CELEBRATION OF AMERICANA
Completion of the Dallas Arts District is still about a dozen years and a couple of billion dollars in the future. But the massive urban development project is making a debut of sorts this month with the opening of American Anthem: An Exhibition of Songs and Symbols of American History in the Pavillion at LTV Center.
The free show brings to Dallas some of the most prized possessions from the Smithsonian Institution’s lively National Museum of American History, including George Washington’s telescope, Thomas Jefferson’s hand-edited version of the Bible, John Deere’s plow, Custer’s buckskin and the locomotive John Bull. Many of these objects have not been shown outside of Washington, D.C., since they entered the museum and are not likely to travel again.
American Anthem is more than just an exhibit of artifacts. The historical objects have been arranged in 15 stations, and each display is set to some piece of music from America’s past, such as Shenandoah, Hail Columbia and The Wabash Cannonball.
The result is a celebration of Americana rather than a scholarly exhibit. Social history is lightly touched upon through such artifacts as the pen with which the 19th Amendment was signed, a suffragette’s sash and the microphone Franklin D. Roosevelt used for his “fireside chats.” Instead, the emphasis is on American ingenuity and inventiveness and on the westward impulse that drove settlers to fill up a continent within 100 years.
The exhibit is the first to be sponsored by the Dallas Arts District Foundation. The Trammell Crow Co. is financing it, United Parcel Service brought it here for free, and the Dallas Museum of Art is providing curatorial services.
Through October 31 in the Pavillion at LTV Center, 2001 Ross. Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10-5, Thur 10-8, Sun noon-5. 979-6100.
Pilobolus Dance Theater, the unique group whose name comes from a phototropic fungus and whose dance style is unlike anything else in the world, returns to Dallas this month for three performances in SMU’s McFar-lin Auditorium.
Sponsored by The International Theatrical Arts Society, the company will present a variety of works from its repertory, including some new ones and some standards. Among those tentatively scheduled are Hot Pursuit, a commentary on Yuppie-dom; Can’t Get Started, a courtship piece set to Big Band music, and the popular Day Two, a science fiction fantasy set to New Wave music by David Byrne of the Talking Heads and Brian Eno.
Pilobolus was founded in 1971 by two Dartmouth College athletes, Moses Pendleton and Jonathan Wolken. The troupe’s distinctive style combines ballet, modern dance and a strong dose of gymnastics, as well as brilliant comic goofiness. It has toured extensively through Europe, South America and the Far East, as well as through the United States.
April 25-27 at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $25-$5. 528-5273, metro 429-1181.
MAJESTIC PAIR OF OPERAS
After successfully breaking out of its traditional fall season in 1984, the Dallas Opera is presenting an expanded spring offering in 1985, with two full evenings of opera chosen to take advantage of the special qualities of the Majestic Theater. The first program is a double bill of classic Italian comic operas: Domenico Cima-rosa’s satirical one-man show, Il maestroi di capella (The Music Master), paired with Gioacchino Rossini’s La Cambiale di Matrimonio (The Marriage Contract), sung in Italian with English captions. The company moves from the early 19th to the mid-20th century for the second production, Benjamin Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, a uniquely modern treatment of an ancient story.
The Italian double bill will feature baritones Sesto Bruscantini and Edward Crafts, soprano Kathryn Gamberoni and tenor Frank Lopardo. The Rape of Lucretia features mezzo-soprano Deborah Milson, soprano Jeanne Ommerle, mezzo-soprano Rose Taylor, soprano Susan Dunn, tenor Cornelius Sullivan and baritone Louis Otey. Dallas Opera artistic director Nicola Res-cigno will conduct both productions.
Il maestroi and Cambiale: April 10 & 20 at 8 p.m., April 14 at 2 p.m. Lucretia: April 18 & 27 at 8 p.m., April 21 at 2 p.m. All performances will be at the Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm. Series tickets $80-$14; single performance tickets $40-$7; box seats available for the series in groups of four or six only, at $150-$100 per seat. 871-0090.
-Wayne Lee Gay
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Ancient Peruvian Art. A selection of works from the Dallas Museum of Art’s excellent collection of art from the Andes goes traveling. April 15-May 10 at the Hag-gar Gallery, University of Dallas, Northgate Drive near Texas Stadium. Daily 9-4. 721-5319.
Ann Brody Glazer. Sly humor marks these bold, simplified images painted with enamel on loose canvas. Through April 25 at DW Gallery, 3200 Main, 2nd floor. Tue-Sat 11-5. 939-0045.
Annie Leibowitz. “Rolling Stone” magazine’s celebrated photographer of celebrities makes her Dallas debut in this show of chic color portraits. It’s paired with an exhibit of constructed paintings and monoprints by Dan Rizzie. Through April 30 at Carpenter Hochman, 2701 Canton. Tue-Sat 10-5. 939-0501.
Arie Van Selm. Totemlike figures dominate these colorful, expressionistic canvases by one of the best-known and most popular artists in the area. Through April 20 at Edith Baker Gallery, 5950 Royal Lane. Tue-Sat 10-5. 361-8336.
Art of the European Goldsmith: Silver from the Schroder Collection. Some 80 objects fashioned from silver between the 12th and 19th centuries have been selected from England’s famous Schroder Collection for this exhibit. April 4-May 12 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.
