Not to be missed this month- the 1989 Designfest-ASID Warehouse Sale on October 7 & 8. It features an incredible selection of designer furniture,accessories, and plants all at wholesale or below-wholesale prices. Sponsored by the American Society of InteriorDesigners. Tickets are $3 with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Downtown Dallas Family Shelter. 748-1941.
profile We first heard the Mac Band about a year ago on K104. A few doses and we were smitten. Then we found out they’re a Dallas-based band and that did it. Not only are these guys good, but they’re making music right here in our own back yard.
Their sexy R&B sound is the result of years of harmonizing that began in childhood (The Mac Band is actually the McCampbell brothers). Raised on gospel in Michigan, of all places, they’re now hard at work on their second album for MCA Records. While we await this new release we’ll have to settle for them live, in person, September 30 at the State Fair. Tough assignment.
The House: Rooms With a View
ART There is an old and honorable tradition of paintings that look so much like the real thing that, for a moment, the eye is fooled. Trompe l’oeil, they are called-a trick of the eye.
Olya Cherentsova-Collins’s paintings might be called a trick of the mind, because they fool the waking eye into believing it’s dreaming. Her windows and doors, seemingly ordinary and painted life-size, look out-or in-on a mysterious landscape in which birds are imprisoned in jugs and jars and insects are transformed into the tendrils of plants or a string of beads. Toys scattered around a child’s room lake on a subtle air of menace. Egg shells, a pruning hook, and sharp knives share a cabinet shelf with tender fruits. Eight of these disquieting canvases, all painted with directness and delicacy, have been gathered together into a show called, fittingly, The House.
The works have been arranged, in fact, to transform the gallery into a kind of metaphorical house-painted windows, doors, shelves, and a bench, all located just where you might expect them.
The idea, the artist says, was born many years ago when, as a girl growing up in Moscow, she shared a tiny room in a communal apartment with her grandmother. The single window looked out on a blank wall. She wondered if she would ever have a room of her own.
Now she has a whole house in East Dallas for herself and her husband and son. But she has long since learned that the most ample space is in the mind, and the clearest windows look in on the imagination. At Modern Dallas Art, October 14-November 18. 941-9811.
Minimalist Master Plays Caruth
SCARE TACTICS Rising from the ashes are ghoulish figures-Count Dracula, Frankenstein, the Phantom of the Opera-and Dr. Blood, the scientist of fear. Live ghosts, wax ghouls, yikes- which is which? Spine-tingling screams, ghostly winds, mysterious knocks, and so-thick-you-could-cut-it-with-a-knife fog. All of this and more nastiness can be found at Dr. Blood’s Halloween at the Wax Museum, a perfectly charming way to spend All Hallows Eve. You’ll be escorted on a tour through Dr. Blood’s Asylum of Fear, over a vat of bubbling wax, and past the likenesses of Freddy Krueger, the Living Dead, werewolves, and the Bride of Dracula. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself looking over your shoulder. Could they be-real? The only way to find out is to take a frightening trip through your worst nightmares. October 26-31. Fear begins at 7 p. m. $4. 50 per person for the scare of your life. 601 E. Safari Pkwy., Grand Prairie. 263-2391. Editor’s Note: suggested attire-something simple, black, and suitable for screaming.
Who better to throw the most uninhibited party on Texas/OU weekend than Texas House Speaker Gib Lewis? The Speaker’s Party on the evening before the big game has become an institution, with politicos. lobbyists, and loyalists mixing together in a special session of sorts (read: wild party).
Minimalist Master Plays Caruth
MUSIC Philip Glass has had to develop an audience along with his music. When he broke with the musical establishment and began to find his way into his own style of incessantly repeated simple patterns (now known as “minimalist” and heard everywhere from the stages of the world’s great opera houses to television soaps). Glass performed in art galleries more often than in the usual concert venues. For a while his association with performance artists led some to question his musical integrity and professional seriousness. Nowadays the audiences at his sold-out concerts are younger, hipper, and much more committed than your usual symphony-goers, and such old-school perceptions are of little importance anymore.
Glass has composed all kinds of pieces-for operas, ballets, movies, plays-but until recently his most personal vehicle has been his small touring ensemble of first-rate musicians.
Then in 1988 Glass began performing solo recitals on the piano. It used to be commonplace for composers to be famous virtuosos-Mozart, Beethoven, Liszt, and Rachmaninoff all made much of their living playing the piano. But even Rachmaninoff played more of other people’s music than his own when he performed around the world. When was the last time a classical composer actually made big money playing whole evenings of his own pieces?
