The most impressive sight in Washington, D.C., is not the Jefferson Memorial swathed in cherry blossoms, or even twilight over the Lincoln Memorial. To those who really know Washington, D.C., there is a room in the museum that houses the Phillips Collection that is worth the price of the plane ticket alone. Only one painting hangs in that room, but what a painting! Visitors have been known to stand for an hour, enraptured by Renoir’s The Luncheon of (he Boating Party, one of the most beautiful impressionist paintings in the United States.
By the time of his death in 1966, Duncan Phillips had assembled one of those art collections that only a true connoisseur can call his own. He was especially fond of Bonnard and Cezanne (strange wallfellows), but his taste extended to El Greco and Goya, Kandinsky and Klee, Rouault and Rothko. Although he started opening his home to the public in 1921, somehow the brownstone mansion near DuPont Circle and Embassy Row has remained one of Washington’s best-kept secrets: a gem of a small private museum in a city filled with huge public treasure chests.
Now the secret is out, and it’s on the road. “Impressionism and the Modern Vision,” an exhibition of 75 master paintings from the Phillips Collection -including Renoir’s famous boating party-opens at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Nov. 22. The exhibit, like the collection from which it is drawn, runs heavily to impressionist and early modern works. It also includes excellent paintings by Corot, Chardin and Daumier as well as a fine sampling of the best in American painting. The five watercolors by Thomas Marin would constitute an exquisite mini-exhibition in themselves.
Since the idea is to make some money for the hard-pressed Phillips Collection (Duncan Phillips was well-to-do, but he was not a Mellon or a Rockefeller and did not leave his museum handsomely endowed, except in art) the Dallas Museum will charge $2 general admission during the exhibit.
“Impressionism and the Modern Vision” runs from Nov 22-Feb 16. The Dallas Museum of Fine Arts is open Tue-Sat 11 am-6 pm, Sun 1-6 pm. Special tours can be arranged. For more information, call 421-4187.
TOUT A LUTE
Julian Bream, 47, who will appear with Andres Segovia and John Williams, is one of the great contemporary virtuosos of guitar and has virtually created an international audience for that pear-shaped Elizabethan instrument, the lute. Bream will make his Dallas debut in a solo guitar and lute recital, Nov. 24 at McFarlin Auditorium. McFarlin may be a bit barn-like for a solo recita with two such intimate instru ments, but Bream, who performs without amplification has played to enthralled audiences in the greatest concert halls in the world. Although he first gained prominence through award-winning recordings during the Fifties, he now tours widely and constantly, and commands fees close to those of major solo pianists and violinists.
His Dallas appearance is a sign of the maturity of the group that is sponsoring him, the Dallas Classic Guitar Society. You may recall that last year the DCGS brought Gloria De Los Angeles for a glorious recital; this month it has managed to capture Bream for his only stop in the Southwest in 1981. This is also the only time a guitar society has sponsored Bream, which shows the strength of this young local organization on a national scale. Last year the DCGS had 1,100 subscribers for its series in Stemmons Auditorium at the Loews Anatole Hotel. The society has a full-time manager and an impressive list of board trustees and advisory board members, including major corporate representatives like Henry S. Miller Jr., Dallas Symphony Maestro Eduardo Mata and arts patron Elsa von Seggern. With clout like that, plus a good box office for the special recitals like Bream’s, the Dallas Classic Guitar Society could be just the vehicle needed to put thousands of Dallasites in touch with a very private instrument. Nov 24 at 8:15 at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Tickets $12.50-$4. 692-0203. or 343-3709. – Willem Brans
Opera on Film. Imaginative and courageous directors will occasionally attempt to translate the scale and power of opera into film. To coincide with the Dallas Opera season, the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts presents three very successful works by three very different directors. Nov 1-Ingmar Bergman’s The Magic Flute, one of the Swedish director’s favorites from among his own films Nov 8-Don Giovanni, directed by Joseph Loseyat 1:15 pm. Nov 15- Tales of Hoffmann, co-directed by Michael Powell and Emmerich Pressburger. Powell is the English director best known for his crazy 1960 thriller Peeping Tom. Screenings are at 2 pm (except Don Giovanni) in the DMFA auditorium at Fair Park. Free. 421-4188.
The American Film Festival’s blue ribbon is to the makers of 16mm shorts and features what the Academy Award is to Hollywood. The Dallas Public Library will present two days of continuous screenings of 29 of the 70 winners at the 1981 festival Nov 5-7. The films include short narratives and documentaries on topics ranging from deep sea exploration to the history of the manufacturing of nails. The opening, at 7 pm on Nov 5, features the much-acclaimed study of female workers during WW II, The Lite and Times of Rosie the Riveter. All screenings are in the Central Dallas Public Library auditorium, 1954 Commerce St. Free. For a complete schedule, call 748-9071, ext. 356.
A Coupla White Chicks Sitting Around Talking. The title is about all you need to know: John Ford Noonan’s comedy has a cast of two, and most of the action occurs offstage What occurs on stage is a lot of saucy verbal banter between Hanna. a transplanted Texan, and Maude, her New York-native neighbor The play was very popular in its off-Broadway incarnation a while back, and the production here should prove to be another step in the renaissance of the New Arts Theatre, whose fortunes had been flagging somewhat before the thrilling production of Terra Nova opened in August, Through Nov 28 at the New Arts Theatre Company. 702 Ross Ave at Market Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri&Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun at 2:30 pm Tickets $9.50 Fri & Sat, $7 50 Tue-Thur & Sun 761-9064.
Hijinks! Stage No. 1’s current season got off to a rocky start in September with Details Without a Map, a rather thin drama about a teen-age boy who commits a murder. But that was the first production in the group’s history (now in its third year) that was nearer a miss than a hit This show is more in the line of Stage No. 1’s past work Like The Contrast, performed during the 1979-80 season, this is a recent musical adaptation of an early American play Clyde Fitch’s Captain Jinks of the Horse Marines, a 1901 comedy that helped make Ethel Barrymore a star, is the basis for the show. The book is by Robert Kalfin and Steve Brown: the music is by John McKinney. Nov 11-Dec 19 at the Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville. Wed-Sat at 8:15pm. Tickets$7.50, $6 students & over 65 369-5345.
Twelfth Night. Malvolio loves Olivia, who loves Cesario, who is actually Viola in disguise and who secretly loves Orsino, who is also in love with Olivia. One of Shakespeare’s brightest comedies, the plot also includes Feste, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful clowns This is one of his most popular plays, and while one could wish that our local theaters would venture occasionally into his less familiar works (Twelfth Night has been performed here at least twice in the last 10 years, by SMU and the Shakespeare Festival), the play itself is irresistible. This is SMU’s big fall show and the production will be guest-directed by Gavin Cameron-Webb. Nov 12-22 in the Bob Hope Theatre. Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. Thur-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:15 pm. Tickets $5. 692-2573.
War and Peace. The story isn’t quite the same in this play as in the Tolstoy novel that everybody intends to read during summer vacation. It’s reportedly a very theatrical adaptation (it hadn’t opened at press time), created by Erwin Piscator and two col-laborators for a 1957 production in Berlin and has since performed in New York and at Houston’s Alley Theatre (among other places). Piscator was known for employing film and slide projections, symbolic stage settings and other unusual devices to convey a play’s social context and to heighten its emotional impact. There’s more than a trace of an anti-war theme in the adaptation, which may be a safe issue right now but this play may stir up some controversy. Joan Vail Thorne is the guest director; she staged On Golden Pond here last year. Through Nov 14 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue-Thur at 8 pm (Wed Nov 4 at 1:30 pm). Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sat at 5 pm. Tickets $12 & $10.50 Fri & Sat; $11 & $9.50 Sat matinee; $10 & $8.50 Tue-Thur; $8 & $7 Wed matinee. 526-8857.
Dallas Civic Music Association. Mezzo-soprano Teresa Berganza performs a recital Nov 18 at 8:15 pm. A singer who made her American debut with the Dallas Civic Opera in 1958 as Isabella in L’ltaliana in Algeri. Berganza last performed with the Dallas Civic Opera in 1965. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU campus. Tickets $20-$2.50. 526-6870.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. The museum and Mu Phi Epsilon Alumni present Audrey Haynie (flute) and Cynthia Stewart (piano) in a program that includes Andre Jolivet’s Chant Delinos, Faure’s Fantasy, a Bach flute and keyboard sonata, and two movements of Franck’s Violin Sonata arranged for flute by James Galway, Nov 14 at 3 pm, 987-9718.
Dallas Opera. The 25th anniversary season of the Dallas (nee Civic) Opera opens with another foray (like last year’s Lakme) into romantic French opera with Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, starring the elegant and superbly musical Spanish tenor, Alfredo Kraus, and the affecting Jeannette Pilou. Nov 5 & 11 at 8 pm; Nov 8 at 2 pm, Madama Butterfly, starring Elena Mauti-Nunziata as Cio-Cio-San and Dano Raf-fati as Pinkerton, will be staged Nov 20 & 24 at 8 pm; Nov 22 at 2 pm. Artistic director Nicola Rescigno conducts. Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $22.50-$6. 528-3200.
Fort Worth Orchestra. Pianist Youri Egorov performs Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op, 43, and the orchestra plays Dvorak’s Carnival Overture, Op. 92, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 in F Major, Op. 68 (“Pastoral”), Nov 14 at 8 pm and Nov 15 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre, 1111 Houston St, Fort Worth. Tickets $14-$3. (817)921-2676.
