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A Felicitous Mistake From the Simon Machine

One thing you can’t deny about Neil Simon is his consistency. He has been writing plays and film scripts since the early Sixties, and every subject he has touched, from an awkward newlywed couple to the story of Job, has emerged from his typewriter stamped unmistakably with his wisecracking trademark. Such a narrow path is a dangerous course for a writer to pursue; it tempts Simon’s detractors to claim he is merely a machine. They point out that his first writing was done for television, and suggest that he has never since written anything but sketches, which he mechanically pads out to full play length. This is mostly true. But now and then the Simon machine makes a felicitous mistake. In The Gingerbread Lady, tor instance, he allows a little pathos to creep into his ostensibly comic portrait of an alcoholic nightclub singer (a chance Theatre Three took advantage of a few years ago, to memorable effect). In Plaza Suite, which Theatre Onstage will perform this month, he lets slip two or three surprises. For one thing, he more or less admits that he’s writing sketches, and he simply ties three of them together, one per act, with no connection except that they all occur in the same place (a set of rooms in New York’s Plaza Hotel, hence the title). And he wrote a pretty lengthy first act that fools around for a while in the usual manner and then gets down to business; it’s only a “marriage problems of a middle-aged couple” story, but it’s rather touching, and rather clever too. The rest of the play makes for a varied package; if the first act is comic drama, the second is comic romance, and the third is all-out farce. It’s a good choice for Theater Onstage. If the group has had any particular specialty in the past, it has been shows from the broad middle ground between serious theater and popular entertainment. Their resources have improved considerably in the last couple of years, technically and otherwise; their stage, for instance, no longer looks like it’s just hiding out in the back] of the Trinity Methodist Church, and their casts now draw on a much more talented pool of actors and actresses (many of them from SMU) than before. Their biggest test so far, perhaps, came last October with the challenge of doing a full-fledged musical (Stephen Sond-heim’s Company); they passed with flying colors in every respect but the orchestra (and after all, that’s a problem shared by practically every other theater in town).

Plaza Suite opens Feb 15. For more information, call 651-9766.

– John Branch

Fights of Fancy at the Golden Gloves

One of the best sports filmclips ever to hit the local TV screen was aired a couple of years ago on the Channel 8 news. The scene was Dallas Memorial Auditorium, the occasion was the Dallas Regional Golden Gloves Tournament. The clip featured two teenage boxers, one a tall gangly character, the other a shorter, stockier sort. As the film rolled, the shorter boxer was chasing the taller boxer in a circle around the ring. The little guy was landing right uppercuts to the tall guy’s rump, while the tall guy was looping punches backwards over his shoulder, pounding the top of the little guy’s head. When the clip ended and the studio camera came back to sports-caster Verne Lundquist, Verne was found head down on his desk laughing hysterically. The group around my television was similarly cracked up. I’d love to see that clip again someday.

While that scene may never be matched, similar matches can still be seen every year at the Golden Gloves. This year it’s the week of February 13-17, again at Dallas Memorial Auditorium. Tickets range from $3.50-$5.50 and, as long as-you don’t have any bias about boxing as a legitimate sport, it’s as good an entertainment value as you can find. The Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday night preliminary matches usually provide the goofy mismatches and the wild slugathons, while the Friday and Saturday night semi-finals and finals produce the best boxing. Friday and Saturday figure to be sellout crowds of 10,000, so you’d best get tickets in advance – available at all Sears stores, Preston Ticket Agency, DeLeon Jewelers, and Sanger-Harris downtown.

California Iconoclast In Fort Worth

Wallace Berman, who died in 1976, is usually called the father of California Assemblage, though his protean talents made him equally at home among the Beats and the West Coast Pop artists like Ed Ruscha and Edward Kienholz. He was a photographer, filmmaker, editor of a provocative small magazine called Semina, sometime poet, and full-time artist. During the Fifties and early Sixties he was a counter-culture hero, a symbol of aesthetic freedom in the face of bureaucratic harassment. With each bust his work seemed to grow stronger. More recently, he has been recognized as one of the more imaginative and influential members of the Surrealist avant-garde.

His best and most familiar works are his photomontages, in which images of people, animals, buildings, and objects are juxtaposed, then fused into a single un-differentiated object by the use of a Verifax machine. Many times the images appear on TV screens and the faces of transistor radios, twin symbols of the mind control that Berman was constantly attacking. Poet Robert Duncan, a close friend, has described Berman’s art as the art of context, combining and recombining familiar images until something new and unexpected emerges. Out of the swirl of fragments comes a new context. As the Dadaists and Surrealists discovered, the collage is also an ideal vehicle for attacking the conventional and the sacrosanct. This is the thrust of Berman’s art. Like the Beats, he had no sympathy with romantic myths about America. His collages are allegories of cultural decay and psychic disorder – ironic, tough-minded, sinister.

The current retrospective at the Fort Worth Art Museum (through February 18) brings together not only the collages but posters, sculptures, book covers, and bits of correspondence. It provides a rare opportunity to view the work of an important and still undervalued artist.

