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Armadillo presents the Incredible String Band The coming ortnight . . By Suzanne Shelton NOVEMBER GRAB BAG SILVERWARE Exhibit of 19th Century American craftsmanship in silver, including pair of goblets commissioned by French general, the Marquis de Lafayette; through Dec. 14, Witte Confluence Museum, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. TAPESTRIES Commissioned by Hatfield Galleries of Los Angeles and woven in Aubusson, France, exhibition of 12 contemporary tapestries includes one with design inspired by Texas shore birds, executed by University of Texas at Austin art professor Michael Frary; Shook-Carrington Gallery, 6700 N. New Braunfels, San Antonio. BEN SHAHN Tempera, watercolors, lithographs, and serigraphs by renowned contemporary American artist, from collection recently shown in Japan; through Dec. 9, Gallerie Ann, 3220 Louisiana, Houston. NOVEMBER 19 STRING BAND The incredible Incredible String Band, backed by Shiva’s Head Band, will be at Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin; Nov. 19 and 20, from about 8:30 p.m. ’till 1 a.m. NOVEMBER 20 FIFTH DIMENSION Famed quintet, known for recordings such as “Up, Up, and Away” and “Stone Soul Picnic,” in concert; 6:30 and 9 p.m., Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco; also Nov. 22, 9:30 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. MEASURE FOR MEASURE Shakespeare’s dark comedy of justice, in version updated by Houston Shakespeare Society; through Nov. 22, 8:30 p.m. nightly with 2:30 p.m. Sunday matinee, University of Saint Thomas Jones Hall, Houston. LAINIE KAZAN If you ignore her current T.V. commercial, she’s quite a singer; through Dec. 9, Venetian Room, Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. ELIZABETHAN DRAMA Rare presentation of “The Maid’s Tragedy,” drama of blood, lust, and horror by Beaumont and Fletcher, writing team that rivalled Shakespeare in his ability to thrill audiences; through Nov. 22, Dec. 3 and 4, 8:15 p.m. with 3 p.m. Sunday matinee, University Theatre, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. NOVEMBER 21 MARGOT FONTEYN Foremost ballerina of England’s Royal Ballet is guest artist for “Carmina Burma” with Dallas Civic Opera chorus and soloists; also Puccini’s “Il Tabarro,” one-act melodramatic opera starring Magda Olivero; through Nov. 22, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. 2 The Texas Observer NOVEMBER 22 TSU CONCERT Opening concert for Texas Southern University’s new Music Building includes T.S.U. Contemporary Jazz Ensemble in “Ghetto,” “Concertino” for five woodwinds, “Thunderbird,” a jazz concerto; 3 p.m., Music Building, Texas Southern University, Houston. BAROQUE MUSIC Robert Jones, Ray Weaver, Byron Hester, Shirley Trepel, and Fredell Lack perform in “Sundays at 4” concert series; 4 p.m., Jones Lecture Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. GERMAN CELLIST Christian Hocks of Wiedenbruck, Germany, is cellist with University of Texas Symphony Orchestra in soloist series which resulted from student competitive tryouts; 4 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. NOVEMBER 23 BURT BACHARACH America’s favorite pop composer, in concert, playing such hits as “Alfie,” “Promises, Promises;” 8:30 p.m., Coliseum, Houston. HOUSTON SYMPHONY Violinist Viktor Tretyakov performs Tschaikowsky’s Violin Concerto, with Georg Semkow conducting, through Nov. 24; Semkow conducts with Austin pianist James Kick as soloist in Chopin’s Piano Concerto in E Minor; Nov. 29 and 30, Dec. 1; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. NOVEMBER 24 LEON BIBB Folk singer and his musicians present nostalgic songs of past plus selections from modern composers; 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Memorial Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. NOVEMBER 25 FOR ROCK FANS Three Dog Night in concert; Sam Houston Coliseum, Houston. NOVEMBER 27 SPY FARCE Fledgling Southwest Theatre Guild presents “Who Was That Lady I Saw You With?,” F.B.I. farce by Norman Krasna; through Nov. 28, Dec. 4 and 5, 11, and 12, 8:30 p.m., 2419 Times Blvd., Houston. NOVEMBER 30 TEXAS TENOR William Blankenship, native of Gatesville, currently performing in European opera productions, returns to his alma mater for concert; 8 p.m., Mail Auditorium, North Texas State University, Denton. DECEMBER 3 DEPRESSION DRAMA Alley Theatre presents world premiere of “Ring Around the Bathtub,” Jane Trahey’s comedy of a Chicago family’s attempts to outwit the American Depression; through Jan. 3, 8:30 p.m., Alley Theatre, Houston. ONE-ACT MUSICALS N.T.S.U. Theatre presents “Diary of Adam and Eve,” based on Mark Twain short story, plus Jules Feiffer’s “Passionella,” and “The Lady or the Tiger?”; through Dec. 5, University Theatre, North Texas State University, Denton. DECEMBER 4 MORE FEIFFER In case you don’t make it to Denton, Jules Feiffer’s “Living Cartoons” and “Crawling Arnold” are performed by Bijuberti Players in supper theatre; through Dec. 5, 11, and 12, 8:30 p.m,, Theatre Unlimited, 15th and Waller Streets, Austin. RIGOLETTO Dallas Civic Opera performs Verdi’s classic, with Gian Piero Mastromel, Margherita Rinaldi, Ion Buzea, Malagu Zaccaria, Jon Enloe; also Dec. 6, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas.