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peculiar foot-less walk nuns emply. In front of each spectacular canvas they let out tiny, almost-simultaneous `oohi’s, like three half-pint champagne bottles being opened. There were two different groups of students. One was composed of, oh, ninth-graders or so. They strode past the paintings, hardly glancing up but hushed by the Museumness, filled with the ostentatious and yet embarassed defiance of sensibility ninth-graders are heir to. The other group comprised younger children, sixth-graders perhaps, each forearmed with a mimeographed form: the names of the paintings over blank lines for comments. They wrote eagerly, using one another’s backs for desks and murmuring among themselves, rushing off to new paintings, new scribblings. There were numerous people looking in twos and threes, commenting lowly as if afraid their perceptions were not good enough for strangers. Some of the overheard reactions were, in fact, farily comical: “Why don’t we go and sit at lunch and read about them?” “I saw this one in the paper,” \(hurrying “It’s kind of interesting but I wouldn’t buy one.” “There must be some rating of them in terms of value.” have had anything else to paint but natives.” But mostly what I caught were observations I appreciated, small and mostly-forgotten doors opened by chance. \(I want especially to thank the woman with the denim purse who pointed out how the brushstrokes change direction in “Blue Finally, there was the woman in the coffee shop who explained to me why people get so close to such large canvases. I had said it bothered me to have folks step into my line of sight to examine brushstrokes. ‘ “It bothers me, too,” she said, “but when I have my head about six inches from a Cezanne I think, ‘Just think, Cezanne’s head was right here ” J.F. Fortnight… “Rocky Mountain High” fame, guest artists Bill & Taffy; 8 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston; also Oct. 14, 8 p.m., Moody Coliseum, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. SYMPHONY Gilda Cruz-Romo sings with San Antonio Symphony Orchestra; Theater for the Performing Arts; also Oct. 15, Laurie Auditorium, San Antonio. OCTOBER 14 SONNY & CHER The Italian and the Cherokee, in concert, with guest David Brenner; 8 p.m., Rollie White Coliseum, Texas A&M University, College Station. OCTOBER 15 SOPRANO SINGS Mary Costa, glamour girl of American sopranos, sings with Lubbock Symphony Orchestra; 8:15 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock. SMU FALL FESTIVAL James Rives Jones conducts Dallas Civic Symphony with Alfred Mouledous, piano soloist; McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. OCTOBER 16 HUNGARIAN QUARTET Lubbock Community Concert Association presents New Hungarian String Quartet in concert; 8:15 p.m., Monterey High School Auditorium, Lubbock. ORCHESTRA IN RESIDENCE Dallas Symphony Orchestra begins week in residence at SMU, with seminars, open rehearsals, two concerts; chance to see orchestra behind-the-scenes; through Oct. 21, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. OCTOBER 17 THE DEAD They’re still doggedly droning on, Grateful Dead, in concert with Doug Sahm; Tarrant County Convention Center, Dallas-Ft. Worth. STREETCAR Margaret Becker directs for her master’s thesis Tennessee Williams’ “Streetcar Named Desire,” with UT student cast, in excellent Master of Fine Arts Workshop Series for directing majors; through Oct. 20, Drama Bldg. Theatre Room, University of Texas, Austin. HILLS ARE ALIVE Again, yet again, “The Sound of Music” presented by Houston Theatre Under the Stars; through Oct. 21, Music Hall, Houston. OCTOBER 18 MONKEY BUSINESS Alley Theatre opens season with old chestnut, “Inherit the Wind,” treatment of Scopes trial; through October, Alley Theatre, Houston. 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