The work of Houston artist James Hill defies neat description. It is private and associative, based upon memories, myths, and personal experiences rather than the conventional elements of line and color. He arranges favorite images – masks, maps of Africa and Texas, guns, gorillas, cryptic phrases – in alarge neutral space so that they can talkto one another. “Things that aren’tthere interest me,” Hill says, and that iscertainly the focal point of his work, thespaces between the elements of his compositions. In one piece a photograph ofthe artist in a gorilla mask is set againsta dark background. The phrase “IGorilla” appears below in white, whilearound the photograph is a crude list ofmemories: “About dancing in NewYork, About daughters far away, Abouta lady in white. . .” The combination ofwords and images, at once playful andunsettling, provides a loose series ofideas that the viewer must assemble forhimself. This is art of metaphor ratherthan precise statement. It is also eccentric and intriguing. See for yourselfat D.W. Co-op from February 3 to March 1. – David Dillon

Two Festivals of New Music

For the past several years SMU and Eastfield College have held noteworthy festivals to drum up local interest in 20th century music. Both schools have drawn some of the biggest names on the current music scene-last year John Cage came to East Field and Gunther Schuller to SMU-for lectures, master classes, and of course, performances.

SMU’s Contemporary Music Festival is a two-day affair this year, beginning February 8 with “An Evening with Barton and Priscilla McLean.” On the music faculty at UT Austin, “The McLean Mix,” as they call themselves, pioneered the use of quadraphonic sound. They will present a live performance combined with electronic music.

The next evening, Voices of Change, those tireless local performers and proponents of 20th century music headed by Ross Powell, play works by Donald Erb, a teacher and composer of electronic, instrumental, and experimental music.

The Festival of 20th Century Music at East field covers the non-electronic sides of contemporary music. At Eastfield things get going with the jazz sound of the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Big Band, February 16 at 8:00 pm, a long-standing progressive group that’s still built around the sax, trumpet, trombone, and rhythm sections of old style swing bands, but whose charts are like nothing Glenn Miller could have dreamed of. On February 17 at 8 pm, there’s a recital of 20th century classical guitar music by Enric Madriguera and Robert and Mary Guthrie, both SMU faculty members. Adolfo Odnoposoff, cellist, and Berthre Huberman Odnoposoff, pianist, sample some of the cello and piano literature on February 20 at 8. This year’s luminary at the Eastfield Festival is the American composer Vincent Persichetti. Particularly popular and prolific as a composer of band music, Persichetti will lecture on “Our American Music” on February 22 at 12:30 pm and at 8 pm will conduct a program of his own music.

Concerts in Performance Hall ofEastfield College, 3777 Motley Drive at1-30, Mesquite. All events free, exceptThad Jones/Mel Lewis ($4 per person).746-3132. – Willem Brans


Some of these films haven’t opened in Dallas yet, but they should sometime in February. Commentary and ratings are by Charles Schreger.

★ ★ ★ Must see.

★ ★ Good entertainment.

Not a total waste of time.

No stars – don ’t bother.

Brass Target. In recent years, a new film genre has emerged-the paranoid international spy caper. The latest example has Sophia Loren, John Cassavetes, Robert Vaughn, and Max Von Sydow running around Europe attempting either to assassinate or protect George Kennedy who-if you can believe this-is General George Patton. Without doubt the lamest, most inept excuse for a thriller in a long time. Forget it.

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 Girl). 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.

Caravans. The only thing dumber than this film’s premise-about a U. S. Senator’s daughter who runs away with a tribe of desert nomads-is its dialogue. Anthony Quinn leads the nomads, who are also gun runners for the Russians. Jennifer O’Neill, who looks like she bought her desert clothes at Bonwit Teller, is the daughter being pursued by Michael Sar-razin. Lawrence of Arabia, where are you when we need you?

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 a game of Russian Roulette, played by POWs 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.

Force Ten from Navarone. A sequel to The Guns of Navorone, but it really isn’t a sequel, just an old-fashioned war movie about a team of soldiers on an impossible mission. Robert Shaw, Edward Fox, Harrison Ford, and Carl Weathers have to blow up a bridge to save the Allies from certain defeat. Except for Fox, the cast members appear to be walking through their parts. The film’s excitement comes from Guy Hamilton’s taut direction and Robin Chapman’s clever screenplay.

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.

King of the Gypsies. Further evidence that Hollywood likes nothing better than to remake itself. As if there haven’t already been enough Rocky and Codfather clones, here’s a cross between the two. This Dino De Laurentiis production, written and directed by Frank Pierson (A Star is Born), follows a New York gypsy clan through three generations. Eric Roberts makes a promising debut as the reluctant heir to the throne. Shelley Winters sets a new standard for ugliness as queen of the tribe. Also features Sterling Hayden, Susan Sarandon, Judd Hirsch, and Brooke Shields.

