Dallas Aquarium. Experience die tranquility of watching the underwater world, with 375 marine and freshwater species. Shark and piranha feedings every day (except Monday) al 2:30 p.m. Open daily: 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Fair Park. 214-670-8443.
Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden. Visitors can enjoy cultivated gardens, more than 200,000 flowers, and spectacular views of downtown. Be a part of the “Ultimate Summer ai The Arbore turn Storybook Playhouses” (through Sep 7). Open daily; I0a.m.-9p.m.. Mon-Fri: 10 a.m!-6 p.m.. Sat & Sun. 8525 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
Dallas World Aquarium. A privately owned aquarium of exotic marine life with 12 saltwater tanks and one of the world’s largest South African black-footed penguin exhibits. It’s also a great place for lunch. Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 1801 N. Griffin St. 214-720-1801.
Dallas Zoo. Exhibits feature forest, mountain, and river habitats, walkthrough aviaries, and the family-pleasing monorail ride, Take advantage of Dollar Day (July 21). when admission is just SI all day. Open daily; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 650 R.L. Thornton Fwy. (Marsalis exit). 214-670-5656.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardon. 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.rn.-6 p.m.. Japanese gardens). 322.0 Botanic Garden Blvd., Fori Worth. 817-871-7686.
Fort Worth Zoo. One of the nation’s most acclaimed zoos, with more than 4.000 animals. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon-Fri; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.. Sal & Sun. 1989 Colonial Pkwy., Fort Worth. 817-871-7050.
Old City Park, The Historical Village of Dallas. This 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 lakes you hack 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.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Principal Pops conductor Richard Kaufman will lead the DSO in performances of patriotic music by Bernstein. Sousa. and John Williams-Featured guest soloist Emanuel Borok will perform the second movement of Barber’s “Violin Concerto” and Vieuxtemps’ “Souvenir d’ Amerique,” and cap dancer Karl Warkentien presents Morton Gould’s “Tap Dance Concerto”” (8 p.m.. July 1 &. 2). Boston Pops conductor Keith Lockhart makes his DSO debut with violinist Sergiu Luca, who will perform Bolcom’s “Violin Concerto” in the grand finale of the EDS International Summer Music Festival (8 p.m., July II & 12). Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 214-692-0203.
Peter, Paul & Mary. These American folk music legends make a special appearance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra for its 1998 EDS International Summer Music Festival. This special evening also includes an orchestral tribute to John Denver. 8 p.m., July 8. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center. 2301 Flora St. 214-692-0203.
Metallica. Witness the power of the band that, for better or worse, defines modem-day metal music. Wear your best leather, grab a cold one-and don’t forget your earplugs. 7 p.m., July 31. Coca-Cola Starplex Amphitheater. 1818 First Ave., Fair Park. 214-373-8000,
MUSEUMS & GALLERIES
Anion Carter Museum. “New Harmonies: Masterpieces Across the Collection” (through Aug 16) presents a display of works by American artists who worked in a variety of media. This exhibit shows the artists’ views through the creation of art that best fits their message and needs. 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. “Boys’ Toys” (through Aug 1 ) features works dealing with stereoty pically male topics: war, heavy materials, flight, machinery, tools, toys, and power. 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
The Conspiracy Museum. This museum exposes alleged coverups of the assassinai ions of presidents Kennedy and Lincoln. Martin Luther King Jr., and Robert Kennedy, as well as the crash of Korean Flight 007. Open daily; 9 a.m.~6p.m. I HI S. Market St. 214-741-3040.
Dallas Museum of Art. “Himalayan An from the John McKesson Collection” features 14 examples of the religious ait of Tantric Buddhism from Nepal and Tibet (through Sep 13). Also see The Painted Sketch: Impressions from Nature by American Landscape Painters, 1830-1880″ (through Sep 20). 11 sua.-4 p.m.. Tue, Wed & Fri; 11 a.ni.-9 p.m.,Thu; 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sal &. Sun. 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1200.
Dallas Museum of Natural History, DINO-WORLD (through Jan 3). the largest exhibit the museum has ever had, explores the 160 million years when dinosaurs ruled the plan-el, Open daily; 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 3535 Grand Ave.. Fair Park. 214-421-DINO.
