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AUGUST Calendar

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ATTRACTIONS

Dallas Aquarium. Experience the tranquility of watching the underwater world, with 375 marine and freshwater species. Shark feedings Mon. Wed. Fri at 2:30 p.m; piranha feedings. Tue, Thu, Sat at 2:30. Open daily; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.

Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors car enjoy cultivated gardens, thousands of flowers, and phenomenal views of White Rock Lake and downtown. Also, be part of the “Ultimate Summer at The Arboretum Storybook Playhouses” (through Sep 7). Open daily; 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Mon-Thu; 10a.m.-6 p.m., Fri. Sat & Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.

Dallas Horticultural Center. Seven acres of gardens and a native plant collection beckon you to return to your roots. Gardens open daily. Visitors center open Tue-Sat; 10 a.m. -5 p.m., Sun; 1 p.m. -5 p.m. (admission is free). 3601 Martin Luther King Blvd. 214-428-7476.

Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walk-through aviaries, the Reptile Discovery Center, and the Exxon Endangered Tiger Exhibit. On Aug 29 & 30, join the zoo in welcoming the new exhibit, “Primate Place.” Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. I-35 at Marsalis. 214-670-5656.

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

Fort Worth Zoo. See more than 4,000 exotic and native animals in one of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos. Exhibits include Flamingo Bay. Raptor Canyon, and Asian Falls. Open daily; 10a.m.-5 p.m., Mon-Fri; IOa.m.-6 p.m., Sat & Sun. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.

Old City Park. This outdoor museum, a complete turn-of-the-century village, rests in the shadow of the Dallas skyline. Houses, a church, a school, and a variety of stores were moved from their original locations and restored. Moseying through the streets takes you back to the early days of North Texas, 10 a.m.-4 p.m..Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m., Sun. 1717 Gano St. 214-421-5141.

Southfbrk Ranch. Aka the home of television’s Ewing clan. Explore the ranch by tram and walk through the “Dallas” Museum with memorabilia from the hit series and its stars. A westemwear shop and me Front Porch Cafe are also part of the property. Open daily, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 3700 Hogge Rd.. half-mile south of Parker Rd., in Parker. 972-442-7800.



FAIRS & FIESTAS

Ringling Brothers and Baraum and Bailey Circus. Enjoy the hilarious and spectacular performances at one of the most thrilling shows on earth (through Aug 9). Call for times. Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. 214-373-8000.

19th Annual Garland Antique and Classic Auto Swap Meet. Come see all types of antique cars, parts, memorabilia, toys, pedal cars, and other related items. Aug 14-16. 7 a.m. until dark. Audubon Park, at the corner of Oates and O’Banion streets. Garland. 972-276-1790.

Highland Village Balloon Festival. Watch the balloons launch all weekend beginning Friday evening along with stage entertainment and arts and crafts. Aug 14-16. 6 p.m.-late night, Aug 14;6a.m.-late night, Aug 15&16. Copperas Branch Park on the south side of Lake Lewisville on 1-35. 972-317-3769.

Texas Open Championship Chili Cook-Off. Come and taste the heat as the state’s best chili cooks compete for the state chili championship. Aug. 8. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Lake Park at Lake Lewisville, Lewisville. 972-219-3550.



DANCE

Riverdance-Ttw Show. This internationally recognized celebration of Irish music, song, and clog dancing pounds into Texas (through Aug 16). 8 p.m., Tue-Sun; 2 p.m.. Sat, Sun, & Aug 13. Music Hall at Fair Park. 214-373-8000.



KID8TUFF

The Wiz. Get in the groove with this high-spirited adaptation of the classic Wizard of Oz. This production is performed by die Garland Civic Theatre Children on Stage, a group of actors ranging in age from 8 to 18. 7:30 p.m., Aug 1, 6. 7, & 8; 2 p.m. Aug 1, 2, 8, & 9. The Garland Performing Arts Center. 300 N.Fifth St.. Garland. 972-205-2790.

TheDine Out for Kids. Eat out at participating restaurants and help The Family Gateway, a charitable organization that benefits homeless families with children.The restaurants will donate 15 percent of the gross for the day to the organization. Aug 27. 972-444-3600.



MUSEUMS & GALLERIES

Amon Carter Museum. “New Harmonies: Masterpieces Across the Collection.” See this display of works by significant American artists who worked in a variety of media. This exhibit showcases the artist’s views through the creation of their art. Also, see “Prints and People: Narrative in American Printmaking,” an exhibit of prints that explores the device of narrative technique as used by a collection of American printmakers. Aug 29-Oct 18. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Sat; noon-5 p.m.. Sun. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth. 817-738-1933.

Arlington Museum of Art. Showcases contemporary living artists with ties to Texas in a 20,000-square-foot exhibition space. Call for current exhibits. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wed-Sat. 201 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-4600.

Dallas Museum of Art. “HimaJayan Art from the John McKesson Collection” features 14 examples of the religious art of Tantric Buddhism from Nepal and Tibet. Major types of ritual sculptures were assembled by a noted New York collector (through Sep 13). Also see “The Painted Sketch: Impressions from Nature by American Landscape Painters, 1830-1880,” (through Sep 20). 11 a.m.-4 p.m? Tue. Wed & Fri; 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Thu; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 1717 N.Harwood St. 214-922-1200.

Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Dinoworld,” the largest exhibit the museum has ever had, explores the 160 million years when the dinosaurs ruled our planet. The exhibit features some of the more popular dinosaurs. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 3535 Grand Ave., Fair Park. 214-421-DlNO.

Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “Flight: Where Adventure Takes Off!” A premier exhibit of aircraft, simulators, video displays, and interactive gadgets (through Sep 13). Also experience the riveting stories of true adventurers in the Omni Theater’s presentation of “Everest” (through Nov). 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Mon- Sat; noon-9 p.m.. Sun. 1501 Montgomery St. Fort Worth. 817-255-9300.

Kimbell Art Museum. “King of the World: A Mughal Manuscript from the Royal Library, Windsor Castle,” {through Aug 23). Showcases items from Queen Elizabeth II’s collection, including the Padshahnama (Chronicle of the King of the World), which was written for the emperor of India who built the Taj Mahal. “Design as Art: Towards Modernism. 1880-1940,” shows modernist pieces by designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright and William Morris (through Sep 13). IOa.m.-5 p.m.,Tue-Thu & Sat; noon-8 p.m., Fri; noon-5 p.m., Sun. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.

McKinney Avenue Contemporary. See “The MAC Members Invitational,” a group exhibition by MAC members that includes performance, film and video, poetry and prose readings, painting, sculpture and installation art. Aug 1-31. 11 a.m.-10 p.m.. Wed-Sat; 1-5 p.m., Sun. 3120 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100. 214-953-1212.

Meadows Museum. The Meadows houses one of the finest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. Come see “Gerardo Rueda: A Retrospective,” through Aug 9, and “By the Grace of Light: Images of Faith from Catholic New Mexico, Photographs by Craig Varjabedian.” Aug 28-Oct 25. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon, Tue, Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., Thu; 1 p.m.-5 p.m.. Sun. SMU Campus. 214-768-2516.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Agnes Martin and Richard Tuttle exhibit their abstract paintings, showing how similar their works are and how Martin influenced Tuttle. Through Aug 2. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tue-Fri; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat; noon-5 p.m.. Sun. 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.



MUSIC

Lilith Fair. Sarah McLachlan, Natalie Merchant. Bonnie Raitt, Erykah Badu, and Liz Phair are a few of the performers at this star-studded, all-female concert. Aug 1. 3 p.m. Coca-Cola Starplex, Fair Park. 214-373-8000.

Steven Curtis Chapman. Indulge in some thrilling rides and relax to the music of the extremely popular contemporary Christian musician. Aug 1.7 p.m. Six Rags Music Mill at Six Flags Over Texas. Arlington. 214-373-8000.



SPORTS

Ninth Annual Irving Open Tennis Tournament. Participate in this tournament, which includes singles, doubles, and youth categories and benefits the Irving Friendship Foundation. July 31-Aug 2. Held at multiple Irving country : clubs. Call for information. 214-368-8319.

The Harold Taft Memorial Tennis Tournament. Join this singles and doubles competition with prizes and help benefit the American Cancer Society. Aug 21-23. Walnut Creek Country Club, 1151 Country- Club, Mansfield. 817-473-1311.

Legends of the Game Baseball Museum. Special displays focus on “America’s game,” Many items are on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame, including Babe Ruth’s bat and glove and Lou Gehrig’s jersey. 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Tue-Sat; noon-4 p.m.. Sun. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. Arlington. 817-273-5600.

