BARYSHNIKOV DOES DALLAS
The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS) has scored its biggest coup to date by snaring Mikhail Baryshni-kov for three performances at McFarlin Auditorium and Tar-rant County Convention Center Theater this month. The galas, the first in a proposed series, will help establish a permanent endowment for the group, which has shot up in the past few years literally from nowhere to become the sponsor of the most exciting dance events in Dallas.
Joining Baryshnikov in the June performances will be 10 of his fellow dancers from the American Ballet Theater, of which he is now the director. He is tentatively scheduled to dance in a pas de deux, Jerome Robbins’ Other Dances, and Twyla Tharp’s Sinatra Suite. The rest of the program will feature a variety of works, as yet unannounced, in which the equally exciting ABT members Cynthia Harvey, Susan Jaffe, Deirdre Car-berry and Robert La Fosse, among others, will perform.
Baryshnikov’s last appearances in the area were when he performed with a group of friends in Fort Worth and with the Louisville Ballet in Dallas. His dance appearances are becoming fewer in number, and this may be his last area appearance.
June 28 & 29 at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU, and June 30 at 4 p.m. at Tar-rant County Convention Center Theater, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $125-$10; priority seating will be given to TITAS season subscribers. 528-5273, metro 429-1181.
ART’S PRIMITIVE PRECURSORS
Everybody who has learned anything at all about modern art knows that Picasso, Bran-cusi, Klee, Moore and other early masters were heavily influenced by the tribal art of Africa, the South Seas and even pre-Columbian America. And because everyone knows this, it’s a “fact” that until now has gone almost unquestioned and unexamined. Few scholars have bothered to pin down the exact nature of this influence, determine what works influenced whom or trace that influence as it continues into the present.
For this reason alone, the exhibit Primitivism in 20th-century Art: Affinity of the Tribal and the Modern, which opens this month at the Dallas Museum of Art, may be the most important exhibit of the Eighties. It has already become the most controversial: The arguments started last fall when the show opened at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, and they have continued ever since, spilling over the pages of art magazines and across conference tables and lecture halls throughout the art world.
What’s all the fuss? Throughout the show, tribal objects-including some truly outstanding examples-are juxtaposed with the modern art they presumably inspired. In some cases, the objects come from the artist’s own collections; in others, they come from an important museum or exhibit that the artist may have visited. The scholars who organized this exhibit-William Rubin, director of the department of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, and Professor Kirk Var-nedoe of the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University-have performed some impressive detective work. Even in the slightly trimmed-down version in which it appears here, the show is full of unexpected delights.
Whether the viewer believes that the evidence has been stretched a little thin or that the primitive objects have been given less attention than the modern works, neither primitive nor modern art will ever look quite the same after a visit.
June 23-Sept. 1 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N. Har-wood. Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10-5; Thur 10-10; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.
AMADEUS: THE OPERA
Striking out fearlessly in its second season, the young Public Opera of Dallas will open with an operatic rarity, Rimksy-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri. It was Pushkin, not Peter Shaffer, who first made a play out of the story of Mozart and Salieri, and Rimsky-Korsakov set Pushkin’s play to music as an opera in 1898, a good eight decades before Amadeus appeared on the scene.
Starring tenor Ron Gentry as Mozart and baritone Joseph Shore as Salieri (the same team that performed the opera to great acclaim in New York in 1981), Mozart and Salieri will share a double bill with Mozart’s short comic masterpiece The Impresario, starring sopranos Gale Odom and Nancy Elledge and baritone Thomas Hammons, with Thaddeus Motyka directing and John Burrows conducting. The Public Opera season will continue through early August, with productions of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Mikado and Donizetti’s Don Pasquale, also at the Plaza Theater.
June 21-30 at the Plaza Theater, Snider Plaza. Wed-Sat at 8 p.m., Sun at 2:30 p.m. Individual performance tickets $26.50-$7; subscription series tickets $85-$20. 231-6556.
