Ice Age Art Visits from New York
Progress at the Dallas Health & Science Museum has generally been so glacial that it seems only fitting that its first major show in years should be Ice Age Art, an impressive collection of Paleolithic art and artifacts organized by the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. The Health & Science Museum is hoping that Ice Age Art will do for it what Pompeii did for the DMFA. And well it might, since in its original form the show provided a rich and comprehensive look at the world of Early Man.
It was once thought that Early Man was irredeemably dull and brutish. The elaborate cave paintings at Lascaux and Altamira, together with more recent archaeological finds throughout Europe and Asia, have largely dispelled that belief. During the Last Ice Age (37,000-12,000 years ago), Early Man created an impressive range of artifacts – bracelets, spears, tools, musical instruments, symbolic female figurines, and animal statuettes – many of them exquisitely carved and decorated. The Willendorf Venus and the Bison from Madeleine, surprisingly modern, would be considered fine art in any period. Evidence now suggests that many of these artifacts and images had social and ceremonial functions, such as marking important community festivals, designating rank and age within a group, and so on. They were the means by which our hunter ancestors organized and interpreted their world. Ice Age Art is thus more than a collection of pleasing objects. It is an attempt to place these objects in a broader cultural context that will give. an idea of how Early Man lived.
The exhibition, which runs from February 2 to May 4, will be supplemented by films, lectures, special classes, and seminars, including a day-long symposium on Ice Age Man at the Anatole Hotel on February 2. In addition to its aesthetic and cultural appeal, this show may mark the emergence of the Dallas Health & Science Museum as an important cultural resource rather than simply a dumping ground for trade show exhibits.
– David Dillon
Cy Twombly: The Art of Graffiti
Some of Cy Twombly’s paintings and drawings might have been lifted whole from the walls of subways and lavatories – bold pencil and crayon scrawls interspersed with blobs of paint and smudged, at times illegible, words and phrases. Others look like the work of an overzealous schoolchild trying to impress the teacher by filling page after page with loops and curves. But even when we aren’t sure what Twombly’s calligraphy means, we are impressed with its energy and apparent spontaneity. He does, in fact, owe a great deal to the Abstract Expressionists, yet he is equally indebted to the Surrealists and the master draftsmen like Rembrandt and Leonardo.
Since 1957 he has lived in Rome, and in the titles of some of his works – “Bay of Naples,” “Return from Parnassus,” “Leda and the Swan,” “Italians” – we discover his fascination with the history and mythology of the Classical world. His paintings aren’t about that world in any direct, representational sense; they are more like emotional responses to highlights, reduced to abstract patterns of line and color. A recent series on the Iliad called “Fifty Days at Ilium” consists of ten images of Achilles’ shield in various contexts and configurations: An entire epic is reduced to a single artifact, which is then translated into a private visual language.
Through February 26, SMU’s University Gallery, with the help of a grant from NorthPark National Bank, will host Cy Twombly, Paintings and Drawings: 1956-75. This will be Twombly’s first one-man show in the Southwest, following by only a few months his major retrospective at the Whitney Museum in New York. Twombly’s achievement is his ability to transfer calligraphy into large-scale art works that are at once playful, allusive, enigmatic, yet never completely inscrutable. To appreciate them, we have to relax our demand for conventional visual order and surrender ourselves, as though in a trance, to a wild dance of color and line, to toy with the suggestions that Twombly provides and create an order of our own. When Twombly is at his best, that’s not really hard to do.
– David Dillon
When Andres Segovia celebrated his seventieth birthday the critics began to apologize for him: Each hesitation, each lapse of memory onstage heralded the decline of a great performer. There is no one like him, they said, but Segovia is in the twilight of his career. Fifteen years later, in 1978, he marked the 50th anniversary of his American debut with a highly acclaimed recital at New York’s Avery Fisher Hall. We should all have such a twilight.
When Segovia began, the guitar was a parlor instrument. Seldom heard outside Spain, it was never played before large audiences and considered unfit for the classics. Few serious composers wrote for it. Within the lifetime of this man, an entire literature for the guitar has been created. In the course of his career, Segovia has at times stood rather heavily on his dignity. He’s been known to walk out of a performance because the audience was restless. But Segovia is a gentle figure. He seldom plays above mezzo forte, and his hallmark is a free, improvisatory rhythm with subtle dynamics.
On February 8, the maestro will play at the Fair Park Music Hall. In its advance brochure, the DSO indicated that it does not expect Segovia to perform in Dallas again. Twilight, perhaps.
– Randall Couch
A Sampling of the Arts
SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts has put together a promising little package of entertainment called the SMU Arts Sampler Series. Its three programs of drama, music, and dance are presented between November and April for a newly formed group of subscribers, the SMU Arts League. The first event was a lively production of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker, and on February 8 the series continues with a musical variety show in Caruth Auditorium, featuring performers from the music faculty and Voices of Change, SMU’s resident chamber group.
The evening is billed as a musical potpourri beginning with piano jazz by David Karp, professor and chairman of the SMU piano department. Karp will play four jazz-influenced preludes by Andre Previn called “The Invisible Drummer” and will be joined by Barbara Moore, SMU’s gifted mezzo-contralto and voice teacher, in performing “Winter,” by the Elizabethan composer Dominic Argento; Schumann’s “Widmung”; a selection from Poulenc’s song cycle, “Telle Jour, Telle Nuit”; and the aria “Pace, pace,” from Verdi’s La Forza del Destino.
