October is when things start going right again in Dallas. September is summer’s hangover – it’s too hot to enjoy going out in the midday sun, too cool to enjoy the swimming pool. But when that crisp edge comes into the morning air, the city comes alive. There’s the State Fair, of course, presided over by a gigantic jabbering effigy of a cowboy, and featuring food, quilts, food, livestock, food, a rodeo, food, performances of A Chorus Line, and more – including food. This year’s fair is October 6-22.
The city, meanwhile, is putting together a whole month of hoopla, called Cityfest, most of it celebrated in downtown Dallas – evidence of the resurgence of that part of town. In addition to the annual Neiman-Marcus Fortnight, this year celebrating the culture, commerce, and crafts of Brazil, October 16-28, there will be concerts ranging from chamber music to jazz, parades, wine tastings, art exhibits, drum-and-bugle corps performances, and an “urban pioneer” tour of reviving inner city neighborhoods. Details on the various events are scattered throughout this month’s “Previews.”
Kick-offs, Tee-offs, and Face-offs
King Football, of course, is back in the spotlight. And the Cowboys, of course, are center stage. The home schedule this month is not particularly thrilling
New York, Philadelphia, Minnesota
though Philadelphia could be a real sleeper. The Eagles’ seemingly eternal rebuilding process may finally be coming to fruition this year, and a ticket to the Oct 22 contest may have more entertainment value than in years past. Mustang Mania carries on in the Cotton Bowl against the Cougars of Houston on Oct 21. And, it goes without saying, Texas and Oklahoma will be at it again on Oct 7. But the biggie is the October 14 clash in Fort Worth between TCU and Rice.
The Ladies Professional Golf Association arrives in Dallas on Oct 12 for the Civitan – this year, for the first time, at the Trophy Club out on Highway 114. The rejuvenated women’s golf tour has had a banner year, and much of the new spirit has centered on rookie sensation Nancy Lopez, who (at press time) was reported on her way to Dallas for the Civitan. In fact, because of its position after an open weekend and near the end of the tour season, the event figures to draw most of the top money winners. If you’ve never checked out women’s golf before, this looks like a good time to do it.
We lost out on professional basketballthis year, but professional hockey hasmanaged to survive in Dallas – barely.The new Dallas Black Hawks, nowunder the sponsorship of theVancouver Canucks, will take to theice on Saturday night, Oct 28, againstthe Fort Worth Texans, last year’s CHL champions. – David Bauer
The Elegance of Architectural Plans
If you’ve ever wondered how a prize like the new Dallas City Hall came into being, or what slips of the pen were responsible for the Republic Bank Tower and Campbell Centre, stop by the Amon Carter Museum any time until October 22. Actually, 200 Years of American Architectural Drawing won’t answer those specific questions, but it will provide fascinating glimpses of how architects work.
In the 200-plus drawings we have both a capsule history of American architecture and a rare opportunity to examine architectural drawings as works of art. Anyone who thinks that. would be about as exciting as studying a series of wiring diagrams should take a look at Eliel Saarinen’s exquisite sketches for the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan. Most of us have encountered at least a few of Jefferson’s drawings for Monticello in an American history class, but what a pleasure to see the work of his near contemporary James Dakin, who designed some of the finest Greek Revival buildings in the country. The show is full of these delightful surprises. It is also full of wit and whimsy. Here we get the chance to see architects with their shoes off, playing with concepts prior to butting heads with their clients. It is a fascinating phase of the creative process and one that, until this show, has gone largely undocumented.
– David Dillon
Social Observer with a Camera
Peter Feresten started out as a sociologist, and in many respects he still is one, though now he uses a camera to gather his information and would never try to convert his discoveries into a bar graph. His subject is Fort Worth, not just the well-known aspects like the stockyards and the cowboy bars, but all the small neighborhood events – church suppers, flea markets, street fairs, dances, lodge meetings – that make up the authentic, as opposed to the mythic, culture of the city. He scours the daily papers for news of some promising and probably overlooked activity that might provide insight into what life in Cowtown is really like in the Seventies. As soon as he finds one, he gathers up his gear and goes, usually arriving hours ahead of time in order to get a feel of how the event unfolds. He photographs people assembling booths, making signs, eating, gossiping. Frequently he has finished shooting by the time the crowds start to arrive. As far as he’s concerned, the real action has already taken place.
The term “documentarian” brings to mind the great photographers of the Thirties and Forties (Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Margaret Bourke-White) who succeeded in capturing historical events in a timeless, unambiguous style. They were masters of the decisive moment. Peter Feresten’s “moments” are rarely decisive. They are puzzling, paradoxical, off-center, full of unanswered questions. We get the feeling that things are just on the verge, that nothing is really settled. People seem to wander in and out of the frames, arms and legs appear from nowhere, phrases pop up that complement, usually ironically, the surrounding images. Despite their similarity to conventional press photographs, they are more than clear windows on the world. They convey a sense of the unexpected, the surrealism of everyday life.
A selection of Peter Feresten’s latest work will be on exhibit at Afterimage (The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh) from October 3 to November 11.
– David Dillon
Shadow Boxing with Death
“There’s a huge market for dying people right now,” says a character in Michael Cristofer’s play The Shadow Box; as if to prove him right, the play, which is about that very thing, has become a great success. One might pass this off as mere morbidity but for the fact that there’s nothing ghastly or frivolous about Cristofer’s work. There are no sterile clinical settings, no consumptive heroines here.
The setting is a group of cottages, halfway houses of a sort, where three terminally ill patients have been moved to spend their time in the company of their choice. A middle-aged working man is joined by his wife and son, a young intellectual has both his ex-wife and his gay lover, and an old woman is accompanied by one of her daughters. They attempt to accommodate themselves to the facts of death. That, in brief, is about all there is to it (except to say that some of them are more successful in their efforts than others), but Cristofer makes very much of this material indeed; his treatment is compassionate and often genuinely comic.
It is also well-crafted. The gentle crossfading between the various personal dramas creates a kind of counterpoint, and the effect of the closing moments, when all the voices begin interweaving, is that of a marvelous choral polyphony – something that could never quite be captured on film. The show is eminently suited to Theatre Three, where the layout of the performing area invites this kind of staging, and where an ensemble style of acting (which is what, above all else, the play requires) comes naturally. It opens Oct. 3 and runs through Nov. 11; for tickets, call 748-5193.
– John Branch
A Melodic Celebration of Downtown
October has always been a festive month in Dallas, what with the Fair and the Neiman-Marcus Fortnight. This year the festivities hit the streets when downtown Dallas becomes the scene of an almost daily celebration called Cityfest ’78. Dreamed up by the Central Business District Association to kick some life into downtown, and sponsored by various banks, corporations, and philanthropic groups, Cityfest promises to bring in not only strolling minstrels, art exhibits, and food and wine tasting parties, but also just about every kind of musical program imaginable, from a soprano recital to marching bands. You’ll want to catch as many of these free performances as you can. Here are a few of the highlights:
Musically, Cityfest ’78 gets under way Sunday, October 1 in Thanks-Giving Square with a concert featuring music of Texas composers performed by Voices of Change. On their schedule are sacred works by black composers, sung by Linda Anderson Baer, and Ives’s ’Variations on America,” for four hands on one piano. Later that evening the Dallas Chamber Players, a locally well-known woodwind quintet composed of members of the Dallas Symphony, perform a recital of chamber music from 7 to 8:30 in Old City Park.
Later in the week Maria Spacagna, the soprano who’s the Civic Opera’s new affiliate artist, sings a noontime recital of operatic music at the El Centro College Performance Hall. The final classical music event of Cityfest is a guitar performance by a Brazilian master, Turibio Santos. He’ll play works by Bach, Sor, and Villa-Lobos at El Centro. A student of Andres Segovia and Julian Bream, Santos has performed and recorded in Europe with major orchestras, and is known for the delicacy of his playing.
