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coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton The FINE ARTS FESTIVAL UT’s big doings continue with lecture on “Schbenberg and Expressionism,” Music Bldg. Recital Hall; film “The Damned,” Batts Auditorium; and University Wind Ensemble concert, LBJ Auditorium, all dealing with festival theme “Expressionism”; University of Texas, Austin. OCTOBER 24 VILLELLA & VERDY Two of ballet’s big names, Edward Villella and Violette Verdy of New York City Ballet, join Houston Ballet in season-opening concert featuring James Clouser’s marvelous new ballet, “Con Spilito”; through Oct. 26, Jones Hall, Houston. FROM BROADWAY The musical that won Broadway’s Tony Award for best musical, Stephen Sondheim’s “A Little Night Music,” presented by Dallas Repertory Theatre; through Nov. 24, NorthPark, Dallas. OCTOBER GRAB BAG AMERICAN ABSTRACTIONIST The art world has lately taken notice of Friedel Dzubas and it’s long overdue; first major retrospective of Dzubas’ abstract paintings; through Nov. 24, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. CANVASES BY MOELLER Paintings by Nancy Hodgson Moeller; through Nov. 2, Unicorn Gallery, Dobie Mall, Austin. ART FILMS Laguna Gloria Art Museum continues its series of films: “Spanish Art,” featuring films on Goya, Velasquez, and Gaudi, Oct. 24; “Expressionist Painters,” with Klee, Kandinsky, others featured in “The Expressionist Revolt,” plus films on Francis Bacon and Edvard Munch, Oct. 31; 7:30 p.m., Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. WEAVING Memorial exhibition of weaving honoring late patron Loriane Gonzalez; through Nov. 17, Michener Galleries, Humanities Research Center, University of Texas, Austin. OCTOBER 16 LISTEN UP As authors Willie Morris and William Styron read from their works; 8 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas at Austin. OCTOBER 18 BRING ON THE ELEPHANTS No live pachyderms, but a few semblances thereof, as UT’s Opera Theater, Symphony, Dance Dept., Longhorn Band and choral organizations present “Aida” on homecoming weekend, all at the original request of that illustrious impresario Frank Erwin; Verdi’s opera will include human pyramids, gymnasts, hordes crammed onstage, and a Moorish ballet staged by Igor Youskevitch, with music sung in English under general direction of Walter Ducloux and Morris Beachy; kickoff for annual Fine Arts Festival; also Oct. 20, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. AND ACROSS TOWN “Salome” may be more to your taste, with production staged by Austin Woman’s Theatre; through Oct. 26, Zilker Hillside Theatre and Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. 2 The Texas Observer ROCKY MOUNTAIN SMARM John Denver gooes and guitars; 8 p.m., Convention Center Arena, San Antonio ,. CAMELOT LIVES Though it’s getting fainter, with King ‘Arthur and the boys and a road show cast; through Oct. 20, Downtown Music Hall, Houston. FAST & FRENZIED Rajko Hungarian Gypsy Orchestra and Dancers, who unfortunately were booked in the wake of Soviet Georgian Dancers go if your blood pressure can stand it; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. ALL THAT GLITTERS “Golden Boy,” Clifford Odets’ drama about boxing racket continues, with former Golden Gloves champ Jim Brewer himself in title role; through Oct. 20, Mary Moody Northen Theater, St. Edward’s University, Austin. OCTOBER 19 IVES IS IN After decades of obscurity, American composer Charles Ives is hot stuff, and UT celebrates “A Tribute to Charles Ives” with Orville White, baritone, Delmer Rogers at the piano; 8 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. OCTOBER 20 POMMIER ON PIANO Jean-Bernard . Pommier, piano soloist, guests with Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Lawrence Foster; through Oct. 22, Jones Hall, Houston. OCTOBER 21 CZECH STRINGS Chamber Music Society hosts Prague String Quartet; Caruth Auditorium, Dallas. OCTOBER 22 DRAMATURGY Royall Tyler’s “The Contrast,” with student cast directed by Gaylan Collier; through Oct. 27, TCU University Theatre, Fort Worth. KEYBOARDING James Williams, pianist, in free faculty concert; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Recital Hall, Baylor University, Waco. OCTOBER 23 OSBORNE’S `ANGER’ Robert Britton directs student and professional cast in John Osborne’s “Look Back in Anger;” through Nov. 2, Ruth Taylor Theatre, Trinity University, San Antonio. JAZZ SYMPOSIUM “Serious Music and All That Jazz,” with lectures, seminars, and concerts by Gary Burton Quintet, 8 p.m., Cullen Auditorium; also Gunther Schuller, guest conductor of University Symphony Orchestra, 8 p.m., Oct. 25, Cullen Auditorium; University of Houston, Houston. PIANO CONCERT Marie-Francoise Bucquet, French exponent of avant-garde piano repertoire, plays Bartok, Stravinsky, Berg, Boulez; through Oct. 25, 8 p.m. Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. OCTOBER 25 UPS AND DOWNS Walter Kerr calls it a “love of a musical” “Seesaw,” which won Outer Critics Circle Award for best musical, with road show cast; through Oct. 27, Music Hall, Houston. FLATONIA FLATULENCE Tiny town of Flatonia, boasting world’s largest biergarten, hosts “Czhilispiel,” with chili cookoff, street dance, music by the Velvets, pearls of wisdom from Miss Texas, and more; through Oct. 27 Flatonia. OCTOBER 26 JULLIARD’S FINEST A rare treat, concert by Julliard String Quartet playing Mozart “Quartet in D,” Schoenberg “Quartet No. 3.” Bartok “Quartet No. 6;” 4 p.m, Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. OCTOBER 27 YANKEE VOICES Robert Hale, bass-baritone with New York City Opera, blends voices with Dean Wilder, tenor and head of Voice Dept. at Westminster Choir College of Princeton, N.J.; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. OCTOBER 28 SINATRA That model of Christian charity and decorum, Frank Sinatra, in concert and people will pay to go; 8:30 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston. JAMES DICK Texas’ perennial guest pianist, James Dick, performs world premiere of Benjamin Lees “Etudes for Piano and Orchestra” with Houston Symphony Orchestra; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston,