4th Annual Peach Festival and Bake-Off: The peach enjoys a special place of honor among fruits--its name was co-opted into American slang decades ago to indicate everything that is dreamy, wonderful, irresistible, enjoyable, etc. With this in mind, peach devotees are converging on Grapevine for that city's fourth annual Peach Festival and Bake-Off. Although the peachy feelings should reach a crescendo, don't underestimate the level of competitiveness inspired by a baking competition--people are facing off with recipes they either invented themselves or were handed after generations in the family (with this in mind, also remember that the fruit being honored doubles as a handy projectile. Keep your eyes peeled!). There's a cobbler and a non-cobbler division (any other baked good that contains peaches). There's also a yummy-sounding ice cream "Crank Off," live music, stories for kids by the Tarrant Area Guild of Storytellers, and the Grapevine Farmers Market. The event kicks off at 9:30 a.m. in the Grapevine Heritage Artisan Center, 701 S. Main St in Grapevine. If you want to compete, call (817) 481-0516.
Mountebanks Changing Place: Johnny Simons, veteran artistic director of Fort Worth's Hip Pocket Theatre, loves theater with a passion that no other North Texas artistic director can claim. He's constantly opening the musty closet of world theater to pull out styles, forms, conventions, and disciplines from all countries and all eras, refashioning them into crazy quilt productions that're like no other in the area. His latest original creation, Mountebanks Changing Place, is dedicated to the 19th century French painter Honore Daumier, whose canvas of the same name swept Simons away to a world of roving clowns and busty damsels. The core text of his script was taken from Papernose Woodensconce's 1854 The Wonderful Drama of Punch and Judy, the original inspiration for the grotesque squabbling puppet characters. With music by Erik Satie and Gus Viseur, it should be an evening of high art with lots of low humor. Mountebanks Changing Place happens Friday-Sunday at 8:30 p.m. in the Jazz Cafe, 715 W. Magnolia in Fort Worth's historic Southside District. Tickets are $5-$12. Call (817) 927-2833.
Music Fair: Expect to see all kinds of strange characters lurking around yet another one of Southwestern Promotions' Music Fairs, stooping in the aisles looking for some obscure artist or title for which they've been combing used record stores and garage sales. The Fair offers participants the chance to buy, sell, and trade recorded music--LPs, CDs, and cassettes in every era and style of music you can think of. The Music Fair specializes in vinyl and out-of-print titles, so it's collector-friendly. Also available are T-shirts, photographs, magazines, autographs, videos, and concert posters from around the world. The one-day event happens 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in the Dallas Parkway Hilton, 4801 LBJ Freeway at Dallas Parkway. Admission is $3 for adults, but kids 12 and under get in free. For information call (713) 771-3939.
Third Annual Dallas/Fort Worth Classic Wheels Show: Last year more than ten thousand people swarmed to the Dallas/Fort Worth Classic Wheels Show to leer at classic cars, trucks, and motorcycles. These are cars so lovingly cared for, every detail of their original design sweated and bled over in restoration, that the collectors are compelled to register and show them off. In addition to the automobiles, a wide variety of area businesses and restaurants have booths to showcase their goods and services. Other activities include a Bug Swarm, at which local VW mavens see how many Bugs they can cram into a single parking lot; a collectible toy expo with an emphasis on (you guessed it) toy cars; special limited edition or one-of-a-kind autos; and an Elvis impersonator to provide just the right mood music. The event happens July 22 & 23, all day and into the evening at The Ballpark in Arlington. Tickets are $5-$7. For information call (817) 277-2138.
Selections From the Art Collection of Temple Emanu-El: The relationship between Judaism and Christianity in America hasn't always been a terribly friendly one. It's a measure of how wide the gap remains that Christian and Jewish organizations make much ceremonial pomp out of their contemporary collaborations. Two prominent North Texas institutions on opposite sides of the fence--Temple Emanu-El and Southern Methodist University's Bridwell Library--have for decades now maintained an aesthetic association, thanks largely to the efforts of the legendary Rabbi Levi A. Olan, who taught and donated large amounts of books. In the spirit of the late Rabbi Olan, Temple Emanu-El now displays its modern art collection at Bridwell, an eclectic jumble of modern works by such artists as Marc Chagall, Louise Nevelson, and David Aronson. From the Art Collection of Temple Emanu-El runs through October 6 in the Bridwell Library on the grounds of SMU. It's free. For information call 768-1867.