DECEMBER EVENTS OPENERS

Deep Ellum Blues At The Majestic

A unique chapter of Dallashistory conies to life thismonth as the Dallas BlackDance Theatre premieres anew, full-length dramaticballet, Deep Ellum Blues. It’sscored by Dallas native andjazz great David “Fathead”Newman. With twenty-three albums during his forty-five-year career, Newman was the star attrac-tion of Ray Charles’s band for ten years and has performed with virtually every great jazz and R&B musician, including B.B. King and Ella Fitzgerald. The production also includes materials drawn from Deep Ellum musicians of the Twenties. With a storyline by Texas playwright Ted Shine and choreography by Louis Johnson (who choreographedthe film version of The Wiz), Deep Ellum Blues is based on the life of Deep Ellum during the jazz age. when, out of the hopelessness of ghetto life, emerged some of Dallas’s richest historical and cultural expressions.

Co-sponsored by JCPenney, Deep Ellum Blues will open the tenth season of the Dallas Black Dance Theatre and will run Dec 4, 5, & 6 at 8:15 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Tickets $60-$8. 670-7400. 371-1170, 361-2011.

-Wayne Lee Gay



Two Comings Of The Messiah

Christmas without Handel’s Messiah is as unimaginable as Christmas without presents or a tree. The 1986 Christmas season in Dallas offers Messiah addicts a rich selection of performances to choose from. Along with numerous productions of excerpts from the work in area churches and schools, two of Dallas’s professional ensembles are mounting productions of the complete Messiah. The Texas Baroque Ensemble will present the work on authentic 18th-century instruments and reproductions, Dec 20 at 7:30 pm at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates, Mesquite, and Dec 21 at 3 pm at Perkins Chapel, SMU. Tickets $8. 650-7500. The Dallas Bach Society, another group specializing in music of the 18th century, performs the work Dec 21 at 7:30 pm at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm, with soloists Judith Nelson (soprano), Drew Minter (countertenor), Jeffrey Thomas (tenor), and Jan Opalach(bass). 827-8886.

-Wayne Lee Gay



Coming Soon To A Theater Near You

Christmastime moviegoers will have a wide field to choose from this year- which is welcome news after last year’s patently forgettable holiday releases like Clue. The studio moguls are taking no chances this season as they put their heavyweight talent into the ring to duke it out at the box office this Christmas. Great expectations lie with Eddie Murphy as he makes his first appearance on the screen since the blockbuster Beverly Hills Cop in the action comedy The Golden Child, due out in early December and directed by Michael Ritchie (The Candidate, Fletch). When a mystical Himalayan child is kidnapped and taken to Los Angeles. Murphy is the one person on earth who can save him, but is mistaken for the child himself. Given the comedic strength of past Murphy scripts (48 Hours, Trading Places, Beverly Hills Cop) and what should be dazzling special effects, The Golden Child is expected to be a heavy hitter at the box office.

An all-star comedy cast brings the award-winning off-Broadway musical comedy “Little Shop of Horrors” to the screen. Rick Moranis (the shorter half of SCTV’s McKenzie brothers and Sigourney Weaver’s haunted next-door neighbor in Ghostbusiers) is Seymour Krelborn, the klutzy orphan who toils in the financially faltering Mushnik’s Flower Shop. It’s the sleaziest floral store on Skid Row, with wilting corsages, dark brown greenery, and bums sprawled in the doorway. In his basement bedroom, he pines for the shop’s dizzy-blonde salesgirl, Audrey (Ellen Greene), a prisoner of love to her steady crush, the sadistic dentist Orin Scrivello (Steve Martin).

With business sinking fast, Mushnik (Vincent Gardenia) decides to fire his only two employees. That is, until Seymour purchases a strange and fascinating plant from an ancient Mandarin during a total eclipse of the sun. Customers swarm to Mushnik’s to eye the strange potted pod in the front window. Seymour names the plant Audrey II in honor of his secret love. The plot thickens as Audrey II’s diet turns from mulch and gro-light to flesh and plasma.

The stage version from which the movie is adapted was based on Roger Corman’s 1960 cult classic of the same name (shot in its entirety in two days). The original film had a brief appearance by an unknown actor named Jack Nicholson as a masochistic dental patient. This screen version is produced by David Geffen and directed by Frank Oz (perhaps better known as the voice of Miss Piggy and for his cameos in The Blues Brothers and Trading Places). Little Shop of Horrors is due out just before Christmas. Considering its staggering success on stage, the enormous amount of talent behind the film, and cameo appearances by James Belushi, John Candy, and Christopher Guest, if this picture strikes out at the box office, somebody really screwed up.

