Sports: Seasons Ending and Beginning
September in America is baseball pennant race month. But in Dallas, even if the Rangers happen to be fighting for the pennant, the big sports event will undoubtedly be Monday Night Football, September 4, Texas Stadium, Dallas Cowboys versus Baltimore Colts. It’s the Cowboys’ regular season opener; Howard, Dandy, and the Giffer will be in town for the festivities; and tickets will be scarce, if not gone. If you can’t get a ticket for that one, and you ’re just dying to see a game in Texas Stadium, four bucks will get you a good seat on September 16: NTSU Mean Green vs. VTA Mavericks. Meanwhile the SMU Mustangs will kick off their season under energetic new athletic director Russ Potts on Saturday afternoon, September 9, in the Cotton Bowl. Unfortunately for Mr. Potts and his gate receipts, the opponent is hapless TCU.
– David Bauer
Movies: A Cinematic Event at the Granada
The controversy that surrounded Bernardo Bertolucci’s Last Tango in Paris (1973) was mild compared to the furor generated by his latest film, 1900. Over five hours long and $5 million over budget, it has brought Bertolucci to the brink of nervous collapse and sent studio executives into hysterics. “Paramount will never release this film,” vowed studio chairman Barry Diller last year. To avoid such a disaster, producer Alberto Grimaldi seized the original print and had it cut to 3 hours and 20 minutes, only to have Bertolucci publicly disown any version not edited by him. Other prominent directors supported his position, so for a while three versions of different lengths were in circulation. Finally, Bertolucci and Paramount agreed on a four-hour-and-five-minute print, which Bertolucci concedes is probably the best cut.
This, presumably, is the version Dallas audiences will see when 1900 opens a limited engagement (August 25-31) at the Granada Theater, which has been responsible for most of the recent cinema “events” in Dallas. 1900 is essentially the story of modern Italy, told through the lives of two friends (Robert DeNiro and Gerard Depardieu) who are born on the same day in 1900 and continue to clash over politics and women for the next three quarters of a century. In addition to being a study of modern social and political history, 1900 is an examination of the relationship between power and sexuality, a subject that has long fascinated Bertolucci. Critics who ’ve seen the film in New York have praised the individual performances (Burt Lancaster, Dominique Sanda, Donald Sutherland, and Sterling Hayden are also featured) as well as the lushness and grandeur of the entire production. A few have objected to the emphatically Marxist bias of the second half, without, however, denying the film’s overall power.
– David Dillon
Dance: Dazzling Innovators of Movement
Pilobolus Dance Theater, one of the country’s most innovative modern dance companies, will make its only Texas appearance this season on September 22 and 23 at TCU’s Landreth Auditorium. Founded in 1971 by two Dartmouth jocks, and named for a spunky kind of fungus, the company has developed a unique style that resembles a mixture of mime, gymnastics, and body sculpture. One minute the six dancers (four men and two women) might be locked in a series of severe figure studies, the next they are tumbling, soaring, and bouncing off one another with the kind of strength and agility that would make Tom Landry giddy. Although gymnastics has been a hallmark of Pilobolus from the beginning, with the addition of female dancers, Martha Clarke and Alison Chase, the company’s choreography has become more varied and expansive, not to mention more overtly sexual. Most of Pilobolus’s dances are group creations, no one of which could be termed conventional or predictable. In fact, the only descriptive tag that really fits Pilobolus is sui generis.
Music: Vocal Expertise of the Highest Order
Cleo Laine sings like no one else. She sings better than anyone else. Her voice can be caressing or raucous, honeyed or honky-tonk; its range runs from cello to piccolo; her technique is masterly, a lightning-swift command of all resources.
Don’t take my word for it, though. Buy her “Live at Carnegie Hall” recording and you ’II hear it for real, without studio gimmickry. She invests Sondheim’s “Send in the Clowns” with the autumnal, bittersweet irony he intended. Then she turns around and tears into “Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer, ” daring comparison with Bessie Smith and surviving it. Once you ’ve heard that, you ’II doubtless be in line for tickets for the September 26 concert by Laine and Johnny Dank worth at the Music Hall. Anyone who loves singing that is (to use an overused word) sensational should be at this concert.
