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According to Hindu mythology, Brahma creates the world and Vishnu protects it. But such a world of beginning without end is unacceptable to Hindu logic, therefore Shiva exists as the destructive element of the divine trinity. He is feared equally by mankind and the other gods. Shiva takes on many forms: heavenly destroyer, prince of ascetics, and the motionless center of movement. His destructive acts determine the world’s rhythms, and so Shiva is most familiarly portrayed as Nataraja, the four-armed, three-eyed dancer.

“Manifestations of Shiva” is an exhibit consisting of 121 sculptures and 59 paintings ranging from the lst-century B.C. to the 19th-century. Although the exhibit cannot turn the uninitiated into an authority on the complexities of Hindu mythology, it will offer the richest sampling ever of visual art devoted to this one Indian deity.

Aug 1-Sept 27 at the Kim-ball Art Museum, Will Rogers Road West, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5.(817) 332-8451.

– Charles Dee Mitchell


When Dallas’ funkiest and best jazz club, the Recovery Room, folded last year, Dallas jazz fans thought the club’s annual Charlie Parker Festival would go down with it. Not so. Like the amazing jazz phoenix that he was, Bird lives, and so does the festival. Thanks to the Dallas Jazz Society, the energetic nonprofit organization formed in 1977 to promote jazz in Dallas, the eighth annual Parker Festival will take place right on schedule Aug 28-30 at Union Station (the 29th would have been Bird’s 61st birthday). Producing the show and keeping tabs on its authenticity is none other than Jeanie Donnelly, the Recovery Room’s former owner and genial waitress, and the participants form a roster of R-Room regulars including Red Garland, Marshall Ivery, and other local talents like James Clay, Lewis Hubert, Buster Smith, Robert Sanders, and Bill Tillman. Guest artist James Moody will also join the proceedings.

Previous Parker memorials followed Bird in repertoire and style: bebop classics and pop standards embellished with straight-ahead, technically dazzling improvisations. The event this year should rise as in the past to some moments of solo and ensemble virtuosity. The Charlie Parker Festival, having arisen from the ashes, is the jazz highlight of the year in Dallas. Tickets available at all Rainbow Ticketmaster outlets. $8 in advance, $10 at the door. For more information, call the Dallas Jazz Hotline: 744-BBOP.

Willem Brans


Beneath the glass and chrome of Big D, we occasionally catch a glimpse of a closet Austin. For such a glimpse, check out the Dallas Ballet’s series of free park performances. Now in its fourth season, Ballet Under the Stars is proof that art can thrive without air conditioning. Granted, Dallas audiences exhibit a studied casual look-Calvin Kleins and Izods rather than cutoffs and faded Indian cottons – but otherwise the spirit approaches the mood of little A.

The repertory for the park series will include Rhyth-metron, in which the hypnotic percussions and flame red costumes seem more suited to the grass and heat than the concert hall. Whether the variations from Swan Lake will evoke cool enchantment on a hot night remains to be seen. So far audiences have been delighted with Christine Dunham’s solo, “The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B,” danced to recorded vocals by Bette Midler. Also scheduled for the parks is the usual razzle-dazzle pas de deux, in this case from Don Quixote. Performances are free and begin at 8:15. Preferred patches of lawn are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Ballet Under the Stars appears at the DeGolyer Estate Aug 13-16; at Kiest Park Aug 21 & 22; at Grauwyler Park Aug 25 & 26; and at Lee Park Sept 4-7.

-Margaret Putnam


Deathtrap. This is the third play in the Theater Center’s current season to have been plucked from the Broadway vine. The other two, On Golden Pond and Children of A Lesser God, didn’t entirely live up to their reputations, but this one probably will. It’s an ingenious thriller by Ira Levin (author of The Boys from Brazil and Rosemary’s Baby). The plot concerns a mystery writer who will do anything to break out of his long dry spell, and the development is both witty and full of surprise reversals. The casting of the production represents yet another stop in the Theater Center’s renewal of contacts with the outside world; DTC company members have been playing occasional roles in other local theaters this year, and now an outside actor, William Hootkins, has been cast in the lead role of this play. Hootkins, originally a Dallasite, returns here from work in Hollywood and in BBC productions. Through Aug 8 at Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri at 8:30 pm, Sat at 5 & 8:30 pm. Tickets $9.50 Fri & Sat; $7.25 Tue-Thur & Sat matinee. 526-8857.

