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The coming fortnight … By Suzanne Shelton FEBRUARY GRAB BAG GOODE PHOTOS Joe Goode, Los Angeles artist, opens his first Texas show, with samples of his photographs of skies, miniature paintings, triptychs, pencil drawings and prints; his oil-on-canvass skies are overlaid with Kodacolor prints of skies which gives you an idea of Goode’s mixture of media; through Feb. 5, Contract Graphics, 5116 Morningside, Houston. WESTERN LANDSCAPES “Albert Bierstadt,” exhibition of 85 major paintings containing some of the largest ‘landscapes of American West, by the German artist who first entered the American West in 1859 with a government expedition and soon began producing his romantic views of the region; through March 19, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth. LECTURES E. A. Carmean, Jr., associate curator of education for Houston Fine Arts Museum, presents an illustrated lecture series, “American Vision,” dealing with visual principles involved in development of American art from John Singleton Copley to Winslow Homer, including slides; Feb. 9, 23; March 8, 22; concurrent lecture series, “Monet and Modern Vision,” explores influence of Impressionism on 20th century art; Feb. 13, 27; March 12; Jones Lecture Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. CZECH PRINTS One hundred original prints are included in the display titled “Contemporary Prints from Czechoslovakia”; through Feb. 28, Moody Hall, St. Edward’s University, Al stin. DECADE OF MAX An American abstract painter of particular historic interest: “Max Weber: The Years 1906-1916”; Feb. 14 through March 14, University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. FEBRUARY 4 REP PLAYAnton Chekhov’s intriguing play, “The Three Sisters,” presented by San Antonio’s bright young group, First Repertory Company; through Feb. 26, First Repertory Theatre, 110 Chichester, San Antonio. CONCERT Violist Walter Trampler performs in SMU concert series; 8:15 p.m., Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. CHOIRBOYS They’re all well-scrubbed and middy-bloused, the Vienna Boys Choir, blending their sopranos in Civic Music concert; Jones Hall, Houston. TORRID TENNESSEE Some call it Tennessee Williams’ version of a birthday party “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” staged by Channing Players; also Feb. 5, 11, 12, 8:30 p.m., Channing Hall, First Unitarian Church, 5210 Fannin, Houston. FEBRUARY 5 RIP OFF He fell asleep for 20 years, the 2 The Texas Observer lucky old stiff, “Rip Van Winkle,” presented for the kiddies by Casa Manana Playhouse; also Feb. 12, 19, 26, 2 p.m. Casa Manana Playhouse, Fort Worth. FEBRUARY 6 BEARS IN BORGER February’s as good a time as any for a Polar Bear Tourney \(don’t ask me where the big furries come from, but the Borger. FEBRUARY 7 MORE SMUSIC This time it’s William Cooper, plunking the keyboards in SMU concert series; 8:15 p.m., Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. FEBRUARY 9 ELLA If you’ve never seen and heard Ella Fitzgerald in person, you must; through March 1, Fairmont Hotel, Dallas. BALLET America’s great repertory ballet company, the American Ballet Theatre, visits Houston for a five-day stand which will include such works as Agnes de Mille’s “Rodeo,” the old faves “Giselle” and “Swan Lake,” and Anthony Tudor’s elegant “Dark Elegies” to music by Mahler; if ‘you’re lucky you’ll see one of the world’s great ballerinas, the Italian Carla Fracci, as well as the Russian import Natalia Makarova; through Feb. 13, matinees and evenings, Jones Hall, Houston. FEBRUARY 10 MAHLER’S EARTHSONGS Internationally known opera and concert artist, Betty Allen, recent addition to UT faculty, joins tenor Arturo Sergi with Austin Symphony Orchestra in Mahler’s “Songs of the Earth”; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. PIANIST Russian-born Alexander Uninsky performs Chopin’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with Dallas Symphony Orchestra, through Feb. 12, McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. FEBRUARY 11 KID GAMES Robert Marasco’s drama of suspense, “Child’s Play,” winner of five Tony awards for 1970, performed by Dallas Repertory Theatre; through March 5, Dallas Repertory Theatre, Dallas. RODEO San Antonio opens its big rodeo and livestock show with Roy Clark, Feb. 11-16; Frank Thompson and Susan Raye, Feb. 17-20, and lotsa cows and horses and atmosphere; through Feb. 20, Joe Freeman Coliseum, San Antonio. FEBRUARY 12 POETRY FOR YOUNGUNS Ric Masten, Big Sur poet and folksinger, offers children’s concert; 2 p.m., First Unitarian Church, 7210 N. W. Loop Expressway, San Antonio. FEBRUARY 13 R ‘N R Bossman of the blues, B. B. King, plus pop rock group Rare Earth, in concert with special guest Sweat Hog, Southwest group with a recent new album; 7:30 p.m., Memorial Auditorium, Dallas. FEBRUARY 14 DRAMA Celebrate Valentine’s Day with a visit to the theatre and William Gibson’s “A Cry of Players,” directed by Professor James Moll and UT department of drama; through Feb. 19, Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. PIANIST Ivan Moravec takes to the keyboard in SMU concert series; 8:15 p.m., Caruth Auditorium, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. FEBRUARY 15 AFRO DANCE Afro-American Dance Company brings native African, Caribbran and American dances, under direction of Arthur Hall; Memorial Auditorium, Austin. SONGSTRESS International singing star Hannah Aroni, in concert; McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. FEBRUARY 16 BRECHT ONSTAGE “The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui,” Bertolt Brecht’s gangland spectacle, performed by University of Houston drama department; through Feb. 19, 8:30 p.m., Cullen Auditorium, University of Houston, Houston. FEBRUARY 17 GEORGE’S BASH It’s George Washington’s birthday in Laredo and that means parties, booze, hoopla, firecrackers, caravans of cars and other displays of American patriotism; Laredo. FOREMOST PIANIST Artur Rubinstein, one of the great pianists of the world, performs under auspices of Society for Performing Artists; 8:30 p.m., Music Hall, Houston. Gov. John Connally to Gene Jones of Austin Feb. 11, 1963: “I have always been a Democrat and I always will be a Democrat.”