Lord of the Rings. Ralph Bakshi (Fritz The Cat, Wizards) gets very high marks for boldness. Attempting to turn J.R.R. Tolkien’s trilogy into a feature film was an ambitious project. To accomplish the task he developed a new approach to animation, filming the action with live actors, then drawing the cartoons over the film. On screen, however, the fantasy isn’t enchanting, which is what even an adult fable must be. For Tolkien freaks and students of animation only.

The Love Bug. Everyone’s favorite Volkswagen, Herbie, is back for one last shot on the big screen before his television debut this year. The Disney Studios have been turning out so many lame live action films of late that it’s good to see this one again as a reminder that G-rated family movies can be mindless and fun. Dean Jones stars as a down-on-his-luck race car driver who finds fortune and a friend in a beat up VW.

Magic. Anthony Hopkins is a magician-ventriloquist who splits from the pressures of New York City to visit his high school girlfriend (Ann-Margret) and proceeds to crack up, talk to his dummy, and kill a few people. Joseph Levine produced this adaptation of William Goldman’s thriller, which means it’s supposed to be a big deal. But it’s nothing more than an extended “Twilight Zone” episode, although not nearly as spooky, witty, or well-acted. Also stars Ed Lauter and Burgess Meredith.

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 powerful screenplay, the picture is tough, gruesome, and unrelenting. Impressive performances by Brad Davis, John Hurt, and Randy Quaid.

Movie Movie. A double dose of nostalgia that both salutes and satirizes the films of the Forties. A pair of features crowded into two hours directed with good-natured self-consciousness by Stanley Donen: The first half follows a delivery boy who turns boxer to earn enough money for his sister’s operation; part two sends up the Hollywood musicals, as a dying producer picks a chorus girl out of the lineup and makes her a star. Not particularly weighty, but witty and unusual. Stars the always-excellent George C. Scott.

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.

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 her Super boyfriend. Christopher Reeve makes a fine Superman and an endearing Clark Kent. Lots of fun.

Watership Down. Certainly the only way to film Richard Adams’s fable of a group of rabbits who abandon their doomed city for a new home and freedom was to animate it. Then again, there was no burning need to make a movie of Adams’s novel. Martin Rosen, who had never made an animated film, produced, wrote, and directed. Nice try, but no carrot.

The Wiz. Unleash the superlatives. Here is one big, lush, expensive, talent-packed Wow. This screen version of the long-running Broadway musical is perfect from start to finish. Just when you think the picture can’t possibly hit another peak, Lena Horne as the good witch comes on to sing “Believe” and blows the whole film apart. Tony Walton’s costumes, Oswald Morris’s photography, Charlie Smalls’s music, Albert Whitlock’s special effects, Sidney Lumet’s direction, and the performances by Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, and Nipsey Russell can’t be praised enough.


Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. Feb17 at 3:30. Lakewood Branch Public Library,6121 Worth. 748-9071, ex 287.

Kimbell Art Museum. Films to accompanythe exhibition of Gupta sculpture from India,Through Feb 3: Phantom India, documentaryby Louis Malle. Sat at 2. Through Feb 25: Hinduism: The Many Paths to God. Sun at 2. Feb10-24: The Apu Trilogy, story of a family in aBengali village. Sat at 2. Will Rogers RoadWest, Fort Worth. (817) 332-8451.

Richland College. Feb 2 at 7:30 and 10 pm:Seven Samurai. Feb 9: Beatles at Shea Stadiumat 7:30, Yellow Submarine at 9:30. Feb 16:Romeo & Juliet at 7:30, Black Orpheus at 10.$1. Room B142, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.

Casa View Branch Library. Great Leaders ofWorld War II. Feb 3: Sir William Slim: FieldMarshal of the British Army. Feb 10: Sir Arthur “Bomber” Harris: Marshal of the RoyalAir Force. Feb 17: White Wilderness. Feb 24:The African Lion. Free. 10355 Ferguson.328-4113.


Blood Money. Jan 30-Feb 24. A musical by M.B. Johnston. $4.50. Tues-Fri at 8, bat at 8:30. Down Center Stage, Dallas Theater Center. 3636 Turtle Creek. 528-8857

Catch Me If You Can. Feb 9-Mar 3. A mystery by Jack Weinstock and Wille Gilbert. $1 over 60, $2 students, $3 general public. Fri-Sat at 8:15. Garland Civic Theater, Central Park (Garland Rd at Ave F). 272-9122

The Club. Through Feb 24. A satirical revue, arranged by Eve Merriam, set in a turn-of-the-century men’s club and consisting mainly of old male-chauvinist songs; the clever idea behind it is that they’re performed by a female cast. This show alternates with Molière’s Tartuffe, in a version set in the ante-bellum South. The company here usually displays more energy, and often more ingenuity, than troupes twice its size. Thurs-Sat at 9, Sat at midnight. Hip Pocket Theatre, 9524 Hwy 80 W, Fort Worth. (817) 244-9994.

