First there was the Eight-O, that unassuming (yet potentially raucous) bohemian-frequented high-tech hangout. Then there was Nostromo, because even the ultimate kingpins in social snobbery need a little deviation – however subtle it may be -every now and then. Now there’s EastSide, Greenville Avenue’s answer to eclecticism. EastSide may look a bit like Nostromo (it does) and have as good a jukebox as the Eight-O (it does), but it can’t possibly draw the same crowd as either of its predecessors. Nor does its owner, Harry Puterbaugh, claim to be catering to the eccentrics; he’s confident that every now and then even Mr. Middle Class craves something more than a swinging singles discotheque. So far, EastSide’s biggest fans seem to be college-types, a fact that seems inevitable considering the bar’s location.
There isn’t much to differentiate EastSide physically from the other high-tech
endeavors -the decor is basically a lot of black and white tile, chrome, exotic flowers in geometric vases and large ambiguous paintings, with tuxedo-clad waiters here and there. All in all, the result is visually pleasing, but EastSide is more of a collection of what’s been done twice before than a statement of its own. 7035 Greenville. 987-0559.
David Hockney is one of the few pop artists who successfully made the transition to a more broadly based style. He is also the only well-known contemporary artist whose public reputation is built almost entirely upon drawings. Fresh out of London’s Royal College of Art, British-born Hockney arrived in Los Angeles in 1963 and, like Matisse discovering the sunny pleasures of Nice, he recognized a congenial place when he saw it. He has traveled practically everywhere else since – but something about his style has remained essentially Southern Californian. A group of these economic but sensual drawings, selected from the artist’s own collection by Hockney and his dealer, will go on exhibit this month. The works in the show -ink, pencil and crayon – demonstrate the full range of Hockney’s craft and suggest that comparison with Matisse is apt. There is the same relaxed, undulating line and the same ardent but innocent pursuit of pleasure.
The exhibit, “David Hockney Drawings,” will be on display Jan 7-Feb 21 in the University Gallery, Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. Free. 692-2489.
– Ken Barrow
When Thomas Pasatieri’s The Seagull hits the boards of the Fort Worth Opera this month, it will be the newest opera ever performed by a professional company in either Dallas or Fort Worth. By adding The Seagull to a season underpinned with perennial crowd-pleasers like Carmen and Lucia di Lammermoor, the Fort Worth Opera not only gives the audience a taste of something out of the ordinary, but it also presents a relatively unknown composer with a chance to reach a larger audience. Pasatieri once said, “For me, as a composer, communication with an audience is the most essential thing. I’m not interested in writing music that can be intricately analyzed by all the conservatory students. I’m interested in writing music that will appeal to people.”
Soprano Evelyn Lear, who created the role of Irina Arkadina for the Houston production, will sing the role again in Fort Worth. Baritones Edward Crafts and Stephen Dickson, soprano Marianna Christos, mezzo-soprano Evelyn Petros and bass Kurt Link will join her under the stage direction of Frank Corsaro. Jan 15 at 8 pm & Jan 17 at 2:30 pm at the Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre. Tickets $5-$25. (817) 738-6509.
– Wayne Lee Gay
Adair’s. This place has got class: torn U.S.. British and Texas (lags pinned to a wall: two-tone harvest gold and beige vinyl booths; thousands of spitwads clinging for dear life to the ceiling, miscellaneous graffiti covering several walls, gobs of gimme hats tacked to the wall behind the bar: Roy Rogers’ “Happy Trails” on the jukebox. Just about everybody’s welcome here; Adair’s is for good, clean hell-raisers who are just out for a good time with friends they haven’t necessarily met yet. (3903 Cedar Springs. 526-9379. TueSat 10 pm-2 am. Sun 6pm-midnight. No credit cards.)
Andrew’s. The best way to describe Andrew’s is thai it’s sort of like cod liver oil: best when taken in small doses. It’s just that everything here is so cute. the cute little drinks (some are unbelievably potent) that have cute little names, the cute little waitresses in green and red plaid wrap-around jumpers, the cute little tables in the cute little courtyard. And in the midst of all this cuteness is an average performer (usually accompanied by a guitar) trying to sing mellow oldies-but-goodies to a cute crowd, most of whom couldn’t care less. (3301 McKinney. 521-6535. Daily 11:15am-2am. Happy hour Mon Fri until 7 AE, DC, MC. V.)