The theme turns serious with the winner of the Best Picture Award at the 1986 Cannes Film Festival, The Mission, starring Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons. This is the second film from director Roland Joffe, who first gained international recognition with the award-winning The Killing Fields.

Set in the South American rain forest above Iguauzu Falls in Colombia, The Mission follows the path of a Jesuit priest, Father Gabriel (Jeremy Irons), who sets up the Mission of San Carlos among the Guarani Indians. Joining his acolytes is Rodrigo Mendoza (Robert De Niro), ex-slaver, mercenary, and murderer, who finds redemption among his former victims and in time becomes a Jesuit. When the mission’s existence is threatened by Vatican decree and government soldiers, Mendoza must decide whether to break his vow of non-violence. This moral dilemma is the heart of De Niro’s multi-textured performance. He has found God and humility among the people he once enslaved, but the fires of his past still bum inside him, goading him to once again take up arms, this time for a noble cause. Certainly not as lighthearted as The Golden Child or Little Shop of Horrors, The Mission will certainly be one of the season’s most thought-provoking films and is due out the third week in December.

Action-drama (what else?) is the fare in Clint Eastwood’s Heartbreak Ridge. Eastwood plays the tough Marine gunnery sergeant Tom Highway, a Korean War hero, on a final tour of duty, reassigned as commander of the unit where he began his military career. It’s Highway’s job to turn these rag-tag Marines into a combat-ready unit. Along the way, he’s trying to rekindle his relationship with his ex-wife, played by Marsha Mason. She couldn’t live with him in the past, but now he’s a man in transition. Highway’s last assignment turns serious when his unit is sent to Grenada.

Shot entirely on location at Camp Pendel-ton in Oceanside, California, and Vieques Island near Puerto Rico, Heartbreak Ridge was filmed with special assistance from the U.S. Marine Corps. Whenever possible, Marines were used as extras, and the 1st Reconnaissance Marines doubled for actors in tactical amphibious assault sequences. Due out the first week in December, Heartbreak Ridge has guns, machismo, and a love interest. Sounds like the formula for a classic Eastwood hit.

Other movies to watch for this holiday season include the screen adaptation of Neil Simon’s “Brighton Beach Memoirs,” which has been moved from its originally scheduled January release to fill a void in Uni-versal’s holiday release schedule. Three Amigos, starring Steve Martin, Chevy Chase, and Martin Short, is directed by John Landis, with a screenplay by Steve Martin and Lome Michaels of “Saturday Night Live” fame.

And finally, the ever-svelte Jane Fondastars as a black-out alcoholic accused of amurder she doesn’t remember committing inThe Morning After. -A.P.



Miller Time In Fort Worth



Melissa Miller’s lush oil paintings of all creatures great and small, which have earned the artist national and even international recognition, are the subject of the artist’s first solo museum show, “Melissa Miller: A Survey 1978-1986,” currently at the Fort Worth Art Museum. As a child, the Houston-born Miller spent weekends at her grandparents’ ranch in Flatonia, Texas, watching and playing with birds and beasts both wild and domestic. Years later, after she had received a BFA in drawing from the University of New Mexico and returned to Texas to paint, those animals found their way into her art, but never just as animals. Miller’s bears and wolves and tigers and deer are all actors in some fabulous drama. Sometimes engaging in human activities, sometimes masquerading as other animals, they act out moral fables with meanings as elusive as those of fairy tales. Miller paints, moreover, with a broad, fluid brushstroke, leaving a gorgeous, gleaming surface that adds to the otherworldly charm of these works. “Melissa Miller: A Survey” continues through Jan 4 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery. Tue 10-9, Wed-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5. (817) 738-9215.

-Ken Barrow

Art

Henry Moore. Two new works by this modern master of sculpture, “Reclining Figure: Hand” and “Seated Woman,” take their place among the other Moores on public display throughout the city, courtesy of the Gerald Peters Gallery, which owns them On long-term display at Cedar Springs and Maple, and in the atrium of the Crescent, 2200 Cedar Springs Road.

Treasures from the National Museum. This is the cream of the collection of Washington’s National Museum of American Art, some seventy-eight works ranging from 19th-century landscapes to Sixties abstractions. Through Jan 4 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30 (817} 738-1933.