The Devil’s General. Through Mar 3. Carl Zuckmayer’s play, set in Germany in 1941, has a little of everything: suspense, soul-searching, romance, even a nasty Cestapo agent. The play is sturdily constructed, and this staging is by Harry Buckwitz, a West German director of high repute. $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.

Diaghilev. Thru Feb 17. A one-man show by Marty Martin in which Julian Gamble portrays the founder and director of the Ballets Russes; his associates included Nijinsky, Stravinsky, Picasso, and Satie. $5, $6.50. Wed-Sat at 8. New Arts Theatre Company, Alpha-Omega Bldg (a new location), European Crossroads. 350-6979.

Dallas Minority Repertory Theater. Feb 20 at 12:15. Scenes from an upcoming production of Bossman and Lena. Free. Dallas Public Library, Central Branch. 748-9071, ex 287.

Dallas Theater Center Mime Troupe. Feb 24 at 3. Free. Dallas Public Library, Lakewood Branch. 821-5128.

Frederick Douglass. Feb 16. Charles Face in a one-man show based on the life of the black abolitionist and orator. Free. El Centro College, Lamar & Main. 746-2152.

The Greatest Man Alive. Thru Feb 11. A comedy by Anthony Webster, starring Tom Ewell. $8.95-11.95. Tues-Sun at 6. Country Dinner Playhouse, 11829 Abrams. 231-9457.

Harvey. Feb 23-24, Mar 1-3. Mary Chase’s lovable old comedy about Elwood P. Dowd and his rabbit friend. Performed by the Arlington Community Theatre, which staged an impressive Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? last fall. $3, $2 for students and over 65. 8:15. Arlington Community Center, 2800 S Center, Arlington. 261-8295.

Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Feb 9, 10, 11, 17. Neil Simon’s comedy about a middle-aged married man trying a few flings; the first act is the best (as in some other Simon plays). $8.50 includes dinner. Dinner at 7, curtain at 8:15. Duncanville Civic Theatre. Duncanville Holiday Inn (Camp Wisdom Rd. at 1-20). 374-3047.

The Miser. Feb 6-Mar 10. A comedy by Molière, whose plays are performed in this area almost as often as Neil Simon’s. Molière’s The Learned Ladies at this theater last year was an absolute delight. $5.50, $6.50. Tues-Thurs at 8, Fri & Sat at 8:30, Sun at 2:30 and 7. Theatre Three, 2800 Routh in The Quadrangle. 748-5191.

North Texas State University. Feb 8-10 at 8. Gaylord-Hughes Scholarship Productions will present a comedy in the University Theater. NTSU, Denton. (817) 788-2583.

Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mama’s Hung You in the Closet and I’m Feeling So Sad. Feb 9-18. The absurdist comedy by Arthur Kopit that first set his name up in lights. Staging the production is Theatre Three’s Jac Alder. $3 Wed & Thurs, $3.50 Fri & Sat; $2.50 students. Wed at 1:30, Thurs-Sat at 8, Sun at 7. Studio Theatre, University of Texas at Arlington. (817) 273-2163.

Plaza Suite. Feb 15-Mar 4. A surprisingly good play (actually three one-acts) by Neil Simon; an indirect inspiration for his current film California Suite (for more information, see page 27). $4, $3.50 students & over 60; $5 opening night. Theatre Onstage Inc, 2120 McKinney. 651-9766.

Random Scam. Feb 1-17. This is the im-provisational comedy group (five guys and a girl) that has turned up at a few nightclubs around town recently, doing material more or less of the “Saturday Night Live” sort. It’s about time Dallas had a group like this. $2.50. Thurs-Sat at 8:15. Manhattan Clearing House, 3420 Main. 651-1153.

Royal Gambit. Feb 15-17. Hermann Gres-sieker’s portrayal of the world of Henry VIII, staged by graduate student Erik Muten. The student showcase productions often display more vitality than SMU’s major shows (though this year they’ve got some tough competition). $1. 8 pm. Southern Methodist University, Margo Jones Theatre. 692-2573.

Shenandoah. Feb 1-Mar 4. Based on a Jimmy Stewart movie of the same name, this musical (music by Gary Geld, lyrics by Peter Udell, book by James Lee Barrett) is ostensibly about a Virginia family that resists entering the Civil War. It’s hard to ignore a few unfortunate parallels with Fiddler on the Roof, but director Ed DeLatte is probably a good bet for making it palatable. $4.75, $3.75 students & over 62. Thurs-Sat at 8:15, Sun at 3. Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark. 369-8966.

You Can’t Take It With You. Feb 16-18, 24, 25. One of the best comedies to come from the collaboration between George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart. $2 general public, $1 UTD Students. Fri & Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2 pm. UTD, University Theater, Floyd & Campbell Rds, Richardson. 690-2292.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Feb 8 at 8. A performance of the Shakespeare comedy by the touring National Shakespeare Company. $4 general public, $3 UTA students. Texas Hall, University of Texas at Arlington. 273-2963.


Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Feb 8, 10, 11 at 8:15. David Atherton, the young British conductor who substituted for Sir Michael Tip-pett on short notice last January, returns to conduct two orchestral standards, Schumann’s heroic Manfred Overture and Strauss’s fiery, brooding tone poem’, Also Sprach Zaralhustra, as well as two less familiar pieces from Hassan by Delius. Atherton and the DSO join the whirlwind Soviet violinist Vladimir Spivakov in Prokofiev’s treacherous Violin Concerto No. 1 in D Major. $3.50-12. Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets at Symphony Box Office, Tit-che’s NorthPark. 692-0203.

Eight O’Clock Pops. Feb 9 at 8. The Four Freshmen. Today they look more like a quartet of amiable college deans, but the jazzy lilt they put into their repertoire even now makes them anything but stodgy. Their nightclub act features stand-up comedy patter, and their intricate vocal harmonies-made famous on some now classic jazz LPs with Stan Ken-ton-should be enhanced by the DSO as a lush back-up group. $3.50-9.50. Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets at Symphony Box Office, Tit-che’s NorthPark. 692-0203.

Pete Volmers Woodwind Ensemble. Feb 13 at 12:30. Volmers, who has conducted delightful children’s concerts with the DSO and is director of instrumental music at UTD, plays all sorts of woodwinds; his ensemble of three performs 17th to 19th-century works. Free. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.

Carlo Pezzimenti. Feb 20 at 12:30. Classical guitarist. A former student of Andres Segovia, Pezzimenti now teaches master classes at Brookhaven. Selections on his recital programs range from Renaissance music to Bach and Sor. Free. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.

Roger Boykin Group. Feb 27 at 12:15. Lecture on the history of jazz, with musical illustrations by the noted local avant-garde jazz ensemble. Free. Main Library. 748-9071, ex 287.

Gershwin and His Interpreters. Feb 27 at 8. Between its quadrennial piano competitions, the Van Cliburn organization sponsors an excellent lecture-performance series, with loads of musical erudition and illustrations by prominent musicians and composers. American pianist Gary Towlin, who last lectured in 1977 on American regionalists, returns to examine Gershwin “From Broadway to Cocktail Lounge to Concert Stage.” $5. 3505 Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817) 738-6536.

Woody Herman and His Thundering Herd. Feb 6 at 7. As one of the last holdovers from the Big Band era, Woody’s Third Herd still stampedes and swings. Paul Guerrero, a Dallas drummer and Herman alumnus, might sit in. Proceeds go to music scholarship fund. $2.50. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.

Albert Markov. Feb 12 at 8:15. Dallas Civic music Association. A principal violin soloist for the Moscow State Philharmonic from 1961 to 1975, Markov had for years been a Soviet star but, like his virtuoso counterpart Lazar Berman, was mysteriously kept from Western ears. He immigrated to the U.S. in 1975 and made his American debut with the Houston Symphony. Markov’s rave reviews in Houston led to further concerts at Alice Tully Hall and in Baltimore, Chicago, and Detroit. A transcendental technician with a human touch, Markov has been compared to Oistrakh and even to Paganini in his effect on audiences. $2.50-10. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. 369-2210.

Porgy & Bess. Feb 7 at 8. Staged highlights from Gershwin’s American folk opera. Performed by members of the Atlantic Lyric Opera Company. Free. Performance Hall, El Centro College, Main & Lamar. 746-2152.

Highlander Concert Series. Feb 18 at 7. Nielson & Young piano duo. Free. Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd. 526-7457.

Vocal Majority Barbershop Annual Show. Feb 23 & 24 at 7:59. $3-6. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Write P. O. Box 29904, Dallas, TX 75229.

“Musica Dominica”. Feb 25 at 4. Recital series features Camerada Vocale, Renaissance choral music of the Anglican church, Jeff Springborg, conductor. Free. Christ Episcopal Church, 10th & Llewellyn. 941-0339.

Tarrant County Convention Center. Feb 18 & 20. Pianist Jorge Bolet performs. Feb 18 at 3, Feb 20 at 8. $2-8 general public. $1-4 students. (817) 731-0833.

University of Texas-Dallas. Feb II at 4. Features classical guitarist, Enric Madriguera. Sigma Alpha Iota Concert Series. Free. Jonsson Center Performance Hall, Floyd & Campbell roads, Richardson. 690-2982.

Fort Worth Symphony. Feb 6 at 8 pm. With John Giordano conducting, the orchestra plays Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F and Bizet’s Symphony in C. Violinist Jose-Luis Garcis, concertmaster of the English Chamber Orchestra, joins them for Mozart’s Concerto No. 1 in B flat for Violin and Schubert’s Adagio and Rondo for violin and strings. Kimbell Art Museum. (817) 921-2676.

SMU Connoisseur Series. Feb 19. Recital by University of Michigan professor of saxophone Donald Sinta, one of the American masters of the instrument. For two years a member of the Detroit Symphony and a frequent performer at workshops and music educator conferences, Sinta has had over 50 works written for him and has made several recordings. $4 general public, $2.50 students. Caruth Auditorium, SMU. 692-3342.