Meadows School of the Arts. SMU Music Theatre presents Monteverdi’s opera The Story of Orpheus, directed by John Burrows, Nov 1 & 8 at 2:15 pm, and Nov 5, 6 & 7 at 8:15 pm in Margo Jones Theatre. Tickets $5. 692-2628. Voices of Change. SMU’s resident contemporary chamber music ensemble, presents “Bert Turetzsky Night,” featuring the renowned contra bass soloist, and also performing Lukas Foss’ contemporary classic, Time Cycle, Nov 2. Tickets $6. 692-3189. Nexus, a group that plays anything that can be struck, scratched or shaken performs a percussion ensemble concert Nov 6 & 7. The program includes an intriguing-sounding rag for xylophone and marimba by Claude Johnson called “Dill Pickles;” “In Ancient Temple Gardens,” by William Chan; and a 1941 composition by John Cage exploring the possibilities of tin cans, conch shells and rattles. Tickets $5. Donald Erb is composer-in-residence at SMU this year, and music faculty members perform his work Nov 9. Tickets $2.50. Faculty members Linda Anderson Baer, a soprano often heard with Voices of Change, and pianist Harris Crohn perform a recital Nov 10. Tickets $2.50. The Choral Union, directed by Dr. Lloyd Pfautsch, performs Nov 16. Free. Jack Waldenmeier presents his compositions on Electronic Evening II, a faculty recital Nov 17. Tickets $2.50. The SMU Wind Ensemble and University Symphonic Band, directed by Howard Dunn, perform Donald Erb’s “Purple-rooted Ethical Suicide Parlor” and Stravinsky’s CirculPolka Nov 20. Free. Nov 21 SMU’s eminent guitarist-in-residence, Robert Guthrie, performs a faculty recital. Tickets $2.50. Guest pianist Donna Coleman performs a recital Nov 24 that includes “Death Angel,” specially composed for her by John Anthony Lennon; Motivations, Book I by Eugene Kurtz; Piano Music II by Gregory Ballard; and the Second Pianoforte Sonata of Charles Ives Tickets $2.50. Unless otherwise noted, all performances are in Caruth Auditorium and start at 8:15 pm. 692-2628.
North Lake College. The Canton di Assisi, the community choir of Assisi, Italy, will perform two concerts nov 2. The program, consisting of music by Mozart, Dvorak, Vivaldi and Kodály, will be performed at noon at the Las Colinas Tower Plaza at North Lake College, 5001 N MacArthur, Irving, and at 7 pm at the Central Church of Christ, 1710 Airport Freeway West. Free. 659-5230.
North Texas State University. Henry Gibbons con-ducts the A Cappella Choir in concert Nov 3 at 8 pm. The Concert and University Bands perform with Dr. Robert Winslow conducting in the Concert Hall Nov 5 at 8:15 pm. The Percussion Ensemble performs Nov 9 at 8 pm in the Recital Hall. Adolfo Odnoposoff conducts a Cello Choir concert Nov 11. Nov 12 at 8:15 pm the Chamber Orchestra performs Rossini’s Semiramide Overture. Strauss’ Also Sprach Zarathustra, and the symphony performs Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto with Robert Davidovici. soloist, and Anshel Brusilov conducting. A New Music Performance Lab concert will be held Nov 18 at 8:15 pm. Opera Workshop performances will be held Nov 20 & 21 at 8:15 pm, with the program including scenes and single acts from operas with piano accompaniment. The Jazz Lab Band fall concert takes place at the coliseum Nov 24 at 8 pm. Performances will be held in the concert hall unless otherwise specified. Tickets $5. 267-0651 or (817)788-2719.
University of Dallas. Noel Goemanne, the internationally known composer and organist choirmaster at Christ the King Catholic Church performs an organ and piano lecture/recital at Holy Trinity Seminary Nov 2 at 8 pm. Free. The Lyric Theatre performs scenes and excerpts from musical theater, opera and Viennese operetta Nov 9 at 8 pm in Lynch Auditorium. Free. UD voice students perform arias, duets and ensembles from the classical to contemporary repertoires, including Italian art songs. German Lieger and folk songs, Nov 16 at noon in the Haggar University Center Free. Diane Bennett and David Lynch perform a voice recital Nov 23 at 8 pm at the Haggar Center. Nov 30 at 8 pm Barbara Schulz and John Norris perform a voice and piano recital at the Haggar University Center. Free. 579-5079.
University of Texas at Dallas. The Opera Workshop presents scenes from opera and musical theatre, directed by Mary Ella Collins-Antahades and Robert Xavier Rodriguez Nov 12 at 12:30 pm and Nov 15 at 7 pm Free. Jonsson Center Performance Hall. Pete Volimers directs the UTD Jazz Ensemble Nov 13 at 8:15 pm in the lower level, Student Union. Free. Civic Chorale and Chamber Singers directed by Stewart Clark perform Nov 21 at 8:15 pm in the University Theatre. Free. Up Against the Wall and Left There, a musical revue by Darleen Bordelon and Kimmie Pate, will be performed Nov 22 at 7 pm in the Visual Arts Building. Tickets $2, students $1. UTD campus. Floyd and Campbell roads. 690-2983.