David Mirvish Collection. From one of the great collections of modern art, curator Diane Upright has selected 32 paintings that are stained, striped, splashed and sprayed by eight artists whose work dominated the Sixties. Through May 1 at the Fort Worth Art Museum,
A Picasso Portfolio
Although Picasso’s Vollard Suite has been part of the permanent collection of the Fort Worth Art Museum for years, the 100-plate work, one of the masterpieces of modern printmaking, has not been exhibited since 1978. It’s high time, then, to bring out the portfolio for another look. Created between 1930 and 1937, the series of etchings and dry-point prints is like a diary exploring all the familiar Picasso themes: the Minotaur and Blind Minotaur (a thinly disguised self-portrait), the battle of love, Rembrandt (another stand-in for the artist himself), the artist and his model, and the artist’s studio. Through May 19 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. (817) 738-9215.
1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5.(817)738-9215.
Earl Linderman. He’s suave, he’s romantic, he’s just a little bit shady and he has a cult following. He’s Doktor Thrill, the fictional hero in the paintings of this Arizona artist. April 18-May 31 at Florence Art Gallery, 2500 Cedar Springs. Mon-Fri 10-4. 748-6463.
Jack Boynton. Boynton practices his own kind of Texas surrealism, making assemblages and Watercolors in which surprising juxtapositions occur and anything is liable to turn up, including the kitchen sink. Through April 20 at Gallery One, 4935 Byers, Fort Worth. Mon-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2. (817) 737-9566.
Jack Tworkov. A distinguished member of the New York School, Tworkov went from thickly brushed, intensely personal abstracts in the Fifties to works anchored by a firm geometrical structure in the Sixties and Seventies. April 4-May 11 at Adams-Middleton Gallery, 3000 Maple. Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5. 742-3682.
Josef Staub. Stainless steel is notoriously difficult to work with, but the sculptures of this Zurich-born artist are as nimble and precise as a Swiss watch. Through April 16 at Nimbus Gallery, 1135 Dragon St. Mon-Fri 10-5. Sat 11-4. 742-1348.
Luis Melendez. This 18th-century Spanish artist transformed humble objects into clear and monumental still-life paintings that influenced Goya and Manet, among others. Through May 19 at the Meadows Museum, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5.692-2516.
Mail Art. Art objects smaller than a mailbox that have been signed, sealed, stamped and sent from around the globe are the subjects of this continuing survey. Through June 30 at Modern Realism Gallery, 1903 McMillan, Room No. 1. Wed 6-9. 827-0376.
Pamela Nelson. Using bones, shells, rocks, mirrors, bangles, baubles and beads, this Dallas artist has transformed the gallery into a garden of painted wood sculpture celebrating life’s eternal cycles. Through April 20 at Clifford Gallery, 6610 Snider Plaza. Tue-Sat 10-5:30. 363-8223.
Richard Kern. This exhibit examines the scientist-explorer whose meticulous illustrations, made from 1848 to 1853, documented many a report on the early Southwest, as well as the artist who made beautiful drawings simply for his own pleasure. Through April 28 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30. (817) 738-1933.
Texas Sculpture Symposium. Some 125 artists have installed their works at sites throughout the Central Business District and at Connemara, a 72-acre park in Piano. Through June 15. For locations, call 692-0615.
Three Sculptors. Caroline Montague makes wall-mounted pieces in painted metal; Gary Slater contrasts sleek stainless steel with crumpled copper; and Charles Umlauf carves elegant abstractions in marble. Through April 22 at Adele M Gallery, 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5:30. 526-0800.
William Eggleston. One of the first “serious” photographers to switch from black and white to color, Eggle-ton produces uncommon photographs of commonplace objects and scenes. April 12-May 12 at Allen Street Gallery, 4101 Commerce. Wed-Fri noon-5, Sat 10-4. Sun 1-5.821-8260.
Courtship and Valentine’s Day. Author, playwright and screenwriter Horton Foote (“Tender Mercies,” “To Kill a Mockingbird”) portrays turn-of-the-century romance in a small Gulf Coast town in these related one-act plays. “Courtship” was presented successfully last year at the renowned Humana Festival of New American Plays at the Actors Theater of Louisville; “Valentine’s Day” is a premiere. Through April 7 at Stage #1, Greenville Avenue Theater, 2914 Greenville. Tue-Sun at 7:30 pm. Tickets $12.50 Fri & Sat; $10 Tue-Thur & Sun. 760-9542.
84 Charing Cross Road. Helene Hanff has taken 20 years of actual correspondence between herself (in New York) and “Messrs. Marks and Co.,” sellers of rare and second-hand books in London, and fashioned a charming play that moves between the two locations as a most wonderful love affair unfolds. April 18-May 12 at Dallas Repertory Theater, NorthPark Center, Park Lane at N Central Expwy. Wed-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Tickets $12.50-$11 Fri & Sat; $9.50-$8 Wed & Thur; $11-$9.50 Sun 369-8966.
Eminent Domain. Six years ago. the son of a professor and his wife left home, never to correspond with his parents. Since he has become a famous poet, his biographer, a young graduate student, shows up at the professor’s house to find out what went wrong. At the play’s heart is the very difficult question, ’What do children owe their parents, and vice versa?” April 25-May 25 at New Arts Theater, 702 Ross at Market in the West End Warehouse District. Wed-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 5 & 9 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $12 50 Sat at 9. $10 50 Fri & Sat at 5; $8,50 Wed. Thur & Sun. 761-9064.
