The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton DECEMBER GRAB BAG NIGHT RIDER Paul Revere, the Boston patriot, also was a silversmith; exhibition of Revere memorabilia and silver, plus engravings of Boston massacre; through Jan. 4, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. KNICKNACKS FROM NILE Selections from Egyptian collection of Brooklyn Museum in “Images for Eternity,” Michener Galleries through Feb. 15; plus lecture series: “Origins of Irrigation Civilization in Egypt,” Karl W. Butzer, Dec. 4; “The Impact of Egyptian Art on the Art of Syria and Palestine,” Harold A. Liebowitz, Dec. 11; “Tradition and Revolution in Amarna Art,’ Cyril Aldred, Jan. 22; “Egyptian Gardens,” Leglie Gallery, Jan. 29; “Aspects of Egyptian Art,” William Kelly Simpson, Feb. 5; 8 p.m., Art Bldg. Auditorium, University of Texas, Austin. LONE STAR CRAFTSPEOPLE “Five Texas Artists” exhibition of crafts, plus one-man show of drawings by Frank Jones; through Dec. 31, Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Austin. HOLIDAY OPERA Texas Opera Theater schedules “Amahl and the Night Visitors”: The Galleria, 6.30 p.m. Dec. 4, Houston; Emerson Unitarian Church, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Houston; First Christian Church, 3:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Pasadena; Fair Haven Methodist Church, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 7, Houston; Trinity Episcopal Church, 5 p.m. Dec. 13, Galveston; First Unitarian Church, 2 p.m. Dec. 14, Houston; St. Paul’s Methodist, 6:45 p.m. Dec. 17, Houston; Memorial Drive Presbyterian, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 21, Houston; and Trinity Episcopal, 10:30 a.m. Dec. 28, Houston. NOVEMBER 29 PIANO TRIO Works by Tchaikovsky and Martin performed by Del Mar Piano Trio; 8:15 p.m., Wolfe Recital Hall, Corpus Christi. STRIKE UP THE BAND Duo concert with the Marshall Tucker Band and the Charlie Daniels Band; 8 p.m., Coliseum, Houston. HUGH ON HORN Hugh Masakela brings African jazz to Armadillo; Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. NOVEMBER 30 RELIGIOUS PAGEANT “A Day for Dancing,” religious choral and dance pageant choreographed by Jerry Bywaters Cochran to Lloyd Pfautsch score, with modern dancers from Texas Christian University; through Dec. 2, University Christian Church, Fort Worth. DECEMBER 1 SYMPHONY SOUND Houston Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest artist Richard Pickar on clarinet; through Dec. 2, 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 3 FLUTE AND PIANO Albert and Mary Tipton team in concert; 8:30 p.m., Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston. DECEMBER 4 JOURNALISTIC HIJINKS “The Front Page,” the Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur comedy, stars veteran actor Lyle Talbot as the Machiavellian newspaperman Walter Burns, with Alley Theatre cast; through Jan. 11, Alley Theatre, Houston. DECEMBER 5 DOUBIE HILL BALLET Dallas Dance Ensemble, directed by Joan Amick and Jerry Bywaters Cochran, joins Wichita Falls Ballet Theatre in concert including revival of Frank Pal’s “Aspiration” to music by Charlene Underwood; Memorial Auditorium, Wichita Falls. GUITAR CONCERT Angel Romero, master guitarist, in concert; 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. HOLD ON TO YOUR HALOS “My Three Angels,” with local cast; weekends through Dec. 21, Country Playhouse, Houston. DECEMBER 6 000 LA LA La Belle brings a surprise guest p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 7 PASS THE BATON Sergiu Comissiona guest-conducts Houston Symphony Orchestra, with violinist Fredell Lack; through Dec. 9, Jones Hall, Houston. AND ACROSS TOWN For the cozier set, Hillyer Trio performs under sponsorship of Houston Friends of Music; 8:15 p.m., Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston. 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