Bagatelle. If you’re tired of your rowdy friends and would like to slip into a plush, dark booth for a smooth drink and a little intimate conversation, this is the perfect place. What you’ll find at Bagatelle is good food and great jazz. Karen Edwards sings and plays the piano Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday nights; the Paul Guerrero Jazz Quartet performs Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (4925 Green-ville. 692-8224. Mon-Thur 11:30 am-1 am, Fri & Sat till 2 am. Sun brunch 10:30-2. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. All credit cards.)
Bar Tejas. At first we thought Bar Tejas was perfect: the casual neighborhood feel, the enormous windows, the neon and marquee lights beaming in from the Mexican-American movie theater across the street. Then we realized that there’s something about the harshness of the acoustics and the height of the ceiling that makes this an uncomfortable place in which to be drunk: The table setup is just too Spartan. It is, however, a nice place to frequent during the day; and on Sunday evenings, there’s chamber music. (2100 Greenville. 828-2131. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7. AE.) Belle Starr. Not quite in the same league as Cowboy or Diamond Jim’s. Belle Starr has become a real haven for semi-urban blue collar cowboys and cowgirls who just love to two-step and polka (this place is equipped with a huge dance floor). (7724 N Central near Southwestern. 750-4787. Tue-Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 4 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. All credit cards.) Billy Bob’s Texas. It was only a matter of time before someone built a c/w nightclub bigger than Gilley’s; it’s perfectly logical that it was built in Fort Worth. Billy Bob’s has 42 bar stations, six shops, two restaurants, a seating capacity of 6,000. real cowboys riding real bulls in a stockyard arena and some of the biggest names in country music. (2520 N Commerce, Fort Worth. (817)625-6491. Mon-Sat 10 am-3 pm, 4 pm-2 am: Sun 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7:30 pm. V. MC, AE.) Café Dallas. If you’re out to pick up someone and you can’t do it here, there’s got to be something wrong. This place is literally overflowing with eager young (well, maybe not quite so young) swingles in all shapes and sizes. Anything is “in” here; as long as you act like you belong, you will. And Café Dallas does have one of the best sound systems in Dallas. So, if you like to dance (anything from disco to New Wave to rock) and don’t mind a few indecent proposals, you’ll enjoy Café Dallas. (5500 Greenville. 987-0066 Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.) Cardinal Puff’s. We could really learn to love Puff’s;
it’s comfortable (especially the beer garden outside), soothing (perfect if you need to unwind after a tough day) and extremely cozy (decidedly dark and intimate after the sun goes down). (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Dally 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, AE, V.)
Comedy Corner. This isn’t such a bad place to catch semi-big-name comedy acts if you don’t mind a lot of smoke, a $5 cover, a two-drink minimum and a waitress who automatically assumes that your change is her tip. Rows of comedians in their own rights fill the audience while various comedy acts of fluctuating quality take the stage for short sets of stand-up humor. (8202 Park Lane. 361-7461 Wed, Thur & Sun 9 pm; Fri 8:30 & 11; Sat 8 & 10:30. Tué audition night 8:30 AE, MC. V.) Cowboy. One thing Cowboy is not is a place for cowboys. It’s much more aptly suited for guys who think they’d really like to be cowboys and girls who think that men who walk like cowboys are neat. It is, however, somewhat reminiscent of a cattle drive: Every inch of floor space-whether for dancing, sitting or standing-is occupied at all times by large, obnoxious beasts who breathe heavily down each other’s necks and occasionally emit strange noises. (5208 Greenville. 369-6969. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Supper buffet: 5-9 pm. Sat & Sun 8 pm-2 am. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Diamond Jim’s. What a great place to get picked up! It’s not as pretentious as Cowboy, it’s not as overdone as Cowboy, and it has basically the same things to offer its patrons: pseudo-Western surroundings, lots of floor space to two-step or swing dance on, and oodles of available singles. We especially like the windowsills that line one wall: they’re perfect if you’d rather people-watch, which can be quite entertaining in itself. (5601 Greenville. 691-2411. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat&Sun 7pm-2am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-8 pm. MC, V, AE.) Eight-O. It’s amazing what a little honest promotion can do for a place. When the Eight-0 first opened, it was plugged as the “in” place for struggling artists, bohemians, punk rockers and any other social misfits who happened to stumble in. It was a great place for people-watching, listening to one of the best jukeboxes in Dallas and discussing the meaning of life and other such esoteric trivialities. Then an entire army of preppies decided that Eight-0 was The Ultimate, and things went downhill from there. (The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh, suite 145. 741-0817. Mon-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sunnoon-2am. Happy hour daily 4-8. MC, AE, V.)
