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Edward Weston: Supreme Instants

Whether it’s a landscape in Mexico, a still life of an artichoke, or a nude, Edward Weston’s photographs are as brilliantly sharp as transparent Western light, a large camera, a small lens opening, and Weston’s own eagle eye could Edward Weston’s “Cabbage Leaf

make them. Clarity for Weston was more than a question of visual acuity-it was a moral issue, a matter of seeing what is there as intensely and completely as possible.

What is there for Weston is a world subject to time, change, decay, and possessed of a sometimes strange beauty, so that a dead pelican floating in a tidal pool, a porcelain plumbing fixture, or a single cabbage leaf can be miraculously beautiful.

In addition to Weston’s early landscapes, this comprehensive exhibit includes examples of the photographer’s platinum prints-work that is softer, more poetic-as well as his powerful portraits.

“Supreme Instants: The Photographs of Edward Weston,” March 5-April 24 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth, Tue-Sat 10-5 pm, Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817)738-1933.

-Ken Barrow


Rock 0’ Roll, International Style

Stars from the three main continents of rock ’n’ roll come to Dallas this March with shows at Reunion Arena: Sting, from Europe; INXS, from Australia; and John Cougar Mellencamp. from North America.

Sting, who began his professional life as a school teacher and then went on to rock star fame with The Police, has emerged as one of England’s best solo artists. His current tour is based on his latest album, “Nothing Like the Sun,” and features some of the world’s finest studio musicians on stage playing reggae, rock, jazz, and even classical. March 15 at 8 pm. Tickets $18.75.

INXS is a band of wild and funky guys from down under. They play a danceable sort of rock that has a steady, always familiar rhythm and beat. Their latest album, “Kick,” has been ranking right up there with U2’s top-selling album, “The Joshua Tree.” March 7 at 8 pm. Ticket prices to be determined.

John Cougar Mellencamp takes his rock/folk/country blend of music straight from the bread basket of America, where he’s seen as a kind of lesser Bruce Springsteen figure. Mellencamp’s latest musical efforts have been concerts to help the ailing family farms of America, and he should still be in the farm-aid spirit on this visit. March 3 at 8 pm. Tickets $19.50.

All shows at Reunion Arena, 777 Sports St. Tickets for all shows are available at Rainbow-Ticketmaster, 787-2000. -Pete Tarantino


Sheer Romance and Ballroom Dance

Do you dream of Fred and Ginger at night? Have you watched every Gene Kelly movie-ten or fifteen times? Do you surreptitiously spend large sums of money on lessons at Arthur Murray studios? If so, don’t miss “Sheer Romance,” an evening of ballroom dancing by the American Ballroom Theatre. But you don’t have to be a ballroom groupie to enjoy the show. This group presents ballroom dancing as a theatrical art form, and if the Argentines can conquer Broadway with the tango, why can’t Americans do so with the foxtrot, the waltz, and the jitterbug? No reason at all, say the New York critics, who loved “Sheer Romance,” So did the critics and the public in London, Lyons, and Berlin.

This visit by the Ballroom Theatre is sponsored by TITAS-The International Theatrical Arts Society. “Sheer Romance” may sound like a far cry from the serious modern dance groups TITAS has brought to Dallas in the past, like those of Paul Taylor and Twyla Tharp, but remember that TITAS also imported Cary Grant for a rare public appearance not long before his death. It recognizes that artistry sometimes lies in old-fashioned elegance.

Under the direction of Pierre Dulaine and Yvonne Marceau, the American Ballroom Theatre presents five couples dancing to the choreography of John Roudin. At the end of the program, the audience gets an invitation to come up onstage and waltz.

March 4 & 5 at 8 pm atMcFarlin Auditorium, SMU.Tickets $5-$25. 528-5576 or429-1181. -Bill Jungman


The little Foxes

“The Little Foxes” is the late Lillian Hell-man’s most famous play, a melodramatic Marxist critique of American society. Set in the Deep South, the central character is the conniving, scheming Regina.