-Wayne Lee Gay
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American Anthem. From a gold nugget to a locomotive, from Custer’s jacket to FDR’s microphone, the Smithsonian Institution has assembled this exhibit of prized objects from the National Museum of American History to celebrate our national songs and symbols. Through Oct 31 in The Pavillion at LTV Center. 2001 Ross. Tue, Wed, Fri & Sat 10-5; Thur 10-8; Sun noon-5. 979-6100.
Collection of Rita and Daniel Fraad. The Fraads have been buying 19th- and early 20th-century Ameri can paintings for more than 30 years now; this is a well-chosen sample of their collection. Through July 14 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1 5:30. (817) 738-1933.
Fourth Annual Open Show. Once a year, the 500X Gallery throws open its doors and walls and floors to all artists and their work, the result, as you might expect, is a mixed show, but also a very lively one. Through June 2 at 500X Gallery, 500 Exposition. Thur-Sun noon-5. Wed 6-9. 828-1111.
Gary S. Bush. A painter and printmaker. Bush depicts dreamlike, mythical places and, in three sculptures created just for this show, brings them to three-dimensional life. Through June 13 at Clifford Gallery, 6610 Snider Plaza. Tue-Sat 10-5:30. 363-8223.
Herbert Ferber. Once recognized for his contributions to abstract sculpture, Ferber in recent years has cast his lot with painting to create large canvases that explore the relationships of rich colors and simple surface areas. Through June 21 at Adams-Middleton Gallery, 3000 Maple. Tue-Fri 10-6, Sat 11-5. 871-7080.
Master Works of Milan
Lucky is the wandering scholar or art lover who ventures into the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan. Founded early in the 17th century by Cardinal Federico Borromeo to house his personal collection of rare books, manuscripts, paintings and drawings, the library’s holdings have grown since then to include outstanding drawings by Pisanello, da Vinci, Raphael, Barocci, Dürer, Hans Holbein the Elder and Pieter Breughel the Elder. Renaissance Drawings from the Ambrosiana brings to the United States for the first time a selection of these impressive works. June 29-Aug. 25 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5. (817) 332-8451.
James Abbott McNeill Whistler. Since they began collecting in 1969, Julius L. and Anita Zelman have managed to acquire one-third of the etchings by this important 19th-century American artist; this show samples 90 of his subtle, poetic works. Through July 21 at the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed. Fri & Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.
Mail Art. Art objects smaller than a mailbox that have been signed, sealed, stamped and sent from around the globe are the subject of this continuing survey. Through June 30 at Modern Realism Gallery, 1903 McMillan, Room No 1. Wed 6-9. 827-0376.
Margaret Kessler. Roads and plowed fields lead the eye into these paintings of big skies and wide horizons, all depicting rural Texas. June 7-28 at Adelle M Gallery, 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5:30. 526-0880.
Margaret Van Wagoner. Her painted constructions, full of vibrant colors and geometric patterns, suggest altars and shrines to tribal gods. Through June 6 at Conduit, 2814 Elm. Thur-Sat 10-6 and by appointment. 939-0064.
Spanish Still Life In the Golden Age. Late in the 16th century, a number of Spanish artists turned their attention from saints and sinners to ripe fruit, plump game and lush bouquets of flowers, becoming masters of still-life painting. Through Aug 4 at the Kimbell Art Museum. 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun noon-6. (817)332-8451.
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 site information, call 692-0615.
Anything Goes. This ship of fools, fakes, floozies and terminal romantics sails on and on, impervious to time, wafting upon the buoyant, joyous music of Cole Porter. It’s de-lovely each voyage. June 4-July 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.
Bloodlust 3000. ’A Loud and Disgusting Tale of Music, Murder and Tomorrow,” to complete the title, sounds like fun to us. Actually, we know little of this musical by Dallasite Kyle McClaran except that it’s a first venture by Rosser Square Productions and that the Lower Greenville crowd is anticipating it like they do the opening of a new club, which could spell c-u-l-t. June 2-July 30 at the Arcadia Theater, 2005 Lower Greenville. Sun-Tue at 8 pm. Tickets $10; available at the Arcadia box office and at Ticketron outlets. Metro 265-0789.
