SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts will award modern-dance pioneer Martha Graham its second Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. The award, which was endowed by a $1 million contribution from the Meadows Foundation, comes with a cash prize of $25,000 and a miniature of Isamu Noguchi’s sculpture, Spirit’s Flight.
Martha Graham has helped change the language of the dancer’s body on stage, and in the process has created 170 ballets, invented new training techniques, taught and inspired some of this century’s greatest dancers and actors and collaborated with composers like Aaron Copland and William Schuman.
Prior to Graham’s formal acceptance of the award, the Martha Graham Dance Company will perform two programs, Acts of Light, Errand Into the Maze and The Owl and the Pussycat on November 12 and Seraphic Dialogue, Andromache’s Lament and Night Journey on November 13. McFarlin Auditorium, SMU campus. Tickets $25-$15. 265-0789. Martha Graham will receive the award, November 19 at 8 pm at the Bob Hope Theatre, SMU campus. Free, but tickets are required in advance. 692-3510.
– Tony White
Despite what Tom Wolfe says, modern architecture and design did not spring to life on the steps of the German Bauhaus during the halcyon days of the Weimar Republic. In fact, by the time the Bauhaus was turning out a generation of young architects and artists, modernism was some 30 years old. Modernism was born in Vienna in the utilitarian work of architect Otto Wagner and the designs of Wagner’s gifted pupil, Josef Hoffmann.
The first American museum exhibit ever to survey the work of Josef Hoffmann has been organized by David Ryan, director of the Fort Worth Art Museum. “Josef Hoffmann: Design Classics” explores the artist’s pioneer work in modern design.
In 1897, Hoffmann, Wagner and a small group of other designers and artists broke from the stuffy, academic tradition of design they had grown up with and worked toward “totally designed” environment.
Hoffmann went on to found and direct the Vienna Workshops, where skilled artists and craftsmen produced designs for everything from jewelry to furniture to entire buildings. It had an immense influence upon Bauhaus artists and designers.
The exhibit continues through January 9 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery St., Fort Worth. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. (817) 738-9215. -Ken Barrow
DALLAS 0PERA SILVER SEASON
Twenty-five years ago this month, the Dallas Civic Opera gave its first production: a concert featuring Maria Callas accompanied by the Dallas Symphony under the baton of Nicola Rescigno.
The Dallas Opera still opens in November and is still dedicated to bringing the highest quality of operatic performance to Dallas. The name has changed, the season now includes four full-fledged operatic productions annually and the half-empty house that greeted Callas in 1957 has been replaced in recent years by capacity crowds.
The season begins with Rescigno conducting Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi with Paolo Montarsolo and Maria Spacagna, and Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci with James McCracken, Franco Bordoni and Patricia Craig. November 5, 10 & 13 at 8 p.m. and November 7 at 2 p.m. Berislav Klobucar conducts Richard Strauss’ Der Rosenkavalier with Anne Howells, Costanza Cuccaro, Manfred Jungwirth, Gwendolyn Killebrew and Elisabeth Soederstroem. November 19, 24 & 27 at 7:30 p.m. and November 21 at 1:30 p.m. Tickets $50-$6. 528-3200. – Wayne Lee Gay
Abernathy’s. When it opened four years ago. Aber-nathy’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) 9230941 Mon-Thur 11 am-mid-night, Fri & Sat 11 am-2 am. MC, V.)
Andrew’s. If you’re looking for imaginative drinks and a charming atmosphere. Andrew’s is the place tor you The decor is Scottish pub with lots of brick, and the service is efficient The drink menu is larger than the food menu (great for liquid diets), with specialties ranging from hot coffee drinks to tutti-frutti tropical knockouts (3301 McKinney. 521-6535. Daily 11:15 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 2-7 pm. daily 11 pm-2 am. All credit cards )
Arthur’s. Quiet jazz. intimate lighting and over-stutfed sofas make Arthur’s the perfect bar for a tete-a-tete or an after-work get together The drinks are good and strong, and the service is unobtrusive (8350 N Central Expwy 361-8833. Mon-Fri 11 30 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Sun 6 pm-midnight All credit cards)
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. 692-8225. Mon-Wed 11:30 am-midnight, Thur till 1 am, Fri & Sat till 2 am; Sun brunch 10:30-2 Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-7. All credit cards.)
Balboa Café. This relaxing, dark fern bar offers good drinks, expedient service and moderate crowds The menu consists of fairly filling sandwiches and hamburgers, smooth guacamole and chips and salads-all reasonably priced The Greenville Avenue location includes a patio for balmy nights and only a small bar The crowd there is a bit livelier and is louder, a pub atmosphere is prevalent with a big screen TV and dart tourneys four times a week. (3604 Oak Lawn 521-1068 7015 Greenville. 369-7027. Daily 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 MC. V, AE.)
Bar Tejas. For so long, this has been a favorite standby nightspot. The drinks are great and the food has always been just what we wanted. (Try the nachos with black beans and chicken ) But on our last visit we were disappointed to the point of hurrying down our order and pushing for our check: The music was loud and obnoxious We haven’t given up on Bar Tejas. but we recommend you take note of the acoustical level before paying cover (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 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-loot 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. The atmosphere is definitely wintertime in Aspen If it’s burgers or nachos you’re after. Biff’s is the place (Their combination nachos are among the best in town ) The drinks are average (7402 Greenville 696-1952. Daily 11 am-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 Brunch Sat & Sun 11 am-3pm. 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-midnight. Happy hour daily 4-8 pm. V, MC, AE.)
