American landscape photography came of age in the national parks. Early-day photographers journeyed west with survey parties, often shooting and developing under the most primitive conditions. And, so the story goes, when those parties returned to Washington to make recommendations for the preservation of some of this vast wilderness, prints by the likes of Timothy O’Sullivan (Grand Canyon), William Henry Jackson (Yellowstone) and Carleton Watkins (Yosemite) were often passed out among congressmen to help insure a favorable vote.
Those pictures helped create the national parks and, in the years since, the national parks have helped make the career of many a photographer. This long and mutually nourishing relationship is the subject of American Photographers and the National Parks, the current exhibit at Fort Worth’s Amon Carter Museum.
Among the 35 photographers represented in the show are Ansel Adams; Eliot Porter; Edward Weston and his son, Brett; Imogen Cunningham; and Minor White.
Through July 11 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. (817) 738-1923.
SOMETHING T0 SING ABOUT
Local music lovers, many of whom have resigned themselves to sweltering through the bleakest summer music scene in any major American city, have reason to hope for the best this year. Summer 1982 offers one of the busiest musical “offseasons” in Dallas history.
The brightest musical light on the summer horizon is the SMU Summer Conservatory. Founded at UTD in 1977, the conservatory has been carefully nurtured into a major force in the area’s music education system. Its artistic director and founder is Soviet-born violinist Arkady Fomin. This year, both Fomin and the conservatory move south to SMU, where they will offer an expanded program of musical opportunities for young career-oriented musicians.
The conservatory’s summer program will include a schedule of free performances by faculty members, guest artists and students throughout the month of June. In addition, a five-concert subscription series will include concerts by the New York String Quartet, a piano trio from Juilliard and solo recitals by Fomin, pianist Ted Joselson and violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg – a genuine bargain at $12 for the whole series. For specific times, events and ticket reservations, call 661-0650 or 692-2643.
JOFFREY, AT LAST
Believe it or not, North Texas had to wait 25 years to see the Joffrey Ballet, but at last the wait is over. In the past, Robert Joffrey’s brash, innovative, almost infinitely versatile company has regularly visited other parts of Texas, serving as the opening attraction at Houston’s Jones Hall and appearing six times in San Antonio since 1976. But the company never stopped in Dallas.
Now, however, the Fort Worth Ballet has managed to get in on the Joffrey’s four-month silver anniversary tour and will present the company at the Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre June 11 and 12. Openness to all kinds of choreography and adaptability to a dizzying variety of performing styles have characterized Robert Joffrey’s approach to dance from the company’s founding in 1956. Chameleon versatility gave the group a trendy notoriety (Robert Joffrey’s rock ballet Astarte in 1967 was the only ballet ever to make the cover of Time). But Joffrey’s first-rate dancers inevitably mastered the strange styles in their mixed repertory, whether that of Twyla Tharp (Deuce Coupe) or post-modernist Laura Dean (Night).
Tarrant County Convention Centre Theatre, Fort Worth. June 11 & 12 at 8:15 p.m. Tickets $14-$3.50. (817) 731-0879.
Abernathy’s. This is the most successful of four successful restaurants (the others are Shaw’s, Bluebonnet’s and Bogart’s) owned by Fort Worth native David Shaw. When it opened four years ago. Abernathy’s was the first of the good basic fern bars in Fort Worth. Consistently good burgers, nachos and salads, as well as just-right drinks, keep the TCU and young business crowds satisfied. (2859 W Berry, Fort Worth. (817) 923-0941. Mon-Thur 11 am-midnight, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am. MC, V.)
Adair’s. This place has got class: torn U.S., British and Texas flags 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 is welcome here; Adair’s is for good, clean hell-raising with friends you haven’t necessarily met yet. (3903 Cedar Springs. 526-9379. Tue-Sat 10am-2am, Sun 6 pm-midnight. Closed Mon. No credit cards.)
Andrew’s. Folksingers and strong specialty drinks in an exposed brick/wood ambiance give this Scottish pub-like bar a comfortable, casual atmosphere. Andrew’s can be a great place to enjoy an after-work drink; and the courtyard is perfect for savoring those balmy, star-filled summer nights. As for the food, the bleu-cheese burger and the mushroom burger, each served with red beans and rice, can’t be beat, and the artichoke nibbles or the nachos make for tasty appetizers. (3307 McKinney. 521-6535. Daily 11:15am-2am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-7. 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 Greenville. 692-8224. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 6 pm-2 am; Sun brunch 10:30-2. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30- 7. All credit cards.)
