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Austin Ballet presents The Nutcracker Suite The coming fortnight . By Suzanne Shelton DECEMBER GRAB BAG DRAFTSMANSHIP Five centuries of master draftsmanship documented in “Master Drawings from Chatsworth,” portions of collections belonging to Dukes of Devonshire, including drawings by Rembrandt, Rubens, Van Dyck, Durer, Raphael, Poussin, others; through Jan. 17, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. SWEET FUNK Works by fifteen young Texas artists including Terry Allen, Steven Gosnell, Luis Jiminez, Jim Franklin, and Barry Buxkamper, gathered together by Dave Hickey under the title “South Texas Sweet Funk.” December through mid-January, Moody Hall, St. Edward’s University, Austin. PHOTOGRAPHY Jury Award Photography Exhibit with works by area photographers in color and black and white prints, color slides, super 8 movies; through Jan. 22, Jewish Community Center, 5601 South Braeswood, Houston. TEXAS ARTISTS Exhibition of works by established talents such as sculptor Charles Umlaut .; Houston painters and graphic artists Lamar Briggs, David Adicks, Charles Pebworth, James Twiny; Austin’s Kelly Fearing, Charles Field, William Lester, Gibbs Milliken, M. Judith Guyton; through Jan. 4, Dos Cruces Gallery, 602 Furman, Corpus Christi. STUDENT ART “Work in Progress,” exhibit of student art from Museum school, including drawings, design projects, prints, paintings, jewelry; indefinite showing, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. DECEMBER 30 HILDEGARDE? Yes, Hildegarde, complete with wispy kerchief and white gloves, singing with San Antonio Symphony in the Pops Concerts series; 7 p.m., dinner; 8 p.m., performance, Convention Center Banquet Hall, San Antonio. The adversary What audacity! A fly attacking one in his own bedroom at 9:40 p.m. But it is really not an attack as much as it is panic by the fly. It brushes my shoulder, it smashes against the dresser mirror. It circles the room endlessly even though the door is open. What mindless terror compels it? A rolled newspaper should do the beast in. But it will have to be a mid-flight shot. What luck that I had army training in anti-aircraft. I can see that I will have to stalk it. It will take great skill, poise, cunning, and split-second timing. But what’s this? My wife approaches with a can of spray. She is in the game now. I have given up my reading to totally confront the menace. My wife reads with one hand on the spray, ready. Can three college degrees and eighty years of experience combined vanquish the fly? The odds seem in our favor. But this fly wants very badly to live. It is now 10:10 p.m. He has lived thirty minutes longer than he should have. I admonish my wife to be vigilant while I shower. My wife is reading, not watching. I go into the kitchen, and there he is on the kitchen sink. I swat him, a simple shot. It is 10: 22 p.m. I’ve made many much harder shots. I’m glad he is gone. But I really wanted to get him in mid-air. DONALD RUMLEY DECEMBER 18 NUTCRACKER The old Christmas favorite set to music by Tchaikovsky, performed by Austin Civic Ballet under direction of Stanley Hall, traditionally a full house so it’s advisable to arrive early; 8 p.m. Friday, also 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. CHRISTMAS CAROL Tiny Tim rides again as Lubbock Theatre Centre revives Dickens’ classic; also Dec. 19-22, 8:15 p.m., Lubbock Theatre Centre Playhouse, 2508 Ave. P, Lubbock. \(Another version, 2 p.m., Dec. 19, PETER PAN Still refusing to grow up, Peter is played by alternating actors, Norma Levin and Albert Ininnia, in Dallas Theater Center production; through Jan. 2 at 8 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, except holidays, also 2:30 p.m. matinees Dec. 20, 23, 27-28, 30-31, Jan. 2; Kalita Humphreys Theater, Dallas Theater Center, Dallas. DECEMBER 19 NEW YORK ARTIST Mon Levinson exhibits his lucite constructions; indefinite showing, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Saturdays, A Clean Well-Lighted Place, 600 West 12th, Austin. 2 The Texas Observer Port Arthur