Café Dallas. It 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, Cafe Dallas is for you. (5500 Greenville. 987-0066. Mon-Thur 3 pm-2 am, Fri till 3 am. Sat 8 pm-3 am, Sun 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Cardinal Pull’s. Mostly we love the atmosphere here-open rooms filled with gentle breezes, plants, garden furniture and an occasional wandering cat. It’s a good place for conversation and is relaxing, but the drinks (our margaritas tasted like 7-Eleven Slurpees) could stand some revamping. (4615 Greenville. 369-1969. Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 11:30-7. MC, AE, DC, V.)
Chelsea Corner. Almost hidden at the intersection of Monticello and McKinney. Chelsea Corner offers the “fun” food and drinks of upper Greenville Avenue in a casual atmosphere more akin to lower Greenville Avenue-without being either. The well drinks are potent and reasonably priced, and the special drinks (like the Frozen Tumbleweed and the Scarlet Fever) are luscious. (4830 McKinney. 522-3501. Mon-Fri 11:30am-2am, Sat & Sun noon-2 am, Sun brunch noon-3. All credit cards.)
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 comedy acts of varying quality take the stage for short sets of stand-up humor (8202 Park Lane. 361-7461. Sets begin Wed & Thur at 8:30 pm; Fri & Sat 8:30 & 10:30. Tue audition night 8:30. Closed Sun. AE, MC, V.)
Confetti. One man’s clutter is another man’s eclectic, and this is possibly the most eclectic bar in Dallas. Dangling bicycles, zigzag neon and poster-plastered walls expose a theme bar that couldn’t decide upon a theme. But if you can dig your way through the crowd, you’ll discover two flashy dance floors, several well-manned bars-maybe even Mr. or Ms. Right Music varies here from Fifties doo-wa to Eighties do-whatever. Be prepared for a long line out the door on Friday and Saturday nights. (5201 Matilda oft Lovers Lane. 369-6969. Mon-Thur 4:30 pm-2 am, Fri 4:30 pm-4 am, Sat 7 pm-4 am, Sun 7 pm-2 am. Weekend cover $2. 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. (5601 Greenville. 691-2411. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2am. Sat S & Sun 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-8 pm. MC, V, AE.)
East-Side. This place has all the new wave elements: black and white tile, gladiolas. avant-garde art on the walls. But somehow. East-Side seems passé. Even after savoring several of East-Side’s strong drinks, it’s difficult to loosen up and feel at ease here. Part of the problem seems to be that there is just too much space. Perhaps if the tables were closer together, patrons wouldn’t feel so isolated. The drinks are good, the tried zucchini is top-notch and the jukebox is truly eclectic. (7035 Greenville. 987- 0559 Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm 2 am. MC. V. CB. AE.)
Eight-O. You’ll have a hard time just sitting and chatting here-sooner or later your feet will involuntarily tap themselves over to the compact dance floor for a workout to the tunes of the dynamic, upbeat jukebox Your conversation will center on the colorful, wild art. the fashionable, younger crowd (and incongruously dressed preps) and the good drinks. A hi-tech, artsy atmosphere has strong influence here. The action continues until closing. Food is available. (The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh, suite 125. 741-0817 Mon-Sat 11:30 am-2 am, Sun 6 pm-2 am with live music at night. Live jazz at lunch Wed-Sat. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 MC, AE, V.)
Encore. Return to a simpler time, when neon and black and white tile and glass Cricks represented “wild times.” and Frank Sinatra music was considered too dangerous for impressionable young girls. Encore is a Forties and Fifties echo, with a friendly, eclectic crowd, good Greek food and burgers, and live entertainment Wed-Sat This month Encore features the fabulous West Coast Connection. (3520 Oak Lawn. 526-9055 Mon & Tue 11:30am-midnight, Wed-Fri 11:30 am-2 am, Sat 8 pm-2 am. AE. V. MC.)
Alan. Some of the b.p. (beautiful people) may have left last year’s preferred watering hole for greener pastures, but elan is still not exactly deserted. There will always be those who care enough for exclusivity to buy it for a $350 membership fee Happy hour gets you two drinks tor the price of one. and perhaps the most generous free buffets in town (Mon-Fri 5 pm-8 pm). Be forewarned: There are two house wines, and you have to ask for the better one. Beau Rivage. by name If you don’t have a membership, you can buy a 3-day guest pass tor $25 (5111 Greenville. 692-9855. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4:30-9. Sun brunch 11-2. All credit cards )
Fender’s Bar and Grill. Jazz is the main entree at Fender’s. and apparently the owners are talking about real jazz, not the cocktail-pianist variety The menu here is basic burgers/nachos/potato skins, but it does offer some steaks and more ambitious entrees, such as moussaka And the drinks are substantial. Fender’s is a spacious place with excellent acoustics, but there are a few smaller enclaves for those more interested in talking than listening. (2828 W Northwest Hwy 350-4240. Mon-Thur 11 am-11 pm. Fri-Sun 11 am-2 am AE. MC, V.) 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. 3490390 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. No credit cards.)