élan. In case you didn’t know (and are therefore extremely bourgeois) that is a littlee, l-a-n. Ay-Ion, for all you native Texans. This is the spot in Dallas to drink, dance, mingle, play backgammon or just generally stand around looking beautiful, exotic, vogue and yes, rich. This is probably as close to Hollywood as Dallas will ever get-at least, we certainly hope it is. (5111 Greenville. 692-9855. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. Sun brunch 11-2. All credit cards.) Gertie’s. Ever hear of a place where absolutely no one really belongs? That’s Gertie’s. It’s a jumble of Ted Nugent groupies, high school dropouts, serious rock ’n’ rollers and pure punkers. Live bands belt out rock ’n’ roll full-blast in front of a usually crowded dance floor. But it’s tough to tell just how well the patrons appreciate the music because so many of them are zoned-out most of the time. (4125 Lem-mon. 528-8181. Daily 7 pm-2 am. No credit cards.) Gordo’s. This is categorically, unequivocally and completely the best bar in Dallas for watching the Cowboys games. For some reason, nobody has discovered that Gordo’s offers a perfect Sunday afternoon combo: cold beer, hot pizza and a gorgeous, gargantuan TV set. Doubtless, now that we’ve told the world about it. Gordo’s won’t be the best bar for TV watching anymore because there will be a crowd in front of the tube. So don’t go there. (4528 Cole. 521-3813. Sun noon-10 pm, Mon-Thur 11 am-10:30(Nick Farrelley’s Lounge) whether you’re a preppie, a goal roper, a longhair or just sort of an average Joe. It’s a friendly neighborhood spot that’s known to get a little rowdy at times-perfect for drinking a few beers, dancing to some old Irish folk songs or playing a game or two of darts or pool. (3520 Oak Lawn. 559-4890. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Nick’s Uptown. Nick’s is the ideal place to cut loose and have a wild time. The club is reminiscent of a huge rec room (it used to be a grocery store) with a stage tucked away in one corner and a bar running along the opposite wall. And if you feel the need to get up and move, there is a designated dance floor. (3606 Greenville. 827-4802 Mon-Sun 8 pm-2 am. AE. MC,V.)
Old Church. When the Old Church was first the Old Church it was an old church. Then popularity waned and the Old Church was no longer the Old Church. Prufrock Inc. stepped in and tried to turn the Old Church into a new posh California-style wine bar. Now the Old Church is the new Old Church and the world is at peace again. Although the interior is a little too clean and new-looking for our tastes, this Old Church is really quite a lovely place to enjoy a drink. (4507 Cole. 526-0480. Daily 11 am-2am. Happy hour daily 4-7. AE, MC, V.)
Poor David’s Pub. It’s easy to bypass this grimy little bar on your way to somewhere else; but if you’re looking for decent live music, that may be a big mistake. Sure. Poor David’s is tiny, grungy and has absolutely no stage. All the better to concentrate on the music, which more often than not, is definitely worth hearing. (2900 McKinney. 821-9891. Mon. Wed-Fri 4 pm-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour 4-8 pm weekdays. Closed Sun and Tue. Kitchen open till 1 am. No credit cards.)