K2. Man against mountain and man against himself are the two predominant themes in this complex drama by Patrick Meyers about two men trapped on a ledge of the world’s second highest mountain. April 24-June 2 at Stage #1, Greenville Avenue Theater. 2914 Greenville. Wed-Fri at 8:15 pm, Sat at 5:30 & 9 pm. Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $12 50 Fri & Sat at 9; $10 Wed. Thur. Sat at 5:30 & Sun. 760-9542.
A Soldier’s Play and Zooman and the Sign. New Arts Theater sponsors two dramas by playwright Charles Fuller presented by two different companies. The Pulitzer Prize-winning “Soldier’s Play,” presented by the renowned Negro Ensemble Company, is a murder mystery/psychodrama about racism and camaraderie in a black platoon in Louisiana during World War II The local Afro-American Artists Alliance performs “Zooman and the Sign.” about a young man who participates in the murder of a girl and his place in a vicious circle. “Soldier’s Play”: April 2-7; Tue-Fri at 8 pm. Sat at 5 & 9 pm. Sun at 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $30 Fri & Sat at 9; $25 Tue-Thur; $20 Sat at 5 & Sun “Zooman and the Sign”: April 9-14; Tue-Fri at 8 pm. Sat at 5 & 9 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $12.50 Sat at 9, $10.50 Fri & Sat at 5; $8.50 Tue-Thur & Sun. Both plays are presented at New Arts Theater. 702 Ross at Market in the West End Warehouse District. 761-9064.
You’re Going To Love Tomorrow. Parenthetically subtitled “The Secret Songs of Stephen Sondheim,” this love-smitten review of the Broadway master’s music digs up some of his more neglected delights, such as “Saturday Night” (from the very early musical ol the same name) and “Not A Day Goes By” (from the very recent “Merrily We Roll Along”), as well as popular songs from “Company.” “Sweeney Todd” and nearly all the others. Through April 7 at Theater Three, the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7 pm Tickets $13 50 Fri & Sat; $11 Tue-Thur & Sun. 871-3300.
Delias Baptist University. Chorus and orchestra per-form J.S. Bach’s Cantatas “Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen!” and “Christ Lag in Todesbanden.” April 25 at 8:15 pm at Webb Roberts Science Building, Room S-206. Dallas Baptist University, 7777 W Kiest Blvd Free. 331-8311.
Dallas Chamber Music Society. The chamber ensemble Musical Offering performs April 15 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium. Owen Arts Center, SMU. Tickets $8. 526-7301.
Dallas Chamber Orchestra. The closing concert of the season features Telemann’s Concerto in G for four violins and continuo, Dvorak’s Serenade for strings and Diamond’s Rounds for string orchestra April 28 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium. Owen Arts Center. SMU, and May 5 at 7 pm at the Church ol the Transfiguration, 14115 Hillcrest at Spring Valley. Tickets $9.826-6974.
Dallas Civic Music Association. Pianist Peter Serkin and violinist Young Uck Kim appear in recital April 24 at 8 15 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU Tickets $25-$4. 526-6870.
Dallas Museum of Art. April 4: Pianist Berenice Lipson-Gruzen performs music of Beethoven at 7:30 pm. Tickets $8-$6. 922-0220. April 6: Guitarist Carlo Pezzimenti appears in recital at 3 pm. Tickets $3 & $2. 343-3709. April 18: The Fine Arts Chamber Players perform music of Haydn. Beethoven and Dvorak at 7:30 pm. Tickets $8-$6. All concerts in the auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood 692-2679.
Dallas Public Library. April 1: Jack Johnson and Scott Souder present a narrated musical presentation of “The Golden Ragtime Era’ at 12:10 pm. April 9: Violinist/cel-list Marilyn Rietz and pianist Elizabeth Geyer appear in recital at 12:10pm. April 14: Chamber music for piano and strings is presented at 3 pm. April 21: Pianist William Blame performs at 3 pm. April 26: The Dallas Jazz Society presents a “Salute to Duke Ellington” at 12:10 pm. April 28: Soprano Adelaida Otaza performs at 3 pm. April 29: Voices of Change presents contemporary chamber music at 12:10 pm. All events are presented at the Central Dallas Public Library, 1515 Young. Free. 749-4100, 749-4402.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. April 4 & 6: Maxim Shostakovich conducts a concert featuring bass/baritone Arnold Voketaitis, the Dallas Symphony Male Chorus and the Turtle Creek Chorale in Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13 (“Babi Yar”) and Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 in D (with soloist Eliane Rod-rigues) April 11 & 13: Eduardo Mata conducts an all-Latin concert featuring Rodrigo’s “Fantasia para un Gentilhombre” for guitar and orchestra and Ponce’s “Concerto del Sur” for guitar, both with soloist Carlos Barbosa-Lima; Falla’s First and Second Suites from The Three Cornered Hat”; and the world premiere of Orbon’s Partita No. 4 for piano and orchestra, with soloist Tedd Joselson April 19-21: Mata conducts Schubert’s Sym-phony No. 3, Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3 (with soloist Iva Pogorelich) and Bartok’s Concerto for Orchestra. April 25 & 27: DSO principal cellist Marion Davies appears as soloist for Schumann’s Cello Concerto in a concert also including Vaughan Williams’ Symphony No. 6 and Britten’s Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Purcell. with Mata conducting. Thur-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sun at 2:30 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $16-$5.50 692-0203.