Greenville Avenue Country Club. One step inside the door of this low-key, easygoing place, and the name country club takes on a new meaning. Drinks are served inside the “clubhouse” where the surroundings are warm and comfortable, or outside, around a cool, blue pool At this “country club” though, the only big shots are the ones they’ll pour into your glass (3619 Greenville. 8265650. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE. MC. V.)
Greenville Bar & Grill. Dallas’ oldest bar-that’s what the owners claim-has alleviated the crowding somewhat with the opening of an adjoining, quieter room You may be more comfortable in the addition, especially if you want to be heard, but the real GB&G is still out in the boisterous main room. The drinks are straight-up and strong. The entertainment is eccentric and erratic (2821 Greenville. 823-6691. Mon-Sat 11 30 am-2 am. Sun noon 2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)
Ground Zero. Sixties go-go gone new wave ga-ga “Dallas’ first nuclear bar” features live bands (nightly except Sunday), plenty of parquet and oh, yeah a dancing girl in a cage (6844 Twin Hills, one block south of Comedy Corner. 3630167. Nightly 8 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC, V. AE.)
Hippopotamus. Far from the bright lights of Greenville Avenue, tucked quietly in the beautifully renovated Bradford Hotel. Hippopotamus offers a dark, soothing atmosphere and a New York-style piano bar The large picture window looks out on the shimmering Hyatt Regency and the occasional passing strollers who-by Hippopotamus’ standards-are moving too fast. (302 S Houston 761 9090 Mon-Sat 11:30am-11:30pm. Sun 4pm-11:30pm. Pianist Mon-Fri 5-8 Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 AE. MC. V. CB.)
The Hop. The Hop. a longtime Fort Worth institution, has pizza, spaghetti and all kinds of music, ranging from rock to iazz to the countryfolk sound of songwriters 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 daily 2-7, all day Wed. Sun 4-7. All credit cards.)
Hot Klub. Dallas’ premiere punk showplace is. in a word, authentic The Hot Klub features the best new wave bands in Texas as well as groups from all across the country The atmosphere well, there is no atmosphere, except for the music and the crowd, which can be an unruly-dare we say rough? -bunch of serious punkers. (4350 Maple 526-9432.)
Joe Miller’s. What a perfect afternoon bar for casual conversation-easy on the background music, soft on the lights and hard on the sledgehammer drinks that-along with the media crowd- have helped build Joe’s reputation. While you’re settling the worlds problems, check out Joe’s photo gallery of quasi-celebrities. the droll posters and other oddities. And watch that third drink. (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 like it still It’s a no-pretense establishment with an old-wood and tern atmosphere and help who immediately make you feel at home. (3230 Knox. 526-9476. Mon-Sat 11 am-2am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. Closed Sun. No credit cards.)
La Cave. Ah, a place for lovers. For discussion and good wine. This small, chic wine shop/bar has a 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, and nut and fruit trays. (2926 N Henderson 826-2190. Wine shop: Mon-Sat 10 am-11:30 pm. Bistro: Mon-Fri, lunch 1130-2: dinner, 5:30-11:30 pm. All credit cards. $$)
Lakewood Grill. The Lakewood area isn’t the peaceful homestead neighborhood that it used to be, particularly with the arrival of the Lakewood Grill. The decor is a combination of 21st-century slick (a mirrored bar with black and white additions) and Fifties funk (dinette set tables and chairs and red leatherette booths) The drinks here are more than substantial, they’re huge-and strong. Its new menu features New Orleans Creole food. Live entertainment Wed-Sun from 9 30 pm-1:30 am (6332 La Vista. 823-5340. Daily 11:30 am-2 am. MC. V. AE.)
Lakewood Yacht Club. Every neighborhood has a hang-out that has become a local institution. It’s the place to grab a cold beer and a good sandwich with friends It’s the place to celebrate after a Softball victory or drown your sorrows alter a defeat Lakewood Yacht Club is such an institution-a laid-back, com fortable place where probably half the people there at any given time know each other, and the other half feel as if they do The beer is always icy cold, the atmosphere is homey (2009 Abrams. 824 1390. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sal & Sun noon-2 am. AE. MC. V.)
Les Saisons. A far cry from the usual fern racks of Greenville and the hi-tech of Oak Lawn, Les Saisons is a quiet haven lor grown-ups. For smooth, elegant drinks and music that can be savored or left as backdrop conversation. The view from the bar isn’t as spectacular as that from the restaurant, but the surroundings are attractive and comfortable. (165 Turtle Creek Village, Oak Lawn at Blackburn, 528-1102. Daily 11:30 am-1:30 pm. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7 All credit cards.)
Longhorn Ballroom. So what if it’s crowded and smoky, the cover’s too high, the tourists are too many. This is Bob Wills’ Longhorn Ballroom, the place for kicker dancin’, beer drinkin’ 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 really can be oafs). No one should live in Dallas and not go to the Longhorn at least once It’s a Texas tradition. (276 Corinth at Industrial. 428-3128. Wed & Thur 7 pm-1 am, Fri & Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 5 pm-midnight. All credit cards.)
Nick’s Uptown. Behind the Venetian blinds at Nick’s Uptown, you’ll find an unlikely (but likeable) melange of attempted hi-tech and Fifties drugstore decor. The mostly 30ish crowd is drawn by solid acts like Al “TNT” Braggs and Vince Vance and the Valiants. Nick’s has stiff prices for not-so-stiff drinks, but the service is cordial and the overall effect makes for a pleasant evening. (3606 Greenville. 827-4802. Daily 8 pm-2 am. AE, MC, V.)