– Charles Matthews
Theater: Mastery of Musical Comedy
When you want to see a good musical it New York, you look for the show with Bob Fosse’s name in the credits; in Dallas, you look for Ed DeLatte ’s name. His NorthPark-based Dallas Repertory Theatre generally picks “safe” shows like Our Town for its dramatic offerings, but when it comes to musicals, DeLatte consistently takes long shots, and usually wins.
DeLatte and company tend to be at their best with light-hearted musicals, since complicated scenic effects and large orchestras are beyond their means. Pippin, with which they open their tenth season on September 7, fits the bill exactly. The show, written by Roger Hir-son with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, is ostensibly about how the son of Charlemagne faced the task of finding himself; but as this sort of thing can hardly stand being treated seriously, the authors framed the story with (as Brendan Gill of The New Yorker put it) “magic and horseplay, “somewhat in the manner of Schwartz’s Godspell. The music, in a light rock vein, is pleasantly invigorating; there is one rousing show-stopper performed by, of all people, Pippin’s grandmother. (The number must be sung by a genuine spry old lady – Irene Ryan did it on Broadway – and the DRT has obligingly engaged one to do it.) Performances run through October 15; for tickets call 369-8966.
– John Branch
Ceremonies in Dark Old Men/Sept 20-23 at 8:15. Play by Lonnie Elder. Studio Theater, North Texas State University. Denton. 788-2583; Dallas/Fort Worth phone 267-0651.
Corral/Sept 14-Oct 1. Southwest premiere of Allan Albert’s Western revue with cowboy songs and tales. Thurs. Fri, Sat at 8, Sun at 2. $4. $3.50 for students and over 65; opening night $5. Theatre Onstage Inc., 2120 McKin-ney 651-9766.
Dames at Sea/Through Sept 2. A musical comedy spoof. 8; 15 pm. Sat matinee 2 pm. Mon-Thurs $6 50; Fri. Sat $4.50; matinee $5.50. Casa Manana, 3101 Lancaster, Fort Worth. 332-6221.
The Hostage/Sept 29, 30 at 8:15 pm. A Brendan Behan play set in a brothel in Northern Ireland; the hostage is a British soldier held by the IRA. University Theater, North Texas State University, Denton. Dallas phone 267-0651.
The Lake Worth Monster/Sept 21-Oct 21. Musical. Thurs, Fri, Sat at 9. $3. Hip Pocket Theatre. 9524 Highway 80 West, Fort Worth. For reservations (817) 244-9994 or 244-9869.
Pippin/Sept 7-Oct 15. A musical, but the key element is dance. Dallas Repertory Theater. $4.75; students, over 65 $3.75. 1030 North-Park Center, 369-8966.
Porter, Please/Through Sept 2. Revue with music by Cole Porter. Tues-Thurs at 8; Fri. Sat at 8:30; Sun at 2:30 and 7. Sun-Thurs $5.50; Fri, Sat $6.50. Theatre Three. The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh. 748-5191.
The Rainmaker/Sept 15,16, 22, 23. Play by N. Richard Nash, about a charismatic charlatan who changes the lives of a rural family. Duncanville Civic Theatre. Dinner 7 pm; show 8:15. $8.50. Holiday Inn. 711 E. Camp Wisdom. Duncanville. 337-1262.
The Royal Family/Sept 7-23. Comedy about a theatrical family, based on the Barrymores. By Kaufman & Ferber. Thurs $6.25. Fri, Sat $7.50. Thurs. Fri at 8; Sat at 8:30. Dallas Theater Center. 3636 Turtle Creek, 526-8920.
Van Gogh-Gauguin/Through Sept 9. Thurs,Fri, Sat at 9. The Hip Pocket experimentaltheater presents this new play (with musicand dance) by Johnny Simons and DouglasBalentine about the artists’ 10 weeks in thebig yellow house at Aries. $3. Hip PocketTheatre, 9524 Highway 80 West, Fort Worth.(817) ?44-9994, 244-9869.