Although “The Little Foxes” is more serious drama than the Dallas Repertory Theatre usually undertakes, it’s not too serious-there are plenty of funny lines and lots of suspense about how far Regina will go to have everything her way. So there’s a good chance Dallas Rep will succeed in expanding its ability to entertain its audiences, too.

March 11-April 10 at Dallas RepertoryTheatre, 150 NorthPark Center. Wed-Fri at8:15 pm, Sat at 4 pm& 8:30 pm, Sun at 2:30pm and 7:30 pm. Tickets $10-S17.50.369-8966. -B.J.


Dallas Puppet Opera Theater

“Mommy, mommy,” your child says excitedly when she comes home from school, “we saw singing monkeys in school today!” No, the child is not hallucinating, and yes, she really may have seen singing monkeys. But they were singing monkey puppets, in the Dallas Puppet Opera’s production of “Monkey See, Monkey Do,” a thirty-minute opera written especially for the Puppet Opera to present to kindergarten through third-grade students. It’s a bilingual opera, in Spanish and English, based on a Mexican folk tale, and judging from the response received during the last four years the Dallas Opera has sponsored the Puppet Opera, kids will love it.

The real-people cast of the Puppet Opera is made up of volunteers, from both the Junior League of Dallas and the Dallas Opera Guild. They transport and set up the PVC-pipe-and-cloth stage, usually in the lunchrooms of elementary schools, then hoist the puppets over their heads and act out the story to the recorded music and singing of the Voices of Change, a popular Dallas singing group. Teachers are given a teaching guide to help make the event a broad learning experience, rather than just a show.

The Puppet Opera Theater makes the rounds of Dallas-area schools until the end of April. To make sure the show comes to your school, call Roger Pines at the Dallas Opera, 979-0123.


Frank Lloyd Wright. A house, constructed on the museum’s Ross Avenue plaza, and a multimedia exhibit explore four essential themes in the career of this master builder. Through April 17 at the Dallas Museum of Art, 1717 N Harwood. Tue. Wed. Fri. Sat 10-5 pm: Thur 10-9 pm: Sun noon-5 pm. 922-0220.

Randy Twaddle and John Hernandez. These two artists’ works are oddly complementary: Twaddle’s silhouettes are spare and charged with meaning, while Hernandez’s giddy constructions overflow with a carnival of images. Through April 5 at DW Gallery. 2909C Canton. Tue-Sat 11-5 pm. 9.19-0045.

Three Texas Sculptors. Kathleen J. O’Halloran casts small figures in bronze, Harold E. Prinz carves animals and figures in wood, and Martha Wilcox shapes ordinary people in clay- Through March 7 at Adelle M Gallery. 3317 McKinney. Mon-Fri 9-5:30 pm. Sat 10-2 pm. 526-0800.

Cindy Sherman. What is Cindy Sherman, anyway- artist? Actress? Photographer? Model? Sherman’s controversial self-portraits, in which she appears in the roles of movie starlet, bag lady, sinner, saint, Everywomaii, have become an art-world legend. March 6 April 24 at the Dallas Museum of An, 1717 N Harwood. Tue. Wed. Fri, Sat 10-5 pm: Thur 10-9 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. 922-0220.

Duane Michais. Love. life, and death (and sometimes what comes after) are the subjects of the photographs and the words often scribbled beneath them by this internationally known artist. Through March 13 at the Allen Street Gallery, 4101 Commerce. Wed-Fri noon-5 pm. Sat I0-4 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. 821-8260.

Laton A. Huffman. Working out of his Miles City. Montana, studio from 1879 to 1910. Huffman photographed fron- tier life when there really was a frontier. Through March 6 , at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm, (817) 738-1933.

John Buck. A Montana artist who is well known on the West Coast, Buck combines paint ing, sculpture, and drawing in works that express, in bold colors, a personal cosmology. Through March 26 at Moss/Chumley Gallery, Suite 390. The Crescent. 2200 Cedar Springs. Mon-Wed, | Fri, Sat, 10-6 pm: Thur 10-7- 871-3777.


Collin Dance Consortium. Julie Lambert Emory’s “Shrinking,” a ballet about a mental patient whose hallucinations are the key to her abilities as an artist. Mar 11-12. 18-19 at 8 pm. Mar 13 & 20 at 7 pm, at the CDC | Studio-Theatre. 1201 N Central Expressway. Suite 60, Piano. Tickets $8. $5 for students and senior citizens. 578-9806.