Taxas Motor Speedway. The area’s first NASCAR and Indy-car race facility. Road course in the infield and a 23-acre lake promise future stock-car and boating exhibitions. The grandstand seats 120,000. Times vary with races. Highway 114 and I-35W. 817-430-2010.



THEATER

Our Lady of the Tortilla. Spend a weekend with a Hispanic family who, among other mishaps, has to deal with an old aunt who sees the face of the Virgin Mary in a tortilla (through Aug 2), 8:15 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2:15 p.m., Sun. ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 15th PL, Piano. 972-422-7460.

Don’t Dress Fop Dinner. Come and enjoy this farce that involves mistaken identities and marital deceit (through Aug 15). 7:30 p.m., Thu; 8 p.m.. Fri & Sat; 2 p.m., Aug 2 & 9. Theater Arlington, 305 W. Main St. 817-261-9628.

God’s Trombones. Adapted from poetry and inspired by African-American preachers, this production will make you believe (through Aug 16). 8:15 p.m.,Thu-Sat; 3:15 p.m., Sat & Sun. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. (817)-338-4411.

The Phantom of the Opera. Experience the allure of seduction and me depths of despair in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical (through Aug 16). 8 p.m., Tue-Sat; 7:30 p.m.. Sun; 2 p.m., Sat, & Sun. Nancy Lee and Perry R. Bass Performance Hall, 4th and Calhoun streets. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.

Death Defying Acts. Three one-act comedies written by Woody Allen, Elaine May, and David Mamet (through Aug 23). 7:30 p.m., Thu; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2:30 p.m., Sun. Theatre Three, in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. 214-871-3300.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. This production follows a recently married woman who ends up taking care of her husband’s six brothers and tries to marry them off to save herself the trouble. If you enjoy singing and dancing, this is your summer entertainment. Aug 13-Sep 7. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.. Thu-Sal; 2 p.m., Sun & Labor Day. Granbury Opera House, 133 E. Pearl St.. Granbury. 817-572-0881.

Cinderella. This classic taie comes to Texas as a charming Rodgers and Hammerstein musical that is sure to remind you why you hate pumpkins. Aug 18-30. 8 p.m., Tue-Sat; 2 p.m.. Sat, Sun, & Aug 20. Casa Mariana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. 214-373-8000.

The Tempest. See Shakespeare’s final play about an enchanted island come to life. Dreams, love, romance, and humor abound in this, the last of many greats. Aug 27-Sep 20. 8:15 p.m., Fri, Sat, Aug 27, & Sep 17; 2:15 p.m., Sun. ArtCentre Theatre, 1028 I5th Place, Piano. 972-422-7460.

OFF THE BEATEN PATH

When summer vacation starts to wear the nerves and another trip to Hurricane Harbor or the zoo doesn’t even cause a stir of excitement, pack up the kids and explore some the area’s more out-of-the-ordinary activities. From petrified prints to exotic wildlife, a short drive can result in a world of experiences.



Fossil Rim Wildife Cater. Go on a safari adventure and see African wildife in danger of extinction. 2155 County Rd. 2008, Glen Rose. 254-897-2960.

Taxas Exotic Feline Foundation. Lions, tigers, and other exotic cats-as up-close and personal as you can get. By appointment only. Highway 114, Boyd. 940-433-5091.

Dinosaur Valley Stats Park. Hike the trails and exam-he fossilized footprints visible from under the water’s surface. Park Road 59, Glen Rose. 254-897-4588.

Heard Natural Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary. Visit the Raptor Rehabilitation Center and Bullfrog Pond, and learn about nature. FM 1378, McKinney. 972-562-5566.

Black Beauty Ranch. A vast menagerie of animals to look at as they’re being looked after Wild pigs, primates, deer, and more. Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Country Rd. 3806, Murchison. 903-469-3482.

North Texas Rabbit Sanctuary. Discarded rabbits find a safe refuge here. Come visit and team about proper bunny care. By appointment only. 416 Salem Dr., Richardson. 972-234-5570.

River Legacy Living Science Center. Ideal for nature walks and conservation talks, with programs for children on how to preserve the world around them, 703 NW Green Oaks Blvd., Arlington. 817-860-6752.