The coming fortnight . . . By Suzanne Shelton MAY GRAB BAG BLUES REVUE Texas’ first blues festival, the Texas-Allstar Blues Revue presents national blues stars for four consecutive weekends; line-up includes oldtimer John Lee Hooker with his electric guitar, April 30-May 2; Navasota’s own country blues institution, Mance Lipscomb, plus white blues artist John Hammond, who lately wrote soundtrack for “Little Big Man,” May 6-9; Big Mania Thornton and Houston’s country bluesman Lightnin’ Hopkins, May 12-15; and durable songwriter Willie Dixon and the Chicago Blues Allstars, May 20-23; Liberty Hall, 1610 Chenevert, Houston. BOOK PRINTS “One Hundred Treasures from the Collection of Dwight and Helen Minnich” features prints from rare books, including woodcut published in Germany in 1485 by Gutenberg assistant, plus etchings, lithographs, engravings, mezzotints; through mid-May, Marion Koogler McNay Art Institute, San Antonio. RAZA ART Costumes, paintings, photographs, films, publications and posters form Raza Art Festival of chicano artifacts; May 5-9, Papel Chicano, 6916 Avenue N, Houston. SPRING ART SHOW Patients from Austin State Hospital plus three young professional artists exhibit everything from hooked rugs to macrame, sculpture, and acrylics; 6:30 to 9 p.m., April 30; 1 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m., May 1; 1 to 5 p.m., May 2, Austin Community YMCA, 405 West 18th St., Austin. STUDENT ART Annual Art Students’ Exhibition is faculty selection of best, most experimental, and most diverse works produced by students during year; through June 6, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. KANSAS ART From the collection of the University of Kansas Museum of Art comes exhibit including decorative arts and sculpture of Europe from 13th to 18th century, plus European painting from Renaissance, Mannerist, and Baroque periods, as well as American painting from 18th century to present; through June 13, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. APRIL 30 INDIANS The Arthur Kopit play, which author describes as “hallucinatory mosaic; a nightmare panorama of Buffalo Bill reliving his life and trying to work out where he went wrong,” presented by University of Houston Drama Department; through May 1, 8:30 p.m., Cullen Auditorium, U. of H., Houston. MAY 1 DON SANDERS The singer and teller of fables brings his Mark Twain-ish sense of humor and guitar to Houston’s cooperative music hall, Of Our Own, University and Kirby Streets, Houston. Folk humorist Don Sanders CHARLIE PRIDE Across town, the country’s foremost black country and western singer performs with his band; 8:30 p.m., Coliseum, 810 Bagby, Houston. RAVI SHANKAR And Austin has its own musical night going with famed sitar player Ravi Shankar; 9 p.m., Armadillo World Headquarters, 5251/2 Barton Springs Rd., Austin. LIBERACE Meanwhile back in Houston, Liberace and his dazzling ivories charm the housefraus and their hubbies; 2:30 and 8:30 p.m.; also May 2, 2:30 p.m., Music Hall, Houston. PROMENADE Informal Austin Symphony Orchestra concert with University of Texas Longhorn Singers, plus dinner; 7 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. MINSTRELS Corpus jOins the chorus’ with New Christi Minstrels; 2 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi. MAY 6 JAZZModern Jazz Quartet appears on Houston Symphony Orchestra pops series; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. GUYS AND DOLLS The musical based on story and characters by Damon Runyon and the Jo Swerling-Abe Burrows book is performed by San Antonio College Theater under direction of faculty member Ron Lucke; through May 8, McAllister Auditorium, San Antonio College, San Antonio. SYMPHONY Contralto Lili Chookagian joins North Texas State University Grand Chorus and Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert; 8:15 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. MAY 7 THE BAT Better known as ,”Die Flidermaus,” the Viennese operetta-farce is sung by U T El Paso music students; through May 9, 8 p.m., Magoffin Auditorium, University of Texas, El Paso. “Star Spangled Girl,” travels to Lubbock; through May 9 and May 14-15, 8:15 p.m., Lubbock Theatre Center, Lubbock. MAY 8 MORE BLUES Blues great B. B. King teams with Johnny Winters in concert jam session; 8 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, Houston. MAY 9 PIANIST Eugene Istomin, concert tour veteran labeled by Pablo Casals as “among the world’s greatest pianists,” plays Chopin’s Piano Concerto in F Minor with Houston Symphony Orchestra, also performing Rossini’s Overture to “La Scala di Seta” and Copland’s Symphony No. 3; 2:30 p.m., also May 10 and 11, 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. JAZZ FEST If jazz is more to your taste, Al Hirt totes his trumpet from New Orleans to Corpus to join in Texas Jazz Festival \(admission PARKING ITIf it’s a pretty day, try Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Free Park Concert, conducted by Anshel Brusilow; 6 p.m., Exline Park, Dallas. MAY 11 VAN CLIBURN It’s Dallas Symphony Orchestra again, this time indoors with pianist Van Cliburn in special concert; through May 12, 8:30 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. MAY 13 OPERA Metropolitan Opera visits Big D with program including Ruza Baldani in “Carmen”; also Teresa Stratas May 14 in “La Perichole”; “Don Giovanni,” with Cesare Siepi May 15 matinee; Lucine Amara in “Aida” May 15 evening; State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. RATTLESNAKE ROUNDUP Annual Rattlesnake Rodeo is described as event which allows Panhandle and West. Texas “peace officers” a chance to “relax, swap yams, pitch horsehoes and sharpen .up their shooting eye by shooting at live rattlesnakes for prizes”; go if you dare, nothing like a macabre Mayday; in the tiny town of Spur. MAY 14 POP PIANISTRoger Miller plunks along with Houston Symphony Orchestra in pops concert; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. Lesson one What to do when Imagery player Pianos: fake; smile. Fingers mashed Between metaphors Bleed on the keys. Si Dunn 2 The Texas Observer STAR-SPANGLED SIMON If you’re a John Denton
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