Through Sept. 27
Life at the lake
The White Rock Lake Museum in the Bath House Cultural Center presents Refreshing Journey, an exhibition of drawings inspired by White Rock Lake from Dallas artist Jenny Hong DeLaughter. The exhibition depicts scenes from life at the lake — images of family gatherings, landscapes, wildlife and other special moments.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 E. Lawther, dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturecenter, 214.670.8749, free
Through Aug. 31
Summer at the Arboretum
Enjoy floral displays and fun activities at discounted prices at the Dallas Arboretum. Don’t miss $1 general admission for the entire month of August. The beds will be bursting with ageratum, impatiens, petunias, cleome, begonias, salvia, marigolds, lobelia and zinnias. As the temperatures warm, caladiums, lantana, pride of Barbados, variegated tapioca, elephant ears and coleus will be added to the gardens.
Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland, dallasarboretum.org, 214.515.6500, $1
Aug. 5, 12, 19, 26
Get your game face on and prepare to sharpen your skills during open-play badminton at Churchill Recreation Center, a few minutes from the Lake Highlands area —11:45 a.m.–1:45 p.m. Saturdays.
Churchill Recreation Center, 6906 Churchill Way, 214.670.6477, $3
Pretty Smart Girls, a foundation dedicated to empowering and equipping girls, launched a 50-day campaign in which girls participate in monthly cultural, social and academic activities, while also promoting community advancement and involvement. The campaign will culminate with a fashion show that highlights the members of Pretty Smart Girls.
Sundown at Granada, 3520 Greenville, prettysmartgirls.org, $25+
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and recording artist Christine Lavin performs at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse at 8 p.m. A New York City resident, Lavin is working on her 21st solo album. The opening act is Ashley Monical, whose style has been compared to Bonnie Raitt and Sheryl Crow.
Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, 9555 North Central, 214.363.0044, unclecalvins.org, $18 advance/$22 door
Barnes and Noble hosts an event at 7 p.m. with author James Rollins, whose book “The 6th Extinction” hits bookstores on Aug. 12. The novel is the latest installment in his “Sigma Force” book series.
Barnes and Noble, 7700 West Northwest Highway #300, 214.739.1124, barnesandnoble.com, free
Through August 2
The Festival of Independent Theatres, sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, marks its 16th season. Eight companies, all native to the Dallas area, will present eight world premieres by seven local authors for this summer’s festival, which takes place at the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake.
Bath House Cultural Center, 521 Lawther, dallasculture.org/bathhouseculturecenter, 214.670.8749, $20 – $73