Fort North Museum of Science and History. “Flight: Where Adventure Takes Off!” A premier exhibit of aircraft, simulators, video displays, and interactive gadgets (through Sep 7). Also experience the riveting stories of thrill-seeking mountaineers in the Omni Theater’s Everest (through Oct). 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Mon; 9 a,m.-8 p.m., Tue-Thu; 9 a.m.-9 p.m.. Fri & Sat: noon-8 p.m.. Sun. 1501 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. 817-732-1631.
Kimbell Art Museum. “Ancient Gold: The Wealth of the Thracians. Treasures from the Republic of Bulgaria” (through Jul 19) features 200 masterpieces of gold and silver metalwork from ancient Thrace, “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). “Modernism: The Art of Design. 1880-1940” (through Sep l3tshows modernist pieces by designers such as Frank Lloyd Wright and William Morris. 10 a,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.
The McKinney Avenue Contemporary.
“Ex\Changing Families: Two Stories of Adoption.” This exhibit combines installation art, video, a web site, and found photos to evoke places that tantalize and haunt the lives of two artists who were adopted. Through July 19, H a.m.-10p.m..Wed-Sal: 1-5 p.m.. Sun. 3120 McKinney Ave., Ste. 100. 214-953-1212.
Meadows Museum. Meadows houses one of the finest collections of Spanish an outside of Spain. See “Gerardo Rueda: A Retrospective” (through Aug 9). 10 a.m.-5 p.m.. Mon, Tue. Fri & Sat; 10 a.m.-8 p.m., 11iu; 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Sun, SMU campus. 214-768-2516.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. “Agnes Martin and Richard Turtle.” An exhibit of abstract works from a pair of artists with a lifelong professional friendship (through Aug 2), 10 a.in.-5 p.m., Tue-Fri; 11 a.m.-5 p.m.. Sat; noon-5 p.m., Sun. 1309 Montgomery St.. FortWorth.817-738-9215.
The Science Place. A hands-on children’s discovery center that’s fun for parents, too. See Thrill Ride at the IMAX Theater (through Sep 26)-a film thai takes viewers on high-speed roller coaster rides and other virtual plunges-and “Seeing the Unseen” (through July 26}-a photography exhibit of Dr. Harold Edgerton, artist and physics guru, whose famous images include a balloon half-popped and a high-speed bullet piercing an apple. Open daily; 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Fair Park, 1318 Second Ave. 214-428-5555.
Sixth Floor Museum. A 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 re-created corner sniper’s nest. Audio tours available. Open daily; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Dallas County Administration Building, 411 Elm St. 214-747-6660.
Kids’ Art/Kids’ Works. Register your kids for this youth arts education program, which includes even, thing from clown workshops to student art exhibitions. Through July 31; call for times. New Talent Gallery. Irving Ans Center, 3333 N. Mac-Arthur Blvd.. Irving. 972-252-7558.
Kids’ Club Day. Horse around at Lone Star Park, where families can enjoy behind-the-scenes adventure, pony rides, a petting ZOO, live entertainment, clowns, and games. 8:30 a.m. July 4. Lone Star Park, 1000 Lone Star Pkwy,, Grand Prairie. 972-237-1127.
Island of the Skog. This story takes you into the world of frisky mice on w^hat could be none other than the perfect island. July 10-30; 7:30 p.m., Fri; 1:30 p.m., Sat; 1:30 & 4:30 p.m., Sun. El Centro College Theater. Market and Lamar streets. 214-978-0110.
Peter Pan. The former Olympic gymnast Cathy Rigby plays (he character who helps children’s imaginations soar. Through July 12. 8 p.m.. Tue-Sun; 2 p.m.. Sat & Sun. Music Hall at Fair Park, First and Parry avenues. 214-373-8000.
The Triumph of Love. The New Theatre Company presents a French farce with mistaken identities, passionate longings, and unrequited desire. July 3-25; 8 p.m., Wed-Sat. Theatre Too. in the Quadrangle. 2800 Routh St. 214-871-3300.
Carousel. This classic Rodgers and Hammer-stein musical explores (he splendor and sadness of love through song and dance. July 7-19; 8 p,m.. Tue-Sat; 2 p.m.. Sat. Sun & July 9. Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Foil Worth. 817-332-2272.
