Focus on Local Artists
When the Fort Worth Art Museum suspended the Tar-rant County Annual exhibition last year, local artists complained that they had lost one of their last serious outlets. The inauguration of the new Focus Series indicates that this isn’t the case, though whether the series will replace the TCA or merely complement it is still unclear. Like the Museum of Modern Art’s Projects Series and Henry Hopkins’ original Project South/Southwest, the Focus Series presents new work by young artists. A chronic problem with large juried shows is that they provide more breadth than depth. Everyone shows one or two pieces and no one is really represented. At their best, these shows are useful regional samplers; at their worst they are mere public relations gimmicks that allow museums to fulfill their yearly obligation to local artists without really having to take them seriously. Local art communities may be better served by a series of smaller one-person shows that are both up-to-date and comprehensive.
At least that’s the thinking of new FWAM director David Ryan and head curator Marge Goldwater, who organized the first three shows. Of the artists who will be represented in the first round – Sam Gummelt (Through April 1), Jack Caspary (April 3-May 6), and Nicholas Wood (May 8-June 10) – only Gummelt has exhibited widely in this area. His new paintings are larger than his previous work – one measures 96 by 169 inches – and are far more adventurous and demanding. The surfaces are richly textured, with much subtle un-derpainting, particularly on the monochromatic canvases. All the paintings have deep recessed lines that mark the points where the separate sections have been joined. Frequently, the overall composition has been borrowed from a photograph of a window or wall, which Gummelt has translated into a less rigorous, slightly askew geometry of his own. The influences of Motherwell and Marden are clear, as is the enthusiasm of a young artist for the whole tradition of painting – color, large canvases, sheer physical activity. Nicholas Wood’s large ceramic sculptures show a similar integration of Minimalist and Abstract Expressionist influences. His Grid Series, which includes one piece entitled “Solid Jackson” after Jackson Pollock, looks like mounted sections of a railroad trestle, except that the material is terra cotta instead of steel and all the surfaces have been painted to soften their hard, frontal qualities. Considerably more subtle are his series of terra cotta tablets that work intriguing variations on simple geometric shapes. The individual pieces, beautifully textured by the addition of sawdust to the clay, have a quiet hypnotic effect, as though one were looking at a series of glyphs from some ancient temple.
Jack Caspary is a Dallas freelance photographer who has been experimenting with SX-70 film. The obvious advantages of Polaroid are speed and simplicity. All you do is point the camera, press a button, and wait 30 seconds. Decisions about exposures and focal lengths have already been taken care of by Dr. Land. An irritating tendency of many Polaroid photographers is to work against this simplicity by introducing all sorts of mechanical and optical gimcrackery, as though the only reason to own a Polaroid were to make it behave like a Nikon. Caspary is clearly more concerned with images than technical ingenuity. His photographs are direct, uncomplicated, and surprisingly varied, ranging from portraits to landscapes, still lifes, and abstracts.
An interesting footnote to the initial Focus Series is that none of the participating artists had seen the others’ work until they were brought together by the museum. While this says something about the fragmentation of the local art scene, it also reveals a commitment on the part of the FWAM to seeking out new talent instead of falling back on a list of familiar names. – David Dillon
A New Theater Group for Kids</I>
“OK, hold it,” the girl calls out. “When he turns around with the rabbit on his back, you’ve got to be over there. And the line on that fishing pole is too long.” Terri Brown, a staff member at Jeff Alexander’s local acting studio, is rattling off a stream of directions to a new theater group she heads. What kind of play are they doing, that has rabbits and fishing poles in it? A children’s play, naturally – it’s The Great Cross Country Race, on the rabbit and hare theme – and the actors are members of a children’s theater group called Kids and Company.
Dallas already has a few children’s theater programs in operation, at the Dallas Theater Center and Theatre Three for instance. But Brown, who came here from similar work in Houston, Columbus, Ohio, and Los Angeles, decided that since a lot of the kids can’t come to the theater, she’d take the theater to them, by way of the public schools. Last fall, Kids and Company assembled a production of Androcles and the Lion and performed it in 27 schools in suburbs and neighboring communities. The effort was successful enough – “we even got fan mail,” Brown says – that she reorganized the group and began planning a spring production. The Great Cross Country Race went into rehearsal in February and, assuming the problem with the fishing pole was worked out, it’s now well into its series of 30 or so performances (again in the suburbs) which will continue through May.
Along with the school shows, Kids and Company is scheduled to perform during the Talented and Gifted Day at Richland College April 21, for a benefit at the Oak Lawn United Methodist Church in May, and possibly at the Buckner Children’s Home. For information on future performances, call the studio at 528-2700.
– John Branch
Discovering Maltby and Shire
The American musical theater is fickle. It’s relentlessly progressive; it is always moving, it passes by thousands of hopeful writers, and it eventually leaves behind even the masters of the craft. But now and then, as Theatre Three’s new show this month illustrates, it arbitrarily circles back and picks up somebody it had dropped. That’s what happened to lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. (who constructs the Harper’s magazine monthly crossword) and composer David Shire, who started writing shows during their undergraduate days at Yale in the late Fifties and have kept plugging away since then. Many of these were never produced, some of them made it to off-Broadway theaters, none of them made a splash. Then, at long last, the Manhattan Theater Club invited the two to do a revue of their own work. It still didn’t make a big splash – it opened around the same time in 1977 as Steven Sondheim’s more talked-about revue, Side by Side – but it got Malt by and Shire into the newspapers.
And it started more people singing their songs. The words to “1 Don’t Remember Christmas” (which goes on to say “and 1 don’t remember you”) are definitely not the kind of thing a pained lover would ever speak, nor would anyone in a good mood start shouting the lyrics of “Pleased with Myself.” But the songs are exactly what these people would want to sing. Of course, that may be the way every song ought to work, and a few of them in this revue even fall short of that: The experiences they build on are too vague or general. But a good handful of them go beyond the call of duty: Songs like “One Step,” which becomes a big production number, or “Crossword Puzzle,” a wacky patter song, don’t fit familiar experiences so much as they create new ones. What more can you ask?
You can ask for clever performers, of course, and bright, perky staging, and attractive costumes, all of which Theatre Three can be expected to provide. Theatre Three is doing these musical revues at least once a year now; like Noel Coward at the New Arts Theatre Company, it’s a house specialty. The show opens April 24; for ticket information, call 748-5191.
– John Branch
Mata Returns to the Mainstream
When Eduardo Mata signed with the Dallas Symphony in 1976, he said he preferred conducting the music of the mainstream Austro-German tradition from Haydn to Mahler. On occasion he’s gone back to Bach or forward to Stravinsky and a handful of American composers, and he’s also spiced up the mostly standard programming at the Music Hall with works by rarely heard Spanish and South American composers. Mata has shown himself at times to be an eloquent interpreter of earlier 19th-century composers; the first concert of 1979, for instance, was a rapturous performance of Schubert’s Fifth Symphony. Still, the end of his second year with the DSO will be an auspicious time for Eduardo Mata: He’ll conduct five concerts by the composer he attests is the love of his musical life, Gustav Mahler.