Cleo Laine & John Dankworth/Sept 26 at 8. See page 30 for more information. State Fair Music Hall. $6.50-$8.50 at Amusement Tickets, Preston Tickets, and Sanger Harris.
Creation/Sept 24 at 7:30. Haydn’s oratorio directed by Indianapolis Symphony director John Nelson. Highland Park Chancel Choir and members of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Highland Park Presbyterian Church. 3821 University Blvd. 526-7457.
Dallas Chamber Opera Society/Sept 7,10 at 8. Purcelfs Dido and Aeneas, one of the earliest important works in the operatic repertoire, sung in English, and Pergolesi’s La Serva Padrona, a short comic opera. $5, students $3.50. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 691-6067.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra Pops Series/starts Sept 29 at 8 with Henry Man-cini. $3.50-9.50. Tickets at DSO box office, Titche’s NorthPark. 692-0203
Dallas Symphony Orchestra – September Gala Shakespearean Festival/Sept 2 at 8:15: Beethoven: Coriolan Overture; Schumann: Piano Concerto in A Minor; Mendelssohn: Midsummer Night’s Dream. Eduar-do Mata, conductor; Peter Frankl, pianist; Paulina Stark and Miriam Abramowitsch, sopranos. Sept 8, 9 at 8:15: Nicolai: Merry Wives of Windsor Overture; Brahms: Violin Concerto in D Major; Tchaikovsky: Hamlet Fantasy Overture; Romeo and Juliet Fantasy Overture. Eduardo Mata, conductor; Schlo-mo Mintz, violinist. Sept 14,16 at 8:15; Sept 17 at 2:30: Works by Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Purcell. Gounod, Bellini, Verdi, Thomas, and Schumann. Eduardo Mata, conductor; Judith Blegen. soprano. Sept 22, 23 at 8:15: Berlioz: Romeo and Juliet. Eduardo Mata, conductor; Claudine Carlson, mezzo soprano; Mallory Walker, tenor; Pierre Thau, bass; and Dallas Symphony Chorus. Sept 28, 30 at 8:15: Strauss: Don Quixote; Haydn: Cello Concerto in D Major; Prokofiev: Excerpts from Romeo and Juliet. Kurt Masur, conductor; Janos Starker, cellist. $3-12. Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets at DSO box office, Titche’s NorthPark. 692-0203.
Electric Light Orchestra/Sept 1. Tarrant County Convention Center. 824-1813.
Fort Worth Symphony Pops Series/Sept 23 at 8. Peter Nero, guest conductor and piano soloist. $4-10. Tarrant County Convention Center Theater. 921-2676.
Music of the Twenties/Sept 24 at 8:15 SMU Fall Festival of music from the 17-, 18-and 1920s. The first concert features Larry Palmer, harpsichord, and David Karp. piano, in works by Bach (1722). Rameau (1728), and Poulenc (1928). Caruth Auditorium, SMU. $1. $2.50. 692-3342.
Phillip Rosheger/Sept 27 at 8:15. The only American ever to win first prize in the International Guitar Competition in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, is the first performer in a concert series presented by the Dallas Society for the Classic Guitar. Caruth Auditorium at SMU. $3.50. 522-1039.
Theatre Three Benefit Concert/Sept 15 at 8:15. Arthur Fiedler conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in a pops concert. $3-15, $50 patron seats. Tickets at DSO box office in Titche’s NorthPark. Fair Park Music Hall. 748-5191.
Voices of Change/Sept 18 at 8:15. The Unusual Schubert,” a concert memorializing the 150th anniversary of Schubert’s death, featuring five seldom performed vocal and chamber works. The group has just received a $17,500 grant from the Michael Paul Foundation to present works by new composers in the later concerts of its eight-concert series. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $1, $3.50. 692-3342.
