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“Best month?” Robert Redford asks Bradford Dillman in The Way We Were. “April,” replies Dillman. Nonsense. Anyone who’s ever spent October in Dallas knows that not only is the weather usually flawless – great blue skies, crisp evenings and balmy noons – but a spirit of revived enthusiasm seems to sweep through the city. Part of it stems from that good old standby, the State Fair of Texas, but it seems sometimes that everybody is putting on a festival. Best month? October, hands down (and thumbs up).

Saturday, 1

The SMU Mustangs have been limping around the gridiron in recent years, but the push is on to get back into big time football. And you can’t get much bigger than the Buckeyes of Ohio State, who will be led into the Cotton Bowl tonight at 7:30 by their bellicose tyrant of a coach, Woody Hayes. For $8, you can scream encouragement to the Ponies – or you can scream other things at Woody. SMU’s ticket office number is 692-2901.

Country and western singer Ray Price leads off this year’s series of pops concerts by the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra tonight in the Tarrant County Convention Center. Give the Symphony office a call at (817) 921-2676 for ticket information.

Lots of theater options tonight: the fantasy Dark of the Moon at the University of Texas at Dallas, Langston Hughes’ romantic comedy Simply Heavenly performed at the Haymarket Theatre by the Dallas Minority Repertory Theatre company, and Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew at the Dallas Repertory Theatre in NorthPark. Call the Performing Arts office at UT-D, 690-2982; or the DMRT offices at 528-4084; or the Dallas Repertory box office, 369-8966.

But it you d really rather go to the movies than to the ball game or the concert or the theater, SMU has just launched a terrific series of films called Great Hollywood Cameramen. The first is Orson Welles’ Touch of Evil, a gritty, flamboyant, perversely wonderful movie. There are showings tonight at 7 and 9 p.m. in the Bob Hope Theatre. Call 692-3090 for ticket information.

Sunday, 2

The last game of the Texas Rangers’ regular season starts today at 2:05 at Arlington Stadium against the Oakland A’s. It may be the last Ranger game of 1977 (no pennant predictions here at press-time). Ticket information, 265-3331.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers might be the worst team in professional football. You can see them play the Dallas Cowboys today in Texas Stadium at I p.m. Good for your sports perspective, you know. 369-3211.

After tonight’s concert, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra takes a sort of breather. That’s partly because the State Fair and the Dallas Civic Opera will have the Music Hall tied up for the next couple of months. Guest conductor Kurt Sanderling and guest Itzhak Perlman perform the Sibelius violin concerto and the orchestra will also be heard in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. Concert starts at 8:15 p.m. Call 692-0203 for tickets.

Monday, 3

Egypt is in, and the Dallas Museum of Natural History is doing its part to feed everyone’s curiosity about King Tut’s world with an exhibition of Animal Treasures of Egypt, now on view in the Fair Park museum. It focuses on the plants and animals of Egypt that recur as symbols in jewelry, pottery, painting and statuary.

Tuesday, 4

It’s been on again and off again, but finally, Candide, the terrific Leonard Bernstein musical that everybody from Lillian Hell-man to Stephen Sondheim to Dorothy Parker to Richard Wilbur had a hand in at one point or another, is opening at Theatre Three tonight. It’s one of the wittiest musicals ever staged, and Theatre Three is preening itself on having captured the rights to its Dallas premiere. Jac Alder stars in the dual role of Voltaire and Dr. Pangloss. Connie Coit is the lush dish Cunegonde, and Tom Mitchell is the naive fall guy Candide. This one may become a hot ticket, so call 748-5191 for reservations.

Fellini’s Clowns is a movie that falls somewhere between documentary and nostalgia trip, but since it’s Federico Fellini who’s indulging in nostalgia, and about one of his favorite subjects, the circus clown, it’s a fantastic voyage into some realm between history and myth. At the UT-D film series in Founders North Auditorium, 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. 690-2909.

Remember G. E. College Bowl? Allen Ludden and all those bright undergraduates grabbing at buzzers to get a chance to show off their “quick recall of specific facts?” Well, someone has dreamed up a high school quiz tournament called Whiz Quiz. Matches are held every Tuesday, 8 to 8:30, at the Dallas Christian College Auditorium, Ford Road, just off LBJ and 1-35. Tonight’s match is between Heritage Christian Academy and Lancaster High. It’s free.