The music takes a different turn when a series of jazz bands invades several outdoor locations for two programs, Main Place Jazz and Jazz on the Plaza. First up, on October 3 at noon, is the Steve Bayless Orchestra, a 34-piece contemporary jazz group that ought to blow the roof off One Main Place. The next day brings the Harvey Anderson Orchestra, whose Benny Goodman-Tommy Dorsey sound will turn the clock back to the Big Band era. Main Place Jazz the next day features Tommy Loy’s Upper Dallas Jazz Band, an 8-piece Dixieland group that’s become a Dallas institution as house band for a number of restaurants. The series concludes with contemporary jazz performed by the six-piece Roger Boykin Group. Later in the month (Oct 20 at noon), plan to be around when City Hall Plaza becomes the stage for the North Texas One O’clock Lab Band, the group Stan Kenton and Woody Herman loved to raid. Over the years the One O’Clock has shifted from Big Band charts to some of the wildest contemporary jazz, you can hear anywhere, and in the downtown setting they ought to be spectacular. Other Cityfest musical events are programs by Dewey Groom and the Texas Longhorns, the U.S. Drum and Bugle Corps, and the North Texas State Marching Band.
– Willem Brans
Great Discs of Color
Richard Childers has always had big ideas, and from October 14 to November 12 approximately a dozen of them will be on exhibit at 500 Exposition Gallery, near Fair Park. Called the “Eastaboga Series,” after a small town in Alabama with no distinction except its funky name, these large paintings, some measuring 10 by 18 feet, mark a significant change in direction in Childers’s work. Light, almost dainty colors, highlighted with metal flakes and bits of glass, are applied to stark white canvases. The canvases are then stretched round, creating an illusion of weightlessness, of giant discs of color floating free in space. Compared to his earlier work, which was busy and aggressive, full of sharp angles and hard diagonal lines that tended to carry the eye off the canvas, these new paintings seem relaxed and fluid. Everything now moves toward the center instead of the edges. There is more open space between the fields of color. This has nothing to do with a personality change, Childers insists, but merely reflects new confidence in his technique. He has stopped using conventional paintbrushes and now applies his colors with brooms, mops, fingers, elbows, anything that promises to create interesting patterns and textures. One painting still shows the outline of a perfect hook slide that would have made Bump Wills jealous. The net result is a series of rich color experiences, segments of a galactic fantasy caught and framed.
– David Dillon
Some of these films haven ’I opened in Dallas yet, but they should sometime in October. Commentary is by Charles Schreger. Big Wednesday. Three Southern Califor-nians battle the waves_adolescence, and a precious script. If the dialogue doesn’t turn your stomach, the repulsive brawling – writer-director John Milius’s idea of fun – surely will. The surfing sequences are okay, nothing more. Stars Gary Busey, William Katt, and Jan-Michael Vincent.
Blood Brothers. This slice of blue collar life follows a 19-year-old who is troubled about the future that’s been mapped out for him by his father and uncle – Saturday Night Fever with no dancing. In the end, the picture adds up to a lot of empty, scattered noise. The overacting by Paul Sorvino, Richard Gere, and Tony Lo Bianco doesn’t help. Directed by Robert Mulligan from Walter Newman’s rambling script.
Born Again. Maybe you thought that Chuck Colson was Richard Nixon’s hatchet man. Well, the screen” version of the former White House adviser’s Watergate undoing and his later commitment to Jesus has a more convenient memory. This sweetening of history insults the audience long before the otherwise earnest story of Colson’s religious awakening unfolds. Irving Rapper’s direction is strictly television. Stars Dean Jones, Anne Francis, Jay Robinson, Dana Andrews, Raymond St. Jacques, and Harry Spillman as the latest Nixon mimic.
The Cheap Detective. Neil Simon, producer Ray Stark, and director Robert Moore have lifted Peter Falk’s Sam Spade character from Murder by Death and invented an entire film around the one joke. Falk mugs Humphrey for nearly two hours in a Casablanca-Maltese Falcon combination. A big-name cast (Louise Fletcher, Ann-Margret, Dom DeLuise, Stock-ard Channing, Madeline Kahn, Marsha Mason, and Eileen Brennan) and some evocative camera work by John Alonzo make this a classy, if totally dispensable, entertainment.
Days of Heaven. Three nomads, Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, and Linda Manz, drift into the life of a wealthy wheat farmer at the turn of the century in Terrence Malick’s brilliant new work, his first since Badlands. The photography by Nestor Almendros and Haskell Wexler is breathtaking. And the acting – listen to the rhythm of Manz’s narration -appears effortless. This is an American art filmof the highest order, poignant, funny, andwise. Don’t miss it.
Death on the Nile. Old fashioned, well plotted, stylized movies are still alive: Here’s proof. Peter Ustinov is Agatha Christie’s witty and logical Belgian sleuth, Hercule Poirot, in Egypt on the trail of murder, intrigue, a wealthy heiress, and a stolen lover. Everyone on board a Nile steamer – including Bette Davis, Mia Farrow, Angela Lansbury, Jack Warden, George Kennedy, and Maggie Smith – is a suspect. Don’t tire yourself trying tooutsmart Poirot. Sit back and enjoy the lovelysettings, the wonderful characterizations, andthe witty dialogue. This is the followup to Murder on the Orient Express, and at last Hollywood has made a sequel superior to the original.
The Driver. A wreck. Ryan O’Neal plays a master getaway driver. Bruce Dern is an obsessed detective. Isabelle Adjani is a gambler and O’Neal’s accomplice. Instead of dialogue there are screeching (ires. The chase scenes are exciting, but where’s the plot? Walter Hill, who wrote The Getaway and directed Hard Times, both wrote and directed this pretentious disappointment.
Eyes of Laura Mars. Faye Dunaway is a trendy fashion photographer with mysteriously accurate premonitions foretelling a series of murders. A New York police lieutenant, Tommy Lee Jones, gets assigned to the case and becomes an element in the mystery. Despite good performances by Brad Dourif and Rene Auberjonois, as well as Dunaway and Jones, this thriller lacks an essential ingredient – a clever resolution.
Foul Play. In his first film as a director, Colin Higgins, who wrote Silver Streak and Harold and Maude, has blended Keystone Kops and Bullitt with Alfred Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much. The clever, if contrived, comedy thriller pits Goldie Hawn and Chevy Chase against terrorists plotting to kill the Pope. Somehow Dudley Moore is drawn into the adventure and steals the show.
Girlfriends. Melanie Mayron is natural and affecting as a young New York photographer struggling with professional insecurities and a disintegrating friendship. Full of wonderful touches and real people, this is Claudia Weil’s first feature. The script by Vicki Polon is a gem. With excellent, subtle performances by Anita Skinner, Eli Wallach, Bob Balaban, and Christopher Guest.
Go Tell the Spartans. The time is 1964, and America’s military involvement in Vietnam is strictly “advisory.” Burl Lancaster, commander of a jungle outpost, is ordered to send his raw troops on an ill-fated mission. The performances are fine, and Wendell Mayes’s straightforward script rings psychologically and historically true. However, looking at the drama with 15 years of hindsight, the question arises: Who do you root for? This is a war movie with no heroes. Ted Post shot this picture in Southern California, but managed to make it look convincingly like Southeast Asia. Impressive newcomers include Craig Wasson, Evan Kim, Jonathan Goldsmith, and Joe Ungar.
Grease. Alan Carr and Robert Stigwood bring the long-running Broadway musical to the screen with a marvelous cast and an uninspired director. Not even Randal Kleiser’s facility for placing the camera in exactly the wrong place can diminish John Travolta’s screen magnetism. He’s a sexy, vital Movie Star. And a great dancer. Travolta gets good support from Olivia Newton-John, Stockard Channing, and Jeff Conaway.
Heaven Can Wait. With this delightful remake of the 1941 classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Warren Beatty becomes Hollywood’s first quadruple threat since Charlie Chaplin. Beatty produced, co-wrote (with Elaine May), co-directed (with Buck Henry), and stars as a naive Los Angeles Rams quarterback prematurely summoned by the Man Upstairs. He returns to earth in a new body – a millionaire industrialist who is the object of a murder plot. Also stars Dyan Cannon, Charles Grodin, Julie Christie, and Jack Warden.
Hooper. Burt Reynolds, the 1970s Cary Grant, continues to hone his casual wise-guy screen persona. This lime he’s the world’s greatest stunt man in danger of losing his crown. Brian Keith once held the title, and Jan-Michael Vincent, finally in a role equal to his talents, is the heir apparent. There are lots of barroom fights, car crashes, and fancy stunt work plus a touching story about aging. Co-stars the wonderful Sally Field.
