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The coming fortnight By Suzanne Shelton AUGUST GRAB BAG A CLOSE LOOK Big canvases drawn in photo-realist detail by Chuck Close; through Aug. 31, Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi. MOVIE MADNESS Alley Theatre’s film series concludes with week of “Suspense and the Cinema”: “After the Thin Man,” with Myrna Loy-William Powell duo and newcomer Jimmy Stewart, Aug. 26-27; Orson Welles’ writing-directing-acting tour de force, “Touch of Evil,” featuring our Orson in nose putty and padding Aug. 28-29; suspense by masterful Ingmar Bergman, “Persona,” with Liv Ullman and Bibi Anderson merging identities, Aug. 30-31; plus weeks of “Classic Directors of the Cinema”: D. W. Griffith’s blockbuster “Way Down East” with Lillian Gish rescued from the ice floes, Sept. 2-3; Cecil B. DeMille’s decline of Rome with Claudette Colbert bathing in asses’ milk, the superb Fredrich March as Marcus Superbus and Charles Laughton chewing scenery while Rome burns in “Sign of the Cross,” Sept. 4-5; and Josef von Sternberg’s penultimate “Shanghai Express” with Marlene Dietrich deadpanning “It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily,” Sept. 6-7; Alley Theatre, Houston. AUGUST 21 MODERN DRAMA Texas Union Repertory Theater presents “When You Comin’ Back, Red Ryder?”; through Aug. 24, Lab Theater, University of Texas at Austin, Austin. AUGUST 22 BRING YOUR OWN FEZ And join the Shrine Circus, complete with aerialists, elephants, and Shriners; through Aug. 24, Memorial Coliseum, Corpus Christi. 00F, GRUNT, GROAN, SIZZLE If you can’t have Carmen Miranda or Chiquita Banana, Charo is the next best thing: the satirist of sexpots, in the flesh; through Aug. 23, Houston Music Theatre, Houston. CHEER AND HISS The satisfaction of melodrama, where villains are identifiable and women properly pliant; 8:30 p.m., Fridays and Saturdays through August, Little Theatre, Corpus Christi. AUGUST 23 GRAND NEW PARTY The second annual Women’s Festival, sponsored by Dallas’ Women for Change Center, featuring games and sports, entertainment, crafts, and general celebration of International Women’s Year; 12-9 p.m., YWCA NEVER ON SUNDAY Saturday night concern with Black Sabbath; Coliseum, Houston. AUGUST 24 BOOGIE & BLUES Robert Ealy and His Drifting Heartbreaks provide blues backup for Rhumboogie jazz concert; 8 p.m., Scott Theatre, Art Museum, Fort Worth. AUGUST 27 ART EVENT Continuing Fort Worth Art Museum’s exchange between Dallas-Ft. Worth and San Francisco-Oakland artists, Jim Pomeroy creates still life painting by destroying mirrored grid, while Stephen Laub places himself in front of and into projected images; 8 p.m., Solarium, Fort Worth Art Museum, Fort Worth. AUGUST 29 OH, GOOD GRIEF The roundhead is back in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” with local cast in free performances; 8:30 p.m., through Aug. 30, Zilker Park Hillside Theater, Austin. CARNIVAL CELEBRATION Bicentennial event, Fiesta de San Juan, features carnival, raffle, dance, and other ways to while away waning summer; through Aug. 31, St. John’s Catholic Church, San Marcos. AUGUST 30 DR. FEELGOOD So good to hear a free concert with Dr. Sax and the Whiz Kids, mellow jazz with sax, English horn, bass, drums, piano, and vocalist; plus the Crowd Pleasers, underground fifties rock; through Aug. 31, 8 p.m., Scott Theater, Art Museum, Fort Worth. AUGUST 31 THE SINGING RAGE Miss Patti Page, with backup comic David Frye, plus Shades of Black, Larry Martinez and the Brass Connection; 8 p.m., Coliseum, Houston. 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