Red, Hot, and Cola. This show opened on Greenville Avenue in June and promptly became the hottest musical ticket in town. It was risky venture that paid off for Kjehl Rasmussen and his Manhattan Clearing House, the organization that built the Greenville Avenue Theater and that, until this show, had been content with leasing the facility to other performing groups. Rasmussen not only had to compete with the high standards established in his own theater space by Stage No. 1; he also decided to pack up the show in July and move it into a hitherto undeveloped territory-far North Dallas. The city has of course been growing in that direction for years, but until the Manhattan Clearing House carried a portable domed playhouse out there, professional-quality theater didn’t exist north of Northwest Highway. The show is a stylish, fast-paced revue of some 30-odd Cole Porter songs, interspersed with telling details about Porter’s life. The snappy choreography is by Patty Harrington of Dancers Unlimited, and Rasmussen directed with the assistance of Dale Rose. Through Aug 9 at the Addison Summer Theatre, 14800 Dallas Parkway. Tue-Sun at 8:30 pm. Tickets $10 & $7.50, $6 students. 823-3670.

Rise and Shine. Irving Berlin is surely one of the best songwriters America has ever produced. So it’s surprising that Theatre Three, in its annual revues honoring people like George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Stephen Sondheim, hasn’t gotten around to adding Berlin to the list of honorees before now. But maybe now is an especially good time to hear songs like “Let’s Have Another Cup of Coffee” and “It’s a Lovely Day Tomorrow,” with their gently uplifting Depression-era lilt. Jac Alder, the creator of most of the other revues, is devising this one too, which will explore Berlin’s relation to the changing surfaces of American life. Through Aug 22 at Theatre Three, The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm. Tickets $8 75 Fri & Sat; $6.75 Wed, Thur, & Sun matinee; $5.75 Tue & Sun evening. 748-5191

The Seven Year Itch. American playwrights in the Fifties and early Sixties produced a number of good works which, oddly enough, are seldom performed anywhere in Dallas except at dinner theaters. Another oddity is that the plays are often given very good productions there: Sandy Dennis in William Gibson’s Two for the Seesaw a few years ago and Hugh O’Brian in Herb Gardner’s A Thousand Clowns more recently are two examples. This play, by George Axelrod, isn’t just a nostalgic reminder of the Marilyn Monroe film of the same name; it’s a well-constructed farcical comedy-a classic depiction of adulterous yearnings-which the eminent critic Kenneth Tynan once described as “celestially gay.” The two leading roles will be played by Joey Bishop and Barbi Benton. Through Aug 23 at Granny’s Dinner Playhouse. 12205 Coit Rd. Dinner shows Tue-Sun (doors open at 6 pm) and Sun matinee (doors open at noon). Tickets $17.95 Fri & Sat; $15.95 Wed, Thur, Sun; $13.95 Sun matinee; $12.95 Tue. 239-0153.

Terra Nova. In the fall of 1911, a team of English explorers led by Robert F. Scott and a team of Norwegian explorers led by Roald Amundsen set forth on different routes to reach the geographical South Pole; only the Norwegian team returned. This play by Ted Tally is about what happened to the Englishmen. Laced through the story of the expedition (which was named Terra Nova) are various flashbacks to preceding events and flash-forwards to the team’s imagined return home. It’s an intense, “heavy” drama. The cast is tentatively scheduled to include two excellent performers from previous New Arts Theatre productions: Dan Kremer as Scott and L.R. Hults as Amundsen. Christopher Nichols will direct. From Aug 7 at the New Arts Theatre Company, 702 Ross Ave at Market. Tue-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $7.50 Fri & Sat; $5.50 Tue-Thur & Sun. 761-9064.


Classics Illustrated. Masterpiece Theater sometimes takes as many video hours to boringly recreate a literary classic as one might reasonably spend pleasurably reading the same. With this in mind, the fact that a mere eight-hour film version of Leo Tolstoy’s War and Peace exists is not surprising. The fact that it is rumored to be not only enjoyable, but cinematically riveting as well makes it something of a minor miracle. The Granada Theater will show this 1968 Russian Academy Award winner in two installments. Aug 10 & 11 at 7:30 pm at the Granada Theater, 3524 Greenville. 823-9610.

