Beakman’s World. School’s out, and the nev-erending questions have begun: Why does a ball roll down a hill? Why aren’t there dinosaurs today? Discover the answers together-and have fun at the same time. There’s more than enough educational entertainment to justify multiple trips. Through Sep 10. Open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The Science Place in Fair Park. 214-428-5555.
Dallas Zoo Dollar Day. As a way of saying “thank you” for your support, the Zoo drops the price of admission to $1 all day. Rustle up all the munchkins you can find and save a bundle. July 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. The Dallas Zoo, 650 S. R.L. Thornton Fwy. 214-670-5656.
Texas Dinosaurs. The first phase of what will be the most comprehensive exhibit of Texas dinosaurs on display opens this summer. Wander through the area now known as Big Bend where dinosaurs ruled 65 million years ago. High-tech, entertaining dinosaurs–how can you go wrong? Opens June 3. Mon-Sun, 10 a.m-5 p.m. Dallas Museum of Natural History in Fair Park. 214-421-3466.
American Lindy Hop Championships Weekend/A Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance. See the best swingers in the Western Region compete during the Midsummer Night’s Swing Dance so you and your partner can dance beside the best in the West. While you’re there, take lessons-learn to shag. Get ready for a swingin’ good time. July 9, 8 a.m.-1 a.m. Dallas Horticulture Center in Fair Park. 214-428-7476.
River-dance. Do not miss the Dallas performances of this award-winner, currently on a standing-room-only tour of North America. Riverdance is a joyous celebration of Irish music, song, and dance. This will be an evening you’ll never forget. July 11-23. Tue-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. The Music Hall ai Fair Park. 214-373-8000.
29th Classic Car Swap Meet This is one of the largest old-car events in the Southwest, and we can see why it has lasted-more than 2,000 spaces filled with hundreds of cars and thousands of parts. Grab a bunch of small bills and wear comfortable shoes: we’re goin’ shopping. July 15-16. Sat, 8a.m.-5p.m.;Sun,8a.m.-3p.m.The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. 214-751-7958.
Founders of America 35th Annua) Fourth of July Parade. Take part in this Texas tradition. which is also the largest Fourth of July celebration in the state. Festivities include face-painting, fireworks, and a parade with more than 150 entries. If it’s been going on this long, it must be one heck of a celebration. July 4, 9 a.m. Downtown Arlington. 817-265-7721.
Old-fashioned Fourth of July. Celebrate the Fourth the same way people did 100 years ago. This family day of fun includes sack races, a parade led by the Texas Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, a horseshoe tournament, and-our favorites-the Watermelon Seed Spitting and Pie Eating contests. To miss this might be unpatriotic. July 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Old City Park. 214-421-5141.
Craft Guild of Dallas Summer Camp. Do you have the next great artist in your household? Whether or not they’re naturals, your kids will enjoy the Summer Craft Camp offered by the Craft Guild. They’ll learn many ways to express their creativity, including clay, paper art, and jewelry making. July 10-21, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Craft Guild of Dallas. 14325 Proton Rd. 972-490-0303.
Passport to Asia for Kids: Japanese Kabuki Theatre and East Indian Classical Dance. Give your kids a week they won’t soon forget. Kids in grades one through five can put their energy to good use by discovering Asian An and Kabuki Dance and Theatre. Your 4th-through 8th-graders will learn about east Indian Classical Dance through interactive demonstrations of form and costume. July 10-14, 10 a.m.-noon. Trammel & Margaret Crow Collection of Asian Art. 2010 Flora St. 972-979-6435.
Texas Pioneer Adventure. Designed specifically for kids, this exhibit lakes a trip back in lime to the days of Texas’ pioneering naturalists. Self-directed, hands-on activities are designed to entertain and educate. Through Aug 13, Mon-Fri, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Thu, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Sat & Sun. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum Jonsson Color Garden, 8617 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
MUSEUMS AND GALLERIES
The Assembled Image. This exhibition of cut-paper and jigsaw puzzle paintings, an optical feast of color and texture, is sure to please. Peruse these pieces slowly and carefully; you’ll be amazed at what you see, Through July 15. Mon-Fri, noon-6 p.m.; Sat. noon-5 p.m. Pillsbury and Peters Fine An, 2913 Fairmount St. 214-969-9410.
Burn ft! See how eight artists make their living playing with tire, and take your imagination along for the ride. The fire work special is sure to bring new meaning to “Don’t try this at home,” and you’ll have to pay extra attention to the kids. But it’s worth a look. Through Aug 19. Wed-Sat. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Arlington Museum of Art. 201 W. Main St., Arlington. 817-275-4600.
Conversations-Inside-Out side/Tongue-Cut Sparrows/A Thousand Tongues Burn and Sing. Texas artist James Drake offers an unusual and personal look at the relationship between the outside world and those incarcerated. With a small El Paso prison as his setting, Drake uses three different styles of art to convey his message, including a video installation featuring footage from the prison. View this showcase with an open mind and walk away with an open heart. Through July 23. Wed-Sat, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sun. 1 -5 p.m. The MAC, 3120 McKinney Ave. 214-953-1212.