Shakespeare’s Visions. In lithographs, woodcuts, and other graphics, a pre-war generation of German expressionist artists encounter the works of a Renaissance English playwright. Through Jan 22 at Gallery Three, 3624 Oak Lawn, Suite III. Mon-Fri 9-5. 559-4080

Miguel Zapata. Distant echoes of Renaissance architecture and sculpture are filtered through the 20th-century sensibilities of this contemporary Spanish artist. Through Dec 28 at the Meadows Museum. Owen Arts Center, SMU. Mon-Sat 10-5. 692-2614

Stephen Daly. A vocabulary of symbols and shapes dominate the new series of heads in bronze and porcelain as well as the “shaped drawings’ by this University of Texas professor. Through Dec 31 at William Campbell Contemporary Art, 4935 Byers, Fort Worth Tue-Fri 10-5, Sat 10-2 (817)737-9566.

Stephanie Rose. Suggestions of animals, figures, objects, and landscapes dominate these disturbing paintings and works on paper. Through Dec 15 at Moss/Chumley Gallery. Suite 390 at the Crescent, 2200 Cedar Springs Mon-Sat 10-6, Thur 10-7. 742 1348.

Douglas Unger. Oil paintings and pastels by this Ohio artist invite the viewer into a tranquil, sunlit world of gardens, ponds, and distant landscapes. Through Dec 26 at Adelle M, 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5:30. 526-0800.

Japan’s Edo Period At The Kimbell

The 250 years of Japan’s Edo Period were a period of exceptional stability, prosperity, and artistic accomplishment, especially for painters who produced a body of work unmatched for variety and vitality. And yet the scrolls and screens of this extraordinary era were all but forgotten even in Japan until an Oklahoma petroleum engineer who knew absolutely nothing about Oriental art except what he liked started collecting them some thirty years ago. Today, the Shin’en-kan Collection, assembled by Mr. and Mrs. Joe D. Price of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is the pride of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the subject of a two-part exhibit at Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum. Part One will be on display Dec 20-Feb 8, Part Two Feb 14-ApriI 5 in the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. (817) 332-8451.



Joseph E. Grey II. A widely published illustrator explores, in drawings, watercolors. and oils, one of the ageless themes of art-A Mother and Her Son. Through Jan 4 at the Biblical Arts Center, 7500 Park. Tue-Sat 10-5. Sun 1-5.691-4661.

Paul Rotterdam. Working with graphite and pastel. Rotterdam drapes a pattern of sensuous and energetic drawings over a framework of hard-edged geometry. Through Dec 13 at Adams-Middleton Gallery. 3000 Maple Tue-Fri 10-6 Sat 11-5. 871-7080.

Breughel Series. Pat Steir’s monumental sixty-four-panel “Breughel Series” is nothing less than a history of painting styles, a detail borrowed from a 17th-century Dutch still-life and painted again as Chardin, Matisse, Rembrandt, and even the cubists and futurists might have done it. Through Jan 4 in the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue. Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9: Sun noon-5 922-0220.

Marlies Vonk. A Dutch artist whose paintings, inspired by Toulouse-Lautrec, were shown here a year ago returns with new works from Europe Through Dec 31 at the Florence Art Gallery. 2500 Cedar Springs Mon-Fri 10-4. 748-6463.

Art on the Road. These seventy-one posters are among the best created during the past year by visual and performing arts groups throughout Texas to advertise local exhibits and performances Through Jan 5 in the Sheraton Gallery, Sheraton Hotel. 400 N Olive. Daily 10 am-10 30 pm. 922-8000.

Invitational Mask Exhibit. Here’s what happened when some forty-live area artists were asked to put a new face on things. Through Dec 31 in the Conduit Gallery. 2814 Elm. Tue-Sat 10-5 939-0064.

Giuseppe Maria Crespi. One of the most sophisticated painters of 18th-century Bologna, Crespi’s profoundly human paintings of his countrymen at work and play introduced fresh subject matter into art and helped prepare the way for the delights of the Rococo Age. Through Dec 7 at the Kimbell Art Museum. 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 11-5. (817) 332-8451.

New Landscapes. One of the largest and best photography collections anywhere continues to grow, with new works by Paul Caponigro, Mark Klett. William Clift, Lawrence McFarland. snd Michael Smith. Through Dec 14 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth Tue-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5:30. (817)738 1933.

Spanish Masterpieces. From Houston’s extraordinary museum without walls, the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, come these two works on long-term loan: “St.Michael the Archangel” by the 17th-century master Claudio Coello and “Portrait of Pour Children’ by the early 19th-century artist Augustin Esteve. Through summer 1987. at the Meadows Museum, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, 692-3510.