Nostromo. Materialism and appearances are at their best here. Everyone seems to be competing for stares with one another If you’re stylish enough, your ego will feel great by closing time We are guilty of hypocrisy, however, because overall we had a relaxing, good time The food and drink are good and fairly expensive; the service is fine, though preferential, the decor has an artsy class and simplicity To avoid the late-night line at the door, try the quiet happy hour (daily 6-8), usually accompanied by the jazzy tunes of the Ed Hagen Group (Wed-Fri). (4519 Travis. 528-8880. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Sun 6 pm-midnight. Reservations recommended. Jackets required for men after 6. AE, MC. V.)
The Palm Bar. This is a beautiful place for downtown workers to have an extended series of drinks. As hotel bars go, it is the most upscale in Dallas. The walk through the redecorated Adolphus is worth the excursion, and if you prefer open spaces, you can have a drink served in the lobby (Adolphus Hotel. 1321 Commerce. 742-8200. Mon-Fri 11 am-8pm. All credit cards.)
Piaf’s. It used to be so easy to get a table at Piaf’s Now there’s more of a crowd at this California-esque bar/restaurant, but so it goes with a good thing Fortunately, the crowd is varied and lively, as are the food and drink. Best of all, Piaf’s remains casual, comfortable and fairly quiet. (4527 Travis. 526-3730. Mon-Sat 11:30am-2am, Sun 11:30am-midnight. Sun brunch 11:30-3. Happy hour daily 4-7 pm & 11 pm-closing. Kitchen open till 1:30 am Thur-Sat, till midnight Sun-Wed. All credit cards.)
Poor David’s Pub. It’s easy to bypass this Sixties holdover 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 and dark 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 week -days. Closed Sun and Tue. No credit cards.)
Popsicle Toes. The name may be a bit odd (taken from a Michael Franks tune), but this place has great jazz-funk and an enjoyable, casual cosmopolitan clientele. We’ve never felt so at home on a first visit just sitting and listening to the music. Regulars such as Phyrework, Buster Brown and. on Mondays. Pore. Cooke and Neal, seem able to do it all-from jazz to rock to country (5627 Dyer. 368-9706. Tue-Sun 8 pm-2 am. Closed Mon. TGIF Fri 4-7pm. 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 airport 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. Quality entertainment with no cover charge is the drawing card here, a rarity that almost overcomes the club’s major irritations: You can’t run a cash tab during happy hour, the drinks are only so-so and the wait-persons sometimes wait too long before visiting your table. (6919 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. When relaxing at SFR, it’s easy to feel as if you’re in someone’s living room, rather than in a bar on lower Greenville. The seating consists of cozy groupings of easy chairs and overstuffed Victorian sofas. If you’re with a group or alone and in the mood to meet someone, this arrangement lends itself to the cause. If, however, you’re looking for a place for an intimate conversation for two, you may be hard pressed to find privacy. (3024 Greenville. 826-2020. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Happy hour Mon-Fri 5-7. AE, MC, V, DC.)
6051 Club. Even if 6051 is hard to find, and the place looks like a beauty shop-turned-pizza-joint, it is the place to go for jazz. The service is good, the drinks are substantial and the music is generally outstanding. (6057 Forest Lane. 661-3393. Thur-Sat 9 pm-2 am. MC, V.)
The Sock Hop. What’s new at the Sock Hop? Better to ask what’s old. since the theme here is Fifties/ early Sixties, The Sock Hop has the front end of a ’57 Chevy, bebopping waitresses in cheerleader garb and other “Happy Days” regalia. Best of all. the house band. “Dash,” plays some of the best nostalgia rock in town. New management plans to import big-name acts like the Drifters, the Coasters and Tommy James. It’s a nice place to forget the Eighties. (2946 W Northwest Hwy. 352-6856. Tue-Sun 4 pm-2 am. Happy hour 4-7:30. No credit cards.)
St. Martin’s. St. Martin’s has been among our favorite romantic nightspots for some time. Now we’ve begun to enjoy its lunch specials as well. We don’t know of another place in town with such unassuming class, good service, pleasant classical music and an intelligent selection of wines. The recent crowds at St. Martin’s are making it a little more difficult to find a table on Friday and Saturday evenings. (3020 Greenville. 826-0940. Lunch: Mon-Fri 11 am-3 pm. Dinner: Mon-Thur 5 pm-11 pm: Fri 5 pm-1 am: Sat 11 am-1 am: Sun brunch 11:30 am-3 pm. All credit cards.)
Stoneleigh P. This is an artist’s bar. And a businessman’s bar. And a construction worker’s bar. And a housewife’s night-out-on-the-town bar. And just about anyone’s bar. There are no pretenses here, just a lot of open space and room to “do your own thing ” There’s a great jukebox, a varied selection of magazines and always an interesting assortment of people. (2926 Maple. 741 0824. Mon-Sat 11am-2am, Sun noon-midnight. Happy hour Mon-Fri 4-7. AE.)
