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Art Guise

They’ve been known to wrap th;ir audiences in cellophane. Several years ago they celebrated the vinter solstice by drinking Coca-Cola from sunrise to sundown at a Denny’s restaurant. Poking fun at the cultural elite arid provoking the masses are just a few of the Aaart Guys favorite things to do. A.k.a. Michael Galbreth and Jack Massing, the Houston performance and visual artists use their work to comment on consumerism and to blast stereotypical ideas and social mores. About a dozen of the Guys’ works, ranging from drawings to peer bottle sculptures will be on display at the Barry Whistler Gallery through May 29. Barry Whistler is open Tues.-Sat. from noon to 5 p.m. and is located at 2909 B Canton St. For more information, tall 939-0242.



Ballet Fest

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Anita N. Martinez Ballet Folklorico by enjoying three of their most festive ballets. The performance begins with the comédie antics of Fiesta Tarasca, moves into the wedding festivities of Boda Navaritas and concludes with Fiesta en Guadalajara. The dancers will be accompanied by Mariachi Los Reyes arid soloist Belisa Perez. Performances at ; at the Majestic Theater, May 7 and 8 at 8:15, plus a 2:15 Saturday matinee. For ticket information and reservations, call 720-7550.

Kandinsky and Co.

As a pioneer of abstract art, Vassily Kandinsky’s dynamic use of color heavily influenced the American art scene. Theme and Improvisation: Kandinsky and the American Avant Garde 1912-1950, presented by the Amon Carter Museum in Fort Worth, exhibits nine oils and two lithographs by Kandinsky along with works by American painters inspired by his stylistic achievements. Organized by the Dayton Art Institute, Theme and Improvisation will be up May 15-August 1. The Amon Carter is located at 3501 Camp Bowie Blvd. Admission is free. Museum hours are Tues.-Sat. 10-5; Sun. noon-5. For more information, call (817)738-1933.

Al bee’s Women

Playwright Edward Albee, now based part of each year at the University of Houston, has assisted former SMU theater chairman Andrew Harris in compiling Albee’s Women, a staged collection of the women Albee has created in such plays as Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf ’and A Delicate Balance. Harris, currently on the theater faculty at TCU, stages the show May 1 -9 at the Caravan of Dreams’ Theater of All Possibilities. After other directors’ attempts to create shows about Tennessee Williams1 women-usually resulting in long evenings of wispy actresses depending on the kindness of strangers- Albee’s Women at least offers a view of the more raucous side of the feminine stage image, starting with Martha’s famous line in Virginia Woolf. “What a dump!” 3312 Houston St.. (817) 877-3333.

Sweet Dreams are Made of This

Akin Babatunde brings a blend of the Yornha singing techniques and the African-American call-and-response tradition to the stage of the Junior Black Academy of Arts and Letters with Reveal. Written and directed by Babatunde, founder and artistic director of the Vivid Theater Ensemble, Reveal focuses on a man, who after attending a family wake, is visited in his dreams by a guardian angel. The angel renews the man’s faith in his own heritage by bringing him in contact with various spirits, including many of his Yoruba ancestors. Co-presented by the Vivid Theater and the Junior Black Academy, Reveal will be staged May 13-16 at 8 p.m. with a 3 p.m. matinee both Saturday and Sunday. Performances are at the JBAAL, located in the Dallas Convention Center Theatre Complex, 650 S. Griffin Street. For ticket information, call 658-7144.

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