Mata has conducted three of Mahler’s symphonies since the DSO hired him. He programmed the imposing First for his maiden concert in the spring of 1977, and in his first full season conducted the lyrical Fourth and the sprawling Third. Mata’s conducting demonstrated a deep emotional commitment to Mahler, giving the scores interpretations that were personal without being idiosyncratic.
Taking up where Beethoven had left off, Mahler parodied the classical symphonic forms right out of existence. Single movements grew uncontrollably to the length of other men’s whole ?symphonies; devotedly literary, Mahler added words to four of his ten symphonic works. In conducting these gigantic works, Mata seemed less secure in places where Mahler had thrown off all classical restraints; section work was good while tuttis were weak. On balance, Mata seemed to have more feeling and affinity for the gentle, singing Mahler. That’s one reason to be glad Mata is now conducting a whole series of works in which Mahler brings together voice and orchestra. The series begins April 20 and 21 with Das Lied von der Erde (“The Song of the Earth”), the penultimate work Mahler finished in 1908 and, along with the Ninth Symphony, one of the pieces on which his reputation now rests. Das Lied blends German songs (translated from Chinese poems) with delicate orchestrations; its harmonies, if anything, are even more inventive than those in the symphonies. The singers for Das Lied von der Erde are Alfreda Hodgson, the accomplished British contralto, and Seth McCoy, this country’s leading oratorio tenor. On April 26 and 28 Mata turns to Des Knaben Wunderhorn (“From the Youth’s Cornucopia”), fourteen settings based on a collection of 16th- to 18th-century German folk songs, to be sung by Soprano Jessye Norman and Hakkan Hagegard (the baritone who sang Pagageno in the recent Swedish film of Mozart’s The Magic Flute).
Mata’s Mahler series continues into May, with contralto Lili Chookasian, soloist in last year’s moving performance of Mahler’s Third, returning for what one can only hope will be an equally dramatic rendering of Kindertoten-lieder (“Songs on the Death of Children”). Mahler found the words for these songs in the mystical, autobiographical poetry of RucKert; together with Mahler’s score, the texts are almost incomparably moving. Then on May 17 and 19, baritone Benjamin Luxon sings the lieder cycle Eines fahrenden Gesellen (“Songs of a Wayfarer”), whose words and music Mahler composed when he was 23; Luxon and the DSO will also perform more of Mahler’s orchestral settings for Ruckert’s poems. The series (and the season) end May 25 and 26 when Mata, DSO, the Symphony Chorus, and a collection of eminent soloists collaborate on Mahler’s earliest venture into the voice and orchestra combination, Das klagende Lied (“The Song of Lament”). Even at age 20 Mahler composed this cantata with the lyricism and pathos that impelled the later symphonies and song cycles, pulled by the deepest questions of life toward the creation of spiritual autobiography in music.
– Willem Brans
Some of these films haven’t opened in Dallas yet, but they should sometime in April. Commentary and ratings are by Charles Schreger.
★ ★ ★ Must see.
★ ★ Good entertainment.
★ Not a total waste of time.
No stars – don’t bother.
Agatha. Not the mystery of the decade, but certainly an interesting one: What happened to Agatha Christie when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926? Here is a perfectly logical fictional solution, made all the more convincing by two first-rate performances from Vanessa Redgrave as the disappearing writer and Dustin Hoffman as the American journalist who tracks her down. A stylish film.
The Brinks Job. The story of a group of small-time Boston hoods who pulled off one of the biggest heists in history is worth retelling, but film is the wrong medium. William Fried-kin’s movie lacks punch; its core-the execution of the theft-is undramatic. The result is a dull film about an interesting event. Peter Falk stars as one of the crooks although it seems as if somebody forgot to tell him he wasn’t playing Detective Columbo.★
California Suite. Neil Simon, Alan Alda, Jane Fonda, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, Michael Caine, Maggie Smith, Walter Mat-thau, Elaine May and director Herb Ross (Turning Point, The Goodbye Girt). Can that mixture possibly miss? Credit this movie for consistency if nothing else because Simon’s episodic story of four couples who come to the Beverly Hills Hotel strikes out four times. The slapstick isn’t funny, the drama isn’t wise, and the humor isn’t witty.★
The Deer Hunter. One of the most ambitious and brutal war films ever made is at the same time touching and sensitive. Robert De Niro, John Cazale, Meryl Streep, and Christopher Walken are breathtaking in this three-hour epic which moves from a town in Pennsylvania to Vietnam and back again to the small town. The central metaphor is the game of Russian roulette, played by POW’s for the amusement of the Vietcong and as a parlor game in Saigon. At times the film is dense, almost to the point of preciousness. Overall, however, a demanding and devastating experience. ★★★Every Which Way But Loose. Here’s everything you need to know about this movie: It stars Clint Eastwood. And a monkey. Lots of people get pummeled. Mostly by Clint. There’s country music, car crashes, and a subplot about Ruth Gordon trying to get a driver’s license. ★
Fast Break. Gabe Kaplan is a New York deli worker who wants only-one thing in life – to coach a college basketball team. He gets his shot with a third-rate – make that fifth-rate – school, and turns some down-on-their-luch losers into winners. And so on. Dumb.