God’s Trombones. Adapted from poetry and inspired by black preachers, this production will make you believe. July 10-Atig 16; 8:15 p.m..Thu-Sat: 3:15 p.m.. Sat & Sun. Jubilee Theatre, 506 Main St., Fort Worth. 817-338-4411.
Don’t Dress For Dinner. Come and enjoy (his farce that involves mistaken identities and marital deceit. July I6-Aug 15; 7:30 p.m., Tim; 8 p.m., Fri & Sat; 2 p.m., Aug 2 & 9. Theater Arlington, 305 W. Main St, Arlington. 817-261-9628.
Cactus Flower. A womanizing dentist is too busy chasing young women to notice the one who really loves him. July I7-Aug I: 8 p.m.. Fri & Sat; 2:30 p.m.. July 26. The Dupree Theatre, Irving Arts Center. 3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Irving. 972-252-2787.
Brigadoon. This mystical village in Scotland is where lost Americans find what they didn’t know they were looking for: love. 8 p.m.. July 17. 18 & 23-25: 2 p.m.. July 19 & 26. The Garland Performing Arts Center. 300 North Fifth St. 972-203-2790.
Lone Star Park. Live thoroughbred racing. Grandstand features dining area, clubhouse, Jockey Club, bar, private suites, and outdoor apron seats. Paddock open to all. Family Fuji Park for the kids (track still visible). Post Time Pavilion airs simulcast races and features a sports bar and casual dining area. Post Time Pavilion: 10:31) a.m.-11 :D0 pan.. Wed? Mon; Grandstand: 4:35-10:00 p.m.. Wed-Fri; II;35a.m.-5:OOp.m., Sat & Sun. 1000 Une Star Pkwy., Grand Prairie, between S.H. 183 and 1-30. 972-263-RACE.
Westway Ford Golf Classic. Drive and putt to help the American Cancer Society at the 17lh annua] golf classic. 8 a.m., July 31. Las Colinas Counlry Club. 4900 N. O’Connor Blvd., Irving. 972-541-1141.
STARS, STRIPES, AND FIREWORKS
NOTHING IS AS PATRIOTIC AS THE FOURTH OF JULY PIC-nic-lugging around an old comforter, dragging a leaking cooler while swatting at mosquitoes and searching for that one remaining piece of grass to claim 88 one’s own fireworks post. It may be a lot of work, hut it’s worth it for the spectacular show. Below are a list of Fourth of July festivities, so be sure to get out there and celebrate.
● SUMMER Music festival. Experience everything from violin to tap dancing at the Dab Symphony’s patriotic program, which celebrates American music. July 1 Si 1 at 8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center 2301 flora. 214-692-0203,
● Fort Worth Fourth. A fui day of freworks, music, and food begins with “The Most Patriotic Dog Contest” at 10 am Enjoy a chil dren’s Village, a bluegrass festival, and fireworks after 9 p.m. Stay late for the music of B.J. Thomas. Across from the Tandy Center parking lot, Henderson and Weatherford streets, Fort Worth. 817-870-1692.
● A Cowboy Fourth if July. Choose from an assortment of arts end craft; booths, and on Friday evening, buck up fop the Mi-riding compel ion Mowed by a concert and dance by Bed Seagal. Join tie parade on Saturday morning, enjoy (be sounds of the North Texas Caledonian Pipe and Drum Band, then ooh and aah at the fireworks at dusk, Sunday morning, eat your heart out at the pancake breakfast. Reunion Street in Granbury. 817-573-1622.
● Lone Stars and Stripes Celebration and Fireworks. Shop at the arts and crafts booths white your kids ta it up at (tie children’s area. to. there will be Bounce Houses free of charge for kids, a petting zoo, and pony rides. Enjoy five music and a special fireworks display al 9:30 p.m. on the third only. Fri, 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m; Sat, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Lone Star Park, 1OO0 Lone Star Parkway, off of Bet Line. North of 1-30.972-237-8100, or 972-263-7223,
● Irving Symphony Orchestra’s Fourth of July Paps Concert and Fireworks. Enjoy the orchestra before and during a choreographed fireworks display beginning at dark. 8 p.m. Williams Square Plaza, Irving, 972-831-8818.
● Celebration. Listen to your favorites from the 70s, ’80s, and ’90s by the cover band Custom Made at 8 p.m. Then sit hack and enjoy the show at dusk. Carrollton, cal for exact location. 214-659-6091.