Strictly TaBu. A recent return to the TaBu confirms our faith in Dallas’ best jazz bar if not just for the jazz -which is varied and lively-but for the easy, unpretentious atmosphere. We like the dining area in the back, where pizza and pasta are the highlights. This is the perfect place for a late-night rendezvous with an intimate stranger-or an old friend. (4111 Lomo Alto. 522-8101. Live music nightly at 9:30. Food served Mon-Thur 5 pm-midnight. Fri-Sat 6 pm-1 am, Sun 6 pm-midnight. Bar open Tue-Sat until 2 am, Sun and Mon until 1 am. All credit cards.)
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.)
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 (106 E Exchange, Fort Worth. (817) 624-1887. Mon-Sat 11 am 2 am. Closed Sun. MC. AE, V.)
The Wine Press. From the floor to the very high ceil-ing of The Wine Press are racks upon racks of bottles of wine; therein lies the atmosphere of this artsy Oak Lawn brasserie. We enjoy sampling several different wines by the glass, and are particularly delighted with the flavor of the chocolate cheesecake The omelets are good, too, but skip the pasta (4217 Oak Lawn. 522-8720. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. No reservations. MC. V. AE.)
Zanzibar Deli. A fresh face on the burger-spattered strip of lower Greenville Avenue, Zanzibar offers drinks and great deli food (mostly sandwiches) in a colorful cafe setting. The combination is just odd enough to work, especially with the aid of neon, pink and green walls and the now obligatory glass bricks (2912 Greenville. 828-2250. Tue-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 10 am-2 pm and 7 pm-midnight. Mon 11 am-mid-night. AE.)
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Nov 7: “Red Badge of Courage ’-John Huston’s 1951 film of the Civil War classic; Audie Murphey stars Nov 14: “Daisy Miller”-Peter Bogdonovich directs, Cybill Shepherd stars as the Henry James heroine. Nov 21: “The Magnificent Ambersons”-Orson Welles’ fol-low-up to “Citizen Kane.” Nov28: “Heaven’s Gate” -one of the greatest flops of recent years; a beauti-ful-to-look-at but incoherent tale of the American West. Showings are at 2 pm in the museum auditorium. Fair Park. Free. 421-4187.
Granada Theatre. This month, the Charlie Chaplin festival continues with films and Chaplin shorts. Nov 3: “The Great Dictator” and “The Gold Rush.” Nov 10: “Monsieur Verdoux” and “The Circus.” Nov 17: “Modern Times” and “A King in New York ” Nov24: “Lime Light.” “Tillies Punctured Romance” and “The Vagabond ” 3524 Greenville. 823-9610.
SMU Cinematheque. Nov 5-7: Martha Graham, 1982 recipient of the Algur H. Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts, will be featured in three separate film programs, including such classic performances as “Night Journey.” “Appalachian Spring” and the documentary “A Dancer’s World ” Nov 12-14: Werner Herzog’s “Even Midgets Started Small”-the German film maker’s hysterical and sometimes pathetic story of a revolt in an asylum for little people. The Herzog film is paired each evening with a Leni Reisenthal Nazi documentary, “Olympia. Part I” Nov 12, “Olympia. Part II” Nov 13 and “Triumph of the Will” Nov 14. Nov 20 & 21: “Hurray for Betty Boop”-Max Fleischer’s full-length, animated color feature on a double bill with “A Popeye Festival” Nov 20 and with Fleischer’s tirst film, “Gulliver’s Travels” Nov 21. Showings are in the Bob Hope Theatre, SMU campus. Tickets $2. 692-3090.
University of Texas at Dallas. Nov 3: “Antigone” -Irene Papas plays the irate daughter of Oedipus. Nov 5: “Z”-Costa-Gavras’ political thriller concerns the murder of a Greek pacifist leader Nov 10 “Stolen Kisses”-very lighthearted Truffaut, the fifth film in the Antome Doinel series Nov 12 “Quintet”-this justifiably obscure Altman film depicts Paul Newman’s adventures in a post-apocalypse Ice Age. Nov 17: “Trouble in Paradise “-this 1932 comedy stars a very suave Herbert Marshall as a jewel thief. Nov 19: “Soft Skin”-more Truf-faut. a 1964 tale of adultery. Showings are in the Founders North Auditorium. UTD campus. Richardson Tickets $2; under 18 and over 65. $1: UTD students with ID, 50￠. 690-2293.
The Diviners. This is an intriguing new play about a lad with a knack lor finding water in parched farm lands. Audiences can expect the high acting and production values that have become standard for Stage No. 1 Nov 10-Dec 19 at Stage No 1. Greenville Avenue Theatre, 2914 Greenville Wed-Fri at 8 15 pm. Sat at 5:30 pm & 9 pm. Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $10 Fri & Sat: $8.50 Wed. Thur & Sun 760-9542.
Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living In Paris. Songwriter and cabaret performer Jacques Brel has achieved the status of a European cult hero for his dry-eyed ballads questioning, lamenting and celebrating modern romance. This slick arrangement of his material has become something of a cult classic itself. Through Nov 27 at Stage West. 821 W Vickery, Fort Worth. Wed & Thur at 8 15 pm. Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun (Nov 7 only) at 3 pm. Tickets $8.50 Sat. $8 Fri. $7 Wed & Thur. $7 Sun (Nov 7) Dinner available Wed-Sat from 7 pm. (817) 332-6238.