Interiors. Woody Allen has delivered on a long-standing promise: He’s written and directed a serious drama. The performances by E. G. Marshall, Maureen Stapleton, Marybeth Hurt, Kristin Griffith, Geraldine Page – and to a lesser extent, Diane Keaton and Richard Jordan – are marvels. So are Allen’s direction and Gordon Willis’s moody and artful photography. The story, however, about the psy-chological crises of a wealthy, cerebral New York family, is artificially claustrophobic – the kind of tale Allen likes to satirize. It’s bold and interesting, but too self-consciously profound.
Jaws 2. No, it’s not as scary as the original. Nonetheless, this sequel, which should have been titled “Beach Blanket Jaws,” has its thrills. Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw are unavailable, so Roy Scheider, still chief of police in the Cape Cod resort community, battles the maneater alone. This time you see more of the shark, and he likes to nibble on teenagers.
National Lampoon’s Animal House. John Belushi is a slob – a gross, belching, beer drinking animal named Bluto. He’s a fairly typical member of the Delta House fraternity. Co-produced by the chairman of the National Lampoon magazine, Matty Simmons, this comedy set at a college in 1962 will not win any awards for subtlety. But if you like your humor in broad strokes and aren’t easily offended, you’ll enjoy this one.
Piranha. In this low-budget ripoff of Jaws, everything is scaled down, including the fish – but what they lack in size, they make up in numbers and voracity. Since the filmmakers didn’t worry about a plot, why should you? Stars no one worth remembering.
Return from Witch Mountain. The folks at the Walt Disney studios seem to spend most of their time inventing plots calling for levitation. Two youngsters visiting from another planet do the trick in this sequel to Escape to Witch Mountain. Belle Davis and an evil scientist (Christopher Lee) greedily try to harness the young aliens’ power. Even in a mediocre Disney film like this one, Davis is fun to watch. The kids and their earthly pals are not.
Revenge of the Pink Panther. The anticipation of Peter Sellers’s Clouseau is better than the execution. In the fifth misadventure of everyone’s favorite bumbling private eye, chief inspector Jacques Clouseau has an international drug ring out to assassinate him. No one – not Sellers, not Burt Kwouk as Cato, not Herbert Lorn as the now blathering Dreyfus, not director Blake Edwards – appears to be trying very hard.
A Wedding. Robert Altman is an innovative director who takes a chance. Sometimes he fails. That’s what happened with this film. As the title says, it’s about a wedding – with about four dozen characters and as many subplots. Supposedly it’s a comedy, but Allman’s sense of humor is strictly sixth grade. Carol Burnett is the mother of the bride, Mia Farrow is the bride’s sister, Geraldine Chaplin is chief of protocol, Lillian Gish plays the groom’s mother, Vittorio Gassman is the groom’s father. And so on. The complications mount as the minutes pass – slowly.
Who’ll Stop the Rain? A dense, disturbing screen version of Robert Stone’s award-winning novel, Dog Soldiers, about three young Americans involved in a heroin deal. It’s the best film about the impact of the Vietnam experience to come out of Hollywood. Tuesday Weld, Michael Moriarity, and Nick Nolte are stunning under Karel Reisz’s moody direction. This is a difficult, complex film bound to haunt some and confuse others.
Architecture film series. Oct 3: “A Few Houses”; films include House by Charles and Ray Eames. Oct 10: “Film Animation and Computer Graphics in Architecture”; films include Megalopolis and A is for Architecture. Oct 12: “Conservation/Preservation”; films include The Fall of American Architecture and Chicago Architecture: Preservation or Destruction. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. (817) 738-1933.
Granada. Oct 1-2: Dersu Uzala and Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors. Oct 3: Ingmar Bergman’s The Hour of the Wolf. Oct 4-5: Stage-coach and Red River. Oct 6-7: The Ruling Class, Hardware Wars, and They Might Be Giants. Oct 8-9: It Happened One Night and Lost Horizen. Oct 10: Murmur of the Heart. Oct 11-12: Seven Samurai. Oct 13-14: Dallas premiere of The American Friend. Oct15-16: Dallas premiere of The Killing of a Chinese Bookie and A Woman Under the Influence. Oct 17: Siavisky. Oct 18-21: Dallas premiere of The Lacemaker. Oct 22-23: Iphigenia and The Trojan Women. Oct 25-26: Fantastic: Animation Festival and Fantastic Planet. 3524 Greenville. 823-9610.
History and Development of American Art. Tuesdays at 7. Oct10: Exploring the Wilderness – frontier artisis including George Catlin, Frederic Remington, Charlie Russell, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran. The Visionaries shows the works of Albert Pinkham Ryder, William Blakelock, William Rimmer, and George Inness. Oct 17: The Expatriates – Mary Cassatt, John S. Sargent, James M. Whistler, William Merritt Chase, and the American Impressionists. The Epic of the Common Man – features works of Winslow Homer and Thomas Eakins. Oct 24: The Columbian Exposition – the problem of urban planning on the eve of the 20th century. The Melting Pol – the urban environment and the works of “The Eight.” Oct 31: The Armory Show. America Achieves an Avani-Garde examines the attempt in the first quarter of this century to inaugurate a style of art “for the few by the few.” Amon Carter Museum theater. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.
Lakewood. Double features for a dollar. Call 821-5706 for listings.
UT/Dallas. Oct 4 at 7:30: The Invitation. Oct 6at 7 and 9:30: 2001: A Space Odyssey. Ocl 11at 7:30 and 9:30: 8 V:. Oct 13 at 7:30 and 9:15:And Now For Something Completely Different. Oct 18 at 6 and 7:45: Three Caballeros.Oct 20 at 7:30: Os Fuzis (The Guns). Oct 25 at7:30: Black God/ While Devil. Oct 27: Cocoa-nuts at 8:15; Horsefealhers at 7:30 & 10:30. SI;50￠ 17 & under, over 65. Founders NorthAuditorium, Floyd Rd and Lookout in Rich-ardson. 690-2945.
Commentary by John Brunch
A Chorus Line. Oct 3-22. This national touring company presentation is probably the best show the State Fair has had in years. It’s about New York show business, about dance, about success and failure. Much of the material was originally improvised, but the book is credited to James Kirkwood and Nicholas Dante and the music to Marvin Hamlisch. Tickets may be gone by now, but try anyway. $4-$12. 8:15 Tues-Sun, 2:30 Sat & Sun. State Fair Music Hall, Fair Park. 691-7200.
After Magritte. Oct 5-15. Tom Stoppard has taken a set of images from Magritte’s surrealist paintings and somehow constructed a play out of them; it is, of course, outrageously clever. $2.50. Thurs-Sat at 8:15. Manhattan Clearing House, 3420 Main. 651-1153.
Alice in Wonderland. Oct 6, 7, 13, 14. The kids may rather stay home and watch TV, but Lewis Carroll’s fantasy can still be appreciated by adults. $2 children, $3 adults. Fri at 7, Sat at 2. Casa Manana, 3101 W. Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817) 332-9319 or 332-7692.
The Belle of Amherst. Through Oct 7. Single-character plays usually make us wish for a little dialogue; Emily Dickinson, though, lived almost entirely through her writing, so she can reasonably occupy the stage by herself. Performing William Luce’s script will be Gloria Hocking, with direction by SMU’s Jack Clay. $4.50-6. Fri-Sat at 8:15, Sun at 2:30. New Arts Theatre Company, 2928 W. Northwest Hwy. 350-6979.
Blithe Spirit. Oct 13-15 at 7:30. Performed by the Celebration Players of Highland Park United Methodist Church. Free. 3300 Mockingbird, 521-3111.
Cabaret. From Oct 11. This stage version is a good deal different from the film (a little less harsh, for one thing); some of the Kander and Ebb songs that didn’t make it into the movie definitely deserve to be heard again. $4.50-6. Wed-Sat at 8. New Arts Theatre Company, 2928 Northwest Hwy. 350-6979.