Also on the bill is Robert Anderson, organ department chairman, who will play selections from Bach as well as his own compositions. The program closes with master guitarist Robert Guthrie followed by Voices of Change playing “Airs Sobre un Tema del Siglo XVII” (“Airs on a Theme from the Seventeenth Century”) by DSO Conductor Eduardo Mata. The third program in the series is “Gershwin’s Magic,” in April, which will include performances by the dance department.
Arts League subscribers are entitled to free valet parking, informal introductions and refreshments before each program, and a reception with the performers. Subscription prices are $15 or $25 a couple. For information call 692-3510.
– Willem Brans
Public Radio Celebrates the Jazz Age
The World of F. Scott Fitzgerald, an eight-week radio program sponsored by the Dallas Community College District, begins February 8 at 8:30 pm. The weekly Friday night presentations promise to be a pleasant blend of cultural history and literature: thirty minutes of documentary information, recordings, and commentaries by Malcolm Cowley, Irving Howe, and Arthur Mizener: and thirty minutes of dramatizations of Fitzgerald’s short stories, starring Richard Thomas, Barbara Rush, and others. The series, produced by National Public Radio, will be broadcast on KERA/FM (90). For further information, call the Instructional Television Hotline of DCCCD, 746-4461.
– Jane Albritton
Christopher Durang on Life at the Movies
Movies are familiar enough to impose on our perception of things around us: Long after the release of Annie Hall, we are still comparing our minor culinary crises to Woody Allen’s lobster scene. Recently, dramatist Christopher Durang wrote a play that focuses in on this translation of reel life into real life. A History of the American Film, which opens February 21 in SMU’s Bob Hope Theatre, is an enormous and very funny melange of plots, characters, and snatches of remembered dialogue from the silent era through the 70’s. Durang’s own cast of characters marches through the play in a protean parade, their lives conforming to situations drawn from gangster films, backstage musicals, screwball comedies, A Star is Born, The Grapes of Wrath, Casablanca, de Mille epics, Psycho, even disaster films. Durang has organized this jumble skillfully; his point is the confusion that results from the relentless borrowing of fantasies. For the duration of their scenes, his mercurial characters very nearly are Rick and Ilsa in Casablanca, or Charles Foster Kane and Susan Alexander in Citizen Kane, but when the lights black out and another scene begins, they are forced to move on, adopt other roles, and at the last they are grasping desperately, though still gleefully, at a multitude of celluloid substitutes. Yes, movies are a way of seeing life, Durang suggests, but not a way of living it.
Director Dale Rose has his work cut out for him. Though I haven’t seen him handle a play of this sort (his Dallas credits include Hamlet Collage and A Cry of Players), he did a good job of bringing out the finely woven themes in Lan-ford Wilson’s Fifth of July for Stage #1 late last fall. Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. 692-2573.
– John Branch
Two by Balanchine at the Dallas Ballet
The Dallas Ballet mounts two major Balanchine works, Concerto Barocco and Night Shadow, along with James Clouser’s Surprise Symphony, in three performances February 15 to 17. Concerto Barocco is the quintessential Balanchine ballet: plotless, costumeless. Two female soloists and a corps of eight girls weave their variations to the music of two violins in the orchestra.
Although it initially appears more romantic, Balanchine’s Night Shadow is cold, mysterious, and perplexing. Set to music from Bellini’s La Sonnambula, it is one of the choreographer’s “party” pieces, in which a poet arrives at a ball, flirts with a coquette, is intrigued by a mysterious female sleepwalker, and is finally killed by the host at the request of the jealous coquette. When danced by a mesmerizing performer, the role of the sleepwalker becomes riveting. One hopes that the Dallas Ballet’s principal dancers are equal to the dramatic demands of the roles. Dallas Ballet, Feb 15 & 16 at 8 pm, Feb 17 at 2 pm. McFarlin Auditorium. For ticket information, call 744-4430.
The non-professional Krassov-ska Ballet Jeunesse will present a gala performance February 9, to be highlighted by two pas de deux danced by Patrick Bissell and Jolinda Menendez, the youngest principal dancers with the American Ballet Theatre. Three works by Krassovska and Ric Brame’s Americana, performed by the Mountain View College Dance Department, complete the program. Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse, February 9 at 8:15 pm. McFarlin Auditorium. Tickets at Preston Tickets, 363-9311 and Joske’s, 692-0203. For performance information call 423-2916 or 821-4160.
– Willard Spiegelman
Dallas Public Library. Weds at 12:10 at Central Library, 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ex 349.
Feb 6: Bip as a Skater, Keith, and Morning Spider
13: Aucassin et Nicolette, The Blessings of Love, and The Romance
20: The Legend of John Henry and The World Turned Upside Down
27: Sand: Or Peter and the Wolf, The Sandcastle, and Closed Mondays
Feb 26 at 12:10: Rythmetron profiles choreographer Arthur Mitchell and his Dance Theater of Harlem including full performance of the ballet.
Feb 16 at 2:30: Thief of Bagdad. Skyline Branch Library, 6006 Everglade.