Van Cliburn Foundation. Pianist Lev Natochenny performs Nov 16 at 8 pm at Scott Theatre. 3505 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. The program includes Bach’s Fantasia and Fugue in A Minor, Haydn’s Sonata in G Major, Beethoven’s Sonata in F Minor. Op. 20 (“Appassionata”) and Schumann’s Humor-eske, Op. 20. Natochenny also performs at Texas Wesleyan University’s Fine Arts Hall on Nov 17 at 8 pm, with a program to include two early and late Beethoven sonatas. in F Minor, Op. 2, No. 1, and in C Minor, Op. 111, plus a repeat of the Schumann. Natochenny, a Soviet emigre, is a winner of the Gina Bacchauer Award and a student of Ania Dorfman at Juilliard. Tickets $8, students and senior citizens $5. (817)738-6509.
Venetian Room. Dallas’ classiest supper club brings in the divine Sarah Vaughan Nov 9-21 Opening night and Saturday and Sunday night shows start at 9 and 11:30 pm. Tickets $18 weekends; shows Mon-Thur at 8:30 & 11 pm. Tickets $15. Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454.
Dallas Black Dance Theatre. Although technically older than Dallas Ballet, Dallas Black Dance Theatre seems younger in spirit and means. It has the scrappy, aggressive air of a teen-ager-the group has learned to manage without the budgetary equivalent of a subscription audience. As an inventive adolescent, DBDT gets a lot of mileage out of flashy rather than elaborate costumes, does entirely without sets and comports itself to canned music. The company is given to youthful lapses in taste and correspondingly brilliant flashes of dancing. Its forte is small ensemble works that combine modern and jazz, with a bit of ethnic dancing thrown in. Ballet suits it not at all. For this month’s lecture/demonstration, the company will perform in three styles-modern. jazz and ballet. Artistic Director Ann Williams will lecture. Nov 7 at 3 pm. Highland Hills Library, 3840 Simpson-Stuart Rd. Free. 371-1170.
Dallas Ballet. You can bet that any ballet company that touts itself as young and brash doesn’t devote all its energies to revivals of Les Sylphides. For its third program of the season, Dallas Ballet trots out only one golden oldie, that little model of showmanship with the famous 32 fouettés, the Black Swan pas de deux from the third act of Swan Lake. Two other works on the program are new, specially commissioned for the company. Threes is an abstract ballet by Peter Anastos. best known for his zany spoofs of the classics. In the second of the two new works, “Estampie,” both music and choreography have been especially commissioned. Composer Robert Xavier Rodriguez has fashioned out of the unlikely combination of ragtime, 12-tone writing, and a medieval tune, a light and witty piece showcasing the individual talents of the entire company. Full of solos and small ensemble pieces, the dance quickly shifts in mood through nine movements. The choreographer is the company’s ballet master, Gustavo Mollagoli. Rounding out the program is Flemming Flindt’s Summer Dances, appropriately danced barefoot. Nov 19, 20 and 21 at 8 pm; Nov 22 at 2 pm. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Tickets $19.50-$4. 744-4430.
George Balanchine’s choreography has so long dominated the ballet scene that critics periodically fret about his successor. For several years the favored heir-apparent was John Clifford, now the artistic director of the Los Angeles Ballet. The work, which was first performed here by Dallas Ballet last season, is fast, inventive and full of tricky changes. In a spirited attack, small groups of dancers form dense patterns. break away and regroup, mirroring the swift shifts in Poulenc’s witty score. The abbreviated costumes and bare stage are also typically Balanchine. Dallas Ballets new artistic director, Flemming Flindt, was chosen, in part, on his merits as a choreographer. You will get more than lust a glimpse of Flindt’s style, since this second program of the season features two of his works, The Four Seasons, a full-company ballet originally choreographed for the Danish Royal Ballet, and a pas de deux from The Toreador. The one brand-new work on the program, Gazebo. 1910, is that of ballet’s enfant terrible. James Clouser. Clouser is the choreographer responsible for the last two seasons big. dramatic and murky Carmina Burana misleadingly billed as R-rated. Oct 29. 30 and 31 at 8 pm; Nov 1 at 2 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Tickets $19.50-$4. 744-4430.
George Catlin was working as a portrait-painter and miniaturist in Philadelphia one day in 1826 when a delegation of Indian chiefs passed through town. Fascinated by their exotic garb and dignified bearing, he packed up his paints and set out to document the vanishing Red Man For six years he crisscrossed the West by steamship, canoe and pack horse, getting the Indians down on canvas exactly as he saw them. His paintings wound up in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American Art. The staff of the Amon Carter Museum has selected the works for “Paintings by George Catlin.” The exhibit runs Nov 20-Jan 24 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm (817) 738-1933.
The Idemitsu Museum of Arts, founded 15 years ago in Tokyo, houses one of Japan’s most renowned collections of Asian art. Now 100 of its most important and famous pieces-ceramics from all over Asia, Japanese paintings and decorative screens, lacquerware and Chinese bronzes-have been gathered into “Treasures of Asian Art from the Idemitsu Collection,” on exhibit Nov 18-Jan 3 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 1101 Will Rogers Rd West,’ Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm (817) 332-8451
Gary Stephen and David Salle. We get precious lit-tie chance to see the latest thing from New York, but the Mattingly/Baker Gallery will be showing the paintings and drawings of these two artists who are on the crest of the New Wave painting being done in New York. Stefan is a former minimalist who now paints monumental abstractions that have a strangely spiritual presence; Salle paints sensual figures in a kind of dream landscape. Nov 14-Dec 10 at the Mattingly/Baker Gallery, 3000 McKinney. Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5. 526-0031.
Dan Rizzie has been making his handsome paper collages tor some time now in an extended homage to the Russian constructivists. But in recent years, his works have gotten bolder and brighter, more three-dimensional, and Rizzie has started integrating his painting into the collage. His recent works will be on exhibit Nov 14-Dec 9 at Delahunty Gallery, 2611 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 11 am-5 pm. 744-1346.
Bernd and Hilla Becher have spent years wandering through Germany taking pictures of the ordinary and the ugly. Their photographs of water towers, steel mills, mine heads and half-timber cottages are as straightforward and obsessively documentary as police mugshots, but are still oddly fascinating. A selection of their work will be on exhibit Nov 14-Dec 10 at Carol Taylor Art, 2508 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 10-5; Mon, by appt. only. 745-1923.
Andre Kertész photographed Paris and New York with the obsessive attention of a lover. During a long and exceedingly fruitful career he has also turned his camera on a variety of other subjects, including a series of surrealist-inspired images of the nude taken through distorting mirrors. A small retrospective of his work will be shown Nov 3-Dec 12 at The Afterimage, Suite 151, The Quadrangle, Mon-Sat 10 am-5:30pm. 748-2521.
Father George Curtsinger is a miniaturist with a camera who makes exquisite landscape and bird photographs wherever he happens to be-Greece, Paris. Rome or Fort Worth, where he is a hospital chaplain. His pictures have some of the delicacy of Chinese paintings. They will be on exhibit Nov 3-22 at Haggar University Center Gallery, UD campus, Irving. Daily 10 am-4 pm. 579-5000.
SEMINARS, EVENTS, ETC.
Education Seminar. Two renowned leaders in American education, Mortimer Adler and Jacques Barzun. will present a major seminar entitled “Recess is Over: The Crisis in Public Education.” Sponsored by The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture, the session will be held Nov 21 from 9 30 am-3:30 pm at Dallas Arts Magnet High School. 2501 Flora, between Woodall Rogers Frwy and Ross Ave Tickets $25. For more information, call 698-9090.
Impressionist Lectures. Edward Caraco, a visiting assistant professor of art history at SMU, will lecture on “Precursors of the Modern Vision and the World of the Impressionist” Nov 9. Caraco will expand on “The Legacy of the Impressionists” Nov 16 Both lectures at 7:30 pm in McCord Auditorium. Dallas Hall, SMU campus. Cost for the two lectures is $10. 692-2340.
Shakefest. A Renaissance fair benefiting the Shakespeare Festival of Dallas will feature fun and games, medieval crafts, music, entertainment and food Nov 7 from 10 am-5 pm & Nov 8 from noon-5 pm at the Fair Park lagoon. Free. 748-6021.
Rod McKuen. Well-known poet and author of several books of poetry performs for the SMU premier author series Nov 6 at 6:30 pm in the stu-dent center lounge, SMU campus. Free. 692-3353or 692-2651.
Abernathy’s. Good basic fern bar. polished brass and green plants place with good nachos, sandwiches and drinks. Big with the TCU and young professional crowds. (2859 W Berry, Fort Worth, (817) 9230941. Mon-Thur 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am. MC, V.)
Al’s Bamboo. This is the new Bamboo, and while the old menu claimed the spot was “much like the islands in the off season,” the new management has apparently let the service blow out with the monsoons. The new menu boasts Bamboo as “Oak Lawn’s only heterosexual dance hall,” but besides the cheap drinks, that’s its only forte. Do we really have to request “extras” like knives and napkins with chicken-fried steak? The blunders can be temporarily written off to inexperience until Al gets his act together: Quicker service and tastier foods would bring us back for the cheap drinks and relaxing atmosphere. (3718 N Hall at Oak Lawn. 526-9391. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am, Sat 8 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-8. MC, V.)
Bagatelle. One of the best places for jazz listening, this dimly lighted club has comfortable seating and music that doesn’t interfere with conversation. Thursday through Saturday nights 9-1:30 feature the Paul Guerrero Jazz Quartet and Debra Smith. (4925 Greenville. 692-8224. Mon-Thur 11:30 am-1 am, Fri & Sat till 2 am. Sun noon 2:30 pm & 6 pm-10 pm. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. All credit cards.)
