Monday, September 25, 2023 Sep 25, 2023
77° F Dallas, TX


By Jeff Posey |


American Women Artists: A Show of Their Own

Every art lover knows the work of Georgia O’Keeffe and Mary Cassatt. But how many have seen the charming genre scenes painted in the latter half of the 19th century by Lilly Martin Spencer, or Constance Coleman Richardson’s mysteriously beautiful nocturnal landscape, Street Light?

SMU professor Eleanor Tufts knows them all, and dozens of other women artists, some of whom were honored in their day but are now mostly forgotten. Out of this encyclopedic knowledge she has gathered “American Women Artists: 1830-1930,” the inaugural show last April at the new National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, DC.

The exhibit, which has since visited four major museums around the country, completes its tour this month, fittingly, at SMU’s Meadows Museum. That it is a revelation goes without saying: there are eighty artists in the exhibit-O’Keeffe and Cassatt included, of course. Not surprisingly among such a diverse group, the work ranges from competent to brilliant.

“American Women Artists: 1830-1930,” through April 17 at the Meadows Museum, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Mon-Sat 10-5, Sun 1-5, Thur evening till 9 pm. 692-3510. -Ken Barrow


The Bolshoi Grande Dame Comes to Dallas

At the recent gala in New York honoring the great choreographer Martha Graham, Soviet ballerina Maya Plisetskaya’s performance upstaged the performances of Rudolf Nureyev, Mikhail Baryshnikov, and even Graham herself. Plisetskaya is one of the last active legendary senior ballerinas in the world-and circumstances have unfortunately kept her from dancing very often in the United States in recent years. She has been the prima ballerina absoluta of the Bolshoi Ballet for decades-in effect running her own wing of the company independent of the Bolshoi’s artistic directors.

Plisetskaya is making a few rare American appearances this month-and The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS) is bringing her to Dallas on Sunday, April 17. TITAS managed to get her to make up for last year’s canceled performance by Baryshnikov-she’s one of the few dancers who rivals him in glamor and mystique.

Plisetskaya will dance La Rose Malade and The Dying Swan. (She is at an age where she no longer attempts the glittering virtuoso specialties of her youth.) The other dancers will present excerpts from Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Don Quixote, along with more recent Soviet divertissements.

Maya Plisetskaya and the Bolshoi Ballet stars will perform on April 17 at 4 pm in McFarlin Auditorium at SMU. Tickets to the Dallas Gala will be offered first-and at a discount-to renewing 1988-89 TITAS subscribers. Prices for nonsubscribers range from $20-$100. For information, call TITAS at 528-5576. -Bill Jungman


Polo: Bringing the Horses Indoors

If you like the way the action in soccer was condensed and made more exciting by moving it indoors, wait till you see indoor polo: huge beasts racing and Branch, 6121 Worth, 821-5128 or 348-6160; “Texas Wills,” April 7. 12, and 28 at various locations and times, 670-7555, 231-0991, or 328-4113; “AIDS Prevention Seminar,”1 April 7, Dallas West Branch, 2332 Singleton. 6:30 pm. 637-1204; “Fire Prevention,” April 9, 2 pm, Martin Luther King Jr Branch. 2922 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, 421-4171.

Robots and Beyond: The Age of Intelligent Machines. Come explore the new frontier of robotics and artificial intelligence, and get a clear glimpse of the future. Through May 1, Mon-Thur 9-5 pm, Fri & Sat 9-8:30 pm, Sun noon-5. East Gallery of the Museum of Science and History. 1501 Montgomery St, Fort Worth. (817) 732-1631 or metro 654-1356.


Walt Garrison All-Star Redeo. This twelfth annual rodeo features Merle Haggard (singing, not riding), and benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. April 24, noon-6 pm. Mesquite Arena, 1818 Rodeo Dr, Mesquite. Tickets $8-$20. 285-8777.

Festival of Art, Wine, and Food. A mixed-media juried art show, and a wine and food tasting featuring Dallas-area chefs and restaurants. Proceeds benefit Channel 13, the public television station for North Texas. April 10, 1-6 pm. Crystal Ballroom, Grand Kempinski Hotel, 15201 Dallas Parkway. Tickets $15. 871-1390.

Canalfest in Las Colinas. Take the family to mis San Antonio-style canal walk in Las Colinas and see pottery exhibitions, strolling musicians, clowns, and magicians. Parking and admission are free. Three weekends in April: 9 & 10, 16 & 17, and 23 & 24. The Mandalay Canal is at N O’Connor and Las Colinas Blvd just north of Hwy 114 in Irving. 869-1232.

April in Paris. Well, it’s not really in Paris-it’s just pretend-like. But it is a good time and it benefits the Foster Child Advocate Services. April 17, 7 pm, Fairmont Hotel, Ross and Akard. Tickets $75- 522-2416.

Dallas World Salute. In celebration of the sixth annual official international month (April) in Dallas, there are seven events planned: Dallas Cup International Soccer Tournament: more than 110 amateur teams from sixteen countries and sixteen states vie for the Dallas cup title; Lake Highlands High School stadium; March 27-April 3; 701-0515; Heritage Craft Day at Old City Park: ethnic dance, music, and song, and turn-of-the-century crafts; April 2, 11 am-4 pm; tickets £2 for adults, $1 for children; 421-5141; Wheels In Motion World Bicycle Classic: at least 120 world-class riders, including the USSR female team, will compete in this race beginning at Dallas City Hall; April 8; 644-2221; Imagination Celebration: a special arts festival for children, featuring music, dance, workshops, and demonstrations by area artists; Dallas Museum of An; April 9, 10, 14, & 22; 922-0220; International Bazaar: ethnic food, crafts, and dance from fifty countries; April 22-24; City Hall Plaza; 520-0409; Voices of Change: the only 20th-century chamber music ensemble in the Southwest will feature Japan’s foremost living composer, Mr. Toru Takemitsu; April 25; Caruth Auditorium, SMU campus; 692-3189; Dallas Grand Prix: Dallas’s premier auto racing event; April 29-May 1; Fair Park. 841-3165.


Lake Ridge Criterium Bike Race. This is a serious race, with two turns and hills. April 10, with various events between 8 am-5:30. Race begins at Valley View and Wood-dale, Cedar Hill. Call for specific information. 230-3770.

Walkfest ’88. This year. 700 people, fifty-five and older, are expected to participate in one-, two-, three-, and six-mile walks around Bachman Lake. April 9. beginning at 9 am. Bachman Lake, Northwest Hwy and Lakefield. Tickets $5, available the morning of the event, include a T-shirt, lunch, and entertainment. 954-0655.

Dallas Mavericks. Dallas loves the Mavs so much that most games are sold out-but a few tickets are released just before a game, so call. All games at Reunion Arena. Tickets $5-$9. 658-7068.

April 6 Phoenix 7:30

Utah 7:30

Denver 7:30

20 L.A. Lakers 7:30

22 San Antonio 7:30

Dallas Sidekicks. Some of the best indoor soccer is right here in Dallas. Go see it. All games at Reunion Arena, Tickets $5.50-$12. 361-KICK, or Rainbow-Ticketmaster 787-2000.

April 7 Chicago 7:35

10 Minnesota 4:05