Festival of 20th Century Music at Eastfield. Feb I6-Mar 3. All events free, except Thad Jones/Mel Lewis $4. For more information see page 20. Concerts in Performance Hall, Eastfield College. 3737 Motley Drive at 1-30. Mesquite. 746-3132.

SMU Contemporary Music Festival. Feb 8-10. Voices of Change of Dallas, Syzygy of Houston, McLean Mix of Austin. Free. See page 29 for more information. Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. 692-3342.

David Hurd. Feb 6 at 8:15. International organ master. Dallas chapter of the American Guild of Organists. First Presbyterian Church. Harwood and Wood. Call Richard Delong for ticket information. 824-8185, ex 25.


Andrew’s. One of Dallas’s 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 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. 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-mid. 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. 4615 Greenville. 369-1969.

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.

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. Saturday, 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-size 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 till 12:30 on weeknights and until 1:30 on weekends. Mon-Thurs, 11:30 am-2:30 pm, and 5-12:30 on weeknights; weekends until 1:30. All credit cards. 8325 Walnut Hill. 363-7487.

Faces. Dallas’s showcase club for “progressive country,” the “Austin sound,” or whatever you want to call it. Lots of Austin-based regulars mixed with an occasional national name that’s not in the country mold (like Elvis Costello), some rock, and a few blues and jazz performers. A beer-drinking, good-time crowd in a mock-rustic, nouveau honky-tonk setting. No credit cards. 4001 Cedar Springs. 522-7430.

Greenville Bar & Grill. Billed as Dallass 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. Thurs & Sun: Hal Baker and the Gloom Chasers play Dixieland. Food served 11 am-midnight. $1 cover Thurs & Sun. 2821 Greenville. 823-6619.

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 am-2 am; Sun, 4 pm-1 am. 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’s 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. Home-cooked potato chips, really comfortable chairs, a well-stocked jukebox, and an interesting neighborhood clientele serve to offset the skimpy mixed drinks. 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-1 am. All credit cards. 3015 Oak Lawn. 521-5151.

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 Har-wood. 651-1988.

Overtake Bellringer. The best straight disco in town, usually jammed with serious dancers and hustlers in their late 20s and early 30s. The help is a little surly, liable to make up dress restrictions on the spot when the place is too crowded; there’s usually not much seating, so go only if you just want to boogie. The 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 and Sun, 6-2. All credit cards. 7940 N Central. 691-7455.

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 and Sat until 2. 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 and Sat till 1 am, Sun 12-12. 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. No cover. Mon-Thurs, 5-1; Fri, 5-2; Sat, Sun. 6-2. 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. Tues-Sat, 8-2. No credit cards. 3042 Kings Rd. 526-9171.

Top of the Dome. The only bar in town with several views of the Dallas skyline. Daily, 11-2. $1.50 for the trip up. All credit cards. 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 am-2 am (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 semi-formal dress requirements and who like to foxtrot to an orchestra before the show. The cover is usually $10 and up a head, and worth it only when you know the performer gives a dynamite show. The service reminds one of Bren-nan’s – friendly and attentive at its best, lackadaisical and downright surly at its worst. 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. Cover varies. Daily, 8 pm-2. AE, MC, V. 5421 Greenville. 369-9221.



Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Through Mar 18. Pompeii AD 79. Be prepared to stand in line. Tues-Sun 11-6. Fair Park. 426-2553.

Amon Carter Museum. Through March 14: Western oil paintings by E. W. Gollings. Through Feb: Selections from the permanent collection, with gallery tours available daily. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.

Fort Worth Art Museum. Through Feb 18: Verifax collages, sculpture, posters, and book covers by Wallace Berman. For more information see page 29. Feb 24-Apr I: The latest paintings by Sam Gummelt. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 738-9215.

Kimbell Art Museum. Through Feb 25. Sculpture from India, “The Ideal Image: The Gupta Sculptural Tradition and Its Influence.” 100 sculptures of bronze and stone from 29 collections in Asia, Europe and the United States, dating from about AD 300 to 600. Tues-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Will Rogers Road West, Fort Worth. (817) 332-8451.

Dallas Visual Arts Studio. Through Feb 3: Paintings by Richard Childers. Feb 8-Mar 2: Dallas County Community College Invitational. Mon-Fri 8-5. University of Texas at Dallas, Floyd and Campbell, Richardson. 690-2762.

University Gallery. Through Feb II: “Egypt, Day and Night.” Aquatints and watercolors by Keith Achepohl. Feb 20-Apr 8: Drawings by 20th-century masters, from Dallas and Fort Worth collections. Mon-Fri 8:30-5, Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Owen Fine Arts Center, SMU. 692-2516.

Nikon Image Show. Through Feb 28. Collection of 43 photographs by 17 photographers who used Nikon cameras. Mon-Fri 9-5. Terrace Room, Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071.


Adelle M. Fine Art. Through Feb. Ceramics and weavings by gallery artists. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sun 1-5. 3317 McKinney Ave. 526-0800.