Company. Oct 26-Nov 12. Stephen Son-dheim, it’s said, is the thinking man’s musical writer; his score for Company (to a book by George Furth) is bright and sophisticated, if somewhat dispassionate. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $4, $3.50 for students and over 65. Theatre Onstage, 2120 McKinney. 651-9766.
The Fantasticks. Oct 26-29 at 8. El Centro College, Main and Lamar. 746-2152. A City-fest event.
Godspell. Oct 5-7. This Stephen Schwartz musical is so melodious and playful that, despite its familiarity, theaters can’t resist staging it and audiences still love it – even John Simon liked it. $2.50 adults, $1.50 students and children. 8:15, Union Building, North Texas State University. (817) 788-2428.
The Government Inspector. Oct 19-29. Nikolai Gogol’s satire about a scoundrel who’s taken for an important person; staged by Mesrop Kesdekian, arguably the best director in town. Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 2:15. Bob Hope Theatre, SMU. 692-2573.
The Lake Worth Monster. Through Oct 21. Another campy musical odyssey by Johnny Simons and Douglas Balentine; as always, nothing about it can be vouched for in advance but its unpredictability. $3. Thurs-Sat at 9. Hip Pocket Theatre, in the Grissom & Friends Craft Compound at 9524 Highway 80 West, Fort Worth. (817) 244-9994 or 244-9869.
The Madwoman of Chaillot. Oct 25-28. As a work of social criticism, Jean Giraudoux’s play is a bit simplistic, but as a collection of colorful characters it’s delightful. $2.50, $1.50 students and children. 8:15, Speech and Drama Building, Mulberry at Ave A, North Texas State University. (817) 788-2428.
Miss Margarida’s Way. Oct 19-28. Roberto Athayde’s play is about a schoolteacher tyrannizing her class (with the audience as her pupils); it’s also something of an allegory about dictatorship. $2.50. Thurs-Sat at 8:15. Manhattan Clearing House, 3420 Main. 651-1153.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Oct 10-Nov 18. Poor Shakespeare! The rock musicians won’t leave him alone. Still, no one can argue with success; this version has played off and on since 1973, and has now been given some new songs. Tues-Fri at 8, Sat at 8:30; matinees Wed at 1:30, Sat at 5. Tues-Thurs and matinees, $6.25, Fri-Sat $7.50. Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. 526-2610.
Pippin. Through Oct 15. While Charlemagne’s son tries to find himself, everyone else involved has a great deal of fun, including Pippin’s grandmother, who sings a genuine show-stopper. Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. $4.75, $3.75 for students and over 65. Thurs-Sat at 8:15, Sun at 3. Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark Hall. 369-8966.
The Rocky Horror Show. Through Oct I or later. Extravagant, decadent take-off of old movies; if it’s like the film, half the fun will be watching the audience. Details uncertain at press time. Dallas Convention Center Theater, 658-7063.
The Shadow Box. Oct 3-Nov 11. Going against some current trends, Michael Cristo-fer’s play about death and dying avoids speculation about what comes after and examines the more immediate problems of how people deal with what comes just before: hope, fear, and the rest. (For more information see page 30. Tues-Thurs at 8, Sun at 2:30 & 7; $5.50. Fri, Sat at 8:30; $6.50. Theatre Three, in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-5193.
Uncle Vanya. Oct 6-8 and 13-15. The least familiar of Chekhov’s four great plays, it’s nonetheless a richly satisfying piece of theater, as a brief production at SMU last year proved. 8 pm, University Theater, University of Texas at Dallas. 690-2982.
Atlanta Rhythm Section. Oct 21 at 8. $6. Texas Hall, University of Texas at Arlington. 273-2766.
Chamber Music Concert. Oct I. Woodwind quartet with wine and picnic. Noon. Old City Park. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Victoria de los Angeles, Oct 19 at 8:15. Spanish soprano, in her second U.S. tour. $2.50-10. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 369-2210.
Dallas Frohsinn Singing Society. 35-man choir performing ethnic folk music. The group was originally formed by German and Austrian immigrants and members of the old Swiss Singing Society. Oct 7: Appearing at the Pioneer Ball at the Marriott Hotel. Oct 8: State Fair German Day activities. The choir will appear in Bavarian dress. Oct 27: Guest choir at the folk musicfest sponsored by European Crossroads. 239-0561.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Brahms Festival. While the State Fair and Civic Opera occupy the Music Hall, the DSO continues its fall season outside Fair Park with three very promising Brahms concerts, conducted by the guest conductor Kurt Masur. Oct 4: Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3. Oct 6: Symphony No. 4 and Piano Concerto No. 2. Oct 8: Symphony No. 2 and Piano Concerto No. 1. Mischa Dichter, guest pianist. All concerts at 8:15. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Box office at Titche’s. 692-0203.
DSO Chamber Music Series. Oct 14 and 28 at 8:30: Solo artists of the DSO performing Chamber Repertory. $5 – complete series $20. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 826-7000.
David Burge. Oct 27 at 8:15. Piano recital. $2.50, $1 students. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 692-3342.
Fort Worth Symphony Pops Series. Oct 28 at 8: Baritone William Walker. $4-10 at Symphony office. Family Series. Oct I at 3: Bob McGrath of Sesame Street, appearing with his children. $2-5. Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre. (817) 921-2676.
Hale & Wilder. Oct 15 at 7. A duet of New York Cily Opera singers in concert. Free. Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd. 526-7457.
Halftime on the Plaza. Oct 27 at noon. The North Texas State Marching Band. Dallas City Hall Plaza. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Highland Park United Methodist Church. Oct 17 at 8: Slide show, “Sights and Sounds of Notre Dame.” Oct 18 at 8:15: Wolfgang Hof-man in organ recital. Oct 22 at 9:30 at 11 am: Handel’s Dettingen Te Deum. All events free. 3300 Mockingbird, 521-3111.
Jazz on the Plaza. Oct 20 at noon. North Texas Lab Band at the City Hall Plaza. Free. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Lainie Kazan. Oct 14 at 8. Reserved seats $6.50-8.50 at Amusement Tickets, Preston Tickets, and Sanger Harris Ticket Service. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU.
Main Place Jazz. Sponsored by the Music Performance Trust Fund. Oct 3: Steve Bayless Orchestra. Oct 4: Harvey Anderson Orchestra. Oct 5: Tommy Loy Upper Dallas Jazz Band. Oct 6: Roger Boykin Group. Noon-1 pm, Equitable Life Assurance and First City Bank, One Main Place. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Marie-Claire Alain. Oct 23 at 2. Master class in organ, $7.50. University Park Methodist Church, 4024 Caruth. Sponsored by SMU music department. 692-3342.
Marine Drum and Bugle Corps. Oct II at noon. Thanks-Giving Square. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Musica Dominica Recital Series. Oct 8 at 4. Lady Susi Jeanes in an organ recital. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, W 10th & Llewellyn. 941-0339.
North Texas State University. Oct 7 at 8:15: Gus Giordano Jazz Dance Chicago, University Theater of NTSU Speech and Drama Bldg, Mulberry at Ave A. $3, $1.50 students & children. Oct 4-5 at 8:15: NTSU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Anshel Brusilow, featuring Dr. Martin Mailman’s Symphony No. 1. Music Recital Hall, Music Bldg, Ave C. Free. Oct 13 at 8:15: A Cappella Choir concert. Music Recital Hall. Free. Oct 19 at 8:15: Symphonic Wind Ensemble, conducted by Dr. Robert Winslow. Music Recital Hall. Free. Oct 25 at 8:15: Esther Hinds, soprano. Main Auditorium, Hickory Street, Den-ton. $3, $1.50 students and children. (817)788-2611 or 788-2244.
Ruth Slenczynska. Oct 20 at 8:15: Piano recital. $5, $1 students. Caruth Auditorium, Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU. 692-2643 or 239-5596.
Maria Spacagna. Oct 5 at noon. Affiliate Artist with the Dallas Civic Opera. Performance Hall, El Centro College, Main and Lamar. A Cityfest event. 746-2152.