Hearts of the West. Occasionally Hollywood can take a look at itself and come up with a perfect gem of a movie. Howard Zieff’s Hearts of the West is such a film. Jeff Bridges dreams of writing Western novels, gets bamboozled by a crooked correspondence school, and winds up a stunt man, and then a star in silent films. Blythe Danner is on hand for the love interest, Alan Arkin is the crazed director, and Andy Griffith is a washed-up star. Hearts of the West is Hollywood at its breeziest and its best. Aug 28 at 7:30 and 9:30 pm at Founders North Auditorium, UTD campus. Tickets $2, $1 under 18 or over 65, 50¢ for UTD students with an ID. For information on other summer films call 690-2945.

Theirs and Ours. The Dallas Public Library continues its Commanders of WWII film series through August. “Sir William Slin, Field Marshall, British Army,” about the man who defied MacArthur and eventually won the China-Burma-India theater of the war, plays Aug 5 & 12. A film on the man behind the attack on Pearl Harbor, “Isoroku Yamamoto, Grand Admiral, Imperial Japanese Navy,” shows Aug 19 & 26. Features are at 12:10 pm at the Central Dallas Public Library, 1954 Commerce. The screenings are free and brown baggers are welcomed. 748-9071.


Dallas Summer Musicals. Irving Berlin’s ageless Annie Get Your Gun, with the effervescent Florence Henderson playing the lead in this whoopin’ and hollerin’ musical romance about Annie Oakley and Buffalo Bill continues through Aug 9. The irre-pressibly tuneful First Couple of Showbiz, Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme, bring their galvanizing act from Vegas and New York to the Music Hall Aug 18-23. Four Girls Four closes the Summer Musicals season with music and comedy from four peerless entertainers whose careers span four decades: Margaret Whiting, Rosemary Clooney, Helen O’Connell, and Rose Marie (Aug 25-30). Aug 9-30 at Fair Park Music Hall. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm; matinees Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm. $21-$4. 691-7200.

Dallas Public Library. The downtown library puts on some down-home music on Tuesdays this month, starting Aug 4 with Jack Johnson playing a toe-tappin’ “Wait Till the Sun Shines, Nellie” kind of ragtime piano. Aug 11 Joe Anderson and the Old and New Testament Singers liven up the noon hour with some good ol’ Rock of Ages spirituals. Then drop in Aug 18 for O.L. Nutt, the wonderfully named Shorty Little, and friends for some old-fashioned (un-electric) Texas country music. Aug 4, 11, & 18 at Central Dal as Public Library, 1954 Commerce. All programs at 12:10 pm. Free. 748-9071, ex 249.

Meadows School of the Arts. Ross Powell, SMU’s crack clarinetist, and Jo Boatright, the best piano accompanist drawing breath in Texas, play a joint recital Aug 28. Both Powell and Boatright are part of the brilliant contemporary music ensemble Voices of Change, but are equally adept at the pre-20th-century literature, so their program should be varied. $2.50. 692-3189. Dr. Robert Anderson, SMU’s virtuoso organ professor, and his students perform a variety of works on the Organ Showcase Aug 30. Aug 28 & 30 at Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. 3:15 & 8:15 pm. Free. 692-2628.

Park Central Jazz Festival. Having gotten another blazing summer of grab-bag Starfest gigs under its belt, the Dallas Symphony now turns its attention to sponsoring its second annual end-of-summer jazz festival. Last year the headliners at the Park Central Jazz Festival were big bands: Buddy Rich, Benny Goodman. Dizzy Gillespie, and Count Basie (who canceled because of illness). This year the stars are also big Fifties and Sixties jazz greats: Herbie Mann, Carmen McCrae, Ramsey Lewis, plus at least one jazz/rock newcomer, Spyro Gyra, and other guests. Last year’s festival drew surprisingly large crowds for a city where jazz thrives mostly in out-of-the-way nooks and crannies. Aug 21-23 & 28-30 at 9 pm at Park Central at LBJ and Coit Rd. $12 for box seats, $9 for lawn seating; children under 13 free. 692-0203.