Balboa Café. This cafe calls itself Dallas’ second fern bar, meaning it’s like the San Francisco Rose -lots of glass, greenery and couches. The sand-wiches are fair, and there’s a reasonably good selection of imported beer. But the place is noisy and service is sometimes slow. (3604 Oak Lawn. 521 1068. Daily 11 am-2 am. MC. V, AE.) Balboa Cafe on Greenville is cozier and has a little more stylish clientele. (7015 Greenville. 369-7027. Daily 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, and midnight-2 am. MC. V, AE.)
Bar Tejas. Yet another entry in the emergence of the lower Greenville Avenue phenomenon, with a Moroccan tile exterior and a classic interior reminiscent of Havana in the Thirties. The menu, however, has an Italian accent, featuring fried ravioli and the best lentil soup around. The personality of Tom Garrison’s enterprise is especially effective on an overcast afternoon. Classical music featured on Sundays. (2100 Greenville. 828-2131. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7. AE.)
Belle Starr. Using the 19th-century lady outlaw as its motif, this c/w dance hall (formerly the Bovarian Steakhouse) has become a popular hangout for cowboys and cowgirls with its spacious dance floor and comfortable furnishings The Roy Clayton Band entertains Tuesday through Saturday. $1. 50 dance lessons Sunday 4-8 pm. Cover on weekends. (7724 N Central near Southwestern. 750-4787. Tue-Sat 7 pm-2 am. Sun 4 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. All credit cards )
Biff’s. Biff’s belongs in the middle of an 8-foot snowbank with a fire blazing in its fireplace, icicles clinging to the windowsills and red-faced people bustling about in fur-lined parkas and aprés-ski boots. But even if you aren’t at home on the slopes, you’ll love Biff’s. Ignore the mingling singles at the bar and concentrate on Biff’s burgers, nachos and good, stiff drinks. (7402 Greenville 696-7952. Daily 11:30 am-2 am Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE, MC, V.)
Cafe Dallas. The decor of the interior is rather stylish and the sound system is possibly one of the best in town, but that’s not why the line weaves out the door and around the corner Someone somewhere declared this place the singles bar of Dallas. Bouncers resembling Dallas Cowboy hopefuls guard the doors, filtering out those undesirables who don’t satisfy the fluctuating dress code. Once inside, you can either lose yourself amidst the uncatego-rizable crowd or escape to the elevated backgam-mon/pente area. (5500 Greenville. 9870066. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. AE, MC. V.)
Cardinal Puff’s. The atmosphere here can be as calming as a 15-minute sauna. The wooden deck outside is perfect for sipping margaritas and basking in the sunshine, and the cozy fireplace nestled among the plants inside is just as soothing. (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Daily 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, AE, V.)
Chelsea Corner. A low-key, collegiate version of Andrew’s, with woodsy decor, folksingers and specialty drinks. Quiet corners provide a great escape. (4830 McKinney. 522-3501. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-1:30 am, Sat & Sun noon-1:30 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11:30-7. AE, MC, V.)
Cowboy. This is no place for the closet claustrophobic-hundreds of rhinestone cowboys lookin’ for love swarm here like bees to honey. Consequently, breathing room (much less dancing room) is almost impossible to find, and mingling-desired or otherwise-is inevitable. Expect long lines outside, too. (5208 Greenville. 369-6969. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 8 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE, DC.)
The Den. Located in the Stoneleigh Hotel, this is the essence of what a bar is expected to be: very small, very dark and very red, with very strong drinks. (2927 Maple Ave. 742-7111. Mon-Fri 11 am-midnight. Happy hour all day Mon-Fri. All credit cards.)
Eight-O. Prime grazing land tor semi-sophisticates and would-be Bohemians. The clientele ranges from chic to occasionally rowdy, and regulars insist the all-purpose jukebox is the best in Dallas. Menu items include chick-on-a-stick and highly rated hamburgers. (The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh, suite 145. 741-0817. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-8. MC, AE, V.)
elan. Still the classiest of the Dallas discos-where chic sophisticates boogie and play backgammon with members of their own set. Two dance floors are set in a posh, modern decor and are backed up with a top-notch sound system. Surprisingly good food and a Sunday brunch. Happy hour buffet 4-7 features a lavish spread. Daily lunch buffet open to the public, but membership required at night. (5111 Greenville. 692-9855. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. Sun brunch 11-2. All credit cards.)
Four Seasons Ballroom. Big-band music for ballroom dancing. A strict dress code is enforced- dresses for the ladies, and coats and ties for the gentlemen. Only setups, beer and soft drinks are served, except on Fridays, when food is available. Cover varies. Free dance lessons are offered. (4930 Military Pkwy. 349-0390 or 381-9072. Wed 8:45 pm-12:15am. Fri 9 pm-12:30 am & first Sat of each month 9 pm-1 am.)