Balboa Cafe. Not intending to be uncomplimentary, we find this place a bit like an old shoe: nothing we haven’t stepped into a hundred times before, but often a comfortable and form-fitting relief. It’s more cafe than bar, with good sandwiches, plentiful servings and beer-batter onion rings. The Greenville Avenue location includes a patio tor Dalmy nights, but has only a small bar. (7015 Greenville. 369-7027. Daily 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, V, AE.)
Bar Te|as. We thoroughly enjoyed our last stumble down Greenville Avenue, which concluded with mar-garitas at Bar Tejas. The acoustical problem is all but resolved now that they’ve added bouncy beige carpet to the outer room. This is an excellent place to go for a quick meal and a series of drinks after work. On weekends, the tone is laid-back and cheery. (2100 Greenville. 828-2131. Daily 3 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 3-7. 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. Mon-Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 4 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)
Biff’s. Biff’s belongs in the middle of an 8-foot snowbank with a fire blazing in its fireplace, icicles clinging to the windowsills and red-faced people bustling about in fur-lined parkas and après-ski boots. But even if you aren’t at home on the slopes, you’ll love Biff’s. Ignore the mingling singles at the bar and concentrate on Biff’s burgers, nachos and good, stiff drinks. (7402 Greenville. 696-1952. Daily 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE. MC, V.)
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-2 am; Sun 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour daily 4-7:30 pm. V, MC, AE.)
Cafe Dallas. If you’re out to pick up someone and you can’t do it here, there must 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 Cafe Dallas has 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, Caf6 Dallas is for you. (5500 Greenville. 9870066. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Cardinal Puff’s. There are several reasons a person could love Puff’s: it’s comfortable (especially the beer garden outside), soothing (perfect if you need to unwina alter a tough day) and extremely cozy (decidedly dark and intimate after the sun goes down). And Puff’s has raised its minimum age to 21, a true plus for this place. (4615 Greenville. 369-7969. Daily 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, AE, V.)
Chelsea Corner. Here you can get a mug of Heineken for $2 and a varied assortment of wild-sounding grogs that are likely to put you under the table. Normally a rather complacent place, things liven considerably when one of the numerous local bands takes to Chelsea’s small stage. The only problem with this establishment is parking. (4830 McKin-ney. 522-3501. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sal & Sun noon-2 am. All credit cards.)
Comedy Comer. 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 comedy acts of varying quality take the stage for short sets of stand-up humor. (8202 Park Lane. 361-7461. Sets begin Wed, Thur & Sun at 8:30 pm; Fri 8:30 & 10:30: Sat 8 & 10:30. Tue audition night 8:30. AE, MC, V.)
The Den. Located in the Stoneleigh Hotel, this is the essence of what a bar is expected to be: very small, very dark and very red, with very strong drinks. (2927 Maple Ave. 742-7111. Mon-Fri 11 am-midnight. Happy hour all day Mon-Frl. All credit cards.)
Diamond Jim’s. What a great place to get picked up! It’s not too pretentious, it’s not overdone, and it has the essential c/w elements 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 perches for people-watching, which can be quite entertaining. (5601 Greenville. 691-2411. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. 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-O 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. Now the preppies have migrated elsewhere, and the Eight-0 is back to abnormal. (The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh, suite 125. 741-0817. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. MC, AE, V.)
élan. In case you didn’t know (and are therefore extremely bourgeois) that is a little e, 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.)
Four Seasons Ballroom. Big-band music for ballroom dancing. A strict dress code is enforced- dresses for the ladies, and coats and ties for the gentlemen. Only setups, beer and soft drinks are served, except on Fridays, when food is available. Cover varies. Free dance lessons are offered. (4930 Military Pkwy. 349-0390 or 381-9072. Wed 8:45 pm-12:15 am, Fri 9 pm-12:30 am & first Sat of each month 9 pm-1 am.)
Greenville Avenue Country Club. Oh. what warm and wonderful memories we associate with the GACC. When it first opened several summers ago. we loved lounging beside the backyard swimming pool on sunny Sunday afternoons, sipping beer and scanning the most recent copy of The New York Times. But GACC’s well-publicized success has caused us to love the country club life a little less; the clientele seems to have turned from low-key to luridly uptown. (3619 Greenville. 826-5650. Mon-Sat 11 am 2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE, MC, V.)
