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Art & Seek Plans Your Week
by Nilufer Arsala 8 Aug 2011

Art&Seek has found events for the kids in the dog days of summer (Zooniversity), events for parents (Merle Haggard and Mayhem, which is actually a festival, not Merle’s intended effect), plus Miami Vice at the Texas Theatre.


Hello and welcome back! Today we’ll start with something for you parents out there , parents whose children are getting antsy with all the heat and anticipation (dread?) of going back to school soon.

Today the East Branch of the Irving Public Library holds its Zooniverstiy End of Summer Enrichment Program, where your kid can learn about exotic rescue animals from South America for free. There is also the interactive exhibit and film Charlie and Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure at the Museum of Nature and Science, which teaches all about the endangered bird that is native to New Zealand. And looking ahead to next weekend, The Mayor’s Summer Reading Challenge Grand Celebration is being held at the Central Branch of the Fort Worth Public Library. There will be live music, story tellers, face painting, refreshments and more all for free- and that makes it a Grand Celebration indeed! Libraries. They are always consistent at being amazing.

Now for the adults, I feel the need to tell you that there is someone out there who is a genius. And the owner of that title is the mastermind behind the idea to throw a free party that centers around screening original episodes of Miami Vice at the Texas Theatre in Dallas. Sure, you can just show up because you love Don Johnson and want to see him in all his glory on the big screen, but there will also be a costume contest and a DJ. And even more good news (!!!) the screenings will continue until the temperature drops below 75 degrees so you have plenty of time to perfect your 80’s pleated pants/sport coat combo!

As far as live music goes, there’s all kinds of Mayhem at Gexa Energy Pavilion on Wednesday, and the weekend looks pretty exciting. Stevie Nicks will perform songs from her decades long career at the Verizon Theatre in Grand Prairie on Friday night, then Saturday it’s Merle Haggard at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth. And we all know if one of the original outlaws of country music comes to town- you go.

Of course, make sure you sign up for the Free Weekly Art&Seek e-Newsletter, so you can stay up to date on the arts happenings in North Texas. Now, since I’m so excited about Miami Vice, I can’t help but to leave you with the opening credits. Stay cool everyone, and have a great week!