Gordo’s. Dark, with jukebox selectors at the red leatherette booths, Gordo’s is at its best during football season, when it’s a comfortable low-key place to have pizza or burgers and watch the game. (4528 Cole. 521-3813. Sun noon-10 pm, Mon-Thur 11 am-10:30 pm, Fri &Sat 11 am-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-6. All credit cards.)
Greenville Avenue Country Club. The old Vagabond Club resurrected, with the backyard swimming pool still the main attraction. The GACC has the usual chicken-fried menu and good drinks for East Dallas loyalists. Minimum age of 21 required. (3619 Greenville. 826-5650. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE, MC, V.)
Greenville Bar & Grill. “Dallas’ oldest bar’’ has a browsing rack adjacent to the bar. live music on special party nights, and silver-dollar-sized Formica tables. Hal Baker and the Gloomchasers deliver Dixieland jazz every Sunday and Thursday night ($2 cover). (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2am, Sun noon-2am. Kitchen open till 12:30am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)
The Hop. This small, friendly pub has the best munchies in Fort Worth-fried okra and eggplant, for example. The crowd is a happy amalgamation of college students and families. Live music most nights starting around 9. Willis Alan Ramsey and Steve Fromholz are among those who play here with some regularity. Cover after 9 when there is live music. (2905 W Berry. Fort Worth. (817) 923-7281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 4 pm-1 am. Happy hour daily 2-7, all day Wed. Daily drink specials. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Joe Miller’s. The media people bar. and a great gathering spot tor regulars. The smallness and plainness of the bar are offset by Miller’s personality, as well as by his stiff drinks. (3531 McKinney. 521 -2261. Mon-Fri noon-2 aw. AE, MC, V.)
Knox Street Pub. An apparent favorite of young professionals, this nostalgic pub features excellent food and a terrific jukebox. (3230 Knox. 526-9476. Mon-Sal 11 am-2 am. Happy hour 4-7. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Lakewood Yacht Club. In this neighborhood bar. scores of press photos decorate the walls from eye level all the way up to the incredibly high ceiling. Home-cooked potato chips, really comfortable chairs, a well-stocked jukebox and an interesting clientele. (2009 Abrams. 824-1390. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat & Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Les Saisons. A captivating cityscape of downtown Dallas makes this bar special. You can gather around the cozy fireplace, sip an icy drink and have enough quiet to carry on a conversation. Cheery, classy decor-like a French garden room. (165 Turtle Creek Village. 528-1102. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. All credit cards.)
Lillie Langtry’s Saloon. Antlers on the wall, portraits of actress Langtry and an informal clientele make up this small, rustic club. More important are the entertainers, who have included talented locals like John DeFoore and Tim Holiday (who call themselves Stumpbroke) and guitarist Delbert Pullen. Nachos and sandwiches served. No cover. (6932 Greenville. 368-6367. Daily noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7, Sat & Sun 12-7. AE, MC, V.)
Longhorn Ballroom. Built by Bob Wills in 1950 and later leased by Jack Ruby, the historic Longhorn is Dallas’ definitive c/w dance hall. Here, real and affected cowboys two-step on a roller-rink-sized dance floor framed by cactus pillars. Owner Dewey Groom fronts the Longhorn Band nightly and on weekends warms up for big-name acts. Free c/w dance lessons Wednesday and Thursday nights. Cover varies. Setups available. (276 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed& Thur 7 pm-midnight, Fri& Sat 7 pm-2 am. Sun 5 pm-midnight. All credit cards.)
NFL. One of the friendliest bars in town, the NFL (Nick Farrelley’s Lounge) is a hangout for the Irish. Come here in a rowdy mood-especially on Friday nights when Irish Texans tune up with old Irish folk songs Dancing, darts and shuffleboard are available for the restless. $2 cover on Fridays. (3520 Oak Lawn. 559-4890. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Nick’s Uptown. An enormous smoke-filled room dotted with tables, a raised stage in one corner and a bar running almost the length of the room on the opposite side. The club offers a good cross section of music: it is one of the few spots in Dallas to hear well-known Austin bands on a regular basis. Nick’s also books musicians such as Ray Wylie Hubbard and Delbert McClinton. (3606 Greenville. 827-4802. Mon-Sun 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Papillon. Seating above the dance floor lets you ignore the Beautiful People if you wish. Papillion is usually quiet, with touch-dancing music late in the evening. (7940 N Central. 691-7455. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Sun 6 pm-midnight. All credit cards.)
Piaf’s. An atrium bar with high ceilings and huge plants. The menu offers basic salads, quiche and hamburgers, (4527 Travis at Knox. 526-3730. Daily 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour daily 11 pm-closing. Kitchen open till 1:30 am Thur-Sat, Sun-Wed till midnight. All credit cards.)