Popsicle Toes. This place has just enough sleaze to be taken seriously as a jazz bar, but not so much that one must shower after leaving it. House bands include Buster Brown, a fusion unit, and Phyrework, which can do credible knock-offs of everyone from Boz Scaggs to George Benson. (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Sun 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. TGIF Fri 4-7 pm. MC, V, AE.)
The Quiet Man. A great little unobtrusive neighborhood bar, the Quiet Man is especially popular with the blue jeans and work shirt set. It’s about the size of the men’s rooms at D/FW and is dimly lighted, but the crowd is friendly. The Quiet Man is an ideal place to talk (except outdoors during rush hour) and nurse a cheap drink. (3720 Knox. 526-6180 Tue-Thur noon-midnight. Fri & Sat noon-2 am, Sun & Mon 4 pm-midnight. No credit cards.) The Railhead. From the size of the crowds, you would think this was the only bar in Dallas to offer live entertainment without a cover charge. The place begins to fill up by 8 pm, sometimes earlier (depending on who’s playing), and almost always is standing room only. The Railhead usually features good local talent; primarily comedians and popular music copy artists. But no cover also means expensive drinks and mediocre service. (6979 Twin Hills. 369-8700. Sun & Mon 5 pm-1 am, Tue-Sat 5 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. All credit cards.) San Francisco Rose. The Rose is a bright, laid-back place adorned with greenery, a few couches and wingback chairs. This place isn’t exactly conducive to romance, but don’t tell that to the couples on the couches, who couldn’t be more enthralled with the place. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020 Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.) 6051 Club. This is still the place in Dallas for jazz. from the real thing to the fusion efforts of some of the younger groups. The drinks are substantial and reasonable, the atmosphere is cozy (if a bit too Formica-Fifties), and the music is generally exciting. (6057 Forest Lane. 667-3393. Thur-Sat 9 pm-2 am. MC, V.)
Stoneleigh P. What can be said about the Stone.leigh P. that hasn’t been uttered already? Suffice it to say that more advertising campaigns, radio jingles, magazine articles, films, poems and paintings have been planned in this L-shaped room than in any other public or private Dallas chamber. The P. breaks all the rules-the beer is sometimes less than teeth-cracking cold, the drinks are too small- and yet people continue to be seduced by the low-key intelligence of the place. (2926 Maple. 741-0824. Mon-Sat 11 am-2am. Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. No credit cards.)
Strictly Ta-Bu. The Tabu has an easy, no-problem intimacy that can only happen with time and the right crowd (the kind of atmosphere that new bars spend big bucks trying to buy. only to discover that they’ve wasted their money). You’ll find the best pizza in town here, although the other food entries are only occasionally noteworthy and the drinks are average. Sometimes the music (jazz) gets in the way, depending on who is playing. (4111 Lomo Alto. 522-8101. Food served Mon-Thur 11 am-2:30pm&5 pm-midnight, Fri 11 am-2:30pm &5pm-1 am. Sat & Sun 6 pm-midnight. Bar open until 2 am Mon-Sat. MC, V.)
Texas Tea House. The Tea House is a friendly, rowdy, trendless c/w spot to drink beer and enjoy the harmony-lacking but good-natured Will Barnes Band. The beer is cold, the crowd is always rowdy and the bleachers (this is strictly a beer garden) aren’t too bad, unless the night is chilly. (3400 Kings Road. 526-9171. Tue-Sat 8 pm-2 am. No credit cards)
The White Elephant Saloon. In 1887. Luke Short, then the owner of the White Elephant, shot it out with a former U.S. marshal. Now the Elephant has c/w music six nights a week and a lot of tourists trying desperately to learn to two-step on a small dance floor. It’s not a bad place, though, to escape the higher cover charges and mammoth crowds at Billy Bob’s across the street. (106 E Exchange, Fort Worth. (817) 624-1887. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Closed Sun. MC, AE, V.)
The Wine Press. Obviously. The Wine Press is a great place to sample wine (the wine list consists of page after page of Californian, French, Italian and German wines). But unlike many other wine bars, The Wine Press also serves a full range of cocktails. There’s also a great secluded second-story loft. (4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. No reservations. MC, V, AE.)