Greenville Bar & Grill. Closet claustrophobics take heed: This place is always packed. It’s billed as Dallas’ oldest bar, and from the size of the crowds, everybody’s been here since the place opened. Although you may feel sort of like an outsider at first, it’s only a matter of time before you’re old hat. But if you have a particular aversion to standing elbow to elbow in a crowded room for hours, this probably isn’t the place for you. (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)
The Hop. The Hop. a longtime Fort Worth institution, has pizza, spaghetti and all kinds of music, ranging from a new rock group that sounds promising (the Blue Cats) to country-folk songwriters such as B.W. Stevenson and Steve Fromholz. The atmosphere is low-key and comfortable. (2905 W Berry, Fort Worth. (817) 923-7281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 4 pm-1 am. Happy hour Mon-Sat 2-7, all day Wed. Sun 4-7. All credit cards.)
Hot Klub. Dallas’ premier punk showplace is frequented by a mean bunch whose idea of a good time is “slam dancing,” a rough-and-tumble exercise based on two moves: push and shove. A trip to the bathroom is an adventure in itself. And whatever you do here, don’t touch the floors. (4350 Maple. 526-9432.)
Joe Miller’s. If your criterion for judging the worth of a bar is determined by the strength of its drinks, Joe Miller’s will be your choice for the best bar in Dallas. Drinking one of Joe’s vodka tonics is like getting shot with a sedative gun used to drop elephants in the wilds of Africa: Three drinks and you qualify as legally dead. Joe’s is an insider’s bar; for years it has been the favorite media hangout. (3531 McKinney. 521-2261. Mon-Fri noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Knox Street Pub. A Dallas bar tradition, this is where we were taken by our hosts when we first arrived in Dallas several years ago. We liked it then and we still like it. It’s a no-pretense establishment with an old-wood and fern atmosphere and help who immediately make you feel at home. (3230 Knox. 526-9476. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
Lakewood Yacht Club. Don’t be fooled by the name of this friendly neighborhood bar-there’s no yacht-sized body of water within miles. The drinks are consistently good and strong; and it you’re stumped for conversation with your date, you can always feign interest in the hundreds of press photos that cover the walls. (2009 Abrams. 824-1390. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat & Sun noon-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
La Cave. Ah, a place for lovers. For discussion and good wine. This small, chic wine shop/bar has a deceptive front. The next-door green house makes the place look as though you’re entering a rain forest. We felt initial disappointment upon discovering that all the greenery was one door down, but our spirits quickly rose upon seeing La Cave’s walk-in wine cellar with an incredible collection of foreign and domestic wines. A few entrees are offered, but we suggest sticking to the cheese, nut and fruit trays. (2926 N Henderson. 826-2190. Wine shop: Mon-Sat 10 am-11:30 pm. Bistro: Mon-Fri, lunch 11:30-2;dinner, 5:30-11:30 pm. All credit cards. $$)
Let Salsons. A captivating cityscape of downtown Dallas makes this bar special. You can gather around the cozy fireplace, sip an icy drink and still have enough quiet to carry on a conversation. Cheery, classy decor-like a French garden room. (165 Turtle Creek Village. 528-1102. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. All credit cards.)
Longhorn Ballroom. So what if it’s crowded, smoky, the cover’s too high, the tourists are too many: This is Bob Wills’ Longhorn Ballroom, (he place for kicker dancin1, beer drinkin1 and hell raisin’. You’ll fit in whether you can dance or not, and you might as well plan on coming home with bruised toenails (those rhinestone cowboys can be real oafs). No one should live in Dallas and not go to the Longhorn at least once; it’s a Texas tradition. (216 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed & Thur 7 pm-12:30 am, Fri & Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 5 pm-mid-night. All credit cards.)
NFL. This is a true Irish pub, but you’ll like the NFL (Nick Farrelley’s Lounge) whether you’re a preppy, a goat 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 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’s plenty of room to dance. (3606 Greenville. 827-4802. Mon-Sun 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC. V.)
The Palm Bar. A beautiful place to have an extended series of drinks after work, if your job’s downtown. As hotel bars go, it is the most upscale around here. The walk through the lobby of the redecorated Adolphus is worth the excursion, and if you prefer open spaces, you can have a drink served right there. (Adolphus Hotel. 1321 Commerce. 742-8200. Mon-Fri 11-8. All credit cards.)
Peabody’s. An oasis in the jungle that the Oak Lawn area has become, Peabody’s is a cozy bar, especially popular with the on-the-way-up Volvo-driving crowd. Lots of plants, overstuffed furniture and spirited drinks make for an easy, neighborhood atmosphere. And the nachos aren’t bad either. (4276 Oak Lawn. 559-3160. Mon-Thur 11 am-1 am, Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat 11:30-2, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour daily 4-7. AE, V, MC.)