Dallas Ballet/Sept 13-16 in the City Hall plaza; Sept 20-23 in Lee Park. Each performance in this “Ballet under the Stars” series will include excerpts from Les Sylphides, Pas de Trois, A Shape of Light, and Surprise Symphony. Free. 526-3692.
Dennis Wayne Dancers/Sept 17, 18 at 8.
Contemporary ballet. Dallas Convention Center Theater. Tickets at Amusement Tickets, Preston Tickets.
Pilobolus Dance Theatre/Sept 22, 23 at 8:15. A fascinating hybrid of ballet and acrobatics. (See page 30 for more information.) Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU campus (817)731-0879.
Andrew’s – One of Dallas’s better bars, impeccably crafted with paneled walls, hard-wood 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 |azz 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-1; Fri and Sat, noon-2; Sun-Wed, noon-12. All credit cards. Reservations Fri and Sat. 4925 Greenville. 692-8224.
Chelsea Corner – A little 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 |azz performers. A beer-drinking, good-time crowd in a mock-rustic, nouveau honky-tonk setting. Cover varies, about $1-$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. Through Sept 3: Phyllis Diller. Dinner shows: Tues, Wed, Thurs. Sun, $12.50; Fri and Sat, $13.50. Late shows Fri and Sat, $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 Lake-wood/East Dallas. A comfortable place to drink, talk, and munch burgers. A juke box bar except on Thursdays and Sundays, when Hall 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 undanceable 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. Sept 1-3 and 22-23: James Marsh and His Executive Band, justifiably the most talked-about jazz band in the city. Sept 8-9, 15-16, and 20: High Rise. 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.
Longhorn Ballroom – Usually books big-name C&W acts. Sept 16: Billie Jo Spear. Sept 29: Johnny Paycheck. 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 loo crowded; there’s usually not much seating, so go only if you just want to boogie. The Begger, across the street, attracts Saturday Night hever types, but it’s often less crowded. Daily. 11-2. AE, MC. V 9525 Overlake. 350-5541.
Palladium – Formerly the Windmill Dinner Theater Aug 31-Sept 3: Dobie Gray. Sept 13: Don Williams. Sept 14-17: Fred Willard (Jerry Hubbard on “America 2-Night “). Sept 18: Billy “Crash” Craddock. Cover varies. Reservations. Shows at 9 and 11:30. AE. MC. V. 6532 E Northwest 363-4455.
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. Other bands provide variety Tues-Sat. 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.
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 Matteson & 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. Sept 1-15: the comedy band of Zorro and the Blue Footballs. 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. 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 fox-trot 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 Brennan’s – friendly and attentive at its best, lackadaisical and downright surly at its worst. Aug 21-Sept 2: comedian Howard Beder. Sept 4-16: The Four Aces. Sept 18-30: Carol Lawrence. 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. Sept 1-2: Wendell Adkins. Sept 3-6: Savannah. Sept 11-17: Vince Vance and the Valiants. Cover varies. Daily, 8 pm-2. AE, MC, V. 5421 Greenville. 369-9221.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts/Sept 18-Oct 29: Five Centuries of Tapestry. Selections From San Francisco collections of tapes-tries from the 15th century to 1943. Woven in France and Southern Netherlands. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Fair Park. 421-4188.
Fort Worth Art Museum. Permanent collection. Tues-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5. 1309 Montgomery. (817) 738-9215.
Kimbell Art Museum. Permanent collection. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Will Rogers Rd. West, Fort Worth. (817) 332-8451.
Amon Carter Museum/Through Sept 10: Walt Kuhn exhibit. Sept 7-Oct 22: 200 Years of American Architectural Drawings. OpenIng Sept 28: Bo’Jou Neejee! Profiles of Canadian Indian Art. 10-5 Tues-Sat, 1-5:30 Sun. 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.
Adelle M. Fine Art/Sept 1-9. pastels by Alice Anne Bibby of Dallas. Works include a recent series of beachscapes. Sept 11-30, contemporary watercolor landscapes by Alfred Lee of Houston. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appointment only. 3317 McKinney Ave. 526-0800.