Dallas Symphony SuperPops. April 12: Anthony Newley performs. April 26: Victor Borge appears in concert. Both concerts at 8 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $20-$9.692-0203
Fort Worth Concert Band. Robert C. Taylor conducts a concert of works by Verdi, Franck. Wagner, Jacob and Reed. April 23 at Orchestra Hall, 4401 Trail Lake Dr. Fort Worth. Tickets $3. (817) 738-6509.
Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra Pops. John Giordano conducts pops with a country/western flavor. April 19 & 20 at 8 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $18-$10. 429-1181.
Irving Symphony Orchestra. A mostly American concert celebrates Thomas Jefferson’s birthday with Yves L’Helgoual’ch conducting Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man, Dvorak’s New World Symphony, Griffes’ Poem for Flute and Orchestra (with soloist Janice Spooner) and Thompson’s “Testament of Freedom” April 20 at 8:15 pm at the Irving Center for the Cultural Arts. 3501 MacArthur Blvd, Irving. Tickets $7-$3.50. 252-7558.
Meadows School of the Arts. April 2: Violinist Arkady Fomin appears in faculty recital. April 8: SMU Trumpet Ensemble performs. April 11: Pianist John Price appears in faculty recital April 17: B’nai B’rith Benefit Concert features violinist Erick Friedman and pianist Dmistns Sguoros Tickets $250-$30. 692-2573. April 18: SMU Jazz Ensemble performs. April 22: SMU Early Music Consort performs. April 24: SMU Wind Ensemble performs. April 26: Harpsichordist Gustav Leon-hardt appears in recital. April 27 & 28: Opera Theater under Simon Sargon presents Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro” at 8:15 pm in the Bob Hope Theater. Ticket prices to be announced. April 29: SMU Percussion Ensemble performs. Unless otherwise noted, all events are at 8:15 pm in Caruth Auditorium and are free. 692-3510.
North Texas State University. April 2: Spring Lab Bands appear in concert at 7 pm at the NTSU Auditorium. April 5: The NTSU A Capella Choir and Chamber Orchestra perform J.S. Bach’s Mass in D minor (with Henry Gibbons conducting) at 5 pm. April 9: The New Music Lab presents recent music by American composers April 11: Robert Winslow conducts the Symphonic Wind Ensemble. April 16: Cellist Anner Bylsma appears in concert Tickets $5. (817) 565-3815. April 17: Women’s Chorus performs. April 18: Serge Zeh-nacker conducts the NTSU Symphony and Chamber orchestras. April 19: Chapel Choir performs in concert. April 23: Henry Gibbons conducts the A Capella and Chamber choirs. April 24: Dennis Fisher conducts the university bands. April 25: Students of Serge Zehnacker conduct the NTSU Chamber Orchestra. April 26: Seattle’s Westwood Wind Quintet performs at 7 pm. Tickets $6. (817) 565-3815. Unless otherwise noted, all events are at the NTSU Auditorium, North Texas State University, Denton, at 8:15 pm and are free. (817)565-2791.
This month, Dallas music lovers will be the first to hear and judge a brand-new piano concerto. Cuban-born, New York-based composer Julian Orbon has completed his Partita No. 4 for Piano and Orchestra, and the Dallas Symphony will present its world premiere, with Eduar-do Mata conducting and Tedd Joselson as piano soloist. The concert will also feature guitar concertos of Rodrigo and Ponce (with soloist Carlos Barbosa-Lima) and Falla’s Three-Cornered Hat, Suites 1 &2. Apr 11 & 13 at 8:15 p.m. at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $16-$6. 692-0203.
Piano Chamber Orchestra. Hector Guzman conducts a concert featurmg Handel’s Concert Grosso in B flat. Haydn’s Symphony No. 45 (“Farewell”). Elgar’s Serenade for strings and Falla’s Suite “El Amor Bruio” April 21 at 3 pm at Piano East Senior High, 3000 Los Rios Blvd. Piano. Tickets $6; $4 for students and senior citizens. 424-1721.423-7809
Piano Civic Chorus. Lysbet Murray conducts chorus and orchestra in J.S. Bach’s Cantata No. 21 and Handel’s Coronation Anthem No 4. April 25 at 7:30 pm at Christ United Methodist Church. 2640 Glencliff. Piano. Tickets $5 for adults, $3 tor senior citizens. 423-7809.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Anshel Brusilow appears as guest conductor April 20 at 8 pm at Richardson High School Auditorium. Belt Line near Coit, Richardson. Tickets $12.50-S5 234-4195.
Schola Cantorum. Gary Ebensberger conducts a concert of choral music from Russia April 23 at 7 30 pm at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tickets $8. (817) 737-5788.
Texas Baroque Ensemble. An all-J. S. Bach concert includes Cantata 106 and Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. April 6 at 8:15 pm at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates Dr, Mesquite. Tickets $10; $5 for students and senior citizens. 278-2458.
Texas Christian University. April 1: Faculty recital by pianist Donna Edwards. April 8: Faculty recital by pianist Caio Pagano. April 14: Ronald Shirey conducts the TCU Orchestra and Choral Union in J.S. Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” at 7 pm. April 15: Lecture-performance of J.S. Bach’s Musical Offering at 8 pm. April 16: Guest artist recital by organist Peter Hurford at 8 pm. All events are at 8:15 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU, Fort Worth. Free. (817) 921-7810.