Of course, there are those who vehemently deny that Glass is a classical composer in any meaningful sense of the word. You can decide for yourself when The International Theatrical Arts Society (TITAS) brings Glass to Dallas for two solo piano concerts in SMU’s Caruth Auditorium on October 3 and 4 at 8 p. m. The music will include pieces from his album Glassworks, the opera Einstein on the Beach, and the score for the movie The Thin Blue Line. All seats are general admission at $20 and can be ordered at 528-5576. Caruth is SMU’s smaller auditorium, so it’s a good bet there won’t be an empty seat either night. Whatever else he has done, Philip Glass has built himself an audience.
Trends The first group of models to hit the runway at Ronaldus Shamask’s fall show were faux priests, nuns, and other monastic types. The clothing-long, flowing shapes in black with beautifully tailored white shirts- began the look, but it was the exquisite, antique crosses worn as necklaces, belts, and pins that got our attention. While not everyone will embrace the vestments-as-warrtrobe cult this fall, the jewelry should make an easy transition to street chic. To shop for in Dallas: an array of Ethiopian crosses from Avant; a stellar heirloom collection at Chiaroscuro; crosses from Sally Davison’s collection at Neiman Marcus; and Rebecca Collins’s dramatic reproductions of Ethiopian coptic crosses to be worn as necklace or belt at Stanley Korshak (not shown).
Do your children think that fruits and vegetables come from cans or square frozen boxes? Is the closest you’ve ever been to fall harvest the produce section of your local Tom Thumb on the day the pumpkins are delivered? If so, allow us to introduce you to eight alternatives for finding fresh produce in and around Dallas this fall.
Dallas Farmer’s Market (Dallas/ downtown). The granddaddy of them all since 1940. Located at 1010 S. Pearl Expwy. (Call 748-2082 for directions and a produce update. ) Open year-round from 6 a. m. to 6 p. m. daily.
North Dallas County Farmers Market (Garland). LBJ between Northwest Hwy. and Shiloh Rd. Open 8 a. m. to 7 p. m. Monday-Sunday. (Weekends only in January and February. ) 278-5711. Also features arts and crafts stalls and a deli.
Fairview Farms Marketplace (Piano). 3314 N. Central Expwy. Opens October 21 for year-round operation, 9 a. m. to 8 p. m. daily. You will find eighty-nine stands, a working farm, an art bam, and an entertainment pavilion.
Ray’s Produce (The Colony/Piano/ Frisco). East of Preston Rd. on Hwy. 121. Open year-round, 9 a. m. to 7: 30 p. m. (till dark during the winter). Fresh produce, ceramics, and real pit barbecue.
Scott Produce (East Dallas). Samuell and Buckner Blvd. April-December 23. (Though he threatens retirement, check across the street for Cecil Quick. Selling produce out of the back of his truck, he’s been a landmark up and down Samuell for fifty-five years. )
Vernon & Sons Produce, Nursery & Meat Market (Mesquite/Balch Springs). Lake June and Belt Line. Open year-round, 8 a. m. to 8 p. m., 285-9695 or 289-0216. Country store atmosphere featuring grain-fed heavy beef.
Calvin’s Fruit Stand (Oak Cliff). Clarendon at Edgefield Ave. Open year-round, 9 a. m. to 8 p. m. daily. 943-0215. Calvin’s has been one of “the” places to shop for produce in Oak Cliff for the past twenty-two years.
Farmer Boy’s Market (Irving). Rock Island Road at MacArthur. Open year-round, Monday-Saturday, 7: 30 a. m. to 6 p. m. 253-9157.
Dixie Gunn Shoots For a Blue Ribbon
Most kids these days are drawn to the State Fair by cotton candy visions of penny arcades and roller coaster rides. A typical fourth-grader in many respects, Dixie Gunn wouldn’t mind a walk down the Midway either-especially for a corny dog or a stuffed animal prize.
First things first, however, and first is what Dixie hopes to be when she brings “Babe” to the State Fair’s Junior Livestock Prospect Steer Show October 14. Babe is a non-stuffed, 800-pound, year-old Limousine Croff, and he’s Dixie’s very own 4-11 Beef Cattle Project animal.
