the troupe’s patron. June 6-29.8:25 p.m., Fridays Saturday; 2:15 p.m., Sunday; Piano Repertory Theatre, Avenue K and 15th St., Piano. Tickets: 972-422-7460.

Smokey Joe’s Cafe An award-Winning musical celebrating diners, rock ’n’ roll and summer kisses. June 10-22. 8 p.m.. Tuesday-Friday; 2 & 8 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, Music Hail at Fair Park. 909 1st Awe. Tickets: 214-691-7200.

Showboat. Journey down the Mississippi River and through the lives and loves el show people while enjoying hit tunes “Or Man River” and “Can’t Help Lovin’ That Man Of Mine.” 8 p.m., June 13, 14. 19. 20 & 21: 2 p.m., June 15, 22; Garland Summer Musicals. Garland Center for the Performing Arts. 300 N. 5th St. ai Austin. Garland. Tickets: 972-205-2790.

Shakespeare Festival of Dallas. The comédie Twelfth Night, a romantic tale of fate, naivete and separated twins, lights up the festival. June 18-28. 8:15 p.m., Wednesday-Friday. The witches in Macbeth stir up toil and trouble in the festival’s performance of betrayal, revenge and murder. 8:15 p.m., Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday; Samuell-Grand Park. 5808 East Grand. Information: 214-559-2778.

Hello, Dolly. Famous as one of the best-loved musicals of all time. Opens June 18 with Jerry Haynes, better known as Mr, Peppermint, as Horace. 8 p.m.. June 18 & 19. 24-26; 2 p.m., June 20, 27; Garland Center for the Performing Arts. 300 N. 5th at Austin. Gariand. Tickets: 972-205-2790.

The Music Man. Professor Harold Hill is coming into town to sell music lessons and learn a lesson in love. Sing along with old favorites “76 Trombones’ and “The Wells Fargo Wagon.” June 24 July 6; 8 p.m., Tuesday-Friday; 2 & 8 p.m.. Saturday & Sunday, Music Hall at Fair Park, 909 1st Ave. Tickets: 214-691-7200.

FourPlay ’97. The close of the Quad C Theatre season brings an evening of performances of four underproduced short American plays. Stage Directions, a satire of a man and two women meeting after attending a funeral; Big AI, the twisted tale of two wanna-be Quentin Tarantinos; The Former One-On-One Basketball Champion, a coming-of-age spoof; and The Actor’s Nightmare, where an unsuspecting patron fills m for an ailing actor. 8 p.m., June 25-27: 2:15 & 8 p.m., June 28; 2:15 p.m., June 29; Collin County Community College. Black Box Theatre. 2800 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Piano. Tickets: 972-881-5809.

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