University of Texas at Dallas. Pianist Helene Wickett performs in a recital that includes Rodriguez’s Estampie for piano. April 21 at 3 pm at Jonsson Center Performance Hall, UTD, Richardson. Free. 690-2982.
Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company. This contemporary dance company, founded in 1969, performs April 9 at 8 pm at Brookhaven College Performance Hall, 3939 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch. Tickets $10 & $9. 620-4118.
Fort Worth Art Museum. The museum presents a film series showcasing artists featured in its spring exhibitions. April 2: “Picasso: The Saltimbanques” traces the fascinating discovery of purportedly lost compositions beneath the surface of Picasso’s painting “Family of Saltimbanques.” April 9: “Morris Louis: Radiant Zones” features 125 paintings representing the full range of Louis’ work, along with commentaries by the artist’s wife, friends, collectors, dealers and scholars. April 23: “Jack Bush” documents the life and work of Jack Bush, the late Canadian artist, featuring scenes of Bush in his studio. Tuesdays at 7:30 pm in the Solarium, Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery. (817) 738-9215.
University of Texas at Dallas. April 3: “The Third Man” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. April 5: “The Goodbye Girl” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. April 10: “Fanny and Alexander” at 7:30 pm. April 12: “This is Spinal Tap” at 7:30 & 9 pm. April 17: “Veronika Voss” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. April 19: “Seven Samurai” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. April 20: “Sword in the Stone” at 1 pm. April 24: “City Lights” and “The Cure” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. April 26: ’Emmanuelle II” at 7:30 & 9:30 pm. Showings at Kusch Auditorium, Founders North Building, UTD, Richardson. Tickets $2 for adults; $1 for persons under 18 or 64 and over. 690-2945.
The Dallas Institute. April 14 & 15: Dr. Mortimer Adler leads a conference on “Ten Philosophical Mistakes,” Sun at 2 pm & Mon at 7 pm. Tuition $35. April 16: “Animals in Dreams: The Ecology of Psyche,” a workshop by Dr. James Hillman, is presented at 2 & 7 pm. Tuition $60. April 17: “Arms, Rams, Mars, Wars: The Love of War” is the title of a lecture by Dr. James Hillman at 7:30 pm. Free. April 27 & 28: Dr. Thomas Moore and Dr. Gail Thomas present a seminar on “Power and Gender” at 9:30 am-4 pm. Tuition $60. All events are presented at the Dallas Institute, 2719 Routh. 698-9090.
Dallas Museum of Natural History. “Peonies of Greece: Myth, Science and Art” is an exhibit of lithographs based on the paintings of wild peonies by botanist Niki Goulandris. April 6-June 9 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Fair Park. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun noon-5. Free. 421-2169.
Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. “The Evolution of the Japanese Camera,” an exhibition of more than 400 cameras dating from 1903 to the present, traces the development of the Japanese camera industry and pays tribute to its phenomenal growth. Through May 31 at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. 1501 Montgomery. Free. (817)732-1631.
Temple Emanu-EI Book Series. The series on significant writers offers two lectures this month. April 3: Gloria Hoffman and Pauline Gravier. founders of Verbal Communications Inc of Dallas, present “Speak the Language of Success,” a lecture on sharpening verbal skills for business and personal gains, at 10:30 am. April 24: Nationally known author, lecturer and humorist Fran Lebowitz presents a lecture entitled “Metropolitan Life” at 8 pm (reception at 7 pm). Lectures are presented at Temple Emanu-EI, 8500 Hillcrest. Series tickets $25. 368-3613.
Temple Shalom Arts Forum. Marshall Loeb. managing editor of “Money” magazine, presents the second lecture in the 1985 Temple Shalom Arts Forum. April 3 at 8 pm at Temple Shalom. 6930 Alpha at Hillcrest. Series tickets $26. 661-1810.
University of Dallas. American novelist, essayist and naturalist Peter Matthiessen visits the university during National Library Week, April 15-21, under the sponsorship of the Library Associates of William A. Blakley Library. North Lake College and Friends of the Irving Public Library, Matthiessen, a National Book Award winner lor “The Snow Leopard” and author of several other novels, presents a lecture April 15 at 7 pm at the Center for Cultural Arts. Northgate Plaza, 3501 N MacArthur Blvd. Irving. Free. 721-5225.
University Lecture Series. A six-part seminar entitled “The Growth of Individuality in Early Modern Europe” is led by John A. Mears. SMU associate professor of history, April 11 -May 16 at 11 am Thursdays (with two luncheons). Tuition $95; the seminar meets in homes. In “Modern Irish Writers.” English professors Robert G. Hunter and John Paul Riquelme examine the works and lives of George Bernard Shaw. William Butler Yeats. James Joyce and Samuel Beckett. April 15-May 13 at 11 am (luncheons following) at the Alumni Center, 3000 Daniel. SMU. Tuition $58. 692-2532.
Art Walk. Artists’ studios, galleries and shops in the Fair Park area will be open to the the public during ArtWalk ’85. a neighborhood event celebrating Dallas’ visual and performing arts. Tour maps will be available at the event. April 27 & 28; Sat 1-8 pm, Sun 1-6 pm Free. 939-0648.