The Afterimage/Through Sept 30. Dye-transfer color prints, and nature studies by Jim Bones of Santa Fe. The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh, 10-5:30. Mon-Sat 748-2521.
Allen Street/Through Sept 9. the August Third Sunday Photography Exhibition. Work by 20 Dallas photographers. Sept 10-Oct 1. the second show in the series, “Photography in Dallas. 1978.” This show is devoted to “Personal Photography.” Tues-Sat, 10-6: Sun 1-5. 2817 Allen Street. 742-5207.
Atelier Chapman Kelley. 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. 747-8871.
Citation 78 Exhibition/Sept 11-22 Sponsored by Texas Fine Arts Association, Dallas Chapter. First National Bank. 357-7738.
Clifford/Sept 16-Oct 14. Collograph relief prints by Maurice Gray. Also showing contemporary Spanish sculpture. 6610 Snider Plaza, Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 363-8223.
Contemporary Gallery/After September 1, at its new location. 10808 Snow White Drive (corner of Royal Lane), Dallas. By appointment only. 747-0141.
Cushing/Sept 6-13: Paintings, prints and drawings by students of Ann Cushing Gantz.
Sept 14 through Oct 11: Oils by Ann Cushing Gantz, Mon-Sat 10:30-4:30. 747-0497.
D.W. Co-op Gallery/Sept 10-Oct 5: Group show by gallery members and consignment artists. Tues through Sat 11 to 5. 3305 McKinney at Hall. 526-3240.
Delahunty Art Gallery/Through Sept new work by gallery artists. 2611 Cedar Springs. 744-1346.
500 Exposition/Sept 9-30. Will Hipp. Tues Sat 10-4, Sun 1-5. 500 Exposition, 828-1111.
Florence Art Gallery/Sept 25-Oct 25. Sculptures and paintings by Philippe Noyer and his son Denis Paul Noyer. Mon-Fri 10-4; Sat, Sun by appointment. 2500 Cedar Springs. 748-6463.
The Gallery/Sept 8-22. Crafts by Sandra Simon (ceramics), William Harper (metals), Cynthia Schira (fibers), Michael Simon (ceramics), and Jem Freyaldenhoven (metals). Noon-5. North Texas State University, Den-ton. Dallas/Fort Worth phone 267-0651.
Phillips Galleries/Through Sept. New paint-ings by Gunnar Anderson, Florence Arven, Elizabeth Charleston, Monique Journod, Manes Lichtenberg, Carlantonio Longi. Ginette Rapp. and the Primitives. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2517 Fairmount. 748-7888.
Quadrangle Galleries/Through Sept. Batiks by Malaysian artists. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 748-9488. Stewart/Sept 9-30. Photo-realistic oils by John Martin. Tues-Sat 10-5. 12610 Coit. 661-0213.
Texas Art Gallery/Through Sept: G Harvey. Mon-Fri 8:30-5. 1400 Main Street. 747-8158.
2719 Gallery/Through Sept 4. New prints and paintings by Robert Game, John McCor-mick, William Dakin, and J. Wayne Brown.
Sept 5-Oct 15: New paintings by Martha Gilbert and John McCormick, new sculpture by Gary Leddy. Tues-Sat 11-5. Sun 2-5. 2719 Routh. 748-2094.
Valley House/Through Sept. Gallery artists Valton Tyler. Loren Mozley, Mike Cunningham, and others. Mon-Fri 10-5. Week-ends by appointment. 6616 Spring Valley Road. 239-2441.
Dallas Public Library/Sept 2 at 3:30: The History of the Beatles, a color videotape program. Sept 16 at 3:30: Pigskin Capers, a Marx Brothers comedy: The Pigskin Palooka, a Little Rascals adventure: and The Glorious Game, scenes of training and preparation for the Super Bowl by several pro football teams, including the Dallas Cowboys. Dallas Public Library. Audelia Road Branch, 10045 Audelia Road. 348-6160.