Casa Manana. Casa Manana begins its 27th summer season, also known as the Fort Worth Summer Musicals. June 3-15: “Evita.” June 17-29: “Paint Your Wagon.” Performances at Casa Manana, 3101 W Lancaster at University, Fort Worth. Mon-Fri at 8:15 pm, Sat at 2 & 8:15 pm. Tickets $14.50 Fri & Sat evening; $13.50 Tue-Thur; $12,50 Mon; $10.50 Sat matinee. (817) 332-6221.
Dallas Summer Musicals. Through June 2: “La Cage Aux Folles,” starring Peter Marshall. June 4-9: “Gigi,” starring Louis Jourdan. June 11-23: “A Chorus Line.” June 25-July 7: “My One and Only,” starring Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan. All performances at the Music Hall, Fair Park. Tue-Sat at 8:15 pm, Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30 pm. Tickets $35-$5 (except “La Cage,” $39-$6); available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets and the State Fair box office. 787-2000, 692-7200.
The Fantastiks. Nothing can kill this odd and enchanting musical love fable whose greatest claim to fame is that it’s been running off-Broadway for so long (a quarter of a century) that it makes “A Chorus Line” (in its 10th year) seem new. Through June 29 at the Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theater, 1611 Greenville. Thur-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $6.50 Fri & Sat; $5.50 Thur& Sun. 821-1860.
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. Through June 9 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.
Possessed for Romance. A young Yankee widow, upon inhabiting an antebellum home, meets a pretty phantom of the Old South who needs her body to get to the great Hamilton Ball. This romantic comedy, set in the Thirties and before, makes a return engagement to New Arts Theater, where it debuted last winter. June 13-July 7 at New Arts Theater. 702 Ross at Market in the West End Warehouse District. Tue-Fri at 8 pm, Sat at 5 & 9 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $15 Fri at 8 & Sat at 9: $12 50 Tue-Thur, Sat at 5 & Sun. 761-9064.
Tintypes. This is a popular musical review of songs of the turn of the century, most notably those by George M. Cohan Through June 9 at Dallas Repertory Theater, NorthPark Center (near Joske’s), Park Lane at N Central Expwy. Tue-Sat at 815 pm, Sun at 3 pm. Tickets $14 Fri & Sat: $12 50 Sun, $11 $9 50 Tue-Thur 369-8966.
A Gershwin Tune
It’s as fitting as their white ties and sleek black tails. This month, two of Broadway’s biggest stars. Tommy Tune and Sandy Duncan, return to the Music Hall stage and their Texas roots as they bring My One and Only to the Dallas Summer Musicals. The show is as old-fashioned as a new musical gets: a simple plot (based on George Gershwin’s musical Funny Face) about an all-Amer-ican aviator and a plucky, lucky follies dancer who fall in love and constantly break into song about it; glamorous sets and costumes; lots of dancing; and a score of irresistible songs by George Gershwin and his brother Ira.
Tune and Duncan, both native Texans, have been in the Summer Musicals spotlight before. As a youth, Tune, who choreographed and directed My One and Only as well as originating the male lead, danced in the chorus of Red Head in 1960. Duncan made her first professional stage appearance at the Music Hall in 1958 as a child in The King and I. This international tour is also blessed with the fancy footwork of the great tap dancer Charles “Honi” Coles. June 25-July 7 at the Music Hall, Fair Park. Tue-Sat at 8:15 p.m., Sat & Sun matinees at 2:30 p.m. Tickets $35-$5; available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets, 787-2000, or the State Fair box office, 692-7200.
You Can’t Take It With You. In this classic American theater comedy by Kaufman and Hart, which won the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1937, we meet a very eccentric family and come to understand the flaky, genuine ties that bind it. Through June 9 at the Dallas Theater Center’s Frank Lloyd Wright Theater. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd Tue-Thur at 8 pm, Fri at 830 pm, Sat at 4 & 8:30 pm, Sun at 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $15 & $14 Fri & Sat evening; $12. 50 & $11 Tue-Thur. Sat & Sun matinees.