Wednesday, 5

Food for thought – Richland College has a course starting tonight on “A Naturalistic Approach to Nutrition and Healthy Living.” Classes are held at the Lake Highland High School, 7:30-9:30 p.m. Just resist the urge to stop in at Taco Bueno on the way. Call 746-4444 for further information.

UT-D is showing a minor American movie classic tonight. Intruder in the Dust was not one of William Faulkner’s better novels, but it became a fine film, maybe the best ever made from a Faulkner book. It’s especially distinguished by the performance of Juano Hernandez as a black man falsely accused of murdering a white man. Part detective story, part social comment, well-directed by Clarence Brown. 7:30 and 9:30 p.m., Founders North Auditorium.

Thursday, 6

A few years back, TV tried out a situation comedy that failed but was loudly lamented anyway. It was called “My World and Welcome to It,” was based on the works of James Thurber, and starred that engaging character actor, William Windom. Fortunately, Windoms devotion to Thur-ber survived that of the networks, and he can be seen tonight in the opening program of the Community Course series in a one-man show based on Thurber’s works. Admission to Community Course programs, held at McFarlin Auditorium, is by subscription only. Call 692-2261 or 2262 for further information.

If you haven’t heard enough about King Tut and still have plans to visit him in New Orleans, drop in tonight at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts and hear Anne Bromberg lecture on “The Art of the Boy King” at 7:30 p.m. In fact, you could make an evening of it at the museum. They’re showing a film about Alexander Calder at 5:30 and 6:15, and the Gallery Buffet will serve dinner tonight from 6 to 7:30.

Friday, 7

Labor Day was a month ago, and the equinox two weeks past, but for us the real sign of summer’s end is the opening of the State Fair of Texas. This year the theme is “The Great Food Round-Up,” and there’s the usual midway stuff, exhibitions, parades, outdoor shows, and hoopla. Admission is $2 for adults, $I for kids (under 5, free).

Debbie Reynolds never slows down, even now that she’s old enough to have a daughter who’s a movie star. Now she’s putting all that energy into Irving Berlin’s Annie Get Your Gun, this year’s State Fair musical. It opens tonight at the Music Hall. Tickets range from $4 to SI2 (including admission to the Fair itselfo), and are available at the State Fair Box Office. 6031 Berkshire Lane, Dallas 75225.

Only a fool would go downtown tonight – it’s Texas-OU weekend. Stay home and watch them cover it with Minicams.

Anyway, if the Texas Rangers win the American League West, it’s pennant time. The first Arlington Stadium game (and third in the best-of-five series) of the American League Championship playoffs would be played tonight. If not. you can go out to Arlington Stadium and practice your Frisbee throwing.

Saturday, 8

A nice fall weekend for traveling back into the past – like out to Piano, which used to be a little country hamlet before it became a sprawling suburb. The people of Piano fortunately have held on to a bit of the past, and today is Heritage Day. with events to raise funds for the maintenance of the Piano Heritage Center. The l500 West 15th, includes a turn-of-the-century house, a gazebo, a pole barn, a storm cellar, a brooder house and a lambing barn. It was still a working farm as recently as 1972. Antiques and works of art by local artists will be on sale.

Meanwhile, back in the inner city, Dallas” Historic Preservation League will be conducting its third annual Urban Pioneer Tour, today and tomorrow. Sixteen houses and offices in Old East Dallas. Old Oak Cliff. Old Oak Lawn and Midtown Park will be on view, plus demonstrations of the life and character of each neighborhood. On Saturday night, ballet, dance, and other arts performances will take place in the downtown Waples-Platter Warehouse, currently being restored. For more information, contact the Historic Preservation League, 742-6955.

A different sort of tradition is going on at Fair Park, with the Texas-O.U. game at 2 p.m. and the opening of the State Fair Rodeo at 8 p.m. tonight.

Sunday, 9

Violinist James Oliver Buswell was a child prodigy, a heavy burden of gifted-ness that gets laid on a few performers, some of whom don’t survive their prodigious periods. But Buswell, now 30, made it, and he’ll be performing tonight in the Highlander Concerts series at Highland Park Presbyterian Church. The concert is free (an offering will be taken) and starts at 7:30 p.m.

Stanley Marcus dedicates a store today, but for a change it’s not one of his. It’s McCall’s Store, the latest addition to Old City Park. It used to be in Snow Hill, Texas, but now it’s the new Museum Store for the park. Dedication takes place at 2:30 p.m.

Monday, 10

While the Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s away, the Dallas Civic Symphony will play. Beethoven and Brahms, that is. At 8:15 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium, with pianist William Cooper and conductor James Rives Jones. Tickets are S3.

Tuesday, 11

Argan, the fabulous invalid of Moliere’s The Imaginary Invalid, turns up tonight at 8 on the Dallas Theater Center stage to open a six-week run. Tickets are $5.75. Call 526-8857 for reservations.

If the Texas Rangers win the American League pennant, it’s time for our first World Series. The first game of the Series would be played tonight in Arlington Stadium. If not, you can go out to Arlington Stadium and practice your yodeling.

If contemporary art is so far avant your garde you think you’ll never catch up. you might check out the Fort Worth Art Museum’s special workshop seminar, starting tonight for 8 weeks. Specialists in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture, dance, music and television will provide direct involvement with the creation, experiencing, and performing of a number of the arts. Tuition is $40, $35 if you’re a Museum member. To enroll call (817)738-9215.

Wednesday, 12

That pleasant gallery, the D. W. Co-op, upstairs from that pleasant pub, Andrew’s, has served as a showcase for Dallas artists – primarily women – for over a year now. It’s an ideal location for a lunch-and-browse break. They’re currently showing mixed media constructions by Linda Ridgeway Taylor and drawings by Stirling Willis. McKinney at Hall, open 11-6, Tuesdays through Saturdays.

Thursday, 13

It’s no secret that some of the best theater to be seen in this part of the country takes place on college stages. Like the one at North Texas State in Denton. Their first production of the new school year opened last night and plays through Saturday. It’s Tennessee Williams’ A Street-car Named Desire. Call the box office at (817) 788-2428 for ticket information.

Friday, 14

Another college theater group that’s doing pretty well for itself is SMU’s. Their first play, Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya, opens to-night in the Margo Jones and runs through Sunday. Call 692-2573 for tickets.

Around the corner and down the hall in the SMU Owen Arts Center, the music department will be presenting the first of their “Connoisseur Series,” featuring major artists. Tonight is soprano Evelyn Lear, appearing in Caruth Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Tickets are $8.

Collectors from all over will be at the Registry Hotel tonight and tomorrow for a major auction – about half a million dollars worth of rare gold and silver coins, including an 1815 $5 gold piece. The collection is on view from 9 to 5. Today’s bidding session starts at 6 p.m. Tomorrow’s at 12:30 p.m.

Saturday, 15

Allans, enfants de la patrie! It’s Fortnight Time again, and Neiman’s kicks off its annual celebration of the culture (and commerce) of some far-off land with the Fortnight Ball, tonight at the Braniff Terminal at Love Field. The land being celebrated this year is France – and the presiding spirit over tonight’s celebration is Regine, the queen of the disco scene. Patron tickets, $150, get you in at 7:30 for cocktails, dinner, and the main events. Admission to the discotheque only – it opens at 9:30 – is $37.50. Beneficiary of the evening is the Edward S. Marcus Fund of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Fortnight proper – the big expo at the down-town Neiman-Marcus – gets under way on Monday.

Dallas Civic Music, one of the brightest and best of the local concertizing groups, starts its six-concert series with a visit by the Philharmonia Hungarica and Reinhard Peters. McFarlin Auditorium at 8:15 p.m. Subscription tickets are your best and safest bet -call 369-2210.

Today’s your last chance to see the exhibition of Chinese ceramics from Japanese collections on view at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth.

Frank LaMonica is an enterprising Dallas musician who recently grew concerned because so many of his gifted friends were unknown – even out of work. So he’s set out to promote, manage, and produce concerts for local classical music performers, trying to get wider exposure for them. The first such concert, featuring pianist Rafael Borges, takes place tonight at 8:15 p.m. in Caruth Auditorium at SMU. Admission is S3.50. Frank LaMonica wins our Good Guy of the Arts award for this month.

If you’ve been to the State Fair, or just can’t face the crowds down there yet, there’s a Country Fair up in Carrollton today that might give you a taste of that scene without all the hustle and bother. It takes place on the square in downtown Carrollton and has parades, games, contests, entertainment, arts, crafts and foods, pet shows and talent shows and a Little Miss and Mr. Country Fair contest.

Sunday, 16

It’s Cowboys and Indians time again. The arch-rival Washington Redskins invade Texas Stadium at 3 p.m. Sorry, this one’s been sold out for months. But if you don’t have a ticket, consider yourself lucky. The game’s on the tube, and you won’t have to park your car and walk two miles to get to your television set.