SMU Fall Festival: Music of the Twenties. Three October concerts feature music from the third decades of the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. Oct 9 at 8:15: James Rives Jones conducts the Dallas Civic Symphony in Mendelssohn’s Overture to Midsummer Night’s Dream, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella, and works by Weber and Berg. Tickets $3.50, $1.50 students. Oct 13 at 8:15: Violinist Ronald Neal playing Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor and Mendelssohn’s Octet in E-flat for Strings. Oct 20 at 8:15: James Rives Jones conducts SMU Chamber Orchestra in works by Schubert, Stravinsky, Varèse, and Webern. $2.50, $1 students. All concerts in Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 692-3342. Texas Music Festival. Sundays at 2:30. Beginning Oct 15, the Amon Carter Museum will present a series devoted to ethnic music, featuring Chicano, Cajun, Czech, German, Black and Anglo. $3.50. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.
Turibio Santos. Oct 18 at 8. Classical guitarist. El Centro Performance Hall. A Cityfest event. 746-2152.
Voices of Change – Brazil! October 16 at 8:15. Brazilian music and dance presented in cooperation with the Neiman-Marcus Fortnight, featuring Marios Nobre’s “Urkin Makrinkrin,” which combines modern interpretations of native dance rhythms and texts choreographed by the Dance Ensemble of Dallas, Villa-Lobos’s “Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5,” for 8 cellos and soprano, plus works by contemporary Brazilian composers. $3.50, $1 students. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 692-3342.
Contemporary Dance Theatre. Oct 15 at 2. The company’s Fort Worth debut, in the Solarium of the Fort Worth Art Museum. 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. 691-0826
Southwest Ballet Gala ’78. Oct 15 at 2:30. Third annual regional ballet festival hosted by the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet and featuring the Delta Ballet of New Orleans, the Fort Worth Ballet Association, and the Greater Houston Ballet. Also, Australian dancer Dani-lo Radojevic in the gold medal winning “Super boy” solo. $3.50-6, $15 patrons. Preston Tickets, DSO box office, Titche’s NorthPark, and Sears Valley View. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 692-0203.
Andrew’s – One of Dallas’s belter bars, impeccably crafted with paneled walls, hardwood floors, and antique furniture. Best features are the outdoor courtyard and the bargain drinks, its worst the occasional folk music. Happy Hour, daily until 7. Mon-Fri, 11-2; Sat and Sun, noon-2. AE, MC, V. 3301 McKinney. 526-9501.
Bagatelle – One of the best places for jazz listening, it’s also a comfortable, dimly-lighted bar with low couches and music that doesn’t prevent conversation. Thurs-Sat, Paul Guerrero’s jazz combo; Sun and Mon, vocalist Nancy Paris and guitarist Chris DeRose; Tues and Wed, vocalist Jeanne Maxwell and pianist Charles Prawdzick. Entertainment Thurs, 9-1; Fri and Sat, 9-1:30; Sun and Mon, 8:30-11:30; Tues and Wed, 8:30-12:30. Bar hours: Thurs, noon-l; Fri and Sat, noon-2; Sun-Wed, noon-12. All credit cards. Reservations Fri and Sal. 4925 Greenville. 692-8224.
Chelsea Corner – A lit tle over-ferned and antiqued, but well-designed enough to permit you to find a quiet corner and escape from both the collegiate clientele and the folk singers, if you wish. Excellent drinks – they serve Johnny Walker Red off the bar, and Happy Hour lasts from 11:30-8 every day. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2; Sat, 12-2; Sun, 1-2. AE, MC, V. 4830 McKinney. 526-9327.
Faces – Dallas’s showcase club for “progressive country,” the “Austin sound,” or whatever you want to call it. Lots of Austin-based regulars mixed with an occasional national name that’s not in the country mold (like Elvis Costello), some rock, and a few blues and jazz performers. A beer-drinking, good-time crowd in a mock-rustic, nouveau honky-tonk setting. Oct 10-14: Lotion. Oct 17-21: Bees Knees. Oct 24-28: Cobras. Nov 1-4: Balcones Fault. Cover varies, about $I-$3.50. Dancing. Daily, 8-2. No credit cards. 4001 Cedar Springs. 522-7430.
Granny’s Dinner Playhouse – Dinner shows nightly; late shows Fri and Sat; Sun cocktail matinee. Opening Oct 10: “Bottoms Up ’79,” Breck Wall’s musical comedy revue. Dinner shows: Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun, $12:50; Fri and Sat, $13.50. Late shows Fri and Sal, $7.50; Sunday cocktail matinee, $7.50. AE, MC, V. 12205 Coit. 239-0153.
Greenville Avenue Bar and Grill – Billed as Dallas’s oldest bar, brought back to life as a neighborhood gathering spot for Lakewood/ East Dallas. A comfortable place to drink, talk, and munch burgers. A juke box bar except on Thursdays and Sundays, when Hal Baker and the Gloom Chasers play Dixieland jazz from 9 to midnight. Mon-Sun, 11-2. No credit cards. 2821 Greenville. 823-6691.
Ichabod’s – The best of the Greenville Avenue bar/disco/restaurants, a long, elliptical place with tiered seating all around. Good drinks and service; always crowded; marred only by a DJ who insists on playing un-danceable acid rock. Daily, 5-2. All credit cards. Old Town in the Village. 691-2646.
J. Alfred’s – A good spot for an afternoon beer, but the mixed drinks are mediocre. Usually no place to sit during Happy Hour, when it’s packed with surly-looking regulars. No credit cards. Mon-Sat, 11-2; Sun, 12-2. 4217 Oak Lawn. 521-3741.
Jason’s – The decor is obnoxiously funky-chic and the service cavalier, but the diverse and excellent entertainment – usually jazz – more than compensates. Alternate weekends: James Marsh and His Executive Group, a jazz-blues quintet, and High Rise, a 6-piece jazz orchestra. Alternate Wed: Jazz by the Robert Sanders Quartet and Schwantz LeFantz. Every Thurs: Just Us, jazz quintet. Mon, 11-1, Tues-Sat, 11-2; Sun. 5-1. AE, MC, V. 2916 N Hall. 528-0100.
Joe Miller’s – The media people bar, and probably not much fun for non-regulars. The smallness and plainness of the bar are offset by Miller’s personality as well as by his two-ounce, well-iced drinks. Mon-Fri, noon-2 am. AE, MC, V. 3531 McKinney. 521-2261.
Longhom Ballroom – Usually books big-name C&W acts. Oct 27: Gary Stewart, 9-2. Wed-Thurs, 7-1; Fri, Sat, and Sun, 7-2. Dancing. Cover varies. All credit cards. Reservations. 216 Corinth. 428-3128.
Old Plantation – A predominantly gay disco, but also a place where straights can mingle unhassled. The sound system is incredible; the music, non-stop mainline disco. No credit cards. $2 cover Fri and Sat, $1 Sun-Thurs. Sun-Thurs, 8-2; Fri and Sat, 8-4. 1807 N Harwood. 651-1988.
Overtake Bellringer – The best straight disco in town, usually jammed with serious dancers and hustlers in their late 20s and early 30s. The help is a little surly, liable to make up dress restrictions on the spot when the place is too crowded; there’s usually not much seating, so go only if you just want to boogie. The Beg-ger, across the street, attracts Saturday Night Fever types, but it’s often less crowded. Daily, 11-2. AE, MC, V. 9525 Overlake. 350-5541.
Papillon – An over-rated restaurant with an under-rated bar, an attractive place raised slightly above the dance floor. Big enough to let you ignore the Beautiful People if you wish; usually quiet; with touch-dancing music late in the evening. Mon-Fri, 11:30-2; Sat and Sun, 6-2. All credit cards. 7940 N Central. 691-7455.
Railhead – Tommy Loy’s Upper Dallas Jazz Band makes this plush and pleasant bar the place to hear jazz on Sunday and Monday nights. Loy fronts a quartet playing jazz standards on Mondays, and a full, six-piece band playing Dixieland on Sundays. Through Oct 28: The Kenny Davis Road Show, comedy and music. Tues-Sat, 5-1:30; Sun and Mon, 5-about 12. AE, MC, V. 6919 Twin Hills. 369-8700.
Recovery Room – Tucked away in a seedy shopping center, this club makes up for its lack of atmosphere with the jazz of Marchel Ivery and Robert Sanders. A place for serious listening and technique-observing by both would-be and accomplished musicians. The likes of Buddy Rich and Woody Herman’s band have been known to drop in when in town. 4036 Cedar Springs. 526-1601.
San Francisco Rose – A bright, laid-back place, adorned with a lot of greenery, a few couches, and wingback chairs. Salads, sandwiches, and soups are all pretty ordinary, but as a bar, it’s an appealing place, particularly on a dreary day. Mon-Sat, 11:30-2; Sun, noon-2. AE, MC, V. 3024 Greenville. 826-2020.
Stoneleigh P. – A made-over drugstore with terrific burgers, featuring dark rye buns and provolone. There’s a jukebox with everything from classical to country, and a browsing-encouraged magazine rack. Mon-Thurs 11:15 am-midnight, Fri and Sat till 1 am, Sun 12-12. 2926 Maple. 741-0824.
Strictly Ta-Bu – The 40’s are alive and well in this neighborhood bar and restaurant, from the pink flamingo mural to Benny Goodman on the tape system. A comfortable, dimly-lighted club with separate dining and listening areas, it attracts an eclectic clientele of all garbs and predilections to hear mainstream jazz standards. Fri, Sat at 9:30 pm: Rich Mat-teson & Jack Peterson band. Tues-Thurs at 9:30: Ed Hagan & Friends. No cover. MC, V. Mon-Thurs, 5-1; Fri, 5-2; Sat, Sun, 6-2. 4111 Lomo Alto. 526-9325.
Texas Tea House – A get-down country place, with dancing in the beer garden outside. Cover varies. They serve only Longnecks, Spanada, and Old Milwaukee on tap. No credit cards. Tues-Sat, 8-2. 3042 Kings Rd. 526-9171.
Top Of the Dome – The only bar in town with several different views of the Dallas skyline. Daily, 11-2. All credit cards. $1.50 for the trip up. Reunion tower, 301 Reunion. 651-1234.
Venetian Room – A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts those couples who appreciate the semi-formal dress requirements and who like to foxtrot to an orchestra before the show. The cover is usually $10 and up a head, and worth it only when you know the performer gives a dynamite show. The service reminds one of Bren-nan’s – friendly and attentive at its best, lackadaisical and downright surly at its worst. Oct 2-14: Robert Goulet. Oct16-28: The Mills Brothers. 2 shows nightly except Sunday; $6-18. AE, DC, MC, V. Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454.
Whiskey River – Decorated in rustic Western style and resembling a corral, it usually features – what else? – progressive country acts. Cover varies. Daily, 8 pm-2. AE, MC, V. 5421 Greenville. 369-9221.
All Faculty Art Show. Oct 6-20. Showing of works by art faculty members. Noon-5. The Gallery of the North Texas State University Art Building. (817) 788-2163.
Amon Carter Museum. Through Oct 22. “200 Years of American Architectural Drawing.” Traces the entire history of American architectural drawing from Thomas Jefferson to Frank Lloyd Wright and contemporary drawings. Through Nov 12: “Bou Jou Neejee! Profiles of Canadian Indian Art.”From the National Museum of Man in Ottawa, Canada. Traces the history of the Canadian Indian tribes through authentic art and artifacts. Opening Oct 27: “Photography and the West.” Photographs chronicling (he development of photography in the west in the latter half of the 19th century. Through Oct: Photographs by Caroline Vaughan. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1:30-5. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817)738-1933.
Remember Downtown. Oct 3-31. A photographic exhibit providing glimpses of down-town Dallas from 1920-1950, from the Johnny Hayes and Frank Rogers photograph collections of the Dallas Public Library. First floor showcase, Dallas Public Library. 1954 Commerce. 748-9071.
Artists’ Show. Oct 4-25. Sponsored by Artists Equity Dallas; at James K. Wilson, 3rd floor, 4-6 pm. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Dallas Arts Alive. Oct 28-29, 11 am-7 pm. Juried art show and sale. Artists from the southwest will sell their works. Entertainment and street vendors. Opposite One Main Place on the parking lot. Sponsored by Junior Chamber of Commerce. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Through Oct 29: “Five Centuries of Tapestry.” Selections from the San Francisco collection of tapestries, woven in France and Southern Netherlands from the 15th century to 1943. Oct 25-Nov 26: “Southwestern Print, Drawing and Photography Exhibition.” Juried exhibition of works on paper by Texas artists. Oct 25-Nov 26: “Bridget Riley Exhibition.” One hundred-twenty works from 1959 through the 70s. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Fair Park, 421-4187.
Fort Worth Art Museum. Through Oct 15: 20th century prints in the permanent collection. Oct 5 at 2: Choreographers’ Afternoon featuring the Contemporary Dance Theatre, Dallas. Members 25c, non-members 75￠. Oct 21 at 7:30. 1978 Gala Auction Benefit. 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 738-9215.
Kimbell Art Museum. Through Oct. Permanent collection, ranging from pre-history to Picasso, is currently on view. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Will Rogers Rd West, Fort Worth, (817)332-8451.
Adelle M. Fine Art. Oct 2-31. Figurative bronze sculpture by Carol Miller and Marilyn Tamkin. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appt. 3317 Mc-Kinney. 526-0800.
Afterimage. Oct. 3-Nov II. Peter Feresten, photographs. See page 30 for more information. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-2521.
Allen Street Gallery. Oct 6-29. The final show in the series “Photography in Dallas, 1978,” “Photography as Art.” Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5. 2817 Allen Street. 742-5207.
Atelier Chapman Kelley. Through Oct. Watercolors by Chapman Kelley depicting his wildflower-planting project on the DFW Airport median strip. Kelley plans to plant 130 million seeds this fall; when they flower, they will form colorful patterns when seen from the air. Also works by Leon Berkowitz, Noel Mahaffey, John Cunningham, Patti Beck, Italo Scanga, and Frank Jones. Mon-Sat 10:30-5, Sun 1-5. 2526 Fairmount. 747-9971.
Contemporary Gallery. Through Oct. New graphics by Frank Stella. Mon-Sat 10:30-5, by appt. 10808 Snow White Drive. 352-7432.
Cushing Galleries, Inc. Through Oct 13, works by Ann Cushing Gantz. Oct 14-Nov 4, works by Gerson Leiber. Mon-Sat 10:30-4:30, Sun by appt. 2723 Fairmount. 747-0497.
Delahunty Gallery. Oct 20 through Nov. Recent works by William Wiley. Tues-Sat 11-5. 2611 Cedar Springs. 744-1346.
DW Co-Op Gallery. Through Oct 5. Group show by gallery members and consignment artists. Oct 8-Nov 2: Recent works on paper by Molly Terrill. Tues-Sat 11-5. 3305 McKinney at Hall. 526-3240.
500 Exposition Gallery. Oct 14-Nov 12. Featuring works from Richard Childers’ new Eastaboga series. Upstairs, the gallery artists will open a new group show. Tues-Sat 10-4, Sun 1-5. 500 Exposition Ave. 828-1111.
Florence Art Gallery. Through Oct 25. Philippe Noyer and his son Denis Paul Noyer in a combined exhibition of sculptures and paintings. Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat & Sun by appt. 2500 Cedar Springs, 748-6463.
The Frontroom Craft Gallery. Through Oct. Works by Curtis Scott, raku potter, and Jean Harrell, weaver. Mon-Sat 10-5. 6617 Snider Plaza – The Craft Compound. 369-8338. Gallery 13. Oct 2-Nov 10. Large-scale paintings on paper and drawings by Jill Glover. Mon-Fri 8-5. Channel 13, 3000 Harry Hines. 744-1300.
Oura Art Gallery. Through Oil. Paintings by Jennie Haddad, sculpture by David McCul-lough, and paper casts by Michael Tichansky. 839 1/2 Exposition. 823-6287.
Phillips Galleries. Through Oct, marine paintings by Bruce Elliott Roberts. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2517 Fairmount, 748-7888.
Quadrangle Galleries. Oct 19-Nov II. Wa-tercolors by Henry Gasser. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 2800 Routh, No. 136. 748-9488.
2719 Gallery. Oct I5-Nov 4. Fluorographic paintings by Michael Pilie of Houston and mixed media paintings and drawings by Joseph S. Linz of Dallas. Tues-Sat 11-5, Sun 2-5. 2719 Routh. 748-2094.
