CityFaire: A Discovery Of Culture in Dallas

How does Dallas influence the people who live here? Not an easy question. One way to answer it is to gather together as many artists as possible who live and work in the city, study the art they produce, and try to learn what it is they’re trying to say. The “answer” may not be as straightforward as, say, a scientific survey, but it would certainly have a more personal, visceral impact. Fortunately just such a show has been organized, featuring the selected works of more than a hundred Dallas artists, May 13-22, at the Southland Corporation’s new headquarters building, Cityplace, at North Central Expressway and Haskell Avenue. And it’s free.

The “CityLife” exhibition described above is just one of many planned for this year’s “CityFaire: A Dallas Celebration of the Arts. ” CityFaire is designed to expose all aspects of the city’s cultural life, through exhibition, performance, and workshops. The main events will center around Cityplace, with mimes performing on the street level, theater and music groups performing in the main first floor area or in one of the rooms on the first five floors, and workshops as varied as the Dallas Black Dance Theatre on dance, Doug Sandling on woodcarving, or Ken Loss-Cutler on computer art. Hundreds of Dallas artists will teach classes, show their wares, or perform their specialty. This will undoubtedly become one of the most important annual arts events in the city. With so many shows, workshops, and performances, it’s best to call for information. May 13-22. Mon-Thur 11: 30-1: 30, 4: 30-8 pm; Fri 11: 30-1: 30, 4: 30-10 pm; Sat 1-10 pm; Sun 1-5 pm. 522-ARTS.


Charles SheeJer: Precisely American

What qualities are peculiarly American? In the years in which Charles Sheeler began making his starkly beautiful paintings of factories and machines and tools, this question preoccupied American artists who had before them the shocking examples of new art from Europe. For Sheeler, the answer was in an attitude rather than a style.

Though he built upon European techniques, particularly the cubism of Leger, Sheeler was as American an artist as ever touched a brush to canvas. There is a directness about his work that calls to mind generations of Yankee craftsmen, no-nonsense builders of barns and clipper ships.

Sheeler also liked the clarity of vision afforded by the camera, and he is practically unique among artists for having created masterpieces in both media; photography and painting. The current exhibit of 200 of Sheeler’s works at the Dallas Museum of Art includes photographs as well as paintings and drawings, and is the first show to do justice to this versatile genius.

“Charles Sheeler: Paintings, Drawings, Photographs, ” May 15-July 10 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.

-Ken Barrow


Violin-PlayingTitle of the World

Now that Jascha Heifetz has died, the heavyweight title of Greatest Living Violinist is up for grabs. One of the most interesting contenders is Reinhard Goebel of Germany. As the leader of the ancient-instruments group Musica Antiqua Koln, Goebel has convinced many music lovers that old instruments can be used to make serious music. He has managed to do this by being so undeniably skillful with the violin that he simply cannot be ignored. Goebel plays the violin like a man possessed, yetihis maturing imagination and endearing playfulness as an artist lend a passionate sense of genius to his music. And he is maturing not only musically: it used to be rare to see him in anything but jeans and a punk haircut. jNow he is known to oblige his hosts and audiences by donning a tux, but his soul is still that of an exploratory rebel.

Last year, the Dallas Bach Society sponsored a visit by Goebel’s Musica Antiqua Koln. This month the Bach Society is bringing Goebel back to Dallas for two joint recitals with Paul Riedo, the society’s director. The first at the Dallas Musuem of Art, 1717 N Harwood, on Thursday, May 12, 7: 30 pm, will include sonatas by Handel, Corelli, and Graun. the highlight will be J. S. Bach’s Partita in D Minor for solo violin, featuring the famous “Chaconne, ” long considered the pinnacle challenge for a violinist. That should be the best opportunity for Dallas to judge his playing ability for the title of Greatest Living Violinist.

The second recital will take place at the Meadows Museum of Art at SMU at 7: 30 pm on Sunday, May 15. Goebel and Riedo will play the fifteen “Mystery” Sonatas by Heinrich Franz Ignaz Biber. These 17th-century works are seldom heard because they demand that the violin be tuned in a strange fashion. Tickets $9. 827-8886.