Natural Deceits. Wander among the “beautiful lies” of 11 Texas artists and notice how each subverts our expectations of the subject’s “reality.”Through Sep 10 .Tue-Fri. 10a.m.-5 p.m.: Sat & Sun. noon-5 p.m. Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. 1309 Montgomery St.. Fort Worth. 817-738-9215.
Tabletop to TV Tray. Explore how changes in American culture and lifestyle impacted din-nerware, table settings, and etiquette. View more than 500 examples of dinnerware, including Jackie Onassis’ china. Among the international manufactures represented at the exhibit are Baccarat and Waterford. Opens July 23. Tue-Sun, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thu, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Harwood St. 214-922-1803.
Treasured Stroganoffs: The Palace and Collections of a Russian Noble Family. Assembled over five centuries, the Stroganoff collection of art. antiquities, and decorative objects was surpassed only by the holdings of the tsar Don’t miss your chance to see these wonders as this exhibition stops only too briefly in Texas. Opens July 2. Tue-Thu & Sat, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fri, noon-8 p.m.; Sun. noon-5 p.m. Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd.. Fort Worth. 817-332-8451.
Alabama. See these country music constants live in their 21 st year at Six Flags. Bring the whole family out to this one; you’ll enjoy their classics and new hits from albums that have gone either platinum or gold. July 8, 8 p.m. Six Flags Music Mill Amphitheater, 2201 Road to Six Flags. Arlington. 214? 373-8000.
Britney Spears. Pop’s reigning princess descends on Dallas. Miss Spears’ high-energy dance numbers are guaranteed to keep temperatures high. And her ballads will meet anyone’s daily minimum requirement of sugar. Give the kids some money, drop ’em off at Starplex, and make sure they know Miss Spears’ version of “(I Can1! Get No) Satisfaction” is indeed a remake. July 19, 7:30p.m. Starplex Amphitheater, 1818 First Ave. 214-373-8000.
Celebrate Freedom 2000. Billed as the “Largest Single-Day Christian Music Concert in the World.” this is a truly impressive collection of performers. Michael W. Smith is the head-liner, but don’t miss out on Jars of Clay, Kathy Trocoli. FFH, Third Day, Bob Carlisle, and Newsong. In case that’s not enough for you, there are also vendors’ booths, a childrern’ s area, great food, and fireworks to enjoy. July 1, 8 a.m.-midnight. Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr., Parker. 972-299-5589.
Cool Thursdays. Put yourself in the weekend spirit a little early. Every Thursday, a new band performs on the Camp Lawn overlooking White Rock Lake. Take in the view and enjoy a variety of music, from light jazz to country. Bring a blanket. Bring the kids. Or bring a date. Through Aug 31.Thu,7:30 p.m. The Dallas Arboretum Camp Concert Lawn, 8617 Garland Rd. 214-327-8263.
Destiny’s Child. Be there when the sassy quartet rolls through their home state. Their no-nonsense, tell-it-like-it-is lyrics woven through up-tempo dance beats make their sound different than other “girl groups” before them. With their latest album “The Writing’s On the Wall” going quadruple platinum. Destiny’s Child will make Texas proud. July 1, 8 p.m. Six Flags Music Mill Amphitheater, 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. 214-373-8000.
Kirk Franklin and NuNation. Arlington resident Kirk Franklin makes his way back home this summer and brings his unique brand of gospel music with him. Franklin’s NuNation Tour will include such gospel greats as CeCe Winans and The Family, who helped Franklin make a name for himself on his first CD. Prepare yourself for gospel music like it’s never been done before. July 29,8 p.m. Six Flags Music Mill Amphitheater. 2201 Road to Six Flags, Arlington. 214-373-8000.
Newsboys. The Nashville quintet brings their special brand of inspirational music to Dallas this month. The group’s “Love Liberty Disco Tour” will promote the newest album of the same name. Newsboys, with their eighth album, may be the group that gives you a new perspective on Christian music. July 21.8 p.m. Six Flags Music Mill Amphitheater, 2201 Road to Six Flags. Arlington. 214-373-8000.
Dallas Sidekicks. Calling all soccer fans. Help the Dallas Sidekicks kick off their 2000 season. Head over to Reunion Arena to see some old favorites, like Tatu. as well as some new faces show off their moves in this exhibition game. Show ’em how soccer fans do things here in Texas. July 22, 7:0? p.m. Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. 214-373-8000.
Quickfoot National Soccer Championship. It all leads up to this moment. You either win or go home. Gather ’round and feed off the energy created by the finals of this national competition. (If this doesn’t get your blood pumping, nothing will.) July 29, 7:30 a.m. Southfork Ranch, 3700 Hogge Dr., Parker. 214-353-0588.