Richardson Community Concert Band. Here’s a group worth taking your hat off to. 60 volunteer amateur and professional musicians in Richardson who 10 years ago formed “a big marching band that sits.” in the words of one of its trumpet players. Besides playing at the Channel 13 Auction and the 500, Inc.’s Artfest, the band also performs a regular concert series. Playing everything from Sousa-phones to tympani, the members range in age from 75 to 16. They’re directed by Dallas jazz man Pete Vollmers, and you can catch them oompahing through a program of marches, symphonic band pieces, light classical, and popular music Aug 5 & 19 at 7:30 pm at Heights Park (South Lawn), 711 W Arapaho Rd, Richardson. Free. 369-7661.


A Sacred Dance Concert. The last of the arts to attract religious sponsorship, dance has finally gained a toehold in many Dallas churches. This concert will feature the: works of five area choreographers and twenty-odd dancers. The styles and themes promise to be varied, but have in common a religious motif. Works have been choreographed to selections from the musical Godspell, and to music by Bach, Copeland, and Benjamin Britten. Aug 30 at 7:30 at Middlebrooks Hall, First United Methodist Church, 234 W Bell Line Rd, Richardson. Free. 235-8385.


The American Landscape. As auction prices soar, interest in 19th-century American art continues to grow. Works by Thomas Moran and Alfred Bierstadt, two of the established masters of that period of American landscape painting, will be displayed only with works by their contemporaries throughout Aug at the Rainone Gallery, 1020 Pioneer Parkway East, Arlington. By appointment, Mon-Sat 10-5. (817) 461-5666.

American Printmakers of the First Half of the 20th-century. The print has always been the artistic medium that most immediately reflects social change and political unrest. In this century, photography has eclipsed other forms of printmaking as a tool for social investigation, but this exhibit will focus on those artists who continued to use lithography, etching, and other printmaking techniques for their interpretations of WWI and Depression-era America. Thomas Nason, Joseph Pennel, and Doel Reed are among the artists represented. Through Aug 31 at David L Gibson Rare Prints, 2723 Routh. Mon-Sat 10-5. 744-3474.

Art and Architecture: The History and Future of the Collaboration. Architecture has become an artistic topic “hot” enough to merit a satirical history by Tom Wolfe. This exhibit, planned to commemorate the 1981 centennial of the Architectural League of New York, will no doubt take a somewhat sober view of the issues at hand. The show will consist of drawings, renderings, artifacts, a historical survey, and collaborative projects by architect/artist teams especially commissioned for this exhibition. From Aug 19 at Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Fair Park. Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5. 421-4188.

Eleven Approaches: Cushing Atelier. Atelier is French for “studio,” and in the history of Parisian art and society, individual ateliers have become as noted and influential as have certain salons. Ann Cushing has conducted her atelier in Dallas for several years, and a representative selection of her students work will be shown Aug 20-Sept 25 at the KERA Gallery, 1300 Harry Hines Blvd. Mon-Sat 8-5. 744-1300.

Gotcha! The Polaroid camera has moved up in the world. Its instant images are found not only in family photo albums, but on museum walls as well. “Instants: A Polaroid Portfolio” will present 50 images from the sixth annual exhibition of photography by employees of the Polaroid Corporation, along with Polaroid work by regional photographers. Aug 2-28 at Allen Street Gallery, 2817 Allen St. Tue-Sat 11-5, Sun 1-5. 747-5207.

Lloyd Birdwell is a local filmmaker whose black and white photography documents his extensive travels. His first area exhibit opens Aug 8 at Carol Taylor Art, 2508 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 10-5. 745-1923.

Masterworks from the Amon Carter Museum Photography Collection. For the first time the museum will feature a wide cross section of its photographic collection in an exhibition specifically designed to show the depth of the museum’s photographic holdings. Works by such 19th-century masters as Timothy O’Sullivan, Edward Curtis, and William Bell will be displayed along with images by more familiar 20th-century photographers such as Dorothea Lange, Edward Steichen, and Alfred Steiglitz. Through Aug at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30.(817)738-1933.