-Bill Jungman


Taken Aback by Theatrical Blacks

Theatre Three, one of the few mainstream Dallas theaters to produce minority plays, is starting a new subscription series with an all-black play “The Colored Museum, ” by George C. Wolfe, is a giant departure from other play by black authors that the theater has done in the past. This is not a deadpan domestic drama, a rollicking black musical, or a poetic celebration of black womanhood. The play is a satire of deadpan domestic dramas, rollicking black musicals, and poetic celebrations of black womanhood- an affectionate satire, if you will, but an uproarious one as well.

The first character to appear in “The Colored Museum” is a stewardess on a slave ship who warns everyone to buckle up when the “Fasten Your Shackles” sign comes on. The play’s humor may be irreverent, but it also carries a message.

“The Colored Museum” runs May 21-July 2. Theatre Three is in The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St Tickets $15-$20. 871-3300. -B. J.


Bert Long. Long, a Texas original who finds and incorporates ordinary objects such as gloves or tree limbs into strangely expressive mixed-media works, at last gets his due in this, his first one-man museum show. Through June 12 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.

Marc Rawls. These paintings and sculptures combine images that seem to come from some primitive, tribal stock with rocks and sticks. Through May 7 at Alternative Gallery, 3406 Main. Thur-Sat noon-5 pm. 939-0245.

Charlene Rathbum. Rigid forms in wood, metal, and neon explore that area where dreams meet geometry. Through May 14 at Modem Dallas Art Gallery, 2015 S Edgefield. Thur-Sat noon-5 pm. 941-9811.

John Bargar. This traveling artist paints impressionistic landscapes of Texas and the Southwest. May I2-June 1 at Top of the Line Gallery, 4319 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Mon-Fri 10-6 pm. Sat 10-5 pm. (817) 763-5366.

American Collection. Time to get out the permanent collection-abstract expressionism, geometric abstraction, pop. contemporary art-and see how it stacks up. And it does so very well indeed. Through July 3 at the Modem Art Museum of Fort W)rth, 1309 Montgomery. Fort Worth. Tue 10-9 pm, Wed-Sat 10-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. (817) 738-9215.

Early CyeladtC Art. Haunting and mysterious, these carved marble sculptures and vessels preceded the Parthenon by 2, 000 years. “Early Cyciadic Art in North American Collections, ” through May 15 at the Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm,. Sun 11-5 pm. (817)332-8451.

Albert Rafols-Casamada. This Spanish-born artist, trained as an architect, paints delicately brushed abstractions in which color is transformed into diaphanous space. Through May 9 at Moss/Chumley Gallery, Suite 390, Tbe Crescent, 2200 Cedar Springs. Mon-Wed, Fri, Sat, 10-6 pm; Thur 10-7. 871-3777.


Caracalla Dance Company. This acclaimed folkloric group specializing in the dances of Lebanon presents “Echoes. ” a tale in which a bridegroom meditates on the past on the eve of his marriage, Part of a nine-city national tour sponsored by Platform International. May 13 at 8 pm at the State Fair Music Hall. Robert B. Cullum Blvd and Grand Ave. Tickets $15-$50. 1-800-833-3375.


Cllburn Concerts. The Paratore brothers, Anthony and Joseph, who have been called “the world’s most distinguished duo-pianists, ” will play an evening of Gershwin favorites. May 10 at 8 pm at me Kimbell Art Museum, 3333 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tickets $7. 50-$15. (817) 738-6533.

Dallas Chamber Orchestra. The season finale features the Tchaikovsky Serenade for Strings, Bach’s Cantata No. 51 (“Jauchzet Gott in alien Landen”). and a concerto played by the winner of the 1987 Texas Professional Flute Society Orchestral Competition. May 13 at 7: 30 pm at Church of the Transfiguration, Hillcrest at Spring Valley. May 15 at 7 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Tickets $12, $5 for students and senior citizens. 826-6974.

Dallas Civic Music Association. Pinchas Zukerman, one of the world’s best-loved violinists, plays a rare Dallas recital. May 10 at 8: 15 pm at the Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. Tickets $8-$25. 640-7500.

Dallas Opera. The third installment of the Spring Concert Series features soprano Kiri Te Kanawa. This is Dallas’s first look at the diva-except for television appearances such as her solo at the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Di, May 17 at 8 pm in the State Fair Music Hall, Fair Park. Robert B. Cullum Blvd and Grand Ave. Tickets $10-$49. 50. 871-0090.

