Dallas Theater Center Season Opens
If you’re in the market for fantasy, passion, mystery, or just a good laugh, then check out the 1987-88 season lineup at the Dallas Theater Center. Under the guidance of artistic director Adrian Hall, the Theater Center has chosen an impressive menu of theater that will appeal to everyone. The season kicks off on October 13 in the Arts District Theater with The Tempest. In one of his most beguiling plays, Shakespeare explores the power of magic and revenge. The Duke of Milan, exiled to an enchanted island, conspires with his daughter, a magical sprite, and a monstrous slave to marshal the powers of nature and illusion and revenge himself on the brother who robbed him of his throne and fortune.
Shakespeare isn’t the only playwright fixated on family squabbles. Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof opens on November 3 in the Kalita Humphreys Theater. You can feel the steam rising off the deltas as Maggie the Cat, her repressed husband Brick, and her domineering father-in-law Big Daddy slug it out in Williams’s controversial masterwork. A Christmas Carol follows Cat on November 28 at the Arts Distric Theater. Hall and composer Richard Cumming’s adaption of Dickens’s classic tale of Scrooge has become an annual holiday staple for the Theater Center.
David Mamet transports us from the streets of 19th-century London to a fiercely competitive real estate office in 20th-century America on January 12 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, in his Pulitzer Prize-winning play Glengarry Glen Ross. This hard-hitting satire slams the barracuda-like mentality of an American businessman with ferocious humor. On February 12, the Theater Center changes pace with Chekhov’s great drama Uncle Vanya, at the Arts District Theater. John Guare’s The House of Blue Leaves, the zany story of a beleaguered New York zookeeper, follows on March 22 at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, and the season finishes out with John Bishop’s farcical The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940 at the Arts District Theater. The Arts District Theater is located at 2401 Flora Street, and the Kalita Humphreys Theater is located at 3636 Turtle Creek Boulevard. For ticket information, call the Dallas Theater Center’s box office at 526-8857.
Thetas Show Off Preston Hollow Manse
This year’s Kappa Alpha Theta showhouse involves the transformation of one of the city’s more individualistic manses, designed for the Bruno Grafs in 1955 by Edward Durell Stone, architect of NYC’s Museum of Modern An. The structure itself is a striking composition of Fifties futurism and the Bauhaus, nestled in a desirable niche in Preston Hollow. Surrounded by high walls and landscaped courtyards of the Grecian ilk, it’s the kind of compound that begs exploration.
And the interior does not disappoint. Vintage issues of Town & Country and House Beautiful featured the Grafs’ dining island, a circle of marble seemingly afloat in the shallow indoor pool that describes the house’s central public areas and ends in an elliptical swimming pool toward the rear elevation.
Conjuring up images of butlers in snorkel gear and dining fetes where warm towels come with dessert, this area alone is worth a go-see. The interior magic, exterior landscaping, and lighting will be performed by a noteworthy team of designers and showcased during a public tour, an opportunity for an up-close ogle of professional tricks, talent, and furnishing trends at a nominal fee.
The 1987 showhouse is the fifteenth annual design event organized by Thetas, with proceeds from the October 10-18 tour to benefit the Dallas Easter Seal Society for Children, Dallas Can! Academy, and Children’s Medical Center. Tickets are $8 at the door. Hours are Mon-Fri 10 am-4 pm. Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-5 pm. Pre-tour tickets at $7 beginning Oct 1 at Bowman & Borders, 1104 Preston Royal Plaza. For more information call 341-7777.
Vidiots Convene at Dallas Video Festival
The Cannes Film Festival it’s not, but from October 8 through October 11 the first annual Dallas Video Festival will be a start in that direction. The festival, largely the product of the efforts of Bart Weiss, a video teacher at UTD, emphasizes the difference between purely artistic video and commercial video, and how the two interact.
The festival will be centered in the Dallas Museum of Art’s exhibition hall, where nine different shows will be projected onto a big screen. Featured artists range from the well known to the obscure, from the legendary Ernie Kovacs, Kevin Dole (Pee Wee Herman’s man behind the camera), Marian Henley (with an animated version of her comic strip “Maxine”), to, well, maybe even you (next year-this year is full). One show is devoted to Dallas video artists, and the titles and topics of the other shows are diverse: a home video of the comic cult Church of the Sub Genius (which is based in Dallas, by the way, and is the country’s only for-profit church), music videos by ZBIG, sports as video art, desktop video workshop, performance art on tape, and last, a video re-creation of the J.F.K. assassination.
