You Art What You Eat
The 8.0 is cool, as expected. Since opening in mid-April, Shannon Wynne’s bistr-O redux in the Quadrangle has become the preferred oasis of the young and the restless, who arrive thirsty and en masse between the hours of 9 and 11 pm, Thursday through Sunday. We’re talking four deep at the bar and at least ten yups plus two fashion victims queuing up for tables. So go for lunch or right after work, when the 8.0’s artful interior proffers space in which to chill out and achieve hipness.
Wynne’s artistic coup was launched about two years ago, when he assembled what he calls the Dallas 8-eight stellar art types, all based in Dallas, and all Wynne-friends from way back. Wynne outlined his goal: the rebirth of the 8.0.
“Initially I did a lot of fretting about did 1 have all the right, different kinds of good Texas art represented,” says Wynne. “But in the end I just decided, hell, I’m going to have friends of mine do it. They’re the best anyway, and I knew they would lend the right sense of whimsy and seriousness to the thing. They all seemed to instinctively know what the place should feel like.”
Wynne’s original concept was to have each artist sketch what would become a mosaic when incorporated into a wall-to-wall, ceramic-tiled panorama, Then time, interim financing, and Yankee bankers took their toll, and the tile work was confined to the restrooms where Wynne and local artisans-tilemen Mel Loinette and Billy Michaelis made midnight magic.
In the cafe proper, a storm of matte black paint fell upon the deep. The concrete floor was scraped clean, sealed, and left raw. And then he let his people go.
Local aficionados will recognize a nouveau “Last Supper” by Judy DeSanders, signature collage by Dan Rizzie, cosmic man-child by John Ashley Bellamy, Bill Haveron’s “Killer Bees or Barfly?” and an endearing family album by Willard “The Texas Kid” Watson. It is rumored that Steve Pietzsch (say: peach) moved cot and television in and became an artful lodger for several weeks while creating his Texas twister.
The interior now poses the cosmic question: is an 8.0 burger better while contemplating Henly’s faux cowboy or dissecting Tolbert’s “Trip to Boystown”? The answer should only come after several visits, by which time the crowd may have subsided a bit. Till then, no artburn guaranteed. -Rebecca O’Dell
BAM! POW! WHACK! It’s Batman!
There’s a new “bat time.” and a new “bat channel,” but Batmaniacs should have no problem finding a place to see Batman-the movie-when it’s released to 2,000 theaters nationwide on June 23.
Batman, the first high-tech superhero, combined gadgetry and acrobatics to bust the bad guys. As the big-screen Batman, Michael Keaton doesn’t have the t-square jawline of the comic character, but he is ready to save Gotham City from the Joker, played with merry malice by (holy superstars!) Jack Nicholson. There’s no near-fatal femme like the Cat Woman to catch our hero’s, eye; this time around, Bruce Wayne’s “love interest” is photojournalist Vicki Vale (Kim Basinger). One major change: alas, the Dynamic Duo is no more. DC Comics’ readers voted last fall to have Robin killed off. However, fans of the old Sixties TV series will feel at home with the Batmobile, the Batplane, and the Batcave. still tended by Alfred the dutiful butler. So grab a couple of back issues to catch up on the life of Batman and head for a theater near you for the coming of Batman, the movie. -Sherri Gulczynski
Les Miserables At The Music Hall
Was there ever a more unlikely Broadway hit than a near-opera based on Victor Hugo’s monumental novel? Yet Les Miserables won eight Tony awards in 1987, including Best Musical. The story of Jean Valjean, who goes to prison for stealing a loaf of bread, may not be lighthearted and cheerful, but it is a powerful experience.
Staging Les Mis calls for a huge cast and evokes a sense of epic goings-on unprecedented in the history of musical comedy. The visit is jointly sponsored by the Dallas Summer Musicals and the Dallas Broadway Series and will run an unusual three weeks, June 20-July 9 in the Music Hall at Fair Park, I-30 and Second Ave. Tickets are $7-$40 and available through Rainbow-TicketMaster. 787-2000. -Bill Jungman
MUSIC AND DANCE
Ivory Powers At The Van Cliburn Competition
Every four years Fort Worth becomes one of the world’s leading music capitals by hosting the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition. Forty pianists, ages thirty or under, come from all over the globe-this year from nineteen different countries, including the Soviet Union and China. During me five days of preliminaries, each plays twice for a distinguished panel of judges, themselves leading pianists. Twelve of them make the rank of semifinalist and play hour-long solo recitals as well as a chamber-music performance with the great Tokyo String Quartet.
