The Undermain has been a theater to shirk its artistic responsibility for fear of alienating the loci I citizenry. True to form, the regional première of Howard Barker’s The Castle (A Triumph) should shake up a few people. In The Castle, Barker, a delightfully controversial and anti-authoritarian playwright, has created a world in which knights return home from the Crusades to find their village has been turned into a militant female Utopia. Performances of The Castle are Wed. and Thur. at 7:30 p.m. and Fri. and Sat. at 8:15 p.m. through March 27. Tickets cost what you can pay on Wednesday, and $10 Thursday, $ 12 Friday and $14 Saturday. Performances are held at The Elm Street Theatre, 3202 Elm St Call ARTTIX at 520-ARTS for reservations.
The exploitation and transformation of the Third World provided the inspiration for Godfrey Reggio’s film Powaqqatsi and the powerful accompanying musical score by Philip Glass-the project comprises the second part of the Qatsi trilogy. TITAS brings Powaqqatsi to SMU’s McFarlin Auditorium where the score will be performed live by me Philip Glass Ensemble. The music, influenced by Glass’ travels to Peru, Brazil |and West Africa, interweaves Latin, African, Indian and Middle Eastern rhythms. Performances are March 18 and 19 at 8 p.m Tickets are $5-$33; to purchase, contact TITAS at 528-5576.
Movie stars, musicians, moguls. If they visited Dallas for a benefit or show, or simply passed through on their way somewhere else, Andy Hanson captured them with a few frames of black-and-white film and an old Leica camera. Celebrity Contact, a gallery showing of Hanson’s portraits, reveals candid contact sheets of Elvis, Hepburn and Garland, all in stolen moments. Enlargements of his photos of animated entertainers from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s are on view March 9 through April 17 at Andy Reisberg’s Photographic Archives Lab and Gallery, 5117 W. Lovers Lane. Gallery hours are Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information. call 352-3167.
When Jean-Michel Basquiat died of a drug overdose at age 27, he left behind a prolific body of work that included more than 1,000 paintings and 2.000 drawings. Seventeen of Basquiat’s boldly primitive works, gathered from private collections, are on display at the Dallas Museum of Art through March 28. Basquiat. who once collaborated on a series with Andy Warhol. was inspired by the Hispanic and African-American cultures of his parents and by musicians like Charlie Parker and Janis Joplin. In addition. several of the pieces in this exhibit were influenced by the artist’s visit to Dallas in 1985. four years before his death. The DMA is located at 1717 North Harwood. Admission is free. Museum hours areTues.-Wed. 11 a.m.-4p.m.; Thur.-Fri. 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sat.-Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. For information, call 922-1200.
Quilt by Association
Once seen as mere “women’s work,” quilts are now prized collectibles and the new medium of many artists. The annual Quilt Celebration
sponsored by the Quitters Guild of Dallas is a good opportunity to see what all the excitement is about. More than GOO quilts will be on display in Fair Park’s Automobile Building-everything from antique and ethnic pieces to contemporary quilts by local and national crafters. The quiltfest is March 19-21. There’s a $5 entry fee; seniors pay $4 and kids under 12 are free. Call 352-6525 for more information.