Cliburn Competition. The final round of this two-week competition will feature six finalists, each presenting two concerto performances with the Fort Worth Symphony and the Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra, both conducted by Stanislav Ckrowaczewski May 30-June 1 at 730 pm Tickets $35-$3.50 Awards will be presented
A Texan’s Homecoming
Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum, a native of Tyler and a student of Dallas cellist Lev Aronson, is one of the most successful musicians to come out of Texas in recent years. This month, he comes back to Dallas to perform and teach at the SMU Summer Conservatory, presenting El-gar’s Cello Concerto in E minor in a free concert with the Conservatory Festival Orchestra under conductor Anshel Brusilow on June 9 at 4:30 p.m. Kirshbaum also appears in the Conservatory subscription series in a performance of three of Bach’s Suites for unaccompanied cello on June 18 at 8:15 p. m. Both events are at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Solo recital tickets $7. 692-3680.
to the winners in a special ceremony that includes solo and orchestral performances, June 2 at 5 pm Both events at Tarrant County Convention Center Theater, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $35-$3 50 (817) 738-6533.
Dallas Symphony Orchestra. June 20: Kirk Trevor conducts the opening concert of the summer series, including Bach’s Prelude and Fugue in E flat (arr Schoenberg), Mozart’s Violin Concerto No. 2 in D (with soloist Emanuel Borok), Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 2 in B flat (with soloist Helene Wickett) and Ibert’s Divertissement. June 27: Harpsichordist Igor Kipnis appears with the orchestra in Poulenc’s Concert Champetre and joins flutist Jean Weger Larson and violinist Moloi Takeda for Bach’s Concerto in A minor for flute, violin and harpsichord. The concert also includes Faure’s Suite ’Masques et Bergamasques” and Ginastera’s Varia-ciones Concertantes, with Christopher Wilkins conducting. All concerts at 8:15 pm at the Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm Tickets $12-$6. subscriptions and dinner package available 692-0203.
G.B. Dealey Awards. In this competition sponsored by “The Dallas Morning News.” singers compete for prize money and appearances with the Dallas Opera. June 2 at 1:30 pm at the Majestic Theater, 1925 Elm. Free, but tickets required 871-0090.
Dallas Symphony Chorus. Ronald L Shirey conducts the 180-voice ensemble in music from the group’s upcoming European tour, including Britten’s Festival Te Deum. Kodaly’s Missa Brevis. Copland’s The Promise of Living” from the opera “The Tender Land” and movements from masses of Haydn and J.S. Bach. June 7 at 8 pm at Tyler Street Methodist Church, 927 W 10th St. Tickets $10 6920203.
SMU Summer Conservatory. Besides providing high-quality musical education, the SMU Summer Conservatory offers a series of free concerts every June, as well as an inexpensive subscription series. The free series includes: June 6: James Rives-Jones conducts the Chamber Virtuosi Ensemble in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, Blochy’s Concerto Grosso No 1 for piano and strings (with soloist Alfred Mouledous), Bar-toks Divertimento for strings and Bach’s Concerto in D minor for two violins (with soloists Erick Friedman and David Kim) June 8: Conservatory faculty members perform chamber music of Bach. Saint Saens. Hindemith and Stravinsky. June 9: Anshel Brusilow conducts the Conservatory Festival Orchestra in Handel’s Water Music. J.S. Bach’s Concerto in C minor for violin and oboe (with soloists Arkady Fomin and Eric Barr) and Elgar’s Cello Concerto in E minor (with soloist Ralph Kirshbaum) at 4:30. June 13: Charles Evans conducts the Chamber Virtuosi Ensemble in Mozart’s Symphony No. 30 in D, Weber’s Konzertstuck in F minor for piano and orchestra (with soloist David Korevaar), Stravinsky’s Orchestra Suite No. 2 and Britten’s Serenade for tenor, horn and strings (with soloist Karl Dent) June 16 Anshel Brusilow conducts