Dance ’88. The Meadows Repertory Dance Ensemble |presents its spring concert. Mar 24-26 at 8 pm. Mar 27 at2:15 pm. Bob Hope Theatre. Meadows School of the Arts,SMU Tickets $4-$6. 692-2573.

Czech Club. This ain’t the kind of thing you sit and watch and try to stay awake at. No sir. You gotta get up on the floor . and dance up a sweat. March 12. music by The Czech Harvesters; March 26. music by The Czechmates. Dances are 9 pm-l am at 4930 Military Parkway. Admission is S4 for adults. $2 for teens. 381-9072.


Dallas Bach Society. One of Europe’s finest harpsichordists and Baroque specialists, TonKoopman, will playin the auditorium of the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood. on Mar 3 at 7:30 pm- Tickets $9. S6 for museummembers. 827-8886.

Dallas Chamber Orchestra. An evening featuring the Brahms Clarinet Quintet, a Milhaud suite, and the Dvordk Dumky-Trio” Mar 18 at the Church of the Transfiguration. Hillcrest at Spring Valley, at 7:30 pm. Repeated on Mar 20 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium. Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Tickets $5-512. 826-6974.

Dallas Civic Music Association. One of the senior American string quartets, the Guarneri. appears with the . Kalichstein/Laredo/Robinson Trio. Mar 2 at 8:15 pm in the Majestic Theatre. 1925 Elm. Tickets $8-$25 through : Ticketron, 640- 7500. For information, call 954-0997.

Dallas Classic Guitar Society. Duo guitarists Sergio and Odair Assad play in the main series on Mar 1 at 8 pm at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm- Tickets S5-S20 through Ticketron, 640-7500 In the second series, the group called Cafe Noir plays Parisian-style swing and jazz on Mar 19 in the Dallas Museum of Art auditorium. Tickets $3, $2 for students or museum or society members. 521-0844.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. In a month full of visits by notable guest conductors, Raymond Leppard conducts pianist Jeffrey Siegel on Mar 3 & 5 at 8:15 pm. Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos leads the DSO and pianist Emanuel Ax in Beethoven’s “Emperor” Concerto on Mar 11 & 12 at 8:15 pm and Mar 13 at 2:30 pm. Christoph Eschenbach conducts violinist Uto Ughi in the Dvorak concerto on Mar 17 & 19 at 8:15 pm. Englishman James Lough ran and pianist Peter Frankl appear on Mar 15 & 16 at 8:15 pm and Mar 27 at 2:30 pm. Resident conductor James Rives-Jones leads violinist Victoria Mullova in the Tchaikovsky concerto on Mar 31 and April 2 at 8:15 pm. All performances at the State Fair Music Hall, Fair Park. Tickets $8.50-$22. 692-0203.

Festival of Texas Composers. The 1988 festival will feature Alvin Singleton. composer-in-residence of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, as keynote speaker and special guest. Festival includes performances of chamber music as well as works for large ensemble by Texas composers. Mar 8-10 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU Free. 692-3133.

Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. Jose-Luis Garcia, concertmasler of the English Chamber Orchestra and a frequent guest in Fort Worth, conducts and plays concertos by Bach and Vivaldi (“The Four Seasons”) on Mar 22 at 8 pm. Ed Landreth Auditorium. Cantey and University, TCU campus, Fort Worth. Tickets $I0-$15. (817) 335-9000 or metro 429-1181. For information, call (817) 926-2676.

Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. Garrick Ohlsson plays the lyric Bartok Piano Concerto No. 3 and John Giordano leads the dramatic Vaughan-Williams Symphony No. 4. Mar 19 at 8 pm. Mar 20 at 3 pm. Tarrant County Convention Center Theater, 1101 Houston, Fort Worth. Tickets $5-$18. (817) 335-9000 or metro 429-1181. For information, call (817) 926-2676.