Then the field is narrowed to six finalists. Each plays two concertos with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, conducted by maestro Stanislaw Skrowaczewski. On the final Sunday of the competition, the winners of the gold, silver, and bronze medals are announced at an internationally televised ceremony. It’s all tremendously exciting, even for those who know little about classical music. (P.S–a good video warm-up is The Competition, with Richard Drey fuss as an aging wunderkind making one more try for musical immortality.)
The preliminaries of the Eighth Van Cliburn Piano Competition are May 27-29. Thesemifinals last from June 2-6. All of theseperformances are in the Ed Landreth Auditorium at TCU in Fort Worth. The finalsmove to the Tarrant County ConventionCenter Theater, 1111 Houston St, June 8-10at 7:30 pm. The awards ceremony is June 11at 5 pm. Tickets can be purchased for theentire competition, for the various events,or for individual performances. Metro (817)988-7250. -B.J.
Scarborough Faire. More than 800 entertainers and artisans gather to recreate a 16th-century English village marketplace. This Renaissance festival features music, magic, and juggling on eight stages, authentic jousting, craft shops. Old English foods, and children’s activities. Every weekend through June II 10 am-7 pm. Tickets S9.75 adults. $4.50 children five to twelve. Thirty minutes south of Dallas/Fort Worth near Waxahachie Take 1-35. exit 399A. and follow the signs. (2)4) 937-6130.
Hoop-it-Up. Just three years old, Hoop-D-Do. the popular outdoor basketball tournament that began here, has gone national and changed its name. But it’s still the fun, fast-paced streethall tournament we’ve come to love. June 23-25. Fri 4-8 pm. Sat & Sun 7:30 am-6 pm. In the West End. Free.522-HOOP.
Summer Reading Club. The Dallas Public Library’s annual reading club begins June 10. The theme this year is “Creature Features’-books about animals. Kids, need read only one book to join, and reading ten books gets them a certificate. 670-1400.
Film Dada It. A collaboration between the USA Film festival, the Dallas Museum of Art. and Club Dada. this series of films and performance an will focus on the beat poets of the Fifties-Jack Kerouac. Al Ginsberg. William Burroughs-and the resurgence of Dadaism. June 16-18 at 9 pm. Tickets $6. $5 members of the DMA or the film festival. Outdoor stage at Club Dada. 2720 Elm 744-DADA.
Chisholm Trail Round-Up. Staged in the country’s largest historic district, the Fort Worth Stockyards, this is a three-day festival of music, games, and entertainment celebrating the legendary cattle drives of the Old West. June 9-11 Fri 1 pm-1 am, Sat 11 am-1 am. Sun 11 am-10 pm. Tickets $2 adults, children under twelve free. Fort Worth Stockyards, intersection of Main and Exchange. (817) 625-7005.
The Giadney Skittle. Help out a nonprofit organization while enjoying a day of fun, sun. and lots of water at the annual fundraiser for the Edna Gladney Center. The fun takes place at Wet “N Wild. Ticket prices are reduced and benefit the adoption agency. June 3. Noon-10 pm. Tickets S10 in advance. $11 at the door. Wet ’N Wild. 1800 E Lamar Blvd. Arlington. 553-5445.
Ripley’s Belleve It or Not ! The first phase of the plan to rebuild the Wax Museum. Ripley’s exhibits “oddities, curiosities, and illusions gathered from all corners of the globe.” Opens June I. 10 am-9 pm daily. Tickets $5.95 adults. $4.95 children four to twelve. 601 E Safari Parkway. Grand Prairie. 263-2391.
Charity Arabian Horn Show. At least 400 horses will compete in thirty-five classes including Western. English. Humer-Jumper. and American Native Costume, benefiting Dallas Can’ Musical entertainment and arts and crafts will also be a pan of the show. June 9-11. Tickets $5 in advance. $6.50 at the door. Fair Park Coliseum. 1-30 and Second Ave. 522-8312.
Dallas Symphony Showcase. Furnished and decorated by local designers, the 11.000-square-foot home of Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Murchison. in Highland Park, will he on display to benefit (he Dallas Symphony Orchestra. June 16-29. Mon-Wed. Fri & Sat 10 am-4 pm. Thur 10 am-6:30 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. Tickets $6 in advance. $8 at The door 4800 Lakeside Drive. 522-6834.