Complete Bybee Collection Goes on Permanent DisplayIt’s always exciting when a museum adds an important new work of art to its collection. But when that acquisition is a whole collection of objects, many of them the best of their kind, it’s a coup. Last year, in a single stroke, the Dallas Museum of Art established itself as an important repository of early American furniture when it acquired the forty pieces of the Faith P. and Charles L. Bybee Collection. Those works now have finally gone on permanent display, in the museum’s newly reinstalled American wing. Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-5; Thur 10-9; Sun noon-5. 922-0220.

Dance

Dallas Ballet. Flemming Flindt’s version of Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker features new sets by Bjorn Wiinblad. Dec 20 at 7 pm, Dec 22, 23, 26. 27. & 28 at 3 pm & 8 pm, Dec 24 at 3 pm only. Dec 29 & 30 at 8 pm only, and Dec 31 at 3 pm & 9 pm at Fair Park Music Hall. Tickets $28-$5. 744-4430.

Dallas Black Dance Theatre. The world premiere of Deep Ellum Blues features music by Dallas jazz composer David “Fathead” Newman and choreography by Louis Johnson to a storyline by Texas playwright Ted Shine Dec4,5, & 6 at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Tickets $60-$8. 670-7400, 371 -1170, 361 -2011.

Fort Worth Ballet. The Nutcracker as choreographed by Nanett Glushak and Michel Rahn will be performed Dec 18,19, & 20 at 8 pm and Dec 21 at 2 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets S24-$3. (817) 763-0207.

Meadows School of the Arts. Meadows Repertory Dance Ensemble performs, Dec 4,5, & $ at 8 pm and Dec 7 at 2 15 pm at Margo Jones Theatre. SMU. $6. 692-2573

North Texas State University. Student choreography concert, Dec 4, 5, & 6 at 8 pm at the University Theater in the Speech and Drama Building. NTSU. Denton. Tickets $5 (817)565-2428.

The Night Before Christmas. The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents “The Night Before Christmas.” a happy holiday story ballet taken from Clement E. Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas ” Frosty the Snowman, the Christmas Fairy, Santa Claus, a dancing bear, and a real nine-foot-tall toy soldier are some of the characters in this holiday show Saturday. December 13 and Sunday, December 14 at 2:30 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium. SMU. Tickets $10-S4 available at all Ticketron outlets. 640-7500 Group discounts available, Metro 640-5166.

The Dallas Ballet Performs The Nutcracker

The story of a child’s Christmas dream set to the immortal melodies of Tchaikovsky have made The Nutcracker a perennial holiday favorite. The Dallas Ballet presents this indispensable Christmas classic with entirely new sets by Bjom Wiinblad and a revised version of the choreography by artistic director Flem-ming Flindt. Performances at Fair Park Music Hall span the holiday season, opening Dec 20 at 7 pm, continuing Dec 22, 23, 26, 27, & 28 at 3 & 8 pm, Dec 24 at 3 pm only, Dec 29 & 30 at 8 pm, and Dec 31 at 3 & 9 pm. Tickets $28-$5. 744-1430

Theater





Greater Tuna. Back by overwhelming popular demand, this fast-paced parody o1 small town life returns for a limited engagement during the holiday season. Dec 11 Jan 4 at the Oallas Repertory Theater, North-Park Center 369-8966

The Gingerbread Man. Join the Gingerbread Man. Herr von Cuckoo. Salt. Pepper, the Old Bag, and Sleek the Mouse as they sing and dance their way through this heartwarming holiday adventure. Dec 18-Jan 3 at the Dallas Repertory Theater, NorthPark Center. 369-8966

The Paranormal Review. This very offbeat comedy, where members of the Charles Flynn Society present the results o1 their research into the realm of the paranormal, runs through Dec 20 at the Pegasus Theatre. 3916 Main. 821-6005

A Trifle Dead. This comedy murder-mystery is presented entirely in black and white – even the actors. Dec 31-Jan 17 at the Pegasus Theatre, 3916 Main. 821-6005

Ebenezer Scrooge. The Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre will present the classic Christmas Musical. “Ebenezer Scrooge.” Based on Charles Dick-enss’A Christmas Carol, “”Ebenezer Scrooge” is in its fifth consecutive year at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre. Nov28-Dec 22. 1616 Greenville Ave 821-1860.