Connemara Conservancy. Three Sundays in Spring,” Connemara’s fifth annual celebration of nature and the arts, includes two concerts this month as well as an outdoor sculpture show Connemara, a 72-acre site set aside as a museum of the Texas landscape, is a natural showcase for the works of 25 Texas artists, displayed in conjunction with the Texas Sculpture Symposium In addition, the Dallas Brass Quintet will perform April 14 at 3 pm, and the St. Mark’s Band will perform April 21 at 3 pm.”’Three Sundays in Spring”: April 14-May 5 at Connemara (take Central Expressway north from Dallas to the Bethany Drive exit, follow the signs to the Intecom Co parking lot and take one of the buses that run every 10 minutes to Connemara). Free 7200098.
Coors/WBAP Chill Cookoff. The fourth annual cookoff sponsored by Coors and WBAP benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. April 27 at 10 am. Addison. Call 871-2222 for location and information.
Dallas Blooms. The largest display of flowering bulbs outside of Holland are featured at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society. Walking tours are scheduled to allow visitors to view the 200-plus varieties ol spring flowering bulbs in full bloom Through April 7 at the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Society, 8617 Garland Rd Wed-Sat 10 am-6 pm. Sun noon-6 pm Tours offered Wed-Sun Admission free; parking within the Botanical Society $2 327-8263.
Dallas Symphony Designers Showcase. Preston Falls Estate, a 4-acre estate with an 18.000-square-foot house and three outbuildings, is the 1985 Dallas Symphony Designers Showhouse The 53-year-old house and its outbuildings have been completely remodeled and restored to their original English elegance. Presented by Ebby Halliday Realtors and co-sponsored by the “Dallas Times Herald” and Gabbert’s Furniture and Design Studio, the showhouse will offer special events daily. In addition, a shop will be open, and lunch will be served at the estate’s Tavern on the Falls restaurant, with informal modeling at poolside. April 20-May 12 at Preston Falls Estate, 5930 Falls Rd (between Park Lane and Walnut Hill on Preston). Mon-Sat 10 am-4 pm. Sun 1-4 pm. Tavern on the Falls restaurant-lunch: Mon-Sat 11 am-3 pm; dessert: Sun 1-4 pm. Tickets $8; available at Ticketron outlets and at the door. 696-4080.
Dallas World Salute. This month-long festival of cultural, commercial and educational events celebrates and promotes internationalism in Dallas. April 13 &14: The Heritage Fair, featuring period costumes and food, traces the roots of Dallas culture. Sat & Sun 9 am-6 pm at Old City Park. April 14: The Dallas World Bicycle Classic, part of the Southland U.S. Cup cycling series, begins at 9 am at Old City Park. April 26-28: The sixth annual International Bazaar, sponsored by the Central Dallas Association, offers authentic food and entertainment as well as booths representing 30 countries. Fri 11 am-7 pm, Sat 11 am-9 pm, Sun noon-7 pm. Free admission. 720-2332. April 27: The Run for the World 10K Run begins at 9 am at the south side of Dallas City Hall. Registration fee $9. Call 670-3319 for information on additional events.
Grins for Fins. The third annual benefit production for the Dallas Aquarium features the best of comedy in Texas, with the Guava Bomblets and three other comedy troupes. April 28 at 7 pm at the Arcadia Theater, 2005 Greenville. Tickets $10; available at Ticketron outlets. 2650789.
Northwood Woman’s Club Home Tour. Three diverse homes in North Dallas are showcased in “Journey Into Spring,” the 10th annual tour sponsored by the Northwood Woman’s Club. The tour benefits the Scottish Rite Hospital for Crippled Children, the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Gardens, Family Outreach and other charities. Lunch is available, and plant, bake and boutique sales will be offered. April 19,10 am-8 pm, at 7207 Oakbluff Dr. Tickets $5 in advance, $5.50 at the door. 239-2981.
Piano Roundup. This annual festival sponsored by the Piano Parks and Recreation Department features a variety of activities, including 100 arts and crafts booths, children’s activities, a flower market, a farmer’s market, food and entertainment. April 20 & 21 at Oak Grove Park, Parker Rd at San Gabriel, Piano. Sat 10-6, Sun 1-6.423-4795.
Tour of Old East Dallas. The Munger Place Homeowners Association sponsors this tour of residences in the East Dallas restoration corridor, which includes Greenland Hills, Junius Heights, Mill Creek and Deep Ellum. The tour includes beer gardens, art shows and street entertainment. April 27 & 28 at 5017 Junius. Sat & Sun noon-6 pm. Tickets $5 in advance, $6 at the door. 824-8373 or 828-1472.
Dallas Mavericks. Reunion Arena. Dallas. Home game tickets $7 & $5; available at Rainbow-Ticket-master outlets and at Reunion Arena box office. Games start at 7:35 pm. Playoff schedule TBA. 658-7068.
April 5 vs Los Angeles Clippers
6 vs Houston
Dallas Sidekicks. Reunion Arena. Dallas. Tickets $8-$3.50; available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets and at Reunion Arena box office. Home games start at 7:35 pm. 658-7068; metro 263-4781
April 4 vs Kansas City
Texas Rangers. Arlington Stadium, Arlington. Tickets $8.50-$5 for reserved seats, $3 75 for general admission, $2.25 for children 13 and under; available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets, Sears stores and Arlington Stadium Ticket Office. Home games start at 7:35 pm unless otherwise noted. Metro 273-5100.