The Great Train Robbery. Sean Connery is a con man, Donald Sutherland is a locksmith and pickpocket, and Lesley-Anne Down is the buxom diversion in Michael Crichton’s film about the theft of a gold shipment from a train bound from London to the Crimea. There is some wit, the acting has style, and Crichton handsomely recreates the Europe of the late 19th century. But this is a thriller of convenience. Whenever the plot needs a quick twist, Crichton simply twists it without much regard for logic. ★
Hardcore. A puritanical father searches for his daughter, who is caught up in the pornographic film industry. George C. Scott gives another of his incomparable performances, helped in his search by a seedy private eye (Peter Boyle) and a “parlor girl” (Season Hubley). Paul Schrader, one of the country’s most promising young filmmakers, wrote and directed this moody and disturbing work. ★ ★ ★
Heaven Can Wait. With this delightful remake of the 1941 classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan, Warren Beatty becomes Hollywood’s First quadruple treat 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.★★★
Ice Castles. All things considered, this film is nothing more than “Rocky” on ice. But the story of a small-town girl whose shot at the Olympics is dashed by a freak accident is so charming and schmaltzy, you’ll forget it’s not particularly original. Lynn-Holly Johnson, a real-life skater with the Ice Capades, makes a refreshing screen debut in the starring role. Robby Benson, Colleen Dewhurst, and Tom Skerrit add strong supporting performances. As a plus, there are some beautifully staged skating sequences. ★★
Invasion of the Body Snatchers. Those who remember Don Siegel’s classic will delight in this marvelously perverse remake. And those who have never seen the first can still enjoy a superb-if overlong-science fiction thriller about an invasion of pods from outer space threatening to overtake the earth by duplicating the human population. It all begins in San Francisco with Donald Sutherland, Brooke Adams, Leonard Nimoy, Veronica Cart-wright, and Jeff Goldblum. ★★★
Midnight Express. If ever a true story qualified as a nightmare, it is the story of Billy Hayes, a 20-year-old American busted in Turkey for smuggling hash and sentenced to life imprisonment. As directed by Alan Parker from Oliver Stone’s screenplay, the picture is tough, gruesome, and unrelenting. Impressive performances by Brad Davis, John Hurt, and Randy Quaid.★★
Norma Rae. At last, and it’s been too long, an intelligent, liberal film. Irving Ravetch and Harriet Frank Jr. have crafted an insightful and sensitive script about a young Southern textile worker and her involvement with a New York union organizer. Martin Ritt’s direction is masterly. As the worker, Sally Field, proves once again that she’s among the best actresses working in film today. Ron Leibman adds a fine supporting performance.★★★The North Avenue Irregulars. The premise of this comedy is pure Disney contrivance-a naive priest takes over a small parish, discovers his adopted city is filled with corruption, and challenges the mob with a band of well meaning bubblebrains. However, thanks to some energetic direction by Bruce Bilson and lively characterizations by Edward Herrmann, Barbara Harris, and Cloris Leachman, this is one of the best live-action Disney comedies in years. ★★
Quintet. Robert Altman has done it again, though what he’s done is a mystery. Paul Newman, Bibi Andersson, and Fernando Rey are all huddled together sometime in the future when civilization seems to have gone into a deep freeze. The imagery is stark and memorable, but the film – apparently an existential essay on mankind or something equally important – is impenetrable.
Same Time, Next Year. One of the best acted and directed films of the year. Also one of the most successful and refreshing screen adaptations of a stage play ever. Ellen Burstyn and Alan Alda are enchanting as a couple happily married to other people who meet once a year for an adulterous weekend at a northern California resort. The story’s premise is artificial, but Bernard Slade’s characters are so richly drawn and the performances are so strong you’ll want to believe it. ★ ★ ★
Superman. At long last, a Big Event movie that lives up to its hype. You know the story, so just enjoy the retelling. Richard Donner (The Omen) has succeeded handily by adhering to the myth and maintaining a comic book approach. He’s also opened up the story with a prologue from the planet Krypton and created a realistic, sexy love story between Lois Lane and the Man of Steel. Christopher Reeve makes a fine Superman and an endearing Clark Kent. Lots of fun. ★ ★ ★
Take Down. Once commercially taboo as a topic for feature films, sports now fill the big screen. It’s wrestling this time, although the makers of this picture appear to have been pinned down by an under-developed plot. Edward Herrmann is a bookish high school English teacher drafted by the principal to coach a team of misfits. He learns that brains and muscles make a nice duo. And, wonder of wonders, he turns the misfits into champs. It’s not much to work with, so, predictably-an important word when describing this film-it doesn’t amount to much. ★
The Warriors. If ever there was an argument for the return of the silent film, this is it. Walter Hill’s story of alienation and the outsider, glibly labeled a “gang film” by many critics, is a visual turn-on. If only the characters didn’t speak! Whenever one opens his mouth the words banal, trite, and pretentious gain new dimensions. A cast of unknowns peoples this story of a New York gang being chased through New York one night by scores of other gangs. ★
Dallas Public Library. Free. Wed at 12:10. Central Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ex 287.
Apr 4: A Doonesbury Special and A Unicorn in the Garden
11: Red, While and Blue Grass
18: Got To Tell It: A Tribute to Mahalia Jackson
25: Keep America Singing
Lakewood Theater. Double features for $1.50. 1825 Abrams. 821-5706.
Richland College. $1.12800 Abrams, Room B142. 746-4430.
Apr 6: Love and Anarchy at 7:30, Seven Beauties at 9:30.
20: Funny Girl at 7:30
27: Macbeth at 7:30 & 10
University of Texas at Dallas. $1 general public, 50￠ UTD students and over 65. 7:30 and 9:30. Founders North Auditorium, Floyd & Campbell Roads, Richardson. 690-2945.
Apr 4: Claire’s Knee
6: The Night Caller
11: Dr. Strangelove
13: Colossus, The Forbin Project
18: Murder at the Gallop
20: Dirty Harry
27: Marriage Italian Style
Because of our early deadlines, our recommendations are based on what we know of the plays and the track records of the companies, presenting them. Commentary is by John Branch.
As You Like It. Through Apr 21. This is probably the prettiest of Shakespeare’s plays: Arden Forest, Rosalind and Orlando, Touchstone and Audrey, poems pinned to trees, and Jaques’ musing disquisitions. $5-7.50. Tues-Fri at 8, Sat at 8:30; matinees Wed at 1:30, Sat at 5. Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. 528-8857.
Blithe Spirit. Through Apr 28. Probably Noel Coward’s best play. The plot concerns a man with two wives, one of whom happens to be spectral; the development is refined farce-fantasy, of a sort that Oscar Wilde might have appreciated. Coward plays are a house specialty at this theater, and in the cast is Susan Moore, who was charmingly silly in Coward’s Hay Fever last year. $5 Wed, Thurs, Sun; $6.50 Fri & Sat. Wed-Sat at 8; Sun matinee at 2:30. New Arts Theatre Company, European Crossroads, 2829 W Northwest Hwy. 350-6979.
Fiddler on the Roof. Through May 6. You can almost hear the producers saying, “Oh, we’ve got a hole in the schedule? Let’s stick in Fiddler again.” Well, at least this theater performed it very well last time, and the director. Buff Shurr, is a magician with musicals. $8.95-11.95. Tues-Sun at 6. Country Dinner Playhouse, 11829 Abrams. 231-9457.
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. Apr 20-29. The book is by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart; more notably, the music and lyrics are by Stephen Sondheim. $3.50 Wed, Thurs, Sun; $4 Fri & Sat; $3 UTA students. Wed at 1:30, Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Fine Arts Theatre, University of Texas at Arlington. (817) 273-2164.
Godspell. Through Apr 7. Stephen Schwartz’s St. Matthew-based musical will be performed by a group from Theatre Onstage, under the direction of Cliff Samuelson. $4 adults, $3.50 students. Tues, Wed, Fri & Sat at 8. St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church, 5100 Ross Ave. 651-9766.
God’s Favorite. Apr 5-May 6. Surely it was one of Neil Simon’s worst ideas to turn the story of Job into a modern comedy. $4.75 general public, $3.75 students and over 65. Thurs-Sat at 8:15; Sun matinee at 3. Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark. 369-8966.