There will be concurrent events held at all the area universities and colleges, as well as places like the Starck Club and Gateway Gallery at the museum (which will show children’s videos during the main events in the auditorium, so the adults can look at the serious stuff). Prices are $3 per show, $10for the opening night bash (which includesan after-bash party at the Starck Club), and$20 for an all-festival ticket (including theopening night parties). For more information, call 826-5556. -Jeff Posey
Ellsworth Kelly: Works On Paper
Back in the Sixties, Ellsworth Kelly was considered the hardest of the “hard-edge” painters. His boldly colored canvases were so radically simplified that often there was nothing to look at but a single contour separating one color from another, or the shape of the canvas itself. What was not apparent was that those simplified, abstract shapes were based upon Kelly’s close study of real things-of plants, architectural details, the fall of a shadow, even portraits of friends. The 150 works in “Ellsworth Kelly; Works on Paper,” at the Fort Worth Art Museum, restores the richness of Kelly’s observations. The line drawings alone, in which the artist’s hand follows the exact contour of a lily or a sprig of ivy, establish Kelly as one of the great draftsmen of the times, and all of his works reveal an ability to do the most with the least. “Ellsworth Kelly: Works on Paper,” through Oct 25 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Tue 10 am-9 pm,Wed-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1 pm-5 pm. (817)738-9215. -Ken Barrow
Day Of the Dead. One of Mexico’s most important-and certainly one of its most popular-holidays is El Dia de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead, Held on November 2, the celebration produces an extravagant flowering of Mexican folk art as artisans prepare candy skulls, papier-maché skeletons, clay figures, paper flowers, toys, and temporary altars for the decoration of home and tomb. The current exhibit of these objects at the Fort Worth Art Museum, then, is a celebration of a celebration, a tribute to the ingenuity and whimsy, high humor, and deep spirits of the living as they call to life the dead. “El Dia de los Muertos: The Life of the Dead in Mexican Folk Art,” Oct 4-Nov 4 at the Fort Worth Art Museum, 1309 Montgomery, Fort Worth. Tue 10 am-9 pm, Wed-Sat 10) am-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. (817) 738-9215.
American Frontier Life. In the years before the Civil War. the American imagination was inflamed by the Wsst, and by those painters who had been there and-allowing for poetic license-had painted what they saw. Through the works of George Catlin, George Caleb Bingham, Alfred Jacob Miller, and other early artists, and through inexpensive reproductions of their works, Indians, buffalo hunters, men, pioneers all found their way into American Early Western Painting & Prints,” Oct I7-Jan 3, 1988, at the Amon Carter Museum. 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933.
Howard Harsh. Hot waxes, varnish, and dried pigment give the partly abstract, partly representational paintings by this Santa Fe artist a bold physicality. Through Oct 28 at Beverly Gordon Gallery, Z702 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9:30 am-6 pm. Sat II am-3 pm. 741-9600.
Norman Lundin. Walls, doors, corners, ceilings- indeed, any clean, lighted place that can catch and hold light and space-are the subjects of the paintings and drawings by this artist. Through Nov 7 at Adams-Middleton Gallery, 3000 Maple- Tue-Fri 10) am-6 pm. Sat 11 am-5 pm. 871-7080.
Ice and Green Clouds. The tradition of Chinese celadon, beautiful porcelain ceramics that range from sea-green to pale brown, is explored in an exhibit of seventy extraordinary works spanning 3,000 years. Oct 17-Jan 3 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm. (817) 332-8451.
Barbara Lekberg and Charles C Parks. Two figurative sculptors-one interested in capturing human gestures and movement in bronze and steel, the other in interpreting man’s place on earth-share this double bill. Through Oct 23 at Adelle M Gallery. 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9 am-5:30 pm. 526-0800.
The Wyeths. From the storybook illustrations of N.C. Wyeth to Andrew’s scandalous paintings of Helga and Jamie’s portrait of J.F.K.. this exhibit represents the work of America’s astonishing art dynasty. Through Nov 29 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue, Wed. Fri, Sat 10 am-5 pm; Thur 10 am-9 pm; Sun noon-5 pm. 922-0220.
Richard Morris Hunt. For thirty years, from the Civil War to the turn of the century, Hunt practically was American architecture, and the projects illustrated in these drawings-the pedestal for the Statue of Liberty. the New York Tribune, and numerous mansions-came to stand for an era. Through Oct 25 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1 pm-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933.