Greater Dallas Youth Orchestra. Along with an appearance by the winner of the 1987 concerto competition, theorchestra presents Howard Hanson’s Symphony No. 2. Mar6 at 8 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of theArts. SMU. Free. 340-5888.

Richardson Chamber Music Society. Pianist Gregory Allen. Austin-based winner of the Rubinstein Competition in Tel-Aviv, plays with top-rank local musicians in works of Mozart, Shostakovich, and Schubert. Mar 6 at 3 pm at the Richardson High School auditorium, 1250 E Belt Line, Richardson. Tickets $10, $5 for senior citizens and students. 234-4195.

Turtle Creek Chorale. The chorale sings music by the real IS. Bach and the imaginary P. D.Q. Bach in a program that ventures from the sublime to the ridiculous. Mar 25 & 26 at the El Centra College Auditorium (in the “B” Building), Main at Lamar. Tickets $10. 939-1520.

Voices of Change. This outstanding new-music ensemble presents works by Texans Jerry Hunt and Martin Sweidel and by Atlanta Symphony composer-in-residence Alvin Singleton. Mar 7 at 8:15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Tickets $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. 692-3189.


The Mummy Lives! An original melodrama by Mac Hays combines the best from all the mummy legends. Through Mar 19. Thur-Sat at 8 pm. Sun at 7 pm. Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre. 1611 Greenville Are. Tickets $6.50-$8.50. 821-1860.

Texas Tanzi. This musical comedy about the battle of the sexes is set in a wrestling ring. Through Mar 19. Thur-Sat at 8:15 pm. Addison Centre Theatre, Mildred & Julian, Ad-dison. Tickets $9.50. 934-3913.

The Adventures of Brer Rabbit. A children’s theater production of the classic folk tale. Casa Mariana Playhouse. 3101 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. Mar 11 & 18 at 7:30pm. Mar 12 & 19 at 2 pm. Tickets $5. (817) 332-9319.

The House of Blue Leaves. This comedy about a zookeeper who has ambitions to become a songwriter-if only all his nutty friends and family members will keep out of his way-was a big hit in its recent New York revival. Can the Dallas Theater Center repeat the magic? Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Mar 22-April 9. Tue-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7:30 pm. Matinees Sat & Sun at 2:30 pm. Tickets $11-$22. 526-8857.

Macbeth. Don’t miss this version of the Shakespeare classic, directed by Janet Farrow from New York, with [he unmistakable stamp of Deep Ellum. March 3-27, Thur-Sun 8:15 pm. Deep Ellum Theatre Garage, 3411 Main at Exposition. Tickets $7. 744-3832.

Amadeus Conducts Mozart. The Texas Opera Theater performs its new production to benefit the Mental Health Association of Dallas County. March 19, 8:30 pm, at the Gooch Auditorium, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. 5323 Harry Hines. Tickets by donation: $150 (includes an Austrian buffet at 6 pm) and $50. 871-2420.


Dallas Philosophers’ Forum. Hap Lyda, p philosophy. Tarrant County Junior College, talks on “American Philosophers: Edwards, Jefferson. Emerson, and James,” March 8. These casual but serious philosophers meet at 7 pm at Jimi’s, Peak at Bryan, where they eat. drink, think, and ask questions. Admission $3. 352-8302.

Celebrity Roast of Mayor Annette Strauss. This is enlightenment, you ask? Darn toot in”. Mayor Strauss will be enlightened until her face is red. And we’ll all be enlightened with laughter as the evening progresses. This is a $100-a-plate dinner, benefiting the Yo Shinoda Memorial Fund. Women in Transition, and the needs of the forgotten elderly in Dallas. It is sponsored by The Zonta Club of Dallas II. March 18, 6:30 pm. in the Galleria Dallas Grand Ballroom of the Westin Hotel. 13340 Dallas Pkwy. 349-4669.

Prime Timers Job Fair & Workshops. If you’re over forty and you want to market yourself in the working world, this is a great place to start. March 5, 8 am-4 pm. Registration at the Brookhaven Community College lobby, 3939 Valley View. Farmers Branch. Admission $1. 386-8040.