Feb 16 at 3: Rhythmetron. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh Ln.
Granada Theater. $2.75, $2.25 students and over 65, $1.75 under 12. 3524 Greenville Ave. 823-9610.
Feb 1 & 2: Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex and Bananas
3 & 4: The Shout and Don’t Look Now
5: The Children of Theatre Street and Romeo and Juliet
6 & 7: Murder Most Foul and Murder, She Said
12: Five Easy Pieces and The King of Marvin Gardens
13 & 14: Maitresse and The Night Porter
15-28: Nosferatu The Vampyre
29: The Whole Shootin’ Match
Lakewood Theater. Double features for $1.50. 1825 Abrams. 821-5706.
Richland College. $1. Room B142, 12800 Abrams Rd. 746-4494.
Feb 1: Straight Time, 7:30 pm and Straw Dogs, 9:30 pm
8: Jabberwocky, 7:30 pm and Kentucky Fried Movie, 9:30 pm
15: Cabaret, 7:30 & 9:30 pm
29: Five Easy Pieces, 7:30 pm and Slaughter House Five, 9:30 pm
University of Texas at Dallas. $1.50 general public, 75c under 17 and over 65. Founders North Auditorium, Floyd and Campbell Rds, Richardson. 690-2945.
Feb 1: Plaza Suite, 7:30 & 9:30 pm
6: Desperate Hours, 7:30 & 9:30 pm
8: When Worlds Collide, 7:30 & 9 pm
13: Tis Pity She’s a Whore, 7:30 & 9:30pm
15: Murder on the Orient Express, 7:30 & 9:45 pm
20: Derzu Uzalu, 7 & 9:30 pm
22: Day of the Triffids,. 7:30 pm
27: Le Plaisir, 7:30 & 9:30 pm
29: Three Women, 7:30 & 9:45 pm
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.
The Contrast. Through March 2: Like Sweeney Todd, this is a musical with a past: The 1787 play of the same name was the first comedy by a native American author to be professionally produced in this country. The original, by Royall Tyler, is a Sheridan-esque comedy of manners which plays European sophistication against home-spun Yankee simplicity. This recent musical version, written by Anthony Stimac with music by Don Pippin and lyrics by Steve Brown, retains the 18th-century flavor. Since the director is Jack Clay, whose forte is historical styles such as this show requires, the production should be delightful. $5.75. Thur-Sat at 8, Sun at 2:15. Stage #1, Haymarket Theatre, 12205 Coit Rd. 369-5345.
A Delicate Balance. Through Feb 2: Edward Albee’s 1966 drama about families and friendship aims to be portentous but is more likely to come off as pretentious in any but the most careful hands. It’s an ambitious undertaking for this company. $4.50, $3.50 students & over 65. Wed-Fri at 8, Sat at 2 & 8. Theatre Onstage, 2120 McKinney. 651-9766.
For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf. Through Feb 23: Ntozake Shange’s play is described as a choreo-poem: a cross between a poetry reading and a dance concert. It’s fiercely lyrical stuff about being black and female, and it’s the strongest recent effort by a Dallas theater to deal with the black experience. $5.50-$6.50. Tue-Thur at 8, Fri & Sat at 8:30, Sun at 2:30 & 7. Theatre Three, The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. 748-5191.
Granny’s Dinner Playhouse. Through Feb 24: Jubilation ’80! Another Las Vegas-style revue, created by Breck Wall (of Bottoms Up fame) and Patrick Maes. $8.50-$14.95. 12205 Coit Rd. 239-0153.
A History of the American Film. From Feb 21: Christopher Durang’s comedy is a clever mélange of movie plots and characters from the silent period to the ’70s. The play succeeds in part due to the nearly archetypal imprint that American films have made on our consciousness and our society’s buried, desperate fantasies. The play, then, is a parody, a tribute, and a critique. $5. Tue-Sat at 8, Sun at 2:15. Bob Hope Theatre, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. 692-2573.
Ladybug, Ladybug, Fly Away Home. Through March 8: Mary Rohde, not unlike another Theater Center playwright – Preston Jones – speaks in regional accents, but she has a much firmer grasp of rhetoric. Her play is about tangled relationships in a small Texas town, and her vivid characters move within a sturdy, highly-detailed dramatic structure. $6.50, $8.50 Fri & Sat. Tue-Fri at 8, Sat at 8:30. Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek. 526-9957.
Ten Little Indians. Through Feb 9: Agatha Christie’s dramatization of one of her best mysteries. $3.50, $2 students, $1 over 65. Garland Civic Theatre, Garland Rd at Ave F. 272-9122.
Twirlin’ the Moon. From Feb 14: Dallas author and teacher David Marquis enacts his poetic slices of life in a one-man show that’s scheduled to move off-Broadway later this year. $4.50, $3.50 students & over 65. Thur-Sat at 8, matinee Sat Feb 23 at 2. Theatre Onstage, 2120 McKin-ney. 651-9766.
You Can’t Take It With You. Through March 2: George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart wrote this screwball play in 1936; it has been one of the most enduring products of their collaboration. $5, $4 students & over 65 Wed, Thur & Sun; $5.50, $4.50 students & over 65 Fri & Sat. Wed-Sat at 8:15, Sun at 3. Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark. 369-8966.