J. Plerpont Morgan. Some eighty splendid objects, ranging from Renaissance ivory to Sevres porcelain, were selected from the decorative art collection of one of America’s greatest art collectors. Oct 10-Nov 29 at the Kimbell An Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 11 am-5 pm. (817) 332-8451.
Dallas Ballet. The second program of the subscription season features a new work by Robert Gladstein with music by Cole Porter and a revival of Flemming Flindt’s Phaedra with music by Phil Glass. Oct 13. 15, 16, & 17 at 8 pm and Oct 18 at 2 pm at the Majestic Theatre. 1925 Elm. Tickets S28-S5. 744-4430.
Fort Worth Ballet The 1986-87 season under new artistic director Paul Mejia opens with Bournonville’s Napoli, Balanchine’s Agon with music of Stravinsky, and Mejia’s The Seasons with music by Glazunov, Oct 9 & 10 at Tarrant County Convention Center. 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $24-$3. (817) 763-0202, (817) 335-9000, metro 429-118!.
The International Theatrical Arts Society. Oct 23:
The Merce Cunningham Dance Company performs “Pictures,” “Grange Eve,” and “Points in Space” in conjunction with the awarding of the 1987 Meadows Award for Excellence in the Arts. Oct 30 & 31: Japanese avant-garde dance troupe Sankai Juku makes its Texas debut, performing The Qumquat Seed: A Young Boy’s Dream of the Origins of Life and Death in an appearance co-sponsored by Voices of Change and the Dallas Museum of Art. Both events at McFarlm Auditorium, SMU. Tickets $25-$5. 528-5576.
Meadows School of the Arts. The dance department presents a Brown Bag series Oct 12-16 at noon-12:45 pm in the lobby of the Owen Arts Center, SMU. Free. 692-3510.
Moscow Ballet. The U.S. tour of the Soviet-based company under the direction of Viachaslav Gordeyev appears twice in the area, on Oct 12, 14, & 15 at 8 pm at McFarlin Auditorium, SMU, and on Oct 30 & 31 at the Tarrant County Convention Center, 1101 Houston. Fort Worth. Tickets S35.5O-SR25 for the Dallas performances, S35-$23 for Fort Worth performances. (800) 445-1382.
Texas Christian University. The Ml dance concert will feature a major work by visiting professor Thomas Enckdl, Oct 23 & 24 at 8 pm and Oct 25 at 2 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium. TCU. Fort Worth. Free. (817) 921-7810.
Blockbuster, Sound Warehouse, Video Works.
Movies scheduled for release this month in these video stores: Angel Heart, Blind Date, Ernest Goes to Camp, Hanoi Hilton, Heat, Hoosiers, Lady and the Tramp, Mannequin, Platoon, Police Academy !V, Raising Arizona, Red Headed Stranger, Square Dance, Star Trek IV, Tin Men.
Cllbum Concerts. Pianist Alicia de Larrocha appears in recital, performing the Impresiones Iniimas of Federico Mompou. Ravel’s Gaspari de la Nuir, and works of Mendelssohn including four Songs Without Words, the Capriccio in A minor, and the Variations Serieuses. Oct 6 at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU, Fort Worth. Tickets $20-$15. (817) 738-6533.
Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. Barry Tuckwell doubles as hom soloist and conductor in a concert including Haydn’s Symphony No. 19 and Horn Concerto No. 1, Britten’s Simple Symphony, Sibelius’s Rakastava and Mozart’s Horn Concerto No. 3 and Symphony No. 31 (“Paris”), Oct 27 at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU. Fort Worth. Tickets $15-S10. (817) 926-8831.
Fort Worth Symphony. Young Greek pianist Dimitris Sgouros appears with conductor John Giordano in an all-Russian program including Tchaikovsky’s Hamlet and Serenade for Strings and Prokofiev’s Third Piano Concer-to, Oct 17 at 8 pm and Oct 18 at 3 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center, 1101 Houston. Fort Worth- Tickets S18-$5. (817)926-8831.
Fort Worth Symphony Pops. Emmylou Harris appears in concert, Oct 23 & 24 at 8 pm at Tarrant County Convention Center, 1101 Houston. Fort Worth. Tickets $20-$12. (817) 926-B831.
Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Richard Giangiulio and Louise Bowers conduct the youth orchestra and the Dallas String Ensemble in a concert including works of Brahms and others, Oct 25 at 8 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Free. 340-5888.
school of the Arts. Oct 7: SMU Orchestra conducted by Anshel Brusilow. Oct 11: Linton Powell I, harpsichord, at 4 pm at the Meadows Museum. Oct 15: Mustang Chorale and SMU Choir Oct 21: The Executive Trio, featuring music for piano, cello, and flute. Oct 27: SMU Choral Union. All concerts at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, SMU unless otherwise noted. Free. 692-3510.
Richardson Symphony Orchestra. Pianist Tong-II Han performs Beethoven’s Fifth Piano Concerto with conductor Chris P. Xeros on a concert also including Offenbach’s Overture to Gaite Parisienne, Liadov’s Enchanted Lake, and Debussy’s la Mer. Oct 3 at 8 pm at Richardson High School Auditorium. Richardson. 234-4195.
Taxas Christian Unlversity. Oct 5: TCU Symphony with faculty pianist Tamas Ungar. Oct 12: Sheila Allen, soprano, faculty recital. Oct 19: Early English Consort music in Robert Carr Chapel, on campus. Oct 26: Pianist Steven De Groote in recital. All events at 8 pm at Ed Lan-dreth Auditorium, University at Cantey, TCU, Fort Worth, unless otherwise noted. Free. (817) 921-7811.
Voices Of Change. Soprano Christine Schadeberg performs the world premiere of Harold Blumenfeldt’s Le Camet d’un Donate (The Notebook of a Damned One) with a text by Rimbaud for voice and chamber orchestra with the composer conducting. The concert also includes Bartok’s First Violin Sonata (performed by violinist Emanuel Borok and pianist Jo Boatright) and Warren Benson’s cycle Hilts, Woods. Brook for soprano and chamber ensemble. Oct 12 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, SMU. Tickets $8. 692-3189.
John Henry Faulk and Company. One of Americas top humorists and folklorists, John Henry Faulk, will star in the world premiere of his one-man comedy profile of a small Texas town. After [his engagement, [he show will move directly to off-Broadway for a late October opening, Oct 6-18 at the Plaza Theatre, 6719 Snider Plaza. 363-7000.
A Woman of Independent Means. Barbara Rush returns to the Plaza Theatre this season for a repeat performance of Dallas author Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey’s play, A Woman of Independent Means. The one-woman show focuses on the character Bess Stead Gamer, based on Bess Walcott Jones, Hailey’s maternal grandmother- Oct 20-Not 8 at the Plaza Theatre, 6719 Snider Plaza. 363-7000.
Flve Footed Animal. Written by local playwright and poet Octavio Solis and presented by the Deep Ellurn Theatre Garage, Five Footed Animal is about a businessman named David who accidentally runs over a young girl who belongs to a Deep Ellum “skinhead” gang. David’s conscience forces him to visit the mortally wounded girl, where he finds himself confronting the consequences of his actions in the dark alleys of Deep Ellum. Through Oct 4 at the Deep Ellum Theatre Garage, 3411 Main. 744-3832.
Harvey. Elwood P. Dowd and his six-foot pooka friend Harvey take the stage Oct 30-Nov 29 at the Dallas Repertory Theatre. 150 NorthPark Center. 369-8966.
Captain Blood. This fun, audience-participation play is a swashbuckling melodrama on the high seas, complete with pirates, ship battles, and sword fights. Through Oct 3 at the Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 1611 Greenville. 821-1860.
The Ballad of Sad Cafe. This play tells the powerful story of a haunting love triangle in a Southem town inhabited by an assortment of oddball characters. Through Oct 3 at the Addison Community Theatre, next to the Addison Water Tower. 934-3913.
Birds Of Prey. Texas has a greater variety of birds of prey than any other state To provide an opportunity to learn more about these and other “aristocrats of the air,” the Dallas Zoo “’First Weekends” series will present a special “Birds of Prey “weekend on Saturday and Sunday, Oct 3 & 4, 10 am-4 pm each day. “Birds of Prey” is free with zoo admission, $2 adults, $1.25 ages six to eleven and seniors over fifty-five; free for children under six; parking is $2. 946-5154.
Dallas Cowboys. Texas Stadium, Irving. Reserved seat tickets available at Rainbow Ticketmaster or at the Dallas Cowboy Ticket Office at Valley Ranch. 556-2500. Oct 11 Philadelphia Eagles noon
19 Washington Redskins 8 pm