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Drawing by Bill Ames American Theater presents ‘Will Rogers, U.S.A.’ 7411111111111\(4111.1111,1111.1111111111111111110 .rf.e.xeynrol.4…*. The coming fortnight . . . THEATRE CONFERENCE Annual meeting of the Southwest Theatre Conference features speakers Margaret Opsata of Hair producers, Tone Bruhn of Polish Laboratory Theatre movie cast, plus workshops and exhibition plays; Oct. 29-Nov. 1, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. EAST AND WEST Contemporary Japanese photography of Eikoh Hosoe teams with “Ten Centuries That Shaped the West,” an exhibition of 230 classical Greek and Roman works, currently on display; Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Houston. AMERICAN LANDSCAPES Paintings and sketchbooks by Sanford Gifford, landscape artist of the Hudson River School, in first one-man show of Gifford’s work in this century, through Dec. 20; also opening of exhibit of Persian art objects dating from 8th to 19th centuries, Nov. 1 through Dec. 20; University of Texas Art Museum, Austin. GRAPHICS Lithographs by Robert Rauschenberg, graphics from 35th Venice Biennial Workshop; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, 1 to 5 p.m. Sundays, Fort Worth Art Center, Fort Worth. OCTOBER 24 FREE CONCERT Go and enjoy the October weather while Charles Blackman conducts the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, also Oct. 25; 5:30 p.m., State Fair Grounds, Dallas. OCTOBER 25 ART SHOW Old Market Square’s yearly local artists and craftsmen’s show and sale, with everything from velvet paintings to real finds; lots. of junk to wade through but it’s especially pleasant if the weather’s nice; all afternoon, Old Market Square, Houston. WORKSHOP DRAMA Gratien Glinas’ Bousille and the Just, directed by Mavoureen Dwyer, one of the justly-popular U.T. Drama Department Workshop Series which presents thesis plays by students working toward master’s degrees in directing, through Oct. 29; 8 p.m. Laboratory Theatre, University of Texas, Austin. PIANIST PERFORMS Dubbed the “Paganini of the Piano” by one critic with a penchant for labels, John Ogdon performs Stravinsky’s Piano Concerto as Lawrence Foster conducts the Houston Symphony Orchestra, also performing works by Haydn, Elgar, and that old favorite Baughn Williams; 2:30 p.m., and at 8:30 p.m. Oct. 26-27, Jones Hall, Houston. OCTOBER 26 BAWDY TALES Excerpts from Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales, including that juicy tidbit told by the Wife of Bath, read by Australian actor Rob Inglis; 8 p.m., Houston Room, University Center, University of Houston, Houston. OCTOBER 27 PERENNIAL PRINCE Hamlet returns to the Dallas Theater Center, in yet another innovative Paul Baker staging; through Nov. 28, Dallas Theater Center, 3636 Turtle Creek, Dallas. HOMESPUN HUMOR “Will Rogers, U.S.A.” features James Whitmore of the American Theater on national tour; 8 p.m., University Auditorium, East Texas State University, Commerce. OCTOBER 28 1776 Straight from big N.Y. and Broadway, billed as “America’s Award-Winning Musical;” through Nov. 1, Jones Hall, Houston. JOHN BROWNING Winner of the Gold Medal Award in 1956, one of America’s sought-after pianists, Browning pqrforms in the Solo Artists Series of the Cultural Entertainment Committee; 8:15 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. MET TENOR John Alexander, one of the Metropolitan Opera’s traveling tenors, performs in recital in the Community Course series; 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. OCTOBER 29 VIOLINIST John Corigliano, concertmaster of the San Antonio Symphony and former concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic, performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, through Oct. 31; Theatre for the Performing Arts, San Antonio. NOVEMBER 1 German extraction whoop it up with lots of suds and sausage and schmaltz; unfortunately suffers from mobs of university kids who go in heavily for the suds; through Nov. 8 at nightfall, New Braunfels. NOVEMBER 3 TEMPTATIONS Those smooth and easy rhythm men of rock, presented by the U.T. Cultural Entertainment Committee; 7 and 10 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. NOVEMBER 5 KISMET Arabian Nights fairytale features Trinity University music and drama students, through Nov. 21; Ruth Taylor Theatre, Trinity University, San Antonio. NOVEMBER 6 AYN RAND You read her novels in your flaming youth, but bet you haven’t seen her play; Night of January 16, mystery drama in a three-weekend run; 8:30 p.m., Country Playhouse. Houston. \(Calendar events may be submitted to the Coming Fortnight, Texas Observer, 504 W. 24th Burn, baby, burn With kind white hands we turn soft black faces toward the silver way and gently push them onto the road out the right straight way, then kindly run them down with shiny new cars whisking us away. CHARLES BEAMER By Suzanne Shelton OCTOBER GRAB BAG 2 The Texas Observer WURSTFEST Transplanted Texans of Austin