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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton DECEMBER GRAB BAG OH BOY, TOYS Children’s exhibition including rag dolls, miniatures, children’s books, bell toys, rocking horses, mechanical toys, all from a collection painstakingly gathered by the Preston Weatherreds who previously displayed them at the now defunct Houston Museum of Historical Toys; through Jan. 5, Masterson Junior Gallery, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. EDWARD GOREY He was a genius, an author-illustrator whose Victorian children and beanbag frogs became legend; display of Goreyana includes hilarious book chronicling career of a ballerina, plus original drawings and 32 of Gorey’s frogs; through December, fourth floor, Academic Center, University of Texas, Austin. PRINTWORK Exhibition of prints by Richard Hamilton; through Jan. 19, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth. ART FILMS Laguna Gloria series of films about art continues with four short films on Chinese and Japanese landscape painting plus Buddhist art and Japanese prints from age of Ukiyo-E; Dec. 19, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. AMERICANA Collection of Contemporary American Graphics from Old Bergen Art Guild of Bayonne, N.J., cross-section of contemporary prints by leading American printmakers; through Dec. 23, St. Edward’s University, Austin. DECEMBER I A CLAPP CONCERT Stephen Clapp, Austin Symphony Orchestra concertmaster, performs “Violin Concerto” by Glazounov, with Akira ‘Endo conducting orchestra, and women members of UT Choral Union featured in Holst’s “The Planets;” 8 p.m. Municipal Auditorium, Austin. MEDIEVAL DRAMA “The Play of Herod,” medieval church drama, performed in English translation to accompaniment of ensemble of medieval instruments by Texas Opera Theatre, subsidiary of Houston Grand Opera; 7:30 p.m., St. Anne’s Catholic Church, Houston; also Dec. 14, St. Mary’s Cathedral, Galveston; Dec. 15, 9:30 and 11 a.m., Memorial Drive Presbyterian Church, Houston; Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m., St. Paul’s United Methodist, Houston; Dec. 22: 11 a.m., Central Presbyterian and 5 p.m. Palmer Memorial Episcopal, Houston; and Dec. 29, 10:30 a.m. Trinity Episcopal, and 7:30 p.m. First Methodist, Houston. CHRISTMAS CHORALE Baylor Chorale presents free Christmas concert, with Robert Young conducting; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Recital Hall, Baylor University, Waco. DECEMBER 14 MORE ‘MESSIAHS’ Soloists Sung-Sook Lee, Hilda Harris, John Sandor, and Samuel Ramey join Akira Endo conducting Houston Symphony Orchestra and University of Houston Chorus with Ray Moore conducting, in Handel’s old Christmas chestnut, “Messiah;” also Dec. 15, Music Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 15 ALLELUIA & ALEGRIA If it’s not a “Nutcracker,” it’s bound to be a “Messiah” during December dog days, Maurice Peress tries his hand -at Handel with Corpus Christi Symphony, Corpus Christi Chorale and Texas A&I University at Kingsville Choir in free concert; only this “Messiah” is sung in both English and Spanish, with Phyllis Sahadi, Carol Mayo, Edgar Nolte, and Charles Nelson as soloists; 4 p.m., Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi. DECEMBER 17 WHAT, NO ‘MESSIAH?’ Irving Symphony Orchestra changes pace with Saint-Saens cello concerto, Mimi McShane, soloist; 8 p.m., MacArthur High School Auditorium, Irving. DECEMBER 18 YET ANOTHER ‘NUTCRACKER’ Austin Civic Ballet mounts its annual, radiant version of “Nutcracker” with choreography by Eugene Slavin, co-directed by Alexandra Nadal, with accompaniment by members of Austin Symphony Orchestra; free children’s matinee, 4 p.m.; also 8 p.m. Dec. 19, Municipal Auditorium, Austin. DECEMBER 19 SING ALONG With Mitch of the house of Miller, in Christmas program with Houston .Symphony Chorale; also Dec. 20, Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 21 NUTS! ANOTHER ONE! This time it’s Corpus Christi Ballet Theatre joining Corpus Christi Symphony in “Nutcracker” by Tchaikowsky; 2 and 8 p.m., Del Mar Auditorium, Corpus Christi. DECEMBER 24 NIGHT BEFORE Aerial show. and Contributing Editors: Steve Barthelme, Bill Brammer, Gary Cartwright, Joe Frantz, Larry Goodwyn, Bill Hamilton, Bill Helmer, Dave Hickey, Franklin Jones, Lyman Jones, Larry L. King, Georgia Earnest Klipple, Larry Lee, Al Melinger, Robert L. 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Postmaster: Send form 3579 to Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. THE TEXAS OBSERVER The Texas Observer Publishing Co. 1974 Ronnie Dugger, Publisher A window to the South A journal of free voices Vol. LXVI, No. 24 Dec. 13, 1974 hicorporating 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. EDITOR CO-EDITOR ASSOCIATE EDITOR EDITOR AT LARGE Kaye Northcott Molly Ivins John Ferguson Ronnie Dugger BUSINESS STAFF Joe Espinosa Jr. C. R. Olofson Keith Stanford