Granada Theater/Sept 1-4: Dallas premiere of Children of Theater Street and Romeo and Juliet Ballet. Sept 5: Claire’s Knee and Chloe in the Afternoon. Sept 6-7: Slaughterhouse 5 and Silent Running. Sept 8-9: Dallas premiere of In the Realm of the Senses. Sept 10-11: Pardon Mon Affaire and Two English Girls. Sept 12: Elvira Madigan and Man on the Roof. Sept 13-14: The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe and The Return of the Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe. Sept 15-16: Play It Again, Sam and The Odd Couple. Sept 17-18: Citizen Kane and F for Fake. Sept 19: Best of the New York Erotic Film Festival. Sept 20-21: Every Man for Himself and God Against All and Wild Child. Sept 22-25: Dallas premiere of Word is Out. Sept 26: Small Change. Sept 27-28: Sleuth and The Magus. Sept 28-30: The Song Remains the Same and Gimme Shelter. $2.50 adults. $2.25 for over-65 and students with discount cards, $1.50 children. 3524 Greenville Ave. 823-9610.
Richland College/Sept 8: Sleeper. Sept 15: The Last Picture Show. Sept 22: A Clockwork Orange. $1. 8 & 10 pm, Room B 142, Richland College, 12800 Abrams Rd. 746-7794.
Big Wednesday. Three Southern Califor-mans 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.
Cat from Outer Space. Ken Berry, Sandy Duncan, and McLean Stevenson make contact with an extraterrestrial cat in Walt Disney’s Close Encounters of the Furred Kind. The standard Disney bag of tricks will keep the kids still and their parents squirming.
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.
Convoy. If ever a talented director has taken a nosedive it’s Sam Peckinpah. The man responsible for The Wild Bunch, The Ballad of Cable Hogue, and Straw Dogs has fallen to self-parody with this mess about a group of renegade truckers led by Kris Kristofferson. What exactly they’re revolting against – the 55 m.p.h. speed limit, police corruption, or the overcrowded CB channels – is never clear. Also stars Ali MacGraw, Burt Young, and Ernest Borgnine.
A Different Story. Can two gays go straight, form an odd couple, and find heterosexual happiness9 Meg Foster and Perry King try. The first half of this picture is intimate, funny, and touching. Part two covers a bit too much ground and facilely answers too many questions.
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 tires. 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.
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 time 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 fan-cy stunt work plus a touching story about aging. Co-stars the wonderful Sally Field.
International Velvet. Every other film coming out of Hollywood these days seems to be either a sequel or a remake. Bryan Forbes wrote, produced, and directed this handsome but ponderous continuation of National Velvet. Tatum O’Neal, in a mature performance, joins her aunt in England, learns to ride, and qualifies for the English Olympics equestrian team. The competition sequences are tense and engaging; the accompanying love story oozes sap. With Christopher Plum-mer. Anthony Hopkins, and Nanette Newman.
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.
The Last Waltz. Martin Scorsese broke into films as an editor on Woodstock, then switched to dramatic pictures with Mean Streets, Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore, and Taxi Driver. He hasn’t forgotten how to make a good rock ’n’ roll movie. In fact, this is a great one, a lyrical cinematic record of The Band’s final concert. Interviews with the performers gush, but the music, including guest appearances by some of the rock world’s biggest names, is terrific.
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.
Rabbit Test. Joan Rivers s first film as a director, this is a 90-minute monologue with throwaway visuals. It happens to be about the first pregnant man, which means sex jokes, fag jokes, marriage jokes, and Polish jokes. Stars Billy Crystal.
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.
Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Too bad this film can’t be released in five-minute pieces; in short bursts it’s entertaining, even brilliant. But the vague narrative, a supposedly psychedelic musical fairytale told by stringing together songs from the 1967 Beatles album, falls apart almost from the start. Peter Frampton and the Bee Gees go through the motions of starring as the Lonely Hearts Club Band. Steve Martin’s brief appearance as Dr Maxwell Edison and Billy Preston’s rendition of “Come Together ” are almost worth the price of admission. Almost.