Granny’s Dinner Playhouse. Through Apr 15: Dial M for Murder, with Joan Fontaine. Apr I7-May 20: Two Plus Two Equals Sex, with Pat Paulsen. Dinner shows: Wed, Thurs, Sun $12.50, Fri & Sat $14.50; Sun matinee $9.50. 12205 Coit. 239-0153.
Jesus Christ Superstar. Apr 13-15, 20-22 at 8:15. Andrew Lloyd Weber (music) and Tim Rice (lyrics) contributed to the creation of a peculiar new avenue to the musical stage with this work, which came not from a book or a play but from a record album (they’ve recently done the same thing with Evita). $2.50 general public, $1.50 UTD students. University Theatre, University of Texas at Dallas, Floyd & Campbell Rds, Richardson. 690-2982.
Lu Ann Hampton Laverty Oberlander. Apr 4-7 at 8:15. A country girl’s progress, in which author Preston Jones follows his heroine through 20 years of small-town Texas life. $2.50 general public, $1.50 NTSU students & children. Studio Theatre, North Texas State University, Denton. (817) 788-2560.
Mr. Klebs and Rosalie. Apr 24-May 6. A curious new play by French author Rene de Obaldia, whose parodic “chamber Western,” The Wind in the Branches of the Sassafras, played at the Theater Center in the Sixties. Like that work, this science-fiction comedy may seem at first sight a confused hodgepodge. Well submerged in the confusion is a radical questioning of the human spirit, somewhat in the manner of a contemporary of Obaldia’s, Samuel Beckett. Jack Clay, who will impart his stylish direction to the play, has been working on the translation with a collaborator for perhaps a year now; this will be the American premiere, and the author is scheduled to be present. $4 general public, $3 SMU students. Tues-Sat at 8:15; Sun matinee at 2:15. Bob Hope Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, Southern Methodist University. 692-2573. The Mouse Trap. Apr 19-22. This mystery by Agatha Christie is as much an institution as it is a play (at least in England, where it has run literally for decades). Call for ticket prices. Thurs-Sat at 8; Sun matinee at 2. Arena Theater, El Centro College, Main & Lamar. 746-2152.
Opal’s Husband. Apr 6-29. A comedy by John Patrick, starring Jo Ann Miller. $3-5. Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8; Sun matinee at 2. Granbury Opera House. On the square, Granbury, TX. (817) 573-9191 or (214) 572-0881.
Random Scam. Through April. Random Scam’s performances at Manhattan Clearing House in February were so popular that they were re-booked (the schedule, however, is still tentative). The four guys and one girl in this improvisational comedy group perform satires, skits, and black-out sketches reminiscent of Saturday Night Live’s material. The improvisation is occasionally more evident in the conception than in the execution, and the comedy sometimes misses the mark, but that’s all in the nature of the medium. Through Apr 21: Fri & Sat at 11:30 p.m. From Apr 26: Thurs-Sat at 8:15. $2.50. Manhattan Clearing House, 3420 Main. 651-1153.
Separate Tables. Through Apr 21. Written by Terence Rattigan, a British playwright who turned out mostly competent work for a long time (and a few truly delightful pieces, like the script for the Olivier-Monroe film The Prince and the Showgirl). This one, about the residents of a hotel in England, leaves a little to be desired. Thur & Fri at 8:15; Sun at 2:15. $3.50 adults, $2 students, $1 over 62. Garland Civic Theater, Central Park (Garland Rd at Ave F). 272-9122.
Small Craft Warnings. Through Apr 14. In this fairly recent play, Tennessee Williams appears to be indulging his fondness for derelicts and other down-and-outs. $5.50 & $6.50. Tues-Thurs at 8, Fri & Sat at 8:30, Sun at 2:30 & 7. Theatre Three, The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-5191.
Starting Here, Starting Now. Apr 24-May 26. Two relative unknowns of the American musical theater, lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. and composer David Shire (who has also written for films), finally made something of a splash with this 1977 show. It isn’t even an original work, but a revue consisting of numbers they wrote during the past 15 years or so. It’s designed to be performed by one man and two women; if it comes off here (and musical revues are becoming second nature at Theatre Three), it will be delightful. $5.50 & $6.50. Tues-Thurs at 8, Fri & Sat at 8:30, Sun at 2:30 & 7. Theatre Three, The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-5191.
Thieves’ Carnival. Through Apr 15. Jean Anouilh’s stature in French drama varies, depending on whom you ask, but there’s no denying he has a fertile sense of the theatrical. In this 1932 comedy, he plays with disguises (and, of course, love). $4 general public, $3.50 students and over 65; $5 opening night. Thurs-Sat at 8; Sun matinee at 2. Theatre Onstage, 2120 McKinney. 651-9766.
The Veldt. Through Apr 28. A play by Ray Bradbury about a futuristic playroom and a couple of kids who take advantage of it. It works well on a small stage, and demands imaginative lighting and sound effects; consequently, it’s an excellent choice for this theater. S3 general public, $2.50 12 & under. Thurs-Sat at 9. Hip Pocket Theater, 9524 Hwy 80 West, Fort Worth. (817) 244-9994.
Years in the Making. Apr 20-May 19. A new play by Glenn Allen Smith about a gal and two guys who (says the press release) fall in love forever in Hollywood. $4.50. Tues-Fri at 8, Sat at 8:30. Down Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. 528-8857.
You Know I Can’t Hear You When the Water’s Running. Apr 26-May 5. A set of four one-acts written and strung together (in 1967) by Robert Anderson, who earlier wrote Tea and Sympathy. The subject is, generally, sex. $4 Wed, Thurs, Sun; $4.50 Fri & Sat; $2.50 students. First week, Thurs-Sat at 8:15; Sun matinee at 2:15; second week, Wed-Sat at 8:15. Fort Worth Community Theatre, William E. Scott Theatre, 3505 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817)738-6509.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Apr 12 & 14: Gunther Herbig, the East German conductor who last year memorably conducted Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony, returns to the DSO podium to guest-conduct von Weber’s Overture to Oberon and Tchaikovsky’s moving Symphony No. 6 in B minor. Herbig and the DSO also join the young Greek pianist Vinia Tsopelas in Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, a work that presages the Romantic concerto. Miss Tsopelas, who made her U.S. recital debut at the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, was a protegee of the late Gina Bachauer. (On April 5 and 7 she will be the first performer in the Young Distinguished Artists Series, a new program established by the DSO in Gina Bachauer’s memory.) Apr 20 & 21: Eduardo Mata conducts Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, with pianist Alicia de Larrocha, who will doubtless make great music of this relatively minor but charming and wholly typical work of Beethoven. The second half of the program is devoted to Mahler’s Das Lied von der Erde, the first work in Mata’s ambitious series of Mahler song cycles, with Alfreda Hodgson, contralto, and Seth McCoy, tenor. April 26 & 28: More Mahler, with Mata conducting the DSO and soprano Jessye Norman and baritone Hakkan Hagegard singing the early song cycle, Des Knaben Wunderhorn. Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 in F minor, an at ypically cheerful work (though written during one of the composer’s periods of deep depression), completes the program. $3.50-12. 8:15. Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets at Symphony Box Office and Joske’s NorthPark. 692-0203.
