The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton DECEMBER GRAB BAG SOUNDS OF CHRISTMAS Twenty-one musical programs of “Sounds of Christmas” presented by Houston and area university, high school, and church choirs, continue as pre-curtain entertainment for Alley Theatre’s production of “The Front Page”; December 13-14, 16-21, Alley Theatre, Houston. TEACHERS’ SHOW-AND-TELL Annual Faculty Art Exhibition, featuring recent paintings, drawings, sculpture, photography, graphics, design, ceramics and crafts by UT art teachers; Huntington Galleries, University Art Museum, University of Texas, Austin. EROTIC FANTASY “The Beard,” Michael McClure’s erotic fantasy, opens Dec. 12 for a three-week run, under direction of Gary Chason, accompanied by erotic art exhibition featuring work in several media by local and., national artists, including New Realist works by Betty Thompkins of New York; Thursdays through Sundays, Museum of Modern Art, 610 West Alabama, Houston. VISIONS OF SUGAR PLUMS It’s “Nutcracker” time, and that means ballet fantasies, Mouse ‘Kings, Sugar Plum Fairies, and Snow Queens with lots of dry ice effects for the kiddies: Houston Ballet’s lavish production opening Dec. 20; Austin Civic Ballet’s version by Eugene Slavin Dec. 13, with a Dec. 12 free matinee for children; Rio Grande Valley Civic Ballet’s production with guest artists Judith Aaen and Anthony Sellers, Dec. 17-20 in McAllen; and probably a bushel more that “Fortnight” doesn’t know about. SCULPTURE SHOW Exhibition of sculpture by Anthony Caro; through Jan. 25, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. DECEMBER 12 DANCE CONCERT One of the most interesting places to spot upcoming talent, both performing and choreographic, is Houston High School for the Performing and Visual Arts concerts, including this program of works by Jan Stockman Simonds, Mary Martha Lappe, Gilbert Rome, Lily Cabatu, William Chaison, Allan Jones and Margo Marshall, with student dancers in ballet, jazz, and modern dance styles; through Dec. 13, HSPVA Theatre, 3517 Austin St., Houston. CHAMBER MUSIC Quiet sounds from Houston Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Charles Rosenkrans; 8 p.m., Hamman Hall, Rice University, Houston. ARMADILLO ANTICS Amazing Rhythm Aces, Billy Swan, and the Cate Brothers team for knockout Armadillo concert; through Dec. 13, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. RESTOSPECTIVE ANGER John Osborne’s seething drama, “Look Back in Anger,” with student cast in graduate thesis production directed by Patrick Haggerty; through Dec. 14, Studio Theatre, University of Texas, El Paso. DECEMBER 14 CLASSICAL BALLET One of Stanley Hall’s loveliest productions, ‘Aurora’s Wedding” sequence from “Sleeping Beauty” is nice Christ mastime reprieve from too many “Nutcrackers;” with other works on program, and plenty of beer for patrons; 7:30 p.m., Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. HALLELUJAH! HALLELUHAH! Big thrill of Handel’s “Messiah,” the vocal equivalent of holiday “Nutcrackers,” with Corpus Christi Symphony and chorus under musical direction of Corneulius Eberhardt, new Symphony conductor; 4 p.m., Memorial Coliesum, Corpus Christi. DECEMBER 15 MELODIES OF MENUHIN Yehudi Menuhin bows the violin like nobody else; hear him with Houston Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sergiu Comissiona; through Dec. 16, 8:30 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. December 17 BALLET SUPERSTAR Fernando Bujones, the teenager the dance world is raving about, appears for the first time in this country with his new American Ballet Theatre partner, Yoko Morishita, formerly of Tokyo Ballet; both were gold medalists at Varna Competition, and both spell boxoffice for Fort Worth Ballet’s accompanying program; 8:15 p.m., Convention Center Theatre, Fort Worth. DECEMBER 18 CHRISTMAS CHORALE “Sounds of Christmas” concert with Houston Symphony Chorale conducted by Richard Hayman; through Dec. 19, 8 p.m., Jones Hall, Houston. DECEMBER 19 AKIRA AT THE BATON Austin Symphony Orchestra welcomes Akira Endo as conductor of regular series concert; Municipal Auditorium, Austin. DECEMBER 25 THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT The day itself is a feait, a theatre of sights and smells and memories; have a happy Christmas and a peaceful New Year. Editorial and Business Offices: The Texas Observer, 600 W. 7th St., Austin, Texas 78701. 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