Stewart. Through Oct. Watercolors by Dick Phillipps of Scottsdale, Arizona. Tues-Sat 10-5. 12610 Coit. 661-0213.
Texas Art Gallery. Oct 1-30. Works by James Boren, 1976 “Artist of the Year” for the state of Texas, his daughter Nancy Boren, and Martin Grelee. Mon-Fri 8:30-5, weekends by appt. 1400 Main. 747-8158.
Age of Steam. Several retired trains and a Dallas streetcar are parked on a siding at Fair Park for a walk-through trip into a sadly departed era of transportation. $1. Tours offered Sun only, 11-5. Fair Park. 823-9931.
Fair Park Aquarium. This Fair Park institution is showing its age badly, but the kids will probably be captivated by the variety of underwater creatures on show. Free. Mon-Sat 8-5; Sun, holidays 1-5. Fair Park. 428-3587.
Forest Park Aquarium. Daily 9-5. Forest Park, Fort Worth. (817) 870-7050.
Forest Park Zoo. One of the largest in the Southwest. Daily 9-5. Forest Park, Fort Worth. (817)923-4637.
Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. Daily 8 am-11 pm. Japanese Gardens, Tues-Fri 10-4, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5; last ticket sold an hout before closing. $1 over 12. 3320 Botanic Garden Dr, Fort Worth. (817) 870-7686.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Planetarium, live animal room, and halls dedicated to geology, paleontology, and Texas history. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5. Free except planetarium: adults $1.50, 75￠ under 12. No one under 6 admitted. 1501 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817)732-1631.
Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge. 3,300 acres, great place for families. Free tours. Mon-Fri 8-5; Sat, Sun 9-5. Lake Worth. (817)237-1111.
Garden Center. The attractive solarium is one of Dallas’s most interesting places for a retreat on either a very hot or very cold day, when you can think green thoughts in the green shade of tropical flora. The outdoor garden paths change with the seasons, of course. Free. Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat, Sun 2-5. Fair Park. 428-7476.
Health and Science Museum. Through nov 1; Energy Perspective. Federal exhibit from Dept. of Energy. In the Planetarium: “Texas Skies.” Shows at 3 Mon-Fri, 2:30 & 3:30 Sat & Sun. Planetarium, $1 adults, 75￠ children. Museum admission free. Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5. Fair Park. 428-8351.
Marsalis Park Zoo. Literally for the birds. Although the mammals are the usual restless zoo creatures in cages that seem too small for them, the bird collection is one of the country’s best and certainly the most colorful attraction at this pleasantly laid-out zoo. The reptile house is not for people who get squeamish at the sight of a garter snake, but it’s one of the most interesting sections of the zoo. 75￠; children under 12 free if accompanied by adult. 9-6 daily. 621 E Clarendon. 946-5154.
Museum of Natural History. Although the displays are unimaginative for the most part, and the dioramas of animals of this region are in need of refurbishing, the fossilized remains of prehistoric creatures continue to awe the crowds. Free. Mon-Sat 8-5; Sun, holidays 12-6. Fair Park. 421-2169.
Suiting Everyone – The Democratization of Clothing in America. Through Oct 14. A traveling exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution showing how the availability of clothing “for all the people” has affected social relationships. North Texas State Historical Collection, Avenue A at Mulberry St, Demon. (817) 788-2583; Dallas phone 267-0651.
Texas Hall of State. Through Oct 30: “Turquoise & Tobacco: The Santa Fe Trade.” A traveling exhibit provided by the State Museum of New Mexico, including objects and documents from the lucrative Santa Fe-St. Louis trade, some of which passed through Texas. Through Nov 1: “Crying for a Vision: A Rosebud Sioux Trilogy.” A traveling exhibit sponsored by the Mid-America Arts Council, including three sets of photographs, taken in the 1890’s, 1920’s, and 1970’s on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5. Hall of State, Fair Park. 421-5136.
Book Collection and Care. Oct 3-Nov 8. Taught by Marvin Stone, librarian for special collections at the Dallas Public Library. Registration closes Oct 20. Mon & Wed, noon-l:15. $5. Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ext 355.
The Community Course. Oct-Mar. Concert-lecture-drama series of six programs, sponsored by SMU and Temple Emanu-EI. Oct 12: The Hon. Winston Churchill, M.P. “The Soviets’ Master Plan for Africa.” Oct 24: Norma French of the New York City Opera. Season ticket $17.50 -admission by season ticket only; no tickets sold to single events. 8:15 in McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Write to The Community Course, Box 383, SMU, Dallas, TX 75275, or call 692-2261 or 692-2262.
Fundraising – Dallas. Oct 27. A seminar conducted by Mrs. Theodore H. Strauss and Mrs. Charles Sharp, sponsored by the Young Lawyers’ Wives’ Club. Gourmet lunch and fashion show. $15, patron tickets $25. The Great Hall of The Church of The Incarnation, 3966 McKinney. 341-1736 or 341-1870.
Pompeii Series. Oct 11-Nov 28. University of Dallas presents two lecture series in anticipation of the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts exhibit “Pompeii AD 79.” Oct 11-Nov 1 at 11: Daytime series, including lectures on the music, art, and religion of the ancient city. $10, $20 with lunch. Gorman Lecture Center. Nov 7-28, 7:30-9: Evening series, including lectures on the excavation of the city, influence of the Roman art on Western art, the theater, and the Salyricon of Petronius, often called the first novel. $10. Lynch Auditorium. University of Dallas, Irving. 438-1123, ext. 223.
Using Government Documents. Oct 3-19. How to locate and use United States and Texas government publications, maps, and consumer information. Registration closes Sept 29. Tues & Thurs, 3:30-4:30. $7.50. Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ext 232.
Dr. Ted Brasser. Oct 5 at 7:30. In conjunction with the exhibit “Bo’ Jou Neejee!” at the Amon Carter Museum. Dr. Brasser is the plains ethnologist for the National Museum of Man, Ottawa, Canada, and author of the exhibition catalogue. Free, but call for reservations. Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.
Bert Lance. Oct 17 at 8. Mr. Lance will discuss “Mr. Carter and Friends.” $4. Texas Hall, University of Texas at Arlington. 273-2963.
Stan Waterman. Oct 7 at 8. Lecture on underwater photography by the photographer of The Deep. Student Center Ballroom, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. (817) 921-7926.
Appraisal Day. Oct 29, 12-6. Professionals will appraise jewelry, art, antiques, silver, china, orientals, guns, etc. $5 per item, regardless of value. Sponsored by The Arts Organization to benefit the visual and performing arts. William E. Scott Theater, Fort Worth. (817) 336-2491.
Benefit Fashion Sale. Oct 6, 7. Features couturier and budget clothing, furs and jewelry, hats, shoes, accessories for the home, gifts, greenhouse, and much more. Sponsored by Les Femmes du Monde, committee of the Dallas Council on World Affairs. Market Hall, 2200 Stemmons Fwy. 521-2171.
Brandeis Used Book Sale. Oct 23-28. 9:30-9. Art, music, cookbooks, fiction, college reference, children’s books. Sponsored by Dallas Chapter, Brandeis University Women’s Committee. In the tent on the parking lot at Valley View Center, Preston at LBJ.
Brasil Fortnight. Oct 16-28. This year’s Neiman-Marcus Fortnight features merchandise from Brazil. The Brazilian Ambassador to the United States, Sergio Mendez, and Pelé will be there. Neiman-Marcus, Downtown. 741-6911.
Fall Rose Show. Oct 7, 1-8:30. Most varieties of roses, including miniatures. Sponsored by the Dallas Rose Society. Valley View Shopping Center.
Gala Auction Benefit. Oct 21. Auction to raise funds for the Fort Worth Art Museum. Cocktails and buffet at 7:30, auction at 8:30. Items to be auctioned will be on display at the museum Oct 20, 3:30-5:30. Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 738-9215.
Oktoberfest ’78. Oct 7-8. Games, art, live entertainment, polka contest, a silent auction, disco dancing by national disco champion Bruce Rackler; contests for polka and costumes, longest mustache, and biggest beer belly. German food, pastries and coffee, variety of wines, and 2000 lbs. of aged cheddar cheese. $1, children under 7 free. Sponsored by the Fort Worth Symphony League, to underwrite student concerts by the Symphony. Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth. (817) 921-2676.