Dallas Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra winds up

its season with performances of the Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2 with Cuban-bom virtuoso Horacio Gutierrez and Prokofiev’s score for Eisenstein’s film Alexander Nevsky. May 5 & 7 at 8: 15 pm at the State Fair Music Hall. Fair Park, Robert B. Cullum Blvd and Grand Ave. Tickets $8. 50-$22. 692-0203.

Fort Worth Chamber Orchestra. John Giordano will conduct an unusual program consisting of William Wilton’s ’”Facade. ” narrated by Andrew Raeburn. and Samuel Adler’s “’Lodge of Shadows, ” sung by baritone Thomas Paul. May 3 at 8 pm at Ed Landreth Auditorium, TCU campus, University at Cantey, Fort Worth. Tickets $10-$15. (817) 335-9000 or metro 429-1181. For information call (817) 926-2676.

The Philadelphia Orchestra. Riccardo Muti conducts a single performance by one of the world’s greatest performing ensembles. The program includes Rossini’s “William Tell” Overture. Hindemith’s Concert Music for Strings and Brass, and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4. May 18 at 8: 15 pm at the State Fair Music Hall, Fair Park. Robert B. Cullum Blvd and Grand Ave. Tickets $15-$35. 692-0203.

John Rutter. The British composer and conductor, whose recordings have made him one of the most popular contemporary composers, will lead a performance of his sacred music, including a new version of his “Gloria. ” with the Saint Michael Oratorio Choir and the Dallas Chamber Orchestra. May 13 at 8 pm at Saint Michael and All Angels Church. 8011 Douglas at Colgate. Free. 363-5471

Jeffrey Slegel. The pianist plays and talks about two works by Schubert in this last installment of his Keyboard Conversations series. May 31 at 7: 30 pm at the Dallas Museum of Art. 1717 N Harwood. Tickets $8 for DMA members, $10 for nonmembers. 922-0220 ext. 229.

SMU Symphony Orchestra. Conductor Anshel Brusilow leads faculty organist Robert Anderson in the Poulenc Organ Concerto and the Saints-Saens Symphony No. 3. May 4 at 8: 15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Free. 692-3510.

Voices of Change. A preview of this chamber group’s upcoming performances at Kennedy Center in Washington. D. C., with music by American composers Lukas Foss, William Bolcom, William Kraft, Ellen Zwilich, and Robert X. Rodriguez. May 9 at 8: 15 pm at Caruth Auditorium, Meadows School of the Arts, SMU. Tickets $8, $6 for senior citizens and students. 692-3189.

Lyric Opera of Dallas. Dallas’s light-opera company starts its new season early with a performance of the kind of thing it does best-a work by Gilbert and Sullivan. This year it’s Ruddigore, the classic operetta team’s satire on melodrama. Through May 8 at the Majestic Theatre. 1923 Elm. Tickets $10-$35. 522-5653.


1776. A musical about the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Through May 21. Wed-Sai 8 pm. The Dallas Alliance Theatre, located in the Centrum, Oak Lawn and Cedar Springs. Tickets $8 & $10. 5594221.

Narrow Road to the Deep North. Set in 19th-century Japan, this play follows Basho the poet in his search for enlightenment. It is a biting look at two cultures-the Japanese ruling class and Western imperialists-locked in misunderstanding. Through May 14. Thur-Sat 8: 15 pm. Addison Centre Theatre, corner of Mildred and Julian at the base of the Addison water tower. Tickets $9. 50. 934-3913.

The Diary of a Scoundrel. This play, written in the 1860s, follows the exploits of a poor but sly young man who weasels and flatters his way into upper-class Moscow society. Through May 15 (may be extended). Tues-Sat 8 pm, Sun 7: 30 pm. Matinees Sal & Sun at 2: 30 pm. Dallas Theater Center, Arts District Theater, 2401 Flora Tickets $11-$22. 526-8857.

Carmen Montejo Y Su Poesia Ritmlca. Montejo, a star of Mexican movies, theater, and television, will read from the works of poets from Mexico. Uruguay, Cuba. Bra7. Brazil, and Chile. All in Spanish. May 18-19 at 8 pm. Dallas Theater Center, Kalila Humphreys Theater. 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets $10. 50. students $5. 50. 526-8857.

Repertorlo Eapanol. Three performances by the leading Hispanic theater company in the country. May 20 & 21 Fri & Sat evenings feature “Rovoltiilo (Broken Eggs), ” at 8pm. Sat matinee features “El Burlador de Sevilla (The Rake of Seville), ” at 2: 30 pm. Dallas Theater Center, Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. All performances in Spanish. Tickets $6-$12 526-8857.