Andres Segovia. Feb 8 at 8:30pm: Dallas Symphony Association presents this world-renowned master classical guitarist in a rare live performance. At press time, possible sellout. Music Hall, State Fair. 692-0203.
Buddy Rich. Feb 25 at 8 pm: Buddy Rich and his band in concert. $4.50. Performance Hall, hast field College, 3737 Motley Dr, Mesquite. 746-3132.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Feb 10 at 8pm: 8 O’clock Pops Series presents guest conductor Bill Conti, composer of the music from Rocky. Included are his scores from the films Harry and Tonto, An Unmarried Woman, and Blume in Love, plus selections by the rock group Chicago and a Star Wars medley. Music Hall, Fair Park. Call for ticket information. 692-0203. Feb 16 at 8 pm: The Duncanville Chorale and the DSO perform Handel’s Messiah. Duncanville High School Auditorium, 900 West Camp Wisdom. Call for ticket information. 296-1064.
Fort Worth Symphony. Feb 5 at 8 pm: Texas Little Symphony conducted by John Giordano performs Haydn’s Symphony No 99 in E Flat and Strauss’ Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, Opus 60. Kimbell Art Museum, Will Rogers West, Fort Worth. Feb 10 at 3 pm & Feb 12 at 8 pm: Guest violinist Charles Treger and the symphony, conducted by John Giordano, perform Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No 6 (Pathétique). Tarrant County Convention Center Theater. Feb 16 at 8 pm: Pops Series presents Benny Goodman in concert. Tarrant County Convention Center Theater, Fort Worth. (817)921-2627.
Highland Park Chamber Orchestra. Feb 3 at 7pm: Featured artist, violinist Timothy Baker, performs as soloist, followed by reception for audience. At 8:15, orchestra performs works by Mozart, Haydn, and Britten. $5, $2.50 students. Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. 692-2964.
Highlander Concerts. Feb 17 at 7 pm. Performance by Paul Christiansen and the Concor-dia Choir, which sings, a cappella, selections from 16th-century classics, the Baroque period, and contemporary masters. Free. Highland Park Presbyterian Church, 3821 University Blvd. 526-7457.
Meadows School of the Arts. Feb 8 at 7 pm: “A Musical Variety Show,” featuring artists from the music department including organist Bob Anderson, guitarist Robert Guthrie, pianist David Karp, and vocalist Barbara Moore. Also Voices of Change presents an original composition by Maestro Eduardo Mata, music director of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. Call for ticket information. Feb II at 8:15: Harpsichord recital by Larry Plamer, professor of harpsichord and organ. $2.50, $1 students. Caruth Auditorium. Feb 28 at 8:15: Concert by SMU Choir directed by Lloyd Pfautsch. Free. Caruth Auditorium. 692-3510.
Medieval/Renaissance Festival. Feb 16 at 3 pm: Mountain View College musicians and guest artists perform music and dance from the period. Free. Performance Hall, Mountain View College, 4849 W Illinois. 746-4180.
Northaven Methodist Church Concert Series. Feb 17 at 7:30 pm: “Cantare,” a program of vocal and organ works including the Dallas premiere performance of Bach’s Arnstadt Chorales for Audience and Organ. Featured artists are organist Kathryn Johnson, countertenor Jeff Springborg, baritone Mark Sumner, and the Norlhaven Chamber Choir. Free. 11211 Preston Rd. 363-2479.
Sunday Concert Series. Sponsored by Mu Phi Epsilon and the Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, the series presents local artists in concert. Feb 3: Mary Northcutt, violin. Feb 10: David Williams, harp. Feb 17: Tenor vocalist Jim Curry. Feb 24: Jackie Aikin, flute and Julia Herrmann Edwards, harp. All performances at 3:30 pm. Free. Museum Auditorium, Fair Park. 421-4187.
Texas Christian University. Feb 2 at 8:15 pm: Recital by faculty member Tamas Ungar. Feb 4 at 8:15 pm: Faculty Chamber Music Society concert. Feb 14 at 8:15 pm: TCU Symphony concert. Feb 18 at 8:15 pm: Faculty Chamber Music Society concert. All performances held in Ed Landreth Auditorium. Free. Feb 29 at 8:15 pm: Bach Series VIII. Chamber music performance with theme “Bach the Borrower.” Free. Robert Carr Chapel, TCU campus, Fort Worth. (817) 921-7810.
Van Cliburn Foundation. Feb 4 at 8 pm. Lecture/Performance Series presents Russian pianist Mikhail Pletnyov in concert. $7.50. Scott Theater, 3505 West Lancaster, Fort Worth. (817)738-6536.
Voices of Change. Feb 18 at 8:15: “Distaff Voices.” Program includes Lyric Concerto for Clarinet and Strings by Ida Gotkovsky, The Sick Rose by Judy Martin, Chamber Concerto No. 2 by Thea Musgrave, Corridors of Dreams by Joyce Mekeel, and Songs from James Joyce by Genevieve Pilot. $4, $2 students. Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. 692-3189.
Dallas Ballet. Feb 15-17: Night Shadow and Concerto Barocco, choreographed by George Balanchine, and Surprise Symphony, choreographed by James Clouser. Feb 15 & 16 at 8 pm, Feb 17 at 2 pm. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Call for ticket information. 744-4430.
