The coming ortnight . . Quartet from Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre. United States; 8:15 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, 28, 8:15 p.m., Shoestring Cellar, St. Mary’s University of Texas, Austin. University, San Antonio. By Suzanne Shelton MARCH GRAB BAG FROM JAPAN “Himaya’s Japan” features Hiroshi Hamaya’s photographs of landscapes, people of Japan’s Back Coast; “Views of the Tokaido” includes woodblock prints by Shiko Munakata; through March 28, Foyer Gallery, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. INSTITUTE OPENING Northwood Institute, school for the arts, opens its doors with dedication ceremonies March 21, plus exhibit of contemporary art collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley; works include Warhol’s “Soupcan,” Noland’s striped-canvases, Rothko’s abstract expressionist works, Klees, Mims, Van Dongens, Picasso sculptures; through April 30, 2 to 6 p.m., Northwood Institute, F.M. Road 1382 \(between SCULPTOR Bob Fitts exhibits drawings, sculpture; through March 27, Winn Gallery, 403 East Sixth, Austin. PAPER DOLLS Not exactly; they’re paper cut-outs in octagonal shapes plus schematic drawings and four large sculptures, all by New York artist Richard Tuttle in his first Southwest exhibition; through March 28, Museum of Fine Arts, Fair Park, Dallas. ARTISTIC NUN Sister Corita Kent is no longer art chairman of Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, and she’s become just “Corita” for commercial purposes, but those sunny serigraphs are still the same; through April, Marjorie Kauffman Graphics, The Galleria \(Level CHEAP POSTERS That’s the title of an exhibit including works by Robert Morris, Jim Byars; plus prints by John Salt, John Fawcett, others; through March 27, Contract Graphics, Houston. MARCH 20 OPERA TIME Texans await eagerly the San Antonio Grand Opera Festival each year; 1971 season opens with “Otello,” sung by James McCracken, first American-born artist to sing the role at the Met, with Elinor Ross as his Desdemona; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio. MARCH 21 MORE OPERA San Antonio Festival continues with “Die Fledermaus” starring John Reardon, leading baritone of the Met, Eileen comedienne who will portray Count Orlovsky; 3 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio. MARCH 24 PIANIST Alicia de Larrocha, dubbed the greatest Spanish pianist of this generation, has appeared in virtually every major city in the 2 The Texas Observer MARCH 25 BALLET FESTIVAL This is the ninth Southwestern Regional Ballet Festival, an annual affair that exhibits Texas’ grassroots ballet companies plus nationally-known teachers and adjucators; Robert Joffrey of New York’s Joffrey Ballet Company will teach male dancers, while Valentina Pereyaslavic handles ballet instruction; Irina Kladivova of Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre Bywaters Cochran of Dallas teaches modern dance, Martha Hill works with young performers; events include 8 p.m. official festival opening ceremonies, Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center; March 26, 4:30 p.m. Youth Concert, Memorial Auditorium; March 27, 8:15 p.m. Gala Performance and following Banquet; Wichita Falls. FUTURE SHOCKJohn Bowen’s “After the Rain,” a futuristic drama dealing with earth after it is almost destroyed by a great rain, is performed by Channing Players; sounds like a good popcorn-muncher; through March 27, also April 2 and 3, 8:30 p.m., Channing Hall, First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin, Houston. CELLIST Pierre Fournier waxes poetic on the cello while Riccardo Muti conducts Dallas Symphony Orchestra; also March 27, 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. MARCH 26 MORE BALLET A dashing “Le Corsaire” pas de deux, staged by Michael Lland for lead dancers Anthony Sellers and Judith Aaen, contrasts with Anna Sokolow’s avant-garde “Opus ’65,” plus other ballets ranging from classical to jazz, on the programme for Houston Ballet Company concert; 8:30 p.m., also March 27 2:30 p.m., Music Hall, Houston. “EAST LYNNE” Pure young .man and pure young woman marry, but evil villian intercedes and it takes awhile for the honeymoon; sounds like mellerdrammer from drama departments of United Colleges of San Antonio; through March BALLET, BALLET It’s catching on; this is a performance of “Firebird” by the dance and music departments of University of Texas at El Paso; through March 28, 8 p.m., Magoffin Auditorium, UT, El Paso. MARCH 27 LA BOEHEME The original bohemians-and-consumption opera, third in the San Antonio Festival series, starring Richard Tucker, fresh from singing the role 209 times at the Met, and dazzling Dorothy Kirsten rare treats for opera buffs; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio. MARCH 28 TRISTAN German Jean Cox is Tristan to Ingrid Bjoner’s Isolde in the fourth and final opera of the San Antonio series; 5 p.m., Theatre for the Performing Arts, San Antonio; also March 31, 7 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. FILM FEST Second Annual San Antonio Film Festival features works by local amateurs and professionals; 7 p.m., First Repertory Company Theatre, 110 Chichester, San Antonio. STARVING ARTISTS While the opera stars trill and the filmmakers reel, across the town the Starving Artist Show will hawk the wares of San Antonio’s creative-but-hungry; noon to 6 p.m., downtown area of La Villita, San Antonio. MARCH 29 GODARD A whole week of him, in fact, as Rice Media Center reviews films by the Frenchman with special emphasis on his recent work; films include “Les Carabiniers,” March 31; “Vent D’Est,” April 2; “British Sounds See You at Mao,” and “Le Gai Savoir,” April 3; 8 p.m., Media Center Auditorium, Rice University, Houston. MARCH 30 OPRY Now it’s Houston Grand Opera’s turn with “Lucia di Lammermoor,” a tale of madness and wild stabbings, though no one dies of consumption; soprano Beverly Sills, called the greatest Lucia, sings title role; 8 p.m., also 8 p.m. April 2 and 2:30 p.m. April 4, Jones Hall, Houston.