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The coming fortnight THE TEXAS OBSERVER The Texas Observer Publishing Co. 1973 Ronnie Dugger, Publisher A window to the South A journal of free voices Vol. LXV, No. 24 Dec. 14, 1973 locorporating the State Observer and the East Texas Democrat, which in turn incorporated the Austin ForumAdvocate. Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. Telephone 477-0746. 700100V.’ By Suzanne Shelton DECEMBER GRAB BAG RADIOLAND OPERA What would Saturday afternoons be without radio broadcasts of Metropolitan Opera season, complete with hilarious commentator who shouts over bravos: Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Dec. 22; Puccini’s “Manon Lescaut,” Dec. 29; “Salome” by Strauss, Jan. 5; Bizet’s “Carmen,” Jan. 12; Verdi’s “Simon Boccanegra,” Jan. 19; Wagnerian “Tristan and Isolde,” Jan. 26; Offenbach’s “Tales of Hoffman,” Feb. 2 for starters; on local FM stations, and on some AMs. WINTERTIME WATERCOLORS West Texas Watercolor Association Annual Exhibit, through Jan. 1; University Museum, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. SHAPED CANVASES Retrospective of works by Check Boterf, New York artist currently teaching at Rice; through Feb. 8, Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston. METAL SCULPTURE Ed and Marilyn Karabak’s sculptures in brass, bronze, copper and steel; through December, Austin Woman’s Club, Austin. DECEMBER 14 LATE PINTER Harold Pinter’s latest play, “Old Times,” presented by First Repertory Company; First Repertory Theatre, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. REAL THING Put away your Rolling Stone, put away your headphones, there’s genuine bluegrass in town, with Bill Monroe, the daddy of ’em all; also Dec. 15, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. PLAY .NOW, GO LATER Could you love a guy who’s been named “Catholic of the Year,” “Father of the Year,” is writing a book called “Leprechauns I Have Known” and will soon celebrate his 44th wedding anniversary? Tidbits about Pat O’Brien, veteran stage actor starring in “You Can’t Take It With You,” Moss Hart-George S. Kaufman classic; through Dec. 16, Mary Moody Northen Theater, St. Edward’s University, Austin. WHALE OF A PLAY Orson Welles’ stage adaptation of Melville’s novel, “Moby Dick Rehearsed,” directed by Mary Ann Colias; Theater One, Trinity University, San Antonio. DECEMBER 15 ANOTHER NUTCRACKER Houston Ballet brings its version of Christmastime staple “Nutcracker” with cast composed of company members and kiddies; also Dec. 16, Theater for the Performing Arts, San Antonio. SYMPHONY Louis Lane conducts Andre Watts, pianist, and Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert; Music Hall, Dallas. HOLIDAY PUPPETS “A Christmas Fantasy,” with Kathy Burks Marionettes;’ also Dec. 19, 21, 22, 24; with “Hansel and Gretel” Dec. 26-29; 011a Podrida, 12215 Coit Rd., Dallas. DECEMBER 16 CHRISTMAS BALLET Refreshing respite from “Nutcrackers,” Dallas Metropolitan Ballet’s “Night Before Christmas,” with Frosty the Snowman, Christmas Fairy, Santa, Dancing Bear, and Toy Soldier danced by perhaps Texas’ strongest regional ballet company; 2 p.m., McFarlin Auditorium, Dallas. MESSIAH What the “Nutcracker” is to ballet, Handel’s “Messiah” is to Christmas musicians; excerpts performed in Spanish and English by soloists with Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra, also Bach’s “Magnificat” in free concert; 3 p.m., Coliseum, Corpus Christi. MESSIAH RETURNS Full-length version performed by Houston Symphony Orchestra; also Dec. 17, Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 20 CHRISTMAS CAROLS Houston Symphony Orchestra’s annual Christmas concert, with Mitch Miller conducting Symphony and Chorale; also Dec. 21, 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. GUEST CELLIST Zara Nelsova, cellist, conducted by Max Rudolf with Dallas Symphony Orchestra; also Dec. 22, State Fair Music Hall, Dallas. DECEMBER 21 ENCORE, DENISE Denise LeBrun returns to Houston after last season’s Jacques Brel musical in production of songs by Brel, Weill, others titled “No Regrets;” through Jan. 6, Arena Stage, Alley Theatre, Houston. DECEMBER 25 LIGHT CHRISTMAS? Even if there’s a Nix-on Christmas lights, brighten up with a little cheer, and enjoy, enjoy. DECEMBER 27 AND ANOTHER Houston Ballet returns to home stage with Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker,” still going strong; through Dec. 30, Jones Hall, Houston. Contributing Editors: Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Sue Horn Estes, Joe Frantt, Larry Goodwyn, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin Jones ; Lynman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Al Melinger, Robert L. Montgomery, Willie Morris, Bill Porterfield, James Presley, Buck Ramsey, John Rogers, Mary Beth Rogers, Roger Shattuck, Edwin Shrake, Dan Strawn, John P. Sullivan, Tom Sutherland. We will serve no group or party but will hew hard to the truth as we find it and the right as we see it. We are dedicated to the whole truth, to human values above all interests, to the rights of man as the foundation of democracy; we will take orders from none but our own conscience, and never will we overlook or misrepresent the truth to serve the interests of the powerful or cater to the ignoble in the human spirit. The editor has exclusive control over the editorial policies and contents of the Observer. None of the other people who are associated with the enterprise shares this responsibility with her. Writers are responsible for their own work, but not for anything they have not themselves written, and in publishing them the editor does not necessarily imply that she agrees with them, because this -is a journal of free voices. BUSINESS STAFF Joe Espinosa Jr. C. R. Olofson The Observer is published by Texas Observer Publishing Co., biweekly . from Austin, Texas. Entered as second-class matter April 26, 1937, at the Post Office at Austin, Texas, under the Adt of March 3, 1879. Second class postage paid at Austin, Texas. Single copy, 50c. One year, $8.00; two years, $14.00; three years, $19.00; plus, for Texas addresses, 5% sales tax. Foreign, except APO/FPO, 50c additional per year. Airmail, bulk orders, and group rates on request. Microfilmed by Microfilming Corporation of America, 21 Harristown Road, Glen Rock, N.J. 07452. Change of Address: Please give old and new address, including zip codes, and allow two weeks. Postmaster: Send form 3579 to Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. EDITOR Kaye Northcott CO-EDITOR Molly Ivins ASSOCIATE EDITOR John Ferguson EDITOR AT LARGE Ronnie Dugger