Krassovska Ballet Jeunesse of Dallas. Feb 9 at 8:15 pm: Featured guest artists are Patrick Bissell and Jolinda Menendez from the American Ballet Theatre. Ballet Jeunesse dances three ballets choreographed by Nathalie Krassovska. Concluding the program is performance by the Mountain View College Dance Department of “Americana,” choreographed by Ric Brame. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Call for ticket information. 363-9311 or 692-0203.
Andrew’s. One of Dallas’ better bars, impeccably crafted with paneled walls, hardwood floors, and antique furniture. Its best features are the outdoor courtyard and the bargain drinks. Mon-Fri 11-2, Sal & Sun noon-2. Happy Hour daily until 7. AE, MC, V. 3301 McKinney. 521-6510.
Arthur’s. Arthur’s late-at-night is a lively place with popular piano-bar music for touch dancing. Try an after-dinner coffee: the Kioki is a favorite – a blend of crème de cacao, coffee liqueur, fresh coffee, whipped cream, topped with a splash of brandy. Open nightly till 2 am. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 11:30-6:30, Sat 5-8. All credit cards. 8350 N Central Expwy in Campbell Centre. 361-8833.
Balboa Cafe. This cafe calls itself Dallas’ second fern bar, meaning it’s like the San Francisco Rose – lots of glass, greenery, and couches. The sandwiches are good, and there’s a reasonably good selection of imported beer. But the place is noisy and service is sometimes slow. Mon-Sat 11-2, Sun 12-2. All credit cards. 3604 Oak Lawn. 521-1068.
Balboa Cafe Greenville. Even cozier and has a little more stylish clientele. Mon-Sun 11-2. All credit cards. 7015 Greenville Ave. 369-7027.
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 nightly. Thur noon-1; Fri & Sat noon-2; Sun-Wed noon-midnight. All credit cards. Reservations Fri and Sat. 4925 Greenville. 692-8224.
Biff’s. A cut above other north Greenville Ave mixing spots. Always crowded with upwardly-mobile singles and spillovers from the nearby disco scene. Offers good drinks and comfy setting. A great place for a late-night snack. Daily 11:30-2. AE, MC, V. 7402 Greenville Ave. 696-1952.
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 am. V, MC. 4615 Greenville. 369-1969.
Chelsea Corner. A little over-ferned and antiqued, but if you wish, you can find a quiet corner and escape from both the collegiate clientele and the folk singers. Excellent drinks – they serve Johnny Walker Red off the bar. Mon-Fri 11:30-2; Sat 12-2; Sun 1 -2 am. Happy Hour daily 11:3O-8. AE, MC, V. 4830 McKinney. 526-9327.
Cowboy. Curious hybrid of Western and disco cultures, and judging from the long lines, a popular idea. Closet rednecks can shed the three-piece and get rowdy. Tue-Sat 7-2. 5208 Greenville. 369-6969. Down the street is Diamond Jim’s, another raucous cowboy/disco, less fancy, but equally as fun. Mon-Fri 5-2, Sat-Sun 7-2. 5601 Greenville. 691-2411.
The Den. A warm, cozy, and quiet atmosphere pervades this bar located in the Stoneleigh Hotel. The drinks are excellent (doubles served from opening till closing), and the service is friendly and attentive. A good place to unwind after a hectic day at the office. Mon-Fri 11 am-midnight. 2927 Maple Ave. 742-7111.
élan. Most polished and consistent of Dallas’ Great Disco Triumvirate; serious dancers and single predators may prefer Papagayo or da Vinci, but for sheer sophistication, elan is tops. Modern, tasteful decor. Surprisingly good food, plus a pleasant Sunday brunch to help atone for the previous night’s behavior. Membership required at night. Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat 7-2, Sun 11-2. AE, DC, MC, V. 5111 Greenville. 692-9855.
The Embers Lounge. Forget 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. Sat 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 place and succeeds in terms of drinks, attentive service, and low lighting. It and pianist-vocalist Gene Albert suffer, however, from the oversized sound system that makes the live music sound just like Muzak. Albert performs solo during Happy Hour 6-8:30 Mon-Sat; two side-men join him from 8:30-12:30on weeknights and until 1:30 on weekends. Mon-Thur 11:30-2:30 & 5-12:30, Fri & Sat til 1:30. All credit cards. 8325 Walnut Hill. 363-7487.
Greenville Avenue Country Club. The old Vagabond Club resurrected, with the backyard swimming pool still the main attraction. Part of the new wave of Dallas restaurant /bars (Lake-wood Yacht Club, Balboa Cafe), the GACC has the usual chicken-fried menu and good drinks for East Dallas loyalists who can’t afford a membership at Brookhollow. Swimming encouraged. Daily 11-2. AE, MC, V. 3619 Greenville Ave. 826-5650.
Greenville Bar & Grill. Billed as Dallas’ oldest bar, it’s been 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. Thur & Sun: Hal Baker and the Gloom Chasers play Dixieland. Food served 11 am-l am. $2 cover Thur, $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 small-ness 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, this 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 this East Dallas neighborhood bar, 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 clientele. Daily 11-2. AE, MC, V. 2009 Abrams. 824-1390.