Dairy Day it Old City Park. There will be plenty of free samples of ice cream, yogurt, milk, cheese, and other dairy favorites, and you can try your luck at milking a cow or making butter. June 3. 10 am-3 pm. Old City Park. 1717 Gano. Free. 421-5141.
Starplex. In its second season, the outdoor amphitheater of Dallas continues to bring in some great performers. All shows at 8 pm. Starplex Amphitheatre, Pennsylvania at Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. Fair Park. Tickets available through Rainbow-Ticket Master. 787-2000. June 10 Texas Jazz Fest ’89 16 George Strait 23 Benson & Hedges Blues Festival
Anton Carter Museum. Early Photographic Portraits. Almost as soon as the camera was invented, photographers were using this newest of devices to examine one of the oldest of subjects, the human face; here, in honor of photography’s sesquicentennial, are thirty pioneering, portraits. Through June 11 at 3501 Camp Bowie. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5:30 pm. (817) 738-1933.
Dallas Museum of Art. Concentrations 21: Gael Stark, another in the museum’s excel lent series of one-artist shows, features paintings by a Houston artist in which dense layers of writing, numbers, and seemingly random scrawls arc as mysteriously evocative as an old blackboard. Through July 2 at 1717 N Harwood Tue, Wed. Fri. Sat 10 am-5 pm. Thur 10 am-9 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. 922-1200.
Dallas Museum of Natural Hiatory. The museum has installed “Jumbo” on the grounds overlooking the Fair Park lagoon. The spectacular pachyderm was inspired by a skeleton in the museum’s collection of fossils. Other permanent exhibits include a collection of gems and minerals and habitat groupings of native Texas mammals, birds, and reptiles. At Fair Park, I-30 and Second Ave. Mon-Sat 9 am-5 pm, Sun and holidays noon-5 pm. 670-8457. Ramses the Great brings a lung’s ransom of Egyptian objects to town, ranging from dazzling gold collars and bracelets to the fifty-seven-ton granite colossus. Through Aug 27 in the Automobile Building, First and Grand Ave. Mon-Sun 9 am-6 pm. Tickets $8 adults, $5 children to fourteen. 1-800-HI-MUMMY. or, in Dallas. 421-2500.
Kimbell Art Museum. The museum features a permanent collection of important European paintings and sculpture through the early 20th century, plus a small but choice collection of pre-Columbian and Far Eastern art. 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm. (817) 332-8451.
Meadows Museum. A fascinating and neglected chapter in the history of church architecture is lovingly examined in Churches of Por-rugal, an exhibit of black-and-white and color photographs by Charles Brummel. photographer at the Chicago Art Institute. June 8-July 22 on the SMU campus. Owen Arts Center, 6101 Bishop. Mon-Sat 10 am-5 pm. Sun 1-5 pm. 692-2516.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. Gorbachev may be having his (roubles in Soviet Georgia and Armenia, but here in the galleries of (he Modern An Museum, where the paintings of young Soviet and American artists hang side by side in 10 +10: Contemporary Soviet and American Painters, glasnost is working. Through Aug 14 at 1309 Montgomery. Fort Worth. Tue-Sat 10 am-5 pm, Sun 1-5 pm. (817)738-9215.
Museum of African-Amerlcan Life and Culture. Texas Col-lects brings together works by African and African-American artists from private Dallas and Fort Worth collections. Through June 30 in Science Place II. Fair Park. 1-30 and Second Ave. Tue-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm. Sun noon-5 pm. 565-9026.
Science Place. A new permanent exhibit called “Kids Place” has opened in Science Place I The exhibit is designed for children ages two to seven and includes more than twenty-five hands-on science activities divided into four groups: the Numbers Forest. Building Things. Senses, and Waterworks. Through Oct 31 is Mummies! an exhibit including Padihershef. a 2.600-year-old mummy, a female, and child mummy. All are partially unwrapped. Tue-Sat 9:30 am-5:30 pm, Sun noon-5 pm. Admission $5 adults. $2 children and senior citizens. Science Place 1 & II in Fair Park. 1-30 and Second Ave. 421-3466.
Afterimage. The camera never lies, but photographer Judy Miller has told some whoppers; skillfully altering her prints through collage and meticulous hand-coloring, she juxtaposes people and animals in unlikely and often humorous situations. June 10-22 at the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. Suite 250. Mon-Sat 10 am-5:30 pm. 871-9140.