The Afterimage. Through Feb 10. Plant photographs by Don Worth. Feb 13-Mar 24: Photographs by Robert Frank. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. The Quadrangle, No. 151. 280C Routh. 748-2521.

Altermann. Through Feb. Group showing of Western and wildlife art. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appointment. 2504 Cedar Springs. 745-1266.

Arthello’s. Through Feb. Watercolor prints by James Kemp. Sat & Sun 1-6. 1922 S. Beck-ley. 941-2276.

Clifford. Feb I8-Mar 11. Invitational group showing of masks by regional artists. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 6610 Snider Plaza. 363-8223.

Collectors Covey. Feb 15-Manh 10. Bird oils by Judith Barnett and Dick McRill. Mon-Sat 10-6. 15 Highland Park Village. 521-7880.

Contemporary. Feb 16-Mar 15. Graphics and paintings by young American artists. Mon-Sat 10:30-5. 10808 Snow White Dr. 352-7432.

Cushing. Through Feb. Gallery group show. Mon-Sat 10:30-4:30. 2723 Fairmount. 747-0497.

Delahunty. Feb 7-28. Wooden sculptures by James Surls. Tue-Sat 11-5. 2611 Cedar Springs. 744-1346.

D.W. Co-op. Feb 3-Mar 1. Paintings by James Hill. Tues-Sat 11-5. 3305 McKinney. 526-3240.

500 Exposition. Feb 10-Mar 11. Large abstract paintings in color acrylic transparencies by Bill Hall. Tue-Sat 10-5. 500 Exposition. 828-1111.

Florence. Through Feb. Works by Phillipe Noyer, Denis Paul Noyer, Marinski, and Mae Bertoni. Mon-Fri 10-4, Sat & Sun by appointment. 2500 Cedar Springs. 748-6463.

Frontroom. Feb 10-28. Exhibit of sculptural stoneware by Danville Chadborn. Mon-Sat 10-5. Craft Compound, 6617 Snider Plaza. 369-8338.

Gallery One. Through Feb 17. Fantasy Western serigraphs by Daniel Kiatz. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2. 4715 Camp Bowie Blvd, Fort Worth. (817) 737-9566.

Gibson-Bryant Fine Prints. Through Feb. French art posters. Wed-Sat 11-5. 2723 Routh. 744-3474.

KERA’s Gallery 13. Through Feb 16. Photographs by Susan Walton. Feb 26: Cecelia Feld, paintings, drawings, and soft sculpture. Mon-Fri 8-5. Channel 13, 3000 Harry Hines. 744-1300.

Shango. Through Mar 5. African, Oceanic, and American Indian objects from private European and American collections. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2606 Fairmount. 744-4891.

Stewart. Feb 24-Mar 16. Private artist collection and introduction of first limited edition lithographs by Arie Vanselm. Tue-Sat 10-5. 12610 Coit Rd. 661-0213.

2719. Feb 11-Mar 16. New paintings, drawings, and prints by Larry Veeder and John Mc-Cormack. Tue-Sat 11-5, Sun 2-5. 2719 Routh. 748-2094.



African Awareness Festival. Sats Feb 3-24. Dallas Public Library, Walnut Hill Branch, 9495 Marsh Lane. 357-8434.

Alive in the First Century. Lecture series on Pompeii: art, city planning, and religion. Evening series Tues 7:30-9 pm Jan 30-Feb 20. Noon series Wed 11 am-12:30 pm Jan 31-Feb 21. $10 for each series. University of Dallas; to register, call 428-1123, ex 223.

Seymour Hersch. Feb 15 at 12:15. A Pulitzer Prize winning reporter for The New York Times, Hersch covered the massacre at My Lai, Nixon’s secret bombing of Cambodia, and the CIA’s spying on domestic anti-war groups. Free. Performance Hall, Richland College, 12800 Abrams. 746-4494.

Holistic Health. Feb 28 at 9 am. Dr. Davis Compton, chairman of recreation and leisure studies at NTSU, leads a workshop on the “Phenomena of Holistic Health and Its Relation to Health.” Free. Richland College Gym, 12800 Abrams Road. 746-4494.

Tolkien. Feb 13-Mar 6. Four seminars conducted by James Patrick, Academic Dean of the University of Dallas. Tues at 7:30 pm. $20. Braniff Building, room 132, University of Dallas, Irving. 438-1123.

MUSEUMSDallas 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. 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 Zoological Park. Mammal collection, aquarium, herpetarium, and tropical bird house. Zoo hours: 9-5:30 daily. 2727 Zoological Park, Fort Worth. (817) 870-7050.