Les Saisons. One of the classiest and cheeriest bars in town; windows line the bar inviting a view of the Dallas skyline. You should expect steep prices, but don’t let that stop you. An unusual assortment of appetizers is available; order the cheese platter and you’ll want to dine the early evening away. Duet provides bar music 5:30-8; a band takes over at 8:30. 11:30-1:30 am daily. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4-7. All credit cards. 165 Turtle Creek Village. 528-6653.
The Library. This 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.
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. Nachos and sandwiches served. No cover. Noon-2 am daily. Happy Hour Mon-Sat 4-7, Sun 2-7. AE, MC, V. 6932 Greenville. 368-6367.
Madison’s. Slick, popular North Dallas bar. Excellent copy bands do precision versions of Steely Dan, et al. Trendy clientele, lots of pretty girls, tasteful setting. Mon-Sun 5-2. AE, DC, MC, V. 8141 Walnut Ln. 361-0644.
Overlake Bellringer. The best straight disco in town, usually jammed with serious dancers and hustlers in their late 20’s and early 30’s. The help is sometimes 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.
Papagayo. No wet T-shirt contests here, just pure, stylish Big City disco. Cavernous show-place with awesome sound and light show. Packed dance floor doesn’t allow Travolta-types their usual gymnastics, which is probably just as well. $2 cover charge on weekends. Tue-Fri 4:30, Sun-Mon 8-2. 87% N Central Expy. 692-6110.
Papillon. An over-rated restaurant with an under-rated bar, an attractive place with seating 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.
Poor David’s Pub. Small, dark, and informal, PD’s has a variety of entertainers like ex-Bee’s Knees guitarist Anson Funderburgh and his Roc-ketts, a talented and no-nonsense blues band. Good sandwiches available, kitchen stays open till 1 am. Mon-Fri 11:30-2, Sat 7-2, closed Sun. Happy Hour Mon-Sat 2-7. Cover varies. No credit cards. 2900 McKinney. 821-9891.
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 (Tue-Sat), and on Sunday there’s big band jazz with the Dallas Jazz Orchestra. Tue-Sun 9-2, closed Mon. Cover varies, no cover Tue. 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 – except during rush hour on Knox Street. Lacking some but not much of the place’s charm is the other Quiet Man at 5629 Yale. Sun-Thur noon-midnight; Fri & Sat until 2. No credit cards. 3120 Knox. 526-6180.
Railhead. It’s a shame this bar is so shoddy, because the entertainment is often good: primarily comics and popular music copy-artists. (One recent duet played Billy Joel with real pizzazz.) No cover means huge crowds, so arrive early. Stick to basic drinks or brews; the house wine is truly bad, and the bar can’t seem to handle anything tricky. Open daily 4:30-1 am. Happy Hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. Two shows nightly. AE, MC, V. 6919 Twin Hills Ave. 369-8700.
Recovery Room. The closest thing to a real big-city jazz club, Dallas’ version of NYC’s Bird-land. Nothing cosmic, just classic bebop and straight-ahead jazz. Occasionally, visiting celebrities sit in with the regulars. Robert Sanders Tue-Wed, Marchel Ivery Quartet Thur-Sun. Tue-Sat 9-2, Sun 8-midnight. 4036 Cedar Springs. 526-1601.
San Francisco Rose. A bright, laid-back place, adorned with 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 pro-volone. There’s a jukebox with everything from classical to country, and a browsing-encouraged magazine rack. Mon-Thur 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 club with separate dining and listening areas, it attracts an eclectic clientele of all garbs and predilections to hear mainstream jazz standards. Mon-Thur 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. Tue-Sat 8-2. 3042 Kings Rd. 526-9171.
Top of the Dome. The only bar in town with several views of the Dallas skyline. Piano bar nightly. Daily 11-2. All credit cards. Annoying $1.50 charge for elevator ride has been dropped for club goers. Reunion Tower, 301 Reunion. 651-1234.
Venetian Room. A fancy and expensive mock-up of the Doge’s Palace, this supper club attracts those couples who appreciate the semi-formal dress requirements and who like to foxtrot to an orchestra before the show. The cover is usually $10 and up a head, and worth it only when you know the performer gives a dynamite show. The service reminds one of Brennan’s – friendly and attentive at its best, lackadaisical and downright surly at its worst. A good spot to catch big-name acts. Mon-Sat 7 pm-2 am. Shows Mon-Thur 8:30 & 11, Fri & Sat 9 & 11:30. AE, DC, MC, V. Fairmont Hotel, Ross & Akard. 748-5454.
da Vinci. Plush, hi-tech disco catering to models, well-heeled jetsetters, and those who’d like to identify as such. Also a mecca for fashionable foreigners, often more sheik than chic. Membership requirement has been dropped. Mon-Fri 4:30-2, Sat & Sun 7-2. AE, DC, MC, V. 7402 Greenville. 369-5445.
Whiskey Box. Consistently fine bands set this bar apart from other rock clubs. Typical shoot pool, drink beer atmosphere, good musical variety, even some occasional reggae. Tue-Sat 8-2. 6844 Twin Hills. 369-2577.
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.
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.
