DSO at Kidd Springs Park
The Dallas Symphony Orchestra returns to Kidd Springs Park as part of its concerts in the park series. The show starts at sundown. Bring a blanket and a picnic.
Kidd Springs Park, Tyler and Canty, mydso.com, free
Buy a ticket and receive a wine glass. Then shop in Bishop Arts, where merchants will fill your glass and serve you snacks from 6-9 p.m.
Bishop Arts District, bishopartsdistrict.com, $20-$30
The Mayor’s Summer Reading Program kicks off with a party from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. There will be carnival games, a photo booth and other events. Other reading program events at Hampton-Illinois this month include 3D books on June 6, African music and dance on June 15 and “tail-wagging tutors,” where kids read to friendly dogs, on June 25.
Hampton-Illinois Library, 2951 S. Hampton, 214.670.7646, dallaslibrary.org, free
South Texas native Robert Ellis releases his new album, “The Lights from the Chemical Plant” this month. And he hosts an album-release party at the Kessler.
The Kessler Theater, 1230 W. Davis, 214.272.8346, thekessler.org, $18-$26
The Dallas Medianale brings this workshop, hardware hacking and DIY audio/video synthesis, to Oil and Cotton. Learn to use a cathode-ray tube to make audio/video synthesizers and analog video transmitters.
Oil and Cotton, 817 W. Davis, 214.942.0474, oilandcotton.com, $60
How to milk a cow
In this kick-off to the Mayor’s Summer Reading Program, the Southwest Dairy Farmers Association brings a live dairy cow to teach kids how milk gets from the farm to store shelves. Other North Oak Cliff reading program events this month include art bots on June 13, a Dallas Fire Department truck visit on June 15 and a Dallas Children’s Theater workshop on June 22.
North Oak Cliff Library, 302 W. Tenth, 214.670.7555, dallaslibrary.org, free
Oak Cliff Film Festival
This year’s festival, the fifth-annual, draws inspiration from the New Hollywood era and includes 27 feature films and 41 shorts, plus live music and film workshops. The festival hosts filmmakers and screenings at the Texas Theatre, Bishop Arts Theatre Center, the Kessler Theater, the Basement Gallery and other venues around Oak Cliff.
Various locations, oakclifffilmfestival.com, $35-$175
The Hampton-Illinois Library and the Wild Detectives have teamed up for a monthly book club called “Straight Outta Hampton.” Check out this month’s book at the library and then meet at the bookstore to discuss it from 6:30-8:30 p.m.