She Stoops to Conquer. Social and romantic entanglements arise when two young gentlemen mistake a rambling old stalely home tor an inn Oliver Goldsmith’s genial comedy of manners is as droll as it is psychologically persuasive. Previews Nov 12.13 & 14 Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun at 2 30 & 7 pm Preview tickets $8 Fri & Sat. $7 Sun. Nov 16-Dec 18 at Theatre Three. The Quadrangle. 2800 Routh Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm, Sun at 2 30 pm & 7 pm. Tickets $12 Fri & Sat: $9.50 Wed. Thur & Sun matinee: $8.50 Tue & Sun. 748-5191.
South Pacific. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1949 musical drama based on James Michener’s “Tales of the South Pacific.” combines some heavy themes (war and racial preiudice). bittersweet love and some of their greatest hits (“Younger than Springtime,” “A Wonderful Guy” and “There Is Nothing Like a Dame”). Nov 18-Dec 19 at the Dallas Repertory Theatre. NorthPark Auditorium. NorthPark Wed-Sat at 8:15 pm. Sun at 3 pm. Tickets $9 ($7 50. students & over 65) Fri & Sat: $8 ($6 50. students & over 65) Sun, $7 ($5 50, student & over 65) Wed & Thur 369-8966
The Spanish Brabanter (Part I). The Hip Pocket Theater performs this sprawling celebration of 17th-century Amsterdam low-life by Gerbrand Bredero, the master of Dutch farce, in connection with a traveling exhibit of paintings from the same place and period (part II follows in January). Nov 21, 27 & 28 and Dec 4 & 5 at 3 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum auditorium, 1101 Will Rogers Road West. Fort Worth. Free, although there is a $5 reservation fee (817)332-8451.
Sweeney Todd, the Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Gorgeous, crushingly powerful music by Stephen Sondheim makes this recent Broadway version of a notorious 18th-century melodrama the Mount Everest of musical comedy Jack Eddleman. who gave “The Gondoliers” its steely control and playful fussiness here last season, seems a solid choice as director. Through Nov 6 at Theatre Three. The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Thur at 8 pm. Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sun at 2:30 pm & 7 pm. Tickets $12 Fri & Sat: $9.50 Wed. Thur & Sun matinee; $8 50 Tue &Sun 748-5191.
The Three Musketeers. The plots, subplots and counterplots as well as the romance, disguise, betrayal and self-sacrifice of Dumas’ rollicking novel about 17th-century France are more-or-less faithfully rendered in this rambunctious stage adaptation. Swashbuckling is nonstop. Through Nov 20 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater. Dallas Theater Center. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tue-Thur at 8 pm. Wed (Nov 3 only) at 1 30 pm. Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Sat at 4 pm. Tickets $13 50 & $12. Fri & Sat; $12 & $10 50. Sat matinee. $11 & $9 50. Tue-Thur; $9 & $8. Wed Nov 3 matinee 526-8857.
University Theater. Plays that are too big, too new. too old or otherwise too risky or costly for Dallas’ fledgling professional theaters may turn up on campus stages around town Of special interest this month The Plough and the Stars. Set on the backdrop of the 1916 Easter Rising against the English. Sean O’Case’ s teeming tragicomedy of Dublin tenement society emerges as a genuine classic of the modern repertoire. Mesrop Kesdekian directs this turbulently untidy masterpiece. Nov 9-21 at the Margo Jones Theatre. Owen Arts Center. SMU campus. Tue-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 2:15 pm Tickets $5. 692-2573
Brookhaven College. The Performing Arts Series presents the Newport Jazz Festival All-Stars Nov 16 at 8 pm at the Brookhaven Performance Hall. 3939 Valley View Lane. Farmers Branch. Tickets $10-$8. 620-4115.
Cliburn Foundation Celebrity Series. Pianist Annie Fischer plays Beethoven’s Sonata No 21 in C. Op. 53 (“Waldstein”), Schubert’s Four Impromptus. Op 142 and Schumann’s Fantasie in C. Op 17. Nov 1 at 7 30 pm at Landreth Auditorium. University at W Cantey. Fort Worth Tickets $15-$7 50 (817) 738-6536.
Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Ronald Neal. violin, and Jo Boatright, piano. join the ensemble for a concert featuring Stravinsky’s Suite Italienne. Crumb’s Four Nocturnes. Dvorak’s Sonatina and Franck’s Sonata in A Major, Nov 14 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium. SMU campus Tickets $7 50 826-6974 or 526-7380
Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. The Saturday afternoon concert series continues November 6 with Virginia England, soprano, followed November 13 with a trio of flute, soprano and harp from North Texas State University. November 20 with cellist John Finch and pianist Christina Finch and November 27 with pianist William Blame. All concerts are at 3 pm in the museum auditorium. Fair Park. Free 522-4797 or 528-1312
Dallas Opera. Nicola Rescigno conducts a double bill of Puccini’s “Gianni Schicchi with Paolo Mon-tarsolo and Maria Spacagna. and Leoncavallo’s “I Pagliacci” with James McCracken. Franco Bor-doni and Patricia Craig Nov 5. 10 & 13 at 8 pm and Nov 7 at 2 pm Berislav Klobucar conducts Richard Strauss’ “Der Rosenkavalier” with Anne Howells, Costanza Cuccaro. Manfred Jungwirth. Gwendolyn Killebrew and Elisabeth Soederstroem Nov 19. 24 & 27 at 7 30 pm and Nov 21 at 1 30 pm. All performances are at Fair Park Music Hall Tickets $50.$6 528-3200
Fort Worth Opera. Rudolph Kruger conducts Puccini’s Tosca” with Nicole Lorange. Ermanno Mauro and Kari Nurmela Nov 19 & 21 at 8 pm at Tar-rant County Convention Center Theatre. 1111 Houston St. Fort Worth Tickets $25-$5 429-1181 or (817) 731-0833.
