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TOP lO things to do in July

By D Magazine |

Grand Prairie Western Days.

July 30-Auguxt 1. Kick off August with a big yippee-ie-oh! in a weekend full of rodeo thrills. The fun starts in downtown Grand Prairie at a citywide pancake breakfast and parade featuring pets and their owners. Then mosey on out to Lone Star Park for a tailgate barbecue and rodeo (as if you needed more to get your spurs jingling). Downtown Grand Prairie and Lone Star Park, I000 Lone Star Pkwy. 972-263-9588.

Lilith Fair, August 1. Forget those Brit twits (ahem, the Spice Girls); girl power is still strong. This all-female, all-day concert features a cross-section of music and musicians banded together by Canadian folk/pop chanteuse Sarah McLachlan. Dallas native Erykah Badu comes home to perform with Bonnie Raitt, Natalie Merchant, Liz Phair, and others. Coca-Cola Starplex, Fair Park. 214-373-8000.

God’s Trombones.

Through August 16. Hallelujah! If you ever doubted the powers above, this unique production will make you believe. Inspired by African-American preachers and adapted from poetry, this musical is a divine experience. Jubilee Theatre. 506 Main St., Fori Worth. 817-338-4411.

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, August 13-September 7. To get a moment’s peace for herself and her new husband, an ingenious wife tries to marry off her husband’s six needy brothers. This is an oldie but still a goodie. Granbury Opera House, 133 E. Pearl, Granbury. 817-572-0081.

McKinney Avenue Contemporary. August 12-19. The MAC Members Invitational features film and video, poetry and prose readings, paintings, sculpture, and performance art by members of Dallas’ altemative-art scene. 3120 McKinney, Suite 100.214-953-1212.

Death Defying Acts. Thwugh August 23. Renowned playwrights Woody Allen, Elaine May, and David Mamet created three one-act comedies, now compiled under “Death Defying Acts.” The evening of dark humor should have ’em crowding the house. Theatre Three, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 214-871-3300.

The Conspiracy Museum, open daily. This is not a plot from the X-Files, although agents Mulder and Scully would feel at home in the museum dedicated to exposing alleged cover-ups of the assassinations of Martin Luther King, Jr., the Kennedy brothers, and others. 110 S. Market St, 214-741-3040.

Koala Outback Exhibit,open daily. No need to wait until the 2000 Olympics in Sydney to see Australia’s most intriguing and famous inhabitant. These furry creatures packed up their eucalyptus leaves and traded Down Under for Down South, in this new exhibit. Fort Worth Zoo, 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.

The Women’s Garden, open daily. Open for a little more than a year, this tranquil locale along White Rock Lake is a great spot to meditate, stroll the grounds, or watch the sun set with that special someone. What could be more romantic? Dallas Arboretum, 8252 Garland Road. 214-327-8263.

Texas Open Championship Chili Cook-off, August 8. How hot is too hot? Let your taste buds be the judge as more than 250 cooks compete for the State Chili Championship. This cook-off is the final qualifier before the International Cookoff in Terlingua, so you can be sure the chili will be smokin’. Lake Park at Lake Lewisville. 972-219-3550.