the Conservatory Concert Orchestra in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, Copland’s “Rodeo” and Rachmaninoff’s Third Piano Concerto (with soloist Tedd Joselson) June 17: Kirk Trevor conducts the Chamber Virtuosi Ensemble in Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, Hummel’s Trumpet Concerto in E flat (with soloist Bert Truax), Bach’s Violin Concerto in E (with soloist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg) and Schoenberg’s “Verklarte Nacht.” June 22 Arkady Fomin conducts the Conservatory Chamber Orchestra at 4:30 pm. June 23: Kirk Trevor conducts the Conservatory Concert Orchestra in Copland’s Fanfare for the Common Man. Glazunov’s Saxophone Concerto in E flat (with soloist Debra Richtmeyer-Truax). Sibelius’ “Swan of Tuonela’ and Kalinnikov’s Symphony No. 1 in G minor at 4:30 pm. June 25: Anshel Brusilov conducts the Festival Orchestra in Shostakovich’s Festive Overture. Prokofiev’s Classical Symphony and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol. June 30: Gala closing concert features combined orchestras in Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F, Bartok’s Romanian Folkdances and concerto performances by conservatory students Subscription series concerts-June 7: Pianist David Korevaar performs works of Bach. Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dohnanyi. June 12: Conservatory faculty and guest artists perform chamber and solo works of Bach. Prokofiev. Gershwin, Copland and Prokofiev. June 14: Violinist Erick Friedman joins pianist Sandra Rivers and young artists-in-residence to perform Debussy’s Violin Sonata. Dohnanyi’s Gypsy Andante. Bloch’s “Nigun,” Saint-Saens’ Havanaise and Chaus-son’s Concerto in D for violin, piano and string quartet.
June 18: Cellist Ralph Kirshbaum performs three of J.S. Bach’s Suites for cello solo, June 19: Violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg is featured in a concert of solo and chamber works, including Stravinsky’s Suite italienne, Franck’s Violin Sonata in A, Maurer’s Concerto for four violins and piano and Sarasate’s “Navarra.” June 21: The Fine Arts Quartet performs String Quartets Nos. 1, 3 and 8 by Shostakovich. June 22: Conservatory faculty and artists-m-residence perform chamber music of Rachmaninov, Corigliano and Dvorak. June 24: Conservatory faculty and artists-in-residence perform chamber music of Bach, Kodaly and Bartok. All concerts are at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU, and are at 8:15 pm unless otherwise noted. Individual subscription concert tickets $7, series tickets $35; discounts available for students, senior citizens and groups. 692-3680.
Morris L. Hite Speaker Series. Defense attorney F. Lee Bailey will present “The Defense Never Rests” in the second lecture of this series, which benefits the Salesmanship Club of Dallas. June 11 at noon at the Loews Anatole Hotel, 2201 Stemmons Frwy. Series tickets $150,851-1100.
Museum of Natural History. “Watercolors from Nature,” the fifth annual juried show of paintings by members of the Southwest Watercolor Society, includes original watercolor paintings of nature subjects such as landscapes, flowers and wildlife. June 14-Aug 25 at the Dallas Museum of Natural History, Fair Park. Mon-Sat 9-5, Sun noon-5. Free. 421-2169.
Arabian Horse Show. More than 400 of the nation’s finest Arabian horses will be shown at the 19th Annual Dallas Arabian Horse Show, sponsored by the North Texas Arabian Horse Club. Proceeds from the show benefit the Association of Retarded Citizens-Texas and Sequoia of Dallas. June 7-9 at the State Fair Coliseum, Fair Park. Fri & Sat at 8 am, 1 & 7 pm; Sun at 9 am & 1 pm. Tickets $5; children under 12 free. (800) 252-9729.
Chisholm Trail Roundup. This round-’em-up, kick-up-your-heels celebration of the Old West includes street dances, chili cookoffs, gunfightsand rodeos. June 7-9 at the Stockyards, Exchange at North Main, Fort Worth. Fri 5 pm-1 am, Sat 9 am-1 am, Sun 9 am-6 pm. Tickets $2 after 6 pm, $1 before 6 pm; children 12 and under free.