Plat’s. This place is simply dripping in mood, from the gentle music playing over the sound system to the dimmed lights overhead to the fluffy chairs scattered around the courtyard. But the effect can be spoiled if the kitchen gets too busy; hectic waiters and noisy bartenders just shouldn’t figure into the picture. (4527 Travis at Knox. 526-3730. Mon-Sat 11:30am-2 am, Sun 11.30 am-midnight. Happy hour daily 4-7 pm & 11 pm-closing. Kitchen open till 1:30 am Thur-Sat, Sun-Wed till midnight. All credit cards.)
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 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 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 lit, but the crowd is friendly. The Quiet Man is an ideal place to talk (except outdoors during rush hour) and nurse a cheap drink. (3120 Knox. 526-6180. Tue-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 p.m., sometimes earlier (depending on who’s playing), and is almost always 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. (6919 Twin Hills. 369-8700. Sun & Mon 5:30 pm-1 am, Tue-Sat 5:30 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. All credit cards.)
San Francisco Rose. A bright, laid-back place, adorned with greenery, a few couches and wing-back chairs. Salads, sandwiches and soups are pretty ordinary. (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, the atmosphere is cozy (if a bit too Formica-Fifties), and the music is generally exciting. (6051 Forest Lane. 661-3393. Thur-Sat 9 pm-2 am. MC, V.)
The Sock Hop. This place obviously originated as a Fifties nostalgia bar in which the girls wore poodle skirts and white bobby socks and the guys had greasy hair and wore black leather jackets. What it has turned out to be is a pleasant, blue-collar singles bar with music provided by the likes of the Neon Glowboys, a rhythm and blues band with a Boz Scaggs-style sound. (2946 W Northwest Hwy. 352-6856. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat & Sun 4 pm-2 am.)
St. Martin’s. We’ve yet to find a more romantic bar than St. Martin’s; it’s small, dark, candle-lit and cozy. Music is frequently provided by a three- or four-piece chamber music ensemble. And even if you don’t have a main squeeze, St. Martin’s is worth a visit for the food alone. (3020 Greenville. 826-0940. Mon-Fri 11 am-3 pm; Mon-Thur 5 pm-11 pm; Fri 5 pm-1 am; Sat 11 am-1 am; Sun noon-3 pm, 5-11 pm. All credit cards.)
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 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. No credit cards.)
Strictly Ta-Bu. The Ta-Bu 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-2:30 pm & 5 pm-midnight, Fri 11 am-2:30 pm & 5 pm-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, 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.)
Vickery Feed Store. The black-and-white tile and wood, and the spare use of old-time decorations and photos in this converted feed-and-seed store make for a nice, down-home atmosphere. The imported beer selection is extensive (they don’t have Smith & Sons Olde Peculiar, but they do have plenty of other exotics). And there’s a deli counter in the back. (6916 Greenville. 363-9198. Daily 11 am-2 am. MC, V, AE.)
The White Elephant Saloon. In 1867, 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. (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.)
Dallas Public Library. This month, the films at the library are all brief looks at the lives of noted American authors. June 2: “Eudora Welty”-one of the great ladies of Southern fiction. June 9: “Ross Mac-Donald”-creator of private eye Lew Archer and chronicler of moral despair in Southern California. June 16: “Toni Morrison”-best-selling black novelist, author of “Song of Solomon.” June 23: “Wright Morris”-Midwestern regionalist. June 30: “Muriel Rukeyser”-a highly respected, contemporary poet. Showings are at noon in the library auditorium, 1515 Young St. Free; brown baggers are welcome. 749-4321.
University of Texas at Dallas. June 2: “The Lost Honor of Katrina Blum”-a popular German film based on Henrich Boll’s novel about murder and yellow journalism. June 4: “The Lady from Shanghai”-perhaps Orson Welles’ most flawed film but worth seeing for the final shoot-out in a hall of mirrors. June 9: “Coup de Tete”-a French film. June 11: “The Gang’s All Here”-Bring on the bananas! Busby Berkeley’s most outlandish musical. June 16: “Shoeshine”-Italian neo-realism at its best; Vit-torio de Sica directs. June 18: “Queen Christina”- whether this or “Camille” is Garbo’s best role is a question for experts. June 23: “The Damned”-Lu-chino Visconti’s lavish, evil drama of Jacobean Intensity concerning one of the families that financed the Third Reich. June 25: “Lilly”. June 30: “Threepenny Opera”-a fascinating, early version of the Brecht/Weill musical starring Lotte Lenya and other members of the original Berliner Ensemble. 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.