Amon Carter Museum. Through Feb: “Posada’s Mexico.” Major exhibition of prints and drawings by the social and political Mexican artist. From Feb 7: “Silver in American Life.” Sponsored by the American Federation of Arts and Yale University Art Gallery, this exhibition of over 200 objects chronicles the history of silver from the 17th to 20th centuries. Tue-Sun 10-5, Sun 1-5. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. (817) 738-1933.
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Through Feb 24: “Constructivism and the Geometric Tradition: Selections from the McCrory Corporation Collection, ” displays 200 paintings, sculpture, constructions, and drawings by 20th-century European and American artists. Also “Journey into Non-Objectivity: The Graphic Works of Kazimir Malevich and Other Members of the Russian Avant-Garde,” features lithographs, illustrated books, and posters by Malevich, Pavel, Filonov, and Olga Rozanova. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Fair Park. 421-4188.
Dallas Public Library. Through Feb: “The Polish Poster Show” includes original posters by 35 graphic artists from Poland. Terrace Room. From Feb 6: “Ice Age Art,” exhibition of photographs from the Dallas Museum of Health and Science. First level showcase. 1954 Commerce. 748-9071, ex 280.
Fort Worth Art Museum. Through Feb: Selections from the permanent collection. Through Feb 24: Exhibition of works by California artist Martha Alf including still life paintings and pencil drawings. From Feb 23: Works by German expressionist Franz Marc. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817)738-9215.
Kimbell Art Museum. Through Feb: “Eighteenth Century Master Drawings from the Ash-molean.” Exhibition of 89 works from the Oxford University museum with examples of Italian, French, and English drawings. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. Will Rogers West, Fort Worth. (817)332-8451.
NTSU Gallery. Feb 5-15: Exhibition of works by 25 faculty members. Opening night reception Feb 4 al 7 pm. Mon-Fri 12-5. Mulberry and Avc A. Demon. 788-2398.
UTA Gallery. Through Feb 12: Retrospective exhibition of Alvar Aalto. Feb 6-24: Drawings by Gene Turner. From Feb 20: Paintings by Louisiana artist Clementine Hunter. Mon-Fri 9-4, Sun 1-4. Fine Arts Complex, Cooper at Second St, Arlington. 273-2891.
UTD Gallery. From Feb 7: Group exhibition by Dallas County Community College District visual art faculty and selected students. Mon-Fri 8-5. Visual Arts Bldg, Floyd and Campbell Rds, Richardson. 6902982.
Adelle M. Fine Art. Through Feb: Sculpted ceramics by artists Bobbi Foster, Carolyn Sale, and Susan Bush. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sun 1-5. 3317 McKinney. 526-0800.
Altermann. Featuring western, wildlife, and Americana art including works by Harry Jackson, Truman Bolinger, and Robert Summers. Mon-Fri 9-5, Sat by appt. 2504 Cedar Springs. 745-1266.
Andrade. Feb 14-28: Exhibit of Chinese paintings. Feb 14 al 7:30 pm: Lecture by Judith Whitbeck, Chinese art historian and instructor at UTD. Tue-Sat 10:30-5. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh, No 180. 741-2125.
Conn. Antiques, fine art, Oriental carpets. Services include appraisals, consignment selling, lectures, and classes. Call for information about guided study tour of Egypt Mar 24-Apr 2. Mon-Fri 10-5:30, Sat 10-12. 6126 Berkshire Ln. 522-3653.
Contemporary. Through Feb: One-man exhibit of oil paintings by Sakai. Mon-Sat 10:30-5. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh, No 120. 747-0141.
DW Gallery. Through Feb 7: Paintings, drawings, prints, and constructions by featured artists Julie Cohn and Lee N. Smith III. Tue-Sat 11-5. 3305 McKinney. 526-3240.
David L. Gibson. Through Feb: Color etchings of New York and Chicago in the 1920’s by Luigi Kasmir and Tanna Kasmir-Hoernes. Also ongoing exhibit of 16th- to 20th-century prints and maps. Mon-Sat 10-5. 2723 Routh. 744-3474.
Delahunty. From Feb 2: Paintings by Stephen Lorber. Tue-Sat 11-5. 2611 Cedar Springs. 744-1346.
Five Hundred Exposition. Through Feb 24: Main gallery features multi-media sculpture by Gilda Pervin. Upstairs gallery exhibit by gallery artists. Tue by appt, Wed & Thur 11-2, Fri & Sat 10-4, Sun 1-4. 500 Exposition Ave. 828-1111.
The Fringe Element. Ongoing display of holographic art (three-dimensional laser imagery) by several artists. Wed-Sun 12-5. 2727-D Routh. 741-5219.
The Frontroom. Through Feb: Group show by gallery artists. Mon-Sat 10-5. 6617 Snider Plaza. 369-8338.
Gallery E. Through Feb: Tribal jewelry, ornaments, and baskets from around the world. Also Shipibo pottery from the Peruvian Amazon. Tue-Sat 11-4. 2607 Routh. 651-1343.
Gallery II. Through Feb: Selected silkscreens and lithographs by well-known artist Erte. Mon-Sat 10-6, Thur 10-9. 1109 Old Town in the Village. 363-9346.
Lucy Berman Modern Graphics. Limited edition prints by European, American, and South American artists. Also new works by Benjamin Harrs and Mesterou. By appt, days or evenings. 3873 Royal Ln. 357-1687.