Dallas Civic Symphony. Apr 30 at 8.15. Last year this group performed a creditable Beethoven’s Ninth, and in this last concert of the season the orchestra, conducted by James Rives Jones, turns to Romantic and modern works: Berlioz’s Overture to Le Corsair; Rachmaninoff’s First Piano Concerto, played by John Edward Price of the SMU piano faculty; Jones’ own Elegy for Strings; and Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe Suite No. 2. $3.50 general admission, $2.50 SMU students and over 65. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 692-3511.
Victor Borge. Apr 6 at 8. Eight O’clock Pop Series, Dallas Symphony Orchestra. $3.50-9.50. Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets at Symphony Box Office and Joske’s NorthPark. 692-0203.
Guy Bovet. Apr 27 at 8:15. This Swiss-born organist studied with Marie-Claire Alain, went on to win ten prizes in international competitions between 1962 and 1969, and has performed hundreds of recitals in Europe, the Soviet Union, and the U.S. Bovet’s Dallas recital brings an international master to the keyboard of the new 46-stop organ built for the University Park United Methodist Church by Alfred Kern of Strasbourg, France. Sponsored by the American Guild of Organists. $5. University Park United Methodist Church, Preston Rd. at Caruth Blvd. Call Richard DeLong for ticket information. 824-8185, ex 25.
Cosi fan tutte. Apr 10 at 8:15. The Texas Opera Theater, a regional company that’s the touring and educational division of the Houston Grand Opera, performs a fully staged production of Mozart’s romping musical masterpiece. $1. Performance Hall, Mountain View College, 4849 W. Illinois. 746-4132.
Dialogues of the Carmelites. Apr I at 2:15. Poulenc’s deeply felt religious opera staged by TCU students and faculty of the Music and Theater Departments. The sponsor, the TCU Fine Arts Guild, uses proceeds from its productions for art scholarships. $4 general admission, $2 students and over 65. Ed Landreth Auditorium, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. (817)921-7601.
2nd Annual Duke Ellington Tribute. Apr 29 3-9 pm. A jazzfest on Duke Ellington’s birthday with a jam session featuring surprise guest artists. Local jazz groups, Tommy Loy’s Up-per Dallas Jazz Band, Paul Guerrero’s WGM with Jeanne Maxwell, Mark Carroll, and the UTA Jazz Orchestra will perform. $8. Proceeds go to the Duke Ellington Cancer Center, and the Dallas Jazz Society. The Palladium, 6532 E Northwest Hwy. 692-8878.
William Gangel. Apr 10 at 12:30. Guitar recital by the head of the classical guitar program at Richland. On the program: La Fesco-balda by Frescobaldi, Bach’s Third Lute Suite, Sonatina by Lennox Berkeley, and Fantasia Sevillana by Jacque Turina. Free. Recital Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4550.
Lynn Harrel. Apr 3 at 8:15. This young cellist, a former Dallasite, has played at the world-class level since his teens. At 21 he became the principal cellist of the Cleveland Orchestra under George Szell. He’s played with all the top orchestras since then, and recorded with the likes of Boulez, Barenboim, and Zucker-man. The winner of the first Avery Fisher Award (1975-1976), Harrel is the son of Met baritone Mack Harrel, who for years taught voice at SMU. His program includes Mendelssohn’s Sonata in D major, Op. 58, Bach’s Suite No. 4 in E-flat major, Brahms’ Sonata in E minor, Op. 38, and short works by Chopin, Ravel, Davidoff, and Francoeur. $2.50-10. Dallas Civic Music. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 369-2210.
Manon. Apr 6 at 8, Apr 8 at 2. Massenet’s opera of Abbe Prevost’s tragic love story, with soprano Diana Soviero as Manon, tenor Jacque Trussel as Des Grieux (both from the New York City Opera), and baritone John Darrenkamp (former Affiliate Artist at North-wood Institute in Dallas) as Lescaut. David Hicks directs. $4-17. Fort Worth Opera Association, Tarrant County Convention Center. (817) 731-0833.
Mu Phi Epsilon and Dallas Museum of Fine Arts Sunday Concert Series. Apr 8: Miranda Yee, soprano. Apr 15: Mary Lynn Schlaffer, piano. Apr 22: SMU Early Music Consort. Apr 29: Dallas Music Teachers Association Honors Program. Free. 3 pm. Museum Auditorium, Fair Park. 421-4188.
Music For Easter. Apr 15 at 3. John Patterson and Cynthia Eleck, of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Cathedral, will offer solos and duets by Bach, Handel, and Brahms. Free. Thanks-Giving Square. 651-1777.
Renzulli and Phillips. Apr 10 at 8:15. These pianists not only perform but also compose, conduct, accompany, teach, and lecture all over the country. In their recital for the Van Cliburn Piano Competition the pair will play a program of Romantic works for two pianos: Clementi’s Sonata in B minor, Chopin’s Ron-do, Op. 73, Rachmaninoff’s Suite, Op. 17, and Liszt’s Norma Fantasy. $5. 3505 West Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817) 738-6536.
Roots First Edition. Apr 5 at 6. Jazz and rhythm-and-blues band. Free. Student Center Lobby, El Centro College, Main and Lamar. 746-2152.
Sigma Alpha lota Concert Series. Apr 1 at 4. Phyllis Hazelwood, mezzo soprano, and Ann O’Neal, flutist, will perform. Free. Jonsson Center Performance Hall, UTD, Floyd and Campbell, Richardson. 690-2982.
Krystian Zimerman. Apr 24 at 8:15. This is the first U.S. tour by the 22-year-old Polish pianist who has already walked off with first prize in eight competitions; in 1975 he became the only Pole ever to win first prize in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. Chopin is his specialty (he has a recent LP out on Deutsche Grammophon). $2.50-10. Dallas Civic Music. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 369-2210.
Dance ’79. Apr 20-22, 27-29. SMU Dance Division presents a spring program called Rencontres, choreographed and performed by SMU students and facult, $3.50 general public, $2.50 SMU students. Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun matinee at 2:15. Bob Hope Theater, SMU. For reservations call 692-2573.
Don Quixote. Apr 28 & 29. Choreographed by Miguel Terehkov, chairman of the dance department at Oklahoma University, and formerly a principal dancer with the Ballets Russes. The ballet will feature Fernando Bu-jones of the American Ballet Theater, along with Sheila Postlethwaite of the Fort Worth Ballet Company. $2-14. Sat at 8.15, Sun matinee at 2:15. Sponsored by the Fort Worth Ballet. Tarrant County Convention Center. (817) 731-0879.
Repertory Dance Company. Apr 1 at 2 pm. Directed by Toni Beck, the company will perform Prints and Negatives, Concerto in C Major, and Mama, Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys. $8. Scott Theater, 3505 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817) 738-6509.