Fort Worth Symphony. Concertmaster Robert Davidovici and principal violist Osher Green perform Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major with the Texas Little Symphony under conductor John Giordano on a concert also feafuring Brahms’ Serenade No. 2 in A Major, Nov 9 at 8 pm at Lan-dreth Auditorium, University at W Cantey. Fort Worth, and Nov 15 at Irons Recital Hall. Cooper at Second Avenue. Arlington Tickets $12$6 in Fort Worth. $7 50 in Arlington Pianist Andre Watts is guest artist tor Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1 in D Minor with the Fort Worth Symphony, with Giordano conducting Beethoven’s Third Symphony on the same concert. Nov 13 at 8 pm & Nov 14 at 3 pm at the Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston St, Fort Worth, Tickets $14-$3. Giordano conducts an all-Gershwin pops concert Nov 27 at 8 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre. Tickets $17.50-$9.50. (817) 921-2676.
Meadows School of the Arts. The SMU Wind Ensemble and Choral Union present a joint concert November 2. Anshel Brusilow conducts the SMU Chamber Orchestra November 3. The faculty piano trio (cellist Marion Davies, violinist Arkady Fomin and pianist Alfred Mouledous) perform on November 8. Tickets $3. The SMU Chamber Singers appear in concert November 11. Soprano Linda Anderson Baer and pianist Harris Crohn present a faculty recital November 17. Tickets $3. The SMU Jazz Ensemble performs November 18. The SMU Cello Choir presents a concert November 20. Music by student composers is featured in recital November 23. Organist Leonard Raver appears in concert with resident chamber ensemble Voices of Change November 29. Tickets $8. Thomas Hayward of the voice faculty presents a recital November 20. Tickets $3. All events are at 8:15 pm in Caruth Auditorium. SMU campus. Free unless otherwise noted. 692-2643.
Texas Christian University. TCU Bach IV Series continues November 2 at 7:30 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum, 1101 Will Rogers Road, Fort Worth. The TCU Orchestra appears in concert November 8, Tamas Ungar and friends present a recital of chamber music, November 14 at 7 pm. All events are in Landreth Auditorium, University at W Cantey, unless otherwise noted. Free. (817)921-7601.
Texas Wesleyan College. Pianist Ivan Moravec plays Beethoven’s Variations in C Minor, Janacek’s “In the Mist,” a selection of nocturnes and the Scherzo in B Minor by Chopin and a selection of estampes and preludes by Debussy, in a recital co-sponsored by the Cliburn Foundation, Nov 16 at 7:30 pm at the Fine Arts Auditorium, Wesleyan at Rose-dale, Fort Worth. Tickets $6. (817) 534-0251,
Brookhaven College. Dance students at this arts-minded community college present the Brookhaven Dancers’ Theatre Nov 5 & 6 at 8:15 pm & Nov 7 at 2:15 pm. Performance Hall. 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Tickets $2-$1. 620-4730.
Dallas Ballet. This is the company’s last repertory program at McFarlin Auditorium before moving to the Majestic Theatre, Of particular note is a new work by Peter Anastos, who created the hilarious “Forgotten Memories” two seasons ago. The new ballet is “Table Manners.” another comedy, choreographed to music of George Frederick Handel in punk-new wave style. The company also performs “Swan Lake,” Act II. staged by artistic director Flemming Flindt Dallas Ballet also brings back John Cliffords glitzy “Charleston,” which was made memorable last year by Christine Dunham’s wonderful vamp. Nov 4-6 at 8 pm & Nov 7 at 2 pm at McFarlin Auditorium. SMU campus. Tickets $23-$5. 744-4430.
Dancers Unlimited. This innovative, busy modern company is holding a “Hollywood Party” November 6 to raise money for operation support. The company will present short “show biz” performances, and there will be an open bar, a raffle and dancing for guests. Dancers Unlimited downtown studio, 1924 1/2 Main at 8pm. Tickets $20. Mitchell Rose, a dance comedian from New York, known as “the Woody Allen of Modern Dance” will present solo performances Nov 19 & 20 at 8 pm & Nov 21 at 3 pm. Tickets $4. 742-7821.
Meadows School of the Arts. In conjunction with the presentation of the Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts to Martha Graham, her company will perform two programs Nov 12 & 13 at 8:15 pm. McFarlin Auditorium. SMU campus Tickets $25-$15. 265-0789.
Nikolais Dance Theatre. The Fort Worth Ballet Association and the Fort Worth Art Museum have teamed up to bring one of the world’s most exciting, avant-garde dance companies to Fort Worth They’ll present the Nikolais Dance Theatre, headed by Alvin Nikolais, who is a versatile and widely honored master of every form of modern dance. Everything he puts on stage-his 10 extraordinarily talented dancers, the lighting, masks, music from diverse sources and unusual fabrics-create startling, almost other-worldly theatrical effects. His appearance should be one of the most interesting dance programs of the season Nov 11 & 12 at 8 pm at the Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1111 Houston. Fort Worth Tickets $20-$3.50. 332-9222.
