Postmaster: If undeliverable, send Form 3579 to The Texas Observer, 600 West 7, Austin, Texas 78701. A-S staffers reply Thanks for the kudos included in the first half of your assessment \(see “Forward! to the rear at the American-Statesman,” Obs., for the second half, had I been your editor and you were available \(as my colleagues questioned you as to whether it was germane to the issue. Then I would have cut it. Robert Schwab, City Editor, The American-Statesman, P.O. Box 670, Austin, Tex. 78767. Disappointing Your Feb. 28 issue’s lead article made interesting reading, inasmuch as it involves the newspaper I have worked for, going on a decade. Interesting, but disappointing. Ivins should have got into some legitimate criticism of the American-Statesman but she merely delved into office politics, which really has very little to do with whether or not the paper is good, bad or indifferent. I suppose no newspaper is loved in its own area, but I get really tired of hearing how bad the A-S is from people who are unable to say exactly what it is they don’t like. Are our AP reports different from other papers’ AP reports? Is our layout technically wrong? Is it wrong for us to confine our editorial comment to the editorial page or to clearly mark as opinion articles which are opinion pieces? Should we undertake advocacy journalism? How should our local reporters operate other than the way they do? Should our in-depth reports be less or more in depth? Was it wrong of us to be the only newspaper in the state to cover adequately the late unlamented con-con and to win an award we truly did not expect to win? \(An aside: at the Headliners’ awards banquet the city staffers were invited to stand and be Back to the rhetorical questions. Is there something wrong with the paper making a profit? Is there something wrong when the managing editor wants to do his job, which is to manage the damn paper? \(Another 24 The Texas Observer IDialogue aside: his first name is spelled Rowland and he is perfectly capable of wielding his very own hatchet, which I suppose is neither here nor there, in my letter or your Finally, whatever happened to the Observer, anyway? Since when are the old A-S’s innards worthy of front page consideration by your organ? God knows there are more pressing issues for the Observer and the talented Ivins to delve into than the daily paper. Tom Barry, The American-Statesman, P.O. Box 670, Austin, Tex. 78767. Fortnight… music, 8 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. COUNTRY COUSINS Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, Gary Stewart, Johnny Russell, and Cal Smith team for Country Shindig; 3 and 8 p.m., Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth. PROLE PLAYWRIGHT Clifford Octets’ “The Flowering Peach,” drama with social conscience, in master’s thesis production; 8 p.m., Drama Bldg. Theatre Room, University of Texas, Austin. ABT AT ARMADILLO Austin Ballet Theatre’s monthly dance performance to the tune of beer and nachos features return appearance by Ricardo Garcia, one of Stanley Hall’s students-turned pro in works including “Tregonell,” “Centennial Rags,” and “Ballet Class;” 7:30 p.m., Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. FACULTY RECITAL Pianist David Albee, in free recital; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. MARCH 17 FROCK & CLAPP That’s George Frock, directing University Percussion and Mallet Ensembles, with faculty violinist Stephen Clapp as soloist; 8 p.m., LBJ Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. FILM FESTIVAL USA Film Festival annually previews promising American films screened by panel of critics, including this year Judith Crist, Hollis Alpert, Arthur Knight, and Barbara Bryant, with retrospective of works directed by festival honoree William Wyler; through March 23, Bob Hope Theatre, Southern Methodist University, Dallas. MARCH 18 LULU OF AN OPERA Alban Berg’s opera “Lulu,” sung in English by Houston Grand Opera with Patricia Brooks as sexually provocative Lulu: also March 21, 23, 25, Jones Hall, Houston. FRENCH FLAUTIST Jean Pierre Rampal, flute soloist, with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra conducted by John Giordano; Convention Center Theatre, Fort Worth. MARCH 19 PIANIST PERFORMS David Smith, faculty pianist, performs Beethoven, Chopin, Bizet-Horowitz, and Scarlatti works, as well as his own “Ondine;” 8 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. MARCH 20 CLASSICAL GUITARIST James Eddy performs in Distinguished Artist Series; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. OLD SKI-NOSE Bob Hope, with characteristic largesse, performs concert with proceeds to San Antonio Bicentennial Celebration Committee; 8 p.m. , Convention Center, San Antonio. KINGSVILLE SOUND Dan Duncan conducts Texas A&I University Civic Symphony Orchestra in concert; 8 p.m., Jones Auditorium, Kingsville. CONTRALTO CONCERT Dallas Symphony Orchestra features Maureen Forrester, contralto, in concert conducted by Louis Lane; also March 22, Music Hall, Dallas. AFRICAN LITERATURE SYMPOSIUM Featuring four of Africa’s most famous writers, Nigerians Chinua Achebe and Cyprian Ekwensi, and South African exiles Ezekiel Mphahlele and Dennis Brutus, reading their works in symposium commemorating 1960 Sharpeville massacre in South Africa which led to exile of politically active black writers; through March 22, University of Texas, Austin. ‘MARCH 21 MERLE HAGGARD With the Strangers, Ronnie Reno, and Leona Williams in concert; 7 p.m., Music Hall, Dallas. MARCH 22 CHA CHA CHA Trini Lopez brings his special kind of music to Houston; Music Theatre, Houston. MARCH 24 ALS IN CIVIC BALLET Directed by Al”xandra Nadal and Eugene Slavin, Austin Civic 3allet performs several works with orchestra in Austin’s ‘Jest theatre for dance; also March 25, hogg Audit orium, University of Texas, Austin.