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Shakespeare students rehearse at Winedale Inn. The coming ortnight By Suzanne Shelton JULY GRAB BAG COUNTRY SHAKESPEARE One of the most interesting Texas summer activities is “Eng. S379M The Play: Reading, Criticism, and Performance;” translated, it’s Shakespeare in a barn, as Dr. James Ayres’ UT English students learn new approaches to dramatic literature by performing plays in the Theatre Barn, Winedale Inn Properties; ongoing classes and performances, July 18 through Aug. 20, Winedale Inn Properties, Round Top. CLAES COLLECTION Over 200 pieces by pop artist Claes Oldenburg includes gigantic soft sculptures plus plans and drawings for famous lipstick monument at Yale University; July 16 through Aug. 20, Art Center Museum, Fort Worth. SUMMER STOCK Free open air performances by rock groups, 7:45 p.m. Monday throughout summer; also free variety entertainment 8:45 p.m. Thursdays throughout summer; Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin. CLASSICS Original sculpture and copies from classical periods of Greek and Roman art, including original works from fifth through first centuries B.C., and first century B.C. copies of these works; through Aug. 15, Archer M. Huntington Gallery, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. HOPPER TO SUDS Motley collection of contemporary works, including Ed Ruscha’s silkscreen “Insects” and “Suds” plus Bruce Conner’s lithograph series.. “The Dennis Hopper One-Man Show, Vol. 1”; Contract Graphics, Houston. REALIST Ward Nichols, often called an “interpretive realist,” is careful craftsman specializing in detailed realism; collected works on display through July 10, Gallery 600, Austin. PARK PAINTINGS Depictions of scenes in U.S. national parks, circulated by Department of Interior; through Aug. 13, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. FILM FEST One of the more notable summer flickouts, Alley Theatre presents series, including fave of all time, “La Strada”; July schedule: Tony Richardson’s “Tom Jones,” 8 and 10 p.m., July 8 and 8 p.m. July 9; the lyric “Elvira Madigan,” 8 p.m. July 11-12; Fellini’s classic “La Strada” with Giuletta Masina and a haunting trumpet melody, 8 p.m., July 13 and 8 and 10 p.m. July 14; the saccharine Deneuve film, “Umbrellas of Cherbourg,” 8 and 10 p.m. July 15, and 8 p.m. July 18; 1931 version of 8 p.m. July 18-19; Orson Welles in “The Third Man,” 8 p.m. July 20, 8 and 10 p.m. July 21; Alley Theatre, Houston. 2 The Texas Observer JAZZFEST In two nights, you can hear the greatest array of jazz available, as Astrodome Jazz Festival brings slate of artists: Roberta Flack, Lou Rawls, Herbie Mann, Dave Brubeck Quartet with Paul Derniond and Gerry Mulligan, Giants of Jazz with Dizzy Gillespie, Sonny Stitt, Thelonius Monk, Art Blakey, Kai Winding, Al McKibbon; Saturday slate includes Ike & Tina Turner, B. B. King, Cannonball Adderley, Donny Hathaway, Jimmy Smith Jam Session, Clark Terry, Kenny Burrell, Joe Newman, Roy Haynes, Zoot Sims, Illinois Jacquet; through July 8, Astrodome, Houston. CRASH ‘N BANG UT Percussion Ensemble pulls out all stops, under direction of Dick Goodwin; 8 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. JULY 8 OSMONDS Those cute little boys with the valuable little voices, Osmond Brothers, plus Heywoods and Jan Baker audience warmer; 7:30 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston. BACH TO ROCK Anshel Brusilow conducts Dallasound in “Bach to Rock” outdoor concert; 8:30 p.m., Fair Park Band Shell, Dallas. JULY 10 CIRCUS The Greatest Show on Earth, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus, complete with cotton candy, elephants, lovely ladies in sequinned tights, daring trapeze artists who fly through the air, etc.; through July 16, State Fair Coliseum, Dallas. JULY 17 CASA MANANA “The Student Prince” continues summer run of musicals, through July 19, Casa Manana, Fort Worth. JULY 19 ACTORS REP New regional repertory theatre, Actors Theatre, intends to bring theatre on campus and theatre off-Broadway into working relationship, with professional, student and faculty actors in current plays; debuting with off-Broadway award-winner, “The House of Blue Leaves”; through July 22, also July 26-29, Drama Building Theatre Room, University of Texas, Austin. JULY 20 MUSICALA Well, hello again to that omnipresent musical, “Hello, Dolly,” performed under the stars, and free besides; through July 22, also July 27-29, Zilker Hillside Theatre, Austin. MONSTER MASH Janus Players perform “Frankenstein’s Monsters”; through Aug. 12, Kalita Humphreys Theatre, Dallas. RODEO! Big city folks get their chance to snort up some dust and be real cowboys; Travis County Sheriff’s Posse Rodeo; 8:15 p.m., Lockhart Hwy., Austin. A smile when nothing happens but your hand in the palm of mine is felt RYAN L. PETTY Austin