While most kids Dixie’s age have a pet or two at home to take care of, Dixie has Babe. And Babe is a big-time responsibility. Every day Dixie heads for the barn at Allen’s Agricultural Project Center, where she feeds, bathes, and exercises Babe. (And cleans out his stall. )
At the tender age of “almost ten, ” Dixie is (with her family’s help and 4-H club support from her hometown of Allen) learning how to “work” her steer, which should pay off big in belt buckles, premiums, trophies, and ribbons throughout the year.
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Crisp, clear, autumn air, bales of hay, and pumpkins. Chrysanthemums, | pansies, candletrees, and asters. Fall at the Dallas Arboretum, in our opinion, is prettier than spring. Definitely a required autumn outing. October 7-29. Tuesday-Sunday 10a. m. -6p. m Call 327-3990.Art + Environment = Dreamspace
Event In an age of ecological and environmental concerns, Caravan of Dreams Productions has put together a series of festivals, called Dreamspace, that are truly the most fascinating conceptual events to come along in light years. Beginning this month and continuing into 1992, Dreamspace will showcase major art forms with artists from around the globe.
The first of seven such events is “Texas, U. S. A. ” (“Creating Ecological Awareness through the Beauty and Artistic Diversity of Texas”) on October 7 and 8. The festival will feature Texas performers and artists like The Caravan of Dreams Theater, Johndavid Bartlett, Ten Hands, Louanne Barton, Fathead Newman, and the Sir Douglas Quintet. There will be two main stages and lots of exhibit areas along Main Street on Sundance Square in downtown Fort Worth. Admission is free, although paid center stage reserved seating is also available.
Watch this space for information on future festivals. Metro (817) 429-4000.
Theater The first time we saw the Hip Pocket Theatre in Fort Worth perform, we were immediately seized with the notion that we had to quit everything and join up with this infectious theatrical enterprise.
Eventually, cool common sense prevailed. But, thank God, Johnny Simons relied more on his heart than his head when he started Hip Pocket. The founding of his own theater represented a wholehearted commitment to doing the kind of theater he wanted to do. In fact, most of Hip Pocket’s plays are Johnny Simons’s own invention. More often than not, Simons’s collaborator is Douglas Balentine, who writes the songs and croons them mysteriously into a microphone, acting as a kind of Greek chorus commenting on the action as he plays the piano.
The final production of the Hip Pocket’s thirteenth summer season is a new work by Simons, the third installment of Even If You Can Stop The Yellow Claw, My Deadly Tidal Wave Will Still Destroy Sew York! Like so many other Hip Pocket Theatre presentations, this will undoubtedly be funny and rowdy and downright poetic. September 15-October 22. Friday-Sunday at 8: 15 p. m. Tickets $4-$10. (817) 927-2833.
Modern Dance Does Fort Worth
DANCE You never know when you go to a New Century Danscene concert what you’ll see. A woman wrapping herself in a suspended rope, or girls with glow-in-the-dark gloves and batons highstepping to Leonard Bernstein’s Candide. That’s the big appeal of the smorgasbord approach to modern dance-surprise and variety.
This approach is director Susan Douglas Roberta’s preferred modus operandi. “Modern dance is as individual as each choreographer, ” she says. And though this fall she’s limited the concert to a mere six choreographers (some local, some not), Roberts is certain the diversity will remain.
New Century Danscene performs anew on October 27 and 28 at 8 p. m. Caravan of Dreams, 312 Houston St., Fort Worth. Tickets are $6, $3 for students. For information call Metro (817) 429-4000.
The $28, 000 Ticket
Sports What seats four people, brings endless excitement, and costs about $28, 000? Try four season tickets to see the Dallas Mavericks. With about 800 people in line to get season tickets, your only shot at getting seats anywhere other than the “nosebleed” section is to go through the classifieds. You’ll be talking to either a broker or a regular person who has season tickets and knows how much money he can get for them. Your choices are: buy individual tickets, which can run $40-$100 per ticket/per game, or purchase a bond giving you the right to those same tickets every year. The bond can cost from $5, 000 to $10, 000 per seat (after the first year you can buy them at regular season ticket prices, about $500 per). So, four season tickets in just “good” seats will cost you about $28, 200. That includes this season’s tickets at $50 per ticket/per game plus $5, 000 for each bond to guarantee those seats for next year. But for the rest of us, individual tickets go on sale October 14 and range in price from $5-$l2-plus, of course, the cost of a pair of binoculars.