Alice In Wonderland. A theatrical adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s magical story. Casa Manana Playhouse, 3101 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. May 6 & 13 at 7: 30 pm. May 7 & 14 at 2 pm. Tickets S5. (817) 332-9319.

Fu Manchu! John Dawson has adapted the Sax Rohmer novels of the Twenties in a melodramatic and comic tribute: Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 1611 Greenville Ave. May 13-June 25. Thur-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $6. 50-$8. 5O. Late night production: Tom Stoppard’s play -The Real Inspector Hound” runs through May 7. Fri & Sat at 11 pm. Tickets $5. 821-1860,

A Glrl’s Guide to Chaos. Cynthia Heimel’s off-Broadway hit comedy explores the plight of the post-modem feminist, the single woman of the Eighties, and the war between the sews. Pegasus Theatre, 3916 Main. Through May 14. Wed-Sat at 8: 15 pm. Matinee May 1 at 5 pm. Tickets $8-512. 821-6005.

Huck Finn’s Story. Aurand Harris’s adaptation of Mark Twain’s immortal novel. Through May 15. Dallas Theater Center’s Teen Children’s Theater, at the Kalita Humphreys Theater, 3636 Turtle Creek Blvd. Tickets $5. 50. 526-8857.

The Saagull. The first of the great plays of the maturity of the great Russian writer Anton Chekhov deaJs with the conflict between a visionary young writer and his mother, a famous actress. Stage West, 821 W Victory, Fort Worth. Through May 21. Wed-Fri 8: 15 pm. Sat 5 & 9 pm. Tickets $10-$I2. optional dinner $7. (817) 332-6238.

Stopping Out. Richard Harris’s play features a dance class turned upside down by ten housewives and one token male. Dallas Repertory Theatre, 150 NorthPark Center, May 6-June 5. Tickets $12. 50-$17. 50. 369-8966.

The Sunshine Boys. Neil Simon’s play about retired folks. Fort Worth Theatre. 3505 W Lancaster, Fort Worth. May 26-29. June 1-4. Tickets $9-$10. (817) 738-6509.

Wlld Man of the Navidad. An original script by Johnny Simons with music by Douglas Balentine tells the true story of a little-known Texas folk hero-an escaped slave who traveled around performing kind deeds for unsuspecting farm families. Hip Pocket Theatre, upstairs at the While Elephant Saloon, 108 E Exchange (in the historical Stockyards District), Port Worth. Fri, Sat, & Sun. through May 22 at 8: 15 pm. Tickets $7. 75-$11. 75 at Rainbow-Ticket master. 787-2000. or (817) 927-2833.

Killigsworth. Eugene Lee’s drama unfolds the past of a family after the apparent death of its patriarch. Jubilee Theatre, 3114 E Rosedale. Fort Worth. Through May 14. Fri & Sat at 8: 15 pm, Sun at 3: 15. Tickets SB, students and senior citizens $6, children under 10, $4. (817) 535-0168.

Trlangles. Three one-act comedies centered on the eternal triangle of love and jealousy. Greenville Avenue Pocket Sandwich Theatre, 1611 Greenville Ave. Through May 27. Thur-Sat at 8 pm, Sun at 7 pm. Tickets $6. 50-$8-50. 821-1860.


Superconductivity and Cryogenlcs. Come explore what has become a hot science topic: the effects of extreme cold on electricity. Through Nov 30, at Science Place [I in Fair Park, Robert B Cullum Blvd and Pennsylvania. Tickets $1 for adults, 50 cents for children seven to sixteen, free under seven. Tue-Sat 9: 30-5: 30 pm. Sun noon-5: 30, closed Mon. 428-8352.

The Dallas Instltute. “The Harmonious Universe”: architect and designer Keith Critchlow lectures on sacred architecture. May 9. 7: 30 pm, at the Dallas Museum of Art Auditorium, 1717 N Harwood. Free, but a $5 contribution is requested. “What Makes a City: Crisis and Carnival. ” a day-long conference with speakers from around the world, on how successful cities usually view art: looking back to the past, wishing they had done more. May 19, 9: 30-5: 30 pm. Tickets In the rotunda of the Texas Commerce Bank Tower, Ross and Olive. 871-2440.

