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The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton NOVEMBER GRAB BAG NOT BLACK AND WHITE “Gray is the Color,” a survey of gisaille works since the 13th Century, exploring the use of gray in art from all over the world; through Jan. 16, Rice University Museum, Houston. MODERN ART “Diversity in the 20th Century,” a 42-piece exhibit of works by Chagall, Miro, Pollock, Leger, Kokoschka, Rivera and many younger artists; through Nov. 21, Northwood Institute, Cedar Hill. PICKED AND CHOSEN The Rice art history faculty’s choice of works from the Menil and Rice U. collections, including recent acquisitions; through Dec. 6, Sewell Gallery, Houston. UNREAL Still time to enter “The Non-Objective World, 1914-1955,” with works by Mondrian, Kandinsky, Arp, Albers, Calder, Moholy-Nagy and others; also, works by elementary and high school students, “Images by Young Texans”; through Dec. 16, Huntington Gallery, Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. YOUNG ART Paintings by Southwest Texas State students; through Nov. 30, SWTSU, San Marcos. OWN PLACE The Women Artists’ Guild of Austin has opened a gallery of its own, called, natch, “Our Gallery,” in Room 41, Dobie Center now showing, works by Bunny Fowler, Abby Shapiro, Gwen Hill, Becky Levy and others; through Nov. 30, Our Gallery, Austin. NOVEMBER 14 KICK SOME A four-night stand with Tom T. Hall and Chip Taylor, two country songwriters who’ve proved they can sing, too; through Nov. 17, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. NOVEMBER 15 LITTLE PEOPLE “Images of Childhood,” a series of dramatic readings recalling the prose and poetry of the past three centuries; 7:30 and 9 p.m., Academic Center Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. NOVEMBER 16 KIDS AGAIN The Contemporary Chamber Ensemble appear as part of the UT-Austin Chamber Music Celebration, performing among other works George Crumb’s “Ancient Voices of 2 The Texas Observer Children”; also Nov. 17, Music Building Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. OPERATIC NUPTIALS The Houston Grand Opera marches down the aisle to Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro,” conducted by Lawrence Jones Hall, Houston. NOVEMBER 17 NIGHT WHEELING How about a moonlight tour of downtown and near-West Houston by bicycle? It starts at 2 a.m. \(don’t hours. There are races to watch or join Nov. 18 as well; information available at 524-0607, Houston. NOVEMBER 18 FEMFILM More screenings from the Festival of Women Directors, “Mosori Monika,” “Cousins” and “Something Different” examine pairs of women in Venezuela, the USA and Czechoslovakia; Media Center Auditorium, Rice University, Houston. WHITE TRASH They call themselves, and good old white trashy rock and roll they play, the Edgar Winter Group; $4.50 & $5.50, Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston. GOING TWICE Not just any auction, but the Texas Bill of Rights Foundation rally and auction of political artifacts, with chief auctioneers George Bush and Robert Strauss putting on the block everything from a shawl made from ties worn by Texas legislators to Bella Abzug’s hat and Gerald Ford’s attache case; 3 to 7 p.m., Junior League of Houston, 1626 Post Oak Park Drive, Houston. NOVEMBER 19 SMU MUSIC Concert of works by Brahms for clarinet, piano and strings, with Jean Marie Brown, Ross Powell and the Dallas Arts String Quartet; Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas. THURBERESQUE At least one hopes so, since William Windom is playing him in “Thurber”; McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. NOVEMBER 20 THE BARD “A Comedy of Errors,” as played by The National Players; Municipal Auditorium, Lubbock. NOVEMBER 21 CLASSIC FILM The least known of the three great Soviet directors, Dovzhenko, made “Earth” as a celebration of collectivization; Media Center Auditorium, Rice University, Houston. NOVEMBER 23 MYSTERY Tennessee Williams’ bizarre tale of a young woman’s disappearance, “The Purification,” as directed by Nina Vance herself; Arena stage, Alley Theatre, Houston. IVORY TICKLING Spanish pianist Alicia de Larocha plays her first solo recital in Texas as part of Houston Society for the Performing Arts series; Jones Hall, Houston. NOVEMBER 25 HOUSYMP Andre Watts plays the Franck Symphonic Variations, along with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Foster; through Nov. 27, Jones Hall, Houston. NOVEMBER 26 MUSIC, MUSIC Texas Tech presents cellist Yo-Yo Ma in recital; U.C. ballroom, Texas Tech, Lubbock. AND MORE MUSIC The SMU Music Festival pipes up with an organ recital by Robert Anderson, playing works by Bach, Brahms and others; Caruth Auditorium, SMU, Dallas. MORE SHORTS Further festival of short plays; Studio Theater, SWTSU, San Marcos. NOVEMBER 28 AH, CHILDHOOD “The Kinder Klavier,” a concert by faculty artists, hopes to recall a happier time, with selections to include “The Story of Babar” and “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice”; University of Texas, Austin. ENTERTAINED Modern American playwright John Osborne’s “The Entertainer,” as directed by Edwin Neal; through Dec. 2, The Theatre Room, UT, Austin. PSYCHE-CINEMA So how often are two perfect movies shown on the same night? “Un Chien Andalou,” the Dali-Bunuel collaboration in surrealist cinema, paired with “Sang du Poete,” Cocteau’s introspection with a difference; Media Center Auditorium, Rice University, Houston. OZONE CITY Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen country-swing back to Texas, playing with Greezy Wheels; through Dec. 1, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. NOVEMBER 29 NOT JONATHAN Anton Chekhov’s “The Sea Gull,” directed by James Moll; through Dec. 10, University of Texas, Austin. LOSS OF INNOCENCE The rite de passage of a young boy, as written by Eugene O’Neill, is the subject of “All, Wilderness”; through Jan. 15, large stage, Alley Theatre, Houston. DANCE ALL NIGHT “Through a Glass Lightly,” “Suspension,” “Paquita” and a pas de deux, all by the Houston Ballet Theater’s new and expanded company; through Dec. 1, Jones Hall, Houston. RECITAL Violinist Wanda Wilkomirska performs; U.C. Ballroom, Texas Tech, Lubbock.