April 12-14 vs Milwaukee (Sun at 2:05 pm)
22-24 vs Baltimore
26-28 vs Toronto (Sun at 2:05 pm)
29 & 30 vs New York Yankees
Acapulco Bar. The opening of Acapulco proves that Upper Greenville is alive and well. Here’s a great bar for the over-21 partier: three blackjack tables with dealers, a waitress who offers tequila shots out of her holster, lots of color on the walls and even more colorful characters on the dance floor. (5111 Greenville. 692-9856. Tue-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun & Mon. Cover varies. All credit cards.)
Bobbi. The owners of Bobbi must have spent a fortune on mirrored glass, but that’s part of the continuing cool North Dallas look. Everybody’s so cool at this cool disco, where you’ll find a small dance floor, expensive drinks and an adjoining dining room. (1919 Greenville. 691 -5833. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC, V, AE.)
Callaghan’s Saloon. This West End bar is the best place to pretend you’re Irish. You show up, stare at the green walls, notice all the people singing to corny Irish songs played by live Irish bands, drink a few inexpensive beers (there’s also a good selection of imported ones), and suddenly you think you’ve belonged here all of your life. (1701 Market at Ross. 761-9355. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat noon-2 am, Sun noon-midnight. No cover. MC, V, AE.)
Comedy Corner. The only full-time club in town devoted to stand-up comedy keeps rolling along. It’s a great place to see hot new comedy talent from around the country. During each show, you see the nightclub’s own house comedian, a feature comedian and then the main comedian. And at amateur night on Tuesdays, you get to watch anyone from local sportscasters to corporate lawyers try out their acts. (8202 Park Lane at Greenville. 361-7461. Sets begin Sun- Thur at 8:30 pm. Fri & Sat at 830 & 10:30 pm. Reservations recommended on weekends. Cover: $5.50 Sun-Thur. $8 Fri. $9 Sat. MC, V, AE.)
Fast and Cool. This latest Shannon Wynne creation, located in the old Nick’s Uptown building, is a dance club with naked light bulbs hanging down from the ceiling and female dancers in cages. The diverse dance tunes include everything from the Animals to the Eurythmics to Motown hits. (3606 Greenville. 827-5544. Tue-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. Cover Thur-Sat No dress code. MC. V. AE)
4500 McKinney. Following a few false starts, this intimate supper club now seems to work. There’s probably too much pink (from napkins to spotlights), but the food is good, and the entertainment – regional and national performers of jazz, blues, pop and show tunes-has been outstanding. If you don’t want dinner, you can pay the cover charge at the door and sip drinks while enjoying the show. (4500 McKinney at Armstrong. 522-5818. Tue-Sun 7 pm-2 am, shows at 9 & 11 pm. Cover: $10 Sun & Tue-Thur. $15 Fri & Sat. MC. V, AE.)
Gershwin’s. No one can discover a nightspot taster than the North Dallas single This new Upper Greenville restaurant features two bars – and both are constantly packed. If you don’t like the bar closest to the door, you can simply mingle over to the one set beside a grand piano that appears to be built on top of a scat. folding. Most of the crowd is at the bar waiting tor a table, so if you’re going to hustle, you’d better hurry. (8442 Walnut Hill at Greenville. 373-7171 Sun-Thur 11:30 am-midnight. Fri & Sat 11:30 am-1 am No cover. MC, V, AE. DC.)
The Golden Parachute. Who misses elan? Remem-ber the private Greenville Avenue disco that closed last year? Now you’ve got a better imitation in Far North Dallas. The only problem is that the membership for a year costs $200. Once inside, you’re in your typical elegant disco with sensual people (these places never change). But there is a nice veranda where you can cool off outside if your hormones get too hot. (5505 Belt Line. 233-9499. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Memphis. This is the best live music bar in Far North Dallas, if you like large jazz ensembles-and everybody seems to. The little Addison bar is usually packed with jazz buffs listening to regulars such as Clairvoyance, Emerald City and Eddie Harrison and the Shortcuts. (Quorum Plaza, 15000 Quorum, Suite 500. 386-9517. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am. Cover: $3-$5. All credit cards.)
Mistral. This very lavish dance and supper club is the product of a search across Europe to find all the elements of the perfect nightclub. The results: extravagant lighting, an enormous video screen, a state-of-the-art sound system, a Japanese chef and prominent entertainers who appear about once a month. (Loews Ana-tole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy. 760-9000. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
No Whar But Texas. This place may be the most laid-back of the big country/western bars. No one seems to care if you can’t dance or drawl. But you’ll still find great North Dallas cowboys and cowgirls here, on and around the huge dance floor. (The Corner Shopping Center, 9840 N Central Expwy. 369-3866. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2am, Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun6pm-2am. Cover varies. MC, V, AE, DC.)
Prohibition Room. Return with us now to this old Prohibition-style bar. Through a tunnel, down in the basement, you will find great atmosphere: hardwood floors, a bar made from old buildings, jazz, blues, old Sinatra on the jukebox, pool tables. It’s a tremendous after-work place, and it features good live acts on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. (703 McKinney in the Brewery. 954-4407. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat 7 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
The Railhead. The one Greenville Avenue pop showroom that never changes has remained a constant with good-but never flashy-pop acts. The crowd seems to be getting older. (6919 Twin Hills. Daily 5 pm-2 am. Cover varies. All credit cards.)
