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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton SEPTEMBER GRAB BAG BIG THICKET PHOTOS Michael Kostiuk’s photographic exhibit. “The Big Thicket: A Way of Life,” includes 140 illustrations of what it is we’re all fighting to preserve; through Oct. 7, Gethsemane Church, 16th and Congress, Austin. NEW OLD COMEDY You saw the movie, now catch the play. “The Pleasure of His Comedy,” sans Fred Astaire but cum Joan Bennett as the ex-wife of a playboy who drops in just in time for the wedding of their daughter and sends the whole household into a comic dither; through Oct. 7, Windmill Dinner Theater, Dallas. MIXED BAG Three simultaneous exhibits: of Canadian landscapes, 1670-1930; of small weights used by Gold Coast Ashanti tribe to measure precious metals; of silkscreens, lithographs and aquatints by American abstract expressionist Adolph Gottlieb; through Sept. 30, UT-Austin Museum, Austin. SEPTEMBER 21 WELSH RAREBIT Tom Jones turns on the lacquered set; through Sept. 27, Houston Music Theatre, Houston. SEPTEMBER 22 FINE FOLK It’s been a long drought if you’re an Austinite and a Carolyn Hester fan; in addition, try the likes of Peter Yarrow, Allen Damron, the Bluegrass Ramblers of “Cripple Creek” fame and the gospel-singing Royal Light Singers in “An Evening From the Kerrville Folk Festival”; Municipal Auditorium, Austin. THE HAMMER Last chances this year to be there when Bad Henry Aaron takes shots at the Astrodome bleachers and the Babe’s home-run record; 7:30 p.m. on the 22nd, 2:00 p.m. on the 23rd, Astrodome, Houston SEPTEMBER 23 AL FRESCO Don’t resolve yourself to concert halls just because the equinox has passed, there’s one more Dallas Symphony Orchestra free park performance; 4:30 p.m., Fretz Park, Dallas. SEPTEMBER 27 PIANIST PERFORMS Leonard Pennario, pianist, joins Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Sixten Ehrling guest conducting; also Sept. 29, Music Hall, Dallas. SIMPLE SIMON The opening has been put off a week, but it’s still Neil Simon’s “Plaza Suite,” a comedy-triptych; Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 20, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Austin. SEPTEMBER 28 MUCH ADO First Repertory Company kicks off its season with great to-do over the Bard’s “Much Ado About Nothing”; through Oct. 20, First Repertory Theatre, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. SEPTEMBER 30 MUSIC, PLEASE Ingoff Dahl’s “Concerto for Saxophone and Wind Orchestra, with soloist Richard Nunemaker, and Chopin’s E-minor Piano Concerto, with soloist Garrick Ohlsson; also Oct. 1 and 2, Jones Hall, Houston. OCTOBER 1 WORKSHOP DRAMA One of the finest opportunities for good theatre, in the state is UT Drama Department’s workshop plays presented by master of fine arts candidates; season opens with Friedrich. Durrenmatt’s “The Physicists,” directed by Steve Schottmiller; through Oct. 5, Laboratory Theatre, UT-Austin. 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