The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton NOVEMBER GRAB BAG GENRE PAINTINGS Exhibition titled “The Painter’s America: Rural and Urban Life, Jan. 19, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. TEXAS ARCHITECTURE “Texas Public Buildings of the 19th Century” displays photographs of Texas’ architectural heritage; through Jan. 5, Amon Carter Museum of Western Art, Fort Worth. FLASHY ART Stephen Antonakos exhibits his Outdoor Neons, plus display of drawings by Brice Marden; through Jan. 5, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth. NOVEMBER 29 GUESS WHO’S COMING? You guessed it, “The Man Who Came to Dinner,” Kaufman-Hart comedy, continues Alley Theatre’s season; through Jan. 5, Alley Theatre, Houston. RAPHAEL If you’ve ever heard a sultry voice oozing from PA systems in Spanish airports, it’s probably the inimitable Raphael, in concert; 7:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston; also 8 p.m. Nov. 30, Laurie Auditorium, San Antonio. CHRISTIE MYSTERY Instead of curling up in bed with an Agatha Christie mystery, try her courtroom drama “Witness for the Prosecution,” with Austin cast; through Dec. 14, Zachary Scott Theatre, Austin. NOVEMBER 30 AH, SOL-LA-TI It’s called the National includes mimes, acrobats, singers, dancers, and even practitioners of Kung Fu; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston; also 8 p.m. Dec. 1, Municipal 2 The Texas Observer Auditorium, Austin; 8:15 p.m., Dec. 2, Municipal Auditorium, San Antonio. REDNECK ROCK Jerry Jeff Walker ambles over from Austin to play for the big city folks; Music Hall, Houston. L&M MOMENT Loggins and Messina, in concert; 8 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, University of Houston, Houston. DECEMBER 1 SYMPHONY SOUND San Antonio Symphony performs Berlioz, Prokofieff, Tchaikowsky; also Dec. 2, Theatre for the Performing Arts, HemisFair Plaza, San Antonio. DECEMBER 2 GUEST VIOLINIST Zino Francescatti, violin soloist, performs with Houston Symphony Orchestra, Lawrence Foster conducting; also Dec. 3, 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 3 IBSEN DRAMA “Rosmersholm,” by Henrik Ibsen, with UT cast in Master of Fine Arts thesis production; also Dec. 5, 7, 8 p.m., Drama Bldg. Theatre Room, University of Texas, Austin. STUDENT DRAMA Maxwell Anderson’s “Elizabeth the Queen,” with student cast directed by George Sorensen; through Dec. 8, University Theatre, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. FACULTY RECITAL Violinist John Lindsey, in free recital; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. DECEMBER 4 SO SAD “Oh Dad, Poor Dad . .”, by Arthur Kopit, features student cast in Master of Fine Arts thesis production; also Dec. 6 and 8, 8 p.m., Drama Bldg. Theatre Room, University of Texas, Austin. DECEMBER 5 -10014.ff CHRISTMAS MUSIC Season begins with free Chamber Singers Festival of Christmas Music, conducted by Robert H. Young; 8:15 p.m., Armstrong Browning Library, Waco. DECEMBER 6 TALKIN’ FAULKNER Although Coming Fortnight usually avoids lectures, this one will be worth it: James M. Faulkner, nephew of William Faulkner, and Joseph L. Blotner, author of a Faulkner biography, get together to talk about the Great Man of American literature; 8 p.m., Ed Landreth Auditorium, Texas Christian University, Fort Worth. CIVIC OPERA “I Puritani,” Bellini’s opera, features Dallas Civic Opera with guests Elena Nunziata and Alfredo Kraus; also Dec. 8 and 10, Music Hall, Dallas. CHRISTMAS CONCERT Free concert by A Cappella, Chapel and Concert Choirs of Baylor University, with Euell Porter conducting; 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco. VERDI CLASSIC Karan Armstrong, John Stewart and Ryan Edwards star in Fort Worth Opera production of Verdi’s “La Traviata;” also Dec. 8, Convention Center Theater, Fort Worth. NUTCRACKERITIS The merry malaise begins anew with one of the best “Nutcrackers” in the state, performed by Austin Civic Ballet under direction of Eugene Slavin and Alexandra Nadal, with accompaniment by members of Austin Symphony Orchestra; also Dec. 7, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. DECEMBER 7 GLASS MUSIC One of America’s most creative avant-garde composers, Philip Glass, performs his “Music in 12 Parts,” with repertory group of five musicians playing electric pianos and amplified winds, plus audio engineer; 6 p.m. to approximately midnight, Cullinan Hall, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. CHORAL CONCERT UT Choral Union, directed by Morris Beachy, joins UT Symphony Orchestra for concert including Barber’s “Prayers of Kierkegaard;” 8 p.m. Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. CIVIC SYMPHONY David Bar-Illian, pianist, with Dallas Civic Symphony conducted by James Rives Jones, performs Ravel’s “Piano Concerto in G;” 8:15 p.m., Caruth Auditorium, Dallas. DECEMBER 8 PIANO DUO Gregory Allen and Danielle Martin in program for two pianos, including Stravinsky, Poulenc, Lutoslawski, Debussy, Weinberger works; 8 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. OPERA THEATRE Excerpts from various operas performed by Walter Duclous’s University Opera Theatre; 8 p.m., UTOPIA, 1900 San Jacinto, Austin. ‘ HOUSTON SYMPHONY Horacio Gutierrez, piano soloist, and David Wuliger, percussion soloist, join Lawrence Foster conducting Houston Symphony Orchestra; through Dec. 10, Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 9 CHRISTMAS CHEER Free concert of Christmas music by Baylor University Chamber Singers, conducted by Robert Young; 4 and 8:15 p.m., Armstrong Browning Library, Waco. MESSIAH If it isn’t the “Nutcracker,” it’s the “Messiah,” but this one is special with Phyllis Curtin of Metropolitan Opera, Robert Hale and Dean Wilder of New York City Opera, and Isolde Jones of Santa Fe Opera in Handel’s Christmas classic performed by Austin Civic Chorus; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. DECEMBER 10 BYE-BYE The dinner theatre circuit has become the resting place for the tired old musicals of -yesteryear; catch “Bye Bye Birdie” through Jan. 5, Crystal Palace Dinner Theatre, Dallas. FREE CONCERT Festival Chorus, directed by Richard Robinson, joins Baylor Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Sternberg, in Haydn’s “Lord Nelson’s Mass;” 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco.
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