Eugene Binder Gallery. David Bates’s big oil paintings have been ings on paper, works that are smaller, but every bit as fresh and lively. Through June 24 at 840 Exposition Ave. Tue-Fri 10 am-6 pm, Sat 10 am-5 pm. 821-5864.
500X Gallery. Every spring, this gallery throws open its walls and floors la any and all artists and would-be artists; the resulting Open Show is ragged, occasionally a bit wild, but never dull. Through June 2 at 500 Exposition. Fri-Sun 1-5 pm. 818-1111.
Modern Dallas Art. The geometric images in Charlene Rathburn’s paintings are created on a computer and transferred to canvas, but the glowing, transparent colors come from wax encaustic, a painting medium that dates back to the Byzantine era. June 17-July 31 at 2015 S Edgefield. Thur-Sat noon-5 pm. 941-9811.
Telephone Ploneer Museum. The Juneteenth Exhibition is a lively look, through the art of those it affected, at the activities that sur-round this annual celebration of freedom. June 1-30 at 208 S Akard. Mon-Fri 9:30 am-4:30 pm. 464-8425.
Barry Whistler Gallery. Recent work-Paintings, Drawings, and Prints, done by Jack Hanley. June 2 July 8 at 2909-A Canton St. Tue-Fri 10 am-5:30 pm, Sat II am-5 pm. 939-0242.
MUSIC AND DANCE
Concert on the Lawn. The Dallas Symphony Orchestra performs a sunset conceit on the newly renovated outdoor stage along White Rock Lake at the Arboretum. June 2 at 8 pm. Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. 8625 Garland Rd. Free. 327-8263.
Jazz Under the Stars. This fifth annual concert series offers a great Thursday evening wind down with such performers as the Danny Zeitlin Quartet on June I and the Stone Savage Band on June 29. Every Thursday in June at 8 pm. Ross Avenue Plaza of the Dallas Museum . of An. Free. 922-1200
SMU Conservatory Festival. This yearly get-togeiher of professionals and students features almost nightly performances-some free of charge, some with a modest admission cost. Highlights include * Schubert evening featuring the “Trout” Quintet with pianist Steven De Groote on opening night. June I. and !he Dallas Wind Symphony on June 24. All performances in Caruth Auditorium SMU. For a com-plete schedule call 692-ARTS.
Dallas Symphony Discovery Series. This month’s featured performers are violinist Emanuel Borok on June 22 and Eduardo Mata with the Dallas. Symphony Orchestra on June 29. All performances at 8:15 pm. Tickets SI2. Lovers Lane United Methodist Church, corner of NW Hwy and Inwood. 692-0203.
Candida. The Lyric Opera of Dallas opens its 1989 season with a pro-duction of Leonard Bernstein’s comic opera based on Voltaire’s classic novel. It stars John Lankston. who appeared in the national PBS broadcast of the work. June II at 2:30 pm. June 14. 16. & 17 at 8:15 pm. Tickets $7-$36. Majestic Theatre, 1925 Elm. 522-5653.
Two Gentieman of Verona. Shakespeare in the Park presents one of the Bard’s less frequently performed comedies as its first offering in its new Location, an outdoor amphitheater at Samuell-Grand Park. Samuell Rd at Tennyson Park Rd. June 13-25. except Mondays, at 8:30 pm. Free 559-2778.
Much Ado About Nothing. Shakespeare’s great comedy about how the sharp-tongued Beatrice and the braggart Benedick discover they love each other plays on odd-numbered nights June I3-July I at Fort Worth’s. Shakespeare in the Park. It alternates with the tragedy Macbeth, playing even-numbered nights June 14-July 2. No performances on Mondays. All shows begin at 8:30 pm. Trinity Park Playhouse, intersection of Forest Park and Seventh St. (817) 336-7300.
Groucho-A Life in RevueTheatre Three hosts Che national tour featuring the original New York and London cast of this musical play written and directed by Groucho Marx’s son Arthur June 2-July 2. Mon-Fri 8:15 pm. Sat 3:30 & 8:15 pm. Sun 2:30 & 7:30 pm. Tickets $I3-$24. In the Quadrangle, 2800 Routh St. 871-3300.
