Triple J productions “One PHone Call”

$12-$16 Escape the summer heat during the 13th annual Festival of Independent Theaters, which features four weeks of one-act plays Thursdays-Sundays at the Bath House Cultural Center. The event showcases eight of the city’s independent theaters: Second Thought, Triple J Productions, Upstart, MaCa, WingSpan, One Thirty, Rite of Passage and Churchmouse. The festival includes plays spanning several genres, such as Triple J Production’s “One Phone Call” by Jon Christie. An art exhibit, “Fictional”, will be on view during the festival, featuring works inspired by the titles and themes of the shows. Single tickets are $12-$16, and festival passes start at $49. 521 E. Lawther, 214.670.8749,



36th Infantry Division Band

07.03.11 INDEPENDENCE DAY CONCERT & PICNIC FREE-$12 The Dallas Arboretum hosts its Fourth of July celebration at 2 p.m. on the Martin Rutchik Concert Stage, featuring rock music and patriotic tunes from the 36th Infantry Division Band. Highland Park Cafeteria will cater the event, but guests also can bring their own picnics. Admission is free for all active and retired military. 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6500,

07.03-07.31 BASICALLY BEETHOVEN FESTIVAL FREE Fine Arts Chamber Players present the 31st annual Basically Beethoven Festival, a series of free classical chamber music concerts on Sunday afternoons in July at the Texas Discovery Garden at Fair Park. Young local musicians perform at 2:30 p.m., and chamber music performances begin at 3 p.m., featuring members of the Dallas and Forth Worth symphony orchestras. 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., 214.520.2219,

07.04 LITTLE FOREST HILLS PARADE FREE The Little Forest Hills Neighborhood Association hosts its annual Fourth of July Parade, and this year’s theme is “An Old Fashioned Fourth”. The parade begins at 9 a.m. at the corner of Old Gate Ln. and Diceman, proceeding through Little Forest Hills. A party will follow at Casa Linda Park, including watermelon, drinks and prizes. 214.404.6892

07.04 LAKEWOOD LOVES THE LAKE FREE The Lakewood Fourth of July Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Lakewood and Cambria boulevards, and includes medals for the top three best floats. Stick around for refreshments and music after the parade.

07.04 FAIR PARK FOURTH FREE The Friends of Fair Park host a Fourth of July celebration 4:30-10 p.m., featuring the Dallas Wind Symphony dancing water show at the Esplanade Fountain, a fireworks show and free museum visits. Parking is $10. 1300 Robert B. Cullum,

07.05-07.28 CONCERTS IN THE GARDEN $9-$17 The Dallas Arboretum continues its summer concert series on Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the month, featuring band such as Emerald City, Petty Theft and Quebe Sisters Band. 8525 Garland Road, 214.515.6500,

07.09 & 07.23 WHITE ROCK LOCAL MARKET FREE Green Spot Market & Fuels hosts its twice-monthly market, featuring local food and products. 702 N. Buckner,

07.10 TOO HOT TO HANDLE Run On presents the Too Hot To Handle 5k/15k at 7:30 a.m. on White Rock Lake. The courses start at Norbuck Park, and awards will be given at 9 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Protective Animal League and the Richardson Rotary Club. Registration costs $40 before July 9 or $50 on race day. East Northwest Highway & Buckner, 214.821.0909,

07.16 DEEP ELLUM OUTDOOR MARKET FREE The monthly festival features handmade goods and art for sale, plus food and live music. 2820 Indiana, 972.898.9227,

07.19-07.31 GUYS AND DOLLS $70-$85 Dallas Summer Musicals presents the classic Broadway show “Guys and Dolls”, a musical comedy set in New York City. Performances run at 8 p.m. July 19-30 and 2 p.m. July 23-24, 28 and 30-31 at the Music Hall at Fair Park. 909 First Avenue, 214.691.7200,

07.20 & 07.27 SUMMER READING PROGRAM FREE As part of the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program, the Lakewood Library presents puppeteer Laura Freeman at 10:30 a.m. July 20 and a Creepy Critters live animal show at 2 p.m. July 27. 6121 Worth, 214.670.1376

07.23 GORILLA VS. BEAR $27-$30 The Granada Theater presents the Gorilla vs. Bear indie rock festival, featuring artists such as White Denim, Preteen Zenith, Shabazz Palaces and Julianna Barwick. Admission is $27 in advance and $30 at the door. 3524 Greenville, 214.824.9933,

07.27-07.30 BOOK SALE FREE The Skillman Southwestern Library Friends host a 4-7 p.m. book sale, including more than 2,000 titles in several genres such as fiction, non-fiction and children’s. All proceeds benefit the library. 5707 Skillman, 214.670.6078

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