CETA Arts Festival. This fourth-annual event will feature theatre, face painting, banner making, music, puppet making, and more for both children and adults. Dancers from Dancer’s Unlimited and the Dallas Black Dance Theater will also perform. Aug 22 from noon-6 pm at the White Rock Bathhouse Cultural Center, 521 E Lawther at Northcliff. Free. 670-3687.

Chill Cook-Off. Channel 13 is sponsoring this Chili Cook-Off and Wild West Round-Up. Festivities will include Texas-style games and events culminating with the announcement of the “1981 Channel 13 Chili Champion.” Aug 1 from 11 am-5 pm across from Billy Bob’s Texas, 2520 N Commerce, Fort Worth. Free. 744-1300, ex 264.

Wild W?st Fast. The 500, Inc. is sponsoring a day of Western-style family entertainment to benefit the arts of Dallas. Attractions will include bull riding, roping, bronco bucking, barrel racing, rodeo clowns, Western bands, and square dancing. Craftsmen will demonstrate hat and boot making, leather work, and silver jewelry. The Third Annual Southwest Ladies Chili Cook-Off will also take place. Aug 29 from 10 am-6 pm at the Fair Park Coliseum, Fair Park. Tickets at the gate, $3.50 for adults, $2.50 for childrer. 361-2011.


Audubon Sanctuary, Mountain Creek Lake. A favorite of local herpetologists, fossil hunters, bird watchers, and botanists. On the south end of Mountain Creek Lake. 827-6410.

Bachman Lake Park. Woodland and grassland area with many bird species. Bounded by Lemmon, Cochran Chapel, and Northwest Highway.

Dallas City Hall. Completed in 1977, this civic masterpiece features an open design by I. M. Pei. Glass flanks the outer corridor, and a 100-foot atrium rises in its center. Henry Moore’s distinctive sculpture sets off the large plaza out front. Walk-in tours available Mon-Fri at 10:30 & 3. Special tours available by calling the Special Events Office Mon-Fri from 8:15-5:15. 1500 Marilla St. 670-5396 or 670-5397.

Farmer’s Market. The municipal market, selling Texas-grown and some out-of-state produce. On Sunday mornings, everybody in town seems to be here. Just ignore the carbon monoxide fumes and concentrate on the plentiful pickings, usually available at considerable savings. Daily dawn to dusk. 1010 S Pearl. 748-2082 or 670-5879.

Fort Worth Japanese Gardens. Traditional Japa-nese water gardens include waterfall, cascade, teahouse, a moon-viewing deck, arched bridge, and meditation garden. $1 adults, children under 12 free if accompanied by adult, Tue-Sat 9-7. Sun 1-6. East gate on Botanic Garden Dr, Fort Worth.

International Wildlife Park. This drive-through wildlife preserve features exotic animals from around the world, reptile shows, special animal exhibits, and children’s rides. $6.95, children under 3 free, group discounts available. Mon-Fri 10-6, Sat 9-6. 601 Wildlife Pkwy, Grand Prairie. 263-2201.

Kiest Park. Area abounding with fossils and a wide variety of wildlife. Kiest and South Hampton.

L. B. Houston Park and Nature Area. Inhabited by beavers, opossum, gray foxes, and other wildlife. On Tom Braniff off Route 144 near Texas Stadium.

Reunion Tower. This landmark provides a spectacular view of the city from the revolving observation deck that stands 50 stories high. Open daily 9:30 am-midnight (for observation deck). The ride up is free to club-goers. 300 Reunion Blvd. 741-3663.

kid stuff

Kathy Burks Marionettes. The troupe’s antiquepuppets will enact Rumpelstiltskin, the classic fairytale of a little man who weaves straw into gold. Aug1-29; Thur, Fri, & Sat at 10:30 am & 1 & 4 pm at theHaymarket Theatre, Olla Podrida, 12215 Coit Rd.Tickets $1 75, $1.50 for 15 or more. 233-1958.

National Clown Week. In celebration of the week,three clowns-Poppy Benner, Jimmy, and Charlie-will entertain for all ages. Aug 5 at 2:30 pm at SkylineLibrary 6006 Everglade Free 381-1149.

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