Annie. It’s probably the Depression-era fantasy of the story (derived by Thomas Meehan from the “Little Orphan Annie” comic strip)and the sure-fire gimmick of a child performer in the lead, rather than Martin Charnin’s lyrics or Charles Strouse’s music, that have made this show a hit. It’s part of the Dallas Summer Musicals series. June 15-27 at Fair Park Music Hall. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $22-$5. 691-7200.
Black Coffee. Agatha Christie’s mystery plays, which on the whole aren’t as well-written as her books, are becoming very popular around the country. This one is a rather unfamiliar work involving the eccentric Belgian detective Hercule Poirot and the usual collection of suspects. Through June 26 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue-Thur at 8 pm. Wed June 2 & 9 at 1:30 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm, Sat at 5 pm. Tickets $12 & $10.50 Fri & Sat; $11 & $9.50 Sat matinee; $10 & $8.50 Tue-Thur; $7 Wed matinee. 526-8857.
California Suite. Neil Simon is often better at writing relatively short pieces, as he does here (following the manner of his earlier “Plaza Suite”), than when he tries to sustain a full-length play. The action in this play is set in the Beverly Hills Hotel. June 25-July 17 at Theatre Arlington, 1130 W Division, Arlington. Fri & Sat at 8:15 pm. Tickets $6, $4 students & over 65. 275-7661.
CIose of Play. One of Theatre Three’s specialties is contemporary English comedy. Its production of “Jumpers” a few years ago, for instance, was about the only time in recent memory that a Tom Stoppard play has been performed in Dallas. “Close of Play” is a recent work by Simon Gray, whose somewhat hollow “Otherwise Engaged” was seen at Theatre Three about four years ago. This is a domestic comedy, reportedly rather acerbic in tone. June 1 -July 3 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.
Fiddler on the Roof. Stories by Sholom Aleichem provided the basis for this great musical by Joseph Stein (book), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music). It’s a big show-it’s really about a whole community, not just a family, in czarist Russia-but this theater has long specialized in fitting such shows onto its small stage. June 24-Aug 1 at the Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark Auditorium, NorthPark. Thur-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Tickets $7.50, $6 students & over 65 Fri & Sat; $7, $5.50 students & over 65 Thur & Sun. 369-8966.
Hair. When it opened in the late Sixties, “Hair” was billed as an American tribal love-rock musical. City Center, the new organization that’s producing this local premiere, is calling it a “period piece”. The show’s treatment of social issues will probably seem a bit dated, but Galt MacDermot’s music is still very fresh and colorful. Through June 27 at the Esquire Theatre, 3419 Oak Lawn. Tue-Fri at 8:15 pm, Sat at 6:30 & 10 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $10 & $8 Tue-Thur & Sun; $11 & $9 Fri & Sat. 522-9834.
The Lion In Winter. James Goldman’s play involves the struggles between Henry II of England; his wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine; and their sons over the question of the succession to the throne. It’s really just a rip-roaring domestic drama, with splendidly rhetorical dialogue and clever plot twists. Through June 5 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.
Major Barbara. This is one of Bernard Shaw’s most difficult comedies, full of brilliant but dense discussions of economics and other complicated subjects. It’s a big leap for this theater, whose only previous venture into Shaw’s territory was last year’s charming production of “Arms and the Man.” June 17-July 10 at Stage West. 821 W Vickery, Fort Worth. Thur-Sat at 8:30 pm, dinner available from 7 pm. Tickets $6.50 Sat, $6 Fri, $5 Thur. (817) 332-6238.
New Play Featival. Three new full-length plays by American authors and three new one-acts by local authors will be performed in a staggered repertory format. This is a major step for the New Arts Theatre; though it has produced new scripts regularly for some time, it has never done so on this scale. Certain details of the productions were uncertain at press time. The full-length plays: “The Ginger Pack Man,” a family comedy-drama by Steve VandeGriek, previews June 10-13 and opens June 24; “Sweet Basil,” a bittersweet love story by Lloyd Gold, previews June 15-18andopensJune 26; “Midnight in Topanga,” an unusual comic drama involving psychic phenomena by Frederick Bailey, previews June 19-23 and opens June 29. Performances are Tue-Thur & Sun at 8 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. The one-acts are “Dolls” by Cheryl Black, “Calamity Jane” by Carol Edgar and “Gold Don’t Rust” by Dan Paul Frizzelle. Performances are Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm. New Arts Theatre, 702 Ross Ave at Market. Tickets $9.50 Fri & Sat evenings, $7.50 Tue-Thur & Sun evenings (previews $1 less), $7.50 matinees. 761-9064.