Spring Dance Festival. Manhattan Clearing House continues its second annual spring dance activities. Featured are performances by Brookhaven and Mountain View College dance groups, John Hofsas and the Arts Magnet High School group, and the Beverly Cook Dance Company from Houston. $2.50. Thurs-Sat at 8:15, Sun matinee at 2:15. 3420 Main Street. 651-1153.
Tommy. Apr 27-29. A rock ballet, choreographed by John Pasqualetti, featuring members of the Dallas Metropolitan Ballet. The original score is by The Who. $3.50-15. Fri & Sat at 7:30, Sun matinee at 2:30. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets at Preston Ticket Agency, Joske’s NorthPark, Sears Valley View. 361-0278.
Andrew’s. One of Dallas’ better 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 & 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. Entertainment, Thurs 9-1; Fri & Sat 9-1:30; Sun & Mon 8:30-11:30; Tues & Wed 8:30-12:30. Bar hours, Thurs noon-1; Fri & Sat noon-2; Sun-Wed noon-midnight. All credit cards. Reservations Fri and Sat. 4925 Greenville. 692-8224.
Cardinal Puff’s. A favorite of the quieter SMU set, it’s a bright, friendly place with no pretensions. In warm weather, enjoy the decked beer garden; in colder months, the greenhouse with fireplace. Excellent sandwiches and munchies; beer and wine only. Daily 4-2. V, MC. 4615 Greenville. 369-1969.
Carlotta’s Cadillac. A dimly lighted, moderately priced Mexican restaurant where you can hear tactful jazz and interpretive standards by the sax/piano duo The King & 1. This talented pair was the house band at Jason’s and we’re glad they’re still on the scene. Entertainment, Thurs-Sat 9:30-1. Regular hours, Mon-Sat 11:30-2, Sun 6-midnight. MC, V. McKinney at Hall. 521-4360
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. Happy Hour, daily 11:30-8. Mon-Fri 11:30-2; Sat 12-2; Sun 1-2. AE, MC, V. 4830 McKinney. 526-9327.
The Embers Lounge. Forget that the bar is stocked like your Uncle Ed’s, that it’s only a waiting place for tables for the Southern Kitchen restaurant which houses it: On Saturday nights, the Embers becomes one of the best jazz bars in Dallas; pianist/vocalist Al Dupree could give lessons to Bobby Short. Sal 7:30-10:30. All credit cards. Southern Kitchen East, 6615 E. Northwest Hwy. 368-1063.
The Enclave. Attracting mainly an over-30, well-heeled crowd, the Enclave tries to be a class joint, and it succeeds in terms of drinks, attentive service, and low lighting. It and pianist-vocalist Gene Albert suffer, however, from the over-sized sound system that makes the live music sound just like Muzak. Albert performs solo during Happy Hour, 6-8:30 Mon-Sat; two sidemen join him from 8:30-12:30 on weeknights and until 1:30 on weekends. Mon-Thurs 11:30-2:30 & 5-12:30 ; Fri & Sat til 1:30. All credit cards. 8325 Walnut Hill. 363-7487.
Faces. Dallas’ 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. Dancimg. Daily 8-2. No credit cards. 4001 Cedar Springs. 522-7430.
Greenville Bar & Grill. Billed as Dallas’ oldest bar, brought back to life as a neighborhood gathering spot for Lakewood/East Dallas. A comfortable place to drink, talk, and munch burgers. Daily 11-2. Thurs & Sun: Hal Baker and the Gloom Chasers play Dixieland. Food served 11 am-1. $2 cover Thurs, $1 Sun. 2821 Greenville. 823-6691.
The Hop. This small but friendly pub has the best munchies in Fort Worth – fried okra and eggplant, for example; pitchers are $1 every Wednesday after 2. The crowd is a happy amalgamation of college students and families. Mon-Sat 11-2; Sun 4-1. MC, V. 2905 W. Berry, Fort Worth. (817) 923-7281.
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. Daily 5-2. All credit cards. Old Town in the Village. 691-2646.
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.
Knox Street Pub. An apparent favorite of young professionals, the nostalgic pub features excellent food and a jukebox that rivals the Stoneleigh P’s. Daily 11-2. No credit cards. 3230 Knox. 526-9476.
Lakewood Yacht Club. In East Dallas’ latest, scores of press photos decorate the walls from eye level all the way up to the incredibly high ceiling; there’s also (inexplicably but interestingly) a UPI teletype machine. The bar features home-cooked potato chips, really comfortable chairs, a well-stocked jukebox, and an interesting neighborhood clientele. Daily 11-2. AE, MC, V. 2009 Abrams. 824-1390.
The Library. This new bar /restaurant in the spruced-up old Melrose Hotel achieves the understated tastefulness for which most motif bars strive. The small bar area is richly appointed in brass, leather, and, of course, books; it’s comfortable, blessedly quiet; the drinks are excellent, and the service is unobtrusive. Daily noon-I am. All credit cards. 3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151.
Lillie Langtry’s. Antlers on the wall, portraits of actress Langtry, and an informal clientele are aspects of this small, rustic-looking club. More important are the entertainers, who have recently included talented locals like Karen Bella and blues, guitarist Charley Lee. This month, check out C&W single Tom Stevens, who’s there Thurs-Sat 9:30-2 am. Happy Hour, Mon-Sat 4-7, Sun 2-7. Regular hours, Mon-Sun noon-2 am. Nachos and sandwiches served. No cover. AE, MC, V. 6932 Greenville. 368-6367.
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. Sun-Thurs 8-2; Fri & Sat 8-4. $1 cover Sun-Thurs, $2 Fri & Sat. No credit cards. 1807 N Harwood. 651-1988.
Overlake 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 Beggar, 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 & Sun 6-2.
All credit cards. 7940 N Central. 691-7455.
Popsicle Toes. Taking its name from a Michael Franks tune, this club’s not long on atmosphere or comfort, but has presented a diversity of local jazz. The house band is the funk /jazz unit Buster Brown (Tues through Sat), and on Sunday there’s big band jazz with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Tues-Sun 9-2, closed Mon. Cover varies (no cover Tuesdays). No credit cards. 5627 Dyer. 368-9706.
The Quiet Man. One of the few surviving Sixties quiet places, the small beer garden is a great place to talk over a beer – except during rush hour on Knox Street when the nearby Highland Park Cafeteria opens its serving line. Lacking some but not much of the place’s charm is the other Quiet Man at 5629 Yale. Sun-Thurs noon-midnight; Fri & Sat until 2. No credit cards. 3120 Knox. 526-6180.
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 & Sat until 1 am; Sun noon-midnight. No credit cards. 2926 Maple. 741-0824.
Strictly Ta-Bu. The Forties 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. Mon-Thurs 5-1; Fri 5-2; Sat & Sun 6-2. No cover. MC, V. 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 views of the Dallas skyline. Daily 11-2. All credit cards. $1.50 for the trip up. Reunion Tower, 301 Reunion. 651-1234.