Sale Street Fair. Oct 21-22. Antiques, arts and crafts, music and drama, food. There will be a Brazilian theme – the fair is being held in conjunction with the Neiman-Marcus Fortnight. Proceeds will be donated to the Creative Learning Center. $1. 10 am-6 pm. Between Cedar Springs and Gillespie. 528-3140.
Texas’ Largest Wine Tasting. Oct 27 at 5. Sponsored by Channel 13 and the California Wine Institute, Union Terminal Paradise Restaurant – Union Station. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Texas-Oklahoma Parade. Oct 7 at 11. Pre-game parade downtown. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Vineyard Urban Tour Festival. Sept 30. A wine-tasting party in the Quadrangle Courtyard. 7 pm-1 am. A Cityfest event. 638-7723.
Walter-Delipsey Antique Seminar. Oct 5. Harry DeLipsey will lecture on English and American antiques from the Elizabethan period to art deco. 9:30-1; coffee & donuts served 11-11:30. $6. Mail ticket requests to Walter-DeLipsey Seminar, 9006 Fair Glen Drive, Dallas, Texas 75231. (Tickets held at door.) 358-3742.
Witchee Whoopee. Oct 21 at 8. Annual dance sponsored by the Wadley Guild to raise money for cancer research. $60 per couple. 233-0437.
Audubon Sanctuary, Mountain Creek Lake. A local favorite of herpetologists, fossil hunters, bird watchers, and botanists. On the south end of Mountain Creek Lake.
Bachman Lake Park. Woodland and grassland area with many bird species. Bounded by Lemmon, Cochran Chapel, and Northwest Highway.
Dallas County Historical Plaza. A landscaped, open city block, the focal point of which is the John Neely Bryan house, built in 1841, the first in Dallas. Main, Market, and Elm.
Farmer’s Market. The municipal market, selling Texas-grown and some out-of-state produce. On Sunday mornings, everybody in town seems to be here; the only drawbacks are the scanty parking and people who insist on driving into the barns; just ignore the carbon monoxide fumes and concentrate on the plentiful pickings, usually available at considerable savings. Daily 7 am-8 pm. 1010 S Pearl. 748-2082 or 670-4433.
Greenhills. An 800-acre nature preserve offering tours of the nature trails, experimental stations in the morning and swimming after lunch (bring your own). Owned by Fox & Jacobs. On Danieldale near Cedar Hill. Call ahead. 295-1955.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Plaza. A sacred place with a simple cenotaph surrounded by open green space. Designed by Philip Johnson, architect of the Fort Worth Water Gardens and Dallas’s Thanks-Giving Square. Commerce, Market, and Main. Kiest Park. Area abounding with fossils and a wide variety of wildlife. Kiest and South Hampton.
L. B. Houston Park and Nature Area. Inhabited by beavers, opossum, gray foxes, and other wildlife. On Tom Braniff off Route 144 near Texas Stadium.
Old City Park. Restored 19th-century buildings, including a mansion, museum, church, and store. Lunch is available Tues-Fri, 11:30-1:30. Open Tues-Fri, 10-4; Sat and Sun, 1:30-4:30. Adults $1; under 12 and over 65, 50￠. 1717 Gano. 421-5141.
Reunion Tower. Dallas’s newest landmark provides a spectacular view of the city from the revolving observation deck. Open from 11 to 2 am daily; the elevator ride costs $1.50. Reunion Plaza.
Samuell East Park. Virgin prairie land populated by a large variety of prairie birds; it also contains a farm museum. 1-20 south to Belt Line, 1/2 mile north on the service road.
Six Flags Over Texas. Entertainment park with rides and attractions, including a double-loop roller coaster. In October, open Sat 10-mid, Sun 10-8. One-price admission $8.50 per person, children under 3 free. Parking $1. 31/2 miles NE of SR 360, just south of I 30. 461-1200.
Swiss Avenue. Dallas’s first historic district, a tree-lined boulevard of residences built in the early to mid- 1900s, representing 16 architectural styles, including Prairie Style, Italian Renaissance, and Georgian Revival.
Thanks-Giving Square. A purposely sacred space in the middle of downtown, framed by three brass bells at one entrance and a spiral-ing chapel at another. Its genius loci derives from architect Philip Johnson’s sensitivity to the sights and sounds of water, from the quiet trickle of the reflecting pools to the roar of the “Great Fountain.” Mon-Fri, 10-5; Sat, Sun, and holidays, 1-5. Bryan, Ervay, and Akard.
Cricket – Dallas County Cricket Club. Every Sunday beginning at 2 at the Cedar Pub, 5738 Cedar Springs, 351-9388.
Football – Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium. $6, $10. 369-3211.
Oct 8 vs. New York Giants, 1 pm
Oct 22 vs. Philadelphia Eagles, 1 pm
Oct 26 vs. Minnesota Vikings, 7:30 pm
Football – SMU Mustangs. Cotton Bowl, 7:30 pm. $8 reserved, $2 general admission. 692-2901.
Oct 21 vs. Houston Cougars, 1:30 pm
Football – TCU Horned Frogs. Amon Carter Field. All games begin at 2 pm. $8-9 reserved, $4 general admission, $2 high school & under. (817)921-7967.
Oct 14 vs. Rice Owls
Oct 28 vs. Baylor Bears
Football – Texas-O.U. Cotton Bowl, Oct 7, 2 pm. (Sold out.)
Football – UTA Mavericks. Cravens Field. Arlington. All games at 7:30 pm. $5 reserved, $4 general admission, $2 high school and under. (817) 273-2261.
Oct 14 vs. Rice Owls
Oct 28 vs. Baylor Bears
Hockey – Dallas Black Hawks. Oct 28 vs. Fort Worth Texans. Fair Park Coliseum. $3-6. 823-6362.
Polo – Willow Bend Polo Club. Matches Sundays at 6 pm, weather permitting. Farm Rd. 544, I 1/2 miles west of Preston Rd. Admission $2.50, children under 12 free. National tournament scheduled in October. 248-6298.
Golf – LPGA Civitan Open. Oct 12-15. Women’s professional golf tournament at the Trophy Club, 12 miles west of the north entrance to DFW Airport on Hwy 114. $3-15. 638-6512.
Rugby – The Harlequins. Oct 14 vs. Fort Worth Rugby Club. Oct 21 vs. Stephen F. Austin University. For time and place, call 651-0129 days, 324-5817 nights.
Thoroughbred Horse Racing – Louisiana Downs. Through November 26. Post time 1:15 pm Wednesday through Sunday. Grandstand $1, clubhouse $2.0. Highway 80 East, Bossier City, Louisiana. Call toll-free (800) 551-8622.
After-School Fun. On-going enrichment program for boys and girls ages 5-12. Features bus pick-up from school and activities on school days until 6 pm. In addition, all-day programs, from 7 am to 6 pm are provided on school holidays. Activities include arts and crafts, storytelling, sports and games, tumbling and gymnastics, creative dance, dramatics, musical activities and field trips. Licensed by the State of Texas. Fees vary. Available at all seven YWCA branches; call your local branch for information.
Book Fair & Carnival. Oct 26-28, 9-12: Bookfair for preschoolers; books furnished byRootabaga Bookery. Oct 28, 10-3: GreatPumpkin Carnival. 50￠, plus food and activitytickets. Northaven Cooperative Preschool,11211 Preston. 358-3742 or 691-7666.
Dallas Children’s Parade. Oct 21 at 11.Sponsored by People, Ideas, Elements, Inc.Theme: “Dallas – Past, Present, Future.”The parade will pass City Hall, Farmers Market, and Old City Park. A Cityfest event.638-7723.
October is when things start going right again in Dallas. September is summer’s hangover – it’s too hot to enjoy going out in the midday sun, too cool to enjoy the swimming pool. But when that crisp edge comes into the morning air, the city comes alive. There’s the State Fair, of course, presided over by a gigantic jabbering effigy of a cowboy, and featuring food, quilts, food, livestock, food, a rodeo, food, performances of A Chorus Line, and more – including food. This year’s fair is October 6-22.