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The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton JANUARY GRAB BAG TRACY EXHIBIT One of the most talented of young Texas painters, Michael Tracy exhibits acrylic paintings which have a rich, medieval quality; through Jan. 14, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. BLACK SCULPTURE “Sculpture of Black Africa” aims to educate the public to the significance of African art, with lectures and slides accompanying the exhibit; through January, Witte Memorial Museum, San Antonio. PHOTOS Hank Lautz, Dallas photographer, exhibits his works; through January, Founders Building Galleries, University of Dallas, Dallas. RELIGIOUS ART First major exhibition documenting religious theme in American art, “The Hand and the Spirit: Religious Art in America, 1700-1900,” containing 120-plus paintings and sculptures, including works by Allston, Copley, West, and Eakins; through Jan. 14, Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas. WALLS “Celebration of Walls” features watercolors by David McCandless, prints by Jean Lodge and Angelica Caporaso, and wallhangings by Tres Manos collective; through Jan. 10, Texas Federation of Women’s Clubs gallery, Austin. DECEMBER 26 THIS WAS VAUDEVILLE Jackie Coogan, Fifi D’Orsay, Jonnie Ray and the DeCastro Sisters bring back a bit of the auld lang syne at the State Fair Music Hall, thru New Year’s Eve, Dallas. DECEMBER 31 GALA ARTHUR Arthur Fiedler ushers in the New Year, conducting the Houston Symphony Orchestra with pianist Ralph Votapek in Gershwin-Ravel program; 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. JANUARY 1 FIRST SWIM Corpus Christi’s traditional New Year’s Day splash in the Gulf includes a beauty pageant, music and black-eyed peas, Padre Island. JANUARY 3 WALT SCHMALTZ It’s “Disney on Parade,” with all your faves Minnie and Mickey and even Mary Poppins \(and if you look hard enough, you’ll see a talented Texas dancer, Center, San Antonio. JANUARY5 BALCONY SCENE No, it’s not Romeo and Juliet, it’s Jean Genet’s “The Balcony,” a sensual fable of a man’s lust for power, with Madame Irma’s “house of illusion” brothel, where timid patrons play-act their fantasies; through Jan. 20, First Repertory Theatre, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. CHARLEY PRIDE The black country superstar, backed by The Pridesmen and even a ventriloquist, in Austin, Municipal Auditorium, 8 p.m. JANUARY 9 BEVERLY TRILLS It’s Donizetti’s merry opera, “Daughter of the Regiment,” with Beverly Sills as the daughter, ably assisted by Grayson Hirst; through Jan. 14, with Jan. 13 matinee sung in English, Jones Hall, Houston. EDITOR Kaye Northcott CO-EDITOR Molly Ivins ASSOCIATE EDITOR John Ferguson EDITOR AT LARGE Ronnie Dugger REVIEW EDITOR Steve Barthelme Contributing Editors: Winston Bode, Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Sue Horn Estes, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Harris Green, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. 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