Beethoven, Beethoven, and more Beethoven. Those are your choices at the Fort Worth Symphony today, with Rudolf Firkusny as piano soloist in the Concerto #4 and the orchestra featured in the Egmont Overture and the “Eroica” Symphony. For ticket information call (817) 921 -2676.

Monday, 17

After celebrating the opening of French Fortnight – billed as “La France In-connue” (The France No One Knows), and dedicated to the diversity of the country – downtown at Neiman-Marcus. you could motor up to UT-D and spend An Evening of Music with Peter Vollmers and Friends, a concert of chamber music and jazz that sounds like a nice way to top off the day. 8 p.m. in University Theatre, admission $2.50.

Tuesday, 18

You don’t know anything about art but you know what you like. But you don’t know whether what you like is worth paying what they’re asking for it. So Mountain View College and Cushing Galleries put together a little series of lecture-demonstrations, one of which is tonight. It’s called “Recognizing Prints,” and in it Ann Cushing Gantz discusses what you need to know before you buy a print. It takes place at 7 p.m. in the gallery at 2723 Fairmount, and costs S7.50. Call the gallery at 747-0497 for more information.

Wednesday, 19

If you subscribed to the Community Course, you get to go see Carol Teitel’s one-woman show. Faces of Love, tonight at 8:15 in McFarlin. She plays a whole gallery of women from plays that range from Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams. If you didn’t subscribe, you can’t go – unless you can borrow a friend’s ticket.

As for love, the French are supposed to know more about it than anyone, so the UT-D film series celebrates Fortnight with a showing of La Ronde, Max Ophuls 1950 film starring Jean-Louis Barrault, Danielle Darrieux, and both Simones (Simon and Signoret). Tonight at 7:30 and 9:30 in Founders North Auditorium.

Thursday, 20

The first production on the big stage of the Bob Hope Theatre at SMU opens to-night. It’s Jean Anouilh’s Ring ’Round the Moon, and it plays Thursdays through Sundays for the rest of October. Call 692-2573 for ticket information.

Friday, 21

Bob Trammell started the first New Arts Festival two years ago because he sensed the lack of community in the arts in Dallas. “It wasn’t simply that the public was largely unaware of what’s going on here.’ he says, “the artists themselves often didn’t know of one another’s existence.” So the festival got started as a means of getting acquainted. This year’s festival starts today with a production of St. Joan, a play based on Brecht’s St. Joan of the Stock-vards, by The Manhattan Clearing House, a group housed in the old Manhattan Ball-room at Main and Exposition. Performance starts at 8 p.m.

At some point at the other end of the arts spectrum from the New Arts Festival lies the Wintergarden Ballroom, where people actually hold each other while they dance. Tonight the Wintergarden crowd dances to the music of Wayne King, “The Waltz King. “The Wintergarden is at 1616 John West Road. Coats and ties for the men; dresses only – no pantsuits – for women.

Saturday, 22

Sale Street is a few blocks that run parallel to Oak Lawn just up the hill from Turtle Creek in one of the few parts of town that can almost be called picturesque. Some nice little antique shops are tucked away there. Once a year, the whole street is roped off for the Sale Street Fair and the whole area is jammed with people and sidewalk vendors and entertainers and arts and crafts and so on. It only costs a dollar, and proceeds benefit the Creative Learning Center, a school for potentially gifted children. Today and tomorrow.

The eyes of Texas are upon us. The U. T. Longhorns are in town to take on the SMU Mustangs. At the Cotton Bowl, 1:30 p.m.

Sunday, 23

Last day of the Fair. No more corny dogs for another year.

Dance enthusiasts always have feast or famine situations in Dallas, it seems. Today is one of those when you have to be in two places at once. In Dallas, at 2:30, the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet is sponsoring its Southwest Ballet Gala ’77, featuring the Fort Worth Ballet Association, the Austin Civic Ballet, the Metropolitan Ballet of Oklahoma, and the host company. Tickets, $2.50 to $10, are available at Preston Ticket Agency. Titche’s, and Sears Valley View. Meanwhile, in Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Art Museum is sponsoring the residency of dancer Kei Takei and her Moving Earth company, and a premiere of a new work. Light Part 10. At 3 p.m. in the Art Museum Solarium. For tickets call (817) 738-9215. There will be other performances by the company on Monday and Tuesday.