SMU Cinematheque Series. Jan 15 .”Something to Sing About,” with James Cagney singing and dancing. Jan 16: “Second Chorus,” in which Paulette Goddard puts trumpeter Fred Astaire on Broadway. Jan 17: “Till the Clouds Roll By,” a lavish, all-star, Technicolor biography of Jerome Kern. Jan 22: “Fantastic Planet,” slightly kinky, animated sci-fi. Jan 23: “Fantastic Animation Festival,” a recent sampling of state-of-the-art animation. Jan 24: “Gulliver’s Travels.” one of the great animated films created by Max Fleischer Jan 29: “Cyrano de Bergerac;” Jose Ferrer does a fine job in a not-too-impressive adaptation of the Rostand play Jan 30: “The Inspector General,” Danny Kaye stars in this overambitious film of the classic Russian farce. Jan 31: “Life with Father,” a successful adaptation of one of America’s longest running plays; William Powell and Irene Dunne star. All showings are at 8 pm in the Bob Hope Theatre in Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. Tickets $2.50. $2 for students and senior citizens 692-3090
University of Texas at Dallas. Jan 6: “Knife in the Water,” Roman Polanski’s rather grim first film. Jan 8: “In Cold Blood.” an effective film version of the Truman Capote thriller/documentary. Jan 13: “A Lesson in Love,” a seldom seen film by Ingmar Bergman. Jan 15: “Health,” Robert Altman’s commercially disasterous put-on of health spas and conservative politics. Jan 20: “Under Milkwood,” Liz and Dick in a very literal rendition of the Dylan Thomas play about life in a Welsh village. Jan 22: “Seconds” is a surprisingly good thriller that John Frankenheimer wrests from an absurd rejuvenation premise. Jan 27: “Pather Panchali” and “Aparajito,” classic films from India, directed by Sadjiyat Ray. Jan 29: “World of Apu” and “Kan-chenjungha,” more by Sadjiyat Ray. Showings are in the Founders North Auditorium. UTD campus, Richardson. Tickets $2, $1 for under 18 or over 65. 50* for UTD students with ID. 690-2945.
Absurd Person Singular. Alan Ayckbourn is one of the greatest living comic playwrights. Not only is he an ingenious craftsman (the three plays of “The Norman Conquests” take place simultaneously but in different areas of a house, so that when a character walks out of one play he walks into another one), he also believes that comedy can be serious at the same time it is funny. “Absurd Person Singular,” which involves a class war set in three different kitchens on three successive Christmases, is both hilariously farcical and, especially at the end, a bit grim. Jan 21-Feb 27 at Stage West, 821 W Vickery, Fort Worth. Thur-Sat at 8:30 pm, with dinner available from 7 pm. Tickets $6.50 Sat, $6 Fri, $5 Thur. (817)332-6238.
Diamond Studs: The Life and Times of Jesse James. Jim Wann’s c/w musical has been turning up at a lot of regional theaters around the country lately. The cast includes some fine local performers; they play a variety of roles, such as the James. Cole and Younger brothers and Belle Starr. Through Jan 23 at the New Arts Theatre Company, 702 Ross Ave at Market. Tue-Thur at 8 pm. Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $9.50 Fri & Sat. $7.50 Tue-Thur & Sun. 761-9064.
Emlyn Williams as Charles Dickens. The eminent Welsh actor and playwright (among his works are “The Corn is Green” and “Night Must Fall”) has been bringing Dickens to the stage since 1951. His appearances here are sponsored by Theatre Three, whose subscribers receive discounts and ticket priority. Jan 22-24 at the Performance Hall, Brookhaven Community College, 3939 Valley View Lane. Fri-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm. Tickets $14.50 & $11.50. 748-5191.
Getting Out. Marsha Norman’s play is about a woman’s first day out of prison. Resolved to start a new life, she has to cope with all the remnants of her past-her bitter mother, the prison guard who drives her home, the pimp she used to work for, and her old self, who still lives in her memory and roams the stage in flashbacks. Stage No. 1’s season so far hasn’t been quite up to its usual standards, but this tough, compelling play should restore it. Jenna Worthen, who staged “Custer” here last year, will direct. Jan 27-Mar 6 at the Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville. Wed-Sat at 8:15 pm. Tickets $7.50, $6 students & over 65. 369-5345.