Casa Manana. This month Casa Manana Children’s Playhouse presents “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Since 1961, Casa Mariana Children’s Playhouse has been introducing an increasing number of children to live theater Friday, December 12 and Friday. December 19 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, December 13 and Saturday, December 20 at 2 pm at Casa Manana Playhouse, Fort Worth All seats $4.75 (817)332-6221

A Child’s Christmas in Wales. The Eastfield College Theater Department presents the story of how an old Christmases in his youth in “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” Saturday. December 13 at 2 pm in the Performance Hall at Eastfield College in Mesquite, I-30 at Motley Drive Tickets $4 adults, $3 children. 324-7185

A Christmas Carol. Charles Dickens’s classic was written in 1 843 to awaken England to the plight of the poor children there. Since then it has become a treasured classic, and the Theater Center’s production stays true to Dickens’s rich, dimensional novel Nov 28-Dec 28 at the Dallas Theater Center’s Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets $22-$11. 526-8857



Music

Dallas Bach Society. Dec 21: Paul Riedo conducts the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Handel’s Messiah with soloists including soprano Judith Nelson, countertenor Drew Minter. tenor Jeffrey Thomas, and bass Jan Opalach, at 7 30 pm at the Majestic Theatre, 1925Elm Ticke!s$18.50-$18.50. Dec 31: Riedo conducts the Bach Society Orchestra in the traditional New Year’s Eve concert, 10 pm at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 6306 Kenwood Ave at Abrams. Tickets $10. 827-8886.

Dallas Chamber Orchestra. Baroque and classical Christmas music Dec 21 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. SMU Tickets $10. 826-6974.

Delia* Classic Guitar Society. The Los Angetes Guitar Quartet performs. Dec 9 at 8:15 pm at the Ma-jestic Theatre. 1925 Elm Tickets $12.50-$5. 521-0844.

Dallas Opers. Nov 29-Dec 7: Mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade stars in Bellini’s La Sonnambula (The Sleepwalker), directed by Mario Corradi and con-ducted by Nicola Rescigno. with soprano Amy Burton as Lisa, mezzo-soprano Corinna Vozzas as Teresa. tenor Pietro Ballo as Elvino. and bass Franco Federici as Rodolfo, Nov 29 and Dec 2 & 5 at 8 pm and Dec 7 at 2 pm. Dec 13-21: Harold Prince directs the Dallas Opera’s first production of Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West (Girl of the Golden West), with Nicola Rescigno conducting a cast including soprano Marilyn Zschau as Minnie, tenor Giusseppe Giacomini as Dick Johnson, and baritone Giampiero Mastromei as Jack Rance, Dec 13. 16, & 18 at 8 pm and Dec 21 at 2 pm. All performances at Fair Park Music Hall Tickets $60-$4. 871-0090

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Christmas Festival Fantasy Concerts sponsored by Mervyn’s, Dec 17,19, & 20 at 8:15 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU. Tickets TBA. 692-0203.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Guest artist Aurora-Natola Ginastera performs Alberto Ginastera’s Cello Concerto No 2 with conductor John Giordano in a concert also featuring Britten’s Four Interludes from Peter Grimes and Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique, Dec 6 at 8 pm and Dec 7 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre. 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $16-$5. 429-1181. (817) 355-9000, (817} 926-8831

Meadows School of the Arts. Dec 1: Composers’ Forum Dec 3. Anshel Brusilow conducts the SMU Symphony Orchestra in the Overture to Weber’s Oberon. Mozart’s Bassoon Concerto (with soloist Will Roberts), and Debussy’s La Mer. Dec 4: SMU Jazz Ensemble. Dec 7 SMU Mustang Chorale and University Choir Dec 8: Perspectives new music ensemble. Dec 10: SMU Opera Theatre presents an Evening of Operatic Excerpts. All events at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center. SMU. Free. 692-3510.

North Texas State University. Dec 1: Festival of organ music of Marcel Dupre. 8 pm in the Main Auditorium. Dec 2 Chapel Choir. 8:15 pm in the Concert Hall. Dec 3: Chamber music featuring violinist Robert Davidovici, 8 pm in the Recital Hall, Women’s Chorus, 8:15 pm in the Concert Hall Dec 4: Serge Zehnacker conducts the NTSU Symphony in a performance of Mozart’s Symphony No. 39 and BartoK’s Concerto (or Orchestra. 8:15 pm in the Concert Halt. Dec 5: Men’s Chorus. 8:15 pm in the Concert Hall. All events free (817)565-8709.