Texas Dogwood Trails Festival. Head out toward Palestine, Texas, 100 miles southeast of Dallas, the last couple of weeks of March and you’ll see some of the finest scenery North Texas offers when the dogwood trees are in full bloom. The festival is the last two weekends in March and the first weekend in April. Call for details. (214) 729-7275,

Connemara Conservancy’s 8th Annual Sculpture Exhibit Opening. Ten artists have created large outdoor sculptures on this 72-acre site. Families, picnics, frisbees, dogs, and kites are all encouraged. March 27. 1:30 until dark. Connemara is located in Piano: take Exit 34 (McDer-mott Dr) off of N Central Expressway, go left (west) 1.6 miles, then left on a dm road 1 mile. Free. 521-4896.

Six Flags Over Texas. Six Rags opens its season March 5.1-30 at SH 360. Arlington. Tickets $17.50. senior citizens and short kids (under 48 inches) $11.50. (817) 640-8900.

Back to Grandma’s Attic. An arts and crafts show for all ages, with watercolors. antiques, and handcrafted items. March 9-13, 9 am-9 pm Wed & Thur. 9 am-6 pm Fri & Sat. 10 am-5 pm Sun. Richardson Civic Center. N Central and Arapaho. Richardson. Admission $3 for adults, good for all 5 days, children under 16 free with parent. 596-9575.

Festival of Flowers. The Fort Worth Garden Club’s flower and garden show and sale. March 11-13, 10 am-8 pm Fri & Sat. noon-6 pm Sun. at the Botanic Garden Center & Conservatory. 3220 Botanic Garden Drive North. Fort Worth. 737-3004.

North Texas Irish Festival. Wearing green would be apppriate. and perhaps changing your name for the day to O’Something-er-other. for this St. Patrick’s Day weekend festival. There’ll be musicians, face painters, storytellers, dancers, jugglers, leprechauns, and much more for young and old alike. March 5 & 6- on the Fair Park grounds, mostly in the Creative Arts. Food & Fiber. Embarcadero. Market. and Pan American buildings. Noon-11 pm Sat, noon-8 pm Sun. Tickets $12 for the weekend, or $7 for one day: children and senior citizens $9 for the weekend. S5 for one day; children under 12 free. 520-7334.

Dallas Blooms at the Arboretum. The focus of this yearly event is 100.000 spring bulbs at their height of blooming beauty. Mar 12-April 10. 10 am-6 pm, Tue-Sun. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. 8525 Garland Rd. Tickets $5 for adults. $2 for children under 12. and free for children under 6. 327-8263.


American Lung Association Vertical Marathon. talk about upwardly mobile people, you can get a year’s dose of it right here by climbing all seventy-two floors of the First RepublicBank tower (the “green” building). March 19. 5 pm. First RepublicBank tower. 901 Main St. Registration $20. includes a T-shirt and tickets to the following party. Proceeds go to lung research. 239-5864.

Symphony 10K Run. Kick up your heels and stretch your hamstrings to help the Dallas Symphony. There are races for individuals, corporate teams, wheelchairs, a 5K individual, and even a IK fun run for kids and the slow and tired. Events start at 8 am on March 5 at Park Central. LBJ and Coit. $10 preregislration (postmark before Feb 25); $12 week before race (Feb 28-Mar 4); $15 on race day; $200 corporate for 3-5 runners: $8 for kids younger than 12. and $10 for kids older than 12 for the fun run. 233-7222.

The West End Run. Come on. even you can manage to trot five miles to help the Texas Special Olympics. So get out there and make those underworked lungs bum. The run begins at 10 am on March 12 at the West End Marketplace, Munger at Lamar. Registration is $8 for sixty years old and older, $12 for the younger folks ($15 after March 4), and $150 for a corporate team of three to five runners. 522-3960.

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

March 2 Sacramento 7:30

4 Houston 7:00

6 LA. Lakers 1:00

8 Portland 7:00

14 Golden State 7:30

22 New York 7:30

25 Portland 7:30

26 San Antonio 7:30

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

March 1 Tacoma 7:35

5 Los Angeles 7:35

9 Minnesota 7:35

Kansas City 7:35

Tacoma 4:05

23 Cleveland 7:35