On Golden Pond. Ernest Thompson’s warm and amusing play follows an elderly couple through what may be their last summer together at their cottage in Maine. Through June 5 at Theatre Arlington, 1130 W Division. Arlington. Fri & Sat at 8:15 pm. Tickets $6, $4 students & over 65. 275-7661.
La Perichole. Jacques Offenbach’s comic opera about two street singers in Peru will be produced by SMU’s Music Theatre Company. It’s the latest in a wide-ranging series of shows-works by Gilbert and Sullivan, Claudio Monteverdi and Leonard Bernstein-that this ambitious group, little more than a year old, has offered in an effort to expand the musical-theater spectrum in Dallas. June 3-13 at the Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. Thur-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 2:15 & 8:15 pm. Tickets $10,692-2839.
Promenade. Convicts, aristocrats and politicians are all mixed up together in this farcical-satirical musical, which is like a cross between George Gershwin and Bertolt Brecht. The music, a pastiche of numerous styles including operatic, is by Al Carmines, and the book and lyrics are by Maria Irene Fornes. Both are familiar names in New York for their innovative theatrical work. Dale Rose is the director; Patty Harrington, the choreographer; and Ray Allen, the music director. Through July 3 at the Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville. Tue-Sun at 8:30 pm. Tickets $10, $8 students & over 65. 823-3670.
Starting Here, Starting Now. There’s a good handful of memorable tunes in this musical revue by lyricist Richard Maltby Jr. and composer David Shire. Two standouts are the crossword puzzle song and the Bloomingdale’s cosmetician song. Richard Palomo is the director. June 8-July 3 at the Addison Summer Theatre, 14800 Dallas North Parkway. Tue-Sun at 8:30 pm. Tickets $12, $10 students & over 65. 823-3670.
The Unsinkable Molly Brown. This is “the other musical” by Meredith Willson, best known for “The Music Man.” Richard Morris wrote the book for this rags-to-riches story, and though it’s not as good as Willson’s own book for “The Music Man,” this is still a likable, spunky show. It’s the first production of the Dallas Summer Musicals season. June 1-13 at the Fair Park Music Hall. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $22-$5. 691-7200.
Band Shell Bluegrass. Country Gazette, Salt Lick, Mike Brill, Robert Boswell and Evan Price appear in concert June 5 at 4 pm at the State Fair Band Shell, Fair Park. Tickets $5. 824-0981.
Dallas Bach Orchestra. A new ensemble debuts under the direction of Paul Riedo, performing Bach’s Cantatas 78 and 180 and the First Brandenburg Concerto. Joining the orchestra are sopranos Christine Schadeberg and Sue Ellen Scheppke, alto Mary Kelly, tenor Randy Rushing and baritone Joel West, with the Chamber Choir of St. Thomas Aquinas. June 14 at 8:15 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Rectory, 6306 Kenwood. Tickets $5. 2650789.
Dallas Symphony Park Concerts. Christian Tiemeyer conducts a program featuring pops and light classics by Kabalevsky, Tchaikovsky, Johann Strauss Jr., Falla, Ravel, Richard Rodgers and Borodin at various Dallas locations: downtown at the corner of Pacific and Akard, June 2 at noon; Fretz Park, June 2 at 8 pm; Kiest Park June 3 at 8 pm; Old City Park, June 4 at 7:30 pm; Marsalis Zoo, June 5 at noon: and Samuell Grand Park, June 5 at 4:30 pm. The concerts are free, except at Marsalis Zoo, where admission is $1.50-25￠. 692-0203.
Dallas Symphony Starfest. Comedian Rich Little opens the DSO summer festival June 19, followed on June 20 by jazz pianist Dave Brubeck and June 25 by jazz vocalist Lou Rawls. John Covelli conducts the DSO in a pops concert with fireworks June 26. Violinist Barbar Gavatos joins the orchestra under conductor James Paul, June 27. All Starfest events are at Park Central, LBJ Freeway and Coit Road at 8:15 pm. Tickets $20 for box seats, $10 for lawn seating. 692-0203.
DeGolyer Estate. Sunday evening events include the Turtle Greek Chorale, June 6; the Dallas Chamber Orchestra String Quartet. June 13; the Class of the Eighties Barbershop Quartet, June 20; and the El Campo Community Band, June 27. Concerts are at 6 pm at the estate, 8525 Garland Road. Free. 324-1401.