The Swarm. Millions of African killer bees invade the United States. Irwin Allen’s latest disaster opus is a silly, dull, poorly acted waste of time. Don’t get stung.
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 Monarity. and Nick Nolte are stunning under Karel Reisz’s moody direction. This is a difficult, complex film bound to haunt some and confuse others.
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 hour before closing. $1 over 12. 3320 Botanic Garden Dr, Fort Worth. (817) 870-7686.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and His-tory. 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, under 12 75￠. 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. 75c; 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.
Texas Hall of State/Through Sept 3: “The Seat of American Invention,” 30 19th-century chairs. Sept 1-Oct 30: “Turquoise and Tobacco: the Santa Fe Trade.” by state museum of New Mexico. Sept 14-Nov 1: “Crying lor a Vision: A Rosebud Sioux Trilogy.” Traveling exhibit from a reservation in South Dakota. Free. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5. Fair Park, 421-5136.
Arms and Armory of Pre-Columbian America and Africa/Sept 21 at 7:30. Slide lecture. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fair Park. 421-4188.
Book and Author Luncheon/Sept 30 at noon. Barbara W. Tuchman, Lon Tinkle, Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, and Forrest Carter will discuss and autograph their recently released books. Sponsored by the Wellesley College Club of Dallas. Grand Ballroom, Sheraton Hotel, Dallas. $12. Call Mrs. David M. Munson, 5128. 5128 Brookview, Dallas 75220. 368-5128.
Norman Davis/Sept 26 at 12:15. The artist will bring his easel and explain his artistry. Brown bag lunch invited. Central Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071 ext 262.
Hobby Greenhouses Seminar/Sept 29-30, 2-4 pm. Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. (817) 332-1294.
How to Deal with Math Anxiety/Sept 19 at 12:15. Lecture by author Sheila Tobias. Performance Hall. Richland College. 12800 Abrams Rd. Free. 746-4494.
Rape Awareness and Prevention. Presented by Dallas Rape Crisis Center for men and women. Sept 18 at 7 pm: Park Forest Branch, Dallas Public Library, 3421 Forest Lane. 241 -1434. Sept 23 at 2 pm: Casa View Branch, Dallas Public Library, 10355 Ferguson Rd, 328-4113.
Richland College Community Service Tours/Sept 23, 9 am-11 pm: Granbury Opera House and Waco Riverboat Tour, $30. Sept 30, 9 am-6 pm: Fort Worth Museum, Japanese Garden and Zoo Tour, $17. 746-4444.
Central Japan Products Exhibition/Sept 1-6. More than 3000 items by 200 manufacturers of both traditional and modern technical items. Free. 9 am to 5 pm. Hall of Nations. World Trade Center.
Cotton Pickin’ Arts and Crafts Jubilee/Sept 30, Oct 1. Sponsored by Spade and Trowel Garden Club of Greenville. Sat 10 to sundown; Sun 11-6. Hunt County Fairgrounds. FM 1570, Greenville.
Diez y Seis de Septiembre Celebration/ Sept 19 at 7. Dallas Public Library, Oak Lawn Branch, 3721 Lemmon, 528-6269.
Irish Society Plant Sale/Sept 16, 9-3. Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. 3320 Botanic Garden Drive, Fort Worth. 870-7686.
Pioneer Days/Sept 29,30. Western celebration. Arts and crafts, country and bluegrass. music, street dance Fri and Sat nights featuring Red Steagall and the Coleman County Cowboys, hay rides, horse rides, shoot-outs, stew cook-off, queen contest and rodeo performances. North Main and Exchange Ave. Fort Worth.
A Show for All People/Sept 3 at 8:30. The Dallas Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring this Labor Day weekend entertainment, which is billed as a salute to employees. Features the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and Up with People, a group of young singers and dancers. Bring insulin. Tickets at DSO box offices in Titche’s stores. 692-0203.
