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The coming fortnight . . . By Suzanne Shelton JUNE GRAB BAG AMERICAN ART From the Michener collection, the University of Texas’ assemblage of more than 300 works of 20th century American art, come 19 paintings which have never been shown in Austin, including works by Hans Hoffmann, Milton Avery, Lee Gatch and others; through July 18, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. DRAWINGS Crayons, pastels, pencils, acrylics and watercolors by Robin Bruch, Robert Duran, Stephen Mueller, David Novros and Alan Shields, all abstract color painters living and working in New York; through July, Contract Graphics, 5116 Morningside, Houston. PHOTOS Rod Florence exhibits his photographic talents in a collection he labels a “mind blower;” through June 12, Texas Union Gallery, University of Texas, Austin. JUNE 11 DANCE COMPETITION Texas Dance Contest, open to public, includes awards in solo and ensemble performances in ballet and modern jazz plus ensemble performances of ethnic dances; might be a good chance to see how the grass roots does it; 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., also June 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. MORE COMPETITION This time it’s Texas’ high school musicians in their annual Texas State Solo Ensemble Contest which pits soloists in 35 categories, ranging from piccolo to cello, voice to twirling, tuba to music theory; through June 12, Music Building, University of Texas, Austin. JUNE 15 OLD FAVE “The Wizard of Oz” characters hoof it down the Yellow Brick Road once more as Trinity Drama Department revives the old fave; also June 17, 19, 22, 24, 26 and 29, plus July 1-2; 2:30 p.m., Ruth Taylor Theater, Trinity University, San Antonio. BEING NABORLY Folksy old Jim Nabors, direct from the tube, is joined by Jackie De Shannon, comedian Ronnie Scheel, and some dancers and side kicks in the first of the Dallas Summer Musicals; through June 27 except Mondays, 8:15 p.m., plus 2:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday matinees, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. CIRCUS The circus survives, just as gaudy as ever, especially the Ringling Bros. and Barnum and Bailey version; through June 16, matinees and evenings, Municipal Coliseum, Lubbock. JUNE 17 FANDANGLE! It’s time for the Fort Griffin Fandangle, which won the entire town of Albany Gov. Preston Smith’s Award of Achievement at the 1970 Tourist Development Meeting; this made-in-Albany project is Texas’ oldest outdoor drama with music and an original script telling the story of the Tonkawa Indians and the settlement of Fort Griffin; through June 19, also June 24-26, Outdoor Theatre, Albany. SUBURBIA SATIRIZED “Lumpen,” an ironic comedy of life in the suburbs, is Simms Landres’ original play; Landres is a New. York actor-playwright who has been named one of two recipients of a fellowship by the University of Texas Drama Department’s E. P. Conkle Summer Workshop for Playwrights; should be an excellent opportunity to see innovative theater; through June 19, 8 p.m., Drama Building Theater Room, University of Texas, Austin. JUNE 23 SHAKESPEARE Also at Trinity University, the drama department revives Olde William’s woodsy fantasy, “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” in a new adaptation by drama instructor Chris Hendrie; through June 26, also June 29-30, July 1-3, 8:15 p.m., Ruth Taylor Theatre, Trinity University, San Antonio. OH DEM WATERMELONS It’s thumping time in Luling as any oldtimer knows, the 18th Watermelon Thump, to be exact; through June 26, Luling. DRAMA Second offering in the UT Summer Workshop for Playwrights is “A Curious Fauna,” a comic-serious treatment of religious quandries of the present day, by Kenneth McLean, UT playwrighting graduate student from Austin; through June 26, 8 p.m., Drama Building Theater Room, University of Texas, Austin. From the February issue of The Chicago Journalism Review, in an article discussing press coverage of the Paul Powell, the late Illinois secretary of state who left $800,000 cash in a closet when he died: In the wake of the Powell scandal, the media have persisted in their delusions by arguing that corrpution in government can be virtually solved by requiring public disclosure of income for all elected officials. It should be plain to any six-year-old that income disclosure is but a miniscule part of the solution, since corrupt politicians don’t report earnings from graft on their income tax returns to begin with. It seems the media just won’t face up to the real answer to corruption in Illinois government: a vigilant and aggressive press. THE TEXAS OBSERVER The Texas Observer Publishing Co. 1971 Ronnie Dugger, Publisher A window to the South A journal of free voices Vol. LXIII, No. 12 June 18,1971 Incorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the Austin ForumAdvocate. Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone 477-0746. 7.40-1-F EDITOR Kaye Northcott CO-EDITOR Molly Ivins EDITORS AT LARGE Elroy Bode, Ronnie Dugger Contributing Editors: Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Lee Clark, Sue Horn Estes, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Harris Green, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Al Melinger, Robert L. 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