Meadows School of the Arts. The SMU Summer Conservatory presents a series of festival concerts including a number of free concerts as well as a subscription series of five events. Free concerts include an all-Bach program with conductor Victor Yampolsky. trumpeter Guy Touvron and conservatory faculty members June 1 at 8:15 pm; the Conservatory Orchestra with violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg under the baton of Christian Tiemeyer in music by Bach, Arensky and Tchaikovsky, June 7 at 8:15 pm; chamber music by Schnittke, Bach and Arensky, played by faculty members June 8 at 8:15 pm; the Voices of Change in music by Bach and Stravinsky. June 12 at 8:15 pm; young artists in concert with the Conservatory Student Orchestra, June 13 at 5 pm; Mischa Semenitzky conducting the Chamber Virtuosi Ensemble in an all-Bach program June 16 at 8:15 pm; pianist Ted Joselson with the Conservatory Orchestra under Christian Tiemeyer in music by Bach, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, June 21 at 8:15 pm; faculty members in music by Bach and Shostakovich, June 23 at 8:15 pm; and two programs featuring young artists. June 25 and 26, performance times to be announced. The festival subscription series includes a recital of piano trio music with pianist Sandra Rivers, violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg and cellist Peter Wyrick, June 9 at 8:15 pm; violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in recital with pianist Sandra Rivers. June 11 at 8:15 pm; the New York String Quartet with music by Stravinsky, Shostakovich and Beethoven, June 14 at 8:15 pm; violinist Arkady Fomin in recital with pianist Stephen Nielson with music by Bach, Prokofieff, Shostakovich, Tchaikovsky and Tchedrin, June 18 at 8:15 pm; and pianist Ted Joselson playing music by Bach, Prokofieff and Scriabin, June 22 at 8:15 pm. Tickets to subscription events are $4; $12 for the entire series. All conservatory concerts are in Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus. 661-0650, 692-2643.
Meadows School of the Arts. For the second year in a row, SMU’s Dance Division hosts the Bill Evans Dance Company for a month-long residency, June 7 through July 3. Evans and his dancers will continue working with the students in last year’s program, with the curriculum including workshops in modern dance, jazz, tap, kinesiology (the science of movement and muscle use), composition and improvisation. Evans will also audition SMU student choreographers, five of whom will be able to create works under his direction. SMU dance students will perform these new works at the Choreographers Festival, June 28. The Bill Evans Company also performs June 23 and 24. The residency is supported by a grant from the Dallas City Arts Program. All performances in Bob Hope Theatre, Owen Arts Center at 8:15 pm. Tickets $3.50. 692-3146.
Beetles, Bugs and Butterflies. The Dallas Museum of Natural History opened its extensive collection of insect specimens to students from the Arts Magnet High School a few months ago. Painters, printmakers and potters swarmed the display cases and produced this exhibit, which includes a 12-foot-wide clay mural of potter wasps and dirt daubers. Dallas Museum of Natural History, Fair Park. June 4-July 25. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun noon-5. Admission 50￠ adults, 25￠ for children under 14; children under five, free. 421-2169.
Concentrations VI: Al Souza. A former teacher at North Texas State University, Souza frames colored photographs with fragments of the objects that appear in those photos; the result is witty and surprising-what the camera sees and what the eye sees are not exactly the same thing. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Fair Park. June 6-July 18. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 421-4188.
Cushing Atelier. Ann Cushing Gantz is one of the most enduring art teachers in Dallas. Hundreds of Dallas artists have passed through her classes. Here is a sample of works by some of the latest Cushing artists, including Mozelle Brown, Sue Bus-bee, Marjorie Coufal. Candy Howard, Beth Hickman and Beverly Roever. Paige Gallery, 1519 Hi Line Drive. June 11-28. Mon-Sat 9:30-4:30. 742-8483.
Elisabeth Louise Vigee Le Brun. Madame Le Brun’s portraits of members of the court in pre-Revolutionary France and later of clients in Italy, Russia and Austria are some of the most engaging works of the 18th century. This exhibit, organized by the Kimbell, is the first retrospective of her work. Kimbell Art Museum, 1101 Will Rogers Road West, Fort Worth. June 5-Aug 8. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. (817)332-8451.
Jesus Bautista Morales. Carved in Swedish red, black and white granite, Moroles’ works combine polished surfaces with jagged, rough-hewn forms. Mattingly Baker Gallery, 3000 McKinney. June 5-July 7. Tue-Fri 10-6. Sat 11-5. 526-0031.