Urban Pioneer Tour/Sept 30, Oct 1. Sixteen early-1900s homes in four inner city Dallas neighborhoods. Sat and Sun, 12-6. Advance tickets, $4; at door, $5. 943-4885.
Dallas County Historical Plaza. A land-scaped, 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.
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.
Reunion Tower. Dallas’s newest landmark provides a spectacular view of the city trom the revolving observation deck. Open from 11 to 2 daily; the elevator ride costs $1.50. Reunion Plaza.
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.
Baseball/Texas Rangers. Arlington Stadium. All games begin at 7:35, except Sunday the 17th and Sunday the 24th at 2:05. Reserved $5-6; bleachers $2 adults. $1.50 13 and under. 273-5100.
Sept 11, 12. 13. 14 vs. California Angels
Sept 15, 16, 17 vs. Oakland A’s
Sept 22, 23, 24 vs. Seattle Mariners
Sept 25. 26, 27 vs. Minnesota Twins
Bicycling/Mesquite Supercross: Races at 5:30 the first, third, and fifth Sat Registration at 4:30; entry fee $3.50. Pascall Park on Newmarket. Mesquite. 222-2313. The Bike Mart: Easy-paced 10-mile rides Sat at 8:30 am. 9292 LBJ. 231-3895. Carrollton-Farmers Branch Bicycle Club: Short rides every Sat at 8 am; longer tours every Sun at 7. Leaving from Raleigh Bicycle Centre, 512 Carrollton Park Shopping Center. 245-2633. Richardson Bicycle Touring Club: Easy-paced rides around White Rock Lake every Wed; rides to New Braunfels, Frisco, and Cedar Hill in Sept. 369-7679. 521-4633.
Cricket/Dallas County Cricket Club. Cricket every Sunday, beginning at 2 at the Cedar Pub, 5738 Cedar Springs. 351-9388.
Football/Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium. $6, $10. 369-3211.
Sept 4 vs. Baltimore Colts, 8 pm
Sept 24 vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 3 pm
Football/SMU Mustangs. Cotton Bowl, 7:30 pm. $8. 692-2901.
Sept 9 vs. TCU Horned Frogs
Football/NTSU Eagles. Fouts Field in Den-ton, $1-6: or Texas Stadium in Arlington, $1-7. (817) 788-2662.
Sept 2 vs. UT-EI Paso, Fouts Field, 7:05 pm
Sept 9 vs. Mississippi State, Texas
Sept 16 vs. UT-Arlington, Texas Stadium, 7:30
Sept 30 vs. Oklahoma State, Texas Stadium, 7:05
Football/UTA Mavericks. Cravens Field in Arlington, 7:30 pm. Tickets: reserved $5; general admission $4 adults, $2 high school and under. (817) 273-2261.
Sept 9 vs. West Texas State
Sept 23 vs. Louisiana Tech
Rodeo/Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Every Friday and Saturday at 8 though Sept 30. Off LBJ Freeway at Military Parkway exit. Box seats $4: general admission $3 adults, $1.50 children 12 and under. 285-8777.
Rugby/The Harlequins. Sept 23 vs. Our Gang Rugby Club. Sept 30 vs. Shreveport. For time and place, call 651-0129 days, 324-5817 nights.
Thoroughbred Horseracing/Louisiana Downs/Through November 26. Post time 1:15 pm, Wednesday through Sunday. (Also open Labor Day, Monday Sept 4: closed Sept 5, 6, & 7.) Grandstand $1, clubhouse $2.50. Highway 80 East, Bossier City. Louisiana. Toll free, (800) 551-8622.
City Arts Program CETA Performers/Sept 5, 12, and 19. The performers will sing, dance, do magic tricks and mime at 12:15. Brown-bag lunches invited. Central Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ext 262.
Dog Drill Team/Sept 30 at 3. Dallas Public Library, Forest Green Branch, 9015 Forest Lane, 231-0991.
Shrine Circus/Sept 11-17. With the only performing white tigers in the world. $3-6 at Sears, Preston Tickets, and the coliseum box office. Show times vary. State Fair Coliseum. 521-9350.