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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton APRIL GRAB BAG THREE PAINTERSMark Rothko, Brice Marden and David Novros works in exhibition including four of Rothko’s alternative paintings for Rothko Chapel; Sewall Gallery and Rice Museum, Institute for the Arts, Rice University, Houston. TEXAS SIGNPOSTS Collection of photographs of East Texas signs and scenes, shot by James Wilkins of Tyler, and including such classics of erronea as photo of sign reading “This property is paroled 24 hours,” in conjunction with Alley Theatre run of “Tobacco Road”; through May 11, Alley Theatre, Houston DOLLS & STITCHERY Exhibition of graduate thesis works, April 30-May 17, Gallery; American dolls, through May 25, Museum; Helen Rumpel’s stitchery, through May 4, Museum; Texas Tech University, Lubbock. SPRING FESTS Festivals around the state include Fiesta San Antonio, with parades and “Night in Old San Antonio,” through April 27; “Buccaneer Days” with sailboat regatta, carnivals, parades, music festivals, square dancing, art jamboree in Corpus Christi through May 4; “Brazos River Festival-Pilgrimate” is Waco’s fund-raising festival for its historic museum homes, includes historical tour featuring stop at old suspension bridge built in 1872 which served as pattern for Brooklyn Bridge, April 25-27. APRIL 25 MI MI MI Opera Workshop, directed by Dr. Robert C. Scott, presents “La Boheme” with Texas A&I University cast; through April 26, 8 p.m., Jones Auditorium, Kingsville. HARD ROCK SOUND Black Oak Arkansas, in concert; 7:30 p.m., Hofheinz Pavilion, Houston. STUDENT SYMPHONY Walter Ducloux conducts University Symphony Orchestra with student soloists; 8 p.m., Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. S.P.E.B.S.Q.S.A. That’s the name of a barbershop singing group, and they’re putting together “Cavalcade 4of Harmony,” with several groups including Barbershop Quartets Tidelanders Chorus, international medalists of 1973; through April 26, 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. APRIL 26 BITS & PIECES A few of your old opera favorites, as UT Opera Theatre performs excerpts from popular operas, with Walter Ducloux directing; 8 p.m., UTOPIA, 1900 San Jacinto, Austin. POTLUCK Hunter’s stew is on the menu, cooked in a 50-gallon pot to accommodate guests who come to see Shakespeare performed in hay barn by Jim Ayres’ University of Texas students; Winedale Inn, near Roundtop. KRISS & RITA Kristofferson and Coolidge, in Cultural Entertainment Committee concert, with special guest Billy Swan performing progressive rockabilly; 8 p.m., Municipal Auditorium, Austin. EAST TEXAS JAMBOREE Willie Nelson and Jerry Jeff Walker headline first annual East Texas Jamboree; 3 p.m., Huntsville. KING WILLIAM STREET In old San Antonio was named after Kaiser Wilhelm since homeowners were of German extraction, and four restored homes in area are on display in King William Fair, which includes art-in-park exhibit and backgammon tournament, crafts exhibition, garden sale, food booths, magician Claude Crowe, singers and dancers; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., corner of Durango and St. Mary’s, or corner of Guenther and South Alamo Sts., San Antonio. APRIL 27 CHICANO RALLY-FAIR Cesar Chavez comes to town to promote efforts of United Farm Workers, with Farm Worker Fair featuring Chavez speech, arts and crafts, food, plants, 3 to 7 p.m., St. Theresa’s Catholic Church auditorium; and premiere showing of “Fighting For Our Lives,” cinematic record of U.F.W. struggle, 9 to 11 p.m., Houston Room, University of Houston Center, Houston. FREE CONCERT Sunday afternoon concert by Chamber Singers, with Robert H. Young conducting; 3 p.m., also 8:15 p.m. April 28, Armstrong Browning Library, Waco. APRIL 28 MORE FREEBIES Free admission to graduate and undergraduate-directed one-act plays, which include “Miss Julie,” “Sorry, Wrong Number,” and others; also May 2-4, 6-7, 7:30 p.m., Laboratory and University Theatres, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. APRIL 29 ALSO FOR FREE Festival Chorus Spring Concert conducted by Richard Robinson; 8:15 p.m.,’ Waco Hall, Baylor University, Waco. HIGH SCHOOL HARRIES They may not be Laurence Oliviers, but student participants in University Interscholastic League one-act play competition are worth watching; through April, Hogg Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. GOLDIE OLDIES Irving Symphony Orchestra concludes concert season in lighter vein, performing selections from “Fiddler on Roof,” “Porgy and Bess,” other Gershwin; MacArthur High School, Irving. APRIL 30 EVENING OF JAZZ Michael Ewald directs Jazz Ensemble in free concert; 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Waco. pianists of his time, performs piano works; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. BIT 0′ IRISH Sean O’Casey’s “The Plough and the Stars,” with drama department cast directed by Gaylan Collier; through May 4, University Theatre, Texas Tech University, Lubbock. GOSPEL SOUND Post-Easter celebration with Gospel Festival featuring Violinaires, Pilgrim Jubilees, Swan Silvertones; 3 p.m., Astrodome, Houston. MAY 1 MAYDAY CONCERT Dick Floyd conducts Baylor Wind Ensemble, with Thomas Stidham directing Concert Band in free performance; 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Waco. AARON COPLAND The master musician himself conducts Dallas Symphony Orchestra; also May 3, Music Hall, Dallas. MAY 2 COMING ON STRONG Baylor Chorale, conducted by Robert Young, in free spring concert; 8:15 p.m., Roxy Grove Hall, Baylor University, Waco. CHICAGO & CALIFORNIA SOUNDS Heavy. rocker Chicago joins Beach Boys in superconcert; 7 p.m., Jeppesen Stadium, Houston. MOVE OVER, BEETHOVEN For all-Beethoven, festival, with Houston Symphony Orchestra performing seven works, including five piano concertos played by Alfred Brendel; through May 4, Jones Hall, Houston. MAY 3 PRIMITIVE MYTHS Texas Southern University Community Dance Troupe appears in conjunction with Houston Museum of Fine Arts showing of primitive masterworks, dancing interpretations of primitive myths under direction of talented Marjorie Mann Stuart; 1 p.m., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. MAY 4 AFTERNOON MUSIC Cedar Frost performs a little country, jazz, folk and rock in 3 p.m. concert; Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. MAY 5 GUEST CONDUCTOR Daniel Sternberg at helm of Baylor Symphony. Orchestra in Performers and Composers Concert; 8:15 p.m., Waco Hall, Waco. YOUNG VIRTUOSO At only 27, Andre Watts is already a giant among pianists; performing Beethoven’s “Concerto No. 3 in C Minor for Piano and Orchestra, Op. 37” with San Antonio Symphony, plus Rossini’s overture to “Le Gazzo Lodra” and Shostakovich’s fifth symphony; through May 6, Laurie Auditorium, Trinity University, San Antonio. MAY 8 WORLD PREMIERE This one will attract biggies from all over the ballet world, premiere of James Clouse’s “Allen’s Landing,” ballet commemorating founding of City of Houston, with sets by Houston artist Dorothy Hood and music by Texas-born composer Fisher Tull, performed by Houston Ballet on program which also includes new Clouser work for male dancers to music by Bartok; through May 10, Jones Hall, Houston. BARENBOIM ABOARD Daniel Barenboim, 2 The Texas Observer one of most distinguished young conductors and