Miller Simonson. Through Feb: Oil paintings by local artist David Herriott; oil and water colors of Cape Cod and other seascapes by Bill Steeves. Mon-Sat 10-5. 217 Preston Royal Shopping Center (NE quadrant). 692-1891.
Oura, Inc.. Through Feb: Exhibit of works on paper and paintings by New York artist Ray Parker. By appt only. 839 1/2 Exposition. 823-6287.
Peterson. Limited edition prints by Chagall, Calder, Mir6, and others. Mon-Fri 10-9, Sat 10-6. 8315 Preston Rd. 361-9403.
Southwest II. Through Feb: Exhibit of works by R.C. Gorman. Tue & Sat 10-6, Wed-Fri 10-9, closed Sun & Mon. 2710 Boll St 1 1/2 blk east of the Quadrangle). 827-7730.
Stewart. Through Feb 2: Works by Charles Campbell. From Feb 3: Exhibit of works by Richard lams. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun & Mon by appt. 12610 Coit Rd. 661-0213.
The Studio. Each Mon in Feb: Demonstrations of oil painting, glaze drawing, and wood-block printmaking by Anne Cushing Gantz. Call for times. 3524 Inwood Rd. 528-1487.
2719. From Feb 3: One-man exhibit of new prints and monotypes by Denton artist Don Scaggs. Tue-Sat 11:30-5, Sun 2-5. 2719 Routh. 748-2094.
Williamson. Through Feb: Exhibit of prints by Dali, Calder, Robert Baskin, and Boulanger. Mon-Fri 10-5:30. 6803 Hillcrest. 369-1270.
Dallas Health & Science Museum. Through Feb: “Ice Age Art,” major touring exhibition of 240 objects from the European Upper Paleolithic period (35,000 BC-10,000 BC). Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 1-5. Fair Park 428-8351.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. Permanent exhibit, “Laser Technology: Origins, Applications, and Design.” Each weekend in Feb: “Laser Magic.” Fri & Sat 7:30, 9, 10:30 and midnight; Sun 7:30 & 9. Each Sat at 1 pm: Constellation show “The Texas Sky.” Museum admission 50c for out-of-county residents. Tarrant County residents free. Planetarium admission $1.50 adults, $1 children under 12. Laser Magic show $2.75. Museum hours: Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5. 1501 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 732-1631.
Basketball – Dallas Diamonds. Women’s Professional Basketball League. Dallas Convention Center Arena. All games begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets $5.50-$6.50; $4 general admission; under 18 $1 off. For tickets: 363-9311; for further information: 980-7125.
Feb 5 vs. New York Stars
7 vs. San Francisco Pioneers
22vs. Philadelphia Fox
24 vs. California Dreams
Basketball – SMU Mustangs. Moody Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $5-$6. 692-2901.
Feb 2 vs. Houston
4 vs. Baylor
18 vs. Arkansas
Basketball – TCU Horned Frogs. Daniel Meyer Coliseum, Fort Worth. 7:30 pm. Tickets $4 adults, $3 ages 18 and under. (817) 921-7967.
Feb 6vs. Texas
9 vs. SMU
22 vs. Baylor
Basketball – NTSU Eagles. The Coliseum, Denton. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3-$3.50, $2 ages 18 and under. (817)788-2662.
Feb 5 vs. Centenary
16 vs. UTA
23 vs. Houston Baptist
Basketball – UTA Mavericks. Texas Hall, Arlington. 7:30 pm. Tickets $2, $1 ages 18 and under. (817)273-2261.
Feb 9 vs. Arkansas State
18 vs. Lamar
21 vs. St. Edwards
23 vs. Louisiana Tech.
Hockey – Dallas Black Hawks. Fair Park Coliseum. All games begin at 7:30 pm. Tickets $3-$6. 565-0362.
Feb 3 vs. Houston
8 vs. Oklahoma City
9 vs. Cincinnati
15 vs. Salt Lake City
16 vs. Fort Worth
22 vs. Birmingham
23 vs. Birmingham
29 vs. Tulsa
Hockey – Fort Worth Texans. Will Rogers Coliseum. 7:30 pm. Tickets $3.50-$5.50. (817) 332-1585.
Feb 8 vs. Houston
9 vs. Oklahoma City
22 vs. Houston
23 vs. Indianapolis
27 vs. Tulsa
29 vs. Birmingham
Rodeo – Southwestern Fat Stock Show. Jan 23-Feb 3. Will Rogers Coliseum. Tickets $5-$6. Call for times. (817) 335-9346.
Chinese Paper Folding. Feb 2 at 3 pm: Demonstration and films on this ancient art. Free. Audelia Road Branch Library, 10045 Au-delia. 748-9071, ex 249.
Kathy Burks Marionettes. Through Feb: Puppet performance of Popeye’s All Star Revue. Thur-Sat 10:30, 1 & 4. $1.50. Group rates and times by reservation. Haymarket Theatre, Olla Podrida. 233-1958.
Valentino’s Predicament. Feb 12 at 7:30 pm: Puppet show for Valentine’s Day. Also learn to make edible valentines. Free. Walnut Hill Branch Library, 9495 Marsh Ln. 748-9071, ex 249.
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