Poor David’s Pub. Small, dark, and informal, PD’s has a variety of entertainers like ex-Bees Knees guitarist Anson Funderburgh and his Rockets, a talented, no-nonsense blues band. Good sandwiches available Cover varies. (2900 McKinney. 821-9891. Mon, Wed- Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour 4-8 pm weekdays. Closed Sun and Tue. Kitchen open till 1 am. No credit cards.)
Popsicle Toes. Taking its name from a Michael Franks tune, this club’s not long on atmosphere or comfort, but presents a diversity of local jazz. The house band is the funk/jazz unit Buster Brown (Tuesday through Saturday), and on Sunday there’s big-band |azz with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Cover varies; no cover on Tuesdays. (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Sun 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. TGIF Fri 4-7pm. MC, V,AE.)
The Quiet Man. One of the few surviving Sixties quiet places, the small beer garden is a great place to talk-except during rush hour on Knox Street. (3120 Knox. 526-6180. Tue-Thur noon-midnight. Fri & Sat noon-2 am. Sun & Mon 4 pm-midnight. No credit cards.)
Railhead. It’s a shame this bar is so shoddy because the entertainment is often good: primarily comics and popular music copy artists. No cover means huge crowds. Stick to basic drinks or brews: The house wine is truly bad, and the bar can’t seem to handle anything tricky. (6919 Twin Hills. 369-8700. Sun & Mon 5:30 pm-1 am, Tue-Sat 5:30 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. All credit cards.)
San Francisco Rose. A bright, laid-back place, adorned with greenery, a few couches and wing-back chairs. Salads, sandwiches and soups are pretty ordinary. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
6051 Club. 6051 Club is really just an oversized living room furnished with the kind of tables and chairs your grandmother called her “dinette set ” Some of Dallas’ foremost jazz musicians gather on the crowded stage to play their renditions of classics mixed with their own material. Only one drawback: If you arrive after the first set on weekends, it’s standing room only in the bar. (6051 Forest Ln. 661-3393. Thur-Sat 9 pm-2 am. MC, V.)
St. Martin’s. Small, candle-lit and soothing-as wine bars should be (and too many aren’t). St. Martin’s has made a conscious effort to put a celling on wine prices to encourage experimentation. It the result is a wine list composed of lesser vintages, the food alone is still worth a visit: The ham and Swiss sandwich is a perfect foil for a glass of red. (3020 Greenville. 826-0940. Sun & Mon 5-11 pm. Tue-Thur 11-11, Fri & Sat 11 am-1 am. All credit cards.)
Stoneleigh P. The long-awaited reopening of this Oak Lawn institution (it burned down in January 1980) took place in July As one of the regulars describes the new place: “It was like you had this girlfriend you liked a lot and she died. About two years later, you meet a new girl who looks exactly like the old one and talks like her and acts like her. only she’s even better.” The new P has the same casual feel and clientele, but seems more spacious The menu still has burgers, spinach salad, artichokes and chicken breast sandwiches. (2926 Maple. 741-0824. Daily 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. No credit cards.)
Strictly Ta-Bu. The consistently decent jazz here ranges from fusion to Forties swing, the crowd is a mix of mature professionals and high school seniors and the decor is vintage art moderno. A separate eating area offers outstanding but small pizzas along with other Italian dishes. Cover on weekends. (4111 Lomo Alto. 522-8101. Food served Mon-Thur 11 am-2:30 pm & 5 pm-midnight, Fri 11 am-2:30 pm & 5 pm-1 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm-midnight. Bar open until 2 am Mon-Sat. MC, V.)
Texas Tea House. A get-down country place with dancing to the Will Barnes Band in the beer garden outside. Mixed drinks available. (3400 Kings Rd. 526-9171. Tue-Sat 8 pm- 2 am. No credit cards.)
Top of the Dome. The only bar in town with several views of the Dallas skyline. Nightly entertainment. Annoying $1.50 charge lor elevator ride has been dropped for club-goers. (Reunion Tower, 300 Reunion. 651-1234. Mon-Fri 2 pm-2am. Satnoon-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. All credit cards.)
Venetian Room. A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts couples who appreciate the semiformal dress requirements and who like to fox-trot to an orchestra before the show. (Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454. Mon-Sat 7 pm-1 am. Shows Mon-Thur 8:30 & 11, Fri & Sat 9 & 11:30 All credit cards.)
The White Elephant. Located in the revived Stockyards District in Fort Worth, this place looks like what all non-Texans think real Texas bars should look like: lots of rough wood, a long bar and a clientele occasionally decked out in western attire. Entertainment varies. (106 E Exchange, Fort Worth. (817) 624 1887. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, AE, V)
The Wine Press. The Wine Press serves an array of both California and imported wines. The blackboard offers daily by-the-glass selections, occasionally studded with gems. And unlike many wine bars, The Wine Press also serves a full range of cocktails. (4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. No reservations. MC, V, AE.)