Concentrations VII: Deborah Butterfield. Working with sticks, scraps of lumber, chicken wire and other castoff materials, this Boseman, Montana, artist has fashioned images of the horse as moving and as monumental as many a totem in bronze or marble Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Fair Park Through Dec 19 Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5 421-4188.
Creativity-The Human Resource. Notes, sketches, videotapes and computers focus on that apparent magic by which 15 prominent scientists, artists and thinkers have plucked important ideas and great works seemingly out of the air Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. 1501 Montgomery. Fort Worth. Through Nov 28. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun 2-5. (817) 732-1631.
Dallas Collects American Paintings: Colonial to Early Modern. From Thomas Moran to John Marin, these are a few old favorites. Dallas Museum of Fine Arts. Fair Park. Through Nov 14 Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5. 421-4188.
Mario Giacomelli. This Italian photographer sandwiches two or more negatives to print these strange, surrealistic scenes of Italian landscape and people, in which the background and foreground make wry comments upon one another The Afterimage. No. 151. the Quadrangle. 2800 Routh. Nov 2-Dec 11. Mon-Sat 10-5:30. 748-2521.
Mauritshuis: Dutch Painting of the Golden Age. Paintings of Rembrandt. Vermeer, Hals. Van Ruisdael and others. The Dutch are sending the very best: 40 fine examples of 17th-century painting from the Royal Picture Gallery. The Hague Kimbell Art Museum. 1101 Will Rogers Road West. Fort Worth Nov 20-Jan 30 Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5. (817) 332-8451.
Navajo Blankets. Thirty-two pieces, all from an important private collection, trace the development and extraordinary flowering of a native American art form. University of Texas at Arlington Art Gallery. Fine Arts building, corner of Cooper and Second streets. Nov 10-Dec 12 Mon-Fri 9-4. Sun 1-4. (817) 273-2761
Santos: The Religious Folk Art of New Mexico. Naive or sophisticated, but always inspired, these objects were created during the 18th and 19th centuries to fill the need for devotional images in isolated village churches and haciendas Amon Carter Museum. 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Through Dec 12 Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5:30 (817) 738-1933.
Set Designs for Martha Graham by Isamu Noguchi. One of the most fruitful artistic collaborations of modern times, a great sculptor creating works for a great choreographer, is celebrated in this exhibit, held in conjunction with Graham’s Dallas visit. Meadows Gallery, Owen Arts Center, SMU campus. Nov 7-28. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. 692-2489.
SEMINARS, EVENTS, ETC.
Andrew R. Cecil Lectures on Moral Values. This month, six distinguished speakers, including Dr. Walt Whitman Rostow, a former advisor to Presidents Kennedy and Johnson and Judge William H. Webster, director of the FBI, will give talks pertaining to a “search tor justice.” University of Texas at Dallas. Free. 690-2590 or 690-2295.
The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture. ournalist/author Bill Porterfield will present a lecture entitled “The City: An Epiphany of Spirits.” Porterfield will look at Dallas in terms of its lore, landscape and memories. Nov 10 at 7:30 pm at the Institute, 2719 Routh St. Free. 698-9090.
Noble Planetarium. The Fort Worth Museum of Science and History will present “They Walked by Starlight,” which explores the revolutionary beliefs of astronomers from Copernicus to the present. Through November 28, Sat at 11 am, 2:30 pm and 3:30 pm; Sun at 2:30 & 3:30 pm. Tickets $2.50. $1.25 under 12. Children under four not admitted. 1501 Montgomery, Fort Worth. (817) 732-1631.
SMU Literary Festival. Well-known authors of various genres will give readings from their works. In past years. Saul Bellow, John Updike, Eudora Welty and John Cheever have been guest speakers. All events take place on the SMU campus. Free 692-2651.
Czeslaw Milosz: Nov 7 at 8:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.
Phillip Lopate: Nov 8 at 3:30 pm in McCord Auditorium.
Stanley Elkin: Nov 8 at 8:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.
Sonia Sanchez: Nov 9 at 3:30 pm in McCord Auditorium.
Donald Hall: Nov 9 at 8:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.
Rolando Hinojosa: Nov 10 at 3:30 pm in McCord Auditorium.
James Dickey: Nov 10 at 8:30 pm in the Grand’ Ballroom.
W S. Merwin: Nov 11 at 8:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.
Margaret Atwood: Nov 12 at 8:30 pm in the Grand Ballroom.
Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium, Irving. Tickets $15, cash or money orders only. 369-0211 Tickets refunded for any game not played due to the strike. Nov 7 at noon vs. St. Louis
21 at noon vs. Tampa Bay
25 at 3 pm vs. Cleveland
Dallas Fencers’ Club. Several nationally ranked fencers will participate in the 41st “Duel in Dallas” tournament. Nov 6 & 7 at 9 am. Finals in the afternoon. Free. Richland Community College, 12800 Abrams. 348-0299 or 340-1321.
Dallas Mavericks. Reunion Arena, Dallas. Tickets $8, $6 & $4 at Rainbow Tickets. Sears or Reunion ticket office. All game times at 7:35 pm. 658-7068.
Nov 3 vs. Houston
6 vs. Phoenix
10 vs. Seattle
13 vs. Denver
17 vs. Los Angeles
20 vs. Kansas City
24 vs. Chicago
27 vs. San Antonio