Events Across Texas

Graduation is over and it is time for summer fun. Are you ready for some traveling? Near and far there are things to do. Just take a look at events around our great state.

PUMP BOYS & DINETTES now onstage at the Texas Theater. A rock-n-roll musical revue that celebrates life in a small Southern town. Perfomance dates are June 12-14, 19-21, 26-28, July 3-5, 10-11 (no July 12 show), 17-19 and 24-25. Tickets are $10-adults, $7-Seniors and students and matinees are only $5. Show times are 8pm on Friday and Saturday. Matinees Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. For more information, call 972/937-1993. Their address is 110 W. Main Street (on the square across from the courthouse). Look for more events on their website.

Check out the Farmers Market downtown on the square every Saturday from 8am-1pm until 10/17/09.

Market Day on June 13. The Georgetown Square comes alive with booths featuring handmade arts & crafts, jewelry, clothing, woodcrafts, ironworks, antiques, collectibles, stained glass and more. You can visit their website or call 512-868-8675.

Texas Water Safari June 13. This is a 260 mile canoe race that begins at the Aquarena Center and continues to the Gulf Coast. Get more details at their website or call 888-200-5620.

Blanco Lavender Festival from June 12-14 includes vendors, artists, musicians, lavender farm tours, culinary arts, green growing/gardening and aromatherapy. On Blanco Square. For more information, visit their website or call 830-833-5101.

Antique Tractor & Engine Club Show June 12-14. This festival features engine displays, tractor pull and parade, working sawmill, wheat thrashing, blacksmithing, flea market, arts & crafts and more. Located on the Gillespie County Fairgrounds. You can visit their website for more information or call 830-997-3012.

Market Days June 13-14. This includes dozens of vendors with arts & crafts, antiques, collectibles, unusual items and great food. Located at the Main Plaza. You can visit their website or call 830-249-5530 or 210-844-8193.

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REPUBLIC OF TEXAS BIKER RALLY Thousands of leather-clad, bandanna-armored easy riders will descend on the Capital City for the fifteenth annual ROT rally, a weekend of riding and rocking. This year’s concert headliners are the Kentucky Headhunters, Robert Earl Keen, and Hank Williams, Jr. On Friday, Congress Avenue will be shut down to four-wheelers for the parade of motorcycles, which sends a low, eardrum-piercing rumble throughout the city. The scene is historically hassle-free, if surreal. Jun 11—14. For schedule, call or go to their website. Ticket price is $60. Travis County Expo Center, 7311 Decker Ln (512-252-9768).

CITY ARTS CELEBRATION Indulge in the sights, sounds, and flavors of Big D during this three-day street festival. More than a hundred artists will showcase their work in a juried art show, world-renowned chefs will share their cooking secrets (and samples!), and musicians and cultural groups will perform. Three of the city’s high-profile museums (the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Crow Collection of Asian Art) are all offering complimentary admission during the celebration and the Dallas Symphony Orchestra will perform a gratis concert featuring Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra and the Brasil Guitar Duo. Jun 12—14. Fri 6—10, Sat 11—10, Sun 11—6. Free. Check out their website. Various locations in the Arts District (214-571-1376).

EL PASO MUSEUM OF ART Jun 14—Sep 13: Ilan Lieberman: Niño Perdido (Lost Child)—using a microscope and mechanical pencils, Leiberman is known for crafting haunting reproductions of photographs of missing children that were originally published in a Mexico City newspaper. About a hundred of these haunting images, which are meticulously exact replicas, are on view in this traveling exhibit. Open Tue & Wed 9—5, Thur 9—9, Fri & Sat 9—5, Sun noon—5. Free. If you need more information, please visit their website. The address is 1 Arts Festival Plaza (915-532-1707).

FORT WORTH HERD 10th Anniversary Celebration—for the past decade, Longhorns have been ambling down Exchange Avenue twice daily during an authentic cattle drive that recalls the days of the Chisholm Trail. To celebrate the anniversary, a sixteenth steer is being added to the herd, and on Saturday visitors are invited to join in a special cattle drive (it’s BYOH, “Bring Your Own Horse”) benefiting the nonprofit organization that supports the herd. Jun 13. Special cattle drive at 11:30; $75. Dinner and auction at 6; $100 (River Ranch, 500 NE 23rd). More details can be seen on their website. The address is N. Main & Exchange Ave (817-625-9715).

SCHLITTERBAHN GALVESTON ISLAND WATERPARK The world’s first convertible water park, this outpost of the Texas amusement park dynasty (the name is German for “slippery road”) is open year-round thanks to heated pools and has 32 attractions on its thirty acres. With its wave lagoon, daring slides (the Rohr! is a seventy-foot vertical plunge), kiddie areas, and hot tubs (one even has a swim-up bar), everyone will be a splishing-and-a-splashing. Summer season runs through Sep 20. Park opens daily at 10; for closing times, go to their website. One-day pass: gen adm $41.12, children 3—11 $32.46, 2 & under free; two-day pass: gen adm $63.86, children 3—11 $49.78, 2 & under free (two-day pass does not have to be used on consecutive days). Their website is here. The address is 2026 Lockheed Dr (409-770-9283).

THE ART GUYS MARRY A PLANT As part of the “No Zoning: Artists Engage Houston” exhibit at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, which is on view through October 4, the endearingly off-the-wall Art Guys will marry a live oak tree in a public ceremony presided over by an ordained minister. The Houston duo of Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing have been devising harebrained projects together since they met as students at the University of Houston in the early eighties. Following the reception, the live oak, which will be keeping its name (quercus virginiana), will be on display at the CAMH and eventually planted at a location to be determined. This is the first marriage—to a tree, that is—for both Galbreth and Massing. Jun 13 at 11. Free. Ceremony: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Lillie and Hugh Roy Cullen Sculpture Garden, Montrose Blvd & Bissonnet. Reception: Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, 5216 Montrose Blvd (713-284-8250).

MCNAY ART MUSEUM Jun 10—Sep 13: Tom Slick: International Art Collector—though best known as an eccentric oilman-adventurer-inventor, the late San Antonio businessman was also quite the art collector. Now, for the first time since a trove of his works were given to the McNay in 1973, more than fifty of his paintings and sculptures—including some held in his family’s private collections—are being reunited. Highlights of the assemblage, which Slick began to build up in the mid-fifties, include Pablo Picasso’s Portrait of Sylvette and Georgia O’Keeffe’s From the Plains I as well as figurative sculptures by Charles Umlauf and master works by William Zorach and William Baziotes. Open Tue & Wed 10—4, Thur 10—9, Fri 10—4, Sat 10—5, Sun noon—5. Gen adm $8; senior citizens, students with ID & active military $5; children 12 & under and museum members free (Thur 4—9 & first Sun of the month everybody free). To see more details, go to their website. The address is 6000 N. New Braunfels Ave (210-824-5368).

VICTORIA BACH FESTIVAL Artistic director Craig Hella Johnson leads musicians from across the country in performances of chamber, choral, and orchestral works. The festival, which takes place in venues around the city, offers several free concerts (including the tenth annual Harpsichord Happening with David Mead and the New Young Artists show spotlighting soprano Catherine Clarke and tenor Seth Lafler) and will reach its crescendo on Saturday night with a performance of Mozart’s Jupiter Symphony featuring violinist Stephen Redfield. Jun 9—13. For schedule & prices, call or go to their website. Various locations (361-570-5788).