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 Apr 15. “Pompeii Revisited.” A family oriented exhibit in conjunction with the DMFA 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 watercolors of floor plans, rooms and furnishings, and a National Geographic photo show. 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. Although thedisplays are unimaginative for the most part,and the dioramas of animals of this region arein need of refurbishing, the fossilized remainsof prehistoric creatures continue to awe thecrowds. Through Mar 18: “Volcano!” Specialwinter exhibit with slides, film, volcanic specimens and descriptive panels to explain howvolcanoes are formed and why they erupt. Coincides with the Pompeii AD 79 exhibit at theDallas Museum of Fine Arts. Free. Mon-Sat8-5; Sun 1-5, Fair Park. 421-2169,


Basketball-SMU Mustangs. Moody Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $4. 692-2901.

Feb 10 vs. Baylor.

Feb 12 vs. Houston

Feb 20 vs. Texas

Basketball-TCU Horned Frogs. Daniel Meyer Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $4. (817) 921-7967.

Feb 3 vs. Texas

Feb 14 vs. Texas A&M

Feb 17 vs. SMU

Basketball-NTSU Eagles. The Coliseum, Demon. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3. (817) 788-2662.

Feb 1 vs. Hardin-Simmons

Feb 5 vs. Portland State

Feb 8 vs. UTA

Feb 10 vs. Pan American

Feb 22 vs. Illinois State

Feb 24 vs. Central Oklahoma

Basketball-UTA Mavericks. Texas Hall, Arlington. 7:30 pm. Tickets $1, $2. (817) 273-2261.

Feb 3 vs. McNeese State

Feb 5 vs. U. of SW Louisiana

Feb 24 vs. Lamar

Boxing-Dallas Regional Golden Gloves Tournament. Feb 13-17. Dallas Memorial Auditorium. Tickets $3.50-5.50. For ticket information and further details, call 747-9061.

Hockey-Dallas Black Hawks. Fair Park Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3-6. 823-6362.

Feb 2 vs. Kansas City

Feb 7 vs. Salt Lake City

Feb 11 vs. Tulsa

Feb 15 vs. Kansas City

Feb 17 vs. Fort Worth

Feb 23 vs. Tulsa

Feb 24 vs. Salt Lake City

Hockey-Fort Worth Texans. Will Rogers Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3.50-5.50. (817) 332-1585.

Feb 9 vs. Salt Lake City

Feb 10 vs. Dallas

Feb 23 vs. Salt Lake City

Feb 24 vs. Tulsa

Feb 28 vs. Oklahoma City

Marathon-“Fort Worth in February.” Feb 16 & 17. Fort Worth’s first 26.2-mile race, sponsored by Fort Worth National Bank and The Institute for Human Fitness of North Texas State University Health Sciences Center/Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine. Fri, medical seminar for runners: Sat at 7 am, registration for race; race begins at 9:30. North Side Coliseum, Fort Worth. (817) 338-1175.

Rodeo-Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo. Continuing through Feb 4. Will Rogers Coliseum. Two performances daily at 2 pm and 8 pm. All tickets $5. (817) 335-9345.

Skiing-Mountain People Ski Club. Feb 2-4: Taos. $99. Feb 16-21: Telluride. $274. Feb 21-25: Steamboat. $239. Mar 1-4: Taos II. $195. Mar 2-4: Taos 11. $109. Mar 21-25: Lake Tahoe, Ca. $265. P. O. Box 51, Dallas, TX 75221. 692-7693.

Skiing-United Skiers Association. Feb 2-5: Wolf Creek, Colo. $89. Feb 3-7: Vail. $219. Feb 8-12: Red River, Angel Fire. $89. Feb 16-19: Purgatory. $209. Feb 16-20: Summit County. $119. Feb 23-26: Taos. $89. Mar 1-5: Red River. $89. Mar 3-10: Banff. Price to be announced. Mar 7-12: Winter Park. $129. Mar 15-19: Red River, Taos. $99. Mar 17-21: Summit County. $219. Mar 21-26: Crested Butte. $139. Mar 30-Apr 1: Taos. $89. Box 61166 DFW, TX 75261. 221-1000 or (817) 461-4000.

Tennis-Avon Championships of Tennis. Feb 26-March 4. Women’s professional tennis. Moody Coliseum. SMU.


Creative Drama/Puppetry. Beginning Feb 10. Four sessions in puppet making for ages 6 and up. $10. Central YWCA, 4621 Ross. 827-5600.

Pinocchio. Feb 9&16 at 7 pm; Feb 10&17 at 2 pm. $2 children, $4 adults. Casa Manana Playhouse, 3101 W Lancaster. Fort Worth. For tickets write P. O. Box 9054, Fort Worth, TX 76107, or call (817) 332-6221.

Pupils of Pompeii. Through April. Dallas Health and Science Museum workshop for children. The “hands on” classes include craft work, a scientific demonstration of a volcanic eruption, a slide presentation, and a special planetarium show designed as a preliminary to the “adult oriented” DMFA exhibit. Workshops will continue through April as long as there is demand. Reservations advised. $3 museum members, $4 non-members. 428-8351.

The Royal Enchantment. Feb 1-Mar 10. Kathy Burks Marionettes. Thurs-Sat at 10:30, 1 am and 4 pm. $1.25. Haymarket Theatre in the Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit. 233-1958.