SpikeFest 2000. Can you dig it? The world’s largest three-on-three amateur volleyball event makes its annual slop in Dallas. Teams can compete in various levels of tournament play, from “I’m just here to have fun” to “I’m ready for the pro beach tour.” Not a player? Don’t worry, there’s food and fun for you, too. July 15-16. Greenhill Sports Complex. 4141 Spring Valley Rd. 888-386-5539.
Texas Rangers Baseball. It’s summertime in Texas and you know what that means–it’s time to join Texas’ favorite boys of summer at The Ballpark. Dads, bond with your sons. Bond with your daughters. Just take some-one out to the ballgame. Dates and times vary. The Ballpark in Arlington, 1000 Ballpark Way. 1-800-926-2025.
Annie Get Your Gun. Marilu Henner storms into Dallas as fast-talkin’, gun-totin’ Annie in this Tony Award-winning revival. Perfect for the whole family or a great date for just the two of you. this musical romp is bound to please. July 25-Aug 6. Tue-Fri. 8 p.m.; Sat & Sun, 2 p.m. & 8 p.m. Music Hall at Fair Park. 214-373-8000.
The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas. Jump right in to the true story of The Chicken Ranch, a Texas bordello forced to close its doors after a news story on the dangers of the “loveless copulation.” Whether you’ve been to Miss Mona’s Chicken Ranch before or this is your first time, you’ll be back. July 11-23. Tue-Fri, 8 p.m.; Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Sun, 2 p.m. & 7:30 p.m. Casa Manana Theatre, 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Bye Bye Birdie. Follow rock ’n’ roll superstar and recent draftee Conrad Birdie through the neverending complications that pop up when his agent stages a publicity stunt-Conrad will give a kiss to his biggest fan-on the Ed Sullivan Show. July 28 -Aug 6. Tue, Wed & Fri, 8 p.m.; Thu & Sat. 2 p.m. & 8 p.m.: Sun. 2 p.m. Casa Manana Theatre. 3101 W. Lancaster Ave.. Fort Worth. 817-332-2272.
Moon Over Buffalo. Don’t miss the final production of Theatre Arlington’s season before the doors are closed for remodeling. And what a note to end on-a glorious farce, featuring the madcap misadventures of a second-rate touring theater company. This show will turn even a confirmed sourpuss into a giggler. Through July 9. Thu, 7: 30 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 8 p.m.; Sun. 2 p.m. Theatre Arlington. 305 W. Main St.. Arlington. 817-275-7661.
The Woman in Black. An obsession, a curse, a horrible past, and a ghost make life hard for the aging Mr. Kipps, but things go from bad to worse when reality and memory become indistinguishable, revealing the terrifying power of The Woman in Black. You’ll be on the edge of your seat. July 7-30. Thu, 7:30 p.m.; Fri & Sat, 8:15 p.m.; Sun, 2:15 p.m. Piano Repertory Theatre, 1028 15th St., Piano. 972-422-7460.
JULY top 5 things to do
1 SCENE OF THE GRIME Through July 8.True Crime buffs:This one is for you.The Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery unveils a shocking exhibition of crime photos this summer.This diverse collection of 19th-and 20th-century photos will intrigue viewers with factual details of crime scenes and criminals J throughout the history of photography.Tue- I Sat, 11a.m.-6 p.m. Photographs Do Not Bend Gallery, 3115 Routh St. 214-969-1852.
2 SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL OF DALLAS Through Aug 6. The second-oldest Shakespeare Festival in the country is now in full swing. Enjoy performances of Shakespeare’s greatest comedies and tragedies. Admission is free, and wheelchair seating, infrared hearing aides, and sign interpretation help to make the Bard’s great works accessible to all. Dates and times vary. Samuell-Grand Park, 6200 E. Grand Ave. 214-559-2778.
3 DALLAS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL July 15. Sample the culinary fare and browse the exotic wares. More than 120 ethnic communities will come together to demonstrate and celebrate the hundreds of cultural traditions that thrive in North Texas. The festival will include musical and dance performances, as well as ethnic foods, crafts, and demonstrations. Don’t forget the kids; a special hands-on workshop area will guide them on an exciting global voyage. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center, 2301 Flora St. 214-670-3600.
4 TASTE OF DALLAS July 7-9. Food and fun-for free. The Historic West End is the place to be this weekend. You can sample food from more than 30 local restaurants and enjoy non-stop concerts by top national and regional acts. Be sure to stop by the Chef’s Creation Station regularly; famous local chefs from exclusive Dallas restaurants-such as Cool River Cafe, Grotto, and the Mansion on Turtle Creek-will display their skills and offer special tast ings. West End. 214-741-7185.
5 RINGLING BROS. AND BARNUM & BAILEY CIRCUS
July 26-Aug 6. Send in the clowns! The 129th edition of “The Greatest Show on Earth” offers new thrills and chills, including the world’s only Living Carousel.There’s something for everyone in this three-ring extravaganza. Dates and times vary. Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. 214-373-8000.