Rick’s Casablanca. At first glance, you may think you’ve come to one of those old-fashioned tropical bars (with perhaps the best ceiling fans in Dallas). But Rick’s is quickly becoming one of the best small clubs to hear good bands, from reggae to rhythm and blues. The place is often crowded early in the week, since Robert Lee Kolb and Local Heroes perform Monday through Wednesday nights. (1919 Greenville. 824-6509. Mon-Fri 4 pm-2 am, Sat & Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC, V, AE.)
RMR’s Fast Times. You’ll love this place-if you’re under 19. The ultimate teen bar in the Dallas area, this converted skating rink is pure bedlam on Saturday night, with nearly 1,000 teeny-boppers packed on the dance floor. There’s also a “juice” bar that serves nonalcoholic drinks like “virgin pina coladas.” (2609 Oakland. Garland. 278-8843. Fri & Sat 8 pm-1 am. Cover: $5. No credit cards.)
The Saloon. This is the best bluegrass bar in Dallas. It may be the only bluegrass bar in Dallas. But it sometimes books bands that have never heard of bluegrass. Oh well, you can still eat decent nachos, occasionally watch some of the regulars do mountain clogging (some kind of dance), drink lots of beer and act like a hillbilly in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. (2818 Greenville. 823-6550. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am. Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun noon-2 am. Sun jam sessions begin at noon. MC, V, AE.)
The Den. The great all-time dark bar of Dallas is the place to go for your after-work liaison. You can barely see past your own table, and the bartender pours doubles all night at single-drink prices. (The Stoneleigh Hotel. 2927 Maple. 871-7111. Mon-Sat 11 am-midnight. Closed Sun. All credit cards)
500 Café. It’s not that there aren’t any people in this obscure corner of Deep Ellum next to the 500X Gallery; they’re just hidden behind crusty warehouse fronts doing mostly artistic things. This funky, casual cafe with a neon-lit patio (which resembles a drained swimming pool, only prettier) is a fitting place for artists and others to mingle- This place serves beer and wine only and has a chalkboard menu. (408 Exposition off Main Street, near Fair Park. 821-4623. Mon-Thur 11 am-8 pm. Fri 11 am-midnight. Sat 6 pm-midnight. Closed Sun. AE)
Knox Street Ice House. Formerly the Quiet Man, a hangout for the Sixties crowd, this tiny bar is now the newest preppy haven in Dallas. It serves only inexpensive beer from a bar made of stacked beer cases Come learn the latest SMU gossip. (3120 Knox No phone. Mon-Fri 3 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun noon-2 am. No credit cards.)
La Cave. When you’re in the mood to linger over a bottle of good wine. La Cave is a great place to go The bistro atmosphere is relaxed, unhurried and conducive to conversation Appetizers and meals are offered, but the real value is the selection of foreign and domestic wines found in the walk-in wine cellar. (2926 N Henderson, 826 2190; 2019 N Lamar. 871-2072. Wine shop: Mon-Sat 9 am-midnight. Bistro: Mon-Sat 11:30 am-midnight. All credit cards.)
The Library. This quiet bar filled with soft couches, |ust down the hall from the lobby of the Melrose Hotel, is the place where seductions begin. Spacious and pleasant, with good lighting (hotel bars are notorious for bad track lighting), it’s a place where you can meet for what is called a “non-committal” drink before making your next move. (Melrose Hotel, Oak Lawn at Cedar Springs. 521-5151. Daily 11 am-2 am. All credit cards.)
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Caravan of Dreams. Caravan of Dreams, which covers three floors of a chic Sundance Square building, has excellent live jazz/blues (and a bar) on the first floor, a theater with movies and live drama (and a bar) on the second floor and an outdoor patio with a cactus garden (and a bar) on the roof. (312 Houston. (817) 877-3000. Daily 11 am-2 am: shows at 9:45 & 11:30 pm. Cover tor shows only. MC, V, AE)
Cheers. Don’t expect Ted Danson or Shelley Long to be in this club’s crowd: This Confetti-like dancery is a far cry from the sophisticated wit of TV’s Boston bar. Female bartenders wear flesh-colored tights, skimpy leotards and baseball hats, and there’s enough paper confetti around to make you want to save a tree. By the looks of the crowd on the Tuesday night we visited, this is a good place for single women: The ratio of guys to gals was about 10 to 1. (6773 Camp Bowie. (817) 735-8814. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat & Sun 4 pm-2 am. All credit cards.)
The Hop. In three words, the Hop is warm, woody and wonderful It has the air of a typical college hangout (it’s just one block from TCU) but lacks the cutesy crowd or trendy atmosphere. A stage tucked in the corner features national and local bands, with music ranging from folk to reggae, rock to country Although all the food is good, none of it can surpass the pizza. (2905 W Berry. (817) 9237281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 4 pm-1 am. All credit cards.)
Spencer’s Beverly Hills. If you’ve been nostalgic for disco, don’t worry: Saturday night fever is alive and well in Fort Worth. The disco-crazed crowd gathers here almost every night to shake their booties and to watch wide-screen movies such as “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” The drinks are heavy-handed-as are some of the regulars-but most of the patrons don’t seem to mind (1724 S University (817) 332-5651. Wed-Sun 4 pm-2 am. Closed Mon & Tue. MC, V, AE.)
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