Dallas Children’s Theater. “Pinocchio,” the popular tale of Gepetto’s puppet and his struggles to become a real boy, is presented June 21-30 at El Centro College Theater, Market Street between Main and Elm. Tickets $6.50 for adults, $5.50 tor children. 956-9022.
Scarborough Faire. The fifth annual Scarborough Faire. a re-creation of an Old English Renaissance festival, features period entertainment and authentic jousting as well as crafts, games, food and drinks. Each weekend through June 9 at Scarborough Faire, near Waxahachie (1 6 miles west of I-35E, exit 399A) Sat & Sun 10 am-7 pm. Tickets $8.85 for adults, $4.25 for children ages 5-12, children under 5 free; available at Ticketron and Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets or at the door. (214)937-6130.
Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Now in its 28th season, the Mesquite Rodeo presents such events as bronc riding, calf roping, barrel racing, steer wrestling and bull riding in its covered arena. Each weekend through Sept 30 at the Mesquite Rodeo arena, I-635 at Military Pkwy, Mesquite. Fri & Sat at 8:30 pm. Tickets $7 for box seats, $5 for grandstand seats, $3 for children 12 and under. (214)285-8777.
President’s Triathlon Dallas. Top professional tri-athletes will compete for $25,000 in prize money in this third annual event. Winners of the triathlon, which consists of a 1 2-mile swim, a 43-mile bicycle race and a 10-mile run, will qualify for the Hawaii Ironman Triathlon. In addition, a short course (about half the triathlon distance) with an optional strength test on Universal weight machines will be offered. June 8 & 9 at East Fork Park, Lake Lavon, Wylie. Short course: Sat at 8 am; long course: Sun at 8 am. Entry fee $30 for each event; deadline May 31. (214) 239-7190. metro 263-7285.
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.
June 3-5 vs Chicago
13-16 vs Minnesota (Sun at 6:05 pm)
18-20 vs Seattle
28-30 vs Oakland (Sun at 6:05 pm)
Women’s Professional Racquetball Championships. The highest-ranking women in racquetball compete for more than $20,000 in awards in this event, which is sponsored by the Women’s Professional Racquetball Association and benefits Paul Anderson’s Youth Homes Foundation Inc. June 6-9 at RiverBend Athletic Club. 2201 E Loop 820 North, Fort Worth. Free. Call (817) 284-3353 for match times and information.
Bobbi. The owners of Bobbi must have spent a fortune on mirrored glass, but that’s part of the North Dallas look. Everybody’s cool at this cool disco, where you’ll find a small dance floor and an adjoining dining room. (NorthPark East. 8854 N Central Expwy. 691-5833. Mon-Fri 11:30 am-2 am. Sat 6 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. All credit cards.)
Callaghan’s Saloon. This West End bar is the best place in town to pretend you’re Irish. You show up, stare at the green walls, watch 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 your life. (1701 N Market at Ross. 761-9355. Mon-Fri 11 am-2 am, Sat noon-2 am, Sun noon- 10 pm. No cover. AE, DC)
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 nightclubs 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 8:30 & 10:30 pm. Reservations recommended on weekends. Cover: $5.50 Sun & Tue- Thur. $8 Fri. $9 Sat. MC. V, AE.)
Confetti. Look what’s happened to Dallas’ meat market: It went upscale. No more wild-looking waitresses in nasty outfits. No more best body contests. No more teen-ager-looking types. Now sleekly redesigned for the young office crowd, the club still throws a good party. (5201 Matilda off Lovers Lane. 369-6969. 369-6977. Mon-Thur 5 pm-2 am, Fri 4:30 pm-4 am. Sat 7 pm-4 am, Sun 7 pm-2 am. Cover varies. All credit cards.)
Cotton Candy Club. An old, Harlem-era jazz and rhythm and blues club, the Cotton Candy appeals to an older South Dallas crowd and is reminiscent of a time when clubs were big and fancy south of the river. (2532 Martin Luther King Blvd 428-5034 Tue-Sat 4 pm-2 am. Closed Sun & Mon Cover on weekends. No credit cards.)
