Thursday Night Stampede: There are those who insist that the thrill of racing as a spectator sport implicitly involves the vicarious flirtation with death--in other words, that spectators are gathered to see a crash. But we think fast cars--riding in them or watching them--are their own reward. The Texas Motor Speedway has geared its Thursday Night Stampede racing series toward the family, specifically the little ones who will hopefully not attempt to rekindle their childhood high of watching race cars with the first car they've saved for. Thursday Night Stampede features three divisions of Legends drivers from Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Louisiana rocketing around a quarter-mile asphalt oval. There are celebrity matches each week with the likes of Walt Garrison and Randy White, as well as live music and prizes. The racing gets under way at 7:30 p.m. at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth. Admission is $1-$5; kids under six get in free. For more info call (817) 215-8500.
The Fifth Annual Governor's Exhibition and Stevie Ray Vaughan: Pride and Joy: Photographic Archives Gallery hosts a pair of photographic exhibitions that celebrate Texas scenes and a Texas icon. The Fifth Annual Governor's Ball is a prestigious showcase for Lone Star snappers that, since 1991, has annually made stops in 12 Texas cities. The 69 artists represented share no common theme beyond following their own eyes. On the other hand, all the images in Stevie Ray Vaughan: Pride and Joy are by one artist and of one subject. Houston photographer Tracey Anne Hart snapped the late Stevie Ray Vaughan for the last seven years of his life. Hart, whose photos of various bluesmen have graced the Austin Chronicle and The New York Times, presents 15 of her best pics. Both shows open with a reception August 1, 6-9 p.m., at Photographic Archives Gallery, 5117 West Lovers Lane. For info call (214) 352-3167.
Grapevine Antique and Collectible Toy Show: Press information for the Grapevine Antique and Collectible Toy Show promises that "Barbie, G.I. Joe, and Luke Skywalker will all be in attendance." The question is, if they're sitting at the same autograph table, what in the hell will they find to talk about? Anyone who's ever attempted to mix toys as a kid during play gets chilling dejà vu 20 years later when you throw your first unsuccessful party--in life, as in the toy box, chemistry is everything. Toys from the '20s through the '90s are on display at the Grapevine Show, including Tonka, Hot Wheels, Matchbox, and other vehicles Barbie wouldn't be caught dead in even if her big plastic butt fit. The event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Grapevine Convention Center, 1209 South Main St. Tickets are $4. Call (817) 481-0454.
An Evening of Music and Fun: "Calendar" is calling this event "an evening of fun and adventure" with the utmost care, because it contains a mention of that senior tsunami called Dallas Tap Dazzlers. A couple of years ago, when some mention of Geritol was used in reference to this group of veteran tap dancers whose average age is 65, scrawled notes from Dazzlers personally challenging us to a tap-off came pouring over the fax. In the manner befitting a physically unfit coward, I didn't respond. But now the Tap Dazzlers are throwing down the gauntlet to raise money for Family Enhancement, a nonprofit therapy center that works with children in daycare and women in abusive relationships. Also on the bill for "An Evening of Music and Fun" are pianist Paul Hancock, an Irish dance company called Clann Lir, vocalist Barry Benton, and members of the Town North Men of Note Barbershop Chorus. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Garland Center for Performing Arts, 5th & Austin Streets, Garland. Tickets are $8-$10. Call (972) 231-0999.
Adventures With June and Scotty: Every season, the original works of Johnny Simons, artistic director of Fort Worth's 21-year-old Hip Pocket Theatre, offer audiences the chance to tour not only one man's childhood memories, but the history of North Central Texas. Adventures With June and Scotty is another tour of Fort Worth in the 1940s as Simons experienced it. A young man named Jimmy finds himself embroiled in all kinds of strange, impromptu events as he spends the night at the Lake Worth cottage of his beloved aunts June and Scotty. Adventures With June and Scotty is, as usual, a Simons show from top to bottom, with Johnny providing the set design and his wife, Diane, doing the costumes. The show runs Friday-Sunday at 9 p.m. through August 31 at the outdoor Oak Acres Amphitheatre, 1620 Las Vegas Trail North at 820 North, Fort Worth. Tickets are $5-$10. Call (817) 237-5977.