Organ recitals are relatively rare, but the Dallas chapter of the American Guild of Organists puts on an annual series of them that shows off not only famous organists, but also the major organs in the churches and auditoriums of the city. The first in a series of four concerts is today at the Church of the Transfiguration at 4 p.m. Roberta Gary, a professor at the University of Cincinnati, will be heard. Season tickets are $15. or $4.50 for this concert alone. For information on the series phone 824-8185. ext. 25.

Monday, 24

Voices of Change, a group devoted wholly to contemporary music, presents its first fall concert tonight at 8:15 in Caruth Auditorium. Works by Boulez. Bartok and Bernstein.

Tuesday, 25

The New Arts Festival continues with performances by dancers Barbara Baker, Ginger Miles and Bob Taylor at the Manhattan Clearing House, Main and Exposition, 8 p.m.

The Fort Worth Symphony’s chamber orchestra, the Texas Little Symphony, is host to violinist Jose-Luis Garcia tonight in a concert at Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Drive, 8:15 p.m. Call (817)921-2676 for ticket information.

Wednesday, 26

The long absence of Julia Child from the TV screen has left a lot of us wishing we had some new ideas to try out in the kitchen. Until Julia returns, there’s Lucy Cundiff to help out. She teaches cooking classes in her own kitchen, at 5409 Neola in Dallas, and is starting a series today that serves as an introduction to the kinds of classes she’s prepared to offer. Today, from 10 to 12 noon, she’s demonstrating ideas for luncheon menus. In the weeks to come she shows how to cook for kids, some ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas, great desserts, Chinese cuisine, and plain and fancy breadmaking. Best of all, you get to eat what she shows how to fix. Space is really limited, so call her now at 352-2940 for more information.

Eleven Dallas photographers show their work tonight at the Allen Street Gallery in connection with the New Arts Festival. Works by Zade Rosenthal, Susan walton, Moses Olmos, Phillip Lamb, Bill Crump, Danny Barsotti, Gary Bishop, Jack Caspary, George Goodenow, Paul Green-berg and Chris Regas will be on view at 7:30 in the gallery at Allen and McKinney.

Thursday, 27

Stardom for a long time was limited to those great-looking people who actually appeared on the screen. Then, all of a sudden, directors became superstars, and names like Howard Hawks and Busby Berkeley became almost as magical as the names of their actors and actresses. Richland College starts a course tonight on The Great Directors that features the work of Hawks and Berkeley, plus Cukor, Hitchcock, Ford, DeSica, and some others you may not know so well. Classes every Thursday, 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. Tuition is $28. Call 746-4444 for information.

Last year David Bauer, our indefatigable eater, met defeat at A Taste of Dallas, the annual spread put on by the members of the Dallas Restaurant Association. It seems he tried to eat one of everything set before him, doubtless recalling maternal admonitions to clean his plate. He failed. And he says he’s not going to try again. Your chance to show up David Bauer comes tonight at the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets for the event are available at many local restaurants.

Friday, 28

Fantastic Planet is one of those movies at which half the audience sits there murmuring “Oh wow” throughout the screening. It’s an adult sci-fi fantasy, animated in Czechoslovakia, featuring giant blue people and other mind-blowing things. UT-D is showing it tonight with another trip-out film called Omega at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Saturday, 29

The most sincere pumpkin patch in Dallas County is at the Northaven Cooperative Preschool, 11211 Preston Road. It must be, anyway, because that’s where the Great Pumpkin Carnival is being held today, the culmination of this week’s Bookfair at the school. The carnival has rides and game booths, a petting zoo, food and entertainment. It’s open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Bookfair is October 26-29, 9 to 12 a.m. and features children’s books furnished by the Rootabaga Bookery.

It may still be Indian Summer outside, but inside the State Fair Coliseum the ice will be gleaming as the Dallas Black Hawks take to their skates to open the 1977-78 home hockey season. Tonight at 7:30 the Hawks tangle with the new team in the league, the Phoenix Roadrunners. For the Hawks there’s a new coach and new faces, but it’s still the same great game.

Sunday, 30

Today’s your last chance to catch the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts’ great exhibition of Alexander Calder’s works.

The Cowboys greet the Detroit Lions in Texas Stadium this afternoon. Kickoff at 1 p.m.

Monday, 31

The Brandeis Book Sale is one of thosegreat bargain-hunting events that book-lovers wait all year for. It opens today atValley View Shopping Center, 9:30 9:30 p.m. and runs through Saturday.Aside from giving you a chance to stockup for your winter reading, it also givesyou a chance to do some fall cleaning. Ifyou have old books, records, and magazines lying around, call 528-1432 and they’llsend someone over to pick them up forthe sale.