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The corning fortnight By Suzanne Shelton THE NEW YEAR GRAB BAG ARTSY CRAFTSY Exhibition of crafts by weaver Alice Parrott, quilter Sandra Humbertson, ceramists Gary Huntoon and Howard Tollefson in show titled “Crafts Invitational: Clay and Fiber,” through Jan. 4; Sewall Gallery, Rice University, Houston. SCULPTURE SHOW Works by Houston sculptor Hannah Stewart; through December, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. OUT OF MOLEHILLS Trudy Sween makes mountains, paintings of mountains, that is, with black line drawings on white canvases; Loft-onStrand Gallery, Galveston. REGIONAL ART Ninth Annual Baytown Art Exhibition, open to artists throughout country, serves as regional showcaie for developing talent; through early January, Community Center, Baytown. DISTINGUISHED SCULPTOR Anthony Caro exhibition of large metal sculptures; Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. DECEMBER 26 POST-CHRISTMAS PICKUP Get into action again, with Too Smooth and Jobe; through Dec. 27, Armadillo World Headquarters, Austin. DECEMBER 27 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC Glenda Maurice, mezzo soprano, joins pianist David Garvey in recital; 8 p.m., Music Bldg. Recital Hall, University of Texas, Austin. DECEMBER 31 ROOT-TOOT-TOOTNew Year’s Eve is one of those nights when everybody’s doing it; do it at Armadillo World Headquarters with Asleep at the Wheel and Greezy Wheels, Austin; or with Neil Sedaka and B. J. Thomas, Astrohall, Houston; also Opera Gala with Irra Petima, Jess Walters, Arturo Sergi, Glenda Maurice, Nancy Olson, Lenore Sergi and David Kehrer, to benefit Amster Foundation for Musical Programs, Paramount Theatre for the Performing Arts, Austin. WHO, ME? Neil Simon’s yuk-riot, “Little Me,” cruises into Houston with roadshow cast; through Jan. 4, Music Hall, Houston. 2 The Texas Observer JANUARY 1 BOFFO BICENTENNIAL Biggest show in town begins today; get ready for little Georgies chopping down cherry trees, plus lots of redglaring rockets and Liberty Bells, as we celebrate our Revolution and nationhood; through December, everywhere. JANUARY 5 GOLABEK GUESTS Houston Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest artist Mona Golabek in piano concert; through Jan. 6, Jones Hall, Houston. JANUARY 8 BRING ON THE BARBIES One of those wondrous entertainments of old, Miss Houston Universe Pageant, gives you a chance to see Total Women in action, not to mention a few oinkers besides; through Jan. 9, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Houston. INDEPENDENCE, CHA-CHA-CHA Don’t say I didn’t warn you: our first new-year presentation of “1776,” billed as a lively musical combining flag-waving excitement with dramatic history lesson of events leading up to signing of Declaration of Independence when in the course of human events . . .; through Feb. 8, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 3 p.m. Sunday matinees, Dallas Repertory Theatre, NorthPark Hall, Dallas. JANUARY 9 CLAUDIO ON PIANO Claudio Arrau joins Dallas Symphony Orchestra in concert; through Jan. 10, Music Hall, Fair Park, Dallas. KINKY KIDSTUFF “The Children’s Hour,” Lillian Hellman’s 1930s play which dealt with Lesbianism and the destructiveness of gossip seemed especially pertinent to issues in the McCarthy era when it was revived in the 1950s; with local cast, through Jan. 31, Zachary Scott Theatre Center, Austin. Fort Worth street corner newsracks in need of a little loving care and attention The Observer needs a friend in Fort Worth who would be willing to attend to the newsrack route for a commission based on sales. The job involves making the rounds of the four racks every two weeks to stock the new issue and collect the money, plus occasional mechanical adjustments to the racks and, whenever appropriate, relocating some of the racks to more profitable corners. If you think you might be willing to help out, please call Michael Jones in Fort Worth 923-4524 for additional information.