Court Five. This place could be one of your great discoveries. A hole in the wall hidden among the North Dallas apartment complexes, this little bar attracts non-swingle-style partiers who have a roaring great time dancing to such decent little rock n’ roll bands as the Vinyl Tops and Solid Partners There’s a large outdoor patio, hilarious photos on the wall of the owner with his friends and even bad pool tables in the back (7108 Holly Hill 363-0174. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat & Sun 7 pm-2 am MC. V. AE)
Ellington’s. Pay a stiff cover, waltz in on gilded spike heels or new Italian-leather shoes and what do you find? Another Upper Greenville dance club. Ellington’s is trying to prove that the SY’s (Swinging Yuppies) will come to a bar that has live music every night. You’ll find good bands but the same hustle atmosphere that per-vades North Dallas (The Corner Shopping Center. 8021 Walnut Hill. 369-8445. Mon-Sat 4 pm-2 am. Closed Sun. MC. V. AE. Cover: $3 Mon-Thur, $5 Fri & Sat.)
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: $3 Thur-Sat MC. V. AE.)
Figaro’s. Another shot has been fired in the Addison nightclub wars On the Addison strip off Belt Line, this high-tech bar presents live music from dance bands each night, along with large-screen TVs, cool-looking people and serious cover charges. The clientele averages in the early 30s, (5290 Belt Line. 960-1856. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am. Sun 11:30 am-2 am. All credit cards.)
Gershwin’s Bar & Grill. No one can discover a nightspot faster 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 beside a grand piano that appears to be built on top of a scaffolding. Most of the crowd is at the bar waiting for a table, so if you’re going to hustle someone, 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)
Lobello’s. Lobello’s is another of the great new group of Lower Greenville bars that prove live music isn’t dead in Dallas, if you know where to find it. It’s also one of the best-designed bars in town, with a ceiling shaped like a guitar and an elevated bar overlooking the small stage. A variety of popular music is offered, from rhythm and blues to Karen Bella to New Wave dance music. (3707 Greenville. 821-4666. Daily 5 pm-2 am. Cover $2 MC, V, AE, DC.)
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 on and around the huge dance floor. (The Corner Shopping Center. 9840 N Central Expwy. 369-3866. Mon-Fri 5 pm-2 am. Sat 7 pm-2 am, Sun 6 pm-2 am. Cover varies. MC. V. AE, DC.)
The Railhead. The one Greenville Avenue 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. 369-8700. 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 nights, with nearly 1,000 teeny-boppers packed on the dance floor. There’s also a “juice” bar that serves nonalcoholic drinks such as “virgin pina coladas.” (2609 Oakland. Garland. 278-8843. Fri & Sat 8 pm-1 am. Cover: $5. No credit cards.)
Cactus. Are you ready to get down in Richardson? At the end of the work day, it seems that everyone who must drive Central all the way from downtown stops here to unwind. By Friday, the place is a madhouse, with Richardson residents packed two deep at the bar talking mortgages and landscaping and sex, like all good suburbanites. (13929 N Central Expwy, Richardson. 234-1055. Daily 11 am-2 am. All credit cards.)
The Palm Bar. If you’re downtown, few places are as nice as this for a drink after work. If you’re not downtown, it’s worth the trip. The decor is elegant but not pompous, the drinks are excellent and reasonably priced, and the service is (lawless. If you work late, beware-this place closes at 7 pm. (Adolphus Hotel, 1321 Commerce. 742-8200. Mon-Fri 11 am-7 pm. 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 Mon-Wed at 9:15 & 11 pm, Thur-Sat at 10 & 11:45 pm. Cover for 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 andwonderful. It has the air of a typical college hangout (it’slust one block from TCU) but lacks the cutesy crowd ortrendy atmosphere. A stage tucked in the corner features national and local bands, with music ranging fromfolk to reggae, rock to country. (2905 W Berry. (817)923-7281. Mon-Sat 11 am-2 am, Sun 4 pm-1 am. Allcredit cards.)