Vagabond Club. Surely the only bar in Dallas with a swimming pool. Service is friendly, and general amicability extends to closing hours as well. A must for all with a sense of humor or an interest in sociology. Daily 10-2 (usually). All credit cards. 3619 Greenville. 824-4390.
Venetian Room. A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts those couples who appreciate the semiformal 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 Brennan’s – friendly and attentive at its best, lackadaisical and downright surly at its worst. 2 shows nightly except Sunday; $6-18. AE, DC, MC, V. Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454.
The White Elephant. Located in the recently revived Stockyards District in Fort Worth, this place looks like what all non-Texans think real Texas bars should be – lots of rough wood, a long bar, and a clientele occasionally decked out in western attire. Entertainment provided by singer-guitarist Don Edwards. Mon-Sat 11-2; closed Sun. MC. 106 E. Exchange, Fort Worth. (817)624-0271.
Whiskey River. Decorated in rustic western style and resembling a corral, it usually features – what else? – progressive country acts. Daily 8-2. Cover varies. AE, MC, V. 5421 Greenville. 369-9221.
Dallas Museum of Fine Art. The permanent collections of African and Pre-Columbian art are open. Tues-Sun 11-6. Fair Park. 421-4188.
Amon Carter Museum. Through Apr: Selections from the permanent collection. Through Apr 22: Exhibition of American folk painting, 1773 to 1894. Apr 26: Showing of early American and 18th-century art from the permanent collection of the Worcester, Massachusetts Art Museum. Gallery tours available daily. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817)738-1933.
Kimbell Art Museum. Apr 17-June 3. Chinese Paintings from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection. Paintings and calligraphy by 24 artists active in China from the 14th to the 20lh centuries, including works by Tao-chi, a leading painter of the Ch’ing Dynasty. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Will Rogers Road West, Fort Worth. (817) 332-8451.
Dallas Visual Arts Gallery. Apr 5-27. National Photo Invitational exhibit of photographs and other light-sensitive media. Mon-Fri 8-5. UT Dallas, Floyd and Campbell Rds, Richardson. 690-2762.
Photography as Art. Through Apr 30. Juried show at the Dallas Public Library featuring entries from amateur and professional photographers from north central Texas. Terrace Room, 4th floor. Mon-Fri 9-5; after 5 weekdays and all day Sat, see information desk; closed Sun. Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ex 287.
Adelle M. Fine Art. Through Apr. Weavings by Cynthia Russell. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sun 1-5. 3317 McKinney Ave. 526-0800.
The Afterimage. Mar 27-May 5. Photographs by Harry Callahan. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. The Quadrangle, No. 151, 2800 Routh. 748-2521.
Allen Street. Apr 1-14: Benefit show by local photographers. Apr 15-28: Third Sunday photography show. Tues-Sat 10-6, Sun 1-5. 2817 Allen Street. 742-5207.Altermann Through Apr. Bronze sculptures by Harry Jackson, oil paintings by Douglas Ricks. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appointment. 2504 Cedar Springs. 745-1266.
Brentano’s. Through Apr. Oriental art including Japanese and Korean woodcuts, Chinese water-colors on silk, and Vietnamese lithographs. Mon-Sat 1-9. 451 North Park Center. 369-8904.
Collector’s Covey. Apr 7-14. Reveau Basseti retrospective. Landscape and wildlife themes in various media. Mon-Sat 10-6. 15 Highland Park Village. 521-7880.
Contemporary. Through Apr. Paintings and collages by the German artist Herbert Schneider. Mon-Sat 10:30-5. The Quadrangle, No. 120, 2800 Routh. 747-0141.
Clifford. Apr 8-May 5. Etchings by Jane Goldman and sculpture by Larry Felly. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 6610 Snider Plaza. 363-8223.
David L. Gibson. Through Apr. Birds of America by John Gould, J. J. Audubon, and Mark Catesby. Wed-Sat 11-5. 2723 Routh. 744-3474.
D.W. Co-op. Apr 7-May 2. “Rooms,” a showing of environments created by regional artists. Tues-Sat 11-5. 3305 McKinney at Hall. 526-3240.
Delahunty. Through Apr 21. Relief prints by Juergen Strunck. Tue-Sat 11-5. 2611 Cedar Springs. 744-1346.
500 Exposition. Through Apr 15: “All Star Stable” group exhibit showing works by 17 artists in various media. Apr 21-May 20: “Grids and Sheets,” works by Harriet Hearne and Diane Spiglich. Wed & Thur 11-2, Fri & Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. 500 Exposition. 828-1111.
Fringe Element. Through Apr. Showing of holographic art, with some Balinese fabric art ana contemporary photography. Mon-sat 10-6, Sun by appointment. 2727-D Routh. 741-5219.
The Frontroom. Apr 21-May 19. Stoneware by Karen Karnes and Ann Stannard. Mon-Sat 10-5. Craft Compound, 6617 Snider Plaza. 369-8338.
Gallery One. Apr 21-May 19. Fantasy Western serigraphs by Daniel Kiacz. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2. 4715 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. (817) 737-9566.
Gentry. Through Apr. Photography by Charles Collum, Greg Peterson, Suzanna O’Brien, Bob Goodman, Frances Shephard, and Marti Dees. Mon-Sat 2-5. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 741-5798.
KERA’s Gallery 13. Apr I6-May 25. Screens, prints, lithographs, and drawings by TCU students Robert Lewis, Davis Fiegenschue, Linda Guy, and David Conn. Mon-Fri 8-5. Channel 13, 3000 Harry Hines. 744-1300.
Phillips. Through Apr. Gallery Garden Show with paintings by Elizabeth Charleston. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2517 Fairmount. 748-7888.
Quadrangle. Through Apr: Oils and water-colors by Bogomir Bogdanovic. Apr 22-May 17: Etchings by Sandy Scott. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-9488.
Shango. Through Apr. African and South Pacific masks and figures. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2606 Fairmount. 744-4891.
Stewart. Apr 15-May 1, Oil figures by Arie Vanselm, Lau Chun, and Charles Campbell. Tues-Sat 10-5. 12610 Coit. 661-0213.
Texas Art Gallery. Through Apr. Bronze sculptures by Juan Dell, photographs by Gary Niblett, paintings by Gordon Snidow. Mon-Fri 9-5. 1400 Main. 747-8158.
Williamson. Through Apr. Oil paintings by Jack Erwin and Herc Fickien. Mon-Sat 11:30-5:30. 3408 Milton. 369-1270.
2719. Through Apr. Joint exhibition of paintings by symbolist Kermit Oliver and pointillist Jack Lew. Tue-Sat 11-5, Sun 2-5. 2719 Routh. 748-2094.
Antique Doll and Toy Fair. Apr 20-22. Sponsored by the Ellis County Museum. Free. Fri 2-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 201 South College, Waxahachie. 937-3892.