The Gondoliers. Gilbert and Sullivan quarreled during the run of this operetta, and although they eventually collaborated on two more works, this is the last one that is still performed regularly. Gilbert’s libretto is about political and romantic tangles in Venice. Theatre Three has engaged for this show an accomplished guest director. Jack Eddleman, who has staged Gilbert and Sullivan pieces at the New York City Opera and elsewhere. Jan 5-Feb 13 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 $9.95 Fri & Sat; $7.75 Wed, Thur & Sun matinee; $6.75 Tue & Sun. 748-5191.
BL Lacerta. Dallas’ improvisatory quartet plays at the Greenville Avenue Theatre. 2914 Greenville Jan 10 at 3 pm. Jan 11 at 8 pm. Tickets $5. 823-3670 Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Eduardo Mata conducts Mahler’s Ninth Symphony Jan 7 & 9 at 8:15 pm. Mary Travers of Peter, Paul and Mary joins the orchestra for a pops concert Jan 8 at 8 pm. Pianist Joseph Kalichstein will play Franck’s Symphonic Variations in a concert that also includes Stravinsky’s Concerto for Piano and Winds and Schumann’s Symphony No. 4 Jan 15 & 16 at 8 15 pm; Jan 17 at 2:30 pm. Eduardo Mata conducts Richard Strauss “Don Quixote’ and Brahms’ Symphony No. 3 Jan 21 & 23 at 8:15 pm. Guitarist Robert Guthrie and conductor Eduardo Mata lead the orchestra in an evening of Spanish Pops Jan 22 at 8 pm. One of the world’s most popular flutists, James Galway, will perform Mozart’s Second Flute Concerto on a program with Mozart’s Symphony No. 35 (“Haffner”), and Kodaly’s “Peacock’’ Variations and “Hary Janos” Suite. Jan 29 & 30 at 8:15 pm. All performances at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $14-$3.50. 692-0203.
Fort Worth Opera. Thomas Pasatieri’s operatic version of Chekov’s “The Seagull” will be performed with soprano Evelyn Lear singing Irina Arkadina, the role she created in Houston in 1974, under the direction of Rudolf Krueger. Jan 15 at 8 pm; Jan 17 at 2:30 pm at Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre, 1111 Houston Street. Fort Worth. 429-1181 or (817) 731-0833.
Fort Worth Symphony. Violinist Elmar Oliviera, who made a tremendous impression with the Dallas Symphony in September with the Tchaikovsky Concerto, will be in Fort Worth to play the Beethoven Concerto in D Major, Op. 61. Guest conductor Silva Pereira will also perform Dvorak’s Symphony No. 7 Jan 9 at 8 pm, Jan 10 at 3 pm. Music director John Giordano will return to conduct a “Hurray for Hollywood!” Pops spectacular Jan 23 at 8 pm, Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre, 1111 Houston Street, Fort Worth. Tickets $14-53. (817) 921-2676.
Meadows School of the Arts. Faculty pianist William Cooper presents a recital Jan 15 at 8:15 pm. Tickets $2.50. 692-2628. Students in the Piano Preparatory Division will perform Jan 17 at 1:30 pm. Free. 692-2530. Roger Bobo, principal tuba with the Los Angeles Philharmonic will appear with the Voices of Change, resident new music ensemble. Jan 25 at 8 pm. Tickets $6. All performances are in Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. 692-3189. North Texas State University. The Koryo Trio will perform in the Concert Hall Jan 21 at 8:15 pm. On Jan 25. faculty members will present a chamber music recital in the Recital Hall at 8 pm. Faculty member Adam Wodnicki, a pianist of unusual stamina and power, will appear in recital in the Concert Hall Jan 26 at 8:15 pm. Cellist and faculty member Adolfo Odnoposoff will present a recital Jan 27 at 8 pm in the Recital Hall. The composition department will present a recital Jan 28 at 8 pm in the Recital Hall. NTSU campus, Denton. All performances are free. (817) 788-2791. Texas Christian University. Program IV of the Bach III series will include faculty members in J.S. Bach’s Sonata in A Major for Flute and Harpsichord, Sonata in A Minor for unaccompanied Violin and Cantata 56 for Bass, “Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen.” Jan 26 at 7:30 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum. 1101 Will Rogers Road. Fort Worth. Free (817)921-7810.