Ginastera In Fort Worth

Musical authenticity takes on new meaning in Fort Worth this month when Aurora-Natola Ginastera, widow of the Argentine composer Alberto Ginastera, performs the Second Cello Concerto of her late husband with the Fort Worth Symphony under the baton of John Giordano. The concert will also include Four Sea Interludes from the opera Peter Grimes by Benjamin Britten and the Sym-phonie Fantastique of Berlioz. Dec 6 at 8 pm and Dec 7 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center Theatre, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $16-$5.429-1181, (817) 355-9000, (817) 926-8831.



Texas Baroque Ensemble. Performances of Handel’s Messiah with authentic 18th-century instruments are scheduled tor Dec 20 at 7:30 pm at St. Stephen United Methodist Church, 2520 Oates Drive. Mesquite, and Dec 21 at 3 pm at Perkins Chapel, SMU. $8. 278-2458. 278-1636; 640-7500.

Texas Christian University. Dec 1: Contemporary music recital with flutist Cynthia Folio and soprano Sheila Allen. Dec 5: TCU Jazz Ensembles. Dec 7: TCU Symphony and Concert Chorale perform Handel’s Messiah at 7:30 pm Tickets$5 (817) 921-7602. Dec S-Handel’s Messiah, 8 pm. See Dec 7 for ticket information. Dec 15: Carols by Candlelight at Robert Carr Chape). 10 30 pm Except where otherwise noted, all events are at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium. University at Cantey. Fort Worth, and are free (817) 921 -7601.



Enlightenment



Give the Greatest Gift of All The Gift of Life. This holiday season, the Parkland Blood Donor Center is presenting a holiday open house. Blood collected during the open house will be used to benefit the patients at the Children’s Medical Center and Parkland Memorial Hospital, who are in great need of replacement dona-lions. Traditionally, the holiday season is the slowest donation time. Donors will enjoy holiday festivities and refreshments The open house wilt be Dec 15-Jan 2 during center hours Mon Wed, Fri 9 am-6 pm; Tue, Thur 9 am-7 pm This holiday season, give the greatest gift of all.. .the gift of life. 951-0777.

Eleanor Roosevelt: First Person Singular. Adapted from an exhibition originally organized by the National Museum of American History. Smithsonian institution. “Eleanor Roosevelt” contains more than one hundred photographs, objects, and documents, many of which are on loan from public and private collections in the United Stales. Beginning with her early married years at Hyde Park and continuing through her private time at Val-Kill, her public years a! the White House, and her involvement at the United Nations, the exhibition explores the major influences and interests that shaped Roosevelt’s life. Through Dec 21 at the Southfork Ranch, six miles east of Piano at the intersection of Parker Road and FM 2551. 442-6536.



Sports



Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium, Irving. Reserved seat tickets available at the Rainbow-Ticketmaster or at Dallas Cowboy Ticket Office at Valley Ranch. Home games at noon unless otherwise indicated. 556-2500.

Dec 14 Philadelphia Eagles

21 Chicago Bears 3 pm

Dallas Mavericks. Reunion Arena, Dallas. Home game tickets available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster or at Reunion Arena box office. 658-7068.

Dec 10 Portland Trailblazers

16 San Antonio Spurs

19 Denver Nuggets

20 LA Lakers

27 Phoenix Suns

SMU Basketball. All home games played at Moody Coliseum on the SMU campus. For ticket information, contact the SMU Athletic Ticket Office, Moody Coliseum. SMU. 692-2902

Dec 1 Texas Southern

6 South Florida

10 Hardin Simmons

12 Prairie View

Dallas Sidekicks. Indoor soccer at Reunion Arena. Tickets available through Rainbow-Ticketmaster 787-2000, group tickets 361-KICK.

Dec 6 New York

12 Los Angeles

14 Tacoma

23 Cleveland

26 Minnesota

Greater Texas Strength Extravaganza. This eventfeatures three major sporting competitions held concurrently to provide spectators with two days of non-stopentertainment Record-breaking competition andstanding-room-only attendance are expected for thiscompetition. Featuring the Eighth Annual Greater TexasPowerlift Classic, the 1986 Texas Bodybuilding Championship, and the Greater Texas Arm Wrestling Contest,competitors from twenty states, both men and women,will compete in their respective divisions and classes atthis event to be held Dec 13 &, 14 at the Arlington Convention Center, 1200 Stadium Drive East, next to Arlington Stadium. Admission for powerlifting and armwrestling is $6 per person for one day and $10 per person (powerlifting only) for a two-day pass: bodybuildingnight show $8. 263-4828.

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