Dallas Figure Skating Club. Apr 29 & 30 at 7. Spotlight Revue ’79. Free. Palace Ice Arena, Richardson. 234-5369.
Heirloom Appraisal Day. Apr 22, 1-6. Sponsored by Dallas’ Delta Gamma alumnae in association with the American Society of Appraisers to benefit sight conservation and aid-to-the-blind organizations. $5 per item appraised. NorthPark Shopping Center. 363-4926.
How to Look at Chinese Paintings. Apr 18 at 7:30. Lecture by Wen Fong, chairman of the Department of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, to accompany the Sackler ex-hibition. Free. Auditorium, Kimbell Art Museum, Will Rogers Road West, Fort Worth. (817) 332-8451.
Liz Carpenter. Apr 19 at 12:15. The journalist and former press aide to Lady Bird Johnson will lecture. Free. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.
Poetry of Creation. Apr 29 at 3. John Lewis of the SMU Department of knglish explores the meaning of creation in religious poetry and myth from around the world. Free. Thanks-Giving Square, Dallas. 651-1777.
Sarah McClendon. Apr 17 at 12:15. Lecture by the dean of the Women’s Peace Corps. Free. Richland College, Room B142, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.
Smith College Book Sale. Apr 1, 1-5 pm. To provide scholarship funds for Dallas/Fort Worth area girls. The Corner (Walnut Hill at North Central Expressway). For more information call Rue Henry at 351-5744.
Temple Emanu-el Brotherhood Art Festival. Apr 1-8. Festival will feature Chagall’s series “The Story of the Exodus” and works by William Slaughter. Free. 8500 Hillcrest Road. 368-3613.
Third Annual Chisholm Trail Round-Up. Apr 19-22. Co-sponsored by the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Worth Star Telegram and held in conjunction with the Copenhagen /Skoal Rodeo Superstars Championship. For more information call 336-2461.
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. SI. Tours offered Sun only, 11-5. Fair Park. 823-9931.
Dallas 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.
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. Les Hommes de Mer (skin diving club) the second Wednesday of each month. Free. Mon-Sat 8-5; Sun & holidays 1-5. Fair Park. 428-3587.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Planetarium: Sat at 11, 2:30, 3:30; Sun at 2:30 & 3:30. Museum: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5. 150 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.
Fort Worth Zoological Park. Mammal collection, aquarium, herpetarium, and tropical bird house. Through Apr: “A Place for Life,” six-screen multi-media production, 1 & 3:30 pm weekdays, every half hour. 1-4:30 week-ends. Zoo hours: 9-5:30 daily. 2727 Zoological Park, Fort Worth. (817) 870-7050.
Garden Center. The attractive solarium is one of Dallas’ 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. Apr 21 & 22: Annual Plant Sale. Sat 10-5, Sun 12-5. Garden Center Bldg., Fair Park. Regular Garden Center hours: Mon-Fri 10-5; Sat & Sun 2-5. 428-8351.
Health and Science Museum. Through Apr 15. “Pompeii Revisited.” A family oriented exhibit in conjunction with the DM FA exhibit. Multi-media show on the science and technology of Pompeii, planetarium show, simulated volcanic eruptions, clothing and jewelry of the period, architectural exhibit with water-colors of floor plans, rooms and furnishings, and a National Geographic photo show. On weekends, a workshop for children. Mon-Sat 9-5; Sun 1-5. Workshops Sat 9-11:30, 1-3:30; Sun 1-3:30. Fair Park. 428-8351.
Museum of Natural History. This museum is locked into some pretty uninspiring permanent displays, but it mounts an occasional special exhibit of interest, and the fossilized remains of prehistoric creatures continue to awe the crowds. Free. Mon-Sat 8-5; Sun 1-5. Fair Park. 421-2169.
Audubon Sanctuary, Mountain Creek Lake. A favorite of local 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.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 daily 11 am-2 am. 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 April, open Sat & Sun 10-10. One price admission $8.50 per person, children under 3 free. Parking $1. 3 1/2 miles northeast of SR 360, just south of 1-30. 461-1200.
Thanks-Giving Square. A purposely sacred space in the middle of downtown, framed by three brass bells at one entrance and a spiralling 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, & holidays 1-5. Bryan, Ervay, and Akard.
Baseball – Texas Rangers. Arlington Stadium. All games at 7:35 pm unless noted otherwise. General admission $2, 13 & under $1.50; Reserved seats $5-6. 273-5100.
Apr 10, 11, 12 vs. Cleveland Indians
Apr 13, 14 vs. Detroit Tigers
Apr 15 (at 2:05) vs. Detroit
Apr 23, 24, 25 vs. Toronto Blue Jays
Hockey – Dallas Black Hawks. Fair Park Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3-6. 823-6362.
Apr 3 vs. Fort Worth
Apr 6 (CHL playoffs begin; call for schedule)
Hockey – Fort Worth Texans. Will Rogers Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3.50-5.50. (817) 332-1585.
Apr 4 vs. Dallas
Apr 6 (CHL playoffs begin; call for schedule)Lacrosse – Dallas Lacrosse Club. Village Apartment Athletic Field, Southwestern Blvd. 1 pm. Admission free.
Apr 7 vs. Tulane
Apr 21 vs. U. of Texas
Apr 28 vs. Houston Lacrosse Club
Rodeo – Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Every Friday and Saturday at 8 pm, April through September. Off LBJ at Military Park-way exit. Box seats $4; general admission $3 adults, $1.50 12 & under. 285-8777.
Soccer – Dallas Tornado. Ownby Stadium, SMU. All games at 8 pm. Tickets $3-8. 750-0140.
Apr 7 vs. Houston Hurricane
Apr 14 vs. Seattle Sounders
Apr 28 vs. California Surf
Alice in Wonderland. Apr 5-7 at 8. Free. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. Call 746-4494 for reservations.
Magic Turtle Plays. Through Apr. A surprise play from an original script will be presented Sats at 10:30. $2.50. Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. 526-8857.
New Clothes For the Emperor. Apr 1 & 8. Performed by the Junior Guild Players. $2. Sun at 2 & 4. The Haymarket Theater in Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit. 341-0726 or 388-5855.
Peter Cottontail. April 6& 13 at 7 pm; Apr 7 & 14 at 2 pm. $2 children, $4 adults. Casa Manana Playhouse, 3101 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. For tickets write P O Box 9054, Fort Worth 76107, or call (817) 332-6221.
Peter Rabbit at the Wishing Well. Through Apr 28. Kathy Burks Marionettes. $1.25. Thurs-Sat at 10:30, 1 & 4. Haymarket Theatre in Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit. 233-1958.
Prince Reynard. Through Apr 28. A musicalfantasy filled with wizards, kings, and princes.$2 under 12, $3 adults. Sats at 1. Hip PocketChildren’s Theatre, 9524 Hwy 80 W, FortWorth. (817) 244-9994.