Van Cliburn Foundation. Duo-pianists Arthur Gold and Robert Fizdale will perform Jan 12 at the Scott Theatre. 3505 W Lancaster, Fort Worth, and Jan 14 at the Amfac Hotel East at D/FW airport. The Scott Theatre program will be a lecture-performance entitled “The Diaghilev Heritage:” the airport recital will feature music by Bach. Mozart, Brahms. Weber, Schubert and Mithaud Both performances are at 8 pm. Tickets $8 (817)738-6536.
Dallas Ballet. “The Nutcracker” starts the new year with performances Jan 1 at 8 pm and Jan 2 & 3 at 2 & 8 pm Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $19.50-$4. 744-4430
Dancers Unlimited. This group of SMU dance graduates has become steadily more ambitious, so that they’re now offering full-fledged seasons. The winter season takes place Jan 5-10, and it features new choreography and familiar works in alternating programs The big news is the two new works by Mel Purnell, formerly of Dance Theatre of Harlem and currently in residence at El Centre He’s set two pieces. “And Something Else” and “Lately.” a male solo. The program, which runs Jan 5, 7 & 9. includes, besides the full-company Purnell piece. “Tangent.” by Richard Walker; “Reunions,” by Maria Camp; a new work. They Owe Me an Inch,” by Debbie Paulsen (from the Bill Evans Company); “Raggedy Ann and Andy Revisited,” a new work by former Dallas Ballet dancer and choreographer Rodwic Fukino; “Confluence.” by Kevin Brown; and the company’s signature piece. “Aerospace,” by John Hofsas. On Jan 6, 8 & 10, the company presents the two Purnell pieces; “Fast Dissolve,” by Hofsas; “We moved It Was Not Clear But We Moved,” by Martha Curtis; “Do, Don’t, Maybe, and Me.” by Dan Kunkel; James Clouser’s “Silent Game,” (done in 20 minutes of total silence); and “Aerospace.” Bob Hope Theatre, SMU campus. Jan 6-9 at 8:15 pm; Jan 10 at 3 pm. Tickets: $6 for one program; $10 for any two. 742-7821.
Alfred Jacob Miller: Artist on the Oregon Trail. Inthe summer of 1837, Baltimore-born Miller accompanied William Drummond Stewart, a retired British army officer, on an expedition to the famous rendezvous of mountain men on Wyoming’s Green River. The trip made Miller the first American artist to see and paint the Rockies. His watercolors, gouaches and oils of the scenery and Indians of the West remain valuable documents as well as works of art. The exhibit has been assembled by the Amon Carter Museum staff and will go on the road after its showing here. Jan 29-Mar 14 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933. Edda Renouf. Working with brilliant acrylic pigments and incorporating the natural grain of the canvas, this New York artist paints the visual equivalents of invisible events: sound waves. Jan 9-Feb 3 at Carol Taylor Art, 2508 Cedar Springs. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Mon by appointment. 745-1923. Focus: Jay Coogan. This artist simply scatters his whimsical little black-and-white wooden sculptures around the gallery floor at random, leaving a strange half-carton, half-surreal landscape of shapes. Some are vaguely familiar little piano- or rocket-shaped forms, others suggest squares or circles on their way to becoming something else. None is bigger than a breadbox. Jan 16-Feb 28 at Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery. Tue 10am-9pm. Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. (817) 738-9215 New York: Elevations and Details. This first exhibition outside New York of the black-and-white prints Of Harry Wilks emphasizes architectural details and
long vistas. Shooting from the tops of buildings rather than at street level, Wilks captures views of the city that the casual passer-by seldom sees. Jan
2-Feb 27 at Afterimage Photographic Gallery. Suite
1 in The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh. Mon-Sat 10
am-5 pm. 748-2521.