Best Little Whorehouse In Texas. The national musical of Texas recounts the closing of the stale’s most famous brothel. Garland Summer Musicals. June 16. 17,23-25. Fri & Sat 8 pm. Sun 2 pm. Tickets $I2. Garland Performing Am Center. 5th at Austin. 205-2780.
CindereIla. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s version of the fairy talc (originally written for television) has seldom been seen on stage-this is a rare opportunity. Dallas Children’s Theatre Inc. June 16-July 2. Fri 7:30 pm, Sat 10:30 am &. 1:30 pm Sun 1:30 & 4 pm. Tickets $8. So for children. 978-0110.
Texas Rangers. With twelve home games this month against division rivals, the surprising Rangers could open a healthy lead in the West. Arlington Stadium 1700 Copeland Rd. Arlington. All games at 7:35 pm. Tickets $4-$10 through the Texas Rangers Ticket Office.
Metro (817) 273-5100.
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Dallas Dragoons. Dallas’s professional arena polo team is the reigning national champion and they’re out to defend that title this season. The National Polo League Championship game will be played June 3 at 8 pm. State Fair Coliseum in Fair Park, 1-30 and Second Ave. Tickets $12.50. 520-POLO.
Farmer’s Market, An open-air market featuring more than a hundred Texas farmers and their wares. Fresh, homegrown fruits and vegetables abound year-round. 5 am-7 pm daily from late May to late Sept. 1010 S Pearl, six Mocks south of Commerce St in downtown Dallas. 670-5880.
Dallas Arboretum & Botanical Garden. Set on the eastern shore of White Rock Lake, the Arboretum offers a picnicker’s paradise with more than twenty-five beautifully landscaped acres filled with flowers. herbs, trees, gardens, and two historic homes. Tue-Sun 10 am-6 pm Admission $3 adults. $2 senior citizens, and SI children six to twelve. Free on Fridays from 3-6 pm. 8525 Garland Rd. 327-8263
Dallas Zoo. Tigers, zebras, okapi, and 1,600 other mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians, including many rare and endangered species, can be found at the Dallas Zoo. 9 am-5 pm daily. Admission S3 adults. $I.50 seniors and children six to eleven, free under six. 621 E Clarendon Dr. three miles south of downtown. 670-6825.
West End MarketPiace. Once a turn-of-the-century candy and tracker factory, this three-build ing, multilevel complex is host to more than seventy-five shops, fast-food slops. CityGolf-an indoor, twenty-seven-hole miniature golf course. StarBase-a live-action laser lag game, and Dallas Alley-a nightclub extravaganza. Mon-Thur II am-10 pm. Fri & Sat 11 am-midnight. Sun noon-8 pm. 603 Munger Ave at Market St. 954-4350.
Six Flags. This 205-acre theme park features mure than a hundred rides, shows, and other attractions. Located in Arlington, between Dallas and Fort Worth on 1-30 at SH360. Open 10 am daily. Call for closing times. Tickets $20.50 adults. $14 children under forty-eight inches and senior citizens. Metro (817) 640-8900.
Wet’N Wild. As the mercury in the thermometer continues to climb, this is the park to head for to beat the heat. Plenty of water to slide through, wade in. and splash around. Through June 15, 10 am-6 pm dully; June I6-Aug 24, 10 am-9 pm daily. Tickets $13.95 adults. $11.95 children three to twelve I800 E Lamar Blvd. Arlington. 265-3013 LBJ at NW Hwv. Garland. 840-0600.
Clown Around. Raining outside and nothing for the kids to do? Head for Clown Around, an indoor amusement center featuring nine mechanical rides (an indoor train, bumper cars, mini flying swings, and an eighteen-foot ferris wheel), two game rooms with more than thirty video and skill games, and a concession area. Mon-Thur 10 am-8 pm, Fri & Sat 10 am-10 pm. Sun noon-8 pm. Admission is free and unlimited ride passes are $5.95 Tue-Fri at 6 pm. $7.45 Fri 6-9 pm, all day Sat & Sun. 702 E Safari Blvd. Grand Prairie. Metro (214) 263-0001.
Sixth Floor Exhibit. The sixth floor of the Texas School BookDepository where Lee Harvey Oswald allegedly Tired the shot thatkilled John F. Kennedy is open to the public. 9:30 am-4:30 pm dailyTickets Si adults. S3 senior citizens. $2 children twelve and underTexas School Book Depository, 411 Elm St. 653-6666.