Manuel de Arce and Mona Rowley. A desert dweller, de Arce draws large panoramic landscapes in colored pencil. Rowley’s ceramic vessels also are inspired by the colors and landforms of the desert Southwest and they occasionally appear in de Arce’s drawings, making for an interesting interplay of artistic talents. Nimbus Gallery, 1135 Dragon St. June 4-July 10. Mon-Sat 10-5. 742-1348.
Order from Chaos: Robert Glenn Ketchum. A California photographer and the organizer of Amon Carter’s “American Photographers and the National Parks” exhibit, Ketchum makes very large Cibachrome landscapes that are vividly colorful and are filled with complex detail. The Afterimage, Suite 151 in the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Through July 3. Mon-Sat 10-5:30.748-2521.
Louisiana Downs Thoroughbred Horseracing.
Racing season continues through October 17, Wednesdays through Saturdays, post time 1:15pm. Clubhouse tickets $2.50, grandstand $1.50. Parking $1. Bossier City, Louisiana, Highway 80 East. (800) 551-8622.
Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Every Friday and Saturday at 8:30 pm through September. Off LBJ Freeway at Military Parkway. Tickets box seats $6; general admission $4.50, 12 and under $2.50. 285-8777.
Ranger Games. Arlington Stadium. Tickets $7.50, $6, $5.50, $3 general admission. 273-5100.
June 4 & 5 at 7:35 pm vs. Chicago
6 at 5:35 pm vs. Chicago
7-9 at 5:35 pm vs. Seattle
11 & 12 at 7:35 pm vs. Minnesota
13 at 5:35 pm vs. Minnesota
24-27 at 7:35 pm vs. Oakland
29 & 30 at 7:35 pm vs. California
SEMINARS, EVENTS, ETC.
Chisolm Trail Round-Up. The Fort Worth Stockyards come alive with rip-roaring activities during this celebration to honor the famous cattle trail that put Fort Worth on the Texas map in the late 1880s. For three days, city slickers and cowpokes alike can enjoy trail rides, street dances, armadillo races, stagecoach rides and mock gunfights. June 11 -13 at the Fort Worth Stockyards. Festivities begin at 10 am, and street dances may last until 2 am. 429-0348 or (817)335-2107.
Creating Children’s Literature. The Dallas Public Library will present a program on the how-to’s of creating children’s literature. The program will cover everything from choosing a topic, to writing, illustrating and preparing for publication. June 5 at 9 am at the Central Public Library, 1515 Young. Free. 749-4384.
Creative Arts Program. “People are Puzzles” is the theme for the 1982 summer program for children and teen-agers ages 4-17. Classes will explore people in art, literature, history, imagination and everyday life. Instructors will include area artists and art educators in dance, drama, painting, printmaking, sculpture and ceramics. The four-week program is sponsored by The Children’s Arts and Ideas Foundation. Scholarships are available, but tuition spaces are limited. June 10-16 at Ben Milam Elementary School, Fitzhugh at McKinney. 528-5860.
Orchid Society Show. The Greater North Texas Orchid Society will display more than 30 orchid exhibits in a show entitled “Seems Like Old Times.” The exhibit will feature cut flower arrangements, corsages and orchid memorabilia such as lithographs, fine crystal and china. June 19 from 9-6 & June 20 from 9-4 at the DeGolyer Estate, 8525 Garland Road. $1. children under 12 free. 350-4985.
Pre-Sesquicentennial Exhibit. Prior to the big celebration in 1986, the Dallas Historical Society is exhibiting ’ ’Visions of a Fair Park.” which focuses on Dallas history and art. The exhibit includes 45 original drawings and renderings, dating from 1886 to the 1960s, tracing the evolution of Fair Park from a 19th-century race track to the present site of the annual State Fair of Texas. Through June 13 at the Hall of State, Fair Park. Mon-Sat 9-5. Sun 1 -5 Admission free Mon noon-5; 50￠, 25￠ for children for the remainder of the week. 421-5136.
Texas Bankers Run. Bachman Lake will be the site of the two-mile run for employees of Texas banks. The competition, sponsored by Clarke Checks, Inc., will benefit the American Cancer Society. Participants may enter individually or in teams. June 5 at 8 am at Bachman Lake. No entry fee. (512) 225-6666.
West End Festival. Highlighting this second annualevent will be a music festival, a street dance, astreet fair, arts and crafts booths and a children’scarnival area. A variety of food and beverage standswill also be set up throughout the district. June 11from 4-10 pm; June 12 from 10 am-6 pm. West EndHistoric District, Ross Avenue and Market Street,downtown Dallas. 821-3290.