Significant Books Ssrlas. Humorist John Henry Faulk will discuss To Secure the Blessings of Liberty, a folksy retelling of the events of the American Revolution and the 1787 drafting of the U. S. Constitution. Tobian Auditorium, 8500 Hillcrest. Tickets $10, followed by a reception. 368-3613.


Scarborough Fairr. For the eighth year, a 16th-century English village marketplace will be constructed on a thirty-five-acre tract near Waxahachie, where there will be jousting, olde-timey cuisine, and more than 400 authentically dressed characters and entertainers who will create a springtime festival celebration atmosphere. Every weekend through June 5, 10 am-7 pm, rain or shine. Thirty minutes south of Dallas on I-35E, exit 399B. Tickets $9. 50 for adults, $4. 25 children under twelve, and free for children under five, at all Rainbow-Ticketmaster outlets, 787-2000, or at the gate. (214) 937-6130.

16th Annual Swiss Avsnu* Homs Tour. Eight wonderfully restored old houses (built in the 1910s and Twenties) and three or four backyard gardens will be open for viewing, and there will be a variety- of ethnic foods, wine, and beer available. May 6-8. Friday evening candlelight tours 6: 30-9 pm; homes will be open from 10 am-6 pm Sat, and noon-6 pm Sun. Tickets $6 in advance from Dallas Sears Ticket outlets, or al the tour for $7. 50. Free parking at Allied Lakewood Bank, 6301 Gaston. with trolleys shuttling constantly to the homes on Swiss Ave. 824-6603.

Mayfest ’88. Come celebrate spring with your whole family on the banks of the West Fork of the Trinity River in Fort Worth. Canoe rides, fishing, pottery making, a parade, puppet shows, clowns, a children’s zoo. singers, dancers, music, and a great variety of food. May 5-8. Thur & Fri 3-9 pm. Sat noon-9 pm. Sun noon-7 pm. Tickets $2, children six and under free. Free parking at Farrington Field, Crestline and University, Fort Worth. {817) 332-1055.

McKinney May Fair “M: A Grand Affair on tfM Square Promenade around the square at the Old Collin County Courthouse in McKinney, tour the old homes at nearby historic Chestnut Square, visit the arts and crafts booths, and pop into all the neat shops. Continuous and various events are planned. A Cioco de Mayo celebration is planned for Saturday night. May 6-8. Fri 6-9 pm. Sat 10-9 pm, Sun noon-6 pm. Free. Take exit 40 (Louisiana St) off 1-75 in McKinney. (214) 542-0163.

Artfest. Artiste will be everywhere-275 of them, from the US, Mexico, and Canada, as well as continuous live entertainment. May 27-29. Fri 6-10 pm, Sat 10-8 pm. Sun 11-7 pm. Tickets $3. 50 from Rainbow-Ticketmaster, 787-2000, or $4. 50 at the gate. Cotton Bowl Plaza, Fair Park, Robert B Cullum Blvd and Grand Ave. 361-2011.


Willow Band Polo. May 22 is the beginning of the fifteenth season of polo al Willow Bend Tlie season lasts through October, with eighteen home matches, Sundays at 6 pm. A “Friends of Polo” demonstration is held before each game at 5 pm to educate new spectators. Willow Bend is at the end of the North Dallas Tbllroad at Park Blvd in Piano. Tickets $6, kids under twelve free. 248-6298.

The Byron Nalaon Golf Classic. Arnold Palmer. Lanny Wadkins, and Dave Stockton, among a field of many others, compete for $750000 in prize money. May 9-15, 7: 30 am until dark. The Las Colinas Sports Club, 4200 N MacArthur. Irving. Tickets $6-$50 per day (free on Monday for the warm-up round). 742-3896.

A Folk-Art Sampler

The SMbne Miseim in Vermont hocus one of the finest collections of American folk art and artifacts, a dizzying array of weather vanes and whirligigs, quilts, cowtets, carousel animals, caned figures, toys, decoys, cigar store lndians, and trade signs, scattered among thirty-sem historic structures on the shore of lake Champlain. From this treasure of Americana, almost a hundred works have been selected, the cream of the col lection, for “la American Sampler: Folk Art From the Shelbune Museum, ” May 7-Sept 4 at the Amon Carter Museum, 3501 Camp Bowie, Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10-5 pm, Sun 1-5: 30 pm. (817) 738-1933. -K. B.


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